ooted in the vision of the Felician Sisters and the spirit of St. Francis, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School affirms its mission as a Catholic college preparatory school dedicated to educating the whole person by providing a solid spiritual and academic foundation. We offer a large range of student centered academic courses that prepare our students for college. Here are just a few of the courses you will have the opportunity to challenge yourself with while at OLSH. Religion1 Computer Science Science
Biology 2 Bioinformatics Chemistry 2 Physics Earth Science
Mathematics Algebra Geometry Precalculus Statistics Calculus 3
Language & Communications WCHR ( TV Studio) Media and Communications Newspaper French 1 Spanish 1,3 Latin Italian
Literature American Literature British Literature 1,3 World Literature
Digital Photography Ceramics Studio Art Chinese Art and Culture Art Appreciation
Performance Art Band Show Choir Chorus 1 Band
Gaming for Teens Video Group Computer Programming
Physical Education & Health Volleyball Weight Training Health
Social Studies World History 1,3 American History 1 Government/Economics 1 Psychology/Sociology 1 Honors/Scholars Availability – 1 Advanced Availability – 2 AP Availability – 3
THE TEACHERS ARE ALWAYS THERE. THEY WILL GET YOU WHAT YOU NEED, WHATEVER IT IS.
– LAUREN HARRISON
t OLSH, students experience the presence of God, no matter what faith tradition. You can celebrate and express your faith with your classmates and teachers on a regular basis. The following are just a few of the ways we celebrate our faith throughout the school year.
• Communal morning, mid-day and end-of-the-day prayer • Celebration of Holy Mass based on school calendar • Pilgrimages • Retreats • Chapel Choir that expresses faith through music • Campus Ministry Program • Notre Dame Vision • Opportunities for service both at OLSH and in your community
World Youth Day Every two year students can choose to make a pilgrimage to World Youth Day. World Youth Days have been held all over the world including the most recent pilgrimage to Madrid, Spain in August 2011. Students from across the globe connect to share their faith and culture.
Class Retreats Each class has the opportunity to attend a spiritual retreat that allows the class to bond with one another. Retreats take place on and off campus including Youthtowne.
RELIGION CLASSES HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHY I BELIEVE WHAT I DO AND THEY HELP ME GROW IN MY FAITH. – RACHEL CAHALAN
…Caring for God’s Creation
eing good stewards of all that God has given us is not just something we do. It is a lifestyle choice that our students, faculty and staff take very seriously. OLSH is a LEED Green certified building and ranked as one of the largest green buildings in Western Pennsylvania according to the“Pittsburgh Business Times.” Being a green school is just the start of caring for God’s creation. Although not required for graduation, below is a list of various ways OLSH students are involved in service to the school and community.
• Tree Huggers • Adopt-a-Highway • Empty Bowls • School wide Coat Drive • Woodcrest Retirement Visitors • Annual Giving Tree for local families • Our Lady’s Food Pantry • S.A.D.D • Kids Against Cancer
• Make A Wish Foundation • Tutoring • Mooncrest After School Program • Respect Life • Student Government • Young Hands • Animal Care Club • The Harry Potter Alliance • Project Linus
IT IS IMPORTANT TO US AS A SCHOOL. IT GIVES ME A PURPOSE. – MARIA DISANTO
…The Whole Person
here is no template for an OLSH Charger, so there is no mold that you must fit into. At OLSH you are free to become the person you want to be.
OLSH offers various clubs, programs and activities in order for you to explore your interests both inside and outside of the classroom. We believe that the athletics program is an extension of the values and ideals developed in the classroom, we also believe the arts are essential to helping you develop your character and work ethic. You can become Valedictorian and a stand out athlete in multiple sports. You can be a starter on the Varsity team and still have a lead in the spring musical or participate in a choir or band. You can express your creativity in an art class and lead your team to victory! You can create one-on-one relationship with your teachers that turn into lasting friendship years down the road. The Spirit of OLSH is everywhere! It makes us the family we are and you become part of that family the moment you step onto our campus. At OLSH we believe in the whole person and in the opportunities for you to write your own story!
THE TEACHERS ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE WHO YOU ARE. THEY CHALLENGE YOU TO TRY NEW THINGS! – BRIAN HAMMEL
We Believe in You!
Total Enrollment: 356 Students Female: 56% Male: 44%
OLSH at a GLANCE
Student to Teacher Ratio: 14:1 Attend Higher Education: 98% Merit-Based Scholarships: Over $5,000,000 Average $55,000 per student
ADVANCED PLACEMENT Advanced Placement courses are offered in English, Math, Spanish, History and Physics. All AP students are required to take the exams. Additionally, students who take honors or advanced classes will be eligible to take the AP Exam.
2011-2012 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS A minimum of 26 credits is required for graduation. Credits are as follows:
Religion . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4.00 credits English . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4.00 credits Social Studies . . . . . . . . .4.00 credits Science (w/Lab) . . . . . . .3.25 credits Mathematics . . . . . . . . . .4.00 credits Language/Reading . . . .3.00 credits Phys. Ed./Health . . . . . .1.25 credits Fine Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1.00 credit Electives . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.75 credits Computers . . . . . . . . . . . .0.50 credits Grammar . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.25 credits
HOW TO APPLY To apply for admission to OLSH, complete the online application or download a print copy at www.olsh.org. Along with your application, please submit copies of your 7th grade report card, 8th grade report card (to date) and copies of any standardized test scores. If you complete the application online you may scan and upload your report cards and test scores directly to the application; otherwise mail your application with the supporting documents to 1504 Woodcrest Avenue, Coraopolis, PA 15108.
“CHARGER FOR A DAY” The“Charger for a Day”program is designed for students in grades 8-10 who are interested in OLSH. The program allows you to spend a day attending classes and activities while interacting with other students and teachers. This full day experience is designed around YOU! Let us know your interests and we will connect you with a Charger who shares your passions! If you would like to schedule your “Charger for a Day”visit call the Office of Admissions at 412-262-3300 or visit our website at www.olsh.org to complete the online registration form.
Co-Curricular & Athletic Opportunities LSH offers a wide variety of clubs, programs and activities in order for students to explore their interests. Each activity is moderated by a faculty member. Below is a partial list of the clubs and programs that are offered to students:
SCHOOL PROGRAMS: • Art • Band • Drama • Forensics • Horseback Riding • National Honor Society
• Newspaper • SADD • Service Group • Student Government • Video Production • Yearbook
thletics: interscholastic sports are offered in a number of areas. Most interscholastic teams offer opportunities on the junior varsity and varsity levels, while some have freshman teams. The following sports are offered interscholastically:
SCHOOL CLUBS & ACTIVITIES: • American Sign Language • Basketball • Bionics • Book Club
• OLSH Rocketeers • Reverse Painting • Scenery Painting • Ski/Snowboard Club
• Chess • Computer Builders • Debate • Educational Games • Future Educators of America • Liturgical Affairs • Mind Stretchers • OLSH Echo (literary magazine)
• Soccer World • Spirit Committee • Theatre Arts • TV/Video Projects • United Nations • Volleyball • Writing your own Children’s Book
Note: Activites change yearly based on student interest.
Girls Volleyball Boys Volleyball Girls Soccer Boys Soccer Girls Cross Country Boys Cross Country Girls Golf Boys Golf Football Girls Basketball Boys Basketball Girls Bowling Boys Bowling Cheerleading Hockey Swimming Boys Baseball Girls Softball Girls Track & Field Boys Track & Field Freshman Basketball
Why I Teach
e all choose different careers in life. Have you ever wondered why your teachers chose to teach? You may be surprised to find out what drives your teachers to educate you.
KARIE JARVIS, MUSIC
THERESA LONG, LITERATURE
MY FAITH AND MUSIC HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT ASPECTS IN MY LIFE. HAVING THE
CHILDREN KEEP YOU YOUNG AND GIVE YOU HOPE. I WANTED TO SPEND EVERY DAY SHARING LIFE AND LITERATURE WITH KIDS.
OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE FAITH THROUGH MUSIC AT OLSH IS A BLESSING. SEEING A LIGHT IN A STUDENT’S EYES WHEN THEY CONNECT WITH A PIECE OF MUSIC OR LYRICS IS WHAT DRIVES ME TO CHALLENGE MY STUDENTS.
DAVE PARKS, HISTORY I HAVE STUDENT TAUGHT AND OBSERVED AT A LOT OF PUBLIC “ SCHOOLS, THE STUDENTS HERE ARE DIFFERENT THEY CHOOSE TO BE HERE, AND YOU CAN SEE THAT IN THEIR DESIRE TO LEARN. ”
SR. M. FRANCINE HOROS, MATHEMATICS
NANCY JAROCKI, RELIGION
IT’S MY DRIVE TO SHARE MY FAITH AND THE MY LOVE FOR MATH MADE ME WANT TO SHARE IT “ “ PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST WITH THE STUDENTS WITH OTHERS. ” AND TO SEE THEM COME TO AN UNDERSTANDING MARUEEN STEUERNAGEL, ENGLISH OF HIM AND THE CHURCH. ” IF I COULD AFFORD IT I WOULD COME TO WORK EVERY “
DAY FOR FREE AND I WOULD CONTRIBUTE MY PAY CHECK TO
MICHAEL MILLER, FOREIGN LANGUAGE
I ENJOY HAVING THE FREEDOM TO SHARE MY FAITH, THE STUDENT’S LOVE “ OF LEARNING AND INQUISITIVE NATURE. THEY MAKE ME SMILE EVERY DAY. ”
Mission Statement ur Lady of the Sacred Heart High School is a Catholic educational ministry of the Felician Sisters, rooted in the Franciscan spirit and Gospel values.
We encourage academic excellence, provide for the education of the whole person, and welcome all students into a loving and challenging Christian community which professes the sacredness of life. We provide a solid spiritual and academic foundation on which to build a strong faith, shape a discerning intellect and prepare students for a life of Christian leadership, stewardship, and service to Godâ€™s people. We challenge our graduates to transform society by cooperating with Christ in the spiritual renewal of the world.
Letter from the Principal Dear Parents and Students, We are delighted that you are considering joining the OLSH family! Choosing a high school can be a tough decision and we want to help you make the best choice. If you have not visited our campus already, schedule a visit to experience the difference the OLSH family offers. At OLSH we believe in helping our students reach their full potential through academic excellence, spiritual growth and community involvement. We encourage our students to succeed in the classroom by tailoring schedules to meet their individual needs. We also encourage our students to reach out to those who need a helping hand throughout the community. Celebrating our faith is a way of life here at OLSH. Guided by the Core Values and traditions of the Felician Sisters, we recognize that Jesus Christ is the reason for this school and educate our family in their mission. We believe in transforming the whole person so that when you graduate from OLSH, you will be an example of the leadership, scholarship and service that we hold so dear. At OLSH we believe in YOU! As you come to learn more about OLSH, we are confident that you will want to make your high school memories here as part of our family. God Bless,
Mr. Tim Plocinik Principal