Monday, April 28, 2008

CSIHSIS Welcomes Our French Exchange Students!

On behalf of the CSIHSIS community I would like to extend a warm welcome to our French exchange students and their teachers. Although they have only been here for three days, along with their hosts, our visitors, who have been studying United States History, have already experienced Ellis Island and furthered their learning about immigration to the United States. Today, along with our sophomore class, our visiting students toured the United Nations, learned about international relations and diplomacy, and experienced firsthand the heightened security at the United Nations and the delays it causes. The French delegation was then formally welcomed to our school in a ceremony planned by our student hosts.

While in the States the French students will shadow their CSIHSIS counterparts in classes, make presentations about French culture to our advisories, visit Ground Zero and the Museum of the American Indian, dine in China town, and experience American culture with their host families. We know that this will be a great learning experience for all students, teachers and families involved and hope that it will also be the start of some life long friendships.

Once again, we welcome you to our school, to our city, and to our country. We hope you enjoy your stay here and look forward to visiting you and your school next year.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Thanks to a generous grant from CUNY, last week along with two students, Miriam and Khadijat, our very own Spanish teacher, Ms. Elissa Garcia and a professor from College of Staten Island, Dr. Susan Sullivan, traveled to Qito, Ecuador in an exchange with students from the Collegio Menor school. While the trip included language immersion and service learning, its main purpose was to have our students begin the process of establishing a relationship with the students of Collegio Menor so that we can arrange for language immersion exchange.

While there both Khadijat and Miriam loved phys ed - salsa dancing and truly enjoyed their hosts' hospitality. Bargaining in Spanish at the market let them use their Spanish language skills in a real life setting as did going to class with their hosts.

We are hopeful that this was a the start of a long relationship with Collegio Menor and that we will participate in a two-way language immersion exchange with them during the next school year.