MCS gathers for all school assemblies four times a year. The assemblies have become thematic multicultural celebrations of community, anchored in music and singing. A recent visitor to MCS asked the Student Council what was something special about MCS and something they would remember after graduation. I was not surprised when they answered, “assemblies.” Within the tradition, however, it might... Read more
Recently, there have been a few cases of head lice at MCS. Those students and families have been treated, but it is important to be proactive in monitoring your child’s head for lice. Head Lice Head lice are parasitic insects that can be found in the hair. They do not carry disease, and are not harmful. There is no connection between head lice and hygiene. Lice lay their eggs (nits), which... Read more
The Winter Assembly, open to parents and families, will be held on Friday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Redeemer Presbyterian Church West Side located at 150 West 83rd Street. This is a change in location as we are no longer able to accommodate our growing community in the MCS gym safely. Monday, December 9 - Upper School Assembly - Parents Invited (9 - 9:45 a.m.). An Upper School Assembly... Read more
Many trips at MCS involve walking and taking public transportation. MCS owns a yellow school bus that takes students to and from the Farm. For short trips during the school day, MCS can sometimes access the Department of Education (DOE) school buses. We also occasionally charter coach buses for sports teams, curriculum-related trips and trips to the Farm when our bus needs repair. Teaching... Read more
Doing some holiday shopping? Use the MCS Farm Festival Coupon Book! Enjoy a 10% discount at taverns, cafes and other eateries in and around Upper Manhattan when you print out or show the digital copy of the advertisement in the Farm Festival Coupon Book. Support the small businesses that have supported MCS. Click here to download.
The ongoing professional development of the teaching and administrative staff is an important aspect of maintaining the quality of the academic program and the administrative operation at MCS. Staff members are encouraged to participate in professional development to stay informed about developments in their field and to continue gaining expertise in many areas of education. On Wednesday,... Read more
Out of the Classroom and Into the World: Learning from Field Trips, Educating from Experience, and Unlocking the Potential of Our Students and Teachers by Salvatore Vascallero is illustrative for those of us fascinated by ways children learn. The Preface begins with this story about how he learned to be a teacher. “We began with walks in our Manhattan neighborhood: on the school block, around... Read more
On Thursday, November 21, the Upper School welcomed Director of Post-Conviction Litigation at The Innocence Project and current parent Vanessa Potkin to speak at this month’s Upper School assembly. Vanessa has represented and exonerated over 30 innocent individuals, from Louisiana to Nevada. Collectively, they served over 500 years of wrongful imprisonment and five of them were originally... Read more
A group of parents gathered on Thursday, November 7, for a Parents' Association Meeting on Gender Identity with Carrie Davis, NYC Human Rights Commissioner. Carrie's interactive presentation allowed parents to gain a better understanding of non-binary gender identities. MCS has a longstanding tradition of fostering conversations about changes in the world with our entire community. Earlier... Read more
Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 18. There will be no school for students that day. At 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 11, you will receive an email to sign up for a meeting time.Please note: If you sign-up before 9:00 a.m., the appointment will automatically be deleted when the official form opens. Keep an eye out for the email on Monday to sign up!