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Sophomores to Assist Scientists with Goby Research on Catalina Island

The Mount Madonna School (MMS) sophomore class will have a unique opportunity on their upcoming 9th and 10th learning journey to Santa Catalina Island: the opportunity to assist visiting scientists with research on a tiny and plentiful fish, the Catalina Goby. 

Both Sides of the Desk and Stage: Faculty Spotlight on Sampad Martin Kachuck

Plunging into the watery depths from a swimming pool’s high dive can be intimidating, and, as a child growing up, Sampad Martin Kachuck admits his own fear of heights made high dives a huge personal challenge that he struggled to overcome.

Celebrating 37 Years Onstage: MMS' "Ramayana!"

Ramayana!, the Mount Madonna School (MMS) sword-and-sorcery epic now in its 37th year, features an original rock-n-roll score and magical characters who encounter danger and love, good versus evil, duty, heroic action and sacrifice. Performances on June 5-7 at the Mexican Heritage Theater in San Jose. 

Whale Watching - 5th grade - Moss Landing

May 05, 2015

Circuitous Paths and Pursuing Passions: Career Forum Inspires Students

Despite an early strong interest in aviation and operating “complicated machinery,” veteran commercial pilot Michael Don Carlos said the route to his career was “not a straight arrow.” After high school, he initially chose to attend the University of Colorado, Boulder, with the intention of becoming a professional, competitive skier.

Fifth Grade Orca Project Wins First Place at Santa Cruz Earth Day

“We Ourselves Set this Problem in Motion, Let’s Help Save the Orcas of the Ocean,”  a project of the Mount Madonna School (MMS) fifth grade class, has won First Place in the environmental Class Challenge at the Santa Cruz Earth Day celebration on April 18. The students were presented with $300 prize for their First Place finish. 

San Francisco Chronicle: "Facing Drought's Hard Reality," with MMS Alumnus Noah Diffenbaugh, Ph.D ('92)

San Francisco Chronicle, 4/19/15, "Facing drought's hard reality," by Kevin Fagan. 

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MMS Students Receive President's Environmental Education Award for Fighting to Protect Sea Turtles Worldwide

San Francisco, CA – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the 2013-14 fifth grade class at Mount Madonna School in Watsonville, Calif. will receive the President’s Environmental Youth Award for their work to fight environmental threats faced by California sea turtles. The awards are presented each year to exceptional students and teachers who demonstrate creativity, innovation, and leadership to address difficult environmental challenges.

Talking Summit for the Planet with Senior Lexi Julien

What is the Summit for the Planet and why might you encourage people (especially families) to attend?
Summit for the Planet is an annual walk-a-thon and environmental festival held up at Mount Madonna School (MMS). Every April, the MMS community and more gather up on the mountaintop for a day of walking in the redwoods, listening to music, and participating in environmentally conscious activities.

Fifth Grade Class Awarded $500 Disney Friends for Change Grant for Global Youth Service Day

Mount Madonna, CA, April 2015 – The fifth grade class at Mount Madonna School (MMS) was recently awarded a Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant through Youth Service America (YSA).