Dear Parents,

This past Sunday, January 27, VCMS hosted our annual Open House for interested new families. It was standing room only in the cafeteria for my opening remarks, and then our classrooms and hallways were packed as visitors explored our school. Thank you to the many students who spent their Sunday afternoon here at school, and to our dedicated teachers who answered countless questions about their curriculum and our overall school program.

On Saturday, January 19, five teams from Valley Catholic Middle School competed at the regional Future City competition in Seattle. Three Valley Catholic teams placed among the top 5 in Oregon and Washington after the preliminary round. In the final round, our CurioCity team took first place and will move on to the National competition in Washington DC from February 15 – 20.  Congratulations to Jacob, Jordan, Maansi, and Vivian! Future City is a project-based learning program and competition that encourages middle school students to develop their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  In this year’s competition, students worked in teams to research, design and build cities with a resilient power grid that could withstand and quickly recover from the impacts of a natural disaster.

As we move into the second semester, the middle school is preparing for its largest event of the year – the 52nd Annual VCMS Speech Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, March 2nd. This annual event brings nearly 1000 contestants, parents, and teachers to our campus. As part of our middle school program, all seventh and eighth grade students are required to participate because we believe public speaking is an essential life skill. Sixth graders are invited to participate if they choose.

This is also an opportunity for parents to earn service hours while seeing the tournament in action. Whether you are a parent of a middle school, high school or elementary school student, we would really appreciate your help, and all hours spent volunteering at the Speech Tournament can count toward required Valley Catholic Elementary service hours.  If you would like to volunteer, contact VCMS Vice-Principal Dale French at dfrench@valleycatholic.org, or call (503) 718-6509. Please be sure you have a current background check and that your Called to Protect training is up to date.

We are proud of our students, and this opportunity would not be possible without your help. I look forward to seeing you at the tournament.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Gfroerer