While FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team captain Lucy D. was building the chassis, build team lead James T. was working on the flywheel launcher, Jason C. was busy creating the intake, and Howard L. and Anton P. were building the wobble arm. This was life for the Sharkbytes, who worked together remotely to design, build, and program a robot for the 2020–21 FTC competition.
The Nueva experience extends beyond the classroom. Our students engage in after-school enrichment courses, publish their own magazines and newspapers, and participate in educational internship opportunities.
Throughout the year, Nueva offers a variety of fun and engaging programs to extend learning beyond the classroom and foster a spirit of lifelong learning for all participants.
Beginning in their earliest years at Nueva, students have an opportunity to take on leadership roles throughout the school.
Nowhere is Nueva's motto, "Learn by Doing, Learn by Caring" more apparent than through the myriad of student leadership opportunities.
For the final week of Women's History Month, senior Isabelle A. shares what it means to her to be a woman in STEM and how she feels empowered to support and advocate for inclusive change in STEM fields.
Purposeful and immersive travel is a cornerstone of the Nueva experience. The places we go, the people we meet, and the way we reflect on our experiences as an entire community reaffirms and develops our understanding of the world. The current trip planning team—led by Dean of Student Life Hillary Freeman, Eighth-grade Dean Cynthia Kosut, and Lower School Division Head Megan Terra—and the grade-level deans have taken on the challenge of “traveling” during a pandemic.
An exciting new addition to the school schedule this year for all divisions is the inaugural Humanities Fair, which will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 14. Parent organizers Sarah Ordódy, Margaret Lynch, and Essy Nickolova have been working with Interim Humanities Director Jennifer Paull to bring this event—designed to promote the excitement, depth, and breadth in Nueva humanities teaching—to our community.
"You are a motivator, a positive force, and an inspiration to us all. Thank you for setting the bar so high and for bringing such HOPE and deep empathy to this community.”
Imagine receiving this appreciation message . . . how would you feel? Valued? Appreciated? Loved? All of the above? The special sentiments above were written during Kindness Week, a tradition that Director of Social Justice and Equity Alegria Barclay started four years ago with the help of then Kindness Club President Anna Sandell ’18.
Following his recent reelection to the California state legislature, Assemblymember Rob Bonta commemorated Filipino American History Month at an event organized by Nueva’s Filipino Club. Bonta shared how his identity as a Filipino American influenced his political career, which has been devoted to promoting social justice, inclusion, equity, and opportunity. As I listened to Assemblymember Bonta share his perspective on what it means to be Filipino, I reflected on my own Filipino identity.
We recently interviewed Sean Schochet, upper school Science of Mind teacher, and the peer consulting team in the high school to hear about the warmth, friendship and support this outstanding group of young people offer Nueva high school and middle school students.
This is not a typical year, so it made sense that Nueva’s annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day (GPSF) would also not be so typical. In this virtual event hosted on November 20, approximately 1,300 grandparents and special friends Zoomed in from across the globe—from Burlingame and Oakland to Boston, England, and Pakistan.
The story had all the makings of a Hollywood movie: a secret mission, an interview with the KGB, and the successful rescue of more than 2 million persecuted people. This was the true story shared by Adele and Joel Sandberg at an upper school Judaism Club event on the last Friday in October.