Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) brought about many significant changes impacting every aspect of our lives this past year – including how we educate our students. As a school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, NDA was well prepared for the countless challenges brought about by COVID-19 in 2020. Leading the way in educational technology, Notre Dame Academy was well positioned to take on the task of virtual instruction and COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Committed to academic excellence, our dedicated faculty members have worked tirelessly to keep our students on track throughout this monumental shift in education. Most importantly though, as a Catholic high school dedicated to Mary, this year at Notre Dame Academy, we have focused on our deep faith and living the Gospel message of Jesus.
As 2020 draws to a close, we would like to thank the Sisters of Notre Dame who, for well over a century, have prepared our community of learners for whatever life has to offer. They have taught us that even in the darkness, God is there for us, lifting us up and giving us hope. We would also like to express our gratitude to our faculty for providing a rich education, grounded in the SND tradition and charism. We would like to show our appreciation for our NDA families, alumnae and friends who have continued to support our school in so many ways this past year. Finally, we would like to thank our students for being beacons of hope to a world in need. We are very proud of these young women and the maturity and courage with which they have handled this past year. They have been flexible, adaptable and creative and they have done what NDA Pandas are prepared to do – they have persevered trusting in the good God and finding grace and joy in lifting one another up. We are amazed and inspired by the resilient young women of Notre Dame Academy each and every day.
We wish our entire Notre Dame Academy community a very healthy and happy New Year!
Dr. Laura Dickman Koehl ’75