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Mavericks Making Waves: November 2019
Mitzi Mock

Mavericks Making Waves is our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments and activities happening beyond Nueva's walls.


Upper School Students Recognized for Outstanding Work in Journalism and Publication Design

Jordan and Grace

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association announced the winners of their 2019 awards for student journalism in print news, magazines, and school yearbooks. The association honored eleventh graders Grace H. and Jordan M. for their work in the Nueva Current, the Upper School newspaper. Grace was honored in the cultural feature category for her article "What you didn't see at the US Musical." Jordan was honored in the Op-Ed category for "Competitive Emotion" and in the alternative story presentation category for "Silicon Valley Style, Deconstructed."

Images of "Unfollow and Unplug" newspaper spread

The National Scholastic Press Association also recently announced finalists for the 2019 Design of the Year competition, which honors outstanding design work in student publications. Whittling down from more than a thousand student submissions from 32 states, the organization selected Jordan's piece "Unfollow and Unplug" as a finalist for the newspaper spread category. Winners will be announced later this month.

Speaking of journalism, recent alum Juliette Love '17, now a Stanford student, had an article and data visualization project featured in the New York Times.

Congratulations, Grace, Jordan, and Juliette!


Nueva Senior Publishes Book on Environmental Sustainability

Senior Alex N.

In his book Behold This Compost: How City-Wide Compost Programs Work and Why We Need Them Now, More Than Ever, Nueva senior Alex N. delves into sustainability, anthropogenic climate change, and the logistics of city-wide compost programs.

Book cover for Behold This Compost

Why is the Newtown Pippin the most important apple you’ve never heard of? How does anthropogenic climate change affect the Earth? Why does San Francisco send less waste to the landfill than any other major US city? Part science and part memoir, Alex’s book delves into these questions and many more. Readers will learn all about why we need city-wide compost programs and how they work.

The book is available now for order at Filled with beautiful full-color photographs, introspective reflections, and fascinating explanations of scientific concepts, the book is perfect for anyone who wants to live in a more sustainable world.

Congratulations, Alex!


Middle School Student Wins Bradley Scholarship

Corinne W.

The Institute for Educational Advancement has selected eighth grader Corinne W. as one of 28 students across the country to receive a Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, which provides full tuition to the high school of the recipient's choice. The Bradley Scholarship is a merit-based, need-blind award that provides gifted learners with the resources to explore their passion and curiosity. In addition to tuition, the program supports students through summer seminars and other network-building opportunities with other scholars. During the application process, Corinne found immediate kinship with her interviewer, who shared her love of studying Japanese and reading novels by Herman Hesse.

Middle School students interested in applying for this scholarship can learn more at the Institute for Educational Advancement.

Congratulations, Corinne!


Middle School Science Teacher Awarded Fellowship for Travel to the Galapagos Islands

Cristina Veresan, Middle School teacher

The day after Thanksgiving, Middle School science teacher Cristina Veresan is headed off on the adventure of a lifetime — a voyage to the Galapagos Islands. A recipient of the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, a professional development opportunity sponsored by National Geographic Education and Lindblad Expeditions, Cristina plans to explore the Galapagos wildlife and habitat through field experience and work with expert naturalists. All of this learning ties in with the work of her fifth-grade class: evolutionary biology, geology, and environmental science.

In 2014, Cristina won another GTF fellowship to travel to the Arctic, an experience she enjoyed sharing in her classroom. She looks forward to bringing photos, videos, and more to enrich her curricula when she returns home from the Galapagos Islands next month.

Congratulations, Cristina!


Nueva Teachers Travel to Germany to Share Innovative Teaching Practices

CIE logo

In October, Nueva sent six faculty members to the Collaborative for Innovative Education (CIE) Conference at the Frankfurt International School.

Nueva is a founding member of the CIE, a think tank of seven like-minded independent schools across the globe that are working together to share innovative practices and reflect collectively on the future of education. The members schools have been meeting regularly since 2017, sending colleagues to places as far away as Singapore and Mumbai. Each conference has offered teachers the opportunity to deepen relationships and create collaboration opportunities.

At this most recent conference, teachers dissected and discussed new practices around personalized learning. As participants, Nueva teachers had the opportunity to both facilitate and engage in workshops highlighting innovations in the classroom. Upon return, teachers outlined ideas for continued collaboration, such as the creation of "virtual exchanges" that would give students the opportunity to connect with classrooms abroad, and the creation of teacher exchanges between members schools.

Learn more about CIE and check out video highlights from the conference.

Students and Faculty: Have exciting news to share? Please submit your news through our Nueva Notes submission form for inclusion in future roundups.


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Intersession 2021: New Ideas, New Partnerships, New Discoveries

Intersession, hosted each year since the upper school’s inception during the first week following winter break, is a time for upper school students—and, new this year, lower and middle school students, as well—to engage in interdisciplinary exploration with real-world experts. Many alumni often share that intersession was a favorite time for them during their tenure at Nueva.

Even in a year that has been anything but typical, students had hundreds of intersession courses from which to choose, ranging from cooking and art to politics and computer science to improv acting and juggling, and so much more. 

Behind the Scenes: Part One of a Four-part Series

Over the course of the last nine months, everyone in our community has worked tirelessly to ensure that we continue to offer the academic program and community experience our students and families love about Nueva. One team that has worked particularly hard, and entirely behind the scenes, is the Facilities and Operations Team. In this season of thanks, we are so very grateful to Director of Facilities and Operations Steve Osbourne and his entire team, spanning both campuses, for their efforts to allow us the safe return we have had over the past few months.

More Than 1,000 Grandparents and Special Friends Gather for Special Virtual Event

This is not a typical year, so it made sense that Nueva’s annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day (GPSF) would also not be so typical. In this virtual event hosted on November 20, approximately 1,300 grandparents and special friends Zoomed in from across the globe—from Burlingame and Oakland to Boston, England, and Pakistan. 

Anti-racism is a Verb: Part Five of a Five-part Series on Anti-racism Work at Nueva

Part 5 – Activism and Moving Forward

Ingrained in all of the teaching and learning around anti-racism at Nueva—in programs and projects built over the years, as well as new ones introduced this year—is a message of hope: hope for this next generation of young people, hope for the future of Nueva, and hope in creating a more anti-racist community at Nueva and within our broader communities. 

Ten Ways SEL Helps Students Meet the Challenges of 2020

At Nueva, social-emotional learning is embedded in everything we do and is the foundation of the Nueva culture. It is during usual times and unusual times—like the one we find ourselves in—when SEL is on full display. From SEL classes and advisories to math, humanities, and electives, here are ten ways that SEL supports Nueva students emotionally, at a distance and when adapting to new social norms in the classroom.