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Posted on Friday, November 6, 2015
Parents’ Visiting Day at Manhattan Country School is an opportunity for families to come to their children’s classrooms and experience our progressive education curriculum first hand. This Tuesday, the school was filled with grownups who had the chance to be students again for a morning. In classrooms, parents formed semi-circles around their children as they gathered for their morning meetings. Visitors to the 5-6s class participated in building and reading activities. 6-7s parents read... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Lower School Music Teacher Susan Harris will be presenting at the 92Y Wonderplay Early Childhood Learning Conference on Friday, November 13. In her interactive workshop, titled “Teaching Social Justice and Civil Rights Through Singing and Movement,” participants will explore how to engage young children in social justice and civil rights issues in age-appropriate ways using songs, books and movement activities. The Wonderplay conference, launched in 2007, brings together more than 900 early... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Editor’s Note: Each year, Manhattan Country School provides its staff with professional development opportunities in the form of fellowships and grants. For the summer of 2015, MCS Farm Program Director John McDaniel was granted a senior fellowship to travel to Peru. The experience was one he hoped would expand his knowledge of world food systems and farming practices and open up new thinking as MCS expands its farm-based education program. The following is his account of his journey. As a... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 30, 2015
A delegation of educators from Akademiska Skolan (Academic School) in Sweden visited Manhattan Country School on Thursday as part of a trip to New York City to study schools serving diverse student populations. During the three-day visit, Abdulkader Habib, formerly of Sweden’s Ministry of Education and co-creator of Akademiska Skolan, and his team met with administrators at MCS and several other New York City Schools. They also met with researchers and city officials on topics ranging from... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015
This month’s Upper School assembly provided an opportunity for students to share some of the work they’ve done during the first two months of school. Continuing last year’s theme of mindfulness, the assembly began with a few moments of silence. Then, Upper School Spanish Teacher Carolina Drake led the group in a rendition of “Hola a Todos.”  Alec, Tai, Amina, Malik, Liam, Malia and Aaron discussed the power projects the seventh- and eighth-graders have been working on as part of their... Read More
Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015
Manhattan Country School is pleased to announce that Mina Yu will be joining us on Tuesdays and Thursdays as our piano accompanist. Mina has been performing, accompanying, teaching and composing for more than a decade in both the United States and Korea. In addition to earning her master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music, she teaches at York College and LaGuardia Community College. Mina has worked in churches and with choirs across Boston and New York City, was the... Read More
Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2015
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
Posted on Friday, October 16, 2015
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
Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015
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
Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2015
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

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