Return Your Textbooks Please

The Textbook Rental Office is open to accept returns from students on Wednesday, January 28th and Thursday January 29th between 8:30 and 3:00pm.  All Semester 1 textbooks need to be returned in order to sign out textbooks for Semester 2, which will  begin on Friday, January 30th, 2015 by scheduled classes.  Student ID will be required.

ELA 30 PART A – Partial Exemptions

Partial Exemptions – Quest A+ Part A:  Written Response – English Language Arts 30-1 and 30-2

January 21 – Please click on the following link for an update from Alberta Education.

Jan 21st UPDATE: please note the updates below in bold.

“During the administration of the January 2015 English Language Arts 30-1 and 30-2 Part A (written response) diploma examinations, the Quest A+ examination system was temporarily unable to accommodate all of the concurrent examination writers.  This caused some delays to begin the examination and disruptions during the examination.  The outage affected students throughout the province, of whom about 1/3 (or about 8,000) examination writers were using the Quest A+ system.”

At Notre Dame, students were unable to access Quest A+.  Students completed the exam using pen and paper.

As a school we moved to a “plan B” (writing by hand) and provided students with additional writing time.  In any written-response diploma examination administration where technology is used, schools must have a contingency plan as per page 2 of the Administration Directives, Guidelines and Procedures Section in the General Information Bulletin.

“However, no student should be negatively impacted by circumstances beyond his or her control, and Alberta Education recognizes that individual circumstances exist where students were adversely impacted by this event.  In these circumstances, a partial exemption for the written response component of the diploma examination may be applied.”

“For a partial exemption, the final mark calculation will be:

  • 50% school-mark
  • 25% Part B
  • 25% Partial exemption mark that is calculated based on the school-awarded mark and the mark from the January 20 Part B: Reading part of the examination.  That calculation also considers these two marks relative to the marks of all other students in the province.

If the student chooses the partial exemption and would like to re-write, they can do so at no cost.”

UPDATE: For students who wish to choose a partial exemption, parents/guardian email Dan Gojmerac before noon on Friday January 23, 2015.

The option for a partial exemption does not apply to students who wrote the exam in the Science Learning Studio using pen and paper.

All Students will be expected to write Part B on January 20.

If students are interested in re-writing the English Language Arts 30-1 diploma examination in April or June or the English Language Arts 30-2 diploma examination in June, the fee to rewrite this examination will be waived.  More information on re-writing the English diploma exams will be available in February.

Please see the following letters regarding this issue below.

Jan 13 Quest A Plus Letter

Jan 15 Partial Exemption Letter

B&G Raffle – Bigger & Better


The BLUE & GOLD ATHLETIC SOCIETY is proud to have been a significant supporter of ND Athletics for the past 6 years. With the support of administration, teachers, coaches, and ND families; Blue and Gold has raised over $150,000.00 – WOW that is amazing!! 100% of this money has been allocated to ND Athletics. Some of the contributions include; new team uniforms, equipment for all sports (also used by the physical education program), tournament funding, provincial entry fees and travel expenses, year-end athletic banquet, and scholarships for male and female Athlete of the Year…….and much more!

Our fundraising efforts have been primarily accomplished with an Annual Raffle Draw and our Annual Silent Auction.  This year, our goal is to make the Raffle Draw “Bigger and Better” to maximize fundraising dollars.



  • $5000 Cash
  • $1500 Chinook/Market Mall Gift Card
  • $1000 Air Canada Gift Card
  • $500 Future Shop Gift Card
  • $300 Oasis Spa Gift Card
  • $200 Sobeys Grocery Gift Card
  • $200 Esso Gas Gift Card
  • $100 Boston Pizza Gift Card
  • $100 Starbucks Gift Card

Tickets are only $10 each and we hope we can count on your continued support. You can purchase tickets from any ND student athlete.

Notre Dame Athletes are asked to return to their sold tickets and money to Mr. Sartorelli in the Phys. Ed. Office. Cheques made out to Blue & Gold Athletic Society.

The raffle prizes will be drawn on March 21, 2015 at our Annual Silent Auction fundraiser which is always a fun-filled night of socializing, great food and music!!!

Notre Dame High School will soon be celebrating its 10th Anniversary and we can all be SO proud of what has been accomplished in these first 10 years!

Our Raffle Information Letter can be found by Clicking Here and a copy of our Raffle Rules can be found by Clicking Here.

We thank you for your amazing support over the past several years and hope you will help to make this fundraiser a huge success!

Blue & Gold Athletic Society

Graduation Information Package

An important Graduation Information Package was mailed home to all Grade 12 Notre Dame High School Students. It it important that all Grade 12 students have received this information in regards to the 2015 Graduation Ceremonies. If you did not receive the mail-out, you can obtain a copy of the information by clicking here. These documents are also posted on D2L in the Grad2015 Course. If your address has changed, visit the main office to provide them with your new address. Please continue to check this website and D2L for more graduation updates as the year progresses. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Solobay.

Stakeholder Satisfaction with Education in Alberta Telephone Surveys

As in previous years, the Ministry of Education will be conducting its annual stakeholder satisfaction telephone surveys to collect public, employer and other stakeholder perceptions of Alberta’s education system.

The surveys gather responses from a random sample of parents, the general public, business and industry (employers of recent high school graduates), high school students, teachers, principals, superintendents and school board trustees in the province.  The total number of completed surveys will be over 7,000, ensuring that survey results for each of the 11 respondent groups are statistically representative.  The survey responses are completely confidential, and only aggregate data will be reported.

The purpose of the surveys is to determine stakeholders’ satisfaction with:

•     the overall quality of the education system;

•     the education system meeting the needs of students and supporting our society and the economy;

•     schools providing a safe and caring environment for students;

•     preparation of students for lifelong learning, employment and active citizenship;

•     the education system having effective working relationships with partners and stakeholders;

•     leadership and continuous improvement of the education system;

•     knowledge, skills and abilities of recent high school graduates; and

•     facilities and equipment in the education system.

Your participation is important as it provides valuable information to help the ministry identify areas of strength and areas needing improvement, thus helping provide a more effective and accountable education system.  Some survey results are also used in specific business plan performance measures and will be reported in the ministry’s  2014-15 annual report.

CCI Research Inc. has been contracted to administer the telephone interviews beginning on January 8, 2015 and finishing at the end of February 2015.  A summary of the information resulting from the survey will be posted on Education’s website.  Last year’s survey instruments and survey results are available at

If you have questions about the survey, please contact Jim Peck, Acting Senior Manager, Corporate Planning Branch, at 780-422-1963 (dial 310-0000 first for toll-free access in Alberta) or