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The ninth grade class recently returned from a Learning Journey they call “Flow with Water” or Yeyeco Ica Atl in the language of the Pimungan people, the first human occupants of California’s Santa Catalina Island. The class went to Catalina Island off the coast of Long Beach and joined the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) for a week of outdoor field studies, leadership challenges, and personal growth.
India is a place of dynamic diversity in landscape and lifestyle. It is not the vast disparities of wealth, which can be found in our own country, but the contrasts between the environments that struck me. The landscape shifted from agrarian countryside to a skyline dominated by looming high rises still clasped in their scaffolding. I saw old men wearing traditional Indian clothing standing next to people in suits talking on their cellphones. India presented many contrasts between archaic and modern ways of living. Witnessing people living in so many different ways brought to the forefront of my mind the question, “What is the best way to live?” - Bryson Smith, MMS class of 2013
The senior class' concluding reflections about their recent Learning Journey to India are now posted on the Bodhicitta Project blog. Read more at: http://www.santacruzlive.com/blogs/mtmadonna/
The Mount Madonna School (MMS) graduating class of 2013 and the current third grade class have a special story to tell together. They are the first two classes who have maintained a mentoring relationship across divisions for three consecutive years.
Guest panelists and participants at Mount Madonna School’s (MMS) recent 4th annual Career Forum shared a broad array of educational and career-related experiences, and advised the assembled high school students to take calculated risks, be open to opportunities, and find supportive mentors.
A new senior honors science course asks students to consider Bioethics as they learn new technology
By Lisa Catterall
Eighth Grade and High School Science Instructor
Last year, I was in the middle of taking a small group of seniors though the College Board AP Biology curriculum. One day, our Biotechnology unit turned into a discussion of Monsanto’s lawsuit against a canola farmer in Canada. The farmer used his own heirloom seeds, but pollen from the farm next-door containing Monsanto’s patented round-up-ready genetic technology blew into his field. Monsanto lawyers successfully put him out of business, claiming he stole their technology.
Santa Cruzs Sentinel and MercuryNews.com, 2/5/2013, "Nigerian educator inspires Mount Madonna students," story by Donna Jones, photos by Dan Coyro.