Enjoy the ‘X-treme’ winter

Grades five through 10 can enjoy the Geauga Park District’s “X-treme Winter Fun Day” from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 10 in Orchard Hills Park, 11340 Caves Road in Chester. Try snowshoes, bring a sled for downhill rides, learn about winter wildlife and enjoy hot cocoa and s’mores by the open fire. Dress for the weather. This is a drop-off program; all participants must have a signed waiver. Registration is required at 440-286-9516 or www.geaugaparkdistrict.org. COVID-19 safety practices will be followed.

Students, teachers power up

Winter storms and heavy snow earlier this month brought down hundreds of tree limbs and power lines, cutting electricity to the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin campus for three days.

The electrical problems delayed the start of fully live-streamed learning – originally scheduled to begin on Dec. 1 – until Dec. 7. Last month, NDCL announced that all courses would transition to live-streaming for the final three weeks of the first semester to stem the tide of COVID-19 infections and quarantines.

When live-streaming classes resumed last week, teachers were sure to engage their students in interactive Zoom sessions, according to NDCL, as they conducted their lessons from their classrooms.

“Our students’ participation in live-streaming has been absolutely outstanding,” commented Principal Joseph A. Waler. He said this level of attendance was much better than a typical in-person school day, especially during the pandemic.

“Thanks to careful planning on our end and our students’ extensive experience with our Blackboard learning management system, we have had no significant issues with technology,” he added. “The versatility of the videoconferencing services and instructional software in the hands of our expert teachers is really quite remarkable.”

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