Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Information and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 8, Issue 20 | June 5, 2017

Research and experience demonstrate that ongoing use and practice of a language is the best way to facilitate the basic skills.  As a result, the NDPMA Modern Language Department has implemented a mandatory summer on-line program as part of our Spanish and Mandarin curriculum.  This is a wonderful opportunity to maintain and even improve language skills over the summer, and should make the transition back into the Spanish or Mandarin classroom much smoother and easier in the fall.  All current NDPMA students will receive an instructional handout in class before they leave for summer vacation.  In addition, all parents of students enrolled in NDMA Spanish: advanced 6th, all 7th and all 8th or Mandarin 7th or 8th and NDP Spanish or Mandarin 3-4 and higher for next year will be emailed the instructions.  Students entering NDP Spanish or Mandarin 1/2 or NDMA (beginner) Spanish 6th grade DO NOT have a summer language program requirement. If you have any questions, please contact Sra. Anderson for Spanish or Liu laoshi (Ms. Liu 刘老师) at You may also access the instructions via the language websites, Mandarin and Spanish

Your AP scores will be available online in July.  To get your scores, you must sign up for a College Board account at  The scores will only be available online, so you're encouraged to create a College Board account today if you have not already. Questions?  Contact Ms. Rochon Gerbino at

Current freshmen learned about the sophomore personal project on May 24, 2107.  Although the project is designed to take place during the sophomore year, a few students do select seasonal topics that require working during the summer months between freshman and sophomore years.  Those students should contact Mrs. Archer ( for assistance with requirements.  Further information about the project is found on the NPDMA website's personal project page.  Please follow that link to access the Student Guide and other introductory material.

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.



Have you signed up for your Parents Club volunteer hours yet?
1. Take a moment and review all the activities in the Volunteer Catalog and identify where your time and talents would be best utilized.
2. Fill out the SignUp form
Each family is required to complete the equivalent of 10 hours of volunteer service per school year . Positions will be marked as FULL-TIME (10 hours equivalent) and PART-TIME (5 hours equivalent). You may choose one FULL-TIME position or two PART-TIME positions to fulfill your yearly commitment. Open Chair positions (marked by an *) are also available and will fulfill your commitment.
If you have any questions, please visit FAQs or feel free to contact Maria D'Agostini, Parents Club Volunteer Coordinator, at

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:

As you may know, Notre Dame Preparatory is welcoming a new group of international students into the school for the 2017-2018 year.  On behalf of Cambridge Homestay (formerly gphomestay), we are hoping to strengthen the international program by identifying quality host families to build our network.  As part of the Notre Dame Preparatory parental community, you are familiar with the essential provisions needed for our thriving students.  We do encourage you to fill out an inquiry form here if you are interested in hosting an international student.  If you know any families who are capable of hosting, please refer them here.  In return, Cambridge Network will provide you with a $300 referral bonus for each qualified family who applies and becomes an approved host.
The benefits and experiences that come along with hosting an international student are invaluable.  You have the opportunity to learn a new culture, and you’ll learn things about yourself and your family that you might not have the opportunity to learn otherwise.  Many of our host families say that having one of our students in their home has brought them closer together.  They find themselves sitting down to meals as a family, exploring the area, and doing activities together more frequently.
The ideal host family will:

  • have a child or children attending Notre Dame Preparatory for the 2017-2018 school year
  • primarily speak English at home
  • have time in their schedule to interact and share their American and family culture with the student.

Host families must provide three meals a day, transportation to and from school, and a private room in their home.  To offset the costs of hosting a student in your home, they will provide an $800 monthly stipend.

During the student’s stay, Cambridge Network offers ongoing services including 24/7 access to a local Support Services Coordinator, conflict resolution, respite care for family vacations and emergency situations, umbrella insurance for host families, medical insurance for students, and in-home check-ins.
Feel free to forward this email to someone who would make a great host, and share with them the two ways that interested families can begin the process of becoming a host:

  1. ONLINE: Submit an inquiry form.
  2. BY PHONE: Call or email Anekka Hawthorne at (239) 888-5268 or

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, Honors, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Placement composition teacher 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
$115 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.

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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.

Seniors and Parents​­­ – Congratulations to all our Seniors and their Parents.  Good luck in all your future endeavors.  Make sure you sign up for an orientation date at your attending college.  Don't forget to call your parents, often, or they might drop-in just to visit you. 

Juniors​­­ – Begin working on your college essays during the summer and plan on completing them before school resumes in August.  Update your resume on Naviance and request for letters of recommendations from teachers (if needed).  Complete the Counselor/Teacher Recommendation form, give the original to your Counselor and the copy to your recommending teacher.  You will be asking for recommendations from your counselor and teachers now until school is out.  Meet with your Counselor again before end of school.  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.

Continue to visit colleges to help you figure out where you feel comfortable and what you are looking for in a college.  Make point to speak with the department heads and professors in the departments of your choosing at your potential colleges.

Register to take the next ACT at  You are responsible for sending your own test scores in to 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.

Register to take the next SAT at  Take the SAT at least once to qualify for the Michigan Competitive scholarship program.  Don't forget to send your scores into your colleges by mid August. 

Sophomores -­ Finish out the year strong.  Take time to enjoy your summer.  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., maybe do some college tours.


High School Dance Team Tryouts: June 5 1-3pmJune 7 4-6pmJune 9 4-6pm
What to wear/bring: Bring a snack and water bottle! The dress code for all three days is all black school appropriate clothing. Shorts with tights, leggings, T-shirts, a thick strapped tank top, leotard, Jazz and/or lyrical shoes will be just fine. 


Head coaches will be contacting parents shortly about any Summer activity and/or Fall tryout information.  Please also visit the 2017 Summer and Fall information packet on our website:  If you have not heard from your coach, please contact them.  Emails can be found at:
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 7, while tryouts will begin on Wednesday, August 9 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 June 9 from 5 – 6 p.m.June 10 from 10 a.m. – 12p.m., and June 11 after the Spring Sports Banquet from approximately 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (must attend all tryout dates.) 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 1


Save the date!  The NDP Marching Band Camp is July 31st through August 4th from 8:00am to 5:00pm.   This is a mandatory camp for all NDP band students enrolled in 1st semester Marching Band.   At camp, students will learn all of the music and the marching maneuvers.   There are lots of fun activities like a water balloon fight and jello eating contests.   We even have evening activities.   Monday night we will go to CJ Barrymores, Wednesday night is movie night and Friday will be the Big Band Party!   For more information, contact Mr. Joe Martin 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!

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 –
Cristina Iacopelli: School Office Secretary
Denise Mahoney: Counseling Office Admin. Assistant –

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