SONYC After School
Welcome to the CSS Community! Since 2015, the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood has partnered with Columbia Secondary School to implement completely free SONYC extended day and afterschool programming for 6th-8th grade students. Activities are taught by a mix of CSS faculty and outside professionals who help our students to explore new ideas, develop new skills and grow beyond the classroom. This collaboration is part of what makes the CSS experience unique!
Although the Y's SONYC program is funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development, it is truly an extension of the CSS community. In addition to providing "traditional" afterschool classes, we support school wide events, social emotional learning spaces like advisory, and executive functioning programming for students and families.
Curious to find out more about our SONYC Afterschool elective offerings? Here are some sample descriptions from classes we've run in past cycles:
GUITAR 101: Learn to play the guitar! This elective, designed for beginners, will teach the chords, rhythms, and techniques that will let you play this versatile instrument. By the end of the year, students will be able to choose and perform songs. We’ll be combining guitar with singing, so singers interested in learning guitar are especially welcome
INTERMEDIATE SWIM: This class is open to students who have some swimming background and are proficient in the fundamentals of swimming specifically in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. The focus for this class will be will be stroke enhancement and improving stamina.
Please email the SONYC Director for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Aurora wins first place
Team Aurora setting up
The Aurora Team shows off its winning design at the NYC Regional Future City Competition, a national, non-profit competition sponsored by the engineering community to promote technological literacy and engineering to middle school student. The competition was held January 18, 2020 at CSS. Our team will travel to Washington, DC to represent NYC in the national competition on February 18, 2020! Thank you to Professor Hubbard and SONYC for your hard work and support of our budding city planners and engineers!!
Learn more about Future City here: https://futurecity.org/
See pics and videos from the 19-20 competition here: http://www.ascemetsection.org/component/content/article?id=19&Itemid=523
Below is a complete list of our teams and awards!
- Aurora Team-#1st place.-will represent NYC at the National Competition
- Gaea Guard Team: Advanced Aviation and Aerospace Technology; Creative Architectural Design
- Neo Atlantis Team: Most Sustainable Water Use; People's Choice Award
- Ukulele Pikachu Team: Most Innovative Design of Infrastructure Systems
- Expired Milk 420 Team
- Aquaria Team
- Hydropolis Team