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2018 Big Night Out!
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018
Each year, Manhattan Country School honors excellence and leadership in progressive education, arts and sciences, social and environmental justice, and community activism with its Living the Dream Mentor Award. This year, we honor three individuals who exemplify MCS’ vision and mission by promoting social justice through sports. Harris Friess ’98 and Lyle Friess ’00, Co-Executive Directors, Brooklyn Youth Sports Club   Harris and Lyle established the Brooklyn Youth Sports Club (BKYSC) in... Read More
Perspectives Q&A
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018
"I dance not to entertain but to help people better understand each other. Because through dance I have experienced the wordless joy of freedom, I seek it more fully now for my people and for all people everywhere.” This quote, from dancer, choreographer and anthropologist Pearl Primus, set the stage for a thought-provoking discussion about the intersection of dance and social justice at Manhattan Country School Tuesday evening. Part of the Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Schools, the... Read More
Climage Change Activism Project
Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018
Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Comptroller Scott Stringer announced that they plan to divest the city’s five pension funds of approximately $5 billion from fossil fuel investments. It was news that resonated with Manhattan Country School’s eighth-graders, who dedicated a considerable amount of time last school year to raising awareness about this topic. The seventh- and eighth-graders researched the issue and developed their position. Using the slogan “Divest From... Read More
2018 MLK March
Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2018
On Monday, January 15, 2018, hundreds of people from Manhattan Country School and the broader New York City community assembled at the Eleanor Roosevelt Monument to kick off the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March. The annual event, now in its 30th year, is organized by the school’s eighth-graders and illustrates one of the many ways MCS celebrates the man and the ideals that served as inspiration for the founding of the school. “The origin of this 30-year tradition grew out of... Read More
2017 Giving Tuesday
Posted on Friday, December 1, 2017
Manhattan Country School had another successful #GivingTuesday, thanks to the generosity of members of the MCS community. In our third year participating in this global day of giving, we raised $68,000 through Facebook and our online giving page (surpassing our goal of $60,000); checks from those who participated by mail are still coming in. #GivingTuesday by the Numbers Amount Raised: $82,378* Number of Gifts: 315* Percent of Gifts from Current MCS Parents: 30%* Amount Raised on... Read More
Posted on Friday, December 1, 2017
Manhattan Country School is happy to announce three additions to its staff.   Campaign Coordinator Emily Perry joins MCS in the new position of campaign coordinator. She comes from The Brearley School, where she worked in the Office of Equity and Community Engagement. Prior to joining the administrative team at Brearley, Emily was a head teacher at Peartree Preschool and Needham Children’s Center and an assistant teacher at Hunnewell Elementary School. Emily earned a master's degree in... Read More
Martin Luther King in SCLC Office
Posted on Wednesday, November 1, 2017
More than a dozen photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last year and the events following his death are on display at Manhattan Country School. The images are part of a collection titled “Countdown to Eternity: Photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s,” taken by Benedict J. Fernandez. Most of the images from the collection were donated to museums, including the National Portrait Gallery, and universities. A traveling exhibition, consisting of 80 black-and-white prints... Read More
Shani Brignole, MCS Fifth Grade Teacher
Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Manhattan Country School’s Fifth Grade Teacher Shani Brignolle has been selected by The Academy for Teachers to attend a master class lead by MacArthur “genius” Kartik Chandran. Master classes offer a rare opportunity for public and private school teachers to learn from a leading expert and work together. Shani is one of 18 educators chosen to attend “Making the Most of Wastewater,” offered in partnership with Columbia University. The October 30 class will focus on re-engineering global... Read More
PEN 2017 National Conference
Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017
Eight Manhattan Country School educators are participating in this week’s PEN 2017 National Conference. This three-day, bi-annual event offers a host of workshops, place-based experiences and keynote presentations. The theme of this year’s conference is Continuous Lines: Amplify students’ voices, agency, conscience and intellect to create a more equitable, just and sustainable world. Three MCS educators are presenters at this year’s conference. On Friday, Nassim Zerriffi, seventh and eighth... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 6, 2017
This week, Manhattan Country School Director Michèle Solá joined 23 other leaders from public schools, charter schools, foundations and nonprofit organizations in Aspen, Colorado to take on the challenging task of reimagining America’s public schools. This was the first of four gatherings of the Fall 2017 cohort of the highly selective Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. The Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship is a two-year, cohort-based program that identifies exceptional leaders in the... Read More

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