The English Department is dedicated to helping all students improve their reading, composition, speaking, listening and thinking skills by analyzing and interpreting various types of literary genres, along with placing a heavy emphasis on grammatical and vocabulary development. Our approach is faith-based so that students may reflect on moral and ethical issues while making relevant connections to their lives. 

Each year, Holy Name participates in the Great Lakes Theater Festival’s High School Residency Program. For one week, two professional actor-teachers from GLTF will collaborate with American Literature classes in discussions, improvisations and performances to lead them to a better understanding of classic American drama.

When an appropriate play is performed at one of the theaters in Cleveland, we will take our students on a field trip to see it. Cleveland is a city alive with history and culture, and we are lucky to share in this community resource, especially with our students. 


Policies, Requirements and Standards

All students will receive a writing portfolio freshmen year. Throughout their time at Holy Name, students will revise and edit their portfolio as well as document their improvements. All essays must be typed using the MLA format found in the HN Writing Handbook. Essays submitted past the deadline will be deducted 20% for each day late.

At the end of each year, students will take a comprehensive vocabulary test on the Princeton Review Hit Parade. You can use this list with the words and their definitions, or an alternative list using the words in sentences, to practice. These are the most frequently tested words on the SAT.


Department Requirements

Four credits of English and .5 credits of speech are needed for graduation. Students must complete assigned summer reading that is evaluated at the start of the school year and is counted as 20% of the first quarter grade. Students will write at least one essay per quarter, and all students are required to complete a grade-level appropriate research paper during third quarter. 


Department Standards

Students are required to participate in class actively and constructively. This involves outside preparation (completing reading and writing assignments), paying attention during lectures and presentations, contributing in class discussions, and participating in small and large group activities. Writing should be grammatically correct, following the rules of standard written English, and all work must be the student’s own work.

Students will be assessed on a variety of levels:

  • Objective Tests and Quizzes
  • Written Tests and Quizzes
  • Essays
  • Research Paper
  • Oral Presentations / Debates
  • Individual Projects
  • Group Projects
  • Alternative Forms of Expression

To view a copy of the HN Writing Handbook, please click here.

  • The Name (school newspaper)
  • Splash (school literary magazine)
  • Writing Club
  • Book Club
  • Yearbook
  • Film Club
  • NCTE Awards in Writing Program
  • Rotary Club of Parma 4-Way Speech Contest
  • Drama Club
  • Fall Drama Production
  • English Speaking Union’s Shakespeare Monologue Competition
  • Cleveland Theater Conference One-Act Play Festival
  • Readers Theater
  • Spring Musical
  • International Thespian Society

English Department: Summer Reading Program

The primary purpose of Holy Name High School’s Summer Reading Program is to lead students to an appreciation of good literature and let them discover that reading is enjoyable. Other benefits include a development of reading comprehension skills, a building of vocabulary, a better understanding of interactions between people, and a broadening of knowledge about various cultures represented in the books read.

During the first week of school in August, English teachers will give objective tests on each of the books that you read. Also, each English class will begin the school year with a discussion of the required book. Following class discussions, each student will write an essay about the required book(s).

Summer reading will count for 20% of the first quarter grade.

Reading lists for the 2017-2018 School Year will be announced in late Spring 2017. Please check back for 2017 Summer Reading Lists at a later date.

All students can benefit from taking notes on each of the books they read over the summer. To help students with their summer reading note-taking, a list of questions is available for reference.

Department Faculty


Golubski-1Ms. Denise Golubski | Department Chairperson
Phone: 440-886-0300 ext. 410
Degree: B.A., John Carroll University

HirzelMrs. Amy Hirzel
Phone: 440-886-0300 ext. 434
Degree: B.S., Ashland University

Website: Mrs. Hirzel’s English IV and AP English Website

Mr. Jonathan Pelegano
Phone: 440-886-0300 ext. 427
Degree: B.A., New York University
Degree: M.A., Bard College

Holly-WhiteMrs. Holly White
Phone: 440-886-0300
Degree: B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College
Degree: M.A., Cleveland State University

KenneallyMr. Terrence J. Kenneally ’67
Phone: 440-886-0300 ext. 139
Degree: B.A., Cleveland State University
Degree: J.D., University of Akron
Degree: M.A., John Carroll University

Mrs. Jackie Rizk ’03
Phone: 440-886-0300 ext. 430
Degree: B.A., Ohio University

Upcoming Events

May 17
May 19

Senior Exams

May 19 @ 8:00 am - May 23 @ 5:00 pm
May 24

Underclassmen Exams

May 24 - May 31
May 26


May 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm