Buddy Days on West 13th

Virtual Buddy Day

Homeroom Welcome to Notre Dame!
Period A: 8:28 – 9:08 Literature of Marginalized Voices
Period B: 9:11 – 9:51 Introduction to Choral Music
Period C: 9:54 – 10:34 French 1
Period D: 10:37 – 11:17 Introduction to Art
Period E: 11:20 – 12:00 Lunch
Period F: 12:03 – 12:43 Integrated Algebra
Period G: 12:46 – 1:26 Molecular Biology
Period H: 1:29 – 2:09 Global History 
Period I: 2:12 – 2:52 Theology – Curriculum and Mission
Extracurricular Activity Varsity Basketball – Coach

To learn more, please view the videos below and read the summaries where you will find additional information pertaining to each class or extracurricular activity.

Notre Dame's Virtual Buddy Day - 2021/22 School Year

Notre Dame School welcomes you to our Virtual Buddy Day – a video series that will allow you to explore Chez Nous from the comfort of your home. During this virtual experience, you will hear from our dedicated faculty and enthusiastic students as you make your way through a typical ninth grade class schedule.

** Please note - this virtual experience was filmed during the 2021/22 school year, so you will notice some students and teachers wearing masks. **

After “homeroom,” you may begin clicking through your class schedule, which includes all nine class periods. As we tell all our ND girls, be sure to “stay after school” to learn about our extracurricular activities!

We hope you enjoy your virtual buddy day and we look forward to welcoming you to Chez Nous one day very soon!

Period A – “Literature of Marginalized Voices” 

Essential Questions within this Course:
  1. What constitutes a marginalized community?
  2. Why and how are they marginalized?
  3. How can we make efforts to recognize these communities and hear their voices?
  4. How are their voices expressed in literature?
  5. How can we make connections between voices on the page and voices in society?

Period B – Intro to Choral Music

Choral Music explores group singing and the art of choral music. Students will learn repertoire from varying cultures, time periods, and genres through study and performance. The core curriculum emphasizes the basics of vocal techniques, sight reading, music theory, and music history. The course culminates with performances at the end of each semester.

Period C – French I

The goals of the Language Department are for students to achieve functional speaking proficiency in the target language (French or Spanish), to develop greater understanding and appreciation of cultures in other countries as well as their own country and community, and to master communication through the use of critical thinking and reasoning skills. Students acquire language proficiency through an integrated program, focusing on vocabulary development, conversation practice, and the mastery of basic structures.

Period D – “Introduction to Art” 

Introduction to Art teaches students the elements of art and the principles of design through the creation of original works of art, class critiques and discussions, and by studying examples from the artistic traditions of a variety of cultures throughout history.

Period E – Lunch

New as of 2012, the Notre Dame Commons is a place for our students to enjoy breakfast and lunch, chat, rehearse for a play or dance, study, and cherish their time Chez Nous. The Commons is a shared gift to the students, a place where all have the responsibility to live the Notre Dame values outside the structure of a classroom setting and, in turn, build up the ND community. The walls are reminders of all that makes up Notre Dame. On one wall is our mission, both in paragraph form and in a word cloud that takes the shape of Manhattan Island. On the next wall are select scenes of Anne de Xainctonge’s life, drawn by Notre Dame students. Further along this wall is an illustration of colored ribbons, each of which represents one of Anne’s values. The Manhattan skyline spans the third wall in creative depictions of famous NYC locations. On the fourth wall are three words, “enjoy,” “flourish,” and “learn,” which capture the spirit of the ND Commons.

Period F -"Integrated Algebra”

Integrated Algebra set forth here is not the algebra of 30 years ago; the focal point of this course is the algebra content strand. Algebra provides tools and ways of thinking that are necessary for solving problems in a wide variety of disciplines, such as science, business, social sciences, fine arts, and technology. This course will assist students in developing skills and processes to be applied using a variety of techniques to successfully solve problems in a variety of settings.

Period G – “Molecular Biology” 

The Science Department strives to engage students in the activities of scientific exploration, while challenging them to consider careers in science-related fields. Notre Dame’s newly equipped physical science and biological science laboratories offer students many opportunities for the hands-on experience demanded in science education. The science faculty is committed to a vision of science education that will make science literacy a reality for all our students and emphasize an approach that is discovery based.

Period H – “Global History and Geography” 

Ninth grade students take Global History and Geography as well as African American History. Global History and Geography students will have a clear understanding of human and physical geography.  Students will be able to apply critical thinking skills in making well-reasoned observations regarding the political, social, and economic aspects of the nations in both the developed and developing world.  Students will analyze the interdependence of the global economy both past and present. Students in Global Studies learn about the Ancient World through the Renaissance and Reformation. This course is intended to be built upon in the World History course.

Period I – “Theology” Curriculum Overview 

Based on Anne de Xainctonge’s strong pedagogical values curriculum, Notre Dame’s students are trained extensively in Ignatian Spirituality and Principles throughout their four years of required Theology courses. Catholic spirituality is instilled, alongside an understanding and respect for other faith traditions practiced throughout the world.
  • 9th Grade – Sacraments
  • 10th Grade – Scripture
  • 11th Grade – Morality
  • 12th Grade – World Religions, Church in the Modern World & Discernment

Extracurricular Activities - “Varsity Basketball” 

Notre Dame students choose from a wide range of extracurricular activities that enable them to pursue their interests and cultivate their talents both in and out of the classroom. Students are encouraged to join different activities to enrich their Chez Nous experience. From leadership activities to spiritual development programs, art club, spirit squad, academic groups to sports clubs and teams, Notre Dame offers something for everyone. While the tone of each group is set by our small size, the opportunities are tremendous.
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