Notre Dame Marist – Middle Division – News & Notes

Friday, July 27, 2018

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Looking for the summer reading assignments? 2018-19 School Supply Lists? Language Acquisition assignments for the summer? Please click on this link to be taken to the Middle Division Summer & Supplies page. 

Fall Sports
Fall sports begin the week of August 6, 2018. Check for exact times. All students need a physical dated after April 15, 2018 on file in the athletic office by August 1, 2018 in order to try out for Fall sports. Coaches cannot collect them on the first day of tryouts. If you have questions, please contact the head coach of your sport and they can direct you. Contact info can be found at:

Outstanding Camp Opportunity for all Middle and High School Students
We are partnering with Eastern Michigan University (the best forensics program in the state) to host the Forensics Edge:  Speech and Debate Camp this summer from July 30-August 3.  Instructors and college students from EMU, as well as alumni, will be with us to lead students in skill-building activities for all types of speech, debate, and performance events.  This is ideal for students who struggle with classroom speaking, as well as students interested in pursuing competitive options.  Mrs. Schmidt will be offering a Congressional Debate session each afternoon (great for Youth in Government candidates) and Mrs. Carman will lead Public Forum Debate sessions.  Please check out this link for more information or contact Mrs. Schmidt (

Marist Soccer 2018-2019
My name is Justin Fields and I am happy to announce that I will be returning to Marist Soccer as the head coach for the 2018-2019 school year after a year away from team coaching. This will be my 5th season with Marist. For those of you who may not know me, I have ten years of coaching experience, five of which were spent at the high school Varsity level. My coaching philosophy is centered around strong team unity, the highest level of sportsmanship, and hard work. At the middle school level, I believe in playing all of my players meaningful minutes in every game in return for hard work and good attendance in practice. 

I would like to personally invite any boy or girl entering 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade to come try out if they have interest in the game of soccer. No prior playing experience is necessary.  The first tryout date will be on or around August 8. Continue to check the school's website for times. All athletes need an athletic physical turned into the athletic office by August 1, 2018. The physical needs to be dated after April 15, 2018 to be valid.   

Please sign up here if you have a child interested in playing.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at

Thanks and GO IRISH!

IB News
Every five years, Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is visited and evaluated by a team of administrators from the International Baccalaureate Programme to ensure that we are properly implementing the program.  Our next visit and evaluation is scheduled for February of 2019, and prior to that visit, our staff will be taking time to reflect and self-evaluate. We are reviewing our practices of teaching, assessment, communication, and community-building so that we are able to continue to provide an exemplary program for our students. In order to best plan for the future, we also need feedback from parents. Please take a moment to complete the following survey, as your honest response is an integral part of our planning process. The survey is at Thank you in advance for participating.

Sr. Barbara Ann Borkowski, OSF, is celebrating 60 years as a Franciscan Sister.  If any former students or families who knew her from her many years on the staff at Marist Academy would like to send a note or card please send it to NDPMA and we will get it to her.  Congratulations Sr. Barbara Ann!

MI Youth in Government 
This November students from NDMA will spend three days talking about public issues, working through compromises on complex topics, and passing legislation on the floor of the Michigan House and Senate chambers, while meeting hundreds of other middle schoolers from Michigan, getting to know the state capitol, and meeting public officials.  From Sunday, November 18th to Tuesday, November 20th, immediately before Thanksgiving break, your student has the opportunity to join the MYIG team in Lansing.  The registration fee of $225 covers participation, hotel accommodations, transportation in Lansing, evening meals both days, a dance, an event t-shirt, and conference materials.  Please take a look at the information provided here for more detail.  If you have further questions, please contact Mrs. Schmidt ( 

Information and Academic Technology
Did you know that the Information and Academic Technology department is available over the summer? If you or your student(s) have any school related technical issues, please reach out to us at or stop by from 8 to 2. We are here to help!

NDPMA Summer Camp Registration is here!
Interested in Athletic Camps? Click Here

Interested in Academic Camps? Click Here

World Language Department – Host Families
The NDPMA World Language Department is looking for a maximum of four families to host the native speaking Intern Teacher for the Spanish courses in 2018-2019 School year.  Host families are vital to this program!  You offer:  a private bedroom / shared bath; meals; transportation to and from school; and companionship.  In return, the family learns about Spanish culture and the student receives one-on-one help with the language.  Find out more about this exciting opportunity by emailing Joanne Liu, NDPMA coordinator of Amity Institute Intern Teachers. (email: )

School pants drive for Rogers Elementary!  
It’s getting to be that time of year again where our kids are outgrowing their school pants (and shirts if you take the logo off).

One of our parents will gladly take gently used school pants off your hands and take them to our neighbor Pontiac elementary school Rogers.  These kids outgrow their pants quickly too but are not always in a situation to get new ones.  They sit uncomfortable, stained and ripped at school all day with possibly no hopes of getting a new pair.  If you have a pile just waiting to donate, bring them to the middle division office and she will be sure to get them over to Rogers. Thanks in advance!

Our spirit-wear items make a wonderful gift for that special someone or for yourself.  Our items have a very small cost markup, making them available to you at an affordable price.  If you have any questions or suggestions, email Larry Jack at or call 248-373-500, x8054.  Come into the Irish Bookstore & Cafe for a cup of coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate or tea, complimentary with any purchase.  Bookstore hours: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (during regular school days) or make an appointment for additional bookstore hours.

Amy McLeod (
Administrative Assistant
Notre Dame Marist Academy
1300 Giddings Road
Pontiac, Michigan   48340

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