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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.

Posted Monday, Jun 2, 2014 

On Friday, June 6, the Cypress String Quartet offered a master class and worked with the Upper School String Quartet. This master class was open to the entire Castilleja community and took place in the music room (lower level of the Gunn Family Administration Center). This was a fantastic opportunity for music enthusiasts to hear a professional string quartet play and listen to what they had to say about learning music. Attendees also united to support student musicians Rosie C. '16, Elyse G. '17, Greer H. '17, and Simran S. '18. In a thank-you note to the quartet Greer wrote, "Your advice and suggestions will really help us out in our performances, and I will take them forwards into my ensemble life. Your quartet is very inspiring, and your teamwork is admirable to anyone doing groupwork! I am so lucky to have been in this lesson."

Known for its elegant performances, the Cypress String Quartet (Cecily Ward, violin; Tom Stone, violin; Ethan Filner, viola; and Jennifer Kloetzel, cello) has been praised by Gramophone for its “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion,” and its sound has been called “beautifully proportioned and powerful” by The Washington Post. The Cypress Quartet was formed in San Francisco in 1996, and maintains a busy national and international tour schedule, making appearances on concert series and in venues including Cal Performances, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Stanford Lively Arts, the Krannert Center, and the Ravinia Festival. Their collaborators include artists such as Leon Fleisher, Jon Nakamatsu, Awadagin Pratt, Gary Hoffman, Atar Arad, and James Dunham.

The Cypress Quartet members received degrees from many of the world’s finest conservatories before coming together as a group. These include Juilliard School, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Royal College of Music (London), the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. After a residency at the Banff Centre and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Quartet Studies of the Aspen Music Festival, the Quartet coached intensively in London with the Amadeus Quartet. Cypress Quartet members play exceptional instruments including violins by Antonio Stradivarius (1681) and Carlos Bergonzi (1733), a viola by Vittorio Bellarosa (1947), and a cello by Hieronymus Amati II (1701).

Posted Monday, Jun 2, 2014 

Members of music ensemble MUSE (grades 6-12) attended San Francisco Opera's production of the musical Show Boat on Friday evening to celebrate a year of making music together. Show Boat was composed by Jerome Kern with lyrics written by Oscar Hammerstein II and is based on a novel by Edna Ferber. Tony Award-winning actor Bill Irwin performed the role of Cap’n Andy Hawks and American bass Morris Robinson's performance of "Ol' Man River" reverberated throughout the entire War Memorial Opera House. If you are interested in joining MUSE next year watch for audition information in early fall or contact Dr. Hart.

Posted Thursday, May 29, 2014 

Theatre 2 presented a Character Mask demonstration in the Dance Studio, culminating in a performance of David Mamet's hilarious one-act The Duck Variations! Similar to last year's production of Jean Anouihl's Antigone set at Lockey House, this presentation represented the culmination of the class' work throughout the year and featured  talented actors from '15 and '16!

Posted Friday, May 23, 2014 

At the 8th Grade Stage and Screen eventing, audiences were treated to several short videos offered by our 8th grade MovieTime students, and the 8th grade One Act class presented Alice in Wonderland


Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014 

On Tuesday night the  AP Art class held their portfolio reception in the Anita Seipp Gallery. The room was packed with families and alumnae. Here the students are shown in front of Hannah Mazonson's work.  The work in the exhibit shows a range of styles and media including Painting, Mixed Media, and Photography. The work will be up through class day. Please stop by and see the amazing work.



Posted Friday, May 16, 2014 

You are cordially invited to the Spring Music Concert on Thursday, May 22nd at 7:30pm in the Chapel Theater! The concert features students from the vocal and instrumental classes and a variety of chamber ensembles such as a newly formed flute quartet and a musical set of sisters. This also marks the final concert for several seniors! Another special treat is that MUSE has transformed into a jazz ensemble with several students taking their very first "solos" in front of an audience. Cookies and treats are available for purchase at intermission to support the Music for the Community Club. All 100 performers hope to see you there!

Posted Tuesday, May 13, 2014 

If you had wandered through the Middle School lobby recently, you might have noticed several dozen sixth graders waving arms and bobbing heads in front of their computers. No, it wasn't spring fever! It was a computer science and physical computing project in which students built electronic "musical instruments" in Scratch that were triggered by attached computer hardware such as a motion-detecting video camera or a PicoBoard. Students explored both computer science and musical notation as they created a program that could be used to play the song "Frère Jacques," either by gesturing in front of their laptop's built-in video camera or by moving the slider on the PicoBoard.

Posted Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 

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!

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Posted 09/05/2014 06:14PM

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 08/27/2014 05:54PM

On August 26-27 the Class of 2015 started the college process with a bang. A five-hour College Kick-Off Program covered the “nuts and bolts” of the college application process, including Naviance, the Common Application, college rep visits, standardized testing, requesting recommendations, and communication with colleges. Director of College Counseling Gabi McColgan and Associate Director Alyson Tom asked students to reflect on intentional decision-making and to consider how the college process will fit into their senior year, both from a practical and a philosophical perspective. Ms. Tom and Ms. McColgan are thrilled to be working with the Class of 2015 and look forward to being a resource for all Castilleja students and parents throughout the college process.

Posted 08/01/2014 09:52AM

On Friday afternoon Castilleja's Peninsula Bridge Program concluded with a series of spectacular student performances and a fun-filled reception. Peninsula Bridge is a summer enrichment experience for academically motivated rising fifth-grade girls from under-resourced communities. The girls connect and enjoy learning through language arts, math, art, science, and other activities, including gardening, yoga, dance, field trips, and much more.

As assistants and leaders, Castilleja students design curriculum, engage in program management and development, and mentor the Bridge students. With a variety of leadership opportunities that draw on their personal interests and reinforce their academic learning, Middle and Upper School students help to bring science, art, math, poetry, health, sports, cooking, and myriad other topics to life for the fifth graders. As they cultivate the inquisitive curiosity and budding confidence of the youth around them, Castilleja participants develop leadership skills, gain greater confidence, and experience the lasting rewards of personally meaningful, socially significant service.

Some of the highlights? Nancy L. '17, one of the Casti student leaders, says, "I remember the girls telling us how much they loved spending time with the TAs and playing fun games such as cat and mouse, sharks and minnows, and mafia. The field trips were also one of the highlights, because they gave the Bridge girls the opportunity to explore new environments, such as the beach, a farm, and museums. Of course, they also really enjoyed the lunch. :) In reality, the students loved all of the Peninsula Bridge Program. They received a prompt that asked them to list ten of their favorite things about Bridge, and they covered so much."

And the Bridge girls aren't the only ones who enjoyed the Program: "The TAs definitely loved writing back to the students' journal prompts, and getting to know them. We also loved teaching them new things and showing them different perspectives on many subjects. My favorite part of Bridge was talking to the girls about how their week was going, and learning new things about them. I'll never forget the End of Summer Celebration. It was beautiful, but bittersweet because that's when I felt like I was saying goodbye to such a wonderful moment. I do hope to continue to communicate with the girls."

Watch the slideshow below to get a glimpse of their summer!


Posted 07/23/2014 08:30AM

26 enthusiastic Middle School French students traveled to Paris in June with Evelyne Nicolaou, Doris Mourad, and Lauren Schryver. In addition to visiting renowned sites such as Notre Dame, the Louvre, Versailles, and Giverny, they also spent a morning in a girls' school, took a cooking class during which the girls prepared their own dinner, learned how to make baguettes and croissants at a top bakery in Paris, and spent an afternoon in the outskirts of Paris at a Maison Bourgeoise, where American pilots hid during World War II. The highlight for most was engaging with peers at St. Pie Catholic School in St. Cloud. A number of the girls exchanged emails and addresses to keep in touch!



Academics
Posted 08/29/2014 12:28PM

For their Opening Day assignment, the AP Statistics class tested the absorbency of different brands of paper towels. This activity exposed the students to experimental design, data collection, simulation, data analysis, and statistical inference. According to Mr. Barriger, "It is great to have the students participate in an activity on the first day that introduces them to all the big ideas they will see in the course." At the end of class, the students concluded that their results were not statistically significant and thus they were unable to conclude that one brand was more absorbent than the other.

Posted 08/27/2014 05:54PM

On August 26-27 the Class of 2015 started the college process with a bang. A five-hour College Kick-Off Program covered the “nuts and bolts” of the college application process, including Naviance, the Common Application, college rep visits, standardized testing, requesting recommendations, and communication with colleges. Director of College Counseling Gabi McColgan and Associate Director Alyson Tom asked students to reflect on intentional decision-making and to consider how the college process will fit into their senior year, both from a practical and a philosophical perspective. Ms. Tom and Ms. McColgan are thrilled to be working with the Class of 2015 and look forward to being a resource for all Castilleja students and parents throughout the college process.

Posted 08/04/2014 09:27AM

i2 Camp finished up its first summer at Casti with one last Parent Showcase, at which campers presented their projects from the week. The camp gave 5th-8th-grade girls a chance to do hands-on science in topics ranging from Nanotechnology to Forensic Science to Colonizing the Moon. Highlights included creating "monsters" that sing and light up, isolating each camper's own DNA, making carbon dioxide bubbles with dry ice, building solar ovens, examining bioplastics, solving crimes, building balloon vehicles, and riding on a hovercraft!

Posted 07/25/2014 08:26AM

Castilleja's Director of Technology, Gabe Lucas, and Academic Technology Support Specialist, Rachel Tennant, presented at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2014 Conference in Atlanta, an education technology conference that had 12,000+ attendees. In a session titled "Flexible Learning and Responsible Oversight with a Hybrid 1:1 iPad Model," they described how Castilleja manages our iPad pilot from grade to grade. The program -- and their presentation -- center on the ideas that a 1:1 iPad program can be scalable from 100 to 1000 (and more) devices and customizable to meet the developmental needs of each grade from K-12. To learn more check out the outline of their conference presentation, or read Castilleja Systems Manager Cameron Johnson's blog here.



Posted 08/01/2014 09:52AM

On Friday afternoon Castilleja's Peninsula Bridge Program concluded with a series of spectacular student performances and a fun-filled reception. Peninsula Bridge is a summer enrichment experience for academically motivated rising fifth-grade girls from under-resourced communities. The girls connect and enjoy learning through language arts, math, art, science, and other activities, including gardening, yoga, dance, field trips, and much more.

As assistants and leaders, Castilleja students design curriculum, engage in program management and development, and mentor the Bridge students. With a variety of leadership opportunities that draw on their personal interests and reinforce their academic learning, Middle and Upper School students help to bring science, art, math, poetry, health, sports, cooking, and myriad other topics to life for the fifth graders. As they cultivate the inquisitive curiosity and budding confidence of the youth around them, Castilleja participants develop leadership skills, gain greater confidence, and experience the lasting rewards of personally meaningful, socially significant service.

Some of the highlights? Nancy L. '17, one of the Casti student leaders, says, "I remember the girls telling us how much they loved spending time with the TAs and playing fun games such as cat and mouse, sharks and minnows, and mafia. The field trips were also one of the highlights, because they gave the Bridge girls the opportunity to explore new environments, such as the beach, a farm, and museums. Of course, they also really enjoyed the lunch. :) In reality, the students loved all of the Peninsula Bridge Program. They received a prompt that asked them to list ten of their favorite things about Bridge, and they covered so much."

And the Bridge girls aren't the only ones who enjoyed the Program: "The TAs definitely loved writing back to the students' journal prompts, and getting to know them. We also loved teaching them new things and showing them different perspectives on many subjects. My favorite part of Bridge was talking to the girls about how their week was going, and learning new things about them. I'll never forget the End of Summer Celebration. It was beautiful, but bittersweet because that's when I felt like I was saying goodbye to such a wonderful moment. I do hope to continue to communicate with the girls."

Watch the slideshow below to get a glimpse of their summer!


Posted 07/23/2014 08:30AM

26 enthusiastic Middle School French students traveled to Paris in June with Evelyne Nicolaou, Doris Mourad, and Lauren Schryver. In addition to visiting renowned sites such as Notre Dame, the Louvre, Versailles, and Giverny, they also spent a morning in a girls' school, took a cooking class during which the girls prepared their own dinner, learned how to make baguettes and croissants at a top bakery in Paris, and spent an afternoon in the outskirts of Paris at a Maison Bourgeoise, where American pilots hid during World War II. The highlight for most was engaging with peers at St. Pie Catholic School in St. Cloud. A number of the girls exchanged emails and addresses to keep in touch!



Posted 07/21/2014 08:21AM

On June 15, Sanah Imran '14, Katherine Hobbs '13, and eight other students presented to a group of parents, physicians, and CEOs about their experiences as the first class of Lefteroff Interns at the Fogarty Institute for Innovation. The presentation, title "Rules of the Road: Navigating the Fogarty Institute," highlighted eight key lessons the interns learned during their internship, such as "always bring a pen and paper" and "embrace ugly ducklings."

Each intern spent time working on group and individual projects with one or more of the start-ups in the Institute, heard from influential guest speakers and CEOs, and spent time learning with physicians from El Camino Hospital.

Katherine researched the demographics and regulatory environment in Indonesia for InPress and Prescient devices, and also edited content for Materna Medical's website. Sanah, only a week deep in her internship, has also helped design and edit Materna's website, and is planning to help build new devices for clinical trials.

The Fogarty Institute for Innovation promotes medical innovation by providing support to promising innovators and researchers as they transform their creative ideas into practical solutions to improve patient care. They offer mentorship at every step of the process, coordinating access to intellectual, physical, and financial resources to propel medical concepts from initiation to application. For more information, please visit their website.

Posted 07/14/2014 11:25AM

In Jill Helms' laboratory at Stanford University — past a glass case filled with skulls of mice, ducks and a two-headed pig and shelves stocked with glass beakers and rows of chemicals — a group of high school interns are gathered around a lab work space feverishly working on a set of experiments.

As one intern gently applies a piece of transparent film onto a slide of a mouse tibia sliced as thin as tissue paper, recent Castilleja graduate Stephanie Flamen consults with research assistant Andrew Smith regarding the section of human DNA sequence displayed on her laptop. The sequence has not mutated the way she had hoped.

In her third summer working at the lab, Flamen is helping a group of researchers who are studying the stem cells of hair follicles and how certain proteins in the cells can be stimulated to trigger hair growth and potentially treat baldness, aid cancer patients who have lost hair or help individuals with alopecia.

"When you're bald you are still harboring stem cells, but the hair is in its resting phase. They've lost some signaling that would control the hair to keep growing," Flamen says as she excitedly explained her team's work. "We found a certain protein that could (give signals to cells) and could make hair grow longer, which was so cool because we're like, 'Oh, my God, we found the solution to Rogaine' — or a better version of it."

Flamen is just one of the many young students passionate about science who choose to spend their summers doing internships working directly with graduate and doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars and faculty who lead publicly and privately funded science research at institutions like Stanford University, University of California, Santa Cruz, Stanford School of Medicine, NASA Ames and Lockheed Martin.

Far from washing glassware and fetching coffee, interns are given the responsibility to directly help with the research, involved in tasks like pipetting bimolecular samples, using high-tech lab equipment, analyzing vast amounts of data and programming. Oftentimes the work is later included in the research's findings in scientific papers.

In their 30 to 40 hours per week for eight to 10 weeks, interns may want to explore a future career; others are curious about the real-world applications of the science they study in school. Some seek job experience and a boost for college applications or the chance to enter their work in national competitions like the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology or the Intel Science Talent Search.

And many of their mentors say the internships not only directly provide more manpower towards their research but give them a chance to inspire the next generation to pursue science and show them that research is far from the stereotype of the "old guy sitting behind a microscope all day."

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--By Veronica Weber / Palo Alto Weekly (July 11, 2014)

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