Creative Arts

Honoring Excellence: Students Receive Memorial, Academic and Pillar Awards – 2021

The Jivanti Rutansky Memorial Award In honor of Jivanti’s memory, the Mount Madonna School faculty give one high school student and one middle school student an award in her name each year. These awards are presented to students who embody the qualities…

Class of 2021: Valedictorian, Salutatorian and Seniors’ College Choices

Mount Madonna School (MMS) is pleased to announce Kira Kaplan as the 2021 valedictorian and Sara Bautista as salutatorian. These students earned this distinction through hard work and focused effort, edging out their peers at the Central Coast school known for strong…

Deep Connections and Unintended Benefits: Reflections on Ramayana!

By Lisa Catterall Fourteen years ago, I was a new parent and a new teacher at Mount Madonna School (MMS). I was a refugee from a job at Genentech that had me commuting far away from my three year old, and doing…

Female Empowerment and Questioning Patriarchal Stereotypes: Author Maria Dahvana Headley on June 3

The Mount Madonna School (MMS) public speaker series based on the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continues with “Rethinking Traditional Gender in Classic Literature,” featuring New York Times-bestselling author Maria Dahvana Headley on Thursday, June 3 at 7:00pm PST. Headley’s…

Interconnected Societies: Speaker Series Continues with Ryan Oliver on May 20

The Mount Madonna School (MMS) public speaker series based on the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continues with “Design for Equity: Disrupting Systemic Inequality Through Innovation in Education,” featuring Ryan Oliver on May 20 at 7:00pm. Oliver, executive director of…

Indigenous Knowledge and Interconnected Societies: Speaker Series Continues on May 6 and May 20

The Mount Madonna School (MMS) public speaker series based on the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continues in May with two events, “The Aloha+ Challenge: Hawaii’s Bold Sail Plan For Leading the Way Toward Meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals,”…

The World Beyond Their Horizon: Elementary Students Learn About Social Justice Champions

From civil rights champions who soar into space and shatter glass ceilings, to preserving indigenous traditions and advocating for farm workers; from conserving Earth’s precious resources to improving access to education, in recent months Mount Madonna School (MMS) lower school students have…