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Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2016
MCS Assembly
Dear MCS Community, Presidential elections always attract the interest of the Manhattan Country School community, particularly our inquisitive, socially conscious students and faculty. Our history and our mission provide a context for elections. Our curriculum and ways of teaching shape children’s growing understanding of how democracy works when equity and diversity, justice and peace are part of the conversation. Developing a strong voice is a special focus at MCS, as is youthful...
Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016
Michele Sola, MCS Director
Tuesday, November 8 is our annual Parents’ Visiting Day. Manhattan Country School originally chose to hold this event the same day as Election Day because MCS families who were public employees were free to come. Their workplaces in public schools, city offices and the like were closed. This year, our first in a new neighborhood, brings that history to mind. The Brandeis High School Campus (our neighbor on 85th Street) is a polling site. As you are walking to MCS Tuesday morning, there are...
Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016
Editor’s Note: On Friday, October 28, 2016, Manhattan Country School faculty and staff traveled to the MCS Farm for their first Staff Workshop Day of the school year. While there, they had the chance to participate in some of the activities MCS students experience during their farm trips, including cooking, gardening, cider making, chopping wood and creating textiles. In the following piece, MariaTere Tapias-Avery, the Lower School Spanish teacher, describes the planning of the textile...
Posted on Thursday, November 3, 2016
Fifth-graders celebrate Halloween in Roxbury
Cultural immersion is a way for people to understand the customs, practices, rituals and language of the people of a particular location. Learning by doing is the ultimate intercultural learning. Manhattan Country School students have long been immersed in the rural culture of the Catskill Mountains. Living, working and playing at the MCS Farm allows our kids to experience a way of life in a place that is quite different than their urban homes. MCS fifth-graders had an opportunity to...
Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016
MCS student call the White House regarding Dakota Access Pipeline
Students have been learning about the Transcontinental Railroad and how instrumental it was to "settling the west." They have learned about how devastating this was to Native Americans. In fact, they have learned about the genocide of Native Americans and read quotes from military leaders who wanted to exterminate them from these lands. We have been looking at contemporary issues facing Native Americans as well, especially the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), a pipeline meant to transport...