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  Issue #261
  November 11, 2014
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
Lion volleyball team makes NDCL history
with first-ever
state volleyball championship

Our girls volleyball team made NDCL history by winning the Division II State Championship in an intense, high-energy match against the Hawks of Columbus' Bishop Hartley School last Saturday at Wright State University's Nutter Center.
The Lions defeated the Hawks in four sets: 25-15, 23-25, 25-23, and 25-18. The day before, they defeated the Padua Bruins in the state semi-final match, also in four sets: 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-14.
The girls' success captured the attention of media throughout the state. Check out this sampling of some of the more extensive coverage:

Sights and sounds
from the state tournament
Although NDCL enjoyed great media coverage of the girls' state championship, here are a few interesting tidbits that didn't make the news but certainly made the weekend even more special.
May I see the principal, please?
These words are almost never good for a principal to hear. So when an OHSAA official asked to see the NDCL principal during Saturday's title game, Mr. Waler didn't know what to expect.
The official's reason: To compliment the NDCL students for singing the national anthem!
"I've seen many, many tournament games here," the official said, "and I've never heard kids sing the national anthem the way your kids did. They really did our country proud."
We're pretty proud of them, too!
Taking the lead to expand the fan base
During Saturday's championship game, junior Tommy Laffey and senior Kevin McMahon took the lead to expand the NDCL cheering section by inviting the students of Massillon Jackson to cheer with the Lions as they waited for the Jackson Polar Bears' Division I game against Cincinnati's Mount Notre Dame.
The Polar Bears fans, clad in purple and white, were only too happy to add their voices to the roaring Lions.
Unfortunately, the gracious Polar Bears' day did not end well. They lost the state title to Mount Notre Dame in three straight sets.
Alma mater rocks
the Nutter Center
At the thrilling conclusion of Friday's semi-final game against Padua, the NDCL student fan section spontaneously broke out into singing the school's alma mater.
Yes, indeed, the faith and friendship that we share will always make us one!
Click the image below to watch a snippet of this powerful moment of Lion Pride Statewide!

Lions win first football playoff game,
advance to Week 2 against Bay Rockets

NDCL's history-making athletic weekend got jump-started last Friday when the Lion football team clinched our first-ever OHSAA playoff win by defeating the Field Falcons, 45-27.
NDCL will face the Rockets of Bay High School in the second round of playoff action on Friday, November 14, at 7:30 PM at Twinsburg's Tiger Stadium.
Tickets are available in the athletic office and the main office for $8.00. Buying your tickets at NDCL saves you money and allows us to keep some of the ticket revenue to benefit Lion athletics.
Friday's game has been nominated as the Cleveland Browns Game of the Week. If we win the online vote, we'll get special media coverage, plus the victorious team will get $2,000 for its football program. Voting closes Thursday, November 13, at 12:00 Noon.


NATIONAL SPEAKERS: Mrs. Marcia Pecek (left) and Miss Ericka Bella will share their experiences with flipped mastery learning at the National Catholic Educational Association Convention in April.
NDCL educators selected to present
at national convention

Three NDCL educators have been selected from nearly 1,300 applicants to speak at the National Catholic Educational Association's Convention in Orlando during Easter Week.
Math Department Chairperson Mrs. Marcia Pecek and math teacher Miss Ericka Bella will share their experiences with flipped mastery learning in Algebra II. This approach leverages the power of teacher-led large and small-group instruction,  technology, peer assistance, and individualized pacing to insure that students truly master mathematical content and skills. Mrs. Pecek and Miss Bella introduced flipped mastery learning at NDCL this year.  
Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler was also selected to present at the NCEA Convention. He will speak on the rationale and process that shaped NDCL's enhanced academic policies, including our new grading scale.

Athletic Department to honor fall athletes
Our Athletic Department will salute fall sports teams and individual athletic accomplishments in a series of awards ceremonies this week. All events begin at 7:00 PM.
Cross Country Awards:
Girls and Boys Golf:
Girls Tennis:
Girls and Boys Soccer:
Tuesday, November 11
Wednesday, November 12
Wednesday, November 12
Thursday, November 13

The awards ceremonies for football and volleyball will be announced later. Look for a comprehensive recap of this fall's stellar sports season in the next issue of On-Lion.

Winter Lion Pride Night set for November 19
Our athletic directors and coaches will present important information for the upcoming season during the Winter Lion Pride Night on Wednesday, November 19, at 6:30 PM. According to the regulations of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, every winter athlete and at least one parent must attend this pre-season meeting.

Check out our Students of the Month
Each month our academic departments recognize students for their exceptional accomplishments in the classroom. Check out the list of this month's honorees here.

Student Council to share Variety Show info
Student Council is already planning February's NDCL Variety Show. This event will showcase our students' vocal, instrumental, dance, and dramatic talents. Students can perform alone or in groups.
Interested students should plan to attend an informational meeting during activity block on Wednesday, November 19, in the O'Brien Center, where they'll learn audition requirements and dates as well as rehearsal times. Questions? Contact Student Council advisers Ms. Susan Ancheta or Miss Ericka Bella.

Plan ahead for college financial aid program
NDCL's Office of College, Counseling, and Support Services will sponsor a college financial aid program for seniors and their parents on Thursday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. 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.   

Deadline for Close Up registration is Nov. 21
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors who wish to participate in the Close Up trip to Washington, DC, this March need to register and pay their $400 deposit by November 21. For more information, email social studies teacher Mr. William Scott or see him in Room 132.

Sign up to donate blood on November 14
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit NDCL on Friday, November 14, to accept blood donations from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Baker Gym.
The Red Cross encourages all healthy persons who are at least 16 years old and who weigh at least 100 pounds to donate. Sixteen-year-olds need a signed parental permission form to donate.
Parents and other relatives who wish to donate blood should feel free to come to school at their convenience during the school day on November 14.
Click here to register as a donor.