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Administration

Lynn Sabol | Principal | Mathematics
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Rev. Kevin Bobbin | Chaplain
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Jeff Naffin | Studies Office
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Margie Young | Finance Office
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Jennifer Daubert | Development | Assistant to the Principal
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Kim Zardet | Assistant Development Director
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Liz Brensinger | Guidance
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Michael Grabowski: Dean of Students
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Ruth Weidman | Athletic Director
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Diane Yaneck | Administrative Assistant
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Faculty

Roxana Achach | Spanish
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June Bednar | Textbook Coordinator
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Al Bobinas | Learning Support
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Robert Burcik | Science
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Maureen Challenger | Science
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John Connolly | English
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Toni Holohan | Art | Yearbook | Community Service
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Judy Kimber | Resource Room
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Charles Kustan | Social Studies
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Daniel Lisella | Theology
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Jim Lotz | Day-to-Day Substitute
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Jeff Naffin | Mathematics
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Alan Noecker | English
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Lyric Paskel | Science
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Andrew Purcell | English
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Bridget Quick | Math
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Jessica Reynolds | English | History
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Mark Sabol | Resource Room
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Derek Seiger | Music
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Ruth Weidman | Health and Physical Education
rweidman@nativitybvm.net

School Profile

Nativity’s total enrollment of 202 students, from twelve surrounding school districts, is about half boys and half girls. There are 20 lay teachers and one priest on the faculty.

Graduates 2023

Academic Overview

Nativity BVM operates on a five day cycle with eight 42 minute periods. Class instruction consumes 88 percent of a student’s day which includes large and small-group instruction along with lab periods.

Grades are recorded numerically. The passing mark is 70. Students must attain 27 and ¼ credits for graduation. Grade point average (GPA) and class rank are based on a diocesan quality point system using grades from major courses taken during the school year. GPA and class rank are cumulative and are calculated at the end of each quarter. GPA is on a weighted 4.0 scale.

Nativity BVM High School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as well as the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Academic Levels

Advanced Placement Courses: 5
Advanced Level Courses: 30
Regular Level Courses: 69
General Level Courses: 6

Advanced Placement Courses

Literature and Composition
Language and Composition
U.S. History
Calculus AB
Biology

Students can also take Advanced Placement courses through the
Virtual High School (VHS) program.

Dual Credit Classes

Advanced Physics
Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology
Advanced Pre-Calculus
CRIMJ 100: Intro to Criminal Justice

College Credit Opportunities

Several courses are offered through partnerships with Alvernia University and Penn State University—Schuylkill Campus.

Advanced Placement Exams are standardized tests administered by Nativity BVM and scored by the Educational Testing Service. Exams are graded on a 5 point scale with scores of 3-5 being considered qualified for college credit. Colleges and Universities determine whether or not to accept AP exam grades for credit.

Exam dates and fees are determined by the College Board. All students who enroll in an AP course are required to sit for the AP Exam.

College Entrance Guidelines

Course

English
Mathematics
Science
Theology
Social Studies
Language
Electives
Required Minors

Graduation

4 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
4 Credits
3 Credits
2 Credits
7 Credits
3.25 Credits

Recommended

4 Credits
4 Credits
4 Credits

3-4 Credits
2-4 Credits


Colleges encourage coursework with exposure to Trigonometry.

Functional Analysis, Trigonometry/Selected Math Topics, Precalculus and Algebra 3 carry, upon completion, the needed trigonometry requirements for college acceptance.

Curriculum (major courses only)

CP – College Prep | H – Advanced Level | AP – Advanced Placement

THEOLOGY
Theology 9 – CP
Theology 10 – CP
Theology 11 – CP/H
Theology 12 – CP/H

ENGLISH
English I – CP/H
Amer Lit – CP/H
British Lit – CP/H
World Lit – CP/H
World Lit – AP
British Lit – AP
Journalism – CP
Writing – CP

WORLD LANGUAGES
French 1 – CP
French 2 – CP
French 3 – CP
French 4 – CP
Spanish 1 – CP
Spanish 2 – CP
Spanish 3 – H
Spanish 4 – H
AP Spanish – VHS

MATHEMATICS
Algebra 1 – CP
Algebra 2 – CP/H
Geometry – CP/H
Alg 3/Trig – H
Trig/Pre-Calc – CP
Trig/Calc – H
Pre-Calc – H
Calculus – AP

SCIENCE
Physical Sci – CP/H
Biology – CP/H
Chemistry – CP/H
Physics – CP/H
Anat/Phys – H
Marine Sci – CP
Enviro. Sci – CP
Biology – AP

SOCIAL STUDIES
Amer Cult – CP
World Cult – CP
Am Gov/Econ – CP
Psychology – CP
Sociology – CP
US History – AP
PA History – CP

I.T.
Accounting 1 – CP
Accounting 2 – CP
Personal Law – CP
Sports Market – CP

FINE ARTS
Art 1 – CP
Art 2 – CP
Journalism 1 – CP
Music Theory – CP

Grading Scale

A = 93-100 B = 85-92 C = 75-84 D = 70-74 F = 0-69
Distinguished Honors

A grade of 93 or above in all subjects.

Seniors
Rylee Denion
Ethan Grabowski
Ethan Hahner
Dylan Higgins
Abbey Leskin
Melissa Malarkey
Julie Misstishin
Joseph Rossi
Gwan Yun
Bailey Ziolkowski

Juniors
Miranda Bukot
Nolan Daynorowicz
Bruno Fernandez
Lars Lundervold
Liam Messina
Morgan Ohnmacht
Kathryn Opolsky
Samuel Spolski
Sara Spolski
Andrew Verchick
Hallie Yordy

Sophomores
Lily Baran
Chloe Covell
Jackson Daubert
Madeline Daynorowicz
Lilyanna Eades
Ryan Grabowski
Trey Keating
Hailey Mills
Naomi Neifert
Emmet Portland
Gary Schuler
Andrew Smith
Brody Sophy
Madison Thompson
Delaney Walborn
Chloe Zulick

Freshmen
Samantha Krusinsky
Colin Lenahan
Finley McNamara
Hunter-Rian Nothaft
Layne Pasker

Seniors
Isabella Aikey
Rylee Denion
Giulia Gargiulo
Ethan Grabowski
Dylan Higgins
Khanh Le
Melissa Malarkey
Spencer Mathers
Julie Misstishin
Joseph Rossi
Gwan Yun
Bailey Ziolkowski

Juniors
Miranda Burkot
Nolan Daynorowicz
Bruno Fernandez
Etain Hatch
Lars Lundervold
Kathryn Opolsky
Samuel Spolski
Sara Spolski
Hallie Yordy

Sophomores
Lily Baran
Chloe Covell
Jackson Daubert
Madeline Daynorowicz
Lilyanna Eades
Ryan Grabowski
Trey Keating
Hailey Mills
Naomi Neifert
Gary Schuler
Andrew Smith
Brody Sophy
Madison Thompson
Delaney Walborn
Chloe Zulick

Freshmen
Anna Jansson
Samantha Krusinsky
Colin Lenahan
Robert McDonald
Finley McNamara
Thomas Monaghan
Layne Pasker
Emmalee Pinkey

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Freshmen

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Freshmen

First Honors

An average of 89.5 or above with minimum grade of 85 in all subjects.

Seniors
Isabella Aikey
Lauryn Bedway
Reagan Bennett
Grace Brennan
Carly Brunn
Riley Doyle
Giulia Gargiulo
Autumn Gehrman
Kory Gilbert
Aleksandr Gorski
Hunter Hengeveld
Emily Krammes
Khanh Le
Spencer Mathers
Jack Messina
Jacob Rosenberger
Ryliegh Sinko
Brandon Smith
Luke Sterns
Cole Wagner

Juniors
Alana Bachman
Giana Bagley
Emily Conroy
Noah Dolbin
Gavin Frie
Etain Hatch
An Le
Lukas McNamara
Ngoc Vu Minh Ngo
Ella Putalavage
Haley Runkle
Walker Ryon
Brandon Schwartz
Dylenah Seiders
Michael Stank
Nikolas Steele
Connor Stehr
Samuel Walborn
Matthew Wojciechowsky

Sophomores
Aidan Becker
Peyton Emerich
Connor Kanute
Macie Rushannon

Freshmen
Eric Buchinski
Nicholas Clarke
Ryan Examitas
Connor Felty
Anna Jansson
Joshua Kimber
Sean Kramer
Robert McDonald
Thomas Monaghan
Connor Palerino
Sophia Palmieri
Emmalee Pinkey
Addison Ricard
Irelynn Richard
Jacob Swartz
Janelle Ziegmont

Seniors
Lauryn Bedway
Reagan Bennett
Carly Brunn
Autumn Gehrman
Aleksandr Gorski
Ethan Hahner
Hunter Hengeveld
Nolan Kokitus
Emily Krammes
Abbey Leskin
Claudia Mancini
Jack Messina
William Mongrain
Jacob Rosenberger
Ryliegh Sinko
Brandon Smith
Luke Sterns

Juniors
Emily Conroy
Noah Dolbin
Ariana Lescoe
Lukas McNamara
Liam Messina
Ngoc Vu Minh Ngo
Morgan Ohnmacht
Ella Putalavage
Haley Runkle
Walker Ryon
Brandon Schwartz
Dylenah Seiders
Michael Stank
Nikolas Steele
Connor Stehr
Andrew Verchick
Samuel Walborn
Matthew Wojciechowsky

Sophomores
Aidan Becker
Brenna Dombrosky
Peyton Emerich
Connor Kanute
Nhung Nguyen
Emmet Portland
Kaiden Renn
Macie Rushannon
George Shimko

Freshmen
Thomas Bechtel
Eric Buchinski
Ryan Examitas
Wyatt Hylka
Joshua Kimber
Connor Palerino
Sophia Palmieri
Addison Ricard
Irelynn Richard
Jacob Swartz
Janelle Ziegmont

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Freshmen

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Freshmen

Second Honors

An average of 84.5 or above with minimum grade of 80 in all subjects.

Seniors
Tyler Borden
John Borrell
Nolan Ferhat
Kevin Kanute
Kamryn Kimmel
Nolan Kokitus
Claudia Mancini
William Mongrain
Chloe Motto
Michael Quirk
Zachary Roberts
Luke Scheifley
Hannah Zimerofsky

Juniors
Nathan Cooper
Ella Frantz
Carleigh Palmieri
Dominic Rowlands

Sophomores
Colt Mason
Madeline Michael
Kaiden Renn
Aidan Ricard
George Shimko

Freshmen
Thomas Bechtel
Noah Bulino
Madison Gann
Wyatt Hylka
Amara Miller
Ivette Pena
Nash Stehr

Seniors
Tyler Borden
John Borrell
Grace Brennan
David Cruz
Riley Doyle
Nolan Ferhat
Kory Gilbert
Abigail Greenhalgh
Aaron Kostura
Emma Lesher
Alberto Martin Garcia
Chloe Motto
Callie Palerino
Ryan Strauss
Cole Wagner
Hannah Zimerofsky

Juniors
Justinpeter Basa
Ella Frantz
Jack Gherghel
An Le
Gustavo Magno De Melo
Carleigh Palmieri
Dominic Rowlands

Sophomores
Chun Yin Chio
Morgan Howell
Colt Mason
Madeline Michael
Lillianna Mull
Mary Prentice
Aidan Ricard
Evan Ritter

Freshmen
Noah Bulino
Nicholas Clarke
Connor Felty
Sean Kramer
Hunter-rian Nothaft
Ivette Pena
Nash Stehr
Jorge Sullivan

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Freshmen

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Freshmen

Graduate Profile

Congratulations to the 45 graduates of the Nativity BVM High School Class of 2023! The Class of 2023 was offered a total of $8,104,438 in scholarships, grants and awards to continue their education and accepted $3,225,470 of these funds. Approximately 92 percent of the Class of 2023 is attending a four or two-year university/college, trade school or the military.

National Honor Society New Members

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society is that organization of students invited to membership by the faculty and administration for the purpose of promoting high academic standards while insuring the continuation of service to the school and the community. This organization shall:

  • Create an enthusiasm for scholarship
  • Stimulate a desire to render service
  • Promote worthy leadership
  • Encourage the development of character in all students.

Membership in the National Honor Society is an honor, not a right. Although students may be academically eligible as sophomores or juniors, sometimes it is a mature decision to wait until junior or senior year before entering the membership process. Membership is based upon four criteria: scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Students become academically eligible to be nominated for the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society with the following academic requirements:

Service: A student must be consistently and actively involved in service-oriented activities or projects. This service must be substantiated by letters, certificates or recommendations from the directors of said activities.

Leadership: A student must exhibit initiative both in the classroom and out, must inspire positive behavior in others, and must be dependable.

Character: A student must exemplify positive aspects of character such as honesty, courtesy, responsibility and cooperation. He/she must show respect toward school, faculty, peers and school regulations.

Scholarship: A student must exhibit a thirst for knowledge and demonstrate a desire to become an independent life-long learner.

The faculty will evaluate each candidate and determine the final selection. Once selected, NHS members must maintain the standards by which they were selected and are expected to participate in NHS sponsored activities such as tutoring, hosting and ushering for school programs, as well as in other service-oriented programs.

Extracurricular Activities

Almost 90 percent of our current students are members of a club, play a sport, or are involved in other extracurricular activities.

In addition, students gain opportunities to complete required service hours for various organizations in the community. All students must complete at least 100 hours of community service as a requirement for graduation.

Varsity Sports

Boys

Girls

Fall Season

Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer

Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Volleyball

Winter Season

Basketball
Swimming
Wrestling

Basketball
Cheerleading
Swimming

Spring Season

Baseball
Track & Field

Softball
Track & Field

Clubs and Activities

Academic Team
Band/Band Front
Campus Ministry
Chess Club
Chorus
Interact Club
International Club

Math Club
Music Ministry
National Honor Society
Newspaper – “Skylines”
Science Club
Science National Honor Society

Ski Club
Spanish Club
Student Ambassadors
Student Council
Theater/Drama Club
Stage Crew
Yearbook – “Lawtonian”

Course Registration

Summer Reading

  1. All students will be required to do summer reading. Requirements for each grade and course level are listed separately.
  2. Students will be required to make one annotation for every ten pages of the novel.
  3. For this reason, these books must be purchased. Teachers will randomly choose pages to check for annotations and the response will be graded based on a rubric reflecting the Annotation Instructions available below.

International Students

The Nativity International Student Program stimulates a diverse learning environment in our school. Nativity welcomes F1 International students and currently enjoys a vibrant international community of young people from around the world!

Nativity BVM High School  •  One Lawtons Hill  •  Pottsville, PA 17901  •  570.622.8110

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