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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...
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...