176 Summer

August 2019 - Vol. 8 Issue 4

Thinking BIG For Our Children

Our Stories Part II

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Everyone has a story to tell. Our stories were well illustrated on the stage and in our booths at the 2019 Summer Culminating Event. Our staff and students epitomized aspiring authors, as they wrote their detailed tales of the Summer, showing parents and spectators what the hype was all about. Masterful performances by Dance, Music, Step, Cheerleading, Chorus and ELA grabbed the attention of all attendees, hardly ever allowing them opportunity to lose focus.


Thank you to our amazing Activity Specialists who worked tirelessly to transform the gym into a museum of summer projects and memories. Each booth was successful in drawing the attention of students and parents, promoting interactivity. Both non-performance and and performing clubs and academic segments were well represented. They include Art, Computer Science, Dance, Engineering, Home Economics, Music, Sports, Step/Cheerleading, ELA, Math, Middle School Leadership and Science. Staff members and parents also had the opportunity to meet, and discuss the progress and growth their children made over the Summer.

The Staff That Made it All Happen

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This summer for math, students (grades 1-5) participated in a segment called "Math Is Life". This segment consisted of reinforcement of basic skills acquired in the previous grade, as well as preparation for what students would be learning in the next grade. This was achieved by working in "reinforcement groups", completing worksheets, playing interactive trivia games, and participating in all sorts of other fun math activities. Our math instructors worked extremely hard at making this learning experience as fun and engaging as possible; by including base ten blocks, cubes, handballs, and ice breakers students were able to enjoy solving math problems. Along with this, students were introduced to a mathematical reward system that helped them improve their financial skills. To motivate students to participate and be eager to learn more, they were rewarded with fake money for participation and good behavior. At the end of each week, students were allowed to purchase items such as cookies, candies and toys with the fake money. What a fun way to strengthen your money skills! Towards the end of the summer, parents had the opportunity to view the wonderful work their children completed during the summer, at the Culminating Event.


The ELA segment focused on essay structuring, and poetry. Students worked together in separate groups to create their own college universities, while also learning about different types of colleges (HBCUS, Community Colleges, Ivy League’s, and Private Institutions). For grades 2-5, this project consisted of creating and typing up a constitution for their school and a list of bylaws- allowing students to refine their grammar. In addition to honing their writing skills, students were able to create a school anthem, flag, and university promo video. In these promo videos, students showcased the benefits of attending their university and their popular academic/extracurricular programs (enhancing their public speaking skills).

First graders worked on their reading and writing skills by learning about poetry structure and literary devices. Using repetition, imagery, similes, metaphors and personification- students created their own poems in groups and performed them for the Culminating Event.


The science segment was called, "The Ring of Fire". The main focus of this segment was Earth Science and Chemistry; students were able to learn about volcanoes and chemical reactions. In efforts to give students a better understanding of earth science and chemistry, students had the opportunity to learn: the different branches of earth science, layers of the earth (crust/ mantle/ core), how volcanoes were formed, types of volcanoes, volcanic eruptions (magma/lava/gases), and so much more. With the new acquired information and careful supervision, participants were able to create an exciting project (that was showcased at the culminating event) while listening to some soothing age-appropriate music. Using computers, cardboard boxes, play dough, soda bottles, newspaper, paint and more- students recreated the "ring of fire" which is a chain of active volcanoes that spans from Australia to South America. Each child played a significant role in the project- whether it was calculating distance or drawing and coloring in weekly projects, everyone's contribution was significant and greatly valued. We hope everyone saw the erupting chain of volcanoes this summer.They were truly impressive!

Middle School - Leadership

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Our participants Aiden, Alonzo, Amiyah, Brandon, Cheyenne, Marc, and Rashad were all involved in a series of activities that were separated into four Segments. The categories comprised of Leadership, Math, Spanish and Science activities. The campers learned a few key aspects of leadership such as collaboration, communication and negotiation. In the Math Segment, the participants learned about ratios, fractions, decimals and budgeting. During the Spanish sessions, the campers learned a few basics such as greetings and days of the week. For Science the campers learned the basic structure of a neuron and its functions. Additionally, the students worked on an assignment in groups of two to plan a vacation. The plan included budgeting for hotel accommodations, airfare, and activities during this trip.

Club Spotlight: Computer Science x Engineering

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This summer, Computer Science collaborated with Engineering Club on a project that drew the attention of parents and student alike. Robotics, a segment re-introduced to the program, was welcomed by students eager to bolster their STEM skills. Ms. Christele, our Engineering Club instructor, was responsible for hardware components of the project. She ensured that students understood the robotics concepts, including the parts it needs to function. After successfully constructing the robots with assistance from supporting staff, they proceeded to the next part of the project. Mr. Darrien, the Computer Science instructor, led the students in coding the robots to make them move and interact. Using logic, they accurately applied coding techniques to program robots to follow complex patterns and instructions. Overall, the students enjoyed working in a team setting, assembling and programming the robots to their hearts’ content. Their hard work was recognized in the end, where at the Culminating Event they parents and all visitors were able to make use of the remote control which was programmed by students, to navigate the robot through a maze.

Field Trips


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CYCSI Summer Camp returned to Adventureland, with the hopes of recreating the laughter, joy and thrill we've experienced over the last few years. We were undoubtedly successful, as each student enjoyed their out of school experience with an assortment of amazing games and rides. Staff members looked on watching yellow shirts zip through the sky, while the screams that resonated across the park, echoed through our ears. By splitting up into groups, every student was able to enjoy as many rides possible, with the time provided, while also staying close to the friends they wanted to share their experiences with. Before we knew it, the clock ticked and it was time to head back to the buses. As we made our way back to the school, students reunited with their peers and recapped on the adventure they had experienced-ending another day of summer fun.

Program Events

Luau Party

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Welcome to CYCSI! The staff and students spent the first day of camp saying "Aloha" at our first ever Luau Party introduced and coordinated by Mrs. Brandie Austin, our Site Supervisor. The students received an opportunity to meet and greet the staff, and make new friends with whom they can spend the summer. Music provided, we played the hottest summer songs that had the students dancing until they couldn't dance anymore. Everyone was provided with pizza and beverages that filled their stomachs, and took pictures with Hawaiian themed props. By the end of the camp day, the students had embraced the atmosphere our program, and began looking forward to a summer bound with plenty more fun activities to come.

Park Day

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Park Day was our first fun Friday activity, where students had the opportunity to enjoy the hot weather and bathe in the sun. We spent the majority of the day managing the students while they played outside, before bringing them inside to cool down and relax. Although there were many ideas- we couldn't find a more suitable method of cooling down, than to enjoy the sweet, frozen taste of a special delicious treat. Students were able to practice money management skills by purchasing ice cream. They enjoyed a choice of vanilla, strawberry or chocolate ice cream, and had the option of adding an assortment of intriguing toppings. The toppings consisted of gummy bears, fresh fruit, cereal, M&Ms, sprinkles, Nerds, and marshmallows. Sounds good, doesn't it? Students paid a dollar for two scoops of ice cream without toppings, and paid an additional 50 cents for three toppings. Soon after, all of our students were able to burn off the additional calories by participating in a dance party until it was time to say goodbye for the day.

Movie Day

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Our annual Movie Day was a blockbuster hit once again, with the premiere of two hit movies at CYCSI. The students had an opportunity to embark on a web-slinging adventure in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, or discover a mysterious, hidden world in The Secret Life of Pets. The tough decisions didn't cease there however, as they had to pick from a variety of snacks and drinks. All items were a dollar, including hot dogs, popcorn, snacks and juices, but received the best bargain when they bought the package of a popcorn, snack and drink for two dollars. Everyone settled in their theaters, and prepared for showtime to begin. Lights dimmed and they began to enjoy their food while watching their movie choice.

Game Day

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Game Day, hosted by the Computer Science and Technology Club, was a success as students gathered to engage in healthy competition and fun gaming sessions. They had the option of playing a variety of video games, in which staff members generously donated the use of their own consoles, or playing board games. Students were permitted to bring their own items and games, which gave them an opportunity to show off their flashy devices and adept in games they were familiar with. Admission into the video game room required a video game review sheet to be filled out on a game they've played or have heard about. The three video game rooms consisted of multiple devices, consisting of PS4s, an XBOX ONE, and laptops. They played and competed in a variety of video games such as NBA 2K19, Madden NFL 19, and more. Additional rooms were used for old school board and card games, such as Snakes and Ladders, Checkers, UNO, and Jenga. Everyone was able to enjoy their gaming sessions, both before and after snack time. During snack time, we celebrated Mrs. McKay's birthday. We wish Mrs. McKay a special Happy Birthday and thank her for many years of service.

Video Game Review

Name: Maxwell Noel

Name of Game: Super Mario Bros.

Date of Release: November 11th, 2009

Platform: Nintendo Wii

Brief Description: It's a fun game where you can do free for all, coin battles, and visit worlds.

How to Play: "A" to jump, "B" to sprint, nunchuck joystick to move, and "C" to sprint.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Engineering Mini Conference

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This Summer we initiated a workshop series that reflected the growing and developmental nature of our organization. Our Engineering Mini Conference gave students insight into the many growing fields and provided them with skills we hope they'll carry for a lifetime. Our workshops consisted of a Lego Engineering Project, Hip-Hop Production, Drone-flying, Cooking, and Arts and Crafts. Each workshop was provided by a different staff member, and consisted of instructional time followed by an engaging activity. The students also coordinated outfits with their friends to "twin" and take photos. All students were very creative with their outfits and poses, and made perfect models for the photo session. Our staff also served as participants and dressed up with our students.

Twin Day

Field Day

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This year we made our return to our neighboring park, Laurelton West Playground, to spend the day running, jumping and playing under the sun. Upon arrival, the students picked their spots in the park to station their belongings and prepared for lunch. Subsequently, the students proceeded to use all of the space around them to engage in fun activities. Combined with their ability to make fun out of anything or anywhere they go, and the services provided by the NYC Parks Play Mobile, the students had a wide array of activities to chose from throughout the day. As if that weren't enough, the students were also given the opportunity to participate in water activities, allowing them to run through the sprinklers, hurl water balloons and soak each other with water squirters. When the water war was over, the students returned to the open field to enjoy refreshments and play a few more games. When it was all said and done, we could tell the students wished Field Day was everyday.

Market Day

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Our students had the opportunity to become consumers on Market Day, as we promoted the concept of consumerism and strategic spending at a young age. They had a variety of items from which to choose, such as toys, books, accessories, food and juice. We thank all the parents who donated items, which were very appreciated by the children. After spending, they were able to watch their peers' performances they practiced all summer. Such performances included Dance, Step, Music and Theater. We were all impressed with their improvement from the beginning of camp, and couldn't wait to see the final performance at the Culminating Event.

Special Thanks to our Summer Camp Sponsors

We are truly grateful to all parents and community members who continue to support enriching Out of School Programs for our youth.
Special Thanks to District 29 Assembly Member, I. Daneek Miller, District 27 Council Member, Senator Leroy Comrie, Ms. Arlene Bartlett, P.S. 176Q Principal, Mrs. Lorraine Bridges, Community Youth Care Services Inc. Chairwoman, Ms. Mitchell, Y,outh Advocate, Burnham Stowe, Human Resources UPS, The Federal Aviation Administration, Felita Tross (FAA), Kerri Edge, ESOTA, Raven Barkley, Charlotte Ballet, Home Depot, LaGuardia WorkForce Center, Summer Youth Employment Dept., the NAACP Jamaica Youth Council, Queens Library, YMCA, York College, and Queens Council on The Arts.
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P.S. 176 Out of School Program

Community Youth Care Services, Inc.

Quality Out of School Programs

120-45 235th Street, Cambria Heights, NY 11411

Telephone no: (718) 276-8164• Fax no: 775 459-4359