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The Aquinas Medal is awarded to one student from each school in the Diocese who embodies the qualities we seek to instill in our students. Saint Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of scholars, combined his powerful intellect with an all-embracing love of God. Saint Thomas labored, as do our schools, to impart knowledge infused with an awareness of God to those who learned from him. The Medal is not intended as strictly an academic recognition but to make visible those young people in our schools who enflesh the spirit of the school’s mission and the philosophy of Catholic school education.
Our Lady of Peace School starts off each school year with our Covenant Night Celebration. This is an opportunity for students and their families to join together in celebration of the covenant commitment it takes to educate our young people. The covenant calls family, parish and school community to a cooperative partnership to meet the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical needs of our children. In this covenant, all are united in love, sharing a hope-filled vision of God’s kingdom on earth.
- Parents are called to communicate God’s love and presence among us as the primary educator of their children.
- The Parish, gathered as God’s people in worship, is called to renew and celebrate Jesus’ New Covenant in Word and Sacrament.
- The Catholic School community is called to be a unique expression of the Church’s educational mission.
What Happens on Covenant Night?
Mrs. Kerr, our principal, greets the new students and families as they enter the school. We ask them to arrive first so they aren’t overwhelmed with the crowd of returning families. It also gives them more time to talk with the teachers.
Then, all our school families, new and returning, gather as a community to celebrate our Covenant Liturgy celebrated by our new pastor, Fr. Joseph. This year our school theme is Build Peace! Our Faith Focus will be the Virtues. Through the Virtues we hope to capture the incredible LOVE, GOODNESS, and Peace found in following our FAITH.
- 5p.m. New Families are welcomed to the school. Please drop off classroom supplies before mass.
- 5:30 p.m. MASS – all OLP families are asked to attend
- After mass, Returning Families will go to the classrooms to drop off classroom supplies.
Families gather in the Peace Family Center where parents have the opportunity to write a message to their children. This banner is displayed in the main school hallway all year. They also enjoy refreshments and catching up with friends after the summer break.
Jessica Glenn, Kindergarten Teacher
Hello, my name is Jessica Glenn. This is my tenth year at Our Lady of Peace School. I am a product of Catholic education from grade school through college. I am a graduate of Our Lady of Peace, Bishop Donahue High School and Wheeling Jesuit University. While attending Wheeling Jesuit University I chose the major of Elementary Education. After graduation, I committed myself to a year of service with AmeriCorps. As the year came to an end I was hired at Wheeling Catholic Elementary School as the Kindergarten teacher. This year will mark my eighteenth year of teaching kindergarten.
I currently live in Elm Grove with my husband and three children. I love being a mother and a teacher. I am so excited to be back at OLP!
My heart is in Catholic education. I truly believe that my Catholic education has given me the foundation on which I am able to teach from and I am so happy to share that with the children at Our Lady of Peace School.
This is my 15th year as kindergarten aide here at OLP. I am blessed to work with Mrs. Jessica Glenn. She is all that a parent would want for their child’s kindergarten teacher. I enjoy my time here with the kids and the OLP Community.
My philosophy is… You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled then something has been lost.
I am from Charleston, W.V., but have lived in Wheeling all my married life.
I graduated from WVU with a bachelors degree in secondary education.
“We see God everyday, we just don’t always recognize Him.”