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  Issue #264
  December 12, 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
Justice
Respect
Integrity
Community
Excellence
 
Lions in top 6% statewide
   Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin named a top
   academic school for 8th straight year
For the eighth consecutive year, NDCL has been named a top Ohio high school for ranking in the top 6% of more than 1,000 schools on last spring's Ohio Graduation Tests, according to a report recently released by Gerber Analytics, LLC.

            
NDCL’s statewide rankings
out of 1,008 Ohio high schools
Total number of NDCL students tested: 186.
Rankings exclude Limited English
Proficiency students.

 
NDCL's impressive ranking, based upon the achievement of the Class of 2016 (our current juniors), reflects solid gains in reading, writing, and mathematics achievement, according to Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler.
 
NDCL ranked in the top 2% of all Ohio high schools in Reading and Writing, the top 8% in Science, the top 10% in Mathematics, and the top 12% in Social Studies.
 
"Our performance index in reading jumped to 113.8—our highest score ever," Mr. Waler explained. A performance index score can range from 0-120, with 100 as the benchmark established by the Ohio Department of Education.
 
"We're particularly happy with our students' reading scores because preparing them for the challenges of college-level reading has been a focus of our school improvement efforts," added Assistant Principal Mrs. Denice Teeples. "Under the guidance of Director of Professional Learning Sister Joanne Keppler, our teachers have learned and applied a number of strategies to enhance students' reading skills."
 
"The OGT scores show that our teachers' efforts are working," Mrs. Teeples said.

  

A FIESTA OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Juniors John Cermak and Reva Morris celebrate their class' OGT scores during Friday's Chipotle Challenge lunch.
 
NDCL's math scores have also been on a steady upward climb, going from 152nd in the state in 2012, to 139th last year, and then leaping to 100th this year.
 
To celebrate the juniors' accomplishment on the OGT, Mr. Waler kept a promise he made to them last spring by treating the entire class to a Chipotle lunch on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
 
"When Mrs. Teeples and I shared a few test-taking strategies with the then-sophomores just before they took the exams in March, I offered them the Great Chipotle Challenge. I said I'd treat all of them to a lunch catered by Chipotle if they improved our schoolwide scores on the OGT," he explained.
 
"I guess I learned never to underestimate the power of Chipotle!"
 
TEEPLES' TORTILLA CHIPS: Assistant Principal Mrs. Denice Teeples heaps a mound of Chipotle chips on junior Michael Folkman's plate.
 
PILE IT ON: Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler and Assistant Principal Mr. Vince Bonacci fill junior Robert Ortega's order during Friday's Chipotle Challenge lunch.
   
Polar Express to Academic Success helps
freshmen get ready for their first final exams
Our freshman class learned  important study skills, practiced test-taking strategies, and reviewed key course content during NDCL's Second Annual Polar Express for Academic Success on Monday afternoon.
   
ON THE TRACK OF SUCCESS: Freshmen Alexis Hammer, Halle Sarkisian, and Jimmy Romano get some exam tips from math teacher Mr. Chris Stoffl during Monday's Polar Express to Academic Success.
 
Following the theme of a train ride, freshmen made six different stops to classrooms where teachers, NHS members, Link Crew members, and administrators helped to ease their anxieties about their first-ever high school semester exams. Even Santa (aka Assistant Principal Mr. Vince Bonacci) stopped by to raffle off restaurant gift cards to lucky freshmen.
      
"I was very pleased by the level of participation and engagement of the freshmen," remarked Assistant Principal Mrs. Denice Teeples. "They were focused on doing well, which should be a big help when they face their exams this week."
    

Semester examinations begin this week
Be sure to check this week's schedule for semester examinations. These exams, which account for 20% of each course grade, are an extremely important dimension of NDCL's college preparatory curriculum. 
              
Specific questions about the exam schedule should be directed to Assistant Principal Mrs. Denice Teeples.        
        

New Karpos ministry helps homeless, hungry
This week NDCL began living out our core value of justice in a new way as Campus Ministry launched an exciting partnership with the Karpos Ministry at Saint Mary Church in Painesville. NDCL students and staff members will prepare, serve, and clean up after a meal for the hungry and homeless of the Painesville area on the second Thursday of each month.
 

WHEN I WAS HUNGRY, YOU FED ME: Juniors Ana Blackburn (left), Kaitlin Miller, and Ally Bruno; senior Anthony Dedic; and math teacher Mr. Chris Stoffl prepare Thursday's meal for the hungry and homeless in Painesville.
   
    
According to campus minister Miss Christie Fleming, karpos means "fruit" in Greek. "Through this direct service to the poor, our students and staff share the fruits of food, hospitality, and love with the people we serve," she explained.
 
In addition to Miss Fleming, the initial group of Karpos volunteers included seniors Jackie DiMattio, Anthony Dedic, and Allison Kobosky; juniors Ally Bruno, Ana Blackburn, and Kaitlin Miller; campus minister Mrs. Beth Davis; and math teacher Mr. Chris Stoffl.  
 
Students interested in sharing in this new ministry should see Miss Fleming, Mrs. Davis, or Mr. Stoffl.
                 

Matt Folkman advances to Eagle Scout rank
Congratulations to senior Matt Folkman for being advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout by the Boys Scouts of America during a court of honor on December 6.
  
Matt's Eagle Scout project involved the construction of a roof for the large outdoor sign of the Lake County Historical Society in Painesville. He designed the roof, organized a fundraiser, secured donations and discounts, and coordinated the efforts of volunteers to complete the project.
  
Matt joins an elite group of men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, acclaimed film director Steven Spielberg, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and Walmart founder Sam Walton. Only about 5% of all Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts.
               

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

Variety Show auditions set
for January 8-9
Students interested in performing for the NDCL Variety Show should plan to attend auditions on Thursday, January 8, and Friday, January 9. Information about auditions can be found here.  If you have any questions, please see Student Council moderators Miss Ericka Bella or Ms. Susan Ancheta.
     

Extra Life gaming marathon nets $1,000
for Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
        

GAMING PHILANTHROPISTS: Participants in this year's Extra Life Video Game Marathon included juniors Patrick Galaska (left), Kaitlin Miller, Antall Nguyen, and Jackie Delahunty; sophomore David Prots; junior John Cermak; senior Nate Ullman; juniors Josie Ziganti, and John Joyce; seniors Shakir Ogbonna and Alec Plumley; and junior Sarah Augusta.
  
About 20 NDCL students raised $1,000 for Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital by participating in our 2nd Annual Extra Life Video Gaming Marathon on December 5-6.
 
Junior Patrick Galaska once again organized the 18-hour marathon, which involved students securing sponsors to pledge or donate money for each hour of gaming. Theology teacher Mr. Rob Plumley supervised the event, which ran from 4:00 PM on Friday to 10:00 AM on Saturday.
 
Patrick, who introduced Extra Life to NDCL last year, extends special thanks to these local businesses for their generous support of this year's successful marathon: Mangia! Mangia!, Guy's Pizza, and Chardon Giant Eagle.
                  

Saying auf wiedersehen to German friends . . .
The end of the semester means it's time to say goodbye to the five German students who have been such wonderful members of our NDCL family since August.
    
The German students and their American hosts joined other NDCL students for an informal going-away gathering in the library on Thursday. Pausing for this photo keepsake are (back row) sophomores Emily Ambrose, Laura Feldhaus, Theresa Holzum, Molly Goergen, Rebecca Frohn, and senior Jared Bottger; (front row) sophomores Johanna Gelhaus, Olivia Gorom, Chelsea Gorom, and Carolin Habe.
 
As the girls return to their families and friends in Germany, may they always know they have a home—and a special place in our hearts—here at NDCL!
             

No issue of On-Lion until January 9, 2015
On-Lion will take a publication break for the Christmas holiday. Watch for the next issue to arrive in your inbox during the weekend of January 9.
 
May you and your loved ones experience the blessings of love, joy, and peace at Christmas and throughout the New Year!