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Robert’s Summer Math Suggestions

By Robert Berkman Math Coordinator  Break out the Tablet Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad math apps out there which are little more than electronic flash cards. At gottasolveit.blogspot.com you’ll find in-depth reviews of tablet based puzzles that will … Continue reading

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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: 8-9s fishing trip

The 8-9s joined the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy with a catch and release fishing day! Students caught a variety of fish including striped bass and blackfish. They discovered the living estuary of the Hudson river, mussels and all. We … 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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TODAY: Join us for the 8th grade play!

The eighth graders are putting on a play, “Into the Woods,” as a gift back to the school. It’s an annual tradition at Manhattan Country School. The students have been working on it for two months in a special drama … 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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Highlights: Shop Show 2012

Leo Reynoso’s annual Shop Show was on display in the MCS lobby during parent-teacher conferences in May. Parents, teachers, students and school visitors were able to view the work created by students in their woodworking classes. In case you missed it, … Continue reading

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Afterschool ‘All About Dogs’ class visits the vet

By Susan Harris Afterschool Director Students in the “All About Dogs” afterschool class are crazy about canines, and last month they visited a local veterinarian’s office.  It was a high point for these children who had spent semester learning about … Continue reading

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9-10s student wins second place in Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest

Ayla won second place in the American Immigration Council’s annual Celebrate America Creative Writing Contest. According to the website: “The contest inspires educators to bring U.S. Immigration history and lessons into their classrooms and gives students the opportunity to explore … 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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Manhattan Country School students participate in Packer Model Congress: Fourth Year, 8 Bills, 3 Golden Gavels!

On Saturday, 17 students from Manhattan Country School participated in a regional Model Congress at Packer Collegiate in Brooklyn. They competed against several independent schools to support bills they’ve been working on with the guidance of 5th grade teacher Pinki … 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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8th grade trip to Democracy Now!

On Thursday, March 15th, the 8th grade woke up bright and early and traveled to 25th Street and 8th Avenue in Chelsea to watch a live taping of Democracy Now! Democracy Now! is an independent radio and television news program … Continue reading

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8th graders participate in NYC History Day

By Kristen Lee Berger 7th/8th Grade History Teacher  This year, 8th graders, as part of their Computer/History Seminar class participated in New York City History Day. NYC History Day is a subsidiary of National History Day, a history competition whereby: … 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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7-8s garden, read with preschoolers at Union Settlement

By Aimee Arandia Østensen 7-8s Head Teacher Our book drive for the Union Settlement pre-school was a huge success.  Thank you for all of your donations. We have had a relationship with Union Settlement since the fall through our use of … 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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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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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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Join us! U.S. Science Fair this Tuesday

Nick Patel Upper School Science Teacher This is a very exciting time of year because it’s time for the Upper School Science Fair! Join us this Tuesday, March 6, from 12:30-2 p.m. on the fifth floor. There will be live demos, … Continue reading

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7th graders write identity poems en Español

By Señorita Naomi Enright Profesora de Español The 7th grade has written their identity poems! They will be displayed outside of my classroom next week, so please come if you have the chance. Below are two. ¡Gracias! Yo soy Max … Continue reading

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Celebrate the 100th day of school this Wednesday

By Anna Sobel 5-6s Head Teacher The 5-6s could not be more excited about our upcoming 100th Day of School this Wednesday. We have been counting up to this day since our very first day together, and as we grow … 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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7th graders explore block building in child development class

By Cynthia Rogers  H.S. Placement Director As part of their Child Development class, the 7th graders look at the blocks and how they help young children see their world. The 7th graders observe in the 4-5s classroom, watching how children … Continue reading

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Students learn about music, culture of Native Americans

By Debbie Weiss and Hilary Davis 8-9’s Head Teacher and Student Teacher  Students from the 8-9s, 7th and 8th grade had the opportunity to meet with Tiokasin Ghosthorse on Tuesday, January 25th.  He is a Lakota flute maker/player, speaker, and … 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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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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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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