For the fourth year in a row, Notre Dame Academy’s yearbook program has been named a 2019 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence by Jostens, the leading producer of yearbooks and student-created content. Notre Dame Academy (NDA) has received the National Yearbook Program of Excellence six of the past eight years. The 2018-19 Notre Dame Academy award winning yearbook program was led by Hannah Joly ’19 (43611), Katelyn Glenn ’19 (43611), Ellie Sugg ’19 (43515) , and Mazey Smaciarz ’20 (43623) under the direction of Julie Sells, NDA’s Journalism Department Chair. Yearbook is an elective class at NDA. “I am so excited for this award because the girls on yearbook bring so much creativity and dedication to our publication. We really want to make it a special remembrance of the year for the NDA girls. I especially appreciate all the support provided throughout the year by the NDA administrators and Jostens as our publishers,” said Mrs. Sells.
The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while helping students develop 21st century skills such as communication, collaboration, and information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy. Among the requirements for the award are covering 70 percent of the students at least three times in the yearbook and creating an engaging theme. The theme for NDA’s winning 2018-20 yearbook was NDAflix, a verbal play off Netflix. Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence Awards are presented twice a year, in spring and in fall for yearbooks delivered during the school year. The Award was presented to the Notre Dame Academy yearbook program for achieving the defined criteria in each of three following categories: creating an inclusive yearbook, generating school engagement, and successfully managing the yearbook creation process. The Notre Dame Academy yearbook program will receive a gem-studded recognition pin and a banner to display in school, so the entire school community will be aware of the outstanding achievement.
On Wednesday, December 11, Notre Dame Academy students joined schools from around the globe in participating in Hour of Code, the largest learning event in the world. Lead by representatives from Toledo area digital marketing and advertising agency HART. The hour was open to any NDA student along with those students who are currently taking coding at NDA. Over 25 students works with the software developers on coding games. According to Todd Coleman, Director of Technology and Innovation, “Sometimes people just have an aptitude for coding regardless of gender. Events like these are important to expose students to this industry to find if it is something they would be interested in and or have a natural aptitude. Coding is like learning a new language. You have your basic codes and build on that language as you learn.”
Greg Krabach, Senior Software Developer for HART, shared that he really likes working with youth, especially when it comes to technology like this coding event. “It is interesting to see how different people approach coding,” He said. “Some people move full forward and use a lot of trial and error and others tend to pre-plan their paths. Either way works, and adds to the huge social aspect of coding, because you will often be working with your team.”
Upon completing the coding activity there were many audible statements made by the students, such as, “I did it!”, “It worked!”, and “I am so proud of myself!” Mrs. Anastasia Desmond, Career Counselor for NDA explained, “We were proud of them as well. The girls took a chance, tried something new, and maybe found that they too have an aptitude for coding!”
MR. NDA is Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.Tickets are $10 and are expected to sell out quickly. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this beloved NDA tradition!
You did it! Now let’s do it AGAIN! Please. 😁 YOU nominated NDA as the BEST Private School and the BEST high School in the Toledo City Paper BEST of Toledo 2019! Follow the link below to put your final vote in for NDA in both categories! https://toledocitypaper.com/best-of-toledo-2019/#/gallery?group=330909
NDA is currently collecting gifts for men, women, and children for the annual Christmas in Appalachia Mission Trip. NDA is accepting small, new, unwrapped items such as: clothes, gloves, hats, blankets, toys, children’s books,school supplies, and boots! You are welcome to drop gifts at Notre Dame Academy at the main office by Wednesday, December 11, 2019. For over thirty years, NDA students and faculty have traveled to Harlan, Kentucky in December to celebrate Christmas with the residents of this small Appalachian community. The highlight of this trip is to provide a Christmas meal, entertainment (including a special visit from a jolly old man in a red suit) and of course giving gifts! Thousands of gifts are collected and wrapped by students, parents, and faculty and staff members of NDA.
Harlan County, wedged in a valley between two tree-lined ridge mountains in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, is a beautiful place. However, it is also one of the poorest communities in the United States as poverty and unemployment rates more than double the national average. The party put on by NDA now has over 500 guests. It includes a talent show and sing-song performed by students as well as a special visit from Santa. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of families, community members and local
businesses donate gifts, food, services and equipment, each child and adult receives two gifts.