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OSD Policy

The winter and spring months of the year bring school closings and make-up
days that have proven disruptive to the school calendar and instructional
programs for students. Unscheduled closings compromise the quality of the
learning process that we carefully and deliberately plan and prepare for our
students. Make-up days impact school-sponsored and personal activities,
including planned vacations, faculty professional development programs,
graduation, etc.

To maintain consistency in our curriculum and eliminate the need to extend
school into the summer or cancel holidays or programs that are currently
scheduled, we have implemented an Online School Day (OSD) program. An
OSD will count as a full school day, one of the 180 required by the State of
West Virginia.

This program is intended to provide meaningful learning experiences for SJHS
students. Parents and students are encouraged to integrate the following
strategies into their OSD academic time:

  • Start early in the day.
  • Establish a quiet learning space and remove distractions to learning.
  • Review the work that needs to be completed.
  • Set goals for completing the work on time.
  • Create a routine.
2017-18 OSD Policy - 404 downloads

2017 Graduating Classes of Diocese’s Seven Catholic High Schools Offered $25 Million in Scholarships

WEST VIRGINIA—Members of the 2017 graduating classes of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston’s seven Catholic high schools across West Virginia were collectively offered $25 million in scholarships. The newly graduated of Madonna High School in Weirton, Bishop Donahue Memorial High School in McMechen, Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Huntington, Parkersburg Catholic High School and Charleston Catholic High School were accepted to 200 different colleges and universities and will be attending over 80 throughout the country this year.

“I have been so very impressed with the Catholic identity and academic rigor of our seven high schools upon my visits this year. It is no surprise to me that the monetary value of the scholarships awarded is phenomenal, and the colleges and universities that accepted our students are of the highest quality,” said Dr. Vincent de Paul Schmidt, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. “Our students are a great reflection of their parents’ desire for high academic achievement, social awareness and living faith-filled lives. The diocese is proud of our graduates, confident in their future and thankful that our Catholic schools played a significant role in their development.”

This year’s graduates were accepted to a wide range of colleges and universities across the U.S. including: Coastal Carolina University, Concord University, Kent State University, Wake Forest University, University of Kentucky, Emory University, Thiel College, University of Chicago, Purdue University, Xavier University, Malone College, Duquesne University, Kent State University, University of Pittsburgh, Otterbein University, University of Dayton, Virginia Tech University, St. Mary’s College, Washington & Jefferson College, University of Maryland, Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Ohio State University, Wittenberg University, University of Tampa, York College, University of Miami, Hawaii Pacific University, Central Ohio Community & Technical School, Reed College, Vassar College, The College of Wooster, University of Southern California, Pennsylvania State University, Villanova University, Mars Hill University, Marietta College, The University of the Arts, Liberty University, Stanford University, Clemson University, University of Virginia, George Mason University, Seton Hall University, University of Maine, University of Oklahoma, Loyola University, Denison University, St. Leo University, The Catholic University of America, Auburn University, University of North Carolina, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Toledo, McGill University, Washington State Community College, Furman University and College of Charleston. In addition, graduates were accepted to all military service academies. Several students will be attending the United States Naval Academy or joining the United States Marine Corps, United States Army National Guard, and United States Navy.

Schmidt said that a number of this year’s graduates are also recipients of the West Virginia Promise Scholarship and will pursue studies in West Virginia at West Virginia University, West Liberty University, University of Charleston, Fairmont State University, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Alderson Broaddus University, Glenville State, Bethany College and Marshall University. Additionally, some members of the class of 2017 will be attending Wheeling Jesuit University, the state’s only Catholic institution of higher education.


Marshall Establishes Academy for Young Rising Scientists – Encouraged by Addison L. of SJHS

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – When 15-year-old Addison Leaberry asked to meet with Marshall University’s President Jerry Gilbert last fall, she had no idea he would agree to meet. She also had no idea that he would take her seriously.

When speaking with Gilbert, Leaberry recommended a new enrichment program for local high school students who hope to learn more about math and science while gaining exposure to a college environment.

Less than one year later, with inspiration from Leaberry, Marshall University has established the Marshall Academy of Rising Scientists (MARS) for academically qualified students who demonstrate an interest in science. The inaugural program will launch June 15 and 16 at the university’s Huntington campus.

“We don’t have a program like this in our local area. I attended a science-based anatomy and physiology camp at Appalachian State last summer and could not find anything like this available to me close to home,” Leaberry said. “I am planning to go to MARS and have encouraged others at my high school to go as well.”

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors must apply by June 12th to reserve their spot for the two-day program, according to Rick Walker, a university biological sciences instructor and coordinator of the program.

“Requirements for mission training include a grade point average of 3.0 with registration limited to 44 participants,” Walker said. “Each day’s schedule consists of two interactive morning presentations, lunch provided by the university, two afternoon presentations and a ‘spacewalk,’ or extra-vehicular activity (EVA). The two EVAs include a tour of the academic facilities on the first day and a tour of residential housing the following afternoon.”

The cost to attend MARS is $100. Attendees who want a T-shirt need to register by June 1. To register, visit or contact the Office of Continuing Education at 304-696-6649 or email to learn more. Follow the MARS Facebook page at MARS @ Marshall University:


Addison Leaberry, a 15-year old student at St. Joseph’s High School, provided inspiration for Marshall University’s new MARS program when she asked to meet with the university’s President Gilbert in Fall 2016.

National Catholic Youth Conference 2017

National Catholic Youth Conference 2017

Thursday, November 16 – Sunday, November 19, 2017

Indianapolis, Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Youth & Adults: $540.00* covers Hotel, 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner, NCYC fees, hotel parking fees and bus transportation costs.  Checks are payable to: “OLOF” w/ memo: “NCYC 2017”

Bring or mail to: Our Lady of Fatima Church 545 Norway Avenue, Huntington, WV  25705   Attn: Robin Hutton/Darrell Legg

NCYC is a vibrant, faith-enhancing national youth event that gathers 23,000-25,000 teens from across the United States that is filled with worship opportunities (Mass, Adoration, Reconciliation) keynote presentations by national speakers, workshops relevant to teen issues, dynamic music and LOTS of fun!

NOTE: WV, OH & KY teens, who will be in 9th – 12th grade who sign up with the Tri-State Catholic Teen Club (Host parish: OLOF) will be registered and housed with the Wheeling-Charleston delegation.  Virtus-trained adult leaders / chaperones will be providing supervision.

Teens and adults will need to fill out CTC Permission Form(available at OLOF or contact Robin:, then bring or mail it with a $90.00 deposit to hold your reservation. Fees may be paid in full or $90 per month May – October. 

*Scholarships for those who cannot afford to pay full amount are available.  Contact Robin if teen financial aid is needed.  Currently, there is no financial aid available for adult chaperones wanting to attend.    Special NCYC informational meeting for parents and teens will be held after initial interest permission form is filled out and returned to OLOF.

Information for Summer 2017

Schedule Change Request Form - 394 downloads

9th Grade (Class of 2021)

9th Grade Summer 2017 Reading Assignment - 1122 downloads

10th Grade (Class of 2020)

10th Grade Summer 2017 Reading Assignment - 1908 downloads

11th Grade (Class of 2019)

11th Grade Summer 2017 Reading Assignment - 480 downloads

12th Grade (Class of 2018)

12th Grade Summer 2017 Reading Assignment - 483 downloads

AP Calculus AB

2017 Summer AP Calculus AB Packet - 404 downloads AP Calculus Expectations - Letter to Parents - 414 downloads


Volunteers Needed for Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp

Dear Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp Volunteers,

Thanks so much for your support of the Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp.  If you interested in volunteering to help out at the camp, below is this year’s camp information.  Also attached is a camp brochure and a volunteer registration form.  Please pass along this information to anyone who might be interested in helping out.

The Lose the Training Wheels Bike Camp is a one week bike camp for individuals with development disabilities to learn to independently ride a two-wheel bike – without training wheels.  The camp is a partnership between Marshall University’s College of Health Professions and the non-profit charity iCanShine.  This year’s Lose the Training Wheels Bike camp is scheduled for June 5-9 at the Huntington YMCA Phil Cline Center (917 9th St, Huntington, WV 25701).  We are hoping that the earlier date will lead to less conflict with family vacation schedules, and allow the riders to have more of the summer to practice their new skills!

The role of the volunteer generally is to be a “spotter” for the rider and to provide encouragement and support and they gradually progress from using the specialized adaptive equipment provided by the iCanShine coaches to riding on a two-wheel bike.  Instruction will be provided on spotting technique and volunteers will be matched with riders.

At this point we have five scheduled sessions for campers (or volunteers) to register for.  The campers attend one 75-minute session for five consecutive days.  As a volunteer, you can help out for one session per day, or multiple sessions.  It is helpful if you volunteer for the same session each day, so you can develop trust and rapport with your rider.  The session times are:

Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes before the session start time each day as we spend the first 15 minutes of each session having a volunteer meeting to discuss goals and techniques for spotting each rider.  As a reminder, please wear comfortable clothes (shorts, t-shirt and sneakers) and note that open-toe shoes are not permitted.

Volunteers should plan to attend the orientation and volunteer training meeting on Sunday June 4 from 4-5pm at the Huntington YMCA Phil Cline Center (917 9th St, Huntington, WV 25701).  The first 30 minutes of the orientation will be an overview of the bike program and how the camp operates as well as a Q&A session.  The final 30 minutes of the orientation will be used to train the volunteers on proper spotting technique and safety measures.  However, it is fine if they still volunteer even if they are unable to make it to the orientation session, or if they can’t make it to the camp all five days.  We could use all the help we can get, especially in the last few days when the riders really get going and and the spotters might be really running!  If you are unable to walk or run with a rider, we could still use your help in any capacity, such as making sure our riders stay hydrated, making sure helmets are properly fastened, and cheering the riders on!

Volunteers can refer to our websites at and for videos of the bike camp to get an idea of what to expect.

Please email me at with your volunteer registration form or with any questions.  I can also be contacted on by phone at 304-696-5831.

Thanks again for your continued support of our amazing riders!


Liz (Casey) Pacioles, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
Marshall University
Gullickson Hall 100C
Huntington, WV 25755


Volunteer Registration Form - 211 downloads Lose the Training Wheels - 212 downloads

Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy

The Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy was founded by the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia in August 2012 to honor the memory of one of its pioneer members and industry leaders, long-time Buckhannon, W.Va., resident and businessman Thomas B. Dunn. The first session of the Academy was held on July 9-11, 2013, at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, bringing together high school students from public and private institutions across the state to learn more about the energy industry, career opportunities available in the energy industry and what this important industry means to West Virginia. More than 30 students attended the first Academy. The following year was an even larger success, with nearly 40 students and teachers from all across the state of West Virginia.

There is no cost to participants for tuition, lodging, or meals. Those attending will stay on the campus of WVWC at the expense of the Academy. “All participants need to do is get to Buckhannon,” said Dennis Xander, president of IOGAWV. “The Academy will cover all of the participation costs. That’s how Tom Dunn would have wanted it.”

On the first day of the program, students will attend an Energy Career Day, where they will learn about employment opportunities in the energy sector ranging from engineering to geology, to welding, truck driving and accounting.

The second day of scheduled events allows for students to have the opportunity to observe in the field much of what they were shown in the classroom. Buckhannon and WVWC offer easy access to various energy companies operating in W.Va. – giving Academy participants the opportunity to see operating drilling rigs, producing wells and coal mines as well as a variety of other day-to-day operations at various companies that also service the energy industry. A day of on-site visits coupled with classroom experience and education will help students to understand more about the energy industry.

On the final day, students will have the opportunity to engage with educators and representatives from colleges, universities, and community and technical schools from across the state at a “career fair” style event. Now that the students have learned about the types of career opportunities available to them through the industry, this day allows them to begin meeting with the representatives of the institutions that will help them make those career goals possible.

“Tom Dunn understood the energy business in West Virginia. His company, Union Drilling, employed hundreds of people during the years he ran it. He knew how important properly trained people are to the industry, and the consequences of not having those people,” said Xander. “Tom loved Buckhannon, and chose to raise his family here. He also loved Wesleyan, and served the college as a Trustee for many years. And he loved the energy industry. I feel certain he would be proud of this Academy named in his honor.”

The 2017 Academy will be held July 11-13 at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Applications will be accepted March 1 – May 15.

If you are interested in learning more about the Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy, please contact us for more information.

ACT Math Boot Camp – June 5-9

For any student that would like extra help with the math part of the ACT:

June 5th – 9th from 2pm – 5:30pm

The focus is identifying math strengths and weaknesses, building on existing skills, playing fun and challenging math games, and daily practice in an average pacing of 1 question per minute. There will be reassessment at the end of the week so students are prepared to continuing studying independently.

Financial need based scholarships available till May 15.

For more information and for registration please go to: