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Annual All-School Ice Skating Trip

posted by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated ]

The weather was perfect for a day of outdoor skating in Central Park.  Whether the students were experienced skaters, or trying it for the first time, there were smiles all around!  Even our principal, Ms. Bailey showed her skill on the ice.  Look at all the happy faces in the photos!  Wishing our students and families an enjoyable and relaxing mid-winter break.  School will resume on February 25.




First Annual Deck the Doors Competition

posted Dec 21, 2018, 1:18 PM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Dec 21, 2018, 1:18 PM ]

The hallways were filled with bustle and creativity for our first annual Deck the Doors competition. The energy and excitement was palpable throughout the school.  Each homeroom threw themselves into the competition and worked together to came up with imaginative and unusual winter and holiday displays.  The judges were so impressed by the effort and comradery, that everyone was a winner!  You can look at the photos and judge for yourself!  Happy Holidays!




Harlem Then and Now

posted Dec 21, 2018, 12:58 PM by Suzannah Ohring

The culmination of the 8th grade study of the Harlem Renaissance was a walking tour of Harlem.  Students topped it off with lunch at the Queen of Soul Food - Sylvia's Restaurant.


Annual Winter Read-a-thon

posted Dec 21, 2018, 12:54 PM by Suzannah Ohring

Students and teachers came to school with pajamas and blankets for the annual winter read-a-thon.  Focused reading for a prolonged period of time builds stamina, increases vocabulary and increases students' ability to read more difficult texts for longer periods of time.  Students rearranged the furniture and got comfortable, and were able to enjoy snacks and hot chocolate as a special treat.


New Summer Camp Program at WSC!

posted Jul 26, 2018, 11:47 AM by Suzannah Ohring

WSC is partnering with Hands In 4 Youth to provide a free STEAM-based summer camp!  The program is underway and there are still openings available for current WSC students!

Participants are engaging in a superhero-filled summer: Creating their own robotic superheroes, learning how to video classmates for a student-produced inside-edition news program about their superhero identities, designing masks and costumes, and much more! Students also have the opportunity to serve on the superhero leadership team, celebrate camp kindness day, as well as attend overnight camp!


If you’re still looking for something fun and creative for your child to do, sign up, it’s FREE!   

Please register by contacting the Hands in 4 Youth Site Director, Ms. Monette Hamilton at (917) 559-3084 or via email at  


Teacher Excellence at WSC

posted Jul 17, 2018, 11:34 AM by Suzannah Ohring

Congratulations to 7th grade math teacher, Jessica Auriemmo, for being named a Math for America master teacher!  She joins WSC 8th grade teacher, Paul Kehoe, who had previously been accepted into the program. MƒA Master Teachers are NYC public school mathematics and science teachers with more than four years of teaching experience who form a community of exceptional STEM educators. Over four years, MƒA Master Teachers come together on a regular basis to collaborate and learn from one another and to steward a community dedicated to supporting teachers in the classroom. Whether by participating in professional workshops and events or by developing and facilitating new MƒA courses, Master Teachers are offered new opportunities to grow with fellow teachers who share a passion for science and mathematics.

Broadway Comes to WSC

posted Jun 6, 2018, 8:25 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 8:26 AM ]

Broadway award-winning actress, Nikki M. James, visited our school to meet with students in the Wingspan After School Performing Arts program.  The week prior, students attended a performance of the Broadway show Ms. James is currently assistant directing, Once on This Island.    Engagement was high as students shared their reactions to the musical and asked questions about pursuing careers in the performing arts. The questions posed by our students were thoughtful and impressive.  Ms. James has appeared in Les Miserables and Book of Mormon, for which she received an Emmy for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She will be performing at Shakespeare in the Park this summer.

Urban Advantage gives WSC an advantage during iInquire Week

posted May 2, 2018, 6:39 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated May 2, 2018, 6:40 AM ]

WSC students and teachers are eagerly anticipating our annual iInquire Science Immersion Week this month, when our school will be transformed into a science institute with full days of science exploration, investigation, and discovery.  Students will launch rockets, design electronic cars and animal habitats, explore the physics of music, and examine DNA under a microscope.  Once again, we are grateful to our partnership with Urban Advantage, which provides our students access to museum and zoo visits, laboratory experiments and planetarium experiences.  The article linked here provides deeper insight into the benefits of museum-school collaborations, and describes how WSC teacher Mr. Weissman is using Urban Advantage training and materials to build an iInquire Week water study curriculum.

Saturday Film Academy

posted Dec 13, 2017, 11:53 AM by Suzannah Ohring

West Side Collaborative collaborated with the New York Public Library to present students with the unique opportunity to explore motion pictures film as a science and technology, and as a tactile art-making experience.  In a series of workshops offered this fall, students were able to shoot and hand-process Super8mm film  with professionals in the Association of Moving Image Archivists and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  At the conclusion of the workshop series, students presented at a film festival at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  Congratulations to our WSC filmmakers!

Runaway Art

posted Nov 29, 2017, 7:13 AM by Suzannah Ohring

Why is it important for individuals to have a say in the history written about their life stories? This is one of the essential questions faced by 7th grade students as part of their experience with Runaway Art this month.  RUNAWAY ART: Interpreting Colonial Slave Ads is an innovative social studies and visual arts curriculum which uses authentic 18th-century runaway slave ads as a springboard for students to learn the history of enslavement in the North. Though empathy and creativity, students develop an original artwork and statement.  WSC 7th graders enjoyed five sessions with a guest teaching artist who shared her own passion about this topic while teaching different artistic techniques to bring a person's story to life. Students then presented their artwork in a classroom gallery. The program is sponsored by Historic Hudson Valley in collaboration with The Center for Arts Education, and funded by the Brooke Astor Fund for New York City Education in The New York Community Trust.

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