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• Jan 30 – PD Day for staff/No School for students
• Jan 31 – Spring term begins
• Feb 15,16 – Drama Performance
• Feb 20-24 – Mid-Winter Recess
• Mar 15 – End of Marking Period 4
• Mar 15 – Career Day
• Mar 23, 24 – Parent Teacher Conference
The students worked with mentors throughout the weekend on the campus of Columbia University to learn about coding, web design, developing a business plan and networking and collaboration skills.
Here is the website for the sponsor: http://www.enzaacademy.org/
They had a contest for the best business pitches, and a group with students from our school won 3rd place, they are Sayed Waseed, Jun Xiang Wang, Hao Chen, and Ray Ouyang. That is them with the over-sized check. Their idea was called Spotfinder, an App to find parking spaces.
As we approach the end of the semester, we would like you to be aware of schedule changes because of Regents examinations and graduation portfolio presentations. Please review the schedule changes outlined below as they will affect your child’s schedule during the last two weeks of January.
FIHS' community service club, DYA (Donate Your Awesomeness), helped collect over 500 items of food for City Harvest!
The New York City Department of Youth & Community Development offers the Ladders for Leaders (L4L) Program for local high school and college students between the ages of 16 to 22. Since 2013, the Central Queens Y is proud to be an L4L provider that serves these age groups. The program hopes to include about 1,700 participants at 500 work sites citywide, matching adolescents with professional opportunities within corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations.
Class: Bridges Team/11th Grade
Teacher: Tony Tsai
After conducting online research, surveys and interviews of staff and fellow students about presidential candidates and their views on racism, immigration, police brutality and other topics of interests, the Bridges team presented the results in a series of web pages & short videos.
Here are links to the final projects
Attention FIHS Parents
You can reach the FIHS Parent Coordinator
Ms. Yesenia Ortiz-Gavilanes via email at
For urgent matters, please contact the school directly at (718) 463-2348
FIHS Explorers Club Did It Again!
FIHS Explorers Club went to The High Line Park in Manhattan on Oct. 17, 2015. The explorers walked the 1.45-mile-long (2.33 km)
linear park in New York City. This area where this park is situated used to be the New York Central Railroad in the West part of Manhattan.
Here are some of the pictures of the trip:
TDF Presents the 2015-16 Open Doors Program Scholars!
"Theatre Development Fund (TDF) would like to congratulate this year's new batch of Open Doors Program Scholars. Last October 7, 2015,
they had their orientation at the Pearl Studios in Manhattan and they were joined by the other schools, namely:
ALL HALLOWS HS, FRANK SINATRA HS, EDWARD R. MURROW HS, REPERTORY CO., HS OF LEADERSHIP AND PUBLIC SERVICE,
MASPETH HS, and YOUNG WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP SCHOOL.
This year's scholars are:
(L to R) Xueying Liu (12th grader), Muhua Li (12th grader), Xianle Jin (12th grader), Pruthvi Patel(11th grader), Nabid Anjum(11th grader),
Bea SAbalvaro(11th grader), Maria Rodriguez(11th grader), and Manuela Mesa(11th grader and not in picture).
Please congratulate them as you see them in school."
Explorers Club at the Maker Fair
Explorer's Club went to the Maker Faire -- below are some snapshots from the event that took place right here in Flushing on Saturday September 26th.
Click here to view photos of the Maker Fair Event
OPEN DOORS Batch 2015 GRADUATION
The Open Doors Scholars 2014-2015 had their Graduation Ceremony last June 1, 2015, Monday, at 5:00 PM at The Gerald Lynch Theatre of John Jay College in Manhattan. It was a night of celebration, performances, and testimonials of different students in NYC who participated in this prestigious program of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF). Please join me in congratulating our Open Doors Graduates of 2015: Minghua Lin, Yichen Hu, Haolun Lai, Ang Nimi Sherpa, Chaohe Chen, Heidi Mercado, Tenzin Choeyang, and Rg Ramond.
Former Alumni, have currently been working on an immigrant rights project. "My Future Is Here" is an ongoing, collaborative public arts project with immigrant youth that utilizes digital media design platforms and socially engaged art practices to activate new imaginary regarding immigrant rights, the making of civic and political identity for the immigrant, and the development of a cosmopolitical framework for cross-cultural exchange. Collaborating students act as experts and consultants on critical immigration issues from the youth perspective, informing the project's content and conceptual framework.
Twenty-six students from Flushing International High School published their original prose, poetry and photography in a new book entitled, UP
Rooted: Expressions of Home, Identity, Belonging and Adapting Through Words and Photographs. Recently immigrated from China, Columbia,The Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Korea and Tibet,, these students participated in spring term electives, exploring themes of identity, community, home and immigration. From the poem “Mi Neighborhood” to the memoir “Broken Roots;” from the images of the streets of Flushing, NY to the native foods being cooked in their homes, these students bring their love, their loses, and their hope to life in this 106 page publication. Educators Erin Dowding, Kevin Marquez, Grace Raffaele and Katie Strauss worked alongside the student authors and photographers throughout this 5 month process. A public reading at the Queens Museum of Art was followed by an author and photographer book signing and celebration for teachers, friends and family.
This project was made possible through the New York City Writing Project and a Student Press Initiative grant from the Dimon Foundation
Juana Campos is selected for National Geographic Expedition.
Juana Campos earned a scholarship from National Geographic this summer to travel to AustraliaWhile travelling Juana had the opportunity to expl ore rain forests, deserts, and the world's largest coral reef, and spot fascinating wildlife. She met with members of an Aboriginal community—the world's oldest living culture, which settled here more than 50,000 years ago. Australia roughly has the same population of New York City and the landmass of the continental United States; it is the most sparsely populated continent on the planet after Antarctica.
Upon returning from his four-week trip to Bangladesh, Aury will implement social action projects designed during the trip to address climate change issues.