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Chris and Stacy Cullinan, Parents
St. Paul School
Inevitably, March 13, 2020 changed all of our lives. How were we to know that this would be the last time our child would be in her class? How do we as parents explain the world around us, let alone a worldwide pandemic, to a four-year-old child? Without hesitation or delay her St. Paul School teachers stepped to up the plate. Every day we received thoughtful messages from them, interactive conversations that encouraged them to talk with their classmates, activities and lessons, virtual tours of their houses, games, and stories. They created a sense of normalcy for the children when nothing around us was normal at all. We truly appreciate and are eternally grateful.
Kim and Keith McFee, Parents
Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School
As has always been in the case in the past, now more than ever, my husband and I find ourselves so thankful that we chose to send our boys to Parkersburg Catholic. During the pandemic, PCES has stepped up faster and more effectively than any other school in our area. The consistency that my boys received in their lessons and homework kept them on track because they knew what to expect and when to expect it. They also knew the consequences if they didn’t follow through. I am moved by the amount of support that has been shown both to our boys and to us as parents. The principal, teachers and administrators reached out numerous times (some on a daily basis) to see if we needed any support in any way. Our children received constant encouragement from the staff at all levels. The fact that grades still counted helped the kids to not lose focus while adjusting to their new learning environment. Because of the way PCES took control of the unknown, I believe that my children are ready for the next step in their education. The teachers, principal and administration took on probably the biggest challenge in their careers, and they planned, and they focused, and they put everything into it they had, and it shows. They came together and they made the Crusader Family stronger and smarter.
Leslie Fuscardo, Parent
St. Joseph the Worker School
Catholic schools provide my child a faith-based education while stressing the importance of self-discipline and commitment. The school encourages community involvement, healthy social relationships, and strives on academic excellence.
Mikayla Alkire, Alumni
Parkersburg Catholic, Parkersburg
Spencer and Kasey Murphy, Parents
St. Joseph School, Huntington
“From our initial visit prior to relocating to Huntington, we felt St. Joseph Catholic School was a great fit for our then preschooler and toddler. Seven years later, we have three school aged children attending and continue to be impressed with the caring teachers and staff, the positive environment, and the challenging academic rigor. We truly feel a part of the St. Joseph family, and it’s the best place for our children’s education.”
Erin Vilseck, Student
St. Joseph Central Catholic High School
Kristen Lindley, Parent
St. Francis of Assisi School, Beckley
“We feel strongly about keeping our children in Catholic School because we love that they start their day with prayer and that there is a continued focus on God throughout the day. Life can be hectic and stressful, and we feel that this keeps them centered and strong. The combination of God and family along with excellent academics will help them to be successful throughout their lives.”
Julie Klug Fecat, Parent
Our Lady Of Peace School
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) As a parent of three daughters attending Our Lady of Peace school, I am truly grateful for the values instilled in my children every day. In conjunction with a stellar education surpassing all of my expectations, a foundation based on love of God and neighbor is being engrained in my children’s everyday life. We are blessed to be apart, of this faith community and confident that this experience will lead these kids to a successful academic future and most importantly a life lived in service to God and others. The Our Lady of Peace family is truly ‘The People of Peace.’
The Whiteaker Family
Sacred Heart Grade School
We chose Sacred Heart because we wanted a more supportive environment for our child. The teachers at Sacred Heart truly care about their students.
Beki Parsons, Parent
Notre Dame High School, Clarksburg (non-Catholic family that commutes an hour to school)
“During my daughter’s middle school years at her previous school, it became clear that she needed more than was being offered. We wanted a private school that had a good reputation. The decision to enroll our daughter is worth any amount or distance we must travel.”
The Layden Family
Sacred Heart Grade School
We chose SHGS because we wanted a superior education and a great set of values for our daughter- to grow, to learn, and to love.
Angela Carter, Parent
St. Joseph School, Martinsburg
“Providing our children with the best possible education in a Catholic context has been a priority for us. St Joseph's School has promoted academic and spiritual growth in my daughters, teaching them to be successful in high school, as well as keeping Christ at the center of their lives.”
The Famularcano Family
Sacred Heart Grade School
We chose SHGS because of its academic excellence. Having spent 7 years now with the SHGS community, we’ve found that it isn’t just our school, but our extended family! We love that the school has focused on teaching generosity, faith, and familyhood.
Jen Komorowski, Parent
St. Michael Parish School
My kids finished the year strong! It was clear the St. Michael Parish School teachers and staff were going above and beyond during the remote learning period – Google Meets, emails, reminders, videos, creative assignments, etc. I feel confident going forward that our staff can handle anything!
Sheena Connors, Parent
St. Joseph the Worker School, Weirton
“We chose St Joseph the Worker Catholic School because faith is very important to our family. We feel that our son is not only getting a great education in academics but also, he is leaning more about God's great gift to us and how important keeping Him in your life is. We are so blessed to be part of St Joe's the Worker Grade School and Parish."
Pam Lizon, Grandparent
Madonna High School, Weirton
“I am so thankful for the diverse opportunities that you offer our child through his religion studies and other life experiences. At Madonna High School the children receive far more than a high school education. MHS is a gem in the community.”
The Testman Family
Sacred Heart Grade School
We chose Sacred Heart because of the positive and caring attitudes of the faculty, staff, and administrators-they are truly wonderful!
Lisa Soly, Parent
St. Joseph the Worker School
I am very proud and thankful that our child attends such a phenomenal and innovative school.
Keeley Cunningham, Parent
St. Patrick’s School
The COVID-19 pandemic threw our families, schools, and communities a complete curve ball. St. Patrick’s School remained dedicated to keeping our students in routine and learning. We had weekly assignments and our teacher used this time at home to incorporate life skills.
The Vollmer Family
Sacred Heart Grade School
We chose Sacred Heart Grade School because it is full of good friends who share love for each other and for God.
Alexis Rinschler, Parent
Notre Dame High School
Notre Dame went far beyond and above during this challenging time to ensure our children's academic, as well as social, and emotional needs were met each and every day! We are secure in the knowledge that the safety and wellbeing of the students is of paramount importance! Faith and family combined with exemplary compassion, that is the true embodiment of Notre Dame!
Joyce Bibey, Parent
Central Catholic High School
Central Catholic High School provides more than an excellent education, they challenge students to take on the responsibility to live, lead, and serve like Christ. Central Catholic reflects the values, character, attitudes, competitive spirit, and giving nature that are important to my family and important to succeed in life - all in a Christ-centered environment. Best investment we ever made.
The Paulson Family
Sacred Heart Grade School
We chose SHGS so our daughter could get the best education possible in an amazing environment.
Laura Deiriggi, Parent
St. Francis de Sales Central Catholic School, Morgantown
"Catholic education is important to our family because it is an investment in our children's lives that is priceless in many ways. We especially value that the learning environment in Catholic schools is Christ centered and service oriented because we hope that our children will take those lessons with them beyond school. The smaller setting allows them to learn and grow in a calm and consistent environment, making it easier to focus and develop close relationships with friends and teachers. These experiences, along with the excellent academic standards, form a strong foundation in faith for our children that our family is thankful to have in our community."
Gianna Martino, Student
Notre Dame High School, Clarksburg
Rhonda Wilson, Parent
St. Francis de Sales School
Life has been crazy, but one thing remained the same – our teachers have continued to shine and be there for our kids with Zoom, encouragement, and regular lessons. They didn’t skip a beat. So very thankful for everything they do each and every day.
Anne Garvin, Parent
Parkersburg Catholic, Parkersburg
"Parkersburg Catholic provides my children with the gifts of Faith, Knowledge, which allows them to Learn, Serve, Lead, and Succeed both now and in their grown-up lives. I love what a Parkersburg Catholic education has done for my four children. Their education is a true blessing."
Erin Augenstein, Parent and Alum
Parkersburg Catholic, Parkersburg
“We didn't just choose PC schools for our children because we're alumni. Faith-based education is important to us, and there are several options for elementary faith-based education in our community. The PCES mission to think of others before self, and to serve others are very important in our family. We're active in our community in many ways, and we wanted a school environment that supported us. We also continue to choose PC Schools each year because we know that our financial investment will pay off with scholarship opportunities for our daughters as they approach college. The data around how many PC graduates pay 50% or less of their college tuition is overwhelming. Additionally, our daughters are active in the arts, and our family needs an educational environment that can support them when they miss school for gigs, large shows out of town, and auditions. The staff and faculty has been instrumental in helping to accommodate and plan for absences for these performance and audition opportunities that will likely be careers for them.”
The Delgras Family
Sacred Heart Grade School
We chose SHGS because it offers a Catholic education and a quality education in all areas in a caring, safe environment. We love our Sacred Heart family and are so happy to be here!
Leo Haid, 2020 Sixth Grade Graduate
Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School
Attending Parkersburg Catholic Elementary has made me thrive in my faith, knowledge, and skill.
Leslie Fuscardo, Parent
St. Joseph the Worker School, Weirton
“Catholic schools provide my child a faith-based education while stressing the importance of self-discipline and commitment. My son's school encourages community involvement, healthy social relationships, and strives on academic excellence. My son feels safe, supported, and values his relationships with his classmates and school staff.”
Beth Fantasia, Parent
Notre Dame High School
The uncertainty with the pandemic was paralyzing. In stark contrast, the execution of the educational plan for the students at Notre Dame was seamless and comprehensive. The teachers were easily accessible and quite supportive. The personal phone calls by the counselors and handwritten notes from the staff were comforting beyond measure! Proud to be part of the Notre Dame family!
Caroline Swank, Parent
SS Peter and Paul School, Oak Hill
“Fantastic teachers, small class sizes with lots of individual attention, and the strong moral base that comes with a Christian education are all reasons we chose Saints Peter and Paul for our three children. It feels like family there and has been a great start for academic advancement and raising kind, responsible children.”
Allen and Kathy Azar, Parent
Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School
Parkersburg Catholic has really stepped up and continued to give our kids the high standard of education that we expected (during the last 10 weeks of school of 2019-2020).
Danielle Raddish, Parent
Notre Dame High School
What stands out about Notre Dame during this time is the strength of the bonds between the students and the teachers and the traditions. Even though the building is empty (during stay at home orders), there is a sense of connectivity and purpose. The students are finding creative ways to celebrate traditions and serve...and learn. The creativity and leadership from the staff and the students is inspiring. Even during this time of social distance, they feel supported, hopeful and connected to the Notre Dame family. It has been wonderful to see the students step up. Academically, it has been seamless. The communication has been wonderful! I love the way the students are checking on each other and the teachers are checking in on their students. It really is a family! Great job!
Sarah Lockhart, Parent
SS Peter and Paul School, Oak Hill (non-catholic family)
“With its small class sizes and attentive, caring staff, our children are learning so well. The children are learning what it is to be good people and do good in the world - values I hope remain with them throughout their lives.”
Cooper Blair, Student
Central Catholic High School
Julie Fecat, Parent
Our Lady of Peace
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) As a parent of three daughters attending Our Lady of Peace school, I am truly grateful for the values instilled in my children every day. In conjunction with a stellar education surpassing all of my expectations, a foundation based on love of God and neighbor is being engrained in my children’s everyday life. We are blessed to be apart, of this faith community and confident that this experience will lead these kids to a successful academic future and most importantly a life lived in service to God and others. The Our Lady of Peace family is truly “The People of Peace.”
Amy Neeley, Parent
St. Paul School
It is clear the love and passion for the students and their families at St. Paul’s starts at the administrative level and spreads through every staff member from the cooks, to the custodians, secretaries, teachers and parent volunteers. During the stay at home orders, teachers and administrators were in constant contact with us and not just about schoolwork, but about how my family was doing emotionally as well. When you say St. Paul’s Family – you mean it.
Amy Lanham, Parent
Notre Dame High School, Clarksburg
“We make the sacrifice to send our children to Notre Dame because it is important to us. Notre Dame is helping them to live their daily lives as Christians. Notre Dame is their home. At Notre Dame, they know they are loved. Not only are we able to instill good morals in them and show them how to lead and live a good life, but so do their principal and teachers.”
Melissa Martin McAra, Parent
St. Mary Grade School
When I say that St. Mary’s is so much more than a school, I mean it with my whole heart. Principal Nicole Folio leads St. Mary’s with such grace and love and gives every student and their family 100-percent and beyond.
The Duffield Family
Sacred Heart Grade School
We chose SHGS because of its small size, its caring community, and to practice faith.
Michelle Turner, Parent
Notre Dame High School
I think Notre Dame could be used as an example of how other schools should handle distance learning during this pandemic and here are my reasons why:
  1. Other schools in the area did not start doing “snow packets” until over a week had passed in the stay at home orders. Notre Dame started right away.
  2. Each student had an iPad and was given work by each teacher as if they were in the classroom.
  3. Many teachers conducted classes virtually through Zoom sessions to connect with their students.
  4. School staff sent letters to students to let them know they were being thought of.
  5. And though the senior class this year (my daughter included) has missed out on a lot, they have tried to make them feel special by incorporating some of the school traditions into activities as the state opens back up.
Aidan Paul, Student
Charleston Catholic High School
Angel Blake, Parent
St. Joseph School, Huntington
“This school has become our second home and our second family. We are proud to part of a school that is accepting of everyone. When we are asked why we chose St. Joe we simply say, “Because it’s the best!”
Sarah Can, Parent
Notre Dame High School
I cannot say enough good things about how Notre Dame handled the transition to virtual school! I felt that it was easy to navigate, and everyone was always willing to help. We received calls regularly checking on my daughter and always felt the school was concerned for her wellbeing. She loved virtual school and many days I heard her laughing while on her Zoom classes with her classmates and teachers. They used social media to engage the kids with daily prayer which was wonderful! We had a great experience.
Eddie Nogay, Alumni
Madonna High School, Weirton
Jocelyn Czapp, Parent and Alum
Corpus Christi School
“Corpus Christi School is a place where you are family. My husband and I knew that we wanted our three children to have a Catholic education. We actually moved closer to CCS so we could send them there. It is a tradition in our family to go to CCS. Our kids are the fourth Crusader generation to attend this school. We are so grateful and blessed to call Corpus Christi School our home where our children get the best Catholic education to set them up for the future,”
The Redman Family
Sacred Heart Grade School
Our children receive a great education and our family has made many many many lifelong friends! What a blessing!
Don Robinson, Parent
Notre Dame High School, Clarksburg
“In preparation of high school our son approached us and said there are two items that are important for his high school experience. First, he wanted to continue his Catholic education in an environment that valued the interaction with the Church. Secondly, he wanted to be able to build lasting relationships with his teachers and peers by being a valued student not a number. He found both at Notre Dame.”
The Bailey-Adkins Family
Sacred Heart Grade School
We chose Sacred Heart because it has the best friends and the best teachers!
Megan Phillips, Parent and Alum
St. Michael Parish School, Wheeling
“I feel we are part of a lifelong family that extends far beyond graduation... I keep my 3 kids at st mikes for the discipline, structure &curriculum. They learn how to pray, talk to God & learn not only to be intellectual thinkers but good, morally-strong human beings.”
Asha Leggett, Parent
St. Joseph School, Huntington
“Our world changed the moment we requested to tour St Joseph Catholic School. Our son transitioned into their Kindergarten class after the school year started and we were relieved and grateful that the atmosphere was so positive. The strong sense of community was immediately felt from day one. We knew that our values were reflected in the school and that faith-based education was the future for our family. The teachers provide personal and invaluable lessons that will shape the future and forever be cherished in our household.”
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