Middle School News

MS JV Girls' Soccer Team Wins WBAL Championship

The JV girls’ soccer team (MS) beat Sacred Heart 1-0 in near darkness on Monday night to clinch the West Bay Athletic League (WBAL) championship. Midway through the first half, sixth-grade striker Mia T. scored the winning goal with an assist by sixth-grade center midfielder Kayla H. The Nueva team, made up of fourth, fifth, and sixth graders, faced the league's sixth-grade teams in a division that included Sacred Heart Prep, Menlo, Harker, Castilleja, Girls Middle School, and Crystal Springs. This is Nueva's first girls’ soccer championship in the league.

The defense, anchored by sixth graders Alex K. and Keeley G., held the Gators to only a few shots, which were easily blocked by sixth-grade goalkeeper Eliza S. A great effort by fourth graders Carly B. and Liliana D. helped Nueva maintain possession of the ball, and strong defensive plays by sixth grader Lauren B. and fifth grader Madeline C. keep Sacred Heart forwards out of the defensive zone.

Midfielders sixth grader Anoushka K. and fifth graders Mirabelle H. and Zoe B. distributed the ball through the middle, and sixth-grade forwards Anya P. and Makenna K. made several excellent crosses and strong shots. The team missed the talents of fifth graders Lucy K. and Taylor M. during the game.

Coached by Daniel Zerabruk and Juan Porras from local soccer club Star Academy, the girls’ team went 5-1 on the season. Middle School Athletic Director Ryan Gutierrez said, "Great things can be done with great students, great coaches, great parents, and great support from administration!"

 December 16, 2016

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Starting from Scratch: Nueva Computer Science Program Builds Confidence and Creativity

From fourth grade through eighth grade, every student takes classes in the Hillsborough campus I-Lab, where they practice hands-on prototyping, use tools and machinery, and learn coding and computer science—all within the framework of design thinking.

“Our guiding principle,” said I-Lab Director Angi Chau, “is that the core computer science curriculum is meant to be accessible to everybody, whether or not they have done a lot of coding before.” 

Catching Up with . . . Emily Goldberg

Emily Goldberg began at Nueva in March, joining our community as the middle school counselor. We chatted with Emily about her hopes and goals in her new role, her path to Nueva, and what she loves about working with middle school students.

Middle Schoolers Calculate Carbon Impact of Hillsborough Campus

Stepping into Tim Varga’s middle school biogeochemistry class feels like entering into a graduate-level course. For months, these middle school students have been working to quantify the carbon cycle for the Hillsborough campus, with different students responsible for different parts of the project to help create the whole picture.

Catching Up with . . . Cliff Burke

Cliff Burke joined Nueva at the start of the 2020–2021 school year and teaches writing in the middle school. We sat down with Cliff to discuss his teaching practice, collaboration with his teammates, and the experience of joining the community at such a unique and challenging time to be a student and educator.