Summer 2020

Remote or Hybrid
Which Did You Decide?

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Summer 2020

 Retirement photo of School Aide, Rosa Morales 
Rosa Morales, our wonderful supervising school aide is retiring. Rosa has worked at ESMS for 13 years and has been an integral part in making our school a warm and nurturing community. We wish her the very best and will miss her dearly.


Cartoon image of an old-style newsboy holding a newspaper with the headline "EXTRA"

Thank you to our
Tiger Times
team of crackerjack reporters for another great year of news, insight, and entertainment! 

Looking forward to the 2020-20201 editions

Summer 2020

Congratulations to our Class of 2020!

Image of the the ESMS Tiger mascot

 Wishing you the very best in all your future endeavors.

Keep in touch!

 Photo- Class of 2020 

Summer 2020

 Shadow images of rock muiscians and instruments with the words "ESMS 2020 Talent Show" 

Tank you to the dozen-plus acts that submitted clips for the show!
Students were emailed the link to watch a compilation video of some great ESMS talent!

Next year...on stage

Spring 2020

Graphic that reads "ESMS Pride Dance"ESMS
 Friday, June 19, 2020

The ESMS GSA is inviting the entire ESMS community to join them for an afternoon filled with music, dance, and support for one another.

Spring 2020

7th Grade

Gallery #3
Art created by our 7th graders!
 A  drawing of a zoo map
Click HERE or on the image above for an interactive map sampling our 7th grade animal artwork.

Spring 2020

8th Grade

Gallery 2 from ESMS' art teacher,  Ali Mainhart!  Click HERE to see beautiful typography portraits by some of our 8th graders.
There are more projects to come, and all students will be featured in at least one gallery.  Enjoy!

 Image of "The Met" with the caption, 8th Grade Typography Portraits

Spring 2020

7th Grade


Logo for 7th Grade Virtual Art Gallery - Mythological Creatures 
Our amazing art teacher, Ali Mainhart, has created a stunning virtual gallery in which to view our 7th graders' mythological creatures. Please enter the gallery HERE and click on individual artworks for a closeup and artist information.

Depending on your device, the images may load slowly, but the inventiveness on display is well worth the wait.

Spring 2020

My Life
in Corona Social Imposed Distancing

 - A Poem Memoir written by 7th Grader,
Leah Mesuk

Read Leah's poem HERE


 Photo of hands on top of hands 

Spring 2020


On Friday, April 24th,  ESMS GSA students will be participating in the National Day of Silence. The goal is to bring attention to the silencing of LGBTQ+ kids and to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools. Some participating students may be wearing masks during school video chats as part of the silent protest.

Every April, students go through the school day without speaking, ending the day with events to share their experiences.. The GSA will meet at 3pm to 'Break the Silence' together.

Photo of Mr. Forigua wearing a surgical mask 

Spring 2020

Photo of ESMS student, Tess, performing her Corona virus rap PSA
Watch, listen, and be prepared to be inspired by Tessa's slam poem celebrating NYC workers on the front lines.
Tessa  is a 7th grader at ESMS!

Tessa and her poem were also covered by WNBC local news

Spring 2020

 Image that reads "Corona Virus Outbreak" 

On March 16th, NYC school buildings were closed to students in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Remote learning commenced on March 23rd.




Spring 2020

 Logo of the show, Pippin 

Congratulations to our students and staff (Elana Safar and her crew) for putting on an amazing production of this year's spring musical, Pippin.

 Photo of Pippin cast and crew - Spring Musical 2020 

Song, Music, and Dance
It doesn't get better than that!

See the entire cast and crew listing HERE

Winter 2020

Graphic that reads "Project Cicero" THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO DONATED

With your help over the past 20 years, Project Cicero has placed over 4 million books in under-resourced classrooms throughout New York City public schools and other organizations in need. ESMS is a proud participating school.   We once again collected hardcover & paperback books for NYC school children in grades PK-12.   Photo - Project Cicero boxes For our 2020 drive, 15 boxes of books for Project Cicero! Our most ever!   Over 1000 books for under-resourced NYC schools. Thanks, everyone!

For more information about Project Cicero, please visit

Winter 2020

to our ESMS Debate Team
on an awesome performance at the Feb 22nd NYC Urban Debate League's Parliamentary Tournament (#5) held at PS 184

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  Photo - Several ESMS students on stage with debate team awards Opens in a new browser tab  

Winter 2020

Photo of fomer ESMS teacher, Mr. Lyons 

The East Side Middle School community extends
its deepest condolences to
Mr. Lyons' family and loved ones.

For obituary and for donation guidance

Winter 2020

STEAM Circuit Project
Open House

February 10, 2020
   Photo of three students presenting their STEAM Science projects to a parent, all sitting around a table
 Photo of children displaying their projects at ESMS STEAM Open House, Feb 10 2020

Students share their projects with family and visitors

Winter 2020

MathCounts Team
Photo of ESMS MathCounts Team members 2020
to our ESMS MathCounts Team
February 1st, 2020

Led by ESMS math teacher, Ms Maria Petropoulos, the students represented ESMS to compete at the 2020 MathCounts Manhattan Chapter Competition!

Well done, team!!

Fall 2019

Photo of bake sale helpers 
Image of scary cookies for Halloween  Photo of students eating "scary" Halloween cookies 
Congratulations to Sophie Megson (Class 701), winner of our Halloween Bake Sale.
Sophie's Zombie Head Rice Krispy Treats were simply

Fall 2019

Photo of Rocket Club members 
ROCKET CLUB 2019-2020

Students with an interest in science and engineering are welcome to join our club! We meet weekly in Mr. Getz's office.  Come join us!

Fall 2019

Take a Chance
Make a Friend
  Two students shaking hands in front of the ESMS "Dare to Meet Someone New" mural 
6th Graders, Ayesha and Lola
meet in front of the

ESMS Friendship Wall

Fall 2019

Debate Team
Competes and Wins

 Debate Winners Oct 2019 
Congratulations to our students who represented ESMS at the October 5th Urban Debate League Tournament. They did amazing, with most of the students getting either speaker or team awards. ESMS also received a 1st place team award at the end of the debate.

Fall 2019

6th Grade
 Photo of 6th Grade Egg Drop 2019 Congratulations to the dozen plus 6th grade teams that competed in the annual ESMS 6th Grade Egg Drop.

Thanks to 6th grader ingenuity and creative design (utilizing materials such as foam/sponge/balloon), we are happy to report that  several eggs survived the 5 story drop.

Summer 2019

Shout Out to ESMS's

Avary Bourbin !!

In July, Avary scored a goal to help her soccer team, NCE, win the 2019 World Youth Cup - Gothia Cup for their age group

 Team photo of Girls Gothia Soccer Finals 

Summer 2019

Congratulations to our Class of 2019!

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 Wishing you the very best in all your future endeavors.

Keep in touch!

 Photo of graduation cake 2019

Spring 2019


Congratulations and Bravo! to all the students who participated in this year's ESMS/Manhattan Youth Spring Showcase!  You were awesome!   It was an evening filled with talent, entertainment and fun.

A SHOUT-OUT to Ieasha Ramsay and her amazing team for guiding and inspiring our students!

Origami Elective Spring 2019

  Photo of framed picture of origami art from the Origami elective 2019 

The spring 2019 ESMS origami elective has collectively created another piece of artwork, which is gifted to the school, and now hung in the main office.

The students made origami paper stars, surrounding a Van Gogh Starry night canvas made with “5D diamond” resin beads.

Spring 2019

 Photo of two of the Marx Brothers 

The Marx Brothers Historic Committee at ESMS
created this map so that people can take a self guided tour of the historic locations connected to the lives and careers of the Marx Brothers, America's greatest comic family.  Enjoy!
(Stay tuned for our next map, Gilded Age Mansions) 

See Map HERE

Spring 2019

  Congratulations to:

Delaney Grubbs
Madison Donenfield
Sian Phillips
Bryan Cusick

Their films were shown/recognized at the DYCD festival on June 14th, 2019!
For more information:

Spring 2019

Photo of two students from the ESMS tennis team  

to Arielle and Quinn on winning their doubles match!  The team won 6-2 and is off to an amazing start!

A huge win on the 'first' ever ESMS Tigers Tennis Match.

Spring 2019

Advertisement for MOMA Student Art Show 2019 
ESMS artists,
Dylan Gayle and Hannah Vinson,
were included in 5th Annual Manhattan Borough Arts Festival, June 3-9, 2019 at the Museum of Modern Art.
CONGRATULATIONS to our accomplished artists!

Spring 2019

ESMS student, Brynn, holding artwork 
Congratulations to Brynn Heller who won third place and two honorable mentions in the CB8 District Student Art Contest. Her artwork was on display at displayed at Tenny and Betsy.

Spring 2019 - Spring Musical, Willy Wonka

Spring 2019 - Helping Homeless Committee

Winter 2019

Congratulations to our 7th Grade Champions of the Urban Debate League's Open Parliament City Championships Competition!


Photo of three ESMS girls with debate team awards

Photo - 3 members of the debate team, and their coach, jumping in the air celebrating..celebrating with their coach!

Winter 2019

Congrats to our 6th Graders on becoming Quarter Finalists in the Urban Debate League's Novice Parliamentary Debate, City Championships!

 Photo - three ESMS students (two boys, one girl) with debate team awards 

Winter 2019

ESMS Cheerleading Squad
working on some very impressive formations

 Photo of ESMS cheerleaders  


Photo of ESMS cheerleaders 

Winter 2019

The ESMS Origami elective class, led by teacher Ms Goldenberg, and co-taught by 7th grader student Kazuki Kobashi, has created some intricate paper folding art projects. Enjoy!

 Photo of origami Kaubto (Japanese Helmet) 
Origami Japanese Helmets (Kabuto)

Photo of origami butterfly 
Origami Butterfly Mobile

Winter 2019

Our ESMS Manhattan Student Leadership Council reps received a standing ovation following their March 13th speech at Mental Health Matters Day in Albany.

 A photo of two students presenting at a NYS Mental Health symposiumAmani Khan and Kaitlin Kushnir

Winter 2019

Congratulations to 8th Grader,
Oscar de Swaan Arons,
on becoming the youngest person to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro this year, raising money for our sister school, The Red Rose School in Kibera, Kenya.
Thank you, Oscar!!

 Photo of student on Mt. Kilimanjaro 

  Additional donations can be made at-

Winter 2019

ESMS's Skype Kenya Students
and our sister school,
Red Rose Kibra,

get a Shout Out from
our local 19th Precinct!

 A twitter tweet showing ESMS Bake Sale kids with NYPD
To see the tweet
follow the 19th Precinct, click HERE

Learn more about the Red Rose School HERE

Winter 2019

Graphic that reads "Project Cicero" 
A big THANK YOU to all those who supported and donated to this year's Project Cicero

With your generosity, ESMS was able to contribute 12+ boxes of books to those those institutions most in need

Learn more about Project Cicero HERE

Photo - Student in front of Project Cicero boxesCortez Pagan
Project Cicero, Student Coordinator

Winter 2019

Photo of Principal Getz, Councilman Ben Kallos, and some ESMS students in front of student art at the Sotheby's student art show 
Sotheby's Student Art Show
(Feb 13-14, 2019)

Congratulations to the four dozen ESMS Students who had their work exhibited
at this year's Student Art Show hosted by Sotheby's Auction House

Winter 2019

Math Counts Club members - 2018-2019  
A shout out for Ms. Kalinkos and the ESMS MathCounts team!

They beat some stellar competitors and were named won Best New School at the recent MathCounts Manhattan 2019 Competition.

MATHCOUNTS Manhattan promotes enthusiasm for and achievement in math among middle school students in our community.
More Information is HERE

Winter 2019


ESMS is showcased in the March Issue of District 2's Spotlight!
Read how Dance at ESMS exemplifies our school's philosophy.
This and other D2 highlights can be found HERE

Thumbnail image of PDF highlighting ESMS Dance program 

Winter 2019

3/6/19 UPDATE -  See Ms. Mainhart's latest publishing achievement HERE

 Image of a cartoon, created by ESMS teacher Ali Mainhart, published in the New Yorker magazine 

Congratulations to our very own
Ms. Mainhart
for having her cartoon published by the The New Yorker!!

Winter 2018

The word "Congrats" surrounded by confetti 
Congratulations to longtime ESMS Math teacher
Amanda Hyman on her promotion to Assistant Principal @ ESMS!

 Photo of AP Amanda Hyman
We wish her all the best and great success in her new role!

Winter 2018

Cartoon image of an old-style newsboy holding a newspaper with the headline "EXTRA" 

The Student Newspaper Club is proud and excited to announce the

Debut Edition of the Tiger Times

You can read it HERE.

A student-created newspaper designed to share news and happenings at East Side Middle through the student lens.

Congratulations and with appreciation to Jacob Abroon, Darragh Boyle, Rhone Galchen, Zachary Meryn, and Jared Meryn for this fabulous offering.

Stay tuned for future issues


Funded New Classrooms For Our Sister School in Kenya


 This is a photo of a building on the grounds of the Red Rose school in Kibera, Kenya.  This is a "sister school" of ESMS and is the recipient of many of our fund raising activities.  On the building is a sign that reads - "From New York with Love. Classroom Gifts, ESMS, April 2018" 
ESMS tribute signage at The Red Rose School


A message of appreciation from The Red Rose School

 This is a photo collage of students from ESMS's sister school, the Red Rose School, in Kibera, Kenya.  On the collage are text messages that read 1) Thank You from Our Friends in Kibera, Kenya  2) For All the Soccer Equipment Donations 3)For all the Bake Sale Donations that covered shipment.  On the collage are three photos, two with children and soccer balls, and one with students holding new sneakers. 


 Photo of Ultimate Frisbee Team - 2017-2018 


Undefeated through the regular season and runners-up to the New York City Championship.

Go Tigers, Roar!



Winner of the Middle School Principals' Association
Youth Leadership Award


Logo - NYC Urban Debate League


Valerie Franchitti, Lili Matta and Sydney Philips


We are so proud of you, Tigers!


ESMS Placed 6th
at The New York State
Scholastic Chess Tournament!

Photo - ESMS Chess State Team

Photo - ESMS Chess Team with NYC Councilman, Ben Kallos

And the Chess Team displayed their awesome skills at the Ben Kallos Chess Challenge!


Part One of the NY1 NEWS STORY featuring our great students at East Side Middle School contemplating, "If kids could choose their own classes..."
Photo of students during NY1 story about ESMS
Part Two
of New York 1's Interview with ESMS Students 
View it HERE!

NY1 TV Station Logo


Ball Room Dance Performance:


Graphic of a tree with branches with the word POETRY under it.  

Welcome to our corner, where we gather to write, share and publish our poetry.

It’s a wonderful creative space for young poets to embrace their inner talent.

If that appeals to you, please come join us to explore great poems!

Thursday mornings at 8:00 in Mr. Getz's office

-The Students of the ESMS Poetry Corner


Read some of our published poetry here.


East Side Middle School

Would Like to Thank the Cast and Producers of 

 graphic of the Playbill magazine from the Broadway show, Come From Away. 

for a great Broadway experience and for the private Q & A session following both matinee performances!

 ESMS Student Q&A withe cast from Come From Away (2018) 


The word "Congratulations"  




Read all about Neel's victory here!
We were so proud to watch Neel on the televised Scripps National Spelling Bee in May! 


A graphic that reads "Jazz at Lincoln Center".  Each year, Lincoln Center Jazz comes to ESMS to present a program called Democracy & Jazz 

Thank you to the talented musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center for performing at East Side Middle School!

This series of concerts at ESMS was part of

Democracy & Jazz,

illustrating the ideals of American democracy through the lens of America’s greatest and most democratic art form: jazz.


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ESMS Students Speak at Press Conference for New Housing Unit on our Block

"Affordable housing helps the community and aids families during hard times," said East Side Middle School student Jack Zimmerman. "It is a dream to many people and we support that dream."

Women in Need, a non-profit agency that houses and provides social services for families, will soon offer safe apartments to single women with children until they can get back on their feet. This initiative has been supported by the ESMS Student Council, whose members joined community leaders in announcing the new housing.

View the entire press conference here or read the DNAinfo article.


ESMS Boys Soccer Team

   Boys Varsity Soccer Champs holding trophy 


 Photo of ESMS Boys Soccer Champs 2018 


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Three ESMS Students Submit a Resolution to the New York City Council

Advocating That All NYC Middle and High Schools Create a Gender Sexuality Alliance

Read all about it here.


 Photo of an elephant 
Meet Murit

Murit is an orphaned elephant in Kenya, adopted by ESMS students through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  Click here for a diary about our elephant's progress (enter keyword "Murit") and to see the impact of our funds.

If you would like to add a donation, please email our Parent Coordinator



The Manhattan Borough Arts Festival Featuring Works by Public School Students

The Museum of Modern Art

Natalie Bassini, 7th Grade

Nicholas Vasilescu, 7th Grade


Logo of the "Our Town" newspaper
Check Out This Swell Profile of
ESMS Principal David Getz

And congratulations to Mr. Getz on winning the"Our Town Thanks You Award" in recognition of our school's contribution to the Upper East Side community.

(Read it HERE!)

A photo of Prinipal Getz 


Photo of GSA students providing testimony at public hearing 

ESMS Students testified in front of The New York City Council.

  Read all about it here!


Picture of Abe Lincoln's Face next to words of the Proclamation of Emancipation

Sotheby's invited ESMS students
to speak about freedom and what the
Emancipation Proclamation means to them.

View the amazing results HERE.