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  Issue #268
  January 30, 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
Justice
Respect
Integrity
Community
Excellence
 
Phil Fogarty ’76 to present
Career Week keynote

NDCL’s tenth annual Career Week will begin on Monday, February 9, with a keynote address by Mr. Phil Fogarty '76, major franchisor of Weed Man. an international lawn care services company. Mr. Fogarty is the father of two NDCL graduates: Jack '09 and Ryan '11.
 
Throughout the week, sophomores and juniors will have the opportunity to participate in presentations and discussions with alumni, current and former NDCL parents, and community leaders representing seven distinct career clusters: Arts and Communication; Business; Computer and Information Technology; Education and Social Services; Healthcare; Legal, Government and Protective Services; and Science and Engineering.

Students may register online for up to three career clusters. Registration closes Sunday, February 1, at 11:00 PM.
Attorneys, witness win top awards
in Lake-Geauga Mock Trial competition

Sophomores Tom Fogarty and Chris Jerme won best attorney awards and freshman Joe Muzina won the best witness award in Mock Trial competition at the Lake County Courthouse on Friday. Our team won one of the two trials in the annual competition, which included teams from eight local high schools.
 
The students argued a fictional case involving a school district's reaction to organized student protests over the decision to license naming rights for its athletic field to a large corporation. The case alleged the district violated the students' constitutional rights by installing security cameras, searching lockers, and seeking a court order to remove protestors from the field.
    
 
Legal Lions
(Top) Lake County Common Pleas Judge Vincent A. Culotta congratulates members of the NDCL Mock Trial team following their appearance in his courtroom on Friday. Freshman Joe Muzina (left) won the best witness award, and sophomore Chris Jerme (second from left) won best attorney. Also with Judge Culotta are freshman Jonah Brokamp and sophomore JD Delahunty.

Freshmen Joe Muzina (left) and Briana Cowman, juniors Machala Comenschek and Alexandra Edmonds, and sophomore Tom Fogarty pose with Lake County Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell after trying their case in his courtroom. Tom won the best attorney award in the case.

   

Course selection for next year begins soon
Next week our counselors will be speaking to all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors about their course selection options for the 2015-2016 school year.
    
Each student will receive a course selection option sheet that lists the courses available to each grade level. The complete Course Selection Catalogue is now available online. The catalog provides details on each course, including prerequisites.
 
We urge parents to review course offerings with their children as they complete and sign the required course selection sheet. We develop our master schedule to match as many student course requests as possible, so it is critical that parents and students thoughtfully consider course options now.   
 
Parents are welcome to call or make an appointment with one of our counselors to talk over course planning if that would be helpful.
 
Students will register online for classes during the week of February 23. The course selection sheet with parent signature is due when the student registers.
     

47% earn 1st, 2nd honors 
 Students excel academically in 1st semester
 Nearly half of our 700 students earned recognition as First Honors or Second Honors Scholars, according to an analysis of first-semester report cards.
 
Grade-level analysis shows that 11% of seniors, 20% of juniors, 19% of sophomores, and 13% of freshmen achieved First Honors by earning GPA's of 4.00 or above. The list of Second Honors Scholars—those who earned GPA's of 3.500-3.999—includes 35% of seniors, 31% of juniors, 29% of sophomores, and 27% of freshmen. 
 
"These impressive numbers show that NDCL's formula for academic success works," saind Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler. "A solid curriculum, expert teachers, academic support and guidance, dedicated students, and supportive parents come together for academic achievement." 
 
Mr. Waler saluted all Honor Roll scholars on our televised daily announcements on Thursday before personally delivering honors certificates to each classroom. You can view the complete Honor Roll here.
 
Mr. Waler explained that the Third Honors distinction has been dropped this year because the GPA required for that level actually matches average academic performance at NDCL.
     

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.
     

Donate blood at NDCL on February 6
Our Medical Careers Club will sponsor our second Red Cross blood drive of the year on Friday, February 6, 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 Friday. Click here to register as a donor

Check out our Students of the Month
Each month our academic departments salute individual students for their outstanding classroom performance. Check out this month's honorees here.
     

Monica Friedl wins K of C scholarship
Senior Monica Friedl has been named one of 10 Knights of Columbus Scholarship recipients from all of the Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Cleveland.
 
Mr. Robert Collins of the Knights of Columbus State Council visited NDCL on Monday to present the $1,000 scholarship.

Since 1987, the Knights of Columbus have awarded nearly $600,000 in scholarships for tuition at Catholic high schools throughout the state.
     

 
Fl
owers, Jurkovic named
News-Herald Play
ers of the Week
Senior Samantha Flowers and sophomore Paul Jurkovic have been selected as News-Herald Players of the Week.
 
Samantha, a forward on the girls basketball team, caught the attention of the sports editors for scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the Lions' win over Lake Catholic last week.
   
Paul, a bowling standout, earned the editors' nod for games of 214 and 206 against Willoughby South and 245 and 214 against Wickliffe.

Saturday’s Snow Ball ends at 11:00 PM
NDCL's Snow Ball, our wintertime dance, ends at 11:00 PM on Saturday. Parents picking up their children should plan to arrive at 10:45 PM. Be sure to use the Butternut Road gate to campus because the Auburn Road gate closes at 10:00 PM.