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…

A Team Effort

By Catherine Sullivan, Middle Level Campus Minister It usually happens on a Wednesday. The rush of Middle Level students heading downstairs for lunch, followed by a brief calm. Then slowly, one by one, a girl in a blue dress and saddle shoes pops her head into my classroom. Each asks the same question, politely and…

She’s There for Everyone

This year, 2015, marks Sister Patricia McCarron’s “trifecta”: her 10th year as Notre Dame Preparatory School Headmistress, her 25th as a School Sister of Notre Dame, and her 30th as an educator (in fact, her very first teaching job right out of college was here at NDP!). Baltimore’s Daily Record, which included Sister Patricia in its 2013 “Circle of Excellence,”…

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…

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…

Live from WNDP!

NDP Middle School Director, Mrs. Sue Eisenhart, had an idea and… Whoosh… Wait a minute! Where did it go? I’ll tell you where. The NDP 8th graders took the idea and ran with it! But let’s start at the beginning. All of 2 months ago. Back in January of this year, Mrs. Eisenhart had the…

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…

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…