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Online Assessment Test DriveThis week, NDCL freshmen, sophomores and juniors participated in field tests of Ohio's next generation of computer-based assessments in science and social…

Online Assessment Test Drive

This week, NDCL freshmen, sophomores and juniors participated in field tests of Ohio’s next generation of computer-based assessments in science and social studies.

“The field tests were an excellent opportunity for students to experience state testing online,” said Assistant Principal Sr. Joanne Keppler. “Many of the questions were simulations or required students to perform an interactive investigation. While this week’s field tests were optional for Ohio’s schools, NDCL elected to participate to be sure that our students, staff, and infrastructure are well-prepared when the actual tests go live next year.”

To accommodate the number of test-takers, Phil LeMay, the school’s technology director, temporarily transformed the Pat and Janet O’Brien Center into a giant computerized testing center.

“Having more than 70 students logging in at the same time to the testing site enabled us to check the various elements of our tech capacity,” Sr. Joanne explained. “Thanks to the cooperation of everyone, especially our students, all went smoothly.”

Beginning in 2014-15, high school students throughout the state will be required to take a series of online end-of-course exams in physical science, biology, algebra I, algebra II, geometry, English 9, English 10, English 11, American history and American government. The exams represent one dimension of the nationwide focus on ensuring that high school graduates are ready of the challenges of college and careers.

“We are very glad to have had this ‘test-run’ before these tests become mandatory next year,” Sr. Joanne added.

Link Leader Retreat

On March 31, 12 junior and senior NDCL Link Leaders facilitated a community-building mini-retreat for the fifth through eighth-grade students of Sacred Heart of Jesus Academy in South Euclid.

Through a series of high-energy and reflective activities, the link leaders empowered the students to connect with one another and to make a personal commitment to follow the patron of their school by taking the heart of Jesus as their example.

Assistant Principal Vincent Bonacci, Principal Joseph A. Waler, Director of Counseling Rachel Siegel and Director of Admissions Michael Suso joined the link leaders for the retreat.

Students of the Month

Each month, NDCL’s academic departments recognize students for their exceptional accomplishments in the classroom.

March’s honorees by department are:

English – sophomore Sidney Fimiani; modern language – sophomore Lindsey Price; mathematics – freshman Abigail Kowalczyk; performing arts – senior Kelsey O’Hara; theology – sophomore Hailey Wilson; health and physical education – freshman Morgan Uveges; science – senior Paige Evans; technology – sophomore Chandler Brandetsas; social studies – senior Marissa Gerbitz; family studies – sophomore Joseph Lipnicki; visual arts – senior Xiaoting Wei; and business – senior Dominic DiFranco.

Bloodmobile Collects 30+ Units

The American Red Cross and NDCL’s Future Medical Careers Club thank all who donated in the final blood drive of the school year on April 4. According to the Red Cross, the more than 30 units of blood collected will provide life-saving help to more than 100 patients.

This drive would not happen without the hard work of science teachers Carlotta Mack and Maureen Wahl and members of the Future Medical Careers Club, especially juniors Lili Meadows and Jackie Gueulette.

A special thank you goes to Mangia Mangia! in Newbury for donating pizza to the drive.

Support Fight To “Kick” Cancer

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Notre Dame Elementary School students will once again partner to help to “kick” pediatric cancer by holding its third annual Kick-It game on May 5 from 3:15-6:30 p.m. at NDCL’s Lozick Field at Lion Stadium.

Founded by a 10-year-old boy with cancer, Kick-It is an opportunity for students to support their classmate and make a difference in their community. Students collect donations with classmates and have a friendly competition with other classrooms to raise money.

To celebrate, the students will play kickball. The afternoon will be filled with games, food, and crafts for all ages.

Last year, Christian Leadership students used their creativity to raise funds, including the KickBald campaign. Together, they raised over $20,000 for pediatric cancer. Students will once again raise money and “go bald” before the game.

The day will officially kick off with a pancake Breakfast Club: Breakfast of Champions from 8-9:15 a.m. The cost is $5 and can be charged against available balances on students’ Aladdin lunch accounts.

Breakfast tickets, online team sign-ups, and KickBald registration began April 7. Individual players who raise $50 in donations will receive a free event T-shirt.

KickBald participation is limited to those who raise $100 or more. Teams will be limited to 10 NDCL students. Each NDES team will consist of four to five students who will be paired with an NDCL team. This year, one can email and Facebook people to support one’s participation, all from the Kick-It website.

Join the game by registering teams and players online.

For information, email Campus Minister Beth Davis or call her at 440-279-1059.

Register For Summer Camp

This summer NDCL will sponsor summer camps for elementary school students entering grades 3-8. Sports camps currently offered are: baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls soccer foot skills, strength and conditioning, boys and girls tennis and girls volleyball.

For dates, time and camp descriptions, visit

Questions should be directed to Athletic Director Frank Platzar or call 440-279-1072.

Spring Open House

NDCL will host a family open house for prospective students and their families on April 15, from 6-8 p.m. NDCL students, parents, teachers, administrators and coaches will be on hand to share the spirit, energy and opportunities that are all part of the NDCL experience.

For more information about NDCL, email Director of Admissions Michael Suso at or call 440-279-1088.

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