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Last week the Notre Dame community gathered for the last all-school mass of the year in the Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph. This joyful liturgy included the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Notre Dame was pleased to welcome the Most Reverend Oscar Cantú, bishop of San Jose for his first liturgy with the school community. Bishop Cantú became the third bishop of San Jose on May 1, 2019 upon the retirement of Bishop Patrick J. McGrath.

More than 400 guests spent a beautiful sunny morning on the Notre Dame campus last weekend, coming together for the first time as the Class of 2023. Joined by their family members, our newest students met with faculty and staff to learn about life on campus and the many co-curricular opportunities.

Sahithi Madireddy ’19 and Samskruthi Madireddy ’21 had a scientific research paper entitled “The Role of Diet in Maintaining Strong Brain Health by Taking the Advantage of the Gut-brain Axis” published in the Journal of Food and Nutrition Research in January.  Sahithi has been published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine and has presented at the Western Medical Research Conference and American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Samskruthi is a member of the California state’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission’s (MHSOAC). She also serves on Stanford’s Allcove (Headspace) Youth Advisory Group and the Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE).

Shurthi Shyam '19 recently had a scientific research paper published in the Young Scientist's Journal. Her research was entitled: Effect of Antioxidants N-Acetylcysteine and α-tocopherol on Colorectal Cancer Cell Invasion + Migration in a Scratch Assay. Shruthi has gained research experience at leading genomics labs and at Brown University. She has presented papers at American Geophysical Union and at Synopsys State Science Fair. She has been involved in New York Academy of Science’s Junior Academy and currently serves as a board member on the youth advisory board for Stanford’s Headspace.

Celebrating Holy Week

April 18, 2019

Students, faculty and staff enjoyed a morning walk to our downtown place of worship, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph for a Holy Week service featuring a recreation of the Stations of the Cross. Ms. Quiazon, director of campus ministry, and senior Isabel Solorio presided over the service through which seniors shared their reflections on condemnation, compassion, cruelty and courage.

Notre Dame’s diverse student community is filled with different talents, skills and passions. The artistic talent of two of these students, Annie Chang ‘20 and Manasa Sundaram '20, is being recognized by the San Jose Downtown Foundation, who chose their artwork for their Downtown Doors project from a record 200+ submissions from 22 different schools.

Juniors Shruthi Sridhar and Shreya Garg were awarded second and third place in the Amgen Bay Area BioGENEius Challenge, the premior competition for high school students that recognizes outstanding research and innovation in the biotechnology field.

We invite you to join us as we gather in support of tuition assistance and program development. Our annual event will be held May 4 at The Tech Museum in downtown San Jose. Tickets and additional information are available here.

Notre Dame was well represented by the Janksters as they competed in the Silicon Valley Regional. The Robotics team handled the challenges of competition with excellent teamwork, collaboration and communications and were also recognized with two awards.

Financial Management for Women

February 28, 2019

Hilary Hendershott, financial advisor and wealth management guru, recently spoke with seniors about their financial future as they get ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives. Hilary’s mission is to motivate women to be financially empowered and support women in their financial journey.

Students Sahithi '19 and Samskruthi '21 recently won several medals at Science Olympiad competitions across the state. Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is one of the premier science competitions in the nation, providing rigorous, standards-based challenges to nearly 8,000 teams in all 50 states. The organization hosts 450 tournaments annually on college campuses.

Notre Dame's Robotics Team, the Janksters, revealed their 2019 robot to an enthusiastic crowd last weekend. The team has worked tirelessly since January 5 when FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) revealed this year's team challenge, Destination: Deep Space to brainstorm, prototype and build this year's robot.

Notre Dame was pleased to welcome Carl Wilkens, the author of I'm Not Leaving, to campus recently. His personal account of surviving the Rwandan genocide brought a new level of understanding to students who have studied the subject across the curriculum. In this article, Ava '21 shares her personal reflection on the experience.

Dancing in the Lights

February 14, 2019

Notre Dame students welcomed guests from more than 15 Bay Area high schools to their recent Black Light Mixer. The lights, face paint, glow-in-the-dark balloons, along with an amazing DJ helped create the perfect festive atmosphere.

Notre Dame's 16th Annual Crab Fest sold out in just a few minutes this year! The event, made possible by a dedicated committee and more than 200 parent and student volunteers, raised money for co-curricular programs including athletics, robotics, ASB leadership and the Peer Ministry Leadership Team.

Students and staff recently attended Supervisor Cindy Chavez's Women's Leadership Policy Summit where they joined 300 women in an event that showcased powerful women leaders from all age groups and backgrounds. Listening to keynote speakers and attending workshops on key topics including housing, transportation, wage equity and policy inspired students.

Networking at Heritage Bank

February 7, 2019

Students taking Economics this semester took a walking field trip to visit our downtown neighbor, Heritage Bank, to learn about the opportunities and challenges facing women in the banking industry.

Last week Notre Dame's Class of 2021 participated in two days of breakaway activities exploring themes of community, communion and relationship. One integral component of this breakaway esperience is the Community Action Poverty Simulation, a program of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s Step Up Silicon Valley. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) immersed participants in the reality of a Silicon Valley that grows in disparity as much as prosperity.

Students recently traveled to East L.A. to immerse themselves in the culture of the community and learn about the social, political and economic challenges residents face every day. Through visits to Homeboy Industries and Dolores Mission, students were able to witness strength and resilience and, for a short time, stand in solidarity.

Notre Dame kicked off the second semester with a state of the school assembly for students and a parent event in the evening. Building on their theme for the year, CONFIDENCE, students were encouraged to write their own personal reminder of what they needed to be confident to do this semester.

Congratulations to Amy who created the winning artwork for our 16th annual Crab Fest! We look forward to welcoming a sell-out crowd to campus on February 2 as we raise funds for co-curricular programs. Thank you, in advance, to the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who make this event such a success every year.

Justice immersion opportunities are powerful learning tools that surround a student with an intense experience. Through local, national and international immersion experiences, students are empowered to work effectively with diverse populations in a variety of settings to build global perspective, cultural competency and cultural fluency. This week 20 Notre Dame freshmen participated in a local plunge experience at Sacred Heart Community Service, located in the heart of our downtown San Jose neighborhood.

Notre Dame's Regent Collective Dance Company presented its first dance extravaganza, Welcome to the Circus, last week. The show featured jazz, ballet and modern dance performances and was enjoyed by more than 250 attendees!

Notre Dame welcomed 49 women from a variety of industries to our annual junior networking event, providing the Class of 2020 with an opportunity to refine their networking and communication skills. Part of the career and life success program, the event featured 22 Notre Dame alumnae!

Alumnae Celebrate Sisterhood

January 16, 2019

The bonds and joy of Notre Dame sisterhood were evident in December as alumnae returned to their downtown San Jose stomping grounds to share updates, reminisce about their high school years and share lots and lots of love and laughter!