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Filmmaker Directs Writing Workshops

Los Angeles writer and director Nichol Simmons, a 1987 CJ graduate, shared a unique lesson with students at her alma mater during the first few weeks of school this September.

On a short return trip to the Dayton area, the filmmaker volunteered to offer screenwriting workshops to sophomore English and senior creative writing students over two school days. Student-participants were introduced to the nuances of screenwriting and reminded of the importance of “showing vs. telling,” while learning about the emphasis placed on plot and character development in the movie business.

CJ Among Nation's Top Schools

So just how does Chaminade Julienne, a Catholic high school located in downtown Dayton, Ohio, stack up against other schools across the country?

According to Jay Mathews – Washington Post columnist, New York Times best-selling author, and creator of the High School Challenge Index – the numbers dictate CJ ranks among the most challenging educational institutions in America in terms of preparing students, across all levels, for the academic rigors of college.

Teachers Invite Parents Into the Classroom

Less than a week after welcoming students to campus for the start of the 2012-13 school year, CJ formally opened its doors for parents to follow their child’s schedule at Meet the Teacher night August 28.

Thanks to everyone who made time to stop by and meet members of the faculty and staff. If you were unable to attend, or would like to discuss your child’s individual progress, please contact his or her teacher directly to schedule a time to meet.

 

INTRODUCING NEW FACULTY & STAFF

Teacher Encounters Turkish Culture Abroad

Social studies teacher Tony Ricciuto spent two weeks studying and sight-seeing in Turkey this summer as part of an exclusive, all-expenses paid international tour of the country.

As one of three area educators selected by the Dayton Council on World Affairs to take part in the two-week cultural study, Ricciuto joined about 30 other teachers from across the United States who spent June 29 through July 12 immersed in Turkish architecture, history, art, education and faith life.

Summer Break on the British Isles

Just days after penciling in final exam answers this past June, a group of CJ students were off collecting passport stamps in the countries comprising the British Isles. Their time spent in Eastern Europe June 11-21 was equal parts leisure and learning.

Traveler Courteney Muhl, ‘13, detailed the group’s daily experiences – and the lessons each presented – during the Eagles’ 10-day stay on the other side of the Atlantic.

Celebrating July 4 with Friends from Spain

A couple of CJ students reunited with their correspondants from Spain this July 4 and celebrated America’s birthday with the friends they first encountered overseas during the second semester of the 2011-12 school year.

Since rendezvousing  with pen pals on their nine-day trip to Madrid in March 2012, soon-to-be seniors Maria Chabali and Maria Wade have brushed up on their Spanish and are now returning the hospitality this summer to three students from Colegio Santa Ana y San Rafael, a Marianist sister school located in the country’s capital city.

Celebrating Milestones in Catholic Education

Several CJ faculty and staff members were recognized for their career service and achievements Tuesday, May 1 at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Miami Valley Catholic Schools Teacher Recognition Banquet.

The annual banquet recognizes educators for their dedication to Catholic schools, the Catholic Church, and those students and families who choose Catholic education. Dr. Jim Rigg, superintendent of schools, welcomed honorees while Rev. Joseph R. Binzer, auxiliary bishop of Cincinnati, read the invocation.

CJ Artists, Writers Remember Holocaust

Ten CJ visual art and writing students were acknowledged for their award-winning entries in the Max May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest at the Dayton Area Yom Hashoah Observance Thursday, April 19 at the Beth Abraham Synagogue.

CJ students were among winners selected from various Miami Valley high schools and middle schools who entered the contest across two divisions for grades 5-8 (Div. I) and 9-12 (Div. II). Those recognized for their work at the annual observance included:

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A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar

CJ English and performing arts students were audibly transported back to the Post Civil War Era Wednesday morning as they experienced the work of 19th century poet Paul Laurence Dunbar through music, song and the spoken word.

A special presentation of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”: A Celebration of Paul Laurence Dunbar, featuring poet Dr. Herbert W. Martin, soprano Dr. Minnita Daniel-Cox, and collaborative pianist John Benjamin, was performed for select classes April 18 in the auditorium.

Augsburg Exchange Students Visit Dayton

Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell welcomed German exchange students to the Gem City April 16 during a morning reception at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School as part of an annual youth exchange program sponsored by the Dayton Sister Cities Committee.

Nineteen high school students hailing from Germany’s Jakob-Fugger Gymansium gathered with their hosts from CJ in the library to share breakfast and exchange gifts before spending the day shadowing their American counterparts in the classroom.

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