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Posted 04/17/2017 04:00PM


When all of civilization collapses, what is left for the survivors? According to Anne Washburn's avant-garde, hilarious, tragic, and bizarre play, it's The Simpsons. Spanning over 80 years, this story follows the "Cape Feare" episode from comfort to commodity, and eventually mythos. "Downright Brilliant...Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself and makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all" (The New York Times). Performances of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play are Friday 4/28 and Saturday 4/29 at 7:30 pm and Sunday 4/30 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel Theater. 

Get your tickets at!


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 04/05/2017 12:35PM

On Monday, April 3rd, the Middle School science classes kicked off preparations for Explo 2017 with a field trip to the Monterey Bay. This field trip combined a variety of components, enabling the students to engage with a variety of scientific experiences.  Students participated in a beach clean-up, worked with specific grade level content in a related application to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and collected a wide variety of data about the ocean and its surroundings.  In these intergrade groups, they tested water, sand, and air for many variables, including but not limited to pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and salinity. The combination of hands-on activities helped them to practice the skills they have learned in class.  This also enabled them to explore and understand the connections between many features of the ecosystem while allowing them to practice techniques and develop ideas for their own upcoming Explo projects. All in all, a very fun trip!

To see more photos from the trip, click here.


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 creationsnot sculptures like Cave's, but full-body-sized collages made with repurposed materialseverything from newspapers to wine corks to buttons. The art will be displayed in the gallery this week.

Posted 03/09/2017 08:00AM

Upper School French students have been treated to several engaging guest speakers in recent weeks.  Francophone visitors provide the opportunity for students to practice their language skills in a real-world context. These interactions serve more than to be simple skill-building exercises; students have the opportunity to explore deeper themes, learn more about particular professional industries, and genuinely come to understand a person different than them through conversation in that individual's native language.

First, Junior and Seniors in French were treated to a guest speaker from Guadeloupe, an overseas department of France in the Caribbean. Sindy Lafages moved from Guadeloupe to Paris and then came to the San Francisco Bay Area where she works with Special Education children. Sindy shared her own journey with the students, as well as her perspectives on identity, alienation, and assimilation: themes explored in all upper levels of French. 

A few days later, AP French Language students were treated to a visit from a young French couple working in Silicon Valley. Nadim Raad works at Youtube, and Corale Sabin at Pinterest; both are product designers. They shared their own journey coming to work in the United States and talked about the nature of their work. Students asked thoughtful questions about their views of Silicon Valley and about cultural comparisons between the workplace and work-life balance in France vs. in the U.S. Nadim and Coralie even shared some of their favorite francophone youtube song clips. Both Nadim and Coralie complimented our students on their level of French and were very impressed with Castilleja's campus, offerings, and lunch!

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 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.

Photo by Mark Tuschman

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.

For more photos, visit our Facebook Page!

Upcoming Events
    • Saturday - May 6, 2017 SAT 7:30 AM to 1:30 PMOff Campus
    • Thursday - May 11, 2017 MS Lunch for 7th Grade & Kinder Buddies from Brentwood 11:15 AM to 11:35 AMSunken Patio?

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