My Favorite Things about Being a Nun

This year’s fall musical is Sister Act, and though many of you know the plot, here is the run down—A “professional” night club singer, Deloris Van Cartier (that’s me), witnesses her not-so-great boyfriend, Curtis, played by Brad Sweigart, kill one of his goons, and so Deloris is put into witness protection… at a convent… with…

STEAM and our Middle Level girls

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Technology, otherwise known as STEAM, is a signature component of the Notre Dame Prep Middle Level (ML) Curriculum. And this year, ML STEAM received a tremendous boost thanks to a new Innovation Lab. Designed to support hands-on, collaborative learning, Innovation Lab houses some of the most advanced learning technology, including…

Open House, Open Mind: Finding The Right School For Your Daughter

by Rus VanWestervelt Open House, Saturday, October 15, 2016: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. I think there is a moment where every child, every parent, knows that she or he has found the right school. We might expect such moments to come to us after thoughtful introspection and careful side-by-side comparisons of the schools we…

The Top 5 Reasons to Join a Club

Did you know that there are more than 30 clubs in the Upper Level at NDP? Did you know that there are an additional 12 in the Middle Level? (Click on the photo to view a short video of the clubs fair.) Clubs on campus range from baking to knitting to Alumnae Leadership to Campus…

Keeping the Memories Alive: Blazer Dash 2016

Each of the girls that we run for during Blazer Dash has left a lasting memory for those that knew the her. Our NDP students are keeping those memories alive and part of the spirit at NDP. “I am running for Ashley … …because I feel her caring and helpful spirit is still alive and…

The Gateway Ceremony: Finding Joy in Our Journeys

by Rus VanWestervelt, dad to Maddie VW, class of 2020  Where the Gateway opens to our Lady’s Way, There a column symbols truth by night and day. Where the seal is woven into white and blue, Stands a flag of beauty, Notre Dame for you. On the morning of Wednesday, September 7, and in two…

Inspiration and Goals

By Grace Sullivan ’17 At the Governor’s Conference last June, I met inspiration from all angles: my fellow governors, incredible speakers, and the dedicated staff of the YMCA.  I had a unique window into the ways in which this program affects people across the country.  Each governor I met had a story and each story…

Meet our New Faculty

This year NDP welcomed 13 new members to our faculty and staff. To get to know them better, we asked them to answer some questions. Here are three fun facts about the new members of our community. Tim Winters – UL STEAM Coordinator and Engineering Teacher 1. Describes his handwriting as Simple. 2. Was named after…

Why NDP? A New Family’s Perspective

by Rus VanWestervelt I  have a confession to make. As a dad, as well as an educator, I was probably a little too excited in being a part of the process of selecting the best school for our middle school-aged daughter. Although we did not initiate the search (that was our daughter’s doing, thanks to…

The Secrets Lie Below…

On a wooded lot almost entirely reclaimed by the surrounding woods once stood the Eutaw Farm manor house measuring sixty by sixty feet. Today almost no evidence of the once-grand abode remains …. above ground.  The secrets lie below. On Saturday, April 21, ten Notre Dame Prep students and three teachers ventured to this site, situated in…

NDP Rocks…Literally!

by Elizabeth Penn ’16 Having just returned from a successful music adjudication in Nashville, senior Elizabeth Penn reminisces about her time as a member of the NDP band. I have been in involved with music ever since I was very young. Thank you, mom, for those piano lessons at age four that have continued until this…

Five reasons why I never really left Notre Dame Prep

by Jeff Goethals Next week, NDP’s holds its annual Pasta for the Philippines (rescheduled from its traditional January date due to Snowmageddon 2016). Here the founder of this event, Jeff Goethals, retired long-time teacher at NDP, shares why this event, among other things, keeps bringing him back to NDP year after year. Reading the pages of…