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Admissions Information for September 2015

posted Oct 2, 2014, 8:22 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Oct 2, 2014, 8:22 AM ]

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.


PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR TOURS AND OPEN HOUSES.


You are welcome to contact MS Choice Liaison Suzannah Ohring with questions or concerns at s.ohring@wscnyc.org.

Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead: WSC’s New Comprehensive Science and Media After School Program

posted Oct 2, 2014, 8:04 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Oct 2, 2014, 8:05 AM ]

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.


WSC is Recognized for Excellence

posted Oct 2, 2014, 8:00 AM by Suzannah Ohring

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.


  • We are excited to be one of the 62 schools across the city selected by the Department of Education and the UFT for the Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) program.  The PROSE program allows schools to implement innovative plans that fall outside the Chancellors Regulations or UFT contract. We were recognized for our continued practices of teacher collaboration and innovative planning to support student achievement.   We will continue to implement practices to support personalized learning, teacher collaboration, and innovative instructional programs to support meaningful student learning experiences.


  • In our role as an  Ambassador School for the Innovation Zone (iZone360) we have been visited by Deputy Chancellors, City Networks, and the Gates Foundation representatives.  We have been asked to continue this practice of sharing our school’s work with various visitors again this year.  These visits offer our students opportunities to engage with an extended community of educators and business people.


  • Six WSC teachers have been selected for positions with the DOE’s competitive teacher leadership program.  Two of our teachers have been selected as Peer Instructional Coaches, and four of our teachers have been selected as Demonstration Teachers for the DOE’s Teacher Incentive Fund Program.  WSC teacher leaders will work with their colleagues on classroom practice in relation to the Danielson Framework for Teaching.


  • As a recipient of the Cultural After School Adventures grant we have started a partnership with Wingspan Arts (performing arts organization). We will continue our partnerships with Play Rugby, The Whitney Museum, The New York Historical Society’s Teen Thursdays Program, and CHAMPS.


  • Our 8th grade humanities-based Connections Curriculum has been approved as a high school preparatory course.  Through a competitive process that involved uploading all of our 8th grade humanities curriculum as well as tracking three years of WSC student graduates to see how they are progressing in high school, the DOE determined that our coursework was rigorous and prepared students for the higher level work required in high school.  Our graduates were deemed to outperform similar students in their high school careers.


  • WSC was the recipient of the First Annual Elizabeth Rohatyn Award for School Innovation presented by Teaching Matters, as well as a 2013 Blackboard Award.

College and Career Planning at WSC

posted Apr 29, 2014, 6:23 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 11:47 AM ]

Two special programs this spring provided WSC students with the opportunity to explore the world beyond middle school and think about their future:  Girls Career Day at JP Morgan and College Connection at Fordham University.  Groups of academically and community-minded students were selected to participate in site visits to these two institutions.  


An extension of last years’ mentoring program with JP Morgan, “WSC Girls on Wall Street” was the brainchild of a pair of directors at the firm who designed and hosted a career day at their offices as a way to help WSC girls explore careers in finance and banking.  It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the business world, the various types of careers available and the types of education needed to enter these professions.  The girls attended seminars on saving, budgeting and investing and a panel discussion with a number of successful JP Morgan women sharing their personal stories and the challenges they overcame along the way.  Another highlight of the day was a tour of the trading floor.  We are indebted to our friends at JP Morgan who modeled professionalism, self-confidence and empowerment, and showed such caring and generosity towards the girls.  That such successful people took so much time and care to speak with them and to support them was an underlying message that came through very clearly.  What a unique experience for these young ladies, one that will have influence on their lives many times over.  Thank you, JP Morgan!


Visiting Fordham University’s Bronx campus was another illuminating and enriching experience, and not only for WSC students, but also for Fordham undergraduates.  As part of WSC’s College Connection visits, a group of students visited the campus, participated in a walking tour, and met with the Director of Career Planning who engaged students in an interactive conversation regarding issues pertaining to college and admissions.   The highlight of the visit was when WSC students attended an upper-level undergraduate class "The Worker in American Life" taught by the chairperson of the African American History Department. WSC participated alongside Fordham students in a lively discussion.  According to the professor, WSC students offered comments that were “at times startling in their insight and depth,” and became “the focal point of an incredible discussion of what it means to be working class in the United States.” All students were inspired by the visit.  We are so appreciative to the Fordham professors and professionals who gave their time and  attention to our students.  Thank you, Fordham University!


By engaging our students in memorable college and career experiences while in middle school, we hope to provide them the direction they need as they enter high school.  Students were made to feel welcomed and valued at each institution and walked away understanding how much they can determine their lives with hard work and setting goals.   

Chancellor Farina Visits WSC

posted Feb 27, 2014, 7:44 AM by Suzannah Ohring

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.

Family Night at the Whitney

posted Jan 28, 2014, 10:47 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Jan 28, 2014, 10:48 AM ]

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.


Seventh grader were stationed as docents throughout the exhibitions American Legends: From Calder to O’Keeffe; T. J. Wilcox: In the Air; and Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A recent Aquisition.  Students had pre-selected pieces of art to discuss, offering a history of the artist and an in-depth analysis of the artwork.  In the Whitney Studio, guests were able to view artwork created by sixth and seventh grade students.  They included word sculptures based on the artwork of Robert Indiana, art inspired by Edward Hopper focusing on “sense of place,” and self-portraiture.


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.


 

WSC receives an "A"

posted Nov 26, 2013, 8:43 AM by Suzannah Ohring

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.

WSC selected for a 2013 Blackboard Award!

posted Nov 19, 2013, 6:38 AM by Suzannah Ohring


We are delighted to announce that West Side Collaborative Middle School has received a 2013 Blackboard Award! 
Now in its 11th year, The Blackboard Awards celebrates excellence in local education, in all educational sectors (public, private, charter and parochial) and in all grade levels, from nursery through high school. WSC is one of 20 honorees this year. The honorees were nominated by many parents and educators, as well as a board of educational advisors.

The award was presented by Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President-elect, at a ceremony at Scholastic on Monday, November 18.  The awards ceremony was emceed by Lisa Belkin, the former New York Times Motherlode columnist, and current senior columnist on life, work and family for The Huffington Post.

As part of the Blackboard Awards, which are sponsored by New York Family magazine, WSC will also be featured in New York Family’s annual Ultimate Guide to Education in New York City.

Congratulations to the West Side community on this well-deserved recognition!


Thanksgiving Toast

posted Nov 12, 2013, 11:16 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Nov 12, 2013, 11:28 AM ]

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!

Curriculum Night

posted Oct 9, 2013, 6:29 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Nov 3, 2013, 6:14 PM ]

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.

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