Welcome (and Welcome Back!) to School
Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year! As a reminder, classes begin on Thursday, September 8, 2016. The CSS PTA would like to wish you and your student a happy, healthy and productive school year.
Our first PTA meeting of the year will take place in the Auditorium on September 20th at 6 PM. We look forward to seeing you there.
* NEW * CSS PTA Website
The Columbia Second School Parent-Teacher Association Executive Board welcomes you to our new PTA website! We hope you find it interesting, fun and inspiring. Of course, it remains a work in progress, like all volunteer efforts, but we're sure it will offer important information and assistance to CSS parents and faculty alike.
Columbia Secondary School truly reflects the strength and diversity that is New York and upholds the strictest academic and community standards. Our students come from the many racial, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds that make this city great, and at CSS they coalesce into a truly harmonious community. Your Parent-Teacher Association cherishes and works hard towards supporting that community building and we urge and welcome all parents, grandparents and guardians of all backgrounds to actively participate. Please join us at our increasingly informative monthly general meetings, learn about school activities and opportunities, and let us know your thoughts on our school community.
Of course, there is always a need to increase parent participation at any school and CSS is no exception. So, while we thank the many parents who do give their time for the CSS community, there is always work to be done, always a need for more parent participation. Please do your part when called upon to support our CSS students and community. Even better, approach us with your ideas on how we can build CSS together.
The PTA's fundraising efforts benefit the entire school community, but the bottom line is always our students. All funds raised by the PTA are funneled back into programs and events for them. Here is just a small sample of the many wonderful events, programs and needs your PTA supports throughout the school year: The 2015-16 Musical Program presentation of "Footloose" ($5,000 approved in September!); Hispanic-American Month events and celebration; Black History Month events and celebration; auditorium sound system upgrade; a full drum set for the Musical and the tuning of the auditorium piano; CSS Multi-Cultural Celebration; school dances; athletic awards, gymnasium wall padding; Spirit Wear sales; Parent-Teacher Night meals for teachers; Philosophy Roundtables; Senior Banquet; girls’ volleyball; high school graduation; National Honor Society induction ceremony refreshments; and sixth grade orientation.