Notre Dame Catholic School Annual Report - Page 2

Dear Notre Dame Catholic Community:

Looking back at the 2016-2017 school year, there are so many things to be proud of as our students engaged in new and different educational practices in the classroom and continued our school’s tradition of excellence in extracurricular competition. The Knights football team made a return trip to the State Title game, an organized Chess Team began competition during the school year, and our Notre Dame Catholic School Band won the TAPPS State Title. In our classrooms, we successfully introduced a Latin Root word program into grades K-7, started to introduce more Nature Studies into our elementary science instruction, incorporated the study of quality literary selections and Great Books into all grade levels, and introduced more seminar discussions into the educational experience for our older students. Finally, we closed out the year by sending off 22 graduates to places from Austin to Kansas and even to discern their vocation in seminary. All in all, it was another successful year for Notre Dame Catholic School.

As we move into the 2017-2018 school year, we have adopted the key word “Onward” to offer context to our work at Notre Dame. In social media, you may see the tag #oNwarD. This represents how we are firmly rooted in our history (the school fight song is “Onward to Victory”) yet are making progress towards the future of Notre Dame Catholic School. This is a future that includes continuing to integrate more classical methods of instruction into the classroom, includes the addition of courses in Logic & Rhetoric and Great Conversations into the high school program, and includes continuing to spiritually and intellectually form our students in wisdom and in virtue. This future has been made all the more clear by Bishop Michael Olson’s appointment of Father Keith Hathaway to be the Chaplain for Notre Dame Catholic School.

The future of Notre Dame Catholic School is bright and it is both a great privilege and a great responsibility for us to take what has been entrusted to us from over fifty years of history at Notre Dame and prepare for the next fifty years. But we do so in confidence because we know of the great support that we receive from all of you in our community and because we trust in God’s providence. Please continue your support and prayers for Notre Dame Catholic School.


Warmest Regards

Michael W Edghill, MA


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