Guilty (and not so guilty) Pleasures: 2015

Guilty pleasures. Admit it, readers. We all have them. Sex and the City, French mimes, chocolate in the glove compartment (you know who you are).  A guilty pleasure is something you enjoy despite feeling guilty about it. Sometimes the guilt is really just fear. Fear of being found out. Of others discovering your plebeian tastes…

You Can Go Home Again!

By Laura Kerney Mackle ’99, NDP Spanish teacher and recent celebrator at her 15th high school reunion Never did I imagine at graduation in 1999, that 15 years later I would be back at Notre Dame not as “Laura Kerney”, but as a faculty member in the Language Department. In August, I began teaching Spanish…

The Second Annual Crabs for Chas: Saturday, July 19th at NDP

Below is a re-print with updates of a post about the annual Crabs for Chas event at NDP in honor of 2006 alum and White Blazer girl, Chastity Dunnaville: The Person She Was, The People We Are In 2006 I had the distinct honor of delivering the commencement speech at Notre Dame. In preparation for…

What Did I Learn in School Today?

It has been nearly two years since I was first invited to create a blog for Notre Dame Prep. What began as a marketing tool for NDP quickly became a labor of love for me. What a great gig. I spent the better part of the past 24 months interviewing those people who represent the…

The Class of 2000: Paying It Forward and Then Some

It’s true what they say. You really can pick out the NDP girl in a crowd. And no, not because of the iconic blue dress. I’m talking about long after the uniform’s been traded in for individual style. Long after graduation. I’m talking about NDP alum. Case in point: Bluenote made a deal with the…

One Story: Em McCarthy

There’s no formal application or approval process required to merit a profile in Bluenote. Usually, someone or something is simply brought to our attention. Ordinarily, by an NDP faculty or staff member with the hope that we’ll do a story on the subject. Every once in a while though, someone isn’t so much intentionally brought…

AP Economics: All Profit, No Loss

“Honestly? I really wasn’t at all certain I could do the job,” said NDP alum (Class of ’94) and current NDP faculty member, Barbara Mantler.  The job she referred to was taking over the Advanced Placement (AP) Economics class this year after the legendary Mrs. Ann Klaes – whose NDP career spanned more than 4…

Stone Soup and Other Tales of Advent

It is December, and the noise level is deafening. Not even a major snowstorm could muffle the holiday clamor. Everywhere, Christmas has been cranked up and marked down, blared and blasted, misappropriated and misunderstood. Hark! The herald… If somewhere an angel sings, it is impossible to hear above the din. These are the darkest days of the…

Student-Alumnae Leadership Club: Self-Starters, Big Planners

Growing up in my family, you were considered a self-starter if you did your homework without being told (reminded, nagged…threatened). My parents also impressed upon us the importance of “having a plan.”  Me personally? I considered my life well planned if I had lined up a date for The Next Big Dance. That’s about as…

NDP: One of a Kind

Recently, Notre Dame Prep launched a new Capital Campaign under the banner, Honor Tradition, Value Change, Fund Her Future. As prelude to the campaign, I conducted separate interviews with quite a few members of the greater NDP community about what Notre Dame means to them and why they think it’s important to assure her future. Those…

The Person You’ve Become; The People We Are

In 2006 I had the distinct honor of delivering the commencement speech at Notre Dame. In preparation for the event, I spoke with a few of the graduates-to-be about their NDP experience and the road ahead. One of those young women was Chas Dunnaville, undeniably the brightest of stars in an exceptional class. While at…

Oh! The Humanities!

Not long ago, Notre Dame alum, Bette Ellis O’Conor (’46) and her husband, Jim, approached NDP with an idea. In keeping with the college preparatory mission of the school, the O’Conors wanted to establish an academic program that would open the girls’ eyes and minds to the interconnectedness of coursework as a way to better…