Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin is a Catholic,
co-educational, college preparatory school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
Like Mary, who gave Christ to the world, NDCL educates leaders who transform the world, as Jesus did, by living the truth in love.
Hammers swing, dust flies as construction begins on exciting facility enhancements
Students and teachers were barely out the door at the end of the school year as crews arrived to begin work on two exciting facility enhancements: construction of our new Annunciation Chapel and campus ministry center and the installation of new lockers for all students.
"These projects began so quickly because of the support and generosity of our donors," commented President Sister Jacquelyn Gusdane. "Our intent is to have the renovated chapel and campus ministry gathering area and offices ready for the opening of school in August."
Sister Jacquelyn explained that the new stained glass windows for Annunciation Chapel will not be installed until September because of the time-consuming process required to create each window by hand. Artists from Henninger's, Inc., are building the windows in their studio on Cleveland's West Side. Wojcik Builders, Inc., of Oakwood is the general contractor for the entire chapel project.
and the desire for
a prayerful worship space have guided
us in planning the chapel renovation.
"Light, simplicity, and the desire for a prayerful worship space have guided us in planning the chapel renovation," Sister Jacquelyn stressed.
The chapel project is just one of the capital improvements now underway. Workers from Rayhaven, Inc., of Richfield have been already removed our 1,000+ old lockers in preparation for the installation of new lockers for all of our students later this summer. The new lockers' contemporary blue-and-gold color scheme will brighten the look of our corridors and give students far more room to store their coats, backpacks, textbooks, and other supplies.
Sister Jacquelyn expressed her gratitude to the students, families, staff, and friends of NDCL who helped us raise all of the money needed for the locker project in less than one month.
"We're also especially grateful to our friends at the Cardinal Community Credit Union for offering a $35 match for deposits toward the locker project," Sister Jacquelyn said. "Cardinal's support created energy and enthusiasm that helped us reach our goal with lightning speed."
THE CALM BEFORE THE CONSTRUCTION STORM: Here's how the chapel looked the day before the construction crews arrived to begin work on our new Annunciation Chapel and campus ministry center.
NOW A CLEAN SLATE: With nearly all previous surfaces removed, the chapel space is now ready to be transformed by artists and craftsmen into our new Annunciation Chapel.
UNLOCKING THE PAST: Crews from Rayhaven, Inc. remove more than 1,000 old lockers during the first week of June. Their work uncovered hundreds of bits of history that had slipped behind the lockers over the past 52 years.
Locker removal opens up trove of memories
Crews removing our old lockers earlier this month churned up more than dust as they uncovered fascinating bits and pieces of the lives of students who stored their belongings in our corridors over the past 52 years.
"We found all sorts of really interesting things that had slipped behind and between the lockers over the years: personal notes, brochures, library and detention notices, handbooks, and autographed senior photos," explained Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler. "We even found some photo negatives. Remember those?"
Here's just a sampling of some of our interesting finds:
BARGAIN PRICES: According to this pamphlet on college
costs from the 1980s that we found under a locker, tuition was just $1,120 at a typical four-year public
college. Tuition at a private college? Only $4,976!
Compare that today's average tuition prices as listed on the College Board website:
Public college: $9,410
Private college: $32,410
WONDER WHAT THE FINE WOULD BE?
Here's hoping Mary Ann Clark returned the book listed on this overdue notice from the Notre Dame Academy library in October 1978.
IT'S PROBABLY TOO LATE TO GET CREDIT:
We'll never know if Connie Warren turned in this biology assignment from September 16, 1968.
THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY:
Check out this brochure touting the features of "the first big office electric typewriter for classroom use." The machine promises crisp and clear impressions on carbon copies. Explaining those to today's students would be a history lesson in itself!
NOW WHAT ARE
Incredibly, in the debris under the old lockers Mr. Waler and Sister Joanne Keppler found this steno notebook cover belonging to Gina Gruttadauria '83, whom we now know as Gina McVey, executive assistant to President Sister Jacquelyn Gusdane.
Seniors should register now for App Fest
Members of our Class of 2017 should register now
for our popular College App Fest, scheduled for August 8-10 right here at NDCL.
App Fest gives seniors a jump start on these important aspects of the college application process:
- complete online college applications under the careful guidance of NDCL's counselors
- brainstorm college essay topics
- meet one-on-one with admissions counselors from colleges and universities for personalized feedback on their essays
These 14 colleges and universities will participate in App Fest 2016:
Case Western Reserve University
College of Wooster
John Carroll University
University of Alabama
University of Dayton
University of South Carolina
Questions? Email Director of Counseling Mrs. Rachel Siegel or call her at 440.279.1061.
Check out Students of the Month, Honor Roll
Each month our academic departments salute individual students for their outstanding achievement in the classroom. Check out this month's honorees here.
The Honor Roll for the second semester is also now online. Students received honor certificates with their report cards through the mail earlier this month.
Commencement video available on demand
Thanks to our friends at G-TV, video of NDCL's commencement is now available on demand—and for free! To re-live the moments as 164 students received their diplomas on May 27, visit the G-TV website. You'll need to click on '16 NDCL Programming from the menu on the left side of the screen.
Precision Orthopaedics offers convenient
sports physicals for NDCL athletes on June 21
Precision Orthopaedic Specialties, Inc., will offer sports physicals for NDCL athletes at the special price of just $20 on June 21. Complete details for scheduling an appointment are available here.
NDCL acronym takes on new meaning:
North Dakota, Changing Lives
A team of 15 NDCL students and teachers traveled last week to Saint Ann's Mission in Belcourt, North Dakota, to assist at a summer camp for middle school children of the Chippewa Native American Reservation.
While there, the Lions also helped the staff move the entire contents of the mission's 1920s-era school building to a newer facility.
"The old building required too many repairs to bring it up to code, so we helped them move everything from the K-8 classrooms plus the library and kitchen to a building constructed in 1999," explained English teacher Ms. Vicki Frabotta, one of four NDCL teachers who participated on the mission trip.
"Our kids were great. The staff thought the move was going to take more than two weeks, but we did it in two days. The Saint Ann's principal and staff were very appreciative," she added.
This was NDCL's first mission trip to North Dakota. Theology teacher Miss Jill Zeszut, who served there after graduating from college, connected us with the Saint Ann Mission community.
ON MISSION TO TRANSFORM THE WORLD: These four teachers and 11 students spent a week living and serving among the Chippewa people in Belcourt, North Dakota.
FUN IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS:
(Above) Junior Ray Schmidlin gets caught in the middle of a "Mario Cart" race. (Right) Junior Josh Szabo paddles a canoe full of Saint Ann middle school students.
NDCL joins Circle of Prayer for RNC
President Sister Jacquelyn Gusdane invites everyone in the NDCL community to join with many others throughout greater Cleveland in a commitment to circle the City of Cleveland in prayer before the Republican National Convention (RNC) this summer.
This initiative stems from a partnership of women religious throughout the Diocese of Cleveland. Sister Jacquelyn encourages everyone to download this prayer and to pray it individually, with your family, or with those at your workplace. May peace prevail in our city so that all participating or watching the RNC will experience welcome, warmth, graciousness, and openness.
Register now ‘fore’ Golf Classic on August 5
We invite all parents, alumni, and friends to join us for the Lions Golf Classic on Friday, August 5, at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course. The scramble-format outing begins at 9:00 AM. Winking Lizard will cater a delicious barbecue lunch. All proceeds benefit Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin and Notre Dame Elementary Schools.
Special thanks to Earn It! Athletic Academy, our title sponsor for this year's Golf Classic.
Booster membership offers range of benefits
Our Athletic Boosters invite you to become a member of the NDCL Booster Club, which supports all of our sports through scholarships and purchases of athletic equipment.
In the past year alone, the Boosters awarded 12 senior scholarships, funded athletic projects, and sponsored tournaments and events at NDCL. The main source of our funding is Booster Club memberships.
A number of membership levels are available, some of which include premium benefits such a preferred and reserved parking at home football games, free game admission, and even custom stadium seats.
For details, download the membership form. Membership deadline is August 8.
Register now for Lion Summer Camps
Time is running short and spaces are filling up fast for NDCL's Lion Summer Camps!
This year our Athletic Department will sponsor 10 different camp sessions for basketball, volleyball, football, lacrosse, tennis, baseball, and soccer.