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Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013 
Don't miss Drama 2's performance of the classic greek tragedy Antigone on Wednesday, May 29 during EOP at Lockey House. Students, faculty, staff, and parents are all invited to attend! Cast includes: Caroline C., Madeline D., Cameron H., Kathleen K., Kriti L., Alexandra M., Grace P., Victoria P., Madelyn T., and Alice Z.

Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 

Casti's garden is growing-- up! The Green Team came up with an innovative new way to make campus a little more lush: creating two vertical gardens on the side of the Chapel-Theater. Comprised of succulents of all shapes and sizes, the two vertical planter boxes provide a visually stimulating reminder of the Green Team's eco-friendly efforts to passersby. Stay tuned for more information on how you, too, can create a vertical garden of your own!

Posted Thursday, May 23, 2013 

Yesterday students elected the 2013-2014 team of ASB officers. In conjunction with the Class Presidents, who will be chosen in the fall, next year's leaders will be:

President: Frances H. '14
Vice President/Judicial President: Colleen O. '14
Secretary/Treasurer: Katherine H. '14
Athletics Coordinator: Rebekah K. '14
Social Activities Coordinator: Lexie K. '14
Fine Arts Coordinator: Alanna M. '14
Community Action Coordinator: Alex Z. '15

Congratulations ladies, and here's to a fantastic year!

Posted Thursday, May 23, 2013 

Under the leadership of the ASB, yesterday Castilleja welcomed a petting zoo to campus during Middle School and Upper School lunches. The menagerie of animals was warmly received by the girls, with the baby pig being the most popular standout. Students and faculty delighted in petting and feeding the animals and, of course, taking many photos with the special campus visitors. The ASB organized the event in the interest of reducing student stress during the period before finals week. They were initially inspired by similar events on college campuses across the country. The girls worked closely with Mr. Pickett and Ms. Campbell to secure a date and funds for the event. They were glad it was such a success and judging from the murmurs around campus, the event might just have to be repeated again next year to placate the campus pleas for regular quality time with fuzzy farm animals!

Posted Monday, May 20, 2013 

This past weekend Casti teachers and students showcased various Bourn Lab and Computer Science projects on Sunday at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, in a model makerspace organized by Makerspace.com. The Maker Faire is a celebration of the maker movement, where you can find everything from huge moving sculptures to amazing engineering projects, from monkey robots to the latest educational toys, from an arcade made completely out of cardboard to incredible machines that breathe fire. Speakers, hands-on workshops, delicious food, and lively (and electrifying!) music abounded. The Casti booth featured projects such as the 7th grade da Vinci-inspired Angry Bird launchers, 8th grade monuments, interactive exhibits from the cancer biology elective, and more! If you didn't make it this time, make sure to calendar it for next year!

Posted Thursday, May 16, 2013 
Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013 

Under the leadership of Surya B. '13, yesterday Casti held a fundraiser for the United States Wolf Refuge. Through generous purchases of jewelry and t-shirts, as well as donations from the community, the girls raised over $200. These funds will be used to expand wolf enclosures and to help pay for medical treatments. As a special treat, during lunch students had the opportunity to meet the head of the Wolf Refuge and two wolf ambassadors, Kasa and Takoda. Students lavished them with attention and love, and were sad to say good-bye to their new lupine friends. The Wolf Refuge may have found a few new volunteers! Thanks to everyone for supporting the wolves!

Posted Wednesday, May 8, 2013 
Sophmores will be taking over the Circle on Saturday May 11 from 5:30pm-7:30pm for an Open Mic Night and Potluck dinner to support the Day Workers Center in Mountain View. The suggested donation is $5 and the sophomores will be having a bake sale! There will be food on hand, but attendees are encouraged to bring something to share. Day workers, students and faculty will be performing at the open mic. Friends and family are welcome to attend and perform! Don't miss this fun, family event!

Posted Monday, May 6, 2013 

The Brentwood-Castilleja Garden Partnership was recently recognized as a recipient of the Nickels for Non-Profit Award, starting April 15 and lasting through June 9. Stop by the Whole Foods in Palo Alto, with your reusable bags, to show your support!

The way it works: when you bring in your own bag for groceries at Whole Foods, you will have the option to donate 5¢ either to the Garden Partnership or toward your purchase. That’s 5¢ per bag! Please help support the Garden Partnership by donating to the program. 

If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Selby in the ACE Center. 

Posted Thursday, May 2, 2013 

Casti's Tech Challenge team, the Innogators, are on their way to the Technovation World Pitch Event on May 2 and need your help to win the People's Choice Award!  You can vote for them here!

The Technovation Challenge equips girls to become technologically literate by challeging them to create disruptive innovations using technology. In this year's challenge the girls were tasked with developing an app that solves a problem in their local community.

Over 12 weeks, the Innogators, along with 115 teams worldwide, worked through an online curriculum that helped them develop a potential solution and program a mobile phone application to solve it. They studied competition, identified ways in which they can gather users, and strategized ways to earn revenue. They developed a business plan and pitched their ideas (through video) in a regional online competition. The Innogators app, CommUnity, allows students  find and track volunteering opportunities that match their interests and help their communities.

As a regional winner - they'll compete against 9 other teams at the Technovation World Pitch event on May 2. The winning team will receive $10,000 in funding and support to complete app development and release their app on the market. Stay tuned for the full results - but in the meantime help them secure the people's choice award today by clicking here!

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Posted 04/22/2014 03:59PM

Come see Finn and Sheinkin's hilarious hit Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, starring a host of talented Upper Schoolers as nervous, nerdy elementary students. A riotous look at the pressures of growing up (and spelling), Spelling Bee features quirky characters, joyous music, and on-stage participation for four lucky members of the audience! Spelling Bee is considered highly enjoyable for the whole family.

Only three performances -- Friday, April 25, at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 26, at 7:30pm; and Sunday, April 27, at 2pm. Get your tickets here!

The illustrious cast includes:

Rona Lisa Perretti – Kathleen K. '15
Vice Principal Panch – Sophie P. '16
Mitch Mahoney – Katja T. '16
Chip Tolentino -- Kenzie M. '17
Logainne Scwartzandgrubbenneire -- Yasmine R. '17
Leaf Coneybear -- Katerina P. '15
William Barfee -- Alanna M. '14
Marcy Park – Natalie B. '17
Olive Ostrovsky -- Megan P. '14
Ensemble – Maggie G. '17
Ensemble – Sara B. '17
Ensemble – Alli P. '17
Ensemble – Mitra A. '16
Ensemble – Valerie H. '17
Ensemble – Grace F. '17
Ensemble – Lexie K. '14
Ensemble – Scout D. '15

Come see them on stage!

Posted 04/21/2014 09:57AM

Shakespeare's 450th birthday is Wednesday, April 23! Come to school in Shakespearean costume, write a sonnet, memorize a line or two, play games, win prizes, eat cupcakes during break, and enjoy the performances of scenes from Shakespeare's plays during lunch! The Costume Bank will be open Monday and Tuesday lunch, Monday 3-3:30pm, and Tuesday 1:30-2:30pm to help you find just the right Shakespearean attire.

Posted 04/10/2014 09:48AM

The Northern California Green Schools Conference, hosted by Castilleja over the weekend, was a resounding success! The Castilleja Green Team worked with students from around the Bay Area to put together a day of workshops and speakers to unite students and community members interested in Green Business. With eleven different schools represented, eight speakers/workshop leaders, a food truck providing a locally sourced lunch, and a beautiful day in Palo Alto, the conference on April 5th unfolded into a day full of excitement, education, and inspiration.

Posted 04/09/2014 01:58PM

Gatorbotics rounded out their competition season with an excellent performance at the Silicon Valley Regional this past weekend! With a top-ten autonomous score, a speedy drive train, an efficient ball-pick-up mechanism, and a shooter that delivered about 200 lbs of force, Team 1700's "Sebastian" was a tough robot to compete against. The team had to use the Thursday practice day as a repair day to fix some robot damage from the end of the Utah Regional, but in spite of this daunting challenge, 1700 stepped up and completed the repairs to make an even better robot than before. The competition days that followed went smoothly and successfully, and Gatorbotics hosted the Shanghai students at SVR (as well as in workshops this past week). Thank you to all of the students, faculty, and staff that came to support the team!

--Written by Nickie P. '14; photo by Lekan Wang

Academics
Posted 04/22/2014 03:52PM

Award-winning graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang visited Castilleja and shared his work with Upper School art classes. He described his creative process, which includes collaborating with our current artist-in-residence, Lark Pien. Students were able to apply Gene's tips about the relationship between text and images in illustrated books. Next week Gene will visit with the 7th grade, who read his novel American Born Chinese in their English classes.

Posted 04/21/2014 09:20AM

9th grade history ended classes before the break by starting a new unit on Global Realignments. To help them gain context for the beginning of the twentieth century, Cultures and Civilizations history classes took over the Circle, re-enacted the uncertain alliances that tumbled the world into war, endured the interminable stalemate that was trench warfare, and settled global power politics with a World War I role play. They had flags, ammunition, borders to protect, and -- in the end -- ideals and casualties to mourn.

Posted 04/11/2014 12:12PM

This year 9th graders are participating in a brand new interdisciplinary project. Each girl chose a “field of study” from several different themes: Art and Social Change, Connecting Cultures, Current Events, and Scientific Creativity. Each of these themes is being co-taught and overseen by teachers from different disciplines. Students are learning a series of skills through the lens of their topic: how to conduct specific research, how to create and use statistics effectively, how to write to express persuasive ideas, how to design visual graphics, and finally how to present their findings to a large group.

Helen Shanks, one of the teachers collaborating on the new learning experience, says, "Many of the big issues facing us in the world today need an 'out of the box' approach – and by running this project on nine Wednesday afternoons during the Extended Opportunity Periods throughout the year, and during Global Week, we are guiding students through a program that will help them to think creatively, build skills, work with others, and take some risks."

As part of the project, this week the freshmen had the opportunity to work with Michael Moon, a specialist in communication and design strategy. This followed from three workshops that he led during Global Week. Students are busy preparing for their showcase on May 8th, and Mr. Moon helped them refine their "pitches" and brainstorm the layout and flow of their presentations.

Posted 04/11/2014 07:55AM

As part of a week-long visit from China, six students and two teachers from Shanghai No. 3 Girls' School participated in a navigation challenge with Castilleja Chinese classes. The Shanghai students helped language learners hone their vocabularies by giving blindfolded Casti students verbal directions to navigate the second floor of the Arrillaga Family Campus Center. In an effort to touch a series of markers around the building without colliding with fellow explorers, the Chinese-Casti teams had to learn to communicate with speed and precision. They also used Aurasma, an augmented reality app on their iPads, to teach each other English and Chinese. The activity concluded with Castilleja students explaining Easter to their Chinese guests, and holding a small scavenger hunt to put everyone in the holiday spirit.

Posted 04/11/2014 07:55AM

As part of a week-long visit from China, six students and two teachers from Shanghai No. 3 Girls' School participated in a navigation challenge with Castilleja Chinese classes. The Shanghai students helped language learners hone their vocabularies by giving blindfolded Casti students verbal directions to navigate the second floor of the Arrillaga Family Campus Center. In an effort to touch a series of markers around the building without colliding with fellow explorers, the Chinese-Casti teams had to learn to communicate with speed and precision. They also used Aurasma, an augmented reality app on their iPads, to teach each other English and Chinese. The activity concluded with Castilleja students explaining Easter to their Chinese guests, and holding a small scavenger hunt to put everyone in the holiday spirit.

Posted 04/10/2014 09:48AM

The Northern California Green Schools Conference, hosted by Castilleja over the weekend, was a resounding success! The Castilleja Green Team worked with students from around the Bay Area to put together a day of workshops and speakers to unite students and community members interested in Green Business. With eleven different schools represented, eight speakers/workshop leaders, a food truck providing a locally sourced lunch, and a beautiful day in Palo Alto, the conference on April 5th unfolded into a day full of excitement, education, and inspiration.

Posted 04/10/2014 09:36AM

Dr. Gro Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and world leader in the area of climate change, health, and women's rights, spoke and conversed with juniors, seniors, alums, parents, and other Castilleja community members Wednesday morning. Her mantra as Prime Minister was "ethics and evidence," and she suggested those two important factors should guide strong decision-making.

In her numerous global roles, she did not shy away from the "right" decision even if it meant facing a barrage of criticism, Dr. Brundtland told the audience. For example, she supported a carbon tax policy for Norway, despite the fact that one of Norway's main revenue sources is from oil. She stood up to groups who opposed her world initiative on reproductive rights, and with Irish leader Mary Robinson fought for the right global language on that issue.

She also suggested to the students that when we increase the number of women at the table, we empower the men who want to abandon male "group think." Dr. Brundtland spoke movingly of the difficulty Norway has faced coming to terms with the tragic terrorist act that occurred on an island near Oslo a few years ago. Her interaction with a student panel of Model United Nations leaders and International Relations students was open, frank, and very informative. Dr. Brundtland is the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor for Spring 2014 at Stanford University.

Posted 04/09/2014 01:42PM

Georgi Shea's Dance Production Workshop Team recently had the opportunity for an international Skype session with the Mariposa Foundation in the Dominican Republic. Students had a chance to chat with the Executive Director and Founder Patricia Suriel, as well as a handful of the Mariposa girls. After learning about each others' lives and having an impromptu dance party, the DPW Team was very excited to announce to Patricia and the girls how much Arts with a Heart raised this year, and will be sending to the Mariposa Foundation -- an impressive $27,788.77! Congratulations ladies!

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