Curriculum Night is this Thursday, September  26, 2019 from 5-8 pm. This is a school wide event for parents only and an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and hear what your child will be learning in school this year!

la Noche de Currículo es este jueves, 26 de septiembre de 2019 de 5-8 p.m. ¡Este es un evento escolar para padres solamente y una oportunidad para que puedan conocer a los maestros/as y escuchar sobre lo que aprenderán este año!

I hope everyone is enjoying the final day of summer. We are gearing up for the fall and we cannot wait to start the 2019 – 2020 school year! Take a close look some important dates below. Please reach out to parent coordinator Isis Ramos with any questions or concerns at 212-666-1278 ext 5032 or at

Look forwarding to seeing everyone soon!


Here are other important dates in September

-The first PTA meeting is Tuesday, 9/10 at 6:15 p.m

-Curriculum Night (no students) is Wednesday, 9/26, at 5 p.m.

-First day of afterschool is Wednesday, 9/12



The Columbia Secondary School Cheer Team marched and performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade- the only local New York City team to participate!

“I was watching the parade last year and thought, ‘they have cheer teams from all over the country, let me see about a local team,'” said CSS Professor Colette Young, the team’s director and head coach. “We sent a video from our competition last year and were accepted.”

Parade sponsor and organizer Macy’s has an age requirement for participants, so only those 17 members of the Cheer Team in eighth grade and higher marched: Niagale Fofana, Desire Duverglas, Jarlenys Mendez, Ariel Kuhl, Stephanie Cortez (team co-captain), Jessica Dilone, Sencere Jones, Danielle Urena, Ellison Estwick, Adriana Napoli, Carmen Abduzid, Kiana Turner (team co-captain), Catherine Parkin, Bev Christy, Melany Lin, Lexi Lee and Allegra Mack.

The nationally televised and much-loved Thanksgiving Day Parade was an ambitious step for the Cheer Team. The Competition Squad, led by coach David Collier, is only in its third year; the Spirit Squad, led by Melina Guti, has just been around for two years. R.B. Martin, is assistant coach to both squads.

The team put in four to five hours of practice almost every day of the week in advance of the parade. It was a specialized routine for the parade which included stunts, such as a pyramid.

“They fully rose to the challenge,” Young said.


Under the guidance of CSS college counselors Kiri Patel and Carla Shere, all 94 members of the class of 2017 applied to and were accepted at a 2- or 4-year college/university. One student is joining the Navy and the others will attend the following schools:

Bard College
Columbia University*
CUNY (City University of New York)
Baruch*, BMCC, City*, Hunter*,
Laguardia, Lehman*, Macaulay
Honors, NY Institute of Technology)
Goucher College
Howard University*
Johns Hopkins University
Lafayette College
Muhlenberg College
New York University*
Northeastern University
Pace University
Politecnico di Milano
St. Bonaventure University
St. Mary’s College of California
St. Olaf College
St. Thomas Aquinas
SUNY (State University of New York)
Albany, Binghamton*, Buffalo*,
Cobbleskill, New Paltz)
Syracuse University*
The College of St. Rose
The New School
Tufts University
(United States Navy)
University of Delaware
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Illinois at Urbana-
University of Massachusetts, Amherst*
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester
University of Southern California
University of Texas, Austin
Wake Forest University
Washington University – St. Louis
Wesleyan University
Yale University*

Note: A star (*) indicates that more than one student has enrolled.

The Seventh Annual CSS Hispanic Cultural Celebration is about to begin and this year’s event promises to be another spectacular. The celebration features insightful and interesting lectures all month long and “Cultural Night” on Thursday, October 20.


“This is a wonderful opportunity to see an incredibly diverse group of entertainers both from our school and from throughout the New York area,” said Professor Marisol Weiner, the organizer of the Hispanic Celebration, a CSS Spanish teacher and a native of Chile. “While this is a celebration of Hispanic culture from all over the Americas and Spain, it’s not just for the Latino community, but for everyone at CSS to enjoy and learn from.”


Performers this year include Flamenco singer/songwriters Atríquez and Colón with the Wild Squad Dance Ensemble, led by CSS Prof. S. Hill and featuring Samba dancing from Paraguay and Flamenco from Spain; the CSS Chamber group featuring music from Mexico; La Sonora Nuyorkina, with salsa and bachata from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic; the Flight of Sound Vocal and Dance Ensemble of CSS led by Prof. Harrigan; Pasión Boliviana performing Andean dances; and the WHIN Music Project: Orchestrating Mentors Ensemble, with classical music from Argentina and elsewhere in Latin America. The show is from 7-8:30 pm in our newly renovated auditorium


But the evening isn’t just about seeing and hearing. It’s also about tasting, with a delicious buffet with food from around the Spanish-speaking world, courtesy of CSS parents, in the W. Gym from 5 pm-6:30 pm. The suggested donation for the evening is $7 for adults and $3 for students.


You can also feed your mind during Hispanic Month by sitting in during one of the amazing classroom lectures about Latino cultures throughout the Americas to be given by Columbia University and CSS faculty, and CSS students and parents. These start Friday, October 21, and continue through Monday, November 4. Please contact Professor Weiner for the full schedule (see contact information below).


By the way, the PTA has provided $2,000 for Hispanic Cultural Month. Show your appreciation by supporting your PTA.


Professor Weiner still needs volunteers for many aspects of Cultural Night. Please contact her at (646) 512-2413 or

Two days until students come back to school and CSS is buzzing!!!
Last week 6th grade students showed their spirit during Bridge to School, and teachers are preparing classrooms and lesson plans.

This is a reminder that this coming Friday, June 3rd, is our international celebration, with international dress all day and a wonderful event at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Students and Staff: please wear clothing that represents a culture you identify with. The clothing must follow the DOE dress code and be recognizably linked to a specific culture. You are expected to have your gym clothing if you have physical education on Friday.

From 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. in the auditorium, you’ll be treated to first-time CSS events including:
-A song performed by students in FIVE languages! You’ll learn phrases and be able to sing along.
-Students presenting their winning speeches from the first CSS International Speech Contest.

Below is the program. We hope you dress internationally and that we see you in the auditorium at 2:30 p.m.

CSS International Celebration
Friday, June 3, 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium

It’s a Small World in Albanian, ASL, English, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish
Presenters & singers: Alicia Alvarez, Stephanie Cortez, Phoebe Eljashev, Ellison Estwick, Estefano Garcia, Medina Garunja, Joy Glenn, Nyla Greene, Savannah Harcum, Manjot Kaur, Ryuichi Lin, Destiny Ortiz-Fernandez, Moshab Rahman, Laura Wolfe, Suyang Claire Xu
Music: Kevin Salazar (piano), CSS Ensemble: Amy Chiang (violin), Woody Chiang (cello), Liliana Peeler (viola), Luca Sakon (violin)

Speech Presentations by winners of the CSS International Speech Contest:
Santiago Coto Segnini (11th Grade)
Aminata Gadio (10th Grade)
Graham Leonardo (6th Grade)
Suyang Claire Xu (10th grade)
Ella Mare (7th grade)

Mini Language Lesson

It’s a Small World Reprise

International Snacks
Dumplings, empanadas, garlic bread, Irish soda bread, fortune cookies, pizzelles

City Council District 7, represented by CSS parent Mark Levine, has a “Participatory Budgeting” program. The Councilman sets aside about $1 million of city money, and allows people to propose uses for it. The best proposals are put up to public vote, and the top vote-getters receive the money. Several proposals that help CSS are on this year’s ballot: #11-Artificial Turf Installation; #18- Science Lab Upgrades; #20- Auditorium Audio Upgrades; #21-Electrical Upgrades to CSS. WE NEED YOUR VOTE to help us win this funding.

To vote, you must live in Council District 7 (basically the West Side from 96 -165 Streets) and be 14+. You do not need to be a U.S. citizen to vote. For proposal descriptions and to find the closest polling place, please consult this section of the Councilmember’s website:

To find out whether or not you live in District 7, please visit this section of the website:


The Future City Competition scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday Jan. 23, is canceled because the SONY museum will be closed due to the predicted snow storm.

Since the SONY museum is closing for good on Friday, the plan is for the competition to take place at a to-be-determined location next Saturday, January 30.

We’ll keep you posted.

Stay safe this weekend!

Following are reminders about events coming up in January and date changes for February.
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 5-6:30 p.m. in the West Gym (flyer attached)

THIRD ANNUAL CSS FAMILY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING NIGHT FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES  6-12 AND THEIR FAMILIES  Experience school science and engineering projects first-hand with CSS students and teachers, and participate in activities with American Museum of Natural History staffers!

/GUARDIANS,Wednesday, Jan. 13 –  Spanish: 6-7:30 in room 412; English: 7:15 – 8:30, 6th Floor
This is a dedicated meeting explaining how financial aid works
to students andfamilies. With expert Julieta Schiffino from SUNY. 

SCHOOL CLOSED, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18

PRESENTATION, Tuesday, January 19, 6-7:30 p.m., 6th Floor

Hear from Association to Benefit Children speakers Sarah Murphy and Maria Calixto about stress management, and ask them about any mental health issue.
Thursday, January 21, 4:45 p.m. in room 415
All parents are welcome to attend this monthly discussion of school issues with a group of CSS elected parents, teachers and students and Principal Nightengale.


Students in grades 6 & 7 have normal school hours.
Students in grades 8 – 12 come in only for their exams.
Only students who have signed up for Regents will be taking them.
Regents times and dates are listed on the February and 10-month calendars.
Tuesday: ELA
Wednesday morning: Social Studies; afternoon: Foreign Language
Thursday: Science
Friday: Math
PARENT SOCIAL, Friday, January 29, evening

Details to follow


Due to scheduling conflicts, February dates have been changed from the school year calendar distributed in September and the 10-month online calendar until it was recently updated. Please note the following February dates in your calendars (date changes are in bold)

Monday, February 1, SCHOOL CLOSED for all students (no change)

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 5, 6 & 7: CSS Production of FOOTLOOSE (no change)

Monday, February 8, SCHOOL CLOSED, Chinese New Year (update)

Tuesday, February 9, PTA meeting (date change)

Thursday, February 11, SLT meeting (date change)

Friday, February 14, Valentine Bakes & Bites (no change)

Monday, Feb. 15 – Friday, Feb. 19 – School closed, mid-winter recess (no change)

Tuesday, February 23, Philosophy Roundtable (date change)

Thursday, February 25, Black History Month Celebration (date change)

Please remember to check the school calendar
clicking on the 10-month calendar (the most current) or downloading a monthly calendar. Both can be found on the top right portion of every page of the website