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Opening Prayer Service

The Opening Prayer Service for the 2018-19 school year was held on Friday, August 24th. 

Brother David set the tone of the year by asking students and faculty to keep their eyes on the Cross.  Everything we do should be with Christ in our minds and in our hearts.  As the cross was held before each class, he blessed each class.  He finished by blessing the faculty.

Our prayer is that all faculty and students have a blessed school year.  Through the ups and downs that may come this year, may we all keep our eyes on the Cross!


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To protect the textbooks, the Media Center has asked that all books have a cover.  Mrs. Powderly went old school with the Sociology Classes and taught students how to cover in paper bags.  

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New Chromebooks were added to classrooms this summer including Mrs. Timpe's Sophomore Theology class.  Mrs. Timpe has been utilizing the chromebooks in her daily instruction.  

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Letters from Clare is a new program launched this school year.  Saint Clare and Saint Agnes communicated via hand written letters personally carried back and forth between Bohemia and Assisi by Franciscan Friars as they made their dangerous travels on foot across Europe.  ND alumni wrote letters to this year's freshman class, welcoming them to the ND family and letting them know someone is praying for them. Letters were handed out in Theology classes. 

Thank you alumni who participated in the program! We continue to pray for you!



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ND Faculty, Staff and the Senior Class welcomed the newest members of the ND family during Freshman Orientation. 

Day 1 began with an assembly, homeroom and classes.  During lunch hours, freshman picked up their books and set up their lockers with the help of the seniors.  The day ended with a prayer service in the gym.

Day 2 was the freshman retreat day.  Presentations took place in Drury Hall.  The morning ended with the first freshman class Liturgy.  

A big thank you to the seniors for making the Class of 2022 feel so welcome! Thank you Mrs. Seabaugh, Mrs. Layton and Mrs. Tomaszewski for pictures.


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Ten ND students and two faculty members attended the TRACTION Conference ~ "Teens Taking TRACTION to Prevent Traffic Crashes" July 22-24, 2018 at the Drury Plaza in Cape.  This conference was sponsored by the Cape Girardeau Police Department and the Missouri Department of Transportation / Highway Safety and Traffic Division.  These students are members of the SADD Club at Notre Dame and came up with an action plan at the conference to promote safe, sober driving and seatbelt usage at Notre Dame.

Seniors:   Brent Glenzy, Kristen Shrum, Ashley Hanners, Sydney McClintock, Kassidy Leimbach, Jamie Barnes
Junior:    Maddie Hulshof
Sophomores:   Ellie Fennewald, Avri O'Daniel
Freshman:     Brock Hulshof
Staff Advisors:    Angie Schaefer and Ruth Ann Hester

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Classes have begun at Saint Francis Xavier in Sikeston with a little help from some ND students. Current ND students and Saint Francis Xavier Alumni assisted during the 1st Day of School by opening car doors, escorting students to class, helping parents carry school supplies, and welcoming families to a new school year.  What a great example to the grade school students! 

A big thank you to Drew Barber (2021), Madelyn Elledge (2020), Jack Klueppel (2020), Maggie Eby (2020), Bella Ruth Steward (2022), Vincent Klueppel (2022), Paige Barber (2020).

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In July, Notre Dame graduate Aaron Arnzen participated in his first bikepacking race: the 2018 Trans South Dakota. Not only did he finish second overall, but along with the first place competitor, broke the previous record held for the 740-mile race by almost an entire day.


At 8 a.m. on July 20, Arnzen took off from the Black Hills in South Dakota with 23 other bikers. He’d been training since February to handle the self-supported nature of the race. 


“You know, so many things go into it. Being able to ride your bike a lot, of course,” said Arnzen. “But especially things like nutrition, hydration, shelter, and how and where you’ll take care of each.”


The race was also untraditional in the sense that riders would not be traveling on smooth pavement.


“We were biking on gravel roads, B-roads, service roads, and even a bit of single track, which required mountain biking,” said Arnzen.


Considering these circumstances, he used a gravel bike, which classifies as a mountain bike, but with a road bike frame. This wasn’t his only form of transportation for the whole 740 miles, though. When Arnzen hit Pierre, the state capital of South Dakota, as part of the course, he paddled 5 miles down the Missouri River.


“We basically had to pop off the wheels of our bikes, and attach them to a packraft, an inflatable boat,” said Arnzen.


In terms of rest, Arnzen didn’t get much. He said there were many ways to approach sleeping and the accommodations necessary to do so.


“It’s much more enjoyable sleeping in the day and riding at night, considering the heat,” said Arnzen.


He brought along a bivy to sleep in and a pyramid tent, which fit both him and his bike and withstood a bit of harsh weather, including hail. The first night, he set up the bivy nearly a mile down from Mount Rushmore and slept for only four hours. The second and third nights, Arnzen crashed at hotels for short 4-5 hour visits. A fight for the top 3 positions caused Arnzen to ride through his last night.


Only 8 miles behind the biker in first place, Arnzen took a quick 2 hour nap before biking his last 160 miles, and finished at 2:02 a.m.


Arnzen completed the race in 4 days, 18 hours, and 2 minutes, an hour and a half behind first place. The previous course record averaged around 5 days and 8 hours.


On saving time, Arnzen had to get creative, and recommended doing things on your bike that you would typically do while standing.


“You can save a few minutes here and there, and if you do that a couple of days in a row, maybe save an hour or two,” said Arnzen. “It’s fun as well, like, ‘Hey, can I brush my teeth while I’m riding?’”


And, he wasn’t completely alone.


“The cool thing about these events - although there are things at stake and it’s at the core a race - everybody’s in it for each other,” said Arnzen. “Of course, you’re not going to put yourself in a burdening position to help, but if someone can help out, they’re by all means going to do so.”


Arnzen plans on competing in the Colorado Trail Race and the Arizona Trail Race next year, and hopes to make it to the Tour Divides - a 2,800-mile race which follows the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Banff, Canada to Antelope Wells, New Mexico - in the summer of 2020.


“This race was a great stepping stone, and good event to either say ‘never again” or ‘I’d do it again,” said Arnzen. “I took a shot into the unknown. Be willing to try new things and learn from them, instead of being turned down from negative results.”


Arnzen graduated from Notre Dame in 2012, and currently works at Cyclewerx in Cape Girardeau.

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