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How Our Schools Can Inspire Emergence of Community Builders, a Plexus Institute Interview with Teacher Ward Mailliard

Plexus Institute, 8/9/0213, Plexus Call, "How Our Schools Can Inpsire Emergence of Community Builders," and interview with teacher Ward "SN" Mailliard and entrepreneur Lisa Kimball. Listen to the podcast:



The Gilroy Dispatch: Pioneers, the Gold Rush and "Cullumah"

The Gilroy Dispatch, 11/6/2013, "Pionners, the Gold Rush and "Cullumah": Students Learn California History," Read more:

Pioneers, the Gold Rush and “Cullumah”: Students Learn California History

Along the banks of the American River’s South Fork, in a valley native Nisenan people called “Cullumah“ or “beautiful valley,” craftsman James Marshall discovered gold in 1848. Marshall’s discovery began the great California Gold Rush and fueled the West’s dramatic growth for decades.

MMS Senior Receives National Merit Commendation

Mount Madonna School (MMS) is pleased to announce that senior Roger Hooker has been named a Commended Student in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Earning this distinction signifies that a student scored in the top 5% nationwide of the more than 1.5 million students who took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

MMS Faculty Spotlight: Getting to Know Amy Neff

Behind the educational philosophy and inspiring natural environment that is Mount Madonna School (MMS), is its most significant ‘natural resource’: a diverse faculty of enthusiastic, personable, creative, and innovative individuals, who together bring a broad range of personal and professional experiences to the community. Over the course of this school year, we look forward to ‘introducing’ some of these teachers to you, to offer a new perspective on the people who are guiding MMS students, and to help you know better the people behind the course syllabi.

Whether they’re learning about Egyptian pharaohs, ancient Greece, the Native American diaspora, America’s colonial period or other topics, middle school students in Amy Neff’s history and Core classes are engaging with a vibrant and rich course of study full of stories, heroes, legends, treachery and war.

Taking Aim: Students Engage in Outdoor Adventure

“Archers to the line!” 
As she focused on a brightly-colored bull’s-eye several yards in front of her, the girl tucked her long brown hair behind her ear, raised the bow she was holding to chest level, and pulled back firmly on the string until it almost touched her nose. The instructor beside her adjusted the angle of the girl’s chin and shoulders, and told her to concentrate only on where she was aiming. Then, with a slight shift of three fingers, she released the arrow, sending it ‘whooshing’ through the air to strike the target. 

10th and 11th Grades 'On-Campus Field Trip': WWI Trench Warfare Simulation

Oct 31, 2013

The Importance of Being 'Wild': Educators Share Conservation Message

The audience of young students watched intently and seemed to hold their collective breath as educator Rob Dicely led “Shoshone,” a 90-pound female mountain lion, to the stage. Guided by Dicely, Shoshone flexed her muscular hind legs and leapt effortlessly onto a table where she sat and studied her surroundings.

Santa Cruz Sentinel, Education Digest: New Faculty at MMS

'Blue Collar' Economics: Students Rate Top-Three Finishes in Virtual Stock Market

Tesla Motors, Activision and Boeing were among the high-performing company stocks traded by Mount Madonna School (MMS) students engaged in a Virtual Stock Market competition during the last school year. When the contest ended students Joseph Frediani (’13), Willy Bryan (’13) and Daniel Clifton (now a senior), finished in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place among the 400 California high school students who participated!