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Photo Walk Series: A Morning in the Upper School
Jim Morrison, director of student outreach & special projects

Our new Photo Walk Series aims to provide the community with a snapshot in time—a celebration of work being done across grade levels, content areas, and divisions. 

On Tuesday morning, Jim Morrison caught a glimpse of a number of engaging classes and projects going on in the upper school.


Design with Impact

Students in Morgan Snyder’s Design with Impact are about to start a new project called the Universal Software Design Audit.
Working in groups of two or three, students will be asked to redesign a commonly used piece of the software to maximize its accessibility and improve upon the platform's overall impact and performance.


Multivariable Calculus

Students in Veena Krishnan’s and Leonard Pon’s Multivariable Calculus class are working on a project that aims to put their calculus skills into practice: improving the accessibility and design of hiking trails throughout the Bay Area.
The project was created last year during the lockdown as a way to get students out of their homes and into nature.
All students hiked the trails in person and analyzed topographic maps for elevation gain, trail placement, cutbacks, and steepness. The groups will soon create proposals for improved routes and upgrades to their classmates.



Students in Jana Comstock’s Cryptology class use modular arithmetic to solve a series of ciphers.
During their time in the class, students accumulate an arsenal of techniques in probability, combinatorics, and number theory. Though the course’s central focus is on the mathematics of cryptology, some historical context of cryptography and cryptographic devices is provided to further develop an understanding of this branch of mathematics.


Global History: The Modern World

In a timely historical study, sophomores in Sam Timinsky’s Global History: The Modern World class break into groups of three to consider how a series of events in the 1950’s, such as the launching of Sputnik and Soviet and US initial intercontinental ballistic missile tests, could be seen by one party to be increasing their security, while to the other party as hindering their security.

Japanese 1

Yoko Penniman’s Japanese 1 students worked on practicing the present and past tense of common verbs using an imagined lunch menu. In this is a yearlong course, students develop reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in Japanese through a systematic introduction and integration of grammar, vocabulary, kanji, and culture. In addition, students study important topics in Japanese culture, such as Japanese food, geography, and history.


English 11

In Sarah Muszynsky’s English 11 class, juniors were hard at work on a modernist poetry unit as they rotated around the room annotating and analyzing different aspects of the poem. For example, students were asked to break the poems into ‘prose units’ and summarize what was happening, define unfamiliar words, identify poetic devices, and to annotate the poem’s structural elements.

Creative Writing

“What is it that you want to leave your reader with? That is a question you should always be asking yourself as a reader,” Amber Carpenter said to her Creative Writing elective students.
During class students read and analyzed parts of several pieces of flash nonfiction including “Arkansas Chicken Apocalypse” by Micah Dean Hicks and “Sweet and Flesh Product of a Tree or Other Plant” by Kathleen Rooney.

English 10

Students in Alexa Hart’s English 11: Landscapes of Self and Other class read and annotate the conclusion of The God of Small Things.
This year, students listened to the audiobook at the start of the unit in order to establish the accurate Kerala pronunciation of the character and place names. Alexa listens to the controversial conclusion of the text together as a class to create a shared and focused place for analysis and discussion.


Jazz Ensemble

Jim Munzenrider and the Nueva Jazz Ensemble prepare for a lunchtime performance including the standard jazz tunes, “Take Five” and “Afro Blue.” The ensemble took a few moments to work through the ending of one song with Nueva music teacher, Jason Muscat, who will be stepping in on bass during the set.


Foundations of Chemistry

Jeremy Jacquot’s Chemistry students are in the middle of the unit focused on stoichiometry by creating an airbag designed to protect a chocolate egg from impact. Students worked with vinegar and baking soda to gather data aimed to establish the ideal ideal amount of each reactant needed for a full reaction.


Advanced Mechanical Engineering: Steampuck, Ironhorses, and Stirling Engines

During a work period of his class Advanced Mechanical Engineering: Steampuck, Ironhorses, and Stirling Engines, Ted Theodosopoulos takes a moment in the sunshine to check in with some students. Students were asked to theorize how the forces acting on a helium balloon would change in three unique scenarios.

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