From the Fall 2011 Caller
Admission and financial aid director Sara Nordhoff and Knight Family Scholars director Chad Faber chat about admissions, financial aid, and what brought them to their careers. Chad came to CGS from admissions work at Harvard, and Sara’s work in admissions included the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Mt. Holyoke, and Bennington.
FINANCIAL AID FACTS
We had record-breaking attendance at our preschool through 12th grade open house on November 13. More than 700 visitors sampled classes, toured our beautiful campus, and talked with students, teachers, and current parents.
Don't worry if you missed open house. We offer an information evening on Thursday, January 19, for families applying to all divisions. More information including times and speakers available soon.
Watch the video clip of school head Lark Palma addressing guests before their tours and classroom visits.
Overheard at open house
“Thank you so much for putting on such a wonderful event today. We were able to spend time talking with the kindergarten and first grade teachers and continue to be very impressed by how the arts and music are integrated into the Catlin Gabel experience. We had a great time. We are excited to continue the application process with our son.” — parents visiting the Beginning and Lower Schools
“My wife and I have been to several open houses and yours did the best at evoking the character of the school. The students were approachable, and the teachers did an excellent job of conveying the philosophy and goals of the curriculum. My daughter went in with an open mind yet had a bias towards another school. Now in her mind Catlin is head-and-shoulders above the others, and we agree.” — parents visiting the Upper School
"Our friends were surprised when we chose Catlin Gabel for our scientist daughter. We examined programs carefully and agreed that Catlin Gabel was the best choice because the school offers a broad background in scientific skills and ideas. She is a happy freshman, and we are very happy we made the right choice." — current parent and volunteer open house tour guide
Highlights from the student panel presentation on academics in the Upper School
“There’s no busy work. Coming from another school I was used to doing 20 problems of the same thing over and over again. Coming into Catlin all the homework is purposeful. And because of the homework policy if you come to 45 minutes on a math assignment and don’t have time to finish, you can talk to the teacher. The teacher will meet you during office hours and not penalize you for not finishing it."
“The older you get the more choice you have on classes. As a senior I do have a lot of homework but I really enjoy learning about all the class topics because I chose them.”
“The focus is on the learning. Even if you are getting straight A's you still have constructive criticism in your narrative [written] evaluations.”
“When I take a biology test I’m not asked to just throw out information that I learned from a textbook. I’m supposed to analyze it in a different way. And then the teacher will look at that – can you take the information you learned and think about it in a new way? I came from a very academically challenging middle school and after we got back tests we’d ask, "How'd you do?" – we compared ourselves to each other. For some people that’s not a good thing because if they are not doing well they’re just going to give up. Here at Catlin Gabel there is a focus on self progress and improving yourself.
Girls Soccer Final
Saturday, November 19
Liberty High School
Join us for this exciting match as the varsity girls soccer team faces their friendly rivals for the state title.
Every CG voice is needed.
Admission: Cash or VISA/MasterCard only | Adult $8 | Student $5
Can't attend the game? » Check out the webcast on OSAA.tv
Peter Lind ’08, a senior at the Air Force Academy, has won a prestigious Marshall Scholarship. He was one of 14 candidates advanced by the academy for the Marshall process.
The British government offers Marshall Scholarships to no more than 40 U.S. citizens each year. The scholarship program is named after General George C. Marshall, who helped engineer the Marshall Plan in Europe following the World War II. Scholarship winners, selected from about 1,000 applicants, study towards a master's degree at any university in the United Kingdom.
Peter plans to pursue an MLitt in international security studies and a second MLitt in Middle Eastern and Asian security studies.
After graduating from the Air Force Academy and receiving his commission as a lieutenant this coming May, he will most likely return to the Air Force Academy for a short time to teach younger cadets about the competitive scholarship process. In the summer between his two years in the UK, he will work with the British Air Force. After finishing his degree, Peter will enter directly into pilot training, likely in Texas, to become trained as a fighter pilot for his active duty service. Later he plans to become a military attaché or foreign area officer in the Middle East or Asia.
Peter was very gracious in attributing part of his successful pursuit of the Marshall Scholarship to the preparation he received at Catlin Gabel. He told science teacher Paul Dickinson (Mr. D) he was way ahead of most other Air Force Academy students in his writing skills and work ethic.
Peter added in an email, “Mr. D wrote a letter of recommendation for this scholarship and has played an incredible role throughout my education. I would also like to note that my time in Cuba [during a Catlin Gabel global education trip] was highlighted in paperwork and during my interview at the British Consulate-General – a big thanks to [Spanish teacher] Roberto Villa.”
Eric Adjetey Anang Slide Lecture
Monday, November 7
Eric Adjetey Anang, a Ga fantasy coffin sculptor from Ghana, is an artist in residence at Catlin Gabel from November 7 to November 11. We have invited him here to demonstrate his amazing art of sculpting a coffin out of wood in whatever shape a family feels best represents their deceased elder. He will be sculpting a woodworker’s hand plane, approximately 7’ long, 3’ wide, and 4’ high, on the front deck of the Barn. Please come ask him questions, watch him work, and feel free to participate in the building of the hand plane.
Two years ago, Michael de Forest, the LS woodshop teacher, traveled to Ghana for a summer and studied with Eric in his carpentry shop in Teshie, near Accra. There is also a US trip planned for Ghana from July 29 to August 19, 2012, where students will be working in the Kane Kwei Carpentry Shop with Eric.
Maggie's film, Someone That the World Forgot, received the Heart Award in the NW Film Center's Young People's Film Festival. Professional filmmakers selected the winning films from 150 entries.
Maggie made the movie last year during a collaboration project with students at Maru-a-Pula, our sister school in Botswana. The film is set to a poem by Lulwama K. Mulau, a Maru-a-Pula student.
Peter and his wife, Christine Portfors, associate professor of biology at Washington State University Vancouver, host their annual Bat Talk from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, in the Dengerink Administration building, room 110 at Washington State University in Vancouver. This event is an especially fun fall activity for families with children ages 4 – 12 and is free and open to the public.
While the season often calls for depicting bats as blood-sucking, vicious creatures, now families have an opportunity to see live bats up close and learn why these animals are largely misunderstood. In addition to teaching guests about bats, Christine and Peter will offer fun children’s activities including arts and crafts.
In their presentation, Peter and Christine dispel popular folklore and teach guests about the beneficial role bats play in nature managing insect pests, pollinating plants and dispersing seeds. They will showcase different bat species and introduce guests to a few of their captive tropical fruit bats.
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Avenue off the 134th Street exit form either I-5 or I-205. Parking is free on weekends.
On October 20, students on Catlin Gabel cross country teams had the opportunity to meet all of the professional runners from the Nike Oregon Project and run with them on the wood chip trails surrounding Nike’s campus. After an introduction to all of the professional athletes by head coach Alberto Salazar, the cross-country team headed out for a few miles around the Beaverton campus.
ABOUT LAUREN REGGERO-TOLEDANO
Lauren Reggero-Toledano received a bachelor's in education (elementary education and Spanish) from the University of Miami, followed by a master's in Spanish language and cultures from the University of Salamanca, Spain. In August 2009 she was awarded a Teacher Fellowship Grant by the American ImmigrationCouncil for a Spanish V class project, “The Hispanic Presence in Oregon: During the Great Depression and Today.” For the last five years she has made a concerted effort to make service learning in the local Hispanic community an integral part of the Spanish V curriculum. Visit her Spanish V class page for more on the service component in Lauren’s class.
ABOUT NAIS AND THE TEACHERS OF THE FUTURE PROGRAM
The Klingenstein Foundation offered NAIS a generous grant for the Teachers of the Future program through which each teacher will receive a $1,000 stipend for participating in the program.
The National Association of Independent Schools, based in Washington, DC, is a voluntary membership organization for over 1,400 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad. Independent schools are distinct from other private schools in that they are independently governed by boards of trustees and are funded primarily through tuition, charitable contribution, and endowment income. To be eligible for membership in NAIS, schools must be accredited, nondiscriminatory, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.
Thanks go to media arts teacher Brendan Gill for taking these great photos of the community gathering in the Barn, fans at the field, the jazz band at halftime, and awesome JV and Varsity girls soccer.