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2017-2018 Synthesis Unit: The Art and Science of Happiness

Students and faculty were invited to join speaker, Josette Tkacik, at one of her very spirited Zumba classes!

“A speaker that impacted me was Josette Tkacik, her story was just amazing. She went from being a dancer in a dance company to being so sick she couldn’t get out of bed. She went through doctors telling her she was sick with an incurable disease. She didn’t give up but began doing Zumba and now has a hug class six times

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Anacapa School Shadow Days

Anacapa School Shadow Days are designed to give prospective students and their families a chance to experience the daily academic and social life at Anacapa, so you have all the pieces to the puzzle.

You will experience a day in the life of an Anacapa School student and see firsthand how Anacapa does grades 7-12 like no one else.

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Beginning-of-the-Year Trip: Tuolumne Meadows


Beginning of the Year Trip: Tuolumne Meadows,
Yosemite National Park

September 14-18, 2017

Faculty Chaperones Included Paul Nolan, John Luca, Hugo Macario, Emily Regan, Gordon Sichi, and Suzie Sichi, with Alum Guest Megan Eckert

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Thursday, September 14

On Thursday morning the entire school traveled by charter bus toward Yosemite National Park.  Despite the early departure, spirits were high as legendary airbus driver David Harkness led us away from 814 Santa Barbara St.  There was a brief stop at … Read more

End-of-the-Year Trip: Dodgers Stadium & Sage Hill Trip

Lower School students gather around the picnic table for a dinner they prepared themselves.

Dodgers Stadium & Sage Hill Trip

June 11-14, 2017

Faculty Chaperones Included Bryan Anderson, Emily de Moor, Hugo Macario, Brittany Ragan, Emily Regan, Gordon Sichi, Suzie Sichi, and Dillon Yuhasz

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Student Quote:

“It was really enjoyable to listen to all of the positive comments people had to say to each other during our trip. It made me smile and it really showed me that

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2017 Synthesis Unit immerses students in Ocean Health


“Healthy Ocean, Healthy Sharks,” Darcy Bradley (center), Postdoctoral Researcher, Marine Science Institute

Before the Ocean Health Synthesis Unit, I knew vaguely about ocean acidification and temperature changes due to climate change. The Synthesis Unit opened my eyes to how these things happened and the impact they have had on both humans and marine life. – 10th grade

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‘Canopy Meg’ Takes Study of Treetops to New Heights

The Channel City Club was founded in 1946 in Santa Barbara, California, to provide the community with a local venue for outstanding speakers on state, national and international issues. Anacapa School has been a member of the Channel City Club for the past three years and has been reporting on the lectures for Noozhawk school news. Students attend six to seven luncheon presentations each year.

Below is an article published recently on by one of our science-minded sophomore students,

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“You don’t lose until you quit trying.”

Living up to Anacapa School’s longstanding tradition of honoring veterans who have served our Nation, students and faculty had three exceptional opportunities this fall to connect with our national history.

The Moving Wall

On October 12, 2016, Anacapa School was again given the high honor of helping to assemble The Moving Vietnam Memorial Wall, a half sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. Every time The Moving Wall has come to Santa Barbara since 1986, Anacapa School … Read more

Beginning-of-the-Year Trip: Santa Cruz Island

All school photo at Smugglers Cove, September 2016

Santa Cruz Island Trip

September 19 – September 22, 2016

Teacher chaperones included: Paula Campanelli, Emily de Moor, Hugo Macario, Emily Regan, Brittany Ragan, Gordon Sichi, and Dillon Yuhasz

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Student Quotes:

“I remember the time when I went snorkeling in the ocean. Seeing the ocean from this perspective was unlike anything I have seen before in my life. Seeing all the kelp growing as tall as a tree, seeing fish Read more

Anacapa Celebrates Commencement at the Historic Casa de la Guerra

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Taking the microphone to address the crowd gathered in the historic Casa de La Guerra courtyard Friday, June 10, Anacapa School seniors confidently delivered their senior speeches.

The honor of a senior speech is a tradition at Anacapa School graduations, and every year each speech is as unique as the individuals who deliver them.

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End-of-the-Year Trip: Wind Wolves Preserve

Group photo at Wind Wolves Preserve, June 2016.

Wind Wolves Preserve Trip

June 5 – June 8, 2016

Teacher chaperones included: Emily de Moor, Emily Regan, Gordon Sichi, Suzie Sichi, Hugo Macario, and Dillon Yuhasz

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Student Quotes:

“I really liked the 3.5 mile hike we took. I got to bond with fellow classmates, which was very fun. While we were hiking, I really appreciated the beauty of the plain hills. It is nice to see an area just Read more

March Special 2016: Doing 35 Volunteer Activities to Celebrate 35 Years!

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March Special is a long-standing tradition at Anacapa. Each year March Special takes place the day after the auction and is a time for students and faculty to bond over an off-campus activity. This year, in keeping with our ever-present spirit of volunteerism and our commitment to do 35 volunteer activities to celebrate our 35th anniversary, we sent four teams of students out into the community for a morning of volunteer work.

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Synthesis Unit 2016, Human Migration: The Search For a Better Life

“Il Viaggio dei Disperati” by Umberto Romano

“This year’s Synthesis Unit was a wonderful learning experience… The thing that hit closest to home were the stories of the migrants. Such wide varieties of people traveling to such different locations inspired me to take action and help some of them out. Hearing their stories made me very thankful for what I have. It was a wonderful week!” -9th Grade Student

2015-2016 Synthesis Unit Schedule Facebook Photos • Video Snapshot: Consul

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Anacapa Students Learn Lessons on Leadership From Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Anacapa students got the opportunity to hear from Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates during his recent visit to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. Two Anacapa students, Elena and Nike, submitted an article about Mr.Gates’ presentation, which was published in Noozhawk and is included below.

Source: Nike Cosmides and Elena Alcerro for Anacapa School

Robert Gates, former secretary of defense, spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.

His newly published book, A Read more

Anacapa School Students Learn From Renowned Photojournalist Santi Visalli

Anacapa photography teacher Alison Strelich and Anacapa student Rocelia talk with photojournalist Santi Visalli at his current exhibit at Cal State Channel islands.

In keeping with a long-established history of creating opportunities for Anacapa School students to meet and learn from industry experts from a wide variety of backgrounds, Anacapa students spent several hours with Santi Visalli, a world-renowned photojournalist whose iconic photographs of influential people and places ran in newspapers, graced the covers of hundreds of magazines, filled the … Read more

Anacapa Honors Veterans

Students pose with World War II veteran Bill Livingstone following his Veterans Day 2015 presentation at Anacapa.

Stories teach in remarkable ways. This concept is not new at Anacapa School where community members, speakers, and storytellers are invited regularly for an event called Breakfast Club, an Anacapa tradition at which the entire student body and faculty assemble to learn directly from the people involved in a wide range of real world professions.

Anacapa Breakfast Clubs have hosted politicians, news anchors,

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Grape Stomp 2015

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GS/BBMR Grape Stomp was a Huge Success!

This year’s Grape Stomp at the Fess Parker Winery took on an exciting new dimension. Barney Berglund, a devoted Anacapa board member and local cycling hero, died tragically from cancer on February 4, 2014. To honor Barney, Anacapa School sponsored a 50-mile ride to Tepusquet and a 30-mile ride to Sisquoc for his friends and other cyclists to enjoy. Three local cycling clubs came … Read more

Beginning-of-the-Year Trip: Big Sur

Students pose in front of a sculpture of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet (3,000 BP) at Hearst Castle.

Beginning-of-the-Year Trip to Big Sur, September 27 – October 1, 2015

Teachers: Bryan Anderson, Emily de Moor, Hugo Macario, Emily Regan, Gordon Sichi, Suzie Sichi, Dillon Yuhasz

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Student Testimonials

“As the years go by, the beginning and end-of-the-year trips continue to help prepare me for adulthood. Whether it’s being away from home for  a week, developing leadership skills, or engaging … Read more

Grape Stomp 2015

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Advance online ticket sales end October 10. Tickets will be available at the door.

2015 Anacapa Purple Toes Grape Stomp
Featuring the Barney Berglund Memorial Bike Ride

Purple toes, great eats, the serenity of a grand winery. All to help the Barney Berglund Scholarship Fund of Anacapa School. Grades 7-12 like no one else!

Sunday, October 11, 2015 
Fess Parker Winery
6200 Foxen Canyon Road • Los Olivos, California 93441

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Anacapa Graduation Says It Loud and Clear: We’re a Small School with a Big Heart!

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As much as any Anacapa tradition, Anacapa School’s annual commencement and all-school awards ceremony speaks volumes about the small school with a big heart. Almost every student—from grades 7 through 12—comes to wish the graduates good luck and bid them farewell while parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends “pack the house” each year.

This year’s graduation on Friday, June 12 moved to a new venue, Casa de la Guerra. “We were delighted to be holding our … Read more

End-of-the-Year Trip: San Francisco

Students pose in front of Grace Cathedral, which is a replica of the French Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It also has a copy of Lorenzo Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise made from the original molds used by Ghiberti for the Baptistery in Florence.

Teachers: Bryan Anderson, Paula Campanelli, Hugo Macario, Megan Nesland, Gordon Sichi, Suzie Sichi, and Dillon Yuhasz

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

We left promptly at 6:00 am for San Francisco with our long-term, veteran … Read more

The Performing Arts Class Presents: “Once on This Island”!

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The Performing Arts Class was a hit in their presentation of Once on This Island on May 8th and 9th at the Center Stage Theater in Paseo Nuevo.

Once on This Island is a captivating legend of romance between a peasant girl and a rich city boy whom she saves from death. This calypso-flavored story opens on a Caribbean island where villagers comfort a little girl with the story of the orphan Ti Moune, destined to love too … Read more

A Word From the English Department

Lower School Literature
The Lower School Literature class has had a very busy semester reading a lot, learning new vocabulary, studying grammar, and writing often. One of their favorite activities was keeping a journal in the voice of one of the characters in Lord of the Flies. Seeing the events of the novel through the eyes of one of the characters was fun for the student and offered many insights into the story. After they wrote character analyses, the students … Read more

Literature Society Luncheon

The students in the AP Literature class once again had the wonderful experience of attending a gathering of the Santa Barbara Literary Society luncheon. It is the eleventh time Anacapa students have been hosted by the Literary Society. Along with their teacher, Peggy Lauer, the students had the invaluable experience and honor of meeting privately with Hector Tobar, the author of Deep Down Dark, the true story of thirty-three Chilean miners who were trapped in a collapsed mine for sixty-nine … Read more

Sock Hop: A Musical Tribute to Early Rock and Roll

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The Performing Arts class and the Ensemble Music class joined together again to present a concert celebrating the origins of Rock and Roll music. The performance took place at Center Stage Theater in Paseo Nuevo on Friday and Saturday January 9th and 10th. Surprisingly, the students in Performing Arts did not know many songs from this era, so our first task was to introduce them to the 1950’s. We discussed the teenagers of this era, what they wore … Read more