How many exams should I take?
Aim for two SAT Reasoning Tests or two ACT Plus Writing examinations. You should test a third time only if necessary.
When should I take the SAT or ACT?
We recommend that you take at least one set of SATs or ACTs in the junior year, starting no earlier than January and completing one round no later than March/April. Students may take the exam again in the fall of the senior year; early fall dates will work for early application deadlines as well as regular deadlines. The SAT Subject tests should be taken in May or June of junior year. (Language subject test dates vary –see SAT website for details.)
What should I do with my scores? How do they get to the colleges?
You should talk with your college counselor about your test scores and read each of your college’s instructions for score reporting carefully. You are responsible for submitting your test scores to your colleges through the College Board/ACT websites. The school cannot submit official scores for you, and the self-reported scores on your application are not usually considered as
an official report.
How much do the tests cost? Are fee waivers available?
ACT and SAT tests cost between $50 - $75 per sitting, with additional fees for late registration, score reports to colleges, etc. Information about need-based fee waivers is available from the college counselors.
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).
In the event of a large scale emergency
In the event of a large-scale emergency do not telephone the school, so that the switchboard can remain open for communication with emergency personnel. Parents will be informed of current conditions through the website, the AlertNow calling system, and/or a telephone tree.
Catlin Gabel has established out-of-state partnerships with three schools to facilitate communications in time of crisis. Local emergency agencies have advised the school to do so in the event that local phone lines are overwhelmed or disrupted. Long-distance lines, however, may continue to function. Catlin Gabel will keep these schools apprised of our situation so that when parents call, they will receive necessary information such as off-campus locations for picking up children.
We ask that parents use these numbers instead of calling the Catlin Gabel switchboard:
Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s School, Salt Lake City, 801-355-7494;
University Child Development School, Seattle, 206-547-8237;
The Hamlin School, San Francisco, 415-922-0300.
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.
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.
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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.
Head of School
Manvel Schauffler (known to everyone as Schauff) was a lifelong educator until his retirement in about 2000. He was born in New York City in 1924, and grew up in New Rochelle, New York; his pastimes there were sailing on Long Island Sound, playing ice hockey and other sports, and rooting for the New York Yankees. He once shook hands with Lou Gehrig!
He attended Williams College for a few years before joining the U.S. Navy in 1943, where he served on an LST in the Mediterranean. After the war, he attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where he met many of the people who would be his friends for life. One of these was Verna Raattama from New York Mills, Minnesota—they were married in 1947, and celebrated their 64th anniversary in September 2012. In 1947 Schauff and Verna and several others from Black Mountain College decided to form a group with the goal of cooperative living, farming, and becoming a part of a small town where they could make a contribution. The town they chose was Estacada, Oregon, where the group lived together on a farm. Schauff taught at Estacada High School and led a Boy Scout troop, while earning his BA and MA at Lewis & Clark College. After a few years the community broke up, but the remaining members of the group have spent the four days of Thanksgiving together ever since, now with their children and grandchildren. Schauff had often sat down to Thanksgiving dinner with more than 80 people.
Schauff began working at Catlin Gabel School (then called Hillside) in 1951 and remained there for 30 years, becoming headmaster in 1967 and holding that position for 13 years. 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. 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.
Schauff led Catlin Gabel with good humor, optimism, and gusto, by his example fostering civility, cooperation, and involvement. Among his many accomplishments—an open meeting policy, establishment of the senior trip, mentoring teachers and leaders of other schools—he above all set the tone for a strong, warm sense of community and humanity.
In 1980, he and Verna moved to Seattle, where Schauff taught middle school at the Bush School for many years, and founded the Zushi Kaisei summer program for students from Japan. He was an active member of the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools, and served for 10 years on the board of the National Association of Independent Schools. His activism in these groups gave national prominence to Catlin Gabel. Over the years he was involved with peace and justice issues through the American Friends Service Committee and led student groups to England and Germany with the Experiment in International Living, and traveled to Japan and Mexico. After he finished his career at Bush Schauff helped to found two more schools, and served on their boards of trustees: Hyla Middle School on Bainbridge Island, and Explorer West in West Seattle. Throughout his long educational career he was an inspiration to scores of students and colleagues who remember him vividly today.
Schauff became a Seattle Mariners fan in later life, and followed them avidly. He always loved sports of all kinds and had a special fondness for dogs. He is survived by his wife, Verna; his daughters, Robin (Peter) and Deborah, who both teach at Oregon Episcopal School; his son, Allen (Cyndy), a newscaster with King 5 News in Seattle; and his grandchildren Robin and Alex Macartney.
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.
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
What a wonderful way to spend an Oregon weekend! A group of a dozen Catlin Middle Schoolers visited various Worl War II sites surrounding Fort Stevens, including various gun emplacements, ammunition bunkers and lookout stations. After multiple games of hide and seek mixed with history discussions the group spent the afternoon at Fort Clatsop where everyone explored the story of Lewis and Clark's westward journey. On Saturday night we travelled into Astoria for Thai Food before bedding down in our comfortable and warm yurts.
Sunday found the group eating a pancake breakfast and driving across the bridge traversing the Columbia River to Cape Disappointment. We spent most of the day at Fort Canby before heading bck south to Battery Riussell for one final exploration of that site.
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!