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Succeed at PSMS 161

In preparation for applying to NYC High Schools, middle schoolers at MS 161 are placed into mentoring groups as 7th graders where they work closely with a faculty mentor to navigate the high school application process. In addition, we provide evening information sessions for our students and parents, and organize group excursions to the annual […]

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Girls Who Code

PSMS 161 launched Girls Who Code in the beginning of 2015.  Our students are learning the building blocks to become the next generation of Computer Scientists!

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Arts Programs

PSMS 161 has one of the most dynamic arts programs in New York City Public Schools.  Our students have opportunities that match top performing arts schools.  

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Debate Team

After two years of intramural debate, PS 161 joined the NYC Urban Debate League in 2012, where they now regularly compete against top NYCteams in rigorous academic competition. Even among strong programs like Berkeley Carroll, Anderson School, and Hunter, PS 161 has rapidly emerged as a home to powerhouse debaters, consistently ranked as one of the top middle […]

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Mouse Squad

MOUSE Squad is a youth development program that prepares and supports students in establishing and managing leading edge technical support help desks in their schools. MOUSE Squad improves a school’s ability to use technology to enhance learning, while also providing a powerful, hands-on 21st century learning experience for students. At PS/MS 161 our squad will […]

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DPAC Debaters

Our DPAC debaters took part in a tournament last weekend in the Bronx.  Our students headed out bright and early at 6:30am.  Mr. Beattie our kids and once again they were some of the top performers.  We’d like to give a special shoutout to 8th graders Melissa Jimenez and Melvin Morla who went undefeated for […]

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DPAC Debaters

On Saturday, October 1st, PS/MS 161 hosted the first NYC Urban Debate League tournament of the year.  The tournament was a Manhattan middle school invitational and welcomed more than 200 students from 15 schools. We had an awesome season opener!    Students debated abolishing the Electoral College, condemning Big Pharmaceutical Companies and adopting a New […]

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161 Book Give-Away

On Thursday, September 22nd, DPAC families were invited in for a chance to meet 161 staff and to find out what students will be learning this year.  Families were also provided the chance to go book shopping in our cafeteria and many kids walked away happy.  Thanks to Ms. Salute for helping our students bring […]

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161 Debate Team

  This past weekend, 16 members of the 161 Debate Team represented our school at the 2016 NYC City Championships, hosted at the Institute for Collaborative Education. Very proud to share that the team of 7th graders Nelson Sanchez, Dashaun Conde and 8th graderHerbert Espinal advanced to the semi-finals of Varsity Middle School Parliamentary Debate, […]

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