6-7s Building Study: Progressive Education

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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...
Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Studying the soil at the MCS Farm.
It’s often difficult to describe a typical Manhattan Country School Farm trip. There are only so many superlatives one can use to explain the authentic work and learning students experience. The recent sixth-grade spring trip was jam-packed with special activities, visitors and new experiences. Let’s not forget, the kids also had a farm to operate. Upon arrival the kids were charged with naming our milk cow Daisy’s new calf. Several suggestions were offered. In the end the week-old heifer was...
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2018
2018 Lower School SingAlong
  The 4-5s through 7-8s shared songs and dances with their families at the annual SingAlong on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. The program theme, "Everything Grows," featured songs of the natural world, and illustrated how science touches our lives. Drummers accompanied selections from Nigeria, Cuba, Zimbabwe and Appalachia. The main event, of course, was the children, who threw themselves into singing and dancing, taking ownership of the music and bringing us joy...
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2018
MCS/Roxbury Pen Pal Exchange
The Manhattan Country School Pen Pal Project with Roxbury Central School has connected students for more than 30 years. The project takes advantage of the MCS Farm’s location in the town of Roxbury. It’s now become a multi-generational project, as current MCS fifth-grade student Layla (’21) and her father, Sean, have both had this experience. At Roxbury Central, several parents have expressed fond memories of being a pen pal. The original mission of this exchange was to help fourth-grade...
Posted on Friday, May 4, 2018
Activism Community Teach-In
Last week at Manhattan Country School, the seventh- and eighth-graders led a community activism teach-in as part of their “Shatter the Silence, Stop Domestic Violence” campaign. Before the event, the activism committee brainstormed ways to talk to students and parents about how to fight domestic violence. They focused their campaign on three demands: Keep guns out of the hands of abusers, teach healthy relationships and increase funding for domestic violence shelters. They prepared to...

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