Homecoming 2021 | Return of the Red and White
Three Days of Celebration After a Year Away

After a 2020 COVID hiatus, Homecoming returned to Manlius Pebble Hill last week with an array of in-person and virtual red and white celebrations.

Festivities opened on Friday with "Red and White Day" at school, the culmination of a week of spirit days that also featured Dress Tropical Day, Wear Your Pajamas Day, and Favorite Sports Team Day.

Senior snack and a pep rally led off the morning, with students enjoying some food and games outside. The entire weekend was replete with gorgeous fall weather.
And food trucks even rolled in for the afternoon slate of sports. The Chicken Bandit truck and Gannon's Ice Cream fed the hungry attendees as Girls Varsity Tennis played Skaneateles, Girls Modified Soccer played OCS, and the Boys Varsity Soccer team took on Homer on the Lower Field (winning 4-0).

The weekend continued Saturday, as Recess Coffee and donuts from Dunkin' provided some early morning incentive, and Girls Varsity Soccer played Fabius-Pompey, winning 4-2.

In addition to athletics festivities and the fun of seeing old friends, a number of volunteers also helped mulch the playgrounds (see story below).
One of the highlights of Homecoming 2021 was the Red and White tent, which provided red and white popcorn, pom poms, senior and alumni vouchers for Gannon's Ice Cream, and temporary tattoos.
Mulch Ado about Something
Homecoming Weekend wasn't ALL fun and games – a crew of volunteers hoisted shovels and pushed wheelbarrows Saturday to spread some yards of mulch around, freshening (and softening) the landings on the school's two playgrounds.
MPH Photo of the Week
In a 3-2 defeat of Tully on Wednesday, Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Don Ridall won his 600th game as a Trojan. Coach Ridall joined MPH in 1976, and over the course of his career has won not only a state championship and 600 games, but the admiration and respect of so many. True to form in the moments after the winning horn, Coach Ridall stared down his team intently to get them to listen and then regaled them with this bit of wisdom: "I'm concerned about the calendar," he said. And when the boys continued carrying on, the look got more stern and he repeated, louder, "I'M CONCERNED about the calendar ... because its days are numbered!"

Congrats, Coach.
New Staff Profile: Jay Brown | Core Health Teacher
I will be starting with MPH as a full-time employee this year as a Core Health teacher. I have been with the MPH family for more than 10 years as a counselor and now the director of the summer camps. 
I am very excited to be with MPH for the entire school year! Outside of school, I am involved in ice hockey as an on-ice official. I currently work as a linesman for the AHL and a referee for Division I Men’s hockey. In addition to hockey, I also enjoy singing. I am currently the lead singer of a cover band and sing at some private events such as the Syracuse St Patrick’s Day Grand Marshal Gala, weddings, etc. When I am not at a hockey rink or playing music, I spend my time with my lovely wife, Allie, and our eight-month-old son Miles! 
New Staff Profile
Zanae Milton | Receptionist
I reside in the city of Syracuse and graduated from Charles W. Baker High School in 2014. I am currently the Manlius Pebble Hill receptionist and have been overjoyed to be welcomed into the school and community. This has been truly fulfilling because I have a true passion to help others, and I’m always striving to set the example of kindness and joy. I graduated from Onondaga Community College with a concurrent degree in Humanities of Art & Business Management in 2017. I absolutely enjoy spending time with my friends and family and especially becoming an aunt last fall! I’m excited for the school year and look forward to enjoying all we can with the staff and students.
Flu Shot Clinic
Oct 2
From Kinney Drugs
On-Campus Flu Clinic Saturday

On-Campus Flu Clinics
Tuesday’s on-campus flu shot clinic was resounding a success with more than 100 doses administered, and there’s another opportunity to take part this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon on campus. Saturday’s session is open to MPH students, employees, and family members. The clinics are offered in partnership with Kinney Drugs. MPH community members should check their email for registration and consent forms.

Representatives from Kinney Drugs will be on campus to administer flu shots:
  • Saturday, October 2, from 8:00 a.m. to noon for all MPH students, employees, and family members

For a student to participate, there are two steps:
  1. Register here for a time slot
  2. Complete this consent form and either A) send it in with your child, or B) deliver it directly to the school nurse or email to COVIDNurse@mphschool.org.
SAVE THE DATE! | Lower School Program Night | Thursday, October 7, on Zoom.
Meet the LS Teachers and Learn about LS Curriculum | More Details Soon!
The Scene Around MPH
All-State Musical Honors
Junior Kari Maxian, left, viola, and senior Isabella Bird, trumpet, have been selected for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State festivals. Music teacher Dan Bassin said, "This is a major achievement for both of them."
The Life of Bees: An MPH Lesson
Resident beekeeper Amy Critz, executive assistant to the head of school, visited the Kindergarteners Thursday for her much-anticipated "Bee Lesson," during which the class learned about the life cycle of bees, the food they eat, and the fact that we end up with honey.

This year Amy had pictures of a swarm she had recently corralled with her husband and the aid of a Bobcat bucket loader.
Registration is open for the award-winning MPH Chess Club. The club will run for three six-week sessions
and meet on Wednesdays in the 4/5 Bridge Classroom from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Students not picked up by 4:35 will go to Extended Day/After Hours. The fee is $75 per six-week session.
Register here.
Supporting the MPH Family
The Teal Ribbon 5k Run/3K Walk
In June of this year, one of our staff members, Amy Hogan, lost her sister, Mary Jo Driscoll, to ovarian cancer. A number of MPH staff members joined the Teal Ribbon 5K Run/3K Walk – a CNY event where proceeds go to support ovarian cancer research in CNY – in her honor this past homecoming weekend.

MPH participants (not all are pictured) included: Carolyn Cahill, Sue Foster, Amy Hogan, Sarah Hogan ‘20, Juhee LaHaye, Hannah Salomon, Matt Twomey-Smith, Audrey Yeager, Steff McCusker, and Pat Bentley Hoke.
Friendly Faces and Helping Hands Around Campus
Above: Lower School Head Amy Abdo had some help from first-grader Jack LaPointe this week welcoming people at the front door in the morning.

Left: Seniors pitched in weeding next to the path in front of the Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon to help beautify campus as a way of giving back during clubs period. Participating were Arielle Nemes, Sophia Menacho, Gabe Pasniciuc, Jack Hogan, Ryan Kinane, and Anna Abrams.

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