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
Dominic’s mom, Faye, and someone she works with at Mount Sinai named Dr. Fowkes, came to our science class on Monday. They brought in slices of brain for us to see because we’re studying the brain in science. The slices of brain came from a person who died and donated their body so medical students can learn about the human body. The slices of brain are in plastic so they don’t decompose.
Dr. Fowkes explained to us how our brain works, which parts are where, what each part does, and what the... Read More
Manhattan Country School’s basketball teams are off to a strong start this season.
The girls varsity team had an impressive 47-2 win over the British International School on Thursday. They currently hold a 4-1 record in a division that includes Rodeph Sholom, Heschel, Avenues, UNIS Queens, Stephen Gaynor, Mandell and Cathedral. Next week the girls take on Heschel (30 West End Avenue) on Tuesday and Mandell at home at Boys & Girls Harbor (1 E. 104th Street) on Wednesday. On Saturday,... Read More
Bundled up to brave the January morning chill, more than 200 Manhattan Country School families, teachers and staff, alumni and supporters from the New York City community gathered Monday, January 18 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to raise awareness about contemporary civil rights issues. The 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March kicked off at 150 W. 85th St., the location of the building MCS will move into this summer. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and... Read More
On Friday, January 16, Manhattan Country School celebrated the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two assemblies.
In the morning, the 4-5s through 7-8s, and their parents, filled the Music Room with singing. Highlights included Gloria Brown, founding parent and longtime front desk administrator, leading a call and response, “Oh, Martin Luther King.” We saw excerpts from the sixth-grade play, “When Two Worlds Collide: The Fight for Freedom.” And we ended with video footage of... Read More
There was a flurry of activity in Manhattan Country School’s lobby Friday during the grand opening of La Tienda, the school store operated each year by the 8-9s class. Every Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., from January and May, students can purchase a host of school supplies from the store, including memo pads, pens, pencils, erasers and bookmarks.
La Tienda is an opportunity for 8-9s students to develop their math, negotiating, problem-solving and teamwork skills. Each decision... Read More
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