- About MMS
On a recent foggy morning, in a forest clearing near Mount Madonna School (MMS), 35 high school students dressed in military-style fatigues, or even shorts, t-shirts and jeans, huddle in two opposing, waist-deep, muddy trenches. Nearby, other students peer watchfully from behind boulders and trees, scanning the surrounding terrain. Students can be overheard discussing in low voices, attack and defensive strategies, all the while listening for the signal to commence ‘battle’.
Several Mount Madonna School 11th and 12th grade students spent Monday's ‘election eve’ engaging with supporters of incumbent Congressman Sam Farr (D, Monterey) at an event at the Monterey Cookhouse. The students were invited to attend as Farr’s special guests, and were accompanied by MMS high school social studies teacher Ward Mailliard, Farr has represented the 20th Congressional District in Congress since 1993, and was reelected by a huge margin on Tuesday.
On a trail below the highway bridge connecting Pescadero State Beach to the nearby marsh, students huddle together and listen quietly to a story about the lives of the Ohlone people – early inhabitants of the area. While people frequently learn history through museum visits and reading, this group of Mount Madonna School (MMS) third and fourth graders was in nature’s classroom, spending two days along the north coast learning about marine science, coastal ecology, and local history.
Mount Madonna School teachers Lisa Catterall and Hamsa Heinrich smiled and looked on as about 30 students frolicked together at the shoreline, enjoying a break after a morning of kayaking together at Elkhorn Slough.
"My favorite moment was at lunch when we played at sinking down to our knees in the wet sand, and discovered all kinds of interesting life in the mud-flats,” said twelfth grader Aimee Hopkins. “We even found a red ghost shrimp.”
Mount Madonna School (MMS) is pleased to announce that senior Kavi Duvvoori has received two awards: National AP Scholar and AP Scholar with Distinction from The College Board, in recognition of exemplary college-level achievement on Advanced Placement Program Examinations.
“Kavi is a student with a sincere love for learning, who inspires and supports others,” comments Jivanti Rutansky, Mount Madonna’s Head of Upper School.
Fox News, 9/29/2012, "Students Help Researchers with Crab Count." Watch the video clip. http://youtu.be/ByVIixaI3oc
On a recent sunny morning at Santa Cruz’s Natural Bridges State Beach, some 30 visitors to the beach were Mount Madonna School (MMS) students and parents taking part in LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students), an environmental monitoring and education program that encourages participation by ‘citizen scientists.'
“I want the kids to see that they can do ‘real’ science,” says James “PD” Rohan, MMS middle school math and science teacher, “that they can contribute useful data and have fun doing it.” The event represented Mount Madonna’s third year participating in this long-term monitoring study (now in its tenth year).
Pencils, paper, classrooms and new schedules…When you think of the first day back to school, what comes to mind? For some 60+ high school students, their first day was anything but typical: arriving ninth through twelfth graders at Mount Madonna School (MMS) toted sleeping bags and swimsuits. The occasion? Four days of whitewater rafting, camping and teamwork along northern California's rugged American River.