Nova crossroads


June 4th 12:15-3:00pm Nova is having its annual Crossroads Reflect and Plan meeting.

    Come to Nova for an all school meeting where we will discuss what worked and didn’t work this year, and plan out next year. Among other things, we will talk about the schedule for next year (and there will be snacks provided). Fear not: the timing for activities of classes and lunch will not be changed. Classes are still one and a half hour blocks, lunch is still 45 minutes, and school will still be 8:30am to 4:00pm.

We will discuss how Wednesdays will be used and as well as committees, there is the possibility of changes to the schedule for next year being made the day of the meeting. If you were unhappy about the weird lunch, coor, or class schedules this past year, you should go to this meeting. All those changes were made last year by the students who actually showed up and there is a .1% chance that an evil villain will show up and completely change the schedule to something terrible and convoluted. So show up if you want your class days to make sense. The meeting will begin in the front hall at 12:15 where there will be snacks, then we will migrate to a room relative to how many people show up.

Senior Project?

     It’s that time of year at Nova when everyone that’s trying to graduate has to present their senior project. What’s a senior project? You might ask this if you’re a youngin’. Or if you’ve honestly never heard of senior projects before. A senior project is what Nova students do, typically in their senior year. Students have to choose a topic that they personally value. They then present their topic to fellow students and staff, and talk about how going to Nova has helped them learn about said topic.

     When doing their senior project, students have a couple ways to go. One is that they can make a defense of their education. What I mean by that is that students start a conversation with the people attending their project, and talk about their experience at Nova in general and how it has affected them. Another way to go is to create something and present it. Such things you could make include: music, portfolios of art or poetry, some students choose to teach a class, or even write a novel! Then they present the thing they made at Nova, and everyone asks them questions.

     Senior Projects can take up to an hour to present, depending on what was prepared by the student, and how many people showed up to see it. Attendees can ask their questions whenever, but usually sit and watch for a while first. The first senior project presentation I attended was about cooking. The presenter was very animated and in high spirits. He obviously had a passion for cooking, and he showed that in his presentation. For this individual student, going to Nova has been extremely important. When asked by a teacher how they thought Nova could have helped them more, they honestly thought that Nova had done enough.

     These projects are meant to be a positive experience, for the students and the people who attend them, so don’t stress out too much if you haven’t made one yet. For students that aren’t seniors, the senior project can be a daunting idea. I asked one senior how they felt about it before they were a senior, they said that they were excited to do it, but didn’t know what to expect.

     Once they started their project, they started learning new things (how to edit and record videos), and the experience of making the project turned out to be fun. Another senior admitted that for the week before their presentation, they were dreading it, and got really stressed about it. Once they started presenting, the stress went away, and their presentation was great! So if you are a student at Nova, senior or not, hopefully this article has helped you understand what a senior project is, and how to prepare for one.

Searching For The Perfect Graduation Outfit?


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Caption: Nova Graduation is on its way: June 12, 6:30pm at Nova! Here are a few cheap ideas for finding the perfect outfit.


    Nova Graduation is on its way! Graduation is a wonderful excuse to dress all fancy-like, which is always fun in my opinion, but you can dress however you want. Everyone should dress for their graduation in a way that makes them feel special (It is a special occasion that you only get to experience once, after all)–whether that’s jeans and a t-shirt or a floor length gown–but finding that special article of clothing has the potential to be pricey and cause lots of stress if you’re taking it seriously. Here are a few cheap choices to search for your graduation outfit that are only a short bus ride away from Nova:


    1. Red Light Vintage & Costume

       312 Broadway E

    Seattle, WA

    Red Light is pretty much heaven for vintage lovers. It feels like what Etsy would feel like if it were a physical store, and it’s located right on Broadway. (From school you can take either the 8 or 43 busses and get there in five minutes). For vintage, Red Light is pretty darn cheap, but the older the clothes are, the more expensive. If you’re searching for something from the 1920’s, be prepared to spend a little more. Red Light has a huge amount of variety, and it all feels so one-of-a-kind. They have a small rack that is dedicated to traditional graduation robes if you want to wear one, but you could easily find something mixed in throughout the two levels of the store.


2.  Crossroads Trading Co.

    325 Broadway Ave E

    Seattle, WA

    Crossroads, also located on Broadway, is a wonderful recycled and new fashion store. A lot of the things you find in Crossroads will still have the original tags on them but will be WAAAAAAAAYYYYY cheaper. I recently got my Prom dress there in between classes for $20. Crossroads is much more “modern” than Red Light, but it still has some vintage mixed in here and there. Why pay hundreds of dollars for a graduation outfit like some people do? Thats ludicrous! Just go to Crossroads, where there is tons of variety and the generally the most you will pay will be $20.


3. Value Village

   1525 11th Ave

   Seattle, WA 98122


    Located a block away from Cal Anderson, the Capitol Hill Value Village is my favorite Value Village. Although their dress section is fairly small, everything is incredibly cheap. Wouldn’t you love to find a beautiful dress to wear to graduation  for only $5? Once again, there is a lot of variety. You could find something vintage, a beautiful gown someone paid hundreds for only to wear once and then donate, or something casual. This Value Village always seems to be full of hidden gems. Of course you can always find a nice suit there too for all of you graduating gentlemen.

Your high school graduation is something that only happens once, and it should be special. It is a night where you should feel like it’s your time to shine. Of course you don’t have to dress up if you don’t want to, but if you do then I hope you find something that makes you feel special at one of these stores (or anywhere else, of course!). Whether you’re graduating, or just going to support the people who are graduating, make the night special!

Animation Showcase 13

The Animation Showcase The 14th floor is Nova’s 13th annual animation showcase where Stefan play all the students from his Animation classes. they will be presented at the Northwest Film Forum, it will be presented in an edited movie that will take about 30 minutes each animation will have its own original soundtrack made by Nova students with titles.

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    It will take place on Thursday June 5th there will be 2 showings with the same content one at 7:00 as well as one at 7:30. There is a suggested donation of $10 and is located on 1515 12th ave Seattle, WA 98122

End of year FEEST party!

FEEST is planning our end of the year FEEST ShaBang Celebration and Cultural Potluck! We are preparing for an artshare, a 2014 Nova reflection table, FEEST intern MC’s and sandwiches, sushi, and salads. We will be outside in the courtyard area from 2:30-6:30 on May 28th. Everyone is encouraged to bring a cultural/familial food to share along with the food provided.


The celebration will incorporate much of what folks would experience at our community dinners, as we will be going through the FEEST flow. We would love to have as many families and Novaites as possible!!

Come eat, dance, reflect and FEEST!!


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Crisis Averted

On Wednesday, May 14th, Mark received a two-sentence email from the Seattle School District informing him that their projections for student enrollment next year merited a decrease of “2.0 Teacher FTE”. That means the District decided they wanted to stop paying for two teacher positions here at Nova.

Nova is already undeniably underfunded for the number of students it serves. An emergency staff meeting was called, and from what I gathered two plans emerged.

Plan A: Mark would flex his Political Jiu Jitsu skills, talk to people, and prove the district wrong.

Plan B: An all out community effort.

Thankfully, Plan A succeeded, and an email today indicated that the District went back on their original ruling and is allowing us to hold on to our teachers.

Prom Survey

    Nova prom has come and gone! We had a pretty good turnout this year, and everyone seemed like they had a good time. How could you not when you’re all dressed up, being served fancy drinks by your teachers, surrounded by your friends and dancing your butt off? I decided to survey 30 students see if they all had as much fun as they seemed like they did, asking them to rate their prom experience on a scale of 1-5 stars.

2 stars: 2

3 stars: 5

4 stars: 16

5 stars: 7

Total students surveyed: 30

    Clearly the people who went really were having a fairly good time and not just pretending! Well over 50% of the students I surveyed gave it four or five stars (and not one person gave it only one star), so I would say this year’s prom was a success!

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The Nova Diaries: A Day in The Hallway

    Most people don’t walk into the main hallway at their school to find an electric piano set up with someone miming the action of playing one with complete enthusiasm, but those people must not go to Nova. At this wonderful school, that could be described as the norm. Yes – many things that would be considered completely unacceptable at any other traditional school (like playing a piano in the main hallway at full volume) are completely normal, and… well, accepted.

    Today when I came out of my class after very productively working on a project,  I came out into the main hallway to find a small table set up next to the electric piano that was set to play itself. Crowded around the table were many fellow students, all laughing uncontrollably. I walked towards the table to find out what all the fuss was about, and as I looked down at the table I immediately understood why everyone was having so much fun. On the table was an extremely popular (and very… inappropriate) game called Cards Against Humanity (think Apples to Apples only R-rated). I noticed an empty chair, and having extremely enjoyed playing the game with friends in the past, it was just screaming my name.

    So we sat and we played for quite awhile, about eight people constantly interchanging at the table. Many people were watching, laughing, and enjoying themselves while listening to the piano (that was still turned on and playing itself) and hearing students keep saying things like “I love my school” and “This is just like Hogwarts.”

    The things that happen in and outside of classes are what gives Nova its allure and makes people want to be here. The fact that we can have a piano in the hallway while playing Cards Against Humanity, and be accepting of each other and just have fun really says a lot to me. It’s what makes this school great; people genuinely want to be here, and having fun when they are. Things like this are not a rare occurrence at this school, and each time they happen it just makes me even more thankful to go to such a wonderful school like Nova.

A Magic Show

On April 28th, 2014, the coor-attending students of Nova instead witnessed magic.

Well, it wasn’t really magic – but it was still really freaking cool with the re-attaching ropes, swapping places, and the multiple-drinks-out-of-a-milk-carton trick. Indeed, the real art of magic is the skill involved: and 13-year old Matthew Laslo-White (pictured far left) has a lot of skill! Perhaps one of the most impressive things about the show is the youth of the performer. Matthew is 13 years old–a good 3-4ish years younger than the average Nova student. And yet he still performed amazing feats befitting the title of magician.

For those who missed the show, here are my top 3 acts that were performed:

-The rope trick. For whatever reason, that rope was just so interesting. It may have been in the item more than the performer, but it still was fantastic to see 2 ropes become 1, then get cut in half and again into quarters, and then have them all recombine into one. What’s more interesting is the obvious amount of stress put on those ropes–they were getting swung around all over the place, stretched, pulled, all that sort of stuff. So it’s not like it was glue–and it even looked like one rope at the end.

-The solid box. For this trick, 2 people came up on stage from the audience and knocked on the box. They were asked if it was solid, and it was. Then, Matthew comes out with his hands bound. The “solid” box is opened, and Matthew is put inside. Then, a cloth is hung by his assistants in front of the box. Then the curtains close. Somehow, when the curtains come up, Matthew is the one holding the cloth–and then they open the box, and it’s one of his assistants inside instead. I would’ve really liked to know how he did it–but obviously, a magician never reveals his secrets.

-The milk carton. A quart of plain milk is poured from a pitcher into the carton it was originally in. Six cups are brought out. The first beverage that is poured out into a cup is chocolate milk–reasonable, considering how there could have been chocolate powder in there to mix with the milk. The next thing, however, is apple juice. It is poured into the cup, and it looks, and apparently tastes, like apple juice. Next is root beer–even more outlandish, but the same as the other two–looks, tastes and smells like the name. The very next is ginger ale – and what do we know, it’s actual ginger ale. And then he pours out the remaining liquid into the last cup. I’m pretty sure that it was just plain milk, but it doesn’t matter–they put it somewhere backstage. And then the milk carton is cut open–and instead of being a fancy stage prop inside, it’s just a milk carton.

Despite my firm belief that there is no magic in this world, there evidently are people who can make it seem like there is. At first I was skeptical, but as soon as I watched the actual show, I was amazed. And it’s someone younger than you (probably) and me who did it!

So once again, I will go thank Stefan for bringing in the magic, and you should too.

A Summary of Prom

A Summary of Prom

Last Saturday (May 10th, 2014) was the day of the Nova Prom. The event was held at 1927 Events, located on 3rd in downtown. Music was carefully selected by two of Nova’s own seniors, Quinn Johnson and Omar Tellez. Refreshments included non-alcoholic beverages with cheeky names, chips and dip, cupcakes, and most important of all ; a friendly nova environment for everyone to enjoy themselves and get down to some tunes in! The prom lasted from 7 to 11pm, it was only possible due to the students and staff that both planned it, and helped to set-up/strike.

If you have never been to a Nova prom before, you might be expecting something totally different than what actually happened. Most proms are really formal, and everybody wants to bring a date, right? Well the Nova prom was fabulously chill in the sense that there was no pressure to dress up or get married for the occasion. Students showed up wearing whatever they wanted, with some people looking as casual as ever. Other people chose to go all out, dressing fancy flossy and ready to dance.

The music selection was pretty vast, with some cheery tunes such as “I Feel Good”, by James Brown, to the irresistible cut “Hey Ya” by Outkast. In case somebody felt like there wasn’t enough variation, The Smiths showed up to play “Girlfriend in a Coma”. For most of the evening, the dance floor was populated, and the DJ table stayed crowded: sure sign that prom-goers were feeling positive. There was even a cook-off to Ellen Degeneres. If you know what that means, either you were at prom, or you should’ve just gone to prom.

I heard a senior say that this was the best prom in four years. It was my first Nova prom and I can say it was a good time. If you are a Nova student curious about future proms, keep in mind that production committee is in charge of planning events at Nova. Prom only happens if students and staff make it happen! It is not like other schools where prom is a traditional/annual event. Nova proms are unique every time they happen. They are different from other Nova dances in the sense that they usually happen somewhere besides Nova, and just a little more fancy. As a fourth-year nova student who just went to his first prom, I would definitely recommend going to Nova dances/proms in the future, because they are a lot of fun!

Pictures from prom will be uploaded to Shutterfly shortly, check back here for details soon!

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