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Video of Upper Schoolers and Japanese visitors playing Jankenpon

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Upper School students honored and surprised their guests from Gifu Kita High School on January 9, 2013, with a twist on the Japanese game of Jankenpon (rock, paper, scissors).

Beloved former headmaster Manvel (Schauff) Schauffler has died

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Letter from Lark Palma, head of school

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.

You may read Schauff's full bio on the Catlin Gabel website.

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.

Mail cards to:
Verna Schauffler
7539 SW Esther Ct
Portland, OR 97223

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.

Sincerely,

Lark Palma
Head of School

Welcome to our friends from Gifu Kita School in Japan!

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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.

 

Lark's parent book group

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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

 

 

Story about freshman Julien Leitner appears on MSN's national small business website

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MSN's Business on Main post, December 2012

Middle School robotics teams take 1st and 2nd place at regionals, qualify for state

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Way to go!

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!

"Picasso in the Back Seat" photo gallery

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Upper School production

 Thanks go to Upper School math teacher Kenny Nguyen for these photos.

Click on any image to enlarge it, start the slide show, or download the photo.

Catlin Gabel News, Autumn 2012

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller

NEWS FROM HONEY HOLLOW

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust granted Catlin Gabel $200,000 for the Campaign for Arts and Minds. The funds will support instructional technology in the Creative Arts Center, including innovations such as energy-saving LED stage lighting. . . . The school completed a comprehensive self-study in preparation for an October visit from a volunteer team from the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools. Visiting team members, including school heads from Lakeside and University Prep in Seattle, Duke School in Durham, North Carolina, and Marin Country Day in Corte Madera, California, will write a report with recommendations for improvement that Catlin Gabel must implement for continued accreditation. . . . The Middle School organic garden is now known as the Tucker Garden, in honor of wood shop teacher Tom Tucker ’66. Tom contributed much to the garden’s utility and beauty, including sheds, gazebos, and artworks. . . . After the April announcement that Catlin Gabel was named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, the Oregon Department of Education announced the school’s 2nd place award for Oregon Sustainable Schools, as well as the Pillar Award  for minimizing environmental impact.. . . US science teacher Veronica Ledoux spent three weeks with Teachers Across Borders South Africa, helping math and science teachers from rural schools update their skills. The project director praised her for her personableness, professionalism, and passion for her work. . . .  MS Chinese teacher Li-Ling Cheng participated in a summer residential workshop for master teachers in Worcester, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association.
 

CATLIN GABEL IN THE NEWS

Catlin Gabel’s FIRST Robotics Team 1540, The Flaming Chickens, demonstrated their robot on KGW-TV’s early morning newscast in September to promote the OMSI Mini Maker Faire in September. They also showed off the program at a summer technology camp hosted by IBM Beaverton. . . .  Associate IT director Daisy Steele spoke on a KATU-TV newscast about internet safety for children.  .  . The school’s Creative Arts Center, now under construction between the Dant House and  Middle School, was featured in articles in the Oregonian and the Daily Journal of Commerce. . . . Julien Leitner ’15 was featured in the Oregonian for sitting in at Portland’s Pickathon with Abigail Washburn and  her band. Julien’s Archimedes Alliance raises funds for charities and nonprofits, asking $2 from each person, from as many people as he can reach.
 

OUR NOTEWORTHY STUDENTS

Freshman Anna Dodson won a Nook tablet as a semifinalist in the America the Beautiful writing contest, sponsored by Rand McNally and USA Today. . . . Senior Marina Dimitrov was an intern this summer in Seattle at the University of Washington’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. As part of their inaugural Young Scholars Program, she received a stipend from the National Science Foundation for her work on a small quadrotor helicopter for autonomous flight.
 

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.    

The Catlin Gabel Class of 2012

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From the Autumn 2012 Caller

Talbot Andrews
University of Portland
Outdoor leadership award 

Neil Badawi
University of Southern California
 
Jade Bath
Bryn Mawr College
 
Chloe Bergstrand
Carleton College
Thespis & Chinese awards
 
Annika Berry
Rhode Island School of Design
Awards in visual arts, creative writing
 
Yelena Blackburn
University of Oregon
 
Cameron Boyd
Colorado College
 
Schuyler Brevig
Hampshire College
 
Amanda Cahn
Colorado College
 
Rachel Caron
Barnard College
 
Jade Chen
New York University
Visual arts award
 
Ilana Cohen
Pomona College
Science award
 
Alex Compton
Evergreen State College
 
Gus Crowley
University of Vermont
 
Emrys Dennison
Whitman College
 
Brooke Edelson
University of Denver
 
Cammy Edwards
University of Rochester
Athletics award
 
Devin Ellis
Gonzaga University
 
Lauren Ellis
Duke University
Spanish award
 
Zoë Frank
Swarthmore College
Awards in community service, modern languages, French
 
Graham Fuller
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Athletics award
 
James Furnary
Dartmouth College
School ring, chamber choir award
 
Genevieve Gideonse
Beloit College
 
Qiddist Hammerly
Northwestern University
Pat Ehrman award
 
Andrew Hungate
University of Chicago
Jazz band award
 
Julianne Johnson
Vassar College
Awards in theater, mathematics
 
Parris Joyce
Willamette University
Athletics award
 
Thalia Kelly
Rhode Island School of Design
Visual arts award
 
Holly Kim
Cornell University
Chinese award
 
Diana Ko
University of Oregon
 
Sarah Koe
Bates College
Science award
 
Alex Liem
Montana State University, Bozeman
 
Chloe Loduca
University of San Francisco
 
Sammy Lubitz
Bates College
Media arts award
 
Esichang McGautha
University of Southern California
Athletics award
 
Grace McMurchie
Whitman College
 
Lizzie Medford
Scripps College
Japanese award
 
Walker Michaels
University of Denver
 
Andrea Michalowsky
Johns Hopkins University
Ceramics award
 
Anaka Morris
University of Southern California
Photography award
 
Mariah Morton
Emory University
Awards in athletics, community service
 
Tapiwa Nkhisang
Smith College
 
Nathan Norris
California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo
Technical theater award
 
Koichi Omara
University of Oregon
 
Grant Phillips
Washington University, St. Louis
 
Jemma Pritchard
Sarah Lawrence College
Theater award
 
Ramtin Rahmani
Dartmouth College
Community service award
 
Kate Rubinstein
Whitman College
 
Divesh Sachdev
University of Southern California
 
Andrew Salvador
Bates College
Athletics award
 
Danielle Shapira
University of Colorado, Boulder
 
Dylan Shields
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Thespis award
 
Henry Shulevitz
Oberlin College
 
Emily Siegel
Bryn Mawr College
 
Logan Smesrud
Oregon State University Honors College
Spanish award
 
Cydney Smith
Rice University
 
Taylor Smith
Georgetown University
Awards in mathematics, Spanish
 
Lauren Spiegel
Scripps College
 
Megan Stater
Columbia University
Chamber choir award
 
Mint Tienpasertkij
Rochester Institute of Technology
 
Katy Wiita
University of the Incarnate Word Honors College
 
Cole Williamson
Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute
Computer science award
 
Brandon Wilson
Trinity University
 
Will Wilson
University of Vermont
 
Eli Wilson Pelton
Harvard University
Awards in English, French
 
Jeremy Wood
Stanford University
Science award
 
Jared Woods
Chapman University
 
Kenny Yu
Northeastern University
 

The bigger picture: find out where our grads have gone to college in the past four years