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



Thursday, February 12

Potluck: 5-6:30 pm

Performances: 7-8:30 pm

In the West Gym and Auditorium

Check out this talent lineup:

Drumming Solo – Kehunde
“Lift Every Voice and Sing” – All

Introductory comments by Memphis Washington (11th grade)

“Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou
Recited by Miss Hill, Jessica Gallegos (12th grade) and Prof. Nesby

“Lean on Me” & “Stand by Me” Mashup
12th graders Aishat Jalloh (vocals), Anisha Lall (vocals), Anthony Lewis (guitar) &Allen Zheng (piano)

Hip Hop Dance
“The Wild Squad” middle school dance team

“Clash and Roar”
Performed by Cory Marc Lewis (7th grade) on trumpet

Performance artist Moses Harper

“Summertime” and “This Little Light
Tyler Colon (10th grade)

“Say Yes” instrumental performance

Sierra Nelson Vocal Ensemble – original song

African Dance
PDQ Dance Ensemble with Marcel Williams

WHIN ensemble

Spoken word by SCIRYL

TIME TO BUY TICKETS for Guys & Dolls at CSS!

Friday, February 6, 7 p.m.
Saturday, February 7, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Sunday, February 8, 5 p.m.
Columbia Secondary School Auditorium
425 W. 123rd St. between Amsterdam & Morningside Avenues
Purchase tickets in advance for $6 from Prof. Bosch in the OSS
($8 at the door)
Reservations for Saturday and Sunday shows only:
Humor! Romance! The New York underworld! Gambling! A night out in Havana! Tap dancing! You can experience all this and more when the classic musical “Guys & Dolls” comes to the CSS stage the first weekend in February.

With a cast of about 60 CSSers in grades 7 – 12 and a crew of 20 including students taking a theater tech elective, this year’s musical production will for the first time have a live pit band featuring members of the CSS community. Both veterans of the CSS stage and first time performers make up the brand new cast of principals playing title roles this year.

“We love that this show has many numbers that highlight the ensemble, as well as beautiful songs by featured principals. There are parts to allow many different personalities and talents to shine,” comments Director Meredith Hill (also 6th grade ELA teacher and Garden Coordinator).

Announcements for events through Dec. 4;  Parent Coordinator leave

School is closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 & 28.
Monday, Dec. 1
Payment deadline for:
-CSS Holiday Tree Fundraiser – spectacular trees, excellent prices & quality
You can download the order form from this site.  Return orders and payment to me in the OSS/room 503.
-12 grade families: 2nd payment ($50) of senior dues
Please submit payment to Ms. Rivas in rm. 507
Tuesday, Dec. 2
Deadline for 8th grade families to submit HS applications to Prof. Bosch in the OSS – rm. 503
Weds, Dec. 3
-10th grade assembly with Donald Lee, President of the International Committee for October 17 (UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty), 9:30 a.m in the auditorium. Parents are welcome to attend
-Philosophy Roundtable open to parents, students and faculty and led by Prof. Senechal. The topic is humor. 6-7:30 p.m. on the 6th Floor
Thursday, Dec. 4
Family college night for 12th grade families, 6-8 p.m., 4th floor
Parent Coordinator Andi Velasquez will be on leave starting Monday, December 8, and will return after winter break on January 5. She will have some email access, but will not be communicating by phone or receiving phone messages.

Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Esp. abajo





November PTA Meeting featuring Guidance at CSS           

Wednesday, November 12

6th floor of the CSS building, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Join YOUR PTA to learn about all things guidance at CSS featuring presentations by Middle School Guidance Counselor Amanda Robin, High School Guidance Counselor Elsa Cordoba and a member of the College Counseling Office. Find out what the guidance counselors do, what kinds of issues your kids face, and how guidance addresses them. Also learn about the Community Service at CSS, which is run by the guidance counselors. Presentations followed by Principal and PTA reports, upcoming events and parent discussion.


8th Grade Parent Information Session for current CSS parents 

Thursday, November 13,

Auditorium, 8:30 – 10 a.m.                                                        

8th grade parents: Find out what you need to know about this year and High School at CSS.


Summer Program Fair                                                      

Saturday, November 15

West Gym, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Explore summer enrichment options to expand learning and enhance college admissions profiles.






Reunión de la PTA con info. sobre consejería en CSS          

miércoles, 12 de noviembre

6to piso del edificio CSS, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Únete a TU PTA para aprender sobre los programas de consejería en CSS con la consejera de Escuela Media Amanda Robin, la consejera de la Escuela Secundaria Elsa Córdoba y un miembro de la Oficina de consejería para la universidad. Conozcan lo que hacen los consejeros, los asuntos que enfrentan sus hijos, y cómo la consejería ayuda. También habrá reportes de la directora de la escuela y de la PTA, presentación de eventos, y discusión de los padres.


Sesión Informativa para padres del 8vo grado                  

jueves, 13 de noviembre

Auditorio de CSS, 8:20-10 a.m.

Padres del octavo grado: Aprendan lo que necesitan saber acerca de este año escolar y la Escuela Secundaria en CSS.


Feria de Programas de Verano

sábado, 15 de noviembre

Gimnasio Oeste, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Exploran las opciones de enriquecimiento de verano para expandir el aprendizaje y mejorar los perfiles de aplicaciones para universidades.


Important Information/Información Importante


Friday, October 31

-Middle and High School Student Dress-Down Day sponsored by the Middle and High School Student Governments. Students have the option to not wear their CSS uniforms if they pay a fee ($2 for HS, $2 in advance for MS, $3 day of). Proceeds go to support events like dances and game nights and, for this first dress-down day, to an Ebola charity. There are strictly enforced guidelines for dress-down days, even stricter since this one falls on Halloween: students may not use fake blood, face paint, weapons, headgear (including hats or wigs), anything that obstructs anyone’s view or makes it difficult to sit or move, or revealing clothing, and may not come as criminals/bad guys.


PTA Halloween Bakes & Bites – lunch periods in the third floor hall

Send your treats to the OSS; make sure your child has money.


-Rapid Dismissal at 3:20 p.m. – there will be NO afterschool programs or activities.




Parent-Teacher Conferences – Report to the West Gym

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5:30 – 8 p.m.     Middle School

Thursday, Nov. 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m.         High School

Friday, Nov. 7, 1-3 p.m.                     Middle & High School           Noon Dismissal, no afterschool activities



Viernes, 31 de octubre

Día de vestimenta particular para escuela media y secundaria patrocinado por los gobiernos estudiantiles. Los estudiantes tienen la opción de no usar sus uniformes de CSS si pagan una tarifa ($2 para grados 9 – 12, $2 por adelantado para grados 6 – 8, $3 el mismo día). Los ingresos van a apoyar eventos como bailes y noches de juegos y para este primer día de vestimenta particular, los gobiernos donaran a una caridad relacionada con Ebola. Se aplican reglas estrictas sobre esos días, aún más estrictas ya que éste cae en Halloween : los estudiantes no pueden utilizar sangre falsa, pintura en la cara, armas, sombreros o pelucas, cualquier cosa que obstruya la vista de cualquier persona o dificulte sentarse o moverse, o ropa indecente y no pueden venir vestidos como malos/criminales.


Venta de bizcochos de Halloween de la PTA – períodos de almuerzo en la tercera sala de la planta

Envíe sus donacionesa la OSS; asegúrese de que su hijo traiga dinero .


Salida rápido a las 3:20 pm – NO habrá programas o actividades después de la escuela .


NO HAY CLASES el martes, 4 de noviembre – DÍA DE LAS ELECCIONES


Conferencias entre padres y maestros – Repórtense al Gimnasio Oeste

Miércoles, 5 de noviembre , 5:30-8:00 p.m.        Grados 6-8

Jueves, 6 de noviembre, 5:30-8:00 p.m.              Grados 9–12

Viernes, 7 de noviembre, 1-3 p.m.                       Grados 6 – 12        Salida al mediodía

                                                                                                           No hay actividades después de la escuela

Dear families,

There are lots of interesting events in the coming days and weeks.
We hope you will take advantage of them.

Lectures by Columbia University Professors at CSS for Hispanic Month

Tuesday, October 21, 9:5010:30 a.m., auditorium

Romance Languages, Professor Gareth William

No pre-registration required

Wednesday, October 22, 10:35 – 11:20 a.m.

Immigration to the U.S. – Professor Eugenia Lozano

Register by contacting me

Friday, October 24, 11:25 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Salsa, Professor Mariana Velasquez

Register by contacting me

Middle School Breakfast with the Principal

Friday, October 24, 9 – 9 a.m., Room 302
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.

MoSAIC Math + Art Festival

Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at CSS

Free festival celebrating the connections between mathematics and the arts hosted by Columbia University.

Early College Panel for parents and students in grades 8, 9 & 10
Wednesday, October 29, 6 – 8 p.m. in the auditorium
CSS Hispanic Cultural Night
Thursday, October 30
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Latin American Buffet in the West Gym
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Performances in the auditorium
Halloween:  Bake Sale and Rapid Dismissal
Friday, October 31
Parents please send in your treats.
All students will be dismissed at 3:20 p.m. – all after school programs are cancelled.

The Parent After-school Orientation is tonight, Friday, September 12, at 6 p.m. on the 6th floor of the school building (the same location as Tuesday’s PTA meeting). The orienation is for both middle and high school parents. Sarah Gonek, the middle school after-school director, Dan Novak, the high school after-school director, and Art Puritz, CSS Athletic Director, will all be presenting.

Middle School registration forms went out to students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade during homeroom today, and they will also be available at the orientation tonight.  As a result of the (printer-related) delay in getting the forms to you, Monday is a soft deadline, and some flexibility is allowed.  Forms can come in by Wednesday, as long as students don’t need academic support beforehand.
Parents can also get information about the program and will have the opportunity to register on Curriculum Night this coming Wednesday, September 17.Finally, admission packets are available in the OSS, room 503.
Hope to see many of you tonight.