176 Summer

August 2019 - Vol. 8 Issue 4

Thinking BIG For Our Children

Our Stories Part II

The grandest event of the summer was proven spectacular once again due to the tireless dedication and effort from our staff and students. From the music pieces to dance performances, the audience was truly stunned by the quality of our students’ work. All summer with the guidance of our talented Activity Specialists, we prepped our students the big culminating showcase. We expressed continuity with the theme “Save the Arts”, where we made our pitch to prevent further budget cuts of Art programs within schools and Arts organizations. Countless students have interest in performing arts, music, dance and art, and desire an outlet to express their creativity. Multiple performances from our show were dedicated to this cause and we hope the message was clear. Thanks to Queens Council on The Arts for supporting this Save the Arts Presentation.

Days of the Week in Spanish - Pre-K

C Major Scale & Blues Jam - Beginner's Guitar Club

Afro Beat - Dance Clubs 1 & 2 School

School of Rock Part 1 - Music (Guitar)/ Theatre Clubs

Just the Two of Us (STA Rendition) - Music Club (Keyboards & Chorus)

Future Steppers - Step Club 1 & 2

School of Rock Part 2 - Music (Guitar)/ Theatre Club

Do Re Mi - Music (Chorus)/ Theatre Club

Save the Arts Special Tribute - District 29 Community

St Thomas/ Hot Hot Hot - Music Club (Advanced Keyboard)

This is America - Dance & Step Club


Credit is due to our amazing Activity Specialists who constructed booths to display the projects constructed throughout the summer. The compilation of the work by our non-performance clubs-Art, Computer Science, Engineering, Home Economics, Sports and Theatre, undoubtedly impressed all parents. The leaders of the Academic Segment-ELA, Math and Science also received an opportunity to showcase students' work and discuss their growth and development.

The Staff That Made it All Happen

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The Math Segment this year comprised of various topics which were divided amongst three age groups. Children in kindergarten and first grade worked on basic math problems, covering addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Students in second and third grade primarily worked on learning about Area and Perimeter. They displayed their knowledge by completing a project that required them to measure the area and perimeter of their classroom. In addition, they practiced order of operations, using PEMDAS. The older group, comprising of fourth and fifth grade, attended Business Academy. They learned various aspects of the business world and were given an opportunity to collaborate and create their own businesses. Advertisements and bracelets were made for each business, and the bracelets sold for fake money. Students also worked on writing their own resumes.


For the ELA Segment, the instructors focused on three different types of Creative Writing. To ease the children into writing creatively, they were given daily prompts during the first week of camp. They first worked on short stories, where the children were given graphic organizers to compose their thoughts before writing out the draft of a story. The staff then helped each child edit their draft and work on a second draft if necessary. Finally, the children were given publishing paper to rewrite their final version in addition to illustrating and coloring. Following that, they worked on poetry where the children wrote different types of poems corresponding to their age. While the kindergartners and first graders worked on Acrostic Poems, second and third graders focused on Pyramid Poems with fourth and fifth graders forming Haikus, all corresponding to a specific theme. Lastly, the children in groups worked on Playwriting, creating a Short Skit or Commercial incorporating the theme “Save the Arts”. The Group Skit and Commercial were filmed and played at the Culminating Event.


The goal of the Science Segment this summer was to capitalize on what students learned during the school year. By combining their knowledge with technology and experimentation, students were able to gain a newfound understanding of scientific concepts. The primary focus of this Segment was Astronomy, which allowed students to learn about planets, stars, nebulas, black hole among other things. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math), anchored the Segment. Science was demonstrated through the learning of astronomy and testing theories. Technology was used to view digital maps of stars and constellations. Engineering was displayed through the impressive final project, which was a homemade Planetarium. Weekly drawing and coloring projects were completed as the Art contribution to STEAM. Math was required and proven useful when calculating distance. Every child had a vital role in contributing to the final project, the Planetarium, which was displayed at the Culminating Event.

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

This summer, the Computer Science and Engineering Clubs collaborated on a joint project that drew the attention of parents and student alike. Robotics, a component re-introduced to the program, was welcomed by students eager to bolster their STEM skills. Ms. Christele, the Engineering Club instructor was responsible for the hardware components of the project, ensuring the students understand 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 in which was programmed by students, to navigate the robot through a maze.

Field Trips


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This summer we 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 as we watched yellow shirts zip through the sky and heard screams that echoed around the park. By splitting up into groups, every student was able to enjoy as many rides as they could in the time provided, while staying close to the friends they wanted to share their experiences with. Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the buses, and head back to the school, 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 to spend the summer with. 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

Park Day was our first fun Friday activity, where we allowed the students to enjoy the hot weather and bathe in the sun. We spent majority of the day managing the students while they played outside, before bringing them inside to cool down. We couldn't find a more suitable method of cooling down, than to enjoy a frozen, 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 toppings. The toppings included gummy bears, fresh fruit, cereal, M&Ms, sprinkles, Nerds, and marshmallows. Students paid a dollar for two scoops of ice cream without toppings, and paid an additional 50 cents for three toppings. All the 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

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 to their theaters, and prepared for showtime to begin as the lights dimmed and they began to enjoy their food while they watched 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

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