Notre Dame Elementary School student Parker Hegrat explains his project with judges at the school’s 22nd Annual Science and Engineering Fair.

NDES hold recorder concert

This fall, Notre Dame Elementary School third-graders began to learn how to play the recorder. This instrument lays the foundation for further musical studies. On Jan. 16, they put on a concert, where students showed how they have grown in their musical abilities.

Legal Lions advance to regional

For the fourth consecutive year, one of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s mock trial teams will advance to regional competition after successfully arguing in district trials at the Lake County Courthouse on Jan. 18.

NDCL students won 10 individual awards, including local student, senior Hannah Taylor of Russell, winning best witnesses.

NDCL sponsored two teams in this year’s competition: the Legal Lions and the Northstars. The Legal Lions defeated Andrews Osborne and Lake Catholic to be among just five of 16 teams to advance to the regional trials. The Northstars won against Brush but lost in a close contest with Mentor despite earning three out of the four individual awards.

Each year mock trial teams throughout the state focus on a single case for district, regional and state competition. This year’s case involves a motion to suppress evidence obtained by prosecutors from a drone that hovered over the defendant’s home. Issues at trial include the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unlawful search and seizure and expectations of privacy. The team has already begun strategizing for the regional trials on Feb. 15.

NDCL dominates Fox8 Cool School

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin won Fox8’s Cool School by a huge margin, snagging 82 percent of the vote in the friendly competition against Saint Edward High School and Archbishop Hoban High School.

Reporter PJ Ziegler and a Fox8 camera crew will visit NDCL to shoot a video highlighting the people and opportunities that make the campus of faith and learning such a special place.

Fox8 will broadcast the video on Fox8 in the Morning and Fox8 News at 4 p.m. Two NDCL students will also appear on the “Coffee Quiz” on Fox8 in the Morning.

NDCL students win art awards

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin artists won a total of 17 individual awards, including two Best of Grade Awards, two Judges Awards, six Blue Seal Awards and seven Gold Seal Awards at the Annual Lake and Geauga Juried Student Art Awards Show.

Local winners include freshman Caitlin Hyslop of Chester (best of ninth grade and blue seal), senior Katie Lee of Chardon (judges award, blue seal and gold seal), senior Abigail Schmid of Newbury (blue seal and gold seal), junior David Beebe of Chardon (gold seal) and senior Valerie Raicevich of Chardon (gold seal).

The show, which is free and now open to the public at the Gallery at Lakeland Community College, closes with an awards ceremony and artists’ reception on Saturday at noon.

NDCL partners with Geauga library

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin has teamed up with Geauga County Public Library to expand students’ access to academic resources and information.

Library media specialist Amy Myers has arranged for all students to sign up for a 3 for Me Library Card, which unlocks free access to dozens of academic databases as well as hundreds of eBooks offered by GCPL. These digital resources will complement the great resources already offered through NDCL.

Mrs. Myers will also introduce and give students access to NDCL’s new eBook platform, Overdrive’s Sora. By simply entering their student ID codes, students will be able to check out eBooks from a catalog of hundreds of titles. There are no late fees because the eBooks disappear from users’ devices after the loan period expires.

US receives 79 Scholastic awards

University School had an impressive year at the 2019 Regional Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition, a national awards program. This marks the sixth consecutive year that US has achieved such a strong representation at the competition.

In the art competition, US students won six gold keys, 12 silver keys, and 14 honorable mentions. In the writing competition, US students won three gold keys, 21 silver keys, and 23 honorable mentions.

Students in grades 7-12 in Cuyahoga County submitted 3,600 pieces of artwork and writing samples to be judged. Gold key winners continue to the national competition in New York City. The student artwork is on exhibit through Saturday, in the Reinberger Gallery at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Local winners include sophomore Chris Moore of Russell (silver key, architecture and industrial design) and senior William Zhang of Chester (two silver keys, flash fiction and poetry).

Catholic Schools Week open house

The Notre Dame Elementary School held a special Mass and open house during Catholic Schools Week. Visitors toured the classrooms, met teachers and viewed the new multi-purpose room.

Laser printer makes its debut

This past Friday, representatives from Buckeye Educational Systems spent the day training Notre Dame Elementary School’s art and technology teachers on the new Epilog Laser system. The new fabrication tool, purchased with a grant through the McGinty Foundation, opens up opportunities to integrate technology and art, enriching the STEAM program.

Chicken soup with rice

Students from Jennifer Wachob’s class were inspired by Maurice Sendak’s book, “Chicken Soup With Rice.” Students followed a Crock-Pot recipe and warmed up on a cold wintry day, eating soup and singing songs about the months of the year. They also made a class book with their favorite types of soups with their illustrations.

NDES holds science, engineering fair

On Jan. 23, 229 first- through eighth-graders participated in Notre Dame Elementary School’s 22nd Annual Science and Engineering Fair. The fair is an opportunity for students to conduct independent research that either uses the scientific method or the engineering process.

Preparation for the science fair began in early fall with the selection of a topic. Students worked independently on their projects and were supervised by their science teacher at various check-in dates.

Students who qualify will compete in the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair at Cleveland State University and the Western Reserve District 5 Science Day at Akron University.

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