Grade 3 Gets off the Ground
Students in Grade 3 learned about space exploration this week and read Moonshot, a book about the Apollo 11 trip to the moon. Students reported to class each day with official NASA badges and, after reading the book, acted out tableaus of important events and scenes from the mission (and all this done without the benefit of being in zero or reduced gravity!).
MPH Photo of the Week
Dancing the Days Away
Pre-K students got a chance to visit the big dance studio on campus this week as a reward for being helpful to friends and demonstrating acts of kindness. The students were able to enjoy the big space with Mrs. Wilson.
SAT Prep Offered | Starts February 27
All-ONLINE SAT Prep classes from MPH fit our students' busy schedules and feature the high-quality instruction you'd expect from our fantastic community programs to get ready for the upcoming SAT tests.
SAT Prep starts February 27 and features a Sunday Zoom class that is recorded for anyone who can't attend at that time.
Advanced Placement Transition Information and Zoom Session
Starting in 2022-2023, MPH will begin a transition away from AP courses by offering an advanced curriculum of its own design. To learn more about this transition, please visit our AP Transition page and plan to attend a conversation on Tuesday, February 8, from 7 to 8 p.m. via Zoom (link will be sent by email Monday).

Please submit any questions in advance of Tuesday by emailing
The Scene Around MPH
Celebrating Lunar New Year with Calligraphy
The Far East Club celebrated Lunar New Year this week with a calligraphy event. Chinese calligraphy is form of literal and figurative expression whereby characters are penned with grace and emotion. Chinese couplets are short poems that use language to find balance and harmony and are ubiquitous on homes and storefronts during the Lunar New Year Celebration. For our Far East Club activity, students learned to write calligraphy in couplet form using red paper, brushes, fans, and ink stone. 
LS Valentine's Day and Winter Carnival Plans
With Valentine's Day fast approaching we have decided to hold all Lower School Valentine’s Day celebrations Friday, February 18

Students are invited to bring in cards from home this year (store bought or homemade) to exchange with their classmates. As a reminder, please do not send in food, toys, stickers, temporary tattoos, or any other extra items with your student’s Valentine’s Day cards. If your child would like to bring in Valentine’s cards, please ensure that they make one card for each student in their class.
A special nut-free, allergy-safe snack will be provided to students Friday afternoon.

Friday, February 18 is Winter Carnival for Grades 5-12. This year, Lower School (K-5) has been invited to collaborate with Upper School on an outdoor snow-building activity.

Please be sure that your child has all the appropriate snow gear at school to participate in this activity. If you have any questions, please reach out to Amy Abdo or Alyssa Palmer. Thank you!
Matisse Meets Mice in First Grade
First Grade has been reading Seven Blind Mice. To finish their work they made paper cutout/collage mice inspired by Henri Matisse and illustrations in the book.
Middle Schoolers Get Hands-On at STEM Fair
Middle School students participated in a STEM Fair this week. Each scientist posed their own question, designed an experiment, and executed their experimental ideas while gathering relevant data. The STEM Fair is a tradition that has about 20 years of history of MPH, with students often doing well in MPH's STEM Fair that features area schools (COVID-willing it will be held this year) and going on to the CNY Science & Engineering Fair.
Spring Gala - Celebrating Great Teachers

This year’s Spring Gala will honor and celebrate the achievements of MPH’s educators while paying special tribute to teacher and coach Donald Ridall. Mr. Ridall recently announced his retirement from teaching at the close of the 2021-2022 school year after 46 years at MPH. 

Plans are underway for a fabulous celebration on Friday, May 20 at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia. Proceeds from the event will directly support the necessary investments to our academic programs, facilities, scholarship assistance, and recruitment and retention of top faculty and staff. There are many ways to get involved in this year’s celebration. Here are just a few:
  • Join the Gala Committee
  • Donate a silent auction item, experience, gift card, basket, etc.
  • Purchase tickets to the celebration. Tickets go on sale on April 1st
  • Sponsor, donate or purchase a congratulatory ad in the event program
  • Share memories or photos of your MPH teachers and Coach Ridall.

If you’d like to be involved or have any questions, please contact Karen Belgrader at or 315-430-3376
Free Charcuterie Program for MPH Community
Saturday, February 12 at 11 a.m.
Limit 20 people
*No fee to attend this virtual event; attendees will be provided a list to purchase items beforehand.
Connect with MPH community members while you create a beautiful and tasty charcuterie board! Join us for a virtual session to learn the secrets on how to pull together the ultimate cheese, meat, vegetable, jam, sauce, bread and fruit board, led by instructor Meghan Nugent from Board to Belly, just in time for the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day. 
This event is brought to you by the MPH Philanthropy & Engagement Department. To learn how you can make an impact or to make a gift to ensure that MPH stays at the forefront of independent education and continues to rise to new opportunities, visit the MPH Fund page.
MPH's Model United Nations team is hosting a Red Cross blood drive Thursday, February 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the MPH gym.

Each donation at the drive will raise $10 in support of MPH Model UN and will help save potentially three lives – especially now when there is a blood shortage across New York state.

Schedule a time
Visit the Red Cross MPHMUN link or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to find a time.

Not only do you help to save lives in our area, but donors also get:
  • An American Red Cross branded item
  • A $10 Amazon gift card

For Parents of MPH participating students
Students must be at least 16 to donate. Parents must sign this consent form for 16-year-olds. Please have your student bring the form on February 10.

There are also some specific height/weight requirements for students. Please read through this document in advance of scheduling.

For Students
The Red Cross provides a Student's Guide to Blood Donation.

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