A letter from Valley Catholic High School Principal Dr. Sara Bruins
Dear VCHS Families,
Valley Catholic High School just wrapped up the first semester of the 2023-24 school year. In some regards it feels like the school year just got underway but at the same time we are beginning to look toward graduation and acknowledge the last semester of high school for our senior class.
One of the highlights of February, especially for our seniors, is Valley Catholic High School’s coveted Spirit Week – a special time to celebrate the VCHS community through class contests such as dress up days, hall decorating, and our epic lip sync battle. Valiant pride is on full display while building community!
February also marks the conclusion of National Catholic Schools Week. Catholic schools across the U.S. celebrated the theme “United in Faith and Community” from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2. Valley Catholic High School is one of 1,174 Catholic high schools in the United States. During Catholic Schools Week, our student body recognized the importance and value of their Catholic education through a celebration of Mass as well as various activities on campus.
Lincoln Snyder, the president of the National Catholic Education Association, perfectly articulated the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. “It is a joyous recognition of the transformative power that education rooted in Catholic values holds, shaping not just students, but servant leaders and faith-filled communities.” I find this very true for our students at VCHS.
Here is a glimpse of what we proudly celebrate as a Catholic institution:
- Academic Excellence: providing a rigorous and well-rounded education that prepares students for success in higher education and beyond.
- Faith Formation: prioritizing faith formation, offering a faith-based education and instilling moral and ethical principles to guide our students throughout their lives.
- Community Engagement: actively engaging with our community, fostering a sense of belonging and duty. Students participate in service projects, promoting social responsibility and empathy.
- Inclusive Environment: welcoming students from diverse backgrounds, fostering an inclusive and supportive environment. We prioritize the development of each student’s unique talents and abilities.
- Parental Involvement: honoring the Catholic Church’s clear teaching, emphasizing that parents are the first educators of their children. Together, we share the responsibility of educating our students.
- Leadership Development: purposefully developing leaders with a strong sense of moral responsibility, encouraging students to become active contributors to society and compassionate servant leaders in their communities.
It is an honor to be part of Catholic education. I am grateful for the students, staff, families, and alumni who make up our Catholic Schools community here in Oregon and beyond.
Dr. Sara Bruins
Valley Catholic High School Principal