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…

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…

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…

Forensics with Benefits

Let’s get a couple of things straight right up front about the elite squad NDP math teacher, Mrs. Aimee Sann, supervises at Notre Dame. First of all, it’s Speech AND Debate. Not just Debate. And secondly, it’s not just a club. It’s a team. That’s right. It’s the Speech and Debate TEAM. As in head-to-head,…

Gateway Redux

Occasionally, Bluenote just gets it wrong. Never intentionally, of course, but wrong, nonetheless. Last week’s post on the Gateway Club fell short.  Of clarity. Of explanation. Of expectations. This week’s post is a sincere attempt to rectify those shortcomings and hopefully, in the process, paint a fuller picture of the remarkable club that is the Gateway…

One Story: Amanda Abraham

I don’t know if they keep such accounts, but if they do, then NDP senior, Amanda Abraham, surely must hold the record for the fastest talker on the planet. I should have tape-recorded our interview together. Instead, I arrived armed with only a note pad and pen and became positively giddy trying to keep up…

One Story: Siena Thrasher

Sitting there listening to NDP junior, Siena Thrasher talk about “her life, her passions, and her faith,” I am reminded for all the world of The Little Flower, Therese of Lisieux. For starters, Siena bears an uncanny physical resemblance to Therese. She is a 21st century version of the 19th century saint: pretty, dark-eyed, and…

NDP’s Athletic Program: The Definition of Winning

Did you know that Notre Dame Prep, in addition to its regular Open House for prospective students and their parents, hosts a second and separate Athletic Open House?  Why is that? Could NDP possibly be guilty of catering to a youth sports culture gone awry or is there something far more purposeful and substantial going…

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…

Pick A Club, Any Club

File this one under: “Something for Everyone” or “Learning In and Outside the Classroom” or… “Pick a Club, Any Club.” In an era where cutbacks for even the bare essentials have been made throughout nearly every public school system in the country, any student who attends a school where those very same essentials are protected…