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August 2017 update

As of mid-August 2017, MBS Now is no longer maintained by 2PITAU; the app no longer communicates with this server, and we will not be writing future releases. Many features have been removed from the app by its new maintainers so as to remove dependence on 2PITAU, including sports, lunch blocks, calendars, forms and automatic announcements. Various aesthetic changes have also been made, reducing the clarity with which information is presented. You may choose not to update to version 6.6 if you’d like to preserve these features, however, we will eventually stop supporting the app and cannot guarantee the presented data are accurate.

The app is now maintained by MBS staff. The reason for the hasty transition is rooted in a dispute between us and the administration. We temporarily disabled components of the app on 19–20 January 2017, leaving a message condemning the inauguration of Donald Trump (rest assured, we have no illusions about Clinton; we support Sanders while recognizing his limitations). Expressing political sentiments ostensibly in the name of a school—since MBS Now’s release in 2012 it has been quite clear the app was not run by the school—was deemed inappropriate. Keep in mind, however, doing nothing is occasionally more violent and political than doing something.

The real dispute rests in the fact that at a private, suburban prep-school that now costs more than the annual income for a middle class worker and whose student-body is about 95 per cent white, many parents are more concerned about their wallets and (comically) low taxes than whether a racist, anti-labor xenophobe is running the country or that people are dying from lack of housing, food, healthcare and free time. Regardless of how minor, any kind of ideological break from the monotony of privilege and luxury is deemed impermissible; ‘critical thinking,’ an attribute advertised prominently by most schools, may occur, but usually only within a sandbox.

This site will remain live for the foreseeable future, and the source code will always be accessible. We may stop scheduled, automated tasks in the near future, which keep various things up-to-date. To clarify, nothing done on this server will affect the non-2PITAU version of the app (v6.6–).


You may file an issue (anonymously) on our issue tracker.

You may email 2pitau [at] riseup (dot) net. This is a multi-person alias, and you will receive a reply from a different address.

You may read our terms & privacy practices, which should be roughly the same as the text in the app, though the version in the app takes precedence.

Today traffic

Traffic is recorded anonymously in versions 6, released 9 September 2016, through 6.5. We’ve been switching back-and-forth between machines, so there may be large gaps with no data.

Each dot (t, f(t)) represents the sum of the number of sessions f(t) at time t within the day. The size of the dot is insignificant. The default plot showing the entire timeline is cached for an hour.

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MBS Now was a project that began in late 2012 and ended in August 2017.

During its five-year life, the app worked differently than most secondary-school and college applications. Rather than being controlled by a corporation that runs a myriad of apps that have all been formatted to the same template and invade users’ privacy, MBS Now was much more dynamic; maintainers listened to your suggestions and added functionality accordingly. Select users could also update the app’s content remotely via MBS Now Admin. MBS Now was wholly run by its maintainers and relied sparingly on school resources.

Our version of MBS Now will always be open-source. Please feel free to contribute. This site and our version of the app are licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA International 4.0 license unless otherwise stated. Please check our main repository for details. MBS Now’s source code and content and this site and its content are © 2013–2019, .

Version history

There have been 35 version releases.

Number Description Date first available Minimum iOS version supported
6.8 Minor schedule changes August 19, 2018 9.0
6.7 Updated schedules for 2018–2019 August 17, 2018 9.0
6.6 New schedule graphics! August 11, 2017 9.0
6.5 Various aesthetic enhancements, improvements for Today for iPad, and better handling of web content. February 23, 2017 9.0
6.4 You can now help MBS Now’s maintainers filter athletics events by team. Tap an athletics event for more. January 17, 2017 9.0
6.3 A fresh, new icon from Deanna Whelan (staff); thanks! January 09, 2017 9.0
6.2 MBS Now has integrated with the athletics calendar: tap the more menu to view the week's athletics events or visit info/settings to add the day's events to your Today feed. Also: info/settings now houses a link to the library catalog. January 04, 2017 9.0
6.1 U.S. lunch-blocks have been improved. Adding events from Today to your iOS calendar has been fixed. Today is smarter and more stable. iOS 10 support. September 30, 2016 9.0
6.0 Rewrite, redesign, consolidated server + UI. Today for iPad. September 6, 2016 iOS 9 and later
5.0.0 Major bug fixes caused by iOS changes February 17, 2016 iOS 7.0 and later (iOS 9)
4.6.1 Bug fixes, improvements for clubs and service, ends data collection. October 27, 2015 iOS 7.0 and later (iOS 9)
4.5.1 Updates for new school year September 1, 2015 iOS 7.0 and later (iOS 8)
4.4.1 Bug fixes March 5, 2015 iOS 7.0 and later (iOS 8)
4.3.1 Fixes PDF loading, improvements for Today October 8, 2014 iOS 7.0 and later (iOS 8)
4.2.1 Bug fixes for Today August 28, 2014 iOS 7.0 and later
4.1.1 Bug fixes and improvements for Today August 6, 2014 iOS 7.0 and later
4.0.9 New ‘Today’ tab accumulates all news articles, schedules, lunch menus, notifications, meetings, events and more in one place. Introduces Community Service: add your posts to get more involved in and out of the MBS community. Also: design facelift, faster navigation, bug fixes, and exclusive iOS 7 support. August 03, 2014 iOS 7.0 and later
3.8.1 More data to GitHub, bug fixes. May 11, 2014 iOS 7.1 and earlier
3.7.1 Some data moved to GitHub, no passwords for database credentials and club creation, bug fixes. (This version had some problems.) May 7, 2014 iOS 7.1 and earlier
3.6.1 Migration to, adding Lucas as the admin. May 2, 2014 iOS 7.1 and earlier
3.5.1 Support for iOS 7.1, bug fixes. March 27, 2014 iOS 7.1 and earlier
3.4.2 New look for tables, R.S.V.P., and bug fixes. March 22, 2014 iOS 7 and earlier
3.3.8 Automatic R.S.V.P.s, meeting data have been restructured, all connections are now asynchronous (preventing delays), “What’s New” for iPhone, in-app meeting modification notifications, unified forms, completely autonomous form uploads, lunch distinctions update faster, bug fixes. February 06, 2014 iOS 7 and earlier
3.2.5 Custom alert times, improvements for viewing and creating meetings, explore campus improvements, connection and bug fixes. December 4, 2013 iOS 7 and earlier
3.1.1 Small changes with clubs, resolved connectivity problems, semi-accommodation for the new November 20, 2013 iOS 7 and earlier
3.0.9 Meetings! Create, view, and share meetings all through the app; H.T.M.L. formatted outgoing emails; bug fixes. November 7, 2013 iOS 7 and earlier
2.4.6 Automatic form uploads, iOS 7 support, explore campus, instant alerts, bug reporter, design improvements, early/late lunch listings, bug fixes. October 29, 2013 iOS 7 and earlier
2.3.1 Notification fixes, lunch menu fixes, dynamic temporary form titles. September 8, 2013 iOS 6 and earlier
2.2.9 Automatic data uploads, unified settings manager, contact MBS improvements, design facelift, bug fixes. August 30, 2013 iOS 6 and earlier
2.1.9 Research database credentials, notifications added for A/B weeks and general announcements, large package size reduction, stability & bug fixes. August 12, 2013 iOS 6 and earlier
2.0.5 Data exporting, notifications for dress-up days, unified listings manager, Middle School homework & special schedule improvements. July 31, 2013 iOS 6 and earlier
1.3 773.7% reduction in package size, higher quality images, swipe gestures to change backgrounds, design improvements. July 19, 2013 iOS 6 and earlier
1.2 Considerable design improvements, photo browser, countdown, form search, bug fixes. June 27, 2013 iOS 6 and earlier