Food drive

Notre Dame Elementary School eight-graders Isabella Susel of Concord, from left, Maddy Slish of Mentor and Marysa Kellis of Chagrin Falls help organize food donations from the recent Campus that Cares Food Drive. Student Council organized the event, and food collected was donated to the Geauga Hunger Task Force.

Kindergarten readiness program

Children ages 4-5 with a caregiver are welcomed to the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, to help your preschooler make the transition into their first year of school, March 4 at 6 p.m. Explore hands-on activity stations together. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-423-4808.

Take apart tech

Teens in grades six to 12 are welcomed to Take Apart Tech at the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 100 E. Orange St., to have fun taking apart appliances, electronics and other stuff to see what’s inside, March 4 at 7 p.m. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-247-3556.

‘Under Pressure’ discussed

Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls Executive Director Lisa Damour will present on her just-released book “Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls,” at community forums March 4 for Laurel parents and alumnae and March 5 for the public, at Laurel’s Lyman Campus, 1 Lyman Circle in Shaker Heights. Light refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m. with the program at 7 p.m.

The discussion will focus on the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress and anxiety, stressors that girls in particular encounter at school and research-based practical fixes to help girls build strength and confidence. Copies of Dr. Damour’s book will be available for purchase and signing.

Legal Lions sweep their way to states

For the fourth consecutive year, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s mock trial team has advanced to the Ohio Mock Trial State Competition. The return trip to Columbus comes after the Legal Lions won both trials in regional competition at the Lake County Courthouse Feb. 15, beating strong teams from Mayfield High School and Mentor High School.

NDCL swept all four individual awards in both trials, including junior Pierce Thomas of Chester winning the best defense attorney award. The Lions will now prepare to compete on March 7-8 at the Franklin County Courthouse. The state finals will be argued in the Ohio Statehouse on March 9. English teacher Victoria Frabotta and Social Studies Department Chair Molly Schneider advise the team.

Juniors set high scores on practice ACT

Members of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s class of 2020 set new school records on every component of the full-length practice ACT they took last month as part of NDCL’s multi-faceted effort to prepare students for the statewide administration of the ACT next month.

NDCL scored the practice ACT in-house and returned detailed score reports to every junior on the same day they took the exam. Teachers also received comprehensive data on student performance so that they can target instruction to areas of relative weakness.

Students explore community maps

Under the guidance of Mrs. Gardner and Mrs. Davis, Notre Dame Elementary School first-grade students are studying neighborhoods and communities and how they can be represented by maps and models. Students are in the process of creating their own homes and additional buildings with the aid of NDES’s laser cutter, obtained through the generosity of the McGinty Family Foundation. This collaboration demonstrates how technology can make the project easier by creating nets for the students to use as buildings.

DiPuccio earns speech, debate award

Gilmour Academy junior Lena DiPuccio of Gates Mills was awarded the G. Robert Santo Speaker Excellence Award at the district speech and debate tournament held on Feb. 2 in Berea. The award is presented annually to the top competitor in the Cleveland district across all events. This is the first time a Gilmour student has been selected for this honor, and this is Lena’s first year of competition. Additionally, she has qualified for the state tournament, which will be held March 1-2 at Jackson Local Schools buildings. She will be competing in the original oratory category.

St. Valentine’s Day Celebrations

On Feb. 14, students across Notre Dame Elementary School enjoyed parties and fun in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Thank you to the many parent volunteers who helped to make the day so special for students.

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