WR msCSLdayMiddle School students learned the importance of volunteering last week during the annual Community Service Learning day, a time devoted to giving back to the local community.

“The intention is to connect with the community and learn outside the classroom,” Head of Middle School Liza Raynal said. “We’re always looking for authentic connections to the world. This builds empathy and compassion and gratitude.”

“It’s a program that’s been around for a very long time. At least 10 years, if not longer,” she added.

150 pi design thinkingUsing bright, cheerful, easy-to-use materials that they designed, Jenna Leonardo and Katie Kirsch, co-founders of Girls Driving for a Difference, inspired and guided participants to identify their strengths and abilities, discover their leadership styles and craft their own personal mission statements for changing the world.

On January 8, from 3:30 to 5:45 pm in the Hillsborough I-Lab, 22 middle school girls and two Nueva teachers participated in the Girls Driving for a Difference leadership and design-thinking workshop led by Leonardo and Kirsch. Girls Driving for a Difference is a team of Stanford women dedicated to empowering young girls to become leaders of social change. Abigail Joseph, Nueva’s K–12 computer science teacher, intrigued by the organization’s unique and innovative approach to working with middle school girls, worked with a Nueva parent to bring the workshop to campus.

December 11, 2015

Middle School students have been hard at work applying what they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world through their globalization projects for the upcoming Biennial World’s Fair.

The Biennial World’s Fair, also known as the Middle School Humanities Culmination, will be held on Tuesday, December 15, in the GCC. It is open to anyone who wants to attend.

“This is truly an integrated curriculum,” Middle School humanities teacher Cynthia Kosut said. “Every two years, we do a globalization curriculum in humanities.”

December 11, 2015

150 pi fairy talesInstead of reading published works for Literature Club, students in Eileen Horng, and Katie Lipka’s group read stories that their classmates wrote.

The leaders thought of the idea after the group read A Tale of Dark and Grimm, Grimm Fairy Tales, and Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

December 4, 2015

150 pi world math competitonMost people eat turkey and enjoy spending time with family during Thanksgiving break, but sixth-grader Jack A. was busy competing in a world math competition in Beijing, China.

“It was really powerful to me because it was good to know I was competing with more than 600 kids from all over the world who had a bigger interest in math like me,” Jack said. “It felt more like a gift that I was one of a couple people who was representing a nation in this math competition.”

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