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Posted on Monday, December 12, 2016
A Squiggly Story
Hello from the library! First, if you haven’t been by the library yet, please feel free to come visit us. Next, for our newest members of the Manhattan Country School community, these are the annual Holiday Shopping Lists. Several years ago, some parents asked me for recommendations for books for holiday gifts. The lists have grown and expanded to include one for grownups as well. I hope you enjoy them! Of course, if you have any questions about other books and anything else related to...
Posted on Friday, December 9, 2016
MCS Eighth Grade
Manhattan Country School's seventh- and eighth-graders voted for climate change as their activism topic this year. Racism came in second, followed by mental illness and LGBTQ+ issues. The students are now thinking about what to focus their campaign on in a rapidly changing and unpredictable landscape. They are excited about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protests, environmental justice and climate solutions. We are looking for ongoing struggles that we can join, organizations and...
Posted on Friday, December 9, 2016
Student activists
In 20 years as director of Manhattan Country School, there have been many memorable moments when I recalled the words included in the Ben Shahn lithograph of Martin Luther King, Jr. that hangs in the school’s entryway. The text, an excerpt of King’s last speech, read, “I don’t know what will happen now. We have got difficult days ahead….” Events transpiring close by and far away, with impact quite local or global, bring the values around which our community was built into sharp relief and...
Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016
Kids with Standing Rock Cards
This week, 8-9s students made holiday cards for those who are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline at North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. As part of Manhattan Country School’s study of Native Americans, the 8-9s students learn about how the Lakota Sioux lived long ago. We then talk about more contemporary issues, like reservations and the current protest at Standing Rock. The 8-9s saw connections to other protests they have learned about, like the Civil Rights Movement and...
Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016
Students in the Exploring the Neighborhood Elective
This fall, students in the Exploring the Neighborhood elective went out each week to learn about our new Upper West Side neighborhood. They visited a range of venues, from those offering community resources to places serving delectable treats. The following are students’ descriptions of their excursions: West Side Community Garden & Momofuku Milk Bar For our first neighborhood exploration class, we went to the West Side Community Garden. The garden was beautiful and there were people...