English Teachers Pearl Bauer and Gretchen Kellough Present at National Conference
Congratulations to upper school English teachers Pearl Bauer and Gretchen Kellough, who recently presented “Belonging on our Bookshelves: An elementary and high school collaboration,” at the National Association of Independent School’s People of Color Conference. Their workshop was selected from hundreds of proposal submissions, and focused on the spring 2022 collaboration between Nueva 10th graders and lower school students, in which they rewrote and decolonized classic children’s texts by centering the experiences of marginalized characters.
“It was really amazing how inspired other people were,” Pearl said. “We were so excited to help other institutions form these kinds of collaborations. The excitement and energy in the room was so palpable, and we had people come up to us throughout the rest of the conference telling us how grateful they were for our ideas and resources.” Read more about this collaborative student project in the spring/summer 2022 issue of Nueva Magazine.
Nueva Freshman Colin C. Recognized by Broadcom MASTERS
This fall, Colin C. ’26 was selected as a Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS for his independent science fair project combining computer science and biology. Colin earned his entry in this competition by placing first at the San Mateo County STEM Fair in the spring. Broadcast MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) is one of the top middle school science and engineering fair competitions in the United States, and a panel of scientists, engineers, and educators from around the country select the strongest entries for “Top 300” honors.
This is Colin’s second win, having previously been selected in fall 2020 for his independent science project, “How Does an Antlion Sandtrap Pit Capture Its Prey?”
"Being recognized with the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS 2022 and 2020 awards means so much to me" Colin said. "These projects have allowed me to explore so many different aspects of science. My  project was inspired my father who passed away from liver cancer. (He is also the inspiration for the DLC Awards for all Nueva faculty and staff every spring!) I wanted to see if there is an easier and earlier way to detect liver cancer. From my research, I discovered three microRNAs that showed abnormal expression levels in patients with liver cancer compared to normal, healthy patients. This has great promise to be applied in the real world as a biomarker for earlier diagnosis of patients with liver cancer. I am so grateful that Broadcom MASTERS recognizes such diverse scientific projects, and my journey so far has taught me many of the skills I use in my research today."
Nueva Students Perform in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
This December, fourth grader Aria C. and sixth grader Kaci G. are performing in San Francisco Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. The pair will appear in 16 of the 33 performances between Dec. 8 and Dec. 27. at the War Memorial Opera House. They train at the San Francisco Ballet School, the oldest school for serious ballet training in the United States.
"It means so much to me to be in The Nutcracker," Aria said. "It is special because I dance with professionals and learn a lot from them. Seeing the prima ballerinas, such as Sasha De Sola and Yuan Yuan Tan, perform up close inspires me to dance like them in the future."
Congratulations to Aria and Kaci being selected to perform in this internationally-known production.
Alumnus Yash Narayan’s ’22 E-Learning Startup Acquired
SchoolHacks, a company founded by Nueva alumnus Yash Narayan ’22, was acquired by Amsterdam-based JetLearn, a 1:1 e-learning platform, on December 8. Yash, a first-year student at Stanford University, launched SchoolHacks in 2017 while attending Nueva, for school-aged students around the globe to virtually participate in hackathons. SchoolHacks grew tremendously during its five years, with participation of students from more than 40 countries.
"I started SchoolHacks after my transformational experience participating in hackathons at an early age,” Yash said. “At the time, I was usually the only student attending these events, which were targeting experienced, adult programmers. My mission behind SchoolHacks was to create a fun and supportive community for students and inspire them to use their entrepreneurial creativity to bring new technology solutions to solve pressing problems. I am glad this mission will be carried forward by JetLearn for an even bigger global impact."
Yash will remain involved with SchoolHacks and join JetLearn as a strategic advisor.