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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
2016 Winter Assembly
Posted on Friday, December 16, 2016
On Friday, December 16, Manhattan Country School students, teachers, staff, families, alumni, former parents and friends gathered in the Gym for our first Winter Assembly in our new home. In a packed room, our community sang songs that celebrated Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day. Selections included “Oh Happy Kwanzaa,” “Oh Hanukkah,” “Children, Go Where I Send Thee,” “Hashivenu,” and “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Students in the 8-9s through eighth grade performed “Carol of... Read More
Debo P. Adegbile
Posted on Friday, December 16, 2016
Debo P. Adegbile, a member of Manhattan Country School’s Class of 1980 and an MCS honorary trustee, has been appointed by President Barack Obama to a six-year post on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In this role, Debo will lead the development of national civil rights policy and enhance enforcement of federal civil rights laws. He will be one of eight who are appointed to the commission created by the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Debo is currently, and will remain, a... Read More