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  • Update: View videos of the presentation, as well as thank you letters from East-West students at Youth Voices.

    "Your struggle has taught me that no matter how hard it gets you can survive and become a better person. Thank you so much for sending your book to our school and then visiting us."

    12th grade students gather to hear Rosa speak. From Rosa Strygler

    Background information from Ms. Park:

    Rosa Strygler is a holocaust survivor. She has written a book, Rosa, which tells the story of her growing up in Poland and being sent to Auschwitz in her early teens. She interweaves the story with her memories, as a mother living in New York in the early 70s, of having a son fall into heavy drug use and mental illness. It's a moving story, but an uplifting one in the sense of her strength as a survivor and someone who has given back to the community by volunteering at Rikers Island with young prisoners and helping to counsel them. She donated her books for the 12th graders to read and discuss when she arrived. All assignments were given through the Senior English classes.

    Rosa currently lives in New York City with her husband and an adopted daughter from China.

    Read more about Rosa on her profile at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which she greatly supports.

    The two other pillars of East-West. From Rosa Strygler

    Rosa invited the students to ask her any question they wanted. She responded frankly as students grappled with the enormity of her life experiences. It was a valuable opportunity to learn about someone who lived through incredible hardship.

    Above all, Rosa wanted to make sure that young people never forgot that the Holocaust happened so that it would never happen again.

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    Kwaku Oware-Addai, a 12th grade ELA student and recent first place winner of the G2G contest, wrote a poem to reflect on what he learned about the Holocaust. Continue reading for the full poem.

    Holocaust

    What is the holocaust?

    Did it even exist?

    Many people just call it a myth

    6 million dead by one man’s hand

    Surely countries took a stand

    6 million that is just crazy

    Killing the old, the young and even babies?

    This can’t be true who would allow this to happen

    6 million is as big as Manhattan

    The holocaust is not a type of fiction

    All those souls lost is not a prediction

    They were taken from home and placed in camps

    Telling the people they don’t have a chance.

    Taking their name and given a number

    Forced to sleep while outside thunders

    Forced to work without pay

    Some did not make it by the end of the day

    Treated like animals and put in a cage

    People waited for them to rot and decay

    Death was around and invoked fears

    Causing people to believe the end was near

    But through the day and through the night

    There were those who would put up a fight

    Having hope allowed them to strive

    Which led many to survive

    Through the day and through the night

    Jews fought a perilous fight

    Facing death with light from hope

    They no longer began to mope

    Some were able to leave the camp alive

    Walk out in the open while maintaining their pride

    The holocaust was an event that should not have happened

    Ignorance made men hate with passion

    Lives were lost because of this action

    The lesson of the story as you can see

    Is don’t ever repeat history.

  • On March 11, Japan suffered an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, the greatest one in its history, as well as a devastating tsunami.

    As an international studies school with Japan as one of our areas of focus, we responded immediately so that all students and staff were informed of the disaster and understood the severity and scope of its destruction.

    Mr. Bantz, one of our Japanese teachers, and Ms. Panday quickly prepared a presentation as students and staff filed into the auditorium for Morning Muster. Students viewed video clips of the tsunami and learned which parts of Japan were affected. Mr. Bantz concluded by asking everyone to keep Japan in their thoughts. Mr. Sherman encouraged teachers to adjust their lessons to explore different aspects of the disaster, such as the scientific cause behind earthquakes.

    Building compassion for countries and people who exist thousands of miles away and have different customs, beliefs, and language is an international school's ultimate goal. By increasing awareness of the interdependence of our wellbeing, we strive to train our students to become empathetic and proactive global citizens.

    East-West students visit a Japanese elementary school (Japan trip 2009)

  • DEADLINE: TURN IN COMPLETED APPLICATIONS BY MONDAY, MARCH 21 AT 4PM

    Are you interested in journalism and working with computers? How about seeing your work published?

    East-West is looking for a reliable and enthusiastic student intern to help us cover East-West news and events and provide content for the “Life at East-West” blog. This is a volunteer internship in online journalism and digital media. Gain valuable professional skills while helping more people know about the great things happening at East-West.

    Benefits

    • One-on-one mentorship and training in news writing and reporting
    • Impressive work experience for college applications
    • Letter of recommendation for employers and colleges
    • A portfolio of published writing samples
    • Improve your writing and communication skills
    • Receive service credit!

    Read more for more information and to download an application.

    Responsibilities

    • Report on East-West news and events for the “Life at East-West” blog
    • Design, conduct, and publish interviews for the “People at East-West” column on the school blog
    • Serve as a liaison for important student announcements and news, especially from Student Government
    • Select 1-2 articles from East-West student publications to reprint on the blog
    • Research, summarize and share interesting news stories for the “World News” column
    • Assist with monthly Muster presentation on online EWSIS news
    • Help publish photos and videos online
    • Attend meetings with Ms. Cheng after-school. More information below.***
    • After sufficient training, you will have the opportunity to design and maintain a column on the school blog to engage student discussion

    Time commitment

    This internship requires four in-office work hours per week. You and your supervisor will design a schedule together. This time will be spent meeting with your supervisor and working on your assignments.

    It is likely that you will also have to work on your own time to complete your assignments. The work load will vary by week, but you will be expected to put in the time to complete and submit your work by the deadlines.

    The ideal student intern

    The ideal intern would be in the 10th or 11th grade and have a strong interest in writing and getting involved at school.

    The most important qualities I am looking for are reliability and passion, not perfection. Please apply even if you are not sure you are the best writer, or if you would like to build confidence in your public speaking and communication skills.

    Apply!

    • Fill out an application, available on the school blog and in room 429. Download here.
    • Submit TWO writing samples: a graded essay and self-interview
    • Deliver completed applications to Ms. Cheng in room 429

    Writing Samples:

    You will need to submit two writing samples:

    1. A graded academic essay
    2. A self-interview: Write an example blog post as if you had conducted an interview with yourself.
      Design the questions and provide the answers. I am looking for creativity and professionalism. No less than 250 words.
  • Although the first class is tomorrow, anyone is welcome to attend the following classes. Whenever you attend your first class, you need to pay the $20 deposit.

    From Ms. Chen:

    Dear Parents,

    I am pleased to inform you that our Adult Chinese Mandarin Class of 2011 will begin on March 12, 2011 from10:00a.m.-11:30a.m. For the convenience of PTA parents, the times of some classes are scheduled before the PTA meetings (9:00a.m.-10:00a.m.).

    You are welcome to participate.  No prior Chinese language knowledge is needed. A $20 deposit is required and will be refunded to those who attend all classes. Students who arrive late or are absent for any class will forfeit the $20 deposit.  Due to the limited space, remember “the early bird catches the worm.”

    I am looking forward to seeing you in the class! Please contact Ms. Chen at bchen@ewsis.org or contact the school at (718)-353-0009.

    Thank you,

    Ms. Chen /Chinese Language Teacher

  • Dragon Boat racing

    We are looking for students to join a new East-West Dragon Boat team!

    Dragon boat racing is a water sport that originated in China. Learn more about its history here.

    - Any students who are 15 by January 2011 are eligible.

    - Practice will start at the beginning of June.

    - On-site boat practice will occur once a week, Saturday or Sunday, for about an hour.

    Students will train to compete in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival this August at Flushing Meadows Park.

    If you are interested, contact Mr. Shibata at rshibata@ewsis.org .

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