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Shani Brignole, MCS Fifth Grade Teacher
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Manhattan Country School’s Fifth Grade Teacher Shani Brignolle has been selected by The Academy for Teachers to attend a master class lead by MacArthur “genius” Kartik Chandran. Master classes offer a rare opportunity for public and private school teachers to learn from a leading expert and work together. Shani is one of 18 educators chosen to attend “Making the Most of Wastewater,” offered in partnership with Columbia University. The October 30 class will focus on re-engineering global... Read More
PEN 2017 National Conference
Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017
Eight Manhattan Country School educators are participating in this week’s PEN 2017 National Conference. This three-day, bi-annual event offers a host of workshops, place-based experiences and keynote presentations. The theme of this year’s conference is Continuous Lines: Amplify students’ voices, agency, conscience and intellect to create a more equitable, just and sustainable world. Three MCS educators are presenters at this year’s conference. On Friday, Nassim Zerriffi, seventh and eighth... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017
This week, Manhattan Country School Director Michèle Solá joined 23 other leaders from public schools, charter schools, foundations and nonprofit organizations in Aspen, Colorado to take on the challenging task of reimagining America’s public schools. This was the first of four gatherings of the Fall 2017 cohort of the highly selective Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. The Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship is a two-year, cohort-based program that identifies exceptional leaders in the... Read More
Lower Meeker Hollow Farm
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2017
Additional Property Will Support Enrollment and Programmatic Growth Manhattan Country School’s presence in the Catskill Mountains is expanding. The school recently acquired a second farm just a short walk from its existing farm in Roxbury, N.Y. The question about the impact of the MCS 2020 strategic plan on the Farm—an experience so essential to an MCS education—can now be tackled with a concrete place in mind. As MCS gradually doubles its enrollment from 200 to 400 students, several... Read More
Ambreen Satia
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2017
As the 2017-2018 school year began, there were nine new faces among Manhattan Country School faculty and staff. We are happy to welcome the following people to the MCS community: Callie Angrisani – Assistant Teacher, 4-5s Oeste Callie is an early childhood educator and 2008 graduate of Manhattan Country School. Throughout her high school years, Callie worked as an afterschool assistant at MCS and also as a Farm Camp counselor during the summer of 2013. Over the fall of 2014, she studied... Read More
MCS Director Michele Sola greets students on first day of school
Posted on Friday, September 8, 2017
The excitement was palpable Thursday morning as students arrived at Manhattan Country School for the first day of the school year. MCS Director Michèle Sola and George Popovic, building maintenance and greeter extraordinaire, welcomed both children and their grown ups with hugs and high fives as they entered the front door. On the second-floor landing and in the gym friends reunited, sharing hugs and stories about how they spent their summer vacation. In classrooms, students met their new... Read More
Instagram Logo
Posted on Thursday, September 7, 2017
The Manhattan Country School community is expanding and so is our presence on social media. This week, we launched an Instagram account with the IG handle ManhattanCountry. This is the latest addition to a social media portfolio that also includes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn. The MCS Instagram account will offer a glimpse into the day-to-day activities that take place in New York City and at our farm in the Catskill Mountains. We encourage you to follow us. Be sure to turn on... Read More
Manhattan Country School Founder Gus Trowbridge
Posted on Monday, July 10, 2017
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Gus Trowbridge, Manhattan Country School’s founder, founding director and lifetime trustee passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017, after a long struggle with vascular dementia and cancer. Gus was a visionary who was deeply affected by the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. In 1965, at 31 years old and disenchanted with the exclusiveness of independent schools, Gus left his job teaching English at The... Read More
The Lion King, Jr.
Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2017
This week, Manhattan Country School's eighth-graders delivered three performances of "The Lion King, Jr." The production was directed by Nehemiah Luckett and featured the school's oldest students in the following roles: Rafiki: Osiris/Jonah Mufasa: Myles Sarabi: Aiyana Zazu: Malia/Jan Scar: Jack Young Simba: Isabel Simba: Malik Young Nala: Jenna Nala: Anais Sarafina: Brandon Banzai: Layla Shenzi: Jessica Ed: Monte Timon: Tai Pumba: Adam Ensemble: Sophie, Brandon, Isabel,... Read More
Meet the Bobs and Tweets
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017
Each summer for the past 10 years, I’ve shared summer reading lists with the MCS community. There is one for the Lower School, one for the Upper School and one for parents. While I take books and reading rather seriously, the intent of these lists is for enjoyment. Over the years, I have been so very fortunate to build such meaningful relationships with children through stories and books. I’ve also been very lucky to get to know so many amazing parents. I truly believe that it is incumbent upon... Read More