Category Archives: sustainability

Highlights: 9-10s class trip to MCS Farm

During the 9-10s class trip to the MCS Farm, students were exploring nature on the MCS Farm, feeding cows and chickens, finding snakes, and jumping in the hay loft, cooking food, and so much more.

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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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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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You’re invited: Learning in Urban Outdoor Spaces

Dear Friends, Parents and Colleagues, On Friday, June 1st from 1-3 p.m., I hope you can join me for a talking and walking tour of my Master’s Project research, “Learning in Urban Outdoor Spaces.” We will meet in the Living … Continue reading

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Space is available! Apply now to MCS Farm Camp

Manhattan Country School’s Farm Camp Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 27 Daily activities are divided between sustainability and recreation at the MCS Farm in Roxbury, N.Y. MCS Farm Camp is open to students in the 9-10s class through the 8th grade. Enrollment … Continue reading

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Highlights: 8-9s trip to MCS Farm

The 8-9s class visited our 180-acre working farm in the Catskills during the week of May 8th. View a slideshow to see students cooking, gardening, and greeting baby chicks at the MCS Farm.

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8-9s plant broccoli, watch sheep shearing at MCS Farm

By Debbie Weiss 8-9s Head Teacher Here are some highlights from our trip so far: First, it didn’t rain at all today.  Even this morning the weather said that it would thunderstorm.  It was sunny and in the 60s for … Continue reading

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8th graders enjoy their final trip to MCS Farm

By Kristen Lee Berger 7th/8th Grade History Teacher In Emma and Altana’s fundraising letter for the activism trip they wrote that the project was the culmination of all that they had learned at MCS about social justice and activism. In many ways, … Continue reading

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7th graders tour greenhouse at Blenheim Hill Farm

By John McDaniel MCS Farm Program Director  On their spring Farm trip a few 7the grade students took a field trip to Blenheim Hill Farm located near Roxbury, NY. Blenheim Hill was created to supply fresh produce, beef, pork and … Continue reading

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Highlights: Fifth grade trip to MCS Farm

MCS fifth graders and teachers Pinki Shah and Chris Guajardo visited our 180-acre working farm in the Catskills during the week of March 19th. View a slideshow to see students learning, growing, and playing at the MCS Farm. Photos by … Continue reading

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Apply now to MCS Farm Camp!

Manhattan Country School’s 2011 Farm Camp Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 27 Daily activities are divided between sustainability and recreation at the MCS Farm in Roxbury, N.Y. MCS Farm Camp is open to students in the 9-10s class through the 8th grade. Enrollment … Continue reading

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Sapping, syrup making for 7th graders at MCS Farm

By Nick Patel Upper School Science Teacher The seventh grade is having a blast at the farm as we near the end of our stay in Roxbury, N.Y.  It is a beautiful time of the year to be here as … Continue reading

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Pinki to visit HOPE Foundation Nursery & Primary School in India

Fifth grade teacher Pinki Shah will spend the February break (“I’m only going for eight days”) in India! She will spend her time visiting and teaching at HOPE Foundation Nursery & Primary School in Bhuj, Gujarat. She will also be … Continue reading

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Fifth grade hosts sustainable book publishing party

By Leilani, 5th grader Last week, the fifth grade had our sustainable book publishing party. So many parents came and calmed our nerves by giving us great compliments on our books. Everyone read each other’s stories. Staff and parents heard … Continue reading

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Highlights: 9-10s class trip to MCS Farm

During the 9-10s class trip to the MCS Farm, students participated in a variety of farm chores. They fed chickens, gathered and washed eggs, washed yarn in textiles class, and harvested potatoes. There was time for fun, too! They caught … Continue reading

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MCS Farm Director attends Farm-Based Education Conference

By Ginny Scheer MCS Farm Director Recently, I attended the Farm-Based Education Conference held at Shelburne Farms near Burlington in northern Vermont, alongside Lake Champlain.  I have never been to the Champlain Valley before, which is reputed to have a longer growing season … Continue reading

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Sixth graders visit dairies, learn about cheese during trip to MCS Farm

By Karen Zaidberg MCS Teacher, 6th grade It’s been a wonderful week at the MCS Farm so far! The students have settled into routines quickly and easily, and each day has been busy with chores, play and time spent with friends. … Continue reading

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MCS Farm is a ‘best management practice’ for stream study

By Ginny Scheer MCS Farm Director In July, Sarah Whorley, a Ph. D. candidate from Fordham University, began a longitudinal study of streams in the New York City Watershed. She is investigating the impact of BMPs, “best management practices,” such as our renovated … Continue reading

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5-6s learn about compost in MCS’ rooftop garden

The 5-6s class visited Manhattan Country School’s rooftop garden to turn the compost bin. Regularly turning and aerating compost helps to increase decomposition in your compost pile. Students enjoyed the smell of the earth and peeking inside the compost bin.

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Meet Madeleine, MCS Farm’s new intern

Manhattan Country School’s Farm-Based Education Intern is Madeleine Jayson. She is a graduate of Hartwick College where she lived at the college’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus. There she learned to live independently, sustainably and within a community of like-minded students. … Continue reading

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Highlights: 7-8-9s’ first trip to MCS Farm

View a photo slideshow of the 7-8-9s first trip to the MCS Farm in Roxbury, N.Y. and click here to read Aimee’s update about their experiences in this new environment.

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Highlights: Sixth grade trip to MCS Farm

On May 31, Sue King, Cynthia Rogers and the sixth grade class visited Manhattan Country School’s 180-acre farm in Roxbury, N.Y. Students made pizza in the outdoor wood-burning oven, frolicked in the streams, held a mock wedding and did schoolwork. It … Continue reading

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MCS Farm Camp Update: The Farmers’ Museum

By Cara MCS Farm Camper  On the second weekend of Manhattan Country School’s Farm Camp, we had a ton of activities to keep us happy and busy. On Saturday morning, we got up, ate breakfast (I have a new love … 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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MCS Farm offers sustainably-grown food for Big Night Out!

By Ginny Scheer, MCS Farm Director The food grown at the Manhattan Country School Farm feeds MCS students and other students who visit the Farm. Meat, milk, eggs, vegetables and maple syrup are grown and produced mere yards from the … Continue reading

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Message to MCS grandparents and special friends

Time and Thyme Hill By Michèle Solá If you’ve ever been to the Manhattan Country School Farm, you know that climbing Thyme Hill is part of the ritual of farm trips. At the top, there’s the lean-to, a reclusive wooden … Continue reading

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MCS students exhibit their sustainable photography

Hanging amid the linocut works by Hale Woodruff and brass sculptures by Geraldine McCullough were framed photos taken by the fifth grade class at Manhattan Country School. On Saturday, students showcased the results of their sustainability photo exchange with Children’s … Continue reading

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Apply for MCS Farm Camp!

Manhattan Country School’s 2011 Farm Camp Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, July 22 Daily activities are divided between sustainability and recreation at the MCS Farm in Roxbury, N.Y. MCS Farm Camp is open to students in the 9-10s class through the 8th grade. … Continue reading

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Photographer J. Henry Fair to visit MCS

We’re pleased to announce photographer and environmental activist J. Henry Fair will be participating in Manhattan Country School’s Upper School assembly on Wednesday, February 9 at 9 a.m. View his portfolio. He takes photos of energy production/resource consumption that documents … Continue reading

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MCS fifth graders to exhibit photography at Essie Green Galleries

Save the date! Essie Green Galleries will be exhibiting the photographs of 18 fifth graders from Manhattan Country School in New York City and 12 fifth graders from Children’s Hope India in Gujarat, India. The students participated in a 10-week … Continue reading

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