On Thursday, May 19th, 1st – 5th graders visited the Children’s Museum of Arts for a fun day exploring the exhibit Weather or Not, That is the Question. Students learned about the weather and its impact on our environment. The exhibit featured works from artists Kim Abeles, Matthew Albanese, Suzanne Anker, Blane De St. Croix, Sandy Gellis, Nathalie Miebach, Nnenna Okore, and Virginia Wagner. After a tour of the museum and discussions with our exhibit leader, students had a chance to make their own trees using many different types of materials. After a great trip and lunch, we spent some time in Central Park enjoying the nice weather.
After reading “My Chinatown” and learning more about the author and illustrator of the book, Kam Mak, 4th and 5th graders were inspired to write poems about their hometowns around the world. Students used the app “30 Hands” to add illustrations to their poems and record themselves reading aloud. Check them out!
We wanted to celebrate World Language Day by sharing our favorite songs with you! Enjoy!
I love this song because the melody is simple but catchy, and accompanied perfectly by the guitar as background music. The singer’s voice is a little hoarse and very attractive, while the lyrics are positive and poetic. You can feel both calmness and passion from the song, and I guess it’s one of the best songs to listen when you are alone in the midnight.
This song is called 海闊天空 by BEYOND and it was one of the most famous songs in Hong Kong. This song was dedicated to one of the main members that died in an accident. It is also my favorite song.
With our new and improved EAL library, students have been reading books about cultures from all over the world!
Here are some highlights.
What else are we reading?
11th grade is reading Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok.
“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!'” – Robin Williams
Check out what we did for Spring Break!
This is the pool at the first hotel we stayed at. It was so much fun and I thought the view was really beautiful!
This Spring Break I went to the Shanghai Trip with the school it was a total of 19 students. On the 4th day of the trip, we went to Hangzhou and that’s when I took this picture. It was very interesting to me how ancient China had sculptures that are carved on walls. We also had the chance to visit an ancient Chinese temple that day to see the sculptures of Budda.
“This year, I did something I had only done twice before: skiing. I packed my bags with my family, we all went to the airport, and after two planes finally arrived at Snowmass, Colorado, where we stayed for a week. The weather was surprisingly warm, and the snow, very icy in the morning, became very soft in the afternoon (which was wonderful, since every time I fell it was on a mattress of soft, colorless crystals). And as to skiing, I never learned so much about something in so little time, and just to contribute to the perfect experience, our very close family friends, who also go to Dwight, were there too.”
Ms. Kearns spent a week in Puerto Rico and Sto Domingo and week two in bed. She thought she had the flu!
Eunice: I went to Philadelphia with my mother to visit my sister. We cooked a Chinese style meal with my sister and her friends. We also visited some historical museums, which is very exciting. We have a wonderful time together and I enjoyed the quiet and historical surrounding.
I stayed in New York over the spring break. I did study a lot for my coming up SAT and I worked/revised for some of my Internal Assignment.
During spring break, I traveled to Philadelphia and Washington D.C with my mom. Although we have been moved to the US for three years, we seldom have chance to travel to other states besides New York. This year, since all my college applications were done, we wanted to relax and take a trip to some cities and states around New York. The trip only lasted for two days, but we really spent time in these cities very pleasantly and knew more about the US culture. For me, the most impressive part in the trip was we got to see the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. I have heard that the cherry blossoms only bloom for a short period every year, so it was very lucky of us that when we arrived, both riversides of the Potomac River were in beautiful pink. I was so amazed by the numerous numbers of cherry blossom trees, and filled my phone with photos of them (and my bunnies ).
I had an amazing Spring Break! I was lucky enough to visit a few friends in Europe. My first stop was Madrid, where I got to spend three days with my friend who lives there; I saw all of the beautiful architecture and history of Madrid. I then flew to Luxembourg to visit with more friends. After a day and a half there, we took the train to Paris together. Paris was stunning!! I was truly amazed at the wide streets, the museums, street performers, delicious food, and incredible history that the city has to offer. Lastly, I went to a little town in Germany called Trier; it had ancient Roman architecture and beautiful cathedrals. I loved every minute of my trip, and cannot wait to return to Europe to continue exploring all of the great cities there!
I spent time with my family in Newport (Jersey City) the first week and went to upstate NY the second week to my parent’s house. My son took dance class at his Grandma’s dance studio! We also went to Edison, NJ for some 好吃 Chinese food and celebrated my Uncle’s 70th birthday!
Congratulations to the 10th graders on completing their Personal Projects!
On Thursday, March 16th, we celebrated our monthly EAL activity with a “Test Your Luck” party. We played games and ate green food for Saint Patrick’s Day!
Congratulations to the Timothy House superstars on an amazing talent show!
In grade 11, we have been practicing descriptive writing. Students chose a location in New York City, visited it, and wrote a detailed paragraph about the location. They created these creative short videos to present their writing.
On Friday, March 17th, Asian Culture Club took a field trip to Gotham Market to eat some
おいしい Japanese food!
Our last unit was on Edgar Allan Poe’s work. We read a number of short stories including Tell Tale Heart. We focused on tone. Poe’s stories are shocking, thrilling, and gruesome. The vocabulary is also fun! We saw a great video too.
Check out Vitor’s video here.
Descriptive Writing Practice: Chinatown 1986
In 11th grade EAL, we are reading the YA fiction book, “Girl in Translation,” by Jean Kwok. The story is about a Chinese teenage girl, who immigrated to Brooklyn and faces the many challenges of poverty, immigration, and being a teenager. Jean Kwok, who was a Chinese immigrant herself, uses beautiful descriptive language throughout the book to give insight to the colorful world of New York City. We have been analyzing her writing and practicing descriptive writing. Students watched a video clip of Chinatown in 1986, and wrote descriptive paragraphs based on the video.
By: Chelsea Ye
As I walked through Chinatown in 1986, I felt quite interesting. There were tons of neat little shops on the sidewalks. Some small shops supply all kinds of electrical appliances. While others provide fresh organic produce vegetables. I went to a grocery store with all the fish and other seafood laying out for sale. There’s a fishy smell in the grocery store and the stagnant water made me sick. However, the little stand which sales the grilled chicken made me hungry. Char siu(barbecued pork in Cantonese cuisine) are hang in front the display window. I consider myself as a gluttonous person, talking about my favorite part in Chinatown I have to mention the well-known bakery. Inside the small shop it serves wide variety of pastries: from the delicious tarts, to the small and delicate buns with fillings like red bean, roast pork, salted egg yolk, and beyond. My favorite dish is the golden taro fries, they are crisp and golden just like the autumn leaves and it tastes absolutely delicious, more importantly the aftertaste lingers on.
By: Eunice Ma
When you walk across the street, you will hear those bawling hawker that are arguing to those astute customers who try to bargain over the price like a group of sparrows who are twittering to scramble for the slim food. The street is very congested with people, goods and cars that load and unload goods.
Once you make a brief stop at a open-area food market, you can see a variety of kinds of fresh vegetable, meat and fish. There are also many clean and tasty restaurant, which sells Chinese traditional local delicacies, such as cantonese roasted duck and Shanghai little juicy bun.
Students have been exploring Edgar Allan Poe’s work. They read the “Tell Tale Heart” and were then assigned their own graphic interpretation of the story.
Check out Martin’s project here.
Check out Mark’s project here.
Many of the EAL students performed at Carnegie Hall on February 25th. They did an excellent job and we are so proud of them. Ayane Nakashima, 10th grade, shared her thoughts on the experience.
My Carnegie Hall Concert Experience
On February 25th, I performed at Carnegie Hall Concert with students from Dwight New York, London, and Shanghai. I played the piano and harpsichord, and performed three pieces. It was so exciting and an honor to perform at one of the most famous concert halls in the world.
Before the show, I was super nervous because I had the solo, and I was in the very first piece. As you can imagine, it is kind of frightening to perform in front of many people. Even though I used to perform music or dance when I was in Japan, my heart was beating so fast. When the concert started, and I came on the stage, I was actually excited and didn’t feel nervous at all. So I was able to relax and enjoy performing. I made few mistakes, but I did everything well. I felt the concert went so quickly, but it was such an amazing concert. Now, I am already missing my pieces, everyone, every moment through the Carnegie Concert. It was impressive to collaborate with students from different countries. It makes me love music more, and reminds me that music can bring people together.
Read more here.
After learning about paraphrasing, Shirley created a screen cast video to show all that she learned and to teach others how to do the same. Watch this informational video to learn more about paraphrasing!
In grade 7/8 EAL, we practiced our language skills through the theme of global warming. We used images, articles, videos, online research, and the short documentary, “Tipping Barrels,” to analyze the cause and effects of climate change.
This unit was coupled with persuasive writing, in which we learned the methods of persuasion (ethos, pathos, and logos), and analyzed how they are used in advertisements. The unit ended with the students working together to create a persuasive advertisement focusing on the environmental themes seen throughout the unit.
Students in 12th grade read excerpts from the book Half The Sky Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. After learning new vocabulary, annotating and writing outlines, students gave 45-minute presentations on their chosen excerpt. They also came up with their own questions in order to lead a class discussion based on the theme of their excerpt. They did a fantastic job on both the PowerPoint and public speaking. You can check out their PowerPoints below.
In addition, the 12th graders continue to write on their blogs. One of their last posts was about living abroad.