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Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2015 
The Visual and Performing Arts Department and the Anita Seipp Gallery welcomes you to the annual Advanced Placement art exhibition.  The work represents selections from the culminating portfolio concentrations of artists in the Advanced Placement classes in Drawing and Painting and Photography. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, May 20 from 6:30 to 7:30.  Refreshments will be served.  The show of over 100 artworks will be up through graduation.  
Posted Monday, May 18, 2015 

The Spring Concert is Thursday, May 21, at 7:30pm in the Chapel Theater. The concert will feature jazz, classical, show tunes, and pop tunes performed by the Middle School and Upper School music ensembles including Show Choir, Sound Sisters, MUSE, Jazz Combo, Flute Choir, and String Quartets. The concert is free and there will be refreshments and a raffle at intermission. The singers and musicians would love your support. See you there!

Posted Thursday, May 7, 2015 

Castilleja's Artist in Residence, composer Motoko Honda, has spent several weeks collaborating with girls in music classes, refining her own music compositions in the gallery, and creating music for the recent student production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Aside from providing private composition lessons to students throughout her residency, Ms. Honda has been working especially closely with students in the Middle School music composition elective and the 9th grade core arts music class, giving feedback and providing tips for composing. She has also been creating a new piece of music for the Upper School Choir and helping to both rehearse and guide students through her piece. To celebrate her time on campus, she provided two inspiring concerts for the Upper Schoolers and Middle Schoolers earlier this week.

 

Posted Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 

Professional jazz double bassist Josh Thurston-Milgrom and drummer Lilian Wu presented a workshop for 6th graders during Flex Block on Wednesday. Josh and Lilian introduced their instruments, played a variety of styles, discussed their role in jazz combos, and gave a hands-on workshop where students asked questions. A few lucky students even joined Josh in a tune! The workshop was presented to encourage girls to play bass and drums. If anyone is interested in learning these or other instruments, please contact Dr. Hart or Mr. Elgasseir.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 

Now debuting on the Castilleja stage: A Midsummer Night's Dream by Shakespeare! Senior Kathleen K.'s hilarious production of the Bard's well-loved pastoral comedy runs Friday, April 24, at 6pm; Saturday, April 25, at 6pm; and Sunday, April 26, at 2:00 pm in Good Court. Starring a host of talented Upper School students in a beautiful venue, the play will also feature original music composed by Castilleja's Artist-in-Residence Motoko Honda. All ages are more than welcome to romp in the forest. To purchase tickets, click here.

Posted Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 

Art for the Earth: Art 8 Fashion and Print students designed, created, and installed a 27-foot-long, 7-foot-high installation art project publicizing San Mateo's Earth Week community day. Working as a coordinated team for two weeks, 16 artists considered sustainability in art and the link between material and message, and wrestled with the logistics of large scale sculptural and visual designs. In their piece, a mountain of trash transforms into a multitude of fluttering butterflies adorning the background wall and ascending toward the sky. Carefully designed leaf-edged lettering complements the sculpture.

The art installation is next to Walgreens at 191 East 3rd Avenue, San Mateo. It will be on display through Thursday, April 30.

Posted Monday, Apr 13, 2015 

By Rosie C.

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Music for the Community club hosted its annual Benefit Concert in the theater. This year, we raised money for the Music in the Schools Foundation, which provides under-resourced students in the Ravenswood School District with a fundamental music education.

We had an exciting line-up of performers, including but not limited to orchestra, flute quartet, members of choir, the faculty a cappella group, several instrumental solos, and many more. The highlight of our concert was hearing from the Music in the Schools violin students and their dedicated teacher; they brightened the audience’s day with their enthusiasm.

During intermission and before the show, club members helped to sell raffle tickets. After donating a certain amount to the cause, concert-goers were given a certain number of raffle tickets. These tickets were drawn at a later time for fantastic gift cards and gift bags from Trader Joes, Halo Blow Dry Bar, Sprinkles Cupcakes, and Douce France. The raffle items were a great incentive for an even greater cause!

Our concert ended up being a success that we, the Castilleja community and beyond, can all feel proud of. Since the beginning of the school year, we have raised $1,700 for Music in the Schools. We have been blessed with a privileged music education both inside and outside of school, and have the pleasure and responsibility to share our love of music and give back to our wonderful community. In addition to the concert, we have enjoyed performing at Stanford Shopping Center, collaborating with  another ACE org to perform for seniors at Rosener House, and teaching a music class at Brentwood School.

Music for the Community club could not thank you enough for your support, and we want to thank everyone who made our concert and other club events possible.

To learn more visit:

Website: http://musicintheschools.org/

Posted Friday, Apr 3, 2015 

Madame Repellin’s AT French Seminar class spent the past week designing covers for the works they’ve been reading throughout the year. They made designs based on the themes of the books and worked with librarian Jole Seroff on how to create a cover that is visually appealing to potential buyers. The students’ cover designs for Rhinocéros by Ionesco, Huis Clos by Sartre, and L’étranger by Camus are on display in the library. Check them out!

Posted Thursday, Apr 2, 2015 
Two Film 2 students, Abby Lowell '16 and Sophia Pelosi '16, won Honorable Mentions in the 2015 White House Student Film Festival. The national contest received over 1500 entries focused on "The Impact of Giving Back." This is the first time Castilleja students have entered this contest and were thrilled to bring home awards for Abby's  short film "Love, Emma" and Sophia's short film, "School Service starts with Justice."  Congratulations to the filmmakers and their cast and crews!  A very exciting day for our talented Casti Film-makers (and Casti Film!) Learn more about the festival here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/filmfestival.
Posted Friday, Mar 27, 2015 

7th grade dance students are continuing to study global dances! This week's stop on their tour around the world showcased India's unique set of tunes and techniques. Dancers enjoyed a lesson in the classic Indian Bharatanatyam dance style taught by one of their very own classmates, Ananya R. After an energetic demonstration and a hands-on workshop, students now have a new understanding and appreciation for the culture of India and for the skill required to execute this beautiful dance form.

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Posted 05/18/2015 10:51AM

The Spring Concert is Thursday, May 21, at 7:30pm in the Chapel Theater. The concert will feature jazz, classical, show tunes, and pop tunes performed by the Middle School and Upper School music ensembles including Show Choir, Sound Sisters, MUSE, Jazz Combo, Flute Choir, and String Quartets. The concert is free and there will be refreshments and a raffle at intermission. The singers and musicians would love your support. See you there!

Posted 05/15/2015 04:45PM

For the final STEMx meeting of the year, Lea S. '16, Rashi B. '18, Sydney L. '18, and Reilly A. '18 shared an "unplugged" coding activity (to introduce computer science concepts without the use of computers) with elementary school-aged girls participating in Girls to Women. Girls to Women is a program based in East Palo Alto that partners with families, other local youth development agencies, and local schools to provide a nurturing environment supporting under-resourced school-aged girls' healthy development. STEMx, which is an ACE org, introduced hands-on activities in science and computer science to Girls to Women participants several times this year, sustaining an arrangement that was established in 2013 by what was then called the Programming Club.

Posted 05/15/2015 09:02AM

To round out a fabulous year together, the kindergarten students from Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto joined their Castilleja 7th grade "big" buddies on the Casti campus on Tuesday for an afternoon spent singing, dancing, touring the Castilleja campus, and saying goodbye to each other for the year. Kyli Arford, the Sustainability and Middle School Community Action Coordinator, said, "This is the first time that the Castilleja community has had the pleasure of having students from the Brentwood Academy community onto our campus, but hopefully the first of many to come. The experience was rewarding for all of our students and the Brentwood students and teachers, and as many of the Castilleja community can attest to, it was a real joy to see approximately 100 kindergarten faces on our campus as well." The 7th graders were prompted at the beginning of the school year with a guiding question of "How do I partner in my community?" that helped to frame their community engagement experience with the kindergarteners at Brentwood. As one 7th grader put it, "I liked making a difference in my buddy's life. When I met her she was only in her second month of school ever. I hope I set a good example for her and that she looked up to me. It felt really good to see how excited she was to see me every time I visited her. This is what it means for me to be a partner in the community."

Posted 05/14/2015 10:16AM

Castilleja held its first annual Pride Dance last Friday night and it was a resounding success! The mixer found a large turnout from high school students all over the peninsula: Aragon, Bellarmine, Carlmont, Crystal Springs, Everest, Gunn, Los Altos, M-A, Menlo, Monta Vista, Paly, Sacred Heart, Saratoga, Sequoia, and, of course, Casti. CAIE, or the Community Alliance for Identity and Expression, sponsored the event. CAIE (commonly pronounced 'kye') is an ACE Org whose mission is to ensure that all members of the Castilleja community feel safe and included on campus in terms of their gender identity expression, and thus the Pride Dance was student-organized in hopes of giving all members of our community a safe place to unwind after a long week packed with schoolwork and APs. The dining hall and pool patio were decked out with lights, streamers, and food, not to mention a student-run photobooth. Students and faculty from Casti and CAIE were thrilled to host this event and hope to establish it as a tradition for years to come.

Academics
Posted 05/22/2015 10:30AM

With the year coming to a close, sophomores were tasked with leaving their mark on the school. As part of the “Casti Congress” activity in sophomore history class, students wrote and proposed bills with topics ranging from editing the schedule to changing the facilities.

Following both a House and Senate session, only two bills had been passed by the Congress. One bill, The Hydration Station Act, addressed the lack of adequate water fountains in Rhodes Hall as well as the fact that there are very few water bottle fillers on campus. The second bill, Altering Core Arts, suggested a new layout for the Core Arts curriculum. These bills were presented by the congressional leadership to President Kauffman on Wednesday.

While President Kauffman signed The Hydration Station Act without hesitation, she indicated she would likely approve the Altering Core Arts bill with a “signing statement” (which presidents use with increasing frequency to allow flexibility in the enforcement of a law). This signing statement will allow the Visual and Performing Arts Department to have control over the specific implementation of changes to the program. Stay tuned to hear how the bill plays out and keep an eye out for new water fountains coming soon!

Posted 05/21/2015 03:37PM

This week Spanish 3 held its annual Famous Spanish Speakers Party. In preparation, the students researched and wrote about Spanish speakers whose lives interested them. On this last culminating day, they came dressed up as their subject and circulated, learning about the lives of everyone from Evita Perón and Roberto Clemente to Rafael Nadal and Shakira.

Posted 05/20/2015 05:22PM

On Wednesday the Advanced Topics Physics classes transformed the Middle School Lower Level into a "mini-Exploratorium." The students built exhibits that demonstrated a fundamental science concept, either of their own design or based on an Exploratorium exhibit or activity. Concepts included mechanics, color and vision, sound and hearing, electricity and magnetism, and the ever-popular crowd-pleaser: giant bubbles! Each station delighted guests (including a group of twenty elementary schoolers from Building Futures Now), and the seniors taught all their visitors a thing or two about how scientific principles affect the world around us.

Posted 05/12/2015 11:59AM

The 6th grade fitness classes used a creative and unique method to learn the steps to the cha-cha-cha, or what is sometimes referred to simply as the cha-cha. This dance of Cuban origin is best known for the shuffling of dancers' feet. Ms. Nella came across the steps to this dance while walking down a sidewalk in Napa and was instantly reminded of the Global Week theme, “The City.” This simple and playful piece of visual art encourages community members and visitors alike to slow down, engage with their surroundings, and activate their sense of spontaneity. What better way to learn the steps to the cha-cha-cha than to create your own visual representation with sidewalk chalk, imagination, and collaboration? Students practiced with a variety of partners and enjoyed dancing to traditional Cuban music!

Posted 05/20/2015 05:22PM

On Wednesday the Advanced Topics Physics classes transformed the Middle School Lower Level into a "mini-Exploratorium." The students built exhibits that demonstrated a fundamental science concept, either of their own design or based on an Exploratorium exhibit or activity. Concepts included mechanics, color and vision, sound and hearing, electricity and magnetism, and the ever-popular crowd-pleaser: giant bubbles! Each station delighted guests (including a group of twenty elementary schoolers from Building Futures Now), and the seniors taught all their visitors a thing or two about how scientific principles affect the world around us.

Posted 05/15/2015 04:45PM

For the final STEMx meeting of the year, Lea S. '16, Rashi B. '18, Sydney L. '18, and Reilly A. '18 shared an "unplugged" coding activity (to introduce computer science concepts without the use of computers) with elementary school-aged girls participating in Girls to Women. Girls to Women is a program based in East Palo Alto that partners with families, other local youth development agencies, and local schools to provide a nurturing environment supporting under-resourced school-aged girls' healthy development. STEMx, which is an ACE org, introduced hands-on activities in science and computer science to Girls to Women participants several times this year, sustaining an arrangement that was established in 2013 by what was then called the Programming Club.

Posted 05/15/2015 09:02AM

To round out a fabulous year together, the kindergarten students from Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto joined their Castilleja 7th grade "big" buddies on the Casti campus on Tuesday for an afternoon spent singing, dancing, touring the Castilleja campus, and saying goodbye to each other for the year. Kyli Arford, the Sustainability and Middle School Community Action Coordinator, said, "This is the first time that the Castilleja community has had the pleasure of having students from the Brentwood Academy community onto our campus, but hopefully the first of many to come. The experience was rewarding for all of our students and the Brentwood students and teachers, and as many of the Castilleja community can attest to, it was a real joy to see approximately 100 kindergarten faces on our campus as well." The 7th graders were prompted at the beginning of the school year with a guiding question of "How do I partner in my community?" that helped to frame their community engagement experience with the kindergarteners at Brentwood. As one 7th grader put it, "I liked making a difference in my buddy's life. When I met her she was only in her second month of school ever. I hope I set a good example for her and that she looked up to me. It felt really good to see how excited she was to see me every time I visited her. This is what it means for me to be a partner in the community."

Posted 05/14/2015 10:16AM

Castilleja held its first annual Pride Dance last Friday night and it was a resounding success! The mixer found a large turnout from high school students all over the peninsula: Aragon, Bellarmine, Carlmont, Crystal Springs, Everest, Gunn, Los Altos, M-A, Menlo, Monta Vista, Paly, Sacred Heart, Saratoga, Sequoia, and, of course, Casti. CAIE, or the Community Alliance for Identity and Expression, sponsored the event. CAIE (commonly pronounced 'kye') is an ACE Org whose mission is to ensure that all members of the Castilleja community feel safe and included on campus in terms of their gender identity expression, and thus the Pride Dance was student-organized in hopes of giving all members of our community a safe place to unwind after a long week packed with schoolwork and APs. The dining hall and pool patio were decked out with lights, streamers, and food, not to mention a student-run photobooth. Students and faculty from Casti and CAIE were thrilled to host this event and hope to establish it as a tradition for years to come.

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