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Catlin Gabel supports active learning, both in the classroom and through a wide array of extracurricular activities. A variety of student organizations in the Upper School address the needs and interests of high school students. Each organization is run by a group of students who are elected to leadership positions. They work closely with the student activities director and a faculty advisor. The current student organizations are listed below.
The Booster Club coordinates Upper School social events. The group plans school dances, pep rallies, spirit weeks, field days, and other events. The students meet regularly and members are expected to contribute their time to planning, promoting, organizing, and executing events, coordinating faculty and parent chaperones, and doing event set-up and clean-up.
The CGSA is the Upper School's student government. Officers include the president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary, as well as two representatives from every class. The CGSA president is a full voting member on the school's board of trustees.
CatlinSpeak, the student newspaper, is published periodically and is written, designed, and produced entirely by students. Articles topics range from commentary about issues on campus to discussions of regional, national, and international events. Every student is welcome to be a part of the newspaper staff, whether as a writer, photographer, or editor.
The CommuniCare club raises philanthropic dollars and focuses on issues relating to health and education in the Portland metro area with a specific interest in nonprofits that support youth.
Global Citizens Club
The Mock Trial team prepares both sides of a case presenting evidence and making arguments at trial against other high schools. Students play the roles of lawyers and witnesses. Volunteer lawyers, educators, and judges serve as judge and jury. Catlin Gabel has won four state championships and performed well at the national level, with two students being awarded the Top Ten Attorney award. The mock trial team is coached by practicing lawyers, faculty members, and mock trial team alumni. Annual highlights include regional and state competitions, team dinners, impromptu soccer games, and a three-day beach retreat.
Model United Nations (MUN)
The Model United Nations program provides an opportunity for students to come together for insightful discussion concerning international affairs. The group travels each year to the Model United Nations conference in Eugene, Oregon, to participate in the Oregon High School International Relations League MUN Conference. Students from throughout Oregon prepare positions on a particular subject, with each school group representing a specific country.
Pegasus is Catlin Gabel's arts and literary magazine. It is published at the end of each year and consists of high school and middle school student submissions of poetry, prose, photography, and art. The book is designed and assembled by a volunteer staff of high school students and given to a professional print shop for publication. The current editor in chief is Erica Silva and the co-editor is Amelia Templeton. Two members of the English department, Art Leo and Tony Stocks, serve as faculty advisors. The Pegasus staff holds open meetings on Thursdays in room 6 in the Dant House. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The robotics program provides an opportunity for all interested students to work together to create robots for entry in the nationwide FIRST robotics competition. Along the way, sub-teams get involved in everything from mechanical, software, and electronics design to fabrication, website development, animation, computer-aided design, video production, marketing, finance, graphics design, and public relations. In many ways, the robotics program operates as a small company with students leading various departments. Volunteers from the faculty and local industry lend assistance and teach new concepts as needed. Selected Upper School robotics participants also act as mentors for students in the Middle School LEGO® robotics program.
Students And Friends for Equality provides support for and education about the issues of gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, and transgender people. Students founded the organization in 1995 to educate members of the Catlin Gabel community and to provide support to students who identify with any of the above groups. SAFE is open to all members of the Catlin Gabel community as a means to promote diversity.
The Taiko Club gives all students a chance to learn how to play taiko, a Japanese drum. Students also learn about the history of this art form in Japan and North America. We learn and compose new pieces and perform at school events. No experience necessary. All are welcome!
UJIMA (a Kishwahili word meaning collective work and responsibility) is our student organization promoting inclusivity and multicultural understanding. We welcome all interested students. Ujima promotes learning about issues of diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusivity. We also focus on ways of informing the faculty, administration, and other students about the experience of students of color as it may differ from the larger community. Through discussions, readings, and planning / attending conferences and workshops, students will increase their own understanding and develop ways to aid in the education of the entire school.
This group of Upper School students works year-round to create the annual Upper School yearbook. The students participate in every aspect of the production of the yearbook including taking pictures, writing articles, interviewing faculty and students, and doing the final layout of the pages. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to use their leadership, artistic, and organizational skills. This can also be taken as a credited class.
For more information about student organizations, please contact:
C. Glenn Burnett
Director of Student Activities
8825 SW Barnes Road
Portland OR 97225
503-297-1894 ext. 318