The Catalyst

Grading scale change raises most students’ grades

Kaitlyn Lopez, Staff Writer

1 hour ago

This past December, NDB implemented a new grading scale. Many students were in shock after the sudden change only one week before the fall semester finals.  The school’s previous grading scale had A’s ranging from 94 ...

Q&A with Epicurean chef Sven Dickinson

Clair Sapilewski, Contributing Writer

1 hour ago

Contributing Writer Clair Sapilewski sat down with Epicurean Executive Chef Sven Dickinson to talk about planning, cooking, and serving meals for the NDB community.   The Catalyst (TC): How did you become interested in co...

Juniors to celebrate the new Roaring 2020s

Kaitlyn Lopez, Staff Writer

1 hour ago

On Thursday evening, the junior class will christen the new Roaring Twenties with the Gatsby Ball.  The Dining Room will be converted into a ballroom with dinner, live music, and dancing for the class to celebrate its studies ...

Sister classes go to battle for Dollar Wars

Victoria Giomi, News Editor

1 hour ago

During the past two weeks, the Hallmarks in Action board escalated its annual Penny Wars into Dollar Wars.  The “battlefield” was the bulletin board located outside of the reflection space where students dropped off pape...

Community welcomes the Year of the Rat

Emma Tsui, Staff Writer

1 hour ago

On Monday, January 27, the NDB community celebrated Chinese New Year with an extended lunch for a special menu and activities and games.  The event is an annual NDB tradition sponsored by the Chinese Knot Club. Lunch included Ch...

Behind the scenes: ASB prepares for Aquacades

Annalee Wolfe, Staff Writer

1 hour ago

Aquacades is just around the corner since it has been moved up to the night of Friday, March 20 because spring break is a little bit later this year. With this year’s theme being Citycades, be prepared to experience a range ...

Valentine’s Day at NDB: Celebrating friendships and relationships

Amelia Kyle, Managing Editor

1 hour ago

Valentine’s Day is a commercial holiday that is celebrated by people around the globe everywhere. People in relationships, young and old, spend the day giving special attention to their significant others and treat it like a seco...

Varsity Mock Trial team heads to county playoffs for first time

Caroline McCoy and Amelia Kyle

1 hour ago

After extensive preparation and hard work, the Mock Trial team has successfully completed their first three regular-season trials against other teams in the southern region of San Mateo County. After facing fierce competition...

News in Brief: November/December

Clair Sapilewski, Kaitlyn Lopez, and Mia Hernstadt

January 30, 2020

Community celebrates annual father-daughter dance by Clair Sapilewski Contributing Writer On Friday, November 15, NDB hosted its annual father-daughter dance. This year’s theme was 007 and featured the secret agent James B...

New grading scale implemented

by the Editorial Staff

January 30, 2020

Last week, NDB announced the school’s grading scale is changing immediately. In an effort to positively impact “the interpretation of high school grade scales in the UC admissions process,” the school has revamped its gra...

Students stress over too much homework

Zoe Spencer and Parker Daley

January 30, 2020

Homework. A near-universal component of education, proposed as a way to ensure students review and retain information taught during school hours. Some consider it busy work, and some consider it essential to ensuring that students...