Happy Birthday, Mrs. Bonino!

On Friday, May 1, Mrs. Amy Bonino's 2CD English Literature class threw a surprise birthday party for their beloved teacher. Despite National Signing Day and Senior Dads and Donuts, the all-senior class managed to organize a birthday celebration for her complete with a card, balloons, cookies, fruit, and lemonade. After the class sang 'Happy Birthday', Mrs. Bonino commented,

On Friday, May 1, Mrs. Amy Bonino’s 2CD English Literature class threw a surprise birthday party for their beloved teacher. Despite National Signing Day and Senior Dads and Donuts, the all-senior class managed to organize a birthday celebration for her complete with a card, balloons, cookies, cupcakes, fruit, and lemonade. After the class sang ‘Happy Birthday,’ Mrs. Bonino commented, “Aww, you are all so sweet! This is amazing.”

Parish Partners announces teacher award winners

Every year Parish Partners invites students to nominate an MND teacher for the Terrific Teacher Award or an elementary teacher or parish minister for the Angel Educator Award.  Students were required to submit an essay explaining why they felt their nominee should be honored. 

The below teachers will be honored at a brunch on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 9:45 a.m.~11:00 a.m. in MND’s Courtyard.  Continue reading

Bowling Places in Top 5 at Sectionals

MND varsity bowling came in fourth out of 16 teams at today's OHSSA sectional tournament at Crossgate Lanes to earn an advance to next weeks districts tournament, which will be hosted at BeaveVu Lanes in Beavercreek, OH on Thursday. MNDs bowlers today were (left to right in picture) Emily Webb '15, Olivia Kettler '16, Dorie Coggin '17, Sam Dunbar '15, Sabrina Dunbar '16, Rachel Tenley '16, and Molly McCudden '16. Fellow GGCL teams Mother of Mercy (2nd) and Ursuline Academy (7th) also advanced from Crossgate.

MND varsity bowling came in fourth out of 16 teams at today’s OHSSA sectional tournament at Crossgate Lanes to earn an advance to next weeks districts tournament, which will be hosted at BeaveVu Lanes in Beavercreek, OH on Thursday. MNDs bowlers today were (left to right in picture) Emily Webb ’15, Olivia Kettler ’16, Dorie Coggin ’17, Sam Dunbar ’15, Sabrina Dunbar ’16, Rachel Tenley ’16, and Molly McCudden ’16. Fellow GGCL teams Mother of Mercy (2nd) and Ursuline Academy (7th) also advanced from Crossgate.

Senior Citizens Visit History of the 60s Class

Ali Staun '15 speaks with Ann Reed after senior citizens visit Mrs. Magnus's History of the 60s class on Thursday, February 5. Reed, who studied nursing at Xavier discusses with Ali how nursing has changed over the years. Ali shares,

Ali Staun ’15 speaks with Ann Reed after senior citizens visit Mrs. Magnus’s History of the 60s class on Thursday, February 5. Reed, who studied nursing at Xavier discusses with Ali how nursing has changed over the years. Ali shares, “I enjoyed this experience because it opened my eyes up to what is different between nursing in the past and now. It gave me more confidence because I felt that it showed that I can be a lifelong nurse just like she is.”

Senior Citizens Visit the History of the 60s Class

Kate Jennings '15 speaks with Marty Bartlett after senior citizens visit Mrs. Magnus's History of the 60s class on Thursday, February 5. Bartlett, who studied engineering at Purdue, gives encouragement to Jennings who will embark on the same path this Fall. Jennings shares,

Kate Jennings ’15 speaks with Marty Bartlett after senior citizens visit Mrs. Magnus’s History of the 60s class on Thursday, February 5. Bartlett, who studied engineering at Purdue, gives encouragement to Jennings who will embark on the same path this Fall. Jennings shares, “I thought Mrs. Bartlett was a sweet and a very smart woman. I was extremely impressed that she studied engineering, especially at a school like Purdue. It is uncommon for women to go into engineering in 2015, but it would have been even more uncommon for her to have been in the male dominated field back then, let alone even attending college.”

Ten “apps” every student should have on her cell

While many Americans want the latest iPhones, many individuals prefer androids. Google's Gmail is one of the largest email providers in the US. Vera H-C Chan, Senior Editor and Special Projects at Yahoo! Tech looked at cell phone statistics of 2014 and wrote By the Numbers: iPhone vs. Android. Chan includes that “171.5 million Americans own smartphones.” To create a better representation, she states “9 out of 10 American adults have a cellphone.”

While many Americans want the latest iPhones, many individuals prefer androids. Google’s Gmail is one of the largest email providers in the US. Vera H-C Chan, Senior Editor and Special Projects at Yahoo! Tech looked at cell phone statistics of 2014 and wrote By the Numbers: iPhone vs. Android. Chan includes that “171.5 million Americans own smartphones.” To create a better representation, she states “9 out of 10 American adults have a cellphone.”

Gmail

Every modern woman has email. Never miss a message again by having Gmail on your cell. You’ll get notifications each time you get an email and will be more likely to stay up to date.

Ms. Jen Thamann, MND’s new Communications and Public Relations Coordinator, says, “In today’s world, women are doing it all. It has become necessary for women to multitask. The modern woman should have their email accounts on their mobile devices. This makes communication quick, convenient, and always within our grasp since our cell phones rarely leave our sides.  I am always connected to the world around me.”

Google

Imagine you are walking around Kenwood Town Center and stumble upon a new store?  Wouldn’t you be curious what they are all about?  Want to know what they sell beyond what is found in the little store? Look them up with your google app!

Vera H-C Chan, Senior Editor and Special Projects at Yahoo! Tech included in her article By the Numbers: iPhone vs. Android that in 2014 “web browsing on 4-inch screens or larger grew 132%.” Continue reading

Cougars dance their way to Orlando

The Mount Notre Dame varsity dance team will travel to Orlando, Florida to compete in the Universal Dance Association's National Dance Team Championship. This will be senior Rachel Brinkman's (bottom row second right) fourth appearance.

The Mount Notre Dame varsity dance team will travel to Orlando, Florida to compete in the Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championship. This will be senior Rachel Brinkman’s (bottom row second right) fourth appearance.

Once again, the Mount Notre Dame Varsity Dance Team will travel to Orlando, Florida to compete in the Universal Dance Association’s National Dance Team Championship.

The team qualified for the UDA Championship back in August and throughout the season has been competing in various competitions both locally and regionally.

“The team is so incredibly excited for nationals this year. We are so proud of how far we have come, and we feel so ready to perform down there. We are just looking forward to going down there, doing our best, and showing the world what we have to offer,” senior member Rachel Brinkman shared.

Brinkman is no stranger to the UDA competition in Florida, as this trip will be her 4th appearance. She has been a member of the dance program for six years, participating on the junior varsity team in junior high. Brinkman was a member of the team in 2012 when they advanced to the final round of the competition. Continue reading

Exploring Zaragoza

Pictured is a view from Castillo de Loarre (translated Castle of Loarre) just outside of Zaragoza. Together, this year’s Spanish Exchange group of juniors Maria Beckman, Jessie Gries, Meghan Shea, and Abbie Smith has already visited the famous Pilar Cathedral in Zaragoza, Castillo de Loarre just outside of Zaragoza, and Zaragoza’s very modern shopping mall, which is the third largest in Europe. Gries states, “Estoy enamorada de Zaragoza!” (Translated: “I’m in love with Zaragoza!”)

Pictured is a view from Castillo de Loarre (translated Castle of Loarre) just outside of Zaragoza. Together, this year’s Spanish Exchange group of juniors Maria Beckman, Jessie Gries, Meghan Shea, and Abbie Smith has already visited the famous Pilar Cathedral in Zaragoza, Castillo de Loarre just outside of Zaragoza, and Zaragoza’s very modern shopping mall, which is the third largest in Europe. Gries states, “Estoy enamorada de Zaragoza!” (Translated: “I’m in love with Zaragoza!”)

This marks the ninth year that MND has paired with Santa Maria del Pilar in Zaragoza, Spain for a foreign exchange program. After Mr. Delgado of Moeller went to Spain and visited the Marian school there, Moeller began an exchange program with them. Santa Maria del Pilar was eager to provide the exchange opportunity to their female population as well and invited MND to join the program they had begun with Moeller. MND began sending students in January 2006 and has now sent 40 students to Spain. Mrs. Julie Yorn, World Language Chair, has accompanied students to Spain 4 times – 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013.

“I believe it is a valuable experience for students and individuals to travel abroad,” states Mrs. Yorn. “Not only can they learn and experience a lot, but it can open them to many opportunities.”

This year Mrs. Karen Day, Associate Head of School and Dean of Academic Development, accompanied MND’s 4 students, Maria Beckman, Jessie Gries, Meghan Shea, and Abbie Smith, to Spain on Jan. 7, 2015. The students are all juniors in Honors Spanish 3. Mrs. Day has returned to the US, but each student will spend the next 5 weeks with families in Zaragoza. They are set to return on Friday, February 13. While in Spain, our students will get to immerse themselves in the school, cuisine, and culture of Spain. They may also get opportunities to explore the landmarks and cities around them. Continue reading

Engineering students win best in state

(from left) Seniors Maddie Dolan, Olivia DeLuca, Ellie Privitera, Chris Clark, Megan Burns, Molly Savage won Verizon Wireless Best in State for the app they created. "Do it" focuses on the issue of procrastination. "This honor is well deserved." STEM coordinator Michele Shafer stated.

(from left) Seniors Maddie Dolan, Olivia DeLuca, Ellie Privitera, Chris Clark, Megan Burns, Molly Savage won Verizon Wireless Best in State for the app they created. “Do it” focuses on the issue of procrastination. “This honor is well deserved.” STEM coordinator Michele Shafer stated.

Six Mount Notre Dame engineering students have received Best State winner from a Verizon Innovative App challenge. This submission moves these students into the regional competition. Students Megan Burns, Chris Clark, Olivia DeLuca, Maddie Dolan, Ellie Privitera and Molly Savage designed an App, called Do It, which focuses on the issue of procrastinating. The apps blocks and tracks the users’ most used applications and websites (such as Facebook and Instagram), as well as calls and texts at the user’s discretion. The function can be turned on and off at any time. Mrs. Michele Shafer, STEM coordinator, shares “These six Mount Notre Dame students exemplify our vision to empower young women to transform the world. I am impressed by their desire to be leaders in STEM fields and also by their strength of character. Their Best in State submission for the Verizon App Challenge is a direct result of their creativity, academic excellence, critical thinking and effective communication – the same traits that I witness each of them embrace daily as they approach learning at MND. This honor is well deserved!”

MND Graduate Selected as New Head of School

As learned May 2014, Mr. Larry Mock will be retiring from his position as Head of School after this year.

 

The selection for the new Head of School was announced this December via an emailed letter signed by MND Board of Trustees Co-chairs Tony Reed and Tom Geier.

 

The letter began, “We are pleased to inform you that we have concluded the Head of School search process with the announcement of Judy Gerwe (MND Class of 1978) as the next Head of School.”

 

At the assembly that he made this announcement last spring, Mr. Mock stated, “I want to be able to spend more time with my teenage daughter and family.” But, Mr. Mock says that there are actually three main reasons that led him to retiring, after his fall off ladder health hasn’t been quite the same, he wants to spend more time with his family, and the job is changing and moving more into fundraising, which as he states “is what the school needs, but is not a particular strength of mine.” As Head of School the past four years, Mr. Mock has overseen all functions of the school from academics to operations, but paid specific attention to the business functions that go on behind the scenes, including strategic planning.

 

Mrs. Gerwe will assume Mr. Mock’s role as Head of School on July 1, 2015. She is currently the Principle at St. Pius X Elementary in Edgewood, KY. Before that, Mrs. Gerwe spent 22 years at Notre Dame Academy in Northern Kentucky as a teacher and administrator. Mrs. Gerwe has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Education, and several other endorsements including high school mathematics and K-12 Administration.

 

The letter signed by Reed and Geier states, “She is very well-rounded and has had experience with all facets of leading an organization, including helping with large capital campaigns. More importantly, she has a love and understanding of the charism of St. Julie.”

 

Mr. Mock states, “I think Judy and Karen will make a very good, complementary team in leading MND.” Mrs. Jennifer Gallo agrees. She says that her first impression of Mrs. Gerwe was “Wow!”

 

Mrs. Gallo comments, “I think that she is going to be a great addition to our school. I love the fact that she is an alumna. And, I love the fact that she is so excited to step into Mr. Mock’s shoes.”

 

 

Kicking Towards Gold

Sam Leshnak ’15 poses with three teammates behind the sign of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. She was invited to the first ever Youth National Goalkeeper Training Camp in December 2012. Since then she has received several call ups and now trains on the U-20 WNT. Leshnak says, “In the future, I see myself with a gold metal wrapped around my neck, with tears of joy.”

Sam Leshnak ’15 poses with three teammates behind the sign of the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. She was invited to the first ever Youth National Goalkeeper Training Camp in December 2012. Since then she has received several call ups and now trains on the U-20 WNT. Leshnak says, “In the future, I see myself with a gold metal wrapped around my neck, with tears of joy.”

Not only did the MND soccer program have a winning season, but their success has continued beyond their home field. Their team members and alumni team members have been getting special honors across the country. These members include Rose Lavelle ’13 and Sam Leshnak ’15.

Lavelle was a star player when she attended MND and her success has continued on the college level. Attending Wisconsin University, Lavelle plays soccer as a midfielder. She was recently named to the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team (WNT). She is to attend the US Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California this week, Jan. 3-10 for the first training camp of the year. US coaching staff will be watching the camp and will conduct the January 2015 NWSL Draft.

Leshnak, senior, contributed a lot to the success of the team this season as goalie with 90 saves in the league and 11 in shootouts. Led by Coach Keri Heedum, MND varsity soccer went 4-1 in GGCL and 10-4-3 overall. Leshnak was the GGCL Player of the Year. Continue reading

How is a snow day decided?

snow at MNDWaiting. It’s a cold night, and predictions of snow have you scrolling through twitter and refreshing your email. Will school be called off?

Waiting. It’s 5:00 a.m., and still no word. One by one, other schools are being called off, and you are hoping, wondering, what the fate of MND is.

Many desperately want the day off. Others hope school will still be session, uneasy with the idea of being one snow day closer to having digital calamity work.

Whatever the case may be, there is a lot of waiting.

While the snow may be piling up on the roads and students anxiously wait to see if they will have school the next day, the administration has much more to consider.

Because MND students live in so many different districts, whether school will be cancelled or not is determined by the administration. Other private schools who have students that primarily live in one district however, base their school cancellation on that specific district. Continue reading

Ways to tell you are from MND

MNDVB picMount Notre Dame recently showcased all the school has to offer at the annual Open House. Students, faculty and staff put their efforts together to give visitors a glimpse into what it really means to be a part of this community.

In the spirit of this season, several people were asked the question, “How can someone tell you are from MND?” The below list represents the top responses from students, teachers, administrators and even 8th grade visitors.

1)      You just know that God is good.

After hearing an afternoon prayer, one declares, “How good is the good God!” It will forever be ingrained in our minds as St. Julie’s joyful words that end our school day and release us into the evening.

2)      You aren’t afraid to show your confidence & tell people you are an “empowered” young woman.

Our school mission statement says that “Mount Notre Dame educates and empowers young women to recognize and develop their unique capabilities to learn, live, lead and serve.”

Whether in a college interview, meeting your new professor, or interviewing for a job, our graduates can use the skills they built at school to be organized, professional, and confident.

3)      You love that no one cares how put together you are.

Getting ready for school takes no time at all, especially when a hair tie and headband is all you really need. No makeup?  No problem!  We love you just the way you are.  #nofilter  Continue reading

Volleyball beats #1 ranked team in the nation

  Mount Notre Dame Volleyball has won the Division I state semifinal, defeating Toledo St Ursula in 4 sets at Wright State Nutter Center Friday night.

The team anticipated a difficult match.  The Arrow ranked #1 in the nation on MaxPreps, a website that follows high school sports and provides ranking, stats and schedules, and the MND Cougars ranked #24.

Seldom do schools have the opportunity to make a state tournament appearance, and yet Mount Notre Dame has made the trip an astounding 12 times. Tomorrow they will return to Dayton to fight for their 8th state title.  They play Massillon Jackson at 5 p.m.

To experience so much success, athletes must be truly RELENTLESS. This is not just the theme of this year’s MND volleyball team, but the quality that has driven the Cougars to the state championship. Continue reading

Debunking MND myths

A sketch of Mount Notre Dame Academy in the late 1800s is found in an old yearbook.  It served as a boarding school for boys and girls starting in 1860 until 1935.  The site is now home to nearly 100 retired Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and neighbors the current school building that was constructed in 1965.

A sketch of Mount Notre Dame Academy in the late 1800s is found in an old yearbook. It served as a boarding school for boys and girls starting in 1860 until 1935. The site is now home to nearly 100 retired Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and neighbors the current school building that was constructed in 1965.

A “myth” can be defined as “a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.”

Mount Notre Dame High School has had its own collection of myths about the school and its history.

Perhaps the most common “myth” related to MND is about a ghost that haunts the third floor.

This story has been circulating for many years and even among people not associated with the school.  It even appeared recently as a feature story on a blog called “Creepy Cincinnati.”

The October 12 posting said, “Sometime in the 40’s, a young girl is said to have committed suicide there on the 3rd floor, and it’s this floor that she is now said to haunt.” Continue reading

A living tradition that began with a letter

 

A book from the convent archives shares a typical student schedule from the late 1800s.  Students started out as boarders at the 6th Street location in downtown Cincinnati.

A book from the convent archives shares a typical student schedule from the late 1800s. Students started out as boarders at the 6th Street location in downtown Cincinnati.

It all started nearly 155 years ago with a letter.

Back then, there were still relatively few Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and they were mostly centered in Belgium.  St. Julie Billiart envisioned that one day her Sisters would travel the world to spread the goodness of God and it was time for that vision to be realized.

Their first foreign mission?  The United States of America.  Ohio to be exact.  And the city was called Cincinnati.

The Archbishop at the time, Archbishop Purcell, was answering the call from the Pope.  The Catholic Church needed to be revitalized, and Purcell saw the answer in the education f young people.

The number of incoming immigrants was growing rapidly with one problem – not enough schools.  After traveling to Europe in search for an answer, he stumbled upon the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.  His visit to their convent was merely a courteous stop, but he was amazed by what he say.   Continue reading

Golf goes to districts

Sam Shinkle, Molly McCudden, Grace Weber, and Meghan Shea (left to right) listen attentively to Head Coach Andrew Horner before their match on September 9 and then burst into laughter as a joke is cracked. Despite Horner having a surgery half way through the season and taking recovery, the MND Varsity Golf team had a lot of fun and success this year! They advanced to districts as a team.

Student golfers Sam Shinkle, Molly McCudden, Grace Weber, and Meghan Shea (left to right) listen attentively to Head Coach Andrew Horner before their match on September 9 and then burst into laughter as a joke is cracked. Despite Horner having a surgery half way through the season and taking recovery, the MND Varsity Golf team had a lot of fun and success this year! They advanced to districts as a team.

Enquirer columnist Krista Ramsey visits students

Columnist Krista Ramsey of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke with students in the Digital Communications class today. Ramsey was asked to share with the students what it is like to be a journalist as well as what her experience has taught her in regard to being successful at interviewing.

Columnist Krista Ramsey of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke with students in the Digital Communications class today. Ramsey was asked to share with the students what it is like to be a journalist as well as what her experience has taught her in regard to being successful at interviewing.

On Tuesday October 7, Cincinnati Enquirer Columnist Krista Ramsey visited the Digital Communications class to discuss different fields in communications, as well as explain what a career in journalism entails.

This year is the first for the Digital Communications class at MND, and Ramsey’s advice and expertise allowed students with all different career interests to gain insight on possible job opportunities.

Ramsey discussed a recent series she has been working on titled, “Turning 14 in Cincinnati,” and led the students through her weeks long process of researching, interviewing, and writing for each of the stories.

“I knew it was a ton of work; I didn’t realize just how many steps it took to write even one article,” senior Kate Ducey shared. Continue reading

JV coach, Kellie Kaiser, and JV golf team, Sydney Tiberghien, Henson Sullivan, Emily Webb, Mia Mendez, Casey Kowitz, Francine Gates, and Kylie Arbin (left to right) pose after their 2014 GGCL Tournament Sunday, October 5. Even with a predominantly freshman team, the team beat last year's records. Senior Emily Webb, who has played golf for MND for 4 years shares, "I really enjoyed the enthusiasm that my team brought into every match. It made my senior year more enjoyable."

JV coach, Kellie Kaiser, and JV golf team, Sydney Tiberghien, Henson Sullivan, Emily Webb, Mia Mendez, Casey Kowitz, Francine Gates, and Kylie Arbin (left to right) pose after their 2014 GGCL Tournament Sunday, October 5. Even with a predominantly freshman team, the team beat last year’s records. Senior Emily Webb, who has played golf for MND for 4 years shares, “I really enjoyed the enthusiasm that my team brought into every match. It made my senior year more enjoyable.”