Manhattan Country School’s junior varsity track team competed in its first meet of the season on Monday. The boys 4 x 100m relay team, featuring Carlo, Jory, Tadeas and Cruz, took first place. The girls 4 x 100m team, with Josephine, Ayo, Elise and Violet, placed third. There were additional first-place wins for Violet and Carlo in the 400m and Cruz in the 800m. Madeleine placed fifth in the 400m, while Carlo took second in the 800m.
The team competes again on Monday, May 9, at the Astoria... Read More
On Thursday, May 5, and Friday, May 6, Manhattan Country School hosted educators from Leikskólinn Raudhóll, a preschool in Reykjavík , Iceland. The group was interested in learning how we use blocks in our curriculum. With Lower School Director Mary Trowbridge as their guide, the group toured the school and then spent time observing the 4-5s, 5-6s and 6-7s classes. This visit is an example of MCS’ public mission, which includes fostering collaboration and dialogue with educators who share... Read More
Tuesday’s Upper School assembly, the last of the school year, provided Manhattan Country School’s seventh- and eighth-graders with the opportunity to tell classmates, parents and invited guests about this year’s activism project. Through the Build Bridges, Not Borders campaign, Fifth Floor students raised awareness about the Syrian refugee crisis and the Islamophobia they contend is contributing to the problem.
Dressed in green Build Bridges, Not Borders t-shirts, the students opened the... Read More
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
On Thursday, Manhattan Country School students in the 5-6s, 6-7s, 7-8s, 8-9s, 9-10s and fifth grade had the chance to meet with award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh. He is the creator of several children’s books including Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale, Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation and Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin. Duncan was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Miguel de Allende. He says he draws... 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