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Posted on Friday, March 3, 2017
Handwashing Experiment
In the first couple months of this year, a significant number of Manhattan Country School students and staff members were out sick. A nasty bug was going around. With so many in the community affected, School Nurse Katie Patterson and Lower School Science Teacher Olivia Kurz decided to team up to educate students about effective handwashing to prevent the spread of illness-inducing germs and bacteria. During her science classes with the 7-8s, 8-9s and 9-10s, Olivia asked students to...
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2017
Upper School Assembly guest speaker
This year, students in Manhattan Country School’s Upper School are exploring various types of systems, such as government and immigration, as part of the Upper School theme. At an Upper School Assembly on Thursday, the students had a guest speaker named Joe who spoke about the system in place in Greece to address refugees. Joe began by establishing a shared understanding of what a system is. At its most basic level, he said a system is a set of things working together. He offered the mind-...
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017
Michele Sola teaches students to how to weave
The students in 6-7s Oeste had a special visitor on Tuesday—MCS Director Michèle Solá. She didn’t come to talk about the school. Instead she shared one of her experiences from her time as the school’s Spanish teacher—a summer trip to the Chiapas mountains of southern Mexico to learn about the Maya tradition of weaving. Michèle explained the weaving process—from carding (stretching out) the wool and spinning the wool into thread to dyeing the thread and then using the thread to create a...
Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017
Math Team
This past Saturday, eight seventh- and eighth-graders from Manhattan Country School's math team attended the Manhattan-wide Mathcounts competition at Stuyvesant High School. Some highlights of the day included rooms abuzz with the sounds of collaborative problem solving and a math talk in which we learned that tearing a sheet of newsprint in half, stacking the two sheets together and repeating the process 52 times would result in a stack so tall that it would stretch past the sun!   Each...
Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017
MCS Farm Greenhouse
The greenhouse at the Manhattan Country School Farm serves a variety of purposes: a sunny space to start vegetable and flower seedlings and grow winter salad greens, a warm teaching place for winter classes, even a space to dry wet boots. One challenge we have at the Farm is growing fruiting plants in the winter. While the sun provides enough energy to grow greens, the lack of total sunlight needed and the winter angle of the sun prohibit us from growing tomatoes, peppers and other produce...

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