Values

Broadening Our Circles: Students Attend Fundraiser for Texas Congressional Candidate

Mount Madonna School (MMS) twelfth grade students Anika Compoginis and John Dias, and alumnus Cyrus Kamkar (’18) recently attended a political fundraising event in Woodside honoring Texas Congressional candidate Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar. “I saw MJ’s campaign video – which has since…

Class of 2018: Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Seniors’ College Choices

Mount Madonna School (MMS) is pleased to announce Indigo Kelly as the 2018 Valedictorian, and Zachary Wagner as Salutatorian. These students earned this distinction through hard work and focused effort, edging out their peers at the small Central Coast school known for…

SantaCruzParent.com: We Remember, Honoring the “Greatest Generation,” A Teen’s Passion for History Connects Generations

SantaCruzParent.com, 5/24/2018, “We Remember – Honoring the ‘Greatest Generation,’ Teen Engages Veterans to Discuss War, Sacrifice and History,” by Cyrus Kamkar, grade 12.  When I read  a local teen’s essay about World War II veterans and American values, I was so impressed with the concepts 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 Mercury News: Mount Madonna School Reading Writing and Reasoning

The Mercury News, 3/25/2018, “Mount Madonna School Reading Writing and Reasoning,” photo by Shmuel Thaler, Santa Cruz Sentinel. Mount Madonna School junior Gracie Howley notes an important passage as her Values In World Thought class discusses the meaning of the work of…

gmh Today: Relationships – Opening the Door to Transformational Learning

gmh Today, November-December 2017, pages 102-103, “Relationships – Opening the Door to Transformational Learning,” by Ward “SN” Mailliard. Photos by Shmuel Thaler. I am often asked, “How do you manage to engage the prominent leaders that the students interview?” and “How do…

The Connection, 2016-17

The Connection, 2016-17, an annual publication for families, friends and alumni of Mount Madonna School. Click on the above image to load  and view the content in a ‘page-turning’ format or download the PDF.