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.”

June 19, 2015

The eighth grade graduation ceremony is a definitive milestone in the Nueva community. Steeped in tradition, attended by many, and reflective in nature, this year’s celebration was a joyous one that marked the end of an era. Enjoy a photo slideshow of highlights below.

Students got their last portrait taken as a Nueva middle schoolers.
It was an emotional scene as students said goodbye to the place that they have called their academic home, for many, since PreK.
Students gathered in front of the Mansion to take the class photo.
The eighth grade class of 2015.
After taking the class photo, students lined up outside the GCC, waiting for the graduation ceremony to start.
The sun was shining and spirits were bright.
Parents, grandparents, and special friends arrived early to get a good seat.
On cue, students filed into the GCC for the last time as Nueva eighth graders.
While guests waited for the ceremony to begin, they watched a photo montage of the graduates, from their very early years to the very recent past.
As the procession began, students passed the family, friends, and teachers who have supported them through the years.
United on stage, the Nueva eighth grade class of 2015.
Eighth grade Dean Cynthia Kosut.
Eton S. kicked off the graduation tradition of students introducing one another and reflecting on their experience at Nueva.
As one student introduces the next, the overlap is joyous as students offer congratulatory hugs.
One by one, the entire eighth grade articulates what their Nueva experience meant to them and their peers.
After the ceremony, it was time to say goodbye to the class of 2015. Good luck to all!

June 5, 2015

10SolarHouseProjectThe directions for the sixth grade Solar House Project are simple: build an affordable house for a family who lives in the country of your foreign language study.

As students develop the model, poster, brochure, and interview that are the final deliverables of the project, however, the complexity and richness of true project-based learning emerges.

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