Middle School

Alice in Wonderland Cast List

Congratulations on your roles!

Some of us have two or even 3 roles! As we all know, avoid making any hasty judgments about importance of role or which songs or lines you sing or say. Be aware: the script designations of who does what may change! Don’t highlight lines or lyrics yet! In the first weeks of rehearsal, we will clarify those assignments. Anticipate roles being more than you think; all will have opportunity to shine and contribute. It will take hard work! We perform in December, so we must get right to it!

Casting List Reflections

Congratulations to all for your engagement in the audition process, and for your trusting yourself and those in the room to be positive witness to your experimentation and discovery. Now the directors have the difficult job of assigning the roles. We’re aiming to post both cast lists by Saturday, 10/6 in the later afternoon. 

For both plays, the cast list simply identifies name, classification or grouping. Anticipate bringing dimension to your assigned “character”. No one is simply a title….Usually our roles are much more than anticipated. 

Teamwork, Cooperation and Mentoring: Alumni Join Students for Camping Adventure

Below a canopy of majestic, towering redwoods, some 40 middle school students gathered with teachers and school alumni earlier this month for an annual Mount Madonna School (MMS) tradition: a four-day outdoor kick-off to the school year – complete with tents, friends, and the wafting smell of campfires.

The trip for sixth through eighth graders incorporated hiking, swimming, science studies and camping at Big Basin, California’s very first state park.


Searching the Sand: Students Assist Researchers with Crab Count

On a recent sunny morning at Santa Cruz’s Natural Bridges State Beach, some 30 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 that encourages participation by ‘citizen scientists.’

“I want the kids to see that they can do ‘real’ science,” says James “PD” Rohan, MMS middle school math and science teacher, “that they can contribute useful data and have fun doing it.” The event represented Mount Madonna’s third year participating in this long-term monitoring study (now in its tenth year). 

Community Service / Volunteer Hours Requirement for MS & HS Students

Mount Madonna School has always valued community service, both in concept and practice. MMS was built, literally and figuratively, by volunteers. Service is a component of Positive Character Development and Creative Self’expression.

Middle and high school students volunteer, both during school hours and after school, in ways that are meaningful to them.

Technology Update at Middle and High Campus

We’re excited to announce that we now have wireless access in some locations at the Upper Campus! 

We’re still experimenting with how best to utilize this new tool and how to easily and reliably allow students to use their own devices to do school work while on campus.  We also have a new laptop cart with 20 machines that can be used if a student doesn’t have their own device they want to bring to use. 

We encourage families to talk with their children if they bring any electronic devices to school about how to keep them safe and secure.  We do have lockers available to all students who would like one.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Nicole Tervalon, IT Director, at nicole.tervalon_AT_mountmadonna.org or 408-847-2717 x293.

MMS Students Watch Last Flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour

The shuttle Endeavour, on its way to its new home at a Los Angeles science museum, flew over the Monterey Bay atop a 747 jumbo jet in the morning on Friday, September 21. MMS students came out of their classrooms to catch a glimpse of the shuttle, which was carried at very low-altitude. In fact, students on campus on the mountain actually looked down on the shuttle as it passed along the fog layer over the bay.