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.
Roger Gantz '89 leads boys varsity soccer team to victory in his first game as head coach – watch the highlights
Jonathan sailed his 14-foot rig alongside the top 113 boys and 52 girls from 48 countries including Japan, Peru, and Australia.
Join an Upper School Athletic Team
We encourage all students to join a Catlin Gabel team. Each year a number of students, particularly freshmen and sophomores, hesitate to come out for sports, believing they are too inexperienced to participate. Our no-cut policy allows for everyone to participate. We provide great opportunities for students to give new sports a try. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. We hope to see you on August 22, when preseason practice begins for soccer, volleyball, and cross-country.
For conditioning, skill development, and team organization, athletes planning to participate in the first fall contests are required to attend preseason practices. Athletes missing practices or arriving after the starting date will be withheld from competitions until they have completed nine practices.
Once classes begin on September 2, practices are after school from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. There is no practice on Labor Day.
Upper School Athletics 2011-12 Preseason Schedule
Monday, August 22 – Friday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Monday, August 29 – Thursday, September 1, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Roger Gantz, 503-780-3312
Monday, August 22 – Thursday, September 1, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Head Coach: Mark Lawton, 503-860-5164
Optional Soccer Camp through CG Summer Programs
August 15 – 19, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Grades 9 – 12 (or with permission)
Lisa Unsworth with Catlin Gabel soccer coaching staff
Work on skills, strategy, and fitness before soccer tryouts. Evenings include drills and technique, shooting, tactics, small-sided games, and full-sided scrimmages. Great preparation for preseason and upcoming league play.
Monday, August 15 – Friday, August 19, 4 – 8 p.m. (this is optional)
Monday, August 22 – Friday, August 26, 4 – 8 p.m.
Monday, August 29 – Wednesday, August 31, 4 – 8 p.m.
Head Coach: Chris Snelling, 503-841-8956
August 22 – August 26
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 –11 a.m.
Head Coach: John Hamilton, 503-645-7198
Optional cross-country summer practices
Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. for interval session. Meet at the gym.
Saturday at 9 a.m. for a 3 to 6 mile run. Meet at the bottom of the Leif Erickson Trail on NW Thurman Street.
Monday, August 15, 23rd annual Oak Hills preseason run • swim• ice cream social 7 – 9 p.m.
Notes for All Athletes
Students should have their own footwear properly broken in by the opening day of practice to avoid blisters. Wear athletic clothes suitable for the weather. Soccer players should bring water bottles to carry with them to the field. It is wise to start some conditioning well before August 22 in order to build fitness gradually. This will help avoid muscle soreness and injuries.
Family medical and emergency contact forms must be submitted online before the first day of practice. Update or approve your forms here. Also, all 9th and 11th graders must complete the pre-participation physical examination with their physicians and turn in the required paperwork before the first day of practice. State law requires the school to have the forms on file before students may practice. The forms were emailed in May, and are available in PDF format at the end of this article. Please call the Upper School office at ext. 318 if you have any questions about the forms.
Rising senior Katy Wiita swims in World Aquatic Championships, Team USA places 10th. Watch the video of their free routine.
Team: district champions, 8th at state
Connor Oliver: district champion, 1st team all-district, 8th at state, 2nd team all-state
Philip Paek: 3rd at district, 1st team all-district
James Furnary: 2nd team all-district
Team: 2nd at district, 5th at state
Sophia Roman: 1st team all-district
Logan Smesrud: 2nd team all-district
Cydney Smith: 3rd team all-district
Team: 2nd at district, 2nd at state
4 x 100 relay team: district and state champions
Mariah Morton, Linnea Hurst, Cammy Edwards, Eloise Miller
4 x 400 relay team: district champions, 3rd at state
Fiona Noonan, Cammy Edwards, Mariah Morton, Eloise Miller
Mariah Morton: district and state champion long jump; district and state champion triple jump
Eloise Miller: 2nd at district and state long jump; 2nd at district and state triple jump
Cammy Edwards: district champion, 2nd at state 300m hurdles; 2nd at district, 4th at state 100m hurdles
Hannah Rotwein: 2nd at district, 5th at state 3000m
Team: 6th at district
Eli Pelton Wilson: 2nd at district, state qualifier 110m hurdles; 2nd at district, 6th at state 300m hurdles
Parris Joyce: 2nd at district, 9th at state 800m
Team: 3rd at state
Kate Rubenstein: district runner up, state runner up
Team: 2nd at district, 2nd at state
Andrew Salvador: district champion, 3rd at state
Will Caplan and Reid Goodman: district doubles champions, state quarterfinals
Team record 0-19
Jesse Kimsey-Bennett: 2nd team all-district
Graham Fuller: honorable mention
Jared Woods: honorable mention
Junior Andrew Salvador won the district boys singles championship, seniors Will Caplan and Reid Goodman took the boys doubles title, and junior Kate Rubinstein finished as district runner up in girls singles. They will compete for state titles on May 20 and 21 in Eugene.
The boys team will compete at the state for the ninth consecutive time after winning their district title by 21 shots. The girls are going to state for the first time after finishing in second place at district. The state competition for boys and girls is on May 16 and 17 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. Congratulations, Eagles!
Three Catlin Gabel coaches were named state coach of the year for leading their teams to state championships. John Hamilton was honored for coaching boys golf and girls cross country, Hedy Jackson for boys tennis, and Lerry Baker for girls track and field. Thanks to these great coaches for all they do for our students, and congratulations to all three!
From the Winter 2010-11 Caller
NEWS FROM AROUND HONEY HOLLOW
OUR GREAT TEACHERS
OUR AMAZING STUDENTS
ATH LETICS and SPORTS KUDOS
From the Winter 2010-11 Caller
From Peter Gail ’96
From Roger Gantz ’89
From Greg Bates ’96
From the Winter 2010-11 Caller
BETSY McCORMICK & SUE HENRY
If you would like to make a gift in honor of any of these retirees, please call annual giving program director Sara Case at 503-297-1894 ext. 423.
From the Winter 2010-11 Caller
Why I Like Change
David Ellenberg, 8th grade history
The Traditional and the New in Art
Laurie Carlyon-Ward, Upper School visual art
Growing as a Teacher
Maggie Bendicksen, 5th grade
Language Teaching Demands Evolution
Roberto Villa, Upper School Spanish
A New Teaching Experience
Joanne Dreier, kindergarten
PE and Sports Change, too
John Hamilton, Upper School coach and PE/ health teacher
Keeping Up with Technology
Bob Sauer, Upper School science
Building on the Basics
Mark Pritchard, Middle School music
From the Winter 2010-11 Caller
It is a pilot program for the Upper School faculty to explore a new model for high school education and attract outstanding new high school students. The gift funds an endowed faculty member to direct the program and teach in the Upper School. In the anticipated inaugural year, 2012–13, we hope to enroll about four Knight Family Scholars as fully integrated members of the Upper School student body who benefit from our exceptional curriculum. The Knight Family Scholars Program is similar in concept to the Rhodes Scholar program in terms of the caliber of students who will qualify.
The current generation of students is far more sophisticated than previous generations. Their educational needs are evolving quickly. Educators must ask, what more can we do to prepare them? How can we ensure that they have a great liberal arts and sciences foundation for success in college, plus the experience and skills to thrive in a workforce and world that will change in ways we cannot imagine? Catlin Gabel teachers have envisioned a high school that is more real world, project based, experiential, and interdisciplinary—but limited resources have stymied our progress toward this goal. Now we can take some big steps in building on our curricular innovations and evolve more quickly. As a new Catlin Gabel faculty member, the Knight Family Scholars Program director will collaborate with our high school teachers and students to develop methods of teaching and learning that respond to the changing educational environment.
The genesis for the program stems from the Imagine 2020 conference held in the spring of 2006. A lasting idea that emerged from the conference was to enrich Catlin Gabel’s educational offerings by taking advantage of what our great city and region have to offer— using Portland as a learning laboratory. Bringing students together with creative, analytical, medical, political, entrepreneurial, and science leaders would further our experiential and progressive education goals. The intent is to get our students “off the hill,” as one alumnus put it in 2006. Our global education and PLACE programs, and the urban studies class in the Upper School, also stem from the Imagine 2020 conference.
As I got to know Phil, our shared interest in improving education emerged as a vitally important theme. Phil and Penny Knight are long-range visionaries and Oregon’s most generous individual education philanthropists, which is humbling and exciting. We talked about Ruth Catlin’s vision of modeling for others and how, because of our relatively small size, our success, and our focus on progressive education, we are the ideal school for innovation. I described some of the seminal ideas that emerged from the Imagine 2020 conference and how hard our teachers work to implement those ideas.
The faculty and the program director will have the opportunity to advance the exchange of ideas in seminars taught by a network of community experts, including some of our talented and notable parents, alumni, and grandparents. The seminars, both on and off campus, will examine topics that emerge from the shared interests of the students and the director as they move through the program together. The seminars will also respond to the availability of influential mentors, speakers, and guest instructors. Upper School students, not just Knight Family Scholars, will be able to attend seminars. It is vitally important that this is open and inclusive, and that we prevent any kind of “us and them” dynamic. We also expect that as the program grows, it will include opportunities for the Knight Scholars to travel nationally and abroad for summer learning.
The research is clear: high caliber students raise the level of learning for everyone. The positive peer effect is evident throughout our school. Students in our supportive, noncompetitive environment engage more deeply when their classmates are excited about the lab, discussion, problem solving, or literary analysis at hand. And, naturally, teachers are at their best when their students are highly engaged.
Prospective Knight Family Scholars Program participants will stand out in four key areas: academics, community service, athletics, and leadership. As Knight Scholars they will receive tuition assistance funded by the program’s endowment. The amount of assistance will depend on their families’ need. The program will attract well-rounded students who will inspire their peers, take advantage of everything Catlin Gabel has to offer, and go on to serve their communities.
Current and former Catlin Gabel students are ineligible to become Knight Scholars because one objective of the program is to attract new students and deepen our pool of admitted students. The Knight Scholars Program will raise the profile of our excellent Upper School and entice students who will be wonderful additions to our community.
The faculty, admission office, and a new program director will decide whom we accept.
Typically, when donors make large gifts to institutions they fund a position to oversee the program. We will launch a national search for a Knight Family Scholars Program director to fully realize the vision of this program. The director will be Catlin Gabel’s first endowed faculty member. This turning point for Catlin Gabel could very well lead to additional endowed faculty positions.
First and foremost, the director will find the right students for the program. A big part of the job is outreach and making a wide range of communities aware of the program and our school. As the program spokesperson, the director will bolster the Knight Family Scholars Program and our overall admission program. The director will also lead the scholars’ seminar and teach other Upper School classes so he or she is fully integrated into our faculty. We will hire a dynamic educator who becomes a vital member of our school community.
When we laid out strategic directions in 2003, one of our top three goals was to strengthen our identity and visibility in the community. We set out to identify and attract qualified, informed, and diverse applicants and to increase our applicant pool, particularly in the Upper School. The Knight Family Scholars Program will move us quickly and decisively towards these goals.
In 1987, the school received a $3.6 million bequest from the estate of Howard Vollum that allowed Catlin Gabel to establish an endowment fund. His foresight and generosity moved the school beyond a paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle.
The Knight Family Scholars Program raises our visibility as one of the leading independent schools in the country. On a purely financial and pragmatic level, the program releases financial aid dollars for students in all divisions. On a more philosophical and curricular level, the Knight Family Scholars Program will stretch us to take some risks about how we teach. All Catlin Gabel students will benefit from the innovations we pilot through the program. On a grander scale, my dream is to model innovations that can benefit students nationwide. We cannot underestimate the value of raising our profile, too. What’s good for Catlin Gabel’s reputation is good for Catlin Gabel’s students and teachers. As far as fundraising goes, this is the tip of the iceberg for all programs and needs of the school. I know Phil and Penny Knight’s generosity and confidence in Catlin Gabel will inspire others to give. In fact, two other donors are planning to contribute to this program. We anticipate a positive overall effect on admissions and on our ability to attract phenomenal student applicants. Some great young people, who perhaps don’t qualify as Knight Family Scholars, will still apply to our Upper School when they learn about Catlin Gabel’s curriculum, meet our faculty and students, and hear about our generous financial assistance program.
In the past three years, the Knights have quietly and generously funded other immediate needs that I identified. They were instrumental in our ability to provide financial aid for families who have struggled through the recession. I am so honored that they have put their trust in me and in Catlin Gabel.
Scenes from Experiential Week 2011 on the Catlin Gabel campus
From April 2011 Headlines
By Lark Palma, head of school
What kind of crazy school is this? Sometimes this question comes up when people meet our students and teachers during Winterim, Breakaway, and Experiential Days. And it’s a question we love to answer!
Catlin Gabel is a school that prizes deep, hands-on learning and innovation. We integrate experiential learning into our daily classes—and we dedicate one special week for alternative schooling that is totally experiential.
Our experiential week courses and affiliated trips offer between four days and two weeks of focused study, and a healthy break from routine. In the Upper School, students design the courses, and in the process they learn about planning and leadership. Course offerings for 1st through 12th graders this year ranged widely, from pirates exploring the Peter Iredale shipwreck at the Oregon coast to investigating Portland through photography, studying literary satire, and learning about coastal biology.
Perhaps you heard about the Middle School group traveling to Taiwan and their encounter with the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Japan. Their flight from the U.S. had been scheduled for a layover in Tokyo. After a long but uneventful flight across the Pacific, they learned of the earthquake when their plane began circling the Tokyo airport. The flight was diverted to a military base and the group was later flown to Osaka, where they were grounded for two days.
Despite exhaustion, hunger, and a night on the airport floor, spirits were high. The 10 students were philosophical about their circumstances. They knew a bit of discomfort and inconvenience paled in comparison to the horrors and sorrow facing the people of Japan. They passed the time playing cards and telling stories. Once flight arrangements were made for their continuation to Taipei, everyone’s thoughts turned to practicing the Mandarin language skills they would need during homestays in Taiwan.
I share this story with you to illustrate how experiential learning teaches self-reliance, resilience, and perspective. No other experiential week adventure could claim high drama, but during a week of miserable Oregon weather, I saw cheerful students and teachers return from adventures at Mt. Hood, the Oregon coast, Ashland, and downtown Portland. The cold and rain might have dampened anyone’s spirits, but our students and teachers carried on with joy and a sense of accomplishment.
When we ask alumni about their favorite Catlin Gabel traditions, Experiential Days, Breakaway, and Winterim top the list. Among the reasons they give for valuing this particular Catlin Gabel tradition are interacting with students and teachers they had not previously known and discovering they have a passion for something they had never tried before. Learning happens in so many ways, and discovering how to do new things, work together with new people, and brave the unknown is valuable for all our students. During experiential week, Catlin Gabel really walks its talk.
Experiential Days, Breakaway, and Winterim course sampler
Lower School: Walk Like an Egyptian, Super Sleuths, Hip Home Ec, Forts, Pets and Vets
Middle School: SeARTle, The River Wild, Shakespearience, Glass Fusion, Salmon Nation
Upper School: Urban Adventures, The Art of Movement: Parkour, Sailing in the San Juans, Cylinders, Pistons, and Crankshafts: Driving, Fixing, and Learning About Cars
Their stunning and convincing victory is a testimonial to their hard work, scrappy play, and tenacity. Thanks got to their coach, David Smith, who prepared the team members positively and encouraged them to play at the top of their game. Fan support was tremendous – thanks to everyone.
We have every reason to be a proud Eagle community!
Winning team plays for the championship on Thursday. Please join the fun and support your local Eagles! They’re a super exciting teamthat plays high-tempo ball. They would love your fan support – it’s FREE.