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We welcome 5th grade students and their parents to visit our school as part of the Middle School Choice process.
Please note these important dates:
Thursday, October 2nd, 5:30-7:30: Middle School Fair at PS 242, located at 134 West 122nd Street
Thursday, October 16th, 6-8pm: Principal's Forum at PS/MS 76, located at 220 West 121st Street
Wednesday, October 22 at 8:45am: West Side Collaborative Middle School Tour, 735 West End Avenue
Wednesday, October 29 at 6:30pm: West Side Collaborative Middle School Open House, 735 West End Avenue
Wednesday, November 19 at 8:45am: West Side Collaborative Middle School Tour, 735 West End Avenue
Friday, November 21 at 8:45am: West Side Collaborative Middle School Tour
PLEASE NOTE: TOURS AND OPEN HOUSES are for 5th grade students and their parents. We are located in the PS 75 building at 735 West End Avenue; building entrance located on 95th Street, between West End Avenue and Riverside Drive.
You are welcome to contact MS Choice Liaison Suzannah Ohring with questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Side Collaborative’s new full-time on-site after school program is underway!
As a part of our participation in Mayor de Blasio’s School’s Out New York City (SONYC) after school initiative we are pleased to provide a new free full-time on-site after school program. A collaboration of WSC and City Parks Foundation, after school classes will include environmental science learning, photography, stop motion animation, videography, homework help and weekly field trips. It is WSC’s interpretation of S.T.E.A.M education: Science, Technology, Environment, Arts and Media. Students are engaged in authentic, hands-on and project-based activities that allow freedom for student voice and choice, with an emphasis on the scientific-process.
The four components of the program include:
1. Homework Help/ Academic Intervention. Students receive 1:1 and small group academic support four days a week.
2. Science Learning. Students participate in an environmental science club of their choice two days a week. Themes are developed based on student interest and needs, for example, Urban Wildlife, Forest Ecology and River Ecology. The program is aligned with the WSC science program.
3. Media Arts and Technology. Students participate in a media arts club of their choice two days a week. Clubs provide an engaging environment where students can learn photography, videography or stop-motion animation. Media projects focus on documenting or advocating for the natural world and environment.
4. Service Learning. On Fridays, students visit public parklands within a 30 minute commute from the school. These fieldtrips focus on weekly leadership, community engagement and physical activities. A visit to nearby Central Park, for example, might include hiking and a wildlife survey. A trip to the Hudson River might include a shoreline cleanup, water quality testing and canoeing. Parents are invited to join fieldtrips.
In addition, on three Saturday mornings throughout the year, families are invited to come together for a community breakfast, hands-on science and service learning activities. The after school program is open to current students. Please contact Ms. McClaire, parent coordinator, to inquire about enrollment.
Our school continues to be acknowledged for our innovative practice, teacher leadership, academic excellence and cultural partnerships. We are pleased to share with you the numerous ways that West Side Collaborate has received recent recognition.
As a part of her visits to selected middle schools across the city, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina visited WSC in January. Chancellor Farina looked in on classes and met with students, teachers, and staff members to learn about some of our best practices. Afterwards, WSC was highlighted in her Monthly Principal’s Letter, which is shared with all NYC public school leaders. Chancellor Farina described West Side Collaborative Middle School as “a hidden gem” and praised the school for encouraging students to take ownership of their learning. She noted the high quality of our base camp structure in which students work with their academic coaches to set standards-based goals and strategies for meeting them, have the opportunity to resubmit work to show their desire to meet the standards, and share their progress and next steps with parents at student-led conferences. She also admired the school’s flexible scheduling structure which enables students to be grouped by gender, interests or academic needs.
It is gratifying to know that our hard work in building a school culture in which student independence and personalized learning experiences is recognized. Over the past two years, we have been privileged to share our vision and practices through our partnership with the innovation zone (iZone). As an ambassador school for the iZone, we most recently hosted a visit in January for school leaders from Texas. Teachers, staff, and students shared about our personalized learning modules, math focus classes, student-led conferences, and student portfolios.
Community and culture were celebrated by an enthusiastic crowd of middle school students and their families at the Whitney Museum of American Art last Friday night. There, West Side Collaborative students became both docents guiding their families through museum exhibitions, as well as exhibiting artists with their own works of art on display. Thank you to the over 150 visitors in attendance.
The Whitney’s website describes West Side Collaborative as a middle school that challenges students to develop their innate curiosity and channel the energy of youth into the excitement of discovery. In this spirit, the school and museum have partnered for the last five years to develop innovative teaching practices centered on inquiry-based instruction and explore various approaches to arts integration. The collaboration originated in 2009 with a pilot program, Teach with O’Keeffe, and continues to grow. The encourage families to take advantage of the rich and vibrant cultural resources available to them as residents of New York City.
West Side Collaborative is pleased to announced that we have received an "A" on our 2012-2013 Progress Report from the NYC Department of Education. We also received a rating of "Well Developed" which is based on three major categories of school performance: instruction that prepares students for college and careers, school organization and management, and the quality of the learning environment. A school that receives a Well Developed rating earned the highest grade for highly effective teaching and learning practice, strategic school management and an excellent quality learning environment.
Parents are invited to help with the Thanksgiving Toast, which will be held on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 from 9:00am-10:45am. A favorite annual WSC tradition, the Toast provides an opportunity for the West Side community to celebrate and appreciate the friends, families and special experiences that make WSC unique. We are looking forward to sharing a meal and enjoying great conversations. Students will not want to miss this event.
The WSC PA will provide apple cider, bagels, decorations and paper products. Each student is being asked to contribute a dish large enough to share with 5-10 people. We are requesting that the dishes be brought to school the morning of November 27.
How you can help: Parent volunteers are needed to help. Please meet in the WSC/PS 75 cafeteria at 8am. Each advisory will share a potluck brunch. Please discuss with your child what you would like to contribute.
Thank you for your support!
Thank you to all the parents who attended and assisted with our October Curriculum Night! At this annual event, parents and students were presented with important information about many important initiatives such as the iZone, a peak into the WSC curriculum and projects, highlights from their grade's school calendar, as well as the daily policies, procedures, and routines at WSC. Sixth grade families enjoyed a pot-luck dinner, and the Parent Association sold light refreshments as a fundraiser to benefit the school.