Why NDP? A New Family’s Perspective

by Rus VanWestervelt I  have a confession to make. As a dad, as well as an educator, I was probably a little too excited in being a part of the process of selecting the best school for our middle school-aged daughter. Although we did not initiate the search (that was our daughter’s doing, thanks to…

The Secrets Lie Below…

On a wooded lot almost entirely reclaimed by the surrounding woods once stood the Eutaw Farm manor house measuring sixty by sixty feet. Today almost no evidence of the once-grand abode remains …. above ground.  The secrets lie below. On Saturday, April 21, ten Notre Dame Prep students and three teachers ventured to this site, situated in…

NDP Rocks…Literally!

by Elizabeth Penn ’16 Having just returned from a successful music adjudication in Nashville, senior Elizabeth Penn reminisces about her time as a member of the NDP band. I have been in involved with music ever since I was very young. Thank you, mom, for those piano lessons at age four that have continued until this…

Five reasons why I never really left Notre Dame Prep

by Jeff Goethals Next week, NDP’s holds its annual Pasta for the Philippines (rescheduled from its traditional January date due to Snowmageddon 2016). Here the founder of this event, Jeff Goethals, retired long-time teacher at NDP, shares why this event, among other things, keeps bringing him back to NDP year after year. Reading the pages of…

10 Fun Facts about Music

It’s Music Appreciation Week at Notre Dame Prep, and by the looks (and sounds!) of it, music is in the air! More than 300 girls participate in NDP’s music program, which runs from grades 6 through 12. Whether it’s band, orchestra, chorus, jazz band, chamber choir, or AP music theory, NDP’s music program cultivates not…

Spring (not Summer!) Reading

Spring break is around the corner. Maybe your plans will take you on a cruise, to the mountains, or even to your own backyard deck. Whatever the destination, be sure to take with you a good “spring read”! Just as all manner of spring flowers stretch toward the sun after winter’s hibernation, so, too, are…

Carrots, Camels, Salads, and Silver Cups: Gym Meet Memories

It’s hard to explain, amazing to see, and unforgettable to all. Yes, we’re talking about NDP’s beloved tradition Gym Meet! Alumnae from all decades point to this 80-plus year-old competition and its many components—Calisthenics, then aerobics, marching, dance, and song! Larger-than-life props! Costumes made from trash bags! Left-left-left-right-left!—among their dearest recollections of NDP. The Silver…

Notre Dame Prep: In Six Words

In recent years, social media has provided a large canvas for authors who are eager to share their stories or memoirs…in six words. Probably the most famous six-word story, which is often credited (without substantiation) to Ernest Hemingway, reads: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” This is an extreme example of short or “flash fiction,” which is…

I Love NDP Because…

Happy Valentine’s Day! We asked our students why they loved NDP and… …of course Gym Meet topped the list! And so did classes, teachers, activities, sisterhood, service opportunities, school spirit, and so much more!! Here are some of the reasons why “I love NDP”. BECAUSE… …the moment I step on campus, it is like walking…

The Messiah Among Us

By Tom Peri, Science Teacher Mr. Peri shared this story as a call to worship for a faculty liturgy earlier in the school year. In celebration of Catholic Schools Week and Lent, which begins next Wednesday, we offer it to you today. This year our theme and our challenge is to “Build a City of God.” …

Embrace Your Inner Geek

If Mark Zuckerbeg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook, makes a recommendation, then you know it’s probably pretty good advice. So girls of the world…heed Mr. Zuckerberg and embrace your inner “nerd”! As Education Week reported, in response to one grandma’s Facebook post about the advice she gives to her granddaughters – “date the nerd in…

O Holy Night…

Tradition is one word that NDP knows well, and at Christmas time traditions abound. The campus is beautifully decorated, tree trim carols resound, advisories organize gifts for families in need and secret Santas stash secret gifts where you least expect to find them! Eleven years ago music teacher, Jerry Smith, came to NDP after a…