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February 2009 • Volume VII • Issue 5 MND Shares Citizenship on Inauguration Day Mount Notre Dame planned an Inauguration Day curriculum to impart the privilege and responsibility of being a citizen of the United States. The program included a prayer, a video presentation entitled “I Remember” in which faculty and staff shared their memories of citizenship milestones, a presentation by MND student-leaders on memorable inaugural addresses, a viewing of President Obama’s and Vice President Biden’s swearing-in ceremonies, a viewing of President Obama’s Inaugural Address and a closing prayer for all leaders. Students, faculty and parents also had the opportunity to reflect and share their perspectives on the day’s events through a secure discussion board. Pamela Brault ’10, was one of the student presenters and was excited to take part in the school’s celebration. “I feel honored to have been asked to participate in something so important to our country. That monumental moment in our history came alive to each of us at Mount Notre Dame as we reflected on the past, and prepared for the future together, as a school community.” MND’s administration felt that commemorating this historical inauguration was an important lesson in what it means to be a citizen of this country. “Education is more than the classroom experience. It is often about the related activities and events that tie together the content learned across the curriculum. The Inauguration Day activities were designed to help each young woman create a memorable moment that will link prior Inaugurations to the privileges of living in the United States of America. We are creating the inspiration to be future leaders in our great nation,” said Academic Dean Karen Day. With the election of this country’s first African-American President, a new page has turned in the Wit history of the United States. Student presenter, Raeshaun Gaffney ’12 recognizes the historical significance that hist this inauguration held. “I’ve been thinking for a long time about what this inauguration means to me, as a young, African-American woman. To me, it means that I live in a country where anything and everything is possible.” Afr

Adios Amigas!

In This Issue...

Four MND students left for Spain earlier this month for a five-week exchange program. Sophomores Lydia Backscheider, Megan Kavanaugh and Mindy Reed, along with junior Kristen Caccimelio left for Santa Maria del Pilar High School in Zaragoza, Spain on January 16th. The girls, along with students from Moeller, will live with a family with a child attending Santa Maria del Pilar and totally immerse themselves in the Spanish culture. The girls are eager to spread their wings in Spain. “I am so excited to have the opportunity to go to Spain. It will certainly be an experience that will change my perception of the world,” said Lydia.

Dean Speak ............................... 2 Counselors’ Corner ................ 3 Gala News .............................. 4-5 Up Coming Events ................... 6 Valentine Sale ............................ 6

Mrs. Jennie Reed, is very excited for her daughter Mindy to have this opportunity. “Ever since Mindy was a little girl, she has talked about traveling and hoped to go abroad. In 8th grade she was voted ‘Most Likely to Travel the World’ and we are thrilled to see one of her dreams come true.”

Scholars of the Month ............. 7 Remembering Sr. Dot ............. 7

Stay tuned for updates from MND’s globe trotters! Mindy Reed, Megan Kavanaugh and Lydia Backsheider

Athletics .................................... 8

Challenging and Empowering Dean Speak....with Mrs. Karen Day D

February will soon be upon us and it is that time of year when we must already make plans for the 2009-2010 school year. As we move through a month full of information, decisions, and meetings; I offer you a set of thought provoking questions and task- oriented reminders to help you in the scheduling journey.

• Have you seen the 2009-2010 Program of Studies booklet? Your daughter received it on January 16th at school. It is also available on Edline and on the MNDHS website. • Are you aware that Mount Notre Dame offers Advanced Placement classes in 17 academic content areas? Is your daughter a candidate for one or more of these courses? • Are you aware that students are not bound to a given academic level across the board? It is possible to be in Honors in one subject area and College Prep in another area. • Please remember that completed scheduling forms must be returned to school no later than February 25th. • What course might challenge and stretch your daughter’s mind? Have you shared this thought with your daughter? • Do you know that Mount Notre Dame has many resources to help meet the academic needs of your daughter? If you feel she is misplaced or needs additional help, please contact the department chairperson or guidance counselor. • Have you discussed a four-year plan with your daughter? As part of this plan, have you considered the academic load within each given year? We have conveniently placed planning sheets in the front of the Course Selection Booklet. Your daughter’s counselor will also be discussing this during her scheduling meeting. • Are you aware that Mount Notre Dame will offer Geometry and Pre-Calculus courses for original credit this summer? Contact your daughter’s math teacher for additional information. • Today, Mount Notre Dame provided time within the school day for your daughter to ask questions of teachers about classes for next year. Consider asking her what she learned! • In the contents section of Edline, some departments have created informational flyers about elective courses. Be sure to check out this additional resource. • Encourage your daughter to come prepared with questions and input for her individual counselor appointment. The calendar for these meetings is located on Page 1 of the Program of Studies booklet. While the scheduling process may seem routine and mundane, this time of year actually focuses on life choices. I strongly encourage you and your daughter to consider the strongest academic path so that she may be prepared for the many opportunities that a challenging Mount Notre Dame education offers. Know that we will continue to challenge and inspire within the classroom. We are, of course, always committed to providing the best education for every student.

Young Women for the Future Challenging & Empowering

Counselors’ Corner

Young Women for the Future

Course Selection Information


All freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be meeting with their counselors this month to discuss their course selections for next year. The counselors encourage students to take the most chanllenging courses that fit the student’s interests and abilities. We want students to be challenged, yet not over extended. All students have received this year’s Program of Studies booklet and we encourage parents to review their daughter’s options carefully. Questions should be directed to your daughter’s counselor.

On January 21, the counselors met with all juniors in a group assembly to begin the college research process. This Road to College assembly covered a variety of topics, including SAT/ACT testing and college visits. Juniors are strongly encouraged to take both the SAT and ACT during second semester. The tests differ in content and since students can never be sure which one they will score better on, it is wise for them to take both. If they are disappointed in their scores, they can re-take the tests in the fall of their senior year. Both the June SAT and the June ACT will be given at MND. Some students may want to consider taking the SAT Subject Tests. These are one hour single subject tests required by the more selective colleges and universities. Questions regarding testing or any other aspect of the college admission process can be addressed to your daughter’s counselor. Please note the test dates and registration deadlines in parenthesis below:

Seniors Seniors will continue to receive the Senior Newsletter, which includes additional college and scholarship information.

Post Secondary Options Program The Post-Secondary Educational Opportunity Program is a chance for academically talented students to take university courses on a college campus while in high school. This option is open to students of all grade levels. There are many factors to consider in determining if this program is appropriate for your daughter. If you are interested in learning more about this option, please notify your daughter’s counselor no later than March 1 to set up an appointment.

OGT Testing Looking ahead...The Ohio Department of Education requires all students in the Class of 2011 to take the Ohio Graduation Test during the week of March 16, 2009. Passing the five sections of the OGT is one of the requirements for a high school diploma in the state of Ohio. Practice versions of this test are available at teh ODE’s web site at:

SAT March 14 (Feb 10) May 2 (March 31) June 6 (May 5)

ACT April 4 (Feb. 27) June 13 (May 8)

Juniors will be receiving the Junior Newsletter periodically during the second semester. Please ask your daughter to share this publication with you. The newsletter contains information about visitation and open house programs at various universities, as well as ACT and SAT test preperation programs and special summer opportunities. Juniors can also look forward to the College Fair held at Xavier University on Sunday, March 29 from 1:00- 3:00 p.m. at the Cintas Center.

The Grande Gala Grande Gala 10th Anniversary Celebration

“Start Spreading the News...” Saturday, March 7, 2009

Enjoy an Evening of Entertainment! Enjoy an entire evening of entertainment when you attend The Grande Gala on Saturday, March 7, 2009. You should have received your invitation, but if you have not, or require an extra, please notify us immediately. Join us for this fun-filled evening! Reservations sell out quickly so do not delay! You may reserve your own table of eight to ten people or request to be seated with parents of your daughter’s classmates or sport’s team. The schedule for the evening will be explained by each table’s “captain” who will greet guests, make introductions and answer questions. If being a table captain sounds like a fun opportunity, please voluteer by calling Darlene Meyer Santel ’68 at 821.3044 ext. 100 or Jackie Siders at 821.3044 ext. 125 or email Jackie at

Sign Up Today For a Decorating Workshop or Gala Set Up Decorations for te Gala are a huge undertaking and your help is needed. Please volunteer and join the fun at any of our workshops:

Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. January 24 and 31 February 7, 14, 21 and 28 Don’t feel you have to stay until 2:00, come and go as your schedule allows!

Gala Set - Up Wednesday, March 4th: 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5th: 3:00 - 10:00 p.m. Friday, March 6th: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Donations! Donations! Donations! Please remember no gift is too big or too small! We are still looking for donations to make this year’s anniversary event the most sucessful yet! If you need an idea for a donation, please call Jackie Siders at 821.3044 ext. 125. Please send in your donations for The Grande Gala as soon as possible. The deadline for the catalog is January 28th. Any donation received after the 28th will appear in the catalog addendum.

Please Join Us...

for Mass before The Grande Gala on Saturday, March 7, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. Everyone is invited. To RSVP, contact Cheri Lehrter at 821.3044 ext. 106 or

“Start Spreading the News” Eat, Drink and Bid!! You won’t want to miss Mount Notre Dame’s premier fundraiser! Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, gourmet dinner, silent and oral auctions and FABULOUS raffles!

A Donation Of... • $35 - Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for one and the chance to preview The Grande Gala by attending the cocktail party from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. You will also be able to enjoy the excitement of the silent auction, basket boutique and many exciting raffles (dinner is not included). • $85 - Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner for one and the opportunity to participate in all of the festivities. • $250 - Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner for two, a tuition raffle ticket, special “Grande Benefactor” recognition in the auction catalog and the opportunity to participate in all the festivities. You will also be entered to win a piece of Waterford crystal. • $2500 - Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner for ten, ten tuition raffle tickets and a special “Platinum Benefactor” recognition in the auction catalog. You will also be entered to win a piece of Waterford crystal.

Tuition Raffle Tickets

Don’t Be Left Out!! Win a free year’s tuition to MND or $5,000 to the elementary, high school or college of your choice (cash option available)

Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are 1 for $25 or 5 for $100

Caribbean Cruise Raffle Tickets Don’t miss your chance to win a seven-day cruise for two!! Tickets are 1 for $15 or 4 for $50 Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________

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Please return to MND Tuition Raffle, 711 E. Columbia Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45215 Questions? Contact Jackie Siders at 821.3044 ext. 125 or

Live • Lead • Serve MND’s INTERAlliance Team Takes Competition The INTERAlliance is a collaborative effort of greater Cincinnati regional businesses and educators to give young, local IT talent a compelling reason to stay in the area for both college and their career. Members include Procter & Gamble, the University of Cincinnati, Chiquita, Cintas, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Fifth Third Bank, Microsoft and Toyota among others. Mount Notre Dame’s team won a week-long competition representing P & G. MND physics teacher, Mr. Wayne Peppercorn moderates the team and feels it brings so much opportunity to his students. “I found the week-long program at UC to be very well organized and very impactful. Many of the students told me their experience was almost life-changing in how it relates to their awareness of career opportunities in technology.” Laine Rousseau ’10 was one of those students. “INTERAlliance was such a great experience that opened so many doors for me.”

Danielle Reiss ’10 agrees. “I would recommend applying for INTERAlliance to anyone interested in the field of information technology or wants to learn more about IT. This has been such a great experience!”

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• January 26 - January 31: Catholic Schools Week • February 2: Parents’ Club Meeting - 7:00 p.m. • February 2 & 3: Auditons for Into the Woods • February 6: Noon Dismissal • February 13: Sophomore Secret Sweetheart Dance • February 16: No Classes President’s Day

Don’t Miss A Thing!

Live • Lead • Serve Scholars of the Month Allison Weaver - English Lauryn Page - French Lauren Topken - Information Technology Morgan Wolfe - Math Theresa Guye - Ministry and Religious Studies Annie Wessendarp - Performing Arts Erika Ripperger - Physical Education/Health Taylor Williams - Science Allison Willhide- Spanish Jahnise Bowie - Social Studies Brittany Uehlein - Visual Arts

Standing: Theresa Guye ’12, Lauren Topken ’11, Allison Weaver ’11, Morgan Wolfe ’11 and Taylor Williams ’10; Front row: Jahnise Bowie ’10; Annie Wessendarp ’09; Allison Willhide ’09. Not picutred: Lauryn Page ’09, Erika Ripperger ’11 and Brittany Uehlein ’09.

Be a Part of Mount Notre Dame History! Mount Notre Dame High School’s 150th Anniversary Celebration will begin in September 2009. Committees are now forming! For more information on how you can help MND celebrate this amanzing milestone, contact Director of Advancement Sparkle Worley at 821.3044 ext. 105 or

Mount Notre Dame Academy Class of 1926

Remembering Sister Dorothy Stang February 12 marks the fourth anniversary of the slaying of Sr. Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN. Sr. Dorothy’s life was taken because of her staunch advocacy of the protection of the rain forests in Brazil. In December 2008, Sr. Dorothy posthumously received the United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights. This award is given every five years for outstanding contributions in the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Dancing to Victory!

Show Your Cougar Pride! Cheer them On! January • 27 Varsity Basketball @ Ursuline, 7:30 p.m. • 28 Varsity Bowling @ Oak Hills, 4:00 p.m. • 29 Varsity Basketball vs. Seton, 7:30 p.m.

On January 10th the MND Varsity Dance Team participated in a regional AmeriDance Competition at Seton High School. The dancing Cougars took first place in the Pom, Jazz and High Kick categories and took home the GRAND CHAMPION trophy as a result of receiving the highest score of the entire competition in their Jazz routine. For this honor, the MND Dancing Cougars beat out 44 dance teams and over 100 routines from both school dance and studio dance teams with their amazing performance in front of a packed gym. On January 31st the MND Varsity Dance Team will be competing against the best high school dance teams in the nation at the United Dance Association National Dance Competition in Orlando. FL.

Best of luck girls!

February •2 •3 •4 •5

Varsity Diving @ Turpin, 6:30 p.m. Varsity Bowling at St. Ursula, 4:00 p.m. Varsity Basketball @ Mercy, 7:30 p.m. Varsity Swimming @ Keating Natatorium, 5:00 p.m. Varsity Bowling vs. Fairfield, 4:00 p.m. Varsity Basketball vs. McAuley, 7:30 p.m. Varsity Bowling vs. Northwest, 4:00 p.m. Varsity Basketball vs. St. Ursula, 7:30 p.m. Varsity Swimming @ Mason, 7:00 p.m. Varsity Swimming @ Sycamore, 5:00 p.m. Varsity Swimming @ Sycamore, 5:00 p.m.

•9 • 10 • 14 • 16 • 17 • 21 Varsity Swimming @ Miami University, 7:00 p.m.

Burrito Night is Back!!

Thursday, January 29th 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner Only $7 • Dinner & Game $10 * Half-Time Shooting Contest * 3 Best-Dressed Cougar Fans Win Chipotle Gift Cards!

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