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"Fools" photo gallery

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Upper School play

Neil Simon's comedy about a teacher sent to a Russian hamlet cursed with chronic stupidity for 200 years premiered on Broadway in 1981. In a race against the clock, Leon the teacher will become stupid, too, if he fails to break the curse within 24 hours. Should he leave? Of course. But he can't because Leon falls in love with a girl so stupid she has ony recently learned how to sit down. But in the end, love conquers stupidity!

Thank you, John Hamilton, for these photos.

Calendar highlights for next year

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2012-13 calendar-at-a-glance

Upper School orientations, book pick-ups, locker assignments (specific dates and times for each grade level to follow)
Tuesday, September 4, and Wednesday, September 5

Middle School kick-off and classes begin
Tuesday, September 4

Lower School open house
Tuesday, September 4, 10 a.m. – noon

Lower School classes begin
Wednesday, September 5

Preschool classes begin for half of class
Kindergarten orientation
Wednesday, September 5

Preschool classes begin for half of class
Kindergarten classes begin
Thursday, September 6

Upper School classes begin
Thursday, September 6

Beginning School – all classes in session
Friday, September 7

Thanksgiving break
Wednesday, November 21 - Sunday, November 25

Winter break
Saturday, December 15 - Tuesday, January 1

Classes resume
Wednesday, January 2

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - no classes
Monday, January 21

Presidents' Day - no classes
Monday, February 18

Spring break (note: Friday is a no-school day)
Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 31

Memorial Day – no classes
Monday, May 27

Last day of classes
Friday, June 14

Saturday, June 15

Reserved days for closure make-up (if we have three or more unplanned closures)
June 17 – 19

Watch Portland mayoral candidates square off at Catlin Gabel

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CatlinSpeak student newspaper staff members ran a sensational event. Congratulations to them!

Thank you, Cody Hoyt '13, for video and post-production work.

MLK community meeting photo gallery

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The Lower School community celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with songs, poetry, and powerful lessons about courage, American history, and our hopes and dreams for a better world.

Two alumni businesses featured in New York Times

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Read the New York Times story about Gary Coover '00's company, Modify Watches, contracting with Riley Gibson '04's company, Napkin Labs, to turn Facebook followers into online communities and focus groups. Catlin Gabel connects!


Freshman Valerie Ding wins music competition

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Congratulations, Valerie!

Valerie Ding was named a winner in the Young Artists Debut! Concerto Competition. She was also named a winner in 2010. Valerie and the other winning soloists will perform with a combined orchestra of professional musicians from Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Ballet Theatre, conducted by Niel DePonte, on April 10 at the Newmark Theatre. Valerie will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, first movement.

» Link to MetroArts website and more information about the competition

English teacher Carl Adamshick named Oregon Book Award finalist

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Carl's poetry collection, Curses and Wishes (Louisiana State University Press), has been recognized by Literary Arts' annual book award in the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry category. Winners will be announced April 23.

Carl already won the Walt Whitman Award, one of the most prestigious poetry prizes in the country, for Curses and Wishes.

Link to June Oregonian article about Carl


Rick Fordyce '86 memorial service on January 7

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Rick Fordyce '86 died on December 26 in Austin, Texas, after a two-year battle with cancer.

His service is planned for Saturday, January 7.

Finley-Sunset Hills Mortuary and Sunset Hills Memorial Park

Viewing from 9 to 11 a.m.
Graveside at 11 a.m.

» Directions to Finley-Sunset Hills | 6801 Southwest Sunset Highway, Portland, OR 97225

Memorial service at Catlin Gabel's Cabell Center Theater

Noon – 2 p.m.

» Directions to Catlin Gabel | 8825 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225

Rick's parents, Nancy Ann and Donald Fordyce, have generously established the Richard Anthony Fordyce ’86 Memorial Scholarship Fund at Catlin Gabel. » Make a gift in Rick's memory.

Questions: Email or call Lauren Dully ’91, alumni relations director, 503-297-1894 ext. 363.

» Read the Oregonian obituary


Catlin Gabel Video Conversations #4

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Lark Palma asks James Furnary '12 about the college counseling support he's received at Catlin Gabel

St. George and the Dragon photo gallery

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Class of 2016 brings down the house

Click on any photo to enlarge images and start the slide show. Photos can be downloaded, too.

Catlin Gabel video conversations #3

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Lark Palma asks James Furnary '12 about the leadership skills he has honed at Catlin Gabel in this one-minute segment.