NSU University School Preschool Students Engage in Hands-On Learning Experiences


NSU University School’s smallest Sharks are back in the classroom and have been busy with many different hands-on learning activities. As part of a sensory activity, PK2 students were given a bin with sand and a paintbrush to explore. Teachers then placed a letter card in each of their bins to further provoke their inquiring minds. Some students used the brush to trace the letter on the card while others began making lines and circles in the sand. The final part of the activity involved students using a small cup and spoon to practice scooping, filling, and pouring the sand – all important skills to enhance their fine motor strength. PK4 students have been learning about the impact of soap on germs and why healthy habits like proper hand-washing are so important to help prevent the spread of harmful germs. They read the story “Germs, Yuk!” by Sky Davis and then used pepper, water and dish soap to make predictions and test their theories on how the germs (the pepper) would react to the soap. Keep up the great work Sharks!

NSU University School’s Preschool is currently enrolling new students. For more information about this program and the COVID precautions and recommendations being followed, please call 954-262-4506.

NSU University School Students Begin A New School Year

NSU University School’s Sharks are back to school! We are thrilled to have welcomed our students back for the 2020-21 school year, both on campus and online. Although the school environment may look a little different this year, USchool remains committed to providing a personalized education and bringing out the best in U! We are excited to be reunited with our Shark family after our time apart and we are looking forward to a challenging and rewarding school year for all.

If you have any questions about NSU University School, please call 954-262-4506 or email uschooladmissions@nova.edu. As a reminder, NSU employees receive a 35 percent tuition discount at NSU University School and may also qualify for financial aid.

NSU University School Students Qualify for Recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program

NSU University School is proud to congratulate the 17 juniors who earned high scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), qualifying them for recognition in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. From more than 1.5 million program entrants, these students are among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants nationwide who will be designated as either Semifinalists or Commended Scholars in the fall.

Congratulations to the following students:

Chase Barrett

Arielle Benayoun

William Boudy

Duncan Jurman

Hannah Kuker

Liberty Lapayowker

Parker Maier

Tobi Margolis

Ella Marshall

Ben Miller

Romy Peretz

Risa Pollak

Peyton Ronkin

Caleb Samson

Aryan Shah

Rebecca Wolf

Ben Yohros

NSU University School Students Earn Top Awards at the Junior Achievement of South Florida Regional Competition

NSU University School is proud to congratulate our exceptional Junior Achievement (JA) Fellows Team for winning JA’s first-ever People’s Choice Award for their Germ Genie™ product commercial. The team also earned the following top awards at the Junior Achievement of South Florida Regional Competition:

  • Company of the Year: First Place
  • Best Annual Report: First Place
  • Best Stage Presentation: First Place
  • Best Commercial: Third Place
  • Outstanding Young Business Person of the Year: Henry Hurowitz
  • Senior Merit Scholarship: Sophia Borzillo (past USchool JA Fellow student officer)

Congratulations to student officers Henry Hurowitz (CEO), Daniel Gutkin (CFO), Romy Peretz (CMO), Jonah Lubin (VP of Operations), and Benjamin Sterne (VP of Sales) for their hard work and success.

These students gained real world experience conceptualizing, capitalizing, and managing their own small business. Special thanks to co-sponsors Wynne Avellanet and Sonja Houston and special advisor Karen Martin for guiding and supporting the team throughout this process. USchool Junior Ali Kuttler also helped produce the commercial.

To purchase your own Germ Genie kit to stay germ-free on the go, visit: https://germgenie.com/

NSU University School Students Win Second Place in Year-Long Stock Market Competition

NSU University School is proud to congratulate a team of fifth grade students – Simmy Mangan, Gabi Pintaluga, Isabella Sackaris, and Sadie Zelnick – on winning second place in the South Florida Elementary Division of the year-long Stock Market Game session. Students were given $100,000 to build and manage a diversified portfolio, engaging them in the world of economics, investing, and personal finance, and preparing them for future financial independence. We are proud of our Sharks for their hard work in navigating the global capital markets and achieving this outstanding accomplishment.

NSU University School Student Honored with Student of the Year Award

NSU University School is proud to congratulate senior Ronnie who was honored with the Student of the Year Award during the recent 22nd Annual Student Life Achievement Awards. Affectionately known as the “STUEYs,” this awards ceremony celebrates Nova Southeastern University’s best in Academic Excellence, Integrity, Innovation, Opportunity, Scholarship/Research, Diversity, and Community.

In her nine years as a USchool student, Ronnie has truly led by example and furthered a sense of community on our campus. We are so very proud of all she has accomplished and wish her continued success in her future endeavors. To watch the full virtual ceremony, visit https://www.nova.edu/campuslife/stueys/.


NSU University School Students Excel in Prestigious National Math Competition

NSU University School is proud to congratulate Upper School students Sofia and Justin for their successful competition in the 2020 MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge. They competed alongside 760 teams from across the nation and were selected among the top 19% of teams to advance to the second round of judging. The M3 Challenge is a prestigious national competition that demonstrates the importance of math in everyday life. Students gain the experience of working as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints.

For this year’s challenge, students used mathematical modeling to predict what percentage of semi-trucks will be electric in the next few years and decades, determine the number of locations of charging stations along major U.S. trucking routes that are needed for an all-electric trucking industry, and prioritize which routes should be developed with electric charging infrastructure first. We are proud of our students for their hard work.

NSU University School Students Earn Several Top Awards in Statewide French Competition

NSU University School is proud to congratulate our Upper School French students for winning several awards and receiving state level recognition for their work after virtually competing in Le Congrès, an annual French competition held in Florida that convenes students from across the state.

  • Jessie Barfield won a Superior ribbon in Impromptu Speaking and was elected Présidente du Congrès for the 2020-21 year after delivering her candidacy speech to the voting members via Zoom.
  • Ella Farris won a Superior ribbon in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Maya Hyder won an Excellent ribbon for her recitation of Le Cancre by Jacques Prévert.
  • Bianca Renteria won a Superior ribbon for her recitation of Prière pour aller au paradis avec les ânes by Francis Jammes and was awarded the Teresita Bertot Scholarship for $500 after a rigorous selection process that included a detailed application, letters of recommendation, and a video conference interview in French.
  • Schaefer Grant and Marissa Tessier received recognition for successfully completing three years of service as treasurer on the board of Le Congrès de la Culture Française en Floride.

NSU University School Student Earns First Place in NSU’s Holocaust Reflection Contest

NSU University School is proud to congratulate Middle School student Reagan on earning first place for her “Holocaust Remembrance Essay” in NSU’s annual Holocaust Reflection Contest. Middle and high school students from across the state of Florida participated in the contest. Students selected a meaningful quotation or Holocaust survivor’s story that inspired them and submitted their reflections in the form of an original essay, poem, short film, or art piece. We are proud of Reagan for her exceptional work on her essay.

To read Reagan’s full essay, visit: https://rb.gy/1r4y3q

NSU University School Students – Lending a Hand

Lending a hand has taken on an entirely new meaning in Alicia Anania and Micaile Smith’s science classes. The teachers have joined forces to teach their students about the human body. Their goal was to make it more relatable. The dynamic duo is now taking their lessons several steps farther.

Instead of just teaching anatomy from a book, they’ve incorporated 3-D printing at the NSU University School Media Center to show students how to produce prosthetic human hands. Students are learning about the movement and functionality of the hand while, at the same time, gaining a greater understanding and empathy for those who need prosthetics.

The USchool students will soon meet with military veterans who have faced a hand amputation following combat. Students are also working with e-NABLE to establish a donation pathway. They are determined to give back, providing prosthetic hands to veterans and children in underdeveloped countries around the world.

“Through this project, we’ve seen amazing growth in our students’ understanding of how locomotion happens,” said Smith. “We’re now starting to study legs and movement in animals like sea turtles.”

Anania pointed out, “They take great pride in knowing that someone’s life will change with these prosthetic hands. They’re looking at ways to cushion them to make them more comfortable, too.”

This is more than a lesson in anatomy. Smith explains that mastery in coding and other STEM-related skills is essential to creating hands that move on command. Both teachers and the NSU University School community are looking ahead to the development of limitless teaching opportunities at the school’s Center for Innovation now under development. For more information about the Center for Innovation kindly contact Dr. Susanne Marshall at 954-262-3014 or msusanne@nova.edu.

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