Girls in grades 5 through 7 are invited to come have fun exploring their creative side at Notre Dame Academy’s second Maker Mash on Tuesday, March 12 from 6-8pm. This event will be held in NDA’s new maker space. Members of Notre Dame Academy’s Maker Club will guide the girls through tinker stations where they can create t-shirt bags, binary code bracelets, 3-D printing, and cool rheoscopic fluid wave makers. Cost is $10.
Meet Mrs. Laura Gallaher.
Along with gardening, movie popcorn (with butter!), Broadway shows and the movie Out of Africa, Mrs. Gallaher, NDA English teacher and Language Arts Department Chair is also passionate about educating young women. A graduate of The University of Toledo in English education, she has been teaching young women at NDA for 37 years.
She began teaching at NDA when there were limited choices of advanced placement courses. According to Mrs. Gallaher, “NDA is never satisfied with the status-quo. NDA administration, the Sisters of Notre Dame, and faculty have always been pro-active in researching and reviewing educational standards and statistics in order to be on the forefront of educational changes.”
“Today’s students can choose from advanced and honors courses, in all core subjects, along with International Baccalaureate coursework,” Mrs. Gallaher, a certified IB educator, explained. “IB coursework is different. Full-diploma students work in and study the three core elements of IB, the first being the theory of knowledge course, where students are asked to reflect on the nature of knowledge and how we claim to know what we know. Students also complete the final two elements, which include an independent, self-directed research essay, and they undertake a creativity, action and service project.”
Mrs. Gallaher credits becoming an IB World Diploma School as another wonderful opportunity for NDA students to gain college credit. The program and allows them to be able to choose and explore what concepts interest them, in a style of learning that will benefit them as a life-long learner.
Of course there have been many changes within the classroom as well through her tenure. What is one of the best changes? Mrs. Gallaher regards the implementation of block scheduling as, “the best thing NDA ever did!” “With the implementation of block scheduling I, as the teacher, am able to facilitate deeper classroom discussions and also allows students to work longer on projects without interruption,” she explained. “Within one class time, I can cover a concept in what used to take multiple classes. Block scheduling also allows me more assessment time with students and allows the students to actively participate in their learning, instead of memorizing material for testing and then forgetting the lesson.”
“I am motivated to keep teaching by the enthusiasm of my students. Their interest in language and literature, and their willingness to become more proficient in writing and reading makes it a joy to keep finding new ways to teach. When asked about how the students have changed her life she said, “I like to think I have lived my life a little differently because of my 36 years of teaching all girls. I am forever committed to the notion of girl power and celebrating the feminine mystique. These girls remind me of my responsibility to keep pursuing knowledge and truth and to the importance of being present to each other. I think I have thought more creatively and read more eclectically about issues in order to best prepare students for life beyond H.S. I’ve learned to be more accepting of the fact that people ‘arrive’ at knowledge in their own way and in their own time.”
Mrs Gallaher has also moderated the Minds Matter Club, which encourages awareness of mental health issues and support of people who may be struggling with mental health. She was part of the NDA Diversity Task Force in the late 1990s, which was a group of students and faculty who met monthly to address school culture and attentiveness to issues of diversity. She was also instrumental as part of the English Department initiative to implement a Summer Common Reading Program for our students, faculty and staff, which aligns with our yearly academic theme. Mrs. Gallaher also initiated the NDA Faculty/Staff Book Club in 1990, and it has been going strong for 29 years!
NDA is proud to have this master teacher as part of the NDA community and appreciates her dedication, commitment to education, and vision in educating young women.
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Join senior Maelyn as she shows you how students produce, direct, and star in the morning news at WNDA: Where EAGLES Rule the AIR!
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Posted by Notre Dame Academy on Wednesday, February 6, 2019
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Parents of girls in the 6th and 7th grade who have applied or will apply to NDJA to begin classes in the fall of 2019 are invited to a Parent Informational Breakfast on Wednesday, February 27 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 course, the Pre-International Baccalaureate course, 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 15 years in a row, and our Speech and Debate Team who is ranked in the top 8% in the nation. There will also be time for you to register your daughter to spend time with us as an Eagle for a day! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this event.
Come and see why we are BOLD, BRILLIANT, BEAUTIFUL, and BLESSED!
Registration for NDA’s Summer Academy camp registration is now open and offering a $25 early bird discount on discovery and academic camps for those who register at www.nda.org before March 31. There are a variety of Athletic, Discovery, and Academic, opportunities for girls entering grades K-12 in the fall 2019. New this year are 3D Printing, Pottery, Leadership Camp, High School Test Prep, Edible Experiments, Yoga, Personal Finance, and Physical Education! Back by popular demand are the Safe Sitter® program, Fused Glass, Art, Sew Creative, Italian Cooking, Make It Bake It Take It, Theater, Dance camps and more. The NDA Eagles, fifteen time All-Sports Champs, will host a variety of sport camps that will include volleyball, soccer, basketball, fencing & archery, and rowing! NDA is also offering academic camps. High school classes include High School Placement Test Prep, ACT Test Prep, Computer Applications, Personal Finance, Study Skills, Health, U.S. Government, and Physical Education. Visit nda.org to register to view a full listing of camps.
Helping her discover her passions, interests, and skills!
The NDA Course Catalog is developed and reviewed annual to ensure that our students to meet their academic, personal, college, and career goals! Your Notre Dame Academy (NDA) six-year, college prep course of study will meet or exceed state graduation requirements and is exceptional preparation for college. Click the following link for a printable PDF version: Course Catalog 2019-20
Father Mike Depcik joined the NDA ASL Club for a discussion on sign language and how it differs around the world!
All 8th grade girls are invited to register to take the HSPT (High School Placement Test) at Notre Dame Academy to begin classes in the fall of 2019. RSVP at: https://fs26.formsite.com/e8y7T9/dz03h38uti/index.html? 1546884817076 or @email@example.com! Students should take the HSPT at her first choice high school. Notre Dame Academy awards a renewable Honors Scholarship of up to $3,000 a year to eighth graders who score 80% of higher on the placement test. Please bring $20, two #2 pencils and calculator. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. in the main lobby. Testing begins at 8:30 a.m.
This week’s athlete of the week is JV basketball player and junior Aubrey Zmuda. Aubrey is a center for the JV basketball team and leads the team in scoring with a 12 points per game average. According to Head JV Basketball Coach Dane Franklin: “Aubrey has been key to our success so far this season both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Aubrey’s leadership on and off the court has been tremendous as she consistently leads by example.”
Congratulations to Aubrey Zmuda, this week’s Athletes of the Week!