Monthly Archives: January 2016

Bishops Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Catholic-Schools-Week-Banner-940x360Bishop 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.

B.D. Students GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY During Jubilee of Mercy

IMG_6473All the proceeds from a recent dress down day were used to purchase water and powdered drinks for the Wheeling Winter Freeze Shelter. The shelter is sponsored by Wheeling Youth Services System. Students Taylor Straughn and Trey Miller helped deliver the 40 cases of water, lemonade & gator-aid mix. In photo (l-r): Taylor Straughn, Donna Krupica, Trey Miller, YSS Staffers Mark, Lisa, and Mike. Thanks to Jodi Reager who helped with the delivery and all BD students.

Students Participate in B.D. Science Fair


Grace W…. 1st place

Bishop Donahue High School hosted their annual school science fair on January 28th. The science fair research project is intended to help students understand the natural world through the use of the scientific method, and to help students master the skill of independent research. All freshmen students enrolled in a science course participated in the fair. To receive highest honors at the B.D.H.S. fair, students must have met all requirements for the fair, provide evidence of at least 90% concept and theoretical mastery of experimental design and testing a variable, and complete a private interview with our judges. Meeting these objectives awards students the rating of “superior” and the opportunity to compete at the regional science fair held at West Liberty University next month. We would like to congratulate our top 5 students who received this distinguished honor.

          5th place- Tiara Bertrand

          4th place- Hailey Dobrzynski

          3rd place- Ally Berletch

          2nd place- Madison Menendez

          Grand Champion- Grace Williams

We would also like congratulate Emily Nelson for her honorable mention in the physics of sports science category.

Thanks to all of our judges for their contributions to our event and most importantly our students for their hard work and dedication. The science fair was sponsored by Mr. John Gongola of SDI Environmental and directed by faculty member Jarett Kuhns. 

Governor Tomblin Affirms Value of Catholic Schools in Proclamation

cswCharleston, W.Va.— West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a proclamation recognizing Catholic Schools Week in West Virginia, which will be held Jan. 31-Feb. 6. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

“I hereby support the goals of Catholic Schools Week and recognize the vital contributions of Catholic elementary and secondary schools,” Tomblin states in the proclamation. The governor also affirmed the contributions Catholic schools make to West Virginia, as well as their “academic excellence.” The schools were commended for having a graduation rate near 99 percent and for encouraging students to pursue higher levels of education after graduation. More than 98 percent of Catholic school graduates enter a post-secondary education institution, attending more than 60 colleges and universities. As the largest private education system in West Virginia, Catholic schools in the state offer a viable alternative to public education and attract families and businesses to the state, according to diocesan officials.

“I congratulate the Catholic schools, students, parents and teachers across the Mountain State for their ongoing contributions to education and for the key role they play in promoting and ensuring a brighter and stronger future for West Virginia and the nation,” Tomblin states in the proclamation.

Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, said that the diocese’s 20 Catholic elementary schools and seven Catholic high schools across the state are steadfast in their commitment of providing academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment.

“We must remain mission focused on bringing lived gospel values into every relationship we cultivate in our Catholic schools,” Schmidt said. “Furthermore, Catholic schools must focus on the Catholic identity of our schools, academic excellence in our educational programming and our ability to sustain financially our schools not only for the students we currently serve but the generations of West Virginia Catholics to come.”

Catholic schools in West Virginia are older than the state itself. The first Catholic school was established in Martinsburg, W.Va., in 1838. Presently, there are 28 Catholic schools in 13 counties of West Virginia, which includes the diocese’s 20 elementary schools and seven high schools and Wheeling Jesuit University, the state’s only Catholic institution of higher education. According to enrollment data provided by the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, there are more than 5,660 students in 27 Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and approximately 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at Wheeling Jesuit University.  

“Catholic schools provide quality education in a Christ-centered environment that nurtures faith development and involves families as partners in education,” Schmidt said. “In the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, Catholic schools have established a reputation of excellence in numerous areas, including academics, service, athletics, co-curricular programs, graduation rates, college acceptances and scholarship awards.”

Students and teachers in Catholic schools utilize the latest technology, and many schools are implementing mobile technologies into their classrooms. Bishop Donahue Memorial High School in McMechen, W.Va., and Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, W.Va., have implemented a 1:1 iPad program; Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, W.Va., has implemented a 1:1 Chromebook program; and several elementary schools have 1:1 iPad or 1:1 Chromebook initiatives in the middle school grades.

Many Catholic school students participate in numerous activities, ranging from drama productions, quiz bowls, debates, trips abroad, musical ensembles as well as numerous academic competitions, including math, science, history, writing and foreign language. Three schools in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston have been nationally recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. All 20 Catholic elementary schools provide preschool programs and many provide before- and after-school care. Financial assistance is available at both the local and diocesan level. More than $850,000 in tuition assistance will be distributed to families in need from the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program during the 2015-2016 school year.

Students in Catholic schools reach out to those in need within and beyond their communities in numerous ways. In addition to raising funds to assist local agencies in each city, students are involved with global issues, such as sending care packages, cards and letters to service men and women, and participating in social justice issues, like working to ban landmines and responding to the need for aid as a result of natural disasters. Faculty, administrators and parents assist students who work with the elderly and disabled, collect food and clothing for the needy, tutor children in need of academic assistance, participate in building and repairing homes and respond to needs of others, especially in times of emergency. A number of these projects are done in partnership and support of Catholic Charities West Virginia.

Nationally, there are nearly 2 million students enrolled in the 6,594 elementary and secondary Catholic schools in the United States. The National Catholic Education Association in Washington annually sponsors Catholic Schools Week in January to recognize and promote the vital contribution Catholic schools make to the country. Graduates of Catholic schools can be found in all fields of endeavor, including education, politics, finance, entertainment, military services, technology, sports, et cetera, where they contribute with skill and commitment to their professions and their communities.

Copies of the governor’s proclamation will be distributed to all schools during Catholic Schools Week. To learn more about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, call (toll free) 1-888-434-6237 or visit

$$$$ for COLLEGE…. Financial Aid Meeting Jan. 27

financial-aid-101B.D.H.S. will hosts our annual Financial Aid Workshop on Wednesday, January 27, 2016.  For parents and students, this is a MUST for all of our senior families!  The meeting will be held in Room 13 (Mrs. Granato’s room) and will begin at 6:00 p.m.  The Workshop will be led by BD alum Sheila Nelson-Hensley (`75).   Sheila will provide an overview of the Financial Aid process and the FAFSA from 6-6:45.  The FAFSA on the web (actual application process) will follow the Financial Aid workshop in the 2nd floor computer lab.  Sheila will offer free, confidential help for seniors and parents who wish to complete the FAFSA online.  For a list of all necessary documents to file FAFSA, go to

Please RSVP Amy Granato at or call 304.233.3850 by the end of the school day on Wednesday, January 27.

B.D. Hosts Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

936full-virgen-de-guadalupeBishop Donahue High School is humbled and honored to serve as a host site for the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

There have been thousands of masses, confessions, hours of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and rosaries prayed in the presence of the Image. Many conversions, healings, reconciliations, and graces have been reported. Many abortions have been prevented and over 20 abortion centers have been closed through Our Lady’s intercession by her Missionary Images after visitations to them.

So, please join us:

When: Thursday, January 21,2016

Where: Fr. Raymond Jablinske Memorial Gymnasium at BDHS

10AM-2:30PM–the gym will be open for the faithful of Marshall County (and surrounding area) to pray in the presence of this Image of our Blessed Lady

1PM–Prayer Service & Recitation of the Holy Rosary

More devotions are being planned for this day. Please call BDHS for more information. 304.233.3850