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The La Salle Falconer

The student news site of La Salle Catholic College Preparatory.

The La Salle Falconer

The student news site of La Salle Catholic College Preparatory.

The La Salle Falconer

La Salle’s Black Student Union organized an assembly for Martin Luther King Day to educate and inform the student body about the upcoming day of action.

Black Student Union Hosts Assembly in Dedication to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

On Friday, Jan. 14, La Salle students gathered in the gym for an assembly held by La Salle’s Black Student Union to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   Through song, a spoken-word...

Though some classes test students on their understanding through the traditional exam, many are moving towards different approaches like projects and presentations.

How Are Lasallians Feeling About Finals This Semester?

Andrew Clair, Assistant Editor January 19, 2022

Despite the many obstacles posed by COVID-19, like the loss of a typical learning structure caused by online schooling, finals will continue this year much like in the past. Many students feel teachers...

More than 1 in 10 public school students are learning from home in the Portland area due to a significant spike in positive COVID-19 tests in Oregon and nationwide.

La Salle Clarifies Its Protocols in Reaction to the Omicron Variant, Striving To Continue In-Person Learning

Brooklyn Chillemi, Editor in Chief January 12, 2022

As the omicron variant of the coronavirus ripples through the globe, nine high schools in the Portland area have closed in-person learning thus far, citing student and teacher illnesses, as well as staffing...

The omicron variant now accounts for 59 percent of all reported COVID-19 cases.

Boosters, Symptoms, and Severity: Everything You Need To Know About Omicron

Lucy MacNeela, Staff Reporter January 12, 2022

The recent rise in school closures, canceled flights, disappearance of available COVID-19 tests, and the increased infection rate of coronavirus globally, can all be attributed to one thing, omicron.  What...

“I’m hoping that it provides clarity for our community about our work, and I hope it brings our community together,” Principal Ms. Alanna O’Brien said regarding La Salle’s new equity statement.

Aiming for a More Diverse and Inclusive Community, La Salle Debuts Its First Equity Statement

Anna Waldron, Staff Reporter January 12, 2022

La Salle is enacting the first equity statement in the school’s history due to the work of the Inclusion Committee and their team of students, parents, staff, administrators, and alumni.  In order...

In her senior year of high school, college counselor Ms. Maddie Hanley was the pickleball champion, earning a 10-foot-tall trophy full of real pickles from her school. “Now it’s become the rage, like everyone’s playing pickleball,” Ms. Hanley said. She originally learned pickleball when she was 10 years old because her grandparents had a court in their backyard.

College Counselor Ms. Hanley Seeks To Create a “Streamlined” College Application Process at La Salle

Brooklyn Chillemi, Editor in Chief January 5, 2022

For recently hired college counselor Ms. Maddie Hanley, finding La Salle was a similar process to how she encourages students to find colleges. “For me, it was a great fit for my personality,” Ms....

Snow days are a time-honored tradition where students allow building igloos and sledding to take priority over schoolwork for the day.

La Salle Administration Explains How the School Will Navigate Snow Days After a Year of Digital Learning

Avery Marks, Assistant Editor December 15, 2021

With temperatures starting to drop, leaves having fallen from trees, and Halloween costumes being packed up, many students are beginning to look forward to the possibility of snow, craving the sight of...

The specifics of obtaining a permit to use the La Salle parking lot is not widely understood by students. “Ive never really thought about it, but now I guess I am curious,” junior Sid LeFranc said.

Delving Into La Salle’s Parking Permit Process

Nicholas Hounton, Staff Reporter December 15, 2021

Arriving at La Salle looks different for each student. While some students walk, bike, or bus to school to start their mornings, students who obtain a parking space are able to get to school in a more...

At the time of Mr. Shaw’s interview, there were 827 devices connected to La Salle’s Wi-Fi network.

La Salle’s Tech Department Addresses Our Wi-Fi Network and How It Operates

Elsie Buczkowski, Assistant Editor December 8, 2021

At the beginning of the school year, when La Salle’s entire student body was back in the classrooms for the first time since March 2020, La Salle’s technology department began using a new Wi-Fi system...

Athletics were a big part of Mr. Oey’s high school experience. He participated in soccer, track and field, and cheer.

Mr. Oey Takes Us Back to the ’80s, Sharing His La Salle Student Experience

Brooks Coleman, Staff Reporter December 8, 2021

A lot of La Salle students, both past and present, know Mr. Linus Oey as one of La Salle’s most well-established math teachers. But none of them probably imagined him in a cheer uniform. Surprising...

“Growth happens when you allow yourself to be uncomfortable,” said Director of Equity and Inclusion Ms. Kiah Johnson Mounsey.

How Ms. Mounsey Is Working To Change the Curriculum Around Racism at La Salle

Anna Waldron, Staff Reporter December 8, 2021

Ms. Kiah Johnson Mounsey, La Salle’s Director of Equity and Inclusion, is working to change the curriculum around how racism is taught at La Salle by creating a learning system with an “equity lens”...

The first thing math teacher Mr. Swanson does every morning is “read my Bible, pray, and drink coffee,” he said.

How a Calling Led Mr. Swanson to 43 Years of Teaching

Isabella Simonutti, Staff Reporter December 1, 2021

Mr. Larry Swanson, co-chair of the math department and math teacher at La Salle, says teaching is what he is called to do. When it came time to choose a career path, he felt that when he was 20 that he...

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