Winter Carnival Shines
in Summer Temps
A winner of the 2023 Winter Carnival was crowned Friday before departure, but after a week that saw record temps along with the requisite shorts and T-shirts that don't typically make an appearance for this event, it was hard to make the claim that any class lost anything in this year's festivities. Between the not-as-muddy-as-expected tug o' war, soccer, dodgeball, capture the planets, hair-braiding, dancing, scavenger hunting, and generally hanging out during what turned out to be a whiff of summer's gentle warmth before winter returned by Friday, this year's Carnival had the less of the win-at-all-costs mentality of snowbound contests past, and more of a lazy, free-spirited air. Kudos to the Core Health department for being flexible and coming up with a fantastic day of diverse activities to compensate for, and take advantage of, the weather.

In the end, after the jackets returned and points were tallied, the sophomore class was declared overall winter of the carnival, with the Grade 8 students claiming the title for middle school. But even then, with snow and ice chipping away at the gym's exterior, it was hard to find anyone who'd lost this year.
It's That Time of Year! Reenrollment for 2023-2024  
The Office of Admissions will begin the annual process of reenrollment the first week in March with the deadline to reenroll being March 24. Packets will be mailed home to provide additional information and instructions to help with submitting your child(ren)’s reenrollment for the 2023-2024 school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions team at
Athletics note: The most-recent athletics schedule is always available through Schedule Galaxy and can be accessed on the MPH Calendar page or via the Schedule Galaxy mobile app. The schedule included below is subject to change after the date of distribution, so please check Schedule Galaxy before heading out to a contest.

NO CLASSES | Enjoy Winter Recess!
200 Medley Relay | 2nd place
MPH Swimmers Shine at Class C Championships
The four-person Trojans swim team exceeded expectations this week with a fifth-place finish at the Section III Class C Championship meet at Skaneateles. The Trojans' 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Relay teams scored top-three finishes, and sophomore Sun-Jin Shah won two individual Class C events, finishing first in the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke. Senior Tae-Jin Shah finished with a Second-Place medal in the 50 Free and placed third in the 100 Breaststroke. Sophomore Ruby Butler placed fourth in the 100 Backstroke, and sophomore Rainbow Butler finished on the podium with an eighth-place finish in the 100 Butterfly. Both of the relay teams, as well as Sun-Jin and Tae-Jin will be moving on to the State Qualifier today.
100 Back | Ruby Butler #4
50 Free | Tae-Jin Shah #2
200 Free Relay | 3rd place
200 IM | Sun-Jin Shah #1 Champion, Ruby Butler #6
100 Breaststroke | Sun-Jin Shah #1 Champion, Tae-Jin Shah #3
100 Butterfly | Rainbow Butler #8
Moving Up Night for Grades 8-11 | March 2
Moving Up Night will be held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the gym on March 2. Upper School Head Fred Montas will speak until about 7:00 p.m., at which time department chairs will be available for students and families to ask questions.
MPH Spring Gala Plans are Underway!
The MPH Spring Red & White Gala will take place on Friday, May 19, at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia. If you are interested in helping with this year’s event by making a donation to the auction, purchasing tickets or an ad in program, or sponsoring the event, please contact Karen Belgrader at or 315.446.2452, Ext. 142.
MPH Families Invited for Coffee in the Farmhouse
The MPH Advancement team, in partnership with the MPH Parents' Association, will be holding a series of Coffee Socials in the newly renovated Farmhouse conference room beginning March 2 at 8:00 a.m. for MPH families to socialize, spend some time on campus, and, of course, drink coffee and have a few snacks.
Photos of the Week
Grade 1 and 2 students learned about being empowered to make positive choices this week as part of MPH's Social Emotional Learning focused work - in this instance inspired by the book Kindness Grows by Britta Teckentrup.
MPH Apparel Store
NOTE: The only option for delivery of these orders is shipping to an address customers provide. There will be no orders from this store delivered to the school.

The official Manlius Pebble Hill clothing store is now live with a wide variety of selections for all sizes, genders, and ages. A couple key points:

  • It's an online store, but it's open for the whole year
  • We have two designs available now - a script Manlius Pebble Hill School and an "MPH" option; you'll see the selections in the drop-down menus for each item
  • We'll be adding designs throughout the year, so keep checking back - and check Snapshot - we'll let you know when we've got new items
Grade 5 Gets Insider Look at Newhouse
On February 14, Grade 5 students boarded the MPH vans and headed to the Syracuse University campus to visit the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Once arriving on campus, students were met by Julie Walas and Wes Whiteside from the department of Recruitment and Diversity; Professor Rafael Concepcion from the Visual Communication department; and Professor Keith Kobland in Broadcast and Digital Journalism. Professor Kobland took the students on a tour of his live classroom: the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center, explaining each aspect of the news center from every camera to the research hub to the production room down to the “x marks the spot” on the floor. Students were able to see Newhouse students working in the room, practicing their scripts, getting their microphones attached, and finding their mark - all the work that goes into preparing for a live broadcast. The class was then invited to a conference room where they watched the same students present the news live for the show Mornings on the Hill. Professor Megan Craig met with students to talk about the Orange Television Network, where SU students learn how to develop and pitch a show to a network. MPH students then shared how in Grade 5 they are each building their own show for their Capstone project, highlighting a range of topics including the Animal Kingdom, Combustion Engines, Aviation, and a range of sports. Two Newhouse Ambassadors, Emma and Nate, then came to give the class a tour of the three Newhouse buildings before lunch, during which the students enjoyed the beautiful weather outside of Schine Dining Hall where they also were able to catch Otto skating by going to class. After walking to WAER, Director Dr. Chris Bolt and Cora Thomas met the students and not only offered them a tour of the radio station but Dr. Bolt wrote and produced an on-air news show for the students to record!
This field trip connects with the Grade 5 Capstone focusing on choice and voice, where students are exploring digital storytelling. Students are learning how to tell a story, how to make it a compelling story, and how visual and audio resources help to convey that story to the audience. Each student selected their own topic, researched that topic, looked for images to support their words, and recorded video. They are using Premiere Rush to edit their stories and will then develop a theme to connect and weave all their stories together.
You Can Still Save on Yearbook Orders!
You can still take advantage of early order price breaks and get your 2022-2023 MPH Yearbook at!
  • Order by March 1, 2023 | $70.00
  • Order by April 1, 2023 | $75.00
The process for preordering your 2022-2023 MPH Yearbook is easy. Please use this link at, and select “Order a Yearbook.” From there, select “Find My School Store,” and enter Manlius Pebble Hill School in the search bar. Next, select MPH from the drop-down menu and choose “Order Yearbook.” You will be prompted to create an account, and once that is complete you are able to purchase your yearbook(s).

If you need help with the ordering process, please reach out to Yearbook Advisor Amy Hogan at
Flash Mob Funeral
Grade 8 students stormed into Latin, history, and calculus classrooms this week in a flash mob to perform the funeral scene from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.
MPH STEM Fair is March 23
Please mark Thursday, March 23, on your calendars for the MPH STEM Fair. 
During last block (Block 6) on the 23rd (Day 8), Middle School students will set up their projects and welcome Lower School and Upper School students to engage in discussion. At 7:00 p.m., Middle School students and their families will return for about an hour to celebrate student experiments. This is not a competitive event; the event is a sharing of student work. 
Students who decide to register will compete on Saturday, April 1, in the Central New York Science and Engineering Fair. This is a full and demanding day for our scientists. We will share a list of competitors as the date approaches. 
Upcoming After-School Clubs

Art Club – Fine Art Fun Drawing and Painting
For Grades K-5
 Dates: Tuesdays, March 7April 18
Time: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Cost: $100
Calling all artists! Enjoy drawing and painting using a variety of art supplies, including chalk and oil pastels, watercolors, acrylics, and tempera paint. Students will draw and paint using inspirations, such as animals, sea life, nature studies, and abstract design. Drawing and painting skills will be taught along with color mixing, mix media techniques, and composition. Students will bring home a mounted and completed piece of art each week.
Instructor: Art Teacher Mrs. Michaeline Gleasman
Chess Club
For Grades 1-8
 Dates: Wednesdays, March 1April 12
Time: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Cost: $85
The MPH Chess Club is the most successful, award-winning chess program in Central New York. The MPH Chess Team has won no less than seven tournaments, with team members winning several individual chess championships. Chess also helps keep thinking and reasoning skills in shape throughout the school year.
Chess Coach: Bob Nasiff is a U.S. Chess Federation nationally rated chess master with over 30 years of instructional experience. Many of his students have won chess championship titles at the local, state, and national levels.
Miori Martial Arts
For Grades K-5
 Dates: Thursdays, March 16April 27
Fee: $85
Miori Martial Arts is designed to help your child learn basic Karate techniques, discipline, and respect. Classes are taught in a positive, fun atmosphere by Master Rick Miori.
Six weeks of lessons include an official uniform (for new students, only Miori Martial Arts uniforms can be used).
MS/US Conferences Set for March 9 and 10
Middle School and Upper School Parent/Teacher Conferences (for students in Grades 6–11) will be held in-person the evening of Thursday, March 9, and all day on Friday, March 10. There is no school for students on Friday, March 10. Spring conferences provide an opportunity for students and parents to meet with their child’s advisor only. The focus of the conference is to start the process of selecting courses for the 2023-2024 school year. Spring conferences are intended for parents and students. Online registration via Pick A Time will open on Wednesday, March 1, at 9:00 a.m. and will close on Wednesday, March 8, at 11:59 p.m. Detailed sign up information will be forthcoming after February break. Please reach out to Juhee LaHaye, Assistant to Division Heads, at if you have any questions. 
Jr/Sr Prom | May 27 | 6-10 p.m. | SKY Armory
This year's theme is "Old Hollywood"
SAT Preparation | Grades 10-12
Registration is now open for the Winter/Spring 2023 session.
See our website for additional information and to register or call the Community Programs office at 315-446-2452.

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