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  • Valley Catholic inspires love of music for a lifetime
    BEAVERTON — No student is too young to build an appreciation for, and love of, music. That belief is at the heart of the music program at Valley Catholic School.
  • Marist welcomes new faculty and staff
    EUGENE — Here are new staff at Marist High School:

    Molly Beick, math teacher, has 23 years teaching experience at both the high school and college levels. She holds a master’s in math from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an assistant volleyball coach at Marist.
  • St. John Fisher welcomes new teachers
    David Jenney will join the faculty at St. John Fisher School in Southwest Portland as seventh-grade homeroom teacher, and teach science for grades four to eight and math for seventh-graders.
  • New staff plus a focus on Mary at  St. Matthew in Hillsboro
    HILLSBORO — As more than 260 children return to campus at St. Matthew School here, they will be greeted by new additions to the staff for the 2017-18 year.
  • La Salle Prep embarks on schoolwide discussion of identity
    MILWAUKIE — Along with subjects such as English and math, La Salle Prep students will study another topic this year: identity.

    Through discussions and assignments, all 711 students will delve into the subject as part of a schoolwide reflection on identity. Throughout the year, they’ll ask questions such as: Who am I? How do relationships, experiences, culture, religion and environment shape what we believe and who we become? How do I respond to those different from me?
  • When students at Madeleine School in Northeast Portland returned from summer vacation, they found three new teachers and two new bathrooms to greet them. They also will spot visitors throughout the school as Madeleine welcomes its accreditation team this fall.
  • Strong STEM standards
    A focus on science, technology, engineering and math isn’t new. It dates back to Sputnik and the Cold War. But schools have been adopting the STEM educational method for more than a decade and it’s now widely practiced. So what have the schools in the Archdiocese of Portland been doing in this area?
  • St. Agatha: Recycled play gear BRINGS A THRILL
    Students at St. Agatha School in Southeast Portland got a surprise when they hit the playground. A recycled play structure was installed during the summer.
  • Nativity has alumni on staff
    Dominique Forrest, a 2006 graduate, grew up in Beaverton with his mom and two older brothers. After school, he played football and so went home on MAX, where he finished much of his homework. Despite the tough commute, he loved the small class sizes. Sports teams were so small that he was able to play a lot of minutes. At Nativity, Forrest found confidence.
  • Science, tech offerings grow
    “We are going to start this class by thinking about how computer science touches all of our lives,” instructor Alison Anderson says to a full computer lab at Central Catholic High School.
  • Unified schools begin first year together
    STAYTON — Regis St. Mary Catholic School here starts its first school year as one pre-K-12 school on two campuses.
  • Heading straight for the books
    It was an end-of-summer outing to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for Melanie DeBellis and her two youngsters, Rocco, age 7, and Marian, 4. A visit to the gift shop — just to check it out — was part of the day.
  • New theme, new teachers in Milwaukie
    MILWAUKIE — “At St. John the Baptist we are committed to helping to create leaders who are confident, compassionate and connected in faith and will put their service into action in our community,” says a statement from the Milwaukie school.
  • Key leaders return to Blanchet
    SALEM — Bob Weber has returned to Blanchet Catholic School as president/principal. He served at Blanchet before his seven years as president of Valley Catholic. Also returning to Blanchet this school year is Chuck Lee, who will take on the role of president emeritus and help with the development efforts. 
  • Milestone for Franciscan Montessori
    Franciscan Montessori Earth School is marking its 40th anniversary.

    The 2017-18 school year will be filled with celebrations that focus on the milestone.
  • 'Open to Growth’
    As Jesuit High School begins its 62nd year of “forming and transforming” the lives of young women and men who come to our school from throughout the greater Portland metropolitan area, we focus on the theme of “Open to Growth” from the “Profile of the Jesuit High School Graduate at Graduation” and take as our motto for the year the exhortation from Pope Francis that “we walk with a heart that does not close in on itself, but beats to the rhythm of a journey undertaken together.”
  • O’Hara refuses to skimp on art
    EUGENE — Every child is an artist.

    That’s the motto in the art room at O’Hara School. For more than a decade, O’Hara has maintained a full-time art program with all students receiving an hour of art instruction each week. Julie Fulton and Shauna Scott share teaching duties. Together, they have developed a curriculum that exposes O’Hara students to more than 30 artists as they move from preschool to eighth grade.
  • Leaders of western Oregon Catholic schools will get a briefing late this month on findings from an extensive study of the system. Pastors, principals, presidents and school boards will gather in Hillsboro and Eugene to listen, but also give input on what Catholic schools need to do as they move deeper into the 21st century.
  • In July, Joey Loftis completed training as an altar server at Holy Family Church in Southeast Portland. It was a crowning moment for a 13-year-old boy with Down syndrome who has been searching for a faith and education home.
  • News from Catholic grade schools
    From new staff to new themes, Catholic schools are ready to roll. Here are the details.
  • St. Mary's, Medford, honors its sports heroes
    MEDFORD — Cooperstown, Canton and now St. Mary’s of Medford can boast of hosting worthy halls of fame. There was a collective sense of approval over inducting coaches Bill McKibbin, Larry Walker, Brendan Mallon, and Dennis Murphy, the 1959 State Championship football team, and seven individuals including Kelly Jensen‚‘72, Dick Evans‚‘61, Jim Reverman, ‘66, Chris Mangold, ‘79, Rick Lewis, ‘68, Mike Vinson, ‘79, and Russ Garman, ‘73.
  • Dean of school art teachers gets her dues
    Since St. Mary’s Academy opened in 1859, teachers have worked to “educate the whole student,” according to the motto of the Holy Names Sisters. That longtime effort has included nurturing creativity. For the past 21 years, Kathy Mitchell has been one of the all-girl school’s chief guides on the path of creativity.
  • Former Regis teacher ready to lead the school
    STAYTON — Regis High School has a new leader and enrollment is going up. Joni Gilles, the new principal, has wide-ranging experience from Catholic schools and a charter school to nine years in the public sector working at the Oregon Department of Education as a director and education specialist.
  • Retreat site a holy part of Marist experience
    EUGENE — Returning from summer break, the staff from Marist High School spent two of their work days on a retreat at St. Benedict Lodge in McKenzie Bridge. The days were spent reconnecting as a staff and introducing the focus for the new school year, the Gifts of Grace.
  • New staff, office moves make LaSalle ready
    MILWAUKIE — La Salle Catholic College Preparatory has announced faculty and staff changes for 2010-’11. New staff members include Jennifer Arrigotti, Liz McClung Banta, Tim Bowman, Colette Cassinelli, Michael Doran, Karen McClow, James Mullins, Linus Oey, Lisa Quinn and Gina Stack.
  • Jesuit High to build new math, science center
    Inspired by the challenge put forth by Pope Benedict to the Society of Jesus worldwide to “build bridges of dialogue and understanding,” Jesuit High School begins the school year with developments in facilities, enrollment, and curricular and co-curricular programs.
  • St. Pius X School marks 50 years of education
    With a picnic on Sept. 12, St. Pius X School kicked off a year of celebrating its 50th anniversary. Students, past and present, are celebrating the many years of Catholic education that has been provided by the Portland program. 
A celebratory friends and family Mass will be said Feb. 2, and a big year-end party will be held May 14.
  • UP has record number of incoming freshmen
    For the fourth time in five years, the University of Portland welcomed its largest incoming freshman class in history. The class is expected to be approximately 885 students, significantly more than the record figure of 816 set last year, with total undergraduate enrollment expected to be close to 3,200 students.
  • Valley Catholic welcomes new faculty
    This year, Valley Catholic welcomes new staff members and teachers to the high school, middle school and elementary school.
  • At this school, they play before eating
    MILWAUKIE — Following a successful pilot program last year, Christ the King School will again offer a form of dessert before lunch this year: recess. The schedule change redirects the school’s 210 students in kindergarten through eighth grade to head to the playground before the cafeteria during their lunch hour.
  • Central Catholic welcomes frosh to tradition
    Central Catholic High School last week welcomed 210 ninth-graders for orientation day. The class of 2014 participated in assemblies, activities and social events — as well as starting rigorous studies.
  • New leadership and a new era at Blanchet
    SALEM — Blanchet Catholic School kicks off the 2010-’11 academic year under the leadership of new principal, Anthony Guevara. Guevara joined Blanchet in June when principal of 13 years, Robert Weber, accepted the post of president of Valley Catholic School in Beaverton. Guevara has 26 years of Catholic education administration and leadership experience and has dedicated the summer to ensuring a seamless transition and strong start to the new school year.
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