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20 March 2020

Circumstances Change, But Mission Remains the Same

As students, employees, and parents are adjusting to this unique situation as officials try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, you can be rest assured that, although circumstances have changed, the mission of Notre Dame High School remains the same.

We will be doing everything possible to make the current situation as comfortable as possible for everyone involved in our school community. Faculty are providing remote teaching and assigning lessons over a variety of communication methods. However, our primary source of communication between teachers and students is Renweb.

If any of our school community needs extra help in dealing with the current situation, please reach out to our counselors. They are available to provide support to students, parents, and other employees in navigating these uncharted waters.

No employee of Notre Dame High School needs to worry about their salary or wages being stopped. Our commitment to you is unwavering. How you have adapted to this unusual situation has been remarkable and you are truly valued.

We will be continuing our advancement efforts to the very best of our ability. It is important that our donors rally around us and continue to invest in the students and schools. Tuition assistance gifts will become even more valued at this time of financial hardship for some. Your gifts to our school may not be possible because of changing financial circumstances but please give if you are able to.

The care and well-being of our students is the number one priority. Reach out to your family and friends, stay in touch with your classmates, and don’t be afraid to ask for extra help from your teachers. Things may get difficult but we know you can do it and we are here for you. It is having the courage to continue that truly counts. We love you!!

***At this time the Governor will keep all schools closed until April 20 at the earliest***

***Easter Break will start on Thursday, April 9 and finish on Sunday, April 19***

***Last Day of School is May 22***

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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

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
  • AP Environmental Science
  • 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

Athletics

Notre Dame High School offers 27 different sports teams:

Fall Sports

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

Kelly Light ’06 : Assistant Principal

Kelly Light ’06

Assistant Principal

Steve Petitto ’90 : Athletic Director

Steve Petitto ’90

Athletic Director

Fr. Casey Mahone : Designated Pastor

Fr. Casey Mahone

Designated Pastor

Julie Frosch : Principal

Julie Frosch

Principal

Jacqueline Reed ’94 : Counselor of Admissions

Jacqueline Reed ’94

Counselor of Admissions

Rebecca Korn ’89 : Guidance Counselor

Rebecca Korn ’89

Guidance Counselor

Ian McAra : Director of Advancement

Ian McAra

Director of Advancement

Sally Hardman : Finance Manager

Sally Hardman

Finance Manager

Teachers

Abby Blosser : Mathematics

Abby Blosser

Mathematics

Melissa Butera : English

Melissa Butera

English

Melissa McAra ’94 : Religion

Melissa McAra ’94

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

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

Jason Lake : Social Studies

Jason Lake

Social Studies

Gloria Strauss : Spanish

Gloria Strauss

Spanish

Patty Dupont ’77 : Religion

Patty Dupont ’77

Religion

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

Kevin Wright : Mathematics

Kevin Wright

Mathematics

Staff

Lorene Lilly : Secretary

Lorene Lilly

Secretary

Bub Squires : Maintenance

Bub Squires

Maintenance

Donna Nutter ’63 : Cook

Donna Nutter ’63

Cook

Ashley Brown : Maintenance

Ashley Brown

Maintenance

Krystyn Woofter : Cook

Krystyn Woofter

Cook

David Maurer : Transportation, Maintenance

David Maurer

Transportation, Maintenance

Rose Nicholas ’74 : Administrative Assistant

Rose Nicholas ’74

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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