NDA Announces First Semester Academic Honors

Congratulations to the following students who earned academic honors during the school year’s first semester.  Academic honors are bestowed at Notre Dame Academy at the end of each semester for students who achieve a 3.0 or higher. First Honor is 4.0 or higher, Second Honor is 3.5 – 3.99, and Third Honor is 3.0 – 3.49.

 

Hanna Ahmad 12 1st
Kulsoom Ahmad 11 1st
Rachel Allison 10 1st
Aishlin Armstrong 11 1st
Madison Arndt 10 1st
Olivia Assenmacher 10 1st
Sarah Atallah 11 1st
Suneina Badoni 12 1st
Jordyn Bailey 9 1st
Gabriella Baker 12 1st
Madelyn Ball 11 1st
Victoria Barkhimer 9 1st
Ashley Barron 12 1st
Raven Begell-Long 12 1st
Madison Bell 10 1st
Carly Benson 12 1st
Reagan Bertke 12 1st
Jenna Biedenharn 10 1st
Maria Bier 11 1st
Bridget Bishop 12 1st
Kelsey Blanchong 12 1st
Katherine Blandford 11 1st
Ava Bockbrader 9 1st
Erin Bollin 12 1st
Shannon Bollin 9 1st
Ava Bowers 9 1st
Parker Boyd 9 1st
Taylor Boyd 12 1st
Sophie Brady 12 1st
Surina Brar 12 1st
Kathryn Brennan 12 1st
Caylee Bunker 9 1st
Lillian Bunker 11 1st
Erin Burke 10 1st
Jazmine Burkes 11 1st
Peyton Burnor 9 1st
Miracle Burt 10 1st
Anna Busse 10 1st
Iliana Calcamuggio 9 1st
Emma Cannon 11 1st
Regan Carnes 9 1st
Erynn Carpenter 11 1st
Paige Chaffee 10 1st
Tiffany Chen 11 1st
Jessica Chernock 10 1st
Hannah Cook 11 1st
Anna Cornell 9 1st
Megan Cunningham 11 1st
Dahlia Daboul 9 1st
Emily Dansack 9 1st
Kareen Darwich 10 1st
Shruti Daya 11 1st
Anne DeClark 12 1st
Amanda Deku 10 1st
Megan Del Vecchio 12 1st
Charlize Delos Santos 9 1st
Michaela Desmond 9 1st
Lauren Deutschman 11 1st
Lauren Devine 11 1st
Olivia Dickman 12 1st
Lauren Dionyssiou 11 1st
Alexis Dixon 12 1st
Natalie Douaihy 11 1st
Olivia Duet 12 1st
Taylor Dulinski 11 1st
Grace Dynda 12 1st
Nivene El Mays 11 1st
Edralhin Jelian Encarnacion 11 1st
Maria Evola 10 1st
Sarah Faisal 11 1st
Jaden Fink 12 1st
Abigail Firsdon 11 1st
Hailey Firsdon 10 1st
Kylie Foetisch 12 1st
Grace Foor 11 1st
Elizabeth Garver 10 1st
Katelyn Garza 11 1st
Kathryn Geldien 12 1st
Afrodite Georgakopoulos 11 1st
Ava George 12 1st
Samantha Giordano 9 1st
Gretchen Gmitter 10 1st
Hannah Gomez 11 1st
Kayla Goolsby 12 1st
Zoe Greenbaum 9 1st
Paige Griffith 12 1st
Raegan Griffith 9 1st
Mary Grzybowski 9 1st
Maira Hafeez 9 1st
Isabella Hall 12 1st
Lillian Hanus 9 1st
Sareena Harb 10 1st
Joan Hartlage 9 1st
Brynna Hastings 10 1st
Anna Haudrich 12 1st
Corinne Heban 9 1st
Alison Heerdegen 9 1st
Kristyn Hibbett 12 1st
Emma Hoyt 10 1st
Claire Hoyt 10 1st
Katelyn Imbrock 11 1st
Kathryn Jackson 12 1st
Caroline Jarrell 11 1st
Jamie Jenkins 11 1st
Bei Jiang 11 1st
Robin Johnston 9 1st
Payton Julian 12 1st
Margaret Jurek 11 1st
Dina Kanaan 9 1st
Emma Kapszukiewicz 9 1st
Manar Kashk 12 1st
Kelsey Keersemaker 9 1st
Corinne Kemper 11 1st
Tae Eun (Mia) Kim 11 1st
Seneca Klockowski 9 1st
Chloe Knapp 11 1st
Carissa Kolcun 10 1st
Abby Korczynski 10 1st
Sarah Korducki 11 1st
Chloe Kozal 11 1st
Madison Kristof 9 1st
Josie Lawrence 9 1st
Niah Lee 9 1st
Madison Lenkay 9 1st
Claire Lepkowski 9 1st
Grace Levine 11 1st
Ninghui (Rosie) Li 12 1st
Julia Loeb 12 1st
Jayna Lonsway 11 1st
Tina Maly 10 1st
Maria Yzabel Manimtim 9 1st
Kaitlyn Marshall 10 1st
Rebecca Martin 11 1st
Renee Marting 10 1st
McKenna Matson 10 1st
Margaret Maume 12 1st
Isabella Mazur 11 1st
McKenna Meehan 10 1st
Karina Mehedi 12 1st
Kaylin Meneilly 10 1st
Sarah Mickens 9 1st
August Miller 12 1st
Hannah Miller 11 1st
Sarah Miller 9 1st
Victoria Miller 11 1st
Rachel Miller 10 1st
Sydney Miller 9 1st
Mallory Mishler 12 1st
Alison Myers 10 1st
Aylia Naqvi 11 1st
Nikita Nel 11 1st
Isabel Nester 10 1st
Natalie Nester 11 1st
Amanda Ngo 9 1st
Kadence Nicholson 10 1st
Lauren O’Brien 9 1st
Ada Ogbonna 12 1st
Megan Ohlinger 11 1st
Gioia Pacella 12 1st
Chloe Patterson 12 1st
Ciera Patton 12 1st
Amanda Pawlecki 10 1st
Claire Pawlecki 12 1st
Julia Petty 10 1st
Ainsley Pike 10 1st
Madelyn Piscopo 10 1st
Delaney Poitinger 12 1st
Valeria Ponce 11 1st
Abigail Radabaugh 10 1st
Gabriella Ravas 10 1st
Kendall Rejent 12 1st
Kathryn Rex 12 1st
Gabrielle Rhodes 9 1st
Kathryn Riddle 11 1st
Lily Rieman 10 1st
Halle Rindler 10 1st
Amelia Rose 11 1st
Natalia Rosebrock 9 1st
Kathryn Roth 12 1st
Julia Rothweiler 12 1st
Leslie Sacoto 12 1st
Tamara Salameh 9 1st
Yara Saleh 9 1st
Grace Sanford 9 1st
Cassidy Scheuer 12 1st
Katelyn Schoen 12 1st
Sara Schultz 11 1st
Brooke Seelenbinder 10 1st
Nirmiti Shah 11 1st
Megan Sherman 12 1st
Kristina Sim 10 1st
Alexandra Simpson 10 1st
Anika Singhania 12 1st
Marielle Smith 9 1st
Elisabeth Sohn 9 1st
Lauren Sontchi 9 1st
Megan Sosko 12 1st
Maia Soulis 9 1st
Rylee Soulis 12 1st
Emily Spackey 12 1st
Jade Spidel 10 1st
Elise Straub 11 1st
Isabella Strbik 9 1st
Tierney Sturgeon 11 1st
Lauren Susor 9 1st
Dakota Sutton 11 1st
Natalie Suwinski 10 1st
Vivian Szymanski 11 1st
Hope Thayer 12 1st
Brooklyn Tolson 9 1st
Audrey Tyo 9 1st
Grace VanSlooten 9 1st
Adishree Verma 9 1st
Megan Vesoulis 11 1st
Madeline Vining 12 1st
Emily Vining 12 1st
Jingsi Wang 11 1st
Reyhana Wassel 11 1st
Sarah Watson 12 1st
Angel Wayton 11 1st
Elizabeth Weathers 11 1st
Grace Werner 11 1st
Lillian Westcarr 11 1st
Marley Wilhelm 9 1st
Katherine Wisniewski 11 1st
Georgia Woodruff 9 1st
Kylie Woodward 9 1st
Yunxuan (Sky) Wu 12 1st
Timberlin Wyse 10 1st
Wenfei Zhao 9 1st
Julia Zigray 10 1st
Carissa Zirbel 10 1st
Madyson Zoltowski 11 1st
Houda Akl 9 2nd
Chanita Alcaraz 10 2nd
Samantha Apodaca 11 2nd
Elyse Bell 10 2nd
Lydwine Boutrand 9 2nd
Jaelyn Braden 10 2nd
Elise Brown 9 2nd
Nyla Brown 11 2nd
Abigail Buerk 9 2nd
Lauren Chytil 9 2nd
Sydney Clay 12 2nd
Maureen Connelly 12 2nd
Caroline Connelly 9 2nd
Allison Cooley 11 2nd
Addison Crawford 10 2nd
Colleen Culp 10 2nd
Aadya Davis 11 2nd
Gracie Dollarhide 12 2nd
Nicole Douaihy 10 2nd
Natalie Doumet 10 2nd
Chelsea Drummond 10 2nd
Esperanza Duran 9 2nd
Chelsea Fall 9 2nd
Emma Frost 9 2nd
Maria Gammoh 12 2nd
Josephina Genson 11 2nd
Carolyne Giannini 10 2nd
Olivia Gibbons 12 2nd
Sage Gibson 11 2nd
Megan Gillig 9 2nd
Brittany Grames 12 2nd
Alaina Hamady 12 2nd
Jessica Hamernik 9 2nd
Tenley Hartford 11 2nd
Samantha Heywood 9 2nd
Lauren Hitts 10 2nd
Claire Holtyn 12 2nd
Paige Howell 10 2nd
Haley Jacobson 12 2nd
Naysia Jamison 10 2nd
Laila Jarson 12 2nd
Kailah Johnson 12 2nd
Hannah Joly 12 2nd
Hailey Kaufman 11 2nd
Aliyah Kayed 12 2nd
Audrey Kelly 10 2nd
Caitlin Kidwell 9 2nd
Maelyn Kizer 12 2nd
Kassidy Kokotaylo 11 2nd
Molly Kolodzaike 10 2nd
Kaeli Koop 12 2nd
Caitlyn Kowalski 11 2nd
Emilyn Lagger 11 2nd
Morgan Lake 10 2nd
Ahnia Logan 12 2nd
Cheridyn Lyczkowski 11 2nd
Sofia Marquez 10 2nd
Sabrina Martinez 12 2nd
Mariah Mattison 12 2nd
Elizabeth Maume 10 2nd
Madison Mergen 9 2nd
Allison Merritt 11 2nd
Lauryn Mick 11 2nd
Madelyn Miller 11 2nd
Madeline Miller 10 2nd
Marleigh Mitchell 9 2nd
Alicia Moreno 11 2nd
Cimran Naik 9 2nd
Jordan Nichols 10 2nd
Selina Ohene Obeng 11 2nd
Mackenzie Orchard 10 2nd
Paige Payden 11 2nd
K’Leigh Peske 9 2nd
Paige Reece 9 2nd
Jenna Reichert 12 2nd
Emma Rieman 12 2nd
Cassie Roberts 12 2nd
Taylor Roscoe 9 2nd
Alexandria Roth 9 2nd
Autumn Rowan 11 2nd
Sophia Ruse 11 2nd
Jane Ryan 10 2nd
Erica Sacoto 10 2nd
Mary Saine 11 2nd
Hannah Salameh 11 2nd
Christine Salcedo 10 2nd
Riley Shelnick 10 2nd
Shitan (Sylvia) Shentu 11 2nd
Alexis Sherman 9 2nd
Ellen Shern 10 2nd
Christine Shikwana 12 2nd
Olivia Sims 10 2nd
Riley Skinner 10 2nd
Tiffany Smith 9 2nd
Isabel Smith 9 2nd
Allison Sosko 10 2nd
Rachel Spencer 11 2nd
Katherine Stapleton 10 2nd
Alyssa Stark 11 2nd
Paige Stephens 9 2nd
Kirsten Stevens 12 2nd
Erin Sturgeon 9 2nd
Grace Szmania 12 2nd
Kenzie Szozda 12 2nd
Muriel Toerne 10 2nd
Kaitlyn Tolson 12 2nd
Mercedes Torres 12 2nd
Sydney Vargas 10 2nd
Charisma Villagomez 10 2nd
Morgan Ward 9 2nd
Sydni Waugh 11 2nd
Julia Webb 11 2nd
Ahmarianna West 12 2nd
Aubrey Zmuda 11 2nd
Noelle Albright 10 3rd
Bennett Armstrong 9 3rd
Rayonna Armstrong 11 3rd
Elizabeth Axe 9 3rd
Aniah Bell-Langster 12 3rd
Grace Bennett 12 3rd
Natalie Bialecki 10 3rd
Lauren Boyd 9 3rd
Morgan Briner 9 3rd
Katelyn Chapman 12 3rd
Madalyn Chapman 11 3rd
Kalina Conley 10 3rd
Monica Corder 11 3rd
Olivia Demecs 12 3rd
Reegan Denton 12 3rd
Irene Dieter 9 3rd
Sophia Dieter 11 3rd
Natalie Diver 11 3rd
Maia Dray 10 3rd
Kara Driver 10 3rd
Autumn Dudley 12 3rd
Alexis Dunbar 12 3rd
Mercedes Evener 9 3rd
Layne Faunce 11 3rd
Heather Gear 11 3rd
Gabriele Gill 9 3rd
Rayonna Grier 11 3rd
Journee Hall 10 3rd
Megan Harris 11 3rd
Samantha Heckman 10 3rd
Lillia Hittler 9 3rd
Kayla Holloway 10 3rd
Paige Howell 10 3rd
Mykayla Jackson 12 3rd
Aimee Jaggernauth 10 3rd
Fatima Jandeska 9 3rd
Jala Johnson 12 3rd
Hayden Kajfasz 10 3rd
Caitlyn Kelly 12 3rd
Claire Kersten 9 3rd
Fizza Khan 9 3rd
Leah Klockowski 11 3rd
Nevaeh Krontz 10 3rd
Ella Kukiela 9 3rd
Zoe Kyle 9 3rd
Jillian LaBeau 10 3rd
Emily Lanz 12 3rd
Jessica Lehmkuhl 11 3rd
Brooke Leiner 11 3rd
Krisah Lewis 12 3rd
Anna Lorton 9 3rd
Ava Lutz 10 3rd
Marisa Mack 10 3rd
Mara Macy 11 3rd
Mollie Malone 9 3rd
Rayleena Manzanarez 10 3rd
Sneha Mashalkar 9 3rd
Rylee McBride 9 3rd
Sarah Misconi 9 3rd
Marla Nearhood 9 3rd
Jennifer Ngo 11 3rd
Sophia Nijakowski 12 3rd
Madyson Niles 10 3rd
Emily Oberski 11 3rd
Cassidy Owens 12 3rd
Jillian Parker 10 3rd
Sasha Perry 10 3rd
Kennedi Pesartic 9 3rd
Rachel Pietrzak 11 3rd
Ariana Poteat 12 3rd
Siearra Pringle-Edge 9 3rd
Bridget Quinlan 9 3rd
Suha Rahal 10 3rd
Kayla Rahe 9 3rd
Alyson Ray 10 3rd
Reagan Root 11 3rd
Alyssa Sayed 9 3rd
Sydny Schmidt 9 3rd
Katie Seewer 10 3rd
Kaitlin Shiple 10 3rd
Susan Shrader 10 3rd
Raquel Sierra 11 3rd
Shea Skinner 10 3rd
Ellie Slater 9 3rd
Madison Soulis 10 3rd
Kylee Stanley 9 3rd
Saja Stormer 10 3rd
Ellie Sugg 12 3rd
Claire Summers 9 3rd
Claire Szymkowiak 10 3rd
Sydney Unverferth 12 3rd
Abigail Valentine 10 3rd
Serena Villegas 10 3rd
Claire Vincent 9 3rd
Layla Walker 9 3rd
Mara Ward 11 3rd
Keelin Wiklendt 9 3rd

NDA Travels to Washington, D.C.to March for Life!

“We march every year. It supports our Catholic beliefs and we can stand up for the children,” said Freshman Natalie Rosebrock.

A busload of Notre Dame Academy students left this morning to participate in Friday’s March for Life in Washington, DC. The thirty three students in grades 9-12 are accompanied by parents, faculty members, and a Sister of Notre Dame to add their voices to the annual march against abortion. While in the D.C. area, the students will be hosted by Mother Seton Parish in Germantown, Maryland, which will provide a Mass, dinner, and adoration. Friday morning, the NDA delegation will attend the Life is Good rally and Mass then participate in the #marchforlife. The march, which had over 100,000 attendees last year, walks from the Washington Monument to the Supreme Court. #UniqueFromDayOne#MarchForLife2019

NDA Offers Summer Camp Sampler For Girls in Grades 4 -8

Put a Little Summer in your Winter!

NDA invites girls in grades 4-8 to come and experience some of our BEST summer camps. Sign her up to join us on Saturday, January 12 from 10 am to Noon for a preview morning of NDA Summer Camps!

Click on the image below to register!

NDJA Publishes The JA Times!

NDJA students and faculty adviser, Mrs. Julie Sells are pleased to present the fall edition of, The JA Times. This newspaper is produced by the Notre Dame Junior Academy Exploratory Journalism Class and highlights NDJA students, athletics, student involvement, and other fun stories.

In this publication, Elizabeth Weaver talks about fitting in at a new school especially during the 7th and 8th grade. She writes about finding new friends and navigating the halls of NDA. Tyiona Allen, Clare Dillon, and Brooklyn Swiden report on all of the activities that students were involved in on campus and beyond. Dalia Afifi highlights 7th grade field trips, Elizabeth Weaver also fills us in on the 8th grade trip to the Windy City, and all fall JA sports are re-capped. Clare Dillon reports on study tips for exams, tips for 8th graders finding their way to high school next year, and plays roving reporter asking JA students, “What is your favorite NDJA class and why?

Click on the issue below and enjoy all the NDJA fall events, sports and academics!

For Thirty Years, NDA Has Traveled to the Same Town to Bring Christmas to Those in Need!

For over 30 years, Notre Dame Academy has packed up thousands of gifts. Hundreds of pounds or food as well as hygienic items and traveled to Harlan, Kentucky, to bring Christmas to those less fortunate. It began in December of 1989. NDA traveled to Harlan, Kentucky to bring Christmas to this little town in Appalachia. For 29 years, students, campus ministry and parent have braved snow, sleet, freezing temperatures, fog or sunny weather, and traveled to southeastern Kentucky to host a Christmas party for a group of needy Appalachian people.  Before NDA hosted Christmas the party, it was held in a small home in the mountains. An Appalachian couple, Mabel and Lawrence Perkins, who lived in a coal mining town near Harlan, noticed little children in their hollow might not receive any gifts for Christmas. Harlan County, wedged in a valley between two tree-lined ridge mountains in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, is a beautiful place.  However, it is also one of the poorest communities in the United States as poverty and unemployment rates more than double the national average. The Perkins collected used dolls, stuffed animals and toys, and cleaned and fixed them to like new. They invited the nearby children to their home, served homemade donuts and punch, and distributed “gifts from Santa” Each year the number of children grew were finally there too many for the Perkins’ home. The party was then moved the Armory building in town.

In December of 1989, Sister Mary Delores Gatliff, SND with a group of college women traveled to Harlan to help with a food basket project. While they were there, Sister Ruth Agnes, a Sister of Notre Dame who was principal of the local elementary school, invited them to go to the Armory to see the Christmas party begun by the Perkins. Even though the party was full of happy children and smiling parents. Sister Ruth Agnes commented, “I only wish the children could have a new toy. Every child deserves at least one new toy for Christmas.”  Those words stayed resonated with Sister Mary Delores. In 1989 she began her ministry at NDA As she thought of a Christmas outreach project, she reflected back on her trip to Harlan. She felt that NDA could come together to donate new toys to the children so she made a call to the sisters in Harlan and a new tradition was born. This year marks the 30th year that NDA has brought Christmas to the town of Harlan. Eighteen students were chosen to make the first trip, in two vans, and three cars.  Now the group travels on a chartered bus that is followed by a semi-truck that is graciously donated by a local company filled with gifts, food and equipment.

Some things about the Appalachia trip have not changed since that first year.

  • An overabundance of students still apply to go on the mission trip.
  • An overwhelming generosity of families, community members and local business donate gifts, food, services and equipment annually
  • Same need. As the years have passed the need of the people of Harlan remains the same.
  • The grateful appreciation of the people of Harlan. Parents have brought their children to the party for years and now those children are bringing their children who express their gratitude that they aren’t forgotten.
  • Santa has always been a special guest and comes to Harlan every year!

Since 1989 there have been some changes:

  • The number that comes to the party has increased to about 500 some years, unless an ice storm prevents some from coming down the mountains.
  • A talent show and sing-song performed by the students has been added
  • Each child and adult receive two gifts
  • NDA formally traveled in parent driven vans with other vans and trucks driven by volunteer parents traveling behind with food and supplies. Now the group travels all together by bus and through a donation by a local company a semi-truck is donated annually to carry new children’s toys, stuffed animals, school supplies, and children’s books, as well as, winter coats, boots, gloves, hats, and scarfs. Gifts are ready and wrapped for the people of Harlan, big and small.

One of the biggest changes in this mission trip is that it has spurned another party for those in need right here in Toledo. The student interest to go on this mission trip is so high that NDA decided to hold an “Appalachia At Home” Christmas Party in Toledo. “Due to continued overwhelming number of student applications,” Mrs. Faye Smith, Co-Campus Ministry Director, explained “We decided a few years ago to limit this trip to only juniors and seniors. This project has become one that students have become so passionate about, we had to implement a limit.” The rest of the student body wanted to be involved so we have partnered with Queen of Apostles School and Parish here in Toledo. Students in grades 7-10 are able to apply for the Appalachia-at-home experience where, similar to the party in Harlan, the Toledo party includes gifts, games, lunch, and of course, a visit from Santa!  For the past nine years, NDA parent of Autumn ’17 and Nicole ’09, John Maher has traveled every December with the group to Harlan. This year both he and daughter Autumn, will return again to spend the weekend in Harlan.  “I am looking forward to this trip as I get way more out of it than I contribute. We all have talents and are called to use them. This trip allows me to see that in you, the students and parents, and myself,” he said.

STEM Technology Leads Eighth Grader To Confidence in Coding and 3D Printing

       Meet Danielle Donkor. She is an eighth grader.  She is a thinker.  She is a maker.

For a recent classroom art project, eighth grader Danielle Donkor wanted to create a 3D solar system. As she planned her project, she knew she wanted to somehow use the NDA Maker Space 3D printer. Danielle investigated all of her options and then logged into TinkerCad.com to create a stand using the printer. Mrs. Smithers, Director of the NDA Resource Center and Makers Space, taught Danielle how to use the 3D printer with the ideas that she found online.

“I wasn’t sure if it would work when I started creating the parts of the stand,” Danielle said. “Now that I understand the operations of 3D printing, and am more comfortable coding to create what I want, I have used the printer for more than just school work. I want to create a 3D replica of a bridge. Even if it takes a long time to design and organize, I want to design and print it myself.” The bridge is on hold at the moment as Danielle has her eyes on the newest technology introduced at NDA. A 3D pen. Danielle was one of the first to try out the pen to create an adorable flower. While putting the final touches on the flower, Danielle said, “I am asking for this for Christmas!”

NDA Choir and Orchestra to Present Free Christmas Concerts

The public is invited to come enjoy a free Christmas Choir Concert on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30pm in Notre Dame Academy’s Maria Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature performances by Notre Dame Academy’s High School and Junior Academy Choirs as well as the St. Johns Jesuit Men’s Chorus. Each group will perform then the combined high school choirs of Notre Dame Academy and St. Johns Jesuit will sing Star of Wonder, A Christmas Cantata. The SJJ Men’s Chorus will be joining pianist Jill Roth and a string quintet from the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in the Advent cantata by Luke Rosen. Mr. Rosen is Director of Choral and Liturgical Music at SJJ as well as Director of Music Ministry at Corpus Christi University Parish. Also the NDA Orchestra and NDJA Beginning Strings will be having a Christmas concert on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:30 in Fitz Commons. The program will feature Christmas tunes such as White Christmas and Do You Hear What I Hear, alongside with classics with modern twists, such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen played in a rock style, and Deck the Halls mashed up with Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King.

 

Campus Ministry Helps NDA Prepare for Christmas with Unique Advent Calendar

Thank you to Campus Ministry for  helping all of us at NDA prepare for the celebration of our Lord’s birth!

Beginning the Catholic Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season that includes the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Jesus’ second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. ( via:http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/).  NDA’s  Campus Ministry has sent up a giant advent calendar outside of their office made up of stockings! Each day during advent a treat, scripture, psalm, and or daily reminder to prepare for the celebration of Christmas is available to all students and staff. These sought after treasures go quick as everyone at NDA waits for the next day’s treasure to be available.

Math Faculty to Present at National Conference on Math Circles

Math Circle really helps us think in different ways and we get a “bigger idea” about math and all the cool ways to learn, not just the math we learn in class!” ~Megan Sturgeon 7th grader

 

NDA’s Math Circle recently gathered and combined a classic activity with modern math concepts. Last year, Math Circle was introduced to NDJA students as a way to support the growth of STEM opportunities for the girls at NDA. Math faculty members Mrs. Joan Funk and Mrs. Marcia Miller are moderators for the circle.

“We always liked to have fun with math concepts,” said Mrs. Miller. “From the beginning, we have had a great response from the girls involved in Math Circle.”  “They love the mathematical challenges we present to them.” Mrs. Funk added. “Watching them think the problem through and understand the concept is the best part!” Both moderators will present at the MidSchoolMath National Conference in Santa Fe New Mexico in March of 2019 on the importance of and how to begin a Math Circle in middle school. (https://www.midschoolmathnationalconference.com).

November’s Math Circle meeting activity began with members coloring classic “Shrinky Dink” material.  After the object was prepared, and prior to baking, each student had to estimate different proportional relationships. The circle activity is perfect for exploring ratios, proportions, measurements, and scaling. Questions were asked like, “What size will my shape be after it is heated in the oven?” or “If I want my shape to be a certain size after I heat it, then what must the initial size be?” Madison Pienta, 7th grader said, “I really like coming to Math Circle because it adds more fun and excitement to learning math!”