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
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.
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!
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.
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.”
FIHS Wins First Place at 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
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!
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
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?”
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!
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.
Upon returning from his four-week trip to Bangladesh, Aury will implement social action projects designed during the trip to address climate change issues.