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Posted Monday, Dec 15, 2014 
The Dance Production Workshop class worked with the 8th grade choreography class to create "Codecracker," a techie take on the classic, "The Nutcracker" where Clara's coding skills come to her rescue when some of her personal info is stolen my the Mouse King!  The girls performed last week during Computer Science Education Week!!  Check out the full performance on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yil8nKW5hbE.
Posted Friday, Nov 21, 2014 

For the past week, Film 1 students have been working with the library on their "Cinemascope" papers -- a 3-5-page paper based on a topic of their choosing which is either "Cinematic" (film history, history of film movements, etc.) or "Filmic" (one singular film, one filmmaker, etc.). Topics range from "The CSI Effect -- Films and Jury Tampering," to "The Aesthetics of Filmmaker Steve McQueen," to "Hollywood Dog Trainers: Rin Tin-Tin, Lassie, and Uggie." As an added feature, the paper review process included a "Talk with an Expert" on Thursday. Knowing that Castilleja faculty and staff boast an assortment of backgrounds, interests, and specialties, Film 1 students had to "pitch" their paper and its main points to them in a dialogue drawing on their experience and expertise. It proved to be a fun forum for exploring both Film and the Casti community.

Posted Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 
The Dance Department auditioned over 75 Middle and Upper School students for Arts with a Heart 2015-HumanKIND! The Upper School Dance Production Workshop class also taught dancers sections from routines that will be seen in Casti's annual dance extravaganza. Mark your calendars: the show dates are February 6-8. For more information about this year's show and rehearsal times, please visit our website. www.artswithaheart.org.
Posted Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 

On Wednesday, the 9th graders attended a San Francisco Opera production of Puccini's La bohème as part of the core arts class. Before the opera, girls listened to various musical excerpts and learned about Puccini's musical vocabulary. They also heard a brief history of opera and learned about the evolution of opera from Mozart to Verdi. Students then traveled to the opera house and enjoyed hearing, seeing, and experiencing a working rehearsal. They connected the musical excerpts studied in class to a live performance and will continue to connect their experience to core arts class this semester.

Posted Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 

Castilleja welcomed renowned cartoonist and writer Liza Donnelly to campus as the school's Arrillaga and Morris Family Speaker for the year. When Liza became a regular cartoonist for The New Yorker in 1982, she was the youngest on staff and one of only three women. Now, as a self-described feminist and the author of more than fifteen acclaimed books, she uses her work to give women a voice and to create a sense of camaraderie in today’s world. She also serves as a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. State Department, where she shares her perspective on the importance of free speech and women’s rights with diverse communities around the globe.

While on campus Liza treated students to an all-school assembly in which she described how she found her passion for cartooning and advocacy, as well as the genesis of specific cartoons in her collection. She also met with student artists in a series of hands-on workshops, in which she demonstrated technique and gave feedback on the girls' works of art.

Posted Friday, Oct 31, 2014 

Halloween is about more than candy!! 7th grade art students took pumpkin carving to the next level!  As part of their cartooning unit, they studied the subtleties of facial expression and then designed and carved jack-o-lanterns to convey specific emotions. Can you guess the emotion?  (Left to right: shocked and surprised, scheming, enraged, terrified, silly and playful).  

Posted Friday, Oct 24, 2014 

Set sail for the hilarious musical comedy Anything Goes as 27 talented Upper Schoolers deliver such Cole Porter classics as: "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "You Do Something to Me," "It's De-Lovely," "All Through the Night," "Let's Misbehave," and -- of course -- the show-stopping name-dropping "Anything Goes!" Enjoy the zany antics of showgirl Reno Sweeney and her entourage "The Five Seas," star-crossed lovers Billy Crocker and Hope Harcourt, Robber Baron Eli Whitney and his long-lost love Evangeline Harcourt, Upper Class British Twit Lord Evelyn Ashleigh, Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin and his Gangster's Moll Erma, The Captain Egbert Souse, The Purser Jean Dumer, Newspaper Reporters, F.B.I. Agents, Zealous Missionaries, and the Rest of the Sinners aboard the S.S. American as they as they croon, tap, and Charleston their way across the Atlantic!

  • Friday, Nov. 7th at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 8th at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, Nov. 9th at 2pm

Tickets available now at http://www.castilleja.org/usplay

Original artwork by Izzy Lyseggen '15

Posted Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 

Stop by the Anita Seipp Gallery to see the Fall Student Art Show featuring pieces from students in last spring's Drawing and Painting, Core Arts, and Advanced Art classes! This beautiful exhibit will run through October. Questions? Contact Seipp Gallery Curator Deborah Trilling at drilling@castilleja.org.

 

Posted Friday, Sep 5, 2014 

Auditions for the Upper School Musical--Cole Porter's hilarious musical comedy Anything Goes--will be Wednesday and Thursday, September 10 and 11, from 3:30-5:30pm in the Chapel Theater. Students should plan to audition both days, as singing, acting, and dancing will all be part of the audition process; be prepared to move and bring at least sixteen bars from a Cole Porter tune which you can sing a cappella. If you're interested in doing tech for the show, please speak with Mr. Ochi, or if you have any further questions about the auditions just find Mr. Mead or Mr. Ahmed.

Posted Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 

On Saturday, August 16, at 7:30pm Casti alumna Sophie Delphis '06 will sing Poulenc's La Voix Humaine in San Francisco (Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento Street). This forty-minute, one-act opera was composed by Francis Poulenc in 1958 for a soprano and orchestra; the theme centers around a jilted woman's last phone conversation with her former lover, and is not to be missed! Tickets are $25, sold only at the door.

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Posted 12/03/2014 10:33AM

Embark Labs joined with Academic Tech in November to introduce young girls to coding. 6th Grade iPad Student Leads Lauren L. and Eliza G. facilitated this collaboration by assisting girls with the program Lightbot and supported the sold-out event. The event attracted girls ages 7-11 and many parents were delighted to see Casti students playing a role in helping younger girls explore coding. Embark Labs creator Jessie Arora was grateful for creating a learning experience where girls were engaging in peer-to-peer learning. In addition to supporting collaborative efforts like this event, Eliza and Lauren co-lead a group of 15 highly energized 6th iPad Student Leads. The student leads will also be creating an Apps Corner display window which will showcase student opinions of educational apps. The girls are not only facilitating collaborations, but also working on this space for students to share their voice in the iPad program. Great work leads!

Posted 11/12/2014 10:18AM

Congratulations to Lea S. '16, who traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology and placed as a Regional Finalist! The weekend started on Friday, where competitors were given a tour of the campus by a Caltech "buddy" to whom each participant was assigned. That evening students presented their posters to the public, where the Caltech community as well as middle- and high-schoolers came to view the posters and ask questions about the projects. The weekend finished with the competitors making presentations and holding a question-and-answer session with around a dozen judges, as well as a celebratory dinner.

Lea says, "It was truly a special weekend. Most of all I enjoyed getting to know so many talented, smart, and interesting students from across the country. From hearing everyone else's projects in their presentations, to discussing a mutual love for English, to learning about new mathematical concepts, it will be a weekend I will never forget. It makes me want to continue to pursue science even more than before."

Posted 11/11/2014 03:38PM
On November 9 the sixth graders gathered in the Dining Room to write notes and prepare care packages for last year's seniors who are off at college or taking a gap year to pursue an interest. They enjoyed learning where all the members of the Class of 2014 are this year and telling them a little about their first year at Casti.
Posted 10/29/2014 04:31PM

Teachers connect with developers to hear about new and emerging technology tools. This month, the iPad Student Leads had a chance to connect with women developers and innovators - Christine Egy Rose and Patty Chang. Their company, Scoot and Doodle, raised $2.25 million in seed funding and the students had the opportunity to play with the (not-yet-released version) of their app, Scoodle Jam. iPad Student Leads explored with the app, which allows for whiteboard drawing and has easy-to-use manipulatives for topics like math and design thinking. The students offered feedback, giving student voice to the user design of the project. Students were able to ask questions of the developers and exchange feedback with each other. The iPad Student Leads are looking forward to more opportunities to connect with other women developers in the field and to exploring what the iPad has to offer the student experience!

 

Academics
Posted 12/08/2014 08:36AM

English Teacher Bill Smoot and his dog, Artemis, recently paid a visit to the Advanced Topics French class. The students had read Sartre’s play No Exit (Huis-Clos in French), and were eager to learn more about Sartre’s philosophy. The lecture facilitated conversation about the meaning of life and the importance of freedom in defining human beings. Mr. Smoot explained the reasoning behind Sartre’s perplexing belief that “man is not what he is and is what he is not.” Sartre argued that humans are separated from what they are (qualities such as name, age, and gender) by virtue of being conscious, having the freedom to choose, and temporalizing themselves. For example, one is not a student because she is conscious of being a student. In this way, humans are different from a school desk, which cannot think for itself nor choose how it perceives its innate qualities. Ultimately, the discussion gave insights into Sartre’s works while making everyone reflect on the way life should be lived. Madame Repellin and her students are grateful to Mr. Smoot for the fascinating and eye-opening conversation.

Posted 12/05/2014 08:48AM

At Castilleja, the entire Middle School -- as well as our Halford Young Women Leaders Program Little Sisters -- joined millions of other students around the world to participate in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is an annual computer science event for K-12 students designed to demystify programming and generate interest in computer science. More than a dozen current or former programmers from our parent community stepped in to mentor the girls as they completed a variety of programming tutorials and computational thinking games. Upper School girls from the STEMx ACE Org and the introductory computer science course also lent a hand and cheered on their younger classmates. One girl commented, "It was SO fun! You got to interact with your peers while doing code." Another added, "It was really satisfying to complete different challenges and I enjoyed that. It feels really good to be stuck and then figure out your mistake."

Posted 12/01/2014 08:17AM

The 8th grade spent the second week of November in Virginia and Washington, DC, filming history projects in Williamsburg, visiting the archaeological site at Jamestown, and touring the nation's capitol. Highlights in DC included a dinner and discussion with environmental activists at the home of a student's grandparents, meeting with Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court, and hearing from Nancy Pelosi in the capital, where she took the class onto the floor of the United States House of Representatives. If you want to hear more about the experience, ask any member of the Class of 2019! You can also see more photos here.

Posted 11/20/2014 04:18PM

This week, Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Smith's 10th grade Individual & Society classes participated in a "Philosopher's Salon," in which students dressed up in a certain philosopher's traditional outfit, had tea and scones, and responded to questions about modern controversies. The philosophers (Confucius, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Mill) addressed issues ranging from gun control, to eminent domain, to representative democracy, and students responded according to how their philosopher would have answered the questions. Aditi S. '17 says, "It was rewarding to think logically about situations through different philosophers' points of view."

Posted 12/02/2014 08:00AM

Castilleja School's Center for Awareness, Compassion, and Engagement (ACE) was recently featured on NAIS's Inspiration Lab website as part of their "We Cultivate Leadership" series! ACE Center programming gives girls the skills to transition from witnessing the world around them to becoming active stakeholders, emerging change agents, and compassionate leaders. The school’s Social and Emotional Learning Program (SEL) provides them with the necessary scaffolding to take on these challenges. With raised awareness, compassion, and engagement, they more fully understand their own identity, develop empathy, and find purpose as part of a greater community.  

There’s no toolkit of solutions in any of these experiences, only awareness and engagement with the partner in an authentic project,” says ACE Center Director Stacey Kertsman. “We believe that’s the optimal way for our students to learn to navigate complex, ambiguous situations with empathy, understanding, and thoughtful and critical analysis—prerequisites to being effective and compassionate leaders.”

Check out the full story (and many others) here: http://inspirationlab.org/story/6232

 

 

Posted 12/01/2014 08:17AM

The 8th grade spent the second week of November in Virginia and Washington, DC, filming history projects in Williamsburg, visiting the archaeological site at Jamestown, and touring the nation's capitol. Highlights in DC included a dinner and discussion with environmental activists at the home of a student's grandparents, meeting with Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court, and hearing from Nancy Pelosi in the capital, where she took the class onto the floor of the United States House of Representatives. If you want to hear more about the experience, ask any member of the Class of 2019! You can also see more photos here.

Posted 10/10/2014 04:00PM
The YouthMed division of the STEMx ACE Org hosted Dr. Amit Etkin of the Stanford University Neurosciences Institute this afternoon during EOP. Dr. Etkin shared his revolutionary work on tackling depression and other psychiatric and behavioral disorders using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive technique that can restore connections in the brain that have been damaged. The participants were fascinated by the scientific, ethical, and political questions such an innovation can bring about, and the future of the rapidly advancing behavioral science and psychiatry fields. 
On November 5, YouthMed will host a mammalian brain dissection to accompany the neuroscience talk that Dr. Etkin presented today. YouthMed will continue to host a series of physician and research lectures as well as accompanying dissections throughout the year. Stay on the lookout for upcoming opportunities!
Posted 10/02/2014 01:21PM
Four of the Castaruni club members who journeyed to Kenya this summer prepared an interactive project for the freshman C&C classes to share club activities and inform the nines about Castilleja's partnership with our sister school, Kisaruni. Using an entrepreneurship class that they did on the ground in Kenya, they taught the nines how to be global citizens and global historians. Using role play, they discussed similarities and differences between the two societies to better understand their specific cultures while also learning how to apply these concepts to the marketplace and entrepreneurial projects.
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