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National School Walkout
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2018
“We call BS! We call BS!” Chanting these words inspired by a line from a gun-control speech by Parkland shooting survivor Emma González, Manhattan Country School’s Upper School students walked out of school Wednesday morning. The demonstration, spearheaded by the MCS Student Council, was part of the National School Walkout, which marked the one-month anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed. Donning orange... Read More
Posted on Thursday, March 1, 2018
Manhattan Country School has added basketball player and activist Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir to its 2018 Living the Dream Mentor Award honoree line up. Bilqis will join Harris Friess ’98 and Lyle Friess ’00, co-executive directors of Brooklyn Youth Sports Club, and Jermaine Lloyd, founder of Back 2 Basics Academy, at Big Night Out!, Saturday, April 28, 2018, to receive the award. Bilqis is the all-time leading scorer (male or female) in Massachusetts history for high school basketball. In 2010,... Read More
Michele Sola, MCS Director
Posted on Monday, February 26, 2018
Manhattan Country School Director Michèle Solá is among the 150-plus heads of independent schools in New York City and across New York State who have signed an open letter to the president and the country’s lawmakers against gun violence. The letter, which appeared in the February 25, 2018 issue of The New York Times calls for “thoughtful and forceful legislation” to make schools safer. The text of The New York Times letter: Heads of School Speak Out Against Gun Violence An Open Letter to... Read More
MCS Community Basketball Game
Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018
Manhattan Country School students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni gathered at the 92nd Street Y on Friday, February 16, 2018, for the annual Community Basketball Game. It was an exciting game, with the red and gray teams pretty evenly matched for the majority of the competition. In the final minute of the game, the teams were tied 54-54. With 3 seconds on the clock the red team knocked out two free throws to win the game 56-54. During halftime, younger basketball enthusiasts tested... Read More
Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018
At Manhattan Country School lessons about black history and culture are integrated into the curriculum, there are many black teachers, and teachers and administrators don’t take a zero-tolerance approach when dealing with conflict or disciplinary issues. In many schools across the country, especially inner-city public schools with a predominantly black student population, this isn’t the case. In an effort aligned with MCS’ public mission, Manhattan Country School joined schools in New York... Read More
2018 MCS Alumni Panel
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018
What happens after students leave Manhattan Country School? And how well prepared are they? Current and recently accepted MCS families got the answers to these questions and more at Tuesday evening’s panel discussion: Oh, The Places You’ll Go: Alumni Talk About Life After MCS.   The panel featured: Viviana Benitez ’94, associate producer at Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, parent of a 4-5s MCS student, graduate of Friends Seminary and the University of Rochester Anaïs O. ’17,... Read More
2018 Big Night Out!
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Each year, Manhattan Country School honors excellence and leadership in progressive education, arts and sciences, social and environmental justice, and community activism with its Living the Dream Mentor Award. This year, we honor three individuals who exemplify MCS’ vision and mission by promoting social justice through sports. Harris Friess ’98 and Lyle Friess ’00, Co-Executive Directors, Brooklyn Youth Sports Club   Harris and Lyle established the Brooklyn Youth Sports Club (BKYSC) in... Read More
Perspectives Q&A
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018
"I dance not to entertain but to help people better understand each other. Because through dance I have experienced the wordless joy of freedom, I seek it more fully now for my people and for all people everywhere.” This quote, from dancer, choreographer and anthropologist Pearl Primus, set the stage for a thought-provoking discussion about the intersection of dance and social justice at Manhattan Country School Tuesday evening. Part of the Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools, the... Read More
Climage Change Activism Project
Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018
Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced that they plan to divest the city’s five pension funds of approximately $5 billion from fossil fuel investments. It was news that resonated with Manhattan Country School’s eighth-graders, who dedicated a considerable amount of time last school year to raising awareness about this topic. The seventh- and eighth-graders researched the issue and developed their position. Using the slogan “Divest From... Read More
2018 MLK March
Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
On Monday, January 15, 2018, hundreds of people from Manhattan Country School and the broader New York City community assembled at the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument to kick off the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March. The annual event, now in its 30th year, is organized by the school’s eighth-graders and illustrates one of the many ways MCS celebrates the man and the ideals that served as inspiration for the founding of the school. “The origin of this 30-year tradition grew out of... Read More