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PLACE program announces new public-private partnership

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Catlin Gabel's civic engagement program getting storefront space in North Portland

Catlin Gabel’s PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments) urban civic leadership program and One North, a Portland development and neighborhood project, have created an innovative new partnership. This partnership gives PLACE a storefront space in North Portland to continue operations and expand its mission of student and community engagement. The new location is set to open in the winter of 2015.

“Catlin Gabel is an integral part of this public-private endeavor,” said Catlin Gabel head Tim Bazemore. “Being part of this pilot project will create more experiential learning opportunities for our students, and PLACE will be a catalyst for local youth to engage and lead.”

The development group behind One North, Eric Lemelson and Ben Kaiser, generously donated storefront space to PLACE for five years. “Catlin Gabel aligns with One North’s commitment to community involvement, sustainability, and sharing resources. We are excited to create authentic partnerships in the neighborhood, and have a public purpose impact,” said development team member Owen Gabbert ’02.

This month, the unique nature of this public-private development was recognized by Metro, the regional governing body, which granted the project $420,000. The grant will support the development of the project’s outdoor courtyard, which will become an asset available for use by the community.

ABOUT PLACE
PLACE uses urban planning as a tool to teach students from Catlin Gabel and other schools in the region how to become active and engaged citizens working toward positive change in their communities and the world. For example, students have completed projects for clients such as Zenger Farm in outer southeast Portland and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability in north Portland. For Zenger Farm, students surveyed nearly 900 youth in the David Douglas school district about food insecurity. Not only did Zenger Farm implement some of the PLACE student design recommendations, but its board of directors still uses that survey data to make organizational decisions.

Since its inception in 2008, PLACE has grown into a three-part program with an international following.

• PLACE courses are offered to Upper School students at Catlin Gabel and worldwide through the Global Online Academy during the school year.
• The PLACE summer program has enrolled students from 15 high schools in the Portland area. About 50 percent of summer students receive financial aid.
• In keeping with Catlin Gabel’s mission to model for others, the PLACE curriculum is offered for free to other schools, and is replicated by educators in 40 cities around the world.

PLACE director George Zaninovich shared his excitement about the increased opportunities provided through this public-private-educational partnership: “Expanding the PLACE program into a permanent home in the community provides more opportunities to use the city as a classroom. This will allow our students to develop closer working relationships with people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. This permanent home and authentic community partnerships in a vibrant urban and multicultural environment will better prepare PLACE students for collaborating in an increasingly global world.”

During the 2014-15 school year, George will continue teaching in the Upper School while also taking the lead on planning for the PLACE program’s expansion. He will work in consultation with two advisory committees—one made up of community stakeholders, civic leaders, and North/Northeast neighborhood advocates, and one composed of youth from North/Northeast Portland, PLACE, and Catlin Gabel.

ABOUT ONE NORTH
One North consists of three office/retail buildings opening up to a large courtyard that will serve as a place for sustainability education and for neighbors to meet formally and informally. The project developers are working to realize a vision focused on maximizing energy efficiency, reducing waste and consumption, and sharing resources with the community. Tenants include Instrument, a digital creative agency, and the Kartini Clinic for Children & Families. 



Ten students complete 500-mile walk from Switzerland through Italy

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This week 10 current and former Catlin Gabel students completed a 500-mile month-long walk on a pilgrimage route from Switzerland through Italy. Palma Scholars director and trip co-leader Dave Whitson said: "From Lake Geneva, we crossed the Alps, descending into Italy through the Aosta Valley. We picked up the trail at the start of the Apennine Mountains and crossed those, too. Then we walked across Tuscany before ultimately arriving in Rome. For a month, they walked every day, despite tendonitis, shin splints, blisters, and other ailments. This is the third time my co-leader and I have taken students on this route, and the first that all students completed every step of the walk." Kudos to the group!


Senior Alex Lam wins two bronze medals at the 2014 Fencing Summer Nationals

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We salute you!

Alex was 3rd out of 67 in the Division 1A Men's Saber and 3rd out of 262 in the Junior Men's Saber (U19) events in Columbus, Ohio.

His national ranking in the Junior Men's Saber (U19) category moved from 34th to 22nd in the country. He is currently in the top 10 of U19 high school fencers.

Alex was also named to the first team of the 2014 USA Fencing All-Academic Team.

Video: Reflections on Lark Palma's 19 years as head of school

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Please consider making a gift in honor of Lark Palma's extraordinary leadership 

Critically acclaimed author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore ’94 reading at Powell’s on July 1

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Alumna Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s third novel, Bittersweet, is a suspenseful and cinematic beach read. Join her at Powell’s on Burnside for a reading on Tuesday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m.

About Bittersweet: Secrets unfold when a scholarship student at a prestigious East Coast college visits her roommate’s pedigreed New England family.

“A page-turner riddled with stubborn clues, a twisty plot and beguiling characters.” —Kirkus, starred review

“Beverly-Whittemore’s novel is suspenseful and intriguing… Her short chapters, with their cliff-hanger endings, will keep readers turning pages late into the night.” —Booklist

“The theme of Paradise Lost courses through this coming-of-age tale tinged with mystery.” —Publishers Weekly

“A suspenseful tale of corruption and bad behavior among wealthy New Englanders.” —Library Journal

“Evokes Gone Girl with its exploration of dark secrets and edge-of-your-seat twists.” —Entertainment Weekly, A- review

“Like a Downton-in-Vermont, Bittersweet takes swift, implausible plot turns, and its family secrets flow like a bottomless magnum of champagne, but Beverly¬Whittemore succeeds in shining a light into the dark, brutal flaws of the human heart.” —New York Times Book Review
 

The Best Place to Live in the U.S.

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4th graders learn about our nation by becoming informed regional advocates

From the Spring 2014 Caller

By Keli Gump

How can 4th graders learn lasting lessons about the variety and complexity of the United States? This year, for the first time, we’ve approached this question through the study of migration. This theme provides for authentic integration across all content areas, and weaves the richness of identity, diversity, and culture with geography and history in a way that is engaging and deep. We began close to home, learning about how we all come to be in Oregon today. Then we looked at how people came to Oregon on the Oregon Trail. The next layer to our migration study was all about the regions of the United States
 
Some of our guiding questions included:
What are the regions of the U.S.A. and why are they important?
Who moved to this region? When? Why?
Why do people stay? Why do people leave?
What is the relationship between people and the environment in each region?
 
Our students began with research about all of the regions of the U.S.A.—which we defined as the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, and West—and enjoyed trying to name all of the states from memory. No easy task! They formed literature circles around books set in the five main regions, all of which included geography, history, culture, and dilemmas specific to that area. Our conversations have been full and varied; students come prepared to pose complex questions to the group and explore regional vocabulary along with visualizing life in these areas.
 
From the novels we moved to in-depth study of the regions, naturally creating five groups in both 4th grade sections. Led by my colleague Maggie Bendicksen, 4th grade team members Courtney Plummer and John Hellman, and me, students immersed themselves in learning about the immigrants, history, topography, geography, natural and man-made resources, culture, language, weather, and traditions of their particular region. Some students spent most of their time on one project while others worked on two or three projects, depending on the needs of the teams and the requirements of the projects. Some were short and sweet, others much more in depth.
 
Another goal was to help students access a variety of resources; for this we received valuable help from Lisa Ellenberg and Dan Woytek in the Lower School library. The My America State Collection had a wealth of information on regional weather. Our weather experts were excited to interview KATU-TV meteorologist Rhonda Shelby in person to find out how to best create their weather reports. Our brochure experts pored over a collection of travel brochures the 4th grade team had collected. Students discovered helpful online resources such as “Learn About the States” at kids.usa.gov, National Geographic’s kids’ world atlas, and Wiki for Kids, which provided information about natural and manmade resources, political map features, and popular tourist attractions. Catlin Gabel parent Mike Ferron-Jones spoke about the main facets of marketing, which helped students develop a message for their target audience. Having kids get their hands all these resources helped them to become the experts themselves, while learning how to cite those sources.
 
What are the factors that help people choose where to settle?
We hoped to help children truly understand this question as they sought to answer it through our culminating project. Each group created a booth for our Regions Fair, which took place in March. We opened the doors to our students’ families as well as the greater Catlin Gabel community of adults.
 
Using their persuasive powers and now-vast knowledge of these regions, students tried to entice their visitors into moving to their region. From inside their carefully crafted and painted refrigerator-box booths, our 4th graders were armed with digital timelines, carefully designed travel brochures, hand-made souvenirs, giant maps, regional weather report videos, and foods from the regions that they had brought with them.
 
Our students took the food part of their research very seriously. They created recipe proposals using regional cookbooks from our library and presented them to Catlin Gabel adults who had lived in the various regions, who made the final food selections. Sumptuous Key lime pie from the Southeast was a huge hit. Who knew hasty pudding was made from corn meal? Kids from the Northeastern region group now do! From the two West regions, kids created applesauce and fruit kabobs. The Midwestern region groups were pleasantly surprised to find out how delicious cherry cobbler and cheesy potatoes turned out. The students learning about the Southeast region were so inspired by its foods that Nayan Murthy and his mother baked a king cake at home to bring to the fair, and Jake Andrichuk’s mother and grandmother cooked Frogmore stew in our kitchen.
 
The fair was a tremendous success, with a huge crowd of interested adults moving through, sampling the food, viewing the videos, and most of all engaging the students in discussions about their region. The students loved becoming mini-Chambers of Commerce, armed with the fruits of their research.
 
When asked at the end of our study what one challenge was to living in the West, Noga Tal showed how deeply she was immersed in her studies when she quickly answered, “For me, a challenge would be to work with the tough winters. Every five years, there is a major storm, but I successfully got through it this winter because school was let out.”
 
We love these kinds of units of inquiry because they offer authentic opportunities to integrate our work in literacy, math, and social studies. The students read about characters who live in the region, discuss challenges that real people have, learn to writing persuasively about a topic, study the distances between places, and conduct meaningful research. Along the way, students had opportunities to practice time management, teamwork skills, organization, and the art of persuasion.
 
As with all of our units of inquiry, we used the Understanding by Design model to think through what is enduring and essential for students to learn, and plan backwards from there. As Judith Pace wrote in Education Week in 2007, “depth of historical, political, and cultural understanding” is essential if this democracy is to survive and thrive. “Powerful social studies teaching helps students develop enduring understandings in the core content areas of civics, economics, geography, and history, and assure their readiness and willingness to assume citizenship responsibilities. Powerful social studies learning leads to a well-informed and civic-minded citizenry that can sustain and build on democratic traditions.”
 
We were thrilled to receive this email from parent Lorraine Guthry after the culminating event: ‘Thank you for putting on a terrific fair this afternoon. The kids were so excited and engaged and really putting the shine on their presentations. It was clear they all thought their region was the place to be! So many good ideas and sooooo much work! A very nice way to pull together the variety of things they studied and learned. . . . I especially loved that you allowed them to mix refrigerator boxes and glittery cootie catchers equally with videos on iPads and neat digital timelines on laptops. The kids seemed to consider them all equally valid media for expressing their ideas. That is great!”
 
Keli Gump has taught 4th grade at Catlin Gabel since 2011, and has also taught 4th grade for many years in several other regions of the USA. Thanks to parent Alex Ho for some of the Regions Fair photos.  

Who Tells the Stories? Who Benefits from the Stories? Who is Missing from the Stories?

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From the Spring 2014 Caller

Ann Fyfield’s 6th grade humanities class centers on these three key questions as they explore the world from ancient civilizations through modern notions of gender. Eight of her students reflect here on their year of learning, posed with the selfies they took for their unit on gender studies.

Aarushi

I loved the unit on ancient India. You can see from the past how they made great advances and made us who we are. . . . We can change the course of history. If a woman doesn’t fit a stereotype, she’s not accepted into society and is put into a box. Men are in a box, too, but it’s bigger. When we put up this wall of selfies, we put girls under “strength” and boys under “beauty.” But if we separated it by gender, which is who you are in your mind and not your body, it would be turned around and look different.
 

Kean

I originally thought history was boring and bland. With Ann, I find it more fascinating. She lets you state your opinions, and brings in creativity and interactive activities. Our project with imaginary civilizations made me really understand that civilizations aren’t black and white and are not at all simple. Our gender groups are a great place to talk about sexism and LGBT people. We can talk a lot more when we’re with our own gender. Stereotypes do not define who we are.
 

 

Samma

I never thought before about the fact that we’ve had no woman president, although half the people in the U.S. are women. . . . . Learning about the people who lived before us and the stuff that isn’t here now interests me.
 

Eamon

We talk a lot in class about social justice and gender issues. There’s an ancient Greek ideal, arête. It combines beauty and strength. The Greeks didn’t care about gender equality, but they still thought women could be strong. I like the recitation I did from Socrates’ Apologia. The meaning was that no one knows anything until they realize they don’t know that much.
 

Emma

We watched a video about beauty and how you perceive yourself. It’s a problem that people try to look a certain way, and maybe not eat. If you change the way you think about yourself you can change everything. Ann’s class is the most creative of my Middle School classes. One of my favorite things in her class was at the beginning of the year, when we interviewed someone in class and learned something about them. It made us feel like people cared about us, and the new kids got to meet somebody. . . . Middle School is different from Lower School because everything has higher stakes. You can’t turn in something that isn’t good, and you have to put in 105 percent to do your best.
 

James and Britt

James: We studied gender stereotypes in Ann’s class to see if gender affects learning. We were separated into boys’ and girls’ groups. I learned that most legends and myths are written by men or based on ideas from men.
 
Britt: I was surprised by girls’ stereotypes about boys. . . . I also liked the ancient civilizations project. My group studied Egypt and had to write an essay and do research. I chose to research the kingdoms, and James did the dynasties.
 
James: We made a video, with a green screen and fancy lights, and wrote the scripts.
 
Britt: Right now we’re inviting people to an imaginary dinner. I researched and invited Black Elk, Cornel West, St. Marcella, and Pericles.
 
James: We wrote about why these people merited invitations, and some were famous and some we hadn’t heard of. I invited Demosthenes, Chief Seattle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, César Chávez, and Jimmy Carter.
 

Ramya

One of Ann’s projects that made me think was the creation of an imaginary culture: how would I want a civilization to be? My partner and I made it powered by women, and it intrigued me. . . . If women were treated as equally as men, what would the world be like? I hope we have a woman president soon. A parent named Jason Stevens came and talked to us about ancient Greece. We found out that their culture was similar to ours right now because men overpower women and have more rights. When I’m an adult I want to make a difference, even if a small one, to advance my community and make it better.

What Does it Mean to Thrive?

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Third graders go beyond the tap, studying water from local to global

From the Spring 2014 Caller

By Katie Boehnlein

The aim of the social studies curriculum in the Lower School has long been to engage students in the world through meaningful questioning and research. In 1st grade, students are introduced to big ideas such as community, family, and courage, moving on to study forests in 2nd grade, discover the depth of water issues in 3rd grade, simulate immigration in 4th grade, and research the food system in 5th grade. Social studies, by nature an interdisciplinary subject, teaches students writing and research skills as well as how to ask good questions about the world. And at Catlin Gabel, students are curious, Herb Jahncke and Marcelle Donehower’s 3rd grade classrooms being no exception. At the beginning of the school year, Herb and Marcelle pose an over– arching question to their students that guides much of their studies all year: “What does it mean to thrive?”
 
Throughout the year, the students identify what helps them succeed as learners as well as study what is essential for their communities to flourish. They anchor this study through the lens of our greatest resource: water. Over the course of their 3rd grade year, Herb and Marcelle’s students will discover the origins of their drinking water and expand their awareness of how water is used around the world. Walking into their classroom reveals an excited buzz of activity and learning. Some students are hard at work on individual computers editing stories, some meet in small groups with teachers, others sit in quiet corners, reading. The walls are lined with class projects, from math conjectures, to a map of Oregon showing its watersheds, to reports about marine animals, to class guidelines written inside rain drops. From the soft cushions overlooking the Catlin Gabel woods to a poster recording daily campus temperature, the classroom is a laboratory, rich with discovery.
 
Herb Jahncke has taught at CG since 2007 and was joined by Marcelle Donehower in 2012. They both have backgrounds in environmental education: Herb as an outdoor educator in Jamaica, Virginia, and on Catalina Island, and Marcelle in the West Linn/Wilsonville School District and at Springwater Environmental School in Oregon City. Their backgrounds make them perfectly suited to their task of teaching their students about local and global water issues. Both teachers say that they love teaching 3rd grade because the students are energetic and excited about learning. At this age, students are feeling more empowered and confident in claiming independence with their learning. They demonstrate an adept ability to grasp complex ideas, such as how maps are visual representations of our physical environment. Both Marcelle and Herb relish the opportunity of actively engaging their students in meaningful, interdisciplinary experiences, particularly in social studies.
 
Third grade social studies would be incomplete without expanding the classroom to the diverse ecosystems of Oregon itself. Students begin by visiting the city’s water source, the Bull Run Watershed; Eagle Creek to study salmon migration; and Bonneville Dam to investigate how water is used for power. They also visit a wastewater treatment facility to see what happens to water after it goes down the drain. During this first phase of field study, the students identify a water question that deserves more research and embark on their own inquiry project, where they independently research a topic and teach their new knowledge to the class. The entire Lower School social studies curriculum has embraced the “inquiry cycle,” where students ask questions rooted in prior knowledge or experiences, research these questions, present their knowledge, and then ask more questions. It is a cycle that is never complete.
 
Marcelle says, “If I do my job well, I expect that my students will not only be asking more questions, but craving more answers. To make this type of curriculum work the classroom community has to embrace the idea that every person in the classroom is both a student and a teacher.” Herb reflects that when both teachers and students enter into a practice of asking rich questions, a trusting community of learners develops, which allows students to take charge of what they are learning. Some examples of this year’s inquiry projects include researching the Port of Portland, looking at the use of water in agriculture, researching water in recreational activities, reading about bridges, studying salmon, and finding out how to build a dam.
 
As the year progresses, 3rd graders revisit the question, “What does it mean to thrive?”—but turn to the global community for answers. They investigate how people in other parts of the world get their water and what kids around the world need to thrive. These questions lead to a study of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, in which the 3rd graders examine similarities and differences in what children throughout the world deserve in their lives. Focusing on personal identity leads these students to understand more deeply their role as global citizens.
 
Marcelle and Herb also talk about how learning about differences can teach students about important qualities such as empathy and perseverance. In the classroom, students watch videos of how kids around the world help their families collect water (sometimes carrying several gallons for miles at a time!). During PE class, the students try this themselves by each carrying around the track milk cartons or buckets filled with water. One student said, “Today when I carried water, I got sooo wet. It was much harder than it looked. I can’t imagine doing that every day.” Students synthesize all this learning by picking a country that they want to know more about. After researching their country, they write realistic fiction stories about a child in their country and include a piece on water access.
 
Though Marcelle and Herb observe their students learning and growing immensely during their 3rd grade year, they recognize that creating effective curriculum is always a work in progress. They continually evaluate each unit, keeping what works and revising what doesn’t. Marcelle says that she is grateful to work in a place that values evolution of curriculum and student experiences. “We are always pushing the boundaries of what we can do,” she says. Both teachers already have ideas for improvement. This spring, they hope to add a service learning component to their study of marine ecosystems by picking up garbage at the beach. They also hope to build on this year’s excitement with global studies by working more on letter writing and civic engagement and evolve their use of technology in the classroom, perhaps Skyping with students from other countries. The 3rd grade year is one of discovery, with students learning about the civic and natural world through hands-on field experiences and studies of other cultures. At Catlin Gabel, water is used to illuminate so much more than just what we drink.
 
Katie Boehnlein has been the 5th grade teaching assistant at Catlin Gabel since 2012. She is an environmental educator and active writer about place-based education and experiential learning. Read her blog at kboehnlein.wordpress.com.

The Mandate for Teaching History Well: A Farewell From Outgoing Head of School Lark Palma

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From the Spring 2014 Caller

By Lark P. Palma

If taught well and thoughtfully, history helps a student develop a unique capacity for comprehending human situations. It fuels a conversation about the importance of action from the lessons of history. It’s meaningful to me that my last article for the Caller is about history and social studies, as I believe history is the single most powerful discipline for analyzing the past, living the present, and predicting the future. Most importantly, studying history well helps us become thoughtful, informed, and committed to exercising our rights as citizens, especially our right and privilege to vote. This issue is a testament to how well our superb faculty teaches history, and their eagerness to fine-tune the curriculum, create experiences that make history immediate and important, and seek connections to social, political, artistic, and economic situations.
 
Recently, when packing boxes to move back to South Carolina, I came across my 8th grade required history text, The History of South Carolina by Mary C. Sims Oliphant. She found it adequate to talk about slavery for one and a half pages, and the glorious generals of the “War Between the States” for several chapters. The economic justifications for slavery were never connected to the immorality of the war. What if I hadn’t come from a progressive family that had lively debates at the dinner table? What if I had not been exposed to any other points of view? My ability to participate in our fundamental right to express our citizenship would be severely compromised.
 
Catlin Gabel and the teachers who teach history and social studies understand well the mandate of their work.
 
• Students learn how the past shapes the present and probably informs the future. The Transitional Justice course clearly shows the direct effect of a law, its enactment, and the success of social change as a result.
 
• Students learn to develop empathy by reading original texts written by the people experiencing the events. For instance, 6th graders study the context of the Civil War and write a first-person journal.
 
• They learn to read critically to distinguish between evidence and assertion and understand competing points of view. In doing so, they learn to interrogate the text and artifacts, make hypotheses, and draw conclusions so that they extract every bit of meaning. Through these interrogations, students come up with real questions. Who is not represented in the study of history, and why? Why is the history of real lives of the poor, women, minority groups, or children so sparse in relationship to the history of political leaders, wars, politics, treaties, and policies? Why isn’t there more work published by women and minorities? In a sense students are calling for a wider exposure and deeper content to intensify their understanding of the course of history.
 
The study of history reveals its evolving narrative. Students learn that what happened in the past is not the final truth, so what they study and how they study it has to change. Courses that have been added to the Catlin Gabel curriculum include Middle Eastern studies, the Sixties, 9-11, Islam, gender studies, and other courses that emphasize social history and bring in more interdisciplinary learning.
 
I leave Catlin Gabel this summer to contemplate a curriculum for another school, in Charleston, South Carolina. The first plaque acknowledging that city’s role in the slave trade was erected in the 1990s. It is clear how the teaching of history should develop there, with the city itself as the curriculum. If any of you travel there, I will be a willing and proud guide. I will miss Catlin Gabel deeply. I will miss writing for the Caller, but there are books and blogs inside me ready to emerge.

Learning in Action

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A Chat with First Graders

Our first graders are studying food and have selected topics of deep interest to study using an inquiry process. Three students came in to see me.
 
Child 1:  Can we ask you some questions about dairy products? We heard you are an expert about dairy products because you raised cows! (Always nice to know you are considered an expert at something…)
 
Vicki:         Sure! When?
 
Child 2:     Right now!
 
Vicki:         Okay! (Well, I have a few minutes before my next meeting.) The three enter my office and open their “Field Study Journals”.
 
Child 3:     We are going to take notes in our Field Study Journals!
 
Vicki:         Great idea! What are your questions?
 
Child 1:     Well, actually, we only have one question. (He flips through several pages of notes.) WHAT IS A CURD? (Feeling less and less like an expert by the moment….)
 
Vicki:         So what is a curd? (Stalling tactic, how am I going to answer that for three 7-year olds? Now really, how would YOU answer that for three 7-year-olds?)
 
Child 2:     Right, we think it might be for making cheese.
 
Vicki:         Yes, have you heard the rhyme, “Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet eating her curds and whey… (Using great expression and a sing-song voice)
 
All three children scrunch up faces and purse brows: No.
 
Child 1:     What’s a whey? (Oh dear, better see if I can answer the curd part first…)
 
Vicki: (Leaps over to desktop, googles CURD.) Here’s a picture of a curd! (The children all gather around my computer.) You were right, it’s part of the process of making cheese. To make a curd you mix vinegar with milk. (Wikipedia saves the day)
 
Child 2:     Wow! Let’s write that down! (They sound out v-i-n-n-a-g-u-r-r…)
 
Child 3:     I’m bored. Can I go back to class now? (Guess she’s done….)
 
Child 1:     Well I’M NOT BORED! WHY DO COWS HAVE FOUR STOMACHS?
 
Vicki:         (I explain the stomachs and show a poster of the cow’s stomachs.) When cows eat grass they eat in a hurry and it goes into the first stomach to hold it until they have time to chew it up. Then later on, when they’re relaxed and have the time, they gulp it up and chew it up. That’s called “chewing their cud.”
 
Child 2:     (Looks horrified) YOU MEAN COWS EAT THEIR PUKE?
 
Child 1:     THEY CHEW THEIR THROW UP?
 
Vicki:         No, they just gulp up the grass so they can chew it up later so it can go to the second stomach….well, actually, I guess it’s sort of like throwing up (Explaining this stuff is indeed humbling…)
 
Child 1:     WOW! THIS IS SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING THAN READING A BOOK! (Great, this will likely be dinnertime conversation. Your hard-earned tuition dollars at work….)
 
Child 2:     Can we make curds?
 
Vicki:         I don’t have any vinegar but I can show you creamy milk and watery milk (We go into the faculty lunch room and I get both out of the refrigerator)
 
Child 2:     OH! This is so much more fun talking to you than reading a book!
 
Child 1:     Do you have any vinegar? (Points to the cupboard)
 
Vicki:         Sorry, this is where we keep tea and coffee (I open the cupboard to prove my point and there in the middle of the second shelf is – you guessed it – a bottle of vinegar.) OH! It’s your lucky day! (How in the world did a bottle of vinegar get there?! We talk about first grade as being magical and I guess it really is!)
 
Child 1:     WE’RE MAKING CURDS! (We mix milk with vinegar and it curdles)
 
Child 2:     LET’S GO SHOW EVERYONE! (They race off to the first grade…)
 
Inquiry in action – a reminder of why we’re all in this business!
 
 

Lark's farewell BBQ photo gallery

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The sun always shines on the righteous!

 

Video: 2014 seniors talk about their college choices

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Catlin Gabel seniors are about to embark on an exciting new chapter in their lives. Five seniors speak here about their college choices, and how they found a good fit for them.

»Link to list of where all seniors are going to college
»Link to article by college counselors about the admission year and college trends

Thomas is going to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago!

Emmarose is going to the University of Southern California!

Chris is going to Princeton University!

Liban's going to Swarthmore College!

Sadie is going to Barnard College!

College list for Catlin Gabel 2014 seniors

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Here's where the class of 2014 is going to college!

(as of 5/22/14)
 
Amherst College
Barnard College
Bates College
Berklee College of Music
University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Brown University
Case Western Reserve University
Chapman University
University of Chicago
Claremont McKenna College
Colorado College (2)
Colby College
University of Denver (2)
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Hamilton College, NY
Harvey Mudd College
University of La Verne
Lewis & Clark College
Macalester College
McGill University
Montana State University, Bozeman
Mount Holyoke College (2)
New York University (2)
University of Notre Dame
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Oregon State University
University of Oregon (2)
Portland State University
University of Portland (2)
Princeton University (2)
University of Puget Sound (3)
University of Redlands
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rice University
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2)
Scripps College (3)
Smith College
University of Southern California (2)
Southern Oregon University (2)
Stanford University
Swarthmore College (3)
Tufts University
Tulane University (2)
Union College
Whitman College (5)
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
 

8th grade films win awards at Middle School Media Festival

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Three films by Catlin Gabel 8th graders received awards at the Middle School Media Festival at Bush School in Seattle:

"Free Yourself" by Andrei Stoica and Katie Truong: Honorable Mention

"Welcome To The Hood" by Stuart Ryan, Mason Snider, and Elliott White: Audience Award

"One Fish Two Fish Dead Fish Chewed Fish" by Piper Kizziar, Kathryn Putz and Rachael Underwood: Audience Award & Teacher’s Choice Award

Congratulations to the filmmakers and their teacher, Brendan Gill.

Nic Bergen '16 wins Grand Prize at International Silent Film Festival

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Sophomore Nic Bergen's film "Continuous Quest" won the Grand Prix--first place, best film--last night at the selective International Youth Silent Film Festival, competing against films from the U.S., Canada, and China. Nic received a generous cash prize and time on the set of "Grimm," and will be featured in the Rose Festival. Watch for news of a public screening on June 4. Congrats to Nic and our other finalists, Søren Anderson, Becca Dunn, Gus Edelen O'Brien, Zulema Young-Toledo & Elena Lee, Ben Waitches-Eubanks & Javin Dana, and Vikram Nallakrishnan & Reuben Schafir!