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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.

Dipashreya Sur '18 fulfilled her dream of building a library for a small rural school in India using funds from the Mary Beth Riley International Service & Study Scholarship, donations and money collected through Girl Scout sales. Recently she was able to attend the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the library, named in honor of her grandmother, with her grandfather. Her story was featured in Notre Dame's annual report, Ora et Labora, and this week in the Mercury News.

Maalvika Bhat '18 has been producing her own comic strip for years beginning on her first day of 8th grade. Now a senior at Notre Dame, Maalvika's book has been published. Her characters are reflective of adults, teachers and students that can be found in most schools around the country. Through them, Maalvika has tackled major issues around family, school and the development of typical teenagers. Her story was recently featured in the San Jose Mercury News.

More than 200 members of the Notre Dame family came together recently to celebrate Las Posadas. This tradition of Catholic faith and Mexican culture acknowledges the waiting, hoping and traveling of the Advent season as we recount Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem.

Freshmen joined campus ministry staff in a volunteer opportunity at Sacred Heart Community Service recently, helping to make the holidays a little bit brighter for our local community. By sorting and boxing food, volunteers helped Sacred Heart continue their 50-year tradition of caring for our neighbors who need a little extra help this season.

At the invitation of Shruthisri Ravinsankar '21, a member of the Santa Clara County Student Advisory Board, Supervisor Cindy Chavez visited campus recently. Supervisor Chavez shared with students the importance of addressing key issues at a local level and encouraged them to do something greater than themselves and find their 'magnificent obsession.'

Notre Dame Celebrates Advent

December 14, 2017

On a recent crisp fall morning the entire learning community of students, faculty and staff made the annual pilgrimage to our downtown place of worship, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph to celebrate the season of Advent. The mass, presided over by Father Kim, incorporated the Notre Dame spirit of diversity as students performed the Filipino candle dance. The liturgy also included the “Put a Dollar in Your Pocket” campaign in support of Gardner Health Network's efforts to provide Christmas gifts for local foster care children.

Notre Dame's varsity basketball team had a busy week. In the first regular season game of the year they beat Leland in overtime for a final score of 61-57. They continued the winning streak through three games at the Pioneer Tournament, beating Pioneer, Mountain View and Soquel to claim the title of tournament champions! A great way to start off the season!

More than 200 guests gathered in Julie Billiart Hall in support of Justice Immersion recently. Attendees shared a simple soup supper and listened as students shared their immersion trip experiences. "It was heartwarming to hear how these Notre Dame students, along with many others, took what they had learned about justice and compassion in the classroom and applied it to the real world," shared Nicole Yu '18.

Senior Nicole Yu, along with a few of her Notre Dame sisters and chaperones, spent several days in Washington DC attending workshops, participating in discussions, and taking some time to visit landmarks and museums. This Ignatian Family Teach In is one of eight immersion trips offered at ND. Read Nicole's reflection on the experience here.

The Class of 2020 Griffins have been developing their leadership skills all year. Last Friday they had the opportunity to use those skills as they hosted hundreds of prospective members of the Class of 2022 and parents for Eighth Grade Day.

Eight Notre Dame students spent three days learning about careers in the tech industry last week and putting their STEM skills to use in hands-on workshops taught by industry volunteers. Participants processed their own wafers in the lab at SJSU and also spent some time working on soft skills through activities such as mock interviews.

Students in biology and environmental science classes recently visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium where they were able to examine the effects of climate change and learn ways to live more sustainably in our changing environment. Through hands-on exhibits and experiments, they gained a better understanding of the way different biomes function and how they influence our lives as humans.

The more than 120 student athletes participating in volleyball, cross country, tennis and golf wrapped up their 2017-18 fall season last night with an awards ceremony. Eleven students were recognized by the West Bay Athletic League for their outstanding performance.

French IV AP students recently visited Stanford University's Auguste Rodin sculpture collection to experience, in person, the art they had been studying in class.

For the 9th consecutive year, the Notre Dame community has come together on a crisp fall day to play some football and dodge ball, enjoy some food and celebrate sisterhood in support of our sister community in Yancolo, El Salvador. Funds raised through this year's event are helping to provide an education for nine students in the small community of about 200 families.

The Notre Dame campus and Pardini Park were transformed into a playground for historical figures, evil witches and all manner of creative characters on Tuesday as students, faculty and staff celebrated Halloween with a costume contest, games, food and fun including the ever-popular donut on a string game!

Notre Dame's Model United Nations Club provides students with an opportunity to learn about foreign affairs and practice diplomacy and public speaking in a setting that replicates a traditional United Nations sessions. The recent Berkeley workshop focused on the topic of capital punishment.