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From the Head

Welcome to Manlius Pebble Hill School!

I am thrilled you have decided to explore all that our community has to offer, and you are doing so at a very exciting period in our history.

Last year (2020-2021) was extraordinary, filled with challenges inherent to life during a global pandemic. In typical MPH fashion, we met those challenges with focus and determination while also advancing significant program goals for our school.  If you have not already watched our Making Pandemic History documentary, please do so to gain a better sense of who we are as a community and to learn about the remarkable efforts made by my colleagues and our MPH families — efforts that allowed us to conduct the school year in person.

Building upon much of the good work we accomplished together, the 2021-2022 school year promises to be equally dynamic and even more promising. We are a community that prioritizes good health, in all respects, for all community members. To wit, the Manlius Pebble Hill Social Compact and Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year provides guideposts for our daily commitment to well-being and safety.

While we will adapt and adjust, as necessary, modifying health protocols and behaviors as the pandemic shifts around us, the main tenets of our compact will always align with our mission — to inspire our students to think critically, act responsibly, and discover a passion for lifelong learning — as well as with our core values (authenticity, respect, curiosity, kindness, and agency), which provide a helpful framework for the education we offer and for our collective experience as members of this community.

While we continuously strive to enhance all facets of school life, allow me to highlight three areas of improvement that feel especially meaningful at this time:

  • We have added an intentional “classroom-and-beyond” curricular offering for all grades that reflects our commitment to approaching personal growth holistically. The Core Health curriculum combines elements of our physical education and advisory programs and covers salient areas of health, including social, emotional, physical, intellectual, and environmental. It is designed to empower young people with greater personal agency by providing them with information and tools to develop a deeper understanding of and appreciation for their own health and well-being, as well as that of others.
  • Appreciating the significant investment in our technology infrastructure last year, we are leveraging the attendant benefits by maximizing both on-site and virtual educational opportunities, as well as the vast communications possibilities that state-of-the-art technology can provide.
  • As we envision a bright future for MPH, we have begun to develop a comprehensive strategic plan, creating opportunities for all members of the community to engage in this important conversation.

As you peruse our website, you will learn more about the education we provide and the experience of our students, and you may begin to gain a sense of the benefits of our diverse community, where we work together to create a culture of compassion, respect, and support for one and all.

May I brag a little about my colleagues?  At MPH, faculty roles extend far beyond ordinary classroom instruction; in fact, in my 33-year career in independent education, I have never worked with a group of educators that is more deeply committed to knowing our students in ways that reach beyond a particular subject area or curricular offering and with a clear focus on developing positive, healthy relationships throughout the community.

If you like what you see on our website, I invite you to reach out to our Admissions team to continue your exploration and to learn about the admissions process.  And whether your journey leads to MPH or to another school, please know that we will support whatever is best your family.

All best wishes,

David J. McCusker
Head of School