Academics section

Faculty Spotlight: Robin Hamsa Heinrich

Whether learning about inspirational “moral heroes,” creating papier mache bird models with high school “big buddies,” or absorbing history lessons in situ along California’s coastal area or in the Sierra mountains, students in Robin Hamsa Heinrich’s third grade class are active and challenged.

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Environmentalists Plead for Plastic Bag Ban

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 2/6/2014, "Environmentalists plead for plastic bag ban," story by Shanna McCord, photo by Dan Coyro. Read more:

Discovering History: Fourth Graders Study World Explorers

Dispatched on faraway quests to secure riches and territory for their countries of origin, and fueled by curiosity and courage, the discoveries of early world explorers in the western hemisphere are a standard piece of the fourth grade social studies curriculum at Mount Madonna School (MMS). Recently fourth grade students shared their Explorers Project research in presentations to their classmates, and it was evident that the students had been fully engaged in learning about the explorers’ lives and exploits.
“We learned about Danish explorer Vitus Bering,” explained fourth graders Amirah Ibragimchayeva and Addy Catterall-Pendleton. “Bering went to sea as a teenager and later joined the Russian navy. He led several dangerous expeditions.” The Bering Strait, the Bering Sea, Bering Island, Bering Glacier and the Bering Land Bridge have since all been posthumously named in his honor.

Self-Discovery and Empowerment: "Legally Blonde" at Mount Madonna School

Edgy, ironic and bitingly funny, Legally Blonde also contains a message of empowerment and self-discovery, and believing in one’s own capabilities whether you’re woman or man, blonde or some other hair color. This upbeat musical is infused with contemporary music in various styles, including ballad, reggae, snappy funk and big Broadway-like ‘show-stoppers.’

Tickets for Legally Blonde are on sale now and can be purchased through Thursday, January 23, in the school office or by calling 408-847-2717. After that, tickets will be available at the door.

Tickets are $10 for students 18 years and under, and $15 for adults. MMS alumni are $10 on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets may be purchased by check or cash; or with a credit card for orders of $25 or more.

6th - 8th Grades CTP4 Standardized Testing

Jan 17, 2014

Faculty In-service: Early Dismissal 12:15pm Elementary and 12:25pm MS/HS

Buses will run 3 hours ahead of the regular schedule. Carpools pick up at usual places.

Mar 06, 2014

The Gilroy Dispatch: Campus Tour and Legally Blonde at MMS

The Gilroy Dispatch, 1/7/2014, "Campus Tour and Legally Blonde at Mount Madonna School." Read more:

The Connection, 2012-13

The Connection, 2012-13, an annual publication for families, friends and alumni of Mount Madonna School. 

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Four County Teams Receive Honors

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12/18/2013, "Four county teams receive honors by CCS." Read more:

MMS Girls Varsity Team Scores Top Academic Honor: Best GPAs in CCS

Mount Madonna School’s girls varsity volleyball team has received the Central Coast Section (CCS) highest academic honor by the CIF: “2013-14 Fall Season Scholastic Championship Team Award.”