Here's where the class of 2014 is going to college!
Three films by Catlin Gabel 8th graders received awards at the Middle School Media Festival at Bush School in Seattle:
"Free Yourself" by Andrei Stoica and Katie Truong: Honorable Mention
"Welcome To The Hood" by Stuart Ryan, Mason Snider, and Elliott White: Audience Award
"One Fish Two Fish Dead Fish Chewed Fish" by Piper Kizziar, Kathryn Putz and Rachael Underwood: Audience Award & Teacher’s Choice Award
Congratulations to the filmmakers and their teacher, Brendan Gill.
Four individuals and three teams of two and have made it to the top 46 Pacific Northwest Regional Finals of the International Youth Silent Film Festival. As finalists, their work will be showcased May 19 – 21, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.
Congratulations to individual finalists freshman Gus Edelen O’Brien, and sophomores Søren Anderson, Becca Dunn, and Nic Bergen; and to team finalists freshmen Reuben Schafir and Vikram Nallakrishnan, Elena Lee and Zulema Young-Toledo, and Ben Waitches-Eubanks and Javin Dana.
The International Youth Silent Film Festival is a nonprofit organization that gives youth the opportunity to show their work at an annual competition. To purchase tickets, contact the Hollywood Theatre or call 503-281-4215.
Students in the PLACE urban studies class joined forces with students from Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Oregon, to give a presentation about food security at a virtual international youth conference.
Other presenting groups were from Grand Rapids, Michigan; Medellin, Colombia; Lima, Peru; and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The conference was at 6 a.m. PST, so the students from Oregon awakened at 4:30 to set up at Rex Putnam at 5:30 a.m.
The mayor of Grand Rapids addressed the conference and said he was grateful to have youth tackling the important issues of food sustainability and equity.
Representatives from the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability also attended the virtual conference from locales in Germany, Bangladesh, and Brazil.
The presentations were informative, the questions were rich, and everyone learned a lot about local food issues in different countries.
Catlin Gabel's CommuniCare Club strives to enable youth in the Portland area to expand and increase their opportunities in education. This year, they made grants to LifeWorks, Minds Matter, New Avenues for Youth, Shadow Project, and SMART.
The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation established the CommuniCare program in 1998 to help teens learn about philanthropy and the needs of their community through grant making.
Curtain at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater in the new Creative Arts Center
Admission is free
The band also ran a workshop. Here are some photos sent in by MyLinda King
Thank you to the PFA for organizing this favorite parent community meeting of the year. Standing room only! Thanks also to the senior panelists: Katie Fournier, Theo Knights, Liban Sheikh, Alexis Shoemaker, Lewis Holland, and Erin Wynne. College counselor Kate Grant did a great job of setting the stage and moderating. Here are a few highlights.
What advice do you have for students coming into the Upper School?
- The preseason sport team practices start in August, so joining a team is a great way to get to know other upper classmen and ease the transition.
- Try something you have never done before or are afraid to do!
- There are many opportunities so it is easy to overbook yourself. Choose one or two things that you really want to focus on.
What do you see as the strengths of the Upper School?
- There are so many connections you make with your teachers both inside and outside of the classroom. "My teachers are some of the best grown-ups I have ever met!"
- Since many faculty members are involved in extracurricular activities themselves, they understand if you need an extension because of a mock trial competition or a late soccer game.
- The new schedule has allowed students to get some work done during the school day. Getting credit for working on the school newspaper has also helped balance the workload.
What are some of the weaknesses of the Upper School?
- Communication and coordination between teachers regarding major assignment deadlines could be improved, particularly in humanities.
- The homework policy is not followed by many teachers and not enforced even though this issue is brought up every year.
- "The homework is challenging but that's good."
- Catlin Gabel students should show gratitude for all the opportunities that are given to them. It’s important to find ways to learn resilience and fight for something you care about in an environment where everything is available to you.
- We need more interaction with the outside world.
What are your senior internship projects?
- Projects range from fixing typewriters to working with a photojournalist with the Oregonian to helping a fashion designer with her first show.
What were your best moments at Catlin Gabel?
- Interacting with the teachers.
- Getting positive feedback and learning what you are good at.
- The last day of junior year and the “I did it!” feeling.
- Getting the college acceptance letter.
- Working with other students to achieve something together, for example designing all of the costumes in a production.
What about some of your worst moments?
- Failing at something: but that’s a learning experience.
- Freshman English.
- Arriving as a new freshman and not knowing anyone.
- Being slammed with schoolwork.
Tell us about your global trips.
- Taking trips during sophomore year works well. There is a trip for everyone.
- Nepal was amazing. It was a very different trip from the France trip, which was designed around learning the language. In France, we had homestays and went to school with the French students.
- This summer, one panelist is walking 500 miles from Geneva to Rome. The group is doing training hikes together now.
- “After every trip, I come back with a new best friend.”
How did you spend your summers?
- Answers ranged from getting a job or internship to taking a college class to traveling with family to chilling out and having a good time.
How would you rank the degree of difficulty of the four years in the US?
The consensus from easiest to most difficult seemed to be: (1) sophomore year– because we have figured out the workload, (2) junior year, (3) first semester of senior year because of the added pressure of college applications, (4) freshman year.
What advice do you have for parents?
- Let your child fail on his or her own and learn from mistakes. Trust that they will mature as they move through the US.
- Let your child do what they want to do when it comes to extracurricular activities and don’t interfere. Let them figure out their passions.
- Continue to support your child if his or her interests change.
- Don’t panic if your child does not do well. Be supportive. Your child will come around.
- Do encourage your child to communicate with his or her teacher.
- Don’t hound your child about homework unless it’s a huge issue. If they want to take the night off, then it is his or her decision.
- Let them grow up and figure it out on their own. Give them space.
The Flaming Chickens won the Chairman's Award at the Pacific Northwest District Championships, just as they had done at the Oregon State District competition. They will compete in St. Louis against the best teams in the world. Only three other teams from Oregon qualified for the world championships. The Chairman's Award recognizes the team that has done the most to increase the appreciation and expansion of STEM education in their communities. The Chairman's Award team of sophomores Iris Ellenberg and Jacob Bendicksen, and freshman Robin Attey did a fabulous job of presenting.
Daniel is one of three Oregonians and one of fewer that 200 students nationwide to make it to this level of competition. He placed in the 98th percentile—worldwide—of 9th grade students who took the qualifying test. All the best on your next set of exams, Daniel.
Catlin’s robotics team, the Flaming Chickens, won the Chairman’s Award at the Oregon State University district competition. This most prestigious honor is given to the team that "best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST,” the nonprofit that organizes the competitions.
Teams that win the Chairman’s Award run the best engineering outreach programs in the world, and the Flaming Chickens are no different. They run three offseason competitions each year in the Catlin Gabel gym, demo their robots at events around Portland, and give back to the community through projects like ScumBot, which is funded by the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grant. They also contribute to the community – high school members coach Middle School LEGO robotics teams, and they’ll be showcasing their program at Spring Festival on May 4.
Pacific Northwest District Championship
Thursday, April 10 — Saturday, April 12
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission is free
Come cheer on the Flaming Chickens as they compete against 64 teams for a spot at the World Championships in St. Louis. The prime time to come is Saturday at 1:15 p.m. for the final rounds. If you come, be sure to check out the pit area in the basement where teams feverishly repair their robots between matches.
See schedules and live streaming links at http://oregonfirst.org/events/pnw-frc-championship/
Game animation video (sorry about the advertising at the start -- it's worth the wait)
Six CG students presented their science research at the invitation-only Northwest Science Expo at PSU: seniors Nick Petty and Kristin Qian; junior Valerie Ding; sophomores Nic Bergen and Anirudh Jain; and freshman Nikhil Murthy,
Nikhil placed 1st in chemistry and received the Outstanding Chemistry Project Award from the American Chemical Society. Nikhil's project was chosen to advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Valerie placed 1st in physics and astronomy, won Best of Fair, and these awards: Outstanding Geoscience Award from the Association of Women Geoscientists; Outstanding Applied Chemistry Project Award from the American Chemical Society; Outstanding Chemistry Project Award from Iota Sigma Pi; the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry; the Sustainable Development Award from the Ricoh Corporation, and an OSU Engineering College scholarship. She qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair at an earlier competition.
Anirudh placed 2nd in chemistry and received the Naval Excellence in Science and Engineering Award from the Office of Naval Research, US Navy and Marine Corps
The Upper School Science Olympiad team took home four gold, one silver, and five bronze medals! Congratulations to seniors Katie Zechnich, Dina Zaslovsky, Erin Wynne, Jonathan Yau, Lewis Fitzgerald-Holland juniors Valerie Ding, Forrest Kwong, Brendan Edelson, Eric Wang; sophomore Iman Wahle; and freshmen Maria Chang and Adolfo Apolloni.
The Middle School team earned four gold, six silver, and four bronze medals in 23 events. Congratulations to 6th grader Jimmy Maslen; 7th graders Alexander Yu, Andrei Stoica, Arman Asgharzadeh, Avi Gupta, Harry Popowich, Matt Leungpathomaram, Nicholas Springer, Noor Wahle, Robbie McMonies, Spencer Shoemaker, Sydney Nagy, Tyler Nguyen; and 8th graders Sarah Daniels and Roy Stracovsky.