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 Legacy of Foundation Day

By Margaret R. Potter ’68, NDP Learning Specialist and SSND Associate   On Friday, October 24, the NDP community joins with School Sister of Notre Dame sponsored institutions around the globe to celebrate Foundation Day and the beginnings of the SSNDs. This amazing community of women ministers on five continents all with a single focus—the…

The SSND’s: Call and Response

The last thing Headmistress Sister Patricia McCarron does each morning before she heads out the door for NDP is to make sure she’s wearing her School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) lapel pin. It is a tiny accessory, smaller than a postage stamp, yet it represents something quite significant. To those who wear it, the…

This Year’s Theme: Women of the Word

Every summer, the NDP religion department creates a theme for the upcoming academic year. It is not just a clever phrase used to kick off the new year in style. The theme is displayed on bulletin boards and easels throughout the school as a sort of “thought for the day”…every day. It is also woven into…

On Leadership: Sr. Patricia McCarron

Don’t hold onto words or gestures as if they were realities. They are hints. The way I can point my finger towards the moon. My finger is not the moon. To look at the moon, it is necessary to gaze beyond the finger. Ancient Proverb On Monday, May 6th at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Daily…

Collateral Education

A poster suggesting that we “Love people, use things” was tacked to the kitchen wall of my childhood home, hung there by mother in a spurt of creativity. “I like the sentiment and the colors work nicely with the decor, don’t you think?” she said, by way of explanation as she sipped her coffee. I…

The Age of Innocence

It’s getting harder to believe in innocence anymore. I’ve seen too many 6 year olds going on 16 and 16 year olds going on 30. What’s the hurry? The most popular TV shows among teenagers have titles like Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girls, and The Secret Life of an American Teenager.  Each has a plotline…

Excellence By Design

 ‘Peer evaluation’. There’s a term that’ll send a shudder down the spine of any garden-variety neurotic: Employer questionnaire: Please evaluate your co-worker, Susie B.  Employee answer: I’m so glad you asked. I’ve been wanting to bring this to your attention for some time now. I feel that Susie B. can be very insensitive (I wouldn’t…

NDP Gateway Homecoming & Reunion

If Open House at Notre Dame is all about looking forward into the future (who and what will next year bring to NDP?) then Gateway Homecoming Weekend is all about looking backward into the past (who and what came before today’s crop of bright young women?). But just like Open House – and almost everything…

NDP Open House: The Joint Was Jumpin’

One of the things I am most impressed with whenever I visit Notre Dame is the joyful energy of the school. It’s always buzzing with activity and the kids seem genuinely happy and engaged. I’ve visited on many occasions over the years and my experience is always the same. I’ve even been back to film…

Blue Ribbon Year

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.    Aristotle. Does excellence matter? In an era where we give our kids trophies for striking out and kudos for feeling good about themselves (if not their actual skills) it begs the question…does excellence matter?  The U.S. Department of Education thinks…

And So It Begins

And so it begins. A new chapter in a never-ending narrative. Yet the story never gets old because the characters are endlessly fascinating. They fall into three categories: devoted parents and family; dedicated faculty and staff; and – at the center of it all – the vibrant and spirited student body. At the moment, our…