Letter from Fr. Casey

Dear St. Mary and Notre Dame Families,

It is hard to believe that we are into July and our school year is fast approaching. As Summer temperatures soar, so too does our excitement for the upcoming school year.

As our teachers and staff are busy planning for the return of our families, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Michelle Cheasty-Christ has accepted the position of Principal of our schools. Dr. Cheasty-Christ, “Doc” as she is most well-known, brings an array of both teaching and administrative experience to our schools.

Dr. Cheasty-Christ teaches various Bachelor’s through Doctoral level college-level courses, as well as English and Math at the high school level in West Virginia. Prior to that, she was both a teacher and school administrator in New Jersey. She has been a curriculum developer for more than 25 years for grades K-20. Further, she has also chaired and participated in dozens of doctoral dissertation studies, helping doctoral students complete their doctoral journey. She is also the former Chief Academic Officer for American Business and Technology University and Global Tech College. She completed her PhD in Education with a dissertation entitled “Impact of Teacher Supports and Workplace Settings on Retaining Teachers in New Jersey Schools” in 2011. She holds teaching licenses in K-8, Social Studies, English, Algebra, Geometry, Mathematics, Business Education, Special Education, Supervisor, Principal, and School Administrator, with AP Pre- Calculus, AP Calculus and General Science pending.

In addition to her teaching licenses and PhD, Dr. Cheasty-Christ also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master’s in Education, completing the master’s coursework for both Educational Technology with a project focusing on special education- assistive technology and Educational Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration.

“I am thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful education system,” she said. “I am truly honored to be accepted into such a warm and loving community and family. I look forward to all the wonderful things that St. Mary and Notre Dame has to offer our students and families—and what I can, in turn, give back.”

I give special thanks and appreciation to our Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Ms. Jennifer Hornyak, Father Joseph Konikattil, as well as everyone on the Search Committee for their diligent work. The committee team reviewed resumes, conducted on-site interviews, and carefully evaluated each candidate.

It is indeed an exciting time for our school community. I ask you to join me in praying for her success and the continued success of our schools. Thank you again for choosing St. Mary Central School and Notre Dame High School for your children. As always, we will continue to strive to help your children grow in Christ in both the classroom and the community.

Father Casey Mahone

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.


10 Reasons to Attend NDHS

Faith and Family First
High Academic Achievement
Wide Variety of Athletic and Extra-Curricular Activities
100% Graduation Rate and 98% Pursuing Higher Education
Nationally Accredited
Numerous Service Projects and Outreach to Community
Small Class Sizes
12 Advancement Placement Courses Available
Safe and Secure Environment
Affordable Tuition with Financial Assistance available

A few more…

  • 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.

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.

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.

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

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