Building Community Through Weekly Morning Circles

Building Community Through Weekly Morning Circles

On September 16, Mount Madonna School held its first community morning circle for kindergarten through twelfth grade students, faculty and staff. Each weekly circle will have a theme, and this week the theme was gratitude. Participants were invited to give a shout out of appreciation for anything they wanted. One person was appreciative of the first whole-school assembly after 18 months. Another person was grateful for the land on which the school exists, and especially appreciative of the morning’s fog, as it provides much-needed moisture for the redwood forest that surrounds campus.

Senior students each chose a quote and led a small-group exercise in gratitude. After discussing the quotes in small groups, seniors took turns sharing highlights from the group conversations with all who were gathered.


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Nestled among the redwoods on 375 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a diverse learing community dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.