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Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016
Cow at the MCS Farm
This week and next the MCS Farm will be hosting third-grade students from Little Red Elizabeth Irwin School (LREI). This long-standing relationship with LREI began more than 25 years ago and enables MCS to continue its commitment to educational outreach. The farm-based educational program that the LREI students will be involved in is very similar to what MCS students experience when at the Farm. The key difference is MCS students spend 17 weeks at the Farm while LREI students spend only one...
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2016
Sixth grade trip to Philadelphia
On the occasion of the signing of the United States Constitution in September 1787, Benjamin Franklin is said to have remarked on the half sun painted on the back of the President’s chair: “I have often looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting, but now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.”  It was with this optimism that Franklin and a few dozen others forged a new nation that day in...
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016
West 85th Street Ribbon Cutting
On Saturday, a jubilant Farm Festival united the MCS community—alumni and their families, current families now more numerous as our growth plan is underway, trustees who worked tirelessly to secure and renovate our new location, and families from the Upper West Side neighborhood. While 6-7s parents have primary responsibility for organizing the Farm Festival, there were obvious signs that it takes the whole parent body to pull off such a joyous celebration. Thank you to the inspired...
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2016
8-9s Studying Seed Dispersal at the Farm
On their Fall Farm trip, the 8-9s explored the world of seed dispersal. During their nature studies classes with Annie, the students not only discovered seeds being released by a plant, they also discussed various ways the seeds are spread. The kids were quick to recognize the role that wind plays in spreading lighter seeds or seeds with their own built-in parachutes. But what about heavier seeds or those found inside a pod? When thinking of the word pod, students made the link to a space...
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2016
Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Norte engaged in a hands-on examination of the Bronx River with Rocking the Boat this week. While working together to row wooden Whitehall 14s,  students spied schools of fish, colonies of mussels and barnacles, and great blue herons. In addition, they examined several environmental restoration projects including oyster colonies and eel mops. Students and teachers also donned waders to seine for fish and crabs before identifying their catch using a dichotomous key...