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  • As EWSIS students climb the stairs every morning to go to their first class, Gandhi reminds them to “be the change they wish to see in the world”. Gandhi’s wisdom is one of the nine voices, including those of Mother Teresa, Max Ehrmann, and Akio Morita, which are featured on the new school banners that hang prominently over every stairwell. Each quote is bound by the words honor, excellence, curiosity, and celebration, the four guiding values of East-West.

    Students crossing Stairwell E to get to their language classes know that Martin Luther King Jr. said it best: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” The glossy professionally-made banners reflect a small ambitious school that has come a long way since taking its first step. The number of students has tripled to 600 since the school opened in 2006, but EWSIS received the highest grade of an A for both middle and high school, the only 6-12 school in Queens to do so, in NYC school progress reports for the past two years. Last year EWSIS held its first high school graduation. With sixty-five students graduating, sixty-four continued on to college and one joined the Navy.

    EWSIS and Flushing community leaders will officially unveil the banners in a brief ceremony on January 13, 2011, preceding a meeting of the East-West School Community Advisory Board.

     

  • 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.

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