BLOOMINGDALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
After School Strings Program Students new to violin, viola or cello receive hour long group instruction at their school following the school day led by Bloomingdale instructors. Students learn introductory instrumental skills, note reading and have the opportunity to perform for family and friends. MSC Students register directly with BSM here. For more information contact Laura Gravino, Director of Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IZONE360 / ILEARNNYC
Through our partnership with iZone 360, iLearnNYC, is an online platform through the Department of Education that implements online and blended learning to expand current school boundaries that limit how and when a student can learn.
iLearnNYC empowers teachers, administrators, students and families with cutting edge resources that allows all to have access to: curriculum, classroom newsfeeds, grades, weekly assignments, and provides a safe online space where all can communicate 24 hours a day.
Parents have 24/7 access by following:
- Go to www.ilearnnyc.net and login with your child’s login and password
- Newsfeed is updated by Monday every week in all classes
- Grades are updated by Monday morning every week
- Assignments in all classes are updated and uploaded weekly
- An average grade is updated weekly so families and students can see a snapshot of the grade for each class weekly.
ILEARN SCREEN RECORDING FINAL
To show you how to set up an email address, a cell phone number, or both to get automatic updates from iLearn, view here. It's a way to stay updated without having to always log in.
LINCOLN CENTER EDUCATION
Since 1994, MSC has been a partner school with the Lincoln Center Institute (LCI.) This has given our school community some exposure to the Lincoln Center Aesthetic Education program and repertoire. Since 2001, we have been a Lincoln Center Institute Focus School, which enables all of our students and teachers to view and respond to works of art, as well as to participate in making art. LCI is committed to incorporating the arts into education as a way of furthering skills of critical thinking, questioning and perception. LCI’s staff collaborates with MSC teachers to develop extended, hands-on study that includes seeing live performances, visiting museums and learning about the creative process.
MAKING PROUD CHOICES
A WORKSHOP SERIES FOR GRADES 6-8
An important component of Making Proud Choices is the strong emphasis on family and community. The curriculum teaches participants to make responsible decisions regarding their behavior, respect themselves and others, and appreciate the importance of developing a positive image. The role of pride is making a difference in making responsible decisions. The curriculum addresses issues of self-esteem, self-respect and pride by emphasizing that it can make you feel proud and responsible to make sexually healthy decisions. The adolescents’ sense of pride, self-confidence, and self-respect is encouraged and reinforced during the role-plays and other skill-building activities.
NY SUN WORKS
NY Sun Works is a non-profit organization that builds innovative science labs in urban schools. Through our Greenhouse Project Initiative we use hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers about the science of sustainability.
In 2007 New York Sun Works created the Science Barge; a floating, sustainable urban farm located on the Hudson River. It was the first demonstration of a high-yield, commercial-grade urban food production facility which was powered by wind and solar energy, heated with vegetable oil, and irrigated by rainwater.
The NY Sun Works Greenhouse Project is based on The Science Barge model and uses hydroponic farming technology to educate students and teachers in about the science of sustainability. The pilot NY Sun Works greenhouse at our own Manhattan School for Children opened in the fall of 2010 and functions as a hands-on classroom for students from Kindergarten through 8th grade with an integrated environ- mental science curriculum.
TEACHER'S COLLEGE: THE READING & WRITING PROJECT
MSC teachers work in conjunction with Mathematics in the City [MitC] to develop the school’s math curriculum. MitC was developed in 1995 between City College and the Freudenthal Institute to help foster a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas, strategies and models. Our teachers also work with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, a research and staff development organization housed at Teachers College, Columbia University. This collaboration helps develop ideas that are fundamental to literacy instruction.
Urban Advantage is a national network of urban science cultural institutions, public schools and public school districts in partnership to improve science teaching and learning in K-12 public education, with an emphasis on middle school, through the implementation of the Urban Advantage program model.
It is a standards- based partnership program designed to improve student understanding of scientific in- quiry through collaboration between urban public school systems and science cultural institutions: Ameri- can Museum of Natural History in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and seven other science cultural institutions in New York City: the Bronx Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Hall of Science, the New York Aquarium, the Queens Botanical Garden, and the Staten Island Zoo.
WELLNESS IN THE SCHOOLS
Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is a non-profit, community-based organization founded in 2005 by a group of concerned public school parents. WITS inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life. WITS is certified as a vendor, endorsed by the NYC Board of Education and supported by private donations and corporate grants. WITS operates Coach for Kids and Cook for Kids in more than 25 New York City public schools, serving over 20,000 students.
MSC WELLNESS AND GREEN INITIATIVES
Manhattan School for Children’s (MSC) K-8 community has an active Wellness and Green Committee that has created a comprehensive wellness policy for our school that enjoys enthusiastic participation from students, teachers and families. Some of the highlights of our initiatives include the following:
RECYCLING, COMPOSTING AND TERRACYCLING
We actively collect materials to recycle and compost in our classrooms and cafeteria. In addition, we participate in a program called Terracycle (collecting yogurt containers, Elmer’s glue, granola packages and much more) – and this not only reduces landfill waste but earns money for our school in return.
WELLNESS IN THE SCHOOLS (WITS)
WITS is an active partner to our community, providing MSC both the Cook for Kids and Coach for Kids programs.
- The Cook for Kids program works in MSC’s cafeteria to serve an approved “DOE Alternative Menu” for lunch. This menu provides more options cooked from scratch, including a delicious and bountiful salad bar. Children also receive regular hands-on cooking and nutrition classes.
- Through Coach for Kids, MSC employs specially trained WITS coaches in the recess yard, who work to get the least-active children involved more activities and helps to create safe places to play.
COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)
MSC has partnered with a local farm in New Paltz, NY. Fresh produce is brought to the school on a weekly basis, and families and faculty at MSC are able to purchase shares of the fresh produce. Purchased shares of eggs and meat are also available.
SNACKS AND CELEBRATION FOOD
MSC promotes healthy snack choices in the classroom as well as for classroom events. We urge that no sugary and processed items are brought into the school for these activities.
WELLNESS AND GREEN CLASS PARENT
One parent in each class is asked to be a Wellness and Green Parent Volunteer. This helps to ensure sustained classroom participation in all of MSC’s wellness and green initiatives.
Our Wellness and Green Team give classroom and staff presentations on our wellness and green initiatives. The children are educated on how to participate in recycling and other green initatives, so they truly understand their responsibility as individuals and how their choices and actions affect the greater community.
Waste-free lunch items are also sold in the school, to support those who bring lunch from home to generate less packaging waste.