Intramural Sports and Recreation
Open to 8th graders, only. Tryouts are scheduled at the beginning of spring for the ESMS Ballroom Dance Squad, which practices at 8:00am on specified days. Ballroom Dance members will perform at several events in June, including the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony.
Check out this video of a recent Ballroom Dance performance (apologies in advance for the poor video quality):
Ms. Grippo's Fitness Hour
Join ESMS science teacher Ms. Grippo on Wednesdays after school for an hour of energizing exercise and relaxing meditation. Students should bring appropriate sneakers and loose clothing for exercise. Register through our Manhattan Youth After-School Program.
Students are invited to chill out, stretch out, and find their inner strength by practicing this excellent exercise for both mind and body. Yoga provides stress relief, help with sleeping disorders, relaxation, and brain focus -- all while making your muscles strong. And yoga is not just for girls. If the Seattle Seahawks can do yoga, so can the boys of ESMS! Yoga mats provided by the PTA.
Ballplayers work on their basketball skills and techniques during the off-season. Open to both girls and boys. Separate sessions offered for drills and scrimmages.
Ultimate Frisbee Clinic
We have just added a fall clinic for new and returning Ultimate Frisbee players, in preparation for our spring season. In 2017 the ESMS Tigers were undefeated in both the regular season and playoffs, earning the title of the New York City Middle School Ultimate Frisbee champs. In 2018 our team advanced through the playoffs to the Championship Round, where they were runners-up to the NYC title. Game on!
Indoor soccer practice and scrimmages in the fall and spring. No try-outs necessary. Please register via Manhattan Youth's After-School Program. Enrollment is limited and given on a first come, first served basis. This club is intramural only and does not compete against other schools.
The Fitness Club
Open to 7th and 8th graders only. This club offers cardio fitness and an introduction to weight training. Please register through our Manhattan Youth After-School Program.
This Brazilian martial art is the newest recreational fitness to be added to the ESMS After-School Program. Combining dance, acrobatics and music, Capoeira is known for its quick movements that incorporate kicks, spins, and other martial arts techniques. It provides great exercise while having a blast!
Offered through our after school program, Advanced Percussion is best suited for students with experience playing drums and/or percussion, this activity introduces poly-rhythms, mapping techniques, and a variety of unique percussive instruments.
An after school program, Adventure Club members go on field trips to various historical, recreational, and educational places in New York City.
In the Art Portfolio after school program, teachers help students develop comprehensive art portfolios to prepare for the admissions process into highly competitive art schools throughout NYC. These classes will include drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, and digital design.
In this class, students learn all about film production. Covering all aspects of filmmaking production, students will get the hands-on experience of being an integral part of a film crew. Throughout the trimester, students shoot and edit original films that will be screened at the end of the trimester.
The above is a representative listing of programs offered through our After School program and can vary between trimesters.
Please see the After School Program catalog for additional information and current offerings.