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



Dear CSS Community,

Please join us in congratulating Professor John Russell on receiving

the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching!
See press release below:
John Russell to Receive the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching

For Immediate Release


Alexandria, VA – John Russell, a teacher at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science, and Engineering in New York, NY, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. Russell, who earned his master’s degree in adolescent education from Pace University, has spent his career challenging students in eighth through twelfth grade by integrating research into authentic experiences for students in Earth sciences.

“Mr. Russell’s uses of current research and in-person and historical interviews with scientists allow his students to understand Earth processes and the mechanics of scientific discovery,” said AGI Executive Director Dr. P. Patrick Leahy, “This type of instruction not only builds student understanding and personalizes the learning experience, but also fosters workplace skills and builds a lifelong love of Earth Science.”

Russell will be presented with the award in March at the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) Friends of Earth Science Reception during the National Science Teachers Association 2015 National Conference in Chicago. Finalists for the award were James Christopher Spiegl of Montgomery Bell Academy in Pegram, TN, and Mary Jean Tykoski of Cooper Junior High School in Wylie, TX.

Given annually, AGI’s Edward C. Roy, Jr. Award recognizes one classroom teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade for leadership and innovation in Earth science education. The award is named in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy, Jr., who was a strong and dedicated supporter of Earth science education. To learn more, please see<>.


The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment