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Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2018
Immersion in rural culture, language and traditions has always been a hallmark of the Manhattan Country School Farm experience. Throughout our student’s childhood at the Farm, they have the opportunity to celebrate customs linked to food, gardening practices tied to the weather and seasonal holidays and observations. The MCS 6th grade class stayed at the Farm during Halloween.  While the urban and rural practice of dressing like someone you’re not and going from door to door for treats is...
Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018
During the 9-10's fall Manhattan Country School Farm trip, students and staff had the opportunity to host several visitors. Most of the guests traveled from New York City-based pre-schools, and two visitors were from the food justice organization, Insurgo Project. They were accompanied by Monica Amaro and Vicki Roberts from the Admissions team. The visitors observed and participated in cooking, farming, textile and nature studies classes alongside students. In nature studies, the 9-10's...
Posted on Friday, October 5, 2018
Norte and Sud Fall Farm Trips In several conversations over the years with our founders Gus and Marty Trowbridge, they described the intent of the MCS Farm as a “social experiment”: a place where children from diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds work, play and learn together. The Farm, as Gus put it, is “the great leveler.” On the first seventh and eighth grade Farm trips of the year, seventh graders also experience the Farm for the first time in a mixed-grade setting.  Up until...
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018
Research has been a fascination of mine since working on my doctorate at Boston University (and took my first teaching job as the Upper School Spanish teacher at MCS). What Mary and Maiya choose to share is always the most beautiful example of ethnographic research. This definition of ethnography particularly struck me as I anticipate their stories of the first few days in a school year. What is ethnography? Frogs live in the thick of it all, and so do ethnographers, observing daily life and...
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2018
The theme of the Upper School this year is “turning points and tipping points.” We introduced the theme with our new math teacher, Ava, leading a game with all 84 students on the first day of school. Every student started as an egg. When they encountered another egg, they played rock, paper, scissors, and the winner became a chicken. The process of evolution continued with students playing people at the same level to see who would move further up the evolutionary ladder. Chickens became...

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