Student panelists: seniors Henry Gordon, Rebecca Kropp, and Josh Langfus.
Alumni panelists: Leslie Nelson ’10, attending Pitzer College; Rivfka Shenoy ’09, attending Washington University St. Louis; Riley Gibson ’04, BS in business management from Babson College and co-founder and CEO of Napkin Labs; and Peter Bromka ’00, BA in anthropology from Tufts University and a design researcher at IDEO, a global design firm.
Moderator: Rukaiyah Adams ’91, BA from Carleton College, JD and MBA from Stanford University, consultant for Plum District and Regence Blue Cross/ Blue Shield.
Twenty-three members of the class of 2011 have attended Catlin Gabel since preschool, kindergarten, or first grade. They joined Beginning School students, teachers, and family members for a special Friday Sing and tribute to retiring kindergarten teachers Sue Henry and Betsy McCormick. The seniors shared memories, gave advice, and sang along to favorite Beehive songs such as "Old Dan Tucker," "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," and our favorite tear-jerker "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You."
The day dawned gray, with the promise of dampness ahead. Nevertheless, the intrepid hikers, 11 students and 2 leaders, gathered at Catlin to set off to climb Dog Mountain. All were present before the hour for departure, so the expedition left 5 minutes ahead of schedule. Driving through the Gorge the clouds thickened, the moisture condensed, and the wipers came on. In the distance much brighter clouds over Dog Mountain enticed us onwards.
As we approached the trailhead, the summit of our climb was shrouded in cloud. The trail at the base was clear and dry, so after introductions all around, we set off up the first steep pitch in high spirits. True to tradition, some students charged ahead, while others (and one leader) plodded up in the rear. With stops at each junction to ensure that everyone went the same way, the group was never overly stretched out. Despite the chilly, damp season we’ve had so far in the Northwest, the wildflowers were emerging colorfully. Yellow Balsamroot, red Indian Paintbrush, and, higher up, lilac Phlox were to be seen, along with many others.
The wind rose and the temperature dropped as we neared the summit. We were very glad of the extra layers and warm hats and gloves we’d brought along. As we huddled in the flower fields at the top, a light rain began to fall as the view alternated between the damp inside of a cloud, fleeting views of snowy slopes on the Oregon side of the Gorge, and spectacular panoramas westward over Wind Mountain and down the Gorge towards Portland. Living up to its name there were many dogs of all sizes on the trail. One even sported a doggy rain poncho.
The wet, windy and chilly weather didn’t dispose us to linger on the top, so we soon packed up our things and set off down the alternate route towards the base. The lower we descended the warmer it got. By the time we reached the trailhead the sun was out and it was a beautiful day.
The group came for many reasons: conditioning to climb Mt Hood or Mt St Helens, to build towards a summer of hiking, or just to have fun outdoors. Since all made it to the summit, the goals were achieved. We returned to Portland and Catlin 6 minutes ahead of schedule, tired but well satisfied with our efforts of the day.
Think outside the classroom this summer! Take home an armload of good books to read. Whether you’ll be lounging in a hammock, working as a camp counselor and reading after lights out, or flying on a plane to distant parts of the world, reading for pleasure would surely enhance your summer.
Summer Borrowing is Underway!
Now through June 10th @ 4pm
All returning Upper School students, and all returning faculty and staff may participate!
Here are some titles to tempt you. If you prefer, just browse the catalog at http://catalog.catlin.edu
Mama Day, by G. Naylor
Kate Vaiden, by R. Price
The Help, by K. Stockett
Delta Wedding, by E. Welty
Sound and the Fury, by W. Faulkner
Thirteen Moons, by C. Frazier
Foundations of Python Network Programming, by J. Goerzen
Beginning game development with Python and Pygame, by W. McGugan
Letters to a Young Mathematician, by I. Stewart
Feynman’s Lost Lecture: The Motion of Planets around the Sun, by D. Goodstein
Beyond Measure: Modern physics, Philosophy, and the Meaning of Quantum Theory, by JE Baggott
Clear Light of Day, by A. Desai
Notes from Underground, by F. Dostoevsky
Moscow Sting, by A. Dryden
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by M. Haddon
Maltese Falcon, by D. Hammett
A Most Wanted Man, by J. Le Carré
Small Island, by A. Levy
Kalahari Typing School for Men, by RA McCall Smith
Blood Meridian, by C. McCarthy
Master and Commander, by P. O’Brian
Saga of the Swamp Thing, by A. Moore
A Drifting Life, by Y. Tatsumi
Complete Persepolis, by M. Satrapi
Black Hole, by C. Burns
Palestine, by J. Sacco
Brisingr, by C. Paolini
The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien
Powers, by U. LeGuin
The Wood Wife, by T. Windling
Memory & Dream, by C. DeLint
Far From Here
Iberian Worlds, by G. McDonogh
Almost French: Love and a New Life in Paris, by S. Turnbull
Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China’s Past and Present, by P. Hessler
Under the Tuscan Sun, by F. Mayes
The Art and Craft of Handmade Books, by S. LaPlantz
Letters to a Young Artist, by A. Deavere Smith
Conversations with Frank Gehry, by B. Isenberg
Chuck Close: A Life, by C. Finch
Origami Paper Animals, by D. Boursin
In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, by T. Wolff
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, by A. Bender
The Runner’s Literary Companion, Ed. G. Battista
Nine Stories, by JD Salinger
Nick Adams Stories, by E. Hemingway
Stop by soon.
With good wishes,
Sue, Upper School Librarian
Catlin Gabel has helped found a new nonprofit organization called the Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of ten leading independent day schools that will offer online high school courses beginning this fall. We are honored that our own PLACE urban studies class, taught by George Zaninovich, has been selected as one of the five inaugural courses. Lakeside School in Seattle led the effort to found the academy and will hire the director.
Students may choose to take an online class to pursue academic study in a subject that we do not offer, to study with students from other parts of the country and the world, or to experience a format of instruction that they are likely to encounter in the future.
We will explore the potential for online learning in a Catlin Gabel education, while investing modest resources and enrolling only a handful of students at first. Upper School department chairs will determine student eligibility requirements and course credit policies. We expect the academy to grow quickly, as new member schools join and more students enroll in classes.
Catlin Gabel will play a special role in the online academy by demonstrating our brand of experiential education, which we have honed over decades. “Learning through experience” may form the foundation of the best quality of online instruction.
Albuquerque Academy | Albuquerque, NM
Catlin Gabel School | Portland, Oregon
Cranbrook Schools | Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
The Dalton School | New York, New York
Germantown Friends School | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Head-Royce School | Oakland, California
King's Academy | Madaba-Manja, Jordan
Lakeside School | Seattle, Washington
Punahou School | Honolulu, Hawaii
Sidwell Friends School | Washington, D.C.
Thanks go to our faculty and staff who are leading the way
Lark Palma, head of school: GOA director search committee
Michael Heath, Upper School head: academic policy committee
Richard Kassissieh, IT director: GOA board member and Catlin Gabel liaison to GOA
Dan Griffiths, science teacher: curriculum and accreditation committee
Jim Wysocki, math teacher: technology and professional development committee
George Zaninovich, PLACE director: instructor of an inaugural GOA course
Lauren Reggero-Toledano, Spanish teacher: attended the academy conference
Paul Andrichuk, Middle School head: attended the academy conference
The mission of the Global Online Academy is to translate into online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are hallmarks of its members schools to foster new and effective ways, through best practices in online education, for all student to learn; and to promote students’ global awareness and understanding
Sophomore Perla Alvarez has been elected co-chair of the Multnomah Youth Commission. She has volunteered more than 300 hours serving on the commission for two years, is a member of the youth gang violence task force, and works closely with Mayor Sam Adams and city commissioners. Junior Ramtin Rahmani has been elected co-chair of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Board of Beaverton. The board promotes youth involvement in civic affairs such as volunteering and participating in government-sponsored actions.
Level 1 – EighthGrade
Eva Jahanshir, 1st in state, silver nationally
Annika Carfagno, 2nd in state, silver nationally
Garet Neal, 2nd in state, silver nationally
Maya Banitt, bronze
Ford Brown, bronze
Lauren Fogelstrom, bronze
Zach Allen, honors
Max Armstrong, honors
Brendan Attey, honors
Lily Burns, honors
Nico Hamacher, honors
Arielle Schnitzer, honors
Walter Sherry, honors
Lauren Shoemaker, honors
Level 2 – Eighth Grade
Kellie Takahashi, 1st in state, gold nationally
Matthew Bernstein, 3rd in state, gold nationally
Larissa Banitt, gold
Sarah Norris, silver
Daniel Chang, bronze
Evan Chapman, bronze
Conner Hansen, bronze
Andrew Lee, bronze
Nick Miller, honors
Dylan Gaus, honors
Emma Marcus, honors
Collin Moore, honors
Ally Rossi, honors
Simon Schiller, honors
Elli Wiita, honors
Walker Andrews, bronze
Peter Smith, bronze
Camille Fairbairne, honors
Spencer Hotchkiss, honors
Liban Sheikh, honors
Samara Michaelson, 2nd in state, gold nationally
Michael Elliott, gold
Kyra Finley, gold
Libby Grant, silver
Tess Michaelson, silver
Alexis Shoemaker, silver
Anisha Adke, honors
Qiddist Hammerly, honors
Rachel Caron, honors
Ali Corwin, honors
Ellie Lezak, honors
Maya Rait, honors
Jordan Riddle, honors
Lukas Stracovsky, honors
Elise Thompson, honors
Katie Zechnich, 2nd in state, silver nationally
Rahul Borkar, 3rd in state, bronze nationally
Allyson Foltyn, bronze
Ramtin Rahmani, bronze
Curtis Stahl, bronze
Kenny Woods, bronze
Ben Shmulevsky, honors
Kenny Yu, honors
Lurana Crowley, honors
Margaret Fossand, honors
Mira Hayward, honors
Will Schneiger, honors
Mckenzie Spooner, honors
Will Bishop, honors
Naomi Iverson, honors
Zoe Frank, 2nd in state, gold nationally
Casey Currey-Wilson, gold
Owen Chapman, bronze
Jackson Morawski, bronze
Andrew Salvador, bronze
Brooke Edelson, honors
Kanaiza Imbuye, honors
Grace McMurchie, honors
Grant Phillips, honors
Hannah Rotwein, honors
Maggie Weirich, honors
Jeremy Wood, honors
Koby Yudkin, honors
Lauren Ellis, gold
Jade Chen, silver
Jenna Rolle, silver
Taylor Smith, silver
Jenny Faber, bronze
Rebecca Garner, honors
Nina Greenebaum, honors
Julianne Johnson, honors
Esichang McGautha, honors
Logan Smesrud, honors
Cydney Smith, honors
Holly Kim, honors
Andrea Michalowsky, honors
Kudos to our Spanish language department: Enrique Escalona Fuentes, Spencer White, Wally Wilson, Ron Sobel, Lauren Reggero-Toledano, and Roberto Villa.
Middle School French awards
Level 01A (7th grade) 6,817 participants nationally
Iris Ellenberg, bronze, 1st in Oregon, 8th in nation
Nina Miller, 2nd in Oregon
Janelle Gowgiel, 3rd in Oregon
Nicolas Bergen, 4th in Oregon
Calissa Spooner, 5th in Oregon
Abby Hungate, 6th in Oregon
Emily Rodriguez, 6th in Oregon
Kendall Goodlett, 7th in Oregon
Solomon Hammerly 8th in Oregon
Hanna Alomair, 9th in Oregon
Dariush Sabi, 9th in Oregon
Ethan Hanson, 10th in Oregon
Level 1A (8th grade) 24,874 participants nationally
Victoria Michalowsky, bronze, 1st in Oregon, 7th in nation
Jillian Rix, 2nd in Oregon, 8th in nation
Jarod Gowgiel, 3rd in Oregon, 9th in nation
Raina Morris, 4th in Oregon
Simon McMurchie, 4th in Oregon
Nicole Nelson, 5th in Oregon
Nicolas DeStephano, 8th in Oregon
Kallan Dana, 9th in Oregon
Nicolas DeStephano, 8th in Oregon
Mary Gilleland, 10th in Oregon
Finn Schneider, 10th in Oregon
Hanna Sheikh, 10th in Oregon
Upper School French awards
More than 100,000 students participated in the Grand Concours National French Contest. Eight Upper School students placed among the top 10 nationally in three proficiency levels.
Erin Wynne, bronze, 2nd in Oregon, 8th in nation
Mary Whitsell, 6th in Oregon
Olivia Streb, 7th in Oregon
Tapwe Sandaine, 9th in Oregon
Madison Lee, 9th in Oregon
Lewis Fitzgerald- Holland, 10th in Oregon
Emmarose John, bronze, 1st in Oregon, 10th in nation
Ella Bohn, 2nd in Oregon
Kelsey Hurst, 2nd in Oregon
Gabriele Chodosh, 3rd in Oregon
Dina Zaslavsky, 3rd in Oregon
Ian Smith, 4th in Oregon
Yelena Blackburn, 5th in Oregon
Mark Van Bergen, 7th in Oregon
Emily Tuchman, 8th in Oregon
Emily Siegel, 10th in Oregon
Zoe Frank, 1st in Oregon, 3rd in nation
Lynne Stracovsky, 2nd in Oregon
Flora Field, 3rd in Oregon
Jeremy Howard, 4th in Oregon
Benji Lin, 4th in Oregon
Ilana Cohen, 5th in Oregon
Genevieve Gideonse, 5th in Oregon
Evan Brandaw, 7th in Oregon
Brandon Wilson, 7th in Oregon
Allie Weston, 8th in Oregon
Anne Gilleland, 9th in Oregon
Tucker Gordon, 9th in Oregon
Devon Utter, 9th in Oregon
Annika Berry, 10th in Oregon
Hunter Ray, bronze, 1st in Oregon, 9th in nation
Nicholas Rhodes, bronze, 1st in Oregon, 9th in nation
Fiona Noonan, bronze, 2nd in Oregon,10th in nation
Neil Badawi, 3rd in Oregon
Thalia Kelly, 4th in Oregon
James Furnary, 5th in Oregon
Schuyler Brevig, 6th in Oregon
Rachel Caron, 6th in Oregon
Sarah Ellis, 6th in Oregon
Cameron Edwards, 8th in Oregon
Mona Corboy, 9th in Oregon
Rachel Savage, 3rd in Oregon
Ko Ricker, 3rd in Oregon
Alexandra Corey, 5th in Oregon
Eli Wilson Pelton, 5th in Oregon
Jemma Pritchard, 6th in Oregon
Sarah Macdonald, 7th in Oregon
Alex Liem, 8th in Oregon
Henry Gordon, 9th in Oregon
Three cheers for our French language teachers: Francine Chough, Monique Bessette, Veronique de la Poterie, and Madeleine Girardin-Schuback!
Google has narrowed down their search out of more than 7,500 entries from around the world. Vighnesh is one of five finalists in the 17-18 age category. Vighnesh and the other finalists will be flown to Google’s Mountain View, California, headquarters in July for the final judging round. The panel of judges includes “Nobel Laureates, tech visionaries, and household names.” Vighnesh's project is titled Foundational Algorithms for Music Analysis with Wide Applicability in Signal Processing.
More news about Vighnesh: his paper titled Improved Frequency Estimation in Sinusoidal Models Through Iterative Linear Programming Schemes has been accepted for publication and presentation at the international Sound and Music Computing Conference in July. The Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padova and the Conservatory "Cesare Pollini" of Padova, Italy, jointly organize the conference.
Students of all grades of Catlin's Upper School ventured up the windy roads of the Mount St. Helens Volcanic Monument for a weekend of backpacking along the beautiful Siouxon Creek. Three seniors took a break from their end-of-the-year, senior projects to join us on one of their last Outdoor Program trips. After loading up our packs at the trailhead, we headed down the trail in perfect sunshine. Mary quickly led the pack past multiple waterfalls and impressive rapids along the creek. The trail crossed the full stream over bridges and we stopped multiple times to sit in the sun and enjoy being outside. A long lunch at a rocky beach quickly turned into a rock throwing contest, with Max proving to be MVP.
The weathered turned around dinner time, and we cooked our food, played cards, and turned in for bed all while trying our best to stay dry. After a long night's rest, we cooked our breakfast and packed up camp to start the pretty hike back to the bus. We stopped at the Dollar Tree in Battle Ground, WA on the way home to pick up a random assortment of gifts for Peter Green who had to stay home for the weekend due to a knee surgery.
Please enjoy some photos from our weekend.
Every summer, the US Library likes to send its books on interesting vacations with students, faculty and staff. Everyone from the bus drivers to students to teachers and administrators likes to stop by to carry off something interesting to read.
Over the course of the coming weeks, I'll be adding all sorts of recommendations to this list. After Memorial Day weekend, Summer Borrowing begins! Returning students, staff and faculty may check out an armload of good books that won't be due until mid-September.
So, let's begin...
A Taste of the Arts
We've added some new titles on filmmaking, animé, origami, modern architecture, and music. Here's a sampling.
Didier Boursin: Origami Paper Animals
Barbara Isenberg: Conversations with Frank Gehry
Maria Lafont: Soviet Posters
Shereen LaPlantz: The Art & Craft of Handmade Books
Steven Mithen: The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body
Chris Patmore: Movie Making Course
Simon Richmond: The Rough Guide to Animé
Bee Shay: Collage Lab
Stuart Shea and Robert Rodriguez: Fab Four FAQ: Everything Left to Know about the Beatles...and More!
Anna Deavere Smith: Letters to a Young Artist: Straight0up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts
Some are political, some are futuristic, and many of them are becoming classics of the genre.
Charles Burns: Black Hole
Alan Moore: Saga of the Swamp Thing; Watchmen
Joe Sacco: Palestine
Marjane Satrapi: The Complete Persepolis
Hot, still afternoons, complex prose, solitude, thunderstorms, lemonade on the porch, and smoldering post-Civil War tensions are just a few of the characteristics of some of these books by southern authors.
William Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury; Light in August
Charles Frazier: Cold Mountain; Thirteen Moons
Sue Monk Kidd: The Mermaid Chair
Carson McCullers: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Toni Morrison: A Mercy
Gloria Naylor: Mama Day
Reynolds Price: Kate Vaiden
Kathryn Stockett: The Help
Eudora Welty: Delta Wedding; Selected Stories
These books are filled with other worlds, elves, teenagers with magical powers, hobbits, daemons, and fine storytelling.
Charles de Lint: Memory & Dream
Ursula LeGuin: Powers
Christopher Paolini: Brisingr (part of a series)
Philip Pullman: The Golden Compass (part of a series)
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit (the prelude to a great series)
Keep checking back for more recommendations!
8th graders Matthew Bernstein and Larissa Banitt just won 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the national poetry contest sponsored by the Manningham Trust. Their poems came in 1st and 2nd in the Oregon State Poetry Association (OSPA) contest in the middle school category. The OSPA submitted them to the national contest, to which 12 states sent their top poems in the junior division. Congratulations to Matthew and Larissa for this very nice honor! Their poems are below.
My Great-Grandfather’s Letter
by Matthew Bernstein
Tradition dictated that I receive my great-grandfather’s letter at 13
On the brink of adulthood I teetered
and the aged letter
colored my future
it crackled under my dry fingertips
unfolding its creases
revealing a present from my past
thin blue veins holding such promise
A 13 year-old immigrant from the Island of Rhodes arrives in America with nothing
his story my history
loops in perfect ruler-rapped scroll
I thought of the worn hands that folded the letter precisely
in sharp thirds
But age consumed its words
And so it closed again
an oyster shell
A Day at the Beach
by Larissa Banitt
Charcoal washes down the beach like ink
The blackened logs carried out from their pits to the tide
Prints of animals write fables in the sand
Gulls screech as they pirouette across the sky
Diving between kites
Silhouetted like a shadow show
Of masterful carving
Iridescent kelp lies floating in
The tide’s current
Mermaid hair attached to a sandy scalp
And just adjacent to the rock
With the myriad of anemones and sea stars
A child screams with delight
For she has just found
The perfect sand dollar
Not even chipped at the edges
And in a chubby fist she raises it for all to see
Though her parents are the only spectators around
Until the sun peeks out from its cotton curtains
Smiling down at the giggling toddler
And lays a diamond kiss on the dollar
And weaves gold into the girl’s hair
And binds the fables of the shore creature’s prints
Into a charcoal ink volume
In a cover the color of warmth and summer breezes
Just for a moment
Then it slips back like the tide
Receding from the shoreline
Its beaming light playing the water like a harp
Plucking out dolphin song
The films of 15 8th grade filmmakers from Catlin Gabel's media arts class were selected to screen on May 13 at the Middle School Media Festival at Seattle Country Day School. Congratulations to all!
Jarod Gowgiel & Zach Alan
Lily Burns & Elayna Caron
Chloe Smith & Sophie Paek
Larissa Banitt & Jillian Rix
Raina Morris & Nikki Nelson
Evan Chapman & Andrew Lee
Nicolas DeStephano, Joseph Endler & Nico Hamacher
By Jarod & Zach
By Lily & Elayna
The Grey Cat’s Song
By Chloe & Sophie
I Love Talking
By Larissa & Jillian
Red Runs Away
By Raina & Nikki
By Evan & Andrew
By Joseph, Nico, and Nicolas
Junior Andrew Salvador won the district boys singles championship, seniors Will Caplan and Reid Goodman took the boys doubles title, and junior Kate Rubinstein finished as district runner up in girls singles. They will compete for state titles on May 20 and 21 in Eugene.
The boys team will compete at the state for the ninth consecutive time after winning their district title by 21 shots. The girls are going to state for the first time after finishing in second place at district. The state competition for boys and girls is on May 16 and 17 at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis. Congratulations, Eagles!
Senior Vighnesh Shiv is a semifinalist in the Google Science Fair. Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award by May 20.
More than 7,500 students from 90 countries entered the competition. Vighnesh is one of 20 semifinalists in his age group. A panel of judges will select five finalists in each age group to visit Google headquarters for final judging and the opportunity to win a generous college scholarship.
In addition, with your votes Vighnesh could win the People’s Choice Award.
Catlin Gabel’s spring break next year is the last week in March—not the previous week, which was published as tentative.
We had been waiting for the Portland Public Schools to schedule their spring break before finalizing our schedule, so our break aligns with theirs.
In addition to syncing with PPS, the later break provides improved odds for decent weather for experiential week just prior to spring break. Experiential week will run March 19–23.