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Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin News for Nov. 28
November 28, 2013 by karen | No Comments

Polar Express to Academic Success Program Starting

NDCL is unveiling a new program this holiday season — The Polar Express to Academic Success — an exciting new program to support NDCL freshmen as they prepare for their first experience of semester exams in high school.

The Link Crew, National Honor Society and faculty will help ninth-graders prepare for semester exams after school on Dec. 9, from 3-5 p.m.

Using the theme of a train ride, the Polar Express to Academic Success will feature a series of sessions or “whistle stops,” including: time management and calendar planning; test-prep strategies; test-taking skills; relaxation and focusing techniques; and content help in the various subjects.

Because Santa and NDCL believe so much in this program and the benefits that will be gained from it, each student who completes the program on Dec. 9 will earn a special certificate good for a 5 percent bonus on one exam of his or her choice, redeemable at the time of the exam. While this bonus is only good for one exam, the skills learned through the entire Polar Express experience should boost performance on every exam a student takes.

“Learning those skills is the whole point of the program,” explained Assistant Principal Denice Teeples. “We know that it is common for freshmen to struggle with their first high school exams. The Polar Express addresses this concern by getting the students’ attention and creating positive, shared momentum for studying.”

Teeples credits science teacher Nathan Smith, Director of Counseling Rachel Siegel and Assistant Principal Vincent Bonacci for conceiving the Polar Express idea as part of their work with the Link Crew program. Link Crew trains juniors and seniors to support freshmen spiritually, socially, personally, and academically throughout their first year of high school.

Winter Placement Test

Eighth-graders who intend to seek admission to NDCL next year should be sure to register now for the winter scholarship/placement test on Dec. 7, from 8-11 a.m.

For more information about any aspect of the admissions process, email Mr. Suso or call him at 440-279-1088.

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