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The Art of Asking Questions: Students Interview Former Secretary of State George Shultz

Sitting around an imposing table at the Annenberg Conference Center at Stanford's Hoover Institution, some 30 Mount Madonna School (MMS) juniors and seniors leaned forward listening intently to the soft and yet authoritative voice of former Secretary of State George P. Shultz. The students had prepared for this interview for weeks, conducting research and discussing and formulating questions, as part of their Values in World Thought social studies curriculum. This preparation and hard work was worthwhile; as evidenced by students’ engagement with this seminal political figure, and insights drawn from the advice and experiences he shared.

Fifth Grade's Sea Turtle Project Named National Finalist; Wins S.C. Earth Day First Place!

Congratulations to the Mount Madonna School (MMS) fifth grade class: their environmental education project, “Don’t Be A Nurdle, Save the Sea Turtle” was awarded top honors and a $300 prize at the recent Santa Cruz Earth Day, and named a National Finalist in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge! Feel-Good Fundraising at Summit for the Planet, 4/22/2014, "Feel-Good Fundraising: Summit for the Planet." Read more.






Santa Cruz Sentinel: Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 4/13/2014, "MMS Host annual Summit for the Planet." Read more: Mount Madonna students Say, "Don't be a nurdle, help the sea turtle", 4/11/2014, "Mount Madonna students say 'Don't be a nurdle, help the sea turtle'," by Amy Larson. Read more:

AP Late US History Exam



May 21, 2014

Imagination and Creativity: Student Recognized for “Flying” Car

Congratulations to Mount Madonna School fourth grade student Addy Catterall-Pendleton, who was recognized recently for his project entered in the 2014 Santa Cruz County Science Fair. For his project “Maglev,” Catterall-Pendleton was recognized for his creative engineering skills with a prize to attend a workshop at the Makers Factory in Santa Cruz.

Independent School: Taking Aim: Students Engage in Outdoor Adventure

Independent School magazine, Spring 2014, "Taking aim: students engage in outdoor adventure," by Leigh Ann Clifton. Photo by Maureen Pramanik. Read more:

Fifth Grade Receives Disney Friends for Change Grant for Global Youth Service Day

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

Passion, Profit and Long-Term Happiness: Career Forum Engages Students

“You won’t excel at something that you don’t have passion for,” advised attorney Brian Liddicoat to students during the recent 4th annual Career Forum at Mount Madonna School (MMS). “It wasn’t until well after I left law school that I realized that I really enjoy litigation rather than transactional work and now I do full-time litigation and love it. I find my litigation work very, very interesting and that’s the only reason I can put in the long hours. I look forward to going to work.