EAST SIDE CREW TEAM TRYOUTS - Monday, September 25th

The East Side Rowing Team will be holding tryouts for 7-12 graders 

on Monday, September 25th at 3:30pm in the fitness room.

Newbies welcome! No previous rowing experience necessary!

Questions? Contact ESCHScrew@gmail.com

Don’t miss the opportunity for your child to participate in a great team sport, highly valued by many colleges.

We are looking for enthusiastic, fun-loving kids in 7-12 grade who would like to become part of a supportive, tightly-knit community of athletes. Rowing is the ultimate team sport: it requires commitment, determination, and most of all, camaraderie—the ingredients of success.  

The goal of the East Side Crew Team is to build a great indoor rowing erg education program, and to compete against other high and middle school rowing clubs. Once our athletes master the art of indoor rowing, we can partner with programs such as ROW NYC to row on the water.

Here’s why rowing is a great fit for kids and our school:

  • The Concept2 Indoor Rower fits kids of all sizes.

  • The rower controls the intensity of the exercise, so students can row as hard or as easily as is appropriate for them.

  • The performance monitor provides simple but useful data that kids understand—distance, calories, time.

  • Some kids will have a greater affinity with rowing than with other fitness options. For example, heavier kids may dislike running, but they can often be very effective and successful at rowing. Kids with poor vision, or weak hand/eye coordination, may thrive on the indoor rower.

  • The units of output are easily relatable to classroom activities: meters (geography), watts (science), etc.

  • Recent articles suggest that many types of exercise, including rowing, can be an effective treatment for attention-deficit disorders.

  • The mechanics of the indoor rower itself are simple and easy for kids to grasp.

  • The Concept2 online community is rich with resources including rowing challenges, logbooks, and rankings for kids and schools.

  • The sport of rowing is one in which kids can take part for the rest of their lives.

  • Kids are now recruited by big rowing colleges according to their erg time (rather than on water).


Beginners will focus on:

  • Introduction to the sport and equipment

  • Development of proper technique

  • Stroke rate and intensity

  • Using the performance monitor

  • Setting up a workout

  • Keeping steady pace

  • How to excel in relay races

  • Meditation rowing

  • Biomechanics of rowing

  • Maintaining appropriate heart rate during rowing

About Coach Arshay

Arshay Cooper is an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and rower. Arshay’s unique set of life experiences have made him a much sought-after speaker for audiences ranging from high school students to professional athletes. He is highly regarded for his ability to inspire and motivate every audience he encounters.

Arshay’s first book, a memoir titled “Suga Water,” was released in 2015, won silver at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards for best inspirational memoir, and is now being adapted into a screenplay.

Questions? Contact ESCHScrew@gmail.com


LES GIrls Club- Sign up needed asap

2017 kicked off with a bang here at the Girls Club with a new session AND brand new classes for your girls to enjoy. We've introduced classes like "Wearables" which mixes sewing and technology to "GoYa" which exposes girls to yoga. There is still space in classes throughout the week! Classes include dance, sewing, hip hop, animation,  radio podcast, cooking, photography and more. For more information visit https://www.girlsclub.org/.

Various Science Opportunities

East Side Families can use this link to always access science programs that are available to students. 

Click here to view programs

Boys Club of New York

The Boys Club of New York  is looking for East Side Students to join and take advantage of the awesome resources including:


  • Culinary arts
  • Swimming (lifeguard training)
  • Graphic Design, Animation, Music Education
  • Fitness (weight lifting, boxing, basketball, martial arts)
  • Game Room
  • Life Skills
  • SAT Prep
  • Homework Help
  • AND MORE!!!!!!!!

If you are a middle or high school student and you are interested please come see Jerome in room 216!!!!!

The Wooster Group Summer Institute- Teens

The Summer Institute is a free, three-week performance workshop for teenagers in the public school system, founded by Wooster Group member Kate Valk and Ariana Smart Truman. The workshop is organized around a selected text and sessions with guest artists in many aspects of performance (ranging from movement to writing to voice training to video techniques). Students are accepted as young as twelve, and are invited back every summer until they graduate from high school, at which time they may return as interns, and ultimately instructors or guest artists. The program culminates in three public performances for supporters, friends, and family.

Watch short videos from past sessions here or see the complete 2016 performance here.

Schedule 2017

Monday, July 17 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Tuesday, July 18 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Wednesday, July 19 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Thursday, July 20 – 9:30am-2:30pm

Monday, July 24 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Tuesday, July 25 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Wednesday, July 26 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Thursday, July 27 – 9:30am-2:30pm

Monday, July 31 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Tuesday, August 1 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Wednesday, August 2 – 9:30am-2:30pm
Thursday, August 3 – 9:30am-2:30pm, with performance #1 at 3:00pm
Friday, August 4 – 2:00pm-7:00pm, with performance #2 at 7:00pm
Saturday, August 5 – 5:00pm-7:00pm, with performance #3 at 7:00pm

The Summer Institute takes place at:

The Performing Garage
33 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10013

How To Apply

Applicants must attend a public school in New York City, and be twelve to seventeen years old, and not have graduated from high school. The application process consists of a simple written application, and attendance at a one-hour session at The Performing Garage with the Director of the Institute, and the other applicants, where we play games, and talk about the Institute.

To apply, complete the application form online or download the application here and send the completed form to:

email: si@thewoostergroup.org
mailing address:

The Wooster Group
Summer Institute
PO Box 654, Canal Street Station
New York, NY 10013

phone: 212-966-9796

Invent an App!- 7/8th Grade Only

Invent an App!: Are you in 7th or 8th grade? Do you like working with computers? Do you like creating and sharing ideas? If so, email Yasnery at yasneryw@eschs.org and find out more about an exciting contest sponsored by TCS (The company who sponsors the NYC marathon). The group that wins from East Side goes on to a final round for huge prizes! We will start next Monday!