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HUDSONWAY IMMERSION GRADE 3 STUDENTS WIN GOLD AT NYU’S “ROCK THAT MOVIE”
HWIS, the only elementary program to win, was judged on Mandarin skills of students
(Midtown West, NYC, May 15, 2021) – On Friday, April 30, 2021, HudsonWay Immersion School's grade 3 NY students received the Gold Prize at NYU’s Rock That Movie 2021 Awards Ceremony. Each year hundreds of students across the nation submit videos created showcasing Mandarin language skills judged on 1) Content & Storytelling 2) Film-making and Technical Skills 3) Linguistic Accuracy and 4) Fluency and Comprehensibility. The Gold Prize is the second highest prize below the Grand Prize. Other participating schools include Collegiate, Newark Academy, Sidwell Friends, and NEST. View the award-winning movie here. HWIS congratulates the participating students Chloe Chuang, Liam Hobbeheydar, Israel James, Jaime Jariton, Flynn McBrien, Katie Rankin, Dylan Rosa and teacher, Shanshan Zhang for their performances and creativity.
In 2019, HudsonWay Immersion School's grades 2 and 3 students received the Grand Prize at the Rock That Movie 2019 Awards Ceremony selected out of 40 videos presented from 24 schools. This was the first time an elementary school had ever won the highest honor at Rock That Movie.
About "Rock That Movie" The Rock that Movie video competition was started in 2014 by Chinese teachers Bing Qiu of Bronx High School of Science and Xuan Wang, then of Suffern Schools, now of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. They were looking for ways to inspire their students and themselves. The competition was developed with a view towards developing a community of Chinese teachers and learners, promoting teaching of language for meaning and communication, as well as promoting project-based learning. The first year, only a few schools participated. In the 2018 competition, more than 10 schools and 150 students submitted more than 30 videos. Participants included students from elementary school through high school.
HudsonWay Immersion School (HWIS) is a full immersion Mandarin and Spanish school serving children aged 2 through grade 8. The school is located on two campuses – Stirling, NJ and Midtown West, NYC. Children learn all of their subjects in two languages, becoming fully bilingual and biliterate. For more information: visit www.hwis.org