Students shared various creative projects during the recent arts and electives culminations on both campuses. Nueva students led family members and friends on tours of their coursework and shared musical performances, designs, robotics projects, chemistry experiments, and more.
“Culminations are a terrific chance for students to showcase what they have been working on and exploring with curiosity in their classes,” noted journalism and yearbook teacher LiAnn Yim. Sixth grader Firefly F. explained that “it’s a really good experience to share your work during culmination because then your parents and friends’ parents can see what you’re doing in school, and they can really see what Nueva’s about.”
At Bay Meadows on December 1, Nueva’s upper division hallways were filled with student work from their electives. Students and faculty members readied with excitement for the evening of sharing projects such as jazz compositions, designs for social good, and a poetry reading communicated through sign language. Twelfth grader Joseph Q. explained that he chose the American Sign Language elective because he felt that it was “important to communicate with allpeople.” Students from each grade proudly explained their projects and experiences across the nearly sixty electives offered to upper school students. The evening highlighted the varied interests of Nueva learners and provided a window into the classes that students have been enjoying since the start of this school year.
“Culminations provide the opportunity for students to have an authentic audience for all of the hard work that they have been doing," explained eighth-grade biology teacher Tom McFadden, who also teaches a science rap elective. Middle schoolers celebrated their culmination event on the Hillsborough campus on Friday, December 8, similarly inviting the larger community into the classes that have been capturing student passions since September. Sixth grader Ludmila N. explained her excitement as she prepared for her first Arts and Elective Culmination as a Nueva middle schooler: “I’m excited because I enjoy showing my artwork to other people and seeing the emotions that they go through as they as see it."
Eighth grader Jack T. shared that “culminations are a great way to show off what we’ve learned. It’s student-run and a great way to learn from students about the subjects that they know a lot about and care a lot about; students are all passionate about what they are learning and each class.”
December 13, 2017