Category Archives: Class Notes

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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8th grade textile projects

By Lynn Haroldson Farm Textiles Teacher This year’s 8th grade textiles are characterized by the wide variety of fiber media used in their creation. For their graduation projects in textiles, students on the fifth floor create a useful object from … Continue reading

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4-5s students hatch ducklings!

By Sarah Leibowits 4-5s Head Teacher The 4-5s class hatched 10 ducklings as part of their study of changes in the physical world. The ducklings stayed with us for more than one week. During their stay, they went on home visits, … Continue reading

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Highlights: Pi Day Celebration

Students and teachers celebrated Pi Day on March 14th. The day was filled with activities, including the study of circular objects, creating art inspired by Kandinsky’s oil pastel circles, a reading of Sir Cumference: And the First Round Table, eating lots … 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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Sound Science with 6-7s and 7-8s

By Susan Harris Lower School Music Teacher Stop by a Lower School music class most Mondays and Wednesdays if you want to hear and see enthusiastic singing, square dancing and percussion accompaniment.  Once a year, however, the 6-7s and 7-8s … Continue reading

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MCS to celebrate National Pi Day on March 14

By Flannery Denny Math Specialist Pi Day is Wednesday, March 14 (a date which coincides with Albert Einstein’s birthday and the first 3 digits of pi)!  Manhattan Country School students and teachers will commemorate the day by celebrating all things … Continue reading

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Highlights: 100th Day of School

Teachers Anna, Kendia and the 5-6s class hosted their 100th day of school celebration with much fan fare for visiting parents, staff and other classes. The classroom was adorned with creative depictions of the number 100. There were 100 homemade cookies, … Continue reading

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Grand Opening! The 6-7s Post Office

I’m gonna wrap myself in paper I’m gonna dab myself with glue Stick some stamps on top of my head I’m gonna mail myself to you I’m gonna tie me up in red string I’m gonna tie blue ribbons, too … Continue reading

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A 9-10s update & goodbye Johanna

The 9-10s have been very focused in the classroom as they outline the information gathered in their oral history interviews, discuss current events, challenge themselves to solve cryptarithms in math and publish their memoirs.  Next week, Johanna, our student teacher, … 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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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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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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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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Seventh graders explore identity en Español

Seventh grade students wrote poemas de identidad (identity poems) to practice creative and self-expressive writing in Spanish. – Chris Guajardo, Upper School Spanish Teacher  William Yo soy un humano complicado y completa. Mi cabeza tiene mis ojos y el cerebro. … Continue reading

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Dirt, creativity bring 9-10s’ dolls to life

By Janice Movson Art Teacher The 9-10s class learned about dolls that students made in South Africa. These children are from very poor circumstances. Many of their families are unemployed and they live in squatter camps. We all imagined what … Continue reading

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5-6-7s write poems about their emotions

By Anna Sobel 5-6-7s Head Teacher  The 5-6-7s have been generating endless amounts of “describing words” as they become poets. Kendia has led the children in creating poems about their emotions. The children have thought about different words that describe … Continue reading

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Feather art by the 6-7s class

The 6-7s class is learning about birds and created artwork as part of their study. Students used a large feather to make collages and self-portraits.

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5-6-7 students reuse, recycle and compost

By Anna Sobel 5-6-7s Head Teacher Reusable Material Structures: Thank you for sending in all of your recyclable materials; please continue to do so!  The 5-6-7s have been using your old boxes, cartons, papers and more to create structures of their … Continue reading

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7-8s learn how to write kamishibai stories

By Aimee Ostensen 7-8s Head Teacher In our writing sessions, we have spent a few weeks creating the structure of kamishibai stories. Kamishibai are a traditional Japanese form of picture storytelling. As Taka says, “It seems like the voices are … Continue reading

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Attend the Social Justice Data Fair on May 26

You are invited to attend the first-ever MCS Social Justice Data Fair on Thursday, May 26th. The event will begin immediately after the Upper School Chorus Concert. We will kick off at 10 a.m. in the Music Room with a … 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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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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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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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: 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: 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: 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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