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Cultivating a Culture of Kindness: Faculty Spotlight on Jenni Leach

My religion is very simple; my religion is kindness – His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama
This statement by the Dalai Lama is a favorite of Mount Madonna School (MMS) second grade teacher Jenni Leach, who draws inspiration from its simple, powerful message. For Jenni, kindness, compassion and respect – towards self and others – are more than desirable traits in her classroom, they are every day, practiced standards.

Student Spotlight: Lexi Julien

-Name, age, grade, city of residence
Lexi Julien, 17, 12th grade, Santa Cruz
-What inspires you? 
When someone is truly excited and passionate about something. It is amazing to watch how passion can transform someone, and nothing inspires me more than seeing one’s inner light shine through when they are doing what they love. 

Snapshots of Second Grade Learning: Oceanography, Engineering and Baby Pigs

See education through our students' eyes!

Snapshots of Second Grade Learning:
Students recently spent the day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium learning about oceanography and conservation.

Outdoor Exploration Focus of After School Program


The After School Program is still being offered. Currently, there are students enrolled for Thursday. The focus is Outdoor Exploration and will include activities such as hiking, art, and cooperative games. Generally kids enjoy some down time after school followed by snack, homework time, and then the rest of the activities.
We are planning to offer another cooking class this spring, as well as other classes geared around a specific, focused topic, like the cooking and art/felting classes.

Where: Mount Madonna School
Time: 3:25-5:25pm
Other: Transportation available

Mount Madonna School faculty member, Jen Block, is director of this program. You may contact Jen at 408-847-2717 x578 or email

Download Adventures After School flyer 

Samvaad V: A Dialogue on Education

MMS faculty member Ward "SN" Mailliard is participating in the upcoming Samvaad V dialgoues in education hosted by The Heritage School, Gurgaon, India. This year's theme is "The Improvisational Dance of Teaching and Learning." Participants will dicuss ways to be adaptive and creatively responsive to the ever-chaning needs of students. 

Morgan Hill Times, Student of the Week: Sienna Clifton

Morgan Hill Times, 1/23/2015, "Student of the Week: Sienna Clifton

5th Grade Booth at WhaleFest on Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey

At the event, the 5th grade class will be sharing their orca project with the public and their activities they created to teach the public about the threats that orcas face.

Jan 25, 2015

Morgan Hill Life: MMS Junior Participates in AAUW Speech Contest

Morgan Hill Life, 1/21-2/3/2015 edition, page 3, "Around Town...With Robert Airoldi." Mount Madonna School junior CeCe Moreno was one of nine local high school students who particpated in the second annual speech contest sponsored by the Morgan Hill branch of the American Associaion of University Women (AAUW) on the topic of "College, is it worth the cost?"

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Featured Video: Educating Hearts & Minds, Mount Madonna School's Elementary Grades

See the world through our teachers' eyes: 

Mount Madonna School (MMS) elementary faculty share insight about what makes the MMS elementary program unique and outstanding.

"Building Resilience, Self-discipline and a Zest for Life in Children and Teenagers": a Public Lecture on February 19 at Cabrillo College

Clinical Psychologist, Parenting Expert and Best-Selling Author Dr. Wendy Mogel Presented by Mount Madonna School, Gateway School, York School, and Cabrillo College