Notre Dame Prep – Upper Division

Irish Info- Kudos, Information and Reminders for NDP Families
Volume 9, Issue 21 | June 7, 2018


June 7 – Used Uniform Sale
Final Exams 8:00-11:15 – June 7th (periods 1 & 2),  June 8th (periods 3 & 4),  June 11th (periods 5 & 6),  June 12th (periods 7 & 8)
Morning buses run at regular time; buses leave school at 11:30; no lunches or caf  service 
June 12 – Concert on the Hill at 6:30 p.m.
June 13 or 14 – Freshman Launch for incoming 9th graders and at least one parent
July 30-Aug. 3 – Band Camp
Aug. 6 or 8 – football and then all other fall sports begin
Aug. 20-21 – NDP orientation for 2018-2019
Aug. 22 – first full day of school

Parents of young ladies in the class of 2020:
Beginning next week, all young ladies in the class of 2020 will be able to stop by the NDP office to pick up a Dennis uniform discount voucher for the purchase of a skort for the 2018-2019 school year (junior year). Specific details for distribution will be given during school announcements next week.  

IT Department
Did you know that the Information and Academic Technology department is available over the summer? If you or your student(s) have any school related technical issues, please reach out to us at or stop by from 8 to 2. We are here to help!

Outstanding camp opportunity for all middle and high school students
We are partnering with Eastern Michigan University (the best forensics program in the state) to host the Forensics Edge:  Speech and Debate Camp this summer from July 30-August 3.  Instructors and college students from EMU, as well as alumni, will be with us to lead students in skill-building activities for all types of speech, debate, and performance events.  This is ideal for students who struggle with classroom speaking, as well as students interested in pursuing competitive options.  Mrs. Schmidt will be offering a Congressional Debate session each afternoon (great for Youth in Government candidates) and Mrs. Carman will lead Public Forum Debate sessions.  Please check out this link for more information or contact Mrs. Schmidt (

Sports Physicals
Fall sports begin the week of August 6, 2018. Check for exact times. All students need a physical dated after April 15, 2018 on file in the athletic office by August 1, 2018 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:

Summer Spanish And Mandarin Enrichment Activities:
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.  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

Personal Project – Parents of Freshmen
On May 23, freshman students received information about the sophomore personal project.  Further informaiton can be found on our NDPMA website at  Watch the video or click the link to the Student Guide for full details, and talk with your students about the project.  Students are not required to start the project over the summer but those who do should stay in contact with Mrs. Archer (  

Counseling News
After much discussion, we have decided to modify the counselor-student assignments to allow counselors more time to get to know their students better and ultimately provide more personalized service to their students and their families.  Each counselor will have students from 9-12 grades, distributed alphabetically, beginning next Fall. See Naviance homepage for counselor to student assignments.

Juniors (and Parents)- Update your Resume on Naviance and complete your "Request for Letter of Recommendation" form, located on the lower left corner on your NEW Naviance home page.  Give the original to your counselor and the copy to your recommending teacher. Completed Recommendation Request forms are due before summer break.  Make plans on meeting with your counselor at least one more time before you go off on your summer vacation.  How to research colleges, admission requirements, college essays, and letters of recommendation are also good topics to discuss.   Complete and update all your Naviance items, especially the "Resume" and "Personality Type" inventory. 

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.  

Continue to visit colleges to help you 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 in the departments of your choosing 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  

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 mid-August 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.

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. 

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Spring Sports Banquets
NDP Varsity Sports:     Sunday, June 10   10:00am Mass/11:00am Brunch

Did your student take an IB exam this May? 
Results will be available July 6th via the IB student portal. Students log in credentials were given to them in October 2017 during IB testing registration.  Log in credentials were also emailed to all students IB testing on January 4, 2018. Please have your student check their NDP email for log in credentials. 

Students taking May 2018 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

Host Families Needed
The NDPMA World Language Department is looking for a maximum of four families to host the native speaking Intern Teacher for the Spanish courses in 2018-2019 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 Spanish culture and the student receives one-on-one help with the language.  Find out more about this exciting opportunity by emailing Joanne Liu, NDPMA coordinator of Amity Institute Intern Teachers. (email: )

Summer preparation for English
College application essay workshops will teach voice, originality, and sophistication for college application essays, both in-person and online.  Workshops will be given 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
$30 per email correspondence (one essay per correspondence)
Initial consultation and final meeting will take place at the high school or other locations on a case-by-case basis
Fees must be paid upfront for entire workshop and online correspondences
General writing workshop will focus on improving fundamental writing skills such as thesis and structure composition, simplicity and concreteness, analysis, argumentation, and creativity.

Notre Dame Fund
"The learning and growth of our students would not be possible without The Notre Dame fund. Each year, gifts to the fund allows Notre Dame to increase the resources available to academic programming, co-curriculars, athletics, fine and performing arts, and scholarship & financial aid. Please consider supporting The Notre Dame Fund before June 30 – your gift will impact nearly 1100 students in a positive way! For more information or to make a gift, visit"

Our spirit-wear items make a wonderful gift for that special someone or for yourself.  Out 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 248-373-500, 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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Contact Information:
Mary Jane Pasko: School Office Secretary –
Denise Mahoney: Counseling Office Admin. Assistant –