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Letter to the St. Mary’s Academy community
August 28, 2015

To the St. Mary’s Academy community: 

St. Mary’s is a diverse community that welcomes all students, faculty, alumnae, parents and friends.

We now recognize that our decision to rescind the job offer to Ms. Brown after we learned of her intent to enter into a same-sex marriage did not reflect St. Mary’s mission and beliefs. 

Effective the evening of Wednesday, August 26, the board voted unanimously to change our employment policies to be inclusive of all individuals, bringing our employment policies in line with our values. That policy is included below. 

Today we met with Bishop Peter Smith of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon at a mutually agreed upon location. A joint statement from St. Mary’s Academy and the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon follows: 

“The Archdiocese and St. Mary’s Academy are in discussion regarding the recent policy change by the Board of Directors and committed to continued conversation.”

This has been a difficult period for our community and we are committed to healing and to moving forward with transparency.

We are proud of our work preparing the next generation of women leaders for service and leadership. We remain deeply committed to our Catholic identity.   

Christina Friedhoff
President, St. Mary’s Academy 

St. Mary’s Academy Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
St. Mary's Academy does not discriminate against any person because of age, gender, color, race, national origin, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other class protected by law. St. Mary's Academy will make efforts to ensure that employees and applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of the characteristics mentioned above in terms or conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, classification, compensation, promotion, training, termination or any other employment decisions.

Get ready for the school year!
Now that schedules have been sent to all St. Mary’s students, books for the 2015-16 school year can be ordered online! Access the new bookstore portal here. 
Innovation and student life leaders bring new energy to St. Mary’s Academy
New talent and roles are adding to the vibrant growth of St. Mary’s Academy this summer. The all-girls’ Catholic, college-preparatory high school, located in downtown Portland, welcomes former St. Mary’s English teacher Nicole Foran as assistant principal of student life and Shawn Daley into the newly created director of innovation role. Read more. 
English Summer Reading Assignments
Students and parents, easily find and access summer reading assignments for English classes here 
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