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  • In recognition of its potential as a model Chinese language program for the U.S., strong local leadership, demonstrated commitment to international exchange and collaboration, and global vision for the future, the East-West School of International Studies has been accepted as a member of the second cohort of schools in the Hanban-Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network.

    Along with a start-up cash award of $10,000, EWSIS will work to enhance their existing Chinese language program through unique opportunities such as being matched with partner schools in China and having students, teachers and administrators conduct exchanges and joint projects. They will also receive 1000 volumes of Chinese language learning materials.

    At this small grade 6-12 school, students at EWSIS study Mandarin, Japanese, or Korean each year they attend and most graduate with at least the equivalent of a first-year college level of proficiency. Chinese teachers use a workshop model with skillful incorporation of multimedia and culture studies to engage students and promote effective language learning. According to Mei-Chin Chang, a Chinese teacher at EWSIS who wrote the successful proposal, “learning Chinese language cannot be separated from understanding the culture.” Last year, students of Chinese interviewed students of Korean and Japanese and later used Venn diagrams to examine the similarities and differences among the three cultures celebrating Lunar New Year.

    The Chinese program at EWSIS provides its service to parents and the community as well. For two years in a row,  EWSIS sponsored a free 12-session Chinese class open to the East-West community. There have been more than sixty adults taking their Chinese class on the weekends and the number of the students in the Chinese Program is expecting to grow with new funding next year.

    Located in Flushing, New York, one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the country, EWSIS prepares students for a career in an international world by supplementing their studies with proficiency in an Asian language.  With the understanding of the important role Chinese language plays in the rapidly globalized world, the East-West Chinese program has gained strong support from students, parents and community. Through this partnership, EWSIS will be able to drastically improve its Chinese program for the benefit of its students and the community.

    The Hanban-Asia Society Confucius Classrooms Network has been established with the support of an International Expert Advisory Committee and in partnership with Hanban, a non-governmental agency supported by China’s Ministry of Education that supports the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture in all corners of the world. The Network is more than just an attempt to recognize excellence in Chinese language teaching – it is the beginning of an ongoing process of field building with the goal of establishing high quality, sustainable Chinese language programs in all regions of the U.S., and one important step toward strengthening Americans’ understanding of China.

    About Asia Society and Hanban's Partnership

    Hanban and Asia Society have collaborated over the past few years to promote educational initiatives aimed at strengthening the teaching and learning of Chinese language and culture in the United States. Hanban has partnered with the Asia Society in recognition of its network of connections in US education and real experience designing and developing schools that promote global competency for American students.

  • Welcome to the new East-West blog! This is where you can get a glimpse into what goes on at the school from day-to-day. We'll provide news on what we're learning about in our classrooms, as well as school trips, events, and programs. Be sure to bookmark the site and keep checking back for updates.

    As a note, the main school website is still the place for official announcements and general information.

    For those of you who are new to our school, feel free to check out the main website at http://www.ewsis.org and read our "About" page.

  • Our first class of seniors graduated from East-West in June 2010. You can find our students beginning their college experiences throughout the country. Read more to see what colleges they went to!

    6-22-2010

    With 65 students graduating, 64 continued on to college and one joined the Navy.

    Academy of Art Institute

    Adelphi University

    Boston College

    Boston University

    Central Michigan University

    Clarkson University

    Devry University

    Elmira College

    Emerson College

    Five Towns College

    Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise

    Johnson and Wales University

    Hofstra University

    Lafayette College

    Lehigh University

    Marymount Manhattan College

    New School University- Parsons School of Design

    New York University

    Northeastern University

    Norwich University

    Pace University

    Penn State University

    Rutgers University

    St. John's University

    St. Joseph's College

    Syracuse University

    Temple University

    Trinity College

    University of Pittsburgh

    University of Rochester

    Valencia Community College

    Wesley College

    CUNY- Baruch College, Brooklyn College, The City College, Hunter College, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Lehman College, Medgar Evers College, New York City College of Technology, Queens College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Hostos Community College, LaGuardia Community College, Queensborough Community College, MACAULAY HONORS- City College, Hunter College, Baruch College, Queens College

    SUNY- Alfred State University, University at Albany, Binghamton University, Brockport University, Buffalo State College, Morrisville State, New Paltz University, Potsdam University, Purchase College, Stony Brook University

    For more information on college admissions, please visit http://www.collegeboard.com.

  • December 20, 2010: As part of their Advisory Community Project, five East-West students organized a charity bake sale and raised $45 in one class period. The money will be donated to the American Red Cross.

    Joanna Song, Jessica Lei, Karen Xu, LeSa Nan, and Saeeda Goodman baked or purchased all the items and hosted the sale in Ms. Braverman's classroom.

  • 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.

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