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.
FRANCIS IN FOCUS: Senior Nathan Bryant captured this photo of Pope Francis in Philadelphia last weekend.
Lions get close
to Pope Francis—literally
Thanks to their patience and persistence, our pilgrims to Philadelphia not only grew closer to Pope Francis spiritually, but they also were able to see him up close as he passed by their group in the popemobile.
The group of 44 students and teachers took their places along the papal route as early as they could last Sunday after spending the night sleeping on the floor of the National Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall. Their efforts paid off when the Pope stopped briefly about 30 feet from where they were standing.
Local media covered the NDCL pilgrimage extensively. Rather than recapping this great coverage, On-Lion thought you'd enjoy seeing the articles and interviews for yourself:
First academic quarter ends this Friday
Although it seems hard to believe, the first quarter of this academic year will end on Friday, October 9.
We urge parents to check on their children's progress regularly through PlusPortals. Now is an especially important time to log in to PlusPortals to be sure that there are no hidden "surprises" like missing assignments, tests, or quizzes.
Parents should reach out to individual teachers directly if they have questions about specific classes and grades. Our counselors are also good resources for concerns about overall academic performance.
If you are having any trouble accessing PlusPortals, please contact Director of Student Information Systems Ms. Susan Ancheta.
Parent-teacher conferences set for Oct. 13
Parents and teachers will meet for conferences on Tuesday, October 13, from 2:45 PM to 4:45 PM and again in the evening from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Students will be dismissed at 2:00 PM on that day.
Unlike parent conferences
in many elementary schools, conferences at NDCL and other high schools
are optional. Many parents appreciate the opportunity to sit down
face-to-face with their children's teachers, but no one is required to
do so. There are many other ways to connect with teachers, including
calling, emailing, or scheduling mutually convenient personal
appointments, especially if parents wish to discuss situations that will
last longer than the 15 minutes allotted for each appointment on
All appointment scheduling will be managed through an online system
. Parents who wish to meet with teachers must make appointments. 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.
Although the appointment system is straightforward and easy to use, Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler
has prepared a brief online video
to guide parents through the scheduling process. If you have any questions about the appointment system, please call Registrar and Guidance Secretary Mrs. Jenny Backos
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.
Help spread the word about NDCL!
Shadowing, Open House, placement test
welcome prospective students, parents
Director of Admissions Mr. Michael Suso '03 encourages all NDCL families to help him publicize our upcoming admissions events this fall.
Our shadowing program, which annually draws about 400 prospective students to our campus, began last week. Interested students can schedule an individual shadow day online.
JOIN US WEDNESDAY! Our students look forward to welcoming prospective members of the NDCL Class of 2020 during our Family Open House on October 7 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
On Wednesday, October 7, from 6:00-8:00 PM, we will welcome prospective students and their parents to our fall Family Open House. Students and parents will experience firsthand how belonging to this community of faith and learning helps our students to believe in their tremendous promise and ability as they become the men and women God calls them to be.
Placement/scholarship exams for eighth graders will be administered on Saturday, October 10; Thursday, November 12; and Saturday, November 14. All eighth graders considering NDCL must take this test. Because family life is so full these days, we encourage students to take the exam at their earliest opportunity. Waiting until the last exam date risks unexpected conflicts with other commitments.
Register here for the placement/scholarship exam.
GET YOUR PINK ON!
Cougars, Lions unite in battle
against breast cancer
The friendly rivalry between the NDCL Lions and the Lake Catholic Cougars will fuel a fundraising effort for breast cancer research on Thursday. October 8, at the NDCL-Lake volleyball game in McGarry Gym. Freshman and JV games begin at 5:00 PM, with the hotly contested varsity match-up to follow.
Activities at the game will include a huge bake sale and a raffle with many exciting prizes. All proceeds from the event will benefit the John Paul II Medical Research Institute
, a research organization recommended and endorsed by Cleveland Bishop Richard G. Lennon
Thursday will be a PINK dress down for NDCL students who donate at least $2.00 for breast cancer research.
That night's volleyball game will also be a pink-out.
Did you know?
- One in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and the second leading cause of death in women.
- 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
- 5-10% of breast cancers are thought to be caused by inherited gene mutations (BRCA1 & BRCA2).
- Although male breast cancer is rare, approximately 1% of men will develop male breast cancer in their lifetimes.
Annual testing day set for October 14
On Wednesday, October 14, our counselors will coordinate NDCL's annual testing day. Freshmen will take the Stanford Achievement Test, sophomores will take the Early High School ACT Aspire, and juniors will take the PSAT. Seniors may use the day to visit college campuses.
The exams are an essential part of the counseling curriculum. Counselors use the results to help students focus on their aptitudes as well as their career and college interests. Additionally, the ACT Aspire and PSAT results will provide important data that will help students best prepare for the ACT and SAT tests, which are the next level of tests used during the college admission process.
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors should be in their assigned classrooms and ready to begin testing at 7:55 AM on October 14.
- Freshmen and juniors will complete the testing by 11:30 AM.
- Sophomores will complete the testing by 12:30 PM.
Buses will follow their normal schedules on October 14. The cafeteria will not serve lunch on testing day, but light snacks and beverages will be available for students who remain at school after the testing sessions end.
Counselors contact all freshmen individually
Our counselors have met with each ninth grade student to say hello, offer support, and have a preliminary discussion about goals and interests. The counselors are very impressed with the range of talent in the freshman class as well as the positive comments they have shared about their NDCL experience.
Parents should always feel free to call, email, or meet with our counselors if they have any questions or concerns about their children.
Mane Event heads to the Wild, Wild West
It may seem early, but there’s much to do, and we want you to join us for our first volunteer meeting for the Lion's Mane Event, NDCL's annual dinner and auction to raise funds for student scholarships. We've chosen an exciting "Wild, Wild West" theme for this year's event on March 19.
All are welcome to our meeting on Thursday, October 15, at 7:00 PM in the NDCL cafeteria.
Grab your friends and jump right in! There’s many areas to tickle your fancy, including:
- Class Packages
- Live and Silent Auctions
- Raffle Baskets
- Much, much more!
NDCL invests in Method Test Prep
to help students excel on ACT
As part of our ongoing efforts to prepare and position our students for success in the college admission and scholarship selection process, NDCL has invested in Method Test Prep, an online program that our students and teachers will use for ACT preparation.
Method Test Prep offers these important tools for success:
This month our juniors will begin a 20-week Method Test program in their English, social studies, science, and math courses. Students will complete four lessons per week, with each lesson lasting about 15-20 minutes. Teachers will assist students and and monitor their progress throughout the program.
- targeted lessons focused on each individual section of the ACT
- self-evaluations to help students monitor strengths and areas for improvement
- over 500 practice vocabulary words and more than 2500 practice questions
- numerous full-length practice exams to give students confidence on test day
"Prepping for high-stakes tests is best accomplished in small chunks of time and over an extended period of time," explained Assistant Principal Mrs. Denice Teeples. "Like training for athletics or preparing for a dramatic or musical performance, continuous academic practice translates to increased skill and achievement."
According to Mrs. Teeples, NDCL has designed the timing of the program so that students will be ready for the April ACT, which historically has been the most heavily attended test session for our students.
Although we've focused the introduction of Method Test Prep on our juniors, any NDCL student may register for the online program and take advantage of all of its features. To get log-in credentials by email, just contact Mrs. Teeples.
Check out our Students of the Month
Each month our academic departments salute individual students for their outstanding performance in the classoom. Check out this month's honorees here.
Meet and greet coaches at swim team’s
pre-season meeting on October 14
Head coach Mr. Bryan Scheider and assistant coach Ms. Amy Bush invite all prospective swimming and diving team members and their parents to a "meet and greet" gathering on Wednesday, October 14, at 6:30 PM in the NDCL cafeteria. This informal gathering will include important information about the the upcoming swim season.
Coach Scheider was the assistant swim coach at NDCL last year. A former Division I college swimmer at Cleveland State, he has coached at all levels for the past 15 years. Many of his swimmers have qualified for the state meet and even more have gone on to swim successfully at the college level, including two who have qualified for the Olympic trials in June 2016.
Swimming is a no-cut sport, and all levels of experience are welcome. The swim teams offer six practices each week. Swimmers work out and compete at John Carroll University's natatorium. Buses transport student-athletes to practice sessions and meets.
For more information, email Coach Scheider.
The Blitz to hit NDCL campus October 10
Do you enjoy running but want something more exciting than a 5K race? Look no further! The Blitz is coming to Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin on Saturday, October 10. A premier youth obstacle race, the Blitz features a two-mile course with climbing walls, ladder climbs, rope swings, hurdles, and more—all strategically placed throughout NDCL’s picturesque Geauga County campus. The Blitz, specially designed for children ages 7-17 and their parents, focuses on promoting healthy living, family wellness, and teamwork.
This event promises to be fun for the entire family. Play cornhole, volleyball, kan jam, and gaga ball while listening to a live DJ and music from 95.5 the Fish before, during, and after the race. A food truck will offer tasty refreshments, and a vendor showcase will highlight local businesses and groups focused on wellness.
to register for the Blitz.
PD Player of the Week
Congratulations to sophomore Chase Kline for being named The Plain Dealer's Player of the Week for football. Chase caught the sports editors' eyes for eight solo tackles, five assists, three sacks, and a recovered fumble in the Lions' 21-14 win over Division 5 state runner-up Canton Central Catholic on September 25.
Sisters of Notre Dame say thank you for BBQ help
Our Sisters of Notre Dame extend their warm and sincere appreciation to the many NDCL students, parents, and staff members who helped make last month's Barbecue and Boutique a huge success.
"The NDCL students in particular received rave reviews from many guests, adult volunteers, and sisters," said SND Volunteer Coordinator Mrs. Marilou Strathern. "They made a lasting impression for their enthusiasm, energy, and overall performance."
Mark your calendars now for next year's Barbecue on September 18 and 25, 2016!
Win Homecoming tickets and more
Lion Branch of Cardinal Community Credit
Union offers numerous perks, benefits
Did you know that NDCL students can do their personal banking while eating a slice of pizza right here in our school cafeteria?
Thanks to the generosity and support of Cardinal Community Credit Union, NDCL has had its own campus branch since last fall. Students can visit the Lion branch to open accounts, make deposits or withdrawals, and even ask questions of friendly bankers. Students with accounts even get a personalized NDCL debit card with special perks, including no ATM fees!
Now through October 21, students who deposit at least $5 will be entered into a raffle for one of four pairs of homecoming tickets.
Cardinal also believes in recognizing students for their academic achievement. The credit union will deposit $1 for every "A" on a student's report card.
And that's not all! New accounts are automatically eligible for a $20 match. Cardinal will match up to $20 of the initial deposit the student makes.
Students who have any questions about the credit union should see one of the Cardinal employees in the credit union kiosk during lunch or activity. Business Club advisors Mrs. Nancy Vondrak or Mrs. Mary Wheelock will also be happy to help.
University of Notre Dame, John Carroll, Colgate among colleges to visit this week
Our school counselors encourage all NDCL students, especially juniors and seniors, to meet with the college admissions representatives who regularly visit campus. These small-group sessions are particularly advantageous for seniors because they often will be meeting with the same admission officers who will review their college applications.
Students interested in attending the informational presentations should sign up via Naviance. All presentations occur during the activity block unless noted.
Here's this week's college visit schedule:
Monday. October 5:
All of these visits will occur at 2:15 PM:
Ohio Northern University
University of Notre Dame
Seton Hill University
Tuesday, October 6:
Saint Vincent College
Wheeling Jesuit University
Wednesday, October 7:
John Carroll University
Thursday, October 8:
Friday, October 9:
Colgate University (8:30 AM)
Ohio Wesleyan University
NDCL complies with federal asbestos law
Federal law requires NDCL and all schools throughout the country to publish the following statement annually:
Federal law requires all schools to inspect their buildings for
asbestos-containing materials and to develop management plans for those
materials found. NDCL regularly completes this inspection, prepares the
specified management plan, and submits documentation to the Ohio
Department of Health for approval. Under the terms of our management
plan, in the past year we have performed a small number of in-house,
small-scale minor maintenance operations.
Our plan and a list of the maintenance projects performed are available
for review. If you wish to see these documents, please contact the
school office. All appointment requests will be honored within five
working days of receipt. Additionally, you may request a copy of the
inspection and management plan by sending a written request to the
Members of our maintenance and custodial staff who have received
specialized asbestos training visually survey our buildings every six
months. A complete re-inspection by an EPA accredited inspector occurs
every three years. Additionally, should asbestos removal other than
in-house, small-scale minor repairs ever be required, only fully EPA
accredited contractors will be used.