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Posted Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 
Harvard senior captain Taylor Docter from Castilleja has been named to the All-Ivy League women's volleyball team. Docter was tabbed by the conference's coaches as a first-team selection.

Docter finished the season ranked third in the Ancient Eight in points per set (3.63) and was fourth in kills per set (3.12) while led the Crimson in kills for a third straight year.

The Los Altos native posted a career-best 12 double-doubles and also set career-highs in kills per set, digs (264) and digs per set (2.93). Her 23 kills at Dartmouth on Sept. 21 represented a new single-match high, while her 20 digs against Holy Cross on Sept. 25 were the most in her career.

Docter was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 16 after averaging 5.00 kps and 2.57 dps while hitting .280 in wins over Cornell and Columbia and was named to the conference's honor roll four times. Additionally, the human developmental and regenerative biology concentrator was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District first team.

Docter will graduate in May as one of the most celebrated student-athletes in Harvard women's volleyball history. She is the first Crimson to be named to the All-Ivy League first team since 2004 and was also named to the second team as a junior a year ago. Docter ranks fourth all-time at Harvard in attack attempts (3,455), sixth in service aces (98), seventh in kills (980) and eighth in kills per set (2.67).
Posted Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012 

With the Class of 2012's first college midterms looming and homesickness setting in, the 6th graders decided to send them a little love: cookies from home! Each girl assembled a delicious packet of cookies, decorated a mailing box, and enclosed a hand-written note to Casti's most recent grads. Hopefully these care packages will brighten their day and give them a little boost. We miss you, Class of 2012, and hope you are enjoying your adventures beyond the Circle!

Posted Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012 

After coming back from a one-set deficit against Dartmouth on Friday to take a 2-1 lead, the Harvard women’s volleyball team led 8-4 in the fourth. Unbeknownst to captain and outside hitter Taylor Docter, she was only one kill away from breaking into the Crimson’s top-10 career kills leaders.

“I hadn’t been following at all,” Docter said. “My mom probably follows more than I do; she probably had it on her radar, but I had no clue. I’m glad no one said anything because that would have maybe made me nervous.”

Docter didn’t look nervous as she leapt to play a ball from freshman setter Hannah Schmidt and dropped it between the Big Green’s defense, registering her 15th and final kill of the evening.

Docter’s tenth double-double of the season—she reached 15 kills and 15 digs—was instrumental in Harvard’s victory, its first win against Dartmouth since 2008 and the first of Docter’s Crimson volleyball career.

“Dartmouth has always been one of those teams we have been very evenly matched with, but it has been one of those games where we walk away thinking we should have won, which is one of the worst feelings,” Docter said. “It felt really good to finally feel like we performed the way we should have.”

Docter’s final kill gave her 922 on her career, tying her with Katie Turley-Molony ’07.

“It’s exciting, especially because we still have six games, so hopefully I can get in some more kills and move up the list,” said Docter, who currently trails Katherine Hart ’01 by 11 kills.

Since her freshman year, Docter has developed into the Crimson’s top offensive threat. She currently ranks fifth in Crimson history in attack attempts, sixth in service aces, and eighth in kills per set average. Despite now reaching the top ten in a fourth category, Docter is more concerned with winning games than personal achievements.

“She’s very excited about all of that, but she doesn’t want to be in the limelight,” Crimson coach Jennifer Weiss said. “She just wants the whole team to do well. She is very much a team player and it’s so genuine, which is refreshing to see.”

Docter credits her teammates for her success, especially Schmidt. Harvard plays with two setters on the court, but the rookie is the one who supports Docter in most of her kills because of her place in the rotation.

“She has been doing an awesome job,” Docter said. “A lot of the reason we are doing better recently is because she has totally sped up her offense.”

Friday’s game was a showcase of the Crimson’s attack, which led Harvard back after the team dropped the first set. The Crimson displayed a balanced attack in its 3-1 victory, with Docter, junior right side Erin Cooney, and freshman outside hitter Kathleen Wallace all registering double-digit kills for Harvard.

After going 2-9 to open the season—including a loss to the Big Green in September—the Crimson is currently riding a three-game winning streak, its longest of the season. Docter believes that her and the team’s recent success is a testament to teamwork.

“When you are playing with the same girls every year, a lot of it just comes from getting better at playing with the girls next to you,” Docter said. “They help me look good because they are improving as well.”

After playing front row as a freshman, Docter has put in the hard work to become a more well-rounded player. Each year she has seen increased playing time in the back row, and this year she is playing all six rotations.

“She has always been an impact attacker for us,” Weiss said. “She is diversifying her shots, and she has worked on the back row attack and the defense. [The record] is a credit to her hard work and belief that practice matters.”

Weiss credits Docter’s fitness level and focus entering the season.

“She was here this summer working in the lab but she was also working out,” Weiss said. “She’s very diligent about that so when we got to preseason she was ready to go. She has really committed a lot of time and energy to the team.”

And now Docter has permanently cemented her place in Harvard history. With six games left to play, she has ample opportunity to climb the all-time career list. Docter, who averages 3.19 kills per set, sits 53 behind seventh-place Kat McKinley ’09.

“Taylor is a gifted athlete and a hard worker,” Weiss said. “If you stay patient over time, good things will happen, and good things are happening for her.”

Posted Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 

Last month, seven Washington, DC area alumnae (spanning 5 decades) and their guests gathered at the National Museum of Women in the Arts on for a private tour of the museum's collections followed by lunch at the Old Ebbitt Grill. The Castilleja Alumnae Association sponsored the event. The group represented over five decades of Castilleja's commitment to excellence in women's education, and included members of the classes of 1966, 1986, 1999, 2002, and 2007. Future alumna events are planned for the DC area and will include opportunities for community service as well as opportunities for networking and socializing.

Pictured (l to r): Nancy Tate ’66, Anne-Marie “Punky” Chun ’07, Natalie Adams ’99, and Whitney Brown ’02 ;(not pictured): Lisa Ide ’86 and Rachel Steyer ’07.

Posted Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 

As a senior, Taylor Docter is enjoying her best year as a member of the Harvard women’s volleyball team. Docter had 21 kills against Columbia on Saturday, two below the career high that she set earlier this year in a five-set loss to Dartmouth. She added 12 digs and 23 total points, tying her best score from this year. After seven straight losses, Docter and the rest of the Crimson have rallied to win five of seven to move into third in the Ivy League, with one of the losses being a tight five-setter against second-place Princeton. For the weekend, Docter had 35 kills, 18 digs, and 40 points as the Crimson knocked off the two teams below them in the standings in Cornell and Columbia—dropping only one set in the process and moving from fifth to third in the conference.

Posted Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 

PBS' NOVA scienceNOW interviewed Casti alumna Victoria "Tory" Wobber '01 about her research into the different social skill abilities of humans versus apes. Tory, a post-doctoral fellow in Harvard University's psychology department, is investigating the evolutionary origins and underlying mechanisms of human social behavior. In the article she describes her research into the differences between humans' ability to manipulate their environment and the capacity of our closest primate relatives, as well as species differences in goal identification. Read the full article to learn more, or check out her webpage at Harvard!

Posted Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 

Harvard forward Emily Mosbacher of the Crimson women's soccer team has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Mosbacher, a native of Woodside, Calif., scored a game-winning goal and assisted on another tally last week, helping Harvard go 1-0-1 in its two games.

In the Crimson's 2-1 win at New Hampshire Oct. 2, Mosbacher found the back of the net for the game-winner at 51:11, breaking a 1-1 tie. Earlier in the contest, Mosbacher was brought down in the UNH box, drawing a foul and creating a penalty kick opportunity for Harvard. Teammate Peyton Johnson scored on the penalty kick at 36:38, knotting the game at the time. 

 

On Oct. 6, Mosbacher got Harvard on the scoreboard in an Ivy League contest against Cornell by assisting on a tally by Meg Casscells-Hamby at 2:14, giving the Crimson a 1-0 lead. Harvard went on to tie the Big Red, 1-1, moving to 5-3-3 overall and 1-1-1 in the Ancient Eight.

Posted Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 

LEWISBURG, Pa. - The Bucknell women's water polo team had nine student-athletes earn All-Academic Awards from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, it was announced Tuesday. Additionally, the Bison ranked 15th nationally among water polo teams in cumulative team grade-point average with a combined 3.14.

Student-athletes were recognized in three levels: 3.20 to 3.40 GPA (Excellent), 3.41 to 3.70 GPA (Superior) and 3.71 to 4.0 GPA (Outstanding). Bucknell had two players recognized in the Outstanding category, two landed on the Superior list and five more were cited with positions on the Excellent ledger.

Hallie Kennan, who led the team with 55 assists in 2012, and Becca Shopiro, who totaled 17 goals, 16 assists and drew 24 ejections, were the two Bison to earn Outstanding recognition.

In the pool, Bucknell posted a 15-24 record this past spring. The Bison faced 14 ranked foes and finished in eighth place at the Eastern Championship.

Bucknell Women's Water Polo Players Earning ACWPC All-Academic Awards
Hallie Kennan (Outstanding Recognition)
Becca Shopiro (Outstanding Recognition)
Julianne Valdes (Superior Recognition)
Mackenzie Ferry (Superior Recognition)
Shannon Carroll (Excellent Recognition)
Amanda Skonezney (Excellent Recognition)
Sayeh Bozorghadad (Excellent Recognition)
Tara Murao (Excellent Recognition)
Heather Smith (Excellent Recognition)

Posted Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 

Allison Marston Danner '89 was appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court by California Governor Jerry Brown on May 18 and will be sworn in later this week. She brings to the bench extensive experience as a prosecutor having served as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California Criminal Division.  She joins the bench at a critical time as the justice system faces budget cuts that could erode the quality of representation the public receives. "It is important to fund our system. Not just as a financial investment. It has importance for us as a society," Danner said. Justice relies on quality, whether through prosecutors, defense attorneys or judges.

Read the full story in the Palo Alto Weekly.

Posted Monday, Jun 11, 2012 

Bill Chamberlain of the U.S. Wolf Refuge came to campus and spoke to Castilleja students about everything wolf. From their genetic evolution, to the historic range of wolves, to conservation and rescue efforts, the girls learned about the importance of these powerful animals to the earth's ecosystem. A highlight of the day was the chance for students to meet two of the rescued animals. Alumna Madison Brown-Moffitt ’10 introduced the wolves to the girls and helped them learn more about their unique stories of survival. The visit fit well with the conservation efforts of current students, many of whom raised money this semester to support the Wolf Refuge’s mission.


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Posted 04/11/2014 08:03AM

Come see Finn and Sheinkin's hilarious hit Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, starring a host of talented Upper Schoolers as nervous, nerdy elementary students. A riotous look at the pressures of growing up (and spelling), Spelling Bee features quirky characters, joyous music, and on-stage participation for four lucky members of the audience! Spelling Bee is considered highly enjoyable for the whole family.

Only three performances -- Friday, April 25, at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 26, at 7:30pm; and Sunday, April 27, at 2pm. Get your tickets here!

The illustrious cast includes:

Rona Lisa Perretti – Kathleen K. '15
Vice Principal Panch – Sophie P. '16
Mitch Mahoney – Katja T. '16
Chip Tolentino -- Kenzie M. '17
Logainne Scwartzandgrubbenneire -- Yasmine R. '17
Leaf Coneybear -- Katerina P. '15
William Barfee -- Alanna M. '14
Marcy Park – Natalie B. '17
Olive Ostrovsky -- Megan P. '14
Ensemble – Maggie G. '17
Ensemble – Sara B. '17
Ensemble – Alli P. '17
Ensemble – Mitra A. '16
Ensemble – Valerie H. '17
Ensemble – Grace F. '17
Ensemble – Lexie K. '14
Ensemble – Scout D. '15

Come see them on stage!

Posted 04/10/2014 09:48AM

The Northern California Green Schools Conference, hosted by Castilleja over the weekend, was a resounding success! The Castilleja Green Team worked with students from around the Bay Area to put together a day of workshops and speakers to unite students and community members interested in Green Business. With eleven different schools represented, eight speakers/workshop leaders, a food truck providing a locally sourced lunch, and a beautiful day in Palo Alto, the conference on April 5th unfolded into a day full of excitement, education, and inspiration.

Posted 04/09/2014 01:58PM

Gatorbotics rounded out their competition season with an excellent performance at the Silicon Valley Regional this past weekend! With a top-ten autonomous score, a speedy drive train, an efficient ball-pick-up mechanism, and a shooter that delivered about 200 lbs of force, Team 1700's "Sebastian" was a tough robot to compete against. The team had to use the Thursday practice day as a repair day to fix some robot damage from the end of the Utah Regional, but in spite of this daunting challenge, 1700 stepped up and completed the repairs to make an even better robot than before. The competition days that followed went smoothly and successfully, and Gatorbotics hosted the Shanghai students at SVR (as well as in workshops this past week). Thank you to all of the students, faculty, and staff that came to support the team!

--Written by Nickie P. '14; photo by Lekan Wang

Posted 04/09/2014 01:42PM

Georgi Shea's Dance Production Workshop Team recently had the opportunity for an international Skype session with the Mariposa Foundation in the Dominican Republic. Students had a chance to chat with the Executive Director and Founder Patricia Suriel, as well as a handful of the Mariposa girls. After learning about each others' lives and having an impromptu dance party, the DPW Team was very excited to announce to Patricia and the girls how much Arts with a Heart raised this year, and will be sending to the Mariposa Foundation -- an impressive $27,788.77! Congratulations ladies!

Academics
Posted 04/11/2014 12:12PM

This year 9th graders are participating in a brand new interdisciplinary project. Each girl chose a “field of study” from several different themes: Art and Social Change, Connecting Cultures, Current Events, and Scientific Creativity. Each of these themes is being co-taught and overseen by teachers from different disciplines. Students are learning a series of skills through the lens of their topic: how to conduct specific research, how to create and use statistics effectively, how to write to express persuasive ideas, how to design visual graphics, and finally how to present their findings to a large group.

Helen Shanks, one of the teachers collaborating on the new learning experience, says, "Many of the big issues facing us in the world today need an 'out of the box' approach – and by running this project on nine Wednesday afternoons during the Extended Opportunity Periods throughout the year, and during Global Week, we are guiding students through a program that will help them to think creatively, build skills, work with others, and take some risks."

As part of the project, this week the freshmen had the opportunity to work with Michael Moon, a specialist in communication and design strategy. This followed from three workshops that he led during Global Week. Students are busy preparing for their showcase on May 8th, and Mr. Moon helped them refine their "pitches" and brainstorm the layout and flow of their presentations.

Posted 04/11/2014 07:55AM

As part of a week-long visit from China, six students and two teachers from Shanghai No. 3 Girls' School participated in a navigation challenge with Castilleja Chinese classes. The Shanghai students helped language learners hone their vocabularies by giving blindfolded Casti students verbal directions to navigate the second floor of the Arrillaga Family Campus Center. In an effort to touch a series of markers around the building without colliding with fellow explorers, the Chinese-Casti teams had to learn to communicate with speed and precision. They also used Aurasma, an augmented reality app on their iPads, to teach each other English and Chinese. The activity concluded with Castilleja students explaining Easter to their Chinese guests, and holding a small scavenger hunt to put everyone in the holiday spirit.

Posted 04/10/2014 09:36AM

Dr. Gro Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and world leader in the area of climate change, health, and women's rights, spoke and conversed with juniors, seniors, alums, parents, and other Castilleja community members Wednesday morning. Her mantra as Prime Minister was "ethics and evidence," and she suggested those two important factors should guide strong decision-making.

In her numerous global roles, she did not shy away from the "right" decision even if it meant facing a barrage of criticism, Dr. Brundtland told the audience. For example, she supported a carbon tax policy for Norway, despite the fact that one of Norway's main revenue sources is from oil. She stood up to groups who opposed her world initiative on reproductive rights, and with Irish leader Mary Robinson fought for the right global language on that issue.

She also suggested to the students that when we increase the number of women at the table, we empower the men who want to abandon male "group think." Dr. Brundtland spoke movingly of the difficulty Norway has faced coming to terms with the tragic terrorist act that occurred on an island near Oslo a few years ago. Her interaction with a student panel of Model United Nations leaders and International Relations students was open, frank, and very informative. Dr. Brundtland is the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor for Spring 2014 at Stanford University.

Posted 04/10/2014 08:53AM

6th graders from science and history classes joined forces for a multi-day 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 Peru and learned about the importance of context in interpretation of an archaeological site. 

Students were divided into archaeological teams that included specialists in three different areas: art, architecture, and geography. They were charged with gathering general information about the site in their teams and then learning everything they could about their specialty area. Then as artists, builders, and cartographers, each specialist group constructed a 3-D art object, architectural model, or geographic map. 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 answered their own questions as well as each others’ as they constructed evidence-based stories about the site.

Sarah Barnum (Science 6) and Laura Docter (History 6) continue to collaborate designing an interdisciplinary inquiry-based curriculum as part of their People of the Earth Innovation Investment Fund Grant, which focuses on student-generated questions to drive evidence-supported hypotheses and active learning. Barnum, who did her Master’s thesis research on the archaeological site of Chavín de Huantar, framed the two 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 them answer some of the questions they still wondered about that did not get answered through their own research.

Posted 04/11/2014 07:55AM

As part of a week-long visit from China, six students and two teachers from Shanghai No. 3 Girls' School participated in a navigation challenge with Castilleja Chinese classes. The Shanghai students helped language learners hone their vocabularies by giving blindfolded Casti students verbal directions to navigate the second floor of the Arrillaga Family Campus Center. In an effort to touch a series of markers around the building without colliding with fellow explorers, the Chinese-Casti teams had to learn to communicate with speed and precision. They also used Aurasma, an augmented reality app on their iPads, to teach each other English and Chinese. The activity concluded with Castilleja students explaining Easter to their Chinese guests, and holding a small scavenger hunt to put everyone in the holiday spirit.

Posted 04/10/2014 09:48AM

The Northern California Green Schools Conference, hosted by Castilleja over the weekend, was a resounding success! The Castilleja Green Team worked with students from around the Bay Area to put together a day of workshops and speakers to unite students and community members interested in Green Business. With eleven different schools represented, eight speakers/workshop leaders, a food truck providing a locally sourced lunch, and a beautiful day in Palo Alto, the conference on April 5th unfolded into a day full of excitement, education, and inspiration.

Posted 04/10/2014 09:36AM

Dr. Gro Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and world leader in the area of climate change, health, and women's rights, spoke and conversed with juniors, seniors, alums, parents, and other Castilleja community members Wednesday morning. Her mantra as Prime Minister was "ethics and evidence," and she suggested those two important factors should guide strong decision-making.

In her numerous global roles, she did not shy away from the "right" decision even if it meant facing a barrage of criticism, Dr. Brundtland told the audience. For example, she supported a carbon tax policy for Norway, despite the fact that one of Norway's main revenue sources is from oil. She stood up to groups who opposed her world initiative on reproductive rights, and with Irish leader Mary Robinson fought for the right global language on that issue.

She also suggested to the students that when we increase the number of women at the table, we empower the men who want to abandon male "group think." Dr. Brundtland spoke movingly of the difficulty Norway has faced coming to terms with the tragic terrorist act that occurred on an island near Oslo a few years ago. Her interaction with a student panel of Model United Nations leaders and International Relations students was open, frank, and very informative. Dr. Brundtland is the Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor for Spring 2014 at Stanford University.

Posted 04/09/2014 01:42PM

Georgi Shea's Dance Production Workshop Team recently had the opportunity for an international Skype session with the Mariposa Foundation in the Dominican Republic. Students had a chance to chat with the Executive Director and Founder Patricia Suriel, as well as a handful of the Mariposa girls. After learning about each others' lives and having an impromptu dance party, the DPW Team was very excited to announce to Patricia and the girls how much Arts with a Heart raised this year, and will be sending to the Mariposa Foundation -- an impressive $27,788.77! Congratulations ladies!

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