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Led by director Emily King, the Regent Collective Dance Company and Notre Dame dance classes presented their first live performance since 2020 with the modern retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid for an audience of more than 430 people. Choreography for the show, Two Tales, featured a wide range of dance styles including jazz, contemporary, ballet and hip-hop.

Notre Dame High School's First Scholars program provides assistance to students who will be the first in their family to attend college with assistance in navigating the road to a college education. Last week, students in the program attended a panel discussion at Santa Clara University to learn about the college application process from first generation students.

Notre Dame High School’s AAPI Coalition collaborated with other cultural clubs last week to organize a school-wide celebration of the Lunar New Year. The event featured traditional Vietnamese and Filipino dances and games as well as a sampling of delicious snacks.

Senior Anna Yang was recently recognized as one of the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2023, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

Students in Introduction to Engineering wrapped up the third grading period with a class engineering competition. In a test of teamwork, creativity and understanding of the design process, six teams were formed to take on the VEX IQ Challenge: Next Level, a game involving pushing and stacking large plastic hubs.

On Wednesday, Notre Dame High School student body leaders shared a State of the School presentation with the learning community. The presentation highlighted accomplishments from the first semester and forecast many of the activities and events that will take place over the next few months.

Congratulations to Kaitlyn '25 who created the winning logo artwork for our 20th annual Crab Fest! We look forward to welcoming guests back to campus on Saturday, Feb. 4 as we raise funds for co-curricular programs. Thank you, in advance, to the hundreds of dedicated volunteers, attendees and sponsors who make this event such a success every year.

Last week, seniors Myiesha ’23 and Ruth ’23, along with Notre Dame’s Robotics Team, hosted the 9th annual Young Women’s Engineering Symposium (YWES) on the Notre Dame campus with the goal of providing high school students with an opportunity to explore engineering and STEM careers through the experiences of local professionals.

More than 200 members of the Notre Dame community 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.

Notre Dame's Class of 2024 Dragons recently enjoyed the first off-site retreat in three years. Organized by campus ministry and student leaders, the event provided an opportunity for students to strengthen their bonds as classmates and practice self-care around balance, self-worth and wholeness.

Notre Dame's student group, Lighthouse, recently hosted a special event to help students relieve some stress during this busy time of year. The group, focused on mental health and wellness, provided activities, music and pumpkin pie, along with an opportunity to bond over shared stresses as well as the many things students found to be thankful for.

Folklorico dancers from Notre Dame and Bellarmine recently performed at the San Jose State University viewing of "A Song for Cesar." The film, a documentary by Abel Sanchez and Andres Alegria, presents a unique view of the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez and the farmworker movement. The film tells a previously untold story about the musicians and artists – including Joan Baez, Maya Angelou, and Carlos Santana, among others – who dedicated their time, creativity and even reputations to peacefully advance Cesar Chavez’s movement to gain equality and justice for America’s suffering farmworkers.

Students in French 3 Honors recently met with native French-speaking women to hone their language skills and learn more about French culture. Throughout the course, students have studied important women in the francophone world and, through this experience, were able to have authentic conversations in French with local women of impact.

More than 200 fathers and daughters came together on campus recently to enjoy a wonderful breakfast and companionship. Notre Dame's parent resource group, ND Dads, organized and cooked scrambled eggs, sausage, croissants and other yummy treats! They also presented roses to the seniors at the event.

Freshman classes traditionally study Japanese culture in conjunction with their reading of When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka. One aspect of that culture is Taiko drumming, which students were able to experience through an assembly featuring Heiwa Taiko, a group of inspiring grandmothers who perform on 19" drums they created themselves.

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

On Tuesday, students, faculty and staff walked to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph for our All Saints Day liturgy, prepared by campus ministry student leaders and led by Father Jon Pedigo of Catholic Charities and Deacon Steve Herrera, religious studies teacher. This year’s theme - Saints, Ancestors and Us - Our Journey Together - highlighted our connection to those saints and loved ones who inspire us in faith and leadership.

This week Notre Dame's student club, Latinas Unidas, set up an altar in the Manley Hall foyer to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, a Mexican tradition honoring those who have passed away. Our learning community was invited to participate in the altar by bringing pictures or mementos of loved ones, as a way of honoring their lives. It is believed the happy spirits will provide protection, good luck and wisdom to the families.

Celebrating Women of Impact

November 1, 2022

In addition to speaking at the Women of Impact luncheon, this year's honorees, Dr. Mary Lomax-Ghirarduzzi and Lori Castillo '92 Martinez spent the morning on the Notre Dame campus. In an assembly, they discussed the application of social justice and equity activism in our everyday lives and how to develop and use your voice to affect change in our communities.

Students Celebrate Diwali

October 27, 2022

Notre Dame’s South Asian Student Association (SASA) recently held a Diwali event celebrating the food, dance and traditional clothes that are part of their cultural identity. Diwali is a holy time in Hinduism known as the festival of lights and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness. The five-day long festival originated in the Indian subcontinent and is mentioned in early Sanskrit texts.

Notre Dame's student group, the AAPI Coalition, celebrated diversity this week with beverages representing their many cultures. Students were invited to join them and learn about the history and cultural significance of each beverage. The coalition's mission is to provide a safe space for Asian American and Pacific Islander students and to provide relevant cultural education to the larger ND community.

Notre Dame's Robotics Team 1967, the Janksters, kicked off their robotics season with the CalGames 2022 competition. Rookies and veterans alike were able to learn many valuable lessons including time management, the importance of being calm in stressful situations and effective communications.

Students navigate and explore the city and its abundant resources through a variety of experiences. On a daily basis, downtown San Jose becomes a destination for walking field trips with classes, a space for social outings and cultural engagement, a network of accessible jobs and internships and more. The city becomes a lab for learning and empowerment. In these first six weeks of school, 11 classes have taken walking field trips in our downtown neighborhood.

This week, KQED published senior Anna Yang's perspective, I Can't Read. Read her piece to learn how, when confronted with an uncomfortable truth, Anna learned the importance of language in connecting with her culture and family.

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Notre Dame’s mental health leadership group, Lighthouse, recently held a school-wide event, Prevention in Pardini, with the goal of bringing some positivity to the ND community and reminding students who are struggling that they are not alone.