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Posted on Friday, December 13, 2019
I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day - In her debut middle grade novel—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity. All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers. Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a... Read More
Posted on Friday, December 13, 2019
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson - Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson's taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child. As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the... Read More
Posted on Sunday, December 8, 2019
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 be surprising to learn how much opportunity they provide for change. Like a theme and variations in... Read More
Posted on Sunday, December 8, 2019
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 attach to the base of the hair shaft. Nymphs hatch from the eggs in 7-10 days, and grow to adults... Read More
Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2019
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, November 20, three members of the MCS Farm Faculty - Cathy Cammer, Program Coordinator and Farmwork Teacher... Read More
Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2019
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 the block, to the avenue filled with small stores, over to the East River, into Central Park…I... Read More
Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2019
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 will take place this Monday, December 9. All parents are invited to these monthly events that either... Read More
Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2019
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 children how to navigate New York City and its various modes of transportation safely is something we... Read More
Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2019
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.    
Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2019
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 prosecuted for capital murder. Korey Wise, an activist for criminal justice reform who was convicted in the... Read More

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