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Fei Tian Academy

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February 27th, 2017

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Fei Tian's PTA Elected

Newly elected PTA chair, Jane Pang, addresses the audience at Fei Tian's first in-school PTA meeting on February 18, 2017.

Dear Parents,

On Saturday, February 18, 2017, about 40 parents attended a parent conference at the school. They discussed the school's mission and culture with school administrators. After the conference, 30 parents held Fei Tian's first in-school PTA meeting and the first board member election. Five parents have been elected as the PTA board members, and one parent will serve as the supervisory committee chair.
 
 “Fei Tian parents come from all over the world and many are experts in different fields. Through this platform, we can educate and learn from each other to find better solutions for our children’s education. We can communicate with the school efficiently and work as a team.”  –Newly elected co-chair Jane Pang.

As the founder and principal of Clearview School of Arts and Culture in Toronto, Jane Pang considers her life—from her childhood boarding school experience to her Master degree in English literature—to be predestined to help Fei Tian’s parents and the school administration achieve a common mission.

The PTA’s co-chair Tysan Lerner is excited to welcome the new parent board members. She will continue to work with English-speaking parents and serve as the communication channel between parents, the school, and the PTA board, and to work as a team with the school. 

Parents are encouraged to join the PTA by contacting Ms. Pang at janep988@gmail.com or Ms. Lerner at tysan@tyzen.fit. Parents may download WhatsApp and contact Ms. Pang to join a communication platform that hosts discussions on the role of parents for the students of Fei Tian.

 

A Journey of Discovering Traditions

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Student artworks on display at Fei Tian's Open House on December, 2016.

"Fei Tian’s fundamental principle is based upon traditional culture, including emphasizing the respect for teachers and moral characters," said Education Director Dr. Samuel Zhou in response to parents' questions regarding some of the school's traditional culture teaching and student disciplinary matrix.

"We must educate our students to be respectful and morally responsible citizens. Yet even our generation has already forgotten what the true traditional culture is. This society has experienced such moral decay that many of the things we grew up thinking were right are actually wrong. In terms of traditional values, we educators are on the same journey of discovery as parents and our students."

Our school currently offers traditional culture courses such as Di Zi Gui (Standards for Being a Good Pupil and Child). Students are required to take five out of six traditional culture courses in order to graduate.

Parents had a debate regarding whether education in traditional culture would limit children’s creativity.  Some parents realized that the idea of tradition limiting creativity might be a misconception created by communist culture to target and destroy traditional culture. “Chinese traditional culture has 5,000 years of history and accumulated wisdom to draw upon in solving the problems of today’s society,” a parent said.

Dance Chair Mingye Liu explained how teaching traditional culture brings creativity in Classical Chinese Dance training and how discipline in class and everyday life help students grow into upright people. “Our ways of teaching traditional Chinese culture have taken into consideration the Western culture environment in which our students have grown up so that they can easily understand and be receptive. Giving out demerit points itself is not the goal, because educating students on proper conduct is our ultimate mission; however the demerit point system does encourage students to view their conduct seriously.”

The disciplinary matrix is required by law. “In our school, it means educating students to be responsible for their actions,” said Student Affairs Director Howard Jia. “In the process of redeeming the students’ demerit points, we teach them community service and life skills.”

Fei Tian’s Disciplinary Matrix will be included in the new Parent & Student Handbook to be released next month. Dr. Jia would also like to start a positive award system to encourage good behaviors and is soliciting ideas and suggestions from parents.

Dr. Zhou sees the school developing fast in the near future. “We may need to change our notions in judging good or bad and keep in mind what effects we have on the future. We hope parents can put trust in the school board. Principal-elect Dr. Marilyn Torley has been participating in some of our school functions and will officially take her role on July 1st.”

 

Facility Development

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Students walk tthrough the hall in Building 2. Photo courtesy of Record Online.

The academy is in the process of acquiring a facility for dorm on campus. Renovation of the future dorm is underway. On campus dorms will add convenience and security for boarding students.

A new library will be available for students to use when the silver building across from the dance studios is done with its renovation in July. More classrooms including a laboratory and a life skill classroom may be ready for use towards the end of Spring Semester.

Dr. Zhou said that he has new courses and divisions of current big classes to be scheduled as soon as more classrooms become available. “The school is aware our students need and parents’ expectations. We recognize that many current student issues are related to campus facility. We are doing everything we can to expedite the process. We understand that parents have put their trust on by sending their kids to our new school. We really appreciate the support. “

With spring coming, the school plans to start planting an organic garden and arrange more outdoor activity fields, such as badminton and basketball. An on campus gym building has been identified and is in the next phase of the development plan.

 

Planning for College

College Planning

11th grade music student, Qinyang Jiang, during her initial interview this week with college planning counselors Dr. Richard Yin and Ms. Mimi Cortese-Ng.

February has been a busy month for our seniors’ college interviews and juniors’ college planning and SAT preparation. Under the guidance of our college planning counselor Dr. Richard Yin, a couple 12th graders are traveling within the Tristate area to be interviewed in Ivy League schools such as Columbia and Yale.

On Friday, February 24, 2017, 11th grade music student Qinyang Jiang is having her initial interview with college planning counselors Dr. Richard Yin and Ms. Mimi Cortese-Ng who will develop a starting profile for her in the following categories:

  1. Personality traits
  2. Academic performance
  3. English Proficiency
  4. Strengths & Weakness
  5. Special interests, hobbies or talents
  6. Art/Sports 
  7. Social activities/volunteer work / community services
  8. Leadership/teamwork skills
  9. Awards & recognition /extra-curricular achievements
  10. Personal goal/ambition
On Friday, February 24, 2017, 11th grade music student Qinyang Jiang is having her initial interview with college planning counselors Dr. Richard Yin and Ms. Mimi Cortese-Ng who will develop a starting profile for her in the following categories:
 

Fei Tian Science Project to Be Presented at International Conference

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A World Bridge student team in Kodiak, Alaska in collaboration with our new World Bridge site at the Fei Tian Academy of the Arts, in Middletown, New York and the Yupiit School District in Alaska have been requested by NASA Ames Research Center to produce a prototype application for their CitySmart - International Sustainable Communities Initiative, which will be premiered at the first CitySmart conference in Florence, Italy this March to mayors of cities around the world.

Fei Tian’s Special Project Director Ron Fortunato recently reported from Alaska where he was working on the collaboration with the schools there.

Click here for the full report »

 

Dance Expansion

Dance track students perform for the audience at Fei Tian's Open House in December, 2016.

Our dance department continues to grow and expand! With the additional students who have entered the department over the past month, we now have two boys classes and two girls classes. In order to accommodate the additional classes and to provide better dance instruction, we have setup a fourth large dance studio. Some of you may have had the opportunity to see the studio during its first week of use and may be wondering about the suitability of the new studio. Please rest assured that I personally tested the floor for its traction and stability before it was approved for use. At our campus, big changes happen in a very short time, and in a similar fashion, the studio is now in a much more cosmetically pleasing state.

Our students are now rehearsing a number of brand new dance pieces in preparation for our department recital towards the end of the school year. By participating in these new dances and experiencing the rehearsal process, our students not only get the opportunity to apply their current skills, but will also continue to learn additional new skills in the process that are directly applicable onstage.

Additionally, through rehearsal, our students are starting to understand the importance of being a team player because everyone plays a crucial role in the effects, synchronization, and overall success of a dance piece. At times, being a team player also means being a leader by helping those around you so that the group as a whole can improve, and many of our students have proven to be natural leaders who are also great at being team players!

We are very excited by the improvements our students have shown and look forward to showcasing the results of their continued hard work!

--Mingye Liu, Dance Chair
 

 

School Notice

Open House Thursday, May 11th 

In celebration of our school’s anniversary, May 13th, the school will organize a trip to New York City and have an Open House event on Thursday, May 11th from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Parents are cordially invited to watch student speeches, music and dance performances, and exhibitions, and have refreshments. A parent conference is also being planned. To register for the Open House, please reply to admissions-ny@feitianacademy.org

Summer Academy

This summer, Fei Tian will offer two sessions July 10 – 29 and July 31 – August 19 of four different programs. Students participating in either Dance, SAT Prep, Chinese or ESL programs will also get a taste of Fei Tian’s unique academic offerings by participating in the World Bridge Project: the Artist and Scientist. A detailed schedule will be published on the Fei Tian website.

Communicating with Advisors

Parents should expect receiving emails from the student advisors inviting communication. Parents are also encouraged to write to the teachers of different academic subjects by emailing them at the addresses listed on Fei Tian website. 

The Admissions Office is happy to serve as a messenger and a backup should there be any barriers in communicating with teachers or school administrators. Please do not hesitate to contact us!

 

Parenting

Knowing Your Child

7th grader Hu Xiaoyun, enjoys a presentation with her friends, Jenna and Nora at Fei Tian's Open House in December, 2016.

Knowing Your Kids

Part 2. The 7th Graders 

Knowing a child’s different developmental stages helps in parenting as well as working with the school to realize a child’s educational goals.

Read what you can expect to see in a 12 to 13 year old girl or boy »

Knowing a child’s different developmental stages helps in parenting as well as working with the school to realize a child’s educational goals.

 

A Piano Lesson

Piano

On Sunday, February 26, 2017, Fei Tian students learned the details of the piano manufacturing process at Faust Harrison Piano Factory in White Plains, NY. The owners Irving and Sara Faust gave our students an educational tours.

“Most people, even accomplished pianists, have never learned how a piano works or how much craftsmanship and skill goes into making a piano.  In the tour of our piano restoration factory, we see how each element of a piano is crafted and how it is refined to work perfectly together with all the other parts of a piano.  We also see why the parts of the piano were designed the way that they are.  ”

 

This newsletter is brought to you by the Office of Admissions at Fei Tian Middletown. For admissions and student record issues, please contact our office at admissions-ny@feitianacademy.org 

For questions related to student services, please contact Student Affairs at howardj@feitianacademy.org

Thank you for your support!