Middle School News

Saved by the Bell: Remote Learning Puts an Exciting Spin on Recess
Antonia Ehlers, director of communications

Remote learning is putting a modern twist on recess! Nueva Middle School students are playing Boggle, dancing, listening to music, telling stories, doing science experiments, plotting in escape rooms, creating urban art, and much more. 

“Students need time to connect with one another socially,” said Middle School Head Liza Raynal. “In our wellness survey, many requested more social time. We piloted the first recess before break. We are also making time for clubs and important student-life offerings.”

There are now two optional recess periods each week, on Monday and Thursday. Both allow 30 minutes for clubs and exciting activities. 

Middle School clubs include the Magazine Club, Feminists for Gender Equity Club, Save Endangered Species Club, Harry Potter Club, the Country Music Club, and a host of others that beat boredom as the Mavericks shelter in place. 

“I was in Music and Mandalas,” noted sixth grader Eva Sepulveda. “I really enjoyed it because it was very open and calming. We got to listen to music and relax. I think that even though we are on screens, it’s a good way to decompress.” 

Sixth grader Katja G. enjoyed playing Boggle during recess. 

“It was fun to get together with friends,” she said. “I usually wouldn’t have done it this way, but it was surprisingly fun. I got to learn one of my new favorite games, and I also got to have fun with my friends. I am looking forward to having the option of going to recess but also being able to use that time for other things. When I was at school, I wouldn't go to clubs because my friends and I would hang out somewhere. But now, having different recess options twice a week gives me enough time to go to clubs and hang out with my friends.” 

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