MCS News

MCS Class of 2017 Graduation Night
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017
On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 22 eighth-graders graduated from Manhattan Country School. In a ceremony shared with faculty and staff and friends and family, the graduates offered the following thoughts about their time at MCS and whether they are ready to leave. View Graduation Pictures Tai (Groton School) Salad Days (plural noun): a time of youthful inexperience or indiscretion. That's how I would describe my first few years here at MCS. I was at the ripe age of 4 when I entered,... Read More
Tell Me How It Ends
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Hello Manhattan Country School parents and community! It’s that time of year again—the end of the school year and the time for summer reading lists. For those not initiated yet, I come out with three reading lists before the summer break: Lower School, Upper School and Grown-ups. Grown-ups? But you don’t teach the grown-ups, Jay! I don’t, but several years ago some parents asked me about recommendations for grown-up books—fiction and non-fiction. I gave them a few suggestions. These... Read More
Gus and Marty Trowbridge
Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017
Founders' Day at Manhattan Country School is Friday, May 26. We honor Gus and Marty Trowbridge and their commitment to creating a school with a progressive academic program steeped in experiential learning and a steadfast commitment to diversity and equity.  How Gus and Marty’s Early Years Shaped Their Vision For Manhattan Country School Lyndon B. Johnson entered his second term as president. The war in Vietnam was escalating. The march on Selma led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act,... Read More
2017 MLK Living the Dream Book Award Winners
Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
On Monday, May 15, fifth-graders from Manhattan Country School, Central Park East II and Children’s Workshop School presented the MLK Living the Dream Book Award to the children’s book I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, in a ceremony at Manhattan Country School. The award is presented to a children’s picture book that embodies the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students write their own criteria for the award: a... Read More
Campaign Council
Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017
Manhattan Country School has launched the public phase of Expanding Purpose: The Campaign for the Future of Manhattan Country School. The five-year comprehensive campaign aims to raise $15 million. MCS Board Chair Michael Patterson made the announcement April 29, 2017, at Big Night Out!, the school’s annual gala in support of sliding-scale tuition. “This campaign is not about a shiny new building in Manhattan,” said Patterson. “It’s about sustaining our commitment to sliding scale and... Read More
Nassim Zerriffi, MCS history teacher
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017
Source: LREIManhattan Country School is known for its innovative, progressive curriculum and leadership in diversity and social justice. This year, many MCS teachers and staff members have given presentations or led workshops based on the work they are doing at variety of conferences. In January, Nassim Zerriffi, seventh and eighth grade history teacher and activism coordinator, presented “Impact of Islam on Western Civ and America from the Renaissance to the Blues” 
at the NYSAIS Diversity... Read More
6-7s Lunch
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017
As the MCS Kitchen (La Cocina) looked forward to celebrating the 47th Annual Earth Day, we took a moment to consider the ways in which our food program supports Manhattan Country School’s sustainability mission, which took root around the same time that Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, conceived of a day in celebration of the Earth. A big part of our efforts to connect our day-to-day life in the city to our farm-based education program in the Catskills comes in sourcing... Read More
2017 MLK March Newsletter
Posted on Thursday, April 20, 2017
We are excited to share with you the new and improved digital version of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March newsletter. With this year’s issue you can watch each student’s speech by clicking the play button that appears next to the student's name. Additional audio and video clips are accessible by clicking on the play/music icons throughout the publication and websites mentioned in the students' speeches can be visited by clicking on the hyperlinked URLs. You can view the 2017... Read More
Grandparents' and Special Visitors' Day
Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017
Traveling from near and far, more than 150 visitors came to Manhattan Country School on Friday, April 7, for Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day. Guests were greeted by MCS staff and parents volunteers before making their way to the gym for a delicious selection of scones and other breakfast treats prepared by the MCS Kitchen. While in the gym, visitors had the opportunity to view several displays of student work and a photo slideshow highlighting MCS curriculum. In classrooms, guests... Read More
March 28 Panel Discussion
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2017
Immigration. Healthcare. Women’s Reproductive Rights. LGBTQ Rights. These are just some of the areas subject to significant change under the new presidential administration. What is one to do during a period of so much uncertainty? At Manhattan Country School’s annual meeting for trustees, parents, faculty and staff on Tuesday, March 28, representatives from the school community described how they are responding in their professional work. The event, titled “What’s Next?: Addressing... Read More