• East-West received a generous donation of Korean instruments and costumes from the Hanyang Culture Fund to support our Korean drumming program. Mr. Taek-Sun Han and Mrs. Hye-Jin Han both have valued the Korean programs in the public schools, and they want to recognize and support EWSIS Korean program and Poong-mul program especially in the heart of Flushing area.

    Thanks to our Korean teachers: Ms. Rhi for connecting with Mr. and Mrs. Han, and Ms. Kim for leading the Korean drumming class.

  • Presentation at Morning Muster. From VW presentation and korean drums

    Last Friday, East-West was fortunate enough to have Vivian Warfield speak to our students about Lewis H. Latimer. As the previous Executive Director of the Lewis Latimer House in Flushing, Ms. Warfield shared her extensive knowledge of the African-American scientist and inventor of the carbon filament.


    Lewis Latimer

    Lewis Latimer, a pioneer of electrical engineering

    ... He was of the colored race, the only one in our organization... Broadmindedness, versatility in the accomplishment of things intellectual and cultural, a linguist, a devoted husband and father...

    —excerpts from Lewis Latimer's obituary by the Edison Pioneers, 1928 (source)

    Lewis Latimer was known as a "Renaissance" man, a man of many talents. An accomplished poet, painter, playwrite, musician as well as a pioneering engineer, he overcame many obstacles without having any doubts about his talents. Recognizing that Thomas Edison's bamboo filament was impractical (Edison's original bulb lasted only 30 hours before burning out), Latimer invented the carbon filament, thus making the light bulb practical. (source)

    Read more about Lewis Latimer at the links provided at the end of this post.

    After Morning Muster, Ms. Warfield stayed to give two more in-class presentations on 19th Century African-American artists to all our 11th graders.

    "Five Black Artists from the 19th Century." From VW presentation and korean drums

    Ms. Warfield is an active East-West volunteer and serves on the advisory board of the school's nonprofit.

    For more information on Lewis Latimer:

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  • ST & B welcomes East-West. From Law firm field trip 2-9-11

    In collaboration with New Visions, 25 randomly selected 11th graders were invited to participate in a day-long series of panels and workshops focused on career and college readiness. The workshops were hosted by law professionals at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, one of the most renowned global law firms.

    Students were given a tour of the firm and treated to breakfast and lunch. Fifteen professionals volunteered their time to speak to our group about their educational and work experiences. Here is a sample of the advice they gave to our juniors:

    • "Learn to be personally invested in your own success."
    • "Use all your resources, especially when looking for money for college."
    • "You don't need to rush your decisions when you're young. Explore new interests and be open to changing your mind."
    • "Learn how to manage your time, because there won't be teachers or parents who will help you be on time or manage your work."

    Anthoulla Themistokleous asked, "What personally motivated you to go to college, besides everyone just telling you to go?" Their answers included:

    • "You can lose your house or your job, but no one can take your education away from you. You can use your education to start over."
    • "I looked up to successful adults and they all had gone to college."
    • "College is an opportunity to challenge and grow your mind. It will prepare you for the rest of your life."
    • "I realized that there is so much more that I wanted to learn about."

    One panelist replied, "What do you love to do? How do you want to do it? Have a plan either way."

    The students reported that the day was "very eye-opening." Most of the panelists did not know they wanted to do law when they were younger; many of them had different interests, such as medicine or teaching, and changed their mind to pursue law later in life.

    One student said, "I'm glad that colleges care about seeing improvement, not just getting perfect grades every semester. I'm going to keep pulling my grades up and keep them up for senior year."

    If you were one of the students who went on the trip, please leave a comment and tell us a bit about what you thought of the experience.

    From one end of the 7 line to the other. From Law firm field trip 2-9-11
    Students were given a tour of the firm. From Law firm field trip 2-9-11
    When asked to give their best boardroom executive faces... From Law firm field trip 2-9-11
    A day-long series of panels and discussions on college and career readiness. From Law firm field trip 2-9-11
    Thank you to SImpson Thacher & Bartlett for such a great experience for our students. From Law firm field trip 2-9-11
  • Carlos, 6th grade representative, on how to address bullying at school:

    We can try to understand the bullies and see how they feel too.

    February 14th - 18th is Respect for All Week.