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17 October 2018

“I Am Thankful” – Amy Frosch

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Mrs. McKinsey’s English class wrote about what they are thankful for. Student Body President, Amy Frosch, kicks off the series of essays.

I am thankful for West Virginia and all the opportunities our state has provided. From West Virginia’s beautiful scenery to the organizations available here, West Virginia has been a great home.

I was not born in West Virginia, in fact, I was born in Germany. After living in this state for 13 years it would now be hard to leave. The reasons being the close knit atmosphere, the multitude of outdoor activities, and the support of community clubs and organizations.

In West Virginia, I feel safe and secure because I am surrounded by “family.” A simple trip into Walmart to grab one item for my mom inevitably leads me to run into multiple people to which I have some connection. Driving down the road, I see people I know waving at me. One time, I ran out of gas and many individuals stopped to see if I was okay. People in West Virginia are friendly and truly care about each other.

West Virginia offers thirty-seven state parks for recreational and educational use. I am thankful for these parks because they have brought my family together, and have given my friends and me free enjoyable activities. My father loves geocaching and with all the state parks we have been able to find over eight hundred caches. We now have memories such as swimming at Audra with friends, camping at Canaan, hiking up Seneca Rocks, and visiting Valley Falls that we will reminisce and laugh about for years to come.

West Virginia has an array of clubs and organizations willing to help the youth. I am thankful for the Rotary Club, West Virginia 4-H, WV Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), Lions Club, RAZE, Kiwanis, and the United Hospital Center Auxiliary. Each of these organizations has given me opportunities to impact my community, meet new people, and even travel the world. West Virginia clubs allowed me to grow into the person I am today (helped me stand out−not hide in the shadows of hundreds of others.)  4-H allowed me to join a state board to connect with other 4-Hers my age with the same hopes. Lions and Rotary Clubs gave me the opportunity to share the West Virginia culture in other countries. WV HOBY offered teens a leadership in service seminar.

There is no feeling like the one when “Country Roads” plays after sporting events, in the car, at the end of a high school dance, or even when I am travelling 4,000 miles away from home. Others know this song, and we connect instantly. No matter where life takes me, I will forever hold a special place in my heart for my home among the hills. I am forever thankful for West Virginia.

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Notre Dame High School not only addresses the academic but also the spiritual, moral, and emotional needs of their students. Notre Dame educates the total person, carrying out its ministry through development of character, integrity and personal conscience. Students in grades 7-12 attend the school where critical thinking skills are paired with basic skills and knowledge in the fine arts.

About Us

Our Mission

Education in Faith, Knowledge and Service Notre Dame High School is an academic, secondary school dedicated to the education and development of the total person. The school, unique in the area, carries out its ministry in the context of gospel values. The total curriculum aims to achieve the following:

  • Development of character
  • Maturing of critical thinking skills
  • Imparting of better basic skills and knowledge in the arts and sciences
  • Promotion of better understanding of respect for the human body through Religion classes and athletics
  • Deepening the aesthetic sense and appreciation
  • Preparing for responsible American citizenship and active participation in democracy
  • Expectation of active, responsible learning by all students

In its desire to contribute to the educational mission of the Roman Catholic Church, Notre Dame High School also seeks to foster the understanding of the dignity of the human person within the vision of Jesus, to build Christian community and to relate all knowledge to the News of Salvation and the Light of Faith.

Our History

Catholic education in Harrison County has a solid tradition of academic excellence. The long and rich history began in 1866 as St Joseph’s Academy for girls. St. Mary’s opened in 1914 as a boys’ preparatory school. The two schools consolidated in 1928. Notre Dame High School opened in 1955 with St. Mary’s becoming a grade school. Today St. Mary’s Grade School and Notre Dame High School are the only Catholic schools in Harrison County.

Our Catholic Identity

The Religion Curriculum includes The Creed, Old Testament, New Testament, Church History, Social Justice, Morality, Sacraments, Living a Christian Lifestyle, and Comparative World Religions.

Special Liturgical Celebration

  • Opening School Mass
  • Homecoming Mass
  • Mass of Thanksgiving
  • Advent Penance Service
  • Lessons in Carols
  • Lenten Penance Service
  • Rose and Candle
  • Baccalaureate Mass
The Student Body:

  • Attends Mass weekly at Immaculate Conception Church
  • Prays together every morning with focus on the Liturgical calendar
  • Participates in Pro-Life unit in January focusing on diverse pro-life issues.
Class and Organization Sponsored Service Projects

  • School-wide paper recycling
  • Christmas Adopt-a-Family
  • Mentorship to St. Mary’s Grade School Students
  • Easter family sponsorships
  • Annual Thanksgiving food and coat drive
  • Red Cross blood drives
  • NDHS Memorial Garden
  • Shrove Tuesday pancake breakfast

Admissions Process

  1. Contact the school and schedule a day to visit
  2. Complete the application – Click here to download the application
  3. Request transcripts, test scores, and any special needs information from current school be sent to Notre Dame High School, attn: Admission
  4. Prospective students and parents meet with the Principal
  5. Admissions testing (if required)
  6. Complete financial agreement

Academics

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Notre Dame High School, students must comply with all regulations set forth by the North Central Association for the accrediting of high schools in West Virginia. These regulations change from time to time, and Notre Dame’s policies will reflect these changes.

The following are required units that must be completed by students.

Religion 4 units

English 4 units

Mathematics (Algebra1 and above) 4 units

Science (2 lab sciences) 4 units

Social Studies 4 units

Physical Education/Health 2 units

Foreign Language (same language) 2 units

Fine Arts (Art, Music, Theatre) 1 unit

Electives (any of above) 2 units

Honors Classes

Advanced Placement (weighted 5.0)

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science Principles
  • English Language & Comp
  • English Literature & Comp
  • Psychology
  • US History
  • Studio Art
  • Government & Politics
  • Human Geography

Honors Courses (weighted 4.5)

  • Advanced Biology
  • Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2
  • Chemistry 2
  • Environmental Science
  • English 9 & 10
  • Physics
  • Spanish 3 & 4
  • Trig/Pre Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II

Note: Algebra I is not an honors course, but it is offered to qualified 8th grade students which allows for progression through AP Calculus BC

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Athletics

Notre Dame High School offers 27 different sports teams:

Fall Sports

Varsity Football
Varsity & Middle School Co-Ed Soccer
Varsity & Middle School Cheerleading
Varsity & Middle School Cross Country
Varsity & Middle School Volleyball
Varsity Boys & Girls Golf

Winter

Varsity & Middle School Boys Basketball
Varsity & Middle School Girls Basketball
Varsity & Middle School Wrestling
Varsity Boys & Girls Swimming

Spring

Varsity Baseball
Varsity & Middle School Softball
Varsity & Middle School Boys Track
Varsity & Middle School Girls Track
Varsity Boys & Girls Tennis

Our People Make Us Great

Administration

Steve Petitto : Athletic Director

Steve Petitto

Athletic Director

Julie Frosch : Principal

Julie Frosch

Principal

Jacqueline Reed : Counselor of Admissions

Jacqueline Reed

Counselor of Admissions

Rebecca Korn : Guidance Counselor

Rebecca Korn

Guidance Counselor

Ian McAra : Director of Advancement

Ian McAra

Director of Advancement

Sally Hardman : Finance Manager

Sally Hardman

Finance Manager

Teachers

Del Delong : Mathematics

Del Delong

Mathematics

Melissa McAra : Religion

Melissa McAra

Religion

Betsy Shearer : Middle School Multi Subjects

Betsy Shearer

Middle School Multi Subjects

Michelle Riggs : Finance, Academic Support, Virtual School

Michelle Riggs

Finance, Academic Support, Virtual School

Wayne Rowan : Music

Wayne Rowan

Music

Dee Gibson : Spanish

Dee Gibson

Spanish

Diane Kinney : Chemistry

Diane Kinney

Chemistry

Christy Smith : History, Civics

Christy Smith

History, Civics

Dr. Angela McKeen : Chemistry, Physics

Dr. Angela McKeen

Chemistry, Physics

Linda Griffith : Health

Linda Griffith

Health

Patty Dupont : Religion

Patty Dupont

Religion

Dr. Ben Guido : Advanced Placement Social Studies

Dr. Ben Guido

Advanced Placement Social Studies

Andrelle McKinsey : English, History

Andrelle McKinsey

English, History

Jan Romain : Biology, Anatomy & Physiology

Jan Romain

Biology, Anatomy & Physiology

Teresa Musgrave :  Technology, Yearbook

Teresa Musgrave

Technology, Yearbook

Darlene O’Dell : Middle School Multi Subjects

Darlene O’Dell

Middle School Multi Subjects

Kevin Wright : Mathematics

Kevin Wright

Mathematics

Staff

Justin Woofter : Technology

Justin Woofter

Technology

Bub Squires : Maintenance

Bub Squires

Maintenance

Donna Nutter : Cook

Donna Nutter

Cook

David Maurer : Transportation, Maintenance

David Maurer

Transportation, Maintenance

Rose Nicholas : Administrative Assistant

Rose Nicholas

Administrative Assistant

Tommy Wilson : Maintenance

Tommy Wilson

Maintenance

Patty Rieser : Line Point of Service & Cafeteria Assistant

Patty Rieser

Line Point of Service & Cafeteria Assistant

Giving

Msgr. O’Brien Planned Giving Society

Monsignor John J. O'Brien

Monsignor John J. O’Brien

Membership to the Monsignor John J. O’Brien Planned Giving Society goes to those who have made Notre Dame & St. Mary’s a beneficiary in their estate plans. Monsignor O’Brien was instrumental in the planning and building of Notre Dame High School. To discuss leaving your legacy with a planned gift contact: Ian McAra Director of Advancement 304-623-1026 imcara@notredamewv.org

Notre Dame & St. Mary’s Fund

The Notre Dame & St. Mary’s Fund is an annual campaign which provides funds for academic and extra-curricular programs, building maintenance and improvement, and allows administration to keep tuition costs as low as possible. Everyone is asked to consider a gift to the Notre Dame & St. Mary’s Fund. In order for yearly campaigns to be successful and for financial growth to occur gifts received should reflect a balance between leadership gifts ($1,000+) and broad participation. Gifts to the fund directly benefit our students and are greatly appreciated. To make a gift to the Notre Dame & St. Mary’s Fund, please send checks to: Notre Dame & St. Mary’s Fund,127 East Pike St., Clarksburg, WV  26301

Contact Us

Notre Dame High School 127 East Pike St. Clarksburg, WV 26301
304-623-1026 info@notredamewv.org

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