From the Summer 2013 Caller
By Nance Leonhardt
From the Summer 2013 Caller
The new Creative Arts Center will foster interdisciplinary work in the arts and collaboration among disciplines, teachers, and students in grades 6 through 12. We hope that, ultimately, the creative practices engendered in this building lead to innovative thinking in all disciplines, and our students’ ability to make their way in the world in whatever career they choose, armed by the creative thinking habits they’ve honed here.
The space to create
“It’s only in retrospect that I truly appreciate how definitive my exposure to the arts at Catlin Gabel was for my career and myself. Honing my artistic side made me more explorative, creative, imaginative, and probably a super-spoiled brat.”—Megan Amram ’06, Harvard College graduate & professional comedy writer
ARTS CLASSES & SAT SCORES: A POSITIVE LINK
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From the Summer 2013 Caller
Supporting the endowment campaign is an incredible way to fund important new initiatives and sustain them over time. The most mature, forward-thinking independent schools maintain endowments that provide critical annual funding for program excellence. Healthy endowments allow great schools to seize new opportunities at the best moment to launch them—and act on their dreams. —Miranda Wellman ’91, director of advancement
From the Summer 2013 Caller
Catlin Gabel teachers and the school push you and encourage you to make your learning your own, and they give you the ability and the freedom to create your own experiences. If you have an idea, you have the power to turn that idea into a reality. As a kid, for me that was the coolest thing. I have the power to create what I want to do? The learning is in my hands? That’s what made Catlin fun for me, whether it was volunteering in Middle School at Albina Head Start, or a research project as an intern at OHSU, or going on a trip to Botswana.
From the Summer 2013 Caller
By Steve Gordon, chair of the Catlin Gabel board of trustees
From the Summer 2013 Caller
Allen Schauffler retired this summer after 45 years at Catlin Gabel. Her dedicated service to the school included positions as preschool and kindergarten teacher, Beginning School head, and director of multicultural affairs. She also worked in financial aid, and it holds great meaning for her.
From the Summer 2013 Caller
By Sara Nordhoff, admission and financial aid director
Faculty feedback on students we could not admit: “this is one of the best candidates I’ve ever seen,” “I would love to have this student in my classroom,” “admit this incredible student!”
Some examples of students we had to turn away:
% OF FAMILY NEED THAT CATLIN GABEL MET
% OF STUDENTS RECEIVING ASSISTANCE
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR FINANCIAL AID
"My story, like the stories of many others who have received financial assistance at Catlin Gabel, is a testament to the power of philanthropy. . . . Without a Catlin Gabel education, my life would have looked drastically different. The growth each student experiences here is indescribable. In fact, without the financial assistance that allowed me to receive such an enriching education, I’d probably still be the same shy child I was seven years ago. But today I can tell you with all sincerity that Catlin Gabel has changed me. It’s given me the opportunity and support to redefine myself in ways I never thought possible. Catlin Gabel equips its students with everything we need to face the future."
—Anthony Lin ’09, graduate of Duke University in neuroscience and computer science
"Running a high-quality, progressive, independent school is an expensive proposition, and thus tuition remains beyond the reach of many. To match reality and idealism, Catlin Gabel must have a robust endowment for financial aid, to open our doors to every deserving, qualified student regardless of her family’s means. Without this, our school’s expressed commitment to our ideals and our community becomes hollow and less meaningful. Catlin Gabel without generous financial aid would not be the Catlin Gabel we chose as the right school for our children. It would become a more homogeneous community, less interesting and vibrant. It would ignore the reality of economic diversity that all of our children must understand and appreciate. It would shield our children from the “real world” in which they will all live and work as adults. It would deny the value and contribution of children from all walks of life, from a wide range of circumstances."
— Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, trustee, parent, donor
Creative Arts Center
This new building fosters the ability to create and provides the encouragement to be original. It brings multiple disciplines inside one facility for intense, collaborative teaching and learning. Students will experiment in the black box theater, hear each other play instruments, view and critique each other’s work in the school’s first proper gallery, and learn from guest artists.
Expanding Our Endowment
Launching new programs, admitting more students with financial need, and compensating outstanding teachers requires stable and robust funding. We must pursue these initiatives with the confidence that they can be sustained. The campaign for the endowment is how we’re doing it.
CHRIS PARK ’14
Senior, student body president
"Catlin Gabel gave me confidence in my own thoughts, while not completely blocking out those of others. It taught me that there are often more perspectives to every situation than what one might initially think. The confidence I gained from our small class discussions encouraged me to take part in our school’s student government. This school has given and taught me more than I could possibly repay."
MIRA HAYWARD ’13
Entering Harvard College
MS life skills and PE teacher
Longtime preschool teacher
ALINE GARCIA-RUBIO ’93
US science teacher and assistant head
US English teacher
NADYA OKAMOTO ’16
Sophomore, Malone Scholar
RIVFKA SHENOY ’09
Student at New York University Medical School
On October 4, 2012, we broke ground on a new Creative Arts Center for Middle and Upper School students. Less than one year later, 6th through 12th grade students started the 2013-14 school year with a brand new facility. » Link to more information about the Creative Arts Center.
From the Summer 2013 Caller
By Lark P. Palma PhD, Head of School
Launching a campaign is an exhilarating moment! I still remember that 2008 board meeting when we all debated the troubled economic environment versus the school’s opportunities and greatest needs. We ended with a unanimous vote to unapologetically go for it and raise $20 million for two purposes. Catlin Gabel’s “Campaign for Arts & Minds” is a reflection of those highest priorities.
The power of creativity! Our students must hone their ability to think creatively, to problem solve when there isn’t a formula, and to venture forward where there is no path. Learning and practicing the arts translate into these skills, and will make a lifelong difference for our students. We are building a creative hub for Middle and Upper School students that will inspire people the second they walk into the building, thanks to architect Brad Cloepfil and the Allied Works team. When dreaming of this space, the faculty were asked “How do you want students to feel when they walk through the front doors?” and I’ve never forgotten the answer I heard: “Like they’re entering a creative cathedral.” The 20,000-square-foot “cathedral” will open this fall— and I will be standing in front of those doors, watching the students’ faces light up as they walk through.
Today, we face the final stretch of this incredibly successful campaign but we have yet to cross the finish line. We welcome you to join this chapter in Catlin Gabel’s history. Stand with me in honoring the impact our alumni have on the world, and the efforts to prepare our current students for a world that needs them, too.
Dear parents and guardians,
I am writing on behalf of the head of school search committee to announce that we have identified three finalists. These outstanding candidates will visit campus between September 16 and 24, each for two days of interviewing and presenting. The finalists will meet with a full range of constituents—teachers, staff members, parents, trustees, students, alumni, and friends.
By mutual agreement, we will announce the name two or three days before the visit. The search committee believes this discretion is important to ensure the integrity of the process while addressing, to the degree possible, the needs of the candidates.
We sincerely hope you will make time to meet the candidates and, after having done so, complete a brief confidential survey for the search committee.
Current parents are welcome to attend either an evening or morning session with each candidate. The candidate will present prepared remarks, followed by a Q&A.
Monday, September 16, 6 -- 7 p.m., in the Barn
Tuesday, September 17, 8:30 -- 9:30 a.m., in the Barn
Thursday, September 19, 6 -- 7 p.m., in the Barn
Friday, September 20, 8:30 -- 9:30 a.m., in the Barn
Monday, September 23, 6 -- 7 p.m., in the Barn
Tuesday, September 24, 8:30 -- 9:30 a.m., in the Barn
Peter Steinberger, trustee, parent of alumna, search committee chair
Search committee members
Dave Cannard, Jr. ’76, trustee (1997-07), board chair (2004-07), current parent, parent of alumnus, alumnus
Li-Ling Cheng, Middle School Mandarin teacher, parent of alumna
Clint Darling, interim head of school (1982-83), Upper School head (1973-86), retired Upper School English and French teacher, parent of alumnae
Isaac Enloe, kindergarten teacher
Aline Garcia-Rubio ’93, Upper School assistant head, dean of students, science teacher, current parent, alumna
John Gilleland, trustee, board chair (2009-12), current parent
Alix Meier Goodman ’71, trustee, endowment committee member, board chair (2007-10), parent of alumni, alumna
Vicki Roscoe, assistant head of school and Lower School head
Eric Rosenfeld ’83, vice-chair and treasurer board of trustees, current parent, alumnus
Miranda Wellman ’91, director of advancement, alumna
Jim Wysocki, Upper School math teacher and department chair
Second grader Mahala Lambert won the national championship in color belt poomse at the at the 2013 USA taekwondo national championships in Chicago. She also won silver in board breaking for girls blue belt 6 to 7 years old.
Eighth grader Katie McClanan has been cast as Susanna Walcott in Beaverton Civic Theater’s fall production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” This winter she will reprise her role as Young Mary/Janie in Stumptown Stage’s original musical “It’s A Wonderful Life” at the Portland Center for Performing Arts.
Sophomore Anirudh Jain won the national Stockholm Junior Water Prize. He received a $10,000 college scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, in September to represent the United States and compete with students from around the globe for the international Junior Stockholm Water Prize. He was selected for the prize based on his science project “Sulfidation as a Novel Method for Reducing Toxicity of Silver Nanoparticle Pollution.” The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is the world's most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project. » Link to Oregonian article about Anirudh. » Link to Portland Tribune article about Anirudh.
Junior Valerie Ding was named one of 15 global finalists in the 2013 Google Science Fair. The grand-prize winner will be announced in late September after the finalists presents their projects to an international panel of judges. As a finalist, Valerie was invited to a private meeting in the West Wing of the White House. » Read the White House blog. She was also featured in a Washington Post article about female students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Junior Adam Frank traveled to Israel to compete as a fencer in the 19th Maccabiah Games, the Jewish Olympics.
Junior Elli Wiita's National Synchronized Swimming team won gold at the Pan American Age Group Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It's the first time in seven years that the U.S. junior team has placed ahead of Canada.
Senior Ian Fyfield spent two weeks at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, learning the ins and outs of professional theater from every member of the crew. He stayed in the Southern Oregon University dorms with 64 other high school students who are passionate about theater as he is. He said, “I got to see the entire OSF season. It was an incredibly life-changing experience.”
Students in the summer PLACE urban studies program presented their ideas about improving a street in the Pearl District to the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. For their project the students created strategies to make the street work for pedestrians, bikes, and cars--and they impressed the planners!
LS learning specialist Lauren Burns married Adam Figi on August 25.
In addition to her master's in teaching K-8 from the University of Virginia, 1st grade teacher Erin Porter has now earned a master of arts in international and intercultural communication from Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C.
From thousands of teachers at thousands of private schools across the United States, 6th grade English teacher Carter Latendresse was selected as one of 25 Teachers of the Future by the National Association of Independent Schools. He was selected for his innovation and willingness to re-evaluate content and lessons to help students better connect with the world. »Link to Oregonian article.
MS teachers Len Carr, Ann Fyfield, and Christa Kaainoa attended the Stanley H. King Counseling Institute in Colorado Springs at Fountain Valley School. The intensive weeklong institute offers a model of teaching counseling and listening skills to help educators strengthen and deepen their relationships with students.
MS Mandarin teacher Li-Ling Cheng is co-author of Language through Culture, Culture through Language: A Framework for K-8 Mandarin Curriculum published by Peking University Press this July. In October Li-Ling will attend the 4th annual Chinese Language Education Forum in San Francisco with lead author Sharon Carstens of Portland State University.
US math teacher Kenny Nguyen is a reviewer for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. He has also been asked to review manuscripts and conference proposals for the Journal for Mathematical Behavior, Cognition and Instruction, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (regular and research sessions), and the International Conference of the Learning Sciences.
US English teacher Leanne Moll was an adjunct professor of education at Portland State University this summer. She also teaches online graduate-level curriculum, instruction, and reading courses for Read Oregon. This summer she taught "Writing Across the Curriculum" and will repeat it next winter. This fall she is teaching "Engaging Readers/Nurturing Writers, 6-12.”
US French teacher Madeleine Giardin Schuback attended a summer conference at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. The conference was held in partnership with French universities, foreign language professors, and the primary publishers of French manuals. The workshops focused on differentiation, collaboration, and how to use French media to develop students’ oral skills.
US history teacher and PLACE director George Zaninovich has been selected for the Portland Art Museum’s teacher advisory council. The 16-member council works with and advises the museum’s education department.
Congratulations to everyone involved with Summer Programs 2013. More than 600 students participated in over 20 different courses.
Don’t be shy. Share your news. Submit “Congrats!” information about student and faculty-staff achievements to Karen Kitty Katz, editor, email@example.com, 503-297-1894 ext. 305.
New Beginning School teaching assistant
Meg Schmidt is our new preschool teaching assistant. She has worked with youth in Oregon and Washington. She has a BA in education and is a master’s in education candidate at Portland State University.
|Back row, l to r: Ric Fry, Kate Ryan, Pilar Arias, Erin Porter.
Front row, l to r: Meg Schmidt, Suzie Roane, Courtney Plummer '03, Beth Merrill.
New Lower School teachers and teaching assistant
Pilar Arias joins us a Lower School Spanish teacher. She was first attracted to our school after attending a symposium on campus 10 years ago. She has taught Spanish and ESL at schools across the country and abroad. Pilar has a master's in curriculum and instruction from Portland State University, a BA in elementary education from Playa Ancha University of Educational Sciences, and a BA in secondary education/English as foreign language from Catholic University of Chile.
Lower School woodshop teacher Ric Fry joins us after teaching at the Metropolitan Montessori School in New York and the Franciscan Montessori Earth School here in Portland. He has a BA in anthropology from the University of Western Ontario.
Beth Merrill is our Lower School science teacher. She spent her childhood “wading through creeks, climbing boulders, and observing animals” near Yosemite. Beth has an MA in general science from Portland State University and a BA in environmental studies from the University of Oregon.
Kate Ryan is teaching 5th grade this year in a position created by Mariam Higgins's leave of absence. She has most recently taught 5th, 6th, and 7th grades. She has a master’s of education from Bank Street School of Education, a leader in progressive education.
Erin Porter is filling in for Mimi Tang in the 1st grade while Mimi is on maternity leave. Erin filled in last year as a Lower School learning specialist. This summer she completed a master’s degree in international and intercultural communication at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. She has an MA in teaching K-8 and a BA in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia.
Suzie Roane returns to Catlin Gabel as 2nd grade teaching assistant. Last year, she did graduate work in linguistics and German at Portland State University. Before that she had been the 3rd grade TA for five years. Suzie has a BA in social scienes from PSU with an emphasis on international relations.
Alumna Courtney Plummer ’03 returns to Catlin Gabel as 4th grade teaching assistant. She previously served as 5th grade teaching assistant. In the interim, Courtney earned an MA in early childhood and elementary education from Antioch University, and taught preschool and kindergarten in Rotan, Honduras, for six months.
|Back row, l to r: Allie Kautz, Marabeth Passannante, Caroll Casbeer.
Front row, to to r: Dennis Christman, Drew Kinney, Rob van Nood
New staff members
Our new after-school care teaching assistant, Allie Kautz, is a recent transplant from California. She has a BS in child and family development, and experience working with children both in and out of the classroom.
Rob van Nood fills the newly created position of academic technology coordinator. As a member of the IT team Rob will work with faculty to assist in the selection and integration of technology that is current, useful and relevant, and meets our student learning objectives.
Dennis Christman joined us midway through last year as Upper School library assistant. His past experience includes serving as research librarian at Chengdu Meishi International School in Sichuan, China. He has a BS in computers and is working on his master’s of library and information science.
The admission office welcomes Marabeth Passannante as the new data coordinator. She comes to Catlin Gabel from Oregon Ballet Theatre, and has also worked for the Oregon Convention Center and the Oregon Symphony. Marabeth has a BS in sociology from Portland State University.
Caroll Casbeer joins the development team as special events and fundraising manager. She has worked in events and fundraising for the Portland Rose Festival Foundation and for Reed College. She has a BA in history from Reed.
New prep cook Drew Kinney is a graduate of the Western Culinary Institute/Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Program. We look forward to Drew’s delicious contributions in our kitchen.
|Back row, l to r: Victoria Fennell, Shaina Langley
Front row, l to r: John Hellman, Becky Winard, Andrew Ratzke
Five master’s degree candidates from the University of Portland graduate school of education join the Lower School this year. Each aspiring teacher will spend half a year with one grade level and half a year with another.
Victoria Fennell, 3rd and 5th grades. Victoria has spent time volunteering and working with students on math, reading comprehension, speech skills, and ABA therapy. She has a BS in educational foundations with a minor in special education.
John Hellman, 2nd and 4th grades. John has taught English and pre-literacy courses in Ecuador and Korea. He has a BA in English from Boise State.
Shaina Langley, 5th and 2nd grades. Shaina has been an assistant teacher, camp counselor, and lifestyle adviser. She has a BA in general studies, international studies, and business administration from Western Washington University.
Andrew Ratzke, 1st and 3rd grades. Andrew has been a math intervention specialist at Eastwood Elementary, and served in leadership positions in sustainability and global awareness. He has a BA in psychology and political science from Pacific Lutheran University.
Becky Winard, 4th and 1st grades. Becky has worked with SMART and as a literacy coach at schools throughout Oregon. She has a BA in geography from University of Oregon.
Familiar faces in new places
Sara Dier joins the admission team as admission associate. She was previously half-time development assistant and half-time MS and US learning center assistant.
Half-time receptionist Chris Woodard joins the college counseling team as half-time administrative assistant. She will spend mornings in the Upper School and afternoons in Toad Hall.
Enrique Escolona returns to the Upper School after teaching Spanish in the Lower School for the past six years.
Brendan Clark, who taught preschool – grade 2 PE last year, joins the Beginning School as a preschool teacher.