Saturday, October 24, 2009

You Can Help the UN Solve Global Problems!

Did you know that everyday the United Nations works to solve global challenges?

The United Nations:

1. Provides food to 108 million people in 74 countries

2. Vaccinates over 40% of the world's children, saving 2 million lives a year

3. Assists over 34 million refugees and others fleeing war, famine, or persecution

4. Fights climate change and leads a campaign to plant 1 billion trees a year

5. Keeps the peace with 116,000 peacekeepers in 17 operations on 4 continents

6. Fights poverty and helped 300 million rural poor achieve better lives in the last 30 years

7. Monitors, promotes, protects and develops human rights worldwide

8. Mobilizes $7 billion in humanitarian aid to help people affected by emergencies

9. Leads international efforts in clearing landmines in over 30 countries

10. Promotes universal primary education reaching 88% enrolment coverage in developing

To help, during the upcoming week, participate in our Trick or Treat for UNICEF by donating your spare change. Simply place it in the box in your advisory, in the main office, or in one of your classrooms.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

CSI High School Bids Swiss Exchange Students Adieu!

Tonight CSI High School students, their parents, and our faculty hosted a potluck farewell dinner for our Swiss exchange students. "It's hard to believe a week has gone by already." "He is my new son!" "It was a wonderful experience." "I can't wait until we go to Switzerland." As I walked around our school cafeteria these were the comments I heard from students and their parents about the exchange experience. It was also great to hear about the the bonding experiences that took place over the weekend as students spent time with their host families visiting Washington DC, being there on one of two days when people are permitted on the grounds of the White House, visiting the Holocaust Museum, seeing the memorials at night, visiting the Alice Austen House and Wagner College, Times Square, King of Prussia Mall, meeting friends and family, and more!

As a group, they walked across the Brooklyn Bridge (where they saw Spike Lee), went to Battery Park and even had an interview with Bill Thompson, saw Ground Zero, Trinity Church, and the African Burial Ground as part of a walking tour of Manhattan. Phantom of the Opera was an experience all enjoyed but it appeared, as usual, that what the kids enjoyed most was hanging out with their new friends, talking, getting to know and learning about one another and hopefully forming bonds that will last long beyond the exchange experience.

It is with hope for a lasting school relationship and for lasting friendships that we bid our Swiss guests farewell! It has been a pleasure to have you and to share in this cultural exchange with you! (By the end of the day tomorrow I should have a hat as a souvenier of this visit!)

Monday, October 19, 2009


In addition to being the CSIHSIS mascot, in China, the dragon is a sacred and powerful mythical creature. Many Chinese proverbs reference the dragon. For example, “Through acts of dedication and valor, a Dragon is born.” If one were to call you a “dragon” it means you’re as powerful as an emperor, who holds imperial authority. Dragons are believed to bring good luck to people, which are reflected in their qualities that include great power, dignity, fertility, and wisdom.

During festive celebrations in China, the Dragon Dance is performed by a skilled team who bring the dragon’s body to life. The College of Staten Island High School for International Studies Dragon Dance Team has learned to perform this sacred cultural dance.

To view a segment of this exciting performance click here

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


On Wednesday, October 21st we are fortunate to have Mr. Kevin Cassidy from the International Labor Organization coming to address our entire student body.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) is the the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights. dealing with issues such as child labor, forced labor, sustainiable development, etc. To learn more about the ILO click here:

The International Labor Organization is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues.
In promoting social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights, the organization continues to pursue its founding mission that labour peace is essential to prosperity. Today, the ILO helps advance the creation of decent jobs and the kinds of economic and working conditions that give working people and business people a stake in lasting peace, prosperity and progress.


The deadline is rapidly approaching. If you are interested please see Ms. Horowitz or Ms. Lanceter after you have reviewed the application. Click here to download application!


We are proud to announce that our school library is now open. To accommodate our students' schedules and enable them to use the library before and after school for research, study groups, to access computers necessary for them to complete assignments and projects, and to enjoy our expanding collections the library will be open according to the following schedule:


Monday: 9:00 - 3:50
Tuesday: 7:30 - 2:20
Wednesday: 8:30 - 3:20
Thursday: 7:30 - 2:20
Friday: 8:00 - 2:50

We encourage all of our students to visit the library and welcome our new librarian,
Patricia Sarles!