As with all endeavors, our faculty, staff, and administration stayed committed to nurturing the mind, body, and spirit of our students. Even in cyberlearning, we stayed true to the cherished Notre Dame traditions and celebrations including: Morning and Friday Prayer, Live-Streamed Mass, Campus Ministry Padlet and Meets, Peer Leadership Induction Ceremony, World Language National Honor Society Induction, College Information Sessions, Counseling Sessions, Spring Play Table-read, Spring Arts Festival, Winter Sports Awards, Teacher/Staff Person of the Year Presentations, Yearbook Dedication, Candle Rose Ceremony, Senior Signing Day, Athletic Team Meets and Coach Visits to players’ homes, Strength and Conditioning Workouts and Training Sessions, Friday Night Highlights and Senior Gifts, Senior Swag Bag and Lawn Sign Distributions, Post Prom in a Box and Online Meet, Live Streamed Senior Awards Ceremony, Live-streamed Baccalaureate, Individual Senior Graduations and a Virtual Graduation Ceremony.
In terms of the social, emotional and spiritual health of our students during COVID-19, Principal Barlow stated that, "Notre Dame did cyber learning the best! From academics to student life experiences Notre Dame did not skip a beat. During quarantine incidents of loneliness, depression, and anxiety have risen amongst teens globally. Because of the experience provided by dedicated faculty, counselors, coaches, staff and administrators Notre Dame saw a decline in these areas. Students were engaged, connected, challenged, and supported. Whether on the physical or virtual campus Notre Dame truly is a great place to be a teenager."
A parent recently commented, “ND did an outstanding job pivoting from classroom teacher to a virtual classroom. In addition, the coaches did an amazing job keeping their teams motivated, engaged and energized. Amazing effort by everyone!”
Throughout the summer, Notre Dame’s administration and staff will be preparing to open our Notre Dame doors for the 2020-2021 school year. Updates about our reopening will continue to be shared with the community throughout the summer. We will continue to monitor, adjust, and adapt as we receive information from the Diocese and the Governor.
This year, more than ever, we rose to the challenge and adapted to the staggering changes that faced Notre Dame and our nation. We remained flexible and strengthened our resolve. As we close the doors on this school year, we ask that you take time to rest, relax, and recharge. God has a plan, and we are blessed to be able to carry out His plan together.
Principal Barlow, President Jennings, and the rest of the Notre Dame Family look forward to welcoming the new school year with all of our students, faculty, and staff.