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Posted on Thursday, March 17, 2016
On Friday, March 11, more than 200 students converged in Delhi, N.Y. for the Catskills Youth Climate Summit. Among the crowd of enthusiastic youth activists was a crew of 14 Manhattan Country School seventh- and eighth-graders. The day long event was put together by a committee consisting of Catskill youth and teachers and representatives from Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Catskill Watershed Corporation and the Manhattan Country School Farm.  Curt Stager, professor of biology from Paul... Read More
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016
Here’s a glimpse into some of the events that took place at Manhattan Country School this week:   6-7s Post Office The 6-7s held the grand opening of the Falcon Post Office on Tuesday.   Fifth Floor Activism Humanitarian workers Jan Brouwer and Terra Mack spoke with the seventh- and eighth-graders Wednesday morning about their work with Syrian refugees. 9-10s Lower East Side Museum The 9-10s hosted a Lower East Side Museum on Thursday for students, faculty, staff and... Read More
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016
Last week, Manhattan Country School’s fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders held an Upper School Assembly to showcase some of their recent work.  Poetry Seventh-graders Izzy, Layla, Sophie and Pearl read pieces they composed for their poetry elective.   Photo Lab During the fall and winter Photo Lab electives, students explored ways to creatively capture images of the world around them.  
Posted on Thursday, March 3, 2016
Manhattan Country School’s seventh- and eighth-grade students and their parents came together Tuesday night for a community event to discuss the ongoing activism project on the Syrian refugee crisis. Drawing from their own research and a varied selection of videos and news clips, the students discussed the complex political situation in Syria, the humanitarian crisis it has unleashed and the efforts–which in most cases fall short—to help millions of Syrians seeking refuge around the world. I... Read More
Posted on Friday, February 26, 2016
Manhattan Country School’s 5-6s Teacher Laleña Garcia has been selected by The Academy of Teachers to attend a master class led by Mount Holyoke College Philosophy Professor Thomas Wartenberg. Master classes offer a rare opportunity for public and private school teachers to work together and learn from a leading expert in their field. Laleña is one of 18 educators chosen to attend “Philosophy and Children’s Literature,” hosted by The National Archives at the U.S. Custom House. While attending... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Three-year-old Mateo stood in the middle of the rug in the 4-5s classroom, surrounded by a circle of 4-5s students. The preschooler, who happens to be brother to Esme in the 4-5s, alternated between pretending he was a rock star, jumping up and down and pulling his shirt over his head. It was clear he enjoyed being the center of attention. Ella, also three and Clara’s sister, was a bit more low key, preferring sit outside of the circle in the comfort of her mother’s lap. These two additions... Read More
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2016
Spirit Week is a welcome addition to an often chilly, grey February. The annual event, which kicked off Friday, February 5 and concluded today, included several themed dress-up days. Friday was Wear as Many Shirts or Hats as You Can Day. Several students donned more than a dozen hats while several others sported dozens of shirts. On Tuesday, Pajama Day, students sported their favorite slumber attire. Wednesday, World Day, had students dressed in something that represents or is inspired by the... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Having groceries delivered to your doorstop is a time-saver for many busy families. But, as students learned during last Friday’s Upper School assembly, this convenience comes at a cost. At the assembly, guest speaker Mychal Johnson, co-founder of South Bronx Unite, explained to Manhattan Country School’s fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth-graders why he and his organization are fighting the proposed relocation of grocery delivery service Fresh Direct to the South Bronx. This area of New York... Read More
Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016
Throughout the winter, the Manhattan Country School Math Team meets each Thursday to engage in mathematical activities. Participation is open to all interested sixth through eighth graders. We constructed polyhedra out of pipe cleaners and straws, experimented with the single-cut origami theorem, folded origami structures, played many games of set and ricochet robots and shared our thinking around problem sets from MATHCOUNTS and the Museum of Mathematics’ Momathlon. Last weekend, nine MCS... Read More
Posted on Friday, February 5, 2016
How did it feel to be a black child during the Jim Crow era? Was it scary to be an activist during the civil rights movement? How is life different for black people today? These are just some of the questions that arise for Manhattan Country School’s sixth-graders as they study the civil rights movement. On Wednesday, they got some answers when civil rights activist Nell Braxton Gibson visited their class. Nell grew up in the South during Jim Crow. While attending Spelman College, she joined... Read More