Kindergarten

Fifth Grade’s Sea Lion Environmental Project

Each year, the Mount Madonna School (MMS) fifth grade class engages in a year-long, cross-curricular study focused on an environmental topic selected by the students. For 2021-22, students voted to focus on sea lions to raise public awareness and reduce the existential…

Growing Up in Santa Cruz: “The World is Knocking” by Lisa Catterall

Growing Up in Santa Cruz, February 2022, Teacher’s Desk, “The World is Knocking” by Lisa Catterall. He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. – Friedrich Nietzsche This week I had the pleasure of teaching in a true…

“It feels good to help people”: Students Participate in Day of Service in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Mount Madonna School (MMS) community honored the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. by participating in a nationwide day of service on Friday, January 14.  All students from the tiniest preschoolers to our almost-ready-to-graduate seniors got their hands…

Feeding Hope and Nurturing Empathy: Second Graders Lead Community Food Drive

While it’s not unusual for school communities to contribute to local food drives, it may be unique to have the effort led for more than a decade by six- and seven-year-old children. Each fall Mount Madonna School (MMS) second grade students, guided…