Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Friday, April 29, 2016
CYO Football 2015 2015 Priest Reassignments, Archdiocese of Portland Cardinal Francis George dies Mothering with faith Sisters of the Holy Names, 2015 Live Nativity at St. John the Baptist 2014 Fall CYO results Catholic Charities Donor Lunch 2014 Year of Consecrated Life opening Mass Holy Spirit Sisters Jubilee 2014 Seaside youth conference Mount Angel 125th Northwest Hub Furlow at papal Mass 2014 Rosary Bowl NW Brother André 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life 2014 Inauguration of Fr. Mark Poorman Coffee shop at abbey First day of school, 2014 Regis High School 50th anniversary 2014 Crooked Finger Pilgrimage Mass with migrant farm workers Maronite Ordination Consecration to "Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima" CYO track Southern Oregon Evangelization 2014 Priest Ordination Christ the King youth 2014 priest reassignments Our Lady of Lavang Confirmation, 2014 Memorial Day 2014 2014 Transitional deacon ordination Padre Foster Granados visits Albany Bishop Smith ordination Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII Bishop Peter Smith 2014 Easter Vigil 2014 Walk of Cross 2014 Chrism Mass CYO basketball 2014 St. Patrick of the Forest 150th Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope, 2014 Boys2Men Archbishop visits Oregon State Penitentiary 40 Day Vigil for Life, 2014 Pope Francis creates new cardinals St. Henry shelter 2014 CYO swimming Funeral of Fr. George Wolf Travel on a budget Lunar New Year, 2014 Tech in Catholic schools 2014 Right to Life Rally Archbishop visits Santiam Prison First Mass in Oregon Milwaukie Posada St. Francis, Sherwood, Toy Drive Central Catholic football Typhoon Haiyan Deacon Ordination/ Kresbach, Schmitt A Catholic fisherman St. Cecilia Centennial Southern Oregon Welcome Mass Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, dedication Grotto Anniversary 2013 Champions of Faith Dinner Gardenripe farms Coleman hop farm Corvallis Year of Faith Archbishop Howard at St. Rose Hitchhiking priests Franciscan Spiritual Center Sacred Heart, Medford Migrant Mass Tanzanians' jubilee World Youth Day 2013 2013 Blessing of the Animals 2013 Freedom Mass Albany school closure Fabric art Megan graduates from Catholic school St. Vincent de Paul Hillsboro 2013 Deacon ordination Sister Theresa Lamkin St. Helen Mission, Brownsville Marist Brainiacs St. Mary, Eugene St. Francis eighth graders Ascension confirmation 2013 Pastoral Ministry Conference St. Joseph Salem — Year of Faith Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass 2013 Archbishop Sample Chrism Mass 2013 2013 Young Catholics Pope Francis inauguration Celebration of Hope Vlazny Farewell Mass Archbishop Vlazny Farewell St. Paul Church in St. Paul Valley Catholic Green Building Rite of Election 2013 Water summit 2013 Lunar New Year Alveda King in Eugene New Monsignors, 2013 2013 Right to Life Rally MLK Mass, 2013 St. Henry, Gresham, Centennial Jesuit High drama School uniforms Friar in the mall Holy Trinity food ministry January Book Covers St. Andre Bessette food Year of Faith Mass Nestucca Sanctuary Hillsboro Choirs Father Betschart installation Salem Religious Freedom Rally Year of Faith Vespers, Awards Roy's Catholic School Adelante Mujeres 10th anniversary New Blanchet House Missionaries of Holy Spirit Priest, religious photos Providence Nursing Schools Pioneros Fortnight for Freedom Mark Bentz Deacon Ordination OLL School Walk Through Gaga over science St. Philip Neri Centennial Ordination of Bishop Cary SVDP, Grants Pass Holy Cross School centennial Confirmation - Mount Angel Holy Land Pilgrimage Blanchet Watershed Chrism Mass, 2012 Bishop-designate Cary Pope in Cuba, 2012 SSMO 125th Jubilee Mass Pope Benedict in Mexico 2012 Catholic Charities Celebration 2012 Madeleine Mardi Gras Centennial Rally for Life, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mass 2012 Day Laborers-Guadalupe Guadalupe 2011 Christ the King, Milwaukie, 50th Sesame Doughnuts Central Catholic Volleyball St. Peter Centennial Deacon Ordination, October 2011 St. Agatha Centennial Rosary Bowl 2011 St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose, Centennial Filipino celebration Polish Festival 2011 Holy War Football 2011 World Youth Day 2011 Sun Gold Farm Our Lady of Victory's New Church Freedom Mass 2011 St. Mary Church Steeple Removal Priest reassignments, 2011 Old Catholic Buildings Paige Rice, St. Mary's runner Graduation 2011 Easter vigils 2011 Pastoral Ministry Conference Basketball Holy War 2011 Search for Peace 2011

Pacifica Senior Living - Calaroga Terrace

Home : Parish/School Life : Parish and School News
6/6/2014 5:29:00 PM
Graduating seniors have been in McQueen's time machine
Matthew Bemis
Matthew Bemis
Torben Billow
Torben Billow

BEAVERTON — Valley Catholic High School holds commencement for 88 seniors at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the school’s athletic center. Torben Billow is valedictorian and Matthew Bemis is salutatorian.

The classroom at the end of Valley Catholic’s second floor is not just a room — it’s a time machine. And history teacher Phil McQueen is the captain.

Every day, students look forward to being whisked away to another time and place. In their elective classes of Civil War, World War II and Vietnam, they have dressed in Civil War uniforms and shot Civil War muskets and cannons. They have handled World War II rifles and worn authentic uniforms. They have met and listened to survivors of wars and the Holocaust. McQueen is a teacher who has made history come alive.

After teaching at Valley Catholic for 35 years, McQueen is preparing to retire in June.
“Phil has put his heart and soul into teaching,” says Ross Thomas, principal. “It seems to me that it’s a case study in what education ought to be.”

“I’ve really been blessed by our students, who have given me much more respect and affection than I have deserved, and my wonderful faculty team,” McQueen said. “I’ve met some very good people in a school system that offered me the academic freedom that I would have had nowhere else in the world.”

Thomas says that the “affection, fascination and admiration” that people feel for McQueen is not only a validation of the teacher himself, but of a whole way of education.

“The more you standardize the curriculum, the more you clip the wings of your teachers,” Thomas says. “You want to get people who have a lot of talent and you want to allow them to use their talent.”

Thomas says McQueen is not an anomaly at Valley Catholic. Several teachers are nearing 35 years at the high school, and many more have been there more than 20 years.

“Teachers stay because they can teach what they love,” he says. “John Innes has taught P.G. Wodehouse and Gerald Durrell to great popular acclaim, and those are not books that would be in a standard English class; they are books that he loves.”

When asked about his experiences in the classroom, McQueen echoes the theme of individuality as the key to student success. “Always being sincere and honest,” he said. “And making sure that, whatever you have students do, you’re keeping the individual in mind.”

Here are the graduates: Ryan Afranji, Seyoung An, Alexander Baek, Lavanya Bakshi, Lauren Bartholomew, Matthew Bemis, Mikaela Bernards, Torben Billow, Alexander Butz, Carter Buuck, Caroline Casale, Siyan Chen, Makenzee Cleveland-Aguirre, Megan Co, Erin Cochran, Allyza Concepcion, Joshua Curfman, Lillian D'Amico, Taylor Dean, Michael Dombrowski, Angela Dunham, Kimberly Duyck, Craig Fan, Rebekah Feldhaus, Ashley Ferris, Samantha Fisher, Addie Flemmer, Caroline Francis, Zeqing Gao, Grant Gard, Elijah Gavett, Rebecca Gould, Jarrett Gray, Alyson Heinen, Madeline Henningsen, Sean Hilken, Kelli Hoang, Sydney Hoeck, Annika Holstrom, Karina Jaroch-Gonzalez, Katharine Jesse, Jacob Kachmarek, Karina Karlin, Grayce Kelly, Clara Kiss, Mitchell Kovalev, Benjamin Krueger, Lindsie LaBonte, Philip Lam, Sophia Larrabee, Annabelle Larson, Michael Leslie, Shuanglu Li, Rachel Liening, John Magenheimer, Grace Mannen, Morgan McDougal, Liam Meagher, Esai Morales, Grace Nepokroeff, Hoang Nguyen, Theresa Nguyen, Tyler Nguyen, Willis O'Leary, Sawanya Patipatvasin, TianCheng Peng, Collin Pierce, Elena Ramirez, Cooper Roach, McKenzie Robedeau, Gabrielle Rosenthal, Taylor Roth, Lauren Shoemaker, Angelika Streinz, Alexander Sundermeier, Jonathan Tate, Gabe Taylor, Samuel Teague, Clarissa Tolan, John Tran, Samuel Troychak, Liam Walsh, Matthew Wanner, Cassie Weber, Erin Weinbender, Hannah Wilson, Chenyang Yu, Yanquan Zhou





Article Comment Submissions
Submit your comments, please. 
 
Comments are reviewed before being posted to the site. Comments must use respectful language and address the story. Comments are not posted immediately to the site. The site editor may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours. Comments may also be considered to appear as letters in our print edition, unless the writer specifices no.
 
Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search












Mary Jo Tully ~ The Path to Resurrection

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved