Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Information and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 8, Issue 17 | April 28, 2017


April 30 – Mothers' Mass & Brunch @ 9:30
May 1-19 – IB esams
May 1-12 – AP exam
May 5 – Band Concert in Grimaldi Gym @ 7:00 p.m.
May 6 – Junior Prom 8:00-11:00 p.m.
May 9 or 10 – Sophomore retreat: look for an email from Campus Ministry
May 11 – Drive for your School fund raiser
May 16 – 9:00-11:00 a.m.  Graduation practice (mandatory) for all seniors
May 20 – Big Band Dinner Dance

Parents you cannot remove your student from school via text or email from them!

Girls please take a minute to review the flyer sent for this year's Homecoming Dance last fall regarding appropriate dresses for junior and senior prom.  Homecoming 2016 Dresses

Congratulations to Notre Dame Preparatory High School students who attained national recognition for excellent performances on the 2017 National Spanish Examinations.

NDP students earned a total of 2 gold (Alberto Martinez-Garcia (12) and Evaristo Garcia-Reyna (10)), 4 silver (Montserrat Dorantes (12), Sean Higgins (11), Joseph Joppich (10), and Christopher VanDieren (10)), 4 Bronze (Maria Sanchez-Rodriguez (12), Anna Miklas (11), Lorena Dorantes (10), and Megan Obear (10)), and 26 Honorable Mentions (Rodolfo Aguilar-Fernandez (12), Diego Collazo (12), Halaina Jimenez (12), Jessica Jimenez (12), Mariel Manzor (12), Erica Nowosielski (12), Chase Glasser (12), Luke Adams (12), Madeline Allard (12), Eileen Haig (12), Gabrielle Jacoby (12), Anna Madison (12), Nicole Oska (12), Rebecca Petrella (12), Michael Sitto (12), Anna Hein (11), Ajay Sheth (11), Malini Mukherji (11), Abigail Rankin (11), Matthew Sitto (11), Carmen Aranda (11), Juliet Jacoby (10), Maura Kruse (10), Ana Sanchez (10), Grace Mersino (10) and Joshua Montpas (10)).

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams.  The National Spanish Examinations are administered each year in grades 6 through 12, and are sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Next week look for an email from the Parents Club Volunteer Coordinator ( about signing up for your Parents Club volunteer hours for the 17/18 school year. 


​The 2017-18 Summer Computer Class is now open for registration. Click here to enroll.

Please see the attached flier for information about the coming used uniform sale on June 1st and 2nd.
Used Uniform Sale

The NDPMA World Language Department is looking for a maximum of two families to host the native speaking Intern Teacher for the Chinese courses in 2017 Fall semester.  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 Chinese culture and the student receives one-on-one help with the language.  Find out more about this exciting opportunity by emailing Joanne Liu, NDP Coordinator of Amity Institute Intern Teachers.  (email: )

The ND Booster Club Golf Outing is fast approaching and we are looking for sponsors and golfers.  Please register today at:

For any questions, please contact Darren Audia at

Composition workshop will focus on improving fundamental writing skills such as thesis and structure composition, simplicity and concreteness, analysis, and argumentation.
College application essay preparation will teach voice, originality, and sophistication for college application essays.
Other specific plans, including online options are also available on a case-by-case basis (for example grammar, punctuation, advanced writing).
All composition workshops will be taught by Anthony Butorac, English Department Head, International Baccalaureate Instructor, and Advanced Placement Composition Instructor at Notre Dame Preparatory.
Please email or call 586-719-0103 to make appointments.
Rates are as follows:
$45 per student per hour,
$60 per student per an hour and a half
$70 for two students to share an hour
$85 for two students to share an hour and a half
$140 for three students to share an hour and a half
Tutoring will take place at the high school or other locations on a case-by-case basis

Thank you to all the families that participated in the recent 1:1 device survey.  We will use the information to improve our processes and policies to better integrate technology at NDPMA.  The week of the 24th, be on the lookout for an email from Mr. Eden Konja regarding your device replacement options.  The email will have information on the buyout process and deployment of new devices.  It will also include some data from the recent survey.  Please know that IT is working diligently to improve the program and truly appreciate the parent relationships.  The support of our families is truly an important piece to the success of the 1:1 program.

Parents and current students are reminded that your help is appreciated in letting your friends and neighbors know that NDPMA is a great place for an outstanding Catholic education (JK-12).  If you know anyone considering the education of their children, please put them in touch with our Admissions Office at 248-373-1061.

Registration for all NDPMA athletic summer camps is now open.  Visit NDPMA Athletic Summer Camps 2017 for more information and to register today.

Looking ahead to the 2017 Fall Season for both Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy athletics, the first official start date for Football will be Monday, August 7th while tryouts will begin on Wednesday, August 9th for all other fall sports (Boys Soccer, Marist Soccer, Boys Tennis, Cross Country, Girls Golf, Girls Swimming and Diving, and Volleyball).  Sideline Cheer tryouts will take place starting June 9th and Dance tryouts will take place in June (dates TBD).  In order to participate all athletes must  have a physical on file with the Athletic Department dated after April 15, 2017.  Please turn in all physicals by August 1st.

Click this link to register!
The 2017 Mothers' Mass & Brunch will be held on Sunday, April 30th. Mass at 9:30 in the chapel with catered brunch immediately following. Don't miss this meaningful tradition with your student. Senior moms and students honored. All are welcome to attend!

The Senior All Night Party will be held on May 21 at Joe Dumar’s.  Check-in time is 11:30 pm.

Parents and Seniors:  please watch for a packet that will be distributed at school re: final information on the SENIOR ALL NIGHT PARTY (SANP).  The packet will also include Irish Well Wishes that you may purchase to send a personalized note to any graduating Senior.
If you have not already done so, please turn in your payment and permission slips.  We are also still seeking donations.  Information on volunteering, making donations for raffle prizes, and the permission slips for the party are included under SANP on the forms web page –

Students: We will be selling Irish Well Wishes for Seniors during lunch the first week of May.

*Non-Senior Parents* – Please note that we have several Chair positions open on the  Senior All Night Party Committee.  We are looking for parents to fill these positions for the next couple of years.  Without this SANP Committee, there would not be a Senior All Night Party.  Seniors really enjoy this event as it is the last time they will be together as a Senior Class.  The positions include – Finance Chair, Raffle/Donation Chair, Communications/Volunteer Chair, Welcome Chair, Security Chair and Event Chairman.  This is a fun committee that meets approximately 5 times throughout the school year.  If you are available to fill one of the Chair positions, please email or Suzanne Huth at

Senior Parents – EXTREMELY IMPORTANT – Please make sure you double check that your student’s Senior Grad Exit Survey is completed accurately so to avoid final transcript issues and missed items of recognition in the commencement booklet.

 Seniors and Parents – Graduation surveys must be completed in order to have final transcripts sent to your college you’ll be attending.  You will not be able to register for classes if you do not complete the grad exit survey and request this final transcript to be sent.  You received a couple email reminders and sample grad booklet pages recently.  Please complete the survey ASAP to allow enough time for printing prior to your graduation.  It is up to the student to provide accurate information by the May 3rd deadline.   The survey is located in the “about me” section in Naviance.  If you haven’t decided where to attend yet, there are colleges which still have space available and may admit you.  Let your Counselor know ASAP.

Junior Parents​ ­­ College “Matters” and Readiness meeting has been scheduled on May 10th, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  This is the fourth meeting of the series.  You are highly encouraged to attend this engaging and informative meeting with the Counselors who will discuss and offer tips on different types of college applications, admissions requirements, college essays, admissions updates, timing, paying for college, and other items you need to know to help your students navigate the college admissions process.  While the focus will be on first time Junior parents, everyone is welcome.  Please RSVP on the Junior parent sign up form or with Mrs. Pizzo at

Juniors – Continue visiting colleges to help you figure out where you feel comfortable and what you are looking for in a college.  Counselors will be coming in to your English classes later in May to speak to you about college essays and letters of recommendation.  Complete and update all your assigned Naviance tasks, especially the "Resume" and "Personality Type".
Juniors and Sophomores – Consider doing a summer career exploration program at a University.  These camps can be very enlightening and life changing.  They may even help express your passion for a particular area and can potentially be influential on college apps.  Most colleges offer summer programming for high school students. 

Sophomores – Free Practice ACT and SAT test available from Princeton Review.  You must call 800 273 8439 to register.   Free Practice ACT Day:  Saturday, May 6th from 9am-1pm.  Locations: Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Grosse Pointe, Novi, and Rochester.   Free Practice SAT Day:  Saturday, May 13th from 9am-1pm.   Locations: Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Grosse Pointe, Novi, and Rochester.  Scores Back & Strategy Session:  Saturday, May 20th from 11am-1pm.  Locations: Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, East Lansing, Grand Rapids, Grosse Pointe, Novi, and Rochester.  At this event, you will receive a detailed, diagnostic score report of your results and learn strategies for each section on the exam.
Coast to Coast College Tour is coming to Detroit area. An evening information program with admission reps from Dartmouth, Northwestern, Princeton, UC Berkley, and Vanderbilt on Monday, May 22, at 7:00 pm at Doubletree Hotel, 5801 Southfield Freeway, Detroit.  RSVP at
Exploring Educational Excellence information night with U of Chicago, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, and Rice University is coming to Detroit on Thursday, June 8th.  RSVP at 
Register to take the next ACT at and SAT at  You are responsible for sending your own test scores into your colleges of choice and you are encouraged to utilize the free ones whenever possible.  Colleges will accept official scores from either test, if they even require it.

Attention Parents –  If your child has a partial or "F" grade for Christian Service this indicates they have either not completed their service requirement or there is a problem.  Each junior, sophomore and freshman must have:

  • Completed service for all three communities Marginalized, Spiritual and Civic and submitted an entry for each
  • Completed and uploaded a Christian Service Reflection Paper to Turnitin
  • IB students – announcement sent via Haiku on 4/25 outlines requirements

If your child was sent a notice indicating a problem or missing information for the service entry they may go to the Campus Ministry desk in the shared Campus Ministry/Counseling Office and sign up for an appointment with Mrs. Lawrence (juniors), Mr. Olson (sophomores), or Fr. Ron (freshmen).  It is to their benefit to make an appointment so this can be rectified on the spot rather than attempts through email.

PUT ON YOUR DANCIN’ SHOES!!  The NDP Jazz Band Ensemble & Alumni present the 17th Annual Big Band Dinner Dance to be held on Saturday, May 20, from 6:00-10:00 pm at The Lafayette Grande in Pontiac.  Reservations are $40 per person, includes dinner (cash bar), dancing and live music by our very own NDP Jazz Band.  Reservation and payment deadline is May 10; tickets will NOT be sold at the door.  
Please make your reservation today at:

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 248-373-5000  ext. 8054.  

Come in the store or check us out on our, new and improved website at Hot new items coming in the Irish Bookstore & Cafe regularly. Come in 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. Always best to call the store before making a special trip!

The City of Pontiac has a new online system called “Citizen’s Request for Action” to report potholes.  If you notice any troublesome potholes on Giddings Road and would like to help stir up some action, please click this link  and submit the required information.

Please stop by the newly renovated St. Peter Chanel Media Center!
On our website,, students can access our premium databases, ebooks, and Inter-Library loan through the Michigan Electronic Library's MelCat services.  Now you can borrow a book from Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula with the click of the mouse!  Find resources for completing research papers, citing sources and test preparation.

Frequently check out the home page of the school's website ( there are fresh news items posted nearly every day.

  • Follow NDPMA on Social Media. To access Facebook or Twitter from the main school website, click on the small logos in the upper right-hand corner of any webpage.

    • Visit our Twitter account and be sure to follow us for the latest in school news, athletic scores, alumni goings-on, and more:
    • Get the latest news and updates directly to your cell phone! Just text the words "follow NDPMA" (without the quotation marks) to phone number: 40404.
      Stop tweets at any time by texting the words "off NDPMA" to 40404 and you will not receive tweets from NDPMA.
  • Using these resources, we will share timely news, resources and information relative to our school and post critical updates pertinent to our world of advanced academics, science, language, mathematics, the arts, athletics and much more.

Contact Information:
Mary Jane Pasko: School Office Secretary –
Carrie Lytle: School Office Secretary –
Wendy Pizzo: Counseling Office Admin. Assistant –

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