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Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017
Lower School tertulia
On Friday, May 5, Manhattan Country School held its annual Lower School Tertulia. A tertulia is a gathering of people united by a common interest. Our tertulia brought together students, faculty and staff, and families around a common focus on the Spanish language. Through songs, poetry, art, games and examples of activism, the students highlighted some of what they have learned this year working with Lower School Spanish Teacher MariaTere Tapias Avery. Tertulia Highlights Los 4-5s Se...
Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017
2017 SingAlong
The 4-5s through 7-8s shared songs and dances from around the world with their families at the annual SingAlong Wednesday, May 17. The theme, "Celebrating Diverse Cultures," brought together songs and dances from 15 musical traditions. Drummers accompanied selections from Nigeria, Colombia, South Africa and Puerto Rico. The main event, of course, was the children, who threw themselves into singing and dancing by taking ownership of the music and blowing us all away...
Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017
Community Activism Meeting
Tuesday night, Manhattan Country School's seventh- and eighth-graders hosted a community event to share their activism campaign: Divest from corporate greed, invest in the future we need. Students shared details about guest speakers, trips, protests, and curriculum on climate change, environmental justice and other related issues. Students in the activism elective then led a workshop on the divestment movement, which began by highlighting why we should divest from fossil fuels and the...
Posted on Friday, May 12, 2017
Beltway Galloway and calf
The MCS Farm’s Belted Galloway cow, Oreo, gave birth to a bull calf on Sunday, May 7. A Belted Galloway is considered a heritage breed of cattle, as it has stayed true to its genetics, has been raised in the United States since before 1925 and is or has been endangered, according to The Livestock Conservancy. Belted Galloways, with their distinct broad white belt that encircles the body, originated in southwest Scotland and are known to be efficient foragers, producers of high quality beef...
Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017
Upper School Cooking Elective
This spring, the MCS Kitchen team has been leading a seventh- and eighth-grade elective called “Food for Thought.” The students have completed several food-related activities, such as helping to prepare muffins for the whole school’s Friday morning snack, making scones for Grandparents and Special Friends Day and watching a documentary about our country’s food system. A few weeks ago, I had the group help me write a week’s worth of lunch menus. We began by brainstorming our favorite lunches...