News Archive

VolleyKnights’ scheduling!

The Piarist VolleyKnights have been having quite the season this year and will round it out in grand fashion. October 2 – the Lady Knights will travel to South Floyd at 6 pm. October 5 finds the VolleyKnights playing a double header at Redbird at 10am. October 8, the VolleyKnights travel to Paintsville at 6 pm. October 10, Pike Central will take on the VolleyKnights at home at 6pm. Two away games quickly follow on October 14 at June Buchanan and Breathitt County on October 15. The season will round out with Senior Night on Ocotber 17th at 6pm as the VolleyKnights take on Prestonsburg Black Cats.


Midknight Madness

This year’s Midknight Madness is scheduled for October 16 at 7pm in the Piarist School gymnasium.


2nd Annual Class Wars Lock In scheduled!

The 2nd annual Class Wars has been scheduled for October 18 from 6pm to 6am. Festivities run throughout the week leading up to the lock in to gain student participation and promote the Games. A letter will be sent to the parents in the upcoming days with details and scheduling!


The Piarist School to hold a Fall Festival.

This year, in order to raise money for the building of the new school, the Piarist School Faculty and Drama departments will be hosting a Fall Festival on October 26, 2013. Games, food stations and drink stations will be located throughout the gym at 6, while a special Haunted House will open at 8:30 in the library wing of the school. Parents may bring their children early for family fun without having to participate in frightening activities that will begin after dark. We are asking for as much help as possible! Any donations of decorations, food, games or time will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Drama advisor Natasha Collins for further information at 285-3950.


Halloween Costume Contest!

The Piarist School annual Halloween Constume contest will be held on Halloween. Students are encouraged to come dressed in dress code length appropriate costumes to participate in the student/faculty Halloween Costume contest. The following day, November 1 is All Saints Day. There will be no school on that day.


Halloween Dance scheduled.

The Piarist School Halloween Dance will be held on November 2, 2013 at the Piarist Gymnasium. The dance will begin at 8 pm. Any questions, please contact the Student Council at 285-3950.


An Evening of One Acts scheduled for the fall.

This fall, the Senior Drama Class will be teaming up with the high school and middle school Drama Clubs to present a very special event: an Evenings of One Acts. The middle school Drama Club will be presenting Big Bad – a courtoorm drama about a class action lawsuit filed against the Big Bad Wolf for his crimes against fairy tale characters. The play is a quick, fun and imaginative performance where teh audience decides the fate of the defendant! The middle school performance will be student directed by Senior Cathryn Calhoun. The Freshman and Sophomore classes will be presenting The True Story of Cinderella – a retelling of the classic tale from the perspective of the “wicked stepsisters”. This quick witted and hilarious play will be student directed by Senior Blair Johnson. The Junior class will round out the evening’s performances with Desparate Housewives of Shakespeare. This fast paced play unfolds in Lady McBeth’s dining room where 6 female Shakespearian protagonists gather to discuss their lives. They are soon visited by Inspector Tremblelance who informs them that Shakespeare has been murdered and each of them is a suspect. Follow the plot as Inspector Tremblelance lays out his theories on the case, each as likely as the one before. This performance will be student directed by Senior Galvin Greene. Further information will be provided later in the Fall.


Senior Drama Class play scheduled.

The Senior Drama Class is presenting a murder mystery Alibis on May 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm. The play will be held at the Piarist School gymnasium. During a stormy night in the 1980’s, millionaire actress Primavera Donna has been murdered and its up to the stock characters to figure out whodunnit and how. Come enjoy an evening of mystery, danger and laughs. Admission is $3.00.


NHS Induction scheduled.

The National Honors Society will hold its induction for its newest members on May 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM. The induction will take place at the Jenny Wiley Lodge. Any questions, please contact Jennifer Shepherd at the School.


New School Updates.

A new tab has been added to the site which will house updates on the new School building and progress.


Next entrance exam date set.

the next entrance exam for the 2013-2014 school year will be held on May 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM. The exam will be given to all grades, 6-12. For more information, please contact the School at 606-285-3950.


Piarist School chapter of the National Honors Society news.

The bylaws of the Piarist School chapter of the National Honors Society are now available online.

Testing to begin March 2, 2013.

The Piarist School will host its first testing of the year on March 2, 2013. The testing will begin at 9 am with both middle school and high school testing for enrollment in the 2013-2014 school year. This testing is free and open to the public. If your student has not filled out an application, be sure to arrive 15 minutes early in order to complete one. Any questions, please call the School at 606-285-3950.


New website for the Piarist School

As many of you know, the Piarist School will be moving to a new location in 2014. Major rennovations must be completed on the purchased building before the school is able to relocate. Teaming up with Absolute Video, the Piarist School has produced a new webpage that discusses the Piarist Fathers’ mission in Appalachia, the school and the good that is done throughout the community. Please take a moment to look at and pass along the website: Piarist Father’s Appalachian Mission.


Student signs to play basketball with Kentucky Christian University.

Senior Kelli Akers recently signed to play basketball with and attend Kentucky Christian University next year. She will be joining a National Championship program and continue her rigorous studies! We are so proud of her accomplishments. Congratulations, Kelli!!


The Piarist School would like to congratulate Coach Kevin Tackett’s Piarist Knights and Lady Knights on a successful season and an historical District Win!

The Piarist Lady Knights captured the first District win in the School’s history on January 7, 2013. The Lady Knights took on the South Floyd Lady Rams and defeated them in a 63-19 victory. The same evening, Senior Kelli Akers broke the single player scoring record with 37 points in one game. Congratulations to the Lady Knights and the Knights on a well played season.


The Piarist School wishes to congratulate the VolleyKnight and Coach Darlene Moore on a successful program!

The Piarist Vollyeball program has been steadily climbing since its inception. Multiple accolades have been won by the Volley Knights which is demonstrated in the many banners showcasing their achievements in the school’s gym.

Coach Darlene Moore listed the multitude of accolades that the girls have accomplished, “In the two years of its existence, the middle school Volley Knights were the winners of the C team tournament and Runner up in the B team tournmanent. Last year, they finished 2nd overall in the conference!

In 2010, the school had a player named to the KVCA All State team and the Volley Knights finished with a record of 14-14. This year, they finished with 13-11. They’re just such great girls with so much heart.

Last year, we had a player earn a position to represent our school in the Allstar Team for the 15 region with one player being picked all four years she attended the Piarist School to represent our school on the Allstar Team for the region. I’m just so proud of them all.”

There are no words yet on Allstar Team picks for this year. We will keep you posted! Congratulations Coach Moore and the Volley Knights!


Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conference

The end of the first quarter is upon us. Report cards will be mailed out Friday October 19, 2012 and the academic year’s first Parent Teacher Conference will be held on Tuesday October 23rd at 6PM. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school at 606-285-3950.


MidKnight Madness

This Saturday, October 20, the Piarist Knight and Lady Knights will be hosting MidKnight Madness. The event will take place in the gym at 7 pm and is open to the public. Team introductions and games will be played. The even is open to the public. Refreshements and snacks are being served! Come out for a night of fun and meet your Knights and Lady Knights!


Congratulations to the Volley Knights on a winning season!

The Piarist Volley Knights finished this season with a winning record of 13-11. The girls put a lot of hard work into this season and finished in the semi finals of the All A District tournament, finally losing to Allen Central. The program has been a steady climb for the past few years and has flourished under Coach Darlene Moore. We want to congratulate the girls on all of their hard work and dedication through the years!


Congratulations to our Volley Knights!


Thank you to our Outreach Volunteers

Each year we have some wonderful people volunteering to come to KY for their Mission work. This year, we were fortunate enough to have several groups volunteering to repair homes in eastern KY.

Helping Hands Christian Missions returned again this year. They are a group of wonderful people from several Parishes in Indiana who give to help others. Together they repaired two homes and built ramps and decks. This group also buys gifts for 100 + children each year.

Next, the school welcomed St. Michael’s group from Greenville, PA. Together they repaired 3 homes and also helped work at our school. This group also shared their ministry with several families and their wonderful cooking with us. They also have been Ministering to eastern Ky for several years. Thank you my friends.

We also welcomed back Church of the Resurrection from Rochester, MN. They repaired several homes and also built a shed for Oddfellows Youth Camp.

We would also like to thank the many friends from St. Francis & Clair in Greenwood, IN. Your hard work and dedication are truly appreciated by the families of eastern KY.

Thanks also to OLA and Devon Prep. from Strafford, PA . Thank you for the work that was done here.

Thank you to all that have helped us in some way. Maybe you came and worked on homes in the 100 degree heat. Maybe you cooked and carried lunches, or visited some families and spoke some kind words. Whatever your Mission, may God continue to bless each of you. The work and time you provide for the families of eastern KY is invaluable.


High School Testing

The next testing date for next year’s high school enrollment is May 12, 2012. Test is scheduled for 9am and is for grades 6 – 10 only. Please contact the school for more information.


Piarist School student stages fundraiser for local Autism Center

We would like to congratulate Torie Nairn, a Piarist School Junior, for her involvement and initiative in raising funds for the Highlands Autism Center in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. The event, “Volley for Autism” was a huge success and featured in the Floyd County Times.

The article discussing the event, the facility and Nairn’s involvement can be read here

The article reads:

Piarist Student stages fundraiser for Autism Center

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and now a local student has gone above and beyond in raising funds to help support The Highlands Center for Autism in Prestonsburg.

The event, “Volley for Autism,” which was organized by Torie Nairn, was held Monday evening in the gymnasium of the Piarist School in Martin. All proceeds brought in through concessions and auctions were donated to the Highlands Center for Autism.

“I think it’s wonderful that she took the initiative and wanted to her community,” said Shelli Deskins, program director at Highlands Center for Autism.

Nairn, a junior at the Piarist School and summer worker at the Center for Autism, put together the fundraiser to help support and provide scholarship money for potential students to the center. Nairn spent the last summer working as an intern at the facility.

“I really liked it,” Nairn said of working at the Autism Center, where she says she got to help put together activities and tactile learning objects.

Nairn says she is currently planning to attend Morehead State University after graduation, and hopes to focus her studies on occupational therapy.

“She is a wonderful example to other young people who have an idea and take it and run with it,” said Deskins, adding that Nairn had already raised quite a bit of money.

“This type of intervention, applied behavior and analysis, is very expensive and families may not be able to afford the full part of the tuition,” Deskins said. The balance of that tuition is usually made up through several fundraisers held throughout the year like “Volley for Autism”.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first three years of life and affects the brain’s normal development of social and communication skills.

Coinciding with National Autism Awareness Month, several studies have recently been released looking at new information and potential causes of autism. One study, released Monday, suggested maternal obesity may play a role. While finding the exact cause of autism appears daunting, new information continues to pour in after more than $1 billion has been spent funding research in the last decade.

The Highlands Center for Autism, which opened in July 2009, is a year round day treatment center serving children from teh earliest diagnosis through school age. The education foudnation of the program is based on ABA, which is an approach that is grounded in decades of research. We offer the only center-based program in Kentucky using ABA in a clinical education setting. We are a mirror program of the Celeveland Clinic Center for Autism.


First testing date for 6th – 9th grades

The first testing date for the next 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades’enrollment in August 2012 has been scheduled for March 3, 2012. Please contact the school for more information.


Piarist School receives commendation from the state of Kentucky

Because of its dedication to education and help in eastern Kentucky, the Piarist School received an official commendation from the state of Kentucky on its 20th anniversary.

The commendation reads:

The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky hereby recognizes and honors The Piarist School Martin, Kentucky as this private, Roman catholic college preparatory school operated independent of and with the blessing and spiritual support of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, for having celebrated its 20th Anniversary of generous service to the people of Eastern Kentucky. Established in 1990 with the mission to provide students of any race, color and background with an education that prepares them to face life with competence and dignity, this esteemed educational institution of learning has won the hearts, minds, trust and highest regard of Floyd County families, as well as families from surrounding counties for the excellent academic, spiritual and moral guidance and support it has provided to young scholars within these communities. The Piarist School has built an admirable reputation of academic excellence and the Piarist Fathers have worked with the utmost dedication and integrity to meet the challenges of providing education to students, instilling a strong sense of pride in its alumni, and preserving the time-honored traditions of service and learning through participation in both local and broader mission outreach programs. Inasmuch as all those associated with this respected educational institution have put forth tremendous effort to assist these young scholars as they set about gaining the knowledge and opportunities to become future leaders in their communities and undoubtedly, the world, the members of this honorable body join Speaker Gregory D. Stumbo in applauding The Piarist School of Martin, Kentucky, on this auspicious occasion, and in extending very best wishes for its continued success and good fortune.

You can view the commendation here


Knights and Lady Knights schedules updated!

The Lady Knights and Knights upcoming basketball seasons will be beginning the end of this month. Come out and cheer on your Knights and Lady Knights during the 2011-2012 seasons! The Lady Knights schedule can be found here and the Knights schedule can be found here.

Website updates

After a brief hiatus from updates, the Piarist School website has now updated the Academic Calendar, Curriculum and Outreach sections. Please continue to stay tuned for regular updates.


New Addition to the Faculty

This year, the Piarist School is happy to once again welcome a third Piarist father: Fr. Alfredo Calvo. Orginally hailing from Spain, Fr. Alfredo is a native Spanish speaker and is teaching all high school Spanish classes in an immersion style. The faculty and students are very excited with his arrival.


1st Entrance Exam of the year

It‟s almost springtime which means it‟s time for the yearly entrance exam. This entrance exam brings many new faces to our school and larger numbers to our enrollment. Our entrance exam this year will be on Saturday March 5th beginning at 9 a.m. The exam for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will last around one hour, while the exam for freshman and sopho-mores will last around 3 hours.

If you’d like more information about the exam, please call the school at 606-285-3950.


Piarist Superior General visits The Piarist School

This past month our small school was graced by a visit from Fr. Pedro Aguado, the new Superior General of the Piarist Order. Fr. Aguado is from Spain and has worked with the Piarist Order for many years. He was in the States and planned a visit to our school to meet with students and faculty. With Fr. Aguado were the General Assistant for the Ameri-cas, Fr. Fernando Hernández from Mexico, and their interpreter from Argentina. The Fathers visited with many classes, focusing on the Spanish classes where they were entertained by the students‟ singing and sang a few songs themselves. The students enjoyed having a chance to speak with a native speaker and did their best to impress the Father. Though his visit was short, it was very much appreciated and will be remember by the students for a very long time.


Academic Team takes 1st place in District

The Middle School Academic Team placed 1st in the 85th District Tournament and 3rd in the Regional Tournament. Congratulations to our hard working students on their achievement!


Piarist School Basketball program

This year we have welcomed back a team to our athletic department: the Piarist School Knights boys‟ basketball team. The team has played six games so far. Left for this sea-son are five games including The Riverside Prep Showcase starting February 5th at 7:30 at various sites. The remaining four games we play are as follows: home against June Buchanan on February 8th at 6pm; away against Jackson City on February 9th at 7:30pm; home against Red Bird on February 11th at 7:45pm; away against Jenkins on February 12th at 6:00pm.

Returning this year are the Piarist Lady Knights girls‟ basketball team, also coached by Kevin Tackett. Last season the girls broke many records, and they are looking to do even better this season. The girls have played 16 games so far. There are 10 games remaining in this season and they are as follows: Pres-tonsburg at Prestonsburg, February 3rd at 6:00pm; Phelps at Phelps, February 4th at 6:00pm; Cordia at the Riverside Prep Showcase, February 5th, TBA; Jackson City at Jackson City, February 9th at 6:00pm; Phelps at home, February 10th at 6:00pm; South Floyd at home, February 11th at 6:00pm; Betsy Lane at home, February 14th at 6:00pm; Kentucky School for the Deaf at KSD, February 15th at 6:00pm; June Buchanan at home, February 18th at 6:00pm; and Pike County Central at Pike County Central, February 19th at 7:30pm.