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As Thanksgiving approaches, Nueva students are reflecting on what they’re thankful for in their daily lives and they’re showing gratitude toward one another.

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One day in 1971, Nueva piano teacher Vladimir Pleshakov noticed Greg Pliska ’74 trying keys on the piano and suggested he attempt to write a piece of music. Ten year-old Greg agreed and wrote a string quintet — a feat that, at the time, Greg had no idea was unusual for a kid. He then performed his composition with some Nueva classmates and received a standing ovation.

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Next weekend, MS students will perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  The musical, written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, is based on the Old Testament story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. Students in the musical academy and musical elective class have been rehearsing the show since the beginning of the semester. The production includes 32 cast members and 14 tech crew members.

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On Wednesday, October 26, grades 9–11 participated in a day of field trips specially designed to build intellectual curiosity about topics central to their current studies and to their immersion travel that will occur later in this school year.

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