Student Activities

MS 216 Ryan offers an array of after school activities to appeal to the interests of our diverse community of students.


Chess Club

The artist and founder of Dadaism, Marcel Duchamp, once said, “Not every artist is a chess player, but every chess player is an artist”. This ancient game has more possible positional variations than there are electrons in the entire UNIVERSE! The Chess Club meets weekly on Thursdays and consists of a few different sub-categories of activities within it.

Comic Book Club

The purpose of this course is to develop students’ understanding of the nature and value of comics in society, as they relate to both recreation and education. These goals will be accomplished by the study of both fiction and non-fiction texts related to the genre.


At Ryan, a select group young ladies have an opportunity to be a part of a great experience. GEMM stands for Girl Empowerment Movement in Mathematics. This initiative is meant to promote academic achievement and engagement for our young ladies in Mathematics and Science.

Guitar Club

Guitar club started a few years ago being exactly what it sounds like, a large group instructional class on guitar. But over the years it has evolved into something that more resembles an after school performance ensemble or band. We are even thinking about changing the name from “Guitar Club” to an authentic band name that the students themselves will decide on.

Library Leaders

The Library Leaders are a select group of 7th and 8th grade students that serve as assistants in the Library Media Center during Open Access lunch periods and hold a number of responsibilities.

Math team

Anyone is welcome to join the Math Team! They meet occasionally to practice problems and participate in contests and competitions.

Project Boosts

Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) is a program created for late elementary and middle school students who have excelled academically and it gives them an opportunity to develop their academic talent. Project BOOST’s principal goal is to help its students gain admission to “quality high schools” upon finishing the program in eighth grade.

Road Runners

Road Runners is a youth program to develop movement skills in students through a mix of running and fitness activities. The program is designed for students to build their confidence, and the desire to be physically active for life.


The Introduction to Robotics Specialization introduces you to the concepts of robot flight and movement, how robots perceive their environment, and how they adjust their movements to avoid obstacles, navigate difficult terrains and accomplish complex tasks such as construction and disaster recovery.

Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad Team is a hand picked group of predominantly 8th graders with high science and math grades who are creative problem solvers, work well under pressure and show engineering potential.

Teen Thursdays

Teen Thursdays is a group of 20 7th and 8th grade students who partner with the Queens County Farm for 7 weeks to learn various aspects of this Queen landmark. Activities include farming, colonial cooking, honey production, potpouri making, alpaca yarn crafts, and school life in colonial times.

3D Printing Club

Students in the 3D Printing Club learn how to use their 21st century technology skills to tackle real life problems. Students learn the basics of Computer Aided Design (CAD) using Tinkercad and reinforce complex STEAM concepts that encourage experimentation and innovation.