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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...
Posted on Friday, November 18, 2016
Thanksgiving Assembly
The Thanksgiving assembly has a long history at MCS. Marty Trowbridge shared this memory with Donavon and Susan recently: “The feeling of togetherness and common purpose is what made this celebration a tradition, and it became the foundation for all MCS assemblies and all-school gatherings. There is nothing so powerful as the whole school being together.” Marty has that right. Getting ready for this year’s assembly, we are making adjustments to the new assembly space in our gym to achieve...
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...