NDJA Introduces the Pre-IB Capstone Project for 8th Grade

Why should she begin her NDA academic in 8th grade? One of the many reasons is the introduction of the 8th grade International Baccalaureate (IB) Capstone Project! As part of NDA’s Pre-IB academic program, students will be mentored through a semester long-project preparing them for their academic future. Watch the video below and find our what the Capstone Project is and what it will do for your daughter!

Student’s Poetry About Invisible Illnesses To Be Published

Senior Emily Manner is now a published poet! She entered one of her poems in the Appelley Publishing National Student Poetry Contest and was chosen to be published in the Appelley Publishing 2017 Rising Stars Collection!
The poem, Silently Suffering, reflects Emily’s daily struggle with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). “I unfortunately suffer from four invisible chronic illnesses,” she said. “This poem speaks specially about dealing daily with my diagnosis of POTS. My poem helps to describe the struggles I deal with because of my illnesses that most people might not know are happening.”
Emily has been dabbling in poetry since grade school but really become passionate about poetry in high school. After hearing about this contest, she thought about all of the poems that she had written and decided this poem had the best message and could help others if it was published.
Emily takes AP English courses, IB Music, and is an Honors Choir and Honors Molecular Genetics student. She hopes to attend Bowling Green State University and study Environmental Science. She also plans on continuing to serve others and explore her passion of music.
She is involved in the Honors’ Choir, president of the NDA Knitting Club, a varsity bowler, and in the St. Francis deSales musical. Emily serves on the Migrant Ministry and Appalachia Mission Teams. She is also deeply involved in her parish St. Catherine of Sienna Parish. We invite you to read her winning poem:
Silently Suffering
Silently Suffering is what I do
I lay in pain in bed all night
Longing for sleep while my insomnia fights
Only to get up the next morning, grab breakfast and pills
While yet again my nausea kills
At lunch I must eat a good amount
Otherwise I might pass out
I cannot forget to eat some salt
For my blood pressure would drop without
I eat mints like kids do candy
And always have a water bottle handy
I stand and sit all day
While my joints cry out in pain
I do homework till my meds wear out
And my brain starts to shout
I’ll take a shower but I cannot dwell
For my body starts to swell
And go to bed puzzling
Why no one will see my suffering
For it is done silently
But violently

Parent Informational Breakfast for New JA Families – Date Change!

Parents of girls in the 6th and 7th grade who have applied or will apply to NDJA to begin classes in the fall of 2018 are invited to a Parent Informational Breakfast on Tuesday, February20 from 7:30 – 8:30 am. We are blessed to be able to showcase all the wonders and excellence of NDA and our students.  This casual breakfast is the perfect time for parents to meet with NDA faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumnae ask questions about NDA its affordability, academic courses, the Pre-International Baccalaureate Program, and the admission process.

The student-centered block scheduling gives our students the advantage of flex-time to meet with teachers, more in-depth class work, and classes that run the full year so students retain material. Our students are enriched with faith through masses, retreats, and service trips. NDA is the All-Sports Champion 14 years in a row, and our Speech and Debate Team has been district champions eight years in a row! We also invite your daughter to spend time with us as an Eagle for a day! Contact Liz Pelz at lpelz@nda.org.

Come and see why we are BOLD, BRILLIANT, BEAUTIFUL, and BLESSED!

NDA Students Participate in French Student Exchange!

NDA partnered with St. Francis DeSales High School to not only host students from France, but to also send NDA and SFS students to travel to France and visit a French school. Julia, a french student from Annecy, France, spent ten days with freshman Riley Shelnick’s family to attend NDA daily as a student. Julia, on her last day at NDA, was emotional about her experience as a student of NDA  and her visit to the U.S.

“I have seen so many things in Toledo,” she said. “I love NDA. All of the students are so friendly and kind, and the teachers are so nice to you!” Julia really enjoyed the student-centered block scheduling that NDA uses as her french school follows another schedule pattern.

Pictured: Riley, Julia and Mrs. Shelnick leaving NDA to take Julia to the airport to go back to France. 

Au revoir, Julia. Nous allons te manquer…(we will miss you)

NDA students Meghan Wertz, Shannon Mack and Cate Orchard left yesterday for their France experience and will return on November 26th! They will visit Julia’s school in Annecy, along with students from St. Francis who are participating in this exchange!

Emily Vining, Iris Rodriguez, and Valeria Ponce, NDA’s Athletes of the Week!

We have three Athletes of the Week.  First up is varsity track and field athlete and sophomore Emily Vining.  At the Dayton Roosevelt track meet, Emily Vining ran the 2000-meter steeplechase. In the winning the event by a wide margin, Emily set a new NDA school record.  According to Head Varsity Track & Field Coach Ray Strassner:  “Emily is willing to run in whatever events the team needs her.  Whether it be a race from the 400m to the 1600m, the relays, or the 300 hurdles.  She is an extremely hard worker and a very coachable athlete.”

Next up is track and field athlete and junior Iris Rodriguez.  In her first year in the pole vault, Iris successfully cleared the height of 8 feet and gave the team some valuable points at the Dayton meet.  This is a huge accomplishment for an athlete new to the sport of pole vaulting.  According to Head Varsity Track & Field Coach Ray Strassner:  “Iris is very coachable, and strives to succeed.  We love having her as a member of our track & field team.”

Next up is Novice rower and freshman Valeria Ponce.  Valeria rows in the Novice 8 and 4 boats and she leads by example by staying focused and working hard during practice.  According to Rowing Coach Emily Mills: “”Valeria has a good, positive attitude and makes an effort to push herself to be better every practice.”

Congratulations to Emily Vining, Iris Rodriguez, and Valeria Ponce, this week’s Athletes of the Week!

Summer Academy Camp Registration is Open & Waiting For You – CSI Camp Needs You to Investigate!

Do you know a gril who loves CSI shows on television, and imagines herself at the scene of the crime? We have just the camp for her! In the CSI summer camp students will take on the role of a Crime Scene Investigator. They will learn new vocabulary and skills such as fingerprint classification and environment observation that will enable them to successfully investigate a crime scene. Students will integrate concepts from math, law and science to navigate case scenarios and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. The last day of camp the students will be divided into teams that will investigate a crime scene and determine the culprit.

Some activities include:
 Basic Terminology and Skills Workshops
 Fingerprint Identification Lab
 Hair & Fiber Lab
 Crime Scene Observation Practice
 Impression Evidence Lab
 Entomological Evidence Lab
 Mock Crime Scene Investigation ….and More!

Please click the following link to register:  I want to sign up for NDA Summer Academy!

BWW Bracket Challenge vs SUA- See you there Wednesday Feb 1!

Meet us at Buffalo Wild Wings on Central Ave this Wed. 2/1 and help NDA win round 1 of the Bracket Challenge vs SUA!

#luvmesomewings  #honeyBBQ

Do You Pray? Have you Felt God Around You? Theology Students Share Their Answers

Students in Mrs. Shikwana’s Theology class answered some tough and sometimes personal questions about their faith.  We appreciate their honestly and humbleness in their answers, we bet you will too!