April 2011

Feature Team of the Week

The CJ men's tennis players, this week's feature team, will attempt to make history yet again this season armed with seven returning team members back to defend the GCL North championship and send another representative to the state tournament again in 2011.

The Eagles (5-1 overall, 4-0 GCL) have positioned themselves early to repeat as GCL champions—a feat the team has never accomplished—by recording victories against Carroll, Fenwick, Badin and McNicholas to start the year.  The team looks to continue its league dominance in the feature game of the week Thursday at 4 p.m. against rival Alter.

“Last year we won the GCL and were one of the top teams in the area, but we lost to Wyoming High School in the early rounds of the state tournament,” said John Buerschen. As a senior, his goal is to lead the team to the state final four, a journey which begins Wednesday, April 13 with a match against Oakwood.

“I know I have to set an example for the underclassmen and show them what it means to represent CJ,” he added. Last spring Buerschen, along with current junior and 2010 Athlete of the Year Andrew Bole, combined to represent the school as members of the All-GCL North First Team. Bole, as first reported by Kyle Foley in the March issue of the Ludlow Street Journal, earned those honors, in part, by being the first Eagles men’s tennis player to appear at state in 20 years.

Fellow first team honorees included the doubles duo of Joseph Hangana and Matt Henne, now seniors, while current senior Giles Hinders earned a spot on the second team for his doubles play. Jim Brooks was named the coach of the year, an honor he last earned in 2005.

Joseph Hangana has anticipated this week since August.  As a senior athlete and member of the Spirit Committee, the group in charge of spotlighting each team with locker signs and lunch-time appreciations, he is ready for his team’s recognition.

“I’ve been waiting for this all year!” he said with a smile. “Everyone has gotten their turn and now it’s ours.”

After spending the last four years serving it up with the Eagles tennis team, Hangana knows that being the feature team in his last season is just one of the many things he can enjoy reminiscing about after high school. “In a way I’m looking forward to the end, so that I can look back and reflect on my time having fun playing tennis.”

Chaminade & Julie Days Split Boys and Girls

On Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5-6, students of CJ stepped into the shoes of students from years gone by and experienced what it was like to attend an all-girls or an all-boys school prior to the merger of Chaminade and Julienne High Schools in 1973, and St. Joseph Commercial High School in 1974.

Female students attended classes Tuesday as an all-girls school while the boys spent half of the day in activities learning about school history with a focus on the 1940’s-1990’s era of the school. The other half of the day was spent by the men of Chaminade volunteering at one of over 20 service sites in Dayton that included The Food Bank, Mercy Siena, Community Blood Center, and The Dayton International Peace Museum. On Wednesday, CJ became an all-boys school while the girls learned about school history and served the Dayton community.

“As students experience single gender education—part of our heritage, teachers will have the opportunity with their classes to reflect on important issues of gender relations and how learning might be different for boys and girls,” said Dan Meixner, president.

“On the day that students are not attending classes, they will be living out our school's commitment to service. For most, it is simply another opportunity this year to act on Jesus' call to serve his brothers and sisters.”

The “Chaminade and Julie Days” are planned as part of the school’s 160/125 anniversary year events and serves to give students an appreciation for their heritage, an understanding of the school’s history, and the opportunity to grow in community leadership serving others.

On September 8, 2010 CJ kicked-off celebrating 160 years of private Catholic secondary education in Dayton in the traditions of the Marianists, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and Sisters of Charity; and 125 years at its current location on Franklin and Ludlow Streets—demonstrating the school’s strong commitment to serving students from all areas of the Miami Valley.

Spring Open House a Hit!

School may not have been in session on Sunday, April 3, but the building on Franklin and Ludlow in south Dayton was abuzz with the sights and sounds of the many unique opportunities CJ offers students during the first ever 4th-7th Grade “Try-It” Open House.

Area youngsters invaded the halls to take guided tours of campus, use the new Student Conditioning Center, participate in fun activities put on by each academic department, and meet members of the faculty and staff. The event was capped off by two encore presentations of a scene from the spring musical Grease.

“We’re here for Grease!” said Danelle Dwire, mother of current students Travis, a junior, and Casey, a freshman.  Others new to CJ like Barbara Moreda, in attendance with daughter Maggie, were literally getting their first taste of the Eagle experience in the chemistry and food labs by making instant ice cream using liquid nitrogen with Project Lead the Way instructor Mr. Brad Kassner and decorating cookies baked by culinary arts students.

After spending her day making sweets, answering trivia questions with the league-champion quiz bowl team and viewing the award-winning work of student-artists, Maggie decided her favorite thing was getting hands-on with Eagle Ambassadors at one of the interactive displays by CJ’s STEMM program.

“Dissecting the sheep’s brain was cool,” said the 7thgrader from Immaculate Conception. “I really like science and I’ve dissected things before, but never a sheep’s brain.”

The day was filled with firsts for many kids, including some who took the controls of a BattleBot built by students in Mr. Bob Young’s engineering classes and others who visited the new 25,000 square-foot indoor athletic facility on Eaker Street; nevertheless, everyone—both those familiar with and new to the CJ community—could agree the event made for a fun, enjoyable afternoon with the whole family