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Valerie Ding & Nikhil Murthy win awards at Int'l Science Fair

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Catlin Gabel sent two finalists this year to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair held the week of May 11 in Los Angeles. Both Nikhil Murthy ’17 and Valerie Ding ’15 came home with awards.
 
Valerie Ding won four awards:
1.      4th Place Grand Award in Physics & Astronomy
2.      3rd Place Internationally & 1st Place Nationally (USA), SPIE International Society for Optics and Photonics
3.      Top 6 Nationally, from American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society
4.      New American University Provost Scholarship, Arizona State University (awarded to 22 projects nationally).
 
Nikhil Murthy won 2nd Place Grand Award in the category of Chemistry.

Congratulations, Nikhil and Valerie!

»Link to Oregonian article

CommuniCare Club donates $11,000 to nonprofits serving youth in Portland

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Student philanthropy supports community

Catlin Gabel's CommuniCare Club strives to enable youth in the Portland area to expand and increase their opportunities in education. This year, they made grants to LifeWorks, Minds Matter, New Avenues for YouthShadow Project, and SMART.

The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation established the CommuniCare program in 1998 to help teens learn about philanthropy and the needs of their community through grant making. 


Plant exchange drop-off happening this week oustide Cabell Center Theater

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April 28 – May 1

Spring Festival’s Honey Hollow Plant Exchange is a tradition! Help us make this year's plant exchange a success by gathering divisions, seedlings, and starts from your garden. We kindly request that you label all plants. No invasives, please. If you have questions, please get in touch with Maya Wells at mayaherb@earthlink.net.

Jazz band and friends performing Friday, May 2

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The Upper School Jazz Band play everything from Duke Ellington to the Black Keys. Guests from the senior class will perform jazz, funk, and rock.

Curtain at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater in the new Creative Arts Center
Admission is free

PFA leadership for 2014-15 announced

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Thank you for your volunteer service to our community

Executive Council

President – Pam Lloyd
Vice President – Sarah Stascausky
Advisor – Zoe Edelen Hare
Communications Coordinator – Ingeborg Holliday
New Family Intergration Coordinator – Marjorie Dial
Inclusivity Coordinator – Aminata Sei
Treasurer – Kevin Reedy
Upper School Coordinator – Azin van Alebeek
Middle School Coordinator – Kirsten Brady
Lower School Coordinator – Indira Nallakrishan
Beginning School Coordinator – Arah Erickson
Spring Fest Coordinator – pending

Grade Representatives

Preschool – Janina Malone and Lisa Levy
Kindergarten – Alayna Luria and Genie Kaady
1st grade – Lara Sales and Katy Swaim
2nd grade – Robin Skarstad and Diane Malhotra
3rd Grade – Heather Billups and Christine Wolahan
4th grade – Julie Proksch and Maran Sheils
5th Grade – Nicole Lee, Judy Cheng, and Reg Hamlett
6th grade – Teri Simpson and Tracy Stout
7th grade – Sarah Vogel Masback and Dina Meier
8th grade – Aruna Chittor and Becky Edington
9th grade – Patrick O'Neill and Elaine Underwood
10th grade – Nicoya Hecht and Molly Newcomer
11th grade – Beth Cavanaugh and Laura Ford
12th grade – Julie McMurchie and Emma Gilleland

Tuition on the Track 2014 photo & video gallery

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April 18, 2014

Thank you to co-chairs Will Rosenfeld '14 and Katie Zechnich '14 for their commitment to financial aid fundraising and community spirit. Special thanks to Mother Nature for the great weather!

Click here to donate to Tuition on the Track.

Seniors talk about their Catlin Gabel experience

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Six seniors answered questions from parents in a Q&A format.

Thank you to the PFA for organizing this favorite parent community meeting of the year. Standing room only! Thanks also to the senior panelists: Katie Fournier, Theo Knights, Liban Sheikh, Alexis Shoemaker, Lewis Holland, and Erin Wynne. College counselor Kate Grant did a great job of setting the stage and moderating. Here are a few highlights.

What advice do you have for students coming into the Upper School?

  • The preseason sport team practices start in August, so joining a team is a great way to get to know other upper classmen and ease the transition.
  • Try something you have never done before or are afraid to do!
  • There are many opportunities so it is easy to overbook yourself. Choose one or two things that you really want to focus on.

What do you see as the strengths of the Upper School?

  • There are so many connections you make with your teachers both inside and outside of the classroom. "My teachers are some of the best grown-ups I have ever met!"
  • Since many faculty members are involved in extracurricular activities themselves, they understand if you need an extension because of a mock trial competition or a late soccer game.
  • The new schedule has allowed students to get some work done during the school day. Getting credit for working on the school newspaper has also helped balance the workload.

What are some of the weaknesses of the Upper School?

  • Communication and coordination between teachers regarding major assignment deadlines could be improved, particularly in humanities.
  • The homework policy is not followed by many teachers and not enforced even though this issue is brought up every year.
  • "The homework is challenging but that's good."
  • Catlin Gabel students should show gratitude for all the opportunities that are given to them. It’s important to find ways to learn resilience and fight for something you care about in an environment where everything is available to you.
  • We need more interaction with the outside world.

What are your senior internship projects?

  • Projects range from fixing typewriters to working with a photojournalist with the Oregonian to helping a fashion designer with her first show.

What were your best moments at Catlin Gabel?

  • Interacting with the teachers.
  • Getting positive feedback and learning what you are good at.
  • The last day of junior year and the “I did it!” feeling.
  • Getting the college acceptance letter.
  • Working with other students to achieve something together, for example designing all of the costumes in a production.

What about some of your worst moments?

  • Failing at something: but that’s a learning experience.
  • Freshman English.
  • Arriving as a new freshman and not knowing anyone.
  • Being slammed with schoolwork.

Tell us about your global trips.

  • Taking trips during sophomore year works well. There is a trip for everyone.
  • Nepal was amazing. It was a very different trip from the France trip, which was designed around learning the language. In France, we had homestays and went to school with the French students.
  • This summer, one panelist is walking 500 miles from Geneva to Rome. The group is doing training hikes together now.
  • “After every trip, I come back with a new best friend.”

How did you spend your summers?

  • Answers ranged from getting a job or internship to taking a college class to traveling with family to chilling out and having a good time.

How would you rank the degree of difficulty of the four years in the US?
The consensus from easiest to most difficult seemed to be: (1) sophomore year– because we have figured out the workload, (2) junior year, (3) first semester of senior year because of the added pressure of college applications, (4) freshman year.

What advice do you have for parents?

  • Let your child fail on his or her own and learn from mistakes. Trust that they will mature as they move through the US.
  • Let your child do what they want to do when it comes to extracurricular activities and don’t interfere. Let them figure out their passions.
  • Continue to support your child if his or her interests change.
  • Don’t panic if your child does not do well. Be supportive. Your child will come around.
  • Do encourage your child to communicate with his or her teacher.
  • Don’t hound your child about homework unless it’s a huge issue. If they want to take the night off, then it is his or her decision.
  • Let them grow up and figure it out on their own. Give them space.

Lower School Campus Day photo gallery

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Thank you 1st – 5th graders for your help keeping our campus beautiful

Third grade teacher Marcelle Donehower took these photos. She and groundskeepers Jesse Selman and Mike Wilson organized the day. 

Robotics team heading to world championships

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Bravo!

The Flaming Chickens won the Chairman's Award at the Pacific Northwest District Championships, just as they had done at the Oregon State District competition. They will compete in St. Louis against the best teams in the world. Only three other teams from Oregon qualified for the world championships. The Chairman's Award recognizes the team that has done the most to increase the appreciation and expansion of STEM education in their communities. The Chairman's Award team of sophomores Iris Ellenberg and Jacob Bendicksen, and freshman Robin Attey did a fabulous job of presenting.

Freshman Daniel Chiu qualifies for USA Jr Math Olympiad exam

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Way to go, Daniel!

Daniel is one of three Oregonians and one of fewer that 200 students nationwide to make it to this level of competition. He placed in the 98th percentile—worldwide—of 9th grade students who took the qualifying test. All the best on your next set of exams, Daniel.


Robotics team wins prestigious Chairman’s Award, advances to district championship

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Catlin’s robotics team, the Flaming Chickens, won the Chairman’s Award at the Oregon State University district competition. This most prestigious honor is given to the team that "best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST,” the nonprofit that organizes the competitions.

Teams that win the Chairman’s Award run the best engineering outreach programs in the world, and the Flaming Chickens are no different. They run three offseason competitions each year in the Catlin Gabel gym, demo their robots at events around Portland, and give back to the community through projects like ScumBot, which is funded by the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grant. They also contribute to the community – high school members coach Middle School LEGO robotics teams, and they’ll be showcasing their program at Spring Festival on May 4.

Pacific Northwest District Championship 

Thursday, April 10 — Saturday, April 12
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Memorial Coliseum

Admission is free

Come cheer on the Flaming Chickens as they compete against 64 teams for a spot at the World Championships in St. Louis. The prime time to come is Saturday at 1:15 p.m. for the final rounds. If you come, be sure to check out the pit area in the basement where teams feverishly repair their robots between matches.

See schedules and live streaming links at http://oregonfirst.org/events/pnw-frc-championship/

Game animation video (sorry about the advertising at the start -- it's worth the wait)

Lower School Experiential Days slide show

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Four days of learning by doing in mixed grade groupings. Fun!