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Dual threat: music and grades
The Marist Strings had the highest combined grade point average of any high school orchestra in the state.
The Marist Strings had the highest combined grade point average of any high school orchestra in the state.
EUGENE – Marist High School’s string program won first place in Oregon’s academic all-state award for orchestra. The award goes to the group with the highest combined grade point average. Students in Marist Strings had a combined GPA of 3.81.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Regis names St. Mary's principal as interim head
STAYTON — The Regis High School Board of directors announced this month that Rick Schindler will serve as acting principal for the 2016-’17 school year. Schindler is currently principal at St. Mary Catholic School in Stayton. The two schools will share management but maintain separate structure. Candi Hendrick will continue as assistant principal and dean of students at Regis, while Schindler will likely hold office hours at both schools.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Crew helps students dance the night away
The last CYO dance of the school year took place May 13. The weather was ideal for an outdoor dance at Oaks Park, with the Willamette River in clear view.

Students from the Portland area gathered to meet new friends, enjoy old friends, listen to music and dance. There is pizza and a door prize, all for $15.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
CYO recognizes its gems
The 19th Annual CYO/Camp Howard appreciation was held at University of Portland. Special volunteers received recognition.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Cadets awarded
Catholic War Veterans of Oregon this spring has recognized Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps students who attend Oregon City High School. Those recognized for outstanding service are Lucio Dempsay-Perez, who attends St. Philip Benizi Church; Yulisa Romero, who attends St. John the Apostle Church; and Anthony Lopez, also of St. John the Apostle.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Priest and vice principal lead soccer teams
OREGON CITY — Team Maxy and Team Haluska hit the soccer pitch April 22. It was priest, Father Maxy D’Costa, versus vice principal, Mary Haluska. Spots to play were auctioned off in November during St. John the Apostle School's annual auction.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Spanish a first for Stayton middle schoolers
STAYTON — St. Mary School here will offer Spanish class next fall, making it the only school in its community to provide a full-time Spanish teacher dedicated to elementary and middle-school students. 
Monday, June 20, 2016
Farewell at Our Lady of Victory
SEASIDE — Parishioners and staff at Our Lady of Victory here are planning a farewell bash for Apostolic Life Father Nicholas Nilema, their pastor, who is being reassigned this summer.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Retiring principals valued schools as family
Two longtime principals of Catholic schools in western Oregon are retiring. Joan Codd of Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego is bidding farewell after 24 years. She started a Spanish program and helped plan an environmentally responsible school building in 2012. She welcomed students with learning differences, including Down syndrome.  In Salem at Queen of Peace School, Debilyn Janota moves on after 22 years. She most proud of helping people at the school feel united.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
School praised for preserving history
HILLSBORO — The Hillsboro City Council awarded local businesses and homeowners the Preserving Historic Hillsboro Awards May 17 in the Hillsboro Civic Center. Recipients have demonstrated outstanding stewardship of local historic sites.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Corpus Christi:

On Saturday, May 28, 700 faithful gathered at St. Cecilia Church in Beaverton to form a Corpus Christi procession.

“It’s a wonderful, great turnout of joyful witness,” said Darlene Moore from St. Cecilia.


Saturday, June 18, 2016
Fourth graders establish civilizations
BEAVERTON — Have you ever wanted to live in a perfect civilization?  
Fourth graders at St. Cecilia School here have already “imaginated” a perfect world of their own. To make a better tomorrow, the students imagined and then created models of civilizations after studying the nine federally-recognized tribes of Oregon.

Friday, June 17, 2016
St. Luke bids farewell to those formed in faith
WOODBURN — Ten eighth graders from St. Luke School graduated and were honored at a ceremony on June 3.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Medford robot teams compete in nationals
MEDFORD — St. Mary’s School's two robotics teams — C4 and TNT — competed in a World Championship in St. Louis this spring. They worked with teams from all over the world – China, Germany, Israel, India, Lebanon, Russia, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Taiwan – as well as the best teams in the U.S. Team TNT ended up ranked 15th in their 64-team division. C4 moved briefly into 6th place in their division and was part of an alliance that beat the top-ranked team in their division before mechanical issues got the better of C4’s robot.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Six UP students to serve abroad with Fulbright grants
The University of Portland, which leads similar schools in producing Fulbright scholars, this year has six students and one alumnus who have been awarded Fulbright grants to work and study abroad.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Records fall as CYO track picks up speed
More than 1,700 athletes from 23 teams took part in this year’s CYO track and field season. CYO has long been a hotbed of upcoming talent, and this year was no exception.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
St. James bids farewell to 10
MCMINNVILLE — St. James School here will graduate 10 students from fifth grade at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17 at an all school Mass.  Approximately one–third of the graduates will attend a private school. The remaining two thirds of the students will attend McMinnville public schools or public schools in the surrounding area.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Inclusion of students with disabilities discussed
Parents, educators and experts gathered at St. Thomas More Parish in Southwest Portland last month to discuss paths forward when it comes to Catholic schools serving students with intellectual disabilities. Staff members from many Catholic schools attended.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Catholic Community Services of Lane County aiding refugees
EUGENE — Millions of families worldwide are living as refugees, uprooted by war, persecution or natural disaster. A few families may find a new home in Lane County, thanks to a new refugee placement program, established by a local community task force and coordinated by Catholic Community Services of Lane County.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Spring brings out the bees
The subtle humming on warm spring days conjures images of lazy picnics and flowers blooming. It also means bees are out and active. 
Monday, June 13, 2016
Giving time for curiosity
Students in Kristin Tufo’s science classes at St. Thomas More Catholic School spend 20 percent of class time dedicated to what Tufo calls Genius Hour.  

A riff on Google’s “Passion Time” employee initiative, Genius Hour allows the students to devote an hour each week to solving questions that are particularly interesting to them but not on the traditional syllabus. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016
St. Francis in Roy says farewell to 17 in 2016
ROY — Officials at St. Francis School and Parish here are congratulating the class of 2016.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
St. Matthew says goodbye to graduates
Saturday, June 11, 2016
St. John Fisher graduates recalled fondly
Graduation for eighth graders at St. John Fisher School in Southwest Portland is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at St. John Fisher Church.

School leaders say the eighth graders have worked diligently and studied hard.

Friday, June 10, 2016
Sacred Heart's graduates reflect on how school formed them
GERVAIS — When describing the graduating class of Sacred Heart School in Gervais, teachers and staff use these words: Intelligent. Happy. Kind. Attractive. Athletic. Eager. Helpful. Energetic. Inquisitive.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Madeleine graduation June 14
The class of 2016 from The Madeleine School graduates at a Mass set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Northeast Portland.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Students, tree farm form partnership
EUGENE — In the fall of 2014, O’Hara seventh graders visited Bauman Tree farm west of Eugene near the town of Crow. Students took roles in a skit about a family involved in the inheritance of a tree farm worked through generations.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
WATCH: They learn from each other
They’re the only mother-son principals in the history of Oregon Catholic schools. And go figure — both have impeccable comic timing.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Visitation graduates value retreat
VERBOORT — Visitation School and Parish is a community rich with traditions. One is a retreat for the graduating eighth grade class that takes place every May. It includes activities such as a day retreat with Father Michael Vuky, multiple museum visits, hikes and a service project.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Future marketers compete to learn
SALEM — Six members of the DECA student career organization from Blanchet Catholic School here traveled to Nashville, Tenn. in April to attend the annual International Career Development Conference, which drew 17,500 participants from all over the world.
Students invited to the international competition were: Anna Duncan, senior; Miranda Glennie, senior; Hayley Marcus, junior; Alex McArthur, senior; Aneesh Namburi, sophomore; and Nikhil Namburi, freshman.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Valley Catholic bids farewell to grads, retiring leaders
BEAVERTON – This commencement season marks a milestone for the 94 seniors in Valley Catholic High School’s class of 2016.

The school bids farewell to seniors at ceremonies set for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in the Valiants gym. Valedictorian is Christopher Douglass and salutatorians are Jessi Beyer and Alex Zdanowicz.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Graduation set for 146 Marist seniors
EUGENE — Marist High School will graduate 146 seniors. Graduation begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11 in the Marist gymnasium. A baccalaureate Mass is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, at St. Mary Church here.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
St. Agatha graduate continues family tradition
Eighth grader Ryan Stephens knew when he started preschool at St. Agatha School 11 years ago that it was the place for him. It was his destiny to follow in his family’s footsteps and graduate from St. Agatha. Ryan’s father, aunts and uncles are all alumni of the 105-year-old institution in Sellwood. It’s a legacy that makes him feel good.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Retiring La Salle Prep educators leave lasting impact
MILWAUKIE — La Salle Catholic College Preparatory holds graduation for the class of 2016 at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin.
Valedictorians are Sean Henson and Raleigh Slyman. Salutatorians are Myriam Yao and Alex Yeo.

Monday, June 6, 2016
The power of service
MILWAUKIE — St. John the Baptist School here bids farewell to graduates at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Students impress luncheon attendees
De La Salle North Catholic High School in April held its 11th annual Changing Destinies Luncheon, where the North Portland school celebrates student courage and raises funds to help more bright students get a Catholic education at a low cost.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
L'Arche to honor St Andrew Parish
A community of people with intellectual disabilities honored St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland for a warm welcome.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Graduation set for Oregon City
OREGON CITY — St. John the Apostle School here congratulates and sends off its class of 2016 at graduation rites set for Thursday, June 9.  

A baccalaureate Mass begins at 8 a.m. in St. John the Apostle Church, with a graduation in the church at 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 5, 2016
St. Ignatius bids farewell to 25 who learned to serve
As Albert Einstein once said, "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." Here at St. Ignatius, service is a top priority to students and faculty. The ability to help others simply because they need it, and not for personal gain, is a great gift that graduates continue to develop and cherish throughout their lives. We all take pride in our many service projects throughout the city, each helping different members of our community who need it. It is also important that we start our service projects early in our school life so that everyone in our school is involved.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
AHS class of 2016 ushers in a new name
Graduation ceremonies for eighth graders from Archbishop Howard School at St. Rose are set for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at St. Rose of Lima Church. That’s the last time a class will graduate under a school with that name.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Regis grads excelled in service
STAYTON — Regis High School here bids farewell to the class of 2016 at ceremonies set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 5.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Jesuit High: The power of hello
The power of a single word was the driving force behind Jesuit senior Amy Caldwell's TEDx Youth talk at Jesuit High School on April 9.

Caldwell joined four fellow Jesuit students and five alumni in reflecting on the attributes of the Jesuit graduate: open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving and committed to doing justice.

Friday, June 3, 2016
Medford graduates were engaged
MEDFORD — At Sacred Heart School here, eight of this year’s 13 graduates are members of the National Honor Society. All graduates participated in the school play, “The Little Rascals” and all sang at the local Festival of Trees, which has raised more than $8 million to benefit the programs and services of Providence Medford Medical Center.
Students have been raising funds to help pay for their trip to Washington D.C., which took place May 29-June 2.

Friday, June 3, 2016
Seniors in service at Blanchet
SALEM — Blanchet Catholic School here bids farewell to a group of seniors who set the bar high when it comes to community service. A baccalaureate Mass is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 3. Graduation begins at noon Saturday, June 4. Both events take place at the school.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Finalists announced for sports awards
Aleah Goodman of La Salle Prep is up for female basketball player of the year in the Oregon Sports Awards. A junior, this is the second year she has been nominated. The winners will be announced June 6 during an event at Nike in Beaverton.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Academy valedictorian found her path
Graduation for St. Mary’s Academy is set for noon on Saturday, June 4 at the University of Portland’s sports dome.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Central Catholic graduation set for June 2
Central Catholic begins its celebration of the class of 2016 with a senior awards assembly at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 31. Students will be awarded for accomplishments in academics, leadership, faith, witness and athletics.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Ten schools joined St. James in Pi Day
MCMINNVILLE — It was March 14 — or 3.14 as math lovers put it. Those are the first digits of pi, the mathematical constant that expresses the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. The day has become a celebration of math worldwide, including at St. James School in McMinnville. More than 200 fifth graders from 10 neighboring Catholic schools joined forces at St. James for one of Oregon’s largest Pi Day celebrations.
When I needed help most
I first came to Holy Cross in third grade, and I remember just how kindly Holy Cross welcomed me into their family. Holy Cross has a warm feeling that just makes you want to smile. When I transferred from a nearby public school, I had a hard time keeping up with the work level. But during the transition, my teacher Brenda Martin helped me. I’m so thankful for that because I have become a more intelligent individual. Mrs. Martin helped me get through my academic struggles.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Acts of kindness offered by graduates
The 2016 graduating class of eighth graders at St. Andrew Nativity School leaves as the Jesuit-sponsored school celebrates its 15th year. The graduates have been formed in the five characteristics of a Jesuit education: being religious, open to growth, loving, committed to justice and intellectually competent.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Moving forward by looking inward
Graduation from St. Clare School in Southwest Portland is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, at St. Clare Church. The graduates will have a better sense than many middle schoolers of where they find inner fortitude.
Monday, May 30, 2016


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