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Where did Holden Caulfield Go?: How the English curriculum at Castilleja is diversifying

By Jesse Gross | March 19, 2021

Many of us have that one specific book from English class that struck a nerve of intrigue or happened to say the right thing at the right time. For me, that book was "The Catcher in the Rye" in 9th grade....

Levi's Stadium has been a major vaccine distribution point for many Bay Area residents.

Effects of California’s vaccine rollout on the Castilleja community

By Ella Holsinger | March 11, 2021

Despite the grim reality of more than 500,000 American deaths caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, hope for a better end to this story is spreading across the nation as vaccine rollouts continue. According...

New furry friends have become increasingly popular amongst the Covid-19 virus

(Wo)man’s best friend: How adoptions and fostering pets have changed because of COVID-19

By Emily Bock | March 11, 2021

In the past year, a lot has changed. Many people have felt lonely and bored, with nowhere to go and nothing to do. In the isolation that has been 2020 and 2021, many people have decided to adopt or foster...

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...

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...

Castilleja's fitness department dressed up as a fencing team in this socially distanced group picture

“Stay home, keep it small”: How Castilleja students celebrated Halloween 2020

By Sonia Cherian | November 13, 2020

Halloween is a hallmark event of the fall. People of all ages look forward to Halloween as a chance to connect with each other by donning creative costumes, eating sweet treats, and telling spooky stories....

Castilleja's admissions for the 2021-22 school year will take a turn from the normal process

How COVID-19 is driving a redesign of the Castilleja admissions process

By Parisa Braun | November 13, 2020

Castilleja’s admissions for the 2021-2022 school year will take a turn from the normal process due to the inherent complications of COVID-19. While many traditional aspects of the admission process have...

The pandemic has increased difficulty in finding reliable news sources, make sure what you are reading is trustworthy

How to navigate media consumption in the midst of a fake news epidemic

By Ella Holsinger | November 13, 2020

In this age of electronic dependency, information bombards us from every angle imprinting the author’s perspective of the story onto the readers. Navigating your way through opinionated and non-factual...

The effects of the California wildfires are evident at a nearby beach

“Heading towards a brighter future”: Steps Castilleja students can take to mitigate climate change

By Emily Bock | November 13, 2020

In recent years, the world has seen the effects of climate change begin to take hold of the world. California’s wildfires have gotten bigger and hotter, and the hurricanes in the southeast have gotten...

Todd Collins speaks at the PAUSD board meeting to discuss the return of in-person learning

The double-edged sword of in-person learning: Palo Alto elementary school students return to campus

By Serafina Cortez | November 13, 2020

Schools across the world, the country, and the state are starting to reopen, but at what cost? Is it safe? These are just some of the questions that Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) has to answer. “I...

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