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Meet a Maverick: Reid D., Grade 6
Mitzi Mock

Meet sixth grader Reid D.: rapper, actor, and Nueva maverick. He has an insatiable passion for music. Last semester, he received the class assignment of his dreams, courtesy of his humanities teacher, Gary Kaplan. Inspired by the hip-hop-driven Broadway musical Hamilton, Gary invited students to simulate a debate between Federalists and Anti-Federalists in the form of a rap battle.

Hear more about Reid’s passion for music, and listen to his rap performance—the Federalist Papers are no match for this mic drop!



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Civil Rights Activists Inspire Sixth-grade Humanities Class

“One of the learning goals for our study of the Civil Rights Era has been for my students to see examples of young people making change and for them to realize they are never too young to effect change,” said sixth-grade humanities teacher Evan Bartz.

Student musicians performing.

Our concert series, Succulent Sound Garden, is adapting to the times. We’re now Sofa Sound Garden! From living rooms to kitchen tables, backyards to garages, Nueva students and faculty will continue to share their love of music from home.

Eighth Graders Explore Cultural Graphic Novels

The eighth-grade writing class is another example of how Nueva teachers are thinking outside the box in order to add a splash of excitement and fun to remote learning. The graphic novel unit uses the Canvas platform, and our eighth graders are enjoying a different form of storytelling.