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Posted on Friday, November 20, 2015
Manhattan Country School’s building is one of the landmark replicas featured in The New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show, running from November 21, 2015 to January 18, 2016. The exhibit, located in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, features 150 iconic buildings, each re-created with bark, leaves and other natural materials. G-scale model trains zip along a quarter-mile track that weaves around a miniature city that includes familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of... Read More
Posted on Thursday, November 12, 2015
Wednesday morning, 4-5s and 5-6s parents filled the Music Room to sing with Manhattan Country School’s two youngest classes. The annual 4-5s and 5-6s Sing is an opportunity for families to be introduced to their child’s music program as well as get a sense of how community is created through singing together. In keeping with the school’s mission, the children sang social justice songs, folks songs and children’s songs from around the world. While moving to music, the 4-5s and 5-6s impressed... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015
It is with great sadness that I share the news that former Manhattan Country School Piano Accompanist Ray Jones passed away on Friday, November 6 at St. Luke’s Hospital.  A wake will be held Thursday, November 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The funeral will be held Friday, November 13 at 10 a.m. Both will take place at The Lutheran Church of the Transfiguration (74 West 126th St., between Fifth and Lenox avenues). Born in the Bronx and trained at Julliard, Ray was the piano accompanist at MCS for... Read More
Posted on Friday, November 6, 2015
Parents’ Visiting Day at Manhattan Country School is an opportunity for families to come to their children’s classrooms and experience our progressive education curriculum first hand. This Tuesday, the school was filled with grownups who had the chance to be students again for a morning. In classrooms, parents formed semi-circles around their children as they gathered for their morning meetings. Visitors to the 5-6s class participated in building and reading activities. 6-7s parents read... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Lower School Music Teacher Susan Harris will be presenting at the 92Y Wonderplay Early Childhood Learning Conference on Friday, November 13. In her interactive workshop, titled “Teaching Social Justice and Civil Rights Through Singing and Movement,” participants will explore how to engage young children in social justice and civil rights issues in age-appropriate ways using songs, books and movement activities. The Wonderplay conference, launched in 2007, brings together more than 900 early... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Editor’s Note: Each year, Manhattan Country School provides its staff with professional development opportunities in the form of fellowships and grants. For the summer of 2015, MCS Farm Program Director John McDaniel was granted a senior fellowship to travel to Peru. The experience was one he hoped would expand his knowledge of world food systems and farming practices and open up new thinking as MCS expands its farm-based education program. The following is his account of his journey. As a... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015
A delegation of educators from Akademiska Skolan (Academic School) in Sweden visited Manhattan Country School on Thursday as part of a trip to New York City to study schools serving diverse student populations. During the three-day visit, Abdulkader Habib, formerly of Sweden’s Ministry of Education and co-creator of Akademiska Skolan, and his team met with administrators at MCS and several other New York City Schools. They also met with researchers and city officials on topics ranging from... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015
This month’s Upper School assembly provided an opportunity for students to share some of the work they’ve done during the first two months of school. Continuing last year’s theme of mindfulness, the assembly began with a few moments of silence. Then, Upper School Spanish Teacher Carolina Drake led the group in a rendition of “Hola a Todos.”  Alec, Tai, Amina, Malik, Liam, Malia and Aaron discussed the power projects the seventh- and eighth-graders have been working on as part of their... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015
Manhattan Country School is pleased to announce that Mina Yu will be joining us on Tuesdays and Thursdays as our piano accompanist. Mina has been performing, accompanying, teaching and composing for more than a decade in both the United States and Korea. In addition to earning her master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music, she teaches at York College and LaGuardia Community College. Mina has worked in churches and with choirs across Boston and New York City, was the... Read More
Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015
On the occasion of the signing of the United States Constitution in September 1787, Benjamin Franklin is said to have remarked on the half sun painted on the back of the president’s chair, “I have often looked at that behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting, but now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.” It was with this optimism that Franklin and a few dozen others forged a new nation that day in... Read More