Need AP Test Prep Books?

Would you like a little test strategy help, or a quick review before sitting one of the AP tests this May?

We’ve got test prep books in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, Computer Science, Music Theory, Statistics, and French Language & Culture.  Need something that we don’t have?  Just ask Sue or Dennis.



Statistics Students’ Presentation on Affirmative Action

Today a group of our students from Honors Statistics presented some information during Community Meeting on the question of Affirmative Action.  While some students in high school may have heard the term, others may not know much about it.  Thanks to our Stats students, everyone now has a better understanding.

One of our History colleagues wisely pointed out that racial minority students may often be perceived to be recipients of the benefit of Affirmative Action policies, but of course, this is not always the case.  What we know is that people can be quick to make all kinds of assumptions.  In the past several weeks, a group of Harvard University students of color have spoken out on the human impact of such assumptions.  Check out their video, entitled “I, Too, Am Harvard.”

If you want to know more about this campaign, read the article in the Washington Post, and check out their Tumblr page.

Hoping that we are all able to question our assumptions,



Russia & Ukraine: What’s Going On?

ImageAre you interested in finding out more about the crisis in Ukraine?

Where in the world is the Crimea?  Is the Cold War coming back?  You are invited to a roundtable discussion in the front of the US Library with members of our History Department on Thursday, March 13th during Co-curricular.  Pull up a chair and join us!  All Catlin students and adults are invited.


Feed Your Brain Over Spring Break!

Whether you’re flying away to a warm place for Spring Break, or plan to watch the daffodils flower under grey Portland skies, we think you’ll enjoy your time off more if you have a few books to read.

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What is it about our rain and fog that engenders so much good writing?  Check out Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson.  It was made into a movie by Gus VanSant.  There’s the three part Wildwood Chronicles by Colin Meloy of the Decemberists.  The newest is Wildwood Imperium.  If you prefer history, how about Sweet Cakes, Long Journey, The Chinatowns of Portland, Oregon, by Marie Wong, or The Portland Red Guide:  Sites and Stories of Our Radical Past, by Michael Munk.  For adventuring, either active or the armchair variety, read Chuck Palahniuk’s saucy Fugitives & Refugees:  A Walk in Portland, Oregon, or Portland Forest Hikes, by Catlin parent James Thayer.

Sometimes it’s good to let an author shake your emotions like a Raggedy Ann.  Have we got a book for you!  The Fault in our Stars by John Green is a student favorite, and Blue Nights by Joan Didion will make parents sniffle and wonder about their lives.  Try Ian McEwan’s Atonement for a powerfully heartbreaking novel.

Coming up next:

Nerds Throughout the Ages:  some recommended sci/tech titles, and
Tougher Than You:  books with powerful women and girls as main characters.

Happy spring break!



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