MCS News

9-10s Bake Sale
Posted on Thursday, March 30, 2017
On a walk down Amsterdam Avenue a few weeks ago, 9-10s students Gabrielle and Anna noticed that a popular eatery, Jacob’s Pickles, was closed. Curious as to why, the girls read a sign on the building and discovered a fire had damaged the restaurant, neighboring e’s Bar and the apartments above both establishments. The two immediately felt compelled to help. Soon the idea of their class holding a bake sale fundraiser was born. With the help of School Nurse Katie, 9-10s teacher Julianna and... Read More
Girls Varsity Basketball Championships
Posted on Friday, March 3, 2017
For the first time in Manhattan Country School history both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams made it to the American International Private School League championship finals. The girls varsity team played The Mandell School on Thursday. Their 36-2 win earned them the title of AIPSL B division champions. It's the first time the girls team has played in the AIPSL finals. The win represents a strong finish for the team, which closed the season with a record of 11 wins and no losses in... Read More
2017 Community Basketball Game
Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017
Just ahead of the mid-winter break, Manhattan Country School students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni gathered at the 92nd Street Y for this year's Community Basketball Game. In front of bleachers filled with cheering fans, a team in red and a team in blue competed for the title of winner of this annual community-building event. The teams were pretty evenly matched, as was the score throughout most of the game. However, in the last quarter the blue team broke ahead, capturing a 43-36... Read More
ACL Injury Prevention Workshop
Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
On Thursday, February 16 members of the Manhattan Country School community gathered to learn about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and practice a series of exercises to help prevent this common injury. The workshop was given by a professional team of physical therapists from the Hospital for Special Surgery, led by AJ Pegno. The students were especially impressed to learn that our presenters have treated some of the famous athletes who have suffered ACL injuries. We first learned... Read More
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017
This week, Manhattan Country School's Upper School students celebrated Spirit Week. During this annual event students are encouraged to participate in themed dress-up days. The schedule for this year's Spirit Week was: Monday: Wear as Many Shirts or Hats as You Can Day (Bonus points for having the most items in your pockets) Tuesday: Mirror Day (Dress the same as someone else) Wednesday: 70s/80s Day Thursday: Dress Like a Teacher Day Friday: Napping Day In addition to the dress-up... Read More
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017
Click to view 360 image of the Courtyard Manhattan Country School is happy to announce that the Courtyard—the architectural centerpiece of our new building—has been completed and is officially open. The 533-square-foot, four-story space provides light and air to the surrounding classrooms and will serve as an outdoor learning and meeting space for our community.
Lee Gelernt MCS alumnus '75
Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017
Michelle Gelernt '81Manhattan Country School alumni siblings Lee Gelernt '75 and Michelle Gelernt '81 are featured in the February 13 & 20, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. The article highlights their work on two recent high-profile legal cases. As a public defender, Michelle recently advocated on behalf of Joaquín Guzmán, the extradited Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. Lee, an ACLU attorney, argued against the executive order barring refugees from entering the United States and... Read More
Parent_Led Forum
Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017
On February 2, the Manhattan Country School Parents’ Association hosted its second Parent-Led Forum entitled “Childhood Gender Exploration and Community Support of Gender-Expansive Peoples.” After light refreshments we sat for a panel discussion featuring MCS community members Alaina Daniels (Upper School science teacher), Laleña Garcia (5-6s teacher), Daniel Morales (MCS parent) and Kahli Mootoo (MCS PA co-president). The panel also included Kristen Burzynski (NYCLU legal fellow), Mica... Read More
Lee Gelernt '75, ACLU
Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017
This weekend, protests erupted online and in cities across the country in response to the discriminatory executive order signed on Friday barring refugees from entering the United States and suspending immigration from seven countries. As director of civic engagement and research at Make the Road New York, Manhattan Country School alumnus Daniel Altschuler ’96 was at the forefront of organizing protests in New York City— including the one at John F. Kennedy International Airport—against the... Read More
Ina and Joseph McNeil
Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017
On Monday, students in the 8-9s and seventh and eighth grades had the opportunity to learn about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation from someone who has been there. Ina McNeil, an accomplished American Indian quilt maker and the great, great granddaughter of Chief Sitting Bull, was raised on the reservation and recently spent some time with the protesters. She described the commitment, resilience and communal spirit of these water protectors,... Read More