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Notre Dame's Class of 2020 completed an important first step in their leadership journey yesterday with the presentation of their Woman's Place Projects through which they study the strength and contributions of women across time, culture and industry. This year 163 women were honored by the freshman class.

Team 1967, the Janksters, recently competed at the Ventura Regional FIRST Robotics STEAMWORKS Competition with their 2017 season robot, Pepper Ann. The objective of the steampunk-themed game is for alliances of three teams to shoot balls, called fuel, into low and high goals, to put gears on spring pegs and to climb a rope, all in under two minutes and thirty seconds.

Graphic design students visited Adobe Systems' corporate office in downtown San Jose this week, just a short walk from campus. "The stories we were told and the confidence the women had in us as the future generation of workers greatly affected my mindset, and I know touched that of my peers as well," shared Anna Giubileo '18.

Spanish instructor Bayard Nielsen has been awarded the first place Microsoft/KCI Innovation Award for 2016 for his digital storytelling project, “Las Historias de Esperanza.” The Microsoft/KCI Innovation Award honors three exemplary, innovative teacher-student collaborative projects that fully integrate technology and benefit the Silicon Valley educational community. The first place award is $6,000.

Notre Dame's Sister Project collects feminine products for donation to Sacred Heart Community Center, a valued downtown partner. This year, students collected more than 61,000 items – enough to fill three vans to capacity – as well as an $800 donation from the Ladd-Barrett Family Foundation.  In the six years since its inception, the project has raised more than $95,000 in products and cash donations.

Spring sports - lacrosse, track & field, softball and swimming - are well underway at ND. With two of these being no-cut sports, we have 120 student athletes, including 32 freshmen, juggling academics and co-curricular responsibilities this season! Track and field is off to a strong start, already posting personal bests and earning medals. Stay tuned for more results.

Alumnae Madison Campione '15 is being recognized for her directorial and writing debut at the Cinequest Film and VR Festival. Madison co-wrote and directed Remebrance, a dramatic thriller, which was selected for screening across the Bay Area.

"Holly Jackson has accomplished more before she finishes high school than many students have by the end of their graduate careers." NASA's most recent issue of Tech Bytes features junior Holly Jackson. As an intern in A NASA lab, Holly has been continuing her work on truss structures.

Notre Dame's time-honored tradition of Spirit Week begins Monday morning. In preparation for gym deck build days, which happen this weekend, each class unveiled their Spirit Week theme for 2017!

In 2015, more than 5,000 people died from choking. Would you know what to do if someone was choking? Last week, Notre Dame's on-campus Red Cross Club hosted "Do You Know How to....Help!" which provided students with instructions and hand-on practice in the Heimlich. They also learned how to apply various types of bandages and left feeling better equipped to help in an emergency!

Senior Yashna Bansal has been a member of the Janksters, Notre Dame's Robotics Team, for the past four years. South Bay Accent recently interviewed her and robotics program director, Marta Carrillo, to understand how participating in a robotics program can help prepare students for real-world careers.

Fathers and daughters (and a few moms) came together last weekend to spend a morning at the Guadalupe River Park in San Jose, helping to remove invasive species from the educational zone between the Heritage Rose Garden and the Historic Orchard.

The entire Class of 2020 boarded buses last week and headed to San Francisco for the American Conservatory Theater's production of A Thousand Splendid Suns. The play is based on the novel by Khaled Hosseini, which was featured as an ND Reads selection.

Notre Dame's 14th Annual Crab Fest sold out in a record three days this year! The event, made possible by a dedicated committee and chef as well as 200 parent and student volunteers, raised money for co-curricular programs including athletics, robotics, ASB leadership and the Peer Ministry Leadership Team

Several seniors attended last week's San Jose Women's Conference, hearing from speakers including Madeleine Albright and Sheryl Sandberg. We invite you to read Karly Vaughn's personal reflection of that experience.

We invite you to join us throughout the month of February as we engage in conversation about race, identity and community in America.

Last week, Notre Dame students presented the 2017 Multicultural Showcase, an opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity of the student body. The event featured songs, dancing, beautiful traditional costumes and delicious food, allowing students and their families to celebrate their own culture and learn about others.

Students attended the 2017 Watermark Conference for Women in downtown San Jose this week, where they heard from speakers including Madeleine Albright, Sheryl Sandberg, Condoleezza Rice and Viola Davis.

State of the School

January 26, 2017

The Notre Dame learning community came together for a State of the School assembly recently. They celebrated the successes of the first semester and re-dedicated themselves to this year's theme - RESPECT. Principal Mary Beth Riley inspired students to engage in respectful dialogue. Student leaders then invited their Notre Dame sisters, faculty and staff to a silent march of respect.

Last Saturday countries all over the world held Women’s Marches to stand in solidarity with the under-represented individuals in their communities. Many of Notre Dame’s current students and their families, faculty and staff chose to join Notre Dame alumnae participating in the march held in downtown San Jose. They embodied this year’s theme of respect by marching alongside other participants and standing up for social justice issues.

Notre Dame's Varsity Basketball Team remains undefeated in league play this season with a 5-0 record.

While most of our community relaxed last weekend, a group of students and faculty headed to East Los Angeles to serve in the classrooms of Dolores Mission and visit Homeboy Industries in Boyle Heights.

Notre Dame's Speech & Debate Team participated locally in the MLK Invitational and in the Harvard-Westlake Invitational in Los Angeles this weekend, adding to their winning season with a championship win as well as several placements in final rounds.

The 2016 presidential campaign will go down as one of the most divisive in US history. Read what it was like for Notre Dame senior, Lilly '17, to vote for the first time during such a contentious race and how she used Facing History and Ourselves to help her navigate such a turbulent political climate.

Standing in solidarity with victims of human trafficking and in support of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, students wore blue on Wednesday. Organized by ND's on-campus awareness group, SAMS (Students Against Modern Slavery), the event was the latest effort in raising awareness and support for victims of this global problem.

Our most recent alumnae returned to campus to share their experiences with current students last week, providing insight into college life.

Students in Notre Dame’s Independent Science Research program had the honor of presenting their research at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco in December. The AGU conference is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world with over 24,000 attendees.

Notre Dame High School alumnae, organized by past parent and board member D'Arcy Kirkland, volunteered over the course of two days at Sacred Heart Community Service over the holidays, packing boxes of food and distributing toys to local families.

Visual and performing arts students will be presenting the culmination of their first semester's work on Friday, December 9 from 6:00-8:30pm. We invite you to join us as we view the selected works of our visual arts students. Art on exhibit will include work completed by students in photo, drawing, graphic design and ceramics classes. The performing arts showcase will include song, dance and theater!

The Most Reverend Patrick J. McGrath, bishop of San José and leader of the Catholic community in Santa Clara County recently published an Advent message. In his letter, he calls upon Catholics and all people of good will to join in solidarity, friendship, and compassion for those experiencing fear or uncertainty.

Notre Dame Celebrates Advent

December 8, 2016

Students, faculty and staff took a walk in the brisk winter air to attend the Advent liturgy at our downtown place of worship, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph yesterday.

Yesterday, Notre Dame held its second International Thespian Society (ITS) induction ceremony. Nine new members were added to the expanding theater honors group.

Hosted by ND's robotics team under the direction of Minh-Chau Doan '17 and Rikako Shimizu '17, the third annual Young Women’s Engineering Symposium (YWES) sought to provide resources and inspiration to young women considering engineering and other technical careers.

Shruti raised $2,2000 to benefit Sunday Friends through her solo Bharatanatyam recital, held in August at Santa Clara University. During the 90-minute recital, called “Nirtya Seva,” Shruti performed seven dances for an audience of about 75 people.

Notre Dame’s Class of 2019 stepped up to their first major leadership role last week as they hosted 300 of their prospective little sisters for Eighth Grade Day.

In the short time since the presidential election, Notre Dame students have traveled to Washington D.C. to learn more about the politics of our country through a justice immersion opportunity. They have also organized and hosted a social justice teach-in on campus:Compassion Without Borders, Love without Limits.

Mock Elections at Notre Dame

November 30, 2016

One of the values and traditions of Notre Dame is its engagement in the community. The school is committed to fostering active membership in society including participation in elections.

At Notre Dame, community service offers us both invitation and opportunity - an invitation to serve our neighbors and an opportunity to form relationships that are meaningful. Originally inspired by USA Today’s call to service, Notre Dame’s annual Make a Difference Day looks to bring students, along with their parents, into community with our downtown neighbors. This year, more than 80 participants lent a hand at three events – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the 11th Annual SUN Halloween Social and a Fair of the Arts.

recently exploring the central coast to gain an understanding of the fragile ecosystem that connects the farmlands, wetlands and ocean last weekend.

More than 250 freshman students and family members gathered recently to celebrate Notre Dame's third Freshman Family Liturgy, presided over by Father Jo Kim.

Congratulations to Notre Dame's Varsity Tennis Team for receiving CCS Scholastic Team Award! The 13 members of the team have an average GPA of 3.850!