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Now in its third year as an official student publication, Nueva’s student-run Journal of Literature and the Arts, affectionately known by its staff as “Lit Mag,” is gearing up for its spring issue, which will be published in June.

The staff of the magazine, made up of students in all four grades at the Upper School, has begun the process of publicizing the journal’s open submission period, gathering student writing and visual art for consideration by the curation and copyediting boards.

 IMG 18261Nueva middle school students learn by caring in Christine Braun's robotics class. In December 2017, Chris, the shop manager & I-Lab engineer, met with the Los Angeles chapter of GoBabyGo! — a University of Delaware-based program dedicated to mobilizing young children with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone, and posture affecting more than 200,000 children each year, and there is no known cure. Chris brought her inspiration to Nueva and recently led a team of middle school students in the design, construction, and delivery of the school’s first car to a GoBabyGo! family.

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Nueva’s Design Thinking Program teaches students to solve problems through empathic design — that is, solving problems with a user in mind — and prototyping and iterating to discover viable solutions. Design Thinking is one of the pillars of the Nueva experience, and the I-Lab is the place where students come to build their creative confidence, practice the Design Thinking process, and learn to manifest their ideas into meaningful world change.

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In my mind, the ideal learning environment is one that is so immersive that the boundary between the classroom and the world outside is so blurred that students step through it without knowing. It is an environment in which students can’t help but formulate their own connections between what they are studying and what they observe in their world.

— Sam Modest

 Intersession HeroIntersession 2018, Nueva’s intellectual and experiential feast for upper school students, was held January 3–10, and provided extraordinary learning experiences for students as they returned from winter break.

For six days spanning two weeks, upper school students participated in interactive and enriching curricula taught by real-world experts. Students chose from an extensive catalog that included mathematics, art, psychology, business, law, fitness, technology, medicine, conservation, music, and much more.



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