Academics section

The Gilroy Dispatch, Student of the Week: Will Pramanik

-Name, age, grade, city of residence
Will Pramanik, 12, 7th, Gilroy
-What inspires you?
I am inspired by anything that is strategy related.  My favorite game is “Magic the Gathering,” which is pure strategy. 
-What is your favorite subject in school, and why? 

The Gilroy Dispatch: 'Footloose' and Fancy Free

The Gilroy Dispatch, 2/6/2015, 'Footloose' and fancy free, by Andrea Joseph, lifestyle editor. Read more

Learning and Teaching: First Graders Share Native Animal Research

Mount Madonna School (MMS) first graders can tell you a lot about some of the animals native to Santa Cruz County, including wild turkeys, barn owls and rattlesnakes, following several weeks of research and presentations to their peers, parents and teachers. 


Photos by Cassia Laffin and Leigh Ann Clifton

Cultivating a Culture of Kindness: Faculty Spotlight on Jenni Leach

My religion is very simple; my religion is kindness – His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama
This statement by the Dalai Lama is a favorite of Mount Madonna School (MMS) second grade teacher Jenni Leach, who draws inspiration from its simple, powerful message. For Jenni, kindness, compassion and respect – towards self and others – are more than desirable traits in her classroom, they are every day, practiced standards.

Student Spotlight: Lexi Julien

-Name, age, grade, city of residence
Lexi Julien, 17, 12th grade, Santa Cruz
-What inspires you? 
When someone is truly excited and passionate about something. It is amazing to watch how passion can transform someone, and nothing inspires me more than seeing one’s inner light shine through when they are doing what they love. 

Snapshots of Second Grade Learning: Oceanography, Engineering and Baby Pigs

See education through our students' eyes!

Snapshots of Second Grade Learning:
Students recently spent the day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium learning about oceanography and conservation.

Outdoor Exploration Focus of After School Program


The After School Program is still being offered. Currently, there are students enrolled for Thursday. The focus is Outdoor Exploration and will include activities such as hiking, art, and cooperative games. Generally kids enjoy some down time after school followed by snack, homework time, and then the rest of the activities.
We are planning to offer another cooking class this spring, as well as other classes geared around a specific, focused topic, like the cooking and art/felting classes.

Where: Mount Madonna School
Time: 3:25-5:25pm
Other: Transportation available

Mount Madonna School faculty member, Jen Block, is director of this program. You may contact Jen at 408-847-2717 x578 or email

Download Adventures After School flyer 

Samvaad V: A Dialogue on Education

MMS faculty member Ward "SN" Mailliard is participating in the upcoming Samvaad V dialgoues in education hosted by The Heritage School, Gurgaon, India. This year's theme is "The Improvisational Dance of Teaching and Learning." Participants will dicuss ways to be adaptive and creatively responsive to the ever-chaning needs of students. 

Morgan Hill Times, Student of the Week: Sienna Clifton

Morgan Hill Times, 1/23/2015, "Student of the Week: Sienna Clifton

5th Grade Booth at WhaleFest on Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey

At the event, the 5th grade class will be sharing their orca project with the public and their activities they created to teach the public about the threats that orcas face.

Jan 25, 2015