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Both Sides of the Desk and Stage: Faculty Spotlight on Sampad Martin Kachuck

As we prepare for Mount Madonna School’s 40th annual Ramayana! – and Sampad Kachuck’s 35th year directing this epic – it seems relevant to turn the spotlight on Sampad and acknowledge our deep gratitude for his many contributions.  This article was first…

India West: Mount Madonna School Returns with 40th Annual Production of Ramayana! June 7-10

India West, 5/17/2018, “Mount Madonna School Returns with 40th Annual Production of Ramayana! June 7-10.” Mount Madonna School will be presenting the 40th anniversary production of “Ramayana!,” the ancient epic adapted for modern audiences and set to a mix of traditional and contemporary music…

Character Matters

What follows is a reflection by Mount Madonna’s Head of School, Supriya Mary McDonald, on the importance of positive character development. Positive character development, along with academic excellence and creative self-expression, comprise the three pillars of Mount Madonna School.  As the many…

Public Speaking and Problem Solving: Students Participate in Local Model United Nations Conference

In April, six Mount Madonna School (MMS) upper school students attended a Model United Nations (MUN) conference hosted by Pacific Collegiate School (PCS) in Santa Cruz. The MMS students prepared for the conference by meeting once a week with history teacher and…

The Art of Asking Questions: Students Interview Former Secretary of State George Shultz

Sitting around an imposing table at the Annenberg Conference Center at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, some 30 Mount Madonna School (MMS) juniors and seniors leaned forward listening intently to the soft and yet authoritative voice of former Secretary of State George P. Shultz. The students had prepared for this interview for weeks, conducting research and discussing and formulating questions, as part of their Values in World Thought social studies curriculum. This preparation and hard work was worthwhile; as evidenced by students’ engagement with this seminal political figure, and insights drawn from the advice and experiences he shared.

The Gift of Meaningful Work: Robin Hamsa Heinrich

Whether learning about inspirational ‘moral heroes,’ creating papier mache bird models with high school ‘big buddies,’ or absorbing history lessons in situ along California’s coastal area or in the Sierra mountains, students in Robin Hamsa Heinrich’s third grade class are active and challenged.

A Hearty Congratulations to our Boys Volleyball Athletes and Coaches!

“Last night the boys volleyball season came to a close with a loss in the Central Coast Section Division III semifinals,” commented coach PK McDonald. “This season has been filled with great accomplishments and a great deal of adversity. It has offered…

Government in Action: Washington, D.C. Learning Journey 2018

Mount Madonna School’s Values in World Thought Program  We hope you will follow the Mount Madonna School juniors and seniors’ journey to Washington, D.C., May 12-23, as they interview an interesting array of government and social action leaders. Our students have been…