The 7 Best Things about Attending NDP

The number seven is pretty special at Notre Dame Prep, from our seven grades—sixth through twelfth—to the seven columns marking the front entrance to the school. So in that spirit of seven, here are the seven best reasons to attend NDP, as identified by those individuals who can develop such a list…NDP students! The uniform—Briana…

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…

Life in the OR

Life in the OR By Olivia Kaiss ‘15 and Kaitlyn Griffin ‘15 Last evening, 76 students were inducted into the National Science Honor Society. Kaitlin and Olivia, members of this elite group, participated in the Summer Medical Internship Program (SMIP), a hallmark of NDP’s Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math (STEAM) program. Everyone has his or her own perception of…

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…

Divine Mystery Revealed?

There are certain questions one expects to hear bandied about in an academic environment. “What is the square root of 125? Why is the sky blue? How many lines in a sonnet?… Where’s your homework? …Will this be on the test?” As a student progresses through school the questions get harder and the answers more…

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…

Explore More!

When you get right down to it…all learning is exploration. Exploring what was discovered or will be discovered. What happened or will happen. What happens when I combine these numbers this way? Or those chemicals that way? What possibilities will open up to me if I learn this technology? Who will I reach if I…

At NDP, the Hits Just Keep on Comin’!

Earlier this month, NDP’s esteemed musical director, Mr. Alex Dzbinski, travelled to the annual Heritage Music Adjudication in Nashville, Tennessee, accompanied by several of his well-trained and finely tuned student ensembles where they competed against other schools from around the country, including some very elite music academies. Despite the stiff competition, NDP basically swept the…

The Organic Library

Can you imagine religion without churches? Medicine without hospitals? Sports without playing fields? Neither can I. Nor, using that same line of thinking, can I imagine the world of academia without libraries. Yet that is exactly the direction in which some schools are headed. For those in that camp, the thinking goes, “the library lives…

One Story: Minnie Jang

Senior Minnie Jang has a system for applying to schools that has worked quite well for her. Essentially, it boils down to this: You pick the school you want to go to… and apply. That’s it. No second, third, or fourth choice. No back up plan. No safe bets. Just go for it. That’s what…