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        Welcome to FIHS!

        Summer classes will be from July 17 - Aug 12, Mon-Fri 8:40 - 12:40
        August Regents will be administered on August 13 and August 14
        **Student transportation passes will be distributed first day of summer school.

        Flushing International Students at the 3rd Internationals Science Fair

        On May 7th, students from Evolution/Revolution and E3 visited the American Museum of Natural History to participate in the 3rd Internationals Science Fair.  They presented science projects alongside students from International High School for Health Sciences, International High School at Lafayette, and International Community High School.  We listened to a talk by the museum's own Dr. Claudia Wultsch and saw her and her field assistant, Bruiser demonstrate what it looks like to hunt for jaguar scat (you can see more of them on the BBC's Lost Land of the Tiger).  What an amazing show of work by all of the schools who came!  Congratulations to all the young scientists who participated.  We hope to see you all next year at the 4th Internationals Science Fair! 

        The Truth about Drugs:

        The Connections team would like to thank the Foundation for a Drug Free World for their presentation on April 4th educating our students about drugs and their effect.  

        Having the speaker share his knowledge, has certainly contributed toward our students’ awareness and decision-making skills.

        If you are interested on learning more about this topic, visit their site

        Student Government Representatives Meet the Mayor! 

        Flushing International's Student Government visited City Hall on February 11th, where they learned about the workings of NYC government. While at City Hall, the students had the opportunity to meet the 109th mayor of New York City! Thank you, Mayor de Blasio  for taking the time to come over and speak with us! The students also visited Federal Hall, the site where our first president George Washington took the oath of office.

        Evolution / Revolution 9th Graders Build Hydroponic Gardens

        Fridays this January the E/R 9th graders are traveling deep into the heart of Brooklyn to the Environmental Study Center.  We are learning about hydroponics and building our own working systems.  This past week was construction day.  We planted the seedlings we started last week in the hydroponic systems we constructed from scratch this week.  In the next two weeks, we will return to measure our vegetables and eventually harvest them!  See more pictures at:

        Students from the Mural Project go the MET!

        FIHS' artists in the Roots Mural Project visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. They observed arts from various cat could serve as symbols for the different themes that will comprise our school mural.

        Among the artist are Cristian Calleja, Maudeline Clervoix, Liz Nouel, Xuechen Jia, Santiago Martinez, Woiser Youdon , Jorge Correa, Melvin Gongora, Tashi Dolma, Longgen Nie, Sandy Gouda, Pamela Guaman Criollo, Xianle Jin, Surya Rahman, and Jinling Huang. The mural is expected to be done by the end of April!

        Green Thumbs Visit a Rooftop Farm in Long Island City

        Students in the Green Thumbs elective are learning about urban farming.  On October 1st, we visited the Brooklyn Grange, an enormous rooftop farm located in Long Island City.  We learned about food systems, tasted green leafy vegetables, held worms from the compost pile, and admired the clucking chickens.  We are inspired to do some of our own growing at school.

        FIHS Visits the Queens Botanical Garden

        On September 19th, the Connections Team along with ER and E3 visited the Queens Botanical Garden to enrich their conceptual understanding of biodiversity. They learned more about city plants, the different types of weeds and how weeds can survive in different climates. The students participated in a workshop which main purpose was to make students aware that weeds could be beneficial in the urban areas as it stops soil erosion and can also be used for medical purposes.

        STEM Education: FIHS student worked at the  

        world class Harlem DNA Lab


        At the Harlem DNA Lab, a dozen lucky students were selected to extract DNA from a cell this summer. James Creed was one of those lucky students, who spent 55 hours of training in conservation genetics and DNA bar-coding. James performed electrophoresis, or pushed DNA strands through a gel filter to separate the molecules.

        Instructor Christine Marizzi (l.) works with students on genetics and DNA bar-coding at the Harlem DNA Lab.

        “I actually enjoy doing this,” said a 15-year-old, who decided to join the program with a classmate. “I get to experience science other than just learning from a book. I’m kind of excited to see what it’s going to look like, because I’ve never done gel electrophoresis.”

        The Harlem DNA Lab, which is operated by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, is equipped with state-of-the-art gear like dissecting microscopes, incubators and centrifuges for kids to use. And the program is free, thanks to $26 million in federal and private grants.

        “There was no real science education going on, specifically in East Harlem, where there’s a need for STEM education,” said Marizzi, who is originally from Austria. “I think it’s a perfect place to expose kids to science, especially students who don’t have the opportunity to get science in school.”

        For Shana Ramnarain, joining the program means the 14-year-old is one step closer to pursuing her dream job as a forensic pathologist.
        “Science has always been one of my strongest points,” said the Queens high school freshman, who takes three trains from her home to get to the lab. “That’s what I’m headed for in my career. I like watching crime shows.”

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        FIHS Staff and Students Proudly Trudge Through the Rain and Muck to Support AIDS Walk in Central Park

        On Sunday, May 18th, FIHS joined thousands of people dedicated to develop an AIDS-free generation. Our students' and teachers' efforts raised about $750, which will go toward help organizing to continue "its far-reaching prevention and advocacy work that reaches hundreds of thousands in the tri-state area, as well as provide urgently needed food, access to medical care, counseling, linkages to safe housing, and other crucial direct services to thousands of people in need living with HIV/AIDS." Please congratulate Olga Tarasenko, Anastasia Tarasenko, Long Lin, Shuai Qi Yang,  Bing Tian, Linda Taveras, Melissa Rivera, (Student Council) Juana Campos, Bin Jin, Jennifer Liu, Valentina Bedoya, Viviana Montano, Junyi Lin, Chaohe Chen, Tenzin Choeyang, Shuaiqi Yang, Zhenning Kang,  Choeyang Tenzin, Surya Rahman, Perla Vasquez Jimenez, Muhua Li, Xinhuang Ni, Longgen Nie, Shuaiqi Yang, Salihoun Toure, James Keanu Creed, Kesang Lama Choden, Xianle Jin, Ang Nimi Sherpa, Heidi Mercado, Ivan Lui, Kevin Rumipulla, Chuigang Kong, Changhai Ma, Sanying Gui, Junyi Lin, Tarek Rady, Santiago Martinez, Carolyn Delacruz, Johan Torres, Tashi Dolma, Michel GomesRG Raymond, Ms. Michele, Ms. Rebecca, Mr. Kevin, Ms. Rosmery,  Mr. Tim,  Mr. Jordan, and Mr. Adam, and everybody else that made this AIDS Walk a success. We look forward to continuing helping our society.

        FIHS Wins First Place at the First Annual Internationals Math Olympiad

        Please congratulate Songyan Zhang, Michel Gomes, Junyi Lin, Laura Perez, and Joel Park, who as a team won first place in the first Annual Internationals Math Olympiad.

        The competition was for 9th and 10th grade students from the Internationals Network, and took place at Cleromont International High School in the Bronx.
        We can't wait to bring more students next year and celebrate the work our students do.

        IHTD Day of Action on Capitol Hill
        12th grade students Liliana Tenezaca, Pamela Taveras, Xuebing Li, and Jeffri Reyes traveled to Washington DC for the annual If I Had A Trillion Dollars national youth film festival, leadership training and lobby day.  They had the opportunity to meet legislators on Capitol Hill to encouraged them to spend less money on the military and more money on education.  They also participated in an action on the Washington mall demanding the same.  We are proud of them and hope our students will continue to share their stories and their ideas with the community, and our nation's politicians.  Good work Pamela, Xuebing, Liliana and Jeffri!

        The Connections Team Visits SUNY New Paltz

        Often we forget that being college-ready means more than having the necessary skills in writing, reading, and mathematics. Aside from virtual tours, it is essential for students to have a real and palpable experience of a college campus, so they can anticipate how their social life would be while attending an university. That is why the Connections Team, in addition to some students from E3 and Future Horizons visited a SUNY campus upstate. During our visit, students were given a campus tour, had the opportunity to ask questions, and were able to eat at the campus main dining hall. Aside from loving the food, many of our students expressed eagerness to go to college or at least consider the option. Thank you AMP/CSTEP for hosting us!

        FIHS Students attend the NYC Girls Computer Science & Engineering Conference

        On April 18th, eight of our female students from the Junior Institute attended the Computer Science and Engineering conference hosted by NYU, Google, and Princeton University. Students had a chance to see that engineering and computer science are the key concepts behind the creation of many of the objects we use on a daily basis; among these are: iPhones, lipstick, elevators, vacuums, video games, etc. Even being able to tag your friend on a picture on Facebook.

        Anyone in the field, can tell you that their job is to make our lives easier. Yet, most of the jobs in that industry are well underrepresented by women; which is why the goal of this conference was to encourage our girls to consider this field for their post-secondary studies.

        On that day
        , our students had the opportunity to create interactive videos, games, and music using SCRATCH and CHUCK. They also had the opportunity to compete in the building of a structurally sound tower using spaghetti and gumdrops. We all had a lot of fun!


        On Tuesday, March 6th, 2013 the FIHS DREAM Team joined the NY DREAM Act Albany Day of Action. The FIHS Dreamers joined forces with the NYS Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC). With the support of the NYSYLC, students prepared to share their stories and the ways in which their lives would benefit from this legislation.

             FIHS Dreamers began their day at 5:30am. They met up in Flushing, Queens to then head to Union Square to meet up with hundreds of other Dreamers and allies. Once in Albany, students lobbied in support of the NY DREAM Act.  Both undocumented students and student allies shared their immigration stories with legislators and talked about how this bill would allow them to pursue their dreams of attending college. Several students shared their “coming out stories” for the first time. We admire and congratulate these students since it takes a lot of courage to do this, especially with people who have a trajectory of being anti-immigrant (like it was the case of two republican legislators that we visited). Students also took the time to visit and thank legislators who have already co-sponsored the bill.

        On March 19th, FIHS DREAM Team and other FIHS students will be joining a peaceful action-a human chain-in front of governor Cuomo’s office. This action is intended to pressure governor Cuomo to include the DREAM Act in the city’s fiscal budget. 

        Congratulations to Xue Bing, Jeffri, Pamela, Ildoo, Liliana, and Xiaofeng for having your video selected in IHTD Youth Film Festival!  The students will be attending a Leadership Conference in Washington DC in April.  IHTD  asked youth, “If you had the power to choose, how would you spend 1 trillion dollars? What could that money do for your family, for your community, for your nation, or for the world? 

        YouTube Video



        Flushing International proudly presents:  "Moliere's: Tartuffe"

        What happens when a criminal pretends to be something he is not and attempts to destroy a family? Will Justice be served? Can the family survive the deception? Will they live happily ever after or will their lives be destroyed?

        Find out the answers to these questions in the comedy of Moliere's "Tartuffe" presented by the Flushing International Players!

        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.

        Mathematics Conference at Queens College

        On November 16th, 2012, a group of students from FIHS attended the eleventh annual TIME 2000 conference at Queens College celebrating the teaching of mathematics. Students were exposed to dynamic mathematics lessons on real life situations covering topics of linear patterns, combinations, permutations, geometry of solids, limits, and trigonometric functions among others. Aside the activities, students were actively engaged by the keynote speaker Dan Meyer, who is a Doctoral candidate at Standford University. Concluding the conference students were encouraged to consider a career in mathematics education. Students really enjoyed the conference and the activities, and we hope to bring more students next year!

        Up Rooted Publishing Party

        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 Australia
         While 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.  

        Aury Hernandez
        recently visited Bangladesh as an Ambassador for The American Youth Leadership Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Aury was one of only

        Aury's World Savvy video from Bangladesh

        30 students selected from all over the United States to travel to Bangladesh and have this unique opportunity to explore  the critical issues of climate change first hand. Aury was part of a group that helped foster a mutual understanding, respect, and civic engagement among young Americans and their Bangladeshi peers.
            Upon returning from his four-week trip to Bangladesh, Aury will implement social action projects designed during the trip to address climate change issues.


        Science Challenge Club Homepage

        posted Jan 24, 2012, 6:53 PM by Jordan Wolf

        Members of the club and fans and followers can follow this link to our very own HOMEPAGE.

        Sci Chall Logo

        Click the link to see the Genewiz codes for our DNA barcoding sequences, schedule times for lab work, or just keep up with our latest happenings.

        Atomic Bomb Survivors Visit FIHS

        posted Dec 8, 2011, 4:34 AM by Kevin Hesseltine

        The first atomic bomb used in war time was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 killing between 130,000 and 150,000 people by the end of that year.  Those who survived the bombing are called Hibakusha. FIHS was fortunate to have Hibakusha Setsuko Thurlow share her experience of being a 13 year old girl in Japan when the atomic bomb was detonated.
        New York City Councilman Peter Koo and News channel New York 1, also came to FIHS to learn from Ms. Thurlow.

        NY1 Coverage of the Event

        Multi-Cultural Feast

        posted Nov 18, 2011, 6:19 AM by Kevin Hesseltine   [ updated Dec 8, 2011, 4:38 AM ]

        Multicultural Feast Slideshow


        posted Nov 16, 2011, 10:17 AM by Kevin Hesseltine   [ updated Nov 16, 2011, 10:22 AM ]

            Undocumented immigrant youth, allies and community leaders met November 14 in front of the New York Public Library’s 42nd street location in Manhattan to celebrate the extension of the state’s student loans to all students, regardless of immigration status. This legislation will make it possible for the thousands of young New Yorkers who were raised in this country without legal status to attend college and fulfill their potential. This vote follows the Regents’ resolution last month in support of the federal DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for young people who meet eligibility requirements such as attending college and performing military service.

            Here is a highlight from a speaker at the rally As a student and an immigrant, I can understand how other immigrants feel about not being a citizen and having to go back to your country after graduating from high school. If the Dream Act would pass I would feel really happy and relieved because I could stay and study in the United States. Everyone should have the opportunity to go to college and fulfill their American dream. As of today, America has been deporting a great amount of immigrant youth who are smart and hard-working people. This nation is losing all these amazing people whose only intention is to be productive in our society. We need them to contribute to this nation to make it a better place for all people.  If we kept all of our undocumented students it’s a way of investing in America’s future."


        posted Nov 15, 2011, 12:12 PM by Kevin Hesseltine   [ updated Nov 16, 2011, 5:19 AM ]

        Cut and paste any of the information below for native language translation.

        Google Site Translator

        Connections and Evolution/Revolution Teams visit the American Museum of Natural History

        posted Nov 15, 2011, 11:37 AM by Kevin Hesseltine

        On Thursday November 10th, students and teachers from the
        Connections and Evolution/Revolution teams visited the Cultural Halls of the American Museum of Natural History as a part of their current unit on the Age of Exploration.  Students used artifacts, maps and models to discover what life was like around the world during an earlier time in history.  We also used the museum's famous nature dioramas to learn about the physical conditions of the new world, and to consider the adaptations living things need in order to survive there.  Using such great cultural resources like the AMNH expand what we can learn in the classroom, and makes New York City a great place to go to school!

        A.S.A.P. Students meet with Councilman Peter Koo

        posted Nov 15, 2011, 11:25 AM by Kevin Hesseltine   [ updated Nov 15, 2011, 11:41 AM ]

        On Wednesday, Nov 2nd, our ASAP youth had the opportunity to go to Councilman Peter Koo’s office.  The students learned more about the roles of the city council, discussed their own work at Flushing International, and asked questions that would help them develop their campaign goals.  Below is a couple links to a local paper that published their visit.

        Newspaper Link

        Newspaper Link 2

        FIHS Urban Barcode Teams Visit the Harlem DNA Lab

        posted Nov 4, 2011, 8:31 AM by Kevin Hesseltine   [ updated Nov 4, 2011, 12:12 PM ]

        Members of the FIHS Science Challenge Club have launched their entries in the NYC Urban Barcode Competition with two consecutive visits to the DNA Learning Center in Harlem.  Students proposed research projects which were reviewed and approved by scientists from the American Natural History Museum.  They are now collecting biological materials from around Flushing, extracting DNA from them, and analyzing the results.  The finished projects will be presented this Spring at a City-wide competition for scholarship prizes.  In the meantime, they're developing excellent research skills, and interacting with active scientists in a lab setting. Good luck, young scientists!

        The United Nations visits FIHS!

        posted Oct 25, 2011, 6:03 AM by Kevin Hesseltine   [ updated Nov 4, 2011, 12:15 PM ]

        Flushing International hosted three representatives from the United Nations. The  purpose of the United Nations is to bring all nations of the world together to work for peace and development, based on the principles of justice, human dignity and the well-being of all people.  The main focus of the presentation was helping the students understand all the ‘Ways the UN Makes a Difference in Our Everyday Life’ with five focal areas:
        1. Humanitarian Relief
        2. Poverty and Sustainable Development
        3. Climate Change
        4. Education
        5. HIV/AIDS

        Click on the links above to learn more about the five focal areas.

        posted Aug 30, 2011, 11:42 AM by Joe Luft

        Read a powerful message from our Class of 2011 Valedictorian, Cristian Soria.  Thank you to our friends at the New York State Youth Leadership Council for helping Cristian and his family.

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