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Safe travels!

Trips abroad are designed one year in advance. Students and adult trip leaders work together for more than four months to prepare for their travels. You can travel vicariously through their websites and blogs.

Middle School trips, dates, trip leaders, and links  

Costa Rica | March 12–24
Spencer White, Jesse Lowes, and Li-Ling Cheng
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France | March 12–24
Katie Gunderson, Len Carr, Chris Bell
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Peru | March 12–21
Yen-Ling Wang, Paul Andrichuk
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Upper School trips, dates, trip leaders, and links 

Nepal | March 16 – April 3
David Ellenberg, Veronica Ledoux
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Chile and Argentina | March 16 – April 4
Dave Whitson, Hannah Carr, Greg Bennick
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All 7 students competing at regional science fair win awards, 6 advance to next level of competition.

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Nicely done!
  • Junior Valerie Ding –1st in physics and astronomy; Best of Fair
  • Sophomore Anirudh Jain –1st in chemistry
  • Senior Kristin Qian – 1st in medicine and health
  • Junior Nic Bergen – 2nd in behavioral and social Science
  • Freshman Nikhil Murthy – 2nd in chemistry
  • Senior Nick Petty – 2nd in medicine and health
  • Senior Mckenzie Spooner – 2nd in environmental analysis and effects; regional Stockholm Junior Water Prize

Valerie, Anirudh, Kristin, Nic, Nikhil, and Nick will compete at the Northwest Science Expo on April 4.

Valerie will compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angles in May.

Ski team qualifies for state

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The boys ski team has qualified for the state 2014 alpine championships on March 6 and 7. Senior Jeremy Wood, juniors Zac Torng and Max Armstrong, and freshman Liam Wynne will compete in the slalom and giant slalom events. Sophomore Nina Miller also qualified as an individual to compete in the girls slalom race on March 7.

Best of luck!

Sophomore Tristan Furnary swims to state championship

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Swimming for 6A Sunset High School, Tristan Furnary won the 100 yard relay and came in 2nd place in the 100 yard backstroke. His 200 yard medley relay team and 400 yard freestyle medley relay team also won state championships. The Sunset boys won their fourth straight state title. 

Students who participate in a sport not offered at Catlin Gabel can compete for their neighborhood school. 

Freshman Daniel Chiu wins 1st place at regional U.S. history bee, advances to nationals

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Way to go!

This is the first year of this new, individual competition, which asks questions about American history. The regional competition drew students from Oregon and Washington. Daniel will compete at the national U.S. History Bee in April.

Ice dancers Chloe Lewis '18 and Logan Bye '16 finish in 6th place at U.S. National Championships, featured on KGW news

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We are so proud of ice dancing partners Chloe and Logan. They nailed an impressive 6th place finish in the junior level at the U.S. National Championships in Boston. They have been recognized as Olympic hopefuls for 2022, and maybe even 2018 at the rate they're going!

Medals were awarded at the senior, junior, novice, intermediate, and juvenile levels. The results will be part of the U.S. selection criteria for the 2014 Winter Olympics, 2014 World Championships, 2014 World Junior Championships, and 2014 Four Continents Championships.

Portland's KGW TV featured a news story about Chloe and Logan on January 22.

Middle School robotics team wins first place in state competition

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Team Startstruck won first place in the software category at state and glowing praise from the judges! They are 7th graders Amber Merrill, Sujala Chittor, Natalie Dodson, Hannah Fisher and 6th graders Ava Pritchard, and Aarushi Phalke. Sophomore Jacob Bendicksen is their coach.The team created a sophisticated software that goes beyond programming missions. They created a system for training the robot what to do via Bluetooth and then playing it back.

Junior Valerie Ding and senior Kristin Qian among 11 winners in the Van Buren Concerto Competition

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Niel DePonte, artistic director and conductor of the Young Artists Debut! Concert, announced the 2014 winners of the annual Van Buren Concerto Competition. The 11 soloists were selected from 28 semifinalists. Winners will perform with DePonte and an orchestra drawn from the ranks of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Newmark Theatre. 

Both Valerie and Kristin are three-time winners of the Young Artists Debut! Competition.

Valerie will perform the first movement of St. Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2. Kristin will join two others in performing the first movement of Bach's Triple Violin Concerto in D Major. 

Annual Report 2012-13: Tuition on the Track

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2013 Senior Class Gift Inspires Tradition

From the Winter 2014 Caller and Annual Report

Tuition on the Track represents the very essence of Catlin Gabel’s mission: inspired learning leading to responsible action. What began as a single student’s idea is now a successful student-led fundraiser for financial aid.

Our second annual TTT event, held on April 12, raised an amazing $65,000! The average financial aid award size is $15,700, which means TTT made it possible for four incredible students to attend the Upper School.
The walkathon notion originated as Kate Rubinstein ’12’s “agents of change” paper for junior English class in 2011. Kate is a Catlin Gabel lifer who, along with classmate Brooke Edelson ‘12 and a great committee of seniors, persuaded their classmates to make the Tuition on the Track their senior gift to the school.
Thank you to Washington Trust Bank, our presenting sponsor, and all the students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni who came together for a fantastic afternoon of walking, skipping, sprinting, talking, and hanging out. Thanks especially, to the class of 2013, who joined forces to organize the event and make this effort their senior class gift to the school.

Annual Report 2012-13: Special Events

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An important part of the Catlin Gabel Fund

From the Winter 2014 Caller and Annual Report

2013 Auction

A “Fantastic Voyage”

Inspired by each student’s evolution, the school’s auction theme this year was the Fantastic Voyage! Thanks to enthusiastic bidders, donors, supporters, volunteers, and staff, the sold-out event at Nike’s Tiger Woods Center grossed $465,000, breaking our record.
That evening, guests were inspired by a video featuring the voyage of Qiddist Hammerly ’12 from the Beehive to graduation, and now to life at Northwestern University.
Thank you to the many wonderful Catlin Gabel friends and families who spent countless hours preparing for the event, and for the auction donors whose contributions make it possible to provide our distinguished program. Special thanks to our fantastic co-chairs Karen Hoke and Kirsten Brady, whose vision, commitment, and creativity made the event itself a fantastic voyage.

Qiddist Hammerly ’12, her senior buddy, & her 1st grade buddy

A spirited bidding game during the auction

“Fantastic Voyage” co-chairs Karen Hoke & Kirsten Brady

Annual Report 2012-13: The Catlin Gabel Fund

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From the Winter 2014 Caller and Annual Report

Thank you for giving students an incredible experience

Donors to the Catlin Gabel Fund enable each student to have a deep, enriching experience during the academic year. Small classes, broad course offerings, and co-curricular opportunities set apart Catlin Gabel from other schools. Tuition and fees cover only 85 percent of the school’s budget. The remaining 15 percent—equivalent to $2,162 per student—is funded by donations to the Catlin Gabel Fund and endowment earnings.

Our students’ education is greatly enhanced because of opportunities provided by the Catlin Gabel Fund. Here are just a few areas that are supported by the fund:
  • Robotics
  • Math specialists
  • iPads for teachers
  • and classrooms
  • Outdoor education
  • Music rooms
  • Woodshop
  • Chinese language studies
  • The garden
  • Athletics
For questions about the Catlin Gabel Fund, contact the fund director, Marianne Falk, 503-297-1894 ext. 374,

2012–13 Catlin Gabel Fund Committee

Many thanks to our dedicated Catlin Gabel Fund committee members who spent countless hours making phone calls and reaching out to the community in order to facilitate each gift.
Chairs: Hadley Boyd & Tom Watson, parents of Knox ’21 & Jay ’23
Heather Baskin
Stephanie Broad
Becky Ellis
Brigid Flanigan
Megan Galaher
Laura Gordon
Stacey Hobart
Pam Lloyd
Christine Ortner
Meghan Pollard
Michael Proksch
Julie Proksch
Jodie Snyder
Mel Tilkicioglu
Kaycee Wiita
Janet Williamson
Jen Yoken

Annual Report 2012-13: Supporting the Endowment

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From the Winter 2014 Caller and Annual Report

Judith Rees ’64

"The Greatest Gift I Can Make"

Judith Rees ’64 was already a hands-on landlord when she inherited two multi-family rental properties from her mother, Kathryn Rees, in 2002. Those properties have become the source of great benefit to both Judith and Catlin Gabel.
Before the sale of the properties, Judith established a charitable remainder trust and named Catlin Gabel as a beneficiary. Her trust, funded by the sale of these rental properties, will endow scholarships at Catlin Gabel, supporting students based on financial need.
The trust allows Judith to:
  • Avoid capital gains
  • Receive an additional income stream for life based on the investment of the sale proceeds
  • Receive the benefit of a charitable tax deduction. 

“I feel that the greatest gift I can make is to enable others to get an education that inspires a love of learning,” said Judith. She is now retired from a career in historic preservation and municipal government planning and development.
Judith’s impetus to give back to Catlin Gabel goes deep within her family roots: her father, Dr. Denton Rees, was a trustee when E. Kimbark MacColl was school head. He believed that the most important contribution he could make was to education—another great inheritance.

Join an extraordinary program

The Palma Scholars Program brings in exceptional 9th graders—excelling in academics, athletics, leadership, and service—and through its seminar provides all Upper School students with new ways to learn based on collaboration and creativity. The program prepares tomorrow’s leaders with an inspired curriculum that we hope will serve as a model for our nation’s high schools. Gifts to this endowed program will enable the school meet each family’s financial need and further attract remarkable students who would normally not consider Catlin Gabel a possibility.

Create your own

Establishing an endowed scholarship in your family name, or in honor of someone significant to you, is one of the most distinguished and personal forms of philanthropy. The purpose of the fund can be directed to a specific area, for instance financial aid, faculty salaries, or your favorite academic area.

Giving details

Pledges may be paid over a five-year period. A gift may be comprised of cash, appreciated securities, real estate, trust instruments, or a combination that best suits your needs. Catlin Gabel’s development staff can assist in structuring a gift to take advantage of tax benefits. This is the perfect way to share your support of Catlin Gabel in perpetuity.

Annual Report 2012-13: Campaign for Arts & Minds

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From the Winter 2014 Caller & Annual Report

The Catlin Gabel community never ceases to amaze me. Recently, I was in a lively conversation with one of our longest-standing donors about the difference between charity and philanthropy. Both are essential in a civil society, but philanthropy is about solving problems—not just alleviating their effects. Philanthropy perfectly describes our donors’ gifts. Through donors’ support, Catlin Gabel students mature with intellect, character, ethics, and an ambitious sense of purpose. They seek challenge, lead the charge, and have a deep sense of efficacy. Thoughtful and sustained philanthropy to our school means every spring we graduate powerful agents of change, and watch what they’ll do around the world.
—Miranda Wellman ’91, director of advancement

Catlin Gabel received nearly $27 million in philanthropic support including campaign and annual gifts over the last six years.

The campaign committee members have worked tirelessly, helping the school raise millions of dollars. They are a constant source of inspiration, and we thank them for their tremendous personal philanthropy and service:
Craig Hartzman, co-chair
Clare Hamill, co-chair
Alix Meier Goodman ’73
Dr. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward
Mark Holliday
Bill Lazar

Annual Report 2012-13: Letter from Lark & Philanthropy Report

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From the Winter 2014 Caller and Annual Report

Dear Catlin Gabel Families and Friends,


As I enter my last year as head of school, I can’t help but reflect on the powerful

philanthropy this community has demonstrated year after year. I never tire of talking with donors about their reasons for giving to Catlin Gabel, because it reminds me that our mission is powerful. When I look at our students and alumni, they represent my hope for the future. And when I watch our faculty in action, I think, “there is no more noble job in the world than to teach and teach well.” Philanthropy to Catlin Gabel means forwarding our work one school day at a time. This year, with a grateful heart, I thank all of our donors and volunteers for their humbling service and support. You have invested in our pursuits and contributed to the bright future I know we’ll have.
—Lark Palma

Philanthropy Report: 2012–13

Catlin Gabel Fund Total (gross) $1.57 million
Auction & special appeal (gross) $465,000
Tuition on the Track $65,000
Gifts in Support of Campaign for Arts & Minds
Endowment $597,446
Creative Arts Center $990,027
Total Philanthropy $3.16 million
Catlin Gabel School Endowment (as of August 31, 2013) $26,339,563
Post-campaign projection, excluding investment gains: $38.8 million

Creative Arts Center Opens With a Splash

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From the Winter 2014 Caller

The new Creative Arts Center opened officially in September with a celebration for the entire Catlin Gabel community. Alumni, students, parents, faculty-staff, and more came together to admire the beautiful new creative space and explore all its dimensions. The evening was capped by energetic student performances in the flexible black box theater, from Broadway song-and-dance numbers to classical violin music. Middle and Upper School students and teachers report that they are still thrilled every time they walk into this building and excited by the prospects it offers for collaboration.

Winter assembly photo gallery

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Happy holidays!

The whole school came together for the annual winter assembly. This year's celebration was dedicated to Lark Palma. After a wonderful and joyous mix of singing, dancing, and storytelling, Lark said for the 19th and final time, "Let the winter break begin!"