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Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016
Last week at the Manhattan Country School Farm, the 8-9s helped change the angle of our solar panels from their winter orientation—set steep to catch the low winter sun—to their summer orientation, laying nearly flat. This activity was accompanied by discussion of the angle of the earth’s axis of rotation, and the nature of seasons. The students also spent time in the garden transplanting seedlings that had been growing in the greenhouse for the last few months. They planted lettuce,...
Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016
It was a grand evening. Good food, good music, spirited dancing, all made better by a diverse community coming together with a purpose—to raise funds in support of sliding-scale tuition. I always enjoy Big Night Out! That was seemingly true for the 280 people who took part in the celebration on Saturday, too. Their congratulatory emails and phone calls give a sense of why. “Congratulations to all of you for an event that went off without a hitch… entertaining, meaningful and an inspiring...
Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016
Last week at the Manhattan Country School Farm, the fifth-graders received music instruction from Catskills folk musicians Ira and Laurie McIntosh and Peter Blue. Each day the students diligently practiced on accordions, dulcimers and guitars; learned how to square dance; and helped to write an original song—in preparation for a performance at the nearby Mountainside residential eldercare facility at the end of the week. Peter Blue teaches the accordion. Laurie works with the kids to write...
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016
Last Friday, the eighth grade had the opportunity to collaborate with Catalonian/Spanish artist Núria Güell. Núria was invited to visit New York to participate in a group exhibition of politically active artists. Núria’s concept for the show was to invite a prominent war veteran and activist, Mike Prysner, to talk to students about his experience in the Iraq war and encourage questions and discussions around patriotism.  Mike spoke to us about growing up wanting to join the army and to be a...
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2016
This week at the Manhattan Country School Farm, the seventh-graders helped gather maple sap for making syrup. They learned through practice what the famous Roxbury naturalist John Burroughs wrote in 1886: “A sap-run is the sweet good-bye of winter. It is the fruit of the equal marriage of the sun and frost.” MCS Farm staff hung about 200 buckets on trees a month ago, drilling holes with hand-cranked augers and then tapping in the spiles—which are a combination spout for the dripping sap and...

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