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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 17th Annual Crab Fest sold out in just a few minutes again 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.

Notre Dame's Varsity Soccer Team was recognized by the Central Coast Section as a Winter Scholastic Championship Team. The 4th highest GPA in the division. Congratulations to our scholar athletes!

Launching Second Semester

January 30, 2020

Students began the day with an enthusiastic assembly recommitting to their theme of Belonging. In the evening, the Learning Commons was filled to capacity with parents excited to get a grade-level preview into the next school year as well as a virtual floor-by-floor tour of what students will be experiencing next year in the Center for Women's Leadership.

For the last two days all students in Notre Dame's Class of 2022 have participated in breakaway activities exploring themes of community, communion and relationship. One integral component of this breakaway experience 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.

Shruti Sridhar '20 was recently named as one of the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. The Regeneron Science Talent Search scholars were selected from 1,993 applications received from 659 high schools across 49 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam and eight countries.

Students in Notre Dame's Economics class recently visited Normandin Chrysler Jeep & Dodge to learn about the car buying process.

Notre Dame's Regent Collective Dance Company presented its second annual dance extravaganza, Once Upon a Dream, last week. The show featured jazz, ballet and modern dance performances and was enjoyed by more than 200 attendees!

Our most recent alumnae returned to campus to share their experiences with current students this week, providing insight into college life.

Notre Dame kicked off the Christmas season this week with a cookie contest, tree decorating and our 5th annual Christmas in Pardini tree lighting! Family and friends braved the drizzly weather to enjoy hot cocoa, treats and performances by Notre Dame's vocal and dance groups.

Congratulations to Melia '22 who created the winning artwork for our 17th annual Crab Fest! We look forward to welcoming a sell-out crowd to campus on February 1 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.

The more than 100 student athletes participating in volleyball, cross country, tennis and golf  wrapped up their 2019-20 fall season recently with an awards ceremony. Eleven students were recognized by the West Bay Athletic League for their outstanding performance.

Fast Fashion opened on the San Jose State University campus this week and included the art of Notre Dame students Mikaela Brennan '20 and Marley Gerhart '21. Curated by artist and professor, Dr. Jonathan Fung, Fast Fashion invites viewers to contemplate their carbon footprint and the environmental impact of their clothing purchases.

Recently Alexia Gutiérrez '20 received a commendation from the San Jose City Council and Mayor Sam Liccardo for her work to make golf and STEM more accessible for Latinx youth through her organization, Latinx Golf.

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.

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.

Shreya Garg '20 and Jocelyn Swift '22 recently participated in a panel discussion as part of the Common Ground Speaker Series. The event, attended by more than 400 people, included a screening of LIKE: A Documentary About the Impact of Social Media on Our Lives, followed by a moderated discussion.

Recently the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and Office of Hispanic Apostolate hosted the fifth annual Saints in the City: an awards banquet honoring the youth of the Diocese of San Jose who have carried the torch of discipleship with fearless faith, enduring hope, and bountiful charity. Sophie Ciechanowski '20 received the Saint Francis of Assisi Award.

Celebrating Halloween 2019

October 31, 2019

In addition to a whole bunch of Frida Kahlos and #1 dads, and the usual cuteness of animals, devils and superheroes, we had a construction worker who even brought along her specially enhanced drawings for the Center for Women's Leadership! Sorry Emma, the water slide isn't in the budget!

Women of Impact 2019

October 31, 2019

Notre Dame's 11th annual Women of Impact luncheon honored Kim Rivera and Rita Beamish '70, who shared inspiring stories of women's leadership with the more than 750 guests in attendance at the San Jose Convention Center.

On Thursday, October 24th, the Notre Dame chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 57 new members.  Students were selected by the Scholarship Committee for demonstrating a high standard of excellence in their character, scholarship, leadership and service.

Notre Dame alumna Sahithi Madireddy ’19, who is currently attending MIT, was named one of ten winners of the “Speaking Up About Mental Health! This Is My Story” national essay challenge. The competition was designed to spur conversations among youth about mental health and encourage them to seek support for themselves and others. Current Notre Dame junior Samskruthi Madireddy ’21 received an honorable mention for her entry.

The Notre Dame spirit of sisterhood, community and service came together in beautiful symmetry last week as athletes, cheerleaders, classmates and friends worked towards a common goal - raising money for Sister Circles that will help ensure the continued diversity we all value so much. For the second year, students are raising money that will fund the education of an incoming student the year after they graduate.

More than 250 freshman students and family members gathered recently to celebrate Notre Dame's sixth Freshman Family Liturgy, presided over by Father Victor Trinidad of St. Joseph's Cathedral.

Notre Dame's robotics team, the Janksters, competed at CalGames recently. The event provided both rookies and veterans an opportunity to learn new skills and bond as a team. Dean Mulla, a long-time Jankster mentor, was recognized as Mentor of the Year for his dedication and support of the robotics program. Congratulations!