Lower School News

Nueva Dedicates Play Space to Joey Kovacevich

An outdoor play area near the Lower School was opened in loving memory of Joey Kovacevich last Friday. Joey was a student in the class of 2022 who died of cancer in the summer of 2013. He was a remarkable child — insightful, sweet,

joyous courageous, funny, a natural leader, and one of those children that everyone loved, students and adults alike. He also was an artist and creator, innovator, and entrepreneur.

The beautiful dedication was well attended by Nueva students, parents, faculty, and Joey’s family members. During the ceremony, Head of School Diane Rosenberg, Head of Lower School Emily Johnson, Lower School Social-Emotional Learning Teacher Lisa Hinshelwood, and Joey’s father Todd Kovacevich all spoke.

Speakers gave brief memories of Joey, told the purpose of the area and why it was built, presented Nueva’s hopes and dreams for the play space, and thanked people who were involved in making the project happen.

At the end of the ceremony Joey’s parents, Todd and Bradley, together cut a ribbon to officially open the new play area.

For more information on the outdoor space, please read a previous article about how Nueva is honoring Joey.

 December 16, 2016

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Lower School Art Teacher Reenie Charriere leads a group of Nueva students through SFMOMA

Nearly 150 Nueva community members came together to enjoy contemporary art at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) on Saturday, March 10. Families attended a special weekend tour with Lower School Art Specialist Reenie Charrière, a practicing artist and former museum educator who guided them through the retrospective entitled Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules.

Not Just Playing with Clay: PreK Art Inspired by Brazilian Artist

With a deep conviction for the importance of learning through art, Carolee Fucigna, Nueva prekindergarten teacher, developed an opportunity for the prekindergarten students to connect their artwork to that of a renowned Brazilian artist, Anna Maria Maiolino.

Students Lead March on Campus for Kindness, Peace, and Love

In these uncertain times, Nueva students are the tides of change, leading the next generation to be kinder than the one before. On Monday, February 5, dozens of lower school students raised their colorful, handmade signs in a Kindness March to spread love and compassion around Nueva.

A Ten-Minute Walk: Wednesday Morning in the Lower School

On Wednesday morning in the Lower School, our students were deeply engaged in reading, composing, illustrating, and problem solving.

Working individually and in groups, students in kindergarten through fourth grade were in full mid-week stride as they tackled new challenges, put finishing touches on their creations, and shared their learning with teachers and classmates.

Three students huddle around a laptop during Hour of Code

Last week, Nueva first and third graders joined millions of students around the world for an Hour of Code, a global movement to demystify computer science. As part of the worldwide Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code aims to broaden participation across gender, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups to show that computer science can be fun, creative, and accessible for all ages regardless of background.

Nueva Book Fairs Delight Diverse Community of Readers

Since 1985, the Hillsborough Book Fair has been an annual weeklong celebration of books and the rich literary environment here at Nueva. With a variety of fiction and nonfiction books hand-selected with Nueva readers in mind, the Hillsborough Book Fair is one of the most carefully curated book fairs in the country.

Nueva’s Beloved Forts Revitalized

Nueva’s forts are a treasured play area near the Mansion, once an old olive grove. Beautiful in their simplicity, they draw lower school students into imaginative and social play outdoors.

Brown Bag Concerts Conclude a Wonderful Year


A beloved Hillsborough tradition, Brown Bag concerts provide opportunities for students to perform for one another in a fun and relaxed setting.

Students sign up in advance for these concerts, which are held in the Ballroom once or twice a month on Fridays during lunch. Concerts can feature 12–15 short performances by a variety of student musicians and sometimes include selections from the likes of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin.