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Posted Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 

Hopefully everyone had a chance to spot Tayo Amos '10 at the Oscars last month! Tayo was generous enough to return to Casti to share her experiences with our Dance 6 class. She answered questions from enthusiastic sixth graders about the red carpet ranging from, "What was it like to be on the Academy Awards handing out Oscars?" to "What did Jennifer Lawrence whisper in your ear while Matthew McConaughey was talking?" as well as more personal questions such as, "What is your dream job after you graduate form Stanford this year?" and "How many sisters do you have and did they all go to Castilleja?" The class was very impressed and inspired by Tayo's visit!

Posted Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 

Today students spent their lunch hour grappling with the complex socio-political situation in the Ukraine. To help the girls gain perspective on the unrest, the ACE Center had a special guest: current Peace Corps volunteer and Casti alumna Katie Fitzgerald '07. While on campus Katie shared stores from her experiences teaching English in rural Ukraine and empowered students to examine the historical and cultural precursors to the current situation in Crimea.

Posted Friday, Feb 28, 2014 

If you're planning to watch the Oscars this Sunday, keep your eyes open for Casti alum Tayo Amos '10. She was selected in a nationwide search for aspiring filmmakers, and she joins five other college students for Oscar week in LA-- culminating in the on-stage role of passing the gold statuettes to the celebrity presenters. The Stanford Alumni Magazine has all the details here.

Tayo's most recent project also made the news recently: Black Excellence, a series of short video interviews celebrating Black History Month. These daily posts highlight students in the black community at Stanford. Really impressive work!

Congratulations Tayo!

Posted Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 

Seniors Nicola Zimmer and Eve Zelinger have been appointed the 2013-14 Dartmouth women’s basketball team co-captains, as announced by first-year head coach Belle Koclanes to conclude training camp.

 “Nicola and Eve are very positive, inclusive and committed people, all traits of a captain that our team deemed necessary for our leaders to embody,” said Koclanes.  “They each have an incredible work ethic and the maturity to guide our team in a positive direction.” 

Last seasons co-captain, Zimmer returns for her second stint as team leader after posting career highs in points per game (8.9), field goal percentage (.377) and three-point shooting percentage (.341). No stranger to leading her team on-and-off the court, the former St. John’s College High School star had the exact role in her junior and senior campaign. 

Zelinger, also a captain as a senior at Castilleja High School will look for additional minutes this season after playing in 15 games last season. A proven leader off the court, Zelinger will be asked to mentor the 11 underclassmen as they transition into the new system.

“It has been exciting to watch them develop as leaders of our program and I look forward to their inspiration as the season moves forward,” Koclanes commented.

dartmouthsports.com

 

 

Castilleja Basketball All-Time Leaders

Eve Zelinger, 2006-2010

#1 Points 1,875
#1 Assists 482
#4 Blocks 184
#1 Field Goals Made 724
#1 Three-Pointers Made 177
#4 Three-Point % .267
#4 Free Throws Made 250
#4 Free Throws Attempted 360
#3 Free Throw % .694
#4 Rebounds 849
#2 Steals 294
#4 Double Doubles 30
#2 Games Played 112

 

Statistics provided by Stephen Kauffman at castillejabasketball.com
 

 

Posted Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 

Each year, members of Stanford's incoming freshman class are invited to acknowledge a former teacher or mentor who played a significant role in their intellectual, academic, social and personal development, as part of the university's Teacher Tribute Initiative. Congratulations to Josh Genauer, who was recognized this year by Camille Townshend '13.

Posted Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 

Six Castilleja alumnae came to talk to the eleventh and twelfth grade students as part of Alumnae Weekend 2013. The speakers--Alexis Ritchie Doucette '96, Samia Rogers '03, Andrea Coen '99, Roark Luskin '08, Rebecca Adamson Snider '96, and Abby Kojola '95--told their stories of positive networking experiences and changing career paths. They also reflected on their time at Castilleja (and its many benefits) and answered the girls’ questions relating to college. The girls appreciated the generosity and worthwhile advice these women offered, and overall found it to be an enriching and informative experience!

-- Kat Pavlidis '15
Posted Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013 

The ACE Center and Alumnae Office have joined forces to try to add 25 new internships for either college-age alums or current juniors and seniors, to our database by December 1. It seems early to be thinking of summer internships, but December and early winter is prime time for companies to find summer interns!  

If you work for a company that has an internship program, would like to take on an intern, or would just be willing to provide the name of a contact at a company who might be able to steer us in the right direction, we'd really appreciate it!

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Posted Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013 

As expected, former Sounders Women and University of Washington standout Kate Deines was among the four players signed by the Seattle Reign when free agency opened on Monday. The 23-year-old was joined by Welsh captain Jess Fishlock, Canadian international Tiffany Cameron and two-time All-American LIndsay Taylor.

The Reign were granted a fifth free-agent spot after the league learned that Amy Rodriguez would miss the entire season while pregnant with her first child. The Reign will also be without Megan Rapinoe and Teresa Noyola until June, as both are signed with European clubs. That extra spot won't be used, at least for now

Deines is probably the most recognizable of these names, being as she was a standout high school player in the area before going on to start at UW. She has played in the midfield, but was a center back with the Sounders last year.

The most accomplished of the group is probably Fishlock, who has 67 caps and 22 goals with Wales. The midfielder spent the last two seasons with Bristol Academy in the FA WSL and has also played for AZ Alkmaar, where they won successive Eredivisie titles.

Cameron is another midfielder who has three caps with the Canadian national team. The 22-year-old was a prolific scorer at Ohio State, scoring 40 goals in her career with 21 of them coming last year.

Taylor was a highly touted prospect when she came out of Stanford in 2011, and was the sixth overall pick in the WPS draft. She scored 20 goals as a senior and led Stanford to a NCAA Championship, playing alongside future Reign teammate Noyola.


Posted Monday, Jan 28, 2013 
During the Dartmouth women's basketball team's trip to Florida earlier this season, junior guard Eve Zelinger(Palo Alto, Calif.) reflected back on the state of the Dartmouth women's basketball team and summed it up with these words, "Dartmouth women's basketball is on the rise"

Zelinger, who has seen action in 50 career games and is averaging 2.5 points, counts her favorite moments as getting to know her teammates.

"My favorite series of moments have been getting to know my teammates, says Zelinger. "Bonding with them and getting to know them over the course of the season. We're already so close and it's been really fun getting to spend time with people you enjoy being with, especially this year. We have a solid group and we really all enjoy each other."

Zelinger, one of just three upperclassmen for the Big Green, has been tasked, along with fellow upperclassmen Faziah Steen (Detroit, Mich.) and Nicola Zimmer, (Chevy Chase, Md.) with bringing a group of seven freshmen and four sophomores together both on and off the court.

            The California native takes that very seriously and works really hard to make the underclassmen feel like they are a part of the team both on and off the court.

"It's a fun group," said Zelinger. "Faziah, Nicola and I are all really close, in fact, we all live on the same floor and we have been able to spend a lot of time together. As far as the underclassmen, they are just a great group and we're very fortunate to be able to play together."

            During the preseason, Zelinger and her fellow upperclassmen paired off with the "littles" and showed them around Hanover, with stops at Hanover staples, Lou's, Shyrl's Diner and Ice Cream Fore You. Just one example of how Zelinger, along with the rest of the veterans, have taken on leadership roles with the Big Green's young team.

            "When you have such a large group it's important that everyone feels included and we have really tried hard to incorporate everyone into the family, so to speak."

When looking back on her collegiate career, Zelinger will count Dartmouth's trip to California during her sophomore season as one of the highlights.

"Without a doubt, playing in California in front of all my friends and family was great and something you don't get to do much at this level," said Zelinger. "I will say that this year's trip to Florida was pretty sweet too, I think it might have something to do with the warm weather."

            Despite the current record, Zelinger believes that the Big Green squad is coming together and has it's best basketball ahead.

            "Our current record may not show it, but we are coming together and this team is very different from the past two season on the floor and even off the floor. We move better, the flow is better and the chemistry is better and I think that it's going to start showing up in the win-loss column very soon."

            The past two seasons Dartmouth has been unlucky in the win-loss category, but Zelinger thinks this group can be the group to change that.

"We haven't had the best records the last two seasons, but I believe that we can turn that around with this group. We all really enjoy each other and I believe that this program is on the rise."

            Zelinger, who has had the pleasure of having games on her birthday the last two seasons, is again looking forward to taking on three-time Ivy League champion, Princeton, at Leede Arena on her birthday this season.

"I'm really looking forward to that game," said Zelinger. "It's my birthday and it will be Senior Day for Faziah. It should be a fun weekend." Last season, Zelinger posted a career-high 16 points in a Big Green win over Columbia, the day after her birthday!

            If you know anything about Eve Zelinger, you know that there are two things that she is big on, anything involving crime and Jelly Belly sports beans!

In fact, Zelinger hopes to turn her fascination with crime into a career. During her high school days she was a Palo Alto Youth explorer, tagging along with the Palo Alto Police Department and even doing a few ride-a-longs and sting operations. She's also interested in the FBI and anything related to criminal justice. As for the sports Jelly Bellies, they can be found in her game bag. She always likes to eat a few of the blue ones before a game for a little burst of energy.

            No matter what she's doing on the court or off the court, Zelinger does it with a smile and puts 100 percent into whatever it is she is doing. She lives her life based on the following quote, "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard."

            "I've taken this to heart," said Zelinger "And I try to give my best effort both on and off the court, I owe it to myself, my teammates and coaches."

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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 05/21/2015 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 05/11/2015 09:09AM

This weekend 30 8th graders and 5 9th graders traveled to Rocklin, CA for the State Finals of the National History Day Competition. The girls had produced papers, websites, performances, exhibits, and documentaries on historical topics related to the theme "Leadership and Legacy in History." Their projects won at the Santa Clara County Competition in April, and thus advanced to the State Competition. Six Castilleja projects advanced to the final round, and one project won 3rd place (runner up) in the Junior Paper category. One of the Junior Individual Performances won a special award in Women's History. Congratulations to all the outstanding Castilleja historians!

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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