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2011-12 Annual Report: Making a Difference

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller & Annual Report 


Planned Giving Creates a Legacy

Eva Mae Chamberlin, 1915–2011 (left)
Eva was a longtime employee of the Dant family and a beloved first grade teacher at Catlin Gabel. After her retirement in 1981, an endowed fund for the school’s libraries was founded in her honor. Her bequest ensures that Catlin Gabel’s tradition of academic excellence will continue for future generations. All planned giving gifts become part of our endowment; they help improve the quality of our students’ education and the access we can provide. To view a list of the Ruth Catlin and Priscilla Gabel Legacy Society members, go to

Class of 2012 Graduation Gift to School

Tuition on the Track leaders Kate Rubinstein ’12 and Brooke Edelson ’12 rallied their classmates to organize the first student-led walkathon benefiting financial aid. Students in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools walked, ran, skipped, boogied, and jumped around the track to surpass a $25,000 goal, raising $50,000. Alumni rallied in support of this effort, rising to a $15,000 matching challenge, bringing the total raised to $80,000. The impact of this gift is tremendous, providing tuition assistance to more than two talented students and making it possible for the school to achieve our fundraising goal this year.  



Auction: Fantastic Voyage. Saturday, March 16, 2013, Tiger Woods Center at Nike WHQ 
Tuition on the Track: April 12, 2013, Murphy Athletic Complex  

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2011-12 Annual Report: Progress on the Campaign for Arts & Minds

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller & Annual Report


Imagine More

A robust endowment is the most powerful way to fund the heart of an institution like ours: its student and teachers. Endowment helps ensure that our high-quality, experiential education continues for generations to come. Imagine more . . . new program offerings, financial aid, diversity, and faculty funding.

The Power of Creativity

The ability to think and work creatively is one of the most important skills our students learn and our alumni demonstrate. On October 4, a community celebration and ceremonial groundbreaking took place, and construction has begun on the Creative Arts Center. Doors will open to Middle and Upper School students one year from now!
Foundation endorsement for the Creative Arts Center
Two grants received this year were essential to breaking ground for the new Creative Arts Center. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, of Vancouver, Washington, and the Collins Foundation, of Portland, Oregon granted $200,000 each. This is a tremendous endorsement for our innovative hub for creativity. 

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2011-12 Annual Report: Letter from Lark Palma

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller & Annual Report

Dear Catlin Gabel friends and families,

A hearty thank you to our donors and their tremendous commitment to Catlin Gabel’s future! We celebrate our donors who appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in the life of our school and share a passion for Catlin Gabel. Places like this don’t just happen overnight. Special places like Catlin Gabel require dedication from our entire school community, with generous longtime donors who have helped lay a solid foundation for the good work we do each day, as well as our new families whose impressive giving has strengthened our school.
Our ambitious effort to raise significant funds for the school was achieved this year because of dedicated students, alumni, parents, grandparents, employees, and friends who have donated in unprecedented ways. We met our annual fundraising goals for both annual support and the Campaign for Arts and Minds!
We are thrilled to share with you that we have raised $15 million, which is 75 percent of the $20 million goal, for the Campaign for Arts and Minds. This transformative campaign will bolster the school’s endowment and add 20,000 square feet of space for the Middle and Upper School arts programs in what will be the new Creative Arts Center.
When we are finished with our campaign work, the school will deliver on its mission to provide an enlightened education rich in the arts and grant access to a wide array of students – with an increasingly solid financial foundation.

Lark Palma, Head of School   

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Our Inspired Teachers: Veronica Ledoux

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Every day Catlin Gabel teachers inspire their students. 16 faculty members talk about how they came to teaching—and what they love about their craft

 From the Autumn 2012 Caller

 Veronica Ledoux, US science

Bachelor’s in biochemistry, Mercyhurst College. Doctorate in neurobiology, Northwestern University. At CGS since 2008. 

When I initially began studying science, I imagined a finish line of sorts, a distant future in which I’d Understand Everything. Naïve, right? Now, I know better. As the years passed and my education continued, I learned a great deal, but each insight uncovered new parts of the scientific puzzle. The more I understood, the more I wondered. This complex spiral can go on forever. I now realize that one of the most exciting parts of studying science is the limitlessness of it.
In my previous life as a science researcher, I used complicated equipment to ask very minute questions in tremendous depth. While I was fascinated by my work, I had only a relatively small community of fellow scientists with whom I could share my discoveries. The taxpayers funding my work didn’t know what I was doing with their money, as my findings were published in expensive scientific journals with limited circulation and dense, jargon-filled text. There was no easy way for me to share my scientific excitement with the public at large.
At times I miss the research lab, but now, as a teacher, I constantly have opportunities to share my curiosity and love of learning with others. Many teachers are the sort of people who would be happy to be eternal students, and our profession lets us get away with this, to a degree. At Catlin Gabel, we have the freedom to innovate, update curriculum, create new courses, and follow the interests of students. This is both exciting and daunting. My colleagues set a high bar for constantly honing their craft, paying attention to individual students, and adapting their approach to better suit the needs of those students. I am privileged to be part of this place, as my own scientific understanding is constantly being challenged, which keeps my enthusiasm high. 


Photo gallery posted: seniors and 1st graders carve pumpkins

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So fun – and it didn't rain!

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Athletics history video

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Celebrating our athletes on the pitch, in the field, and around the gym

Homecoming photo gallery

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What could be better than Friday night under the lights? The Murphy Athletic Complex's Gant-Davis field is a thing of beauty when the sun sets on an autumn evening, our athletes play their hearts out, and fans flock together to cheer. Go Eagles!

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Creative Arts Center groundbreaking photo gallery

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A grand celebration!

On a beautiful afternoon in early October, we broke ground for the Creative Arts Center for Middle and Upper School students. The building will open fall 2013. For more information about the project, please visit

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Daily Journal of Commerce story on the planned Creative Arts Center

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Daily Journal of Commerce, August 2012

Creative Arts Center Groundbreaking

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RSVP for Creative Arts Center groundbreaking

October 4, 2012 | 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Upper School Quad

Catlin Gabel receives $200,000 grant from M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

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Funds bolster instructional technology in the planned Creative Arts Center

Catlin Gabel School has received a grant of $200,000 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The grant will support instructional technology in the school’s planned Creative Arts Center.

Groundbreaking for the new building will be held October 4. Students in grades 6–12 will experience an innovative use of space for interdisciplinary work in visual and media arts, theater, and music when the Creative Arts Center opens in the fall of 2013. Funds from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust grant will be used for computers and recording equipment for the music laboratory, theater sound systems, and state-of-the-art LED stage lighting that will greatly reduce the building’s energy consumption. Additionally, the grant will support servers, networking, classroom projectors, and advanced theater projection.

The $6.9 million Creative Arts Center was designed by renowned architect Brad Cloepfil, of Allied Works Architecture. Funds for the building’s construction have come primarily from donors to the project, as well as grants. Cloepfil has designed notable museum and creative spaces worldwide, from the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis to the adaptive reuse of Manhattan’s Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle. “Catlin Gabel’s project for the new arts building means a tremendous amount to me,” said Cloepfil. “To build on that beautiful campus, with the legacy of great architecture by John Storrs and Thomas Hacker, is a true gift. We have worked with faculty and students to create a building that will be a beautiful catalyst for creativity, not only in the visual and performing arts, but for the entire curriculum of the school. It truly is a laboratory, one that will encourage the students to develop new ideas and forms of expression.”

“The arts are a core of Catlin Gabel’s philosophy and are key to a well-rounded education. In no other discipline do critical thinking, problem-solving, predicting outcomes, analyzing, re-assessing, and creativity come together as they do in the arts. The intellectual challenges posed by visual art, music, and theater facilitate learning in all other disciplines. These vital pursuits help make our children more thoughtful, interesting, and well-rounded—and create a life of more profundity and beauty for all of us.” –Lark Palma, head of school

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, based in Vancouver, Washington, was created by the will of Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, a co-founder of Tektronix, Inc., and established in 1975. The trust aims to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.