Fourth grader Mila B. wants the world to know that women can do anything men can do. As part of a recent assignment on social justice poetry, she channeled her frustration about persistent sexism in our world into a piece entitled Free as a Horse. Earlier this year, she performed that piece in front of her classmates before giving a presentation on an architectural design for her dream sports facility—an athletics club designed with women athletes in mind. Read more about the curriculum in this week’s story: Fourth Grade Project Melds Math and Social Justice.
Although they couldn’t actually roast s’mores and camp under bright stars last Thursday, Nueva Lower School students did the next best thing—they Zoomed in to participate in Campfire Night.
Each week, Lower School Division Head Megan Terra sends out a Lower School newsletter, which includes student-written articles. Read more to see a sampling of their work.
The Lower School STEAMlet Expo was originally scheduled to take place March 13, the first day of Nueva’s campus closure. While the event could not be held in person this year, it did move into a virtual space.
At Nueva, you can travel the world. From ancient Egypt and Mali to Suva, Fiji, we are constantly exploring. The fourth graders, on April 8, traveled back approximately 3,000 years ago to the School of Athens.
Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) is the scientific investigation of words. This approach to language instruction has been integrated in the Nueva curriculum for many years, and SWI coach Rebecca Loveless has taught young Nuevans about words for the last seven years.
Our Nueva teachers have worked incredibly hard to bring the “Nueva Way” educational experience to our students across all divisions in this new remote learning space. Kindergarten teachers have not only approached remote learning as student-centered, they have also approached remote learning as parent-centered.
Nueva first graders are learning to be kind, compassionate, empathetic citizens, as they are currently studying ableism.
The second grade embarked on a research field trip to Angel Island and the former immigration center, which perfectly tied into the humanities theme of the grade: Bay Area history through the lens of immigration.
On Fridays, the Lower School buzzes with excitement as students engage in choice time activities ranging from cooking and sewing to board games and art.