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  • Convent still occupied — by one
    VERBOORT — The convent at Visitation Parish, once home to the Vandecoevering sisters, is now weeknight lodging for Sister Alison Green. Like the three Vandcoeverings, she is a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon and a teacher.
  • 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.
  • UP receives $300,000 National Science Foundation grant
    The University of Portland has received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve teaching environments for undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • 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.
  • Thankful to firefighters
    Laura La-France, art teacher at St. John the Apostle School in Oregon City, worked with students as they designed thank-you cards for firefighters working to save homes, animals, trees and landmarks at risk from the Eagle Creek fire.
  • Former NBA player speaks out on addiction
    EUGENE — Former NBA player and recovering addict Chris Herren addressed Marist High School students regarding the domino effect of substance abuse Sept. 22. Herren’s own drug use led to the premature end of a promising professional basketball career.
  • One of the region’s best youth golfers is a Buddhist who chose Central Catholic High School because of its high morals and commitment to community service.
  • Faculty work to produce leaders with consciences

    In “Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis called business “a noble vocation,” provided that businesspeople look beyond the bottom line to the common good. There’s nothing wrong with increasing goods in the world, the pope wrote, so long as we also make those goods more accessible to everyone. At University of Portland, ethics have become fuel in the education engine room, and no more so than in the Pamplin School of Business.

  • 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.
  • Positive energy at St. Thomas More
    St. Thomas More School in Southwest Portland launches the school year with a theme decided by this year’s eighth-grade class: “Inspire Positive Energy.” Each year, rising eighth-graders pick a theme that reflects a legacy they hope to leave.
  • 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.
  • Talk of empathy at Marist
    EUGENE — Empathy and inclusion will be the message put forth by Johnny Lake in his talk at Marist Catholic High School Oct. 6.

    Lake holds a doctorate and is an associate professor of education in the teacher and counselor preparation programs at Northwest Christian University.
  • ‘Stars’ are aligning at St. Cecilia
    BEAVERTON — “Reach for the Stars” is St. Cecilia School’s theme for the 2017-18 school year.

    The school says it already features star quality in faculty, instructional assistants, labs, learning centers, academic curriculums and co-curricular offerings — but is hoping to be even more starry.
  • Plenty of fresh signs at St. Clare
    St. Clare School in Southwest Portland is starting the year with a sense of renewal and reinvigoration. Three new teachers are on staff and the old gymnasium is due for renovation.
  • Run for Salem Schools
    Catholic schools in the Salem area organized the Bridge to Cross 5K and Family Fun Run to benefit St. Joseph, Queen of Peace, St. Vincent de Paul and Blanchet Catholic in Salem and Sacred Heart in Gervais.
  • Marylhurst tops for adult learners in Pacific Northwest
    Marylhurst University ranked No. 1 in the Pacific Northwest and No. 9 nationwide in the four-year colleges for adult learners category of the 2017 Washington Monthly magazine college rankings. Marylhurst is the only college in the Pacific Northwest to make the top 40 list in the category.
  • 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.
  • Girls and harassment:  How Catholic schools respond
    While schoolyard conflicts are a natural part of growing up, harassment never should be. Yet a large number of young people, girls especially, face some form of harassment during their schoolage years. A national report released this spring by the Associated Press disclosed that during a four-year period, 17,000 cases of harassment were reported in grades K-12. According to a 2011 study by the American Association of University Women, 56 percent of girls in seventh through 12th grades were harassed at school or by a school-related person.
  • 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.
  • Grads attending military academies
    Five Oregon Catholic school graduates received appointments to military academies this fall.
  • Nativity receives Murdock Match Grant
    St. Andrew Nativity School in Portland, Oregon’s only nonprofit private school for low-income students of all faiths and backgrounds, recently received a Murdock Match Grant of $150,000 from the Silver Family Foundation.
  • La Salle hosts Camp Exceptional
    MILWAUKIE — The campus of La Salle Prep filled with the laughter of 150 kids taking part in Camp Exceptional in July.

    Run by the Bald Faced Truth Foundation, the camp brought together children with and without disabilities to learn about one another through games and sports.
  • New admissions director at De La Salle
    De La Salle North Catholic High School has hired Ni’Cole Sims as director of admissions. Born and raised in Portland, Sims attended Marshall High School. Her passion for education was developed while an undergraduate student at Portland State University, where she earned four bachelor’s degrees.
  • UP nursing school adds graduate programs
    The University of Portland School of Nursing recently received accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for two new master’s degree programs for health care professionals. The programs, a master’s in quality and safety in health systems and a master’s in innovation in health systems, are accepting applicants for the fall 2017 term.
  • Marylhurst now offers hospitality management degrees
    We’ve heard millennials are collecting experiences not things, and that may be one of the reasons behind the increased career opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for lodging managers will grow steadily at a rate of 8 percent between now and 2024, and most full-service hotel chains hire candidates with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or hotel management.
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