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Counseling (9-12)


2535Developing good Christian persons, upright citizens and academic scholars, the Notre Dame Preparatory School Guidance and Counseling Department provides comprehensive, coordinated services including age-appropriate academic, personal, and career counseling while focusing on the individual student.

Career profiling for juniors and seniors (with PSAT code)
College visitation questions
Scholarship help

Transcript request form
Web resources

Mon.-Fri., 7:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Ph:  248-373-9649       
Fax: 248-373-8024    
NDP School CEEB Code: 233-040

Naviance:  www.connection.naviance.com/ndps

Twitter: Follow @NDP_Counseling

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  • Academic Advising
  • ACT Prep Workshops (Feb.-Apr.)
  • College & Career Counseling
  • College & Scholarship Applications
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Informal Presentations
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Naviance Guidance
  • Parent Informal and Formal Meetings
  • Personal Counseling
  • Program Organization
  • Responsive Services
  • Student Interviews & Individual Mtgs.
  • Summer Institute
  • Test Coordinators
  • Tutoring Referrals
(Click here for middle-division Guidance and Counseling department – grades 6-8)


Jamie Rodda
Freshmen / Sophomores

Stacy Golliff
Freshmen / Sophomores


Jason Whalen


Margie Willis Bond


Vlado Salic


Wendy Pizzo


*  Make sure to check Naviance and add your college selections.

*  Make sure you keep a list of all your scholarships you have been awarded.

*  Sign up on Naviance for any college rep visits.


*  Sign up on Naviance for any college rep visits.

Go to www.actstudent.org to sign up for ACT and to see a schedule of upcoming dates (our CEEB code is 233-040).

*  Juniors should register and take the ACT and/or SAT at least once prior to Senior year.

WHY TAKE THE ACT?   Click Here.

To register for the ACT test, go to: www.actstudent.org  

For SAT, go to: www.collegeboard.com

    NDP is a national ACT testing site (code 201480).

    Use NDP school CEEB code 233-040 when registering for the ACT.

    Winter and Spring breaks as well as days off throughout the year can be excellent opportunities to visit your prospective colleges. Schedule your visits at least two weeks in advance.

Juniors and their parents: Opportunities for admission are often directly related to student academic performance and proper early preparation. Your counselor can be a good resource for you. Take a look at the "Junior to do list" for general guidelines. www.ndpma.org/drupal/webfm_send/4725. Helpful links and information regarding college and ACT preparation have been posted on Naviance. Students will be receiving additional information during their individual interviews with their counselor.

*   The college application process can be overwhelming and confusing especially to first time Junior parents. Come find out what colleges and your students are not telling you about their applications. We are here to help! The Counselors are continuing to make themselves available for small group meetings. Individual appointments are also available. Parents who would like some information and guidance on the application process, Naviance, Scholarship and financial aid info, would like some specific questions answered, or just would like to get to know their student's counselor a little better, should contact Mrs. Pizzo in the counseling office at 248-373-9649 to check on meeting availability. Having smaller groups of parents allows us to provide a more personal atmosphere and allow plenty of opportunity to have your questions answered.

Juniors and Sophomores… Many universities offer some sort of pre-college summer camps, providing students with an opportunity to explore various career fields and develop leadership skills.  Consider doing a summer camp, job shadowing, internship, or part time job in the career field of your interest.  This experience may make you more desirable to college admission representatives.  Check out this link for additional info

Summer Enrichment Programs


*  We hope you enjoyed the Freshmen parent meeting on the "Follow Your Student's Schedule" evening!  If you missed the presentation or would like more information, please email us at sgolliff@ndpma.org or jrodda@ndpma.org.

Freshmen Self-Management Presentations

The Self-Management Team consisting of Mrs. Anderson, Spanish teacher and IB DP (grades 11-12) Coordinator, Mrs. Sagert, English teacher and IB MYP (grades 9-10) Coordinator, Mrs. Rodda, Freshman/Sophomore A-L Counselor, and Mrs. Golliff Freshman/Sophomore M-Z Counselor presents to Freshmen on most block periods rotating through different subject areas each time.

The purpose of our visits is to give suggestions we have learned from previous students' experience to help students manage stress before getting too overwhelmed or tips to use to manage stress once already overwhelmed.  These are "take what you need" presentations covering a variety of topics.

November 4th and 5th, discussed:

  • Creating a digital study environment (powerpoint attached), includes helpful apps for minimizing distractions and keeping focus
  • Tablet organization, created tile block for  school specific items     
  • Google Drive or OneDrive folders for each class so cannot lose information if tablet crashes
  • Tip: Take photo of all handouts, insert in folders, never lose, can print if needed
  • Tip: Save documents with descriptive titles (not just Essay)
  • Bookmark: NDP email, Haiku, Net classroom, Naviance
  • Email Mrs. Rodda A-L (jrodda@ndpma.org) or Mrs. Golliff M-Z (sgolliff@ndpma.org) anytime.
  • Please ask your student to discuss these topics with you.
  • Students can access all of this information for reference on their Self-Management Haiku page

October 21st and 22nd, discussed:

  • Prioritizing your activities that fill your time (Attached). Goal of reflection for students to recognize what is taking up majority of time and what they should focus more or less on.  Please feel free to do one for yourself, it is a helpful reflection for all stages in life.
  • Prioritizing your to-do list of homework and studying: making your approach efficient so you have more time for other activities (Powerpoint)
  • Email Mrs. Rodda A-L (jrodda@ndpma.org) or Mrs. Golliff M-Z (sgolliff@ndpma.org)
  • Please ask your student to share their observations with you.

October 7th and 8th, things discussed included:

  • Workload: study smarter, not harder. Study the way your brain prefers to learn.  
  • Naviance Learning Style Inventory full report. Students took an inventory that gave specific information about how their individual brain prefers to learn.  Please have your student share this full report with you.  
  • Study tips handout (Attached)
  • All-school testing day information for 10/14
  • Email Mrs. Rodda (jrodda@ndpma.org) or Mrs. Golliff (sgolliff@ndpma.org) anytime. 

September 9th and 10th, things discussed included:

  • Adjusting Haiku notifications so that when a teacher posts an announcement the student can get the notification instantly via email rather than it coming the next day at 3:00pm.
  • Reminders for students to check their Haiku, Netclassroom, and school email daily at least, while parents should be checking once a week to increase student responsibility and independence.
  • Introduced Naviance, program used for many things throughout NDP career, will be utilized regularly throughout Freshmen year for inventories to better know self.
  • If have multiple tests scheduled in one day, politely and charmingly speak with teachers about it or email Mrs. Rodda or Mrs. Golliff asap (not night before) so we can discuss with teachers.
  • Discussed handout "How to Avoid Common Freshman Pitfalls." Please ask your student what they felt they needed to focus on this year, if any.
  • Taught a simple, effective breathing exercise.  Please ask your student to teach it to you to help them recall the technique but also to try it out yourself.
  • Reminder to email Mrs. Rodda (jrodda@ndpma.org) or Mrs. Golliff (sgolliff@ndpma.org) anytime.


* Check Naviance to complete all of your assigned tasks, especially your resume.

Stress Reduction meetings are also offered to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors during lunch periods.  These will be announced by Fr. Joe during 7th hour announcements the days leading up to the meetings.  They are encouraged to bring their lunch and enjoy a time focused on their needs and what can be done to help alleviate and/or manage their stress levels.

Sophomore Self-Management Presentations

The Self-Management Team consisting of Mrs. Anderson, Spanish teacher and IB DP (grades 11-12) Coordinator, Mrs. Sagert, English teacher and IB MYP (grades 9-10) Coordinator, Mrs. Rodda, Freshman/Sophomore A-L Counselor, and Mrs. Golliff Freshman/Sophomore M-Z Counselor presents to Sophomores occasionally during block periods rotating through different subject areas each time.

The purpose of our visits is to continue and remind suggestions discussed during their Freshman year to help manage stress and be in control of their future.  These are "take what you need" presentations covering a variety of topics.

September 23th and 24th, things discussed included:

  • Refreshed memory on topics covered last year: prioritizing to do list, tablet organization, learning style, calendar/planner, digital study space, minimize distractions, friendship, habits of heart.
  • Discussed self-management skills: organization, self-control, and reflection.  (Attached)
  • Sophomore College Preparation tips handout (Attached)
  • Offered newspaper for Michigan college information
  • Reminder to update Naviance Resume and revisit Learning Style Inventory
  • Email Mrs. Rodda (jrodda@ndpma.org) or Mrs. Golliff (sgolliff@ndpma.org) anytime.