Anna Deegan of Pepper Pike, from left, Madeline Cipolla of Chardon and Sydney Cashier of Russell, a few of Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s newest graduates, show off their diplomas as they celebrate their new status as NDCL alumnae following commencement on May 24.

Teens artists meet at library

Teens are welcome to join the Gates Mills Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 1491 Chagrin River Road, to experiment with various types of art and artistic media, today (Thursday) from 3:30-5 p.m. All materials are provided, but feel free to bring in your own art or art supplies. Registration is requested for this free program at 440-423-4808.

Young Explorers tackle climate change

Young Explorers in grades kindergarten to five are welcome to come to the Chagrin Falls Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library to explore climate change and its impact locally and globally, June 11 at 4 p.m., as part of the Chautauqua-in-Chagrin series. Registration requested for this free program at 440-247-3556.

NDES graduation celebrations

End of the year celebrations began at Notre Dame Elementary School with the closing school mass presided by Father Peter Soohyun Bang on May 27. This annual mass not only celebrated the end of the year but also signified the end of elementary school for the eighth-graders and the passing of the leadership to our new student leaders in seventh grade. During the mass, siblings of eighth-graders presented heartfelt farewell messages to their siblings. The day ended with the traditional eighth-grade Clap Out.

On May 28, NDES held their eighth grade graduation ceremony and reception. Michelle Mulchin and her team of volunteers planned the reception, Kim Dixon and her team of volunteers created the graduation photo boards and Melissa Lazuka captured each of the graduates with a special keepsake photo.

Pre-kindergarten students celebrated their graduation on May 28 as they prepare to move on to kindergarten. On May 29, kindergarten held their graduation in the auditorium, followed by a picnic reception.

Fifth-graders host Newton Carnival

Notre Dame Elementary School fifth-graders used every minute of the school year, building and testing carnival games that exhibited foundational concepts in energy and force. Students shared their creations with second- and third-graders at Newton’s Carnival.

Girls on the Run wrap up first year

This year, Notre Dame Elementary School started the first annual Girls on the Run team at the school. Twenty girls and six coaches participated in this national program, which focuses on building leadership skills for girls in grades three through five. They had 20 lessons on a variety of leadership topics. As part of the wellness topics, the girls were challenged physically to set a personal goal and complete a 5K at the end of the program. Many of them competed in three races over the last few months. 

NDCL’s 29th commencement

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School celebrated the achievements of 160 members of its Class of 2019 during the school’s 29th annual commencement ceremony on May 24 at the Mentor Fine Arts Center.

Paul Wilkes, a 1956 graduate of Cathedral Latin, delivered the commencement address. A journalist and author with degrees from Marquette and Columbia, Mr. Wilkes has written extensively about individual spirituality as well as the role of religion in public and personal lives.

Mr. Wilkes urged the newest alumni to look beyond degrees, promotions and possessions to ask themselves, “How will I make the world better by my life?” He suggested that they use that simple but powerful question as a short prayer to begin each day.

Two earn highest possible ACT scores

The ACT recently announced that Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin juniors Justin Satterlee of West Farmington and Julia Tripodo of Chagrin Falls earned the highest possible ACT composite score of 36, placing them in the top two-tenths of one percent of nearly 2 million students who took the popular college admissions exam.

In a letter recognizing their exceptional achievement, ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda said, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. Your exceptional scores will provide any college or university with ample evidence of your readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.”

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite is the average of the four test scores.

Schoolwide, NDCL’s ACT scores are now at their highest levels in school history. Students’ achievement on the ACT was a key factor in NDCL’s selection as the only high school in Ohio to win the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award this year.

Three earn service awards

Following Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin’s Baccalaureate Mass on May 16, three students received the Sister Jacquelyn Gusdane Service Award for exemplifying service that impacts, inspires and transforms the world.

President Michael Bates and Principal Joseph A. Waler presented the prestigious award to junior Julia Tripodo of Chagrin Falls, sophomore Barry Markiewich of Chester and freshman Lindsey Johnson of Chagrin Falls.

Lindsey’s service involved work at the American Cancer Society’s Discovery Shop in Chardon. Barry was part of the team that NDCL sent to Jamaica last summer to build community recreational facilities in partnership with Courts for Kids, while Julia welcomed and assisted patients at the Cleveland Clinic as they registered for their medical appointments.

Judges for the award considered the students’ service as well as the creative presentations they developed to share their experiences with others. Lindsey, Barry and Julia reflected on their service experiences through text, drawings, photographs and even video.

The annual award honors the legacy of Sister Jacquelyn Gusdane, a transformational servant leader who served as NDCL’s president from 2007-2017.

St. Mary named banner school

St. Mary School of Chardon has been named a Cleveland Clinic Banner School for the third consecutive year. The school has been recognized for going above and beyond in leveraging civic education programming to advance our students. According to Cleveland Clinic, civic education offers programs designed to promote health and wellness, academic achievement and career preparedness for students in grades kindergarten through 12.

By meeting stringent implementation and participation criteria, Banner Schools maximize student enrichment, promote continuous programmatic improvement and earn a distinction shared by fewer than 39 percent of the 126 schools in seven states that participated in 2018-2019 civic education programming.

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