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Notre Dame is a “special place”
November 14, 2019

Whew! The ISACS accreditation visit is complete. Accreditation visits are wonderful experiences for schools, but they can be stressful as well. Our internal steering committee consisted of representatives from each of our three schools, as well as support from the IT department and executive administration.

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ISACS Accreditation Visit
November 9, 2019

On Sunday, we will welcome an accreditation team from the Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS). The visiting team consists of 12 teachers and administrators from some of the finest Catholic and private institutions in the Midwest and will be led by Rich Wilson, the head of school from The Summit Country Day School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Homecoming and Oktoberfest kick off school's 25th anniversary celebration
September 24, 2019

What a fantastic Homecoming Weekend! More than 350 alumni and guests joined us for the pre-game tailgate and tent party from Notre Dame Prep and our heritage schools, including Harper Woods Notre Dame, Pontiac Catholic High School, and St. Fred’s and St. Mike’s. The Fighting Irish football team improved to 4-0 with a 50-7 win over Berkley. Students and parents were up bright and early on Saturday morning for our annual 5K fun run and walk.

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25 Year Anniversary – Mass Comments to Student Body
September 16, 2019

Fr. Joe mentioned earlier, that Sept. 12 is the feast day for the Marists, the order of priests and brothers that sponsor our school. As I understand it, there will be a little treat for everyone from Fr. Joe, Fr. Ron, Fr. Strasz, Fr. Leon and Brother Louie at lunch today.  It is a very Marist idea to be giving to others on their day of celebration.

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Welcome Back!
September 1, 2019

When Labor Day originally was established in the late 1800s at the height of the industrial revolution, it was to honor American workers who often toiled 12 hours a day, seven days a week for meager wages. Today, for many of us, it has become the psychological end of summer and the beginning of a new school year.

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IBelieve
July 22, 2019

Sitting at the airport after four days at the International Baccalaureate (IB) Global Conference in New Orleans, I have a few minutes to reflect on my experience. The theme for this year’s conference was Generation IB and included presentations from IB alums from all over the world.

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5th Grade Blessing – HOS Remarks
June 6, 2019

Remarks by Head of School Andy Guest after 5th Grade Mass.

Well, what do we have here? All these bright, smiling faces! Are you excited to be moving up to the big campus next year? You are probably more excited for summer vacation!

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Notre Dame Middle School – 8th Grade Graduation
May 28, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well. What do we have here. All these bright, shiny faces. Filled with enthusiasm and excitement. Ready for the summer. Ready to move on to next chapter of your life. High school.
 
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Leadership
May 22, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In just 25 days, the Avengers: End Game movie has become the world’s second highest grossing movie of all time, with $2.62 billion in sales, just behind Avatar. What is our fascination with superheroes? The Avengers is a classic tale about good versus evil. The characters all have special powers or special talents. Thor has his hammer, Iron Man has his flying suit, Dr. Strange has his mystical spheres, there is the guy with the bow and arrow (who’s name I can never remember) and the Black Widow (who’s powers I have never really been able to figure out). I think she is just a good fighter.
 
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You are special!
May 19, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remarks by Head of School Andy Guest to NDP Class of 2019 at graduation.
 
Good Afternoon! Well, what do we have here?! All these young, smiling faces. Ready to conquer the world. And your parents, grandparents, or other family members are all here to love and support you. What a wonderful day. What a wonderful celebration!
 
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Technology Showcase
May 1, 2019

Opening remarks by Head of School Andy Guest from tonight's technology showcase.

Welcome. Thank you for attending Notre Dame’s first-ever technology showcase. The purpose of the showcase is to have our students show you first-hand how technology is being integrated into the classroom and curriculum at Notre Dame.

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State of the School – Easter Update
April 19, 2019

Dear Notre Dame Parents and Guardians:

As we enter the Easter Triduum, the most holy celebration of the year for Catholics and Christians worldwide, I thought it would be good time to ask for prayers and to update you on the school. Prayers that we continue to grow spiritually as an institution and that we continue to provide an exceptional environment for young people to learn, play and develop as good Christian people, upright citizens and academic scholars.

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"Who to call"
April 12, 2019

I often receive phone calls or emails from parents requesting meetings to discuss experiences they are having with the school. I want parents to feel that we have a culture of collaboration at Notre Dame and are willing to meet with them to discuss any issues affecting their children.

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Academic Philosophy
April 5, 2019

At Notre Dame, we tend to put an emphasis on academic success. Scholarships are offered for academic achievement, we have a thriving national honor society and our awards convocations are standing room only events. In a typical year, we generally get 30-40 students accepted to the University of Michigan and 5-10 accepted to the University of Notre Dame. It’s terrific to say that 20 – 30% of our graduating class will get accepted to what many believe to be the top public university in the state and top Catholic university in the nation.

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Managing Stress & Scheduling Changes
(HOS comments to students following Ash Wednesday Mass)
March 6, 2019

Good morning:

It was about a year ago, I talked to all of you about the culture of Notre Dame. I stood before you and said that I was concerned about the amount of stress you may be experiencing. We talked about the amount of homework and the lack of downtime during a typical school day. That speech sparked a great deal of debate among the faculty, the administration and the student body.

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Address to the Parent Diversity Collaborative
March 5, 2019

Welcome to our second Parent Diversity Collaborative of the year. In January, we had the pleasure of going out for hors d’oeuvres at the Red Ox which was a suggestion that came out of our diversity discussions last year.

Since the last event was primarily a social event, I thought I would take a few minutes to share with you my thoughts on diversity and where we are at internally at the school.

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Snow Days
January 31, 2019

The two most common questions about snow days are, “Why did you close school?” and “Why didn’t you close school?”. They are both great questions. I think it’s important for parents to understand the school’s philosophy regarding snow days.

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A Safe and Inclusive Environment
January 17, 2019

Last night, Kala Parker (Dean of Diversity) and I hosted a fun evening of conversation and hors d’oeuvres at the Red Ox Tavern in Auburn Hills. Among the attendees were board members Steve Pangori, Rumia Burbank, John Wernis and Liz Brisley.

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The Big Three
January 10, 2019

Usually, when you hear of the “big three” in Detroit, your mind doesn’t go to education. It goes toward the automotive industry. But for purposes today, I would like to elaborate on my big three priorities that were shared with parents at the beginning of the school year. Those big three are:

  1. Health and wellness of the student body
  2. Safe and inclusive environment
  3. Academic excellence

I could probably write a book on what each of these items means for our students and I expect to post blogs on each of the priorities over the coming months. For now, I will just give brief thoughts on what each of those elements mean to me. 

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New Year’s Mass Address to Students
January 7, 2019

Head of School Andy Guest spoke to the student body after Liturgy of the Epiphany today.

The beginning of a new year and a new semester is an opportunity to start fresh. It’s a chance to change who you are in a positive way. Change is not always easy. We often get stuck in old habits. Sometimes we have trouble changing because the prospect of change feels overwhelming. Sometimes we worry about what our friends will think if we change too much.  But, our Christian faith, calls us to be agents of change. If we want the world to be a better place, we need to make it that way. And if we want Notre Dame to be a better school, we need to make it that way. And the way we change and the way we make our school and the world a better place is by taking small steps in the right direction.

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