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.