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 biome and observing food webs.

“MMS students are incredibly lucky to be able to study these important scientific phenomena in such an amazing environment,” commented science teacher Nicole Silva. “Students are able to walk out of their classroom and are immediately surrounded by an environmentally rich area. They are able to observe and explore firsthand, many of the biological concepts we are studying in the classroom.”


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Nestled among the redwoods on 375 acres, Mount Madonna School (MMS) is a community of learners dedicated to creative, intellectual, and ethical growth. MMS supports its students in becoming caring, self-aware, discerning and articulate individuals; and believe a fulfilling life includes personal accomplishments, meaningful relationships and service to society. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville. Founded in 1979.