Notre Dame Prep – Upper School

Irish News Volume 10, Issue #17

June 11 – Concert on the Hill at 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 18 or 19 – Orientation for NDP students
Aug. 20 – full day of school with NDPMA bus transportation and lunches

Link to school calendar:

Check out the latest remarks from the head of school to the students at the leadership Mass by clicking here:  Head of School Blog

Ms. Shari Derico, Vice Principal at NDP, will be retiring at the end of this month.  Over her 21 years with the school she has filled a number of roles but students were always her top priority.  I thank her for dedication to the Marist mission of the school and for helping our students succeed.  She has also been tireless in serving our families and staff for the benefit of our students.  On behalf of the NDPMA community I thank Mrs. Derico and ask God's blessings on her and her family! 

Summer days and nights are the deadliest on the road for teenagers.  We join parents in reminding our students to be safe drivers (or passengers).  Don't let yourself be distracted by passengers, cell phones, radios, alcohol, vaping, drugs or anything else.  On a related note, there have been reports of a man at gas stations asking for money for gas from young drivers and inviting them to check the gas gauge in his car to see that it is on empty.  Be safe.

June 11th.  Click here for more information:  CONCERT INFO

Results will be available July 6th via the IB student portal. Students log in credentials were given to them in October 2018 during IB testing registration.  Log in credentials were also emailed to all students IB testing. Please have your student check their NDP email (January 2019) for log in credentials. 

Seniors taking May 2019 IB exams will have their IB exam transcripts sent to their college or university by the end of July.  Student IB transcript requests have already been via the IB student portal.  Please check your graduation folder for IB transcript request receipts.  Any questions? Email Mrs. Anderson IB Diploma Programme Coordinator   

Beginning the 2019-2020 school year, upper division students will no longer be allowed to wear blue and white striped oxford shirtsStudents may continue wearing white oxford shirts and may now wear light blue oxford shirts.  Beginning August 2019, young women may no longer wear the uniform skirt.  Young women may wear one of the uniform pant or short options; additionally, all young women have the option of wearing the knee-length uniform skort. Many students go through growth spurts over the summer months.  Please make sure that your child's pants and skorts are the appropriate length when school begins in August.

As we near the end of another school year and look ahead to the summer break. It is also a great time to take a look at your students device and bring issues to our attention. Many times students will go about without bringing their technical issues to us to resolve. Technology Services will be available during the summer, so students can still reach out or come by for help. Please take some time to review and discuss this technology topic with your student(s). If you find issues – we can help with any claims or guide to purchase any needed replacements for lost accessories. You are also welcome to bring the device to us to ensure it is up-to-date and functioning as expected for the next school year. Reach us by email at or stop by the Technology Services  Help Desk window. We are available during the summer to help.

Service Learning:  For the 2019-2020 School Year Christian Service will now be referred to as Service Learning to better describe it's impact.  

Take summer as an opportunity to serve others and finish your service learning requirement.  You can find inspiration on the opportunities page found on ManageBac, Power School and our NDPMA website.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will only be having 4 counselors next Fall and our counselor-student assignments will be modified slightly and some students will be affected by the change.  Each counselor will continue to have students from 9-12 grades, distributed alphabetically, beginning next Fall.  Counselor assignments will be posted on the NDP website.

FYI – Marquette University just announced they are using test optional admissions… NO ACT or SAT required.  For a growing list of test optional colleges go to

Juniors (and Parents)- If you need a recommendation for your college applications, you must complete the Counselor/Teacher Recommendation Request form, located on the lower left corner on your NEW Naviance home page.  You should be asking for recommendations from your counselor and teachers before summer break.  Give the completed original to your counselor and the copy to your recommending teacher.  Completed Recommendation Request forms are/have been due before summer break.  Watch Sophie's "How To get a Recommendation" video on the procedure, emailed to you a couple weeks ago from Mr. Salic.  Also, complete and update all your Naviance items, especially the "Resume" and "Personality Type" inventory.  

Accept recent email invite to join/access the SCOIR program to research colleges and careers.  Keep an eye out on your emails in coming weeks and months for further college prep information, assigned Naviance tasks, and college prep tips.

Continue to visit colleges to help figure out where you feel comfortable and what you are looking for in a college.  Make a point to speak with the department heads and professors at your potential colleges.  Introduce yourself to those who will be teaching you.  Ask questions.

Register to take the next ACT at and SAT at  

Students, you are responsible for sending your own ACT/SAT test scores to your colleges of choice and you are encouraged to utilize the free ones whenever possible.  Send your scores in by August end to avoid issues and missed deadlines.  Colleges will accept official scores from either test, if they even require it.  Take the SAT at least once to qualify for the Michigan Competitive scholarship program.  

Consider a summer enrichment program on a college campus, part time job, along with a healthy dose of relaxation.  Keep an eye out on your emails in coming weeks and months for further college prep information, assigned Naviance tasks, and college prep tips.

Stress relief tips – Complete your college app essays before school resumes in August.  Keep an eye out on your emails in coming weeks and months for further college prep information, assigned Naviance tasks, and college application tips.  Sophomores -­ Consider a summer enrichment program at colleges.  Meanwhile, update your resume on Naviance and complete assigned tasks in "about me" menu.  Begin the college research process by adding some possible colleges of interest on your "Colleges I'm thinking about" page through "Supermatch" on Naviance.  Consider doing some college tours. Take some time to enjoy your summer.

Juniors and Sophomores – Here are some college visitation tips – 8 Tips for a Successful College Visit

Juniors and Parents — For assistance with paying for college check out this resource from State of Michigan.   MI Student Aid videos   Michigan Student Aid   Ignore the sticker price of Michigan Universities.  Here is the real cost  Real Cost of Michigan Universities 

Summer in Rome – John Cabot University in heart of Rome, Italy, is hosting three summer institutes (camps) on their campus.. Art History, Euro History, and World History.

Juniors and Sophomores – Any day off from school 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

Fall sports begin the week of August 12, 2019. Check for exact times. All students need a physical dated after April 15, 2019 on file in the athletic office by August 1, 2019 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 varsity coach of your sport and they can direct you. Contact info can be found at:

Custom reading and writing tutoring sessions will focus on reading comprehension, critical thinking, and analysis skills which will be applied to writing to help students develop strong and writing skills. Sessions will be run based on student need and given by Julie Carman, freshman and junior English teacher at Notre Dame Preparatory. Please email or call 248-884-0435 to schedule 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
$115 for three students to share an hour and a half  

The NDPMA World Language Department is looking for a maximum of four families to host the native speaking Intern Teacher for the Chinese courses in 2019-2020 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 Chinese culture and the student receives one-on-one help with the language.  Find out more about this exciting opportunity by emailing Ms. Joanne Liu, NDP Coordinator of Amity Institute Intern Teachers. (email: )


Don’t forget to pick up a complimentary “Proud to Be Part of the Notre Dame Family” lawn sign at the main entrance of both campuses. Planting a sign in your front yard will help you show your Notre Dame pride while promoting our school in your neighborhood. Seniors and/or their parents also can pick up complimentary “Proud to be a Graduate” lawn signs available at the main entrance of both campuses.  NDP Lawn Sign

Hello Parents!  The 2019/2020 Parent Club Volunteer Signups are on track to be released on May 1st.  You will be receiving an email from Notre Dame in the very near future that will detail how to prepare for the May 1st signup releases.

In the meantime: 

  1. You are invited to  login to the system and get familiar with the OnVolunteers website.   If you have trouble logging in, please see item #3 below.  If you are still having trouble, please send me an email and I will address/resolve your issue before the signups are unlocked.  This will ensure you are ready to sign up as soon as the schedule opens on May 1st.  Please note:  You will not be able to see any 2019/2020 volunteers’ tasks prior to May 1st.   
  2. You are invited to browse the new Volunteer Catalog: 2019/2020 Volunteer Catalog  If you see an "OPEN" coordinator position that you are interested in, please contact me at and I will sign you up early.  Great way to beat the rush!   
  3. Please visit our new OnVolunteers – Tips & Guidelines:    OnVolunteers

We are called to serve others.  Here are some options for you to consider.  High School Students ages 16-17 or adults.
 Camps Connect Application

Dennis Uniforms has openings this summer.  For more information please see the Flyer.
Camps Connect
St. Mary of the Hills is hiring for maintenance/custodial people for the spring and summer. Email

If you need some help with the essay portion of your college application click here:  Essay Assistance

Spring Cleaning?   Updating  your wardrobe?  If you have any gently used clothing that you would like to donate, you may drop it off right on campus.  For your convenience, there is a collection bin outside of the Grimaldi Gym.

Notre Dame Preparatory School has partnered with an educational service company, The Cambridge Network, which facilitates home stays for international students who attend American high schools. Currently there are several international students attending Notre Dame and the school is planning to expand the program.
Host families receive a monthly stipend of $800 to cover any costs that arise with having an extra person in their home and also have access to ongoing support from a local residential coordinators. Interested families are welcome to host a student for one year, but there is also the opportunity of choosing to host again the following year. Additionally, a referral bonus is available for parents who refer other families who are later approved as host families. 
Families interested in learning more about this hosting opportunity can click for more information or fill out a host inquiry form at

Interested in sending your student on an educationally and culturally engaging trip abroad? NDP will be running a summer trip to London, England in June of 2020.   Grades 9-12 welcome! (Graduated seniors are eligible to join the trip).  Please contact Julie Carman with any questions.

Did you know that simply by using your Kroger Plus Card, NDP benefits from Kroger Community Rewards program?  Please visit Kroger's website at and register your Kroger Plus card and select Notre Dame Prep as your organization to receive these rewards.  This is at no cost to you and the school receives quarterly checks that become part of the school's general fund.  It's a win-win program, so please register today!  Please don’t forget to  renew your card to continue to earn rewards for NDP.

Busch's Grocery Store has made the Cash for Education program much easier.  Instead of using the red cash for education cards at checkout, starting November 1st, you will just need to provide your phone number listed on their account or your MyWay account key tag at point of sale.  If you are new to shopping at Busch’s Market, all you need to do is log onto Busch’s MyWay and create an account and go to the Cash for Education page under the “My Account” tab where you may select NDP to earn rewards.  NDP will receive credit at the end of each quarter.

Want to make an everlasting impression with NDP, give a lasting gift to your child, grandparents, parents or a friend, honor a special coach, teacher or team.  You can do this any unique way you wish by purchasing a personalized brick paver from the NDPMA Booster Club.  Prices are $100 for a 4 in. x 8 in. brick and $150 for an 8 in. x 8 in. brick.  For more information, contact John Wood at  Forms are available on our website 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 248-373-5300, 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.

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