Dear Catlin Gabel community member:
I am writing with the heartbreaking news that Manvel Schauffler (known to everyone as Schauff), beloved headmaster of Catlin Gabel from 1967 to 1980, has died. He was 88.
Along with the legions of students, faculty-staff, parents, and friends who adored Schauff, I am ever grateful that I had the privilege of knowing him. When I least expected it, and sometimes when I most needed it, I would receive a letter from Schauff cheering me on and letting me know he understood the challenges and joys of leading the school. His support and guidance have meant so much to me. I will always treasure my collection of Schauff's letters, which are tied together with a blue ribbon in my top desk drawer.
Schauff began working at Catlin Gabel School (then called Catlin Hillside) in 1951. In his years at Catlin Gabel he taught 8th grade U.S. history and social studies; coached basketball, track and field, and soccer; led ski trips and camping trips; directed plays; helped to run the famous Catlin Gabel Rummage Sale; taught countless students to make a wooden boat or light a Coleman camp stove; and reminded young people over and over to leave a place cleaner than they found it, to shake hands with a firm grip, and to exercise their right to vote. He brought Catlin Gabel to national prominence with his work on the board of the National Association of Independent Schools. Schauff celebrated Catlin Gabel's progressive, creative, experiential approach in and out of the classroom.
Schauff's mark on Catlin Gabel included a de-emphasis on grades. Drawing on his philosophy that students are at the center of education and their voices should be heard, he made the student body president an ex officio member of the board of trustees and brought each year's president to the NAIS annual conference. Working with students, he established a dress code for the Upper School ("Clothing shall be neat and clean and appropriate to the day and the task at hand") in 1967-68, a time of great tension over what young people wore.
Everyone who knew Schauff will remember these favorite expressions: "I'll take three volunteers - you, you, and you," "Be sure to take care of each other," "Never put a hot pancake on a cold plate," "Lady with a baby," and "The sun always shines on the righteous."
Schauff Circle, at the crossroads of our campus, was dedicated on June 14, 2003, and serves as a reminder of Schauff's ability to bring together people of all ages and all walks of life.
Schauff is survived by his wife, Verna; his daughters, Robin '68 (Peter) and Deborah '70; his son, Allen '73 (Cyndy); and his grandchildren Robin Macartney '01 and Alex Macartney '06.
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The family asks that gifts in Schauff's memory be designated to financial aid at Catlin Gabel, Bush, Hyla, or Explorer West schools, or to any school or program that nurtures and supports young people in their middle school years.
The family suggests some good ways to honor Schauff: cook a pancake, chop some wood, ride a ferry, sail a boat, register to vote.
Head of School
Fourteen students and two teachers from Gifu Kita Senior High School in Japan are visiting Catlin Gabel from January 4 to 11.
Catlin Gabel and Gifu Kita have had a sister school relationship since 1992. We value our shared history of hosting students in homestays and classrooms, and introducing each other to our respective cultures. We have learned so much from each other!
For a real treat, come to the Upper School assembly on Monday, January 7, from 11:25 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Our guests from Japan always put on an amazing performance at this highlight event.
More about Gifu Kita High School
Gifu Kita Senior High School is located in the north end of Gifu City in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. For more than 70 years, Gifu Kita High School has prided itself on academic excellence and its ability to provide a wide range of extracurricular activities to its more than 1,000 students.
As one of the top-ranked schools in Gifu Prefecture, almost all of their students apply to go to university following graduation, with the vast majority attending private or national universities.
Gifu Kita also offers a wide range of sports and cultural clubs. A number of these clubs have participated in National and Tokai District Competitions over the last few years.
Parents schoolwide are encouraged to read Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner. In this book, education expert Tony Wagner explores how schools and parents can cultivate the next generation of creative thinkers and doers who will drive our economy.
Lark will lead a discussion on February 13 at 8:30 a.m. (stay tuned for location). Lark highly recommends this book, even if you are unable to attend the discussion.
Limited copies of the book are available in our bookstore in the lower level of the Barn. It is also readily available at Amazon.
Link to Tony Wagner TED talk
Congratulations to the RoboSNAILS for their 1st place win in a tough competition against 20 teams. The team members are 8th graders Robin Attey, Matt Maynard, Grace Wong, Liam Wynne, and Sage Yamamoto. They are coached by senior Tucker Gordon. The RoboSNAILS’ research project was designing a website and iOS app to help senior citizens prepare nutritious meals and build community.
Team Sigma came in 2nd with 8th grade members Adolfo Apolloni, Ian Hoyt, Ryan Selden, and 7th grader Roy Stracovsky. Team Sigma had an over-the-top research project with a working model of a walker that senses the user’s location helps guide them. Junior Elyssa Kiva is their coach for the second year in a row.
Our two rookie teams also competed at regionals. Starstruck won the rising star award for the new team with the most promise. They are 6th graders Sujala Chittor, Natalie Dodson, and Amber Merrill. Their research project featured a puppet show presentation of a device that changes light bulbs. Senior Martina Dimitrov was their coach.
Sophomore Rushdi Abualhaija coached team Delta with 6th graders Avi Gupta, Tyler Nguyen, Quinn Okabayashi, Kian Palmer, and Spencer Shoemaker. Their research project was a working model of an Internet-programmed medication dispenser.
The state competition is on January 20. Good luck to the RoboSNAILS and Team Sigma!
Proud and grateful: the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund has awarded us $75,000 for the Creative Arts Center
From time to time a child – or two or three – are sent to chat with either Genevieve or me. We have a “Conflict Resolution” plan that all of our teachers use with children that has been extremely effective in helping to resolve most of the day-to-day conflicts that arise when you have children learning to live and work cooperatively with one another. Conflict is normal and healthy when it is leveraged as a tool to help children as they internalize the skills needed to cooperate with, and respect, one another. We know that the better our children are at this, the more successful they will be throughout the rest of their education and lives.
Sometimes there are situations that need adult intervention. And occasionally the incident involves a child who physically hurt another. In these situations their teacher will ask the child/children involved to come and chat with me. Stealing or cheating might also result in a talk with Vicki. Interestingly enough, sometimes I have students come straight to see me when they know they’ve done something wrong. I find these “self-referrals” to be a tribute to the honesty we have in our school community.
Each situation is handled differently, based on what happened, the age of the children involved, and their perception of what happened. For example, repeated behaviors are dealt with differently than “first time offenses”. But always Genevieve or I ask the children involved to tell their parents what happened before I phone them. (They usually aren’t very excited about this part.) Yes, as parents, you always get an e-mail contact from one of us.
We always start by listening to each person as to what happened. Everyone has a unique “perception” and it is often an eye-opener for children to see that their actions or words can often be misinterpreted as hurtful or offensive. Know that your children are wonderfully honest – but again, there can be many different perspectives about the same incident. Because of this reality, we try not to make judgments ourselves. I thank you parents for being careful to suspend certainty when you hear “one of many” perspectives as well.
Often we coach the students to use “I messages” as a way to communicate how they are feeling directly with the other child, and to ask for what they want – i.e. “It hurts when you stomp on my foot and I want you to stop.” Although we will not force an insincere apology, usually apologies are given. Sometimes I write up an “agreement” with a child that includes what happened, and their plan for a change of behavior. The child, their parent, and I might sign it. Sometimes the child writes up his/her own plan for a change of behavior. A younger child may draw a picture of how they will behave. Always we go over several options of “what they might have done differently” – and we might even role-play a “do over” of the whole incident. Occasionally we’ll have a student follow-up by “giving back to the community” since they have “taken away from the community.” This may be in the form of picking up trash, shelving books in the library, etc. And yes, sometimes a child is sent home in order to have a fresh start the next day.
Whenever I chat with other principal colleagues in other schools, I am grateful to be reminded that being a disciplinarian takes up only a small percentage of my work time. In fact, I can go for days without anything being sent my way. People have asked me why I think this is so. I give credit to your fabulous parenting and to our teachers’ amazing teaching. It is difficult for children to misbehave when they are deeply engaged in learning!
Dartmouth publication interviews CG alumna Victoria Trump Redd '09 about her fellowship in a Peruvian health clinic
From the Autumn 2012 Caller
NEWS FROM HONEY HOLLOW
CATLIN GABEL IN THE NEWS
OUR NOTEWORTHY STUDENTS
SPORTS AND ATHLETICS
Doug Heymann ’18 represented Oregon at the Western zone age-group swimming championships in Grand Junction, Colorado. . . . USA Synchronized Swimming named Elli Wiita ’15 to the 13–15 national team and duet team for 2012. She competed this summer in the Pan American Age Group Championships in Colombia, where she placed 1st in the figure competition and won gold medals in duet and team competitions. During the summer, she trained with Team USA at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and in New Canaan, Connecticut.
From the Autumn 2012 Caller
Jennifer Marcus '73, BS & 1st grade woodshop
Bachelor's in art, Mills College. At CGS since 2004.
Twenty-two years ago, when my oldest daughter was attending preschool in Los Angeles, I responded to a flyer to open up the woodworking shed. I had a degree in fine arts, built my own looms, and had taken child psychology at Mills College. I’d even entertained the idea of becoming a teacher. So, some simple woodworking with a bunch of four-year-olds sounded like fun. It was.
From the Autumn 2012 Caller
Rachel Brown, 1st grade
Bachelor's in Spanish literature, Washington University. Master's in childhood general & special education, Bank Street College of Education. At CGS since 2011.
From the Autumn 2012 Caller
Lisa Ellenberg, BS & LS librarian
Bachelor's and master's in education, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. At CGS since 1991.