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MLK community meeting photo gallery

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The Lower School community celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with songs, poetry, and powerful lessons about courage, American history, and our hopes and dreams for a better world.

Snowball fight! Video of Lower Schoolers having fun

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It snowed on January 17, 2012, and Lower Schoolers had great fun having a snowball fight in the Paddock.

Video: Why come to Catlin Gabel?

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Student body president interviews head of school

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why you should come to Catlin Gabel

Seventh graders made videos about Catlin Gabel

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The media arts class invites you to enjoy all four videos posted on this page


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China’s Little Companion Art Troupe photo gallery

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Our guests gave a memorable performance!

From the website: “The 800-member CWI Children's Palace Little Companion Art Troupe is the first of its kind in Shanghai, and is also China's most famous children's art troupe. Founded in 1955 by Soong Ching Ling (Mme. Sun Yat-sen), honorary president of the People's Republic of China, it includes seven companies where children are trained in singing, dancing, musical instruments, acting, folk theatrical arts, calligraphy, painting and handicrafts.”

» Learn more about the troupe 

Two alumni businesses featured in New York Times

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Read the New York Times story about Gary Coover '00's company, Modify Watches, contracting with Riley Gibson '04's company, Napkin Labs, to turn Facebook followers into online communities and focus groups. Catlin Gabel connects!


Freshman Valerie Ding wins music competition

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Congratulations, Valerie!

Valerie Ding was named a winner in the Young Artists Debut! Concerto Competition. She was also named a winner in 2010. Valerie and the other winning soloists will perform with a combined orchestra of professional musicians from Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Ballet Theatre, conducted by Niel DePonte, on April 10 at the Newmark Theatre. Valerie will perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, first movement.

» Link to MetroArts website and more information about the competition

English teacher Carl Adamshick named Oregon Book Award finalist

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Carl's poetry collection, Curses and Wishes (Louisiana State University Press), has been recognized by Literary Arts' annual book award in the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry category. Winners will be announced April 23.

Carl already won the Walt Whitman Award, one of the most prestigious poetry prizes in the country, for Curses and Wishes.

Link to June Oregonian article about Carl


7th grade FAME project video

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Student-produced video of the Japan group preparing for their presentation

Catlin Gabel Video Conversations #4

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Lark Palma asks James Furnary '12 about the college counseling support he's received at Catlin Gabel

Beginning School Winter Information Evening

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Did you miss our Open House?

This event is a second opportunity for interested parents to hear presentations and speak with the faculty about our Beginning School program which includes Preschool and Kindergarten.

Thursday, January 9, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Check-in 6 p.m.)
Lower School Library, follow the signage once on campus

Register now by creating an account or logging into ORCAS Mosaic!

Beginning School head, Hannah Whitehead, and faculty will present an overview of the goals and philosophy of the Beginning School. Following this presentation, get a preview of Lower School (grades 1-5) from Lower School head, Vicki Roscoe. There will be time for questions and answers. Campus tours are not available at this event. 

This information evening is for adults only and will be a repeat of the information detailed at the Open House, but in a more intimate setting. Light refreshments will be provided.
Parking note:  Please arrive early for parking in the main lot! 

Interview with new athletic director

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Meet Sandy Luu

Athletic director Sandy Luu came to Catlin Gabel this year from Liberty High School in Hillsboro, where she was AD of their large 5A program. An Oregon native, Sandy previously served as athletic director at Morrison Academy International School in Taichung, Taiwan. Originally a 6th grade language arts and math teacher, she has also taught in Vietnam and China. We caught up with Sandy to find our how things are going for her at Catlin Gabel.

How’s Catlin Gabel treating you?

I have really enjoyed my first few months here. The people are amazing—just as advertised. The faculty and staff really care about the students, and about their colleagues. Everyone is so complimentary of each other’s strengths. They feed off each other in a very positive way. People here told me before I was hired that they love coming to work each and every day. I fully agree.

Tell us about your background and how you became an athletic director.

Sports have shaped my life. Growing up I played as much as I could, even persuading the middle school athletic director to let me participate on the 7th grade team as a 5th grader. In college I played varsity fast pitch softball, basketball, and volleyball, but I love all sports. I have coached basketball, softball, and volleyball. I studied education in college and taught for many years, but started moving toward athletic administration when I was in Taiwan. Coaching coaches and organizing sports really appeals to me. I took classes at Ohio University during summer vacations and earned a master’s in athletics administration.

What is your general philosophy about the role of athletics in schools?

I believe in character-based athletics. Catlin Gabel has a great tradition of winning the right way, and I want to continue this. The character development is paramount; the wins are icing on the cake. Sports are an extension of the classroom and teach lessons about how to be a good teammate and the value of hard work. Athletics builds confidence and self esteem. The skills you learn through sports will help you now and serve you well later in life. Employers look for people who know how to lead as well as people who can be good teammates. They want people who have handled loss and experienced success.

What advice would you offer athletes and their parents who think CG’s high school athletic program is too small for colleges to take notice of a star athlete?

College coaches are looking for one thing: talented athletes. They are not as interested in the size of the school or how well the school team did in recent seasons. They are really looking for potential. Being a talented student-athlete at Catlin Gabel can have a lot of advantages. You can assume a leadership role and have a great chance to earn a starting position. One of the greatest benefits here is personal attention from coaches and teachers.

Is it a disadvantage for outstanding athletes to compete at a small school if they hope for an athletic scholarship?

The advantage you gain at Catlin Gabel is the level of academics. The education you receive here is unmatched. The benefit you will have is in the transcript you provide, along with your athletic résumé. I don’t think people understand how few scholarships are available for Division I and II sports. A fully financed Division I soccer program can offer 9.9 full rides, but they split these up among all of their players (as many as 25 or 30), which leaves some players with very small scholarships. Often, Division III schools are the best places to receive scholarships. These schools don’t offer athletic scholarships, but they routinely give merit awards for academic and other accomplishments. The merit scholarships that private colleges award can be a significant percentage of tuition.

What are some of the differences between being AD at a large school like Liberty HS in Hillsboro and a small school like CG?

Going from nearly 1,400 students to 300 is a big transition. CG’s smaller program is one of the main reasons I applied for this job. I love to work with kids and build relationships with them. In a large school, the athletic director is mainly a scheduler, and most of my time was spent making sure everyone was where they needed to be. At Catlin Gabel, I can get to know the students and make sure all of the coaches are contributing to students’ lives in positive ways. I can have more of an impact.

What have you found most challenging in your new job?

In my past school, I only had high school sports. Here at CG, there are more sports teams at different levels, so have many more balls in the air. Everyone in the PE department and the coaches have been incredibly helpful and supportive. I couldn’t ask for a better group to work with.

How are your sons Trevor (a junior) and Max (a freshman) adjusting?

Catlin Gabel is a great fit for Trevor and Max. They love it here; it reminds them of the school they attended for seven years in Taiwan. They will probably hate me talking about them, but CG has been a huge blessing for my boys. The individualized instruction is unmatched. I just attended my first parent-teacher conferences and was blown away. After just two-and-a-half months their teachers have my boys figured out. I also attended a couple of senior athletes’ conferences, and the general theme from parents was thankfulness. They appreciate the time teachers put into the kids. They know that CG has shaped the people their children have become. I couldn’t ask for more for my own boys.

What have you liked most about Catlin Gabel so far?

The school transforms lives. I have been most impressed by how the faculty treats each student as an individual and how well they know each child’s strengths and weaknesses. Teachers and staff work hard at building relationships with their students daily. I have never seen anything like this at any of the other schools I have worked at. Teachers are interested in many aspects of their student’s lives. It’s impressive to see so many faculty and staff members out watching extracurricular activities. I have also been impressed with the students. They are refreshingly polite, friendly, and selfless. They are always ready to lend a hand and pitch in, whether for service day, or just to help put away sports gear.

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Catlin Gabel News, Fall 2011

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From the Fall 2011 Caller


US head Michael Heath and LS head Vicki Swartz Roscoe are now also serving as assistant heads of school. Michael is responsible for co-curricular programs, overseeing robotics, outdoor education, PLACE urban studies program, the Global Online Academy (see below), and the Knight Family Scholars program. Vicki oversees professional development and curriculum, including a new system of teacher leaders who will work on coordinating curriculum by subject area. . . . Catlin Gabel is part of a prestigious group of independent day schools across the country that co-founded the Global Online Academy. The Upper School PLACE urban studies course is one of five inaugural offerings. . . . Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, came to campus in October as this year’s first Jean Vollum Distinguished Writer. After a reading in US assembly, she spent time with two junior classes and the creative writing classes.


US Spanish teacher Lauren Reggero-Toledano was one of 25 teachers selected by the National Association of Independent Schools as part of the 2011–12 Teachers of the Future program. Lauren will lead an online discussion forum designed to share innovative ideas and teaching techniques and will create a demonstration video to inspire others. . . . US math teacher Jim Wysocki will present his paper “How Effective Is Your Homework?” at the spring meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, his third presentation at this annual meeting. . . . A robotics tutorial site by robotics program director Dale Yocum has reached 750,000 uses internationally.


The Oregonian profiled Valerie Ding ’15 and her physics project. The project earned her a spot as one of 30 national finalist in the Broadcom Masters middle school competition for science, technology, engineering, and math. . . . Julien Leitner ’16 was featured in an Oregonian op-ed piece about his Archimedes Alliance project, which promotes philanthropy though large numbers of small donations. . . . The Oregonian profiled the Upper School’s PLACE urban studies class partnership with the Alberta Street Main Street project.



Five seniors were named National Merit semifinalists: Ilana Cohen, Zoë Frank, Holly Kim, Dylan Shields, and Jeremy Wood. Twelve seniors were recognized as National Merit Commended Students: Jade Chen, Emrys Dennison, James Furnary, Andrew Hungate, Julianne Johnson, Grace McMurchie, Walker Michaels, Andrea Michalowsky, Taylor Smith, Megan Stater, Cole Williamson, and Kenny Yu. . . . . Perla Alvarez ’13 and Violeta Alvarez ’15 were named to the nationally recognized Multnomah County Youth Commission. This is co-chair Perla’s fourth year and Violeta’s first year. . . . Cydney Smith ’12 and Marina Dimitrov ’13 participated in Saturday Academy’s Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering program. Marina interned at IBM and planned a middle school girls’ summer technology camp, and Cydney visited construction sites and helped with 3D architectural models at Multnomah County Facilities and Property Management. . . . The Flaming Chickens robotics team introduced the school’s robotics program at events that included a middle school girls’ summer technology camp hosted by IBM and one at a local elementary school, the Mensa annual gathering in Portland, and a local IBM annual employee gathering.


Roger Gantz ’89 returned to campus as the new varsity boys soccer coach. He led the team to victory in his first game. Devin Ellis ’12 won the boys 15 and over national championship in a bowling tournament in California with scores of 225, 250, and 215 in the finals. . . . Katy Wiita ’12 was named to the Pan American synchronized swim team and swam the free routine in Guadalajara. . . . Sailor Jonathan Cannard ’14 competed at the Youth Laser 4.7 World Championships in San Francisco against youth from 48 countries.