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Students' Projects Recognized at County Science and Engineering Fair

Congratulations to inspired seventh grade scientists Ksenia Medvedeva, Lily Hernandez and Will Pramanik, for entering projects in the 27th annual Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair! 
Pramanik’s project, “Momentum vs.

Morgan Hill Times, Student of the Week: Priyanka Bharghavan

-Name, age, grade, city of residence
Priyanka Bharghavan, 13, 8th grade, Morgan Hill
-What inspires you? 
My family and friends inspire me and encourage me every day.
-What is your favorite subject in school, and why? 
Art is my favorite class.

Exploration and Learning: Students Share A 'Journey Through Africa'

“Passengers, please direct your attention out of the plane’s right side windows,” said enthusiastic “flight attendant” and Mount Madonna School (MMS) first grade teacher Cassia Laffin to her students. “In the distance, reaching 19,341 feet you can see Mount Kilimanjaro! And, over there, winding for thousands of miles, the remarkable Nile River!

Students Collect Donations for Colombian Indigenous Schools

As part of a project in their Spanish classes at Mount Madonna School (MMS), eighth through eleventh grade students are seeking donations of school supplies and used clothing for students at two indigenous schools, the Arhuacan school, La Institucion Etnoeducativa Tairona de Bunkwimake and the Wiwa school, Zalemaku de Sertuga, located in the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta, Colombia.

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.