MPH Community Shows its Stripes
More than 100 come out to cheer on our own linesman
More than 100 members of the MPH community came out to the MPH Night at the Syracuse Crunch game on January 16 to see not only the Crunch defeat the Utica Comets 5-1 but, far more importantly, watch MPH's own Core Health Teacher and AHL Linesman Jay Brown call the game from the ice. Jay, whose enthusiasm is a constant source of energy and joy on the MPH campus, even got in the mix as he helped to break up a few scuffles between the I-90 rivals.
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.

Monday | Day 5

Tuesday | Day 6
5:30 p.m. JV Volleyball @ Stockbridge Valley
7:00 p.m. Varsity Volleyball @ Stockbridge Valley

Wednesday | Day 7
5:30 p.m. JV Basketball @ Tully
7:00 p.m. Varsity Basketball @ Tully

Thursday | Day 8
3 p.m. Ski Club
5:30 p.m. JV Volleyball vs. Weedsport
7:00 p.m. Varsity Volleyball vs. Weedsport

Friday | Day 1
Junior High All-County Music Festival | Solvay High School
5:30 p.m. JV Basketball @ Mater Dei Academy | Played at Cazenovia College
7:00 p.m. Varsity Basketball @ Mater Dei Academy | Played at Cazenovia College

Junior High All-County Music Festival | Solvay High School
Math League All-County Meet | Cicero North Syracuse High School
Upper School Dance Choreography Concert
Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Coville Theater

Come support our MPH student choreographers and enjoy an evening of dance at the annual US Dance Choreography Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the Coville Theater. The performance is free and open to all friends and family.
Middle School Dance Set for January 27

As you may have heard from your child(ren), we will be hosting our first Middle School Dance on Friday, January 27 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Honoring a long-standing tradition and celebrating their final year in the Middle School, the 8th graders receive a bonus 30 minutes and may stay until 10:00 p.m. A special thanks to Ms. Rai, Ms. Bentley Hoke, and students on the MS Leadership Team who have been busy with the preparations.
We are encouraging students to dress up beyond everyday school attire, but there is no need to wear anything formal or make special purchases. Admission for the dance is $5.00, which covers snacks, beverages, decorations, and other costs. Students may purchase their tickets from Ms. Rai any time before the dance.
If you have specific questions about the dance, please feel free to email me at We look forward to a fun evening on the 27th!
Winter Carnival Coming February 16
Stay tuned for info about T-shirt orders (design above) this week
Photos of the Week
After reading The Kindness Quilt by Elizabeth Wallace, Lower School students in each grade participated in creating MPH's own Kindness Quilt this week, which is on display in the Phoenix Lobby.
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
Weekly Lunch Menu
You'll find the weekly lunch menu here in Snapshot every Friday, but it also lives on the MPH website (you can find it through the direct link or on the left column of myMPH). And this week we welcome the return of Nutrislice, which lets users sort menu items by nutritional data, ingredients, and allergens.
Senior Wins Civic Concerto Competition
Congratulations to Senior Paul DiFolco, a pianist who was recently announced as the winner of the 51st Annual Civic Morning Musicals Youth Concerto Competition. As the winner of this prestigious honor, Paul will perform as a soloist with Symphoria on Sunday, March 5, at 3:00 p.m. Ticket information can be found here.
Building Fort MPH (and Community)
Grade 5 students take the expression "building a community" quite literally this week. Students have been working on building forts in the wooded areas near the lower field this year. In the picture above, the students are all working together to move a large, felled tree trunk out of the way. The community building, problem solving, exploration, and connecting with nature are all experiences that will create unique and lasting memories for this group of students.
February Vacation Program
Grades Pre-K to 6
February 21-24 (Tuesday-Friday)
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. with extended hours 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Fee: $65/day plus $15-$22.50 day for extended hours
Bringing Some Musical "Sunshine" to the Dreary Days
Lower School K-5 students and teachers got a laugh when they entered the theater for LS Assembly this morning as Ms. Abdo and Mrs. Ricciardiello greeted them from beach chairs on the stage as music played. The assembly focused on the recent dreary CNY weather and ways students and teachers can help bring some “sunshine” to these rainy days. They talked about how this weather can make kids and adults feel “yucky” and “grumpy,” but that we all have the ability to change our mood by playing music, focusing on cozy activities that bring us comfort, and being kind and warm to others in our community. They read and discussed the picture book Say Something by Peter Hamilton Reynolds about how our words and actions can change our community … and the world. Each student left with a small seashell to remind them that we all have the power to bring the sunny beach to any day!
Jr/Sr Prom | May 26 | 6-10 p.m. | SKY Armory
This year's theme is "Old Hollywood"
Feb. 5 Deadline to Create Senior Tribute Ad
The deadline for creating a senior tribute ad in the yearbook is February 5, and the page can be created at the Jostens Yearbooks Ads for Seniors site. If anyone has any questions, contact Amy Hogan.
REMINDER: Today is Last Day to Take Tech Survey
We are working with a team from Education Collaborators to conduct a thorough technology audit of the MPH campus and assess our needs for the future. Part of this audit aims to solicit feedback from all campus groups, including you, our MPH families. We have included here a brief anonymous survey for you to complete by this Friday, January 20. We thank you in advance for taking the time to provide information that enhance the MPH experience.
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.
Syracuse Stage Taking High School Playwright Submissions
Each spring, Syracuse Stage invites Central New York high school students to write original 10-minute plays and other performance pieces for entry into our annual Young Playwrights Festival contest. Our panel of theatrical and literary professionals evaluate each student’s play.

Semifinalists are invited to a writing workshop with Syracuse Stage where each play is read and critiqued. Finalists see their plays performed as staged readings by Syracuse University Drama Students at the Festival in the spring.
Important Dates:
January 1: Play acceptance begins
February 8: Submissions due
March 4: Writing Workshop
May 2: Young Playwrights Festival

For more information contact Kate Laissle at 315-442-7755 or

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