Upper School students of Spanish 3 Honors, Spanish 4 Honors, and AP Spanish attended the dress rehearsal of the opera, El último sueño de Frida y Diego, and stopped for lunch at the Pueblo de Los Angeles on Olvera Street.
Senior Daisy M. put together a thoughtful research project under the guidance of Social Science teacher Andrew McElwee, "Women in Iran: Oppression and Media Filtration," which became the topic for the second DEI Symposium of the year.
Last weekend, seniors in Mr. Barker's Honors Algorithms & Data Structures computer science class, Max W. and Zachary K., competed in Hack the Wave, San Diego's largest high school hackathon for students in grades 9-12.
Last weekend, students Sydney B., Catherine C., Miles G., Noah J., Mitchell K., Ava M., Stella M., Charlotte P., Jillian S., and Zac. S. and parents Amanda Brown, Necy Cruz, Jessica Goldsmith, Jasmind Jones, Stacy Michrowski, and Jenni Sikov showed up to represent Buckley at the Sherman Oaks Street Fair, taking time out of their weekend to don polos and spirit wear and talk up Buckley to passersby in 90-degree heat.
Last week, our ninth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students ventured into the great outdoors, traveling to El Capitan Canyon along the Santa Barbara coast, Grant’s Grove in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, and Camp Ramah in the Ojai Valley.
Venturing through campus and up to Gilley Field, students in kindergarten, first, and second grade were in for a treat! Each class represented countries from around the world including France, England, Chile, Italy, Ireland, and Mexico. Students spent the morning playing soccer, exercising, and enjoying time playing with their friends.
Former NASA astronaut, Columbia professor of mechanical engineering, and the senior advisor for space programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Mike Massimino visited an Astronomy Club meeting via Zoom last week during lunch, on April 26.
Just when it felt as though we were just getting started, we finished the final main stage production of the year, the dance concert. This year’s theme was Fem and Ism. All Upper School dance classes and the advanced Middle School dance class participated. Most of the dances in the concert were choreographed by students within these classes.
With eight weekends spent on campus, 150 hours spent after school, and three competitions attended, the Buckley 1661 Griffitrons traveled to Port Hueneme, Orange County, and El Segundo to compete in the FIRST regional competitions.
This year’s robotics team, led by captains Sienna S., Paul H., and Addison F., and club advisors Paul Barker and Nick Carrillo, spent hours after school and on weekends preparing for each competition. For the 2023 season, the team competed in three regional competitions: Port Hueneme, Orange County, and El Segundo.
The week before spring break Buckley students engaged in many festivities and competitions as part of Spirit Week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and class representatives from each grade help set up decorations, plan festivities, and choreograph group dance productions.
Tony Cameron '73 returned to his alma mater to talk baseball with the boy's varsity team and coaching staff. Recently in town to honor his late father, film and television star Rod Cameron at the Gene Autry Museum, Tony toured the campus and learned about the latest renovation projects, which include upgrades to the Lower School and Gilley Field.
On March 17, Middle School BSC students spent their afternoon transforming the Disney Pavilion into a winter wonderland in preparation for the dance later that evening! At the event, students enjoyed a fun night with their friends, dancing and making memories.
Early morning Tuesday, March 15, delegates from Buckley Model United Nations made their way to LAX to catch their 7:00 a.m. flight to New York City, culminating all of their hard work in public speaking and preparing position papers full of research about Buckley's assigned country: Norway.
In November 2022, sophomore Lauren P. completed the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 12, scoring in the top 2.5% of the nation and moving on to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) competition, described by the Mathematical Association of America as a “15 question, 3-hour examination in which each answer is an integer number from 0 to 999.”
Why is it important to be active? How can we balance our eating to make sure we are getting the nutrients we need? Students in kindergarten through second grade learned about this in more during the annual K-2 Health Expo led by Lower School PE coaches Sue Cole and John Holland with an opening presentation from Buckley parent Dr. Anthony Cardillo.
Heavy snowfall added an extra layer of literary coziness to this year’s annual trip to Iowa, which Upper School students embark on every year as part of Buckley’s partnership with the prestigious Non-Fiction Writing Program (NWP) at Iowa University.
Did you know that women couldn’t open credit cards until 1974? This month, Middle School teachers Emily Boudreau and Andrew Kaila collaborated with Upper School students in FITE (Feminists Insisting on Total Equality) Club to deliver a presentation on feminism, gender identity, and consent to the Middle School on March 16.
Calling all Buckley Bookworms! Want to pick up a copy of the Owl Diaries series? Or read about the adventures of Rainbow Magic Fairies? We have some good news! The Lower School Library has reopened its doors, and you can find these titles and so much more!
Seventh graders Avery D., Rose H., Catelyn P., and Eden P. approached gardening teacher Andrew Kaila with an idea to use rocks harvested from the Nature Trail to create an activity for the kindergarten classes.
This year, Sports Card Club founders and co-leaders Beckham C. and Griffin F., in collaboration with Assistant Director of DEI and K-12 Service Learning Coordinator Sabine Abadou, are leading an effort to encourage their peers to volunteer for the AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) Program, which provides soccer and basketball experiences for children and adults ages 4 1/2 and up, whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams.
Buckley cleaned up at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this semester! Please join us in congratulating the following student writers and artists who collectively won dozens of awards this year for works that, according to Scholastic, express “originality, skill, and/or the emergence of personal voice or vision.”
Addressing the need for coalition building and allyship, Tim Wise spoke to parents/guardians and Upper School students in a talk titled, "Toward a More Perfect Union: Leading with Hope in the Face of Rising Hate."
Earlier this month, the math department received some exciting news: Buckley earned the College Board's AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women's access to AP Computer Science A (CSA).
This month, psychologist and school consultant Dr. Michael Thompson joined us on campus to give presentations to parents and guardians, students in fourth through twelfth grade, and faculty and staff about friendship and college among other topics.
Eighteen Upper School students and five chaperones set out at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, January 20, to embark on Buckley’s first-ever field trip to Palm Springs, where they would learn about and experience the interconnection of plants, animals (including humans!), and the elements.
As always, the Middle and Upper School orchestra, band, and chorus prepared exquisite music for this year’s Winter Concert, held in Buckley's Center for Community and the Arts on January 28. To learn a little bit more about the students' endeavors, I talked with Hudson F., Aiko O., and Griffin P., asking them about their experiences in the concerts.
“I don’t like to be confined to just one material,” says artist Mike Saijo of his multi-media pieces that often include photographs, Xerox’d book pages, fabric, and other materials. “For me, art is truth in physical form.”
What could be more trans-disciplinary than nature? In the lunchtime gathering, “The Healing Powers of Nature,” Upper School students explored the many ways the natural world shows up in science, literature, activism, and politics.
As part of Buckley’s ongoing efforts to promote environmental literacy and justice, Upper School students enrolled in Tipping Points, How to Save the Planet, and AP Environmental Studies gathered at the southern tip of the Academic and Performing Arts Building to construct what may likely be the first of many living green walls on campus.
Buckley Communications interns have been hard at work in year two of the program, curating content and learning about the field through hands-on experience. Here’s a taste of what they’ve been working on…
During the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, I attended the Southern California 52nd Gala celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., along with many of my friends in MLK Young Dreamers for Justice, a group I co-founded in the seventh grade. We pride ourselves on enacting change through bridging communities, service, and activism.