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Students join international conversation about food equity

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10Students in the PLACE urban studies class joined forces with students from Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Oregon, to give a presentation about food security at a virtual international youth conference.

Other presenting groups were from Grand Rapids, Michigan; Medellin, Colombia; Lima, Peru; and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The conference was at 6 a.m. PST, so the students from Oregon awakened at 4:30 to set up at Rex Putnam at 5:30 a.m.

The mayor of Grand Rapids addressed the conference and said he was grateful to have youth tackling the important issues of food sustainability and equity.

Representatives from the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability also attended the virtual conference from locales in Germany, Bangladesh, and Brazil.

The presentations were informative, the questions were rich, and everyone learned a lot about local food issues in different countries. 

Rafting the Rogue River

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Oregon's great rafting adventure

A large and enthusiastic group of 22 Catlin students made the journey to southern Oregon on a late April weekend.  Leaving the campus after classes on a warm Thursday afternoon the big yellow school trundled its way down to Indian Mary campground along the Rogue River where the kids set up tents to protect them during a showery night.  Friday morning the group was up by 6:15 a.m. and made the short drive to the put-in where Graves Creek meets the Rogue River.  The first day was "splashy" with lots of students taking the dive into the chilly waters. By mid afternoon all six boats were tied up at the Rogue River Ranch.  On Saturday morning the group quickly entered Mule Creek Canyon, with its beautiful canyon walls and numerous waterfalls.  Shortly thereafter all the boats pulled over for a detailed scout of Blossom Bar, the big and sometimes frightening challenge on the wild Rogue.  This year it turned out that the river levels were high enough to allow a passge down the right side of the river over some drops and rapids, avoiding the Picket Fence altogether.  The rest of the day was spent in conversation and playing games on the individual boats.  After landing the boats and derigging them, the team boarded the bus and headed north to Humbug State Park.  It was a rainy night but everyone stayed dry and made an early exit to begin the long drive back to Portland.

CommuniCare Club donates $11,000 to nonprofits serving youth in Portland

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Student philanthropy supports community

Catlin Gabel's CommuniCare Club strives to enable youth in the Portland area to expand and increase their opportunities in education. This year, they made grants to LifeWorks, Minds Matter, New Avenues for YouthShadow Project, and SMART.

The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation established the CommuniCare program in 1998 to help teens learn about philanthropy and the needs of their community through grant making. 

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Middle School invitational track meet photo gallery

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Photos by Drew Smith -- Thanks, Drew!


6th Grade Boys Weekend at Nehalem Bay State Park

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Yurts, Sand Dunes & Bay Expoloration

The weekend of April 12-13 welcomed spring to Oregon, providing sunny, dry conditions for the 6th grade boys trip to Manzanita and Nehalem Bay State Park.  Full of energy and ready to enjoy sand and water, the boys tackled tall dunes, explored beach streams, and created a sand fort by the bay's shores.  Saturday night brought stories around the campfire, s'mores, and all boys snuggled into one yurt, with all available beds and floor space occupied.  Sunday morning started with a hearty campfire breakfast, hiking, and more local exploration.  Manzanita beckoned for late morning treats and a picnic lunch at the local park.  When 2 pm rolled in and the bus called us back, most heads turned to napping and easy dreams of a weekend well played!

Plant exchange drop-off happening this week oustide Cabell Center Theater

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April 28 – May 1

Spring Festival’s Honey Hollow Plant Exchange is a tradition! Help us make this year's plant exchange a success by gathering divisions, seedlings, and starts from your garden. We kindly request that you label all plants. No invasives, please. If you have questions, please get in touch with Maya Wells at

Jazz band and friends performing Friday, May 2

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The Upper School Jazz Band play everything from Duke Ellington to the Black Keys. Guests from the senior class will perform jazz, funk, and rock.

Curtain at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater in the new Creative Arts Center
Admission is free

Technology survey results

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Climbing at Smith Rock

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A nice sunny weekend

A group of 30 students and leaders spent a wonderful sunny weekend at Smith Rock State Park in central Oregon, developing their rock climbing skills.  On the first day the group split into fiove smaller bands and set up operations at various spots aroiund the park.  That evening everyone travelled to Redmond for a fine meal of burgers and pizza before pitching their tents at Skull Hollow Campground in the grasslands.  On Easter Sunday we made an early start and were able to have our pick of the great climbs all day.

Video and photos: marimba band inspires unbridled joy and dancing

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Thank you to our guests from Maru-a-Pula School for a spectacular Middle and Upper School assembly that had everyone on their feet!


The band also ran a workshop. Here are some photos sent in by MyLinda King

Horsethief Butte Hiking, Climbing & Camping

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Exploring the Columbia Hills, past and present

Saturday April 5th, 9am we met at Catlin Gabel School and boarded Activity Bus #8. We headed east through the Gorge towards the Dalles. About Hood River we left the rain behind and broke out in the glorious April sunshine.

     We arrived at Horsethief lake about 11:30 and enjoyed our lunch on the banks of the Columbia River. At 12:30 we began our pictograph tour, which highlighted “She Who Watches.”

      Around 2pm we headed to Horsethief Butte for some rock climbing. Each student successfully climbed several routes before the wind and the rain returned and drove us back to the shelter of our campsites. We set up tents and cooked pasta for dinner. That evening we sat around the fire, roasted smores and told wildly entertaining stories. We drifted to sleep to the sounds of owls hooting.
Sunday woke up to clear skies and a delicious breakfast of pastry bites, oatmeal, bananas and SPAM. We broke camp and headed back to the butte for some more hiking and climbing. After a great day and lunch at the butte, we headed back to the bus around 2.

      On our way home we decided to follow the recommendation of our petroglyph tour guide, Paula, and check out Schreiner Farms. The unassuming road lead to a world of marvelous animal surprises and our joy increased exponentially as we spotted bison, gazelle, camels, zebras and three giraffes! As we turned around Mr. Schreiner him self invited us to get out of the bus and interact with the animals.

      Our final stop was at the East Wind Drive through in Cascade Locks where we celebrated the conclusion of a great trip with ice cones.  We returned happy and healthy to Caitlin Gabel around 5pm .

PFA leadership for 2014-15 announced

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Thank you for your volunteer service to our community

Executive Council

President – Pam Lloyd
Vice President – Sarah Stascausky
Advisor – Zoe Edelen Hare
Communications Coordinator – Ingeborg Holliday
New Family Intergration Coordinator – Marjorie Dial
Inclusivity Coordinator – Aminata Sei
Treasurer – Kevin Reedy
Upper School Coordinator – Azin van Alebeek
Middle School Coordinator – Kirsten Brady
Lower School Coordinator – Indira Nallakrishan
Beginning School Coordinator – Arah Erickson
Spring Fest Coordinator – pending

Grade Representatives

Preschool – Janina Malone and Lisa Levy
Kindergarten – Alayna Luria and Genie Kaady
1st grade – Lara Sales and Katy Swaim
2nd grade – Robin Skarstad and Diane Malhotra
3rd Grade – Heather Billups and Christine Wolahan
4th grade – Julie Proksch and Maran Sheils
5th Grade – Nicole Lee, Judy Cheng, and Reg Hamlett
6th grade – Teri Simpson and Tracy Stout
7th grade – Sarah Vogel Masback and Dina Meier
8th grade – Aruna Chittor and Becky Edington
9th grade – Patrick O'Neill and Elaine Underwood
10th grade – Nicoya Hecht and Molly Newcomer
11th grade – Beth Cavanaugh and Laura Ford
12th grade – Julie McMurchie and Emma Gilleland

Tuition on the Track 2014 photo & video gallery

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April 18, 2014

Thank you to co-chairs Will Rosenfeld '14 and Katie Zechnich '14 for their commitment to financial aid fundraising and community spirit. Special thanks to Mother Nature for the great weather!

Click here to donate to Tuition on the Track.

Seniors talk about their Catlin Gabel experience

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Six seniors answered questions from parents in a Q&A format.

Thank you to the PFA for organizing this favorite parent community meeting of the year. Standing room only! Thanks also to the senior panelists: Katie Fournier, Theo Knights, Liban Sheikh, Alexis Shoemaker, Lewis Holland, and Erin Wynne. College counselor Kate Grant did a great job of setting the stage and moderating. Here are a few highlights.

What advice do you have for students coming into the Upper School?

  • The preseason sport team practices start in August, so joining a team is a great way to get to know other upper classmen and ease the transition.
  • Try something you have never done before or are afraid to do!
  • There are many opportunities so it is easy to overbook yourself. Choose one or two things that you really want to focus on.

What do you see as the strengths of the Upper School?

  • There are so many connections you make with your teachers both inside and outside of the classroom. "My teachers are some of the best grown-ups I have ever met!"
  • Since many faculty members are involved in extracurricular activities themselves, they understand if you need an extension because of a mock trial competition or a late soccer game.
  • The new schedule has allowed students to get some work done during the school day. Getting credit for working on the school newspaper has also helped balance the workload.

What are some of the weaknesses of the Upper School?

  • Communication and coordination between teachers regarding major assignment deadlines could be improved, particularly in humanities.
  • The homework policy is not followed by many teachers and not enforced even though this issue is brought up every year.
  • "The homework is challenging but that's good."
  • Catlin Gabel students should show gratitude for all the opportunities that are given to them. It’s important to find ways to learn resilience and fight for something you care about in an environment where everything is available to you.
  • We need more interaction with the outside world.

What are your senior internship projects?

  • Projects range from fixing typewriters to working with a photojournalist with the Oregonian to helping a fashion designer with her first show.

What were your best moments at Catlin Gabel?

  • Interacting with the teachers.
  • Getting positive feedback and learning what you are good at.
  • The last day of junior year and the “I did it!” feeling.
  • Getting the college acceptance letter.
  • Working with other students to achieve something together, for example designing all of the costumes in a production.

What about some of your worst moments?

  • Failing at something: but that’s a learning experience.
  • Freshman English.
  • Arriving as a new freshman and not knowing anyone.
  • Being slammed with schoolwork.

Tell us about your global trips.

  • Taking trips during sophomore year works well. There is a trip for everyone.
  • Nepal was amazing. It was a very different trip from the France trip, which was designed around learning the language. In France, we had homestays and went to school with the French students.
  • This summer, one panelist is walking 500 miles from Geneva to Rome. The group is doing training hikes together now.
  • “After every trip, I come back with a new best friend.”

How did you spend your summers?

  • Answers ranged from getting a job or internship to taking a college class to traveling with family to chilling out and having a good time.

How would you rank the degree of difficulty of the four years in the US?
The consensus from easiest to most difficult seemed to be: (1) sophomore year– because we have figured out the workload, (2) junior year, (3) first semester of senior year because of the added pressure of college applications, (4) freshman year.

What advice do you have for parents?

  • Let your child fail on his or her own and learn from mistakes. Trust that they will mature as they move through the US.
  • Let your child do what they want to do when it comes to extracurricular activities and don’t interfere. Let them figure out their passions.
  • Continue to support your child if his or her interests change.
  • Don’t panic if your child does not do well. Be supportive. Your child will come around.
  • Do encourage your child to communicate with his or her teacher.
  • Don’t hound your child about homework unless it’s a huge issue. If they want to take the night off, then it is his or her decision.
  • Let them grow up and figure it out on their own. Give them space.