6-7s Building Study: Progressive Education

School Spirit Soars in the Upper School

School Spirit Soars in the Upper School

Friday, February 12, 2016

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 world beyond the United States. Thursday had us feeling like we were seeing double as pairs or groups of students dressed like each other.

Friday, the final day, allowed students to channel their favorite celebrities. Among those making an appearance were Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, the Cat in the Hat, Wednesday Adams, Usher and an Under Armour model. Students closed out the week by attending the Community Basketball Game at the 92nd Street Y.

Throughout the week, the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-graders participated in a series of challenges including answering daily Manhattan Country School and election trivia questions and solving clues to find the spirit wand.

Spirit Day was started about seven years ago as a means of fostering student engagement. The week’s activities offer a fun way for students to hone their creativity and problem-solving skills. “This week is about celebrating MCS and bringing more frolic and whimsy to a cold week in February,” says MCS Upper School Director Maiya Jackson.