Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

School News

Congratulations, Knights! Through the Walkathon, you raised a total of nearly $53,000 for your student programs. Prizes, free dress day passes and designation forms will be distributed soon. Congratulations to Mr. Hamilton’s class, which reached 100 percent participation to join Mr. Bedgood, Mrs. Genova, Mrs. Munroe and Mrs. Van De Bovenkamp’s classes to earn a free dress day. Congratulations to Mrs. Genova’s class, which brought in the most money at $2,495. Finally, we congratulate each class: the seniors, sophomores, juniors and especially the freshmen, who raised over $19,000 to lead the way.

When is the last time you told your best friend how thankful you are they are in your life? Do you have a teacher who makes you laugh or pushes you to do your best? Is there someone you secretly admire? Send them a Candy Gram Valentine! For only $1, you can show someone you care while also supporting the Mission Collection that helps our Holy Cross sister school in Africa. Christian Leaders will be in the quad at lunch selling the Candy Gram Valentines.

The Lenten season is here! Have you decided what you want to give up as a Lenten sacrifice? If you haven't, or even if you have, keep in mind that this season isn't just about giving something up, but it's also about giving back. Immersion To-Go and ASB want your help collecting canned food, gently worn items of clothing and shoes to give to our friends at Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. There are two ways to participate in this year's Just Because Drive. You can either bring donations to your first period class on Fridays throughout Lent, and members of Immersion To-Go and ASB will come pick it up. Or, you can drop off donations in the boxes located in the back of the St. Joseph Chapel, which can also provide you a moment of reflection. Why participate? Just because. 

Princeton Review is offering an ACT prep class at Notre Dame to help prepare for the April 9 ACT exam. Classes are primarily Monday evenings and Saturday mornings, and begin on Saturday, Feb. 20. The registration deadline is Feb. 16. Register at - ACT Course #257899. Use code NDHS100 for a $100 discount.

All band and all flags members should be dismissed from class at 2:50 p.m. and should be in the band room by 3 p.m. today.

Today is the first Friday of Lent and will be a meatless day in the cafeteria. The specials are cheese quesadillas or cheese tamales. Both will be served with Spanish rice and homemade refried beans. Also added to our Friday menus during Lent are fish sandwiches, fish and chips, seafood pasta salad with shrimp and other delicious items.

Club News

The Make-A-Wish Club Kiss jar results are in! The actual number of chocolate Kisses in the giant jar was 557. We have two lucky winners: Lea Na and Lexie Macias. Lea and Lexie, please check your email for tie-breaker details. The following people won the 3rd-place prize of a big Hershey Kiss in a silver box: Sophomores Milla Corajoria and Paxton Fanon, juniors Grace Nau and Mikayla Smith, and faculty member Mrs. Kate Nelson. We will deliver these to you during second period class. Thank you to all who took a chance! We raised over $100. Stay tuned for our next event. 

FCA will meet today during lunch in the Activity Center. 
Attention ND Grillers: Our next event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18. If you would like to be a part of the event, you must come sign up in Mr. McGaha’s office today.

Class News 

All female high school students are invited to attend the annual Women Engineers and Scientists of Tomorrow (WEST) Conference. The day of science and engineering workshops at Harvey Mudd College is on Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration by Feb. 29 is just $15 and includes lunch and two breakout sessions. You will speak with women in engineering, professors of engineering, math and science professionals and Harvey Mudd women in STEM majors. This is a cool way for young women to explore their passion for science. Please see Ms. Greenwald in the counseling office for more information and registration details.

Seniors: Your graduation announcement orders are here. Jostens will be on campus one day only to deliver your graduation announcement order. Please pick up your order on Tuesday, Feb. 16, during nutrition and lunch outside of the gym. If you have a balance due, it must be paid on this day. Cash only will be accepted on campus. Please be on time to avoid shipping fees. If you still need to order graduation memorabilia, visit to place your order. Time is running out. 

Attention juniors: Applications and registration packets are now available for the Easter Immersion Experience, which is scheduled for March 30-April 1. If you signed up for this session, you must pick up the paperwork on the table outside of Mr. McGaha’s office, complete the forms and return them to Mr. McGaha no later than the start of classes on Friday, Feb. 19, to be considered for participation in the next Immersion session.

Attention students who still need service hours: Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School is having a fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The school is looking for students to help with the event. If you are interested, check out the bulletin board in the hall outside of the Christian Service Office.

Attention juniors, seniors and now sophomores: The deadline for the Washington, D.C. Close Up trip is next week, and since the 2016 election is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Notre Dame sophomores are now allowed to attend. Find out the consequences of the New Hampshire primary in our nation's capital. Contact Mr. Woolery at for more information. 

California Scholarship Federation (CSF) applications are available in the Counseling Office and can also be found in your Naviance document library. The firm deadline for submission is Friday, Feb. 12.


Congratulations to the girls basketball program for its sweep of Louisville last night. The varsity team won an exciting game. Senior Julia Scorupco scored 21 pts, and fellow senior Jenna King had 15 rebounds. The JV Lady Knights also defeated Louisville to win the JV League Championship. The girls and coaches would like to thank all of those who came out to support them on their final game of the regular season.