Dear CSS,

The year is off to an exciting start! We hope you will attend the enjoyable and/or enlightening events taking place next week and beyond:


THIRD ANNUAL CSS FAMILY SCIENCE & ENGINEERING NIGHT FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-12 AND THEIR FAMILIES, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 5-6:30 p.m. in the West Gym.    Experience school science and engineering projects first-hand with CSS students and teachers, and participate in activities with American Museum of Natural History staffers!


COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP FOR SENIORS AND THEIR PARENTS     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 and families. With expert Julieta Schiffino from SUNY.


PTA MEETING WITH FOOTLOOSE SNEAK PEAK AND MENTAL HEALTH PRESENTATION, Tuesday, January 19, 6-7:30 p.m., 6th Floor                                                                You are already a member of the PTA just by being a CSS parent! Please join fellow parents at the meeting to be involved, find out what’s happening in the school community, and learn about issues affecting your children.


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.


Please remember to check the school calendar by 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 this website.

Coming up this week and next:


Thursday, December 3:

Philosophy Roundtable on Memory

6th Floor, 6 – 7:30 p.m.,

All Welcome!


Friday, December 4

Holiday Bakes & Bites Sale (and gym shirts)

Lunch periods, third floor hall

Uniform and Spirit Wear Sales & Exchanges

2:30 – 4 p.m.,  PTA room opposite the OSS (503)


Tuesday, December 8

Deadline for CSS Tree & Wreath Sale orders

Contact: Pam Koch:

Pick up an order form in the OSS (503)


Thursday, December 10

Hispanic Cultural Night

Buffet: 5 – 6:30 p.m. in the West Gym

Show: 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium

Don’t miss this wonderful community event


Friday, December 11

Luncheon Discussion with NY Supreme Court Justice Rolando Acosta

12:10 – 12:30 p.m., room 302

To reserve a spot, contact


Our phone system has been upgraded, and we expect communication to be greatly improved as a result.

Phone extensions have changed, so please note the new extensions to reach school personnel:

-Parent Coordinator Velasquez: 5032

-SONYC afterschool: 5033

-Attendance Coordinator Guerrier: 5035

-Admissions Director Bosch: 5034

-School Secretary Rivas: 5073

-HS Counselor Cordoba: 3133

-MS Counselor Robin: 3132

-Dean Puritz: 3001

-AP Nelson: 3000

-AP Novak: 4121

-Tech Support: 5052

-College Office: 4131, 4132, 4133

High School student schedules will be ready for viewing on Pupilpath Saturday, September 5.  There may be minor changes before school starts on Wednesday, so make sure to check your schedule again before coming to school as you will probably be reporting to your first period class. Almost all student requests have been met, with some exceptions that, if they apply to you, you will be notified about individually.

If you have any questions about your program, Professors Córdoba, Thomas and Novak will be available before school at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and Professors Thomas and Córdoba will be available throughout those days to address questions. You may email us, but please don’t expect a prompt reply as we are still getting many things ready for the beginning of school (but it can’t hurt)!

In terms of changing classes, adjustments will be made on a case by case basis. Please remember:
1) No changes will be made to address teacher preference
2) Any students with graduation requirements (beginning with seniors) will have priority
3) As always, the schedule is very full and there is little to no wiggle room for significant shifts.

There have been some staffing changes over the summer and some course offerings are either new or will have a new spin on them – ENJOY!

Bridge to School
CSS welcomes all incoming 6th graders to Bridge to School Wednesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 3, 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Students should bring their summer homework and school supplies. Meals are not provided and uniforms are not required for bridge.

Saturday, May 16    

Super Saturday STEM EXPO, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Harlem Armory

FREE: Over 100 hands-on activity booths, robotics and other interactive demos and more.40 W. 143rd St. (Lenox/ 5th).


Sunday, May 17

NY AIDS WALK – please donate to support the CSS team

Donations from the CSS community are way down this year.

To contribute on line, go to:



CONTRARIWISE Celebration, 1 p.m., Bowery Poetry Club. This is an offsite CSS event. All are heartily invited to the celebration of the second issue of the CSS philosophy journal. Admission is free; donations are welcome. Info: events/468-contrariwise- a-journal-of-philosophy


Monday, May 18  – Feed the Teachers

Show your teacher appreciation by bringing in                                internationally themed food to the OSS by 10:30 a.m.



Thursday, May 21

International Celebration, Auditorium, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Parents and students are invited to this free presentation of international talent featuring CSS students and teachers along with outside artists. Free snacks!


SLT (School Leadership Team) meeting

5:00 p.m., room 410. All welcome.


Monday, May 25

Free Family Field Trip to the NY Aquarium – Coney Island

For CSS students and up to 5 family members. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required.



Thursday, May 28

CSS Blood Drive, 6th Floor, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sign up by Friday, May 22 by sending an email with your age, contact information and scheduling preferences and limitations to:


Saturday, May 30

Fundraising Party & Silent Auction, 6:309:30 p.m.

Wine tasting, light bites, raffle, great conversation.

Prices in advance: $50 per person, $85 per couple.


You will receive payment instructions and address.




9th & 10th grade Family College Night 
Today/Monday March 16, 6 – 8 p.m. in the auditorium
Learn about what colleges are looking for and what students should be doing to get ready. Recommended for English speakers and Spanish speakers unable to attend Wednesday’s bilingual presentation. Parents and students are encouraged to attend.



High School Open House for 8th Grade Families
Tuesday, March 17, 6 – 8:30 p.m., 6th Floor (to start).
Learn about our HS Curriculum and  the exciting events and courses that are now in place. For 8th grade parents and students.

Noche familiar sobre las universitaria para los grados 9 & 10 Miercoles, 18 de marzo, 6 – 8 p.m. en el auditorio
Presentacion bilingue. Enterense de lo que las universidades estan buscando y lo que los alumnos deben hacer para prepararse. Recomendado para hispanoparlantes. Para estudiantes y padres.
Wednesday, March 18, 6 – 8 p.m. in the auditorium
Bilingual 9th & 10th Grade Family College Night
For Spanish speakers and English speakers unable to attend Monday.


SLT Meeting – all welcome, Thursday, March 19, 4:45 p.m., room 410



Career & College Preparedness Day for grades 8 – 12, Friday, March 20, Volunteers needed for hospitality room and workshops, shifts from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. See email sent earlier today/Monday March 16 for specific workshops. Contact Kristen Harris at or Tina Glover at to schedule your shift (or all day :).



You’re invited…


Breakfast with the Principal


Come enjoy breakfast and conversation with Principal Nightengale. Share questions, thoughts and suggestions about CSS with your school leader and fellow parents

in an informal setting


Tuesday, March 3, 8 – 9 a.m.

Room 506



Están invitados a un…


Desayuno con la Directora


Vengan y disfruten un desayuno y la conversación con la Directora Nightengale. Compartan sus preguntas, comentarios y sugerencias con la líder de la escuela y otros padres en un ambiente informal.


Martes, 3 de martes, 8 – 9 a.m.

Salón 506