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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.

 
Posted Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 

"Something Wicked This Way Comes"

Join an ensemble cast of Upper Schoolers on the Scottish heath, as they bring Shakespeare's tragedy MACBETH to life in a modern-dress production performed in-the-round on the Chapel Theater stage! This cautionary tale of brutality, witchcraft, and vaulting ambition should be considered 'PG' and opens Thurs Oct. 22 at 7:30, with shows Fri Oct. 23 and Sat Oct.24 at 7:30 pm, and Sat Oct 24 at 2:00 pm.

Tickets available here




Posted Friday, Oct 16, 2015 

World Ballet Day was a success! The Dance Production Workshop class livestreamed a behind-the-scenes look at the National Ballet of Canada and the San Francisco Ballet. Throughout the day, over 400 students dropped by to watch world-class ballet companies rehearse and perform. If you didn’t get the chance to see the livestream, you can find the recording on worldballetday.com.




Posted Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 

On Saturday, October 10th, Music for the Community members Simran ’18, Meher ’20, Kareena ’20, Kaitlin ’18, and Rosie ’16 performed at Town and Country! We set up in front of Kara’s Cupcakes and played for all the lunchtime passersby, who enjoyed listening to Simran’s cello pieces, Kaitlin’s flute pieces, Rosie’s violin pieces, and Meher and Kareena’s violin-cello duet. Similar to our Stanford performance in February 2015, we put out a violin case for donations. We are donating all proceeds to the Music in the Schools Foundation, which provides a fundamental music education for under-resourced children in East Palo Alto. After 45 minutes of playing, we raised $101.25. Big thanks to Town and Country for letting us perform and brighten up the day for those who listened; it makes us so happy that people care about music funding in schools just as much as we do!

Learn more about Music in the Schools here.

See pictures from the event below:

 Learn more about the ACE Music for the Community Organization >>> HERE
 

 

Posted Friday, Jun 5, 2015 

Frequency 49, of which Castilleja Instrumental Music Director Dr. Leslie Hart is a member, will be presenting a master class on Saturday, June 6th at 11am in the music room for MUSE members and the Castilleja community. They will also rehearse with MUSE and play alongside students at graduation. Frequency 49 is a San Francisco Bay Area-based wind and piano chamber ensemble dedicated to broadening awareness of compelling woodwind repertoire new and true through performances of the highest artistry. Featuring flexible instrumentation, the group explores the interdependent relationship between color and sound unique to this combination of instruments.

Posted Tuesday, Jun 2, 2015 

To culminate an interdisciplinary collaboration between the 9th grade core arts and English classes, on Friday students participated in a grade-wide project showcase. Each girl or group chose a Core Arts focus and used it to convey a central theme of their second semester English discussions. Their creations included everything from music compositions, to dance performances, to visual art (both photography and collage), to even a short film. Through their creative work they explored themes as diverse as the disparity between gender roles, the insidious power of social media to decrease situational awareness, and the tension between passion and reason. Valerie Ross, an English teacher involved in bringing the collaboration to life, remarked, "This is a new project for the ninth grade, and it has been a wonderfully rewarding opportunity for the students to creatively express the deep analytical thinking they have been exploring throughout the semester."

--Photo by Jordan Y. '18

Posted Friday, May 29, 2015 

On Tuesday night, the 8th grade Theatre class presented their one act play, The Last of the Dragons. This play was written by Castilleja Visual and Performing Arts Teacher Kristin Walter, and everything else was done by the students in this class: directing, stage management, casting, lighting, costumes, set production, and more. The audience was also treated to a sampler of the semester's pieces, including several short films by the Movie Time 8 class. Kudos to everyone for their work throughout the semester to make the arts shine!

Posted Thursday, May 28, 2015 

The Dance Production Workshop (DPW) class and the Ada's Cafe ACE org visited their friends at Ada's Cafe this week, continuing their collaboration from this year's Arts with a Heart production! Students enjoyed a wonderful lunch and presented Founder (and Castilleja alumnae association parent) Kathleen Hughes with nametags for the Ada's Associates. DPW designed and created the nametags in the Bourn Lab knowing that it is important to give everyone a name to go with a face in our community. Georgi Shea, the Visual and Performing Arts teacher leading DPW, commented, "It was amazing to see how the students' hard work through Arts with a Heart and the ACE Center can make a difference!"

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Posted 12/15/2015 08:00AM
Masako (’22) was recently chosen to represent San Francisco Japanese School, San Jose in the J Weekly newspaper for her writing. She writes about her experiences with ancient Japanese architecture and analyzes a short essay she read about the history of Japanese architecture.  J Weekly is distributed every Friday throughout northern California with a circulation of 33,000.

 Congratulations, Masako!

 
Posted 12/10/2015 09:00AM
This past weekend, Middle School Theatre put on a fantastic production of The Music Man for this year's Middle School Musical.

Anne CameronHA, Head of Middle School, shares her impressions of the opening night performance.

"The story was entertaining and touching, and the acting, dancing, singing, and accompaniment are delightful. Each Middle School actor created a character on stage with unique facial expressions and gestures, and I found myself wanting to see this show multiple times to pay attention to different people each time! 

This is definitely a team production, including Middle School students, Upper School students, and adults on and off stage. Congratulations to each person who contributed to the success of this show, especially Ms. Walter. Well done!"

 
Posted 12/08/2015 08:00AM
Recently, three Middle School Robotics teams participated in the First Lego League (FLL) competitions involving a robot game, a project presentation around the year’s theme of solutions to trash problems, and a demonstration of teamwork described as Core Values.  All three teams experienced great success.  At the NASA tournament on November 14th, the "Seven Dwarves" took second out of 16 teams in the robot game.  At the Google tournament on November 21st, the "Blue Skirt Robots” took third in the robot game, and the “Castillegos” took first in the robot game and were also overall champions.  Based on their overall scores, the Blue Skirt Robots and the Castillegos both advanced to the Regional competition to be held in late January or early February.  In all, more than 35 Castilleja middle school girls participated in this year’s robotics program, learning project management, mechanical design, programming, and teamwork while having a lot of fun along the way.  
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Posted 12/11/2015 12:21PM
Read all about it: Castilleja faculty are in the news writing books and sharing their expertise and experience with the world! 

December 2015

Posted 12/02/2015 09:00AM

Ten members of the Castilleja Model United Nations club attended the Stanford MUN Conference for an exciting three days of debate and diplomacy. Representing countries in UN General Assemblies as well as notable figures of modern and historical committees, delegates addressed a diverse range of past, present, and future issues including the Opium Wars of the 19th century,  global education standards, the 2016 Presidential election, and the rise of artificial intelligence. Casti brought home three individual committee awards (Risa Y ’17, Maggie G ’17, Jolie K ’17), and the club is looking forward to its next conference in the spring!
 

Posted 12/01/2015 08:59AM
On Wednesday, November, 18th, Castilleja held its fourth annual C-STEAM (Castilleja - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Forum for the Upper School. Sixteen speakers - comprised of Castilleja alumnae, parents, and friends of the school - came to campus to discuss their expertise in areas such as product design, medicine, engineering, entrepreneurship, architecture and computer science.
Upper School girls had an opportunity to select three presentations from an all-women slate in an intimate and highly interactive setting. Each speaker was introduced by a Castilleja student, and gave a sense of why they chose their careers and why their field still excites them. With the guests sharing their personal and professional wisdom, and answering a full range of questions the girls received a close-up look at STEAM careers and heard empowering and inspiring stories.  
To learn more about STEAM at Castilleja, check out the STEAM Portal!
Posted 10/20/2015 09:57AM

Last Wednesday, the entire 6th grade class went to Bayfront Park for an opportunity to practice the map reading and compass skills they have recently acquired in science class.  The girls set out in small teams to navigate their way through the park using compasses, detailed topographic maps, and the collective wisdom of their team to find several points along the way.  In addition, each girl was tasked with leading her group at some point throughout the course. This activity was challenging and required spatial orientation, attention to detail, teamwork and courage.  It was a great real world opportunity to supplement the classroom learning and was considered a great success since the girls reported having so much fun doing something so difficult.

Posted 11/03/2015 12:00AM
Members of the sophomore class recently teamed up to interview local non-profit leaders on their organizations' respective missions, challenges, and success stories as part of their grade-level "Community Activism" program.  The program formally launches sophomores into designing to effect change in the world. It emphasizes the first two steps in the design thinking process: empathize and define the problem.  As a result, the final product is an info-graphic that identifies community organizations’ self-articulated challenges and opportunities.  

Photo and quote from the Executive Director, Castilleja Alumna Sara Alexander, of local non-profit There With Care:

"Our current goal is to expand our reach and our connections"

From left to right: C. Westly ('18), S. Zoroufy ('18), Castilleja Alumna Sara Alexander, J. Yau ('18), and J. Yang ('18)

Reflections:

"Interviewing Community for Green Foothills was a valuable experience because we were able to practice interacting in a professional manner and because we got to learn about a non-profit organization up close and personal. It was enjoyable not only because we were out of the classroom, but also because we were able to hear answers to questions that we wrote ourselves."
 
 - Student Interviewer
 


"I am someone who sees the whole picture.  I can always see the other side.  For me, being an advocate for one slice of the whole focus doesn't resonate with me because I always feel like there is a whole broader set of goals, so to me its important to look at the whole picture, and I feel SPUR is very much about looking at the whole picture."

- Identified as a meaningful quote by student interviewers; Kristy Wang, SPUR
 

 


Posted 10/14/2015 07:01AM

On Saturday, October 10th, Music for the Community members Simran ’18, Meher ’20, Kareena ’20, Kaitlin ’18, and Rosie ’16 performed at Town and Country! We set up in front of Kara’s Cupcakes and played for all the lunchtime passersby, who enjoyed listening to Simran’s cello pieces, Kaitlin’s flute pieces, Rosie’s violin pieces, and Meher and Kareena’s violin-cello duet. Similar to our Stanford performance in February 2015, we put out a violin case for donations. We are donating all proceeds to the Music in the Schools Foundation, which provides a fundamental music education for under-resourced children in East Palo Alto. After 45 minutes of playing, we raised $101.25. Big thanks to Town and Country for letting us perform and brighten up the day for those who listened; it makes us so happy that people care about music funding in schools just as much as we do!

Learn more about Music in the Schools here.

See pictures from the event below:

 Learn more about the ACE Music for the Community Organization >>> HERE
 

 

Posted 10/07/2015 05:10PM
From left to right: Nicole G. (Grade 12), Tara T. (Grade 12), Kate W. (Grade 12), Jordan J. (Grade 11)

 

On Friday October 2, several members of the Upper School Green Team attended Know Tomorrow, a free event hosted by Students for a Sustainable Stanford in anticipation of the 2015 UN Climate Negotiations in Paris. Held at the White Plaza on Stanford Campus, Know Tomorrow featured speakers from various environmental organizations such as Communities for a Better Environment and Fossil Free Stanford, information booths run by local non profits and student groups, a performance by the University Marching Band, and more!

The keystone speaker of the evening was former Vice President Al Gore, who spoke passionately about the exponential growth of the environmental movement and the ways in which the current generation can combat climate change in both our local and global communities. Just being in the presence of so many passionate environmentalists was inspiring, and the Casti Green Team looks forward to using the insights and inspiration gained from the event to further advocate for climate action in the Casti community and beyond. To quote Mr.Gore, "Political will is a renewable resource."

 
Visit the Green Team website to learn more about the list of projects for 2015-16.
Posted 10/05/2015 08:49AM

HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.

The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage.  An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. 

You can view the trailer for the film here. Many thanks to the Danner Family for providing this opportunity!

Please take note that transportation to and from campus will not be provided. This film is rated PG-13. Parents are welcome to accompany students to this event, just reserve an additional ticket!

Register HERE 

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