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Graduated 8th Graders Summit St Helens

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Incredible Day, Incredible Climb, Incredible New Upper Schoolers!

The forecasts spoke of rain and lightning but turned out wrong, we couldn’t have had better weather for this year’s graduating 8th graders St Helens Climb.  After showering fathers with love for Fathers Day we met up at Catlin at noon for our epic adventure.  A short 1.5 hour drive brought us to the Lone Fir in Cougar WA where we picked up our permits and signed the climbers registry before continuing on to Marble Mountain Sno Park.  The usual summer route from the Climbers Bivouac hadn’t opened yet so we used the winter route up Worm Flows which starts at Marble Mountain.  We found lovely shady tent sites off the parking lot, did some nesting, and took inventory of our gear.  We put on our mountaineering boots, gaiters, and strapped our ice axes to our bags for our leg stretching day hike up to the tree line in search of snow where we planned to learn to wield our ice axes and travel on snow safely.  The snow line eluded us after an hour of hiking so we stopped at a tiny patch and had mini-intro-snow-school before returning to camp.  It was a good little hike where we were able to identify any snafus with our gear and make the necessary adjustments. 
 Back at camp, over personal pizzas and caesar salads we talked about our goals and fears and went to bed excited and happy to all be on the same page.  We agreed we all needed to feel safe asking for breaks, check in with one another, encourage each other, be proud to have come as far as we have and that attitude, not altitude is everything.
 5am came quickly and we woke up with the birds and dawn light to a breakfast of croissants and toppings.  We packed up efficiently and hit the trail.  It was shockingly easier than the day before and we were quickly up to the timberline.  The group did an great job sticking together and taking care of one another as we began scrambling up the boulders and soft ash via Worm Flows.  At the top of the boulders we began our traverse over to Monitor Ridge where we were able to navigate easily with our map and the majestic Monitor Rock.  We finally hit Swift Glacier and our earnest snow travel was to begin.
 We took some time for real snow school where we practiced glissading, self arrest, plunge stepping, kicking steps, and got comfortable in the snow.  It was a steep climb up to the ridge and students rallied and encouraged one another kicking steps and counting steps and rests enthusiastically.  The view got better and better until we could look down on the clouds and watch the sun dance across Oregon and Washington below us. 
 Finally, 8 hours after beginning we summited! A cloud blew in and wind kicked up as we high fived, took pictures, and minded the cornice.  After all that work, all that middle school, everything, we had four determined and successful new mountaineers!
 Then it was time for the best part.  Glissading down.  We put on our garbage bag diapers, made our way over to a nicely shaped glissade track, prepped ourselves for self arrest and were able to glissade, in about an hour, what took us almost 6 hours to climb! It was truly magical looking out over Oregon, sledding down the side of St Helens, with friends right in front and behind us hooting and laughing.  For the rest of our lives, we'll gaze up at the snowy parts of St Helens from Portland and remember that we slid down all that snow on our (as Emily says) patooties.
 After the incredible descent, recharged with some sour patch kids, we began our hike out through the forest arriving at the bus around 6pm. 
 We packed up, stopped in Cougar to let them know we made it, and ate burgers and milkshakes at Burgerville. On our way home we sang to the radio and got to see a beautiful rainbow stretch over Portland as we entered the city! We were back in Portland at 9:25pm. 
 We are so proud of these climbers.  Not only did they support one another, they chose to challenge themselves, try something new, maintained amazing attitudes, and set an incredible course for their upper school careers ahead.  Congratulations Liam, Claire, Emily, and Miguel!

Middle Schoolers Kick of Summer with a Surf Trip!

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Middle School Outdoor Program Surf Trip Repot

On another gorgeous Portland morning as the sun was just beginning to heat up the day, Brendan and Leroy met our surfing students at Catlin and headed out to Cannon Beach.  They rolled into Cleanline Surf Shop, met Renee, and got all set up with wetsuits, booties, and hoods.  Lexie and NW Women’s Surf Camps instructors met us at the surf shop and we caravanned as our anticipation built to Short Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park.  The hike to the beach is a gorgeous 3/4 mile walk through beautiful forest.  We buddied up and carrying our boards, followed the cool Short Sands Stream down to the ocean.  
 We paused at the overlook above the beach and learned about the history of the park and how to read the waves, check the tides, find optimal surf conditions, spot the rip-tides, and decide where to surf.  Feeling smart we schlepped our gear across the sunny beach to the north end where we set up our spot, and learned the basics of paddling out, catching waves, popping up, wiping out, and staying balanced on our boards.  It was finally time to get in the water!
 It couldn’t be a more gorgeous sunny day! The surf was perfect for us with medium waves and NW winds.  We stayed on the inside and had an amazing afternoon catching waves! Everyone caught waves!
 Around 2:30 we were wiped and climbed out to snack, explore and hydrate before making the hike back up the hill with our gear to the bus.  Salty and happy we returned to Cannon beach, returned our gear, and enjoyed fresh fish n chips and a trip to the candy shop.
 By the end of the day we all wished we could stay longer but we hit the road and drove away from the setting sun and were back at Catlin around 7pm. 

Graduation 2013 photo gallery

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Congratulations!

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Rising sophomore Anirudh Jain wins national Stockholm Junior Water Prize

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We are proud!

Anirudh 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. The prize taps into the potential of today's high school students as they seek to address current and future water challenges. 

» Link to Oregonian article about Anirudh

» Link to Portland Tribune article about Anirudh

Logan Smesrud '12 receives outstanding student award at OSU

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Congratulations, Logan!

Logan Smesrud '12 was one of six freshmen at Oregon State University to receive the Waldo Cummings Freshman Outstanding Student Award. She is a pre-environmental engineering major.

BS and LS no-school day changed to February 13, 2014

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We have made a change to the calendar for next year.

Thursday, February 13, is the no-school day for the Beginning and Lower Schools instead of February 18.

This does not affect the Middle and Upper School calendars.

Valerie Ding '15 a finalist in Google Science Fair

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Oregonian article, June 2013

Sophomore Valerie Ding a finalist in Google Science Fair

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Congratulations, Valerie! We are so proud of you.

Valerie Ding is among the 90 regional finalists for the 2013 Google Science Fair for her project Rapid Quantum Dot Solar Cell Optimization: Integrating Quantum Mechanical Modeling and Novel Solar Absorption Algorithm. As a finalist, she is also in the running for the Scientific American Science in Action Award, which honors a student whose project makes a practical difference in the world by addressing an environmental, health, or resources problem.

Google will announce the 15 global winners and Science in Action award winner later this month. 

Valerie wrote, "This is a huge honor for me, and I really want to thank the entire Catlin community for its constant support and incredibly nurturing and encouraging environment. Genuine interest from faculty members and fellow students has not only bolstered confidence in my own work, but also has reminded me of how instrumental Catlin, its science, math, and computer science departments, and especially its science research program have been these last two years. I’m really looking forward to another two."

Thursday & Friday: US Library Open House! Come Sign Yearbooks & Talk with Friends!

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Everyone is welcome to come in, talk, laugh, be loud, sign yearbooks, and have fun on the last two days of the year!  Last call for Summer Borrowing, too!  

Upper Schoolers Learn to Surf!

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Upper Schoolers Preview Summer with a Surf Trip to the Oregon Coast!

Dawn patrol style we met at Catlin at 7:15am and rolled out to Cannon Beach.  We pulled into Cleanline Surf Shop and met by friendly faces we got all set up with wetsuits, booties, and hoods.  Lexie and the NW Women’s Surf Camps instructors met us at 10 and we caravanned with building anticipation to Short Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park.  The hike to the beach is a gorgeous 3/4 mile walk through beautiful forest.  We buddied up and carrying our boards, followed the cool Short Sands Stream down to the ocean. 
 
We paused at the overlook above the beach and learned about the history of the park, how to read the waves, check the tides, find optimal surf conditions, spot the rip-tides, and decide where to surf.  Feeling smart we schlepped our gear across the sunny beach to the north end where we set up our spot, put on our wetsuits and learned the basics of paddling out, catching waves, popping up, wiping out, and staying balanced on our boards.  It was finally time to get in the water!
 
It couldn’t be a more gorgeous sunny day! The surf was uncharacteristically huge for this time of year with waves on the outside at 8 feet.  We stayed on the inside and had an amazing afternoon catching waves! Everyone caught waves and stood up!
 Around 2 we dried off in the sun and climbed out to snack, explore and hydrate before making the hike back up the hill with our gear to the bus.  Salty and happy we headed to Cannon beach, returned our gear, and enjoyed fresh fish n chips, ice creams, Nico's first post-braces caramel apple and some fantastic dune jumping on the beach.
 
By the end of the day we all wished we could stay longer but we hit the road and drove away from the setting sun and back to Catlin.


4th grader Omeed Azari wins Oregon taekwondo competition

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He is now pre-qualified for national and Junior Olympics competition this summer. 

Iolanthe photo gallery

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The class of 2017 performed Gilbert and Sullivan's "Iolanthe"

Many thanks to Tom Wynne for the photos!

Announcing 2013-14 PFA leadership

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Thank you, volunteers!

These are the PFA officers, division coordinators, and grade representatives for the 2013-14 school year.

Special thanks to Kayla Reich for her stellar leadership of the PFA for the past three years.

President
Vice President
Treasurer
Advisor to the Council
Communications Coordinator
Family Integration Coordinator
Spring Festival Coordinator

Beginning School Coordinator
Preschool
Preschool
Kindergarten
Kindergarten

Lower School Coordinator
1st grade
1st grade
2nd grade
2nd grade
3rd grade
3rd grade
4th grade
4th grade
5th grade
5th grade 

Middle School Coordinator
6th grade
6th grade
7th grade
7th grade
8th grade
8th grade

Upper School Coordinator
9th grade
9th grade
10th grade
10th grade
11th grade
11th grade
12th grade
12th grade
 

Pam Lloyd
Liz McClanan
Adrienne Hill
Kayla Reich
Ingeborg Holliday
Marjorie Dial
Scott Cooley

Maya Wells ‘89
Arah Erickson ‘87
Joanie Wardwell
Nicole Lee
Jen Yoken

Sarah Stascausky
Alayna Luria
Stacey Misakian
Adam Pushkas
Glenn Levy
Stacie Beckerman
Jill Eberwein
Colleen Maslen ‘88
Heather Renjen
Spitzi Barnicle
Alex Druker

Kirsten Brady
Melissa Naito
Courtenay Thompson
Scott Pozzi
Maria Hall
Bleu Blakeslee
Cath Swanston

Azin van Alebeek
Christine Carr
Zoë Edelen Hare
Laura Bueermann
Melissa Salvador
Betsy Natter
Elizabeth English
Wendy Whitsell
Meg Bishop
 

Students train for Mt Hood, St. Helens, or South Sister Climbs on Dog Mountain last weekend.

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Summer trips are around the corner and these students are ready!

We left Catlin at 8:02 (pretty much on schedule) under gray skies; 14 students and 3 adults ready to take on this 3000 foot climb.  Intermittent sprinkles prompted use of the windshield wipers on the bus as we drove through Portland.  The farther east we traveled, though, the drier it got, and there was no rain at all during any of the hike.  The large Dog Mountain parking lot was already three quarters full when we arrived, with a volunteer directing parking for the forest service.  We parked at the far end of the lot from the trail, then gathered at the trailhead for a pre-ascent discussion.

As usual, the eager ascenders charged up the trail at high speed, leaving the so-called leader to toil upwards in the rear.  Discipline reigned, however, and all paused as planned and instructed at the first junction for a breather and initial check in.  As all was progressing as expected, we set out as a rolling line for the next section; hiking in smaller groups, with each group pausing at every junction until the next group arrived, to ensure that all went the same way.  That was the theory, anyway.  Such was the energy level that the rear leader only saw the group ahead of him once during the ascent.

With the early warm weather this year (and the lateness of this hike in the calendar), the open fields at the summit were more flower strewn than they have been for the past few years for this particular conditioning hike.  In fact the yellow balsamroot, though plentiful, were past their prime and starting to wilt.  The Indian paintbrush and lupine were lush and quite beautiful.  Although some of the earlier crowds, already descending, had said it was cold on the summit, by the time we arrived it was quite pleasant.  Mt St Helens was visible to the north, although its flat top was hidden in cloud.  Mt Hood was hidden in clouds across the Gorge on the Oregon side.  The view west over Wind Mountain towards Portland was clear and verdantly green.  As we headed down, into thickening crowds of hikers still wending their way towards the summit, the sun came out brightly and the air warmed considerably.  It was a relief to plunge into the cool, shadowy woods, and to be on the descent.

After a discussion and reminder at the summit of the practice and necessity of waiting and checking in at junctions, this technique was much better adhered to on the descent (practice making progress in this situation).  Even though (by design,) we followed different routes on the way down, each important waypoint had the requisite stop and check in by each subgroup before continuing the descent.

The parking lot was full when we arrived at the trailhead, and it took some adroit maneuvering to extract the bus.  The return trip was in full sunlight, and the intrepid climbers dozed quietly in the back of the bus.  We returned to Catlin a few minutes ahead of schedule, with visions already of even grander ascents to come, for which initial conditioning is now started.

Lifers 2013 photo gallery

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Seniors who have attended Catlin Gabel since the earliest grades

The annual tradition of Lifers sharing songs and music with Beehivers is a bittersweet time for teachers, parents, and, especially, seniors on the cusp of graduating after as many as 14 years at Catlin Gabel.

Preseason US athletics schedule 2013-14

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Soccer, volleyball, and cross-country preseason mandatory practice begins on Monday, August 19.

We encourage all students to join a Catlin Gabel team. Each year a number of students, particularly freshmen and sophomores, hesitate to come out for sports, believing they are too inexperienced to participate. Our no-cut policy allows for everyone to participate. We provide great opportunities for students to give new sports a try. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. We hope to see you!

For conditioning, skill development, and team organization, athletes planning to participate in the first fall contests are required to attend preseason practices. Athletes missing practices or arriving after the starting date will be withheld from competitions until they have completed nine practices. If teams are filled after preseason is completed, we will not add another team to accommodate late-arriving athletes.

Games begin on August 29. Coaches will notify athletes in advance of any practice time changes after this point.

Once classes begin on September 4, practices are after school from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. There is no practice on Labor Day.

» Link to game and meet schedules


Boys Soccer

Head Coach: Peter Shulman, 503-866-9671, shulmanp@catlin.edu

Summer pick-up games
Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 25, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.
(no games July 4, July 30, and August 1)

Optional camp – $100
August 12 – 16, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Required practice and team selection 

August 19 – 23, daily doubles, 9 – 11 a.m. and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
August 26 – 30, 2:30 – 5 p.m.
September 2 onward, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Girls Soccer

Head Coach: Chris Dorough, 503-913-0426, doroughc@catlin.edu

Summer pick-up games
Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 25, 5:45 – 7:30 p.m.
(no games July 4, July 30, and August 1)

Optional camp – $100

August 12 – 16, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Required practice and team selection 

August 19 – 23, daily doubles, 8 – 10 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.
August 26 – 30, 4 – 6:30 p.m.
September 2 onward, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Girls Volleyball

Head Coach: Sanjay Bedi, 503-348-0380, bedis@catlin.edu

Summer conditioning
August 5 – 8, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
(Open gym 5 – 6 p.m., conditioning 6 – 6:30 p.m.)

Optional camp – $100

August 12 – 16, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Required practice and team selection

August 19 – 23, 3 – 7:30 p.m.
August 26 – 30, 4 – 6 p.m.
September 2 onward, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Cross-country

Head Coach: John Hamilton, 503-645-7198, hamiltonj@catlin.edu

Summer conditioning
Wednesdays, 7 – 8 p.m. interval sessions. Meet at the gym. 

Sundays at 10:30 a.m. for 3 – 6 mile run. Meet at the bottom of the Leif Erickson Trail on NW Thurman Street 

Monday August 12, 7 – 9 p.m. 25th annual Oak Hills pre-season run, swim, and ice cream social

Required practice

August 19 – September 4, 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30 – 11 a.m. 

September 4 onward, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Notes for all athletes

Students should have their own footwear properly broken in by the opening day of practice to avoid blisters. Wear athletic clothes suitable for the weather. Soccer players should bring water bottles to carry with them to the field. It is wise to start some conditioning well before August 19 in order to build fitness gradually. This will help avoid muscle soreness and injuries.

Family medical and emergency contact forms must be submitted online before the first day of practice. Update or approve your forms online. Also, all 9th and 11th graders must complete the pre-participation physical examination with their physicians and turn in the required paperwork before the first day of practice. State law requires the school to have the forms on file before students may practice. The forms are available in PDF format at the bottom of this page. Please call the Upper School office at ext. 315 if you have any questions about the forms.

For questions or clarification about the athletics program please email or call Sandy Luu, athletic director, at luus@catlin.edu or 971-404-7253.