Catlin Gabel News, Fall 2011

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From the Fall 2011 Caller


US head Michael Heath and LS head Vicki Swartz Roscoe are now also serving as assistant heads of school. Michael is responsible for co-curricular programs, overseeing robotics, outdoor education, PLACE urban studies program, the Global Online Academy (see below), and the Knight Family Scholars program. Vicki oversees professional development and curriculum, including a new system of teacher leaders who will work on coordinating curriculum by subject area. . . . Catlin Gabel is part of a prestigious group of independent day schools across the country that co-founded the Global Online Academy. The Upper School PLACE urban studies course is one of five inaugural offerings. . . . Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, came to campus in October as this year’s first Jean Vollum Distinguished Writer. After a reading in US assembly, she spent time with two junior classes and the creative writing classes.


US Spanish teacher Lauren Reggero-Toledano was one of 25 teachers selected by the National Association of Independent Schools as part of the 2011–12 Teachers of the Future program. Lauren will lead an online discussion forum designed to share innovative ideas and teaching techniques and will create a demonstration video to inspire others. . . . US math teacher Jim Wysocki will present his paper “How Effective Is Your Homework?” at the spring meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, his third presentation at this annual meeting. . . . A robotics tutorial site by robotics program director Dale Yocum has reached 750,000 uses internationally.


The Oregonian profiled Valerie Ding ’15 and her physics project. The project earned her a spot as one of 30 national finalist in the Broadcom Masters middle school competition for science, technology, engineering, and math. . . . Julien Leitner ’16 was featured in an Oregonian op-ed piece about his Archimedes Alliance project, which promotes philanthropy though large numbers of small donations. . . . The Oregonian profiled the Upper School’s PLACE urban studies class partnership with the Alberta Street Main Street project.



Five seniors were named National Merit semifinalists: Ilana Cohen, Zoë Frank, Holly Kim, Dylan Shields, and Jeremy Wood. Twelve seniors were recognized as National Merit Commended Students: Jade Chen, Emrys Dennison, James Furnary, Andrew Hungate, Julianne Johnson, Grace McMurchie, Walker Michaels, Andrea Michalowsky, Taylor Smith, Megan Stater, Cole Williamson, and Kenny Yu. . . . . Perla Alvarez ’13 and Violeta Alvarez ’15 were named to the nationally recognized Multnomah County Youth Commission. This is co-chair Perla’s fourth year and Violeta’s first year. . . . Cydney Smith ’12 and Marina Dimitrov ’13 participated in Saturday Academy’s Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering program. Marina interned at IBM and planned a middle school girls’ summer technology camp, and Cydney visited construction sites and helped with 3D architectural models at Multnomah County Facilities and Property Management. . . . The Flaming Chickens robotics team introduced the school’s robotics program at events that included a middle school girls’ summer technology camp hosted by IBM and one at a local elementary school, the Mensa annual gathering in Portland, and a local IBM annual employee gathering.


Roger Gantz ’89 returned to campus as the new varsity boys soccer coach. He led the team to victory in his first game. Devin Ellis ’12 won the boys 15 and over national championship in a bowling tournament in California with scores of 225, 250, and 215 in the finals. . . . Katy Wiita ’12 was named to the Pan American synchronized swim team and swam the free routine in Guadalajara. . . . Sailor Jonathan Cannard ’14 competed at the Youth Laser 4.7 World Championships in San Francisco against youth from 48 countries.