Keeping the Memories Alive: Blazer Dash 2016

Each of the girls that we run for during Blazer Dash has left a lasting memory for those that knew the her. Our NDP students are keeping those memories alive and part of the spirit at NDP. “I am running for Ashley … …because I feel her caring and helpful spirit is still alive and…

The Gateway Ceremony: Finding Joy in Our Journeys

by Rus VanWestervelt, dad to Maddie VW, class of 2020  Where the Gateway opens to our Lady’s Way, There a column symbols truth by night and day. Where the seal is woven into white and blue, Stands a flag of beauty, Notre Dame for you. On the morning of Wednesday, September 7, and in two…

Inspiration and Goals

By Grace Sullivan ’17 At the Governor’s Conference last June, I met inspiration from all angles: my fellow governors, incredible speakers, and the dedicated staff of the YMCA.  I had a unique window into the ways in which this program affects people across the country.  Each governor I met had a story and each story…

Meet our New Faculty

This year NDP welcomed 13 new members to our faculty and staff. To get to know them better, we asked them to answer some questions. Here are three fun facts about the new members of our community. Tim Winters – UL STEAM Coordinator and Engineering Teacher 1. Describes his handwriting as Simple. 2. Was named after…

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…