Welcome to the PTA Website

The Columbia Second School PTA Executive Board welcomes you to the 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 supported in 2016-17: The CSS Musical Program presentation of "In the Heights" ($5,000 approved PTA funding); the purchase of Google Chromebooks; Hispanic Month celebration; Black History Month celebration; auditorium sound system upgrade; a full drum set for the Musical and the tuning of the auditorium piano; 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.

CSS News
beer Fall Parent Happy Hour on October 26

Attention all CSS parents! Kick off the new school year at our Fall Parent Happy Hour. Join us at Arts and Crafts Beer Parlour, which features an amazing variety of daily changing craft brews, on Thursday, October 26, officially from 6-8 pm. Mingle with your fellow CSS parents and PTA members -- we want to get to know you!

the heights All Performances Sold Out!!!!

The CSS Musical Theatre's 2016-17 production of "In the Heights" featured Washington Heights residents among its student cast and crew, so you knew this Tony and Grammy awards-winning show by Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of "Hamilton," was going to be a success. 

National College Acceptance Day National College Acceptance Day

A sampling of where students are headed: Bard, Barnard, Baruch, City College, City Tech, College of St.Rose, Clark, Columbia, Emory, Goucher, Howard, Hunter, Ithaca College, Johns Hopkins, Lafayette, Laguardia Community College, Lehman, Muhlenberg, Northeastern, NYU, St. Bonaventure, St. Mary’s College of California, SUNY (Albany, Binghampton, Buffalo and Cobbleskill), PACE, Parsons School of… read more

Contrariwise Contrariwise Philosophy Journal

CSS students proud of the school's Contrariwise philosophy journal at Community Education Council District 5 Family Day in Riverbank State Park.

September pta Your September PTA Meeting

Our September PTA meeting was a packed house, with at least 150 parents in attendance. Highlights included:

Luca CSS Parent Volunteer Spotlight: Kayoko Sakon

I have been helping out at CSS since my daughter Luca, now a junior, came to the school in the sixth grade. The first time I volunteered was the Hispanic Cultural Celebration, organized by Professor Weiner. It just blew me away. The event was great and I had fun working with everyone. So many families donated delicious homemade food.

Bake Sale Readying our September Bakes and Bites Sale

Thanks to CSS parents and students, the first Bakes & Bites Sale of the school year yielded $679 for your PTA to fund school activities and needs, both in the classroom and beyond. Thank you especially to all the volunteers who came out to help. Amazingly, our PTA bake sales last year earned $6,000 for our school community and we have budgeted out spending this year on the same amount.


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Phone: (212) 666-1278

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