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July 21, 2022

Alumni Dispatch: Jessica Liou ’16

Fate – and a Cate experience – led Jessica Liou to launch MathXplorers, her passion project aimed to bring out the joy in learning math while addressing low levels of math proficiency for students in Guatemala. Jessica took a gap year after Cate in order to earn some money and then returned to Guatemala, the …


June 19, 2022

Head of School’s Notebook: Juneteenth

Dear Friends, The sounds of the Mesa are a bit different as I write today. The cacophony of machinery and hammering associated with the renovation of Raymond Commons – which will ultimately be our Inquiry Center – is most conspicuous. Preparations for the Cate Summer Institutes are also underway, as we anticipate the arrival of …


June 17, 2022

Reunion Weekend 2022

By Carson Williams ’19 Shared experiences bring us all together. Global pandemics and strict quarantines are just a few we have all experienced over the past two and a half years now. Perhaps more formatively, sharing a classroom, a dorm, and a school are what continue to bring us together. For the first time in …


June 17, 2022

Servons at Sea

By Richard MacDonald (McGrath) ’82 It’s a tranquil Saturday morning and I get dressed slowly, open the curtains and gaze out across the wide sea estuary. It’s not a lazy gaze – those days are gone. I look for whitecaps indicating an offshore wind across the surface. Seaweed-strewn rocky outcrops jutting out like craggy fingers …


June 3, 2022

Retiring Faculty Citations

Patricia Collins Just a look at her home and the exquisite plantings that surround it reveals the fundamental truth about Patricia Collins. She makes things grow, nurtures them, protects them, and under her care everything flourishes. The community of people on the Mesa are no different, for we too have been cared for by Patricia. …


May 20, 2022

Head of School’s Notebook: The Human Sea

Many years ago, I wrote in this Notebook about a school shooting that didn’t make the front page of the newspaper. I couldn’t understand at the time why such a tragedy could be upstaged by anything else. Maybe the publishers, I mused, or their readers, were no longer shocked by such violence. Or not shocked …


April 29, 2022

Head of School’s Notebook: Marking Time

It is that time of the year. Spring Family Weekend has passed and the dulcet tones of the musical, Mamma Mia, are a lingering memory. Seniors are counting the days to commencement. Underclassmen are imagining the summer that lies just over a month – and an exam period – away. And faculty are trying to …


April 14, 2022

Head of School’s Notebook: Gratitude

When Tyler ’22 and Talia Tom ’23 stepped to the microphone last week as co-masters of ceremony for the International Convocation, there was a buzz of energy and anticipation among the audience. Our students have a great many distinctive and inspiring attributes, among which is a profound and enthusiastic appreciation for the countries, communities, and …


March 30, 2022

Head of School’s Notebook: Friends

I attended a memorial service this past weekend for Tom Jones, the parent of two Cate students, one a member of the Class of ’13 and the other a current sophomore. Tom and I shared a college, but that wasn’t the reason he became my friend. It was Tom’s captivating, adventurous, unflappable, occasionally irreverent and …


March 4, 2022

Head of School’s Notebook: Joy

In Monday’s Convocation, Cate was visited by a hypnotist. We have had so many marvelous and compelling speakers this year, many of whom our kids are still buzzing about – Athena Jones ’90, Sonia Nazario, Walter Riley and Candida Pugh, Von Miller – but even relative to such luminaries, the hypnotist generates a palpable buzz …


February 18, 2022

This Week in Athletics

CIF Playoffs for boys soccer and boys basketball commenced this past week, and for one team the road continues into the quarterfinals while the other saw their season come to an end in heartbreaking fashion in the second round. The boys basketball team (14-4) had an incredible season. As noted in the winter season round-up …


February 18, 2022

Head of School’s Notebook: Benny Kumiyama Sanchez

On Thursday afternoon, I stood before the Vietnam War Memorial and found myself drawn to a name. The monument is full of names. Just over 58,000 of them, a docent said. But my gaze was taken by one in particular: Benny Kumiyama Sanchez. I was in Washington D.C. with a host of Cate students attending …


February 17, 2022

Keeping it Local: Ocean Ranch Organics and Cate Dining

From Lucky Llama açaí bowls to the aisles of Pacific Health Foods and now Booth Commons, if you have had breakfast in Carpinteria in recent years, chances are you’ve encountered Ocean Ranch Organics granola. A local woman-owned and operated business founded by Kim Redman, Ocean Ranch Organics is dedicated to creating nutritious products with organic and …


February 4, 2022

Head of School’s Notebook: Senior Small Things

At a boys basketball game last night, a cheer started late in the first half. “We want John! We want John!” Cate was winning by a large margin at the time, but John had not yet been on the floor. A lover of sport and a senior, John Endres is the guy we all want …


February 2, 2022

Super Bowl-Bound Von Miller Visits Cate School

Less than 48 hours after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game and punching a ticket to Super Bowl LVI, Los Angeles Rams linebacker Von Miller made a special appearance at Cate School to kick off its celebration for Black History Month. The eight-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl 50 Most Valuable …


January 21, 2022

Head of School’s Notebook: Black Joy

We began our celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Monday with drums. There is something elemental about the sounds and rhythms of percussion. We respond naturally, almost instinctively, even at 9:00 a.m. on a Monday morning. The drummers themselves, led by our own Mamadou Pouye, hailed from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Guinea, …


December 10, 2021

This Week in Athletics

For the first time in our 17-year program history, the Cate football team captured the CIF Division I 8-Man Championship! On November 19, the Rams took down perennial powerhouse Grace Brethren 50-30, behind seven touchdowns from senior Will Bouma and a strong all-around team effort, finishing the year 10-1. The team was recently recognized by …


December 10, 2021

Cate Students Spread Servons and Holiday Spirit with Food Drive

Just before Fall Break, Ellie Tunnell ’23 and a group of Cate students organized a Food Drive in Carpinteria to assist local nonprofit organizations in supporting the kitchenless during the holiday season.  Through her work with Cate’s Food Committee, Ellie had a conversation with Siena Hooper from Santa Barbara Food Rescue concerning local nonprofits and …


December 9, 2021

Head of School’s Notebook: Home for Thanksgiving

There is a great line credited to Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit made famous by J.R.R. Tolkein.  “It’s a dangerous business going out of your door,” he said,” … there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.” I thought of that line just a few weeks ago when I stepped out the door …


November 12, 2021

Head of School’s Notebook: Seniors

“Which of our actions have the most meaning?” That’s the question Paige Rawiszer ’22 asked us all several weeks ago, remembering a chance encounter in the summer of 2018 with Brenda Martinez Ruiz ’21, which ultimately led to Paige coming to Cate. Could Brenda have known in that brief conversation that she was changing the …