Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Information and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 8, Issue 14 | March 16, 2017


Mar. 21, 22 – re-registered students in grades 10, 9 select courses for next year; families not yet re-registered are encouraged to do so as soon as possible
Mar. 26 @ 1:00 or Mar. 28 @ 7:00  – registered incoming freshmen family orientation and course selection
Mar. 28 or 29 – senior retreat; other day is regular class day
Mar. 30 – School day Open House for prospective parents at 9:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.
Mar. 31 – NDP College Fair for grades 10 & 11 and any parents 

High School Student Guest Presenters Needed
Authors in April is looking for high school students who participated in the program in elementary and middle school to act as guest presenters at our banquet on April 24th.  For an application and more information go to

This summer we will be offering an Online Economics class for incoming sophomores.  The one semester Economics class is an NDP  graduation as well as state requirement.  Some students are looking for extra room in their schedules for other classes and would benefit from completing the class online prior to sophomore year.  If you are interested in this option, please email Ms. Derico at for more information.

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 credit

NDPMA is in the third year of the 1:1 device program. We continue to strive to make improvements in the program. To learn and understand ways to progress with the program, it is vital that we also get input from our parent community. This week, please check your emails for a survey from Mr. Eden Konja. This survey is focused on the Microsoft Surface devices used in the 6th through 12th grade. The information provided will offer insight from the parent(s) point of view. Deadline to complete the survey will be March 31, 2017. 

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 6:00-10:00pm 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:

Monday, March 13th is the first official day of practice for all Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy sports.  All athletes must be registered at NDPMA and have a physical on file dated after April 15, 2016 in order to participate.  Please refer to the following link for tryout times and locations.  Due to the weather there have been several changes.

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!

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

Seniors – Please take a few minutes to start completing your graduation survey on your Naviance "about me" page.  This is required for graduation.  Completion deadline is May 3.

Seniors – Regular decision applicants will be hearing from their colleges soon.  While you have until May 1st to make your decisions, waiting after the first week in April, may run into housing issues at some campuses.

Annual NDP College Fair on March 31 –  Juniors, Sophomores, and parents are invited to attend our annual college fair.  We have over 75 colleges attending this year.  

Sophomore (and Freshmen) Parent​s  A College Prep meeting with the Counselors has been re-scheduled on March 22nd at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.  You are highly encouraged to attend this very important meeting for 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.  RSVP on Sophomore/Freshman Parent Meeting or with Mrs. Pizzo in the Counseling office at ​248­-373-­9649​ or  

Junior Parents​ ­­ College “Matters” and Readiness meeting has been scheduled on May 10, 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 in the Counseling office at ​248-­373­-9649​ or ​
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.

Attention Juniors: Christian Service was due February 27.  If you did not complete the requirement your grade will be recorded as "F" until the requirement for junior year is met.  As entries are read, Haiku will be updated to reflect Pass or Fail.  Please see someone in Campus Ministry immediately if you are in need of an extension so your plan of action can be recorded. 

Sophomore  – The deadline for your Christian Service is Monday, March 20.  You will receive an email from Mr. Olson if you have completed your Christian Service. Please come by Campus Ministry to make an appointment if you need to discuss your service or if you have any questions. 

Freshmen –  Christian Service is due April 3.  

If you are need of assistance with service opportunities, see anyone in Campus Ministry for help.  Remember, you must record your experiences with the Service Experience Form found on Haiku  – immediately after completing the service.  If you wait too long and service cannot be verified, it may not be accepted.  Again, if you have questions, see someone in Campus Ministry. 

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.

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  • 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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