After-School Programs 2019-2020

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M.S. 88 Girls Basketball

M.S. 88 Girls Basketball is finally here!  There will be two teams, one for beginners at basketball, who are looking for a fun and active after-school program, called Power Play, and another for those who are more advanced and looking for a competitive travel league.  Both teams will practice, so all levels are welcomed and encouraged. So strap on your basketball sneakers and come meet us in the gym!

Contact Ms. Dungey  (

Ms. Apostolako (

Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 2:45 – 5:00pm & Thursday 7:00 – 8:00am
Location Gym
Tryouts September 25
Practice Start Date Late September

Girls PowerPlay NYC

PowerPlay NYC advances the lives of girls through sports, helping them grow physically, emotionally and  academically stronger. Join our after school girls sports group. Learn the fundamentals of basketball and soccer and even get the chance to play in some games! Beginners welcome!

Contact Mrs. Chiemezie ( )
Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:45 – 4:30pm 
Location Gym
Start Date Mid October

 Yearbook Club

Capture memories and excitement at M.S. 88 through photography and graphic design to develop our school yearbook!  Learn how to take and edit pictures and use your creativity to layout pages for the yearbook. 

Contact Mrs. Chiemezie ( )
Meeting Day/Time Tuesday 4:00pm
Location Room 132
Start Date Mid October

Boys Basketball:  A and B Team

Mr. Levine is dedicated to coach our 7th and 8th grade boys to develop their basketball skills and basketball IQ.  Players will learn through intense fundamental drills and exercises, that will culminate with success on the court through competitive matches. 

Contact Mr. Levine (
Meeting Day/Time Wednesday (film) 2:40 – 4:30pm & Thursday 2:45-4:30p
Location Gym
Tryouts Mid October
Season Starts Late November

LEGO Robotics

Build autonomous robots that will complete missions based on the overall theme: World Class, while participating in LEGO League competitions. You will have the opportunity to learn engineering and design, math and science concepts and the importance of teamwork through LEGO Robotics!

Contact Ms. Azcona  (

Mr. Bradshaw (

Mr. Rose ( )

Meeting Day/Time Thursday & Friday 2:45 – 4:45
Location Room 340
Start Date Mid October


Middle School 88 is partnering with graduate students at the Polytechnic Institute at NYU to investigate “Biomimicry Engineering”, which is essentially engineering robots that build a robotic fish that can be used to study fish behavior and mimic animal behavior.   

Contact Mr. Rose (6th)  ( )

Ms. Tilts (6th)  (

Jefferey Bradshaw (7th) (

Meeting Day/Time 6th grade Wednesday 2:45-4:00 

7th grade Thursday 2:35-4:00pm

Location Room 340
Start Date October 10th & 16th

Art Smart

ART SMART, is excited to be back for a fourth year,  it will fulfill and enhance 6th, 7th,  and 8th grade M.S. portfolios for the student’s H.S. art application requirements. Students explore art history, artistic techniques & methodologies.  

Contact Jeff Schneider (
Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 2:40-5:00
Location Room 132
Start Date Early October

Road Runners

M.S. 88 is teaming up with the New York Road Runners to train our students who are interested in running to set goals and make being active a part of their daily lives.

Contact Mr. Curran (

Mr. Elias ( )

Meeting Day/Time Wednesdays/Fridays   2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location Room 238
Start Date Late September

Comics Creators

In this program, students will learn how to create their own comics. They will develop their own stories, draw the art and use computers –if available- to enhance the final product. Students will also learn the fundamentals of this form of expression and read comics.  

Contact Mr. Diaz (
Meeting Day/Time Fridays 2:45 – 4:00pm
Location Room 240
Start Date October 11

MSQI Debate

Contact John Cherichello (

Ms. Markon  (

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:35-4:15pm (Occasional Sat 9am-6pm)
Location Room 122
Start Date Early September

How to Survive 6th Grade

Learn organizational skills, study strategies, critical thinking and writing skills.

Contact Mr. Elias ( )

Ms. Castro ( )

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:45 – 4:15pm 
Location Room 347
Start Date Early November

Mural Club

Students collaborate on expressing themselves through art that reflects MS88. The art will be displayed throughout the school inspiring students, staff and visitors daily.

Contact Mrs. Chiemezie  (
Meeting Day/Time Varies depending on the mural

Flag Rugby 

Students will have the opportunity to learn a new and increasingly popular sport! They will compete in various tournaments against other middle schools around the country.

Contact Mr. Levine (

Mr. Rafferty (

Meeting Day/Time Wednesday or Friday 2:45 – 4:15pm  
Location Gym
Start Date Starts Feb. – March & starts April – June 

Craft Squad

This after school class will have students creating a variety of crafts including decoupage (collage) and paper crafts, cross stitching, felt and fabric craft, stuffed animal making and 3-D collage. Crafters will increase their craft know-how and technical skills while creating decorative works of art. There will be an emphasis on repurposing and upcycling everyday found materials into unique creative expressions.

Contact Ms. Zaconni ( )

Ms. Katz (

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:45 – 5:00pm
Location 329A
Start Date Mid October

Morning Library Club

Increases library access for students to use computers, do homework, read, check out books, and play Minecraft.  Ms. Wolfe meets students in the cafeteria at 7:30.

Contact Ms. Wolfe (
Meeting Day/Time Monday – Thursday 7:50am – 8:20am 
Location Library
Start Date Early September

88 Knots Boat Building Club

We’re building a real sailboat using traditional boat building techniques with help of Brooklyn Boat Works. (15 student maximum)

Contact Mr. Wasylyk  (

Mr. Zimmermann (

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:40 – 5:10pm
Location Room 128
Start Date Early November

Girls Lacrosse Club

Girls from 6-8th grade will partake in skill sessions Monday mornings at 7 am in the gym. When it is warm out, we will also be outside in Prospect Park. Students are given all equipment other than a mouth guard.

Contact Ms. Tilts (
Meeting Day/Time Monday 7-8:15 AM
Location GYM or weather permitting Park
Start Date Mid November

RiSC Club

RiSC is a two year climate literacy program that began in 2017. In 2017, students learned about the causes and impacts of climate change. This year we will use a grant to remodel part of our school community to be resilient to climate change. At the end of the year, we present our work at a summit.

Contact Ms. Tilts (

Mr. Joya (  

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:45 – 5:00pm
Location Room 127
Start Date Early November

Middle School Musing

Middle School Musings is an after school learning enrichment program offered to students in 8th grades who may need extra help in the fundamentals of math and grammar.

Contact Ms. St. Jean  (
Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:45 – 4:15pm
Location Room 124
Start Date Mid November

Gender and Sexuality Alliance

To support our LGBTQ+ students by providing a space to share their stories and create school-wide activities that foster inclusion and acceptance.  

Contact Ms. Wolfe (

Mr. Curran (

Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:40 – 4:00pm
Location Library & 238
Start Date Early September

The Democracy Project

Through a partnership with the old Stone House we will reenact how to create a country instituting laws, currency, and debate solutions to problems posed to our country.

Contact Ms. Gibson (
Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 3:45pm – 4:15pm
Location Room 223
Start Date Mid October

Dungeons & Dragons

Students will role play different characters in epic adventures in far off lands & worlds, where they’ll need to use literary and math skills to survive.

Contact Mr. Joya (
Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 2:45pm – 5:15pm
Location Room 221
Start Date Early October

Drama & Film Club

Students will work on scenes from various plays/film. Students will make a short film ad work on self-reflection.

Contact Jackie Viesta (

Michael Bennett (

Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 2:45pm – 4:00 pm
Location Room 342
Start Date Mid October

Dance & Fusion

In this movement class students will explore many genres of dance.

Contact Tylar Slavin

Ms. Zacconi ( )

Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 2:45pm – 4:00 pm
Location TBD
Start Date Mid October

Comic Club

Students will learn how to create their own comics to tell stories draw art, and enhance products using mixed media.

Contact Ms. Dungey  (

Mr. Diaz  (

Meeting Day/Time TBD 2:45pm – 4:00 pm
Location Room 240
Start Date Mid October

Art Show

December and June Art, Music, and Dance show. Club helps students refine work before display and performance.

Contact Mrs. Chiemezie  (
Meeting Day/Time Varies depending on the show
Location Room 132
Start Date Mid October

Board Game Club

Students will exercise strategic thinking and collaboration skills through board games.

Contact Ms. Ahearn (
Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:40-4:40 pm
Location Room 329
Start Date Mid October

Beyond Googol & 2 ∞

Next level math explorations that will stretch mathematical thinking, improve reasoning skills and help kids discover the wonder and beauty in mathematics and competitive fun math games.

Contact Ms. Hefez (
Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:40-4:40 pm
Location Room 329
Start Date Mid October

SOCA (Students of Caribbean & African American Descent)

A safe space for students to discuss current event topics that concern middle school students of color.

Contact Ms. Pugh
Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:40-4:00 pm
Location Room 349
Start Date Mid October

El Garrote (Spanish Club)

The first rule of the Spanish Club is we speak Spanish only.   The second rule of Spanish Club is that we read, write, plan and debate in Spanish.  

Contact Mr. Diaz  (
Meeting Day/Time Wednesday  2:45-4:00 pm
Location Room 323
Start Date Mid October

After School Math Support

Students in 7th grade math will come to get support on homework and classwork.

Contact Mr. Haupt (
Ms. Huang (
Meeting Day/Time Wednesdays 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Location Room 145
Start Date Mid October

Sewing and Design Club

Students will learn the basics of using a sewing machine and work on diversity quilt project they will complete individual projects they design.

Contact M. Rupelli (
Meeting Day/Time Thursdays 2:45 – 4:45 pm
Location Room SO1
Start Date Mid October

Dream Team

The Dream Team is a group of students who celebrate diverse cultural identities and learn about immigrant rights.

Contact Ms. Silver (
Meeting Day/Time Wednesday 2:40-4:00
Location Room 220
Start Date Mid October

Literary Magazine

We will start off by making personal zines and will ultimately produce an edition of an all new M.S. 88 Literary Magazine.

Contact Ms. Silver (
Meeting Day/Time Thursday 2:40-4:00
Location Room 220
Start Date Mid October

Scrapbook Your Memories

Kids will journal about and take pictures of their M.S. 88 experiences as well as their personal life. We will also make a scrapbook for M.S. 88.

Contact Ms. Oyaga (
Meeting Day/Time
Location Room 318
Start Date Mid October


Drummer will learn cadences and perform for various school events. Drummers will play on 5 gallon buckets with bungee harnesses.

Contact Mr. Brockman (
Meeting Day/Time Thursday, 2:45 – 3:45
Location Room 116
Start Date Mid October