Gates-Cambridge Scholars are chosen for their outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, and commitment to improving the lives of others, among other qualities.
The varsity basketball team celebrated two awesome seniors—Cate Alder and Liz Pang—on Thursday, February 16th in the Castilleja school gym. GO GATORS!!
In 6th grade history class, after learning how to spot and evaluate Fake News students had the opportunity to play a version of "two truths and a lie" using their new skills combined with their ancient history knowledge.
Castilleja's Mock Trial team, now in its second year, will advance to the county semifinals.
The varsity soccer team celebrated three seniors—Rachel Gropper, Amanda McMaster, and Liz Parker—over the weekend at their game against Pinewood. GO GATORS!!
Posted 02/21/2017 08:00AM
Simone Seiver ’13, currently a senior at Yale University, has been named a Gates-Cambridge Scholar for 2017.
Simone is among the 36 U.S. citizens who have been selected to be part of the 2017 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge.
These 36 individuals from 34 universities will join 54 scholars from other parts of the world who will be announced in early April. The prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship program was established in 2000 by a $210 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, the largest ever single donation to a university in the United Kingdom. Scholars are chosen for their outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, and commitment to improving the lives of others, among other qualities.
Posted 02/15/2017 10:35AM
Castilleja's Mock Trial team, now in its second year, is seeded third entering this week's quarterfinals of the Santa Clara County Mock Trial Competition. Twenty-four teams entered the competition, and Castilleja finished the first four rounds as the 3-1 team with the highest winning percentage. The prosecution will be back in action Thursday evening, looking for a conviction on two criminal counts: human trafficking and false imprisonment. Senior co-captains Cate A. and Valerie H. founded the club with faculty advisor-attorney coach Ann Wagenhals. Outside attorney coaches are Michelle Melen '01 and Rachel Thomas.
Update!: Mock Trial will be advancing to the county semifinals, competing over winter break.
Posted 02/01/2017 12:04PM
Today Castilleja celebrated an amazing group of student-athletes who will take their athletic talent to the collegiate level! Four student-athletes were celebrated today, and one (Natalie Tuck) signed early on November 9th. Amanda McMaster signed an official national letter of intent to compete at the Division I level, while Elizabeth, Elle, and Claire will compete at Division III universities next year. Check out all of their success at Castilleja below:
Amanda McMaster - Soccer - Rice University
2014-2015 - WBAL Co-MVP
2015-2016 - 1st Team All-League
Position: Goalie, #1
Elizabeth Pang - Softball - Occidental College
2016 - Softball Sportsmanship Award
Played Tennis, Water Polo, and Basketball for Castilleja
Position: 1st base, #13
Elle Kass - Volleyball - Connecticut College
2015 - 1st Team All-League
2016 - 1st Team All-League
Position: Libero, #11
Claire Traum - Track and Field - Bowdoin College
2015 - Honorable Mention XC, 2nd Team All-League Track
2016 - 1st Team All-League Track, 1st Team All-League XC, State Individual Qualifier
Competes in the 400m, 800m, and Long Jump
GO GATORS!! For more photos of the event, click here. password: gators
Posted 01/30/2017 04:28PM
This past Friday, Castilleja students had the opportunity to work with professional musician Victoria Theodore. Victoria is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, and producer who has toured with Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé. In her workshop with Upper School choir, she performed and broke down songs for students, invited courageous participation, and offered sage advice that will serve students in and out of the music industry.
For pictures of Victoria workshopping with US Choir, click here. password: gators
Posted 02/17/2017 02:30PM
In 6th grade history class, students are in the midst of a immersive current events unit. After learning how to spot and evaluate fake news, Dr. Docter's classes participated in a fun challenge. To test their skills, 6th graders created content about the ancient world by reviewing their textbooks and writing "two truths and a lie". Afterwards, in a game format students had the opportunity to challenge classmates and put both their ancient history mettle and fake-news spotting skills to the test!
Posted 02/10/2017 05:28PM
The 8th graders have been working on their National History Day projects since December. Each student or group picked a topic relating to the theme Stand Up in History and since then conducted research and created documentaries, papers, websites, exhibits, and even one performance. This week, on February 7th, they celebrated their amazing work and explored American History through the wide variety of projects.
Students took presentation posters to the next level with careful attention to detail that brought history to life.
On National History Day, the Middle School Lobby was transformed into a museum of activism and courageous social movements throughout history.
Students had the opportunity to share their projects with Head of School, Nanci Kauffman. Ms. Kauffman didn't disappoint and had excellent questions and comments for the presenters.
Ms. Pang's classroom was transformed into a mini documentary film festival screening for student projects.
Here, two students deliver an excellent performance detailing the storied and turbulent history of LGBT rights in our country from Harvey Milk to Ellen Degeneres' receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom...and beyond.
Posted 02/06/2017 12:14PM
This weekend, Castilleja Middle School students participated in the MathCounts competition with 33 other schools at Google headquarters in Mountain View. Congratulations to our MathCounts team!
Posted 01/10/2017 03:26PM
Last Friday we had even more to celebrate after the end of a successful Global Week. For a very special edition of Maker Fridays, Head of Middle School Anne CameronHA had the honor of cutting the ribbon for our new Middle School Tinkering Nook.
The creation of this new maker space on campus was made possible by a generous donation by Carol and John Giannandrea. Ms. Cameron wielded the giant ceremonial scissors, but the creation of the Nook was the result of hard work and vision from many employees around the Circle.
Mike Cummings, the Bourn Lab's Resident Engineer, led the efforts to put the Nook together with major support from Dan Chapman and everyone in maintenance, Ken Ochi, and folks from our Tech department. HUGE thanks to this team, who worked tirelessly for the weeks before winter break to put everything in place. Special thanks are also due to Angi Chau, Josée BandHA, Anne CameronHA, and Diego Fonstad for their support and close involvement in the process. Emily Clark will be the main after-school instructor for the Nook and has been hard at work on developing projects and activities.
Q&A with Angi Chau, Director of Bourn Idea Lab
What is it?
The Middle School Tinkering Nook is sort of a "mini Bourn Lab" stationed in the middle school, so that middle school students have even easier access to tinkering opportunities.
What kind of equipment does it feature?
Right now, we have two 3D printers—different models from the ones in the Bourn Lab because we are always looking to learn new things! There will also be a large set of littleBits for lots of fun tinkering activities with electronics. We are hoping to find out from our middle school students what they want to do in the Nook, so they can help us figure out what to stock there!
When can I use the Nook?!
This week, the Nook will be open on Tuesday after school (3:15pm-4:30pm) as another "soft opening" for the space. Then moving forwards, it will be open two days a week after school—either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Thurs. We will send an email to announce the days once they are confirmed.
Since it's in the middle school, teachers will also be able to more easily integrate tinkering and making into their classes so you might see the Nook open during the school day too!
Maker Fridays will continue to be held in the main Bourn Lab on Fridays (and Ms. Clark will be there for that too!). But there may be special occasions when we decide to move Maker Fridays to the Nook, so look out for that!
Posted 02/13/2017 11:28AM
Bravo to our student performers who delivered three energetic and touching performances this weekend for Arts with a Heart 2017. This year's theme was Head, Heart, Humanity: Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness and the show (produced in partnership with ArtLifting) benefitted the CHC (Children's Health Council of Palo Alto).
Nicole O. '17 is a member of the Advanced Dance Production Workshop class and a senior executive producer for Arts with a Heart. "I am so grateful to have been a part of Arts with a Heart these past six years—first a performer and now a producer. I have learned countless skills, from costuming to teaching effective leadership skills, that I know will help me even beyond our production." she shares. "Every year we support an incredible cause, and this year's theme of erasing the stigma of mental health is a particularly important issue in our immediate community, the Palo Alto community and beyond. We're dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental health, and we hope we can use the power of art to change lives," Nicole continued.
Visual and Performing Arts faculty member and Arts with a Heart Director Georgianna Shea reflects "Nothing makes me feel more confident about the future than seeing 120 young women work selflessly for such an important reason. Through their efforts, these students are helping to a erase the stigma of mental illness in the Castilleja community, the Palo Alto community and the Global community."
Posted 01/09/2017 08:00AM
Our Global Investigators will be back on Castilleja's campus Wednesday after a week-plus of learning and leading in India, China, and the Dominican Republic. Here are some photo highlights from their experiences.
Global Investigator Trips 2017/ Dominican Republic
A day of cooking and partnership building with The Mariposa DR Foundation.
Exploring the Dominican Republic's natural beauty.
Global Investigator Trips 2017/ China
Leading a fun arts and crafts lesson with schoolchildren.
Snapshot from a day of learning about biofuels and enjoying a delicious meal cooked with biogas.
Global Investigator Trips 2017/ India
Meeting and getting to know our Roshni partners.
Exploring New Dehli
Posted 01/06/2017 06:10PM
Global Week 2017: Migration ended with a grand finale today. The morning began with an engaging discussion with Human Rights Watch deputy program director, Tom Porteous, and European Union Ambassador in Mexico, Andrew Standley. Throughout the late morning and early afternoon students completed and presented their various grade level projects. The whole community gathered in the afternoon to share their projects and join in inspired celebration with At the Table with Dr. King.
For more photos, visit our Facebook Page!
Posted 01/05/2017 12:05PM
"The toughest border is the one between our heads, our hearts, and our hands"- Rev. Deborah Lee at Castilleja's "Migration Beyond the Law" Global Week panel discussion.
This morning's panel was moderated by Cécile Shea and also included the voices of Victoria Tinoco, Mamy Najurama and RefugePoint's Sasha Chanoff.
Reverend Deborah Lee is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ who has worked at the intersection of faith and social justice for over 25 years. With his humanitarian organization RefugePoint, Sasha Chanoff finds lasting solutions for the world's most at risk refugees. Mamy Najurama works as a Behavioral Health Technician and escaped the Democratic Republic of Congo with her mother and six younger siblings with the help of Sasha Chanoff and Sheikha Ali. Victoria Tinoco is an Immigration Paralegal whose passion to help the undocumented community stems from her family's own journey. The panel was moderated by Cécile Shea, a former U.S. diplomat and current non-resident senior fellow in security and diplomacy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.