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Students taking Chinese at Notre Dame this semester entered a national poster contest sponsored by CLASS (Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools) in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Month. The contest theme was “Chinese and Me 中文和我”, and each school was allowed to submit five entries. Notre Dame's entries earned two silver awards, a bronze award and two honorable mentions.

As part of our Explorations of Data Science class along with the AP CS-A class, we travelled to San Francisco for the Women of Silicon Valley event. The event was full of women in STEM who shared their personal stories about how they became involved in the tech field.

In March, talented local writers — ages 13 to 18 — applied to become the next Santa Clara County youth poet laureate. In early April, judges announced seven finalists that would be considered for the honorary post of Santa Clara Youth Poet Laureate. At a commencement ceremony on April 30, following a poetry showcase, Notre Dame junior Anna Yang was chosen as the next Santa Clara County youth poet laureate.

Junior Snikitha Banda was once again named a finalist at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition awarding approximately $4 million in prizes each year. She was one of twelve students awarded the Grand Prize - Best of Championship Award at the 2022 Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Engineering Fair, where nearly 800 students present outstanding and innovative research.

Notre Dame junior, Joyce Yang, received the FIRST Robotics Dean's List Award last weekend at the championship event held in Houston, Texas. Joyce was chosen as one of ten winners out of more than 400 finalists. This award acknowledges outstanding leadership and impact in promoting FIRST and STEM for students with outstanding academic records. Joyce has been instrumental on our team in leading the programming committee and creating documentation of training, design process and team outreach.

As part of an eventful weekend, the Janksters attended the 2022 Silicon Valley Regional (SVR), at San Jose State University in California. After an intense one-week turnaround from our previous regional in Monterey Bay, Team 1967 was ready to hit the field again with our 2022 competition robot, Josh. Becoming the most decorated team at SVR, the Janksters came home with a grand total of four awards: the Woodie Flowers Award, the Safety All-Star Award, the Judges’ Award, and the Dean’s List Finalist Award.

At Notre Dame High School in downtown San Jose the topic of period products might not be a big deal and the concept of having to do without these basic necessities is unthinkable.  But for many people throughout the San Jose community, this is the harsh reality.  According to Sacred Heart Community Center (SHCS), who serves thousands of people each month, some are often forced to stay at home rather than attend school or work due to a lack of adequate supplies.

Recently, Notre Dame’s Robotics Team, the Janksters, competed at the FIRST Robotics Competition Monterey Bay Regional, marking their first in-season, in-person tournament since 2019. After more than seven weeks of designing, manufacturing, and programming a robot from scratch, the Janksters brought their vision from blueprints to a 96 pound robot with 6 wheels, 9 motors, 2 sensors, and 3 sub mechanisms. Alongside 36 teams from across California, Team 1967 persevered through 3 days of tough qualification matches, numerous setbacks, and incredible elimination rounds.

On Tuesday, March 22, Notre Dame’s March For Our Lives group organized a school-wide walkout in protest of gun violence. At 2:00 pm, all students and faculty were invited to gather in a large circle in Pardini Park. After reading out the names of the 17 victims of the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, attendees stood in silence for 17 minutes to honor them.

The Woman’s Place Project was originally inspired by the work of artist Judy Chicago. Sister Maureen Hilliard, SNDdeN, first viewed the exhibit in San Francisco.  Moved by the powerful message of women’s contribution, Sister Maureen adapted the project for her freshman religious studies class in 1994. Over the years, the project has evolved into what it is today, an interdisciplinary study of the strength and contribution of women across time, culture and industry.

Celebrating Spirit Week

March 24, 2022

For more than 20 years Notre Dame students have celebrated Spirit Week with games, cheers, crazy costumes and lots of laughter and hugs. This year the Raptors, Jaguars, Dragons and Basilisks continued the tradition with fun, new games including finding something in a plate of whipped cream, hurtling over pool noodles and a 'flour over the head' relay!

Students Celebrate Holi

March 17, 2022

Notre Dame’s South Asian Student Association held a Holi celebration on campus recently to share a bit of their culture and heritage with their ND sisters. Holi is a Hindu festival originating in India where participants wear white clothing and toss colorful powders at each other. The story behind this festival of colors varies throughout India, but a common belief is that it celebrates the love between Krishna and Radha from the Hindu mythology.

Notre Dame's League of Young Women Voters leadership group celebrated Women's History Month with guest speakers Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez and Isamar Garcia-Hernandez, vote 411 coordinator for League of Women Voters.

Recently Notre Dame’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Regent Collective Dance Company, as well as their dance class, presented their winter dance performance. Although these events were held in person in the past, this one took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The performance, called “Four,” depicted the four seasons through multiple stories inspired by the natural world.

Crab Fest 2022 Success

February 10, 2022

Notre Dame held its 19th annual Crab Fest on Saturday. Due to ongoing Covid restrictions, the event was virtual but our wonderful, supportive community came together to purchase more than 2,700 pounds of crab, a new record! Proceeds from this event support Notre Dame's co-curricular programs.

Honoring Black History Month

February 10, 2022

Facing History & Ourselves student leaders kicked off the first session of their speaker series honoring Black History Month with alum Brittany Johnson Chiles '04, board certified behavior analyst at Aspire Oklahoma. She has more than 16 years of experience in the Applied Behavior Analysis field and works with a wide range of children and adolescents with various disabilities and disorders, especially autism.

Congratulations to Valerie '25 who created the winning artwork for our 19th annual Crab Fest! We look forward to saying a distanced hello to visitors in our drive-through pick up on February 4. This event raises funds for co-curricular programs. Thank you, in advance, to everyone who has purchased crab dinners. If you haven't gotten your yet, order online at www.ndsj.org/crab-fest

Ben Ben the Campus Cat

January 6, 2022

Some schools have animal mascots but Notre Dame has its very own campus cat. Ben Ben is a much-loved black cat that has made ND home. He is known for stealing everyone's hearts (and attention) when he struts by during break, lunch or around campus in general.

This past weekend, Notre Dame’s Model United Nations team attended the Best Delegate Model UN Conference (BDMUNC).Model UN, a simulated United Nations for students, is an event under the Speech and Debate team. Students represented a range of countries, including Papua New Guinea, South Africa, and Mexico. This conference, the mock ambassadors participated in the UNHCR, IAEA, and DISEC committees, and debated about the refugee crisis, nuclear disarmament, and the space race.

Students in Symphonic Band and String Ensemble, Fleurs du Soleil, Regent Harmonies and Chamber Ensemble recently performed their Winter concert recently. Students performed a mix of holiday favorites alongside other pieces to explore the theme of "voice" through storytelling.

Students celebrated Christmas in Pardini Park with an ugly sweater contest, games, cookie decorating and performances by RCDC, Regent Harmonies, Fleurs du Soleil and the string ensemble/symphonic band. Pardini Park featured trees decorated by student clubs and leadership groups. The event was hosted by ASB.

Over Thanksgiving break, Notre Dame’s Janksters were hard at work, showcasing the 2020-21 competition robot Luca at several outreach events.

As a new project to bring diverse voices in leadership, Tanisha Fitzgerald, director of student leadership, and the Facing History Student Leadership Group are spearheading the creation and development of a Notre Dame Diversity Council.

Studying Hinduism

December 2, 2021

Guest speaker Dr. Jyoti Lulla, a retired physician and certified speaker introduced the students to the key concepts of Hinduism. As a follow up, two students applied henna to the hands of their classmates as they learned about this beautiful cultural tradition.

Celebrating Homecoming

November 18, 2021

Students celebrated Homecoming recently with traditional dodge ball and flag football games. They also enjoyed food and fun, filling Pardini Park with joy and laughter. The next night, ND hosted a Homecoming dance attended by almost 700 students who danced the evening away. The proceeds from these events benefit tuition assistance and were part of ND's Funding the Future campaign.