Monthly Archives: January 2014

Updated Catholic Schools Week Schedule

2Due to school cancellations, we have changed the order of events for Catholic Schools Week.  Please see the new schedule below and thank you for your patience.

WEDNESDAY…. 1 Hour delay, classes begin at 10:20.  Regular school day with normal dress code.  All students should take their cans for the canned food drive to Mrs. Granato’s room.  Girls Basketball vs Paden City @ B.D. (varsity only) at 6:00 p.m.  Boys Basketball vs Paden City  @ B.D. begins at 7:30. 

THURSDAY… Bus departs at 8:30 for the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.  We will arrive back at school by 2:35.  Green and Gold dress down for all students participating in canned food drive. Boys Basketball vs Linsly at home.

FRIDAY… WALL OF SUPPORT Blessing and Dedication by Bishop Bransfield at 1:00 p.m.  Student Appreciation Dinner will follow immediately.  Normal Dress code.



Bishop Donahue High School held  its first “Cyber Day” on Monday, January 27.  The B.D.H.S. “Cyber Day” program is modeled on the work of other schools around the U.S. (Ohio schools, Pittsburgh schools, and Kansas City schools)  and allows students to work online from home and keep up-to-date with their school work.  With nine school days already cancelled in Marshall County, and more likely to follow, we are attempting to proactively keep our students academically engaged on snow days . 

 On designated “Cyber Days”, B.D.H.S. staff members will email students their class assignment by 10:00 a.m.  Staff  members will be available to answer student questions, by email, from noon to 2:00 p.m.  Students should complete all assignments and return them to their teachers, via email, by 6:00 p.m.  To be counted as present for the day,  assignments must be emailed to our staff.   Assignments will be graded and will count as a third quarter grade.  

Wheeling Intelligencer Article

B.D.H.S. Calendar of Events for Catholic Schools Week

13-14_CSW_Logo_Circle_RGBBishop Donahue students will begin Catholic Schools Week on January 27 by holding a special prayer service for the student body and collecting canned foods that will be donated to Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center in Wheeling.  

On Tuesday, the Donahue community will observe “Student Appreciation Day” with a Thanksgiving-style dinner prepared by faculty, staff and parents.  A prayer service will be held prior to the meal where students recognize and give thanks to our past, present, and future benefactors. 

On Wednesday, students, faculty, and staff will travel to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling to celebrate a collaborative Mass with the student body of Wheeling Central Catholic High School.  The two schools worked together to plan this Mass at which Bishop Bransfield will serve as the celebrant.

Students will travel to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh on Thursday for a “hands-on” day of learning and fun. The Science Center presents multiple interactive exhibits that not only engage the students, but also present them with new ways to grasp scientific concepts.  Students will experience an IMAX Theater presentation while at the Science Center.

On Tuesday, the Donahue community will observe “Student Appreciation Day” with a Thanksgiving-style dinner prepared by faculty, staff and parents.  A prayer service will be held prior to the meal where students recognize and give thanks to our past, present, and future benefactors. 

The week will conclude with Bishop Michael J. Bransfield dedicating and blessing the newly created “Wall of Support” on Friday at 1:00 p.m. The wall is covered with gold plaques which bear personalized messages from friends of the school. The plaques will be displayed permanently in the hallways of B.D.H.S.   A reception for the Bishop, students and guests will be held in the gymnasium following the dedication.

Bishop Donahue will hold OPEN HOUSE on Feb. 5, 2014  at 7:00 in the Fr. Raymond Jablinske gymnasium.  All prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend.  Registration for the 2014-15 will be held Feb. 18, 2014  from noon to 6:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  Please call 304-233-3850 for more information.

2014 HALL OF FAME Inductees Selected

We are proud to announce that five deserving individuals have been elected to the Bishop Donahue High School HALL OF FAME. The Hall of Fame recognizes the outstanding achievements and long-term commitment of Bishop Donahue High School alumni. A special recognition award is given to a friend of Bishop Donahue High School who is a visible witness to the students and community through their dedication and selfless giving.  The Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held February 22, 2014. 


Carolyn A. Lander Lewis , Class of `59 (posthumously)

Dr. Terry L. Williams, Class of `70 

Mary Sue E. Materkoski Rodriguez, Class of `73

Andrew J. Gonta, Class of `76

Special Recognition Award

Jonathan E. Turak and Gold, Khourey and Turak, L.C.

College Financial Aid Workshop @ BD Jan. 29

Financial AidOn Wednesday, January 29, 2014, Janet Fike, Vice President of Student Services and Director of Financial Aid at West Virginia Northern Community College has graciously accepted an invitation to join us at Bishop Donahue to assist anyone needing help filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Parents AND students should attend.  We will meet in Room 13 at 6 PM. The priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is March 1, 2014 in the state of West Virginia.  It is recommended that you file on or before that date.

Mrs. FIke will offer 45 minutes of general information about financial aid and the FAFSA.  After that, anyone who wishes to fill out the FAFSA will be welcomed to the Computer Lab for FAFSA on the WEB.   There, she will help you actually file the FAFSA. Last year, about 7 families filled out the FAFSA for the first time with the free, confidential help of Mrs. Fike. 

What will you need to bring with you if you are staying for FAFSA on the WEB?:

  1.  Student and parent Driver’s License
  2.  Student and parent  SS#
  3. Student and parent most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s & other records of money earned (If you have not completed / filed your 2013 taxes yet, you may estimate)
  4. Student and parent most recent bank statements / investments statements
  5. Student and parent record of untaxed income
  6. Student and parent Federal Student Aid PIN (Personal Identification Number) to sign electronically – if you do not have one yet, please apply for one ASAP at

PLEASE RSVP to or 304.233.3850 by Friday, January 24, 2014. Please let us know how many will attend so we can have enough materials on hand and enough computers ready to go.

If you are unable to take advantage of this informative, free, confidential opportunity at our school, CFWV (College Foundation of West Virginia) is offering College Goal Sunday.  On Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 1-4PM at West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling an opportunity will  be offered to receive support in filling out the FAFSA.  Go to for more information about College Goal Sunday.

School Cancellation and Delay policy changes and Make-up Days

snowbirdDELAYS and CANCELLATIONS: Beginning  Jan. 13, 2014, we will be notifying local television stations of Bishop Donahue’s status in regards to delays and cancellations.  Please check for Bishop Donahue High School, NOT Marshall County Schools  when there are delays or cancellations.  This policy change is for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year.  If we are in session and your child can not attend due to the weather, please have them check their email for class assignments.

MAKE-UP DAYS: As of January 12, we have  had seven(7) cancellations days this winter.  Our school calendar included three(3) extra days for this purpose, but four(4) make-up days have been scheduled.  We will now attend school on Jan. 20 and Feb. 17, holidays which were originally scheduled to be days off. We will also be in session on April 14 and 15. Our Spring Break will now begin on April 16.