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Posted on Friday, December 9, 2016
Student activists
In 20 years as director of Manhattan Country School, there have been many memorable moments when I recalled the words included in the Ben Shahn lithograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. that hangs in the school’s entryway. The text, an excerpt of King’s last speech, read, “I don’t know what will happen now. We have got difficult days ahead….” Events transpiring close by and far away, with impact quite local or global, bring the values around which our community was built into sharp relief and...
Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016
Kids with Standing Rock Cards
This week, 8-9s students made holiday cards for those who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. As part of Manhattan Country School’s study of Native Americans, the 8-9s students learn about how the Lakota Sioux lived long ago. We then talk about more contemporary issues, like reservations and the current protest at Standing Rock. The 8-9s saw connections to other protests they have learned about, like the Civil Rights Movement and...
Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016
Students in the Exploring the Neighborhood Elective
This fall, students in the Exploring the Neighborhood elective went out each week to learn about our new Upper West Side neighborhood. They visited a range of venues, from those offering community resources to places serving delectable treats. The following are students’ descriptions of their excursions: West Side Community Garden & Momofuku Milk Bar For our first neighborhood exploration class, we went to the West Side Community Garden. The garden was beautiful and there were people...
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2016
9-10s Play at the Farm
Progressive educators at Manhattan Country School have long recognized the importance and championed the practice of child-directed play. At the MCS Farm, several free times are scheduled into the kids’ daily routine. This week, the 9-10s class, like all classes visiting the Farm, took full advantage of their free time. Visiting with the animals in the barn, taking turns on the swing, tossing a football on the ball field, hiking to Thyme Hill to work on their fort and chatting on the front...
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2016
Restorative Agriculture
The practice of living sustainably is something that permeates many parts of our lives. When it comes to agricultural practices at the Manhattan Country School Farm, our practice takes the idea of sustainability a step further to what’s known as restorative or regenerative agriculture.  This practice is evident to all of our students through daily routines, but was especially clear to our sixth-graders during their fall farm trip. During farming class, the students were tasked with adding...

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