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Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017
Click to view 360 image of the Courtyard Manhattan Country School is happy to announce that the Courtyard—the architectural centerpiece of our new building—has been completed and is officially open. The 533-square-foot, four-story space provides light and air to the surrounding classrooms and will serve as an outdoor learning and meeting space for our community.
Lee Gelernt MCS alumnus '75
Posted on Friday, February 10, 2017
Michelle Gelernt '81Manhattan Country School alumni siblings Lee Gelernt '75 and Michelle Gelernt '81 are featured in the February 13 & 20, 2017 issue of The New Yorker. The article highlights their work on two recent high-profile legal cases. As a public defender, Michelle recently advocated on behalf of Joaquín Guzmán, the extradited Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. Lee, an ACLU attorney, argued against the executive order barring refugees from entering the United States and... Read More
Parent_Led Forum
Posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017
On February 2, the Manhattan Country School Parents’ Association hosted its second Parent-Led Forum entitled “Childhood Gender Exploration and Community Support of Gender-Expansive Peoples.” After light refreshments we sat for a panel discussion featuring MCS community members Alaina Daniels (Upper School science teacher), Laleña Garcia (5-6s teacher), Daniel Morales (MCS parent) and Kahli Mootoo (MCS PA co-president). The panel also included Kristen Burzynski (NYCLU legal fellow), Mica... Read More
Lee Gelernt '75, ACLU
Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017
This weekend, protests erupted online and in cities across the country in response to the discriminatory executive order signed on Friday barring refugees from entering the United States and suspending immigration from seven countries. As director of civic engagement and research at Make the Road New York, Manhattan Country School alumnus Daniel Altschuler ’96 was at the forefront of organizing protests in New York City— including the one at John F. Kennedy International Airport—against the... Read More
Ina and Joseph McNeil
Posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017
On Monday, students in the 8-9s and seventh and eighth grades had the opportunity to learn about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation from someone who has been there. Ina McNeil, an accomplished American Indian quilt maker and the great, great granddaughter of Chief Sitting Bull, was raised on the reservation and recently spent some time with the protesters. She described the commitment, resilience and communal spirit of these water protectors,... Read More
2017 MLK March
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017
More than 350 people gathered at New York City’s Riverside Church on Monday to kick off Manhattan Country School’s 29th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March. Organized by the school’s eighth-graders, this event is one way the MCS community honors the slain civil rights leader who served as an inspiration for the school's founding. (MCS MLK March in the Media: DNAinfo: Students Speak About Civil and Human Rights Issues at Annual MLK Jr. March; WABC-TV: Martin Luther King, Jr.,... Read More
JV Basketball Game
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017
Manhattan Country School made history on Tuesday when it hosted its first basketball game in its own gym. Before a balcony filled with spectators, the JV boys basketball team took on the British International School of New York, winning 61-3. It’s was the third victory in a row for the junior squad, which had previous wins against The Geneva School of Manhattan (40-19) and the Bank Street School for Children (41-20). They claimed another win this Thursday against The Heschel School (24-14... Read More
MLK Assembly
Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017
On Friday, January 13, Manhattan Country School held two assemblies to celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A morning assembly, for children in the 4-5s through 7-8s and their families, opened with grownups singing "This Little Light of Mine" as the children entered the room. The sixth-graders presented an abbreviated version of their play "Black Lives Matter: The Journey to Freedom." The program also included a selection of songs, such as "The Dream of Martin Luther... Read More
Gary Rodriguez
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017
Manhattan Country School is happy to welcome Garibaldy (Gary) Rodriguez to the MCS Kitchen staff. He will be helping with food preparation, lunch distribution, dishes and more.  Gary is a native New Yorker, raised in Washington Heights. He comes to MCS with several years of experience in the restaurant industry. Please join us in giving Gary a warm MCS community welcome.
Paulo Cesar Arango Celebration
Posted on Friday, January 6, 2017
As a young boy attending Catholic school in Pasto, Colombia, Paulo Cesar Arango, now a 4-5s teacher at Manhattan Country School, loved to learn. He enjoyed studying the languages and cultures of different countries and developed a particular fondness for the United States. “I found out that America has such a big impact on the world...and that trickles down to the culture and the music and all the things that everyone does on a regular basis,” says Paulo. “I felt a deep connection to this land... Read More