Notre Dame Marist Academy - Middle Division - Grades 6-8

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Notre Dame Marist Academy - News and Notes
 

 
ACT Aspire Testing
We were prepped and ready to go.  All teachers had been trained and students assigned to testing rooms.  Last week all students logged on to the ACT Aspire test sight to complete a trial run in one of their subject area classes.  Just yesterday, religion teachers made time for visitors from our IT department to walk each class through a "system check" on all of the student's devices.  
 
The process of implementing the ACT Aspire on-line test began, believe it or not, was last October.  Finally, yesterday faculty and staff left the building excited, yet anxious to see our students complete their first ever on-line, middle school, standardized test.
 
And then, so the saying goes, life happened.  At 9 PM last night I read an email from ACT stating that the platform, Java, through which our students would access the test, was to undergo an update.  I read again, a "Critical Patch Update that will be released on October 14, 2014" which could have "significant impact on the Computer Based Testing participants...during the ACT Aspire 2014 Fall test".  
 
And a significant impact it did have.  Watching through classroom windows, students could be seen listening carefully to proctors.  Screens were all at the log-in page. Then, hands went up, here and there. After a few minutes, more hands were raised.  As students waited patiently for the next set of instructions, their computers went into sleep mode or automatically "exited" them from the test site. Before long, an estimated 75% of our students had received an error message on their computer screen.   
 
Though we tried, we were not successful in solving the situation via phone. There was no way to get around (or ignore) the Java update.  By 8:15 AM the decision was made to return to the regular class schedule.  We will continue the week as planned, an 11:00 AM dismissal tomorrow, (students attending class periods 1-4) and  a 1:40 dismissal on Thursday (Liturgy on Thursday as well).  
 
At the end of the day, I am, again, thankful for the faculty and staff of the Middle Division.  They are an admirable group.  Time after time they remind me that it is often one's attitude that determines the final outcome in a given situation. Such great role models they are, especially for middle school students.    
 
When I know what will become of our "lost" day of testing, I will share that with you.  For the time being, I must view this experience as a learning opportunity for all involved.    
 
Sincerely,
Jill M. Mistretta
Principal, Notre Dame Marist Academy - Middle Division
 
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday 10/16 from 5-8:30 PM
Friday 10/17 from 8-11 AM
Middle Division Teachers will be located in the Cafetorium with the exception of:
Pat Fox & Bobbie Hall (PE) - they will be in the Main Gym
Joe Martin (Band) - will be in the Main Gym on Thursday night and the Cafetorium Friday morning
Eric Taylor (Chorus) - will only be available for conferences on Thursday evening.  If you have questions for Mr. Taylor and can only come to conferences on Friday morning, please email him at etaylor@ndpma.org.
 
Irish Bookstore and Cafe
The Irish Bookstore and Cafe will be open during conferences.  Hot beverages will be for sale and will be complimentary with any purchase.
 
Oktoberfest:
Anyone who is attending the Oktoberfest event on October 18th will not receive tickets in the mail.  Your name(s) will be on an RSVP list at the check-in tables located in the main campus courtyard.  You will need to check-in before you enter the event.
 
Yearbook Pictures Needed
If you have any pictures from any sports or clubs at Marist, or any sports or activities you do outside of school that you would like to be put in the yearbook, please email : Katherine Thomas kthomas@ndpma.org or Nadine Loria nloria@ndpma.org.  Thanks from the Yearbook Club
 
8th Grade Students planning on attending NDP
Parents, if you are planning on having your student apply to NDP, please do not worry about the application process.  Your student is automatically considered and you will save the $40 application fee.
 
Parent Meetings for End of Year Middle Division Trips
We have scheduled information meetings for parents with regards to the End of Year Middle Division Field Trips on Thursday, October 23rd in room D-3.
6 PM - 6th & 7th Grade trip to Ohio
7 PM - 8th Grade trip to Washington DC
 
St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Orion - 7th Grade Students
If you plan on receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at St,. Joseph Parish in Lake Orion, you and a parent are invited to attend a meeting in Myrick Hall, Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM.  If you have any questions, please call the Religious Education Office at 248.693.9555.
 
October
15 periods 1-4 in the a.m. - Early Dismissal 11 - NO LUNCH TODAY; Media Center Closed
16 Early dismissal; 1:40, JK-12 Liturgy; Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-8:30 PM; Media Center closes at 3 PM
17 No School; Parent Teacher Conferences 8-11 AM
18 Oktoberfest
22 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
23 Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes
25  Prep Bowl
26  Open House 
27 No School  
28 Late Start  - classes begin at 9:35 a.m.
28 Middle Division Fall Sports Banquet
 
November
3 Praise and Worship Service (during lunch;  main gym)
5 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
6 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
7 End of Phase 2
7 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)
13 Vision Screening - All 7th Graders - in school
15 IOWA Entrance Testing/HS Placement testing: 8:30-11 AM
18 8th Grade Sneak Peek; 7:30-9:15 AM
18 Late Start
19 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
20 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
25 JK - 12 Liturgy
26 Incentive Day - NO SCHOOL
27 No School
28 No School


Dear Parents:

 
ACT Aspire Test
New this fall, all Notre Dame Marist Academy Middle Division students will complete three sections of the ACT Aspire Test.  The purpose for this test is to track student progress through middle school, both individually and on a broad scale.  Ideally, each student will benefit by becoming more familiar with standardized, on-line testing and, in the long run, gain confidence and exhibit less anxiety in such situations.  
 
Tuesday, October 14
All students in grades 6-8 will complete three sections (Mathematics, Reading and English) of the ACT Aspire on-line test. Testing will take place from 7:45 - 10:50 AM followed by a regular schedule of lunch and classes (periods 5-8) in the afternoon.  
 
Below are some points for students to follow in preparation for the morning of testing:
 
- Surface Pro's should be fully charged
- bring a pencil 
- get a good night's sleep
- eat breakfast
- dress in regular school uniform
- no phones will be permitted in testing rooms
- calculators are not necessary/not permitted
 
Wednesday, October 15 - Early Dismissal:  11:00 AM - buses will run
Middle Division students will attend class periods 1-4.  Students are encouraged to bring a snack or a light lunch on Wednesday the 15th.  There will be no cafeteria service on Wednesday.
 
Thursday October 16 - Early dismissal:  1:40 PM - buses will run 
Middle Division Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held in the cafetorium from 5-8:30 PM. The Middle Division Office will close at 2 PM Thursday, October 16.       
 
Friday, October 17 - NO SCHOOL
Middle Division Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held in the cafetorium from 8-11 AM. The Middle Division Office will not be open.
 
Conferences:
Parent/Teacher conferences are a great place for two way communication about your student.  Please have your questions ready for each teacher.  We hold conferences in the cafetorium and appointments times are not scheduled.  We respectfully request that students not attend conferences and that a five-minute rule with each teacher is adhered to. Also, please be courteous at the end of your conference. If your teacher-conference ends later than 7:45 PM/10:45 AM, please do not join another teacher’s conference area. If you are unable to meet with one of your son/daughter’s teachers, please email that teacher, and he or she will set up a separate conference.   The staff appreciates your support in your child’s education and hopes you find these conferences beneficial.
 
Drama Auditions are COMING!!
The sign-up sheets are on the middle division office door. Please have students sign up for EITHER Wed. Oct. 22nd OR Thurs. Oct. 23rd and stay for the whole audition - 3:30 to 5:30. There is no need to prepare anything for the audition, students will come and meet the director and learn about the show and read parts, sing and dance. If we need to call anyone back for a second audition, it will be on Friday Oct. 24th from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. If you cannot make that, please tell the director at the first audition – we will work it out. There will be a parent meeting in the media center on Monday Oct. 27th  from 6:30 to 8:00 to give information and answer questions. Note that there is no school on this day but the building will be open for the meeting. Practices will generally be on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 PM; Fridays from 3:30 to 5:00 PM; and Saturdays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Performances are January 23, 24 and 25 – the last weekend in January. If you have any questions please email Jennifer Beaudoin - thewormwife@gmail.com.
 
Media Center next week
Wednesday 10/15 - will be closed the entire day
Thursday 10/16 - will close at 3 PM
 
Sportsmanship Pledge
If you have not already taken the sportsmanship pledge, please do so now.  There are only six days left to pledge and NDPMA sits in 4th place.  Remember, the top five organizations receive $2,500. This will be used for athlete and coach education. 
 
Click on the link and please make sure to go back into your email and verify it.  Some people have had issues using their NDPMA account - you may want to try your personal email account.  Feel free to pass along to family and friends.
 
Link: http://bit.ly/1CuSUXw
 
Basketball Tryouts will happen the week of November 3rd.  Times, dates and locations have NOT been announced from athletics.
 
Oktoberfest Update:
Anyone who is attending the Oktoberfest event on October 18th will not receive tickets in the mail.  Your name(s) will be on an RSVP list at the check-in tables located in the main campus courtyard.  You will need to check-in before you enter the event.
 
October
14 ACT Aspire Testing Grades 6-8 in the a.m.; periods 5-8 in the p.m.
15 periods 1-4 in the a.m. - Early Dismissal 11 - NO LUNCH TODAY
16 Early dismissal; 1:40, JK-12 Liturgy; Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-8:30 PM
17 No School; Parent Teacher Conferences 8-11 AM
18 Oktoberfest
22 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
23 Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes
23 Parent Meetings Rm D-3     6 PM:  Ohio (grades 6 & 7) trip meeting; 7 PM:  DC (grade 8) trip meeting
25  Prep Bowl
26  Open House 
27 No School
28 Late Start  - classes begin at 9:35 a.m.
28 Middle Division Fall Sports Banquet
 
November
3 Praise and Worship Service (during lunch;  main gym)
5 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
6 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
7 End of Phase 2
7 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)
13 Vision Screening - All 7th Graders - in school
15 IOWA Entrance Testing/HS Placement testing: 8:30-11 AM
18 8th Grade Sneak Peek; 7:30-9:15 AM
18 Late Start
19 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
20 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes
25 JK - 12 Liturgy
26 Incentive Day - NO SCHOOL
27 No School
28 No School

 

 

Hello Parents!

Thanks to everyone who voted in the WDIV Click on Detroit Game of the Week!  We were 2nd, but it was a valiant effort :)

  • Tonight is the Middle Division Fall Choir Concert at 7pm in the Cafetorium.  Any middle division students who attend will have a dress down day on Monday, 10/6.
  • Tomorrow, Friday, 10/3, is homecoming here at NDPMA.  We will be having a pep rally in the afternoon to cheer our Irish on to victory.  Students may wear JEANS (only) tomorrow with a green, gold, white or Notre Dame shirt.  It must be ND colored, i.e. no red, blue, etc....  Any questions please email Mr. Jezdimir or simply wear a uniform shirt. All divisions will be dismissing from our building tomorrow.
  • Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, October 7th.  If your student is having his/her picture retaken or if he/she was absent and needs a picture taken, please have them wear the dress uniform.  
  • Lost and Found - WOW!!  We have quite an awesome selection of lunchboxes, uniform sweatshirts, shoes, clothes, notebooks, planners, etc...  PLEASE have your child check the bin - even better - PLEASE LABEL items.  With every student wearing the same clothes, it is impossible to tell everything apart.  
  • As per the parent handbook, if your student misses school and goes to see a doctor, please bring a doctor's note to the office. 
  • Marist Musical Auditions: October 22-23!

Adventures of a Comic Book Hero

Everyone loves comic book superheroes, so both cast and audience will love this action-packed spoof of the comic book genre complete with hysterical singing superheroes and dancing villains.  

We have awesome costumes, fun sets planned and of course there is a great cast party when its all done! The auditions will be Wednesday, October 22 and Thursday, Oct 23 from 3:30-5:30 in the Choir Room. Please sign up for an audition day in the Middle School Office and pick your 5 minute audition time, plan on being there the full time. You don't need to have prior drama experience to participate. Come and join the fun! The show dates will be January 23-25, 2015.

We are also in need of people to work on sets, props, lights, makeup or backstage support...If the stage isn't for you but you want to work on this fun show, send a message to Jennifer Beaudoin at thewormwife@gmail.com! Anyone that helps gets a ticket to the cast party too! 

October

2 Middle Division Fall Choir Concert 7 PM Cafetorium  

3 Homecoming

4 5K fun run/walk

7  JK - 12 Liturgy

7 Picture Retake Day (MD 10-11:30)

8 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes

9 Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes

14 ACT Aspire Testing Grades 6-8 in the a.m.; periods 5-8 in the p.m.

15 periods 1-4 in the a.m. - Early Dismissal 11 - NO LUNCH TODAY

16 Early dismissal; 1:40, JK-12 Liturgy; Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-8:30 PM

17 No School; Parent Teacher Conferences 8-11 AM

18 Oktoberfest

22 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes

23 Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes

25  Prep Bowl

26  Open House 

27 No School

28 Late Start  - classes begin at 9:35 a.m.

28 Middle Division Fall Sports Banquet

 

November

3 Praise and Worship Service (during lunch;  main gym)

5 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes

6 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes

7 End of Phase 2

7 Middle Division Dance (3-5; Cafetorium)

13 Vision Screening - All 7th Graders - in school

15 IOWA Entrance Testing; 8:30-11 

18 8th Grade Sneak Peek; 7:30-9:15 AM

18 Late Start

19 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes

20 Green Block Day - Even Hour Classes

22 IOWA Entrance Testing; 8:30 - 11 

25 JK - 12 Liturgy

26 Possible Incentive Day (???)

27 No School

28 No School

 


• Tomorrow, Friday, September 26, is "Make it Matter Day" here at NDPMA.  School will be dismissed at 12 noon.  Tomorrow, students may wear JEANS ONLY on the bottom (no athletic pants or shorts) and any appropriate shirt onthe top.  No flip flops for shoes.  When in doubt bring extra clothes or wear a uniform  Questions, please email Mr. Jezdimir, bjezdimir@ndpma.org. Students will be served snack and lunch at the school,  you do not need to pack them any food :)  Actually, there is no need for them to bring ANYTHING to school - no books, no Surface Pro's, no notebooks - NOTHING!  

 
• All Super Raffle tickets are due tomorrow, Friday, September 26.  The students may earn a jeans day on Monday and have the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off of school if 100% of tickets are turned into the school.  We will let you know tomorrow if Monday is a jeans day.
 
• Help NDPMA Earn $2,500 from Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive!
     - Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive is awarding $2,500 as part of their Play Positive Pledge program which promotes sportsmanship in youth sports.
     - Here’s how it works:
Every person (18 and older) who takes the Pledge to promote sportsmanship earns one point. The five (5) organizations around the country that get the most points at the close of the period will earn $2,500. 
     - Let’s all work together! Simply click on the link: http://bit.ly/1CuSUXw and pledge to promote good sportsmanship. As an ADDED BONUS, students will earn a jeans day if there is 100% participation from parents.  Click and take the pledge today!
 
• Christian Service dates and locations have been sent to your child's email accounts along with a link to sign-up.  Before your student signs up, be sure they check their schedules for sports conflicts and other activities.  This is a required event and will take priority over any extracurricular activity.  If you need to switch events because of a conflict, it will be your responsibility to make that happen.  
     - Parents can use the link sent to the students or the link below to sign up as chaperones. 
     - There will be a reminder each month on the Haiku Calendar with the link.
 
• School pictures - your student received their school portrait this week.  If you are unhappy with their portrait, retakes will be on October 7th.  If you didn't order yet, there is still time.  Follow the instructions below:
     1. Go to mylifetouch.com
     2. Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code, which is on your portrait package insert.
 
• Open to all mothers with children in any of the three divisions at NDPMA is the new Marist Moms group. The group will meet twice a month on Mondays from 8:00am to 10:30am in the cafeteria at the Upper Division.  We will be starting on Monday, October 6th and this year we will be doing the bible study “Mary- A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother.”  Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this study will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary’s earthly life. You will learn how our Blessed Mother works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son.  Please send in your registration form (click here) and include a check for $30.00 to cover materials to the Campus Ministry department.  If you have any questions please contact Mary Watson at mwatson@ndpma.org.
 
• The Notre Dame Alumni Association is proud to host the 1st ever Notre Dame 5k fun run/walk.  The event will take place right here on campus on October 4 at 8:30 a.m. starting at the lower division parking lot spanning both campuses.  This event is open to the entire Notre Dame community (students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni).  The cost to register is $22.  Children 10 and under are free.  You may register online at ndmpa.org.
 
Upcoming Dates for your calendar:
 
September
26 End of Phase 1 
26 "Make it Matter Day" - Whole School Liturgy and Early Dismissal (12 noon) 
30 Late Start  - classes begin at 9:35 a.m.
 
October
2 Middle Division Fall Choir Concert 7 PM Cafetorium  
3 Homecoming
4 5K fun run/walk
7  JK - 12 Liturgy
7 Picture Retake Day (MD 10-11:30)
8 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
9  Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes
15 ACT Aspire Testing Grades 6-8;  Dismissal 11:30
16 Early dismissal; 1:40, JK-12 Liturgy; Parent/Teacher Conferences 5-8:30 PM
17 No School; Parent Teacher Conferences 8-11 AM
18 Oktoberfest
22 Gold Block Day - Odd Hour Classes
23 Green Block Day  -Even Hour Classes
25  Prep Bowl
26  Open House 
27 No School
28 Late Start  - classes begin at 9:35 a.m.
28 Middle Division Fall Sports Banquet
 

Amy McLeod
Administrative Assistant
 
Notre Dame Marist Academy
1300 Giddings Road
Pontiac, Michigan   48340
248-373-5371