March Students of the Month and April News at NDCL

NDCL students get the opportunity to test drive Ohio’s new online assessments

The first week of April, NDCL freshmen, sophomores, and juniors participated in field tests of Ohio’s next generation of computer-based assessments in science and social studies.

“The field tests were an excellent opportunity for students to experience state testing online,” said Assistant Principal Sister Joanne Keppler. “Many of the questions were simulations or required students to perform an interactive investigation. While this week’s field tests were optional for Ohio’s schools, NDCL elected to participate to be sure that our students, staff, and infrastructure are well-prepared when the actual tests go live next year.”

To accommodate the number of test-takers, NDCL Technology Director Mr. Phil LeMay temporarily transformed the Pat and Janet O’Brien Center into a giant computerized testing center.

“Having more than 70 students logging in at the same time to the testing site enabled us to check the various elements of our tech capacity,” Sister Joanne explained. “Thanks to the cooperation of everyone, especially our students, all went smoothly.”

Beginning in 2014-2015, high school students throughout the state will be required to take a series of online end-of-course exams in Physical Science, Biology, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English 9, English 10, English 11, American History, and American Government. These exams represent one dimension of the nationwide focus on ensuring that high school graduates are ready for the challenges of college and careers.

“We are very glad to have had this ‘test-run’ before these tests become mandatory next year,” Sister Joanne added.

TESTING THE FIELDS: Junior Conner Washington (University Heights) concentrates as he navigates a U.S. history examination during this week's field test of Ohio's new online assessment system.
TESTING THE FIELDS: Junior Conner Washington (University Heights) concentrates as he navigates a U.S. history examination during this week’s field test of Ohio’s new online assessment system.

NDCL’s final bloodmobile collects over 30 units

The American Red Cross and NDCL’s Future Medical Careers Club thank all those who donated during the final blood drive of the year on Friday, April 4.

According to the Red Cross, the over 30 units of blood collected will provide life-saving help to over 100 patients.

This drive would not happen without the hard work of NDCL science teachers Mrs. Carlotta Mack and Miss Maureen Wahl and members of the Future Medical Careers Club, especially juniors Lili Meadows (Burton) and Jackie Gueulette (Cleveland Heights).

A special thank you to the Mangia Mangia! in Newbury for donating pizza to the drive.

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GIVING BLOOD, SAVING LIVES: Junior Nikki Martin (Huntsburg) and Claire Spech (Willoughby Hills) support senior Melissa Tannous (Willoughby Hills) at NDCL’s last Red Cross blood drive of the year on Friday.

NDCL Link Leaders help Sacred Heart of Jesus Academy students make connections

On Monday, March 31, 12 junior and senior NDCL Link Leaders facilitated a community-building mini-retreat for the fifth through eighth grade students of Sacred Heart of Jesus Academy in South Euclid.

Through a series of high-energy and reflective activities, our Link Leaders empowered the students to connect with one another and to make a personal commitment to follow the patron of their school by taking the heart of Jesus as their example.

NDCL’s Assistant Principal Mr. Vincent Bonacci, Principal Mr. Joseph A. Waler, Director of Counseling Mrs. Rachel Siegel, and Director of Admissions Mr. Michael Suso joined the Link Leaders for the retreat.

Pictured at the top of this story: FINDING COMMON BONDS: Senior John Kelley(Chagrin Falls) has fun with Sacred Heart of Jesus students as he helps them find new ways to connect with each other.

March Students of the Month

Each month NDCL’s academic departments recognize students for their exceptional accomplishments in the classroom. Check out this month’s honorees:

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