Celebrating in the Sun
Red and White Day Sends the Seniors Off in Style
The sense of glory pursued that was so palpable at Winter Fest Parts I and II was softened for Red and White Day by the rustling May breeze and by the sense of things coming to an end. It was the seniors' last day, after all. Campus was light and sweet, laughter everywhere and the first hint of the yoke of a scheduled life loosening for the younger ones. There were outdoor games of jump rope, bean bag toss, and potato sack races. There were throwing competitions, as well as kicking, jumping, and running. There was even someone on a tiny BMX bike just wandering, rolling in circles, untethered. It was a good start to the ending season of school. And a good end to the long drag from January to now.
Return of the Reverse Handshake
The Reverse Handshake returned to the campus quad this year, with seniors lining up to say farewell to teachers, staff, and their fellow Upper School students. Fist bumps were the order of the day, but also a lot of hugs and even a few games of rock-paper-scissors.
The Lifers
A group of seniors gathered on the Center for Early Learning Playground after the Reverse Handshake to celebrate a unique milestone – they'd all attended MPH since Pre-K or Kindergarten. (Note: Bella Vural couldn't attend)
It's a Busy Time of Year
Keep Track of all MPH Spring Events with this Handy List
Upcoming Commencement Dates
Senior Brunch and Commencement Rehearsal
Friday, June 10 | 11 a.m.

Baccalaureate Ceremony
Friday, June 10 | 5 p.m.

MPH Commencement
Sunday, June 12 | 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 14
11 a.m. | Boys (MPH/BG) Junior Varsity Baseball v. Hannibal
11 a.m. | Girls (MPH/BG) Junior Varsity Softball v. Hannibal
7 p.m. | Upper School Prom | Springside Farm in Fabius

Monday, May 16
Faculty In-Service Day
3:15 p.m. | Boys Varsity Golf @ Bishop Grimes
3:30 p.m. | Girls Varsity Golf v. Westhill
4:30 p.m. | Boys (MPH/BG) 7th/8th Baseball v. Mater Dei Academy

Tuesday, May 17
3:30 p.m. | Girls Varsity Golf v. Marcellus
4:30 p.m. | Boys 7th/8th Outdoor Track Mexico @ Chittenango
4:30 p.m. | Girls 7th/8th Outdoor Track Mexico @ Chittenango
4:30 p.m. | Boys (MPH/BG) Varsity Baseball @ Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (APW Rebels)
5 p.m. | Boys (MPH/BG) Junior Varsity Baseball @ Homer
5 p.m. | Girls (MPH/BG) 7th/8th Softball v. Mexico
5 p.m. | Girls (MPH/BG) Junior Varsity Softball @ Homer

Wednesday, May 18
8 a.m. | Meet - Girls Varsity Golf @ Woodcrest Golf Club
3:30 p.m. | Boys Varsity Golf @ Cato-Meridian (Blue Devils)
3:30 p.m. | Boys (MPH/BG) Varsity Baseball v. Cazenovia
4 p.m. | Middle & Upper School Dance Repertory Concert Employee Preview
4 p.m. | Boys Varsity Outdoor Track Onondaga Central, Tully, Fabius-Pompey, Faith Heritage, Cincinnatus, DeRuyter, Pulaski, Cato-Meridian (Blue Devils), Weedsport, Syracuse Academy of Science, Bishop Ludden @ Port Byron
4 p.m. | Girls Varsity Outdoor Track Onondaga Central, Tully, Fabius-Pompey, Faith Heritage, Cincinnatus, DeRuyter, Pulaski, Cato-Meridian (Blue Devils), Weedsport, Syracuse Academy of Science, Bishop Ludden @ Port Byron
4:30 p.m. | Boys (MPH/BG) 7th/8th Baseball @ LaFayette
5 p.m. | Boys (MPH/BG) Junior Varsity Baseball @ Christian Brothers Academy, Dewitt

Thursday, May 19
3:30 p.m. | Boys Varsity Golf v. Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (APW Rebels)
4:30 p.m. | Boys (MPH/BG) Varsity Baseball @ Mexico
5 p.m. | CANCELLED: Girls (MPH/BG) Junior Varsity Softball @ Christian Brothers Academy, Dewitt
5 p.m. | Girls (MPH/BG) 7th/8th Softball v. Homer
7 p.m. | Middle & Upper School Dance Repertory Concert

Friday, May 20
A Schedule (Middle & Upper School)
4:30 p.m. | Boys (MPH/BG) 7th/8th Baseball v. Tully (Tully)
4:30 p.m. | Girls (MPH/BG) Junior Varsity Softball v. Solvay
5 p.m. | Boys (MPH/BG) Junior Varsity Baseball @ Marcellus
6 p.m. | MPH Spring Gala
MPH 2022-2023 Calendar
The MPH 2022-2023 calendar is here. Find a downloadable/printable version HERE.
So Many Videos of the Week,
and We Have Plenty of Time
Slow 'er down and enjoy
In lieu of a fifth-grade play this year, a longstanding MPH tradition, Jennifer Concepcion and Maria Ricciardiello instead gave each fifth-grade student the opportunity to be part of an intricate process that has included script writing, revising, acting, and, this week, filming. Students learned about important aspects of a play’s full production including stage directions, props/prop creation, scenery, lighting, signage, film editing, as well as the incorporation of music and special effects. And, the class was very lucky to have Raphael Concepcion (“RC”) from Syracuse’s own Newhouse School of Public Communications join them to film and edit their production. Thank you to Mr. Concepcion for his time and expertise!

Their film, Expired, debuted for a small audience on May 6 in the Coville Theater but is now available to the entire MPH community.
Our own in-house, student-led production team Light & Magic shared this tribute to the Class of 2022 at the All-School Meeting this week. From All-School Meetings to concert to highlights to science fair coverage, the Light & Magic team does amazing work. It's worth checking their website for a review of the 2021-2022 school year.
Summer Programs
Registration Open!
Manlius Pebble Hill School is excited for our Summer 2022 program offerings, which you can check out in detail on the MPH Summer Programs page and register now! Sports programs are filling up quickly. You can also view the full brochure here.

In addition to summer day camp, MPH offers athletic and enrichment camps, driver education, and the SAT Preparation Course. For the SAT Preparation Course introduction and instructor bios, please go here. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
MPH Global Academic Offerings Also Open for Summer Registration
Also found in the 2022 Summer Programs brochure are offerings from the second season of MPH Global, a summer academic program offering in-person and online courses in literacy, math, world languages, and music. Our first session will feature a masterclass and parent talk on the Suzuki Teaching Philosophy by Zachary Sweet on July 13. Audience participation for this masterclass is free and open to the entire MPH community, but registration is required. Registration for all offerings is now open. Sign up and learn more about the MPH Global program here!
MPH Giving Day Success!
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our 2nd annual MPH Giving Day on Thursday, May 12. We smashed our original goal of 150 donors in one day, with a total of 252 donors and still counting! Your donations make all the difference in the lives of our students and staff, so from everyone at MPH, we extend our gratitude for your support. To see our current standings, visit our MPH Giving Day page.
The Scene Around MPH
Fun with Slime Polymers
Sixth-grade scientists combined a study of the electromagnetic spectrum and color with polymer chemistry as they used only primary colors to achieve a predetermined polymer color of their choosing. A mixture of glue, water, and borax found scientists witnessing the borate molecule attaching glue molecules to form much longer, stretchy, and fun polymer molecules. In classic sixth-grader fashion, students then added hand soap, additional water, or additional borax to investigate how the polymer then changed. 
Symphoria to Perform Sunday at MPH
Symphoria will be presenting a community side-by-side concert with Salt City New Horizons and the Onondaga Civic Symphony AT MPH this Sunday at 7 p.m. in the gym.

Arvilla Wendland, Lower School Strings Teacher, will be performing with Symphoria as their principal violist.
High Fashion from Intro to Design
The Intro to Design class released new T-shirt and bag designs this week that can be purchased in the Phoenix. The class learned screen printing and ironing with Ms. Henderson to make their designs come to life.
URGENT NEED: Blood Drive June 1
MPH's Model United Nations team is hosting a Red Cross blood drive Wednesday, June 1, 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.

  • All who come to give in June will receive a $5 gift card to a merchant of choice.
  • All presenting blood donors this June will receive a voucher redeemable for one prepackaged pint of Stewart’s ice cream or gelato at any Stewart’s shops!
  • All who come can get a free T-shirt
  • We really need donors and every donation counts. 
  • Each donation can save 3 lives 

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 June 1.

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.
Repertory Dance Concert Offers Variety
MPH preview | Wednesday May 18 at 4 p.m.
Opening night | Thursday May 19 at 7 p.m.
Saturday May 21 | 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets are free and no reservations are required.
The Repertory Dance concert focuses on introducing dancers to historic choreographers and important movement works from around the world. Dancers learn movements reconstructed from video, and have the chance to step into a
many different styles for an immersive learning experience. By spending a semester on these pieces, students learn a number of new dance vocabularies in depth. These hands-on experiences with movement outside of what they know leads to a broader global and historical understanding of the important role movement
plays in community and expression, and builds technical versatility, too. 
In the 2022 Dance Rep concert, you’ll see dancers of all experience levels and backgrounds come together to perform seminal works from the past and present.

From cultural dance that has been around for centuries, to an American social dance style born out of the Harlem Renaissance; through the strange and visceral performance art era of the 1970s, all the way to smash hit choreography the early 2000s and contemporary works touring internationally today, prepare to join
us on a vibrant, joyous journey through time and space.
Senior Publishes Aspiring Vets Guidebook
Eden Hildebrandt recently published the handbook A Guidebook for Aspiring Veterinarians as a part of her Senior Thesis Project while doing a career internship research at a local veterinary hospital. The guidebook aims to help high school and undergraduate students decide if they want to pursue becoming a veterinarian and understand the veterinary school application process.

The handbook is available on Amazon and all proceeds will be donated to the Humane Association of CNY. Eden has a history with the shelter, having organized a Holiday Supply Drive with fellow senior Matthew Roberson.

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