MPH Model U.N. Team Thrives in Qatar
After a week of driving over sand dunes, riding camels, swimming, playing volleyball, checking out a camel racetrack, visiting museums, sampling global food, and, oh yeah, doing all the serious Model United Nations work, the MPH Model U.N. team is heading home from Qatar.

MPH was the only team from the United States and, according to coach Sarah Chhablani, did a wonderful job representing the school and country. During the conference, MPHMUN did lobbying and resolution building, debated resolutions they wrote, and connected with students from Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Netherlands, India, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and more. During the conferences opening ceremony they heard from the Netherlands ambassador to Qatar, as well as Dr. Nupur Kohli, a medical doctor, author, speaker, and supervisory board member of UNICEF Netherlands. Students also heard from five MUN ambassador delegates including MPH's own JJ Braverman. Committee work was followed by a panel discussion on disability rights led by two young disabled women activists from Doha and followed by MPH students and Qatar Academy students playing basketball and soccer.

Outside of the conference, students took a desert safari to the Saudi border, rode camels, sledded on the sand, ate a traditional Qatari dinner, and learned about Qatar's culture and daily life around a camp fire. Students also visited the Sheikh Faisal Museum, the Islamic Heritage Museum, and ate at the Lusail Food Festival.

The students return to New York on Saturday.
MPH Welcomes New Admissions Director
Head of School Dave McCusker announced this week that Lisa Raney has accepted the School's offer to serve as the new Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, effective May 15. In addition to building relationships with prospective families and students, Lisa will lead our strategic communications and marketing efforts to highlight the compelling nature of the MPH experience in the CNY community, while engaging with our current families around their priorities.
Lisa brings 17 years of admissions experience to MPH, serving most recently as Director of International Admissions at Syracuse University. During her admissions career, she has helped strengthen a growing program and built a team of admissions officers, employed innovative process and admissions communications, and oversaw updates to and implementation of strategic plan priorities for her department.

"We are confident that she will contribute positively to the Admissions program and to the strategic direction of the School," McCusker said.
Reenrollment for 2023-2024 closes March 24!

For instructions, please refer to the reenrollment materials sent home via USPS. There are two forms that need to be submitted by March 24: the Reenrollment Agreement and the Parent Information and Student Transportation Update. 
Busing Requests
Separately, if you are planning to use public district busing for the 2023-2024 school year, you must submit a request to your home district by April 1, unless you reside in the Syracuse City School District (the SCSD requires MPH to submit requests on behalf of enrolled families). Please visit the Transportation page of our website for additional information.
If you have any questions, or require a deadline extension, please reach out to the Admissions team via email 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.

Monday | NO CLASSES | In-Service Day for MPH Staff

Tuesday | Day 6

Wednesday | Day 7

Thursday | Day 8
7:00 p.m. | MPH STEM Fair

Friday | Day 1
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. 
Spring Sports Sign-Ups Open!

Spring sports are nearly upon us! Our school platform for sign-ups continues to be through UltraCamp. See below for important information regarding all spring sports.

  • Varsity and JV sports (Grades 9-12) officially begin on March 20
  • Modified sports (Grades 7-8) start on April 12

Due to an in-service day at MPH, the sports that we host will start on the March 21.

You may access your sport’s competitive schedule here on Schedule Galaxy. Please be sure to subscribe to your child’s team to get updates for contests and other announcements.

To participate in MPH athletic programs, students will need an up-to-date physical on file. If needed, this can be emailed to School Nurse Christine Civello; faxed by the student's medical provider to 1.866.846.0684, attn: School Nurse; or mailed to Manlius Pebble Hill School, attn: School Nurse, 5300 Jamesville Rd., Syracuse, NY 13214-2499.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at wo' I look forward to a successful season!
MPH Spring Gala Save the Date!
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.

Tickets for the Gala are now on sale and can be found here.
US Course Descriptions for 2023-2024 Available

Upper School Course Descriptions for 2023-2024 are now available on the MPH website/myMPH page. Printed copies are also available in the Division Office.
Photo of the Week
Tuesday's snow day yielded some impressive, if a little soggy, piles on campus for Wednesday's outdoor activities.
Summer Programs Registration is Open!

The MPH 2023 summer brochure is now available for viewing and registration is open!

We are excited to offer a variety of programs this summer for entering grades PreK-12.

Questions? Please call the Summer Program office at 315.446.2452.
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.
MPH Skiers Excel at State Championships
Seventh-graders Aidyn McLean and Sona Trikha, as well as eighth-grader Lilah Temes, just returned from five days of competition at the U14 Alpine Ski Racing State Championships at West Mountain where they joined more than 230 athletes from across New York and Northern New Jersey competing in three disciplines: Super G, Giant Slalom and Slalom. At the close of the championship, Lilah was selected as one of 10 girls to represent New York in the Eastern Region Junior Championship.

MPH's athletes experienced some challenges along the way to success too, with Lilah Temes popping out of her boot before the first gate of the Super G. She was able to come back the next morning in the Giant Slalom, where she eventually finished fifth. Lilah also finished ninth in the Slalom, earning her a spot at Whiteface Mountain from March 181-21 competing against the best U14 skiers from Maine to North Carolina (including residential ski academies) for a spot to represent the United States in the 2023 Can-Am Championship at Mont-Tremblant at the end of March. Aidyn is planning to go to the U14 Eastern Region Finals at West Mountain on March 24 and 25.

Fellow MPH skiers Devan Trikha and Jacob Temes, both sophomores, recently competed in the U16 State Championship races at Whiteface. It was also Jacob's second major race at Whiteface this year after he qualified for the Empire State Winter Games at Whiteface in early February.  

MPH skiers work closely with (and appreciate the support of) MPH faculty to ensure they maintain their academics while dedicating from 15-20 hours per week to training, and an additional five to six hours of free skiing and ski tuning. Races requires racers to arrive at the hill by 7:30 a.m. and stay until late into the afternoon.
MPH Odyssey of the Mind Tackles Dramatic Challenge
MPH's Odyssey of the Mind team is competing in the Region 12 tournament Saturday in Binghamton in Problem 5, which it "The Most Dramatic Character." The team will feature a character who overreacts to ordinary events and is then ignored when a situation actually warrants a dramatic response. The problem requires various dramatic styles, a prop that grows, as well as the use of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda.

Team members are Jenny He, Anya Reckess, Connor Gardner, Sophie Dowhy, Sonia Gonzalez, Audrey Stromer-Galley, and Ella Lloyd.
Grade 6 Commits to Improving MPH's Outdoor Spaces
For this year's community service project, students in the Grade 6 advisory chose to work on improvement of outdoor spaces at MPH. They began that process by presenting ideas to their peers this week regarding the progress of each class subcommittee's goals.
Order Yearbooks by April 1!
The ordering deadline for MPH yearbooks is April 1, 2023, with each yearbook costing $75.

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
MPH After School Clubs for K-8
April-May Offerings
Soccer Shots
Grades PreK-2
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:00 p.m.
April 12-May 31
Fee: $145
Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. The Soccer Shots caring team positively impacts children’s lives on and off the field through best-in-class coaching, curriculum, and communication. 
Chess Club
Grades 1-8
Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
April 19-May 24
Fee: $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.
Questions? Call the Community Programs office at 315-446-2452.

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