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Posted Monday, Feb 13, 2017 

Bravo to our student performers who delivered three energetic and touching performances this weekend for Arts with a Heart 2017. This year's theme was Head, Heart, Humanity: Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness and the show (produced in partnership with ArtLifting) benefitted the CHC (Children's Health Council of Palo Alto).

Nicole O. '17 is a member of the Advanced Dance Production Workshop class and a senior executive producer for Arts with a Heart. "I am so grateful to have been a part of Arts with a Heart these past six years—first a performer and now a producer. I have learned countless skills, from costuming to teaching effective leadership skills, that I know will help me even beyond our production." she shares. "Every year we support an incredible cause, and this year's theme of erasing the stigma of mental health is a particularly important issue in our immediate community, the Palo Alto community and beyond. We're dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental health, and we hope we can use the power of art to change lives," Nicole continued.

Visual and Performing Arts faculty member and Arts with a Heart Director Georgianna Shea reflects "Nothing makes me feel more confident about the future than seeing 120 young women work selflessly for such an important reason. Through their efforts, these students are helping to a erase the stigma of mental illness in the Castilleja community, the Palo Alto community and the Global community."

Posted Monday, Jan 30, 2017 

This past Friday, Castilleja students had the opportunity to work with professional musician Victoria Theodore. Victoria is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, and producer who has toured with Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé. In her workshop with Upper School choir, she performed and broke down songs for students, invited courageous participation, and offered sage advice that will serve students in and out of the music industry.

For pictures of Victoria workshopping with US Choir, click here. password: gators

Posted Monday, Jan 23, 2017 

Bravo to the middle school cast of The Addams Family for three spectacular performances this weekend. As Head of Middle School, Anne Cameron, put it "Our entertaining and dedicated cast will have you hanging on each witty line and enjoying every song and dance number from beginning to end. It is hard to imagine a more hilariously creepy show, and our Middle School actors are a delight. 

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew, and to Ms. Walter, Mr. Elgassier and the Orchestra, and Mr. Ochi. Impressive work!"

Scroll down to view photos from the opening night performance. More photos and prints are available here. password: gators

 

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Posted Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 
Tickets for the Middle School Musical are now on sale! Next weekend middle school performing arts is excited to present The Addams Family and there are three opportunities to attend:
Friday, Jan. 20 at 7:30
Saturday, Jan 21 at 7:30
Sunday, Jan 22 at 2:00
Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults.
Click here to purchase tickets!

 

 

Posted Friday, Dec 16, 2016 

Winter Break begins today with school resuming 1/3. We wish everyone in our community a restful and fulfilling holiday! 

Enjoy this video of a Dance Production Workshop performance at this year's Winter Showcase.

 

Posted Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016 

Castilleja musicians performed for a full Chapel Theater Thursday night at the 2016 Winter Concert. Middle School students and Upper School Students, Vocalists and Instrumentalists all came together to share traditional holiday songs and some new seasonal favorites (including a special rendition of Michael Jackson's Thriller!) Click here on on the photograph below for a selection of photos from the concert! The password for the gallery is gators

 

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. 

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Posted 02/21/2017 08:00AM

Simone Seiver ’13, currently a senior at Yale University, has been named a Gates-Cambridge Scholar for 2017. 

Simone is among the 36 U.S. citizens who have been selected to be part of the 2017 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge.

These 36 individuals from 34 universities will join 54 scholars from other parts of the world who will be announced in early April. The prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship program was established in 2000 by a $210 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, the largest ever single donation to a university in the United Kingdom. Scholars are chosen for their outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, and commitment to improving the lives of others, among other qualities.

Congratulations, Simone!

Read more here at Yale's news website 

 

Posted 02/15/2017 10:35AM

Castilleja's Mock Trial team, now in its second year, is seeded third entering this week's quarterfinals of the Santa Clara County Mock Trial Competition. Twenty-four teams entered the competition, and Castilleja finished the first four rounds as the 3-1 team with the highest winning percentage.  The prosecution will be back in action Thursday evening, looking for a conviction on two criminal counts: human trafficking and false imprisonment.  Senior co-captains Cate A. and Valerie H. founded the club with faculty advisor-attorney coach Ann Wagenhals.  Outside attorney coaches are Michelle Melen '01 and Rachel Thomas.


Update!: Mock Trial will be advancing to the county semifinals, competing over winter break.


Posted 02/01/2017 12:04PM

 

Today Castilleja celebrated an amazing group of student-athletes who will take their athletic talent to the collegiate level! Four student-athletes were celebrated today, and one (Natalie Tuck) signed early on November 9th. Amanda McMaster signed an official national letter of intent to compete at the Division I level, while Elizabeth, Elle, and Claire will compete at Division III universities next year. Check out all of their success at Castilleja below:

Amanda McMaster - Soccer - Rice University

2014-2015 - WBAL Co-MVP 

2015-2016 - 1st Team All-League

Position: Goalie, #1

 

      

 

Elizabeth Pang - Softball - Occidental College

2016 - Softball Sportsmanship Award

Played Tennis, Water Polo, and Basketball for Castilleja

Position: 1st base, #13

 

      

Elle Kass - Volleyball - Connecticut College

2015 - 1st Team All-League

2016 - 1st Team All-League

Position: Libero, #11

 

   

 

Claire Traum - Track and Field - Bowdoin College

2015 - Honorable Mention XC, 2nd Team All-League Track

2016 - 1st Team All-League Track, 1st Team All-League XC, State Individual Qualifier

Competes in the 400m, 800m, and Long Jump

 

   

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Posted 01/30/2017 04:28PM

This past Friday, Castilleja students had the opportunity to work with professional musician Victoria Theodore. Victoria is an accomplished pianist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, and producer who has toured with Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé. In her workshop with Upper School choir, she performed and broke down songs for students, invited courageous participation, and offered sage advice that will serve students in and out of the music industry.

For pictures of Victoria workshopping with US Choir, click here. password: gators

Academics
Posted 02/17/2017 02:30PM

In 6th grade history class, students are in the midst of a immersive current events unit. After learning how to spot and evaluate fake news, Dr. Docter's classes participated in a fun challenge. To test their skills, 6th graders created content about the ancient world by reviewing their textbooks and writing "two truths and a lie". Afterwards, in a game format students had the opportunity to challenge classmates and put both their ancient history mettle and fake-news spotting skills to the test! 


Pictured, Ella H. '23 reads Junior Scholastic news magazine as part of the current events unit. 

Posted 02/10/2017 05:28PM

The 8th graders have been working on their National History Day projects since December. Each student or group picked a topic relating to the theme Stand Up in History and since then conducted research and created documentaries, papers, websites, exhibits, and even one performance. This week, on February 7th, they celebrated their amazing work and explored American History through the wide variety of projects. 

Students took presentation posters to the next level with careful attention to detail that brought history to life.

 

On National History Day, the Middle School Lobby was transformed into a museum of activism and courageous social movements throughout history.

 

Students had the opportunity to share their projects with Head of School, Nanci Kauffman. Ms. Kauffman didn't disappoint and had excellent questions and comments for the presenters.

Ms. Pang's classroom was transformed into a mini documentary film festival screening for student projects.

Here, two students deliver an excellent performance detailing the storied and turbulent history of LGBT rights in our country from Harvey Milk to Ellen Degeneres' receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom...and beyond.

Posted 02/06/2017 12:14PM

This weekend, Castilleja Middle School students participated in the MathCounts competition with 33 other schools at Google headquarters in Mountain View.  Congratulations to our MathCounts team!

Posted 01/10/2017 03:26PM

Last Friday we had even more to celebrate after the end of a successful Global Week. For a very special edition of Maker Fridays, Head of Middle School Anne CameronHA had the honor of cutting the ribbon for our new Middle School Tinkering Nook.

The creation of this new maker space on campus was made possible by a generous donation by Carol and John Giannandrea. Ms. Cameron wielded the giant ceremonial scissors, but the creation of the Nook was the result of hard work and vision from many employees around the Circle.

Mike Cummings, the Bourn Lab's Resident Engineer, led the efforts to put the Nook together with major support from Dan Chapman and everyone in maintenance, Ken Ochi, and folks from our Tech department. HUGE thanks to this team, who worked tirelessly for the weeks before winter break to put everything in place. Special thanks are also due to Angi Chau, Josée BandHA, Anne CameronHA, and Diego Fonstad for their support and close involvement in the process.  Emily Clark will be the main after-school instructor for the Nook and has been hard at work on developing projects and activities. 

Q&A with Angi Chau, Director of Bourn Idea Lab

What is it?

The Middle School Tinkering Nook is sort of a "mini Bourn Lab" stationed in the middle school, so that middle school students have even easier access to tinkering opportunities.

What kind of equipment does it feature?

Right now, we have two 3D printers—different models from the ones in the Bourn Lab because we are always looking to learn new things! There will also be a large set of littleBits for lots of fun tinkering activities with electronics. We are hoping to find out from our middle school students what they want to do in the Nook, so they can help us figure out what to stock there!

When can I use the Nook?!

 This week, the Nook will be open on Tuesday after school (3:15pm-4:30pm) as another "soft opening" for the space. Then moving forwards, it will be open two days a week after school—either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Thurs. We will send an email to announce the days once they are confirmed. 

 Since it's in the middle school, teachers will also be able to more easily integrate tinkering and making into their classes so you might see the Nook open during the school day too! 

Maker Fridays will continue to be held in the main Bourn Lab on Fridays (and Ms. Clark will be there for that too!). But there may be special occasions when we decide to move Maker Fridays to the Nook, so look out for that!

 

 

 

Posted 02/13/2017 11:28AM

Bravo to our student performers who delivered three energetic and touching performances this weekend for Arts with a Heart 2017. This year's theme was Head, Heart, Humanity: Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness and the show (produced in partnership with ArtLifting) benefitted the CHC (Children's Health Council of Palo Alto).

Nicole O. '17 is a member of the Advanced Dance Production Workshop class and a senior executive producer for Arts with a Heart. "I am so grateful to have been a part of Arts with a Heart these past six years—first a performer and now a producer. I have learned countless skills, from costuming to teaching effective leadership skills, that I know will help me even beyond our production." she shares. "Every year we support an incredible cause, and this year's theme of erasing the stigma of mental health is a particularly important issue in our immediate community, the Palo Alto community and beyond. We're dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental health, and we hope we can use the power of art to change lives," Nicole continued.

Visual and Performing Arts faculty member and Arts with a Heart Director Georgianna Shea reflects "Nothing makes me feel more confident about the future than seeing 120 young women work selflessly for such an important reason. Through their efforts, these students are helping to a erase the stigma of mental illness in the Castilleja community, the Palo Alto community and the Global community."

Posted 01/09/2017 08:00AM

Our Global Investigators will be back on Castilleja's campus Wednesday after a week-plus of learning and leading in India, China, and the Dominican Republic. Here are some photo highlights from their experiences.

 

Global Investigator Trips 2017/ Dominican Republic

A day of cooking and partnership building with The Mariposa DR Foundation.


Photo by Mark Tuschman

Exploring the Dominican Republic's natural beauty.
Global Investigator Trips 2017/ China
Leading a fun arts and crafts lesson with schoolchildren.
Snapshot from a day of learning about biofuels and enjoying a delicious meal cooked with biogas.
Global Investigator Trips 2017/ India

Meeting and getting to know our Roshni partners.
Exploring New Dehli
Posted 01/06/2017 06:10PM

Global Week 2017: Migration ended with a grand finale today. The morning began with an engaging discussion with Human Rights Watch deputy program director, Tom Porteous, and European Union Ambassador in Mexico, Andrew Standley. Throughout the late morning and early afternoon students completed and presented their various grade level projects. The whole community gathered in the afternoon to share their projects and join in inspired celebration with At the Table with Dr. King.


For more photos, visit our Facebook Page!

Posted 01/05/2017 12:05PM

"The toughest border is the one between our heads, our hearts, and our hands"- Rev. Deborah Lee at Castilleja's "Migration Beyond the Law" Global Week panel discussion.

This morning's panel was moderated by Cécile Shea and also included the voices of Victoria Tinoco, Mamy Najurama and RefugePoint's Sasha Chanoff.

Reverend Deborah Lee is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ who has worked at the intersection of faith and social justice for over 25 years. With his humanitarian organization RefugePoint, Sasha Chanoff finds lasting solutions for the world's most at risk refugees. Mamy Najurama works as a Behavioral Health Technician and escaped the Democratic Republic of Congo with her mother and six younger siblings with the help of Sasha Chanoff and Sheikha Ali. Victoria Tinoco is an Immigration Paralegal whose passion to help the undocumented community stems from her family's own journey. The panel was moderated by Cécile Shea, a former U.S. diplomat and current non-resident senior fellow in security and diplomacy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

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