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Maverick Weeks
Jim Morrison, Director of Outreach and Special Projects

During the week of June 15, our parents and students met with teachers on Zoom for their end-of-the-year conferences. More 350 Nueva students, across all divisions, participated in nearly 45 online-classes hosted by our enrichment partners and visiting educators. The week was the first of three special Maverick Weeks to be held this summer.

In March, as Nueva transitioned to remote learning, Diane Rosenberg asked me to create a series of free programs that could extend our ability to support Nueva families beyond the school year–first with our Spring Break programming and now with this summer’s Maverick Weeks. We know that many of our families and students are hungry for engaging and enriching activities when school is not in session.

As a parent, I know that these days have been challenging–each day is long and full of uncertainty. As wonderful as the extra time has been with my daughter, there are only so many Hamilton sing-alongs, Lego creations, and dress-up parties we can have before I am in need of some fresh ideas and extra support.

At Nueva, we have an incredible team of enrichment providers, school-year teachers, and passionate educators who are ready and willing to come together to learn alongside our students. We have tried to space the classes out at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, so that our students still have time to go outside, limit their screen time, and enjoy the summer.

The feedback and level of heartfelt gratitude I have received from our families has been incredible. My team and the entire administration are happy to be able to do it–keeping our community connected, welcoming our new families, and remaining committed to learning is essential for our community at this time.

Our next Maverick Weeks classes will be held on August 3–7 and August 10­–14. We will have details and registration links ready for the community by the middle of July. Currently, our team is working hard to launch Nueva Summer—another opportunity we have to share our values and love of learning with the community and folks from throughout the country.



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Pride at Nueva

For the first time in 10 years, Nueva families and students were not able to participate in the parade as it and many other Pride events throughout the world were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. While members of the Nueva community were certainly disappointed, the support our students, faculty, staff, and parents have for the LGBTQ+ community remains strong.

Teachers and Students Participate in Environmental Citizenship Workshop

Nueva’s first internal Environmental Citizenship Curriculum Development Workshop was held virtually on June 22–26. Important topics included “What are the characteristics of an environmental citizen?” “How are we already developing environmental citizenship at Nueva?” and “How does/can environmental citizenship relate to your curriculum?”

Maverick Weeks

During the week of June 15, our parents and students met with teachers on Zoom for their end-of-the-year conferences. More 350 Nueva students, across all divisions, participated in nearly 45 online-classes hosted by our enrichment partners and visiting educators.

Alumna Audrey Chin '19 Reflects on Nueva Athletics

Each year, a Nueva alum is asked to speak at the end-of-year athletics celebration and reflect on his or her time as a Nueva student-athlete and what he or she learned through involvement in our program. This year, we were honored to welcome back Audrey Chin '19, freshman at Harvard University and a member of the Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving Team. Audrey shared these reflections.

Fireside Chats Ignite Interesting Discussions

In the midst of the COVID-19 “new normal,” the popular Fireside Chat series has sparked many engaging discussions. Hillary Freeman, Jennifer Paull, Tanja Srebotnjak, Alegria Barclay, and Aron Walker took the lead a few months ago to provide the Nueva community with a relaxed forum to discuss some timely topics

​​​​​​​Environmental Citizenship during COVID-19 

For environmental educators, the pandemic creates a unique opportunity to engage with students in real time and on multiple fronts. Teachers can bring their disciplinary lens to examining the environmental effects of the pandemic with questions such as “What are the changes, where do they occur, and how do we measure them?”

Gary Kaplan and advisory

Gary Kaplan—Nueva’s favorite lawyer-turned-educator—retires from Nueva after 10 years as a humanities teacher and coach at the Middle School. Hear Nueva students reflect on the ways Gary had an impact on their lives.

 

Diane Rosenberg speaking at a podium.

After 19 years, we bid farewell to our beloved head of school, Diane Rosenberg. Students, teachers, alums, and trustees from the last two decades return to reflect on Diane's many contributions to Nueva and her lasting legacy.