The La Salle Falconer

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.

Maddie Khaw, Editor in Chief

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 one ever really talked to her about it, either.  Instead of being celebrated or even disc...

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

Carlie Weigel, Editor in Chief

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 prompted widespread Black Lives Matter protests and spurred the craving that many have for police ...

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.

Brooklyn Chillemi and Olivia Galbraith

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 in Oregon and all over the west coast in early September, charring land, destroying towns, and forcing people out of their homes — including many members ...

Get to Know La Salle’s Newest Staff Members

Get to Know La Salle's Newest Staff Members

Carlie Weigel, Editor in Chief

September 23, 2020

Amid the start of a new school year, digital learning, and the coronavirus pandemic, La Salle is also welcoming five new staff members to the community, including three counselors, a teacher, and a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion position. To learn more about their past experiences and objectives...

Following George Floyd’s Death, Students Mobilize for a Summer of Protests, While Equity Work Continues at La Salle

Over the summer, many La Salle students participated in protests throughout the city.

Maddie Khaw, Editor in Chief

September 16, 2020

The sights and sounds of Portland's summer were seen across the country: people crowding the streets in various areas of the city each evening, brandishing cardboard posters on sidewalk corners or marching through the streets, fists and voices raised to propel a movement that has grasped America’s at...

Students Return to a New System of School, and a Changed School Administration

“The type of principal I want to be is somebody who’s really involved in learning and in the classroom,

Carlie Weigel, Editor in Chief

September 16, 2020

While students spent this summer away from academics and other school-related activities, it was a busy time for the La Salle administrative team, as they worked to establish a safe and effective learning system suitable for a school year in which the coronavirus continues to create complications. During...

Students and Staff Express “Rage” and “Sadness” Following the Killing of George Floyd, Encourage Others to Act Against Racism

As protests continue to grow throughout the country, some La Salle students have decided to take part to act against racism and police brutality.

Maddie Khaw, Editor in Chief

June 3, 2020

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd last week, peaceful protests, civil unrest, police brutality, and looting have erupted throughout the nation. La Salle students are among those taking part in the numerous demonstrations occurring in the Portland area, with many more sharing their outrage o...

Social Distancing or Distance Learning: What Will Next School Year Look Like?

Carlie Weigel, Editor in Chief

June 3, 2020

With 10 weeks of remote learning in the books, and the 2019-2020 school year coming to a close, there is one question that many in the La Salle community are wondering about: What will next year look like? To answer that question, The Falconer spoke with Principal and President Mr. Andrew Kuffner, Vi...

Two Years of The Falconer Come to a Close: My Last Photo Story

Students of La Salle Prep throw colored powder into the air at the end of halftime at the first home football game of the season. La Salle lost the game against St. Bernard’s Academy, a school from California, with a final score of 41-43.

Reilly Smith, Media Editor

June 3, 2020

During my two years of late nights, early mornings, and jam-packed days on The Falconer's staff, I never really thought about the fact that it would actually end. Yet, here I am, writing this — my last photo story for The Falconer. I knew that I had to do something a little bit different than...

After a State Title and Seven Years of Helping Students, Counselor Mr. Seth Altshuler Departs From La Salle

“I’m just going to miss the fun that the kids and co-workers brought,” Mr. Altshuler said. “It was always fun, and I’ve never had a job like that.”

Carlie Weigel, Editor in Chief

May 27, 2020

After moving to four different countries alone and learning four different languages, all by the time he was 30, counselor Mr. Seth Altshuler said that he had finally developed trust in himself. Now, students, teachers, and staff members who are a part of the La Salle community trust him as well. Mr....

Bengtson, Elkhal, Smith, and Wobig: This Year’s Valedictorians and Salutatorian Reflect on Their Time at La Salle

Franny Bengtson, Grace Elkhal, Ashley Smith, and Lucas Wobig are this year's valedictorians and salutatorian.

Maddie Khaw, Editor in Chief

May 20, 2020

On Wednesday, May 6, four La Salle seniors got a surprise visit to their house from President and Principal Mr. Andrew Kuffner. When Mr. Kuffner showed up at their door, these four seniors found out that they had been selected as the valedictorians and salutatorian for the class of 2020.  Alt...

Next Level Seniors: Lindsay Drango Commits to Whitman College to Continue Her Basketball Career

Senior Lindsay Drango is committed to play basketball at Whitman College.

Paige Baines and Maddie Khaw

May 13, 2020

Senior Lindsay Drango spent two years on the sidelines due to injuries, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her athletic dreams and committing to Whitman College in eastern Washington to play basketball after high school. She is a part of a group of seniors who have signed to play at the collegi...

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