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Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016
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
Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2016
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
Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016
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
Posted on Friday, April 8, 2016
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
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2016
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
Posted on Friday, March 18, 2016
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
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
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 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 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