NYRR TCS Runners – Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K 2017

Aparna and I had a fantastic experience participating as TCS Runners. Posting few pictures.













TED-Ed Weekend @New York


My daughter Phanisree Akshinthala and 8th Grade Team from Community Middle School, Plainsboro, NJ are participating in TED Talks @NY tomorrow (Saturday 17th June) at 10 AM Eastern.

Live stream at rmd.me/ow1zu4e7g0k

NuYu Team of CMS-Plainsboro Won FPSPI Championship


Congratulations to my kid Phanisree Akshinthala and Team, 8th Graders at Community Middle School, Plainsboro, NJ. CMS Nuyu (http://nuyuchallenge.weebly.com/nuyu-team.html) team won first place in Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI – http://www.fpspi.org/icdetails.html) competition held at Wisconsin University during 7-11 June’2017. Great job All!

Nüyü​ is a close-knit community of 8th grade researchers who study the well being of adolescents. Nüyü​ is inspired by Community Problem Solving, an organization from FPSPI (Future Problem Solving Program International). Improving the world through research and study to find out why middle school students suffer socially, emotionally, and academically in their everyday lives. The team bring you many strategies to help find your inner self and manage stress through mindfulness.  Nüyü​ has evolved  research this year to focus on mindfulness strategies to improve mental health.

Follow them on – Twitter @nuyu_team; YouTube Team NuYu


NuYu 2.0: Teens Empowering the Educational Community

CMPS“Kudos to my daughter, Phanisree an 8th Grader and team for winning NJ FPS (Future Problem Solving) State Bowl First Prize” conducted today i.e. 11th-March-2017 at Keane University, NJ. The team is going to the International Competition to be held at University of Wisconsin in June 2017.

I am posting a note from her below.

NüYü 2.0

Promoting emotional wellbeing overcoming high levels of stress – how might Community Middle School (Plainsboro, NJ) 8th grade students, the NüYü 2.0 team, spreading mindful coping strategies through 2016-17 (started his last year!) and beyond?

NüYü is a community problem solving team comprised of 18, 8th grades from Community Middle School, Plainsboro, New Jersey. We have been an organization for two years now and have won first place in the FPS (Future Problem Solving) State bowl for two years now. Our goal is to promote mindfulness, the state of being aware and present, to the educational community. Although we do compete in FPS the reason we started our project was to help our community. We have presented at multiple teacher professional development days in our school, EdCampNJ/EdCamp Encore (a conference where teachers all over NJ come together to exchange ideas), hosted our 2nd annual wellness where, in which over 280 participants attended. Along with that, we ran our Pather “Pause” Challenge, a 4-week mindfulness session to the students in our school. This year, since we are old enough to have our own twitter we created an account. Through this account we have been able to create long lasting relationships with some very prominent figures in the educational community, for example, the Commissioner of Education for NJ whom we meeting with towards the end of March. We are also attending NJAGC (New Jersey Association for Gifted Children) We know we have been making a huge impact in the educational community because a school in Spain reached out to us to learn about Mindfulness, and we Skype then every week to teach them what we know. We have also been reached out to by multiple schools across NJ and many teachers across the state who have taken time out of their schedules to meet with us. We were featured in a recent Edutopia article and Dr.Dzung Vo, the author of “The Mindful Teen” (a resource for teenagers to learn and use Mindfulness) is also one of the people we are meeting via Skype call. Today, we won 1st place in the FPS NJ State bowl qualifying us for the International Competition, FPSPI in Wisconsin. At this competition there will be teams from all across the world; Singapore, Australia, China, etc just to name a few. This will our second time attending the International Competition. Being part of this team has allowed all of us to make a difference in our community and change the lives of so many people. NüYü is a team that has formed special bonds, strong lasting relationships, and has changed my team completely causing us to become the extraordinary young adults today. We have an amazing coach, Dr.Rebecca McLelland Crawley, whom we call Dr.MC affectionately, has supported us the whole way and has been there with us when we needed her the most. She has dedicated her personal time just as we have to make sure that our team is always at its best.

www.nuyuchallenge.weebly.com  (Website)

@nuyu_team (Twitter handle)

@bec_chirps (Dr.MC)

Next Generation of Leaders


My daughter an 8th Grader, got recommended for 2017 Ambassador Leaders program. It will be conducted during summer @ Harvard University, UCLA, and JHU. She has picked Harvard campus.

Attitudes In Reverse

Tomorrow my daughter will be volunteering and presenting at “Taste of Hope” organized by Attitudes In Reverse (AIR). AIR and the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies will co-host Back to School: Take a Breath, on National Suicide Prevention Day, September 12th. You can find details at https://lnkd.in/d3sR-W6

Social-Emotional Wellbeing of Students

I thought of sharing a link to a research project my daughter participating http://www.nuyuresearch.weebly.com

Research project is named “NuYu”.

Mission Statement:

“The mission of Team NuYu is to improve the social-emotional wellbeing of students at Community Middle School in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District by spreading healthy coping strategies to teachers, parents and students.”

Team got first prize in NJ and going to International Competition in June 2016.

Hope this will be an interesting read for you.