John Mayer’s students had a conversation about how they think the brain works as they launched into a lesson about neurons, dendrites, and axons.
"I know there are different sides of the brain. Maybe it's that all the stuff you do know is one side of the brain and all the stuff you don't know is on the other side. So then the more you grow and learn, it's like a wave goes over your brain from one side to the other."
"That’s right. There are sides of a brain but I think it's different. It's like you do reading from here, riding your bike from there, and like math from over here (pointing to different spots all over her head). So it's like a highway between cities to connect them. Sometimes there might be something on the road…"
"Or the road got washed out."
"Yeah, or the road got washed out and that's the stuff you don't know. Then maybe you learn stuff and the road gets fixed."
John: "Hmmm… I guess we have a lot of thinking to do. Should we start by trying to figure out more about how our brains are put together?"
Children in Mimi's class have been telling stories about themselves as they get to know one another early in the school year. In a recent conversation the 6- and 7-year-olds began talking about race and color. Mimi recorded some of what she overheard.
“My grandma prays in Korean so I don't understand what she's saying.”
“I'm Farsi. My parents were born there.”
“I'm English, too! Hey, I'm from Oregon and I think my mom and my dad are from Oregon, too, so how did I get English?"
“WAIT a minute! I'm ASIAN!”
Several other voices: So am I!”
“Hmmm, my mom was born in Chicago and I'm Korean?”
“I'm the same color as you (Mimi) are.”
“So am I. I'm Chinese, too."
Meanwhile, kids are bopping around on the rug holding their arms to one another's comparing skin colors and making lively comments about similarities and differences. At one point, I nudged the conversation a bit by asking, "Is skin color important?" which was immediately answered by a chorus of "Yes!" and "No!" Lively discussion followed.
“No, it's not. It's not! Eye color is wayyyyyyyyy more important than skin color. If you have blue eyes then you are blonde and if you are blonde then you can't see!”
Five seniors have been named semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The students are Ilana Cohen, Zoë Frank, Holly Kim, Dylan Shields, and Jeremy Wood. They are among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide who are eligible to compete for 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered in the spring, according to a release from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
To qualify as semifinalists, about 1.5 million high school students took a qualifying exam during their junior year.
From those, the highest-scoring entrants from each state, who represent less than 1 percent of all U.S. high school seniors, were chosen. The number chosen per state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors, according to the release.
To be considered for a scholarship, semifinalists have several additional steps to complete. Each must be endorsed and recommended by his or her high school principal. Each student and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application including the student's essay and information about his or her participation and leadership in school and community activities, the release states.
About 15,000 semifinalists will be notified in February that they have been granted status as finalists. Scholarship winners will be selected from this group.
Roger Gantz '89 leads boys varsity soccer team to victory in his first game as head coach – watch the highlights
Joan Shipley was 73 when she died of cancer on September 2. Joan was a Catlin Gabel trustee from 1972 to 1978 and later served as development director from 1980 to 1983. Her children David '81, Ann '83, and Tom '87 are alumni. Tom '87, a current board member, is married to Megan Sullivan Shipley '87.
Service on Tuesday, August 23
Rose City Cemetery and Funeral Home
5626 NE Fremont St
Portland OR 97213
Sunday, August 21, 1 – 4 p.m.
Monday, August 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday, August 23, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Notes can be sent to Eva’s family care of
Rosa Lee Edward
1436 NE Ainsworth St
Portland OR 97211
Jonathan sailed his 14-foot rig alongside the top 113 boys and 52 girls from 48 countries including Japan, Peru, and Australia.
By Nance Leonhardt
From the Summer 2011 Caller
Create , Perform, Respond
The Space to Collaborate and Connect
Nance Leonhardt teaches Upper School media arts.
From the Summer 2011 Caller
In this issue you will meet some of our most creative and talented alumni, all of whom found their time at Catlin Gabel important to their creative development. Creative freedom takes place in the science lab as much as it does in the painting and drawing studio. The way the robotics team comes together to map out their technical strategy for competition is akin to drama students coming together to write, cast, stage, and perform their annual one-act plays. And the thought process a student uses to troubleshoot a buggy line of code in computer science class involves the same set of synapses as when that same student tries to figure out why her timing is off in her original film score.
THE CREATIVE ARTS CENTER
CREATIVE ARTS CENTER HISTORY
MORE ROOM FOR CREATIVE ARTS
LAUNCH OF THE NEW PROJECT
James E. John Construction
By Lark P. Palma, head of school
From the Summer 2011 Caller
We did it! The Annual Fund reached its $935,000 goal!
Thank you to everyone who participated and gave so generously this year.
For additional information about annual giving, please contact:
Annual giving program director
8825 SW Barnes Road
Portland OR 97225
503-297-1894 ext. 423
Catlin Gabel students helped paint a mural to welcome First Lady Michelle Obama to Botswana. The First Lady visited the Botswana-Baylor Centre for Children’s Excellence to highlight the organization’s efforts to develop a new treatment and counseling facility for HIV+ teens.
Thirteen students assisted local artist Lesedi to sketch and paint traditional Botswana figures, designs and backgrounds on a 30m concrete wall. The group also developed educational play activities for HIV+ youth awaiting treatment and counseling appointments.
In addition to the Baylor Centre, Catlin Gabel students provided support to the Maru-a-Pula Orphans and Vulnerable Children Fund, SOS Children’s Village, a health clinic in Thabala, and high school students in Gumare. Students met with Dr. Ava Avalos of the Ministry of Health and Thobo Mogojwe of PING (Positive Innovation for the Next Generation).
The Botswana-Baylor Centre is one of many partnerships between the Ministry of Health and international organizations, part of a coordinated, national effort to combat AIDS. Approximately 30% of all adults in Botswana are infected with HIV.
Each year, Catlin Gabel welcomes one Maru-a-Pula exchange student to Oregon. Catlin Gabel students are currently traveling through Botswana as part of the school’s global education program.
Dr. Angel Foster '91 received the Distinguished Younger Alumni Award for her leadership in the field of reproductive health. Angel, who was unable to attend the awards ceremony because she was in Tunisia, sent her remarks digitally.
The Distinguished Younger Alumni Award is granted to Catlin Gabel graduates or former students who have achieved much in the arena of professional accomplishments or social service before the age of 40.
On Friday evening we honored award recipients Brenda Miller Olson, David Shipley '81, Roz Nelson Babener '68, and Angel Foster '91 followed by a festive dinner in the Barn. Unfortunately, Angel Foster was unable to attend the event, but she accepted her award via audio recording sent from Tunisia.
Despite steady rain on Saturday, the alumni soccer game in honor of retiring coach Mike Davis drew a crowd of players and fans. Lunch in the Barn was a drier affair.
Members of the class of 1946 came together for Sunday brunch in the Dant House.
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