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  Issue #297
  November 20, 2015 
Mission Statement
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin is a Catholic,
co-educational, college preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
Like Mary, who gave Christ to the world, NDCL educates leaders who transform the world, as Jesus did, by living the truth in love.
Core Values
New ‘Lion Time’ expands students’ options, increases academic help availability by 70%
Next week NDCL will launch "Lion Time," a major enhancement to our popular 30-minute activity block in the middle of the school day.
Time to set your watch
for Lion Time!

From 10:50 AM to 11:20 AM every day but Monday, all students will be able to choose from a variety of supervised activities. Previously, juniors and seniors had access to a more limited range of activities, while freshmen and sophomores reported to study halls.
"We envision students using Lion Time to accomplish many different tasks of their choice," explained Dean of Students Mr. Chris Poulos. "Within a limited timeframe and with appropriate supervision, they'll develop the skill of being independent,  which includes making daily choices about the best options for their success."
Mr. Poulos identified several key benefits of Lion Time for all NDCL students:
  • The number of teachers available to provide extra academic help to students will increase 70%. Previously, these teachers were usually unavailable because they were assigned to supervise freshman and sophomore study halls.           
  • Academic help is now available in all subject areas.
  • Students can take full advantage of the technology and other resources in the new Sisters of Notre Dame Learning Commons with the help of Media Specialist Mrs. Amy Myers and several teachers.    
  • Students who prefer to study in quiet can go to designated silent rooms.       
  • Weekly Mass and Reconciliation will be celebrated with Chaplain Father James Caddy in the Chapel.  
  • Students can now practice every day for the ACT using the Method Test Prep online program with the help of a teacher.    
  • Students can make up some tests, quizzes, and labs. Longer assessments will require extra time before or after school.
  • Students can get some exercise and blow off some steam in supervised athletic activities in McGarry Gym and Baker Gym.  
  • Students can participate in campus ministry activities, club meetings, and other gatherings, including sessions with college representatives.    
  • Students use the computer labs to complete assignments, projects, and other academic tasks.  
  • Students can even gather around the "kitchen table" for discussions in the Family and Consumer Science room!
"We see Lion Time as an important part of our effort to help our students practice the personal decision-making and time-management skills that will be so crucial in college and throughout their lives," Mr. Poulos said. "We want to help them learn how to live well not just intellectually, but also physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually."

Placement exam numbers set 5-year record,
additional exam scheduled for December 5
The weather we’ve had in October and November isn’t the only thing breaking records.
According to Director of Admissions Mr. Michael Suso, the number of eighth graders taking NDCL's placement exam has reached a five-year high. The number of students shadowing here and the number of families visiting us for Open House are also at the highest levels in the past five years.
Because of this strong interest in NDCL, we have added a placement exam on Saturday, December 5, from 8:30-10:30 AM. Register for this exam online.
If you have questions about the admissions process or would like to schedule a shadow visit, email Mr. Suso or call him at 440.279.1088.

Football, cheerleading awards on Nov. 30
Our Athletic Department will salute the achievements of our student-athletes in football and football cheerleading with an awards ceremony on Monday, November 30, at 7:00 PM in McGarry Gym.

Celebrating our champs
How sweet it is!

We doubled up our celebration of  the Lions' back-to-back state volleyball championship with two special days of Lion Pride this week.    
The festivities included back-to-back Lion Pride dress down days on Thursday and Friday. Students also competed to win Chipotle gift cards in a volleyball serving contest in McGarry Gym on Thursday.
On Friday, Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler treated students and staff to special "back-to-back banana splits" at lunch. 

TOPPING IT OFF: Junior CJ Natale puts the finishing touch on his banana split during Friday's celebration of the volleyball team's back-to-back state championship.
WASTE NOT, WANT NOT: Junior Ryan MacDonald polishes off what's left in one of the five-gallon tubs of ice cream on Friday. 
GOOD HUMOR MAN: Junior Randy Cumley makes his way through the banana split buffet. 

Help us begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy
by making Christmas brighter for kids in need
Pope Francis has declared a Holy Year of Mercy for the entire Catholic Church to begin on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The pope has described this jubilee as a time to heal, to help, and to forgive.
At NDCL, we will begin our celebration of the Jubilee of Mercy by helping  to bring Christmas to children in need at Metro Catholic School, where our Sisters of Notre Dame have ministered for many years.
We will be sponsoring 25 children, with each child receiving four gifts: one toy and three needed clothing items.  Students, teachers, classes, departments, teams, groups of friends, or families may participate by sponsoring one or more gifts on our Giving Tree.   
To help make Christmas brighter for a child in need, all you need to do is take a tag from the tree for a particular gift, purchase that gift, and return it wrapped to the chapel by December 11.  Each gift should be valued under $25.
Questions?  Call Campus Ministry at 440.279.1060.    

Join us for Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass on December 8
We warmly invite parents and other relatives to join us for the celebration of the Eucharist on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This day also marks the start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Roman Catholic Church worldwide.
Mass will begin at 9:15 AM in McGarry Gym. Please enter the building through the McGarry lobby, where you will be able to obtain a visitor's pass.

Time to apply for Cleveland Clinic internships
The Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Civic Education Initiatives’ internship programs give northeastern Ohio middle and high school students the opportunity to learn and work alongside world-renowned caregivers at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus, regional hospitals, and family health centers. Through their experiences in these programs, students gain exposure to healthcare fields and careers, cultivate their 21st century skills, and find practical, real-world applications for their academic knowledge.
Over the past several years, NDCL has become a regional leader in the number of students awarded these prestigious internships. Last summer seniors Danya Lynn MacDonald and Cara Pannell and junior Madeline Spicer joined a long line of NDCL interns at the Clinic. If you click on Danya and Cara's names, you can view their impressive video presentations of their research projects.
As you might expect, the application process for the Clinic's internship program is highly competitive with rigorous selection criteria. Our school counselors have developed a very effective program to help our students successfully navigate the application process.
The counselors will contact eligible students and their parents next week, but it is not too early to learn more about the amazing benefits of an internship by visiting The Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Civic Education Initiatives website.

Plan ahead for college financial aid program on December 3
NDCL's Office of College, Counseling, and Support Services will sponsor a college financial aid program for seniors and their parents on Thursday, December 3, at 6:30 PM in the Pat and Janet O’Brien Center for the Performing Arts.
The program will feature Kristie Lillibridge, Associate Director of University Financial Aid at Case Western Reserve University, and Ann Marie Gruber, Associate Director of Financial Aid at Lakeland Community College.
Online registration is required. 

LifeAct helps sophomores learn to recognize, respond to signs of depression, suicide
In partnership with University Hospitals and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, this week a trained instructor from LifeAct led all sophomores through a critical component of our school counseling programming: recognizing the symptoms of depression and the warning signs of suicide.
The 80-minute interactive presentations helped students identify both the outward signs of depression and the appropriate ways to seek help for themselves or other students who may be struggling emotionally.
LifeAct's high school program has been presented to more than 150,000 students in Northeast Ohio since 2000. NDCL has partnered with LifeAct for the past decade.

Softball team sponsors Chipotle fundraiser
on Tuesday, December 1
Help our fast-pitch softball team fund its spring trip to Florida while enjoying some delicious food at Chipotle in Eastgate on Tuesday, December 1, from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
The fundaiser couldn't be simpler: All you need to do is show the cashier this flyer on your phone, and the team will receive 50% of the proceeds of your check!