Mr. Cortella's senior class  meets for the first time on opening day

Students and teachers respond to Castilleja’s new hybrid learning model

By Zoya Chughtai | November 25, 2020

After a long few months of sitting behind computers and learning from our homes, Castilleja has finally started to welcome students back to campus! From the week of October 26th until Thanksgiving break,...

A group of parents, teachers, and faculty come together to give Castilleja students a taste of their culture through food, drinks, dancing, and more

Antiracist curriculum changes

By Sophie Lenz | November 20, 2020

A new school year often brings an air of excitement and anticipation to the Castilleja circle, yet this year also brought the immense changes we as a country underwent during the summer. The reemergence...

The cows in the barn eat in cramped and non-eco-friendly conditions

The problem with eating animals

By Sophie Lamm | November 15, 2020

Today is my last day of living. I am shoved on a big overcrowded truck, and I hear the doors slam shut behind me. The summer heat drains my body of water, as the inside of my mouth foams from thirst. But...

Mulan Movie Cover

“Culturally inaccurate and bland”: The controversies associated with the Mulan live-action remake

By Kelly Yang | November 15, 2020

22 years after it’s original Disney animation release, fans were anticipating the long-awaited live-action release featuring the tale of Mulan. Between its pushback from the original March 27 air date...

Quarantine entertainment guide

Quarantine entertainment guide

By Claire Wong | November 15, 2020

Don’t know what to watch this weekend? I’ve been there. In fact, I’ve spent more than an hour in one day just clicking through titles and watching trailers because I couldn’t find anything...

Social media platforms are making people more lonely than ever before

How social media is making you more lonely

By Allison Row | November 14, 2020

Ten years ago, in October 2010, Instagram was officially released to the world. The photo sharing app quickly gained popularity and had over a million registered users within two months, 10 million users...

Can we separate a piece of art from the artist?

When the magic fades: Can we separate art from the artist?

By Sonia Cherian | November 13, 2020

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open,” J.K. Rowling wrote in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Throughout his many magical...

An image from Castilleja's college signing day in 2019 for the class of 2020

Athletic recruitment in the middle of a global pandemic?

By Anja Peterson | November 13, 2020

Every year, the most elite athletes from all over the world compete for the handful of spots available on the top sports teams at American universities. Although the formal recruiting process does not...

College application season is always stressful, but the added changes with the pandemic make it a different experience than ever before

Applying to college during a pandemic?

By Yonu Oh | November 13, 2020

No more 9 p.m. sunsets, daily ice cream runs, long beach drives, and hazardous TikTok drafts—summer is out, and fall semester is in, meaning that, for our seniors, it’s time for college applications....

See ringing reveal from 2019, ringing will still happen in 2020, but in accordance to Coronavirus guidelines

“We all thought it wasn’t going to happen”: Ringing during COVID-19

By Carolina Pavlik | November 13, 2020

If you were to ask Castilleja students to share their favorite school tradition, most of them would say ringing. This tradition typically involves a junior being paired with a senior friend, to whom they...

Back in September 2019, many eligible Castilleja students registered to vote near the Pool Patio.

Election activities at Castilleja

By Anushka Srinivasan | November 13, 2020

2020 has already been a year full of unprecedented events, but the outcome of the upcoming election may prove to have lasting effects on the country for years to come. Castilleja students, many of whom...

An image from Robert Bechtle, an artist from the Bay Area

“Painting a nostalgic view of the Bay Area”: Robert Bechtle

By Emily Chan | November 13, 2020

On September 25, I was sitting in Biology Class when I read “Photorealist Painter Robert Bechtle, Who Captured the Bay Area in Painstakingly Faithful Detail, Has Died at 88” from Artnet News. I immediately...

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