Manhattan Country School’s seventh- and eighth-grade students and their parents came together Tuesday night for a community event to discuss the ongoing activism project on the Syrian refugee crisis. Drawing from their own research and a varied selection of videos and news clips, the students discussed the complex political situation in Syria, the humanitarian crisis it has unleashed and the efforts–which in most cases fall short—to help millions of Syrians seeking refuge around the world.
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Manhattan Country School’s 5-6s Teacher Laleña Garcia has been selected by The Academy of Teachers to attend a master class led by Mount Holyoke College Philosophy Professor Thomas Wartenberg. Master classes offer a rare opportunity for public and private school teachers to work together and learn from a leading expert in their field.
Laleña is one of 18 educators chosen to attend “Philosophy and Children’s Literature,” hosted by The National Archives at the U.S. Custom House. While attending... Read More
Three-year-old Mateo stood in the middle of the rug in the 4-5s classroom, surrounded by a circle of 4-5s students. The preschooler, who happens to be brother to Esme in the 4-5s, alternated between pretending he was a rock star, jumping up and down and pulling his shirt over his head. It was clear he enjoyed being the center of attention. Ella, also three and Clara’s sister, was a bit more low key, preferring sit outside of the circle in the comfort of her mother’s lap. These two additions... Read More
Spirit Week is a welcome addition to an often chilly, grey February. The annual event, which kicked off Friday, February 5 and concluded today, included several themed dress-up days. Friday was Wear as Many Shirts or Hats as You Can Day. Several students donned more than a dozen hats while several others sported dozens of shirts. On Tuesday, Pajama Day, students sported their favorite slumber attire. Wednesday, World Day, had students dressed in something that represents or is inspired by the... Read More
Having groceries delivered to your doorstop is a time-saver for many busy families. But, as students learned during last Friday’s Upper School assembly, this convenience comes at a cost.
At the assembly, guest speaker Mychal Johnson, co-founder of South Bronx Unite, explained to Manhattan Country School’s fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-graders why he and his organization are fighting the proposed relocation of grocery delivery service Fresh Direct to the South Bronx. This area of New York... Read More
Throughout the winter, the Manhattan Country School Math Team meets each Thursday to engage in mathematical activities. Participation is open to all interested sixth through eighth graders. We constructed polyhedra out of pipe cleaners and straws, experimented with the single-cut origami theorem, folded origami structures, played many games of set and ricochet robots and shared our thinking around problem sets from MATHCOUNTS and the Museum of Mathematics’ Momathlon.
Last weekend, nine MCS... Read More
How did it feel to be a black child during the Jim Crow era? Was it scary to be an activist during the civil rights movement? How is life different for black people today? These are just some of the questions that arise for Manhattan Country School’s sixth-graders as they study the civil rights movement. On Wednesday, they got some answers when civil rights activist Nell Braxton Gibson visited their class.
Nell grew up in the South during Jim Crow. While attending Spelman College, she joined... Read More
Last weekend, Manhattan Country School’s girls varsity basketball team learned there are benefits to stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. On Saturday they participated in the Lab Museum J.V. Jamboree. It was their first time participating in a tournament and playing teams from outside of their regular league. Some of the girls were a little intimidated at first, but they quickly found their groove on the court. The team played back-to-back games, taking on Wagner and then School of the... Read More
Manhattan Country School is one of the newest participants in the City of New York’s school compost program. A new brown compost bin has been added to the MCS kitchen and will serve as the school’s main compost receptacle. Each day, smaller compost containers will be delivered to classrooms with lunch and snack and returned to the kitchen with each meal. Every afternoon, the food scraps are picked up, free of charge, by the city.
Why does MCS compost? Can’t you just put everything in the ... Read More
Upper School Director Maiya Jackson’s article, “We Begin to Know Each Other,” describes how Manhattan Country School worked with teachers, students and parents to welcome a new transgender eighth-grader and the gender transition of another student. It is the lead story in the Winter 2015-2016 issue of Rethinking Schools, which focuses on sexism, gender and sexuality.
From the meetings with the admissions director and school psychologist to the staff workshops and meetings with parents to the Q... Read More