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The Computer School

100 West 77th Street New York, NY 10024

Monday - Friday

9:00am - 3:20pm

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917-441-0873

[email protected]

The Computer School

100 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

Monday through Friday: 9:00 am – 3:20 pm

Greetings from CS

GREETINGS FROM THE COMPUTER SCHOOL

The school year is off to an exciting start. Our instructional focus for the year is building a responsive learning environment. And our school-wide theme is engagement.

Communication

As part of our effort to build (an even more) responsive learning environment, we started the year by introducing the Computer School Community Behavior Matrix to our new 6th graders. We are proud to report that we’re hearing students both use the language and act in the spirit of the Matrix. At next month’s PA meeting, parents will have the opportunity to experience the introductory Matrix activities at a Parent Association meeting.

As with last year, parent contact time is from 8:10-9:00am on Tuesday mornings. If you would like to get in touch with a teacher, this is a great time to reach out.

Hands on Learning

In 6th and 7th grade Science classes, students are investigating energy transformations in our power grid and coming up with an energy plan for a city, state or country of their choosing.

7th graders recently visited the Hall of Science.  When they returned to school they conducted experiments using the data they collected at the Museum.

6th and 7th graders will be traveling to Ellis Island the week of Thanksgiving to kick off their unit on immigration.

Through our long-standing partnership with Lincoln Center Education, our 6th and 7th graders will view a live performance of Mariachi Flor Tolache. The students have been preparing for the viewing with a teaching artist who has been coming into their Social Studies classes.

8th graders have been busily making videos and writing posts to share with their classmates from around the world through their work with Global Scholars.

What We’re Reading

In ELA, 6th and 7th grade students began the year with a unit on memoir.  After reading mentor texts, students wrote their own memoirs.

8th graders are debating the essential question, where does power lie? Through their study of John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, students are considering how historical context, gender, status, and relationships affect one’s power.

Building Community

6th graders enjoyed 2 days at Frost Valley at the peak of fall. They did orienteering, pond study, team building activities, and watched a birds of prey show. Students reported that it was a great way to make new friends and to practice collaborative team work skills. See the field trip section of the website to see pictures of this year’s camping experience.

Our 8th graders recently returned from their 3-day adventure to Camp Ramapo. They challenged themselves physically and emotionally as they learned about themselves and their new classmates.  They engaged in a stream study and started talking about astronomy (one of the next Earth Science units).

Last year we introduced All School Meetings, where our 8th graders write, produce and direct a monthly full school assembly. All School Meetings foster the values and mission of The Computer School; to offer leadership opportunities for eighth graders to showcase their talents and voice; to celebrate the academic and creative achievements of the community. In their second year, ASMs are off to a fantastic start–so far our themes have been BE YOU and CREATE A LIFE ROADMAP.

Let’s keep working, as a community, to engage all learners inside and outside the classroom.  Thanks, as always, for sharing your children with us.