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Posted Tuesday, Sep 20, 2016 

Emily Sinclair, Head of the Voice Department at UC Santa Cruz, recently led a Masterclass on vocal technique with Castilleja’s Upper School Vocal Ensemble. During this session, students had the opportunity to explore what college music programs are like- how they are set up, what the options are for music majors and non-majors, and how the typically classically oriented music departments connect with the theatre departments and the greater university community. Additionally, members of the vocal ensemble used this time with Ms. Sinclair to grow and challenge themselves as musicians.  A number of Castilleja vocalists practiced solo work with the professor while students watched and gave feedback. 

Posted Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 

Castilleja School is delighted to welcome Pulitzer Prize winning poet, author, and educator Tracy K. Smith as this year's Arrillaga Family Speaker.  Ms. Smith will address the students during the school day on October 6th. That evening, everyone in our community is invited to join us for a special reception with Ms. Smith in the Anita Seipp Gallery on Thursday, October 6th.

RSVP at the following link!

https://www.castillejaforms.org/arrillagafamilyspeaker

 

 

Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2016 

FADE IN

INT. CASTILLEJA CHORAL ROOM -- FRIDAY, MAY 20TH

Hollywood Producer (and Casti Parent) BRAD LEWIS speaks to enraptured ninth graders, discussing how he got into Film and specifically Computer Animation...

As Brad stands in front of the Core Arts class, he details his experiences producing Antz for Dreamworks, Ratatouille for Pixar, and co-directing Cars 2 for Pixar.

Brad's presentation finishes with fantastic clips and a brand new trailer from his newest Warner Brothers' animated feature Storks -- coming this September!

Many thanks to Brad for getting Casti's ninth graders so excited about Film!

FADE OUT

 

Posted Thursday, May 26, 2016 

Over the past week, the Castilleja community has come together in three different events celebrating the artistic endeavors of our students: the Spring Music Concert, the AP Art Show, and the 8th Grade Celebration of the Arts. 

At the Spring Concert, Middle and Upper School students performed songs demonstrating both vocal and instrumental talents. The AP Art Show gave our community a glimpse into the portfolios of some of Castilleja's most dedicated visual artists in the Upper School. At the 8th Grade Celebration of the Arts, we were treated to a evening variety show complete with performances from the Showchoir, a fashion show from Art, Fashion, and Print, screenings of films made in Movietime, and a special Theatre Production. 

 


Posted Thursday, May 5, 2016 

Students in Drawing and Painting practicing their life drawing skills with Mr. Smoot's dog, Artemis, as the model. Students also learned about the important role that dogs are playing in the mental and physical well being of humans.


Posted Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 
On Monday, the Castilleja English Department celebrated Shakespeare's 452nd birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death by facilitating fun and festive student-led activities on the Circle. 

Students took a whack at a 'Poor Yorick' piñata, tried to pin the lips on Kenneth Branagh, and filled out Shakespeare mad libs.  Sonnets were celebrated through both writing and reading contests. Throughout break, several upper school students in costumes and party hats wearing colorful signs encouraged their peers to pick a famous Shakespearean insult and hurl it at them.


Posted Wednesday, Apr 20, 2016 
A hilarious madcap romp based on the book The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's musical Lucky Stiff features over 20 Upper School students, an orchestra of eight, superb music direction by Ahmed Elgasseir, and wild choreography by MS Math Teacher Katie Robinson!


Lucky Stiff will be presented in the Chapel Theater:
 
Friday, April 29, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 30, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 1, 2:00pm

Buy Tickets HERE! 



Posted Tuesday, Mar 29, 2016 

Yesterday was Castilleja Library's Third Annual Edible Book Festival! We had a huge turnout and over seventy entries. There were games, a Horcrux Hunt, coloring stations, and of course, cake! Awards were given for the following categories:

Most original -- Areli H. '22 for "Mini Peach" (James and the Giant Peach), Ella L. '21 for "The Book Theft" (The Book Thief).

Best food eaten in a book -- Areli H. '22 for Green Eggs and Ham Cupcakes.

Healthiest -- Ms. Arford's Gardening Elective for The Secret Garden (made entirely of vegetables).

Funniest/punniest -- Christie W. '18 and Kaitlin R. '18 for "Around the World in 80 Lays".

Best simple idea -- Natalia C. '22 and Carolina P. '22 for "Breadcrumbs".

People’s choice -- Eveliena P. '22 for "Madeleine" made of madeleine cookies.

Most Shakespeare-licous -- Naira M. '19 for her Othello themed "Her Virtue is a Web".

Be sure to check Castilleja Library's website or Facebook page for pictures!

 

Posted Friday, Mar 25, 2016 
This weekend, Gatorbotics won the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Oklahoma Regional Competition! Gatorbotics Team 1700 credits their accomplishment to "all our sponsors, mentors, parents, and supporters; we could not have done it without you!"

Hear more from the team's perspective at Gatorbotics Team 1700's facebook page which is linked here

Go Gators!

 
Posted Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016 
In the spirit of celebrating the Year of the Monkey, students in Castilleja's Chinese program hosted four arts and crafts stations on the Circle during lunch for the whole school to experience the festive atmosphere of the most important Chinese holiday. Students learned how to write calligraphy using writing brushes, make lanterns with red envelopes, cut paper arts and paint cherry blossom trees by blowing ink with straws.   

 
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Posted 09/21/2016 12:00PM
It's Spirit Week! Kicking off 3 days of crazy costumes and fun was Workout Wednesday. Tomorrow is TV Thursday, and Friday is the day to rep your class color.  Get ready for an awesome Pep Rally Friday afternoon! Check below for reminders of each grade's themes!


9/21: Workout Wednesday
6th Grade: Olympians
7th Grade: Sports Team Players (you may wear college gear)
8th Grade: Dancers & Gymnasts
9th Grade: Marathon Runners 
10th Grade: 80's Workout
11th Grade: Workout? What's That?
12th Grade: Yoga
Teachers: Speed (or Slow) Walkers

9/22: TV Thursday
6th Grade: Once Upon a Time
7th Grade: Wizards of Waverly Place
8th Grade: KC Undercover
9th Grade: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
10th Grade: The Big Bang Theory
11th Grade: Bob's Burgers
12th Grade: Law & Order
Teachers: The Office

9/23: Class Color Friday
6th Grade: Yellow
7th Grade: Light Blue
8th Grade: Navy Blue
9th Grade: Green
10th Grade: Orange
11th Grade: Purple
12th Grade: Red

As a reminder: anything that's not part of your costume must be uniform

Posted 09/06/2016 07:00AM
Last Friday Castilleja employees celebrated National Stripes Day by dressing up and embracing our silly sides. National Stripes Day is technically September 4th, but we chose to do it on Friday to kick off the weekend in style.
Posted 08/31/2016 11:21AM

The Afghanistan National Women’s soccer team competed at Cubberly Community Center in Palo Alto on Aug. 31st against a local club soccer team. The club team has been helping the Afghan team get local press and support through Palo Alto Weekly and NBC news. Castilleja senior, Amanda McMaster, played goalie in this game, and she is quoted in Mercury News talking about what this game means to her. Check out the full story from Mercury here! Also, here's another story from ABC. Finally, NBC covered this game on Wednesday (short video clip here). 

 

Posted 08/19/2016 03:00PM

The first week of school is next week! Here's some information about our first week's activities.

Day by Day 

Mon Aug 22-Wed Aug 24, Orientation and Startup Activities for all students

Thu Aug 25, Tie Ceremony, 8:00 - 8:15 am, Circle

Thu Aug 25, Grade-Level Parent Meetings, 8:20 - 8:50 am, following Tie Ceremony

Thu Aug 25, All Parent/Guardian Meeting, 8:55 - 9:55 am, following Grade-Level Parent Meetings, Chapel Theater

Thu Aug 25, Casti Gear and Spirit Wear Sale, 9:55 - 11:00 am, Admin bldg. lobby

Thu Aug 25, Seniors Drive the Circle, 10:05 am, following All Parent/Guardian Meeting, Circle

Fri Aug 26, Picture Day, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, Upper Gym

 

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES 

OPENING DAY TIE CEREMONY Castilleja's traditional Tie Ceremony will take place on Thu Aug 258:00 - 8:15 am, on the Circle. At this ceremony, the faculty will pin red carnations on seniors, seniors will tie 9th graders' ties, and 8th graders will tie 6th graders' ties. You can identify the class of each student by the color of her tie as listed below. Questions? Contact Head of MS Anne Cameron or Head of US Jim Pickett.

  • 6th grade - yellow
  • 7th grade - pale blue
  • 8th grade - navy blue
  • 9th grade - green
  • 10th grade - orange
  • 11th grade - purple
  • 12th grade - RED!

GRADE-LEVEL PARENT MEETINGS Following the Tie Ceremony on Thu Aug 25, everyone is invited from 8:20 – 8:50 am to attend their grade-level parent meeting hosted by the Lead Parent Reps (LPRs) for their class. The LPRs will describe the upcoming year, class-level events, and volunteer opportunities. Questions? Contact CSA Resource Chairs Lauren Segal or Victoria Chiongbian here.

ALL PARENT/GUARDIAN MEETING Following the Grade-Level Parent Meetings on Thu Aug 25, Castilleja’s parent group, CSA (Castilleja School Association), will welcome new and returning parents and guardians to their first meeting from8:55 - 9:55 am in the Chapel Theater. Head of School Nanci Kauffman will introduce the leadership team and priorities for the upcoming year. You will also hear about CSA events and opportunities to get involved. Casti Gear will be available for sale after the meeting. All parents are members of the CSA -- join us! Questions? Contact CSA President Alison Abbo.

SENIORS DRIVE THE CIRCLE Following the All Parent/Guardian Meeting on Thu Aug 25, return to the Circle at 10:05 am to cheer for the senior class as they take their ceremonial drive around the Circle. Questions? Contact Head of MS Anne Cameron or Head of US Jim Pickett.

Academics
Posted 09/20/2016 09:47AM

Emily Sinclair, Head of the Voice Department at UC Santa Cruz, recently led a Masterclass on vocal technique with Castilleja’s Upper School Vocal Ensemble. During this session, students had the opportunity to explore what college music programs are like- how they are set up, what the options are for music majors and non-majors, and how the typically classically oriented music departments connect with the theatre departments and the greater university community. Additionally, members of the vocal ensemble used this time with Ms. Sinclair to grow and challenge themselves as musicians.  A number of Castilleja vocalists practiced solo work with the professor while students watched and gave feedback. 

Posted 09/08/2016 08:00AM

The sixth graders learned about the ancient world from Herodotus the "father of history." They narrated, directed, and acted in silly yet creative scenes that brought the Persian Wars to life. In addition to battle scenes, they also presented scenes about hereditary rule, paying tribute, and the Olympic Games. They will also be learning new vocabulary, locating places on maps, and exploring the library as they complete their introductory unit called "What is history?"


Posted 08/30/2016 07:00AM

The new sixth grade class came to the library for orientation last week! They were introduced to our resources and our collection and had a lot of fun browsing our books.

A group of incoming sixth graders enjoying our dry-erase tables.

Above: A group of incoming sixth graders enjoying our dry-erase tables.

 

 

Ms. Huyck-Aufdermaur talking to a new sixth grader about Charles Dickens

 

 

 

Right: Ms. Huyck-Aufdermaur talking to a new sixth grader about Charles Dickens.

Posted 06/01/2016 08:00AM

All Middle Schoolers participated in Explo where the girls studied various aspects of the environment.  Each grade level made a unique connection to the theme based on what they had learned in their science classes this year: the sixth grade students explored the sources, effects, and solutions of climate change and pollution; the seventh grade students investigated aspects of environmental quality and the effects on various forms of life; and the eighth grade students, in their final year of Explo, delved into relationships between chemicals and waves and their effects on the environment.  This six-week process was completed during science class in groups.  During this time, they went on a field trip to collect data, participated in a service project, and spent time learning at Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge in mixed-grade groups. Back at school, they picked a topic of interest based upon what was observed, researched that topic, designed an experiment, ran multiple trials, analyzed results, and at the Celebration of Explo presented their results to the Castilleja community.  The purpose of Explo is to enable the students to have a collaborative learning opportunity as well as serve as an assessment of their growth within their scientific process skills. Teachers and parents alike marveled at the girls’ skills in scientific thinking!

Watch Explo Video Here!




Posted 09/15/2016 09:00AM

Castilleja School is delighted to welcome Pulitzer Prize winning poet, author, and educator Tracy K. Smith as this year's Arrillaga Family Speaker.  Ms. Smith will address the students during the school day on October 6th. That evening, everyone in our community is invited to join us for a special reception with Ms. Smith in the Anita Seipp Gallery on Thursday, October 6th.

RSVP at the following link!

https://www.castillejaforms.org/arrillagafamilyspeaker

 

 

Posted 08/22/2016 02:00PM

This week, on and off campus, students are participating in grade-level orientations, retreats, athletics, and special break-out trainings of all sorts in preparation for the upcoming year.

On Monday, 7th and 10th grade left for their retreats and 8th graders had their opening and orientation. Ms. Kertsman and Ms. Clark led an active and reflective ACE Student Leadership Training (pictured) and 6th graders opened their year. 

Tuesday is 6th/8th grade Big and Little Sister orientation, Freshman orientation, and Junior Global Orientation begins with an Athletics meeting this evening. 

Opening Day isn't until Thursday morning, but by then Castilleja students will have already laid the foundation for a successful school year. Go Gators!

Posted 05/25/2016 08:00AM
Senior Seminars kicked off on Wednesday May 18th with personal finance workshops. Educators from the educational nonprofit Next Generation Personal Finance and economics teacher Ms. Hammer taught seniors about college budget management, credit scores, and banking. In the afternoon, Stanford gynecologist Dr. Sophia Yen spoke to seniors about contraception and the state-by-state laws concerning reproductive health. The day concluded with a discussion on leadership and community by Ms. Kauffman.
On Thursday May 19th, seniors listened to a panel of recent Castilleja Alumni give advice to college-bound seniors. Seniors also attended a self-defense workshop led by Andre Salvage to learn how to physically defend themselves from assault. Lastly, seniors were able to choose between electives on voter registration, personal health and wellness, and car mechanics (changing a tire). In the afternoon, seniors walked to lunches hosted at Castilleja faculty's houses both to learn life skills such as sewing and to enjoy time with their beloved teachers. Afterwards, seniors returned to campus to talk to other Castilleja faculty members about their life experiences and advice for high school graduates.
Seniors Seminars concluded with a photo-decorating activity with music and TBT hashtags in the cafeteria.

Posted 05/12/2016 08:00AM

On Tuesday afternoon, the kindergarten students from Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto joined their Castilleja 7th grade "big" buddies for an afternoon spent singing, dancing, playing field games, touring the Castilleja campus, and saying goodbye to each other for the year. Now in our 4th year of partnership work with Brentwood Academy, we are starting to feel like this work is very meaningful for our 7th graders and for the Kindergarten community alike.  We start the year by prompting the 7th graders with a question, "how do I partner within my community?" and through the year our 7th grade students grow so much as they discover what this means to each of them individually.  It is wonderful to watch this relationship flourish and, as many of the Castilleja community can attest to, it is such a joy to see 100 kindergarten faces and their teachers enjoying our campus as much as we do. 

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Upcoming Events
    • Wednesday - September 28, 2016 US Meeting 2:55 PM to 3:15 PMChapel/Theater, Loc: Chapel Theater
    • Friday - September 30, 2016 Middle School Meeting 2:55 PM to 3:15 PMChapel/Theater, Loc: Chapel Theater
    • Friday - September 30, 2016 US Dance 8:00 PM to 10:00 PMAthletic Center, Loc: Upper Gym
    • Saturday - October 1, 2016 SAT Off Campus
    • Wednesday - October 5, 2016 US Meeting 2:55 PM to 3:15 PMChapel/Theater, Loc: Chapel Theater

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