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Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017
7-8s First Farm Trip
A Manhattan Country School Farm trip would never be complete without a good-bye meeting. After the luggage is loaded on the bus, students and teachers take a few minutes to share their experiences of the trip with each other. This week, the MCS 7-8s experienced their very first Farm trip. Each child and adult took the opportunity to talk about some of the things that where memorable. The comments usually began with, “I liked…,” “I loved…” or “My favorite thing was…..” These statements where...
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017
9-10s Tertulia
In their last Lower School Spanish class, the 9-10s took time to reflect on the meaning of culture. Here is an opportunity to listen in. “Culture is what you believe in and what shapes you.” “Culture is who you are. Family, beliefs, heritage and history” “Culture is how you approach things and how you see things in different ways than others.” “Traditions and/or celebrations that a family has. It could also be values and/or beliefs.” “Culture is tradition and it’s how you think of things...
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017
Maiya Jackson, Upper School Director
Embracing/Fighting for Change Delivered June 9, 2017 This has been a year of change. Settling into this building took time, but also gave the students an opportunity to create new spaces. The other day I watched a few seventh graders play a game they created, where they run from square to square in the courtyard, tagging each other and ducking away. They’re growing comfortable in the space, squeezing through the gap between the column and the window when walking down the hall, running up and...
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017
Mary Trowbridge, Lower School Director
Delivered June 9, 2017 For several decades now, the 9-10s have hosted the June visit from Roxbury Central School pen pals, teachers and parents, and I have joined their student-led tours of MCS for many years. They are always touching to witness as the children proudly share their school. However, little did I know the adults would be so entertained this time around. In the basement, a 9-10s tour guide explained that the Shop is “where we work with tools and wood. It’s not a shop like where...
Posted on Monday, June 12, 2017
6th grade mushroom study at the MCS Farm
The sixth-graders at the Manhattan Country School Farm last week enjoyed a mushroom hunt with our guest expert, John Michelotti—“The Fungi Guy.” John is a walking encyclopedia of everything having to do with mushrooms and fungi. He is eloquent and entertaining as he reels off one fascinating bit of mushroom lore after another. First he gave a brief talk on fungi, mentioning that fungi usually is decomposing dead leaves and trees. But “just because there’s death that doesn't mean it’s not...

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