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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.

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.



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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!

 

Posted 10/28/2014 03:57PM

Spirit week started off with a bang!  The Disney-themed day saw the Circle filled wtih characters from Hercules (6th grade), Cinderella (7th grade), Lilo and Stitch (8th grade), Peter Pan (9th grade), Frozen (10th grade), 101 Dalmatians (11th grade) and Mickey Mouse (12th grade). Faculty and staff got to play villains and came decked out as everyone from Cruella deVille to Maleficient and the evil Queen from Snow White! Check out some of the great photos below:

 


Posted 10/24/2014 10:11PM

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 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.

Academics
Posted 10/28/2014 08:02AM

Castilleja Librarians Jole Seroff and Tasha Bergson-Michelson were invited to speak about their innovative approach to teaching research skills at School Library Journal’s 2014 Leadership Summit in St. Paul, MN, last weekend. Their talk, “Do as I Do: Practical Research Skills that Empower Modern Learners,” focused on harnessing the tacit knowledge of expert researchers and turning it into actionable lessons for students.

Posted 10/27/2014 03:18PM

The French 2 classroom was transformed into a marketplace so that students could hone their food shopping skills in a French-speaking country. They took turns buying and selling foods from various stores, some even explaining to the vendor how ripe they needed their avocados to be. While the foods and euros were pretend, students did discover real pastries at the end in celebration of their efforts.

Posted 10/23/2014 08:17AM

Students in the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Methods module met weekly for the past five weeks with scientists from UC Santa Cruz. They used this time to investigate galaxy evolution by exploring the dynamics of young and old stars in the nearby Andromeda Galaxy. In addition, they got practice reading technical papers and building their skills writing code in the Python programming language. This allowed them to analyze brand-new, state-of-the art photometric (imaging) and spectroscopic data collected from the Hubble and Keck telescopes. Students completed their last session of the module Wednesday night with a fantastic presentation of their research to their parents.

Other Research Methods modules will be offered in the spring in other fields of science.  Details will be posted on the Science Department Portal Page in the coming weeks.

Posted 10/22/2014 09:42AM

Students in the astronomy elective participated in "The Pluto Debate, 1999–2006." This historical reenactment game, originally developed by astronomy professor Tony Crider at Elon University, brings to life the drama surrounding the classification of the beloved-but-distant object. Taking on the roles of astronomers and planetary scientists, students argued Pluto's similarities and differences not only with the other planets in the solar system, but also with the rapidly-growing list of icy bodies known as trans-Neptunian objects. They reenacted a public debate that was held at the Hayden Planetarium in New York City in 1999, followed by the contentious and much-publicized vote at the 2006 meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Prague. After an hour of heated discussion, a vote among the participants and guests followed the same pattern as the actual IAU vote: a new definition of "planet" was adopted that doesn't include Pluto, which is now relegated to "dwarf planet" status.

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.
Posted 09/23/2014 12:00PM
The ACE Center and the seniors who travelled to Guatemala during their Global investigator trip welcomed Julio Florencio “Lencho” Meléndez Monterroso as our second Activist in Residence. He supports the on-going development of our global program and has been the on-the-ground education lead for our Guatemala trip for several years.

Lencho will be working closely with various Spanish classes and our Engineering and Sustainable Solutions class covering topics ranging from Mayan Culture and history to Sustainable Agriculture. He will also be a guest of honor at our "Celebration of Hispanic Culture" evening on Thursday, October 2.  
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!


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