Featured Video: A 2014 interview with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth as part of Mount Madonna School’s Values in World Thought Program. Biennially (and upcoming in May 2016), the juniors and seniors travel to Washington, D.C. to talk with America’s political, NGO, and nonprofit…
The senior class interview with Dave Steward, chief of staff to former South African President F.W. de Klerk. The students interviewed Steward as part of their Values in World Thought journey to South Africa in June 2015.
“Learning Journey Under the Sea,” Mount Madonna School’s 9th and 10th grade Catalina Island trip, May 2015. A big thank you to our hosts, the USC Wrigley Center (10th grade) and the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (9th grade) for providing such a beautiful location to study ocean life!
The ninth grade class recently returned from a Learning Journey they call “Flow with Water” or Yeyeco Ica Atl in the language of the Pimungan people, the first human occupants of California’s Santa Catalina Island. The class went to Catalina Island off the coast of Long Beach and joined the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) for a week of outdoor field studies, leadership challenges, and personal growth.
Interested in knowing more about the experiences of Mount Madonna School senior class during their recent Learning Journey to India? A new 14-minute video by Devin Kuman (’06) is now posted.
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The African word “Sawubona” means “I see you.” Like the Mount Madonna School Class of 2012 did before them, the current juniors chose this name to represent their upcoming trip to South Africa in June 2013. This unusual learning journey will be about seeing and gaining a new understanding of people in a part of the world that is far different from the one in which we live. Early next summer, sixteen students from the MMS “Values in World Thought” program will leave for Cape Town, which is the first stop on this journey of a lifetime.
This year’s seniors will journey to northern India in March and April 2013. The trip is part of the School’s two-year “Values in World Thought” program, an innovative high school social studies curriculum developed by faculty member and trip leader Ward Mailliard.
Braving wind, cold weather and at times rain, AP Biology students from Mount Madonna School (MMS) met researchers at Elkhorn Slough near Moss Landing last Friday to help count birds, including Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, White-tailed Kites, Blue Herons, and godwits.
On a typical morning at Santa Cruz’s Natural Bridges State Beach, children and adults can be seen walking, playing and exploring the shore and sand along this scenic stretch of coastline. On Saturday, October 15, some 25 visitors to the beach were Mount Madonna School (MMS) students and parents taking part in LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students), an environmental monitoring and education program for students and teachers and other volunteer groups.
“I left part of my heart in South Africa,” commented Mount Madonna School (MMS) senior Quincy Mitchell. “And in return it has given me a piece of its soul that I shall carry with me forever.”
Mitchell’s comment came during the September 23 Sawubona Project presentation at MMS. ‘Sawubona’, Zulu for ‘I See You’, is the name of a year-long project which culminated in a June journey to South Africa for MMS’ senior class. The project was developed as part of the “Values in World Thought” social studies course, a two-year curriculum for MMS 11th and 12th graders.