The sun was setting in dramatic fashion over the Oregon desert, and the clouds that had been hung up on the Cascades to the West had dislodged themselves and were threatening rain. Half of our group had rappelled into the collapsed lava tube while the rest stood at the edge looking down. None of us at the bottom had yet started exploring the pitch black cave that was our only way out of the sink hole. We were in the middle of one of many of the adventures of a truly great weekend. Impressive snow during the bus ride over the pass, pulled pork tacos next to a wood stove, and an abandoned, yet sunny Smith Rock State Park provided plenty of other memorable experiences. Everyone in the group pushed themselves in many ways, and hopefully returned to Portland a little more adventurous. Please enjoy some photos from our trip.
It’s just a few days before Winter Break, and I’d like to offer you some reading recommendations. If novels and biographies aren’t your thing, we have books on programming in Python, codecracking, politics or history. There are thousands of options, so stop by to find your perfect match. We’re open until 4pm on Friday, December 17th so you can find something good to read in your free time.
Happy countdown to the break!
In a Strange Room, by Damon Galgut
In this newest novel from South African writer Damon Galgut, a young loner travels across eastern Africa, Europe, and India. Unsure what he's after, and reluctant to return home, he follows the paths of travelers he meets along the way. Treated as a lover, a follower, a guardian, each new encounter-with an enigmatic stranger, a group of careless backpackers, a woman on the verge-leads him closer to confronting his own identity. Traversing the quiet of wilderness and the frenzy of border crossings, every new direction is tinged with surmounting mourning, as he is propelled toward a tragic conclusion. (from the book jacket). This novel has received fine reviews, and was a finalist for the Man Booker prize, 2010.
Alan’s War, by Emmanuel Guibert
If you like graphic novels, check out this gritty account of a Second World War soldier’s experiences during and after the war, both in the US and Europe. Nik Hall recommended this book to us, so if you read it, be sure to talk to him about it!
The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert
“A graphic novel and photo journal that follows reporter Didier Lefevre on a dangerous journey through Afghanistan with the Doctors Without Borders mission” (US library catalog). If you’re interested in the range of the graphic novel across genres including history, politics, and biography, here’s a good read. Notice that it’s also by the author of Alan’s War.
Linus Pauling in His Own Words, by Linus Pauling
“Pauling's scientific career spanned nearly the entire 20th century, from his revolutionary Nobel Prize-winning theories on the chemical bond to his controversial work on orthomolecular medicine and vitamin therapy, which continued up to his death in 1994. To many, however, he is best remembered as an ardent peace activist and a crusader for human rights, which brought him his second Nobel. Throughout his career, he was called a genius, a visionary, a Communist, and even a crank. Nothing about Pauling was simple or obvious.” (from a review in Library Journal)
Small Island, by Andrea Levy
This is the story of a young woman who “arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, [and] her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilber Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class” (from the book jacket). This novel won the Orange Prize and the Whitbread book of the year prize.
Catlin Gabel’s diversity committee is pleased to launch cross-divisional parent affinity groups in January. We start modestly this year with three affinity groups for adoptive families, families of color, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender people and their families. In addition to parents, participants may include school leaders, diversity committee members, and interested faculty and staff members.
Your children’s emotional safety and your comfort in our community are vitally important to us. Catlin Gabel is a place where every student should thrive and every family should feel connected. We seek your input and involvement to ensure that those core values are realized.
Affinity groups can play a variety of roles in a school like Catlin Gabel, and they have been effective on our campus in the past. At the outset, the meetings will be social events for parents to meet and talk about common interests or concerns. Later, each affinity group will schedule monthly or bi-monthly meetings that will include specific agenda items determined by the group or suggested by the school. Ultimately, we will ask the affinity groups to identify what Catlin Gabel might do differently or better. Your thoughts, especially specific recommendations, are an important source of feedback that will help inform how we can improve inclusivity and further develop our cultural competency as a community.
In the spring we will form a diversity committee that includes parents from each of the affinity groups as well as other interested community members. Paul Andrichuk, chair of the faculty-staff diversity committee, will facilitate this parent diversity committee, which will regularly update the administrative leadership and the PFA.
We seek affiliated parents to attend the affinity group meetings. Follow-up meetings will be scheduled by the people attending the initial meetings.
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Families Affinity Group
Families of Color Affinity Group
Tuesday, January 11, at 7 p.m.
Beginning School Well
Facilitator: Zalika Gardner, 2nd grade teacher and alumna
Adoptive Families Affinity Group
Thursday, January 13, at 7 p.m.
Beginning School Well
Facilitators: Astrid Dabbeni, executive director of AdoptionMosaic, and Nance Leonhardt, US art teacher
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Paul Andrichuk. Questions about the specific affinity groups can be directed to individual facilitators.
When school does not open in the morning or opens late due to inclement weather, we notify the media before 6:45 a.m. and the school website is updated.
We do not notify the media when school runs on a normal schedule. However, we will post a news flash on the Catlin Gabel website alerting families that we are open when conditions are uncertain. The school avoids mid-day weather closures whenever possible.
Catlin Gabel does not necessarily follow the decisions made by Portland Public or Beaverton Public schools because our students come from a wide geographic area.
Catlin Gabel bus service may be suspended even when school is open. We will post a news flash as soon as the decision about buses is made. If the buses are canceled in the morning, they are canceled in the afternoon regardless of weather improvements.
Lark Palma and facilities director Eric Shawn make the decision to close school or delay opening based on conditions on campus and throughout the Metro area. The safety of students is our primary concern. Parents should make personal weather-related safety decisions for their families. If it does not seem safe where you are, keep your children at home. If conditions deteriorate in your neighborhood during the day, you may pick up your children early (making sure to notify the division administrative assistant).
When students from several area high schools in Catlin Gabel’s PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments) program recently presented their summer project on the redevelopment of Holladay Park, they caught the ear of Portland’s mayor, Sam Adams.
Both the boys and girls soccer teams play in the state finals on Saturday at Liberty High School! The occasion is made even more momentous because it marks Mike Davis’s final game as boys head coach. He retires in June after 23 years at Catlin Gabel.
A strong showing of Catlin Gabel fans at the championship games would be awesome.
Come cheer on the mighty Eagles as they play back-to-back games for the state championships.
Saturday, November 20
Girls vs. St. Mary's of Medford at 10:30 a.m.
Boys vs. St. Mary's of Medford at 1 p.m.
You can watch both games with the same admission price of $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Can't make it to the games in person?
Watch the action streaming live or keep track of the stats online
Girls stats: http://w3.osaa.org/scorecenter/gsc/10-11/brackets/live/3A-2A-1A
Streaming video: http://www.osaa.tv/events/13253
Boys stats: http://w3.osaa.org/scorecenter/bsc/10-11/brackets/live/3A-2A-1A
Streaming video: http://www.osaa.tv/events/13248
» Link to highlight reel of Mike Davis's final home game. Thank you, Jennifer Davies, for taping, editing, and posting video.
The boys and girls varsity soccer teams play in the state soccer semifinals on Tuesday, November 16.
The boys play at home against Boardman's Riverside School at 7 p.m. on our home field. This is Coach Mike Davis's final home game. He retires in June.
The girls play Rogue River High School at 3:30 p.m. The game will be played at Grants Pass High School.
OSAA admission fee $7 adults, $5 students.
Watch the Eagles score and soar
Thanks go to parent of alumni Jennifer Davies for posting exciting videos of Catlin Gabel goals made in the quarterfinal games.
The leaves are falling, and in a matter of days, all of the Upper School students will be enjoying Thanksgiving Break.
Here's what we're featuring in the Upper School Library just now:
• The Karl Jonske '99 Collection: Come browse your way through delicious works of fiction or a good biography. The US Library honors the memory of 1999 graduate and voracious reader, Karl Jonske, whose family created the book fund as a memorial to Karl after his untimely death in a car accident. Honor the memory of one of Catlin's brightest and kindest by enjoying the books that bear his nameplate inside their front cover. There are hundreds of titles to browse.
• The Poetry of Billy Collins: Collins is this year's Jonske speaker. We've got copies of several of his books of poems on hand, and have a Billy Collins poetry window just inside the front door. Want a fun, visual approach to his poems? Check out Billy Collins Action Poetry website.
We have new subscriptions to Outside and Seventeen magazine. Come by for a browse, or to check out an issue.
See you soon,
--Sue Phillips, US Librarian
More than 75 Catlin Gabel community members worked together to pack food at the Oregon Food Bank.
From the Fall 2010 Caller
NEWS FROM AROUND HONEY HOLLOW
THANKS TO ALL FOR ANNUAL FUND SUPPORT
MODERN LANGUAGE AWARDS: WE ROCKED!
OUR AMAZING STUDENTS
ATHLETICS AND SPORTS KUDOS
TRACK & FIELD
From the Fall 2010 Caller
By Ann Fyfield
From the Fall 2010 Caller
Ann Fyfield is a reading specialist in Catlin Gabel’s learning center and teacher of 6th grade humanities. She has also served as Japanese instructor and worked in the admissions office.
By Paul Andrichuk
From the Fall 2010 Caller
Paul Andrichuk is the head of Catlin Gabel’s middle school.
From the Fall 2010 Caller
History teacher Pat Walsh recently sent a list to incoming Upper Schoolers of books that had inspired faculty and staff members when they were teenagers. This is just a part of that glorious list, in which J.D. Salinger reigned supreme, with Kurt Vonnegut a close runner-up. Maybe your inspirations will be found here, too.
Deirdre Atkinson, drama teacher
Chris Bagg, English teacher
“If I were a rapper, I’d freestyle an ode to Crime and Punishment: I like big books. Dostoyevsky’s character arcs and setting transported me in a manner far more profound that any cinematic experience I’d ever had. I went from a child who wore a white bathrobe and braided her hair into Leia’s signature cinnamon rolls, to a young woman who spent an inordinate amount of time at the kitchen sink trying to wash the stain of Raskolnikov’s guilt from her own hands.” —Nance Leonhardt, media arts teacher
Nancy Donehower, college counselor
Enrique Escalona, Spanish teacher
“In Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly, I was attracted to a uniquely American character who embraced the challenge of living a pure life in adherence to a simple set of altruistic principles. Mr. Blue is a radical idealist, a mystic, a poet, and his example has prompted me to think more deeply about the values implicit in many of the decisions I have made in my life.” —Art Leo, English teacher
Peter Green, outdoor education director & dean of students
“I read Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man is Hard to Find with a teacher who was passionate about her work. He introduced me to her writing as a comment on the human condition, and I was both shocked and completely captivated. It was a powerful and formative experience.” —Michael Heath, Upper School head
Andrew Merrill, computer science teacher
Lark Palma, head of school
Sue Phillips, librarian
Peter Shulman, history teacher
Nichole Tassoni, English teacher
Becky Wynne, science teacher