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Class of 2021: Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Seniors’ College Choices

Mount Madonna School (MMS) is pleased to announce Kira Kaplan as the 2021 valedictorian and Sara Bautista as salutatorian. These students earned this distinction through hard work and focused effort, edging out their peers at the Central Coast school known for strong…

Deep Connections and Unintended Benefits: Reflections on Ramayana!

By Lisa Catterall Fourteen years ago, I was a new parent and a new teacher at Mount Madonna School (MMS). I was a refugee from a job at Genentech that had me commuting far away from my three year old, and doing…

Class of ’21 Senior Spotlight: Corey Mensinger

Name, city of residence:  Corey Mensinger, Soquel Grade you started at MMS: Fourth grade  What inspires you? I am inspired by people like Jacksepticeye, Corpse Husband, Valkyrae, and many other YouTubers and Twitch streamers. I’ve started livestreaming on Twitch more often now,…

Fifth Graders Enlist Congressman’s Support in Creating a National Blue Whale Day

While a firsthand sighting of a blue whale along California’s coast has so far eluded Mount Madonna School (MMS) fifth grade students; this hasn’t diminished their passion for wanting to raise awareness about protecting these ocean giants from environmental and human-caused threats…

Citizen Advocates, Plastic Pollution and Saving Blue Whales: Buddy Classes’ Conservation Curriculum

Mount Madonna School (MMS) fifth grade students are learning a lot about whales, especially blue whales, this school year. And although these whales are the largest animals to have ever lived on Earth, fifth graders say these endangered ocean giants need help…

Mary Supriya McDonald

Integrity, Leadership and Day-to-Day Kindness: Supriya McDonald

Mary Supriya McDonald, teacher and head of school, joined Mount Madonna School in 1987 and is retiring at the end of the current school year. Alumna Haley Campbell (’02) spoke with McDonald in December 2019, and shares this revealing profile. It was…

Navigating a Brave New Educational Landscape

Faculty and Students Express a Deep Appreciation for Community Bonds On March 27 Mount Madonna School (MMS) teachers and students completed their second week of remote teaching and learning. During this same period, MMS administrators and staff continued to work remotely to…