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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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Why We Can’t Wait for the All-School Winter Celebration

This year, we’re uniting our winterfest concerts into one wonderful morning program celebrating our whole school on December 13. All students, from our littlest Stepping Stones to our sixth graders, will be performing on this day. We will focus on the theme “Making Connections,” which is exactly what we have been doing since we returned […]

Posted on December 4, 2019 in

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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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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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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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Combining Efforts to Learn About Exponents

By Dr. Ingrid Ko, Upper Elementary Math and Science Teacher  Students in fifth grade math are learning about exponents, a topic with many real-life applications such as cell divisions in biology and binary codes in computer science. To that end, they investigated the Sierpiński triangle, which has a “self-similar growth pattern,” which means that it […]

Posted on September 25, 2019 in

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