July 2011

Scott Pierce Named Interim AD

Chaminade Julienne hired Scott Pierce as the school’s interim athletic director on Wednesday, July 27. The position became open in mid-July when Fairborn High School named Jon Payne as its athletic director as Payne was completing his first year of service to CJ in the same capacity.

“Last year we conducted an open search for athletic director and had over 40 apply. Scott was among the final candidates even then,” said John Marshall, principal.

“He spent this past year working even more closely with the athletic office and is completing administrative leadership training which only adds to his qualifications. We didn’t have to look far to find an immediate solution for the opening.”

Pierce just completed his tenth year at CJ as a math teacher and a member of the football program, coaching freshman through varsity teams.

“He knows the kids as well as the expectations that our school’s mission places on the athletic program and our student athletes. He is the right person at this time to build on the growing opportunities and successes that make Eagle tradition like no other.”

Pierce is working with Payne to ensure a smooth transition and looks forward to adjusting to his new role with CJ as interim athletic director. “When people watch our teams play, I want them to continue to get a sense of what CJ is all about. Through athletics, even more will have the opportunity to see what we instill in the kids as it is brought out in them on the fields and courts,” Pierce said.

Opening a Gateway to STEMM Education

Kids from across the Miami Valley spent a week of summer at Chaminade Julienne High School building giant Nanotube structures in the science lab, working with space science and remote sensing software, designing prosthetic arms and experimenting with DNA crime scene investigation techniques at the third annual CJ STEMM Summer Gateway Academy.

Students entering grades seven through nine at 18 local middle and high schools rubbed elbows with Dayton-area professionals July 11-15, getting hands-on in the career fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine through demonstrations, activities, field trips and service projects with local institutions including Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Riverside Research, Buckeye Composites, and Fidelity Orthopedic.

“The week’s activities are meant to spark excitement in our campers by giving them opportunities to see up close the real-life implications of careers in these fields from professionals who work right here in Dayton,” said Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator and camp organizer. Draeger along with Linda Hallinan, math and science teacher at Holy Angels Elementary school, and Amy O’Loughlin, CJ Project Lead the Way teacher and science department co-chair, helped supervise and lead activities throughout the week.

“The field trips were informative and we did a lot of fun projects,” said Eren Gavin, a graduate of Our Lady of the Rosary School who will attend CJ as a ninth grader in August. Campers enjoyed two afternoons on guided tours inside Norwood Medical and the Wright Brothers Institute Tec^Edge Discovery Lab northeast of the CJ campus.

“The trip to Norwood Medical was the best,” Gavin said, enthusiastically explaining a lesson the group learned about “harmonic tools,” which are designed and produced by the company in Old North Dayton to assist in reducing bleeding caused by incisions made during surgery. The incoming freshmen stated he has already enrolled in the first semester class Principles of Biomedical Science and looks forward to discovering more about the medical field in high school.

Chaminade Julienne has offered Biomedical Sciences and Engineering courses since 2008 in partnership with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), and in the spring of 2011 became the first Catholic high school in the nation—and one of just four secondary schools in all of Ohio—dually certified by the non-profit organization to provide both its innovative STEM courses. (Learn more about CJ's national PLTW certification.)

“Our aim is to inspire students with an interest in these fields to seek ways to serve their community by equipping them with the talent, skill and desire to make a difference beyond this one week of camp,” said Draeger.

Summer PE a Fun Option for CJ Students

With nearly 160 students combining to fill up two three-week sessions of gym class held during the peak of summer vacation, it is safe to say that the secret is out about these unique, optional courses offered at CJ—they are a blast!

John Zaidain, CJ physical education teacher, helped increase the popularity of the summer gym program, which started roughly seven years ago with only 60 participants, by arranging fun activities throughout Dayton for students in both sessions. Entering his 39th year at CJ, Zaidain taught the first session from June 13 through July 1, 2011 with help from instructors Brad Kassner, science teacher; Kelly Muhl, administrative assistant in the Guidance Office; and Adam Mintz, physical education teacher at Holy Angels.

“The school wanted to offer the option to kids to take gym in the summer so that they could get more classes in during the school year,” Zaidain explained, an alternative that has worked well for Kyle Shoup ‘14. Taking gym both this summer and last has allowed the sophomore to fulfill his physical education requirement and make room for courses including Spanish and Engineering through Project Lead the Way, but he recommends taking advantage of the program for many reasons.

“It’s the best way to get involved with the CJ community before you step in the building,” Shoup said.  Students, especially incoming freshman, have a chance to meet classmates before the first day of school while participating in 15 different activities, both on and off campus, over 15 days.  Students in the first session enjoyed laser tag in Centerville, ice skating at South Metro Sports near Springboro, playing field games at Athletes in Action in Xenia, and competing in small groups on the track at the University of Dayton, among other things.

“The new thing this year was staying on campus and using our new Student Conditioning Center,” said Zaidain.  On-campus activities also included climbing a rock wall and maneuvering through a high ropes and low ropes course set up across from the school building on Washington Street (pictured above).

“We got to do a lot more things in the summer that we couldn’t do in a regular gym class,” said Alex Zavakos, an incoming freshman from Holy Angels. “I’ve met a lot of kids from different schools that I didn’t know before.”

The second session of summer physical education began on Tuesday, July 5 under the instruction of CJ faculty and staff members Andy Helms and Charlie Szabo, and will conclude on Monday, July 25. Information regarding registering for the 2012 summer physical education program or summer health class will be distributed with the 2012-2013 registration information in January 2012.