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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.

Student Voices

posted Nov 17, 2017, 6:15 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Nov 17, 2017, 6:31 AM ]

West Side Collaborative students were interviewed by Mastery Collaborative to better understand the effectiveness of using culturally responsive education along with mastery-based learning.  Culturally responsible education asks us to actively welcome young people's identities, experiences and interests into school, and to empower learners socially and academically.  Students speak about WSC's social community, building relationships, and being their best self.

Making History Relevant

posted Oct 25, 2017, 8:44 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Oct 25, 2017, 8:44 AM ]

Step into the classrooms of West Side Collaborative and watch history come alive for students in very real and personal ways.  

After studying the limits placed on free speech during World War I, eighth grade students were challenged to an authentic transfer task, reflecting on the current controversy underway in the NFL.   Students analyzed the limits of free speech placed on Americans by the Sedition Acts, and upheld in Schenck v. USA, during World War I.  Then, they were tasked with creating a PSA arguing that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are, or are not, patriots.  A teacher-created website guided the process of creating multi-media content.

Earlier this month, seventh grade students experienced Columbus Day from an entirely new vantage point.  After studying Native American cultures and the effects of European colonization on tribes, students drafted a proposal to the New York State Assembly arguing whether the holiday should stay as is, or be changed to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.  Students presented strong proposals with eloquent arguments to support their opinions.

By identifying issues that students are passionate about, and connecting those ideas to the curriculum, West Side Collaborative teachers succeed in captivating students’ attention and enthusiasm about learning.

Astronomy Night

posted Sep 19, 2017, 6:53 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 6:53 AM ]

Students and teachers from West Side Collaborative were excited to bring their brand new telescope to Urban Starfest in Central Park this month! On September 9th, the Amateur Astronomer's Association (AAA) held its annual Urban Starfest in Central Park's Sheep Meadow.  Students were able to view the cosmos through the lens of our new telescope, which was generously donated by the Scopes for Schools program.  A program of the AAA, Scopes for Schools provides schools with high-quality telescopes in order to inspire young minds and develop an appreciation for astronomy.  West Side Collaborative will be creating an Astronomy Club of our own, and hope to host events for the school community as well as join with the AAA as often as possible.

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WSC Goes to University

posted Apr 6, 2017, 9:00 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 9:01 AM ]

A small group of eighth grade WSC students had a true college experience this week! They were invited to visit the Fordham University campus and join college students in class.  Our students attended History Professor Dr. Mark Naison’s class “Rock and Roll to Hip Hop” alongside Fordham students.  The WSC eighth graders had a great deal to contribute to the class discussion! Students also toured the library, played basketball in the Fordham gymnasium, and visited the campus bookstore.  The visit was topped off with lunch at the iconic Pugley’s Pizzeria, where students were treated to an impromptu open mike session and saxophone concert.  Many thanks to eighth grade teacher and Fordham graduate, Ms. Rahiman, who arranged the visit!  The visit was such a success that we plan to schedule additional college visits later in the spring.

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