Expanding the Classroom: English

Every day, CJ teachers are finding ways to expand the classroom for the benefit of students and colleagues. Through class trips, co-curricular competitions and clubs, guest presentations, professional development opportunities and more, faculty and staff are broadening horizons and pushing boundaries on the educational experience.

Take a closer look at what the English department is doing:

CJ Presents City Connects to Ohio Senate

Administration and staff at Chaminade Julienne testified before members of the Ohio Senate Feb. 26 about the effectiveness of the school’s dynamic student support program, known as City Connects.

The Tuesday evening hearing -- organized by Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Senate Public Safety, Local Government & Veterans Affairs Chair Frank LaRose (R-Copley) -- was the second of two Statehouse sessions focused on addressing school safety.

Culinary Arts Teaches Skills to Grill

Before the cold winter weather arrived, Culinary Arts students gathered around the grill for a tasty lesson.

Family and Consumer Sciences instructor Judy Costa and CJ parent Jason Sattler teamed up during the first week in November to show Culinary Arts I classes all there is to know about grilling. Students started by testing their knife skills while learning how to slice wholesale cuts of meat for retail. Once proportioned, the pork ribs and beef steaks were trimmed, marinated and seasoned before hitting the grill and smoker temporarily stationed on the lawn in front of school.

Fall National Honor Society Inductees

Members of Chaminade Julienne’s National Honor Society inducted six new members into its chapter during a morning Mass ceremony in the CJ chapel Thursday, Oct. 11.

Those newly inducted this fall for the 2012-13 school year include seniors Brian Anderson, Amanda Burneka, Thomas Cox, Kiera Fletcher, Cin’Quan Haney and Patrick Steffan. Students applied for admission in September, and join 39 fellow members.

High Schoolers Host City's Young Pros

Dayton’s teenaged up-and-comers hope to school the city’s current generation of young professionals over lunch this Friday at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, located at 505 S. Ludlow St.

On September 28, members and guests of Generation Dayton (GenD) will be reminded why it is important to ‘Act Like a Teenager,’ as CJ seniors share about their experiences with community involvement, service, faith and diversity on and around the school’s downtown campus. The partnership is a result of GenD’s monthly Fourth Friday Lunch Speaker Series.

Experience the CJ Junior Service Fair

Take a photo tour around the tables and displays at CJ's Junior Service Fair, held in the gym Friday, Sept. 21, during homeroom. The fair is organized each year by the office of ministry and service to help students find local agencies where they can complete the 25 hours of community service required by all junior religion classes.

Thanks to representatives from 19 different Dayton-area service agencies who gave up part of their day to talk and meet with CJ students.

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.


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