Sr. Miriam James, SOLT Presented: The Dignity and Beauty of Women

Notre Dame Academy presented Sr. Miriam James, Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), to speak on the Dignity and Beauty of Women to NDA students. The topic of the speech coordinates with NDA’s yearly theme of Embracing the Feminine Genius.

“As a female you are filled with attentiveness, strength, beauty, a sense of sacrifice, and a dedication to service,” she told students. “You are warriors for the suffering.  It is in you, you have an innate attentiveness to people, and that is the biggest part of the feminine genius.”

Sister Miriam holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and is the author of the book, Loved As I Am published by Ave Maria Press.  Her story has been featured in the Seattle Times, The National Catholic Register and heard on Relevant Radio, Sirius XM, Catholic Answers Live and EWTN’s Life on the Rock, as well as Steubenville conferences, the USCCB Catholic Convocation, various retreats and conferences both nationally and internationally. Sr. Miriam also speaks often on the topics of Authentic Love and Conversion, Forgiveness and Mercy, and The Healing Power of Christ.

This school year the NDA community, in its academic curriculum and other cultural aspects of the school, will strive to study and better understand and embrace the “feminine genius” as attributed to Pope John Paul II. Future speakers and presentations are scheduled throughout the year based on this theme, along with the NDA’s school community book read and exploration of the novel, I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai: Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Athletic Boosters Reverse Raffle and Auction Night – September 30!

NDA Athletic Boosters invite you to their Reverse Raffle, Live & Silent Auction Night on Saturday, September  30, 2017 beginning at 6:00 pm.  Join us on campus for an evening filled with a BBQ dinner provided from Shorty’s BBQ, live auction items, silent auctions tables, and a GRAND PRIZE of $3,000 cash, with cash prizes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th places!  This evening benefits ALL NDA athletes and programs!

Purchase your 2017 Reverse Raffle Tickets Today! Click here for a printable PDF for tickets

Complete this portion and return to NDA attention: “Athletic Boosters” with payment. Please make checks payable to: Notre Dame Academy Athletic Boosters or you may contact Dan Vining, Cross Country & Track and Field Booster Rep or (419)704-8042 for further information.

Save the Date for “MAD for PLAID!” 02.24.18

Each year Notre Dame Academy (NDA) hosts its signature scholarship fundraiser, “Mad for Plaid“. This event supports scholarships and tuition grants for young women.  The event is hosted by the Office of Advancement and Alumnae Relations who serve as a vital link in connecting the school’s constituencies — alumnae, students, faculty, staff, parents, past parents, grandparents, community leaders, and friends.

Last year, local businesses provided over $43,000 in sponsorships.  Their support enabled NDA to host close to 300 guests and to net over $140,000 for scholarship funds.  Without these dollars, a Notre Dame Academy education would not be possible for these young women.  Over 80% of our families receive scholarship or tuition grants.

Athletes of the Week ~ Megan Ohlinger and Lauren Myers

Congratulations to Megan Ohlinger and Lauren Myers, this week’s Athletes of the Week!

Meet JV volleyball player and sophomore Megan Ohlinger.  Megan is a hard worker and team-focused volleyball player.  According to Head JV Volleyball Coach Matt Trzcinski: “Megan is a talented athlete and an even better young lady.  She is constantly working to improve her own skills and continuously pushes her teammates to work hard, too. Megan embodies the virtue of teamwork because, whether she is on the court or on the bench waiting to play, she is one that we can count on to be cheering the loudest for her teammates.”

Cross country runner and senior Lauren Myers, in her first two meets has dropped about a minute of time compared to the same meets last year.   According to Head Cross Country Coach Brannon Wurster: “The hard work that Lauren has shown over the last month through the pain of a workout or the feeling of disappointment for not hitting a goal, she has embodied the virtue of persistence in staying focused and improving each and every day.”


NDA Offers Over 30 Clubs For Students To Join!

NDA girls have so many choices of extra-curricular activities! We aim to develop the whole girl and NDA Clubs provide opportunities beyond the academic curriculum. Involvement in school activities allow students to have fun, meet new friends, become more well-rounded, and offer a great way to focus on personal interests and expand your horizons. Check out the over 30 clubs at NDA for students to choose to participate!  Visit the NDA Clubs page by clicking HERE!

Welcome New Faculty and Staff!

NDA would like to introduce some of our new faculty and staff members.  We know you will love it here!

Ms. Sarah Hunter

Sarah is a 2013 graduate of Central Catholic High School and recently graduated from Marian University in Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education and Theatre. She has performed professionally with the Richmond Shakespeare Festival and the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company. She also served as a part time maternity leave substitute teacher at Roncalli High School in their theology department.

Ms. Amanda Martis ’11

After graduating from Notre Dame Academy in 2011, Amanda attended Xavier University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theology and her Master’s degree in ethics. She previously taught at a Catholic school in Cincinnati for two years and is so very excited to be back at her alma mater!

Mrs. Amanda Mutgi

Amanda received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish from Bowling Green State University and received her M.A. from The University of Toledo. Amanda taught Spanish, Latin, and Exploratory Foreign Language at NDA from 2010-2013. Amanda is thrilled to return to teaching after four years of being a stay at home mom and lives with her husband and two children in Holland.

Mr. Nicholas Ball
Technology Assistant

Nicholas has a Bachelor of Information Technology degree from the University of Phoenix. He is excited to bring his previous I.T. experience from Buckeye Broadband to NDA. Nicholas, his wife Stephanie, and son Landon are preparing for the arrival of their second son at the end of August.

Ms. Marisa Napoli ‘13

Marisa graduated from the University of Dayton in May 2017. She has a degree in Adolescent to Young Adult Education with a concentration in Integrated Language Arts, and a minor in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology. She graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 2013, and her mother graduated from NDA in 1982.

Mrs. Nicole (Biler) Kunz ‘94
Advancement Event Coordinator

Nicole (Nikie) is a 1994 graduate of Notre Dame Academy. She earned her Business Management Degree and has spent the last 20+ years doing Graphic Design, Advertising and Event Planning here in Toledo and in the Cincinnati area. Her mother, Jenny Biler is a 1969 NDA graduate and worked in the school for several years as well. Nikie and her husband Kevin (St. Francis Alumnae ’98) have three children. They reside in Sylvania and her children attend St. Joe’s.

Mrs. Jamie Orians
Director of Annual Giving and Alumnae Relations

Jamie is a successful professional with more than 10 years’ experience in marketing and development in Catholic education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications/Public Relations from the University of Toledo. She and her husband have three children and live in Perrysburg. The Orians are members of Maumee St. Joseph Catholic Church.

NDA Students Combined Summer with Service, Politics and Leadership

Now that the school year has started students are sharing with us what they did this summer! Many NDA students performed service and or gained hands-on learning during their summer days off.

For example, seniors Audrey Chisholm & Sarah Walz performed government service hours this summer by helping with the mayoral campaigning efforts of Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson for Toledo as she campaigns for re-election!

Senior Lacey Schwind, shadowed two local officials for her summer government class at NDA. Lacey shadowed Rossford School Board Member Sharon Belkofer and Rossford Treasurer James Rossler.  She was invited to attend the OSBA’s Budget, Analysis and Discussion Seminar at the Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus where the biennial state budget was discussed. At the event attendees were able to hear from Ohio Rep. Andrew O. Brenner, Senator Randy Gardner, Aaron Rausch, Ohio Department of Education, and Howard Fleeter, Ohio Education Policy Institute.
 “It was an honor to be able to observe how our legislature operates and how much hard work goes into making our schools a success,” Lacey said.   She met with Mrs. Belkofer and reviewed the school board meeting agenda- where all information is shared with the public at the school board meeting that Lacey also attended.  “These hands-on learning experiences made me feel so much more invested in what I was learning,” Lacey explained. “To watch and listen to these respected officials and representatives was an amazing opportunity for me!”
Senior Hannah Dailey was accepted to attend the Future Women in Business Summit The Ohio State University. “It was a great networking opportunity and taught me about how I can conquer adversities in the business world,” Hannah said.

The Future Women in Business Summit aims to prepare and educate young women about the world of business and introduce attendees to a variety of topics within business while experiencing Ohio State University and Fisher College of Business.