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Lead Learner: Principal Oliphant to Participate in School Retool Fellowship

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Friday, February 1, 2019
This Spring, Nazareth Prep Principal, Joseph Oliphant, will participate in the School Retool Fellowship focused on Deeper Learning for all students. The goal of the professional development fellowship is to equip school leaders to hack the culture within their schools in order to ensure students are prepared for the real world.  What is Deeper Learning? Well, Deeper Learning is much of what Nazareth Prep seeks to offer students: relevant, real-world learning experiences, peer-to-peer learning, student exhibitions and personalized post secondary pathway support while encouraging students to advocate for themselves by providing platforms for student voice and choice.  According to the School Retool website, “The Hewlett Foundation has identified six sets of competencies that research indicates are required for success: academic mindset, effective communication, collaboration, learning how to learn, critical thinking and mastery of academic content.”  For many of the students, parents, faculty and staff at Nazareth Prep this all sounds very familiar, as these same principals are pillars to how Nazareth Prep approaches teaching and learning, as highlighted in the Nazareth Prep Mindsets graphic below.
As a School Retool Fellow, Mr. Oliphant will participate in workshops, activities and projects that will augment his knowledge, skills and resources for enhancing Deeper Learning initiatives at Nazareth Prep.  The School Retool Fellowship is a collaborative program sponsored by IDEO, Stanford’s, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation with local logistics coordinated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.  We look forward to hearing more about Mr. Oliphant’s fellowship experience later this Spring and how he plans to put what he learns to work as Nazareth Prep begins to plan for the 2019-20 school year.  

Nazareth Prep Students Honor Ryan Shazier with Painting

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Last Tuesday, Sakiya and Xavier, both ninth graders at Nazareth Prep and recipients of the Art Rooney Memorial Scholarship, presented a painting to Ryan Shazier, the 2018 Ed Block Courage Award recipient.  The painting was a collaborative piece created by Nazareth Prep students and their Art Teacher, Amy Dimichele. The annual Courage House Luncheon is a fundraiser held in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the support of Art and Greta Rooney.  Shazier was selected by his teammates for the award that was given during the 26th annual Courage House Luncheon at Heinz Field.

During his remarks, Mr. Shazier said, “Less than one percent of people make the NFL, less than one percent of people make the Pro Bowl, less than one percent of people make All-Pro, and I was so grateful to make all these things, so when I got the opportunity and only 20 percent of people walk, I was like, ‘Hey, you don’t know who you’re talking to.'”

The Steelers and Holy Family Institute co-sponsor the event, with proceeds from the event benefiting Nazareth Prep.


Faculty Spotlight: Marlee Flaherty

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Nazareth Prep is proud of our accomplished and experienced faculty. This week we profile Freshman Cultural Literacy teacher Marlee Flaherty.

Marlee Flaherty is second careering as a classroom teacher.  She studied both at Columbia University and the London School of Economics to earn her BA.  In addition, she has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked both domestically and internationally in both for-profits and not-for-profits. This business background gives her a unique insight into many issues.  When discussing goals, objectives, classroom strategies, and more, her background helps to guide concepts to become “doable” and not remain “theoretical”. Marlee Flaherty is not only an advisor for NCCP student council but she has been selected to participate in 2 Classroom Without Border experiences – a trip to Poland with a Holocaust Survivor and a trip to Spain to study Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. She truly enjoys bring all her life experiences into her classroom.

Bishop Zubick Visits Nazareth Prep

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

On Monday February 12th Bishop David Zubick visited Nazareth Prep. The Bishop celebrated mass at the campus chapel with the NCCP staff and students. His sermon focused on the importance of maintaining Christian faith and values in the face of public opposition. 

After mass, the Bishop toured the school and visited several classrooms. He was very impressed with the innovative atmosphere of the classrooms as well as student engagement. 

The visit ended with Bishop Zubick meeting with NCCP faculty to discuss the rapid growth of the school and the deeper learning philosophy. 

Internship Feedback Spotlights of The Week

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Nazareth Prep students are employed as interns at companies throughout Pittsburgh. Here is a recent compilation of praise for the hard work our students are demonstrating at their worksites:

Adarian '18 "Adarian is a consistent pleasure to work with. We discovered that one our program ideas was not going to work and he spent some time researching alternatives and came up with several creative suggestions that we will explore further." - Robert Morris University

Hayden '19 "Hayden is very good at matching disparate data sets to provide more comprehensive information. Perseverance is another strong point for Hayden." - Peoples Natural Gas 

Shauna '18 "Shauna assisted with fundraising letters and YWCA's social justice book club, Novel Ideas." - YWCA of Greater PGH

Riley '18  "Riley spent time out on site today with one of our carpenters. I followed up with him afterwards and he said Riley did great, he was engaged and showed interest. He helped out by hauling 2x4's around site and helping with staging/install." - Massaro Construction

Amarie ' 20 "We had Amarie help in the Business Office today with different office tasks. The Manager of the Business Office was surprised at how efficient Amarie was and how quick she was able to complete the tasks at hand. We are happy to see Amarie excelling in the internship." - Glen Hazel Kane Nursing

Devlin '19 "Devlin is such a hardworking intern. He comes into the warehouse and immediately starts working without waiting around for someone to tell him what to do. He is also very kind and respectful."- PGH Spice and Seasoning

William '20 "William had a great week. He worked really well today and was very involved" - Rosedale Tech

The Nazareth Prep internship program gives our students the rare opportunity to learn real-world skills working in some of Pittsburgh's top companies. The program partners with over 100 local businesses and non-profits. Our corporate partners work with NCCP students to enhance their talents while providing assistance to offset the cost of tuition. To find out more about being an internship sponsor contact our internship team ( and someone from the team will be in touch.


NCCP Student An Asset To Giant Eagle

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Giant Eagle, one of the largest retailers in America, is thrilled with Rickayla, their Nazareth Prep intern. 

"Rickayla is very intelligent. She is an asset to my department. She really focuses on understanding her work and asks great questions. We are fortunate to have her with us" Giant Eagle wrote in a statement to Nazareth Prep. 

The Nazareth Prep internship program gives our students the rare opportunity to learn real-world skills working in some of Pittsburgh's top companies. The program partners with over 100 local businesses and non-profits. Our corporate partners work with NCCP students to enhance their talents while providing assistance to offset the cost of tuition. To find out more about being an internship sponsor contact our internship team (

NCCP Students Receive Early Christmas Gift

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Freshman Justice Pennix and Junior Kiarah Mitchell 

Eighty four hard working students from Nazareth Prep received an early Christmas present last night at Ross Park Mall.

The students, who earned a place on the honor roll or were close to honor roll, were treated to a shopping spree at Champ's Sports. Each student received a $200 gift card to the store, which was delivered by Pittsburgh Steeler Antonio Brown. The gift cards were provided by the Steelers, United Way and Champs Sports. 

Despite his torn calf muscle, Brown was all smiles as he interacted with the NCCP students. “It’s all about how you handle adversity,” said Brown. “If you play the game long enough you will experience adversity. You have to keep the right mentality. You have to hold true to your word. I made a commitment to the kids. I could have not been here, but I wanted to be here and share the experience and be hands on. It’s not the end of the world. I am still so blessed.”  

“The fact that he is staying true to a commitment that he had to do this, even in the face of injury, shows that he is an amazing role model to our students,” said Lisa Abel-Palmieri, Head of School and Chief Learning Officer for Holy Family. “He showed resilience and servant leadership, two of the Nazareth Prep mindsets we seek to build in students. What he is able to do is help our students feel and look good to match the effort they put into their grades and internship programs.”

The Nazareth Prep Internship program partners with over 100 local businesses and non-profits to offer our students the chance to utilize and develop their skills and interests in a workplace environment. Our corporate partners work with NCCP students to enhance their talents while providing assistance to offset the cost of tuition. To find out more about being an internship sponsor contact our internship team (


Antonio Brown Takes Kids on Holiday Shopping Spree 
Brown spreading some holiday joy
Steelers' Antonio Brown 'getting better' after suffering leg injury against Patriots

Robert Morris University Thanksgiving Dinner

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

On November 16, 2017 the nuclear medicine technology majors at Robert Morris University (RMU), junior class  sponsored a day of celebration with the students and faculty at NCCP at a Thanksgiving Dinner. The RMU students wanted to make a difference in the community and wanted to support as many people as possible and create a positive impact on the lives of others. This service learning project was funded through weeks of organized events to pay for this dinner. This event included a prayer service and post dinner activities and conversations. We would like to thank Robert Morris for everything that they have done!

March 2017 Newsletter

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Monday, March 27, 2017
Take a look at the March Newsletter to learn more about what is going on at Nazareth Prep this month.  News stories include:
  • A message from the Head of School
  • Important student life and college visit and ACT dates
  • Computer Science NCCP
  • 2017/2018 school year financial aid information
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