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Former NHL Hockey Player Kevin Weekes Meets with Fourth Graders

Kevin Weekes came to visit the fourth grade on February 26. The former NHL hockey star was a goalie who played 348 games and currently is a broadcaster for NHL Networks. Mr. Weekes didn’t begin his talk with skates and sticks and pucks, but with the critical importance of family and the wisdom of parents. […]

Posted on March 8, 2020 in

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Sixth Graders Study Viruses (Including the One That’s Dominating Headlines)

By Dr. Ingrid Koh As part of their curriculum on Life Sciences, sixth graders have studied viruses for the past two years. One of the first questions we ask is what makes something ‘living.’ Turns out, it is somewhat counter-intuitive. Unlike bacteria, viruses are actually non-living because they are not made up of cells, even […]

Posted on March 4, 2020 in

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Studying Leaders Throughout American History

Since the fall, fourth graders’ social studies lessons have focused on leaders throughout our country’s history, from its earliest days to the present. Early, we learned about colonial founders, such as Peter Stuyvesant, the general director of  New Amsterdam (what is now modern day New York City)  and William Penn, who established Pennsylvania, and his […]

Posted on March 3, 2020 in

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Playing “Guess Who?” in French

A dispatch from the French classroom from fourth and fifth grade French students: In fourth and fifth grade French class, students start writing to pen pals in September. The pen pals live in southwest France, in a small town near Toulouse (where Madame Ducroux is from) called Auterive. Each student is paired with one or […]

Posted on January 29, 2020 in

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What Does it Take to Bring Shrek! to the Stage?

This year’s upper elementary musical takes us to the land of Duloc – full of effervescent fairy tale creatures, eccentric princesses, loquacious donkeys, self-centered wannabe kings, and one particularly grumpy ogre. Forced out of the kingdom for their inability to conform, the fairy tale creatures arrive at Shrek’s swamp, which he is quick to make […]

Posted on January 29, 2020 in

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What Goes on in Sixth Grade Math? A Voice From the Inside Reports

By Jackson H., Sixth Grader Math, math, math. As sixth graders, we have a full first semester to make sure we’re ready for the ISEE, our admissions test. That includes reviewing fractions, decimals, and studying probability, data, and beginning algebra with one and two-step equations.  It keeps us busy!  But as we’re cramming all these new […]

Posted on December 10, 2019 in

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How to Make An Entire School Feel Great in Three Seconds Flat? African Dance!

The last day before Thanksgiving break, MMS students, faculty, and staff gathered in the gym for an assembly. At a certain point, the fifth and sixth graders quietly slipped out the back door, and when they returned they came running in, hands in the air, feet kicking, as an African beat reverberated around the room. […]

Posted on December 5, 2019 in

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Learning About “Sculpture in Situ” at Storm King Art Center

 Every year, fourth graders go to Storm King Art Center in upstate New York. The trip is an opportunity to celebrate the milestone of reaching Upper Elementary, the first time students spend most of their day together as a grade (as opposed to the multi-grade classrooms of Primary and Lower Elementary). Of course, fourth graders also […]

Posted on October 28, 2019 in

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Upper Elementary Book Club Launches with “Harriet The Spy”

Three members of Upper Elementary Book Club—Ally S., Veronika H., and Audrey K.— share how the club operates and insights from their first first meeting to discuss Harriet the Spy. Book Club is a group of kids in Upper Elementary that get together to discuss the book they’re reading. This semester there are 18 kids in […]

Posted on October 23, 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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