Category Archives: Activism

Highlights: Social Justice Data Fair 2012

On May 31, fifth floor students participated in the second annual Social Justice Data Fair at Manhattan Country School. Each student chooses a social justice issue to research and uses mathematics to compose a compelling argument for the need for … Continue reading

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Highlights: Teach-In honors MCS’ 45th anniversary

By Flannery Denny 7th/8th Grade Math Specialist MCS celebrated its 45th anniversary on April 4th with our first-ever Teach-In. We started the day with a whole school assembly during which we sang and laughed, heard stories from founder Gus Trowbridge about the … Continue reading

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Join us for the Social Justice Data Fair on May 31st

By Flannery Denny 7th/8th Grade Math Specialist Parents are invited to attend the second annual MCS Social Justice Data Fair on Thursday, May 31st following the spring concert. We will kick off the event in the Music Room at around … Continue reading

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Students meet civil rights leader during activism trip

By Chris Guajardo MCS Specialist After meeting with New York representatives in Congress, we decided to try to meet with Congressman John Lewis of Georgia. We walked into his office and asked if we could speak with the congressman. The staffers told us … Continue reading

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6-7s return to Yorkville Common Pantry

By Laura Swindler 6-7s Head Teacher The 6-7s were excited to return to Yorkville Common Pantry.  Many of them remembered visiting the pantry when they were in the 5-6s class.  Debbie Weiss, 8-9s Head Teacher, helps to organize visits for … Continue reading

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Activism Update: Students watch Senate in session, ride secret subway and meet with Voto Latino

By Maiya Jackson Upper School Director  We are having an amazing time in Washington! We arrived on Tuesday after a long bus ride, but instead of getting settled in our rooms, we had to rush off to make our appointment … Continue reading

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Eighth graders explore their immigrant roots

This project is an exploration of our immigrant roots and their connection to our activism project this year. How is it that a country built by immigrants has such a negative sentiment towards immigrants today? Is it not the same? … Continue reading

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7th & 8th graders to lobby in Washington for DREAM Act

Manhattan Country School seventh and eighth graders are visiting Washington, DC this week (March 26-30) to lobby for the DREAM Act and participate in the American Immigration Lawyers Association National Day of Action as part of their activism project. Each year, … Continue reading

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You’re invited: Cultural Festival to Support Fifth Floor Activism Project

By Kyle 8th Grade This year, the 7th and 8th grade activism project is focusing on the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is a bill that says that if you came to the U.S. before the age of fifteen and … Continue reading

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You’re invited: Cultural Festival to Support Fifth Floor Activism Project

By Kyle 8th Grade This year, the 7th and 8th grade activism project is focusing on the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act is a bill that says that if you came to the U.S. before the age of fifteen and … Continue reading

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Parents Invited to Upper School Assembly on Youth Immigration

On Wednesday, February 8, from 9-10 a.m. in the Music Room, the Upper School will hold an assembly on Youth Immigration as one of the kick-off events for the 7th and 8th grade activism project. MCS alumnus Daniel Altschuler ’96, … Continue reading

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MCS 7th, 8th graders to support youth immigration

By Altana and Emma 8th graders  The Manhattan Country School Activism Project is an annual and year-long initiative that is based around student inquiry and leadership on issues of crucial impact in the local and global communities.  The MCS seventh … Continue reading

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Highlights: MLK March led by MCS’ eighth graders

More than 200 people joined Manhattan Country School eighth graders on a march honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The eighth grade students delivered researched speeches at various locations in Harlem, such as the Apollo … Continue reading

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The Spotlight on MCS: Thank You Everyone!

By Michèle Solá Director Every morning and all year long, I come in to school, look up at the Ben Shahn lithograph of Martin Luther King, Jr., and feel a sense of responsibility greater than the sum of all the … Continue reading

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MCS Sings to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me ‘round, Turn me ‘round, turn me ‘round, Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me ‘round, I’m gonna keep on a-walkin’, keep on a-talkin’ All the way to Freedom Land Today, Manhattan Country School students, teachers … Continue reading

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MCS celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January brings many ways to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parents are invited to attend the following events: Friday, January 13 – MLK Assemblies in the Music Room 9:15 a.m. – Lower School, 4-5s … Continue reading

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MCS celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January brings many ways to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parents are invited to attend the following events: Friday, January 13 – MLK Assemblies in the Music Room 9:15 a.m. – Lower School, 4-5s … Continue reading

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MCS students to lead march in honor of MLK on January 16!

On Monday, January 16th at 10 a.m., Manhattan Country School’s eighth graders will lead a march through the streets of New York City in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Having chosen the route and theme … Continue reading

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Hurricane Irene Recovery Update: Help still needed in Catskills

By Ginny Scheer MCS Farm Director Hurricane Irene caused severe flooding and damage to many towns near the Manhattan Country School Farm just as school was starting in September. MCS’ 7th and 8th graders helped remove mud from local businesses … Continue reading

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Students organize food supply drive to help homeless

By students on the Community Service Team During the first trimester of the school year, students on the MCS Community Service Team spent some time at the Yorkville Common Pantry and met with Volunteer Coordinator Liz Nellis. We took a … Continue reading

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NY1 interviews 8th graders studying Occupy Wall Street

Eighth-graders from Manhattan Country School visited Zuccotti Park Friday to study Occupy Wall Street. The images on the news prompted them to interview protesters, officers, security guards and others. Click here to read the full article and watch the video on … Continue reading

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Help support the annual Penny Harvest

No single person can help everyone in New York City, but there is something each of us can do. We invite you to join in this year for our Common Cents Penny Harvest. The program starts now and runs until … Continue reading

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Remembering scholar, activist Derrick Bell

By Deb Levy and Jayne Jordan MCS Parents Ten years ago, Professor Derrick Bell visited Manhattan Country School to speak to 6th, 7th and 8th graders about the regrettable failure of affirmative action.  This brilliant man, a legal scholar, an … Continue reading

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MCS alumna, activists educate a community through music

MCS alumna Marika Hughes ’85 has been working with a group of young artists/activists who use the performing arts to educate their own community about HIV/AIDS testing, prevention and treatment. They are making an album of original and traditional songs. … Continue reading

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Remembering the life of environmentalist, women’s rights activist Wangari Maathai

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian On September 25, a truly special human passed away named Wangari Maathai.  She was an activist, author, mother, conservationist, role model, co-worker, proponent of peace, and many would say, heroine. Maathai was born in 1940 … Continue reading

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MCS community lends a hand in Catskills after Hurricane Irene

By Ginny Scheer,  MCS Farm Director At MCS Farm we know that the MCS community would like to participate in the recovery effort and plans are under way – from gathering school supplies to send to the Gilboa-Conesville Central School … Continue reading

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MCS students organize school supply drive

By Cara, 8th grade To begin the school year, students in the community service elective are having a school supplies drive for students at the Gilboa-Conesville Central School. Many things were destroyed in the Catskills area, including houses, stores, and … 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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PBS to air documentary on former MCS teacher Chris Iijima

“A Song for Ourselves,” a documentary about former Manhattan Country School teacher and activist Chris Iijima by filmmaker Tad Nakamura, will be broadcast on multiple PBS affiliate stations now through May 15. Check your local listings. The film is an … Continue reading

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7th graders attend Social Justice Expo

Students from around the city presented their work as social activists on Monday at the third annual Social Justice Expo at New York University. Manhattan Country School’s seventh graders were the youngest students represented and totally impressed the high school … Continue reading

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