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Fifth Grade Starts Petition to Eliminate Plastic Microbeads in Personal Care Products

Fifth grade students have started a petition to eliminate the use of plastic microbeads in body care products. 
This is such a great lesson in grassroots civic action, so please consider signing the petition and helping them along by sharing the link with anyone and everyone!

Featured Video: Samdhong Rinpoche, Lobsang Tenzin, Former Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration

See the world through our students' eyes:

World Religions Class Visits the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur

Last week, the seniors' World Religions class, led by teachers Dayanand Diffenbaugh and Shannon Kelly, journeyed to the New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur for a glimpse into the world of Christianity in a monastery setting.

They were met by MMS friend, Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, now Prior of this Benedictine hermitage, who previously has come to MMS many times as a guest of Diffenbaugh's during the class' unit on Christianity.

Beautiful, Brave and Inspired: Students Prepare for Creative Writing Reading

The Mount Madonna School (MMS) high school Creative Writing Reading is an annual event where students, faculty, parents and friends gather together to listen to our student writers read their works. Mark your calendars and save the date! This year it’s planned for Friday, March 20 from 7:00-9:00pm in the Assembly Room at the Upper Campus. 

Third Graders Design Light-up Robots

On a recent day in The Factory, Mount Madonna School third grade students created small robot designs and added lights with small circuits made from an LED, a button-cell battery and conductive paint.

Next, using their original designs as circuit diagrams, students make larger scale versions of their robots on paper, and used copper tape, colored LEDs, button-cell batteries and on-off switches. 

Gilroy Dispatch, Student of the Week: Imogen Cockrum

-Name, age, grade, school
Imogen Cockrum, 13, 8th grade, Mount Madonna School

-What inspires you?
I am inspired when older people and the elderly tell me stories of their younger lives. It reminds me that my present will soon be my past and it should be worth telling later on.

Register-Pajaronian: Mount Madonna Students Clean Beach; Study Their Impacts on the Environment

Register-Pajaronian, 3/5/2015, "Mount Madonna students clean beach; study their impacts on the environment," by Todd Guild. Photos by Tarmo Hannula (RP) and Jessica Cambell (MMS). Read more

Mount Madonna School's Summer Program: A Mountain of Fun!

Mount Madonna School's summer program, Mountain of Fun, runs July 13 - August 7, Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 3:30pm. Four weeks of discovery and fun! Register for one, two, three, or all four weeks.  Go to Summer Program website


Featured Video: Fifth Grade Students Address the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council

On February 20, the fifth grade class presented to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. They asked the council to consider changing the current "recommendation" of a 50-yard boating distance from whales in the Monterey Bay to a 100-yard law.
Students were well-spoken, educated and mature! Great job!

Morgan Hill Times, Student of the Week: Max Medvedev

Morgan Hill Times, "Student of the Week: Max Medvedev," 2/20/2015