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The Lion King, Jr.
Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2017
This week, Manhattan Country School's eighth-graders delivered three performances of "The Lion King, Jr." The production was directed by Nehemiah Luckett and featured the school's oldest students in the following roles: Rafiki: Osiris/Jonah Mufasa: Myles Sarabi: Aiyana Zazu: Malia/Jan Scar: Jack Young Simba: Isabel Simba: Malik Young Nala: Jenna Nala: Anais Sarafina: Brandon Banzai: Layla Shenzi: Jessica Ed: Monte Timon: Tai Pumba: Adam Ensemble: Sophie, Brandon, Isabel,... Read More
Meet the Bobs and Tweets
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017
Each summer for the past 10 years, I’ve shared summer reading lists with the MCS community. There is one for the Lower School, one for the Upper School and one for parents. While I take books and reading rather seriously, the intent of these lists is for enjoyment. Over the years, I have been so very fortunate to build such meaningful relationships with children through stories and books. I’ve also been very lucky to get to know so many amazing parents. I truly believe that it is incumbent upon... Read More
The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017
Each summer for the past 10 years, I’ve shared summer reading lists with the MCS community. There is one for the Lower School, one for the Upper School and one for parents. While I take books and reading rather seriously, the intent of these lists is for enjoyment. Over the years, I have been so very fortunate to build such meaningful relationships with children through stories and books. I’ve also been very lucky to get to know so many amazing parents. I truly believe that it is incumbent upon... Read More
MCS Class of 2017 Graduation Night
Posted on Thursday, June 15, 2017
On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 22 eighth-graders graduated from Manhattan Country School. In a ceremony shared with faculty and staff and friends and family, the graduates offered the following thoughts about their time at MCS and whether they are ready to leave. View Graduation Pictures Tai (Groton School) Salad Days (plural noun): a time of youthful inexperience or indiscretion. That's how I would describe my first few years here at MCS. I was at the ripe age of 4 when I entered,... Read More
Tell Me How It Ends
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Hello Manhattan Country School parents and community! It’s that time of year again—the end of the school year and the time for summer reading lists. For those not initiated yet, I come out with three reading lists before the summer break: Lower School, Upper School and Grown-ups. Grown-ups? But you don’t teach the grown-ups, Jay! I don’t, but several years ago some parents asked me about recommendations for grown-up books—fiction and non-fiction. I gave them a few suggestions. These... Read More
Gus and Marty Trowbridge
Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017
Founders' Day at Manhattan Country School is Friday, May 26. We honor Gus and Marty Trowbridge and their commitment to creating a school with a progressive academic program steeped in experiential learning and a steadfast commitment to diversity and equity.  How Gus and Marty’s Early Years Shaped Their Vision For Manhattan Country School Lyndon B. Johnson entered his second term as president. The war in Vietnam was escalating. The march on Selma led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act,... Read More
2017 MLK Living the Dream Book Award Winners
Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
On Monday, May 15, fifth-graders from Manhattan Country School, Central Park East II and Children’s Workshop School presented the MLK Living the Dream Book Award to the children’s book I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, written by Debbie Levy and illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley, in a ceremony at Manhattan Country School. The award is presented to a children’s picture book that embodies the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students write their own criteria for the award: a... Read More
Campaign Council
Posted on Friday, May 5, 2017
Manhattan Country School has launched the public phase of Expanding Purpose: The Campaign for the Future of Manhattan Country School. The five-year comprehensive campaign aims to raise $15 million. MCS Board Chair Michael Patterson made the announcement April 29, 2017, at Big Night Out!, the school’s annual gala in support of sliding-scale tuition. “This campaign is not about a shiny new building in Manhattan,” said Patterson. “It’s about sustaining our commitment to sliding scale and... Read More
Nassim Zerriffi, MCS history teacher
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017
Source: LREIManhattan Country School is known for its innovative, progressive curriculum and leadership in diversity and social justice. This year, many MCS teachers and staff members have given presentations or led workshops based on the work they are doing at variety of conferences. In January, Nassim Zerriffi, seventh and eighth grade history teacher and activism coordinator, presented “Impact of Islam on Western Civ and America from the Renaissance to the Blues” 
at the NYSAIS Diversity... Read More
6-7s Lunch
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017
As the MCS Kitchen (La Cocina) looked forward to celebrating the 47th Annual Earth Day, we took a moment to consider the ways in which our food program supports Manhattan Country School’s sustainability mission, which took root around the same time that Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, conceived of a day in celebration of the Earth. A big part of our efforts to connect our day-to-day life in the city to our farm-based education program in the Catskills comes in sourcing... Read More

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