March 2013

Expanding the Classroom: CJ STEMM

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.

Check out what these CJ STEMM / Project Lead the Way faculty members are doing:

The CJ STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) program is designed to pair classroom learning with hands-on collaboration from area professionals, businesses, colleges and universities. The program is shepherded by part-time CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger and a team of Advisory Board members who have partnered with more than 30 local institutions.

While her official position is “part-time,” Mrs. Draeger stays busy organizing on- and off-campus co-curricular opportunities that are open to all CJ students. Each year, she has a hand in planning field trips, worksite visits, internships and mentorships, community events, homeroom presentations (including the popular CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series) and summer camps for area youth.

This school year, Mrs. Draeger increased STEMM programming to include two new club offerings: The Girls in STEMM Club, open to current female students in grades 9-12, and the MathCounts club, open to area 7th and 8th graders. On March 14, MathCounts hosted a “Pi Day” (3.14) celebration in the cafeteria for about 20 children from area grade schools who enjoyed learning with apple pie and peach cobbler dessert.

Mrs. Draeger has also been able to offer a new STEMM ministry and service R.E.A.C.H. volunteer site this school year thanks partly to a $500 Innovative Teaching / STEM Grant she won from the Catholic Schools Office. The after-school project, Toys for God’s Kids, allows students to assemble wooden toy cars that are donated to children around the world. (Belize mission trip participants will actually deliver some of the toy cars to children there in late June.) Mrs. Draeger will be recognized and formally receive her grant certificate at the Teacher Recognition Banquet on May 7 at Kettering’s Presidential Banquet Center.

In January, Andy Helms was selected to become a “Master Teacher” for the Principles of Engineering course by Project Lead the Way (PLTW). Master Teachers are appointed to provide the required training to help certify fellow educators who wish to teach PLTW courses. Mr. Helms will complete an apprenticeship for the 2013-14 school year before offering his services at summer Core Training seminars, which are hosted by affiliated colleges and universities. Currently, all CJ PLTW faculty double as certified Master Teachers for either engineering or biomedical sciences courses.

As CJ’s engineering instructor, Mr. Helms recently took a group of students to compete in the DRMA XtremeBots spring competition hosted at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. The team entered two bots, ‘Nicolas’ and ‘Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto,’ into battle on March 23 and bot ‘Nicolas’ advanced to the "sweet 16" round! Next up, Mr. Helms and Mrs. Draeger will accompany 18 PLTW engineering students on a field trip to Motoman Robotics in honor of National Robotics Week on Tuesday, April 9.

Taking advantage of an opportunity to put an expert in front of her classes, biomedical sciences teacher Amy O’Loughlin invited Dr. Jim Olson, Ph.D., to speak with her students before and after his March 19 STEMM Idol Speaker presentation. Dr. Olson, research director at the the Wright State University School of Medicine, allowed students to touch and hold real human brains. He also shared some unique brain statistics and facts compiled by a fellow neuroscientist at Wake Forest University.

By the day’s end, Dr. Olson presented to nearly 140 CJ students including 75 in Mrs. O’Loughlin’s Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and anatomy and physiology classes! Four of those students took him up on an invitation to visit his WSU laboratory and will job shadow Dr. Olson in April.

Biology teacher, PLTW instructor and Dayton Regional STEM Center Fellow Amanda Ooten hosted a STEM Workshop for K-12 Catholic school teachers on Saturday, March 23 at CJ. Fourteen educators, representing eight different schools and varying grades and subjects, joined Mrs. Ooten in the library to take part in hands-on demonstrations and share ideas for innovative, inquiry-based teaching techniques.

Earlier this school year, Mrs. Ooten virtually opened up her classroom to students and teachers everywhere by working with TED-Ed to create a customized video lesson on photosynthesis. TED-Ed is an up-and-coming non-profit organization aimed at providing engaging educational content for users through the use of technology and its Web site,

“The simple story of photosynthesis and food” is a 4-minute, animated YouTube video voiced and taught by Mrs. Ooten. View her lesson below or follow Mrs. Ooten on Twitter (@EaglesBiology) to watch how she uses the “flipped classroom” model of teaching on a regular basis!



1913 Dayton Flood at Franklin & Ludlow

The story of the flood has been preserved, and is retold here, through resources available from the Dayton Metro Library’s “Dayton Remembers: Preserving the History of the Miami Valley” collection, and a handwritten account -- authored by Sister Helen of the Sacred Heart -- from the Notre Dame Academy Archives.

Flooding began Easter Sunday, March 23, 1913, when storm clouds converged over the Miami Valley, bringing nine to 11 inches of precipitation during a five-day period. Having thawed from its winter freeze, the saturated ground in early spring could not hold the excess water. Instead, runoff filled the Great Miami, Mad and Stillwater Rivers and surrounding tributaries beyond capacity.

Courtesy of Notre Dame ArchivesHeavy showers Monday caused levees to fail early Tuesday morning, allowing the force of an estimated four trillion gallons of water to rush into downtown. It was reported that the amount roughly equaled the volume of water that passes over Niagara Falls in four days time, and 14 square miles of Dayton were covered.

The Sisters at Notre Dame Academy, located at Franklin and Ludlow Streets, were left stranded in the heart of the devastation. Beginning at 5:25 that morning, Sister Helen of the Sacred Heart scribed journal entries detailing the disastrous events.

“The water forced its way into the basement with the roar of Niagara, and we hurried to the next floor, to remove furniture to a place of safety,” she wrote. In the hours that followed, a fiery explosion is documented on Washington Street and the 12-foot wall surrounding the convent is said to succumb to the flood.

Waters were reported to crest 10 to 12 feet above ground level, reaching as high as 20 feet in places of lower elevation. Gas main leaks fueled fires that destroyed other parts of the city. The Sisters who were penning the journal were advised to put out their lights to avoid a similar fate. Before nightfall, the current is recorded at 50 miles an hour and a boat carrying five is witnessed to capsize on Franklin Street near Emmanuel Church.

Courtesy of Emmanuel Catholic Church“Water rose steadily until one o’clock but contrary to expectation, when it stopped rising it did not begin to go down. [...]Away over the hill the electric lights from St. Mary College and from the National Cash Register (NCR) only made the darkness over the stricken city darker still. The rain poured; wind blew; cold intensified; the weary hours wore away.”

The Marianists and citizens unaffected by flood waters at St. Mary (later renamed the University of Dayton in 1920) and NCR ramped up relief efforts, building boats in order to rescue and supply food, and providing shelter for the displaced. On Wednesday, Gov. James M. Cox declared a state of emergency, placing Dayton under martial law (an order that would last approximately one month) and calling in the Ohio National Guard. Cox wouldeventually appoint NCR President John H. Patterson head of the Citizens’ Relief Committee.

“Every school house and every church outside the flooded district was utilized as a relief headquarters and as a place of refuge,” reported the Dayton Daily News in the March 28 ‘Flood Extra’ edition, issued from the offices of NCR. Rev. Father Bernard O’Reilly, president of St. Mary’s, is quoted to have taken in 520 at his boarding school where students’ Easter break allowed for extra vacancy.

Courtesy of Emmanuel Catholic Church“Thursday, [March] 27. All day the waters kept going down slowly. The Thermometer [sic] registered 45 dg [sic]. In the rooms, the corridors were even colder. That day we helped ourselves to the little food that was left. In the morning we had puffed rice and rain water,” the Sister’s entry described. By 3 p.m., the National Guard had reached the iconic red brick building by boat in water now “only six feet [deep] in
the streets.”

A message sent from the Sisters to Fr. O’Reilly elicited a delivery of ham sandwiches and bottled water in reply from the Marianists Friday morning after rain and snowfall ceased. These provisions were followed by another delivery of bread and water. With supplies being delivered and floodwaters receding, the wrecked but sanitary school building also became a point of refuge for the weary.

“The boat rowed in over the iron Gate [sic] to the Franklin Street door. All day Friday, refugees were brought to the Convent on Franklin Street. [...] From Saturday morning until the following Tuesday, 78 persons were brought to the Convent half starved, half frozen; one woman having stood on a roof from Tuesday until she was brought to us on Friday. Doctors and nurses were constantly coming to see if the refugees needed their aid. Everybody was kind to us.

Courtesy of the Dayton Metro Library“During the first ten days after the flood six hundred persons were served with food by the Sisters, who got it from the Relief Committee; ten Sisters were busy serving all day. Former Graduates [sic] of the Academy came with baskets for relief,” the Sister’s account detailed.

Cleanup efforts began immediately. Mud, debris from homes and businesses and upwards of 3,000 horse and animal carcasses littered nearly all areas affected by the flood. The recovery would take years, but eventually culminated in the creation of The Miami Conservancy District in 1914 and the construction of five dams — Englewood, Germantown, Huffman, Lockington and Taylorsville — completed in 1922. The estimated death toll was between 300 to 400, including 123 casualties in Dayton. Property damage was estimated at more than $100 million (well over $2 billion today).

Through their hardships, the Sisters prayed and gave thanks for the many community members who offered help, going as far as acknowledging the Brothers of Mary as “best friends.” Long after, the relationship between two of the area’s prominent Catholic religious orders would continue to grow.

Fourteen years later, the Marianists purchased the property at Franklin and Ludlow before reuniting there with the Sisters in 1973 to form the school that continues to thrive at the very same downtown corner.

This story was first published in the Winter 2013 issue of Vision, CJ's alumni magazine. 


The 2013 Trek to State

Six different groups or individuals will make appearances in state tournaments and competitions, across both athletic and academic realms, during this half of the school year. Continue reading to learn where our Eagles may soar to next!

Results updated March 21, 2013


Who: Men's and women's indoor track team

What: OATCCC Indoor D-II/D-III State Championships

When: March 16

Where: Akron University

Fun Fact: It's a three-peat for the Eagles! The CJ women's indoor track teams earned back-to-back Division II/III OATCCC state titles in 2011 and 2012, and repeated again as champions at the 2013 meet. Devanae Mitchell led the way, contributing 28 of the girls 31 total points and outpacing the entire field by herself (second place Liberty-Benton High School earned 24.33 points). The Toledo-bound senior finished first in the triple jump (35-10), first in the long jump (17-10.5) and second in the 60-meter dash (7.93). The Eagles 4x800 relay team of Kathryn Marshall '13, Emily Shira '13, Beth Stumpf '15 and Helen Wittman '15 placed sixth (10:07.24), and senior Tia Jones placed 15th in the shot put (31-7). It is the first time in school history a CJ athletic team has won state titles in three consecutive seasons.

Congratulations is also in order for sophomore Kyle McKinney who won the individual indoor championship in the long jump (43-1.25).

Who: Annemarie Krug '13

What: 65th Annual Ohio State Science Day

When: Saturday, May 11; 8 a.m.

Where: French Fieldhouse and St. John Arena at OSU

Fun Fact: Annemarie is a three-time State Science Day qualifier. For her 2013 project, titled "The Effect of Sound on the Memory of Autistic People," she received 39 out of 40 possible points at the district science fair March 16. The senior also earned a special award worth $100 from the Southern Ohio Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Society for Information Display.

Who: Lyle Plummer '14

What: OHSAA Division II Individual State Wrestling Tournament.

When: Feb. 18 thru March 2.

Where: Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center (OSU).

Fun Fact: Lyle became the first wrestler in CJ history to reach the state tournament in three consecutive seasons. He finished 11th in the 120 lbs. weight class this season, and earned his 100th career vicotry during the regular season.

Who: Varsity women's basketball team

What: OHSAA Division II State Semifinals

When: March 14

Where: Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center (OSU).

Fun Fact:  The CJ girls made program history, finishing the season as the seventh Eagles team to appear in the state tournament. The program has won three championships (1999, 2003, and 2005) and finished second three times (1998, 2001, 2004). The Eagles entered this year's final four as the only unranked team after upsetting league rival Carroll in an overtime regional finals victory.


Who: Rachel Strahorn '14

What: Ohio Poetry Out Loud contest, sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council as part of a national recitation competition.

When: March 16

Where: Matesich Theatre in Erskine Hall, Ohio Dominican University

Fun Fact: The competition uses a pyramid structure in which contestants compete at the classroom level before becoming eligible to move on to the school-wide, state and national contests. Rachel, who also competed at state in 2012, finished as one of five runners up this year. Since 2008, two different school-wide winners have gone on to win state and represent CJ at nationals in Washington, D.C. (Rachel Chandler '08 and Lynsay Strahorn '11).


Who: Patrick Zopff '14

What: Ohio Governor's Youth Art Exhibition

When: The exhibition opens after a noon awards ceremony on Sunday, April 14 and runs weekdays (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) through May 16.

Where: James A. Rhodes State Office Tower in Columbus.

Fun Fact: Patrick's two entries, one painting and one drawing,  were selected by regional judges for inclusion in the state-wide competition on March 9. His pencil line drawing titled "Henry Kissinger" was one of 300 pieces chosen from roughly 12,000 at state for display in the exhibition. In its 43rd year, the exhibition is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of talented high school students in the state of Ohio according to its Web site, The junior has also been recognized locally for his work at the Max May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.


STEMM Idol Speaker Dr. Jim Olson

Brain Awareness Week is March 11-17! To celebrate, we've invited Dr. Jim Olson, Ph.D., from the Wright State University School of Medicine to come explore neuroscience with students on Tuesday, March 19 as our CJ STEMM Idol Speaker.

Dr. Olson graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Engineering Physics. While there, he expanded his interest from physics to biology and spent some time working in a laboratory in the Chemistry Department before moving on to the University of California at Berkeley to complete his doctorate in Biophysics. In his research at UC Berkeley, Dr. Olson studied the interaction of laser light with nerve cells in culture and performed some experiments using the billion electron volt heavy ion particle accelerator at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. He also taught physics in small group sessions and laboratories.

He then moved on to the nearby Stanford University School of Medicine for more research training in Neurochemistry and additional experience teaching in the medical cardiovascular course. Dr. Olson also developed and taught physics courses in the respiratory therapy program at a local community college.

Next, he took a faculty position at Tulane University in New Orleans where he began teaching medical neuroscience and continued his research on a variety of conditions that affect the brain. Finally, Dr. Olson moved to join the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University in 1986 to head up their research laboratory.  View Dr. Olson's page at >

Dr. Olson's research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Emergency Medicine Foundation, among others. He also participates in medical and graduate neuroscience courses and helps direct medical research projects for residents in the department's resident training program. In addition to science and science education, Dr. Olson enjoys taking pictures and printing black and white photography (from film), playing guitar, and flying.

In 2010, Dr. Olson was presented the Science Educator Award by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). The annual award "recognizes an outstanding neuroscientist who has made significant contributions in promoting public education and awareness about the field," and includes a $5,000 prize. According to an SfN press release, Dr. Olson worked to promote the inclusion of neuroscience topics into Science Olympiad competitions and into the curriculum for more than 5,000 middle schools and high schools across the U.S.


10th Anniversary of 2nd State Title

March 15, 2013 marks exactly 10 years since an Eagles’ women’s basketball team won a state championship. On this date in 2003, Chaminade Julienne defeated Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph 60-46 in the Division II finals, earning the program its second of three titles in school history.

Led by head coach Frank Goldsberry, a 2007 CJ Hall of Fame inductee, and assistant Thom Grimm, the Eagles finished the season with a record of 26-2. CJ beat nine of Ohio’s top 10 teams that season, including the eventual Division I champion Beavercreek. Their only losses came at the hands of state championship teams from Missouri and Illinois. Along the way, the girls allowed a season average of just 37.8 points per game while scoring 60.6.

“This group continued to pave the way for the great tradition CJ is known for,” said Mandy Myers ‘00, current head varsity coach. “They carried the torch from the great players before them to the great players after them, making their own impressive statement along the way.”

The CJ women’s basketball program made a name for itself in Ohio in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s by appearing in six state finals games over a period of just eight years. The Eagles captured titles in 1999, 2003 and 2005, and finished as state runner-up in 1998, 2001 and 2004.

Although she did not play with or coach the 2003 team, Myers said she remembers the group for their tenacity and hard-working attitude on the court, both in practice and during games. She remains good friends with many of the girls today.

“The girls came and talked to our current team this past December and it was clear that the standards and traditions set by the 2003 team still carry on today,” Myers said. Members of the 2003 team who were able to make it back to CJ were also honored at halftime of the home men’s basketball game on Dec. 21.

Ten years later, Myers’ team made history of its own by becoming the seventh CJ women’s basketball team to appear at state. Not long after receiving their pep talk from the past champs, the Eagles were staring at a mediocre 9-9 record near the midway point of the 2013 season; however, the girls rallied in late January to win 10 consecutive games and advanced to the state final four as regional champs following a thrilling 47-45 overtime victory against league rival Carroll.


CJ Selected to host Hoopla Challenge

Are you ready to shoot some hoops? In partnership with the Dayton Hoopla's celebration of the NCAA First Four games, Chaminade Julienne hosted the 2nd Annual Hoopla Challenge on March 17 -- Selection Sunday!

Dayton-area families tipped off the Madness in the center-city with food, fun, prizes and a shooting competition for boys and girls in grades 2-8. Nearly 250 students crowded the CJ gymanisum to shoot for big prizes including Hoopla t-shirts, NCAA First Four tickets, iTunes gift cards, and 15 iPad mini tablets. (View a picture of our iPad winners with Rudy Flyer on CJ's Facebook wall.)

Attendees enjoyed free pizza in the cafeteria courtesy of Marion's Piazza and were able to watch the NCAA Selection Show together on the big screen! The NCAA First Four games at the University of Dayton Arena will be played March 19-20, followed by second and thid round tournament games Friday, March 22 and Sunday, March 24.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2nd Annual Hoopla Challenge hosted at CJ. For the complete lineup of Dayton Hoopla events, visit


Eagles Host US Lacrosse Clinic

This winter, the Eagles Lacrosse program took advantage of an opportunity to give something back to the organization that helped make the sport possible at CJ.

On Feb. 17, Chaminade Julienne hosted the US Lacrosse Level 1 coaches instructional clinic for southern Ohio. Nearly 70 coaches from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky attended the all day clinic in the Student Conditioning Center (SCC).

“As the recipient of no less than four US Lacrosse grants, Eagles Lacrosse is very happy to be able to repay the generosity of our governing body in this way,” said Mary Reis ‘77, club president. She was instrumental in landing the program’s first grant, a 2010 US Lacrosse Equipment Grant, which supplied nearly all things necessary to field the school’s men’s and women’s teams just three years ago.

“The Student Conditioning Center was the perfect location for this course, which normally conducts the field portions outdoors. Participants were pleased to be indoors on a very cold day with temperatures hovering at 20 degrees,” Reis said. Instructors from US Lacrosse combined classroom instruction with hands-on field experience on the SCC’s turf to teach lacrosse fundamentals including coaching theory and development, individual skills, and team tactics.

This summer, the Eagles Lacrosse program will again be taking advantage of CJ’s on-campus athletic facilities, Blue Green Field and the SCC, to expand its summer camp offerings. Two new sessions for boys and girls in grades 1-4 are being added in late July to go along with existing sessions for students in grades 5-9, which were first offered last year.