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March for Life 2020

We are so proud of our students and faculty who are attending the March for Life in Washington DC!
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Angela Schaefer is the Head of the Science Department at NDHS. She teaches Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry. Angela has served Notre Dame students in the classroom for 33 years. In addition to her classes, Angela is the Chairperson for Students Against Drunk Drivers and the Substance Abuse Prevention Team.Thank you Angela for being Christ to so many!

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Angela Schaefer felt God’s call several years ago when she made a pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy, to learn more about St. Francis of Assisi, who gave up a life of privilege to live a simpler life of poverty.

“I heard the call then – that God was calling me to help feed the needy,” said the Notre Dame Regional High School science teacher.

She didn’t act on the call right away, but said God “has a way of pushing me.”

When she learned about Jesus in Disguise Food Pantry in Benton through a fellow teacher, she started volunteering. After a while, she asked about how the pantry acquired food. It sparked an idea of how she and her students could help.

Today Schaefer and her students are among the pantry’s major contributors. Their most recent contribution was cereal – nine tables of boxes stacked three feet high.

“She brings us a lot of food,” said Frank Glueck, who helps oversee the pantry. “She’ll ask, ‘What do you need?’ and then she brings it.”

Schaefer’s action plan is a simple one. She offers opportunities for Notre Dame students in various classes to earn extra credit by bringing in peanut butter, cereal, tuna – whatever the current need may be. Students also help deliver the items to the food pantry.

“Some kids would sell their mother to get extra credit,” she said and laughed. “I tell their parents I’m saving their grades and their souls at the same time.”


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Happy Epiphany

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. Epiphany means "to shine upon," "to manifest," or “to make known.”  In Spanish-speaking countries, The Epiphany is called Dia de los Reyes, meaning "Three Kings' Day." 

'After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.  And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.' 
-- Matthew 2:9-11

you revealed your Son to the nations
by the guidance of a star.
Lead us to your glory in heaven
by the light of faith.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever. Amen

The Liturgy of the Hours

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Notre Dame Regional High School hosted their 20th Annual Living Nativity on Friday, Dec. 13. 

Director of Campus Ministry, Sarah Strohmeyer said it’s become quite a tradition at the school, taking place each year following communion at their Advent Christmas Liturgy. 

As is the case with many traditions at Notre Dame, the living nativity started with the appointment of Brother David in 1999. A member of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, the former principal decided to give his students the opportunity to be involved in the solemn commemoration of Jesus’ birth, especially considering its attribution to St. Francis. 

“[St. Francis] was trying to teach the townspeople about the birth of Jesus. So he called local farmers in Greccio, Italy to bring their livestock, called a family who had a baby, and illustrated what that story is,” said Strohmeyer. “It’s important for our students to see the living nativity, and I love the way we do it.” 

A senior girl and boy are selected each year to play Mary and Joseph, with several students standing near as what Strohmeyer said can be understood as “angels.” 

“We have them walk down the center aisle two-by-two, onto the stage. They’re followed by Mary and Joseph, who are in costume,” said Strohmeyer. “We always have a baby from a couple in the community to play Jesus, and many times it’s the child of one of our teachers.” 

This year, Jesus was portrayed by the daughter of Notre Dame science teacher, Josie Menz. Once she was placed in Mary’s arms, faculty member Anita Layton read the poem, One Solitary Life by James Allen Francis, followed by a performance by Notre Dame’s Concert Choir. Strohmeyer said this moment has always been symbolic to her. 

“It’s kind of like they’re offering their child to the Blessed Mother,” said Strohmeyer. “Then, when the couple comes back to get their baby, it’s like the Blessed Mother then gives her child to the world.” 

Joseph was portrayed by senior Blake Morris, who said the living nativity is a great opportunity to prepare everyone for the coming of Christ. 

“It gets everybody in the spirit and sets the tone for the rest of the season,” said Morris. 

Senior Abbey Brandon was selected to act as the Blessed Mother and despite a fussy baby Jesus, was still able to appreciate the opportunity. 

“It was probably really hard for [Mary] because no one would take her in, and she had to go to a stable to give birth to the Son of God. But she was still accepting of her situation,” said Brandon. 

“Normally in textbooks, we’re just looking at a picture. But when you’re seeing the live nativity, you get to see real people, and it’s a clearer image than just reading about it.”

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ND Robotics Team Hosts Meet

Notre Dame hosted two FTC Skystone meets on Saturday, December 14.  Teams earn points towards advancement to the First Tech Challenge State Qualifier.  Team MotorDame finished 7th out of 11 teams in the morning.    The team finished 7th out of 9 teams in the afternoon. Team members are Eli Youngblood, Abigail Michael, Victor Thomas, Glenn Keesee, Joe Prost, Riley Baird, Zach Graham, Sam Brucker, and Nichole Mattes. They are coached by Ben Hinton, Jeff Worley, Mary Beth Vollink and Robert Michael.

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NHS Toy Drive 2019

National Honor Society hosted a Toy Drive on Tuesday. Students and Faculty brought in over 1500 toys. These toys will be distributed to migrant children in Southern Illinois and through Jaycee's Toybox.  Thank you ND Families for your generosity!

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Senior Blake Morris signed a letter of intent to run for the University of Missouri-Columbia. Blake set several records on ND's Cross Country course before finishing 7th at the State Meet this year. Blake will continue to run for the Bulldogs this Spring in Track.

Congratulations Blake!

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Peer Helpers at NDHS

The Notre Dame Peer Helpers have spent the first semester leading the freshman class through fun, team-building experiences.  These juniors and seniors have volunteered time in the summer as well as once per schedule rotation to be trained outside of the school day on the variety of activities they administer.  In addition to team-building, freshmen were asked to reflect on time management and organization, verbal and non-verbal communication, leadership styles, and how their personal qualities may relate to that of their peers, parents, and teachers.  The final session culminated with Peer Helper Olympics, a group relay event!  We appreciate the participation of the freshmen in the variety of interesting activities that got them out of their comfort zone and helped them come together with  a common goal! 

A huge thank you to the Peer Helper team for their commitment to welcoming and getting to know the freshmen!


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Yearbook Staff Wins Award

Notre Dame Regional High School's Yearbook Class was recently awarded the Jostens 2018-2019 National Yearbook Program of Excellence.  This award is in recognition of outstanding performance of advisor and staff for 2018-2019.  Left to right: Pictured with the award: Juniors Nathan Karnes, Slaten Vowels, Audrey Jaco; seniors Abigail Roark, editor, and Mason Galemore; and junior Macey Ives. Congratulations Mrs. Dinah Seabaugh and students!
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"Notre Dame extended its defense all game Thursday in the SEMO Conference Tournament championship game against Jackson at Cape Girardeau Central and easily won the title with a 52-34 victory."


Congratulations Lady Bulldogs and Coaches Kirk Boeller and Matt Floyd!


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