Middle School Chinese teacher Ms. Hong Jia has taught at NSU University School for 14 years and has not only helped our students learn about Chinese language, history, and culture, but also develop an appreciation for all nationalities. As an advisor for the Middle School Diversity Club, she encourages students in grades 6-8 to recognize and celebrate the rich diversity in our school.
Middle School: 6th-8th
Here in NSU University School’s Middle School, you will not find quiet hallways and silent classrooms. Instead, you will find classrooms, hallways, art spaces, sports fields, science labs, and the stage all bustling with student activity, the exchange of ideas, and students doing what they do best in these middle school years; learning by doing, experimenting, and communicating.
Our cutting-edge academic program empowers students to pursue knowledge, big ideas, and questions. Dedicated faculty use a variety of instructional strategies to foster curiosity, exploration, and creativity. Harkness discussions take place regularly in English and social studies classes while the Modeling Method is used to engage students in science and other academic areas. NSU University School teachers understand that every child learns in his or her own way, so they continually seek to differentiatie instruction in order to reach every learner. They know that a "one size fits all" education never really fits.
During Middle School, we encourage our students to maintain their curiosity and creativity while stretching their self-confidence and self-advocacy. Students take the time to explore new electives, try interscholastic sports, and perform on or behind the stage for one of our unbelievable theatrical performances. These new opportunities help to broaden their horizons and help them discover their passion.
Our ultimate goal is that students will leave Middle School as critical thinkers, independent and lifelong learners, strong communicators, healthy risk takers, and good global citizens.
Longtime Spanish teacher Jonathan Moreno has been making a difference in the lives of students at NSU University School for the past 14 years, helping Lower School students achieve language proficiency while gaining an appreciation for the Hispanic culture. His passion for education extends beyond foreign language and includes a universal form of expression – music. He shares this love with his students by integrating music and art into his lessons, making them more engaging and improving students’ attitude when learning another language.
From leading a class of imaginary students as a child to now having 20 years of experience in the education space, Micaile Smith knew from a young age that she was called to teach. Her love for children and helping them learn was evident as she was growing up, which led her to pursue a career in teaching. As a Middle School science teacher, Smith instills a love of learning in her students by helping them connect the material to their own lives and by creating a safe and comfortable environment. This way, students are interested and motivated to learn more, apply their understandings, and give their best effort.
Our schoolwide Pet Supply Drive was a success! Thank you to all those who generously donated items for animals in need at the Humane Society of Broward County. Students in our Upper School Paws with a Cause Club delivered two carloads of items, which will help feed and care for countless animals at the shelter until they are found good homes. We love to see our students at all grade levels work together to give back to the community!
Our Middle School Robotics Team 63724A won second place in the Robot Skills Match and earned first place overall in the state’s Middle School division at the remote South Florida VEX Robotics Skills Tournament!
Congratulations to Associate Head of Academic Affairs Robyn Kaiyal for completing the 2019 National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy (NIXLA) – an online strategic diversity leadership development and institutional transformation program. The immersive, highly selective five-week program offered Kaiyal an invaluable opportunity to further develop her skills as a leader and identify powerful institutional strategies that support diversity, equity, and inclusion at NSU University School.
Middle School instructor Alicia Anania has been teaching science at NSU University School (USchool) for the past five years. Originally from Connecticut, Anania moved to Florida about eight years ago and obtained her bachelor’s degree in marine science from Nova Southeastern University (NSU).
Although it is housed outside of the Middle School, students from JK to grade 12 will have the opportunity to interact with the garden this year as our teachers find ways to incorporate it into their existing curricula.
Students in grades 6-8 were able to attend the Club Fair and speak with representatives from 20+ clubs to learn about the main focus of each club, meeting times, and how they can get involved.
They were challenged with constructing a slider out of recyclables that could go down an incline with 200 milliliters of water in it, bump into a wall, and still hold water inside after the slide and collision.
Eighth grade students in Ms. Carnaggie's science class learned about the transfer of energy yesterday by actively exploring lab stations inside and outside of the classroom.
USchool families had the opportunity to learn about the various offerings within our Arts and Athletics department by meeting with department directors, instructors, and coaches.
On the eve of the First Day of School, we were delighted to welcome our new and returning Lower, Middle, and Upper School families!
NSU University School faculty and staff attended a school-wide meeting to discuss newly implemented measures to enhance the safety and security of our entire school community.
Congratulations to our Middle School students and teachers for not only representing NSU University School at The Fairchild Challenge this year, but for also earning the Bronze Award for their hard work on the various challenges and commitment to STEM education.
The Middle School Diversity Club hosted its annual Diversity Assembly in the AutoNation Center for the Arts. Students and even some teachers presented dances, song, skits, performances, and readings celebrating the diverse cultures and nations represented at USchool and around the world. This year's theme, "Love Has No Boundaries," focused on appreciating love for humankind.
Middle School students in Mr. Meoli's math classes stepped out of the classroom and into the Media Center today to work with Ozobots, tiny coded robots, to better understand the concept of slope intercept form.
A big thank you to the University Family Organization for showering our faculty and staff members from all levels with appreciation every day this week by organizing special gifts like a delicious lunch catered by Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine Plantation and relaxing chair massages from Davie Chiropractic Center.
After watching the documentary Racing Extinction and seeing how the world has been impacted by humans, Middle School science students were tasked with thinking like a conservationist and choosing a global science topic to present at the Earth Day Festival to USchool students from all grade levels.
More than 50 NSU University School students and teachers from the Upper School WIND Club, Middle School Diversity Club, and National Junior Honor Society served alongside each other at the AARP Foundation & Miami Dolphins 5th Annual Million Meal Pack at Nova Southeastern University.
Sixth grade students had the opportunity to visit Together We Stand, a non-profit, large operational aquaponics farm in Hollywood, Fla. At the farm, students interacted with large-scale aquaponics and hydroponics systems, learned how to live off the land, and fed livestock such as goats, chickens, and rabbits!