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... Read More
Armed with white envelopes with a map of the school stapled to the front and detailed instructions from their teacher, Laura, 6-7s students Arthur and Gordon headed off on their first day of collecting attendance and lunch slips. They paused briefly as they tried to remember the route they needed to take to the 8-9s classroom—the first on their list of rooms to visit—before heading up the curved marble staircase to the fourth floor.
Over the next 15 minutes the pair traversed the school... Read More
The scene: a room of 20 sixth-graders, giddy for the start of the new school year and well rested from their summer break. Each are handed a paper cup filled to the brim with Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider. Sixth Grade Teacher Karen Zaidberg, who will take them through a year of heavy-duty mathematics, implores them to raise their cups and proposes a salute to the new year. She demonstrates how to perform the perfect “cup clink,” which will officially usher them into sixth grade. They comply, and... Read More
This week, Manhattan Country School steps into the national spotlight as host of “Access, Equity and Activism: Teaching the Possible,” the 2015 Progressive Education Network (PEN) Conference. MCS was chosen to host the event, which will be held October 8 through 10 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, because of its legacy of developing curriculum that addresses diversity, sustainability, social justice and partnerships with public schools. Upper School Director Maiya Jackson has... Read More
When we discovered the building at 150 West 85th Street, it was easy to envision it as the future home of Manhattan Country School. Standing in the terrazzo lobby, admiring the grand marble staircase, it immediately felt like home. At nearly twice the square footage, it would provide the room we need to grow and its location on the Upper West Side would allow us to continue to serve a diverse community. Close proximity to Central Park meant that exploring nature could continue to be an... Read More
Friday, September 18, Manhattan Country School fifth- and sixth-graders teamed up to put on a trial based on their community summer reading book, Tangerine by Edward Bloor. The novel features the complex drama of the Fisher family and a series of bizarre natural and human disasters in the small community of Tangerine, Florida. Central to the plot is the death of Luis Cruz, a local farmer. By all accounts Luis’ death is suspicious. The author drops several hints that Erik Fisher and Arthur... Read More
Manhattan Country School welcomed 31 new families to the school community with a breakfast Friday morning. Over coffee and pastries, attendees had an opportunity to get to know fellow new families and meet many of MCS’ faculty and staff.
This year there are 29 new students in the Lower School and three in the Upper School. Three students are joining siblings who already attend MCS and four are following in the footsteps of their MCS alumni parent.
Our new families represent a range of... Read More
Nine hundred fifty-three pounds. No, that’s not the collective weight of Manhattan Country School’s 4-5s class. It’s the total weight of textbooks and literature MSC teachers and administrators donated this year to support global literacy.
As teachers and administrators completed their end-of-year cleaning before the summer break they discovered a wealth of educational materials that were no longer needed. Upper School Director Maiya Jackson, Librarian Jay Fung and Building Caretaker... Read More
You may have noticed some new faces at 7 East 96th Street this school year. Meet the new additions to the Manhattan Country School staff, and learn which familiar faces you’ll see in new roles.
Lower School Science Teacher
Olivia Kurz, B.A. Barnard College, M.S.Ed. Bank Street. Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan. Olivia was previously an elementary science teacher at Harlem Village Academies. She has also worked at The New York Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, A Living Library, Academy of the City... Read More
“I’m so excited to be back at school!”
“I love this school so much I never want to leave!”
These are just two of the many exuberant exclamations overheard as children arrived Wednesday for the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. Hugs and high fives were in abundance on 96th Street as students and parents alike shared stories of summer adventures while they waited for the big oak doors of Manhattan Country School to open.
Once inside it didn’t take long to get down to business. During... Read More