Buddies

Citizen Advocates, Plastic Pollution and Saving Blue Whales: Buddy Classes’ Conservation Curriculum

Mount Madonna School (MMS) fifth grade students are learning a lot about whales, especially blue whales, this school year. And although these whales are the largest animals to have ever lived on Earth, fifth graders say these endangered ocean giants need help…

Mary Supriya McDonald

Integrity, Leadership and Day-to-Day Kindness: Supriya McDonald

Mary Supriya McDonald, teacher and head of school, joined Mount Madonna School in 1987 and is retiring at the end of the current school year. Alumna Haley Campbell (’02) spoke with McDonald in December 2019, and shares this revealing profile. It was…

Navigating a Brave New Educational Landscape

Faculty and Students Express a Deep Appreciation for Community Bonds On March 27 Mount Madonna School (MMS) teachers and students completed their second week of remote teaching and learning. During this same period, MMS administrators and staff continued to work remotely to…

Slough Science Increases Students’ Understanding of Watersheds, Oceans and Marine Ecosystems

Recently, Mount Madonna School (MMS) fifth and ninth grade students visited the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Watsonville, to learn more about its ecosystem, local watersheds and to conduct plankton and benthic labs. Fifth grade students are studying great white…

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Students Explore Elkhorn Slough Reserve

Santa Cruz Sentinel, 2/7/2020, “Students explore Elkorn Slough Reserve; young minds are learning how to connect the dots between local watersheds and the ocean,” by Ashleigh Papp. WATSONVILLE — For students at Watsonville’s Mount Madonna School, learning beyond the confines of the…

Second Grade STEAM: Students Design Geometric Puzzles and Share with Pre/K Buddies

Geometry in second grade? It’s never too early to introduce age-appropriate lessons in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM), and Mount Madonna School (MMS) second graders recently worked on a project linking geometry with art to create their own individual colorful…