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As part of their study of redox reactions and electrochemistry, Mount Madonna School’s sophomore class participated in a hands-on lab activity by silver plating holiday ornaments.
The 6th year of the Model United Nations (MUN) club at Mount Madonna School (MMS) got underway recently with an assembly at Stanford University. Ten MMS high school students participated in the event held November 15-17. The participating students were: Preethi Balagani, 12th; Alyssa Feskanin, Chris Colip, Lena Wiley, Lexi Julien, Renata Massion, Tobin Mitchell and Zoe Kelly, 11th; Sophia Saavedra, 10th; Isabella Bettencourt, 9th, along with honorary member Lekha Duvvoori.
Butterflies and Exploring Migration Second Graders Visit Wilder Ranch and Natural Bridges State Parks
On December 2, the second grade class visited two local state park ‘treasures,’ Wilder Ranch and Natural Bridges. Students were able to see the monarch butterflies clustered in Eucalyptus branches; and explored the grounds of a 19th century dairy ranch. Second grade teacher Jenni Leach shares some highlights of this day of learning:
Morgan Hill Life, 11/27/2013, "Mount Madonna students learn about California history on two-day field trip." Read more: http://morganhilllife.com/pioneers-the-gold-rush-and-cullumah-students-learn-ca-history/
Garbed in loose-fitting, camouflage print jackets, t-shirts and jeans, their long hair bound in tight braids, two eleventh grade girls bent down, and each dipped a finger in the sticky mud, and casually smeared muddy lines under their eyes and across their cheeks. Then, with a little nervous, anticipatory chatter, they rejoin their classmates in a three-foot wide, 25-foot long, waist-deep rocky trench to discuss strategy and appoint the ‘general’ who would lead them into ‘battle.’
‘Intentional debris’ is haphazardly strewn around the surrounding ‘scarred’ battlefield: a couple hundred red bricks caked with crumbling mortar, large chunks of concrete, an array of broken tree branches, pieces of bark and mud. Lots of mucky, wet mud. This man-made mud, courtesy of volunteer firefighter Kevin Campbell’s frequent drenchings from a nearby fire tanker truck containing 1,000 gallons of water, was intended to keep participating students wet, uncomfortable and even a bit cold – all for the sake of learning.
Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12/1/2013, Education Digest, "'Aladdin Jr.' to swing through MMS stage." Read more: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/santacruz/ci_24629683/education-digest-dec-1-2013-apply-college-workshop?IADID=Search-www.santacruzsentinel.com-www.santacruzsentinel.com
Congratulations to the middle school girls Gold team – which has won the 2013 Silicon Valley Athletic League (SVAL) championship – and finished the season undefeated with a record of 13-0! The last time the Hawks won SVAL was in 2006.
On November 19, the Hawks played San Jose’s Thomas More School for the championship. They lost the first game 18-25, and then rallied to win a close second game 25-23, and take the third game 15-11.
Hop onto a camel or the nearest flying carpet, and let the Mount Madonna School (MMS) middle school production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. carry you to Agrabah, the City of Enchantment. Join Princess Jasmine as she resists efforts to marry her to a visiting prince, and follow along with the street savvy Aladdin as he tries to stay one step ahead of the Sultan’s guards.
Santa Cruz Sentinel, 11/10/2013, Education Digest, "Mount Madonna Holds Open House on Nov. 23," read more: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/santacruz/ci_24490298/education-digest-nov-10-2013-school-holds-open?IADID=Search-www.santacruzsentinel.com-www.santacruzsentinel.com
Register-Pajaronian, 11/16/2013, "Making the Most of It: Mount Madonna sweeps Jewish Community in first round of CCS playoffs," story and photos by Tony Nunez. Read more: http://www.register-pajaronian.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=15469&page=74