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An Update on Our New Head of School

By Simon Hoke and Katherine Mezzalingua Nearly two months ago, David McCusker stepped up to the podium of the Manlius Pebble Hill gym to deliver his first address to students, faculty, and parents who lined the walls. McCusker was chosen after a long search process, beginning early last school year, to replace former Head of School Jim Dunaway. Even before the first day of school, … Continue reading An Update on Our New Head of School

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New Faces at MPH – Jason Zencka

By Emma Gross Mr. Zencka is the current AP Literature, AP Lang, and Twelfth Grade Literature teacher at MPH. He also teaches an Upper School creative writing elective. After teaching at a high school in Minneapolis, Mr. Zencka and his wife moved to New York a year ago. Zencka’s first job after the move was professor at Tompkins Cortland Community College. “One of the reasons … Continue reading New Faces at MPH – Jason Zencka

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Mindful Pause Here: MPH

By Kate Chaffee On Wednesday, the 16 of October, MPH had its first ever Stress-Down Day. Dr Elizabeth Perryman, a mindfulness educator, visited and talked to students in the lower, middle and upper schools about mental health, stress, and anxiety. She emphasized finding a balance in life, teaching students how to determine the difference between good and bad stress. Dr. Perryman  talked about how our … Continue reading Mindful Pause Here: MPH

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The Pebble Needs You!

This year’s print edition of The Pebble, due out in the spring of 2020, will include content that was once published in The Windmill, the school’s literary magazine. All Upper School students are encouraged to submit works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, photography, and digital art for publication. Simply email your written work or photographs of your art work to The Pebble advisor, Mrs. Hogan, … Continue reading The Pebble Needs You!

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Homecoming Happenings

By Brendan O’Malley MPH celebrated its annual Homecoming festivities the weekend of October 4th and 5th. Beginning with the pep rally on Friday, students eagerly cheered on the various sports recognized this fall. Prior to the announcement of the Boy’s Varsity Soccer team, students were invited to participate in two games including a “Ping-Pong Ball and Spoon Relay Race” and an “Oreo on the Forehead” … Continue reading Homecoming Happenings

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New Clubs, Old Clubs, and Everything in Between

By Kaeli Ahn MPH held its annual US Club Fair on Friday, the twenty-seventh of September, during US tutorial.  With the graduation of the class of ‘19, and the new group of freshmen came the end of some traditions, and the beginnings of others.  The Club Fair is a chance for people to advertise their clubs, but most importantly, it’s a chance for students to get … Continue reading New Clubs, Old Clubs, and Everything in Between

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Manlius Pebble Hill Ensures Safe Water After Boil Water Order

After the Town of Dewitt Boil Water Order, Manlius Pebble Hill School took precautions to ensure all students had safe drinking water. On Friday, October 4th, the Onondaga County Health Department informed the public that test results found coliform bacteria in their drinking water. Tests were done over the weekend and, during those days, citizens were not allowed to use any of their water, unless … Continue reading Manlius Pebble Hill Ensures Safe Water After Boil Water Order

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New Faces at MPH – Michelle Dannan

Michelle Dannan By Emma Gross Ms. Dannan is the new Vocal Music and General Music teacher for grades Kindergarten through 12. She first started her music teaching career at Union Springs. She was there for two years before moving to Cincinnati, OH where she taught for thirty-two years. When she returned to the Syracuse area, Ms. Dannan worked at St. Margaret’s in Mattydale, NY before … Continue reading New Faces at MPH – Michelle Dannan

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AP’s – Here to Stay?

By Simon Hoke For a number of years at Manlius Pebble Hill, teachers and administrators have been considering the pros and cons of offering Advanced Placement (AP) classes. The classes offer a clear selling point to families looking to enroll their children in the best schools. Not every public school can boast AP’s, so simply offering these classes at MPH differentiates us. MPH has experienced, … Continue reading AP’s – Here to Stay?

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Upper School Reworking Shakespeare’s Hamlet

The Upper School is putting on Hamlet: A Devised Reworking of Shakespeare’s Classic the first weekend of November. The cast, directed by Maya Dwyer, is reworking the original Shakespeare play with new concepts. From setting to language and costumes, cast members will develop their own take on the play. The cast appears below: Hamlet: Maya Heimes Claudius: Agnes Coleman Gertrude: Kiru Morrissette-Ugoji Ophelia: Rhys Denno … Continue reading Upper School Reworking Shakespeare’s Hamlet

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A Spelling Montage

By Sydney Spector As the school day winds down, twenty-odd kids ranging from Freshmen to Seniors pile into the theater, ready for another rehearsal of this year’s musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” I tried out for the musical on a whim, not expecting to actually get one of the leads: Logainne “Schwarzy” SchwartzandGrubenierre, the left-leaning, politically minded, elementary schooler with two gay … Continue reading A Spelling Montage

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I Found My Airplanes!

In January, the first day back from two weeks off of school, my tired classmates and I shuffled into our third block geology class. Ms. Foster’s enthusiasm for teaching and learning is infectious and always livens us up once class has started, but today we needed no prompting: there was excitement in the air. Sitting in the back of the classroom, the product of hours … Continue reading I Found My Airplanes!

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Student Athletic Participation Thrives at MPH

By Ryan Kinane Every day in the winter after school, usually past the time of 4:30, either the Girls JV and Varsity Volleyball team or the Boys JV and Varsity Basketball team can be seen getting ready for practice. The gym fills up with student-athletes, and the coaches begin their practices. As the fall sports season has ended, the winter sports season has begun. At … Continue reading Student Athletic Participation Thrives at MPH

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MPH to Meet Candidates for Head of School

By Simon Hoke On June 11, 2018, Jim Dunaway sent a letter to the MPH community announcing that he would be stepping down as Head of Manlius Pebble Hill School. Dunaway was brought on as Head in early 2015, during a period of significant financial difficulties for the school. He led MPH out of this period with steadfast decision-making and resolute leadership. Throughout Dunaway’s time … Continue reading MPH to Meet Candidates for Head of School

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Helping Haiti

By Emma Purce Haiti is a beautiful country known for its thousands of miles of gorgeous coastline and its mountainous regions. Recently Ren Brown, an MPH junior, spent some time there while on a trip. Brown, however, wasn’t in Haiti to see the sights, she was there to help locals. Brown joined a mission trip to Haiti alongside her father Stephen Brown, an OB/GYN. Brown is … Continue reading Helping Haiti

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#Enough

By Bella Casella I was born March 7, 2000 in Miami, Florida. Since then, there have been 212 school shootings in the United States. In the 212 school shootings, 267 people have been killed and 388 have been injured. I recently turned 18. At 18, there are certain things I’m legally not allowed to do. I can’t drink alcohol. In certain states I can’t buy … Continue reading #Enough

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MPH Welcomes Danish Student Visitors

By Riley Cappelletti The students of Sorø Academy in Denmark will be coming to Manlius Pebble Hill tomorrow night, March 13 and will be staying through Friday the 16th. Every other year MPH students and faculty members travel to Denmark during February break. On the opposite years, students and faculty of Sorø Academy travel to New York during their break in March. Danish students will … Continue reading MPH Welcomes Danish Student Visitors

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Box Office Superheroes

By Sydney Spector The new “Infinity War” trailer dropped, and 15 minutes after its release on November 29, it had already reached 500,000 views on YouTube.  Nearly 24 hours later, it became the No. 1  trending video on YouTube. Now, a week later, it  has almost 90 million views on YouTube. But this trend isn’t just for the “Avengers” franchise, it has been repeated over … Continue reading Box Office Superheroes

MPH Fall Sports Recap 2019

By Natalie Storie It was a successful season for MPH Varsity fall sports, with several teams advancing to league sectionals. The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team advanced to the second round of sectionals, and the Girls’ Varsity Tennis team had five players earn sectional spots: 2 groups of doubles and one single. One of the doubles teams made it to State Qualifiers, and the one single … Continue reading MPH Fall Sports Recap 2019