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  Issue #255
  September 26, 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
 
English, Science scores reach highest levels ever
   Class of 2014’s ACT scores remain strong
NDCL’s Class of 2014 achieved the school’s highest-ever ACT scores in English and Science and tied last year's record composite score, according to a report just released by ACT, Inc.
 
Subject
NDCL average
Ohio average
ACT benchmark*
English
24.5
21.4
18
Reading
24.3
22.4
22

Math

22.8
21.7
22

Science

23.9
22.0
23
*According to ACT research, students who achieve this score have a 50% chance of earning a B or a 75% chance of earning at least a C in corresponding first-year college courses.
  
   
      
NDCL students exceeded the ACT benchmark scores in all subject areas tested, which include reading (social sciences), English, math, and science. The benchmarks predict a student’s chances of success in first-year college courses.
   
According to the ACT's research, a student who achieves the benchmark score has about a 50% chance of earning at least a B or about a 75% chance of earning at least a C in a corresponding college course.
    
“Our teachers have worked hard—very hard—to insure that our curriculum aligns with established college readiness standards. These scores confirm that their work and the efforts of our students are really paying off," commented Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler.
  
To help put the scores in perspective, Mr. Waler explained that the U.S. Department of Education sets a school mean (average) ACT score of 24.3 to identify the top 15% of all high schools in the nation. "Our subject-area scores exceed or come very close to that top 15% threshold," Mr. Waler said. "Our composite ACT score—the average of all subject areas—stands at 24.0, which ties the school record established by the Class of 2013 last year."
  
As important as these schoolwide scores are, Mr. Waler stressed the importance of focusing on each and every student's achievement in our college-prep curriculum.
   
"As our enhanced academic policies reflect, we're really zeroing in on what each student knows and is able to do as we educate all of them for success in college and beyond," he stressed. 

School starts at 9:40 AM this Monday
As previously published in the school calendar, the school day will begin with Block 4 at 9:40 AM on Monday, September 29. Please note that we reverse the order of the classes on these monthly two-hour late starts so that lunch occurs at a reasonable hour.
   
NOT YOUR TYPICAL DAY AT THE BEACH: Senior Cole Prots and junior Mandy Spangler team up to tackle the trash on Mentor Headlands Beach.
   
Students learn stewardship of God’s creation
in beach clean-up at Mentor Headlands
   

NATURE'S LIFEGUARDS: Sophomores Angelina Valencia, Rene Knez, Bayleigh Stovall, and Jacob Liptow identify and catalog the trash they collected along Mentor Headlands Beach on Tuesday.
A mile-long stretch of the beach at Mentor Headlands State Park now looks closer to the way God intended it, thanks to the hard work of  35 NDCL students and three teachers.
  
The group traveled to the popular beach on Tuesday to collect and document trash as part of the International Coastal Clean-up Campaign. 
   
Science teacher Mrs. Adrienne Fox led the project, with assistance for science teacher Mr. Nathan Smith and Theology Department chairperson Mrs. Michelle Nowak.
  
Through prayer and reflection, the day focused students on the spiritual dimension of their clean-up activities. "Our work today is closely tied to our faith because we're working to restore God's creation," Mrs. Fox told the students before they boarded the bus for the beach.
   
Students collected 250 pounds of trash, including four tires, more than 1400 pieces of plastic, over 300 straws, and even a coffee maker. Between collecting and logging trash, students also tested Lake Erie’s bacterial counts, pH, and water quality.


Help spread the word about upcoming NDCL admissions events for prospective students
Director of Admissions Mr. Michael Suso encourages all NDCL families to help him publicize our upcoming admissions events this fall. 
 
Our shadowing program, which annually draws about 500 prospective students to our campus, begins this week. Interested students can schedule an individual shadow day online.
 
Families can register to attend a Personal Tour Evening online. As their name suggests, these evenings offer a more personal opportunity to learn about the NDCL community. After a short introduction by a faculty member, prospective families have the opportunity to learn more about NDCL’s unique spirit in conversation with parent ambassadors, students, and administrators as they tour our campus of faith and learning. 
  
Placement/scholarship exams for eighth graders will be administered on Saturday, October 18, and Saturday, November 15, in two sessions each day: 8:00 to 11:00 am or 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  For more information or to register, click here.

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Our student ambassadors are eager for the start of the fall shadowing season. Ready to welcome to youngest Lions to the pride are juniors Allyson Eippert, Katherine Znidarsic, Camille Pollutro, Julia Backos, Angelo Cordova, Samantha Ohly, Ann Kubek, Benjamin Giusto, Samantha Cooney, Jayson Breier, Samantha Lazuka, Minxuan Li, and Cara Pannell.

Last chance to enjoy SND BBQ & Boutique
Our Sisters of Notre Dame invite everyone to the final weekend of their 52nd Annual Barbeque and Boutique on Sunday, September 28, from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM at NDCL.
  
Purchase beautiful handmade items in the boutique, then feast on chicken, ribs, apple pie, and more.  Cost is $12 for chicken and $15 for ribs. Carry-out orders are available. 

For more information, check our the SND BBQ video on YouTube.


Time for Homecoming peer nominations
Starting today, September 26,
students will be able to nominate their classmates for homecoming court.  View all the information about how to make a nomination in this YouTube video.  Nominations close October 2.


NDCL practices first
activity block evacuation
In our ongoing effort to keep everyone on our campus as safe as possible, on Thursday we practiced our first-ever evacuation drill during the activity block.
 
"The activity block poses special challenges because our students have the freedom to be on many different locations on the campus during that time," explained Assistant Principal Mr. Vincent Bonacci. "We designed and successfully practiced a system to account for each and every one of them if we ever need to evacuate the building at that time of the school day."
 
Mr. Bonacci invited Munson Fire Chief Mark Linn to supervise Thursday's drill. The chief gave us high marks for evacuating the building in about two minutes and then accounting for all students and staff once everyone was outside.

Lakeland, John Carroll host college fairs
Lakeland Community College and Lake Erie College will present the annual Lake County Fall College Fair on Sunday, October 5, from 12:00-2:00 PM at Lakeland's Athletic and Fitness Center. Over 80 colleges and universities will be represented.
 
Also, mark your calendar for the Northeast Ohio Suburban College Fair on Thursday, October 16, at John Carroll University, from 6:30-8:00 PM.  Nearly 40 colleges and universities will offer financial aid, career, and admission information.

Learn to create portfolios at Art Institute
On Saturday, October 11, The Cleveland Institute of Art will host National Portfolio Day, a professional event for students who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts. From 10:00 Am to 1:00 PM, representatives from accredited art and design colleges will be available to review students' artwork, discuss art education programs, and answer questions about professional careers in art.  Click here for more information.

Fall sports programs are ‘hot off the press’

All athletes participating in fall sports should have already received their copies of the Fall Sports Program. This booklet contains team photos, rosters, schedules, and recognition of our Booster Club members and patrons.
 
Be sure to get your copy of this memento of the 2014 fall season. Copies are available for sale at home athletic events and through the Athletic Office.

Bethany Retreat Center offers wide variety
of spiritual programs right on our campus
Our Sisters of Notre Dame have announced the 2014-2015 schedule of retreats and other spiritual programs at Bethany Retreat Center, located just across the road from NDCL. Offerings, which are open to the public, range from a "Quiet Day of Prayer" to discussion of Saint John of the Cross's The Romances. 
   
Complete program descriptions and registration details are available online.

Win $10,000 in Scholarship Raffle
The 2014 Scholarship Raffle Ticket Drive is going strong with more tickets being sold each week. Each student is asked to sell at least 20 tickets to benefit our tuition assistance fund.

Valuable cash prizes include:

  • $10,000 grand prize, seller of the winning ticket receives $2,500
  • $2,500 second prize, seller of the this ticket receives $1,000
  • $500 awarded to the top ticket seller in each grade level
Student incentives to sell tickets include dress down days and gift cards for food and movie tickets.  Rumor has it from Akron that professional sporting event tickets may be added to the mix soon. That’s priceless! Check back next week for details.

Selling ideas:

  • Email the link to the online ticket order form to your friends and relatives: https://www.ndcl.org/donations/ScholarshipRaffleForm.aspx
  • Retweet Scholarship Raffle Ticket tweets from @NDCLLIONS
  • Sign up to sell tickets at athletic events. You can find the sign-up list in the school office.

Questions? Contact business and technology teacher Mrs. Nancy Vondrak or technology teacher Mrs. Vicki Eby.


Seventh and eighth graders:
    Join us for NDCL Band Night on October 3
We invite all seventh and eighth graders to join  the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Marching Band on October 3 as they take the field during the NDCL vs. Lake Catholic football game. Sit with the band and learn more about the NDCL community and campus. And enjoy free donuts!

Wrestling team sponsors takedown clinics
With wrestling season just around the corner, the Lion wrestling team is looking for athletes of all skill levels, from first time wrestlers to experienced wrestlers. The team is kicking off the 2014-2015 season by partnering with Wrestling Factory of Cleveland for a series of preseason Saturday afternoon takedown clinics.
   
Wrestling Factor founder and All-American Mike Kulszicki will conduct the clinic. Coach Kulszicki served as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Michigan and Saint Edward High School.
    
These takedown clinics are free for any NDCL athlete. Click here for more information or contact Athletic Director Frank Platzar at 440.279.1052. 

Universities visiting campus this week
Here's this week's schedule of college visits to our campus. All visits begin at 10:50 AM.
   
 

Here’s how we covers sports in On-Lion
Because we occasionally get a question about how we cover NDCL sports in On-Lion, we thought it would be a good to explain the approach we have used since our e-newsletter first began publication seven years ago.
   
On-Lion was never intended as a vehicle for up-to-the-minute sports coverage on our dozens of athletic teams. We do not report on individual games, invitationals, or similar events for any sport because that is simply not practical for our weekly e-newsletter. Plus there are many other media outlets that already provide this information in timely ways, including the websites of The Plain Dealer and the News-Herald. We regularly update the NDCL website with game scores and win-loss records.
    
On-Lion does feature Player of the Week honors, playoff appearances, and state tournament qualifiers. We also promote ticket sales for special events, such as when our teams compete at Quicken Loans Arena or similar venues.
   
We hope this explanation  helps. Go, Lions!

Holden seeks volunteers for Halloween event  
Holden Arboretum in Kirtland still has openings for student volunteers for Goblins in the Garden, a family-friendly Halloween event on October 4 and 5.
 
Shifts are 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM or 12:30 PM to 4:15 PM each day. Students may volunteer one shift per day. Students will pass out candy to the little trick-or-treaters or help with parking cars, passing out programs, and other activities.
   
To sign-up, students should download and complete the sign-up/permission form (needs parent/guardian signature) and return it to the Holden volunteer office as soon as possible.  For more information, email Robin Ott or call her at 440.602.8003.