Monthly Archives: November 2010

MCS activists participate in panel discussion at Columbia

Manhattan Country School’s student activists Vaughn, Isaiah, and Mayo shared background and insights from their activism project on mountaintop removal mining as featured speakers at the TEDxYouth@TheSchool program on November 20, 2010. The event held at The School at Columbia … Continue reading

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6-7s class gets to know stick bugs

By Lindsay Velazco Lower School Science Teacher Stick bugs are a part of an insect study in the 6-7s class. The bugs are large and slow moving, so they’re ideal for studying with this age group. Stick bugs are from … Continue reading

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Get to know Roxanne Elings, MCS Board Chair

Roxanne Elings is a Manhattan Country School parent who has worn many hats in service to the school, including Class Rep, Farm Festival Chair, Parents’ Association President, Vice Chairman to the MCS Board of Trustees, and now as the Board … Continue reading

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The subject of sustainability, on the occasion of David Sobel’s visit

Michèle Solá, Director The idea of fostering meaningful connections between children and nature in urban and rural settings is deeply embedded in the original vision for Manhattan Country School. Forty-four years of farm-based education, 44 years of “park time” in … Continue reading

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Introducing Jennifer Morgan, PA Co-President

My name is Jennifer Morgan and I am the new co-president of the Parents’ Association at Manhattan Country School. Our family has been at MCS since our daughter Emma (now in the 7th grade) began in the 4-5s. From the very … Continue reading

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A closer look at picture books

By Jay Fung, Librarian Can you finish this sentence? “In the great green room …” If you can, you have not only Margaret Wise Brown to thank, but also picture books. Where would we be without the picture book?  I … Continue reading

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Class Notes: 4-5s study animal life

Students learn about animal care in the 4-5s class. The 4-5s have been busy making themselves comfortable as new members of the MCS community. This fall we have been learning all about animals in our community and discussing how we … Continue reading

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Development Office Update

Here’s a look at some changes happening in Manhattan Country School’s Development Office: “Goodbye,” says Jess After two and a half years, Jess Blake, Parent Programs and Special Events Coordinator, is leaving her position at Manhattan Country School. Jess will … Continue reading

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Class Notes: Fifth Floor digs deep into history

In History, 7th/8th graders began the year with a historiography (a
history of the history) study of Reconstruction. Students discussed how historians make choices about what they will study, what primary sources they will use, and how these choices influence their … Continue reading

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Late fall at the MCS Farm

By Ginny Scheer, MCS Farm Director Two Fifth Floor homerooms, the 8-9s, 6th grade and Little Red Schoolhouse’s 3rd grade were at the Manhattan Country School Farm in late September and October. Recently, the Farm had its first serious snowfall … Continue reading

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Class Notes: 5-6s cook with Maria Tere and visit Stone Barns

Each Wednesday afternoon, a small group of children participates in a cooking project with our Spanish teacher, Maria Tere.  After they are done cooking, all the children eat what they’ve made, and then we record our responses. Students can answer … Continue reading

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Class Notes: 9-10s tour Washington Heights

Students are studying about immigration in the 9-10s class and took a trip to Washington Heights in New York City. Shop teacher Leo Reynoso took students on a tour of the neighborhood he adopted after he moved from the Dominican Republic. … Continue reading

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Class Notes: 8-9s learn about culture, plants

By Debbie Weiss Head teacher, 8-9s The 8-9s are having a very exciting year. Inspired by their recent trip to Inwood Park in Manhattan, students are learning about different trees that are native to New York and learning about how plant … Continue reading

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Class Notes: 6th graders explore freedom, voting rights

By Leevert Holmes Head teacher, 6th grade In language arts, students are reading The Outsiders, a coming of age novel, and crafting a five paragraph essay on the various themes of family, class, violence, and heroism.  They are also reading Selma, … Continue reading

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Class Notes: Fifth graders connect with India

By Pinki Shah Head teacher, 5th grade The fifth grade just finished their sustainable photography exchange with the Children’s Hope school in Gujarat, India. This year, more than 200 hundred pictures were collected. Students exchanged photo examples of how they … Continue reading

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Class Notes: 6-7s check out beautiful butterflies at AMNH

By Lindsay Velazco Lower School Science Teacher The 6-7s went to the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History. It was so exciting to see the amazing butterflies and moths we had only seen in books and on … Continue reading

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Class Notes: 7th and 8th grade mathematics

Flannery Denny Math Specialist Seventh grade mathematicians are hard at work developing their proportional reasoning skills. We started by learning to change the sizes of figures by projecting lines from a focal point through each vertex and beyond (see images … Continue reading

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Class Notes: Nurturing nature connections in the 7-8s

Aimee Arandia Østensen Head Teacher, 7-8s How much time does your city kid spend outside? In our concrete jungle, the options for indoor activities are varied and rich.  With such enticing child-friendly activities as theater workshops, claymation creation, and video … Continue reading

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Math Trail to explore NYC museums, landmarks

By Flannery Denny, Math Specialist Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the findings of our second annual 7th & 8th grade Math Trail on Tuesday, November 23rd. Plans are in the works for explorations at El Museo del Barrio, … Continue reading

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Save the Date: Holiday Book Fair, Dec. 2-3

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Holiday Book Fair. It’s a great opportunity to shop and support MCS. What is it? The annual Holiday Book Fair is organized by 6th grade parents and takes place on Thursday, December 2nd … Continue reading

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Train with Jermaine keeps kids active

Has your child trained with Jermaine? Students participating in this after school program get exposed to various sports, develop a positive attitude, and much more. “We focus on physical movement, sports skills, and self-confidence during the after school program,” said … Continue reading

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Open House brings MCS community together

By Lois Gelernt, Director of Admissions Manhattan Country School’s annual Open House took place on Thursday, October 21 and more than 80 visitors had the opportunity to tour the school and talk with parents and teachers. In order to accommodate … Continue reading

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Educating for sustainability: MCS Staff Workshop Day

By Aimee Ostensen and Susan Harris Manhattan Country School staff has been immersed in thinking about what educating for sustainability means. What is sustainability? Why does it matter?  How are we already engaging in the principles of sustainability? How does … Continue reading

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A baby shower for Señorita Naomi

MCS faculty surprised Señorita Naomi Enright, the Upper School Spanish Teacher, with a party during the weekly staff meeting to celebrate the arrival of her baby boy. Naomi will be missed as she begins her maternity leave on Monday, November 15th. … Continue reading

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Ginny Scheer talks MCS Farm, sustainability on radio show

MCS Farm Director Ginny Scheer was interviewed by Tara Collins, Communications Director for the Watershed Agricultural Council, on the show “Watershed Wednesdays” on WIOX Radio on Nov. 10th. Ginny shared with listeners the history of Manhattan Country School and our … Continue reading

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Meet poet Kim Bridgford at MCS

We’re pleased to announce Kim Bridgford will be participating in Manhattan Country School’s US assembly on Friday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. She will be doing some readings from her work and then will lead the students in a short … Continue reading

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