The PFA parent community meeting on April 17 featured a panel of seniors talking about their Catlin Gabel experiences. Following their Q&A with parents, college counseling director Kate Grant talked briefly about the college counseling process and the state of college admission this year.
Kate showed three slides, which are posted below as a PDF and outlined here
- What parents can do to help their children early on
- College counseling calendar for 2013-14
- List of colleges that have accepted CG students this year. ( Note: Many students are undecided as of this date. Decisions are due May 1.)
Third grade teacher Marcelle Donehower took these photos. She and groundskeepers Jesse Selman and Mike Wilson organized the day.
The Flaming Chickens won the Chairman's Award at the Pacific Northwest District Championships, just as they had done at the Oregon State District competition. They will compete in St. Louis against the best teams in the world. Only three other teams from Oregon qualified for the world championships. The Chairman's Award recognizes the team that has done the most to increase the appreciation and expansion of STEM education in their communities. The Chairman's Award team of sophomores Iris Ellenberg and Jacob Bendicksen, and freshman Robin Attey did a fabulous job of presenting.
Daniel is one of three Oregonians and one of fewer that 200 students nationwide to make it to this level of competition. He placed in the 98th percentile—worldwide—of 9th grade students who took the qualifying test. All the best on your next set of exams, Daniel.
Catlin’s robotics team, the Flaming Chickens, won the Chairman’s Award at the Oregon State University district competition. This most prestigious honor is given to the team that "best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST,” the nonprofit that organizes the competitions.
Teams that win the Chairman’s Award run the best engineering outreach programs in the world, and the Flaming Chickens are no different. They run three offseason competitions each year in the Catlin Gabel gym, demo their robots at events around Portland, and give back to the community through projects like ScumBot, which is funded by the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grant. They also contribute to the community – high school members coach Middle School LEGO robotics teams, and they’ll be showcasing their program at Spring Festival on May 4.
Pacific Northwest District Championship
Thursday, April 10 — Saturday, April 12
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission is free
Come cheer on the Flaming Chickens as they compete against 64 teams for a spot at the World Championships in St. Louis. The prime time to come is Saturday at 1:15 p.m. for the final rounds. If you come, be sure to check out the pit area in the basement where teams feverishly repair their robots between matches.
See schedules and live streaming links at http://oregonfirst.org/events/pnw-frc-championship/
Game animation video (sorry about the advertising at the start -- it's worth the wait)
The PFA’s Catlin Community Coding event was a great success, with more than 220 participants learning basic programming and processing skills. After an overview of what coding is all about and a shared meal, students from Honeybees to teens and their parents gathered around iPads and laptops to engage in a variety of online coding challenges. It was a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to explore the creative and inspiring world of programming through applications such as Lightbot, Scratch, App Inventor, and Flappy Bird.
Parent instructor Suresh Srinivas noted the tremendous energy in the room as children and adults engaged fully in grasping the concepts. A 1st grader got to the final level of LightBot. An adult exclaimed, "Yes, I got it!" Participants reflected on the evening with words like awesome, great, educational, and humbling.
The evening's agenda, which provides some great resources for learning about coding, is posted below.
The PFA extends a special thank you to the volunteer instructors and presenters: parents Suresh Srinivas, Matthew Galaher, Drew Bernard, Maggie Kean, Tim Rayle, and Adrienne Hill; faculty-staff members Robert Medley, Andrew Thomas, Johny Nguyen, José Ruiz, Meredith Goddard, and Rob van Nood; and students Aidan Bernard, Nate Sale, Soha Ahmed, Andrew Hill, Anaga Srinivas, Lukas Stracovsky, Roy Stracovsky, and Iman Wahle. We were thrilled to support an event that included families from all four divisions, food, and exploratory experiential learning. Thank you all for a fun evening.
Six CG students presented their science research at the invitation-only Northwest Science Expo at PSU: seniors Nick Petty and Kristin Qian; junior Valerie Ding; sophomores Nic Bergen and Anirudh Jain; and freshman Nikhil Murthy,
Nikhil placed 1st in chemistry and received the Outstanding Chemistry Project Award from the American Chemical Society. Nikhil's project was chosen to advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Valerie placed 1st in physics and astronomy, won Best of Fair, and these awards: Outstanding Geoscience Award from the Association of Women Geoscientists; Outstanding Applied Chemistry Project Award from the American Chemical Society; Outstanding Chemistry Project Award from Iota Sigma Pi; the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry; the Sustainable Development Award from the Ricoh Corporation, and an OSU Engineering College scholarship. She qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair at an earlier competition.
Anirudh placed 2nd in chemistry and received the Naval Excellence in Science and Engineering Award from the Office of Naval Research, US Navy and Marine Corps
The Upper School Science Olympiad team took home four gold, one silver, and five bronze medals! Congratulations to seniors Katie Zechnich, Dina Zaslovsky, Erin Wynne, Jonathan Yau, Lewis Fitzgerald-Holland juniors Valerie Ding, Forrest Kwong, Brendan Edelson, Eric Wang; sophomore Iman Wahle; and freshmen Maria Chang and Adolfo Apolloni.
The Middle School team earned four gold, six silver, and four bronze medals in 23 events. Congratulations to 6th grader Jimmy Maslen; 7th graders Alexander Yu, Andrei Stoica, Arman Asgharzadeh, Avi Gupta, Harry Popowich, Matt Leungpathomaram, Nicholas Springer, Noor Wahle, Robbie McMonies, Spencer Shoemaker, Sydney Nagy, Tyler Nguyen; and 8th graders Sarah Daniels and Roy Stracovsky.
Eighteen bold students set sale from Anacortes, Washington as part of their Winterim adventure. Over the five days the group sailed to Matia, Sucia, Jones, Orcas and Lopez islands. The group even managed to sail up into the Canadian Gulf islands for an afternoon, and also saw some porpoises. There were lots of man overboard drills, cards played and hiking adventures on land.
A group of twelve Catlin Gabel students and leaders spent a week exploring the red rock canyons of southern Utah over spring break this year. The group flew to Las Vegas and exited the place as fast as possible for the glorious wilderness not far from America's most unnatural city. At the end of the five hour journey they found a pristine paradise of canyons, rocks, Indian dwellings and hidden rivers. The first half of the trip was spent in Coyoto Gulch in the Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument. Four days of hiking along the gorgeous stream in its deep canyon home created lasting memories for the young crew. The last three days were spent exploring slot canyons, some of them requiring technical climbing gear. Each night the group camped out under the brilliant stars, made brighter by the moonless night.
Eric and Nikhil are members of 11-person Bethany team Batteries in Black, which won top honors at the FTC West Super-Regional Championships in California. Eric is team co-captain. They will fly to St. Louis for the world championships April 23–26. The team is a Washington County 4-H team composed of students from five high schools. Last year, they placed second at the World Championships. Best of luck to Batteries in Black!
A team of four Upper School students took 3rd place out of 20 teams in the 28th annual statewide computer programming contest sponsored by the Technology Association of Oregon Foundation and hosted by Willamette University. Bravo to sophomores Evë Maquelin and Gregor Peach, and juniors Kellie Takahashi and Y Yen Gallup. Working together, they successfully wrote eight challenging programs during the five-hour contest. This year's problems involved such topics as detecting possible collusion among Olympic judges and planning for an asteroid rover based on tomographic sensor data.
Thank you, volunteers, donors and guests! We'll have final numbers soon.
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All new families are invited to participate in our host family program, which matches each new family with a current Catlin Gabel family as an initial connection for both parents and children. A host family can be a valuable resource for questions about the school. It can also provide advice on navigating all the opportunities and responsibilities throughout your child's first year at Catlin Gabel.
Please complete this form to help us make a good match! Though there are no guarantees on a perfect match, knowing your preferences helps!
Trips abroad are designed one year in advance. Students and adult trip leaders work together for more than four months to prepare for their travels. You can travel vicariously through their websites and blogs.
Middle School trips, dates, trip leaders, and links
France | March 12–24
Katie Gunderson, Len Carr, Chris Bell
Upper School trips, dates, trip leaders, and links
All 7 students competing at regional science fair win awards, 6 advance to next level of competition.
- Junior Valerie Ding –1st in physics and astronomy; Best of Fair
- Sophomore Anirudh Jain –1st in chemistry
- Senior Kristin Qian – 1st in medicine and health
- Junior Nic Bergen – 2nd in behavioral and social Science
- Freshman Nikhil Murthy – 2nd in chemistry
- Senior Nick Petty – 2nd in medicine and health
- Senior Mckenzie Spooner – 2nd in environmental analysis and effects; regional Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Valerie, Anirudh, Kristin, Nic, Nikhil, and Nick will compete at the Northwest Science Expo on April 4.
Valerie will compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angles in May.