New Features and Design for the MPH Homepage
In the past week, we introduced some upgrades to the MPH homepage, which allow us to update stories and photos with ease and keep you informed about all of the amazing efforts of our students and faculty. You'll notice homepage "slider" images that link directly to pages related to the photos.

And, below, you'll see we've instituted a COVID updates page, as well as an MPH news and events section.
Right now, we're using those to post the weekly Snapshot update and will post any other immediate news, but expect us to build that section out through the spring.

Note: If you've noticed your version of our homepage looks a little "off," with overlapping letters and frames, go the privacy and security settings of your browser and "clear the cache." This will update the site fully, and there shouldn't be any remaining visual confusion.
Head of School Dave McCusker provides updates on Week 12 at MPH and looks forward to the upcoming holiday season and break.
MPH Photos of the Week
Preparing for Winter Concerts
Students prepare this week for the upcoming Winter Concerts at MPH on Dec. 14 and 17.

In-person attendance will be limited to two guests per student, BUT MPH's own magicians at Light and Magic will livestream the concerts on YouTube for those who can't attend.

Middle and Upper School Winter Concert
Tuesday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m.

Lower School Winter Concert
Friday, December 17 at 9:30 a.m.

Student-Organized Shelter Food Drive Continues
Two MPH seniors are organizing a holiday supply drive from November 29 to December 17 for the Human Association of CNY, a local no-kill, not-for-profit animal shelter.

They will be collecting dog and cat food, toys, leashes, collars, and other supplies. Donations will be given directly to the homeless dogs and cats at the shelter.

The shelter has a suggested supply list to help with selecting donations – check the food list for specific items that won't upset stomachs. Collection bins are located on campus in the Phoenix Lobby, McNeil Lobby, and throughout the Lower School.

From the organizers: The recent pandemic has added additional strain on pet owners, and the number of abandoned pets has surged. Many shelters are not-for-profit and depend on donations. The main thing shelters need most is pet food a lot of pet food! Helping shelters by donating food along with other supplies provides them with financial relief as they strive to place homeless pets in permanent, loving homes. Our goal is to collect 500lbs of dry food and 100 cans of wet food. Please help us make a difference. 
Online Drivers Ed and SAT Prep Offered
All ONLINE Drivers Ed and SAT Prep classes from MPH fit our students' busy schedules and feature the high-quality instruction you'd expect from our fantastic community programs,

Drivers Ed begins January 31 and features pre-recorded chapter reviews, along with assignments and quizzes. Parents/guardians provide support for the required 24 hours of driving time and submit weekly logs.
SAT Prep starts February 7 and features a Sunday Zoom class that is recorded for anyone who can't attend at that time.

All classes are recorded and will be available up to 7 days if a class is missed.
More than $80,000!

Thanks to the outpouring of support from our MPH family all month long, our Two-for-Tuesday campaign not only met our $50,000 goal this holiday season ... but BLEW IT OUT OF THE WATER by raising over $79,459 and counting for The MPH Fund!

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, we are humbled, grateful, and thankful for all that you do to keep student scholarships and campus initiatives thriving at MPH.


Special thanks and a huge shout out to our challenging donors this year who helped us double and triple the impact of our MPH family and support our Two-for-Tuesday campaign this season!

o  Phillip Rubenstein and Dr. Cami Riley P’28
o  Claire Myers-Usiatynski ‘72
o  Head of School Dave McCusker and wife Steff McCusker
o  Mary Trusilo P’31
o  Anonymous Alumna

We couldn’t have done it without you!
The Scene Around MPH
Pups Committee Schedules First Pooch
The MPH Pups Committee is happy to share that we will begin our first trial of puppy visits on campus next week! Our first visitor will be Steff McCusker and her pup, Althea. They are known as a registered therapy team, and will be visiting classrooms and mingling with students throughout the next two weeks. Advisors have signed up for a 20-minute visitation time. Anyone interacting with Althea must wash their hands with soap and water after the interaction. This is to help keep the dog safe and keep students/employees with dog allergies safe. We ask that students do not bring any dog treats from home to share with the pups. All dog treats will be provided by MPH and will be nut and peanut free.
What is the benefit of dogs visiting campus?
  • Students will have the opportunity to practice skills such as self-regulation and emotional recognition by approaching Althea with a calm body and asking permission to pet/play with her.
  • Interacting with therapy dogs helps students understand how these dogs can help us reset our bodies and minds.
  • Feel free to check out this article from Edutopia about how therapy dog Boomer’s presence benefited the students on his campus.

Students who are hesitant about meeting Althea, have a fear of dogs, or have had negative experiences with dogs are NOT required to meet/interact with her. Advisors will check-in with students ahead of time and reach out to Amy Abdo or Alyssa Palmer to help facilitate the sessions.
If your child does not get a chance to meet Althea this time, that’s okay! This will not be the only time she will be on campus. We plan to have more opportunities in the new year for students to interact with pups in a meaningful, educational and fun way.

We hope you are as excited about this opportunity as we are. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to Alyssa Palmer, Amy Abdo, or Matt Spear.

Thank you for your continued support!
Fazeli Sisters Named to All-CNY Team
After an incredible season that saw them representing the Trojans at the state tournament as a doubles pair, MPH's own Amitees and Parmees Fazeli have been recognized by as members of the All-CNY Girls Tennis Team.
From Ms. Dewer's Advisory

"Only compare yourself to a previous self, not to anyone else.”
The Holiday Season is Full
of MPH Alumni Events
Wreaths Across America
Each December, veterans are remembered and honored by wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 2,500 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.

Join the MPH Community by sponsoring a veteran’s wreath or volunteering to place wreaths on Saturday, December 18 at a local cemetery. Find a location near you. If you should have any other questions, please email

Jingle & Mingle
We invite you to join us to “Jingle and Mingle” on Wednesday, December 22 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at The Fitz at Oh My Darling in Downtown Syracuse for hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks, and drinks.

Please save the date and RSVP by December 10. Best to you all for a joyful and healthy holiday season!

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