Bishop Donahue High School is celebrating Catholic Schools Week with events focusing on faith, knowledge, and service – this year’s theme of the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.
On Monday, February 1, the Bishops will begin Catholic Schools Week with “Student Appreciation” day. Faculty and staff will honor the student body with a special treat at lunch, and affirm the positive aspects the students provide our community.
Serving Marshall and Ohio Counties, our foundation is based on family values. That family spirit will be evidenced on February 2 when the school hosts its second Grandparents Luncheon. Principal Tom Wise said, “We refer to those in our school community as being members of the Donahue family. What better way to witness that belief, than by inviting our students most significant family members into our school. Our senior class has invited their maternal and paternal grandparents to a luncheon which will celebrate the spirit of the Donahue family.”
A highlight of the week will be the collaborative Mass where the student bodies of Bishop Donahue and Wheeling Central Catholic come together to plan and participate in this special celebration. Students from both schools will serve as lectors, cantors, choir members, musicians, and pontifical crew. The February 3 Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael J. Bransfield, Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
During this Year of Mercy, our students will perform a Day of Mercy on February 4. Students will collect canned foods that will be donated to Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center in Wheeling. “As a school in the Marist tradition, we attempt to serve the least favored in our society, and service is an important part of our students’ lives”, Wise noted. All Donahue students must perform a minimum of fifteen service hours per year as a graduation requirement, but most students far exceed the minimum. Bishop Donahue provides the opportunity for two service immersion trips. Juniors and seniors can serve at Nazareth Farm while freshmen and sophomores can serve with the Appalachian Institute through Wheeling Jesuit University.
The week concludes with an educational field trip for all students to Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
In addition to the Catholic Schools Week activities, Principal Tom Wise reflects on a few key aspects of the school. Bishop Donahue is a leader in educational technology; currently in the fourth year of its 1:1 iPad program. B.D.H.S. was the first school in WV to have such a program, and its students are immersed in 21st century learning styles daily. The advanced strings class has enhanced the fine arts program, which includes the Spring musical, visual arts, culinary arts, and digital art. B.D. students can earn up to 27 college credits by graduation thanks to its partnership with WVNCC. A rigorous selection of college and high school courses prepare students for their future. Bishop Donahue also offers 11 varsity sports, and nearly 90% of the student population participates.
Bishop Donahue will hold OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fr. Raymond Jablinske gymnasium. All prospective students and their families are encouraged to attend. Registration for the 2016-17 will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2016, from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the school. Please call 304-233-3850 for more information.