On Thursday, December 17, the 8-9s celebrated Indigenous Day. This celebration came out of a discussion around the growing movement to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Day. The 8-9s decided they wanted to take a stand and celebrate Indigenous Day themselves. They also wrote letters to Mayor DeBlasio to encourage him to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Day in New York City.
Below are some photo highlights from the celebration.
The warmer December weather has many pondering whether global warming is to blame for the unseasonably mild temperatures. But Manhattan Country School’s burgeoning environmental stewards have been contemplating climate change for quite some time. On Thursday, Fifth Floor students explored the issue further when MCS parent Tom Kruse (Julia Elena ’16) stopped by their morning meeting to discuss how countries and activists across the globe are coming together to address this critical issue.
Tom... Read More
Wednesday, December 16, during Afterschool, the World Architecture class went outside to draw the outside of our school building. There were so many details we had never noticed before! Then we wrapped boxes like presents and drew details to turn them into models of the buildings and houses we live in. Marcus turned his box into Manhattan Country School and made 96th Street “for it to live on.” Haydée made her house on one side of her box and MCS on the other. Chelsea made grass all around... Read More
On Wednesday, December 16, the Manhattan Country School community—students, teachers, staff, families, alumni and former parents—gathered at St. Francis de Sales Church on 96th Street for our annual Winter Assembly. The program began with a vibrant djembe performance by African drumming students, led by MCS parent Michael Ulmer. Michèle reminded us that the winter solstice, the darkest time of the year, is the season of light. People honoring traditions around the world light candles, and so... Read More
One of the great Manhattan Country School Thanksgiving traditions is the Fifth Floor Math Trail, which takes place on the Tuesday morning before the holiday break. In previous years, we have sojourned to City Hall Park to analyze the works of Sol LeWitt in subzero weather, measured the distance across the East River from the shores of Randall’s Island, made predictions and collected data about shopping in East Harlem and compared the geometry in Moorish and Gothic buildings.
This year’s... Read More
Since our founding days, food has played an important role in the Manhattan Country School program and been one of many shared pleasures of the MCS community. Replicating important aspects of our food curriculum at MCS and at the Farm and integrating even more locally sourced farm ingredients to the lunch program are high on the list of priorities for the future. We also must design a kitchen for our future home on West 85th Street, staff it and figure out how to distribute lunches to a bigger... Read More
Manhattan Country School’s Upper East Side neighborhood has experienced great change since we first opened our doors in 1966. The neighborhood of our future home on West 85th Street has also undergone great transition. Through this year’s Upper School theme—Neighborhoods and Change—students are examining how and why neighborhoods transform.
At the November 20 Upper School Assembly, students explored the idea of where one is from. When asked, students offered a range of answers such as “... Read More
The El Sitio Feliz community garden, located on 104th Street and Lexington Avenue, provides a space for community members to express themselves through music, art and growing their own food. Manhattan Country School has maintained a relationship with this community garden for many years, as it has been an invaluable resource for nature education and outdoor learning in an area where green space is hard to come by.
This fall, four students in the Upper School and I engaged with this local... Read More
We did it!
Because of the generosity of Manhattan Country School’s community, we surpassed our #GivingTuesday goal of raising $10,000. In fact, we received more than triple that amount ($31,727, not including the $10,000 match). Checks from those who participated by mail are still coming in.
Thank you to everyone who joined the #GivingTuesday movement and made a contribution!
#GivingTuesday gifts support MCS’ 2015-2016 Annual Fund and help us meet our annual operating expenses on East 96th... Read More
Hi, everyone! Happy Holidays! You will notice that the format of this year’s holiday book list is a bit different. Instead of giving a summary of all of the books, a selection of books is highlighted by a synopsis. This makes for a hopefully neater and less lengthy version. Just a reminder that these are only suggestions and not anyone’s idea of a “best of” anything or “must-read” assignment thingy list. Also, the ages are only a suggestion. Any of these books would be appropriate for a myriad... Read More