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The Bridge Experience Task Force

Mission

1) To explore the idea of a Nueva Gap Year Program.

2) The task force determined that Nueva is well positioned to provide graduates with a unique gap year experience, and the task force was charged with defining and launching the program.

Results

The Bridge Experience Task Force researched the benefits of a gap year and assessed the current market for gap year programs. After interviewing and surveying Nueva alums, students, and parents, the task force created a program, marketing materials, and hired Jo Newman as the Bridge Program Coordinator.

Members

Rick Holmstrom, Grace Voorhis, Mike Peller, Brian Cropper, Paul Gallagher, Jennifer Min, Kim Saxe, Kathleen Bomze, Kat Alfond, Eric Weinstein, Gayathri Goutam, Kalpana Asok, Kelly Ward, and Diane Rosenberg.

Timing

This is the program’s first year, available to current Nueva twelfth-grade students.

Contact information

Jo Newman (jnewman@nuevaschool.org), Bridge Program Coordinator


Environmental and Global Citizen Task Force

Mission

The Environmental Task Force was formed to build upon Nueva’s long-standing commitment to environmental issues and sustainability and create a new PK–12 Environmental Citizenship strand that will become a pillar of Nueva, like SEL and Design Thinking.

Progress

The internal committee, led by Kathleen Bomze and David Wagonfeld, conducted in-depth research to capture the Nueva community’s current work in the environmental sector. The committee created an extensive map of current programming across all grades.

The external committee, led by Marc Tarpenning and Kate Korsch, researched more than 150 organizations (nonprofits, universities, businesses, and more). Some of these organizations might serve as models, potential partners, or provide other resources for Nueva as the school develops programming in this area.

This year, the task force will focus on building the program’s vision and potential content for the strand. As part of that process, members of the task force (which includes parents and faculty) will visit other schools, universities, nonprofits, and other organizations already doing great work in the environmental sciences from whom we might both learn and be inspired.

How you can contribute

We are always looking for good ideas, models, resources, or connections you might have that could help to inform this work and our research.

Contact information

If you are passionate about the environment and environmental citizenship issues, and would like to get involved or have anything to share, please email us at NETF@nuevaschool.org.


Humanities Center Task Force

Mission

Nueva is hoping to form a Humanities Center Task Force to look at the school’s humanities programs and facilities.

Time frame

This task force is currently being created.

How you can contribute

This task force is lead by Matt Berman, and he is interested in hearing from anyone who would like to be part of this effort.

Contact information

Please contact Matt (mberman@nuevaschool.org) or the alumni office (alumni@nuevaschool.org) to get involved.


Internship Task Force

Mission

Not only do summer internships provide students with invaluable real-world work experiences and stretch students’ boundaries, but they also significantly benefit students’ college applications — and the companies they work for!

See the Nueva Internship Program Webpage for complete details

Timing

This is the program’s third year.

How you can contribute

Can you suggest an exciting organization — big or small — that might benefit from a Nueva intern? Please help connect us with these organizations or nominate companies we should target.  

Contact information

Please share your ideas and network generously! Send leads to Director of Internships, Katie Saylor (ksaylor@nuevaschool.org).



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Fun graphic, "May the task force be with you"

The Bridge Experience Task Force

Mission

1) To explore the idea of a Nueva Gap Year Program.

2) The task force determined that Nueva is well positioned to provide graduates with a unique gap year experience, and the task force was charged with defining and launching the program.

Three students from the Class of 2018 meet with Diane Rosenberg

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A Jane of All Trades

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The Walking Dead Editor Got His Start at Nueva

For the past six years, Nueva alum Dan Liu ’96 has been an editor for the award-winning AMC television show The Walking Dead. Dan got his start by editing the concept trailer for Da Vinci's Demons with an editor of The Walking Dead, who then brought Dan on as his assistant editor for Season 2. He has been a full editor for several seasons now.

Designing Philz Coffee Shops

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Rapping for Social Change

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