Service Learning

Understanding Ecosystems: Students Engage in Research at Elkhorn Slough Reserve

On a clear, sunny morning last week, curious students explored the flora and fauna of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, investigating invertebrate specimens, water, air and soils tests, and recording observations in nature journals. Mount Madonna School (MMS) fifth and…

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…

Government in Action: Students Interview County Supervisor Manu Koenig

By Shannon Kelly In May, as part of the Values in World Thought program, junior and senior students will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to experience government in action. One key aspect of the program is providing students the opportunity to engage…

“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…

A Beacon of Faith and Humanity: Remembering Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a South African Anglican cleric who in 1984 received the Nobel Prize for Peace for his role in the opposition to apartheid in South Africa, passed away on December 26 at age 90. Mount Madonna School (MMS) students first…

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…

Environmental Protection Agency Honors Students’ Shark Conservation Efforts

Environmental Protection Agency Honors Students’ Shark Conservation Efforts

On October 5, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 honored Mount Madonna School our students – national President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) winners – for their “Save Our Sharks” project they completed in 2019-20 as fifth graders. The EPA Region 9…