Academics section

Action for Nature: Young Eco-Hero Award and Scholarship Contest

Action For Nature is an international organization that recognizes the accomplishments of students 8-16 years old who have reached out to make a difference in the environment and in their communities. We offer an annual scholarship contest called the International Young Eco-Hero Awards and are calling for applicants. 
The contest deadline is February 28 2016!

From Plastic Bricks to Sustainable Seating: Students to Build “Earthbench”

This spring, seventh grade students will be working on designing and building an “Earthbench” made of recycled plastic bottle “bricks” and cob to share with the Mount Madonna School (MMS) community. This interdisciplinary STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) project is a hands-on component of their classroom learning about human-caused environmental impacts and responsible management of Earth’s resources.  

Sixth Grade Solar Oven "Cookout"


Wings, Feathers, Beaks and Pellets: First and Second Graders Learn About Birds

Like little birds building nests from materials gathered from the surrounding habitat, first and second graders eagerly collected small sticks, acorns, bits of grass and oak leaves to push into clay and dough that they’d fashioned into small, bowl-shaped-nests. This unique hands-on activity was just one piece of a cross-curricular bird study that included learning about identification and field marks, incubation, developmental stages, habitat and adaptations. 

Featured Video: The Senior Class Interview with Dave Steward, South Africa, June 2015

Featured Video:

The senior class interview with Dave Steward, chief of staff to former South African President F.W. de Klerk. The students interviewed Steward as part of their Values in World Thought journey to South Africa in June 2015.

Register-Pajaronian: Mount Madonna Students Study, Protect Snowy Plover

Register-Pajaronian, 12/10/2015, "Mount Madonna students study, protect snowy plover," by Todd Guild. Photos by Tarmo Hannula. Read more

Balinese Guest Artist Teaches Master Dance Class

The middle school was honored by a second guest teacher for the middle school master class series in dance. I Gede Oka Artha Negara (also known as “Oka”) brought costumes and music to share Balinese dance with our students. I've included his biography below. Balinese dance is an impactful and disciplined style of dance that includes gorgeous costume work. Saki, the middle school dance teacher, invited and arranged Oka's visit.

Moral Heroes: Third Graders Research Inspiring Individuals

It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
This statement, attributed to Native American elder, In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat [Thunder Rolling Down the Mountain] or Chief Joseph, was chosen by third grader Luc Mattern to include in his Moral Hero study of the historic Nez Perce leader.

Middle School Media Literacy Curriculum

This week, middle school students were introduced to a new curriculum in media literacy. MMS combined elements of curricula from The Representation Project, Common Sense Media, and Photovoice in a focused learning experience of how to create and evaluate media appropriate for 11-14 year olds. 

Sixth Grade's Integrated Study of Ancient Egypt

The sixth graders have completed their integrated study of the history and culture of ancient Egypt,