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Posted Monday, Nov 14, 2016 

This past weekend, Castilleja Upper School students put on a stellar performance of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods accompanied by a live student musical ensemble. Bravo!

 

Posted Thursday, Nov 10, 2016 

The entire 9th grade Core Arts class visited SFMoMA and the San Francisco Opera last Thursday as part of their arts program. Students were involved in docent led tours around the modern art section of the museum before experiencing the wonders of Madam Butterfly.

Posted Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's renown musical fantasia is a profound examination of Fairy Tales, The Power of Myth, and Mythic Archetypes and is a delight for ages 10 and older. Into the Woods features modern twists on a host of well-loved characters -- from the Witch, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood, to Cinderella, her Prince, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Tickets available here for Fri., Nov. 11th at 7:30, Sat., Nov. 12th at 7:30, or Sun., Nov. 13th at 2pm.

Lawrence Tree by Georgia O'Keefe

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! 



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Posted 11/29/2016 12:00PM

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Before leaving for Thanksgiving Break, the Castilleja Community welcomed grandparents and special friends to visit the school and attend classes with their students. The afternoon reception began with student speeches and performances from both Upper and Middle Schoolers. After greeting their grandfriends on the Circle, students brought them to their next class and were excited to share the Castilleja experience with their guest. Click the photograph or link below to access an album with pictures from the day!* 

*Individual shots of students with grandfriends will be available from Lifetouch at a later date

 

http://castillejaschool.zenfolio.com/p503761125

Posted 11/14/2016 08:00AM

This past weekend, Castilleja Upper School students put on a stellar performance of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods accompanied by a live student musical ensemble. Bravo!

 

Posted 11/02/2016 08:00AM

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's renown musical fantasia is a profound examination of Fairy Tales, The Power of Myth, and Mythic Archetypes and is a delight for ages 10 and older. Into the Woods features modern twists on a host of well-loved characters -- from the Witch, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood, to Cinderella, her Prince, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Tickets available here for Fri., Nov. 11th at 7:30, Sat., Nov. 12th at 7:30, or Sun., Nov. 13th at 2pm.

Lawrence Tree by Georgia O'Keefe

Posted 09/27/2016 03:06PM

Visit the photo galleries linked below to see and download all the photos from a week full of spirited festivities! (The password is gators)

Pep Rally and Gator Gathering

(includes JV and Varsity Waterpolo and JV Volleyball)

Spirit Week

 


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Posted 12/02/2016 09:52AM

Seventh Grade Science Battles Lego Robots in the Bourn Lab

After studying about how DNA is a code of biological instructions, students programmed Lego Robots to compete in a challenge for survival in the Bourn Lab. This challenge also builds on their learning experiences related to the summer reading book, "Secret Coders" by Gene Yang. Pairs of 7th graders learned to code and direct a robot through several mini-challenges to learn various techniques, then wrote a final program for battle. The final day of this project groups dueled each other to put their programs to the test.

 

Posted 11/15/2016 11:34AM

Jolie Kemp '17 was awarded the best delegate award at Stanford Model UN Conference.  Jolie represented Saxby Chambliss (R – Georgia) in the 111th Senate, which was one of the historical committees at the conference.  The best delegate award, as the name implies, is awarded to the delegate whom the chair feels is both an active participant and represents her role with great fidelity throughout the weekend.

Jolie was one of the seven members of the Castilleja Model UN club who participated in the Stanford Model UN Conference.  This conference has a mix of both UN committees, crisis committees, and historical committees.  Our students represented Pakistan in the UN committees dealing with issues such as small arms trade, Syrian refugees, and maritime claims in the South China Sea.  We also had delegates on historical and crisis committees addressing the 111th senate, Alexander the Great’s War Cabinet, and the Philippine Revolution.   

Posted 11/10/2016 08:00AM

The entire 9th grade Core Arts class visited SFMoMA and the San Francisco Opera last Thursday as part of their arts program. Students were involved in docent led tours around the modern art section of the museum before experiencing the wonders of Madam Butterfly.

Posted 11/02/2016 09:12AM

The Class of 2021 had the honor of placing a ceremonial wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. A military family in attendance remarked on how moving it was to see our students demonstrate such profound respect. The 8th graders returned Friday from their week of learning in DC.

For more pictures from the weeklong trip, click here!

 

Posted 10/19/2016 08:00AM
In honor of the International Day of the Girl, GLI ACE Org hosted activities at break to educate the community about issues facing girls globally and raising fund to benefit girls.  The ACE org hosted various activities to bolster awareness and funds to donate.Among other activities, they handed out flyers conveying information about girls' education issues and also gave out lollipops (dubbed by some as 'girls' fortune cookies') that had factoids or quotations about girls such as 
"There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman, and there is no more inspiring role model than a man who respects and cherishes women and champions their leadership."- Angelina Jolie
 
and

Globally, 16 million girls between the ages of 6 and 11 will never attend school compared to 8 million boys (World Bank).
The club also made hair ties and sold them with a raffle ticket for a chance to win a make-up case.  All funds raised wee contributed to support girls' education around the world. To connect with other GLI events nationally, the club contributed to a #solidaritywithgirls with photos to an instagram feed.  
Posted 10/17/2016 03:00PM

The Castilleja community welcomed Pulitzer Prize winning poet, author, and educator Tracy K. Smith as this year’s Arrillaga Family Speaker. Tracy K. Smith is the author of three award winning books of poetry: The Body’s Question, which received the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, Duende, recipient of the 2006 James Laughlin Award, and Life on Mars, 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner.  Most recently, she wrote the memoir Ordinary Light (The New York Times Book Review): "a quietly potent memoir that explores coming-of-age and the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter."

A Princeton professor, Tracy K. Smith didn’t simply recite her work for an audience of Castilleja students, she illustrated the difference between her poetry and prose by sharing different passages about her father, a Hubble Telescope Engineer, a few from from Ordinary Light (written in prose) and others from Life on Mars (written in verse). By doing so, Smith demonstrated what she attempts to accomplish with each of these two related yet distinct writing styles and shared the nuance of storytelling that can be explored. Answering questions from Castilleja students, she was warm, candid, and genuine in her description of her journey as a writer and artist. Describing a time a mentor didn’t believe in her, Smith was honest about the effect the experience had on her. Yet, she also described the necessity for writers and others to cultivate both the critical and confident inner voices, asserting that we need both (at different times in the process) to succeed. After the assembly, girls lined up to meet Tracy, share their appreciation, and ask more of their many questions for her.

 


Posted 10/05/2016 08:00AM

The ACE Center hosted the annual Noche de Sólo Español to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and our Spanish speaking community within Castilleja. Those who attended the event were treated to a fascinating presentation on the significance of Day of the Dead in Mexico and introduced to local and global partnerships in predominately Spanishspeaking communities. The night started off with a welcome from ACE Center Director, Stacey Kertsman as she introduced the new global partnership Castilleja has with theMariposa Foundation in the Dominican Republic. This evening was a great opportunity to see how Spanish culture permeates all aspects of the Castilleja Community. 

¡Gracias a todos los que organizaron y contribuyeron a este evento inolvidable! Thank you to those who organized and contributed to this unforgettable event!

 

Click on the photo below to view a gallery of photos from the night!

 

Posted 09/28/2016 08:00AM

The Green Team hosted a group of Casti volunteers for the California Coastal Cleanup Day at Bedwell Bayfront Park. This annual state-wide event allows anyone to contribute to coastal preservation and data collection. This year, 18,314 people volunteered worldwide to collect 52,493 pounds of trash from our beaches. The Green team enjoyed walking along the beautiful waterfront, knowing that they contributed to the global effort to protect coastal landscapes.

 

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