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  Issue #272
  February 27, 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
AHOY, MATES! Freshman Matt Novak and senior Brian Nelson give senior Jade Shimooka a lift during one of the show's dance numbers.
SEABEE SERENADE: Senior Andy Chom leads the chorus of his fellow Seabees as they pass time during their South Pacific deployment.
ENCHANTED EVENING: Senior Alec Plumley and junior Katie Malish share a touching moment in their South Pacific paradise. 
Warm up as South Pacific opens Saturday
Our recent record-setting low temperatures will give way to thoughts of palm trees and warm island breezes when Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific opens for a five-show run on February 28 on the Sam J. Frankino Stage of the Pat and Janet O’Brien Center for the Performing Arts.
Set during World War II, South Pacific is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning love story that weaves together the lives of Seabees, nurses, islanders, and military officers as they experience and struggle with acceptance, sacrifice, loss, and love. The show features such popular songs as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” and “Younger Than Springtime.”

The 26-member cast includes junior Katie Malish as Ensign Nellie Forbush, and seniors Alec Plumley as Emile de Becque, Andy Chom as Luther Billis, Jade Shimooka as Bloody Mary, and Cole Prots as Lieutenant Joe Cable.

Here are the show dates and times:
  • Saturday, February 28 at 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 1, at 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 4, at 6:00 PM
  • Friday, March 6, at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 7, at 7:00 PM
Tickets, at $10.00 each, should be reserved in advance through our online ticketing system. Any remaining seats will be available for purchase at the door, which opens 30 minutes before curtain time.

Director and costumer for the show is speech and theater teacher Ms. Shirley Ivancic Stall. Assisting her are music teacher Mr. Adam Pysell, musical director; English teacher Mr. Derek Green, technical director; science teacher Miss Melissa Parey, production manager; and Mrs. Rosie Gellott and Miss Rebecca Gellott, choreographers

South Pacific is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals.

Science Olympiad qualifies for state meet
After a strong finish in regional competition at Case Western Reserve University on February 21, our Science Olympiad team will advance to the state meet in Columbus on April 11.
NDCL finished seventh in an extremely competitive field of 25 teams, including some that have repeatedly won state and national championships.

Seniors Ben Wozniak and Amanda O’Reilly took the gold medal in “Write It, Do It," which requires one team member to view a model and quickly compose written directions so that  a teammate can construct a duplicate—in just 20 minutes—without ever seeing the original.
Head coach and science teacher Mrs. Pauline Cheeseman is particularly proud of the team. “My focus this season was to build team spirit. I wanted the students to realize that their performance in their assigned event, good or bad, affects the whole team," she said. "This team spirit was evident at Case, and I believe this helped us qualify for states.”

Other performances that contributed to the Lions' state-qualifying finish included:
  • Mission Possible: Sophomore Angelo Capito and freshman Nathan Lewandowski, 6th place
  • Geologic Mapping: Senior Michael Plent and junior Justin Schlereth, 7th place
  • Chem Lab: Seniors Ben Wozniak and Collin O’Neill, 9th place
  • Protein Modeling: Senior Collin O’Neill and freshman Nora Nelson, 9th place
  • Technical Problem Solving: Collin O’Neill and Angelo Capite, 9th place
  • Astronomy: Ben Wozniak and Amanda O’Reilly, 9th place

Register now for parent-teacher conferences
Parents and teachers will meet for optional conferences on Thursday, March 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and again in the evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. There are no classes on that day because it is a blended learning day.
All appointment scheduling will be managed through an online system. Parents must make appointments to meet with teachers on conference day. Because each teacher has only 16 available appointment times, it is important to make your reservations early, especially for teachers you really want to see. 
Please note that parents must register as new users of the online system each semester. We purge the system after each conference day because we've found that it is inconvenient for parents to remember user names and passwords for a system they only use once or twice each year.  
Of course, conferences are only one way to connect with teachers. Parents should always feel free to contact them by calling, emailing, or scheduling mutually convenient personal appointments, especially if they expect their conversations will last longer than the 15 minutes allotted for each appointment on conference day.
Although the online appointment system is straightforward and easy-to-use, Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler has prepared a brief online video tutorial to guide parents through the process. If you have questions about the system, please call Mrs. Jenny Backos, our registrar and guidance secretary, at 440.279.1055.
As previously published on our school calendar, there will be no classes on Friday, March 13.

Michael Crookshanks
Victoria Glunt

Crookshanks, Glunt qualify for state meet

Congratulations to seniors Michael Crookshanks and Victoria Glunt for qualifying for the state swim meet. The entire NDCL sent Michael and Victoria off to the state meet with a clap-out on Wednesday afternoon.
Victoria—a four-time state qualifier—finished eighth in the 50 freestyle and 11th in the 100 butterfly. Complete meet results are available online. Way to go, Lions!

Course registration delayed to March 4-5,
third quarter extended to March 12

This week's cold day caused us to postpone course registration for all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors until next Wednesday and Thursday.
Don’t forget: Each student will need to submit a course selection sheet signed by a parent in order to register next Wednesday and Thursday!
To adjust for some of the school days lost since January due to snow and cold days, we will extend the third quarter to Thursday, March 12.

Learn more about Ohio’s College Credit Plus program at information session on March 12
To expand the availability of college coursework for qualified secondary school students, the State of Ohio will launch the College Credit Plus program in the 2015-2016 school year.

Students in grades 7-12 who demonstrate college-readiness and are ready to pursue rigorous academic coursework at the college level may apply for College Credit Plus (CCP) admission at a public or participating private college. Colleges will admit students based on their specific admission criteria, which include assessment of college-readiness in one or more subject areas.  

NDCL students interested in the CCP program should meet with their high school counselor to discuss the available options.  The student, family, and counselor will work together to develop an academic plan that provides opportunity for college course work while assuring fulfillment of all NDCL graduation requirements.

On March 12 (parent-teacher conference day) NDCL will host an informational meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in the O’Brien Center for students and parents who are interested in finding out more about CCP.  Staff from NDCL and local colleges and universities will be on hand to answer questions.

Sophomores to take OGT in mid-March
Sophomores throughout the state will take the Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) in reading, math, writing, science, and social studies during the week of March 16.
NDCL's sophomore English, math, social studies, and science teachers have been conducting review sessions and administering practice problems and tests. The Ohio Department of Education’s OGT website offers numerous aids for test preparation, including online practice tests and complete copies of previous examinations. We encourage sophomores to make use of these resources to boost their familiarity with the content and format of the OGT.
This will be the last year Ohio students will take the OGT, which has been replaced by a series of end-of-course examinations in English 9 and 10, Algebra I, geometry, biology, U.S. History, and government.

Save the date for Prom Weekend 2015
NDCL's Senior Class will host Prom 2015 on Saturday, May 23, from 7:00 to 11:00 PM at Windows on the River. After-Prom will follow at Fun 'N' Stuff from 12:00 to 3:00 AM.
As you are looking forward to Prom and thinking about what to wear, we encourage students and parents to choose sensible clothing for this school-sponsored dance. Immodest or extravagantly expensive clothes are inappropriate because they are inconsistent with our mission and core values.
A prom packet is now available online. Registration will open on Saturday, May 2. Questions should be directed to Student Council co-adviser and art teacher Ms. Susan Ancheta.

NDCL hosts test-preparation courses
To assist our juniors to excel on the ACT and SAT this spring, NDCL will host two different test-preparation programs starting in March.
ZAPS Learning Company will offer a two-day ACT prep seminar on March 9-10 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM each day. Students will learn essential ACT test-taking tips and receive comprehensive study materials from an experienced instructor. Register online.

Townsend Learning Center will begin an eight-week course on March 16 at NDCL to help students prepare for both the SAT and ACT. The enrollment fee covers 24 hours of classroom instruction, a full length pre-test, and all prep materials.

Get ready to Sail Away to Margaritaville!           
Be sure to get your friends and register for "Sail Away to Margaritaville!"—the 24th Annual Lions’ Mane Event on March 28.
You will be transported to our island paradise, complete with amazing auction and raffle items, delicious fare, beach music, and friends.
Be sure to mark your calendars and make your reservations.
Easter candy sale supports NDCL After-Prom
Order your Easter candy with just the click of your mouse by participating in our After-Prom's Malley's Easter Candy Sale.
Online orders over $60 qualify for free shipping to a single address. All proceeds benefit the 2015 After-Prom.