Until now, one could only use imagination and architectural renderings to envision what Nueva’s new campus will look like at Bay Meadows. Now, thanks to a live webcam on the construction site, our community can check-in on the progress and watch construction 24 hours a day! Click on this link at any time to see what is going on at the Bay Meadows site.

As construction progresses, look for more details regarding our community-wide celebration of the ongoing construction when school resumes in the fall. The new campus remains on track as scheduled to open in August 2014 when we will welcome our then 9th and 10th grade high school students.ConstructionCam20130912

The image shown here was captured on September 12, 2013 at 6 am when crews were already hard at work for the day.


outsidecsmAs the doors to Nueva’s Upper School opened for the first time on the campus of the College of San Mateo (CSM), members of the inaugural ninth grade class immediately gravitated to a collection of white board installations and chalkboard painted walls.

“You can’t write on the walls,” cautioned one student, watching as her classmate dragged a piece of blue chalk along the gray wall.

“Yes you can!” the classmate shouted back with excitement as she continued to draw.

It was a flurry of free-thinking expression, as students sketched out mathematical equations, jotted down inspirational quotes and wrote out pieces of music. This artistic gesture was not only a reflection of the diversity of passions amongst students, but also symbolic of this next step in their Nueva journey to the Upper School.

MarcyThis summer, Marc Y. traveled to China where he visited remote towns and village schools to listen to children’s hearts to detect murmurs. Along with several volunteer interns, he furthered the efforts of Dr. Robert Detrano and the China California Heart Watch (China Cal), a non-profit that operates out of UC Irvine to provide free heart care to denizens of China’s poor and polluted Yunnan Province.

“Most village doctors there do not receive the medical training needed to properly diagnose heart problems,” Marc said, regarding the purpose of his trip. “So we went from school to school listening to the kids’ heart rates for heart murmurs and if possible to give them an electrocardiogram and ultrasound test.”

Among other accomplishments, China Cal has diagnosed for and financially supported heart surgeries, treated countless villagers for high blood pressure and heart disease, and trained village doctors.

“I learned on the trip that congenital heart diseases are extremely common in these rural areas and I think it's great to be able to help tackle one of the major health problems in rural China,” he said.

Marc also really appreciated seeing China’s less populated areas through his work.  

girl“I really enjoyed meeting the kids and really just experiencing the culture there,” he said. “Rural China is very different from modern Chinese cities like Shanghai or Beijing and it was definitely a new experience for me.”

Through his service, Marc gained a deeper understanding of how much Americans have while solidifying his value for helping people less fortunate than himself.

“We're very privileged to be living here in the United States where there is plenty of clean water to drink and clothes to wear, which most of us take for granted,” he said. “The kids in rural China don't have clean water to drink. Their clothes are extremely dirty and many do not receive showers for weeks, if not months. We are very lucky to be here and since we have the resources to do so we should help those that aren't.”

Nueva is proud of Marc’s effort to make a difference in the world and his compassionate contributions to humanity.

doctor  Photos taken by Chloe, Marc’s mother


US2Nueva welcomed the students and families of its inaugural high school class at an evening reception and dinner on April 16, which was a historic moment for The Nueva School -- one that has been considered, dreamed about, and imagined for more than 20 years!

After more than four years of diligent research and planning, site visits to model programs across the country, land acquisition, leadership and faculty hiring, and one of the most inspirational admissions seasons in Nueva's history, we have now officially welcomed the incoming class of 77 registered students who will begin grade 9 in August.

During the welcome reception, the energy in the I-Lab and Café was simply electric. Families, students, and teachers shared their excitement with each other as they gathered together, enjoyed the first of many community dinners, and heard from our school leadership and Co-Chair of the Board, Dennis Wong, about this momentous class and what this time means for our community and its future.

catapultAn April edition of the Financial Times Weekend Magazine included a story about Nueva's recent Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Fair (STEM Fair) and the school community's entrepreneurial spirit. 

FT described the STEM extravaganza as "a science fair on steroids," and highlighted the giant sandwich-making machine, which used sunbutter not peanut butter in keeping with our nut-free campus. The profile also highlighted the I-Lab, robotics, and the extensive dedication and professional contributions of our school's parent volunteers. Here is an excerpt from the end of the story regarding the entrepreneurship elective:

The school even started its own entrepreneurship class, with the help of one of the dads, Steve Vassallo, a partner at Foundation Capital. Nine-, 10- and 11-year-olds work in groups to write a business plan, then present it to a panel of bona fide venture capitalists in seven-minute pitches, PowerPoints included.



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