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Nueva prepares students to be citizens of the world, to think and act globally with empathy and understanding. This commitment is central to three exciting initiatives underway: the Collaborative for Innovative Education, Global Online Academy, and Mastery Transcript.

These three initiatives, both intertwined and distinct, demonstrate Nueva’s 50-year commitment to serving gifted learners through curriculum development, instructional practices, and assessment. Over the coming months, Nueva Digest will take you behind the scenes of these exciting endeavors.

10 MathCircle Math Circle 15Room 245 in the Writing Resource Center was packed to capacity on Saturday afternoon, February 10, for the inaugural Bay Meadows Math Circle. Students from Nueva and other Bay Area high schools, along with many parents, flocked into the classroom and clustered around the tables, settling in for one of the two 70-minute Introduction to Machine Learning sessions taught by Nueva computer science teachers Jen Selby and Carl Shan. It was the first time that computer science was featured as a topic at a Math Circle.

CMI 2 2Perhaps when you hear the word “auction" you think of a hushed room full of serious people holding paddles, bidding on mysterious artifacts. In true Nueva fashion, it should come to no surprise that the Annual Benefit Auction has transformed that model into an fun, inclusive, and community-driven fundraising event.

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Every February, the United States Association for Young Physicists (USAYPT) releases four physics problems for which high school students spend a year preparing solutions and then present at a tournament the following January. This year, for the first time, Nueva sent a team of four students — Peter A., Tobias B., Cameron W., and Andrew Z. — to compete against teams from twelve other schools across the U.S. and abroad.

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“Parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world, but also one of the most rewarding,” said Dr. Laura Markham as she addressed a crowd of parents and teachers gathered in the Bay Meadows gym at the recent Common Ground Speaker Series event, Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids. “As a parent of a strong-willed child, I understand the struggle with showing unconditional love and acceptance of our kids, while still needing to teach them to be successful in the real world.”

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