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Students recently took a walking field trip to San Jose State University's Thompson Gallery to view artist Jonathan Fung's video art installation, Prey, and learn from the author. Students discussed the intersection of art and justice and the atrocity of sexual exploitation through the metaphoric and symbolic meaning of Prey.

In the first interdisciplinary, all-class field trip of the year, the Class of 2022 visited San Jose’s Japantown, bringing to life core ideas from Notre Dame’s Education for Justice & Leadership curriculum and the freshman summer reading book, Samurai’s Garden, by Gail Tsukiyama.

KQED's online platform, KQED Learn, currently features four book reviews written by Notre Dame students. The site will soon feature a fifth student review of The Catcher in The Rye, to be included as part of the PBS Great American Read list.

A sea of grey skirts flowed over the downtown San Jose streets as more 700 members of the Notre Dame community of students, faculty and staff made their way to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, our downtown place of worship, for the first liturgy of the school year.

Pardini Park was buzzing with seniors dressed in green and gold as they prepared to make their grand entrance into Notre Dame’s first mixer of the 2018-2019 school year. In attendance was more than half of the Class of 2019, determined to make sure the back to school mixer was an unforgettable experience. Their green and gold spirit was evident, even in the lights that shone on the dancers.

Notre Dame High School has been ranked as the number one Catholic school in Santa Clara County and third in the state by Niche, the largest website for researching K-12 schools, for the second consecutive year! In addition, the school was named the number two all-girl's school (#5 in California) and number one in diversity among private schools. We recognize that we are ranked among outstanding schools and are thankful for this distinction.

Back to School

September 6, 2018

Students fill the campus with joy and laughter once again, enjoying the first days of classes, sports, co-curricular programs and a variety of other activities. They are also enjoying some new campus features including an outside cafe gathering area and a peaceful garden.

Last night we celebrated the Class of 2018 Dragons and their many accomplishments at the Senior Recognition Ceremony! At this morning’s assembly, their Notre Dame sisters cheered and shed a few tears as the Dragons left Julie Billiart Hall for the final time and officially joined the global network of Notre Dame alumnae.

Water Wars 2018

May 24, 2018

Notre Dame's Class of 2018 battled faculty and staff in what has become a well-loved tradition - an epic water balloon showdown! Auctioned off to the highest bidder at Notre Dame's annual 'party of the year' benefit, the rights to participate went to the senior class this year. In addition to being a whole lot of fun, the water balloon battle raised funds for tuition assistance and program development.

Freshmen recently strengthened their bonds of sisterhood through a day-long retreat experience at Santa Teresa Parish. They also spent a day exploring themes of environmental stewardship and personal responsibility at the Guadalupe River Park where they spent time weeding the orchard, removing invasive species and analyzing the various species living in the river.

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 2022. 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.

Students applied their classroom learning about calories and energy to create Nutritional Care Packages for donation to St. Josephs. In the process, they learned what concepts of heat, energy and calories have to do with homelessness in our own downtown San Jose neighborhood.

Students from Notre Dame's Muslim Student Association participated in the 7th annual Muslim Day at the Capital this week. They were given the opportunity to lobby on behalf of bills addressing important current issues including school safety and immigration.

The author of Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Strikers, Suffragists Immigrants, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California recently spoke to the junior class, sharing stories of little-known activists that have fought for civil rights in California.

Students from more than ten Bay Area schools performed in Nazaara 2018, an annual dance showcase hosted by Notre Dame and Bellarmine high schools. Proceeds from this annual event benefits One School at a Time, or OSAAT, an organization that helps build schools in rural India.

Students, faculty and staff enjoyed a morning walk to our downtown place of worship, Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph for a Holy Week service. In his homily, Monsignor Cilia encouraged young people to raise their voices for those in need and for justice. The liturgy also included a blessing of immersion trip participants as well as all those who have taken action to rise up in leadership, justice and solidarity.

Representative Zoe Lofgren recently spoke to students at Notre Dame, encouraging them to volunteer, join campaigns and participate in demonstrations to make their voices heard. She also shared that the most important thing students can do to ensure a better future is to understand the power that they have as young people and the rights they have as Americans.

In a powerful show of solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and youth around the country, Notre Dame students, faculty and staff walked around our campus block on March 14. For the final three minutes of the 17-minute march they linked arms and stood shoulder-to-shoulder in honor of the lives lost.

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 60,000 items – enough to fill three vans to capacity. In the seven years since its inception, the project has raised over $115,000 in products and cash donations.

YWCA Silicon Valley has named Principal Mary Beth Riley a 2018 Tribute to Women Award recipient.  The Tribute to Women Awards recognize the achievements of women who have excelled in their field and have made significant contributions to the Silicon Valley through their leadership.

Emily '18 and Manasa '20 will have their art included in this year's NUMU ArtNow competition and exhibit. Selected from more than 1,400 submissions, their pieces will be judged by university art instructors. NUMU offers a total of $10,000 in scholarships and awards to encourage students to pursue a profession in the visual arts.

Students officially kicked off Spirit Week preparations as they revealed their class themes and banners on Monday. An annual tradition, Spirit Week builds community and provides students with opportunities to develop their leadership and collaboration skills. Wearing outlandish costumes, students sing, dance and strengthen their bonds of sisterhood while creating lasting high school memories.

Notre Dame students attended the 2018 Watermark Conference for Women recently and were inspired by speakers including Amal Clooney and Reese Witherspoon. They had the opportunity to learn from successful business women about topics such as body positivity, being heard in the workplace, and the role of resilience in success.

Notre Dame's varsity basketball team wrapped up the season on Friday with a 45-21 win over Castilleja. Under the direction of ND alumna Coach Ali Bueno, the team went undefeated in league play this year, finishing the season with 20 wins and no losses! On Friday ND also celebrated the seven seniors on the team. They will be playing the first game of CCS on Saturday, the 24th, at Aptos High School.

Notre Dame offers a variety of immersion trip opportunities, both locally and globally. Sacred Heart Community Center has long been a Notre Dame partner. In December, students participated in a neighborhood plunge with Sacred Heart, an event they shared on their website.