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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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)...
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.
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...
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!
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
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.