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Featured Videos: Singing Shosholoza in Tembisa and Visiting Botshabelo

See the world through our students' eyes:

Mount Madonna School  students visited the Tembisa Arts Center (TSWEPA), outside Johannesburg, South Africa on June 27, 2011, as part of the Sawubona Project. In this video, high school students from California and South Africa sing Shosholoza, a South African song of freedom. Watch on YouTube

Morgan Hill Times, Student of the Week: William Murphy

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Moral Hero Living Museum: Students Research Inspiring Individuals

"It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees." – Wangari Maathai, Kenyan educator, conservationist, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
 

The Connection, 2013-14

The Connection, 2013-14, an annual publication for famiiies, friends and alumni of Mount Madonna School.

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The Gilroy Dispatch and Morgan Hill Times: Middle School Students Take On Shelter-Building Adventure

The Gilroy Dispach and Morgan Hill Times, 12/5/2014, "Middle school student take on shelter-building adventure."

Story on Gilroy Dispatch website

Story on Morgan Hill Times website 

The Gilroy Dispatch, Student of the Week: Sophia Saavedra

-Name, age, grade, city of residence
 
Sophia Saavedra, 15, junior, Gilroy
 
-What inspires you? 
 
My teachers inspire me on a daily basis because of their dedication to developing and supporting their students. I have been able to develop meaningful relationships with my teachers because of the small class sizes at my school.
 

Student Spotlight: Lena Wiley

-Name, age, school, grade, city of residence
 
Lena Wiley, 17, Mount Madonna School, senior, Watsonville
 
-What inspires you? 
 
I am inspired by how vast the world is and how much is possible for me to do and see in it. The community also inspires me, along with the great things people have created and accomplished by working together.
 
-What is your favorite subject in school, and why?
 
Womens “Herstory,” because we learn about women and the feminist movement throughout American history, and discuss prevalent current gender issues.
 
 

Learning History from the Trenches: Students Simulate WWI Warfare

It is a gray, wet afternoon as rain drips through the redwoods on the Mount Madonna School (MMS) campus. A group of tenth and eleventh grade students can be spotted bustling outside of their classroom, full of nerves and anticipation. Most are adorned in camouflage with black smudges of paint under their eyes. To the casual observer it might appear that these students are preparing for a theatrical production.

December Special Class Schedules

We start our December special schedule on Monday, December 1st upon our return from the Thanksgiving Holiday. Middle School students have received special schedules on Wednesday, November 26th. You can also find copies of the schedule on the homework website in the General Information folder/class. Students can pick up extra copies at the office.

Middle School Outdoor Shelter Adventure

Tucked against the trunk of a substantial redwood tree, naturally camouflaged and constructed from tree branches, bits of bark, leaves, tree needles – the same forest “litter” that covers the surrounding area – a small hobbit-sized shelter is visible.