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Middle Schoolers backpack along the magical Siouxon Creek

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A great weekend outing to wrap up the school year

Nine 6th and 7th grade students joined the two Davids from the Outdoor Program and Sara Dier from the Learning Center on a weekend backpacking trip to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.  Nick and Miguel had returned from their 7th grade class trip just hours before we departed for our backpacking adventure on Saturday morning, but that wasn't enough to stop them from joining in on the fun.  Due to a drippy forecast, and trip reports of muddy trails, we moved the destination for this trip away from the original plan of the Tillamook Head Traverse between Seaside and Cannon Beach.  This was a good call, as the trail along the Siouxon Creek is wonderfully maintained, and we harly saw any precipitation at all!

This trip provided the opportunity for many of the students to try out backpacking for the first time, but you could hardly have guessed that that was the case!  Between the class trips and other Outdoor Program offerings throughout the year, all of the student participants had gained significant outdoor experience over the past year, and everyone made the transition from car camping to backpacking without any major hurdles.  We split up group gear, and did a backpacking tutorial - covering packing a backpack, adjusting the straps, proper foot care, and hiking as a group - before heading off down the trail.

The trail descends right off the bat before crossing West creek on a cool log bridge, and proceeds to flatten out once reaching Siouxon Creek.  We stopped at Horseshoe Falls to look at the first of many falls along the trail and to snack on our big bag of trail mix.  Alon proved to be quite good at catching M&Ms after throwing them into the air.  We put the packs back on, and continued along the wooded, Cascade creek.  For its ease of access and beauty, this trail is relatively unknown and we passed many open and inviting campsites before settling in in a wide open spot along the creek.  After setting up camp, we headed back on the trail to a rocky beach that we had passed on the way in.  We explored the creek shore, skipped rocks and had a rock-throwing competition before heading back to camp to cook our pasta dinner.  Some cheesecake and relfections on the day around the fire, rounded out a satisfying day.

Sunday morning started with hot cocoa, oatmeal, and the requisite SPAM.  We packed up our personal gear, but left our tents standing as we explored further upstream to see what we could find.  The trail winds its way up the verdant gorge, at times passing along dramatic precipices, before reaching another crossing of one of the many tributaries to Siouxon Creek.  We crossed the creek on logs, and then explored the rocky shelves that form the rim around the main channel of Siouxon.  We then continued a bit farther to discover a large, and spectacular waterfall.  We messed around in the splash-zone of the falls and filled waterbottles before heading back down the trail.  Multiple rounds of the game "Eagle Eye" were played in a large campsite on the way down the trail, and Marcell was unbeatable as the Eagle. 

After our enjoyable side hike, we made it back to camp and finished breaking down tents before heading back toward the trailhead with our full packs.  Again, there was nary a complaint as we sang and joked our way down the trail.  We stopped for a nice lunch at a viewpoint overlooking another waterfall before powering through the final couple of miles on the trail.  Activity bus 21 was loaded up as we exchanged high-fives after a successful trip.  We were back on campus by 4:30 on Sunday, ready for the final week of classes, and all the more excited for the start of SUMMER!

Thanks for making this trip great, and enjoy some photos from our adventure:

Video: Senior lifers' advice to Beehive students

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Graduating seniors who had been at Catlin Gabel since 1st grade or before give advice to preschoolers and kindergarteners at the June 2012 Lifers Celebration.

 

Video: Pirates of Penzance rap and song

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The class of 2016 presented a dress rehearsal of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" in late May 2012 before heading out on their trip to the San Juans. Here's their original rap introduction, and a rousing opening pirates' song.

 

Open your heart and home to an exchange student

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2012-13 exchange students

Catlin Gabel is honored to welcome exchange students to our community each year. Our exchange students are carefully selected merit scholars who are ready for Catlin Gabel’s academic and linguistic challenges.

We host these kids with the goal of learning as much from them as we can. Our community benefits deeply as our exchange students push us to question assumptions and broaden our perspectives. If you are interested in hosting an exchange student, please read our Q&A and contact Spencer White with questions.

Year-Long Upper School Exchange Students

Belén Placencia Levenfeld, from Spain, is 15 years old and comes to us through the ASSIST program, which selects students by merit for placement in U.S. independent schools. She will attend CG as a sophomore for the entire academic year. Her interviewers said that, “Belén (or Belu) will bring to her American school a sharp mind, a strong work ethic, and an impressive record of academic achievement. Belén also has strong athletic interests and talents. In addition, she thoroughly enjoys acting in school drama productions, is currently attending an acting school in Madrid, and even thinks of theater as something she would like to have at the center of her adult life. We found Belu to be an adventurous girl, with sharp sense of humor evident, very pleasant and engaging, with lots of interests.”

Xiaotian Zhang, from Shanghai, China, also comes to us through the ASSIST program. She is an all-star student at Fudan High School with a penchant for international relations and English. Xiaotian has traveled to Great Britain and Japan and is involved in singing, ballet, traditional Chinese dance, street dance, and ceramics. She participates in MUN, is a member of the school debate team, and is a cheerleader. In her personal statement Xiaotian says, “My dreams are simple but require resolute determination and constant hard work. I want to make the world a better place. I want the world to see me one day.”

 

Mpho Bowie-Molefe comes to us from Maru-a-Pula School (MaP) in Gaborone, Botswana, as our sixth MaP Scholar. Our relationship with MaP has been one of mutual respect and admiration as they continue to send us globally minded students of impressively high academic and interpersonal caliber. Mpho is here for the entire 12th grade academic year. “Mpho is a rare quality student,” said his interviewers. “He is wonderfully engaging, admired by his peers and a perceptive and capable learner. It is not often that you find students as well balanced as Mpho is; he is a star athlete on the school rugby team and an effortless, academically capable student that is always willing to give of himself.” Mpho is dedicated to several community service projects, including a service project where he taught primary school children in a disadvantaged area of Gaborone how to read. He has been part of a group of senior students who raised funds and delivered food packages and grocery items to poor families on the outskirts of the city. Mpho would like to become an engineer with a specific focus on developing green energy technologies for Africa.

Short-Term Guatemalan Upper School Students
Experiencias Interculturales Program
October 21 – December 15

Luis Esteban Greñas Vettorazzi, 15, will spend two months as part of our freshman class. He is excited to spend time with a “real” American family, improve his English skills, and experience Portland culture. Luis is a photographer, the main journalist of his school newspaper, and a lover of nature and animals. He is a determined and outspoken young man who’s not afraid to speak his mind on any number of topics.

 

 

Andrea María Reyes López, 17, will join our junior class. Her parents, both in the medical field, are eager for Andrea to take this step toward independence, improve her English skills, and meet American peers. She was class president last year and this year, school council president. She is described as “concerned about others,” as seen in her consistent weekend trips to see both sets of grandparents. She is also a dancer, an artist, and a lover of music.

 

Short-Term Guatemalan Middle School Students
Experiencias Interculturales Program
October 21 – December 15

Xim-Mei Ju Li, 13, is one of two Guatemalan students who will spend two months in our Middle School as a 7th grader during her own summer vacation. Xim is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Her interests include tennis, soccer, squash, racquetball, reading, and watching movies. She loves Taylor Swift and everything country music. Xim wants to augment her global travels (having been to China once) and improve her English.

 

Jorge José Trujillo Herrera, 14, will join us as an 8th grader. Jorge is especially keen on staying with a family with a host brother. He has a mellow demeanor, is a natural athlete, and takes a lot of pride in balancing his academics with sports. Jorge comes from a close-knit family that is involved with the church and spending ample time with their extended family. He is eager to improve his English ability in his 60-day stay with us.

Time to update family records

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New and returning families enrolled for 2012-13

» Link to updates page


Lark Palma sent the following letter on May 23.

Dear Catlin Gabel families:



As we approach the end of the school year, we are already preparing for next year.

Whether you are a new family joining us in the fall or a returning family, we have a very important homework assignment for all parents and guardians.
Completing four online forms will ensure that your student’s medical records are up to date, your family’s directory listing is accurate, and student security is assured. 



First, you need to log on to the Catlin Gabel website. Recently admitted families can use the same user names and passwords used during the application process.

Review and make appropriate changes to the following REQUIRED online forms.

There are four separate tabs on the update web page, and each tab contains one form. 
You must complete all four forms.

Form One: Your family’s contact details for our records and your directory listing

Form Two: Your family’s emergency contacts and emergency care authorization for your child/ren

Form Three: Your child/ren’s medical history and authorization to dispense medications

Form Four: Photo ID denial and external website permission

Please complete your homework assignment as soon as possible and no later than Monday, August 1. We will send reminders during the summer to families who have not completed the forms.

You will find the forms on our website at http://www.catlin.edu/parents/update/contact-details

If you have any technical questions about the forms, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mike Maynard in the IT office, maynardmi@catlin.edu. For other questions, please get in touch with a division administrative assistant.

Enjoy these last exciting weeks of the school year.

Sincerely yours,

Lark P. Palma, Ph.D.
Head of School

P.S. I have another bit of optional homework if you would like to join the Upper School students and teachers in reading this summer’s assigned book. We are all reading Mink River by Portland writer Brian Doyle. The award-winning author will visit classes and give a talk next year under the auspices of our Jean Vollum Distinguished Writers Series.

 

Senior Mariah Morton wins long and triple jump championships, girls 4x400 team wins at state

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In addition to winning two state championships as an individual competitor, Mariah was also a member of the championship 4x400m relay team along with freshman Adele English, senior Cammy Edwards, junior Fiona Noonan, and sophomore Gabby Bishop.

The girls 4x100m relay team took 2nd place with runners Mariah Morton, Adele English, Cammy Edwards, junior Audrey Davis, and freshman Talia Quatraro.

Cammy Edwards placed 2nd in both the 300m hurdles and the high hurdles.

Junior Hannah Jaquiss placed 3rd in the 3000m and 7th in the 1500.

Junior Mckenzie Spooner placed 6th in the 3000.

Junior Hannah Rotwein placed 6th in the 1500.

The girls track team came in 2nd at state.

Senior Parris Joyce took 3rd place in the boys 800.

Senior Eli Wilson Pelton placed 6th in the high hurdles and 7th in the 300 hurdles.

Junior David Lovitz took 8th in the high jump.

Sophomore Ian Smith, Eli Wilson Pelton, Parris Joyce, David Lovitz, sophomore Chris Belluschi, and junior Cody Hoyt placed 7th in the 4x100 relay.

Senior Kate Rubinstein took 2nd place at the state tennis tournament.

Senior Andrew Salvador took 2nd place in tennis.

The doubles tennis team of junior Evan Hallmark and senior Sammy Lubitz finished 3rd at state.

The boys tennis team took 2nd place at state.

 

Video: Senior panel

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Presented by the Parent-Faculty Association

Seven seniors spoke at the May 17 parent community meeting. It was great to hear them talk about what they loved about Catlin Gabel (relationships with teachers!) and what they would change, their paths to college, what was fun during their years at the school, and more.

The video runs for one hour.

Junior Terrance Sun and freshman Valerie Ding were finalists at the Intel International Science Fair in Pittsburgh

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Participants in the international fair had top projects at regional or state fairs.

Terrance entered a project titled "Improvements to Automatic Translation of Legal Text" in the computer science category.

Valerie entered a project titled "Shining Like the Sun: A Novel Quantum Mechanical Approach to Property Analysis and Energy Efficiency Algorithm for White-Light LEDs" in the physics and astronomy category.

Valerie's project won a Fourth Award. In addition, Valerie was one of only 12 students (from over 1,500) to win an all-expenses-paid trip this summer to CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, where the students will meet with researchers and see the experiments they are working on.

Congratulations to Valerie and Terrance!
 

Class of 2012 college plans

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» Video: seniors talk about
their college
choices 

 


 

Members of the class of 2012 were accepted to the following colleges and universities.
Unless otherwise noted, one student is attending each of the bolded colleges or universities.

Agnes Scott College
Akita International University
American University, 3 admitted
Amherst College
Bard College, 4 admitted
Barnard College
Bates College, 5 admitted, 3 enrolled
Beloit College, 4 admitted, 1 enrolled
Bennington College, 2 admitted
Boston College
Boston University, 2 admitted
Bradley University
Brandeis University, 3 admitted
University of British Columbia, 2 admitted
Brown University
Bryn Mawr College, 3 admitted, 2 enrolled
Bucknell University
California Lutheran University
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
University of California at Davis
University of California at Riverside
University of California at San Diego, 2 admitted
University of California at Santa Cruz
Carleton College, 4 admitted
Carnegie Mellon University
Carroll College
Case Western Reserve University
Chapman University
University of Chicago, 2 admitted
Claremont McKenna College
Clark University
Colby College, 5 admitted
Colgate University, 2 admitted
Colorado College, 4 admitted, 2 enrolled
University of Colorado at Boulder, 3 admitted
University of Colorado at Denver
Columbia University
Cornell College, 2 admitted
Cornell University
Dartmouth College, 3 admitted, 2 enrolled
Davidson College, 2 admitted
University of Denver, 3 admitted, 2 enrolled
DePaul University
Dickinson College
Drew University
Drexel University
Duke University, 2 admitted
Earlham College
Eckerd College
Emerson College
Emory University, 4 admitted
Eugene Lang College the New School for Liberal Arts, 2 admitted
Evergreen State College, 2 admitted
Fordham University, 4 admitted
Furman University
George Washington University, 3 admitted
Georgetown University, 2 admitted
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Goucher College, 2 admitted
Grinnell College, 4 admitted
Guilford College
Hamilton College
Hampshire College, 2 admitted
Harvard University
Haverford College
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Hendrix College
Hofstra University
Howard University
University of Idaho
Illinois Wesleyan University
University of the Incarnate Word (Honors College)
Ithaca College, 2 admitted
John Carroll University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Kentucky
Kenyon College
University of La Verne
Lawrence University
Lehigh University
Lewis & Clark College, 5 admitted
Lindenwood University
Linfield College, 2 admitted
Loyola Marymount University, 2 admitted

Loyola University New Orleans
Macalester College, 3 admitted
University of Miami
McDaniel College
Middlebury College, 4 admitted
Mills College, 3 admitted
Montana State University, Bozeman
Mount Holyoke College
New College of Florida
New York University, 4 admitted
Northeastern University, 2 admitted
Northwestern University, 4 admitted
University of Notre Dame
Oberlin College, 5 admitted
Occidental College, 13 admitted
Oglethorpe University
Ohio State
Oregon State University, 4 admitted
Oregon State University (Honors College)
University of Oregon, 18 admitted, 3 enrolled
Honors College at the University of Oregon, 7 admitted
Oxford College of Emory University
Pacific University
University of the Pacific
University of Pittsburgh
Pitzer College, 2 admitted
Pomona College, 3 admitted
University of Portland, 2 admitted
Pratt Institute
Prescott College
University of Puget Sound, 8 admitted
University of Redlands, 4 admitted
Regis University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 3 admitted
Rhode Island School of Design, 2 admitted, 2 enrolled
Rice University
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Rochester
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Saint Anselm College
Saint Joseph's College-ME
Saint Louis University
Saint Mary's College of California
University of San Diego, 5 admitted
University of San Francisco, 7 admitted
Santa Clara University, 4 admitted
Sarah Lawrence College, 2 admitted
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Scripps College, 4 admitted, 2 enrolled
Seattle University
Simmons College
Skidmore College, 3 admitted
Smith College, 2 admitted
University of Southern California, 5 admitted, 4 enrolled
Spelman College
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
Stanford University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Swarthmore College, 2 admitted
Syracuse University
Trinity College, 2 admitted
Trinity University, 3 admitted
Tufts University, 2 admitted
Tulane University
Ursinus College
Vassar College, 6 admitted
University of Vermont, 7 admitted, 2 enrolled
University of Virginia, 2 admitted
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Washington, 2 admitted
Wellesley College, 4 admitted
Wesleyan University, 3 admitted
Western Washington University
Wheaton College MA, 2 admitted
Whitman College, 10 admitted, 3 enrolled
Whittier College, 2 admitted
Whitworth University
Willamette University, 2 admitted
College of Wooster
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 3 admitted
University of Wyoming

 

Class of 2012 college destinations

Talbot Andrews
Neil Badawi
Jade Bath
Chloe Bergstrand
Annika Berry
Yelena Blackburn
Cameron Boyd
Schuyler Brevig
Amanda Cahn
Rachel Caron
Jade Chen
Ilana Cohen
Alex Compton
Gus Crowley
Emrys Dennison
Brooke Edelson
Cameron Edwards
Devin Ellis
Lauren Ellis
Zoë Frank
Graham Fuller
James Furnary
Genevieve Gideonse
Qiddist Hammerly
Andrew Hungate
Julianne Johnson
Parris Joyce
Thalia Kelly
Holly Kim
Diana Ko
Sarah Koe
Alex Liem
Chloe Loduca
Sammy Lubitz
Esichang McGautha
Grace McMurchie
Lizzie Medford
Walker Michaels
Andrea Michalowsky
Anaka Morris
Mariah Morton
Tapiwa Nkhisang
Nathan Norris
Koichi Omara
Grant Phillips
Jemma Pritchard
Ramtin Rahmani
Kate Rubinstein
Divesh Sachdev
Andrew Salvador
Danielle Shapira
Dylan Shields
Henry Shulevitz
Emily Siegel
Logan Smesrud
Cydney Smith
Taylor Smith
Lauren Spiegel
Megan Stater
Mint Tienpasertkij
Katy Wiita
Cole Williamson
Eli Wilson Pelton
Brandon Wilson
Will Wilson
Jeremy Wood
Jared Woods
Kenny Yu
University of Portland
University of Southern California
Bryn Mawr College
Carleton College
Rhode Island School of Design
University of Oregon
Colorado College
Hampshire College
Colorado College
Barnard College
New York University
Pomona College
Evergreen State College
University of Vermont
Whitman College
University of Denver
University of Rochester
Gonzaga University
Duke University
Swarthmore College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Dartmouth College
Beloit College
Northwestern University
University of Chicago
Vassar College
Willamette University
Rhode Island School of Design
Cornell University
University of Oregon
Bates College
Montana State University, Bozeman
University of San Francisco
Bates College
University of Southern California
Whitman College
Scripps College
University of Denver
Johns Hopkins University
University of Southern California
Emory University
Smith College
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
University of Oregon
Washington University in St. Louis
Sarah Lawrence College
Dartmouth College
Whitman College
University of Southern California
Bates College
University of Colorado at Boulder
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Oberlin College
Bryn Mawr College
Oregon State University (Honors College)
Rice University
Georgetown University
Scripps College
Columbia University
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of the Incarnate Word (Honors College)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Harvard University
Trinity University
University of Vermont
Stanford University
Chapman University
Northeastern University

Video: 2012 seniors talk about their college choices

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Catlin Gabel seniors are excited to be off to college! Several students talk a bit about where they're going, and why their college choice is a good one for them.

» Link to class of 2012 list of college acceptances

 Eli's going to Harvard!

 Megan's going to Columbia!

Ramtin's going to Dartmouth!

Logan's going to Oregon State University Honors College!

Grace is going to Whitman College!

Chris Skrapits named district coach of the year

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Congratulations, Chris!

In his first season as head track and field coach, Chris was selected tops in the district.

Girls track team wins district championship

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Go Eagles!

The district meet saw standout performances and personal records for a number of students. The boys placed 3rd – their best showing in years – and 17 students are advancing to state.

Sophomore Lawrence Sun selected for U.S. physics team

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Way to go, Lawrence!

Lawrence is one of 20 finalists selected for the U.S. Physics Olympiad team. Each year, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Institute of Physics sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition.

The selection process began in early January when Lawrence took the F=ma exam. Approximately 400 top scorers on this first test advance to the semi-final round of competition.

The semi-final exam is used as the basis for selection of the 20 members of the U.S. Physics Team. These students, from schools all over the United States, travel to the University of Maryland-College Park at the end of May for the annual U.S. Physics Team Training Camp. There they engage in ten days of intense studying, testing, and problem solving.

At the end of that training camp, five students will be selected for the "Traveling Team." The Traveling Team will return for three additional days of intense laboratory work before they are ready for the International Event.

Read the Oregonian article.

Spring Festival photo gallery

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May 6, 2012 (and sunny!)

Thank you, Ingeborg Holliday, for coordinating our annual community celebration.

Thank you, Sue Spooner, for these amazing photos.

Thank you, Mother Nature, for perfect weather.

Freshman Valerie Ding wins silver at International Sustainable World Project Olympiad

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Congratulations, Valerie!

Valerie won a silver medal in the energy category at ISWEEP-2012 in Houston, Texas. She was one of about 500 students from 68 countries and 44 states who had qualified as finalists in the ISWEEP-2012 Olympiad. Her project was "A Novel Quantum Mechanical Approach to Property Analysis and Energy Efficiency Algorithm for White-Light LEDs".

Junior Marina Dimitrov named Dean's List winner at robotics world championships

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Congratulations, Marina!

Flaming Chickens robotics team co-captain Marina Dimitrov was was one of 10 Dean’s List winners worldwide at the robotics championships in St. Louis. She is the first student from Oregon to win this award for leadership, commitment, technical expertise, and entrepreneurship. The award includes a weeklong trip to a FIRST leadership conference, personally written letters of recommendation to the colleges of her choice, and $1,000 toward the team’s registration fees for next year’s world championships.