December 2010

Feature Team of the Week

The Lady Eagles basketball team has gotten off to a sizzling hot start this winter, and there was no slowing down Monday night when the season's first feature team of the week hosted—both on and off the court—a group of hoopsters from Down Under.

The Australian Capitol Territory select basketball team arrived in Dayton just hours before their game against CJ’s varsity squad (5-1 overall, 4-0 GGCL) in which the Eagles recorded a sound 56-24 victory, but the team’s short stay in the buckeye state was about more than basketball.

Both sets of girls exchanged gifts before the game and shared a home-cooked meal following the final whistle. The Aussies were then welcomed to spend the night with newly-formed friends at the homes of CJ basketball families. The stop in Dayton, just one of many on the Australian team’s summer trip to the United States, was capped off Tuesday morning with a short tour of the halls of Chaminade Julienne High School.

“It was a great experience, they were all just so nice,” said junior Raytea Long. Teammate and fellow junior Emily Michael agreed, adding she felt honored to host the team.  “It was fun to see and compare their culture to ours,” Michael stated.

Long and Michael together with junior Simonne Gage serve as CJ team co-captains, and the trio of underclassmen hope to surpass last season’s exciting tournament run to the regional finals by leading the Eagles to state in 2011 with the help of five seniors (pictured below).

“It’s an honor to be a captain, but I still look up to the seniors on this team,” Michael said. “They all work so hard and it inspires me to work hard.”

Starting off where they finished last season, the Lady Eagles have worked their way into a tie atop the GGCL Grey North conference by beating league rivals Purcell Marian, McNicholas, and most recently Fenwick. CJ looks to improve its winning streak to five games Monday, Dec. 20, when the girls tip-off at 7:30 p.m. against area opponent Fairborn at Fairborn Baker Middle School.

CJ Students Sign Carols

CJ faculty and staff were treated to a unique brand of caroling performances Friday during periods 2, 3 and 5 when students taking American Sign Language stopped by to sign—not sing—a few classic Christmas favorites.

Every December, students in Mrs. Judi MacLeod’s American Sign Language (ASL) I and II classes take time away from the classroom to showcase what they have learned by signing Christmas carols with their hands for those in the Welcome Center and the guidance office.

“It’s nice to get into the Christmas spirit and it is a fun way to practice expressive language,” MacLeod said.

While the day is a fun time for all parties involved, it can be nerve-racking for performers who each get graded on how well he or she signs. Caroling counts as one section of the ASL first semester exam and is worth one-third of the students’ test grade.

“The kids are usually a little embarrassed and scared,” MacLeod admitted. “They’re performing and that is really hard, but we get welcomed back every year we do it.”

Audiences this year listened and watched as four small groups of period 2 students signed O Holy Night, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, with MacLeod providing vocals.

Darrien Howard, a sophomore taking ASL I, found his first CJ caroling experience to be challenging, but enjoyable. “It was interesting because it is not like your normal day in language class,” he said. “Other than it being hard, it was a lot of fun.”

STEMM Idol Speaker

Guest speaker Tom Hesse, an architect with the downtown Dayton firm John Poe Architects, met with students in the CIL Tuesday during all homerooms to discuss opportunities in architecture as part of December’s STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, Hesse earned his Masters of Architecture from the Ohio State University before working on his first professional project designing the addition to the Kettering Recreation Complex. He is currently a member of the American Association of Architects (AIA) and achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the United States Green Building Council.

“Architecture is the art and science of designing environments where people live, work and play,” said Hesse during his lecture. Students were able to see photos and computer-generated 3-D renderings of a few of his firm’s projects, including some he helped design such as the Fort Rapids Indoor Water Park in Columbus.

Along with having the opportunity to work on fun projects like community centers and aquatic complexes, Hesse pointed out that architects can also incorporate their personal faith into projects by being socially conscience and keeping sustainability in mind.

“It is important to have a solid foundation in math and science plus a sense of art and design, but there are a lot of niches for people with different interests,” he said.  Although John Poe Architects specializes in health care and recreation, the firm—located just a few blocks northwest of CJ—has been involved in everything from making renovations for Dayton Daily News facilities to building condominiums.

The firm has received a number of awards for its work, and most recently garnered an Honors Award from the AIA Dayton Chapter for the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, which is also the site of this year's Christmas concert Sounds of the Season Friday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m.

CJ Surpasses Donation Goals

During this year's annual Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, held November 15-22, Chaminade Julienne students, faculty, and staff successfully surpassed the school's donation goals by collecting more than $2,500 and 2,000 items for people in need.

“I am always inspired by the way our CJ community steps up to give and to serve,” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service. “Our students are called to be people of compassion, integrity and service, and this is one great example of how they do that.”

Monetary donations are being given to two international hunger relief organizations: Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States; and Oxfam, a collaboration of 14 different non-governmental organizations from three countries working worldwide to fight poverty and injustice.

Donated non-perishable food items, toiletries and clothing will all be delivered to local organizations including Catholic Social Services, The Food Bank, St. Vincent’s and the Dayton Children’s Hospital. Members of FLIGHT (pictured above), helped organize events, collected donations from first period classes, and assisted with adding quotes and statistics about each issue to CJ’s daily morning prayer.

“We are also blessed to have a faculty and staff who live out their faith on a daily basis and model this to our students,” Kinnear said.  In addition to collecting donations, students as well as faculty and staff also helped prepare bag lunches and hot meals on Wednesday and Thursday to feed more than 350 people at St. Vincent’s and the House of Bread. Because of everyone’s tremendous effort, the school will be rewarded a day off later in the year.