NMSThis week we received exciting news! Forty-nine percent of students in Nueva’s Class of 2017, a total of 35, have earned academic honor through their success on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). This test serves as the initial screening of students into the National Merit Scholarship Program.

US Clubs FairExcitement for the new school year and the opportunities that come with it filled the air as Upper School students inquired about and signed up for different clubs this week. At Nueva, clubs are a place for students to explore passions and cultivate new interests.

web debateThe Upper School debate team had an outstanding season full of remarkable performances, but what stands out most about these exceptional students is how dedicated they were all season to perfecting their arguments.

“This is an extraordinarily self-motivating, self-starting group of debaters,” according to debate teacher Les Phillips. “They frequently come into class with suggestions and the work done already. They’ve anticipated me. They set up practices on their own beyond what I’m able to schedule.

“They’re unusually concerned with arguments and the quality of supporting evidence,” he added. “In competitive terms, they’ve vastly exceeded everyone’s initial expectations.”

Monster ProjectNinth graders created their own ideal monsters based on a specific time period after reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

“The students were asked to really look into their own fears and the fears of their time periods,” English teacher Alexa Hart said. “The idea of addressing fears is a very human need. We create monsters to think about our fears.”

Students researched various monsters and various time periods that interested them; interviewed authors, designers, video game designers, and screenwriters who make monsters professionally; reflected on the relationship between the creator and the monster; and then designed their own monster.

 

10 245px USfeminismUpper School student Meera S. is working hard this year to raise awareness on campus about feminism.

She started a feminism club and with club members' assistance recently organized a feminism conference as part of her Quest Expo — an opportunity for students to spend a year investigating and learning about a passion of their choosing.

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