5th Grade Environmental Project

Mount Madonna Honored with Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award

Congratulations to teacher Jessica Cambell and Mount Madonna School (MMS) on receiving the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), which celebrates the environmental education work of MMS fifth grade students for the last nine years! MMS is one of twelve California…

Public Screening of “Shore Wars: The Shore Awakens,” fifth grade’s educational movie related to their Western Snowy Plover environmental project

The Western Snowy Plover, a “cute little shorebird” that lives along the California coast, is the subject of Shore Wars: The Shore Awakens, an educational movie written, filmed, edited and produced by Mount Madonna School (MMS) fifth grade students. On Friday, April…

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Marine Debris Program Recognizes Students’ Sea Turtle Environmental Project

The United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Marine Debris Program, October 2015, “California Teachers Bring Home Lessons on Plastic Marine Debris,” article references Mount Madonna School’s 2013-14 fifth grade class’ sea turtle environmental project. Read more


Fifth Grade Orca Project Wins First Place at Santa Cruz Earth Day

‘We Ourselves Set this Problem in Motion, Let’s Help Save the Orcas of the Ocean,’  a project of the Mount Madonna School (MMS) fifth grade class, has won First Place in the environmental Class Challenge at the Santa Cruz Earth Day celebration on April 18. The students were presented with $300 prize for their First Place finish. 

MMS Students Receive President’s Environmental Education Award for Fighting to Protect Sea Turtles Worldwide

San Francisco, CA — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that the 2013-14 fifth grade class at Mount Madonna School in Watsonville, Calif. will receive the President’s Environmental Youth Award for their work to fight environmental threats faced by California sea turtles. The awards are presented each year to exceptional students and teachers who demonstrate creativity, innovation, and leadership to address difficult environmental challenges.