HISTORY

St. Agatha Catholic School and Parish was founded in 1911, when Sellwood was a small village with unpaved streets. Back then, a group of three concerned mothers appealed to the Archbishop Alexander Christie for permission to build a parish school in Sellwood. Benedictine Father John Cumminsky and Sisters from Queen of Angels Monastery opened the parish and school building in 1911 with 60 parishioners. The church and school resided in the same building until 1920 when the current church was completed​. In October 1920, a new church was built across the street to accommodate the growing school and parish. The Gothic-style church was built with tufa stone from Mt. Angel, cost $40,000 and featured art glass windows. 
In 1997 a small group of dedicated volunteers raised money for the new school building.  Phase 1 of the new school was completed in January of 2003, which included the classrooms, library and office. Phase 2 was completed by January 2004 and included the school gym and cafeteria.

In an effort to prepare our students for the scientific and technological demands of the twenty-first century,
St. Agatha has made Science and Technology a focus within our Kindergarten through Eighth grade (K - 8) curriculum. This initiative became a reality in 2011 with The Fr. Slider Steuernol Science and Technology Wing located on our second floor. The wing includes two classrooms designed and equipped
to enhance our students’ learning in science and technology.

Our science curriculum is strengthened by field studies to local natural resources within close proximity to our school such as the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Preserve, Johnson Creek Watershed, the Willamette River and many parks and trails.

 

Educational tools like interactive projectors with laser wands and 3-dimensional ELMO boards give our students an enriched learning environment where instructors spend more of their time in a hands-on teaching setting.

 

 

St. Agatha Class of 1938

St. Agatha Class of 1938

St. Agatha's Old School Building

HISTORY

St. Agatha's Old School Building

St. Agatha Class of 1938

St. Agatha Class of 1938

Students, 2018

St. Agatha Catholic School and Parish was founded in 1911, when Sellwood was a small village with unpaved streets. Back then, a group of three concerned mothers appealed to the Archbishop Alexander Christie for permission to build a parish school in Sellwood. Benedictine Father John Cumminsky and Sisters from Queen of Angels Monastery opened the parish and school building in 1911 with 60 parishioners. The church and school resided in the same building until 1920 when the current church was completed​. In October 1920, a new church was built across the street to accommodate the growing school and parish. The Gothic-style church was built with tufa stone from Mt. Angel, cost $40,000 and featured art glass windows. 

In 1997 a small group of dedicated volunteers raised money for the new school building.  Phase 1 of the new school was completed in January of 2003, which included the classrooms, library and office. Phase 2 was completed by January 2004 and included the school gym and cafeteria.

In an effort to prepare our students for the scientific and technological demands of the twenty-first century, St. Agatha has made Science and Technology a focus within our Kindergarten through Eighth grade (K - 8) curriculum. This initiative became a reality in 2011 with The Fr. Slider Steuernol Science and Technology Wing located on our second floor. The wing includes two classrooms designed and equipped
to enhance our students’ learning in science and technology.

Located adjacent to the Science Lab, is our Technology Center. Students, teachers and staff have access to over 24 fully loaded and state-of-the-art PCs as well as 80 mobile Chromebooks, 10 iPads, Ozobots and a 3D Printer.

 

Comprehensive, grade-appropriate curriculum for Internet and technology are integrated in to our curriculum. We use the ISTE standards to teach students about digital citizenship, online literacy, and internet safety. Students also learn computer opertations, experience learning through educational online games and apps, typing practice, and enhance their basic computer application skills. Students also learn coding, podcasting, 3D design, and conduct research for projects. In addition, our teachers utilize our technology lab within many of their subjects to add to and enhance their pupil’s understanding and application of computers.

 

To further supplement our interactive learning environment, every classroom is equipped with interactive overhead projectors. Wireless technology connects computers, printers, projectors and other devices to allow maximum flexibility and integration of technology throughout our curricula.

Sellwood 1930's

Technology Lab

Science Lab

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7983 SE 15th Ave.

Portland, OR 97202

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