August 14, 2018

Bikes and Trikes Galore!

During our PE curriculum this summer, the Emergence students have been practicing their bike riding skills.  It's our hope that the skills our students learn can transfer to fun and enjoyable activities to do when they transition. Every summer our students and staff enjoy showing off their skills during our bike race between the 6 EP classes. The students and staff design their own class shirts together every year and jointly come up with a team name. This year A class was the Higashi Hills 02368. B class was Alice In Chains. C class was the Chain Gang. D class was The Matrix. E class was Saved By The Bell. F class was the Bike Street Boys.  When the students are finished with their class races, then the staff enjoy some racing as well using either tricycles or tandem bikes. Everyone had a great time cheering each other on(including the staff!) Congratulations to the F class Bike Street Boys who took the win by close margin.

August 11, 2018

Saturday Good Vibes

Residential students from HSB and Girls division made Hair Ties which can fit on your Kimono. 
Limited supplies, but Available at Bon Dance Festival!

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." --Henry Ford

August 10, 2018

Japanese Festival in Rhode Island

Hayato and Nori from Emergence Program participated in Black Ship Festival at Independence park in Bristol, Rhode Island. 
We were invited by Japan America Society of RI. 
Customers kept coming to our booth and we were pretty busy, but could also enjoy listening the orchestra, seeing martial arts and checking other unique booths.
The best part was...we sold many ceramics! 
Students are so proud of being the representatives of Higashi Studio! 
Customers often asked a student that which one he made and they purchased what he pointed.
This experience motivates students to make more ceramics/arts with their creativity!

August 01, 2018

Summertime Sweetness: A Special Art Project in Middle School

The Middle School Division and the Day Care students are spreading the love this summer with another great unit from Middle School Art teacher, Aya Kolwaite. Aya lead the students in a cooperative effort to produce and display their latest project, Kindness Rocks. To celebrate a successful installation of the Kindness Rock Garden, Aya organized a field trip to Quincy Creamery. Sweet!

The Kindness Rocks Project is a nationwide art collaboration with participants of all ages. The purpose of the project is to spread positivity to others, as well as allow students to participate in bettering their community. Students write uplifting messages or paint positive images on the rocks and leave them in the designated garden. Friends, family, and students of Boston Higashi School are encouraged to take a rock if they need a pick-me-up or leave a rock for the next person who needs encouragement. The garden can be found near the Day Program Main Entrance.

Of course, no project is complete without a celebration! After the installation of the garden, the Middle School students took a field trip to Quincy Creamery to enjoy a much deserved treat.  

Thank you, Aya, for always finding creative ways for us to be productive members of our caring community! 

July 27, 2018

EP Summer Fun!

The EP division has taken a day off from the academics and job sites to enjoy the beautiful summer weather! Each class has visited Access Sports in Canton where we have learned to canoe, kayak, paddle board and windsurf with instructors. There is no "can't" in our vocabularies! All students (and staff) have had a great time.

July 23, 2018

Family Day Fun at Higashi

During the summer families tend to have cookouts, go swimming, play sports, and enjoy each other's company outside. That's exactly what Higashi did as we hosted our own annual Family Day event to celebrate the closing summer days. Our students and staff worked hard to put together the best cookout we could have asked for. 

Students had the chance to show off their skills playing sports with their divisions. Middle school taught their parents how to play kickball. Junior High and High School B continued the world cup fever and played games of soccer with their families. High School A showed off their moves when playing dodgeball. Young Adults invited their family members to a competitive game of volleyball. The Girls division had the chance to introduce their siblings to the great sport of disc golf, while showing off their perfect form!

A cookout and sports games easily could have been enough to fill an afternoon but not for our ambitious students! They had the chance to ride horses, go on a hay ride, relax in the pool, and even get some work done while washing cars! 

As if that wasn't enough! Our students worked very hard with the residential music team of Ken and Hitomi to finish off our Family Day event with a musical piece full of performances done by each division. Family was invited up on stage to help the fun keep going! We ended the day with everyone in attendance coming together in song and dance before posing for a fun group photo in the gym!

Pack Your Passports for the Middle School World Fair!

Leave the luggage and skip security for this international trip! The Middle School Division hosted their annual World Fair on Friday, complete with cultural costumes and cuisine. The travel itinerary included Uganda, South Korea, Nepal, and Mexico. 

For this unit, each class selected a country and studied its culture, language and geography. Students made their own passports and listened to traditional music, cooked a customary dish, and learned about each of the countries' unique features. The Middle School teachers went above and beyond to bring each country to life. 

Students combined their art, music and social studies skills for this unit. Students tried on new clothing for costumes, played new instruments and listened to music, made a variety of cultural crafts and decorations, and sampled exciting cuisine including samosas, kim chi, bean soup and guacamole. Students skipped the jet lag and went on jet setting from country to country to celebrate each other's work.

Great job, Middle School travellers!