An independent day school for grades 6-12

2019

  • October

    Food Glorious Food! -or- The Seniors Look Delicious!

    Avocados, boba tea, french fries, donuts...whatever your favorite treat is, a senior was probably dressed up as it during today's "Senior Take Out." The tradition, formerly known as Kidnap, is in the process of getting a name change...
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  • Gryphons See Success in First League Meet

    Results from the WBAL league cross country meet are in. Aside from the team wins for the boys JV and Varsity teams, the Gryphons also had two individual victories in the varsity races. Kaiya B '23 won the girls race and Wilser V '20 won the boys race.
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  • Human Development in the Middle School

    Over the course of the school year, each grade level in the Middle School will experience three Human Development Days. For example, the 8th grade ventured off campus in early October to work at community partners Glide Memorial Church, Samaritan House...



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  • Taylor Hough Named Girls Lacrosse Coach

    Last year, Crystal Springs Uplands welcomed Girls Lacrosse to the Upper School. Nearly 24 girls came out for tryouts and the team saw great success in its first year playing against both JV and varsity programs in the area. This year, the team will compete in the WBAL as a varsity program and will do so under the tutelage of new Head Coach Taylor Hough.
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  • States of Matter in 8th Grade Science

    Eighth graders are learning about "States of Matter" this fall, including through a Sublimation Lab with everyone's favorite spooky Halloween accessory, dry ice. Students donned gloves and goggles to handle the dry ice safely.
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  • Albert Caruana Named an Honor Coach

    Congratulations to Cross Country Coach Albert Caruana for being named a 2019 Fall Sport Honor Coach by the CIF/CCS. Coach Car, who has been a staple on the Crystal campus and sidelines, is well deserving. Read more about it here. Way to go Coach Car for making Gryphon's XC a dominate force for 24 seasons!
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  • Crystal at the Climate Strike

    On Friday, September 20, about 15 Crystal students skipped school for the day and headed up to San Francisco on Caltrain for the Global Climate Strike. For the entire week of September 20-27, they were joined by 7.6 million other activists all over the world.
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  • JVA Football defeats Sacred Heart

    The Middle School JVA Football team had an exciting 6-0 victory over Sacred Heart on Wednesday. The team played excellent defense in shutting down a very talented Sacred Heart team. The only score of the game came on a Connor U to Nikko P pass in the third quarter.
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  • Junior to Represent USA at International Fencing Competition

    Crystal junior Charlotte H ’21 is headed to fence in a Designated Cadet Fencing Event in Godollo, Hungary. Countries from all over the world will send their top fencers to compete and Charlotte will represent the USA.
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  • JVA Football defeats Menlo

    The JVA football team played Menlo on Sept. 23 and defeated the Knights 20-0. Strong performances on the offensive side of the ball by Nikko P and Connor U, as well as a big interception returned for a touchdown by Brayden N, lifted the Gryphons to victory for a 2-1 record.
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  • Knitting History

    History 10 students are learning about the Industrial Revolution in Europe. To give students firsthand knowledge about the impact of the transition from making things by hand to factory manufacturing, they are learning to knit.
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  • September

    Celebrating International Walk to School Day

    Middle schoolers Eliza L '25 and Rohan S '25 collaborated on a colorful poster to publicize International Walk and Bike to School Day on October 2, 2019. Their creation was one of five images to win the San Mateo County Office Education's poster contest and will be circulated throughout the county to promote the event.  


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  • Volleyball Stages Huge Comeback Win

    On Tuesday, Sept 24 in the Gryphon Center, Varsity Volleyball took on the Gators of Castilleja. The first two games, were as close as they could be with Crystal losing each 27-25, and 26-24. Midway through the third set, the Gryphons found themselves trailing once again...
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  • Homecoming 2019

    Homecoming 2019 was a great celebration of Gryphon Athletics and school spirit for the 10th Anniversary of the event on 9-21-19. The Student Government hosted a tailgate with food and games before Varsity Football beat Anzar 14-8 in a closely contested game with spectacular Gryphon plays


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  • We've Got Spirit, How 'Bout You?

    The week of  September 16 was our annual Fall Spirit Week running up to Homecoming on the weekend. Both the Upper School and Middle School celebrated in tandem with Pajama Day, Twin Day, Beach Day, Color Day (each grade wears a different color), Gryphon Gear Day.
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  • Alumna Starts for St. Andrews Volleyball

    Lara Bautista, CSUS '19, is currently slotted to start at libero for the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) volleyball team. A four-year starter, Lara earned all-league honors in two seasons and served as a three-year captain while at Crystal. Congratulations Lara!

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  • Cross Country Off and Running

    The Middle School Cross Country team began their season last Wednesday with some great results for all the teams. The team has been training hard under Coach Gummerson and Coach Rogal and this showed with the results of the first. Several Gryphons medaled at the meet and the 7/8 grade boys team finished with an impressive second-place finish with 40 points.
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  • Gryphons Take Two on Thursday

    It was a great day for athletics on campus as the Varsity Tennis team hosted International School for their first home match of the season. The team did not disappoint as they won, 6-1. Led by their singles play, the team came away with all four singles. #1 Jessica B ’21 won (6-1, 6-0) and #2 Caitlin R ’20 had an incredible comeback win (2-6, 6-1, 10-7).
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  • MS JVA Football Defeats Harker

    After dropping their first game to a tough Sacred Heart team, the JVA football team traveled to Harker on Wednesday and came away with a 19-0 victory. The sixth-grade boys earned their first victory as Gryphons. The team was led by an amazing performance by Nikko P who scored all three touchdowns.
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  • Middle School Goes Clubbing

    After the Clubs Fair, the entire Middle School student body left for the weekend energized by all the cool ways they will be able to spend their clubs period every other week. Clubs time will alternate with Pursuit of Passion (PoP) time every week so students are sure to have exposure to and time with something that gives them joy.
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  • MS Football Wins Home Opener

    The Middle School VA football team defeated Nueva on Monday 22-14 to win their first home game of the season. The team was led by quarterback Sam Y and receivers Jack O, Ian D, and Nate C. The Gryphons had strong performances on the defensive side of the ball. Stefan L intercepted a pass in the first quarter to build momentum for the team.

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  • Clubs Fair at the Upper School

    At the start of school, the Upper School Clubs Fair hosted over 60 student-led clubs - each vying for members with colorful poster displays and a lot of snack offerings. Student clubs run the gamut, from science/tech, service and philanthropy, performing and visual arts, diversity and social issues, writing and media, and much more.
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  • Middle School's Pursuit of Passion on Display

    The PoP (Pursuit of Passion) fair at the Middle School ended the first full week of classes with a bang. Students delighted in exploring the teacher-led options that ranged from origami to bike riding to math to photography, just to name a few. Excitement filled the air in Expansion Hall as teachers shared their hobbies and ways of de-stressing with students.
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  • Crystal Basketball Finalizes Staff

    This past spring, math teacher Ned Diamond (also a former basketball coach in the program) was announced as the Head Varsity Basketball Coach for the upcoming season. Crystal's Upper School Director of Athletics Bobby Long and coach Diamond have completed their staff. Joining Diamond for the 2019-20 season are assistant coaches Showrun Glover and Rositur “Rossi” Martin.
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  • August

    Class Retreats Kick Off New Year

    Launching the new school year with grade-level retreats, Crystal students participated in a variety of activities including hiking, a ropes course, and white-water rafting. This annual tradition helps students bond, get to know new arrivals, and set the tone for a wonderful school year.
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  • 3rd Annual All-School Convocation

    In our third year on two campuses, we celebrated the first day of school with the entire student and adult population, once again.  Middle schoolers hopped on buses to the Upper School and were met by seniors and Gus the Gryphon at the front gates.
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  • A *Super* Start to the School Year

    "Look! Right at the gates!" "It's a bird...it's a plane...it's the superheroes of the Class of 2020!" The seniors greeted the Upper School student body during morning drop-off with a big display of school spirit on the first day of school. At the Middle School campus, the eighth grade  "rolled out the red carpet" for the new Sixes and returning students.


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  • Welcome Back to School and to the New Sixes!

    For the first day of school at the Middle School campus, the eighth grade convened early for breakfast and then "rolled out the red carpet" for returning students and especially for our newest additions in the sixth grade. See video
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  • What a *Super* Start to the School Year at the Upper School!

    "Look! Right at the gates!" "It's a bird...it's a plane...it's the superheroes of the Class of 2020!" The seniors greeted the Upper School student body during morning drop-off with a big display of school spirit on the first day of school. Dressed as favorite characters, the seniors got everyone cheering, honking, charged up, and ready for another great year. See video
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  • Crystal Athletics in Full Swing

    Crystal Athletics are in full swing in Hillsborough as four Gryphon teams have started pre-season practice and are looking toward their first contests. The football and cross country teams started training first, followed by girls tennis and volleyball.
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  • New Faculty and Staff on Campus

    We welcome 21 new faculty and staff members to Crystal for the 2019-20 school year. They bring a diverse range of experiences and expertise to our community.
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  • July

    Celebrating Tom Woosnam & Alumni Reunion 2019

    Oh, what a night! We combined two events into one great party. First, over 350 alumni, parents, current and former faculty, and friends honored retiring physics teacher, Tom Woosnam, for 40 years of service at Crystal. Tom’s remarkable legacy was celebrated in the Theater with a mini Knowledge Bowl that pitted faculty against alumni (the faculty won)...
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  • June

    Upper School Athletic Awards

    More than 450 Gryphons and fans packed the Crystal gym on the final weekend of the 2018-19 school year to celebrate Upper School athletes, including 31 three-sport athletes, 27 four-year letter winners, and the Senior Athletes of the Year – Meg D. and Owen D.
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  • May

    Baseball Players Make League Teams

    Congrats to junior Peter D and sophomore Evan S who made the PAL Lake Division All-League First Team and to junior Evan C for making the Second Team. Go Gryphons!
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  • Of Mice and Men Mock Trials

    Matt Akers’ 7th grade English class staged two mock trials for Of Mice and Men. On trial was George Milton for the murder of Lennie Small. The students served as the witnesses, prosecution, and the defense while Mr. Akers played the role of the judge. It was the role of the jury—all volunteer teachers--to determine if George Milton was guilty of murder or voluntary manslaughter.
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  • Petting Zoo Prepares Students for Finals

    On the first day of final exam week, students on both the Middle School and Upper School campuses were visited by a menagerie of barnyard animals including baby goats, pigs, bunnies, and ducks. The surprise petting zoo provided a respite from the stress of final exams and was a perfect way to mellow out on a beautiful spring day.
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  • Crystal Celebrates Memorial Day

    Members of the Crystal community including students, faculty members, parents, alumni, and our dog friends marched in Hillsborough's 10th Annual Memorial Day Parade to honor those who died for their country in military service. A student band also performed during the Community Musical Festival.
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  • Fun in the Sun, a "One Crystal" Tradition

    The annual May Fun in the Sun celebration was more like "Disdain for the Rain." But scattered showers didn't deter the Student Government from organizing games, bouncy mazes, music, and treats for all students in the Upper School gym. Just as we start the school your with the entire student body convening for Convocation...
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  • One Crystal in the English Classroom

    English teacher Heidi Gruber brought our vision of One Crystal to life in her Middle School classroom this spring. She invited faculty and staff from both the Upper and Middle Schools to read portions of the timeless yet highly complex novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, aloud to the class and share their personal experiences with the novel.
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  • Film Critic Alum Shares Insights

    For the third year in a row, Ms. Lloyd’s Creative Writing class has had the pleasure of hearing veteran film critic and Crystal alum, Marco Cerritos ’97, speak. Marco got his start writing articles for the school newspaper, formerly known as the Gryphon’s Tail, while he was at Crystal.
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  • Middle School Golf - WBAL Spring Champs

    The MS Golf team competed in the spring WBAL tournament and came away victorious. The team, composed of eight golfers, competed against 10 other schools. The top four scores were taken out of the eight to determine the school score. Crystal shot an amazing 149, which equates to one over par for the four golfers.
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  • US Athletes Advance

    It was an exciting weekend in Crystal Athletics. Senior Nike A placed second in CCS Diving and will compete at the State Diving Championships on May 10. In badminton, senior Helen Y played well in the PAL tournament and advances to CCS. Track and Field athletes qualified in the top two at WBAL and advance to CCS semifinals.
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  • Dancers Participate at sjDanceco Festival

    CSUS Dance V (advanced level) students performed at the sjDanceco Festival on April 28 at Eastridge Center in San Jose. The sjDanceco Festival is an annual festival that is free, open to the public, and features performances from local studios, high schools, colleges...

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  • Upper School Diversity Day

    Diversity Day is an annual spring tradition in the Upper School in which student leaders from 10th-12th grades organize and teach workshops for 9th graders. The tradition started when students asked for more dedicated school time to have open--and often difficult--conversations on a variety of issues.
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  • Upper School Fencing Finishes Second

    Fencing is a relatively new club for Crystal, but the team excelled in their first competition taking second place overall at the California High School All-State Invitational Tournament. Lily W '22 finished 13th, Charlotte H '21 finished 9th, and Marie-Anne X '22 finished 2nd in a close final match. Go Gryphons!
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  • Badminton Advances to League Finals

    The Crystal Badminton team continued its strong form through the Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) division playoffs. Senior Helen Y was the Girls Singles Champion and remains undefeated. Along with Helen, senior Luke S (3rd in boys singles) and Fuyuto S and Chloe S (4th in girls doubles) now advance to the league finals.
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  • April

    Unplugged Day

    Monday, April 29 was a regular school day with one important distinction -- we were unplugged from technology! All students and faculty members put aside their phones, computers, projectors, etc. to enjoy a day without screens, texting, social media, video games, Youtube videos, and other technologically-enabled distractions.
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  • US Robotics Takes Third Place

    Congratulations to the Upper School FIRST Robotics Team (#499) for their third-place finish (among 59 teams) at the recent Silicon Valley Regional Competition. The team made this video.
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  • Crystal Clubs: Fostering Kindness, Leading with Humility

    Many of Crystal's student-led clubs have a service-related mission, whether advocating or fundraising for a myriad of causes. This spring, the Helping Hand Club embarked upon a project to provide a variety of supplies to patients and families at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. With the help of Upper School advisories, the club assembled 30 patient kits, 14 art kits, and 16 care kits.
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  • Crystal Sailing Team Wins NorCal Regatta

    On the last weekend of March, the Crystal Sailing team competed in the High School NorCal Divisional Champs at the Peninsula Youth Sailing Foundation in Redwood City. The team won first place overall for Northern California, as well as first place in both Division A and Division B!
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  • Senior Wins at Diving Invitational

    In late March, senior Nike A won the girls competition at the Paly Diving Invitational. Nike now qualifies for the Junior National Championships. At last year's State Chamionships, she finished in third place.


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  • March

    Holi at the Upper School

    Each spring, CSUS students join the millions of celebrants of Holi worldwide, to commemorate the arrival spring with the Hindu festival of colors and love. The event is sponsored by the Upper School Asian Awareness Club and part of their yearlong exploration of pan-Asian cultures. View photos
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  • Loveland Fellowship Presentations

    One of the most incredible things about being a Crystal faculty member is reaping the benefits of Crystal's deep commitment to supporting the scholastic development and personal growth of its teachers.  Each year, faculty have the opportunity to apply for a Loveland Fellowship which funds an opportunity for them "to find intellectual stimulation and gain significant personal and professional benefit" in the summer months.
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  • Pursuit of Passion (PoP) Week at the Middle School

    While the 8th graders are away (on world language trips to Quebec and Costa Rica), the 6th and 7th graders play! PoP Week is a favorite tradition that allows our youngest students to delve deeply into a topic, develop new skills, and have a blast with experiential, hands-on learning opportunities.
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  • Award-Winning Author Thi Bui Visits Crystal

    The award-winning author Thi Bui visited Crystal's Upper and Middle School campuses in early March to talk about her graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do, and to work with students in telling their own stories. Her book, which centers on her family's compelling story of immigrating to and setting up a life in the United States...
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  • Gala 2019: A Night of Thrills Under the Big Top

    The circus was in town for one night only at the Middle School for the annual Gryphon Gala in early March. The decked-out crowd sported whimsical circus-themed costumes, and were just as dazzling as the jugglers, stilt walkers, tarot card and palm readers, and other acts during the Silent Auction and cocktails.
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  • 6th grade Makes Totes for Second Harvest Food Bank

    In early March, 6th grade students visited the Second Harvest Food Bank’s facility in San Carlos where they made reusable tote bags from t-shirts. They were also given a tour of the facility and learned more about hunger in our community. The visit was part of Crystal’s Human Development programming.

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  • 7th graders Study Multicultural Dance

    Ms. Player's 7th grade dance class shared a series of multicultural dance presentations that both educated and entertained the Middle School while giving us a reason to celebrate dance traditions from around the world.  From Hula, to Chinese Fan Dancing, to the Virginia Reel (the official state dance of 13 states in the United States)...
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  • February

    Simpsons Writer, Mike Reiss, Cracks Up Crystal

    This February, we were delighted to host Mike Reiss who has been a writer, and some time show runner, for the iconic animated series, The Simpsons, since its inception 30 years ago. Mike is a four-time Emmy winner who has also written for the Ice Age, Despicable Me, and Kung Fu Panda movie franchises.
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  • Women Driving Change: "Pass the Mic" Conference

    The Women Driving Change Club held the school's first student-led conference in February, bringing together students, teachers and parents from all over the Bay Area for a day of workshops, panels, and presentations on intersectional feminism. The keynote speaker and session speaker, Jerin Arifa, a notable activist and changemaker...
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  • Middle School Family & Friends Day

    Middle School students welcomed friends and family to campus in February to experience a regular school day with classes, recess, and lunch.  Guests participated in interactive lessons and enjoyed the beautiful weather and vistas of the Belmont campus. One guest was eager "to go back to Middle School" after a fun-filled, but also stimulating day!

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  • Engaging with Community Partners

    On a recent Human Development Day, students engaged in meaningful work with community partners including Special Olympics, local food banks, schools with special needs or under-served students, youth centers, senior living communities, and more. Juniors took on a project closer to home by studying how to make our campus more accessible to the clients of our community partners. View photos
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  • Celebrating the Lunar New Year

    The annual Lunar New Year Banquet brought our Crystal community together on the Upper School campus as we celebrated the Year of the Pig. Delicious food and dazzling student performances were the main attraction. The evening was a celebration of the rich cultural identities found in our community and a reminder of how lucky we are to have these varied perspectives.
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  • Understanding History Through Impressionism

    It is not unusual to find Kent Holubar's history students in the art room. Most of his classes incorporate a hands-on art lesson as a way to understand different themes in history. Honors European History students were taught Impressionist painting techniques by art teacher Todd Lanam in the studio, particularly how the Impressionists "tried to paint the distinction...
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  • Crystal Squash Finishes 9th in the Nation

    Crystal Squash competed in the Division 1 Squash finals in early February in Connecticut. They faced a tough first round, losing 4-3 to St. Paul's (Amy Richards current school--she was on hand to root on both teams!), but ended up winning the consolation bracket against St. Anne's and McDonough Schools to nab a top ten finish for the year.  View photos
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  • Lip Sync & Snow Day

    It was an epic smash-up for the ages! Two of the school's most treasured traditions became one giant day of school spirit and fun. The entire school was whisked away to the Palace of Fine Arts in the San Francisco Presidio where the Gryphons took over the entire building, including the theater, which hosted Lip Sync.
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  • Voice as Power

    The 6th graders are deeply immersed in a Voice as Power unit, a study of poetry. Drawing inspiration from poems such as Eve Merriam's "How to Eat a Poem," Langston Hughes' "Mother to Son," and Kwame Alexander's "Dribbling" (part of his book, The Crossover), students have already crafted seven poems, not including the ones created during our Found Poetry project in the Maker Space.
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  • January

    Upper School's Family & Friends Day

    We celebrated Family & Friends Day on January 28 at the Upper School by sharing classes, exploring the campus, and breaking bread with guests from a few generations shadowing students during a regular school day. View photos
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  • Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    The Crystal community celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with events on both campuses led by student and faculty leaders of the Diversity Committee, Keep it Real Club, and the Multicultural Leadership Team. View photos here
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  • A Visit to SFMOMA

    SFMOMA is often considered one of the best modern art museums in the country, rivaled only by its counterpart in New York. Crystal fine arts students take an annual fall pilgrimage to the museum to explore exhibits and gain inspiration for their own work.  

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  • An Evening with Award-winning Poet Dr. Idris Anderson

    To kick off the New Year, the CSUS Alumni Board was proud to host retired English Department Chair, Dr. Idris Anderson, who regaled a “sold out” crowd of alumni, alumni parents, faculty and friends with a reading from her latest award-winning volume of poetry, Doubtful Harbor. Idris’ selected reading of travel-themed poems transported the audience to Kuala Lumpur, Ireland, New Zealand, Alaska and beyond.
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Crystal Springs Uplands School


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