StudentSuccessStories4 25rezNueva encourages students to explore their passions inside and outside the classroom, and each month for the remainder of the year we will share and celebrate a collection of these achievements.

BVVOlfSgRCCs9OoVNWNFg thumb 2ddNueva speech and debate teacher Les Phillips recently won the National Speech & Debate Association’s (NSDA) Seven Diamond Award, an honor bestowed upon only 50 coaches in the Association's 92-year history. The award recognizes both longevity and productivity, and is based on a point system, wherein a coach receives one point for every ten merit points earned by their students. A first diamond is earned when a coach receives 1,500 points, and additional diamonds are earned at specific intervals and for predetermined point totals.

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In this month’s article, “Thinking Critically about Our Practices, Part II: Global Online Academy,” we described Global Online Academy (GOA) and its use as a new tool for personalizing learning for our upper school students. In this piece, we share examples of Nueva lower and middle school teachers using GOA to innovate in their classrooms.

 Flipping the script on what teenagers are capable of doing
Twelfth grader Lucy W. stood before a microphone and a crowded gymnasium on Thursday, April 5, to recite from "It’s Because of the Antlers," a short story about a young protagonist who endures a cosmetic procedure to implant decorative antlers onto her head. Lucy read, “I was taking care of myself, giving myself the special treatment I deserved. I ended up changing my profile picture on various social media accounts... and everyone was very complimentary.” The story is a commentary on social media, adolescence, and pop culture, the three flags frequently raised against today's youth. Lucy’s project was one of 340 projects presented by Nueva’s upper school students during Quest Expo 2018.

12 Summer2017Slideshow DSC01654The 2018 Nueva Summer program is now open for application to all Bay Area families interested in enriching, academic deep dives for the students entering grades 1­–12.  

The Lower School Expedition program, featuring interdisciplinary explorations of both unknown mysteries and the fascinating connections between the human and natural world, is nearly full. A handful of spaces remain.



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