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Posted Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 

Consider yourself invited to Oliver!, the Middle School Musical. Travel back to Dickensian London for the story of a poor workhouse boy and a gang of thieves, complete with robbery, trickery, song, dance, love, and murder! Performances are March 6 and 7 at 7:30pm and March 8 at 2:00pm. Tickets are available here. See you at the show!

Posted Monday, Feb 23, 2015 

By Rosie C. '16

After lugging an electric piano across the Circle and stuffing it into the trunk of a car, Music for the Community members Yael, Kaitlin, Hannah, and Rosie arrived at Stanford Mall. We set up in the Center Pavilion at the doorstep of Tiffany’s and across from Macy’s – quite a lucky location! At this performance, we collected donations for the Music in the Schools Foundation, which provides music education for under-resourced children in East Palo Alto.

We joined forces with Woodside Priory’s music club, so we had two times the musicians and two times the repertoire. The program began with a violin duet, and shifted back and forth between modern and classical pieces (including Frozen, Bruno Mars, and violin/flute duets). It was extremely gratifying to see every and all kinds of faces in the audience: older couples, moms with their children, and girls dancing around until they excitedly ran up and put their donations in our open violin cases. Seeing their smiles made the performance all the more worthwhile.

Since we've been blessed with a great musical education both outside and inside of school, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the community and share our love of music with others who are less fortunate. After a jam-packed hour of singing and playing, we raised $234 for Music in the Schools Foundation!

Posted Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 

Film 2 students were privileged to have a visit from Hollywood editor Don Stroud, who came to Castilleja to share some of his experiences cutting film and to demonstrate some tips he has learned along the way. Don had just come off of a two-week nighttime feature shoot in San Francisco, so he was quite frank (and hilarious) about the hard work which goes into making a movie. The students have just finished watching Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey and now are writing Close Textual Analysis papers on a Kubrick film of their choice; as luck would have it, Don just finished editing Warner Brothers' official two-hour Kubrick documentary, which was shown this fall at the L.A. County Museum and is now being released with Warner's Blu-Ray set of all Kubrick's work. Continuing the tradition of this fall's "Talk with an Expert," students now have Don as a valuable resource to email about Kubrick, his directing, and his films!

Posted Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 

Arts and Entertainment Reporter Elizabeth Schwyzer spent some time with Dance Production Workshop (DPW) students, Arts with a Heart (AwaH) cast members, and employees of Ada's Cafe as they prepared for their upcoming show, "HumanKIND."  

Read the full article here:

http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2015/02/05/a-giant-leap-for-humankind


Posted Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 

The entire 9th grade Core Arts class as well as Upper School students from Painting and Drawing classes visited the de Young Museum in San Francisco to see "The Political Line,"  an exhibition featuring 130 artworks by Keith Haring. The vivid and thought-provoking group of paintings, sculptures, and subway drawings. The field trip for the ninth graders was a wonderful extension of their social justice investigations in Vision and Voice.

Posted Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 

Opening night for Arts with a Heart 2015 is only 8 days away!  Be sure to get your tickets now before they sell out. You won't want to miss this fabulous evening of performance celebrating "HumanKIND" and benefiting Palo Alto non-profit Ada's Cafe!  Visit www.castilleja.org/awah for more info and tickets.

 

Posted Friday, Jan 23, 2015 

The Winter Concert last Thursday was a resounding success. Student performers impressed the audience with a wide array of past and present pieces. The performance featured everything from traditional holiday music, to jazz and blues, to some pop tunes. Musicians hailed from the Middle School and Upper School music ensembles, the Upper School a cappella group The Sounds Sisters, and the world famous employee a cappella group Staff Inflection. Thank you to everyone who came out and saw the show-- the singers and musicians appreciated your support!

Posted Monday, Dec 15, 2014 
The Dance Production Workshop class worked with the 8th grade choreography class to create "Codecracker," a techie take on the classic, "The Nutcracker" where Clara's coding skills come to her rescue when some of her personal info is stolen my the Mouse King!  The girls performed last week during Computer Science Education Week!!  Check out the full performance on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yil8nKW5hbE.
Posted Friday, Nov 21, 2014 

For the past week, Film 1 students have been working with the library on their "Cinemascope" papers -- a 3-5-page paper based on a topic of their choosing which is either "Cinematic" (film history, history of film movements, etc.) or "Filmic" (one singular film, one filmmaker, etc.). Topics range from "The CSI Effect -- Films and Jury Tampering," to "The Aesthetics of Filmmaker Steve McQueen," to "Hollywood Dog Trainers: Rin Tin-Tin, Lassie, and Uggie." As an added feature, the paper review process included a "Talk with an Expert" on Thursday. Knowing that Castilleja faculty and staff boast an assortment of backgrounds, interests, and specialties, Film 1 students had to "pitch" their paper and its main points to them in a dialogue drawing on their experience and expertise. It proved to be a fun forum for exploring both Film and the Casti community.

Posted Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 
The Dance Department auditioned over 75 Middle and Upper School students for Arts with a Heart 2015-HumanKIND! The Upper School Dance Production Workshop class also taught dancers sections from routines that will be seen in Casti's annual dance extravaganza. Mark your calendars: the show dates are February 6-8. For more information about this year's show and rehearsal times, please visit our website. www.artswithaheart.org.
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Posted 02/24/2015 11:16AM

Consider yourself invited to Oliver!, the Middle School Musical. Travel back to Dickensian London for the story of a poor workhouse boy and a gang of thieves, complete with robbery, trickery, song, dance, love, and murder! Performances are March 6 and 7 at 7:30pm and March 8 at 2:00pm. Tickets are available here. See you at the show!

Posted 02/23/2015 07:00AM

By Rosie C. '16

After lugging an electric piano across the Circle and stuffing it into the trunk of a car, Music for the Community members Yael, Kaitlin, Hannah, and Rosie arrived at Stanford Mall. We set up in the Center Pavilion at the doorstep of Tiffany’s and across from Macy’s – quite a lucky location! At this performance, we collected donations for the Music in the Schools Foundation, which provides music education for under-resourced children in East Palo Alto.

We joined forces with Woodside Priory’s music club, so we had two times the musicians and two times the repertoire. The program began with a violin duet, and shifted back and forth between modern and classical pieces (including Frozen, Bruno Mars, and violin/flute duets). It was extremely gratifying to see every and all kinds of faces in the audience: older couples, moms with their children, and girls dancing around until they excitedly ran up and put their donations in our open violin cases. Seeing their smiles made the performance all the more worthwhile.

Since we've been blessed with a great musical education both outside and inside of school, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the community and share our love of music with others who are less fortunate. After a jam-packed hour of singing and playing, we raised $234 for Music in the Schools Foundation!

Posted 02/13/2015 08:28AM

Many members of the Castilleja community participated in "Blind Date with a Book" last year. This year, the library is sending folks out on more dates -- but with a twist. Each brown bag on the library shelf has two books in it -- a pair of star-crossed lovers that didn't know they were meant to be until our librarians plucked them out of separate spots in the library and put them together.

Supplies are dwindling, so stop in soon to check a book out. The teasers on the bags -- multicolored dots with word clouds and keywords -- also give an idea of which books might be waiting inside. Look for those labeled 9+ or 10+ for Upper School and adult-interest titles.

Also, watch this fantastic video made by Devon M. '16 celebrating the event!

Posted 02/04/2015 08:27AM

Senior Kriti L. was selected as one of 40 finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search. The organization boasts, "The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Intel STS alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science. Students are selected based upon their scientific research and also on their overall potential as future leaders of the scientific community. Intel STS recognizes 300 students as semifinalists each year and awards them and their schools $1,000 each. From that select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, DC in March to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for $1,012,500 in awards, including the three top awards of $150,000 each." You can read the official press release here.

Kriti's project, "A Novel Bacteria Strain and Bioreactor for Practical Arsenic Water Bioremediation," is about creating an inexpensive way to remove arsenic from water. She says, "Arsenic poisoning is a huge problem that affects nearly 137 million people worldwide, and causes liver, bladder, and kidney cancer. The current problem is that arsenic removal is very expensive; so in my research, I set out to create an inexpensive solution. I developed a new strain of bacteria that converts arsenite (a form of arsenic difficult to remove from water) to arsenate (a form of arsenic that's relatively easier to remove from water). I also built an inexpensive bioreactor that uses this strain of bacteria to clean arsenic-contaminated water. In the future, I'm looking forward to hopefully taking this bioreactor to developing countries and villages where arsenic water contamination is a problem. I've always been interested in science ever since I was little. I would always want to find out how things worked, and have always loved asking questions."

Congratulations Kriti, and good luck in the next round!

 

Academics
Posted 02/12/2015 11:55AM

On Wednesday, February 11, Castilleja held its third annual C-STEAM (Castilleja - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Forum for the Upper School. Fifteen 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, and computer science.

With fifteen venues and three 25-minute sessions, Upper School girls had an opportunity to learn from the speakers 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 questions ranging from how to combine a passion for the humanities with an interest in the sciences, to how new pieces of technology such as Fitbits are designed with the user in mind, each student came away with a great deal of food for thought. The speakers were thoughtful and passionate, did not shy away from the hard realities of the amount of work required, and shared the importance of other skills such as the ability to ask questions, persevering, and developing relationships with mentors.

To learn more about STEAM at Castilleja, read about the many ways to receive news/information and check out the STEAM Portal!

Posted 02/11/2015 04:06PM

Macbeth, former King of Scotland, has been captured in battle and is now on trial for the murder of Duncan, Banquo, and Macduff’s family. Should he be found guilty and sentenced to death by the sword? Or should the jury acquit, finding Macbeth not responsible for his actions? After reading Shakespeare's Macbeth, each sophomore English class is divided into defense and prosecution, with lawyers arguing and star witnesses testifying. Interested citizens of Scotland (students from past English II classes) serve as jury members. The trial takes place over two days, with everyone in costume, in character, and in very high spirits-- no matter what the verdict may be.

Posted 02/10/2015 10:49AM

Film 2 students were privileged to have a visit from Hollywood editor Don Stroud, who came to Castilleja to share some of his experiences cutting film and to demonstrate some tips he has learned along the way. Don had just come off of a two-week nighttime feature shoot in San Francisco, so he was quite frank (and hilarious) about the hard work which goes into making a movie. The students have just finished watching Stanley Kubrick's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey and now are writing Close Textual Analysis papers on a Kubrick film of their choice; as luck would have it, Don just finished editing Warner Brothers' official two-hour Kubrick documentary, which was shown this fall at the L.A. County Museum and is now being released with Warner's Blu-Ray set of all Kubrick's work. Continuing the tradition of this fall's "Talk with an Expert," students now have Don as a valuable resource to email about Kubrick, his directing, and his films!

Posted 02/09/2015 02:50PM

The juniors are reading Tim O’Brien’s Vietnam War classic The Things They Carried in AP English—American Voices. Students in Ms. Wagenhals’s period 3 section were thrilled to welcome guest speaker Thi Zambetti, mother of Mimi ’16. Ms. Zambetti grew up in Vietnam during the war, and she shared moving personal stories about her experiences during and after the war. She also talked about her experiences moving to the United States. In a session laced with tremendous sorrow, strength, and even a little humor, Ms. Zambetti’s stories brought literature to life in the best possible way.

 

Posted 02/23/2015 07:00AM

By Rosie C. '16

After lugging an electric piano across the Circle and stuffing it into the trunk of a car, Music for the Community members Yael, Kaitlin, Hannah, and Rosie arrived at Stanford Mall. We set up in the Center Pavilion at the doorstep of Tiffany’s and across from Macy’s – quite a lucky location! At this performance, we collected donations for the Music in the Schools Foundation, which provides music education for under-resourced children in East Palo Alto.

We joined forces with Woodside Priory’s music club, so we had two times the musicians and two times the repertoire. The program began with a violin duet, and shifted back and forth between modern and classical pieces (including Frozen, Bruno Mars, and violin/flute duets). It was extremely gratifying to see every and all kinds of faces in the audience: older couples, moms with their children, and girls dancing around until they excitedly ran up and put their donations in our open violin cases. Seeing their smiles made the performance all the more worthwhile.

Since we've been blessed with a great musical education both outside and inside of school, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to the community and share our love of music with others who are less fortunate. After a jam-packed hour of singing and playing, we raised $234 for Music in the Schools Foundation!

Posted 02/02/2015 09:11AM

French V AP students were treated to a visit by local author (Maman's Homesick Pie) and chef Donia Bijan. The owner/chef of the former Palo Alto restaurant L'Amie Donia spoke to the students about the role that cooking and recipes play in holding onto one's culture (and how they can also serve as an important bridge to belonging to a new one), and reminded our students that it is often while sitting down to a meal with others that one learns empathy. AP students had a chance to share their own stories and were even treated to homemade madeleines from Ms. Bijan!

Posted 01/26/2015 09:57AM

On Thursday, January 22, Professor Jonathan Jansen made an encore Global Week presentation at Castilleja to Peggy McKee's African Studies class. With characteristic charisma, he engaged the students in a thoughtful, real-life exercise: which one of two applicants to admit to the Medical College of the University of the Free State in South Africa, of which he is the President? The two female candidates came from dramatically different backgrounds, one from a Black township and one from a middle-class Afrikaner family. The students wrestled, as had Professor Jansen, with the complex set of criteria and aspirations that each girl represented in post-Apartheid South Africa. The discussion touched upon issues of equity, opportunity, social justice, and social action, not restricted to South Africa alone. The class unanimously nominated Professor Jansen to be an Honorary Alum of Castilleja!

Posted 01/09/2015 02:54PM

On Thursday the 7th graders visited their kindergarten buddies at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto. While they were there they continued to create various-sized buildings using recycled materials like cracker and cereal boxes along with milk cartons. All of these buildings will go into a larger collection of buildings that will make up a cityscape. Kyli Arford, Sustainability and Middle School Community Action Coordinator, says, "This project brings the two age groups together while helping the kindergarteners to open up a dialogue with our 7th grade students about what kinds of buildings a city is made up of. Our students also tapped into their younger selves and ran around on the playground playing tag, hide and go seek, and building sand castles together."

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