Welcome Back

Welcome back to school after what I hope was a restful vacation and welcome to the start of a new year. The end of this semester, in just a few weeks, will mark the completion of our seventh academic quarter of pandemic education. Here’s a prayer I came across to help us enter the new year.

Lord, help us enter the New Year quietly, thoughtful of who we are to ourselves and to others, mindful that our steps make an impact and our words carry power. May we walk gently. May we speak only after we have listened well.

Help us enter the New Year reverently, aware that you have endowed every person with beauty and purpose.

Help us enter the New Year joyfully, willing to laugh and dream, remembering our many gifts with thanks and looking forward to blessing yet to come.


OSAA Reclassification

Based on the OSAA reclassification for the fall of 2022, Valley Catholic High School will be returning to the 3A Lewis and Clark League. In the current configuration this is an all-private school league and includes Catlin Gabel, Oregon Episcopal, De La Salle North Catholic, Horizon Christian, Portland Adventist, and Westside Christian.

While we have enjoyed great success in the 4A Cowapa League, a return to a more metro-area based league will be of great benefit. In many cases it will reduce missed class time due to dismissals and will get our students home sooner from away games. There is a big difference driving to and from Astoria on a Tuesday night and driving to Tualatin or Northeast Portland. It also gives us the opportunity to increase fan attendance at away games, since they will be relatively close.

Semester Exam Schedule

Because it is a significant change of schedule I figured I would put a reminder out this week. Exams are scheduled for Tuesday, January 25 – Thursday, January 27. There are no classes on Friday, January 28.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday:    8:45 a.m.    English

            10:20 a.m.    World Language

            11:55 a.m.    Fine Arts

Wednesday:    8:45 a.m.    Science

            10:20 a.m.    Math

            11:55 a.m.    PE/ Health

Thursday:    8:45 a.m.    Social Studies

            10:20 a.m.    Religion

            11:55 a.m.    Conflicts       

Students only need to be at school during their exam period. For example, if a student does not have a Fine Arts exam, then they can leave school when they have finished their World Language exam – or their English exam if they don’t have a Language exam either.  If they don’t have a Science exam then they don’t need to come to school until it is time to take their Math exam. Students should come prepared for their exams, bringing pens, pencils, calculators if allowed, etc, and certainly be on time for the start of the exams. The cafeteria will not be serving food during exam week. The Academic Building will close at 2:00 p.m. during exam week.


Doug Ierardi, Principal