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UPPER LEVEL USED BOOK SALE – NEW DATE: MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2018 in the Middle Level Gym

Each spring the Student Council holds a Used Book Sale to provide Upper Level students with an opportunity to sell their textbooks that will be used in the next school year to current and incoming students and to purchase any textbooks that will be used during the upcoming year at reduced prices.  Not only are the prices extremely reasonable and often better than those of other used booksellers, but if your daughter changes classes, for example, a simple book exchange can be done in school.  Following the Used Book Sale, monies from the sale of books will be sent to graduating Seniors and will be credited to current students’ accounts.  Any books that are not sold can either be returned to you or be held until the following year for sale in the 2019 Used Book Sale.


In May, Upper Level students will receive detailed information on how to sell their books in the Used Book Sale.  Your daughter will need to ask her teachers to price any books that will be used next year and can be sold in the sale.  She will then place a slip of paper inside each book indicating the price and that the book is hers.  During Exam Week after each Exam Day, she will place these books in a designated location for the Used Book Sale.  At that time, she will also need to submit a full list of all books that she is selling.  She will receive all of these directions and documents and will need to follow the aforementioned steps in order to sell her books at the 2018 Used Book Sale.I
If you are interested in purchasing used books, we hope you will be able to attend the 2018 Used Book Sale on June 11th.  The schedule for current and incoming students is below. At the sale, we will provide lists of books organized by course and phase that can be purchased in used condition for you to use when you arrive at your designated time. Full book lists will not be available at this time and will be sent to you over the summer for use in purchasing additional books for the 2018-2019 school year.  Books are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  Please arrive through the main entrance.  Numbers will be distributed in the foyer prior to each scheduled sale.

Used Book Sale Schedule:

  • Rising SENIORS                       11:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Only members of the class of 2019 may attend at this time)

  • Rising JUNIORS                       11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. (Only members of the class of 2020 may attend at this time)

  • Rising SOPHOMORES             12:15 – 1:00 p.m. (Only members of the class of 2021 may attend at this time)

  • Rising FRESHMEN                  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Only cash and checks are accepted at the sale. Please note that the Upper Level Used Book Sale is separate from the Middle Level Used Book Sale.  Questions may be directed to Mrs. Christine Connelly at


NDP Names Students to NAHS

Twenty-one students were inducted into NDP's National Art Honor Society! Congratulations to inductees: Rachel Borzymowskim Caroline Connor, Charlotte Doyle, Julia Green, Gloria Healy,  Ananda Jagadesan, Julia Marine, Anna Ng  Nguyen, Chloe Ober, Julia Olaguer, Keagan Plume, Addison Rahl, Kaitlin Reiners, Alexandra Roros, Katherine Schwab , Isabella Silvis, Renae Stamas, Ottavia Steckel,  Elizabeth Sudano,  Mary Tadeo,  Claire Walsh

Mock Trial Team Places Second

Notre Dame Preparatory School achieved second place in the annual Maryland State Association Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Citizenship Law Related Education Program in cooperation with the Maryland Judicial Conference Public Awareness Committee, Maryland State Bar Association, and Maryland State Department of Education. 

Participating students included: (Lawyers) Grace Sullivan, Marianna Ghirardelli, and Nicole Bulgarino; (Witnesses) Grace Chubb, Ruby Baden, and Lizzy Baummer; (Bailiff) Hannah Stack; (other team members) Erin Dodson, Lilianna Callahan, Maura Schlee, Hannah Rossbach, Ashley Drumm, and Ally Goucher.  Thank you to our wonderful lawyer coaches The Hon. Kathleen G. Cox and John P. Cox, Esq.  

Kudos for Scholastic Art & Writing Award

We are pleased to announce that eighth grader Leonie Baschat was awarded a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her flash fiction piece. This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted. Only the top 1% were recognized at the national level! Congratulations, Leonie! 

 In the Annual Letters about Literature compeition, the following NDP students placed:

  • Level 2 Division (grades 7 & 8): Emma Kozak ‘21 – Split Second;  Sofia Rest ’21 – Night
  • Level 3 Division (grades 9-12): Molly Brady ‘18 – To Kill A Mockingbird; Caroline Campbell ’20 – Ninth Ward; Alexandra Charney ’18 – “If”; Angela Estavillo ’18 – The Killing Sea; Hiya Sawhney  ’18 – Ishmael
  • NDP had the most finalists of any school in Division 3! 
  • Congratulations to all of the students and the English Department!

Young Artists Showcase

Three pieces by NDP students were included in the Young Artists Showcase exhibit sponsored by the Timonium Optimists and Towson Arts Collective.  Zarina Davies ’17 won a third place in the photography category for her photo Displacement, which she made for the AP Studio with WE Service class.  Haley Metzger ‘18 exhibited an expressive self-portrait drawing called I Dream, Therefore I Am, and Tavi Steckel ‘20 exhibited a watercolor narrative still life called Per Mia Nonno.


Love Your Tree

In the annual Love Your Tree competition, sponsored by the Sheppard Pratt Center for Eating Disorders, NDP student Gretchen Beernink ’19 won first place in the high school awards (see poster above). Tavi Steckel ‘20 and Megaela Minutella ’17 received honorable mentions for their posters. 


NDP Youth & Government Powerhouse

At the Maryland Youth and Government Pre-Legislative Conference, 12 of NDP’s 33 participants won top positions! Special thanks is extended to Y&G moderators Mike Ellis and Mary O’Hara. Congratulations to the following NDP students who will be our leaders for the Maryland State Annapolis Conference this April:

  • Governor—Grace Sullivan ‘17
  • Lt. Governor—Grace Chubb ‘17
  • Speaker of the House—Hannah Schiavone ‘19
  • Clerk of the Senate—Katie Lorenz ‘19
  • Supreme Court Chief Justice—Ally Ewers ‘17
  • Head Lobbyist—Taylor Andrews ‘17
  • Transportation & Finance Chairperson—Lilliana Callahan ‘19
  • Environment & Natural Resources Chairperson—Erin Dodson ‘19
  • Health & Welfare Chairperson—Caroline Borja ‘19
  • Secretary of Crime & Judiciary—Annabelle Somarriba ‘19
  • Secretary of Commerce & Government Matters—Nicole Bulgarino ‘17
  • Secretary of Transportation & Finance—Maura Schlee ‘19

NDP Teacher Wins National Award

Click here to read an article that appeared in The Baltimore Sun/Towson Times

Mrs. Mary Agnes Sheridan, NDP’s Middle Level STEAM coordinator and mathematics teacher, has been selected as a recipient of a  most prestigious, national honor—the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)’s “Lead. Learn. Proclaim.” Award!  Mrs. Sheridan was one of 42 teachers selected from more than 150,000 Catholic elementary and secondary school educators nationwide for this prestigious award.  James Pavlacka, director of Leadership Development at the NCEA remarked, “The excellence that these teachers display is an inspiration to all of us who work in Catholic education.”  Mrs. Sheridan will receive this award at the NCEA 2017 Convention in St. Louis in April, 2017. 

The “Lead. Learn. Proclaim.” Award honors educators who demonstrate a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability, skills, and results. Mrs. Sheridan’s love for her students, her commitment to excellence, her visionary leadership, and her deep Catholic faith make her a tangible expression of the NCEA's Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award. As one of her colleagues expressed, “Mary Agnes embraces and proclaims the school mission to ‘educate and empower girls to become women who transform the world.’ She strives to answer God’s call ‘…to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God’ in all that she does.”

We are grateful to Mrs. Sheridan for living out her teaching vocation at NDP.  The integration of her outstanding leadership, her passion for teaching and learning, her ability to inspire her students and colleagues, and her daily witness to her Catholic faith makes her an outstanding teacher, exemplary role model, and wonderful community member.  “Mrs. Sheridan truly has an infectious love of mathematics as well as a graceful approach with her students,” wrote an NDP parent. Another parent described Mrs. Sheridan’s commitment to her students in the following words: "Mrs. Sheridan is really an angel in disguise. If there is such a thing as a Math Angel that would describe [her] very well."

We are proud of Mrs. Sheridan and thank the NCEA for their recognition of her. She is a treasure to us and to Catholic education. As one of our sixth graders wrote, “I feel safe in speaking for all students when I say that we at Notre Dame Preparatory School are lucky and blessed to have Mrs. Sheridan in our lives.” 

NDP Student Artwork Shown at Walters

"My Openness to Experience," a drawing by Julia Marine '20, is on exhibit at the Walters Art Museum as part of the Maryland Art Education Association exhibit. Julia is NDP's 2016 Gateway Talent in the Visual Arts scholarship recipient.