The Class of 2019 took the short walk across the street to City Lights Theatre to see Alabama Story this week. Set in 1950s, the play brings to life the realities of racism, ignorance and privilege in the deep south, topics that are studied in depth in US History.
In addition to teaching young women 'what they need to know for life' Notre Dame is committed to providing learning opportunities for the broader community, including parents of current students. The latest Parent Education Workshop, Demystifying the Teenage Brain, provided attendees with important scientific information about brain development and also real strategies and tips for helping navigate these important parenting years.
Students in Nicole Pfaff's Monsters: Our Dark Mirrors English class create interactive maps to better comprehend the classic Frankenstein. Through this exercise they are better able to imagine the plot and the characters and the struggles they faced. As a KQED Teacher Ambassador, Nicole completed an interactive maps course and then applied the concepts to her lesson plans. To read her KQED blog post about the process and lesson, click on the title of the article above.
Notre Dame's sophomore class participated in two days of breakaway activities recently. In addition to strengthening the bonds of sisterhood and taking part in practice ACT standardized testing, students took part in a poverty simulation exercise. This Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) immersed participants in the reality of a Silicon Valley that grows in disparity as much as prosperity.
Notre Dame's Speech & Debate Team members participated in the Stephen Stewart Invitational recently, coming home with first place wins in Impromptu, Original Advocacy and Parliamentary Debate. Students also ranked in the top five in Domestic Extemporaneous and Original Oratory.
Twenty two Notre Dame students and their moms strengthened their bonds through a two day retreat focusing on the spirituality and dynamics of the mother/daughter relationship. The retreat was held at the beautiful Vallambrosa Center in Menlo Park.
Eleven students in Notre Dame's Science Research Class traveled to New Orleans recently to present their science research projects at an international session sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). These students, who participate in the AGU BrightStars program conducted their own science research projects and documented their work for presentation at the conference.
Members of Notre Dame's Class of 2017 Ravens flew back home to campus last week to share their wisdom with current students. Coming from colleges and universities on the west coast, across the country and even across the Atlantic including Fordham, Johns Hopkins, Berkeley and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, they shared tips for successfully transitioning from high school to college.