Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Information and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 8, Issue 12 | February 9, 2017


Registration open for NDPMA students for 2017-2018 school year; thank you for re-register asap 
Feb. 11 – 7:00-10:00pm Sadie Hawkins Dance (must arrive by 8:15pm and stay until 9:30pm) 
Feb. 17 – end of grading phase
Feb. 18-26 – Winter break, no school
Feb. 27 – Late start; students arrive after 9:15am; classes 9:35am-2:45pm
Feb. 27 – Christian Service for juniors is due (service and paper)
(Juniors can then begin working on their senior leadership service projects)
Feb. 28 – Red Cross
Blood Drive for students and staff
Mar. 1 – Ash Wednesday Liturgy – dress uniform
Mar. 2 – Personal Project Presentations; dismissal at 1:15pm for grades 10 & 9 (lunch provided); dismissal at noon for grades 12 & 11 (no lunch periods)
Mar. 2 – Parent-Teacher Conferences in gym 5:30-8:00pm
Mar. 3 – Parent-Teacher Conferences 8:00am-10:00pm; no classes

Upper Division  Sadie Hawkins Dance is this Saturday, February 11
The dance starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 10:00 PM.  Students must arrive by 8:15 and stay until at least 9:30.  Guest forms can be turned in at the dance entrance.  

All events at Notre Dame Prep are substance free.

This year's Sadie Hawkins dance is semi-formal.  Girls please take a minute to review the flyer sent for this year's Homecoming Dance last fall regarding appropriate dresses.  Homecoming 2016 Dresses

This year, Notre Dame Preparatory has partnered with Jostens to give you an easy way to recognize your student’s accomplishments through a Recognition Ad in our yearbook.  Click on the link below to start the process, or go to and follow the directions to our school.  Ads must be completed by February 28th in order to be published in the 2017 yearbook.  If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Kyle Lilek at


Do you need or want the latest Microsoft Office software for home use?  Did you know that your child has access to four licenses?
Our new Microsoft agreement allows students to install the software on multiple devices including Apple and Android devices.  You will need to use your child’s school email address and password as the Microsoft account.  To get started, use the following link to access the Microsoft Office installation page: – “Select Office for Business”.

Summer Technology Course
 For families interested in registering their student(s) to the Summer Technology Class.  This academic course is taught by NDPMA teachers over the summer.  The offering is to help students balance their load for the next school year.  It is held from June 12-23 and covers a variety of technology lessons.  This summer course is not part of the tuition, additional costs required.  Online registration details coming soon.
Please note:

  • This summer course is not mandatory, your student can take this course during a school year.
  • Students must attend and stay for the entire session every day to earn credits

All spring sports begin on March 13.  You must have a current sports physical, dated AFTER April 15, 2016, on file in the athletic department in order to try out on March 13.  If you already have your physical, please turn it in ASAP to avoid the rush.  Deadline is March 10!  If you are unsure of your current status call the athletic department at 248-373-9647.  If you played a fall or winter sport this year, you are still eligible for spring.  The parent meeting for spring participants is Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Sophomore Personal Project News
Parents of Sophomores:
After much sweat and some tears, NDP sophomores have completed a self-selected personal project.  We very much hope you will be able to attend the exhibition this year on March 16th.  After the exhibition, their work will be displayed in the main triangle for a week.  
After school dismisses at noon, the students will enjoy a pizza lunch before beginning the exhibition around 12:30 p.m. in the main gym.  This is less of a formal public speaking event and more of a “science fair” style casual conversation about the student’s work.  Students create a tri-fold poster to show their process in working toward their goal and many bring their finished work for display.
Students will present their projects in two sessions.  Although the students will be assigned to the first or second time slot, the tentative list often sees last minute changes, and it is best to come for the full exhibition to avoid missing your own child interact with guests.  Students will visit their classmate’s displays when not presenting.
As the celebration ends, the sophomores move their display items to the main triangle.  We do ask all guests to exit the gym so that our NHS volunteer staff can set up for the parent-teacher conferences.
Melissa Archer
Personal Project Coordinator

Parents and Seniors please get your payment and permission slips turned in for the SENIOR ALL NIGHT PARTY (SANP).  The party will be held on May 21 at Joe Dumar's.  Information on volunteering, making donations for raffle prizes, and the permission slips for party are included under SANP on the forms web page
Please note that we have several Chair positions open on the committee for the Sr. All Night Party.  We are looking for parents to fill these positions for the next couple of years.  Without this committee, there would not be a Sr. All Night Party.  If you are available to fill one of the Chair positions, please email or Suzanne Huth at

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Golliff on the birth of their daughter, Tessa Avery!  While Mrs. Golliff is out on maternity leave, Mrs. Rodda ( will be taking care of all freshmen.  Sophomores with the last names beginning H – O please see Mrs. Bond (, last names beginning P – Z see Mr. Salic (

Seniors – Graduation Exit Survey 2017 has now been activated and must be completed by May 5, 2017.  This is a grad requirement.  Please keep track of and list any official scholarship offers here as well (even those from schools you will not be attending).  You need to provide those in your graduation survey so that we may print them in your commencement booklet, which everyone in commencement attendance will receive.  Copies of any scholarship offers must be given to Mrs. Pizzo in Counseling office.
Junior Parents​ ­­- College “Matters” and Readiness meeting has been scheduled on May 10, at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  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 in the Counseling office at ​248-­373­-9649​ or ​

Juniors – If you have a passion for government and would like to learn more during a hands-on opportunity this summer, look into Boy's State and Girl's State programs of Michigan.  You will spend a week during summer on campus at MSU with students from around the state, learning about how government works.  Check out the following link for more information  We may be able to have up to 3 boys and 3 girls attend for free.  Contact Mr. Salic for more info and how to attend for free.
Juniors – Follow the timeline in your "Junior college opportunities timeline" to make sure you stay up to date and not get overwhelmed. Timeline is linked on your Naviance home page.  Register yourself for the April ACT test.  Consider taking the SAT at least once as well.
Juniors and Seniors (and Sophomores) – Winter break is a good time to visit colleges.  Go to the college's website to set up a visitation date.  Here are some college visitation tips – 8 Tips for a Successful College Visit
Consider colleges on the "Colleges That Change Lives" list at
Sophomore & Freshmen Parent​s – A College Prep meeting has been scheduled on March 8th at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  All are highly encouraged to attend this very important meeting where you will be given an overview of the College preparation and admission process.  You will be introduced to the Naviance program and learn how to use it as an aid in helping your students research colleges and careers.  Attendees will receive their own Naviance account and are encouraged to bring in an internet device such as a laptop/tablet to following along on.  RSVP on Sophomore/Freshmen Parent sign up form or with Mrs. Pizzo in the Counseling office at ​248­-373-­9649​ or  

March 13 and 14 Mrs. Rodda will present course selection information to sophomores during English classes.

March 8 and 9 Mrs. Rodda will present course selection information to freshmen during health classes.

Freshmen Self-Management Topics on 2/8 & 2/9
Overview of what a transcript looks like and the information it contains.  Emphasized evidence of challenging coursework (honors, AP, IB courses if appropriate), upward trend or consistently strong grades, and cumulative GPA.

Discussed the basics of what goes into a college application packet (transcript, teacher letter of recommendation, essay, standardized test scores).  Emphasized importance of excellent conduct, work ethic, and building relationships to get the best teacher recommendations. 

Freshmen began their Resume on Naviance (under the “About Me” tab) – volunteer experience, extracurricular activities, awards, etc.  Students were instructed to update their resume at least once per semester, to keep track of activities and accomplishments for college application purposes and to apply to summer jobs, for example.

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.

We are happy to announce Hollywood Markets "Apples for the Students" program has to date provided over $300,000 in the very best educational tools and equipment… FREE… to local schools.

Now through February 24, 2017, parents, families and friends of our students can earn points for our school by simply telling Hollywood Market cashiers the name of our school each time you visit and/or shop at a Hollywood Market store. Our school will use those points to receive FREE educational equipment from their Presidential award-winning program. 

Our school will select the items on wish list (not yet selected) from the catalog. There are hundreds of items to choose from in categories such as computers/printers, audio/visual, sports and much more.

So, please shop NOW and often at any of our Metro Detroit "Hollywood Market" locations to earn points for our school! 

Remember this program is FREE… and mention "Notre Dame Preparatory and Notre Dame Marist".

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

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

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