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Outdoors and Engaged: Campus Environment Offers Real-World Study of Ecological Principles

Recently Mount Madonna School (MMS) ninth grade biology students spent some time sitting quietly alongside a campus pond observing various ecological principles. Students noticed and described abiotic and biotic factors, the carbon, water and nitrogen cycle, as well as identifying the MMS…

Navigating the Complexities: Students Create a “Friendly” Guide to California’s Ballot Propositions

In every election, California citizens are challenged with understanding and voting on the array of state ballot measures put before them. There are a dozen propositions included in the upcoming election, and Mount Madonna School (MMS) eleventh grade students recently spent time…

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Inspiring Inclusivity: Shannon Kelly to be Honored at the Queer Youth Leadership Awards Celebration

Update, 10/8/2020: While Upper School Director Shannon Kelly (’92) is not the recipient of the 2020 Ally to Queer Youth Award, she and the other nominees will be honored as part of the 23rd annual Queer Youth Leadership Awards (QYLA) on Saturday,…

Everything We Needed to Hear: Students’ 2018 Interview with Congressman John Lewis

“Our interview with Congressman John Lewis in 2018 was, without our knowing it, the last for the Mount Madonna School students,” shares teacher Sadanand Ward Mailliard. “Over the years, our Values in World Thought class students had the privilege of a dozen…

Growing Up in Santa Cruz, Behind the Teacher’s Desk: “Rebirth” by Lisa Catterall

Growing Up in Santa Cruz, October 2020, Behind the Teacher’s Desk, “Rebirth,” by Lisa Catterall. Every particle in the universe was once contained in an infinitesimal speck…a theoretical point in the void with no measurement. It must have been very heavy. After…

Heeding a Call for Help: Dr. A.M. Kilpatrick Becomes a COVID Resource to the Broader Community

An interview with Dr. A.M. Kilpatrick (‘90) by Lara Kilpatrick (‘85) Auston Manoja “Marm” Kilpatrick (‘90), now professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and an internationally recognized expert in infectious diseases and their emergence,…

Digging into Dinosaurs: Mount Madonna Offers Asynchronous Science Course

Starting this semester, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is offering its first fully online asynchronous elective course for high school students. Titled The Dinosaurs, the class has been approved by the University of California as a college-preparatory elective in life sciences. Asynchronous learning…

Stanford University News: COVID-19 Provides Rare Opportunities for Studying Natural and Human Systems

Stanford University News, 7/29/2020, “COVID-19 provides rare opportunities for studying natural and human systems according to researchers at Stanford and other institutions,” by Rob Jordan. The researchers – inlcuding MMS alumnus Noah Diffenbaugh (’92) – hypothesize outcomes of the pandemic’s unprecedented socioeconomic…