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
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
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
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
Last weekend, Manhattan Country School’s girls varsity basketball team learned there are benefits to stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. On Saturday they participated in the Lab Museum J.V. Jamboree. It was their first time participating in a tournament and playing teams from outside of their regular league. Some of the girls were a little intimidated at first, but they quickly found their groove on the court. The team played back-to-back games, taking on Wagner and then School of the... Read More
Manhattan Country School is one of the newest participants in the City of New York’s school compost program. A new brown compost bin has been added to the MCS kitchen and will serve as the school’s main compost receptacle. Each day, smaller compost containers will be delivered to classrooms with lunch and snack and returned to the kitchen with each meal. Every afternoon, the food scraps are picked up, free of charge, by the city.
Why does MCS compost? Can’t you just put everything in the ... Read More
Upper School Director Maiya Jackson’s article, “We Begin to Know Each Other,” describes how Manhattan Country School worked with teachers, students and parents to welcome a new transgender eighth-grader and the gender transition of another student. It is the lead story in the Winter 2015-2016 issue of Rethinking Schools, which focuses on sexism, gender and sexuality.
From the meetings with the admissions director and school psychologist to the staff workshops and meetings with parents to the Q... Read More
Dominic’s mom, Faye, and someone she works with at Mount Sinai named Dr. Fowkes, came to our science class on Monday. They brought in slices of brain for us to see because we’re studying the brain in science. The slices of brain came from a person who died and donated their body so medical students can learn about the human body. The slices of brain are in plastic so they don’t decompose.
Dr. Fowkes explained to us how our brain works, which parts are where, what each part does, and what the... Read More
Manhattan Country School’s basketball teams are off to a strong start this season.
The girls varsity team had an impressive 47-2 win over the British International School on Thursday. They currently hold a 4-1 record in a division that includes Rodeph Sholom, Heschel, Avenues, UNIS Queens, Stephen Gaynor, Mandell and Cathedral. Next week the girls take on Heschel (30 West End Avenue) on Tuesday and Mandell at home at Boys & Girls Harbor (1 E. 104th Street) on Wednesday. On Saturday,... Read More
Bundled up to brave the January morning chill, more than 200 Manhattan Country School families, teachers and staff, alumni and supporters from the New York City community gathered Monday, January 18 to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to raise awareness about contemporary civil rights issues. The 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative March kicked off at 150 W. 85th St., the location of the building MCS will move into this summer. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and... Read More