• This school year, every Academy participated in a community service project of their choice. Ms. Pechersky’s 10th grade Academy students discussed many opportunities and decided to organize a clothing drive to help people in need. During several months, they worked to mobilize the East –West community and have as many donations of gently worn clothes as possible.

    The students led by their own example. They brought in multiple items several times. They regularly spoke to the students and staff in Muster. They engaged their families and friends outside of school. At the same time, during Academy, they learned the rules and skills of public speaking to make their appeals more convincing. They explored our Queens community resources online, analyzed their findings, and decided where to donate the clothes.

    While planning, preparing, conducting, and completing the project, the students could learn that there are always ways to help others. You don’t have to be rich or to donate money. Even people of modest means can make a difference in the lives of others. The main thing is to be kind, generous, understanding, and tolerant. There are many hardworking people in difficult live situations, who are poor and need help. There are many reasons and factors out of their control that make people poor. The goal of the society and each local community is too help these people overcome the difficulties.

    The community’s response was overwhelming. Many students and staff members brought in bags full of shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, skirts, jackets, sweaters, and smaller items, such as hats, gloves, baby clothing, towels, bags, and pieces of fabric. As a part of the project, students folded, sorted, and counted the items. By the end of the clothing drive, there were 336 (!) items in more than 20 bags! On April 7, Ms. Pechersky and her students went to the Goodwill Donation Center in Astoria to deliver them. They concluded the project by celebrating their community spirit at a Japanese fusion cuisine restaurant nearby.

    Ms. Pechersky’s Academy wants to thank the entire East-West community, families, and staff members for opening their hearts and being responsive to the needs of others. There is no doubt that the great variety of gently worn, almost new, and brand new items that were donated will be a great support to the people in need during all seasons and for many occasions.

    Author unknown

  • English teacher, Mrs. Braverman brought The Met School Membership (MSM) program to The East West School of International Studies.  The program introduced students to opera at the world's greatest opera house right here in New York City. To prepare for the visits to The Metropolitan Opera (Met), Ms. Demby, a retired teacher and lover of the opera as well as a tour guide at The Met came to the 8th grade classes and provided students with an in-depth study guide, including background information on the operas and composers they had the opportunity to see.  Mrs. Braverman and  Ms. Demby developed a wide range of classroom activities such miming, drawing set designs, and putting on student designed versions of an opera.   With Ms. Demby love and knowledge of opera, she was able to impart detailed information on the opera’s music and production.  Mrs. Braverman's classes attended four performances in the 2009/2010 school year.  Students experienced The Damnation of Faust, Il Trittico-three one act plays, and two performances of The Tales of Hoffmann.

    Met Stages brings students inside the artistic process with a pair of director’s rehearsals for a new Met production. The first week, students watched singers in street clothes working with the directors and crew as they learned blocking and practiced with a piano.  The following week, students returned to experience the team gearing up for opening night: the conductor fine-tuned the musical performance and directors polished the production while singers rehearsed full scenes in costume with the orchestra. After each rehearsal, students learned more about the production process during an intimate talk-balk session with members of the production team. One of the most outstanding moments of the opera experience was the backstage tour.  Students were able to see the inner workings of the magnificent Metropolitan Opera.  What an outstanding experience!

    Bravo to Mrs. Bravermen for bringing opera into the lives of our students!

    Author Unknown

  • In just five days, the students and staff of the East-West School of International Studies collected 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food for City Harvest, in honor of Kids Can Help Week. Although it has grown quickly since it opened five years ago, there are only 586 students in this small 6-12 international studies school in Flushing, Queens.

    So how did they do it?

    The East-West School represents one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the United States. Students prepare for a career in an international world by supplementing their studies with proficiency in an Asian language.  Along with this global focus, community, one of the school’s core values, is what pulls the school together. For this project, students from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds worked together to give back to their community.

    “We have had much more participation this year, from staff as well as students. I didn’t even have to ask all that much. People just wanted to give,” said Candi Braverman, a teacher who has been organizing the food drive for the past four years. “We also had fantastic volunteers who helped make it happen.” Students in Ms. Braverman’s 12th grade English class gave their time to make daily announcements, cover the halls with posters, and purchase healthy food using cash donations.

    The East-West School has been running an annual food drive since it opened, but this is the first year they accepted cash donations. Students who didn’t have cans of food could drop off their spare change. “Kids would stop me in the hallway and hand me money,” said Ms. Braverman.

    She recalls one 7th grader who decided to donate her entire allowance of $60. “I asked her, are you sure? And she just replied, this is my money and this is what I want to do with it.”

    The food drive ran from November 6 to November 10, 2010. City Harvest will distribute the food to those in need over the holiday season.

  • I didn’t know what to expect at the Imperial War Museum in London. I had passed it many times during my visits to London, but had never gone in, and it was not on my top ten things to do list; it was more on my “oops, I am leaving London and I wonder what is in that museum” list. The Imperial Museum is a fascinating place that all educators should go see, both alone and while teaching children. Human history is the history of war. This is a tragic but true fact of life. Upon entering the Museum, one sees the wreck of a car. It is a hulking, rusted wreck of a modern car, probably a Volvo. It appears to have been crushed in a junk yard and the viewer immediately begins to wonder what it is doing at the entrance of this museum. Two docents hover nearby, ready to explain. Like an onion, the history of the car is revealed as layer after layer is unfolded.
    The car was parked in a well-known book market in Bagdad. A car bomb exploded nearby. The air was sucked out of the car by the vacuum created by the explosion. Glass shattered. Thirty-eight people were killed by the blast. Many of those who were wounded later died of their injuries. Others were emotionally damaged forever, including one bookseller who lost four children in the blast.
    The blast was so unpopular that no one ever claimed responsibility for it. Who were the intended victims? Did it target the Shia who dominated the neighborhood? Did it aim for the intellectuals who shopped there for books in Arabic, Persian, English, French, Italian and other languages? Was it a message for the secular Iraqis who read books instead of the Koran? Did it aim to call attention to the origin of the street where it exploded, Al-Mutanabbi, a street named after a great Iraqi 9th century poet who once claimed that the words in his poems were greater than the words of the Koran?
    Officially, the car is known as “Baghdad, 5 March 2007: A New Display with Jeremy Deller” and is from his “It Is What It Is” exhibit which was on display in various venues in the United States before being donated by the New Museum of New York. More information is available at .

  • Dear Visitors,

    Our purpose at East-West School is twofold:
    1. To prepare our students for college.
    2. To prepare our graduates to be successful in a world in which Asia will continue to grow in importance.

    We accomplish this by examining data on our students and using it to guide our instruction so that we can move our students along a seven-year continuum. We continuously improve the reading, writing, and math skills of our students while continually raising the bar of what we expect them to do.

    On the Asian side, besides having our students study Korean, Japanese, or Chinese language each day, we purposely seek to make ongoing connections between those countries and cultures and what we are teaching in all of our classes. We also try to make comparisons to our own cultures.

    We are a liberal arts school with a strong arts component.   Besides our intensive language program, we offer Drama, Art, and Korean drumming. Each year there is a summer trip to an Asian country. Our 10th and 11th graders all have online mentors through iMentor.

    At East-West School, we all care deeply about our students. We really want them to excel. Our teachers work very hard to provide creative learning experiences. Our test scores show the results. Most importantly is our graduation data. In the year 2010, we graduated 94% of our high school Seniors with 99%  continuing on to college and one joining the Navy. This is evidence of our success with our students.  

    We still have a lot to learn. Let's do it together.


    Benjamin Sherman