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Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017
Dear MCS Community, This weekend, protests erupted online and in cities across the country in response to the discriminatory executive order signed on Friday barring refugees from entering the United States and suspending immigration from seven countries. As director of civic engagement and research at Make the Road New York, Manhattan Country School alumnus Daniel Altschuler ’96 was at the forefront of organizing protests in New York City— including the one at John F. Kennedy International...
Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017
Moving hay at the MCS Farm
Moving bales of hay from the hay mow to the winter steer pen at the Manhattan Country School Farm can be an arduous, but fun task for students. This week, as part of farming class, MCS sixth-grade students worked together to move wagon-loads of 15 to 20 hay bales. Each bale weighs approximately 35 pounds; the beef cattle will consume 6 to 8 bales per day. This student-led task is necessary several times per week. One hurdle that we’ve always struggled with is moving bales when the hay level...
Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017
Backstrap weaving
Backstrap weaving is an ancient fiber art practiced for centuries in Central and South America and China. Weaving has historically been a way for artists to communicate feelings and tell stories with the use of patterns and symbols. It’s also a time-honored tradition for fifth-grade students at the Manhattan Country School Farm. The students take a multi-step approach to creating their cloth. They choose their yarn colors and sley the strands through a reed or heddle during the fall Farm...
Posted on Friday, January 20, 2017
Manhattan Country School kids are super aware under any circumstances. One teacher described them as super saturated with the news today. There is palpable empathy for the targets of bias attacks, and renewed understanding of complex emotional, intellectual and activist responses in our homes, neighborhoods and across the world. Yesterday, our Student Council members discussed whether MCS classes should watch the inauguration. The group was split 50/50. Curiosity and some compelling arguments...
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017
MCS Farm Ski Trip
Sliding on snow, be it on skis, sleds, a snowboard or your belly is a cultural tradition in northern climates. Manhattan County School  seventh- and eighth-grade students had the opportunity to learn the sports of skiing and snowboarding at Belleayre Mountain during their winter Farm trips. Some students had never experienced this sport, while others had. The day started with lessons based on previous experience and skill level. The quality instruction by Belleayre Snowsports helped students...