Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Info and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 8, Issue 8 | December 1, 2016


Dec. 1 – 7:00 p.m. Parent Tech night (Haiku/PowerSchool, & Windows 10)
Dec. 5-6  – block days
Dec. 7 – Concert and Coding for students
Dec. 7 @ 7:00 p.m. Band Concert for families
Dec. 8 – Immaculate Conception of Mary Liturgy – Dress uniform
Dec. 12 @ 7:00 p.m. – Choir Concert for families at Avondale
Dec. 15, 16, 19, 20 – NDP upper and middle division semester exams two per day 8:00-9:30 and 9:45-11:15 each day; school buses run at regular time in the morning and at 11:30 a.m.

Christmas break for Upper and Middle Division students begins on Wednesday, Dec 21st.

In the event of a school closing, NDPMA uses School Messenger, a broadcast system.  Within minutes of a planned or unplanned event that causes early dismissal, school cancellation, late start or information that needs to reach families, NDPMA will notify you by phone and/or email.  Be aware the Caller ID will display the NDP main office number of 248-373-5300 for all three divisions.  If you do not receive a phone call, email, or just want to update your contact information, please use the following link:

Parent Tech Night – Haiku (PowerSchool) Learning & Windows 10
Parents, want to learn more about Haiku Learning?  Join us to learn how to maneuver in this valuable classroom tool. Afterwards, Microsoft guest speakers will be onsite presenting “Getting to know Windows 10”.  We will be hosting this hands-on event in the Main Campus Media Center.  We hope to see you on Thursday, December 1st at 7 PM for this two-hour session.

NetClassroom – ID and Passwords
IT Support is not only for students!  The Information and Academic Technology department is here to provide families technical support too.  If you need to recover your NetClassroom User ID and Password, please send an email to  Please be sure to provide us with identifiable information to complete the request.

Parents Club
 is in need of several chair people for two of our most well attended, long standing events – Spring Fashion Show and Junior Prom
Please consider donating your time and talent to make these events a huge success once again this year. To volunteer, email:

Fashion Show Models and Usher Co-Chair
Three volunteers are needed to help Seniors and their parents make memories as they walk down the runway modeling the latest fashions in the annual Spring Fashion Show March 16, 2017!  
Responsibilities include: 

  • Recruiting all models and ushers for Spring Fashion Show
  • Create student and parent distribution lists for communication
  • Organize show including show intro dance and runway performance
  • Identify, select and obtain commitment for all participating supplier/vendors for clothing, accessories and music for show.  This would include finalizing all contract/agreements and securing and applicable deposits.  
  • Assign roles for each of the committee members
  • Ensure all committee members fulfill their parent commitment hours
  • Manage/oversee budget for committee
  • Develop and present format for show to committee
  • Oversee the selection of attire for the model’s and ushers for the evening
  • Oversee transportation of wardrobe to and from supplier of clothing
  • Provide supervision for models and ushers during the event
  • Ensure that all clothing accessories are collected and assembled for transport
  • Manage and save all relevant documents created for committee in “Drop Box” 

Junior Prom Co-Chair
Two volunteers are requested to help coordinate a night for the Junior class to remember! Junior Prom is scheduled for May 24, 2017. 
Responsibilities include:  

  • Meeting with the junior class moderators 1 or 2 times as necessary.
  • Operate sign-ups for other parents to volunteer for shifts helping to pick up decorations and set up the day before prom, bring treats for the prom, and clean up the night of prom.
  • Ask for other parents to volunteer through personal connections and email messages to junior parents.
  • Coordinating with event planner. 

Seniors – The Naviance transcript request option will be disabled beginning on Monday, Dec. 19th for Christmas Break. Please plan accordingly.
All requested seventh semester grades and Common App. mid-year reports will be sent as they are made available to us in mid-January.

Seniors –  Admission decisions from many schools which offered Early Action and Early Decision processing will be released in coming days and weeks prior to Christmas break.  If you get accepted, a BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!!  If you get deferred and you are still interested in attending, let your Counselor know immediately.  There are some necessary but crucial steps you will need to take to remain on the possible acceptance list and to improve your chances of admission.  If you get denied, tell your Counselor and update all decisions on Naviance.

Juniors – A seven session ACT workshop from College Quest will be offered here on campus beginning in Feb. and ending in late March ahead of April 8th ACT testing date.  Students can choose either Wednesday or Thursday sessions after school at 3:30 till 5:15.  $230 includes all course materials and instruction on content as well as test taking techniques from seasoned professionals.  25 students or less per class, first come first serve.  Registration begins on Friday, Dec. 2nd and ends in Mid January, or when classes are full.  Registration forms are available in the Counseling office, are linked on your Naviance home page or here – Wednesday's 2017 ACT Preparation Course or Thursday's 2017 ACT Preparation Course

All students – An NDP alumni career session on Business (Marketing, Accounting, Finance, and Consulting) has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Dec. 7th at 1:30 p.m. in the Media Center.  Please register on line at Career Speakers – Sign Up link to attend this career session.

Freshmen Self-Management Presentations –
Our annual final exam preparation session will be taking place Wednesday, December 7th during all Literature classes.  Freshmen will be in groups according to what they have reported is their most difficult subject. Upperclassmen and subject area teachers will lead the groups in discussion on topics such as: organizing study materials and study groups, time management and developing a study schedule, and best practices when preparing for the final exams according to learning style.  Please ask your son/daughter what they learned!

Sophomore Self-Management Presentations – 
Topics discussed with Sophomores on 11/16 & 11/17:
-Beginning your college search. Importance of fit: finding colleges that are a good match for you based on your interests, abilities, values, goals, and social/academic preferences.
-Reminder to start touring colleges
-Sophomores received a gold handout titled “Beginning Your College Search” (attached) with questions to help students determine their preferences, as well as the following items to keep in mind:
-Do not wait on starting your college search because you’re not sure what you’re going to major in/choose for a career. Begin your search now, so that you have plenty of time to consider all options.
-Do not use tuition cost as a limiting factor in this beginning phase of the college search. The actual out-of-pocket cost of attending the university of your choice is going to depend on a lot of factors. 
-A student’s motivation, ambition, and work ethic are #1 indicators of attaining admission to highly regarded degree programs and employ ability after completion of degree.
-On Naviance, sophomores were shown step-by-step how to perform a college search using the “SuperMatch College Search” link under the “Colleges” tab. Students began creating their potential list of colleges from the list of results by clicking “Add to colleges I’m thinking about.”  Have them share it with you.  
-On Naviance, sophomores were shown again how to add items to their Resume that they started last year. Update any activities, awards, service since last log-in.
-Highly suggested books:
Bruni, Frank. Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. New York: Grand Central, 2015. 
O'Connor, Patrick. College Is Yours 2.0: Preparing, Applying and Paying for Colleges Perfect for You. Denver, CO: Outskirts, 2011.
Pope, Loren. Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges. New York, NY: Penguin, 2012
-Reminder to email Mrs. Rodda A-L ( or Mrs. Golliff M-Z ( anytime. 

Senior Leadership Level Service Projects –  All Seniors should be well past the idea stage of this process.   Senior Plan forms should have been completed and submitted by now so we are certain students have a plan to complete their project and not be in jeopardy of a FAIL being on their transcript.  Seniors should be in the full planning or executing stage of their service project.  If there is any senior still in need of assistance with getting on a project they should be seeing Mrs. Zuccaro as soon as possible.  

If your project is complete you should submit a completion form within 2 weeks of the completion.   
Peer Leader Program – We will be taking applications for Peer Leader Coordinators to lead our Peer Leader Program next year.  Peer Leader Coordinators (PLC) will attend the Leadership Summit in Atlanta​, ​Georgia​, January 27-29, 2017.  For more information, please contact Campus Ministry. 
The Great Give!  We raised over $7,500 during the Upper Division's "We Give a HOOT competition!  Ms. Glick's 4th hour class won first place with close to $70 per student collected and Mr. Osiecki"s 4th hour brought in 4x the amount of food requested and held 2nd place in monetary funds.  Both classes will enjoy a pizza party for their awesome effort.

Great Give – CHRISTMAS – ​The Christmas portion of the Great Give kicked off with HOT CHOCOLATE AND CHRISTMAS CAROLS ​at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony ​on Tuesday


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. 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".

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Contact Information:
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Carrie Lytle: School Office Secretary –
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