Monthly Archives: June 2011

A special staff breakfast & many thanks!

The faculty and staff appreciation breakfast at Manhattan Country School is nothing like the ones I read about in newsletters from other schools. It was a spectacular reminder of how special a community (and what good and varied cooks) MCS … Continue reading

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7-8s share their Mammal Study

By Aimee Ostensen 7-8s Head Teacher The final study of the 7-8s’ year is the mammal study.  It is an interdisciplinary unit — a social studies core, integrated with science and literacy skills, expressed through art and community building. During … Continue reading

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Jay’s Picks: MCS Staff Summer Reading List

Hi all, Hope you got started on the summer reading list already.  I would love to hear from you about any books that you’ve read, whether they’re on the list or not.  We thought we’d share the MCS Staff Summer … Continue reading

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Math’s a Beach: Do math with your kids this summer!

By Robert Berkman Math Coordinator  There are many myths that surround those of us in the K-12 mathematics education community. Have we ever divided by 0 and lived to tell about it? Do we have special glasses that allow us to see … Continue reading

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Composting in the 7-8s class

Earlier this year, Maya, Jenna, Jan-Adam, Pearl collected items for composting in the 7-8s class with teachers Aimee and Maria-Tere.

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Highlights: Spain Medieval Festival

Sixth graders set up various stations around their classroom to display what they’ve learned about the history of Spain. There were opportunities to try bellydancing, sample Mediterranean food, hear poetry, play mystical games, and learn interesting facts about Spain.

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MCS’ annual Farm Outing Day is Saturday! Join us!

Manhattan Country School‘s Farm Outing Day is Saturday, June 11th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All MCS friends and families are invited to a community picnic at our 180-acre farm in Roxbury, N.Y., 150 miles north-northwest of NYC in … Continue reading

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Highlights from the Social Justice Data Fair

On May 26, fifth floor students participated in the first-ever Social Justice Data Fair at Manhattan Country School. There was a keynote address by Terry McGovern, a senior program officer at the Ford Foundation, who works on gender rights and … Continue reading

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Child development in the 4-5s class

By Cynthia Rogers H.S. Placement Director Seventh graders are the “student teachers” in the 4-5s classroom, assisting Sarah, the head teacher, through out the year. They start with a series of observations, looking at things such as classroom materials or … Continue reading

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Happy birthday and happy retirement Gloria!

By Michèle Solá Director Gloria Brown will be retiring (again) at the end of the school year. Among the earliest parents to enroll her children in a brand new Manhattan Country School, Gloria Brown found it easy to find ways … Continue reading

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Fifth graders host an Egyptian Marketplace

On Tuesday, June 7th, the fifth grade had a very successful Egyptian Marketplace. Each group presented a game, activity or skit to teachers, students and parents of Manhattan Country School. We got the opportunity to teach our parents and students … Continue reading

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Afterschool Highlights: Hoops and Circus Arts

The MCS Music Room comes alive with spinning hoops, wobbling plates on dowels, and feathers to balance as children are introduced to a range of circus skills that develop focus and spatial awareness. Instructor Jenny McGowan has been teaching circus … Continue reading

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The first farm trip for the 7-8-9s class

By Aimee Ostensen 7-8s Head Teacher The 7-8-9s are having a glorious time at the Manhattan Country School Farm in Roxbury, N.Y.  We’ve had beautiful weather today, following a gorgeous evening of summer mountain weather last night. After a busy … Continue reading

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Woodwork on display at MCS’ Shop Show

Leo Reynoso’s Shop Show graced the lobby of MCS again this year. Parents and school visitors were able to view the work created by students in their Shop classes. In case you missed it, here’s a photo slideshow of their … Continue reading

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Highlights from the 8th grade play, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’

Pure Imagination (song from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) Come with me, and you’ll be In a world of pure imagination Take a look and you’ll see Into your imagination We’ll begin, with a spin Traveling in a world of … Continue reading

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Students create films to study the preterito

By Chris Guajardo Upper School Spanish Teacher As we started studying the preterito (preterit past tense), students wrote scripts and created short films to explore vocabulary and grammatical structures that are used in the past tense. Students used stop motion, clay figures, … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the MCS track team!

Congratulations to Manhattan Country School’s track team! The fifth grade boys placed first in track and the girls placed second. They competed against three other schools, including The Child School, Rodeph Shalom and The Gateway School. Click here for the results … Continue reading

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Jay’s Picks: Summer reading for Lower School and Upper School students

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian  What happened to the school year!  It truly flew by!  However, this also brings the beginning of the summer.  While I will definitely miss one of the best parts of my job  – finding just … Continue reading

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TODAY: Join us for the 8th grade play!

The eighth graders are putting on a play, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” as a gift back to the school. They have been working on it for two months in a special drama class. The eighth grade play is an annual … Continue reading

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Jay’s Picks: Summer reading for adults

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian One of the best parts of my job is finding just the right books for children. Throughout the year, I’ve had many parents dropping by to talk about books their children are reading. Quite a … Continue reading

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Thank You for Good Teachers

By Michèle Solá Director As the end of the school year approaches, the schedule of activities is a testament to all that children have learned and to the extraordinary faculty that guides that process. These activities become showcases in the … Continue reading

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8-9s students reflect on La Tienda

By Debbie Weiss 8-9s Head Teacher The 8-9s ran their school store, La Tienda, from December through April this year. After the final La Tienda on April 29, the 8-9s reflected on their work at the store. One child commented, … Continue reading

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