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Posted on Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Summer Reflections While school-year calendars have defined my life for more than thirty years, the excitement and anticipation of a new school year never fades. These years of building a bigger school and community seem (without regrets) to have shortened my summer months. During July, MCS City Camp and Farm Camp affirm that children in mixed age groups can flourish well beyond the usual dimensions of a school year. I also appreciate the chance they provide our high-school and college-age...
Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Farm Camp 2018
Week two of Manhattan Country School’s Farm Camp featured our campers farming, gardening, cooking, eating, swimming and camping under the stars. I believe that the amount of work, responsibility and skills our kids possess is often underestimated. They are truly running a farm. Through barn chores before breakfast and again before dinner, they care for the animals that take care of us. They weed, cultivate and harvest the fruits and vegetables that we consume during Farm Camp and the rest of...
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Farm Camp 2018 Week One
Week one of Manhattan Country School’s Farm Camp is in the books. The vegetable gardens have never looked better. The kids have been harvesting, eating and processing broccoli, lettuce, snap peas, summer squash, onions, raspberries and kale. Campers in cooking class have been creating delicious meals with these ingredients and others produced right here at our farm. The kids have started many different projects in textiles class, including needle felting, rug hooking and weaving on the...
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2018
Delivered at the June 8, 2018 Parents' Association Meeting In late September, as a precursor to the idea of taking a trip back in time, the 8-9s were asked, “What do you need to live?”  Since progressive education upholds the concept of honoring children’s development, the 8-9s are old enough now to be able to understand what it means to learn about long ago and far away, as early progressive educators determined.   Cosi, the teacher, designs the social studies curriculum in such a way that,...
Posted on Sunday, June 17, 2018
Delivered at the June 8, 2018 Parents' Association Meeting The end of the school year is a time of transition. It’s never easy to say goodbye to the eighth-graders and their families, or other families, faculty, and staff that are moving to new communities. Acknowledging what each of them has done to make MCS a vibrant place helps, as does seeing the enthusiasm of the new people we will get to know better soon. Leslie Cain, outgoing PA co-president, is not leaving but is transitioning into a...

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