Tots learn maple sugaring

Timbertots, ages 3 to 5 with adults, can explore the outdoors with hands-on activities to discover where and how to get real maple syrup from 1-2 p.m. March 15 and 10-11 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. March 16 at Swine Creek Reservation Woods Edge, 16004 Hayes Road in Middlefield. The program is entirely outdoors so dress for the weather. All who attend, including adults and siblings, must register by phone at 440-286-9516. Strollers are not recommended.

Register for adventure camps

Registration opens March 20 for the Geauga Park District’s Adventure Day Camp, which includes kayaking, hiking, biking, fishing and exploring stream life, among other activities, at various parks in the county.

Early summer sessions will take place at the West Woods’ Affelder House for campers in grades five through seven the weeks of June 7, 21 and 28; the week of June 14 is for campers entering grades eight through 10. In later sessions, campers will explore different parks each morning. These are for campers entering grades five through seven the weeks of July 12, 26 and Aug. 2; the week of July 19 is for campers entering grades eight through 10. Additionally, X-Treme Days for campers entering grades eight through 10 will take place June 30 and July 14 and 28.

For more information on these programs (including fees) or to register, call 440-286-9516 or visit

NDCL reports high achievement

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and their impact on school life, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School students excelled in their studies during the first semester of this academic year, the school reported.

In a video presentation to the NDCL community, Principal Joseph A. Waler shared students’ academic achievement as reflected by their semester grades.

According to first-semester grade reports, 34 percent of students earned First Honors (4.00 GPA and above), 34 percent earned Second Honors (3.50-3.99 GPA) and 10 percent earned a place on the Merit Roll (3.25-3.49 GPA).

“Since last March, school life has been significantly impacted by the pandemic and the health protocols that seek to contain it, especially the relentless cycle of 14-day quarantines we experienced in the first semester,” explained Mr. Waler. “While COVID-19 could have easily derailed students’ academic progress, they and their teachers rose to the challenge to continue NDCL’s tradition of academic excellence.”

New CCP class available

Through Ohio’s College Credit Plus (CCP) program, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School offers college-credit courses on their campus, providing students with the opportunity to begin their undergraduate degrees now while saving in university tuition.

Beginning next fall, NDCL will offer a new college-level American history class that may be taken as early as sophomore year, bringing the school’s total number of available CCP courses to 15.

College Credit Plus is a state-sponsored program that gives qualified secondary school students the opportunity to enroll in courses that carry both high school and college credit. In most cases, the college tuition is paid by the state. Families must complete a separate application and funding request with the Ohio Department of Education in order to enroll.

NDCL celebrates Week for Life

The Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School community marked the culmination of Respect Life Month with prayer, learning and action to celebrate life.

Led by Director of Campus Ministry Halle McKeon and Director of Student Leadership Ben Lozar, NDCL focused on a different life issue each day, including abortion, the death penalty, human trafficking and racism. Video announcements featured statistics and references to Catholic social teaching as reflected in the documents of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Last week, students participated in the Mass for Life at Saint John Cathedral and a period of Eucharistic adoration in NDCL’s Annunciation Chapel.

They linked their learning and prayer to practical action that promotes life by donating 20 baby carriers to Zelie’s Home, a community of support for mothers and their children.

NDES places in Power of Pen

Two weeks ago, Notre Dame Elementary School eighth-graders Emily Vieira, Amelia Montoni, Gianna Worley, Anna Gracon, Sophia Lee and Sarah Boehnlein participated in the district Power of the Pen tournament. The eighth-grade team placed first in the team awards during the award ceremony on Jan. 23.

Amelia placed fifth overall. Anna Gracon placed second along with best of round for one of her stories. Over half of the team will be moving on to the regional tournament, taking place on March 13.

Power of the Pen is a creative writing tournament with three 40-minute writing sessions. Each student writes one story in each round, which judges then read and score between 75 and 100 points.

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