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San Miguel Scholars Program Nurtures “More Rich and Vibrant Community” at La Salle

“Any community that’s made up of different people from different backgrounds and different life experiences is a stronger community,” said Ms. Mendez, counselor and co-director of the San Miguel Scholars program. “The students in the program make our community much stronger than we would be without them.”
January 13, 2021

In the late 1600s, St. John Baptist de La Salle, an affluent priest living in Reims, France, abandoned his personal wealth and title to devote his life to educating others. At the time, education was a...

Students Weigh In on the Approved COVID-19 Vaccines

The two vaccines in use have generated talk — of some concerns, some excitement, and some hopes for a future of pre-pandemic normalcy.
“I do think it’s our ticket out of here eventually.”
January 6, 2021

As they approach the end of a digital semester, students have been met with some hopeful news — the approval of two coronavirus vaccines. The vaccines, one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech and the...

Climbing the “Mountain” of Equity Work, a Team of Staff Members Looks to Cultivate a More Inclusive Community

La Salle's equity team is a group of faculty and staff committed to advancing diversity and inclusion efforts at the school.
“The mountain is so big, no one person can handle, or even take on, the whole thing."
December 9, 2020

In recent years, La Salle has taken several strides towards improving diversity, equity, and inclusion at the school.  These advances include professional development around equity issues for all faculty...

Students Share Support, Hope, and Apprehension for Biden’s Climate Plan

Biden’s ambitious climate legislation could face major constraints if Republicans maintain control of the Senate.
December 2, 2020

After securing victory in the 2020 presidential election with heavy support from young voters concerned about the future of the planet, President-Elect Joe Biden has named climate change the “number...

Educator of the Year Mr. Tom McLaughlin Discovers His Purpose in Life at La Salle

“I feel like I can be myself and that I'm welcome."
November 18, 2020

After years of wrestling with his own dignity, feeling unwanted, and craving the discovery of his purpose in life, religious studies teacher Mr. Tom McLaughlin encountered La Salle — a place where he...

“Chaos Seems to Be the New Norm”: Students and Staff React to an Inconclusive Election Day As Voters Anticipate Final Results

November 4, 2020

An unconventional year has brought with it an unconventional presidential election, as Americans still await voting results in several critical states, crossing fingers, biting nails, and scanning news...

COVID-19 Prompts the Community to Navigate Major Changes to Athletics

“One great thing that we've seen from a lot of our kids and a lot of our coaches in our community is just a tolerance — a level of acceptance of just the new conditions,
“Everything in this pandemic is in pencil as we go forward.”
October 28, 2020

After several athletic seasons were cut short and others completely cancelled last school year, the rampant coronavirus prevailed, and with sports now underway again, those involved in the athletic community...

Hope, Dread, Worry, Engagement: Students and Staff Weigh In on the Election

As early voting surges throughout the country, students and staff share their thoughts on this year's presidential election.
October 28, 2020

While the majority of the student body is not of voting age, La Salle students from freshmen to seniors have been thinking, talking, listening, and reading about the upcoming presidential election and...

Fearing for the Future of the Planet, La Salle Students Take Action on Climate Change, Calling for Systemic Changes from Leaders

Deciding whether to drive or take public transportation is a choice many people face on a daily basis that can have significant environmental impacts.
October 21, 2020

Around the globe, youth have spearheaded the movement for climate change action, driven by increasing frustration with a lack of action from leaders and compelled by the fear that their generation may...

New Director of Equity and Inclusion Ms. Kiah Johnson Mounsey Hopes to Normalize Conversations About Race and Identity, Puts Emphasis on the “Sanctity of Human Life”

“I think that our country would be in a very different place if conversations around race and identity were normalized from a very young age,” Ms. Mounsey said.
October 7, 2020

Ms. Kiah Johnson Mounsey, who graduated from La Salle in 1999 and who was recently hired for the brand new Director of Equity and Inclusion position, didn’t talk about race much when she was younger.  No...

First-Time Voters and Social Studies Teachers Prepare for a Pivotal Presidential Election

October 7, 2020

2020 has been an historic year, one that will not be forgotten. Almost 7.5 million coronavirus cases in the United States and over 200,000 lives lost. The repeated instances of injustice, which have...

Shock, Stress, and Smoke Scatter the La Salle Community

Across the state, scenes of smoke and ash clouded the skies, as a result of the wildfires that forced many people in the La Salle community to evacuate.
Wildfires blazed through the state of Oregon. Six La Salle community members share how they were affected.
September 29, 2020

40,000 people evacuated.  Over one million acres of land burned. The worst air quality of all major cities in the world in Portland. Oregon was ablaze.  Wildfires tore through multiple counties...

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