McMECHEN - Bishop Donahue High School will join nearly 7,000 Catholic Schools and more than 2 million Catholic school students nationwide to celebrate Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 27 to Feb. 2.
The 2013 Catholic Schools Week theme, "Catholic Schools Raise the Standards," promotes high academic standards and Catholic identity. According to Bishop Donahue Principal, Tom Wise, the two components are synonymous with Catholic education.
"Catholic schools have been honored since their inception for their outstanding academic achievements. In regards to identity, it is our faith, dedication to serving others and spirituality that truly makes us different," Wise said.
He also noted that Catholic Schools Week is the perfect time to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and plan for the future.
To commemorate the past and the traditions of Bishop Donahue, students will participate in a Benefactors prayer service during the week. The service will focus on all who have made Catholic education possible for the current student body.
Wise said "a great number of clergy, parents and alumni have made tremendous sacrifices over the past 58 years that allow our students to receive a quality Catholic education. Without their support, what our students experience daily would not be possible."
On Jan. 28, the students of Bishop Donahue and Wheeling Central will gather at St. Joseph's Cathedral to celebrate mass with the Most Rev. Michael Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The collaborative mass allows the student bodies of both schools to give thanks for the education and spiritual formation they receive on a daily basis.
Wise noted, "the mass allows us to join with our fellow Catholic students and celebrate the Eucharist during this special week."
Two key events in future weeks will help Bishop Donahue plan for the future. On Feb. 6, Bishop Donahue High School will host its annual Open House in the Fr. Raymond Jablinske Memorial Gymnasium. The Open House, intended for prospective students and families, will address all aspects of Bishop Donahue High School including the 1-to-1 iPad program for all students, tuition, scholarships, curriculum and student activities.
Wise said, "With the iPad program expanding to all students next year we are looking forward to welcoming a large freshmen class. We believe we are the only school in West Virginia that offers a 100 percent iPad curriculum. The advantages and benefits we have seen during the first year of the program will now be shared by all students."
On Feb. 19, Bishop Donahue will host its annual registration day from noon to 6 p.m. All current and prospective students are asked to register for the 2013-14 school year at that time.
Parents who have questions regarding registration are asked to call the school at 304-233-3850.
"The activities we have planned allow us to showcase our students' outstanding achievements, give thanks to those who have come before us and plan for a brighter future for our student body," Wise said.