Category Archives: Staff

View Robert Berkman’s math exhibits on Governors Island

 This summer, enjoy math on Governors Island with MCS’ Math Coordinator Robert Berkman! The Mobile Unit to Promote Mathematical Thinking (Mü-Math, for short), is now in residence in Building 315 on Governors Island every weekend from now until September 30th from 11:30 … Continue reading

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Thanks for supporting the rooftop garden

By Lindsay Velazco Lower School Science Teacher This school year has brought many changes, some have been years in the making. When I became Lower School science teacher, the 5-6s food study did not include homegrown food. Little by little … Continue reading

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2012-13 Teacher-Training Program: Introducing new Assistant Teachers

By Michèle Solá Director The four youngest classrooms at Manhattan Country School are some of the most sought-after placements for teachers-in-training at colleges such as Bank Street, Sarah Lawrence, City College, and others whose mission is to prepare educators who … Continue reading

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Join us for Big Night Out! on May 5th

You’re invited to BIG NIGHT OUT! to benefit MCS on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at The Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street Cocktails Dinner Dancing Auction Special MCS Video Alumni … Continue reading

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Community basketball game a slam dunk!

On February 17th, Manhattan Country School hosted a community basketball game at the 92nd Street Y. It had the feeling of a long-anticipated high school game. There were many MCS families, alumni, students and friends filling the bleachers, sidelines and … Continue reading

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You’re invited: MCS Community Basketball Game on Feb. 17

You’re invited to Manhattan Country School’s Community Basketball Game on Friday, February 17 from 4-6 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y. Come watch MCS parents, teachers and alumni play and cheer them on! There will be all sorts of activities, … Continue reading

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Welcome back, happy New Year!

By Michèle Solá Director I hope everyone had a restful and enjoyable break and is looking forward, like I am, to 2012! December ended quickly, and I want to thank everyone who helped with Book Fair, concert, winter assembly, and … Continue reading

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Cooking with Lorraine

In a cooking elective led by Lorraine, students from the sixth through eighth grade learned how to make guacamole and a frozen strawberry drink. Students took turns mashing avocadoes with a fork, squeezing limes one by one, and chopping onions … Continue reading

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Experiencing curriculum on Staff Workshop Day

On October 21, Manhattan Country School hosted their annual Staff Workshop Day. The purpose of this event is to gather the school’s administrators and teachers for a full day of sharing information, planning, thinking, engaging in discussion and getting things … Continue reading

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Finding ‘buried treasure’ at the library

By Jay Fung MCS Librarian I’m originally from California.  My family and I try to get back there as often as possible.  This summer, something happened that was such a fabulous surprise for me. When we travel out there, we … Continue reading

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MCS teacher inspired by Schomburg Center’s summer education institute

This is the first in a series of articles on the professional development of MCS teachers. By Karen Zaidberg MCS Teacher, 6th grade The Schomburg Center conducted a week-long Summer Education Institute at the end of July.  The focus of … Continue reading

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MCS welcomes new sixth grade teacher

Karen Zaidberg joins Manhattan Country School as the new sixth grade teacher. Previously, she spent two years as a founding teacher of Girls Prep Middle School, a public charter school for girls on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In addition to … Continue reading

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Parents meet specialists, hear presentations on Curriculum Night

By Jamie Evans MCS Parent On Curriculum Night, enrolled families were invited to Manhattan Country School to hear from teachers about what their children will be learning and doing during the school year. Lower School Director Mary Trowbridge greeted parents … Continue reading

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Building maintenance, repairs at Manhattan Country School

By Michèle Solá Director “What do my annual fund contributions support?” is a question only a few people ask out loud, but many are thinking. Among the concrete answers are some things you may or may not notice but they … Continue reading

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Highlights: The first day of school

Manhattan Country School parents, students and teachers gathered in the Courtyard during dismissal on the first day of school. A blue and white balloon arch was on display to usher in the school’s 45th anniversary. In the crowd were lots … Continue reading

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Electricity, telephone restored at MCS Farm

Anyone online reading watershedpost.com or watching clips on YouTube may have seen first-hand the floods, mud, downed trees, and power outages in the Catskills resulting from Hurricane Irene. So, today’s e-mail with a subject line “Power On!” brought relief to … Continue reading

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New and familiar staff at MCS Farm Camp

The Manhattan Country School Farm faculty, Ginny, Ed, John, Donna, Cathy and Mary Ann, welcome back Tom Grattan, Fifth Floor teacher as the Farm Camp Teacher, and for the first time Chris Guajardo, Interim Spanish Teacher as the Overnight Resident, … 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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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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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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Save the Date! Farm Outing Day is June 11

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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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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Thank you for supporting Big Night Out!

Dear MCS Community, Big Night Out! was a thrilling evening, inspired by two alumni honorees reflecting on the impact Manhattan Country School had on them. Their comments told a bigger story too, the ripple effect of ideas formed at MCS … Continue reading

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Sue King to teach 6th grade at MCS

As you have probably already heard from your children, we have hired a new teacher to work with the 6th grade team for the remainder of the school year. Sue King has experience teaching language arts and social studies at Brooklyn … Continue reading

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MCS to “power off” for one hour

Manhattan Country School is committed to ensuring the sustainability of our local and global environment through curriculum and practice. As part of this effort, MCS has partnered with Energy Curtailment Specialists (ECS), a company that helps to manage electricity demand … Continue reading

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Jay’s Picks: Books dealing with bullying, name-calling

“Come, and take choice of all my library. And so beguile thy sorrow…” — William Shakespeare, from Titus Andronicus By Jay Fung MCS Librarian From the Bible to the Torah to Judy Blume, people have often sought solace inside the … Continue reading

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MCS welcomes new hire Nancy Hsu

Nancy Hsu recently joined the Manhattan Country School staff as Parent Fundraising and Special Events Coordinator. Nancy has a B.A. Barnard College, Political Science/International Relations. Prior to joining the development office, she helped start a nonprofit foreign policy organization for next generation leaders. During … Continue reading

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Winter “Break” at MCS Farm

Because of the dangers of being outdoors during deer hunting season, the Farm has always suspended Farm trips for MCS students from mid-November through December.  In no way does this mean, however, that work stops at the Farm.  Think of … Continue reading

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MCS joins GLIAH Affiliate Schools Program

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Affiliate Schools Program, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a growing network of schools across the country, dedicated to improving the teaching of American history in K-12 schools. Responding to a … Continue reading

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Baby news, new hire at MCS

Srta. Naomi Enright gave birth to a son, 8 lb. Sebastián Adam Whitaker on December 1st. She will remain on leave for the remainder of the school year. Chris Guajardo will begin teaching Spanish in the Upper School in the next … Continue reading

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