On Wednesday, April 20, the sixth-grade class, led by their teacher Karen Zaidberg and Upper School director Maiya Jackson, took a day-long walking tour of Harlem. The walking tour is a tradition started a few years ago and grew out of the class study of the civil rights movement and the intersections with Harlem and black culture in New York City. There is an abundance of civil rights history in our backyard!
The tour, which focuses on several landmarks around Harlem, emphasizes early black... Read More
The votes are in. Members of Manhattan Country School’s Parents’ Association have elected Leslie Watkins Cain as the new co-president. Leslie replaces Stephanie Colazzo, whose two-year term comes to an end at the end of the school year.
Leslie will share the co-president title with Kahli Mootoo, who was elected last year to serve from 2015 to 2017. Leslie joins Kahli in serving as a liaison between MCS parents and the school’s administration, Parents’ Council and Parents’ Association.... Read More
On Wednesday, April 13, Manhattan Country School eighth-graders spent the morning outside of the classroom, visiting professionals around the city. The field trips were part of our annual Eighth Grade Mentoring Day, which allows students to explore potential career options by spending time at the workplaces of parents, alumni, parents of alumni and friends in the MCS community. Each eighth-grader was matched with a professional working in a field in which they had expressed interest. During... Read More
As part of our social studies curriculum, we’ve been studying Manhattan Country Sschool, both in terms of the physical space and in terms of the people we find here. As members of the MCS community, the 5-6s have been exploring what it means to be part of this larger community. The 5-6s have a lot of ideas about our school and have been very excited to go exploring. We began on the first floor, a floor many of the children are familiar with through their everyday experience as well as their... Read More
Does learning about social justice make Manhattan Country School students more informed about current events than other middle school students? Do snow peas grow better in a student-designed aquaponics system or in conventional soil? Do gender and age influence students’ color preferences? Can blood splatter analysis allow investigators to solve crimes? Do red-eared sliders’ food preferences make this type of turtle more likely to be invasive species? Do race and income correlate with water... Read More
On Friday, April 8, the 8-9s took a trip to the Wyckoff House in Brooklyn. The Wyckoff House is the oldest house in New York City. It was built when New York was a Dutch colony. The 8-9s are studying the time when New York City was New Amsterdam so visiting the Wyckoff House gave the 8-9s a great visualization of life during colonial times. The 8-9s were amazed to discover that all 13 members of the Wyckoff family lived in one room that was smaller than most of their rooms at home. The class... Read More
This week, Manhattan Country School’s seventh- and eighth-graders traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of their Build Bridges, Not Borders activism campaign. While in our nation’s capital, they joined the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National Day of Action on Capital Hill, met with KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights and the Center for American Progress, dined at a Moroccan restaurant, visited the city’s famed monuments and more. Read about their experience on the MCS... Read More
This Thursday, April 7, Director of Development and Alumni Relations Akemi Kochiyama and Director of Admissions Mónica Amaro presented at the NYSAIS Diversity Conference held at Lycée Français de New York.
Akemi’s workshop, Building a Culture of Inclusion and Participation with Parents, focused on how Manhattan Country School engages families representing a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds in volunteerism and giving. In her discussion, she talked about how soliciting, acknowledging... Read More
Ruben Ortiz, finance and human resources associate, is a New York native who graduated from Drake Business School prior to beginning his professional career. Ruben is also a graduate of Borough of Manhattan Community College. He comes to us after a 17-year career at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, first as the assistant bookkeeper in the finance office and most recently as the school business affairs officer for the past 15 years. At DTH, Ruben had considerable experience interacting with a... Read More
What happens after students leave Manhattan Country School? How do they fare in high school? What colleges do they attend? What kind of professional lives do they create for themselves? Answers to these questions and more were shared Tuesday at MCS’ annual meeting for trustees, parents, faculty and staff.
The event, titled “Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Alumni Talk About Life After MCS,” featured a panel of impressive MCS graduates:
Gisele Shorter ’91, Vice President/Executive Director, New... Read More