9/24/2013 3:22:00 PM St. Andrew Nativity, Northeast Portland
Students from St. Andrew Nativity School on the playground.
Growth is the story. The incoming 6th-grade class is comprised of 27 boys and girls who, when added to returning students, brings Nativity’s enrollment to 78, an all-time high for the grade 6-8 school. That means buying more desks, textbooks, school supplies and lockers, but staff and faculty are glad to extend the program.
An essential part of Nativity’s academic program is graduate support. Bri Hennessy, full-time graduate support director, works with graduates who are in high school and college. The growth of the student body means that the number of alumni in high school and college is also growing. To meet the challenge, the school has created a graduate support coordinator position. Scott Eberly, who has been the physical education and health teacher and athletic director at Nativity for eight years, has agreed to move over to graduate support. Eberly has taught and built strong relationships with students for years. Hennessy and Eberly have already redesigned the graduate support center and begun working with students in high school.
To fill in Eberly's former position, Erin Boniface will be Nativity School’s Jesuit Volunteer and will teach four sections of physical education and health, serve as the volunteer coordinator and direct after-school programming.