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Building Shelters, Eating Acorn Pancakes, and Hiking During the Third Grade Black Rock Forest Overnight

 The Black Rock Forest overnight trip is an annual rite of passage for students in third grade. As they become leaders in their Lower Elementary classrooms (grades 1-3), and look ahead to Upper Elementary when they will be spending more time together, they have the opportunity to bond and extend their time in MMS’ beloved Black […]

Posted on December 3, 2019 in

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Understanding the Past to Predict the Future

In Lower Elementary “culture lessons” include biology, geography, history, physical science, and so much more. Each year, students learn about these subjects through the lens of understanding two continents’ development over time. They come to grasp how the subjects intertwine—how mountains or aquatic life, for example, may impact a place’s culture or its history. Right […]

Posted on October 30, 2019 in

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Third Graders Meet Local Supers For Planting Project on 85th Street

Tomorrow is October 31, which means it’s time for the 2nd annual Harvest Festival at MMS! This year, Lower Elementary is breaking down the walls of MMS and expanding Harvest Festival to include the whole block. Not only will students participate in pickling and flower pressing activities on the roof, and fall-themed games in the […]

Posted on October 29, 2019 in

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Job Interviews in First, Second, and Third Grade? Why Yes, Of Course.

​Hi, I’m Addie. I’m a third year in IA, and I’m going to tell you about something very important that we do in the beginning of the year. In IA, we take care of our environment, meaning we clean up after ourselves, and we take care of the animals—and how do we do all that? […]

Posted on September 26, 2019 in

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Students Interview Their New Teachers, UE’s Ms. Tonetti and LE’s Ms. Braun

MMS is a tight-knit community, but we’re always excited to welcome new people. This year, the Elementary division includes two new teachers, Ms. Braun in Lower Elementary’s IC and Ms. Tonetti, an Upper Elementary Social Studies teacher. Students in both divisions volunteered to interview their teachers to help introduce them to the broader community! Meet Ms. […]

Posted on September 26, 2019 in

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The Lower Elementary Deep Dive: What’s the Famous “Creation Story” Lesson?

On Wednesday, Lower Elementary students learned about “The Creation Story,” which explains how the universe and the Earth came to be through a simple narrative and impressionistic demonstrations that illustrate each concept. These demonstrations aren’t exactly scientific, but they do create an image that sticks in the minds of Lower Elementary children because they ignite […]

Posted on September 25, 2019 in

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Tales of the Black Snake Woman

 Want to download a photo? Hover your mouse above the slideshow; then click on the arrow on the bottom ride side of the slideshow to sign into Vidigami. The “Black Snake Woman trip,” a two-night excursion for third graders, is a highly anticipated experience in Lower Elementary, and a beloved school memory for many older students and […]

Posted on May 30, 2019 in

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Welcome to Upper Elementary: Advice for Rising Third Graders

Gather round! Our sage fourth graders recently shared some pearls of wisdom for their third grade peers, who will soon be ascending to Upper Elementary. Class of ’22 parents, safeguard these practical tips for next September. You may even want to read them to your new fourth grader the night before school starts: One suggestion encourages […]

Posted on May 30, 2019 in

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An Earth Week Challenge in Lower Elementary

In honor of Earth Day, Lower Elementary students dedicated a week in late April to an “upcycling” challenge, introduced by IA’s teacher Ms. Lindsay. Here, she explains what that upcycling means and how it inspired students to contemplate new uses for items they once considered pure waste.  Recycling used to feel like doing our bit […]

Posted on May 23, 2019 in

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Making Cultural Connections at The Asia Society Museum

In early April, each Lower Elementary class took a field trip to the Asia Society Museum on the Upper East Side. Every year Lower Elementary focuses on two to three continents—covering all continents over the three-year LE cycle—to explore their people and culture, geography, history, and flora and fauna. After studying Australia in the fall, […]

Posted on April 24, 2019 in

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