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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' pinata, 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.   

 
Posted Friday, Feb 12, 2016 

For two days this week, Phil Kaye, Sarah Kay, and Jamila Woods of Project VOICE joined our campus community. Beginning their visit with a memorable performance, they later broke down their work and process with small-group instructional workshops that challenged and engaged Castilleja students. Project VOICE demonstrated the power a storyteller or poet can have and revealed a couple key 'secrets' to success. In particular, Sarah, Phil, and Jamila encouraged Castilleja students to enjoy themselves while performing, not to fear experimentation, and to use sensory details in their work to connect with an audience, especially when describing abstract concepts.  Thank you, Project VOICE!




Posted Monday, Feb 1, 2016 

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday both Middle and Upper School students presented a vision of a brighter future where quality education is available to all. Castilleja performers paired with Building Futures Now students to artfully deliver facts and testimonials through speeches and a range of dance numbers evoked emotion, reflection, and hope. Congratulations to the Dance Production Workshop, Ms. Shea, Mr. Ochi, and all of our fabulous performers and their families for a fantastic show. 






Arts with a Heart (AwaH) is dedicated to raising money and awareness for a worthy cause by creating an entertaining show utilizing all art forms, including dance, drama, music, and art. We aim to foster engagement in both the local and global community, while being inclusive of the entire Castilleja School student body.

Arts with a Heart 2016 benefitted Building Futures Now in partnership with the Halford Young Women's Leadership Program. Building Futures Now is an after school academic enrichment program based in East Palo Alto for rising 4th graders through college bound students. It provides underserved students with year-round, individualized academic support and mentorship so that they can not only thrive in school, but also engage and give back to their community. Halford is a mentoring program for Castilleja sophomores through seniors which works in partnership with Building Futures Now. Castilleja's US students work with 4th and 5th grade girls every week and help them with their homework, or tackle key topics such as enhancing self-esteem, confronting body-image issues to help each girl develop skills for success and a stronger belief her own capacities. The group also meets one Saturday a month and partners with the Robotics team to plan fun Science Saturdays or engages in exciting off-campus field trips. 

Posted Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 

Skyworks, a painting show by artist Sukey Bryan is on view in the ANITA SEIPP GALLERY of the Ely Fine Arts building. On Feb 9 from 5 to 7 pm a closing reception will be held for Ms Bryan.  She led an art workshop for seniors during global week.  Here is an image of her painting on the circle with students that was on display during Climate Change week.

 

Posted Friday, Dec 18, 2015 
Posted Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 
The entire 8th grade came together with parents to celebrate the art they had created this semester. We were treated to scenes from Steel MagnoliasThe Importance of Being Earnest and The Children's Hour among others. We watched two wonderful dances performed and created by choreography 8, and saw a range of original movies made by the Movietime 8 class. Ceramics 8 displayed their work in the foyer and their teapots will continue to be displayed in the middle school building through next semester.

 
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Posted 04/20/2016 08:08AM
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 04/29/2016 04:31PM

Founder's Day 2016 was a day filled with profound speeches delivered with honesty and courage. The day commenced with a welcome breakfast at Lockey House for alumnae with Kendra Barkoff Lamy '98, our Alumna Keynote speaker. Kendra, former US Press Secretary to Vice President Biden, spoke about perserverance, resilience, and her career in DC to members of the Castilleja community in the Chapel Theater. 

At noon, Castilleja mothers and other special guests found their students on the Circle and sat at long tables dressed in class colors.  The girls, in dress whites, guided guests towards the buffet line as wind played with the decorative class banners around the Circle.  It was a brilliantly sunny day, and one senior exclaimed to another,  "You know its Founder's Day when you've got your squint on!" Students and guests brought a variety of hats and sunglasses and as both a solution to the sun and a fashion statement, some girls wore their napkins on their heads.

Nanci KauffmanHA delivered her opening remarks and shared the story not of Mary Lockey, our founder, but of Margarita Espinosa, Castilleja's second head. Ms. Kauffman spoke of Ms. Espinosa's resiliance, problem-solving, and tough-but-kind manner of interacting with students and staff. The community learned that Castilleja has Ms. Espinosa to thank for hiring beloved teacher Peggy McKeeHA, who is retiring this year.

After singing the Castilleja Song as a community, we heard from four graduating seniors, chosen by their class to speak and share their experience. Paris W., Leena A., Claire H., and Juliet O. delivered geniune and articulate speeches about their growth at Castilleja. Each girl had a unique theme central to her speech. These speeches about lifelong learning, forward progress, authenticity, and courage were interwoven with musical performances given by their peers.

Thanks to all of our amazing employees and volunteers whose hard work helped us celebrate Castilleja's rich history and bright future. 

  



Posted 04/26/2016 09:37AM

Last Friday was Upper School Trivia Night in the library! The competition was fierce between the three teams, The Ninja Turtles, The USSR and The Quizzards of Oz, as they tested their knowledge of books, grammar, math, science, live challneges, and the fan favorite, Disney and Pixar trivia. Ultimately, the USSR won a close victory with their amazing time through the maze the librarians created. 

Trivia Nights will return next year! 

Posted 04/22/2016 06:00PM

Castilleja's Earth week kicks off Monday with themed days and fun activities that encourage a continued practice of sustainability. 

MONDAY 

Food Day!

A 'Meatless Monday' lunch will be enhanced by a Low Impact Food Fair on the Circle prepared by the Green Team and get ideas for Vegan and Vegetarian recipes!

TUESDAY

Reduce/Reuse/Recycle

During lunch, participate in a Recycled Art Interactive Activity!

WEDNESDAY

Water Fair!

At break, help out in the garden. During lunch, enjoy a water-related art display.

THURSDAY

Alternative Transportation Day!

Raffle prizes will go to bikers/carpoolers/and other alternative commuters.

Transportation fair at lunch!

All Week

Pot succulent plants to serve as centerpieces at Friday's Founder's Day! The plants will later be repurposed for a vertical garden.


Academics
Posted 04/28/2016 05:35PM

Bringing an Ancient Site Alive: 6th Graders Study Early Andean Civilization

6th graders from science and history classes joined forces for a week-long interdisciplinary archaeology experience. The students had an opportunity to build on their growing knowledge of archaeology as they took a virtual journey to the ancient Andean site of Chavín de Huantar in Perú. Students learned about the importance of context in interpretation of an archaeological site and how to determine the significance of various artifacts and features of the site.

Students were divided into archaeological teams that included specialists in three different areas: art, architecture, and geography.  They were charged with learning general information about the site in their teams, asking questions to drive their research, and then learning everything they could about their specialty area.  Then as artists, builders, and cartographers, each specialist group constructed a 3D replica of a piece of art, an architectural model, or a map of the surrounding area. These visual aides were used to supplement their teaching to their archaeological teams about their research.  The student archaeologists then shared knowledge about their specialties and put all their knowledge together to discuss the significance of various archaeological findings and construct evidence-based stories about the site.

Sarah Barnum (science 6) and Laura Docter (history 6) continue to collaborate designing interdisciplinary inquiry-based curriculum.  Barnum, who did her Master’s thesis research on the archaeological site of Chavín de Huantar, framed the five days with introductory and closing interactive presentations about her research to model for the girls how a real archaeologist does the work they were learning about and to help the girls answer some of the questions they still wondered about that did not get answered through their own research.

Posted 04/26/2016 08:43AM
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' pinata, 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 04/21/2016 03:46PM

The 9th grade history classes are in a new unit on Global Realignments.  To help them gain context for the beginning of the twentieth century, C&C history classes took over Spieker Field, re-enacted the uncertain alliances that tumbled the world into war, endured the interminable stalemate that was trench warfare, and settled global power politics with a WWI role play.  They had flags, ammunition, borders to protect, and in the end, ideals and casualties to mourn.  


Posted 04/20/2016 04:00PM

For the past four years, Castilleja has had a very successful C-STEAM program in which students heard from adults working in the fields of science and technology. In response to student requests, this year a C-HUM program consisting of presentations by professionals working in humanities fields was created. Today, Upper School students learned from the experiences of writers, filmmakers, activists, judges, business owners, artists, cooks, pastors, firefighters, analysts, therapists, leaders of NGOs, FBI agents, and more. Most  speakers are Casti alums, and all have compelling stories to tell. 

As Bill Smoot noted in his email regarding C-HUM to students, "Even if you are a person strongly oriented toward either STEAM or the humanities, it is worth remembering that enlightenment in both science and the humanities is important for being a well-rounded person and an informed citizen of the 21st century world...so C-STEAM day is important for humanities students and C-HUM day is important for science students. We are happy this year to provide both."


We are incredibly thankful to all of our guest speakers who took the time to mentor our students today and bravely share not only moments of success but also how they dealt with challenges and setbacks along the way. 

For more photos, visit Castilleja's Facebook page!

 

Posted 04/26/2016 10:44AM

On April 25th four students from the Girls Learn International (GLI) Ace Org and their advisor represented Castilleja at the annual Feminist Majority Foundation and MS. Magazine Luncheon. The girls listened to thoughtful speeches by various women leaders from around the nation. The students left truly impacted and empowered by one speaker in particular, Dr. Mender Mandefro. Dr. Mender Mandefro was the producer of the movie DIFRET, an award winning movie that emphasizes the need for an end for child brides in Ethiopia. In addition throughout the luncheon, the girls volunteered, and interacted with other students who lead Girls Learn International clubs in their respective high schools. Be on the look out for further GLI programming around the circle in 2016 - 2017.

Posted 04/11/2016 12:42PM
This week Castilleja hosts 6 students and 2 teachers from China's Shanghai No. 3 Girls School for cultural and educational exchange.  This week's visit is one of many between Castilleja and Shanghai No. 3 throughout the past decade.  
This past Saturday, April 9, the Shanghai No. 3 students attended the FIRST Robotics Competition at San Jose State University to watch our Gatorbotics team compete against top robotics students worldwide.  Over the coming week, both Casti girls and Shanghai No. 3 girls will share in one another's experiences in school and at home.



Posted 03/30/2016 11:13AM

A record 31 Castilleja students, representing the Netherlands, Finland, Costa Rica, Portugal, and Honduras attended Berkeley's Model United Nations conference in early March, joining over 1500 other high school students from around the world. Students wrote and debated resolutions on issues such as climate change and terrorism in UN committees such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations Development Program. Senior Sarah Abramowitz participated in a historical committee that dealt with reign of Henry VIII. She, along with Junior Elyse Garreau and Freshman Lilly Levin, earned research awards for their position papers written before the conference. Juniors Jolie Kemp and Zannie Whittle earned a commendation (a recognition of their engagement in a very large committee) from their World Health Organization committee chairs.

 

 

Posted 03/23/2016 08:06AM
On Tuesday, the Castaruni ACE Org held events to raise awareness about Castilleja's partnership with Kisaruni All Girls Secondary School in Kenya. In addition to fundraising efforts including the sale of Me to We artisan jewelry and a Pizza My Heart restaurant night, a panel of past Kisaruni trip participants spoke about their experiences in Kenya.

 
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