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    Providing an engaging learning environment for a new generation.

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    Practicing our faith and sharing it with others.

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    Celebrating creativity, problem solving, and collaboration.

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    Discovering life-long connections and lasting friendships.

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    Committed to encouraging passionate engagement and providing challenging programs, exemplary instruction, and meaningful guidance.

A message from our Principal

Dear Parents and Parishioners,

I am very appreciative for the opportunity to serve as the Principal of St. John the Baptist Catholic School.  I am thrilled to incorporate my passion for education with my Catholic values.  Early on in my career, I served as the director of a children's home in Colombia for a lay Catholic organization, Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.  You may be familiar with this organization (recently renamed Unbound) because they actively recruit child sponsorships in the Archdiocese of Portland.  That experience forever shaped my understanding of the essential requirements for educating today's youth.  Students need much more than exposure to important information; they must be empowered to construct knowledge and understanding within the framework of faith.

With that perspective, I found an instant connection between the SJB Mission and my philosophy and core beliefs about education.  The highly qualified faculty and its commitment to 21st century education as evidenced by its embrace of technology appealed to my passion for improving student outcomes through best teaching practices.  The interest in providing students exposure to the Spanish language correlated with my belief in creating global citizens by learning different languages and cultures.

In fact, international experiences have been a big part of my personal and professional life.  As I briefly mentioned, my husband and I worked in a children's home in Colombia 26 years ago.  We returned to the States for a few years where our son Garrett was born in Hillsboro.  In 1997 we moved to Santiago, Chile and lived there just long enough for our identical twin girls, Tara and Elizabeth, to be born.  Three months later, we were transferred to Mexico City.  We called Mexico home for 10 incredible years.  There I had the good fortune to teach in two prestigious schools that solidified my love of inquiry-based education.  Our family returned to Portland in 2008 with our dog, Wendy.  For the last six years, I worked with The International School to successfully incorporate the International Baccalaureate program.

By accepting this position as Principal of St John the Baptist Catholic School, I feel like I am finally returning to my roots.  I am eager to share my love of learning and my love of the Church with you all.  I look forward to getting to know everyone personally and invite you to drop me a line or schedule an appointment to chat in person or by phone.  I thank you in advance for taking time to share your insights and ideas with me as I settle in.  Collaboration is the key to success and I am so glad to join the SJB team.

Kind Regards,

Teresa Wirsching



WHAT'S NEW:

6th Grade students spent 3 days in Fossil, Oregon at the OMSI Science Camp

Blessing of the Animals! Friday, October 3, 2:45 pm in the church courtyard.  Bring your pet on a leash, cage, fish bowl etc.  Have Father Jorge and Father Rick bless them for you.

Financial Peace University comes to SJB!

This life-changing class taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video and coordinated by Dennis Stoecklin at St John the Baptist Parish School in Milwaukie, OR will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever.  Join us Monday, September 22, 2014 6:30pm in the school Library.  The St. John's Catholic Community Foundation is sponsoring this course with scholarships for the first 10 registrants. Please contact Libbie Allen in the parish office for more information (503.654.5449) registration is still open for this life-changing class. Check out the following link: www.daveramsey.com.

Download the school's Registration Checklist pdf and Tuition Contract pdf today to register.