Waiting. 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
Mount 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
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
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 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
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
Seniors Margo Wolf, Maria Lingardo, and Jessica Towle lead the whole school in a cheer with help from the Cougar. Wolf, Lingardo, and Towle are members of MND’s varsity volleyball team.
Junior Madison Titus gets ready to pass the ball to a teammate. Varsity field hockey is hoping to get to state this year. Titus is one of the many upperclasswomen on the team.
The admissions office has a new pet, and her name is Dorothy.
Mrs. Terri Miller of Admissions couldn’t believe her eyes when she and her husband spotted a small, feathery creature on the newly opened Sr. Dorothy Stang Memorial Field this past Sunday.
“My husband and I were taking a walk to see the new field. I happened to look over on the fence and it was right at eye-level, and I said, ‘Is that a parakeet?’”
The bird was a beautiful Columbia blue, Mount Notre Dame’s official school color. The field that the creature was so drawn to was named in honor of a lover of animals and the environment, Sr. Dorothy, an MND graduate and Sister of Notre Dame de Namur who was martyred in Brazil in 2005.
As Mrs. Miller walked towards it, she noticed its wings were clipped, but it did it’s best to flutter around the fence. Continue reading
Mr. Nate Pucke, MND Theater Director, first stepped onto a stage at age 8. At the age of only 31, Mr. Pucke has directed 63 shows at MND in 10 years – 67 shows after this school year. Mr. Pucke says, “My favorite part about theater is that everyone in theater is a community – that’s what makes each show so meaningful.”
Mr. Nate Pucke, Theater Director, Mr. Beiting, Artistic Director, and Mr. Ben Hunt, Technical Director, held auditions for the fall play Les Miserables September 2-4 and revealed the final cast list last Friday.
Those who were assigned parts were instructed to respond via email if they choose to accept or decline their role.
Les Miserables has been labeled a complex and controversial show for high school theater because it contains some risqué scenes and was produced for a mature audience. The movie which was released in 2012 (in U.S.) by Universal Studios and was rated PG-13 by the MMPA for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements. Continue reading
Alice Bidorini is an Italian exchange student from Milan, Italy. Bidorini arrived in Cincinnati on August 18. Bidorini says, “I came here because I love America and American people. I would like to experience the real American life.
MND’s newest exchange student, Alice Bidorini arrived in the U.S. on August 14 and spent spent 4 days in New York City before arriving in Cincinnati on August 18. Bidorini joins the school community all the way from Milan, Italy.
She has enjoyed much travelling with her family, but this is her first experience beyond Europe.
Bidorini says, “I came here because I love America and American people. I would like to experience the real American life.”
Throughout her school year here, Bidorini will have many opportunities to have new experiences.
“I hear about many places Cincinnati has unique – like Skyline and Graeter’s – I want to try those.” Bidorini exclaimed.
She is looking forward to the year, but will miss her family – especially her brother Niccolo’ (age 25), whom she is very close with. Continue reading
On Tuesday August 26, Ms. Lauren Krasniewski, Director of Student Activities, announced a change to the 37 year-old United We Won competition.
United We Won is a competition among the grade levels to see which class has the most spirit. Events such as pep rallies, sports games, fundraisers, and a variety of contests throughout the year can earn classes points. The class with the most points at the end of the year is declared the winner.
The competition has been around since 1977 when nearby Regina High School closed down and many of the students enrolled at MND. Continue reading
A question many young adults and teenagers find themselves asking is: Can guys and girls be just friends? Or is there always going to be something there?
As kids get older and transition into becoming teenagers, many of them find their friend groups getting closer but smaller. There’s a core group of friends that always hang out together more than with their other friends. It can be a mix group of boys and girls or it can be just a group of boys or just a group of girls. Most people don’t have any issues over mixed gender friendships within a group setting.
However, when a girl and a boy are good friends, suspicions often arise. Are they really just friends? Is that possible? Continue reading
There have been countless debates throughout history arguing the platonic coexistence between men and women as a façade. Whether it be in some sort of movie like When Harry Met Sally or simply as a widespread theory, it has been a topic somewhat consuming to many young minds.
To quote When Harry Met Sally, “No man can ever be friends with a woman that he finds attractive.”
Is it true; does attraction get in the way? I think so, and here’s why. Continue reading
Dr. Scott Rogers has returned as Varsity basketball head coach after leaving MND in 2007 to coach his daughter at Indian Hill.
Rogers is a graduate of Kenyon College, where he played basketball. He was head coach of the MND basketball State Champion teams of 2004 and 2006, and assistant coach of the 2007 State Champion team.
The Cougars finished their regular season as league champions and began the state tournament with a 14-6 record.
The first team the Cougars took on was Amelia. The Cougars easily advanced, winning the game 89-29. Next, they took on Ross and once again the Cougars prevailed 73-45. Continue reading
“Those who have hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
This is the Bible verse that inspired junior Brittney Dorton that May 4 morning.
The air was full of loud cheering and anticipation as she looked at the 13.1 miles that were ahead of her. But the story does not start here at the Flying Pig Marathon. Many long months of training led up to this day.
Dorton’s experience started back on February 10, when she began her training. She prepared by running, biking, lifting weights and even doing some yoga.
“I’ll admit, one of my favorite CT (cross training) exercises was playing Just Dance with my younger sister,” Dorton joked. Continue reading
Author Andrea Cheng has been visiting MND to talk to freshmen for eleven years now. She shared how much she enjoys speaking to groups where all the students have read the book. “I like to get insight from the students, and people are really interested in it,” Cheng said.
On May 2, Mount Notre Dame was honored to have author Andrea Cheng and her mother, Mrs. Mary Kartal visit the freshman class. Cheng is the author of several books, including Marika, a novel based on her mother’s life as a young Jewish girl living in Hungary during World War II. The book shares both Marika’s experiences of anti-Semitism and her search for personal identity as her family divides.
Every year in religion class, the freshmen read the story as part of their study of Judaism and meet with not only the author, but the main character.
Cheng and her mother have been visiting the school for eleven years, sharing the story of Marika and answering questions about life as an author.
Cheng first started talking at schools when Marika was chosen for Cincinnati’s “On the Same Page” reading program. Before she knew it, she was traveling all around the country discussing the book.
She has loved doing so, getting new insight and questions on the book with each visit. One may think sharing the same thing for eleven years would get old, but not for Cheng. Continue reading
“Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep.” Slowly opening your eyes, you hit that snooze button in hope of getting just a little bit more of sleep. “Beep. Beep. Beep.”
There it is again, but this time you turn your alarm off. You glance at your iPhone, just like you do every day when you wake up, and you notice today is April 19. For most, it’s just like any other ordinary day.
But April 19 represents something else for Junior Maria Meece. This day marks one year since she was in a car accident that nearly took her life, causing her to be in the hospital for a month.
The accident happened as she was on her way home from school on a Friday afternoon. Her Jeep crashed and rolled, resulting in a severe head injury. She was immediately taken to University Hospital and later moved to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Continue reading
Kairos is one of two senior retreats that is offered at MND. Participants of the 47th Kairos included a few juniors who will become leaders for their senior class next year.
This week, juniors will hear from Retreat Director, Ms. Maggie Prosser about their options for senior retreat: Kairos and R.O.P.es. Deciding which retreat to select requires a fair amount of discernment on the part of the individual, but retreat alum can be very helpful in that process.
The two retreats have much in common. They are both made up of three full days, and are completely planned and implemented by 4-6 students and 4-5 teachers. They also follow the same general structure and themes. So what is different then?
Students may have heard about the Kairos retreat from other friends or family members who have attended. They may have even formed some expectations of what comes from the Kairos retreat. Originally, Kairos started as a program called “The Christian Awakening” for adults in the 1970s. Over time, the program was adapted to better suit younger people who are in a different place in their life and spiritual journey. The Kairos retreat first started in Brooklyn, New York and then trickled out to Louisville, Kentucky and other cities.
In Novembers of 1995, Kairos arrived at MND. This past February was the school’s 47th Kairos! Continue reading
When 9 year old Kamryn Renfro decided to show support for her friend, Delaney Clements 11, by shaving her head, she never thought she would be punished for it. Renfro decided to shave her head one day after hanging out with Clements.
Clements had been going through chemo for a while and was just starting to lose her hair. Renfro didn’t want her to feel alone in her battle against cancer and decided to bare a bald head as well. Renfro’s mom felt an immeasurable amount of pride for her little girl and the maturity she was showing at such a young age. But she never expected the reaction that she got from the school.
Before Renfro returned to school, her mom decided to send an email to her teachers to let them know in advance of her daughter’s altered appearance. She was surprised to find that the school board was angry with her decision and was told that a girl with a shaved head is a violation of the school dress code. She would not be allowed back on campus until her hair grew back. Continue reading