Top Apple Executives Visit 161 to Celebrate ConnectED Grant

tim-cook-with-principalOn September 13th, our school hosted special visitors that included Apple CEO Tim Cook.  The team from Apple visited three of our classrooms to see some of the things possible when students are connected to technology in the classroom.  ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts also stopped by to see what our students were up to and to interview Tim Cook about the role that technology can play in education.  It was a wonderful moment for PSMS 161 to shine.


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, making them one of the top 4 middle school teams in the city!  Dashaun and Herbert also earned top speaker awards.

The team of 7th graders Melvin Morla, Justin Cordero and 8th grader Willmer Rosario advanced to the quarter-finals in Varsity Debate.  And… Willmer took the 1st place individual speaker award, making him the City Champion speaker for 2016!

In Congressional Debate, 7th grader Melissa Jimenez advanced to the final session, and earned 7th place overall!

In Novice Debate, congrats to 7th grader Jamaly Collado who earned a top speaker award.

Congrats to the rest of our City Championship team: 8th grader Gregory Carter, 7th graders Kevin Fabian, Yunior Crisostomo and Rashaun Jones, and 6th graders Jeniyah Martinez, Isaiah Santana, Nyomi Russo and Sean Correa.


Mr. Denson for joining us and judging!

Our alum Katherine Rosas for volunteering at the tournament!

Parents of Dashaun Conde, Melissa Jimenez, Isaiah Santana, Justin Cordero for joining us!

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