Castilleja's Bon Appétit ACE Org met with Dr. Maya Adam to learn new snack ideas, nutrition lessons, and tips and tricks they can bring to second graders at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto.
On Monday March 27th, the library will celebrate its 4th annual Edible Book Festival! All Castilleja community members are invited!
Gatorbotics had a very exciting few days at the San Francisco Regional this weekend!
Juniors worked on an interdisciplinary art, english, and history project last week based on the work of Nick Cave. Their creations are currently on display in the Anita Seipp Gallery.
Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, the authors of Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done spoke to the 7th and 8th grades yesterday.
Posted 03/20/2017 05:25PM
Gatorbotics had a very exciting few days at the San Francisco Regional this weekend!
Team Captain Katherine G. '17 provides the following recap:
"We went to two practice matches on Friday and struggled with communications issues (our drivers kept losing connection with our robot). These struggles continued through our first three matches on Saturday. Basically, if we bumped into anything or accelerated, we would lose communication. It turned out (after hours of frustrating troubleshooting) to be a loose nut on the main breaker--Whoops!
After that fix, we crushed it every match. We also had a particularly successful climber (we were definitely one of the fastest climbers at the event). Big shout-out to the drive team for some really epic matches! We ended up being one of the best gear-delivery robots out there. Sunday morning we had our last three matches which were generally similar in quality.
Heading into the elimination matches, we were a first-round pick by the fifth alliance captain! We won our first quarterfinal match with three rotors and three climbs but lost the next two matches after some bad luck with penalties on both robots and pilots. Overall it was a really successful competition!
Being a first-round pick is huge for us (I’m not sure when it last happened). I think it’s safe to say that Airagon is one of the best robots this team has built after we demonstrated such consistent quality in matches (which is a result of great driving and great design)!"
Next week, Gatorbotics head's to the Sacramento Regional. Check out more pictures and follow the team throughout the Spring competition circuit on their Facebook page.
Posted 03/12/2017 05:00PM
Bravo to the cast and crew of Proof who performed three shows in the Black Box Theater this weekend! A realist play in two acts, this witty and moving drama follows a brilliant but troubled mathematician, her genius professor father, and the mathematical proof which promises to change the world.
For more photos, click here. password: gators
Posted 03/08/2017 03:04PM
This past weekend, Castilleja's Model United Nations (MUN) club took 18 students to UC Berkeley for the university's annual MUN conference. Over 2,000 students from across the world were present at the conference, but Casti students held their own discussing and debating issues including climate change, national security, Palestinian women's rights, and protection of journalists in conflict zones. Senior Jolie K. '17 took home another Best Delegate award for her representation of Otto Von Bismarck in a Historical Crisis on German Unification.
Congratulations to our Castilleja Model UN club for a fun, enriching, and productive weekend!
Posted 02/21/2017 08:00AM
Simone Seiver ’13, currently a senior at Yale University, has been named a Gates-Cambridge Scholar for 2017.
Simone is among the 36 U.S. citizens who have been selected to be part of the 2017 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge.
These 36 individuals from 34 universities will join 54 scholars from other parts of the world who will be announced in early April. The prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship program was established in 2000 by a $210 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, the largest ever single donation to a university in the United Kingdom. Scholars are chosen for their outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, and commitment to improving the lives of others, among other qualities.
Posted 03/15/2017 11:24AM
For the last five years, juniors have had the opportunity to engage in an interdisciplinary art, english, and history project. The project begins with a field trip to a museum to see works by an American artist, followed by a hands-on art project and a show in the gallery. This year the class walked to the Anderson Collection at Stanford to see an exhibit of Nick Cave's "Soundsuits". The "Soundsuits" are full-body-sized sculptures made of repurposed materials. After the field trip, teacher and Anita Seipp Gallery Director Deborah Trilling gave them a short introduction to Cave's art and the students went to work on their own creations―not sculptures like Cave's, but full-body-sized collages made with repurposed materials―everything from newspapers to wine corks to buttons. The art will be displayed in the gallery this week.
Posted 02/28/2017 04:07PM
Each year, the sophomore class forms a Castilleja mock-congress. More than mere role play, this student activity brings the sophomore class together to have conversations and propose bills that will have a direct impact on campus life. The week before break, the Class of 2019 held this year's "Casti Congress". With half the class as the Senate and the other half as the House, the entire grade came together to listen and discuss the proposed bills. Some of the bills proposed this year included the addition of sanitary products in bathrooms, the addition of "Meatless Mondays" during Monday lunch, and designated "No-Homework" weekends. The bills were written by the House and now they are off to the Senate. If approved by both the House and the Senate, the bills will make their way to Ms. Kauffman who will act as President to make the final decision. Stay tuned to see what bills are passed by this year's Sophomore Castilleja Congressional Caucus!
Posted 02/17/2017 02:30PM
In 6th grade history class, students are in the midst of a immersive current events unit. After learning how to spot and evaluate fake news, Dr. Docter's classes participated in a fun challenge. To test their skills, 6th graders created content about the ancient world by reviewing their textbooks and writing "two truths and a lie". Afterwards, in a game format students had the opportunity to challenge classmates and put both their ancient history mettle and fake-news spotting skills to the test!
Posted 02/10/2017 05:28PM
The 8th graders have been working on their National History Day projects since December. Each student or group picked a topic relating to the theme Stand Up in History and since then conducted research and created documentaries, papers, websites, exhibits, and even one performance. This week, on February 7th, they celebrated their amazing work and explored American History through the wide variety of projects.
Students took presentation posters to the next level with careful attention to detail that brought history to life.
On National History Day, the Middle School Lobby was transformed into a museum of activism and courageous social movements throughout history.
Students had the opportunity to share their projects with Head of School, Nanci Kauffman. Ms. Kauffman didn't disappoint and had excellent questions and comments for the presenters.
Ms. Pang's classroom was transformed into a mini documentary film festival screening for student projects.
Here, two students deliver an excellent performance detailing the storied and turbulent history of LGBT rights in our country from Harvey Milk to Ellen Degeneres' receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom...and beyond.
Posted 03/23/2017 04:52PM
Recently, Castilleja's Bon Appétit ACE Org met with Dr. Maya Adam. Bon Appétit's mission is to teach second graders at Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto about the health benefits and the fun behind home-cooking. Each time the Castilleja students visit Brentwood, they prepare three different snacks with the second graders.
Dr. Adam, MD, has been teaching at Stanford since 2009. She received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford prior to studying medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. At the Stanford School of Medicine, Adam teaches courses on child health and nutrition and creates online educational content for Stanford's Re-imagining Medical Education Project. In 2013, Adam created the free, open online course Stanford Child Nutrition and Cooking, a public health education outreach effort that has reached more than 230,000 students from around the world. In 2016, she launched a second open online course called Stanford Introduction to Food and Health. She is also the founder of a non-profit organization called Just Cook for Kids and the author of Food Love Family: A Practical Guide to Child Nutrition.
Dr. Adam talked to Castilleja students about the health benefits of home-cooking, the power of eating in moderation, and tips on how to navigate eating in a society where processed food is becoming ever more available and fad diets are the rage. Finally, Dr. Adam did a cooking demo and made a delicious stir fry! We all look forward to taking her advice to the second graders and back to our families!
Posted 02/13/2017 11:28AM
Bravo to our student performers who delivered three energetic and touching performances this weekend for Arts with a Heart 2017. This year's theme was Head, Heart, Humanity: Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness and the show (produced in partnership with ArtLifting) benefitted the CHC (Children's Health Council of Palo Alto).
Nicole O. '17 is a member of the Advanced Dance Production Workshop class and a senior executive producer for Arts with a Heart. "I am so grateful to have been a part of Arts with a Heart these past six years—first a performer and now a producer. I have learned countless skills, from costuming to teaching effective leadership skills, that I know will help me even beyond our production." she shares. "Every year we support an incredible cause, and this year's theme of erasing the stigma of mental health is a particularly important issue in our immediate community, the Palo Alto community and beyond. We're dedicated to erasing the stigma of mental health, and we hope we can use the power of art to change lives," Nicole continued.
Visual and Performing Arts faculty member and Arts with a Heart Director Georgianna Shea reflects "Nothing makes me feel more confident about the future than seeing 120 young women work selflessly for such an important reason. Through their efforts, these students are helping to a erase the stigma of mental illness in the Castilleja community, the Palo Alto community and the Global community."
Posted 01/09/2017 08:00AM
Our Global Investigators will be back on Castilleja's campus Wednesday after a week-plus of learning and leading in India, China, and the Dominican Republic. Here are some photo highlights from their experiences.
Global Investigator Trips 2017/ Dominican Republic
A day of cooking and partnership building with The Mariposa DR Foundation.
Exploring the Dominican Republic's natural beauty.
Global Investigator Trips 2017/ China
Leading a fun arts and crafts lesson with schoolchildren.
Snapshot from a day of learning about biofuels and enjoying a delicious meal cooked with biogas.
Global Investigator Trips 2017/ India
Meeting and getting to know our Roshni partners.
Exploring New Dehli
Posted 01/06/2017 06:10PM
Global Week 2017: Migration ended with a grand finale today. The morning began with an engaging discussion with Human Rights Watch deputy program director, Tom Porteous, and European Union Ambassador in Mexico, Andrew Standley. Throughout the late morning and early afternoon students completed and presented their various grade level projects. The whole community gathered in the afternoon to share their projects and join in inspired celebration with At the Table with Dr. King.
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