January 2018

Celebrating 2018 Catholic Schools Week

The end of January is usually a special week in Catholic schools across the nation, and 2018 isn’t any different. The annual Catholic Schools Week is being held January 28 - February 3. The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week is Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

CJ is celebrating throughout the week with events and activities:

  • On Monday, CJ joined other local Catholic high schools by uniting in the same prayer at each perspective school. Students came out into the hallway and united hands during the prayer.
  • During the all-school Mass on Wednesday, January 31 at Emmanuel Catholic Church, the CJ community will be joined by Deacon Royce Winters, Director of the Office for African American Ministries in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. 
  • Each day during the school week, the morning music will be from Christian artists and each afternoon, a student or staff member will reflect on why they chose to attend or work at CJ.
  • The celebratory week concludes with the CJ community encouraged to wear a Catholic school shirt on Friday, and the school’s talent show will take place.

In addition to the celebrations, a few students had the opportunity to speak with Archbishop Schnurr during a live teleconference with other Cincinnati and Dayton area Catholic high schools on Monday. You can see his response to one of the questions from CJ here.

Learn more about the national Catholic Schools Week celebration here.

Posted January 29, 2018

Christian Alexander Named Men's Soccer Coach

After an extensive search, Chaminade Julienne announces the hiring of Christian Alexander as the new men’s soccer head coach.

“I am humbled and excited to be a part of this program,” Alexander said.

In addition to recently coaching at Dayton Christian High School, Alexander, a Dayton area native, has been a head coach with the CUSA Soccer Club and Metro FC Soccer Club. He has also played for semi-pro soccer teams including the Dayton Dynamo and Cincinnati Dutch Lions.

“We are excited to have Christian and his staff join the CJ community.,” said CJ Athletic Director Brian Reinhart. “Christian not only brings a lot of experience as a professional player and boys coach, but a passion for educating the whole person and being a mentor and role model for our student athletes. We truly believe his leadership will lead to success on and off the field.” 

When he is not coaching, Alexander works as a team leader healthcare representative with Next Medical Staffing and enjoys volunteering.

“The CJ community prioritizes faith on and off the field,” Alexander said. “I am excited about the school’s mission and outreach to continue developing well-rounded players.”

Posted January 30, 2018

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Eagles March for Life in Washington, D.C.

Humbling, empowering, and incredible. Those are just a few words students who participated in the 2018 March for Life in Washington, D.C. used to describe their experience.

Students, parents and teachers represented CJ during the annual march on January 19. However, the group began their journey the day before by attending Mass in the CJ chapel, and then making their way to Washington, D.C.

“I wanted to go on March For Life because I have always been passionately pro life, but I have never been to a movement like this one, so I wanted to experience something as big as this,” shared Alexandra Murray ‘19.

“I wanted to go on the March for Life because unborn babies cannot march for themselves or speak up for the injustice of abortion,” Cecilia Meadors ‘18 reflected. “In the United States, abortion has killed over 60 million innocent lives. This is a cause worth fighting for and valuing.”

This was Meadors’ fourth year going on the March for Life. For Joseph Allaire ‘19, this was his second year participating in the March.

“I went to the March for Life this year for a couple reasons,” Allaire said. “One of those was because now more than ever our country's laws are reflecting a culture of death. I pray that through my own participation in addition to CJ's we have been able to have an impact on the way this fight for life goes. The second reason I went was to become more educated and grow in my ability to eloquently speak about this modern day genocide. And lastly, I love going on the March because of a sense of community and mission within our group to go out and speak the Gospel of Life which is so close to the heart of the Catholic faith.”

On the day of the march itself, the group attended a rally and Mass and then joined thousands for the March.

“My favorite part was Friday morning, the day of the March itself, filling Capital One Arena where thousands of youth my age gathering for the celebration of the Eucharist,” Meadors said. “There was praise and worship music along with confession, before the chance to celebrate Mass with amazing amounts of bishops, priests, deacons, and other religious men and women. The prayers that took place during that entire rally made it easy to feel God working through each person around me.”

Allaire agreed, “I always love the March because of the diversity of the crowds and the positive vibrations coming from everyone. You see groups from churches, Knights of Columbus, law firms, secular organizations, feminists, young, old, and people from all over the country coming to support and defend the dignity of human life.”

During the March, the group united with Senator Rob Portman, who took time to speak to the group about their mission. After the March, the group joined Senator Portman and Congressman Jim Jordan for a reception.

On Saturday, January 20, the group attended the Students for Life of America’s National Conference.

“I really enjoyed the conference we went to after the March because it was much more of a learning experience than I had imagined,” Murray said. “I had learned a lot about planned parenthood, and it had just made me realize just why I stand for Life.

“I enjoyed it because of the incredible lineup of speakers they had present,” Allaire reflected. “I heard from clergy, former Planned Parenthood directors, doctors, adopted kids, father, mothers, and Pro-Life leaders. There were some very inspirational and eye-opening tales that have helped me better understand my position and how to share that with others.”

Before heading home the next day, the group prayed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and attended Mass at the National Basilica.

“I felt humbled being apart of the March,” Meadors said. “Hundreds of thousands of people walking in the same direction with the same goal of abolishing abortion certainly made me realize this is not a personal issue. This is an issue beyond myself and the people I went with. It is an issue of the society we have grown up in, allowing for selfishness to come before innocence.”

Murray added, “Being apart of the march was one of the most empowering things I had ever been apart of. It is amazing to see how many people believe and stand for the same things you do, because when you get back into school and into the swing of things it is very easy to start feeling alone in your beliefs. But when you are in something like this first hand, it is incredible to see everyone marching for what they believe in.”

View this Facebook album to see pictures from CJ March for Life participants.

Posted January 29, 2018

Nominate a Teacher for the Big Hoopla STEM Teacher Award

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

For the first time since its inception in 2012, the Big Hoopla STEM Teacher Award will be presented during the Big Hoopla STEM Challenge at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School on Sunday, March 11.

“We believe Dayton continues to prosper because there is so much STEM innovation in the Miami Valley, and because of the great teachers and educators here,” CJ Director of Admissions and member of the Local Organizing Committee, Brett Chmiel, noted.

The Big Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year award will recognize a K-8 educator’s efforts and contributions in the STEM fields in the Dayton region.

“We believe those professionals in the K-8 education system create a healthy STEM field of professionals who one day will give back to the city of Dayton,” Chmiel said.

Former or present students, parents, administrators and co-workers can submit an application on behalf of a teacher. The Big Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year candidate should:

  • hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • be a full-time employee of the school or school district as determined by state and district policies, with responsibilities for teaching students no less than 50% of the school's allotted instructional time.
  • be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher in a Dayton region school (K-8 in a public - including charter - or private school), who teaches a STEM subject
  • inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn
  • improve the STEM experience for his or her students
  • increase and sustain public and youth engagement in STEM fields of study
  • play an active educational and support role in the community as well as in the school

Recipients of the award receive the following:

  • A $1,000 grant from the Local Organizing Committee and Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School to be used to improve STEM learning in the classroom
  • An official Big Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year plaque awarded at the Big Hoopla STEM Challenge
  • 50 Upper Arena tickets for all First Four March Madness games
  • 4 Hoopla Central VIP Passes

“CJ is the leader in STEM excellence in the Miami Valley,” Chmiel said. “We believe the investment with this grant, and our partnership with the Big Hoopla, are essential to recognize and continue to reach out to great STEM professionals around the area.”

Nomination forms will be accepted through Thursday, February 1 at 12:00 a.m. Additional information about the application and award process can be found here.

Posted January 16, 2018

MIT Students Share the Importance of Women in STEM

Students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spent part of their Independent Activities Period in Dayton, Ohio, talking to younger girls in Catholic schools about the opportunities they could have in a STEM career. The MIT students, Emma Kerwin and Adedoyin Olateru-Olagbegi, came to CJ on January 9 to talk about the MIT Women’s Initiative as part of the CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

“I went to a school that had a STEM magnet program, so I was exposed to STEM early on,” Olateru-Olagbegi said. “I saw there was a gap between men and women in STEM and that it needed to be closed.” 

The MIT Women’s Initiative aims at sharing information about STEM opportunities for women, gives students the opportunity to do a hands-on activity, and ultimately, reinforces that women are needed in STEM fields. MIT students who participate in the Women’s Initiative reach approximately 6,000 middle and high school girls in four weeks, according to the MIT website.

“We want to show that there are a lot of ways to get involved in STEM,” Kerwin emphasized. “There are many different ways to do it and you don’t have to be comfortable in every STEM subject to have a STEM career.”

During their CJ presentation, Kerwin and Olateru-Olagbegi shared what they have experienced so far at MIT, went through different STEM careers the younger students could pursue after graduation, and did a coding activity. Throughout their week in Dayton, Kerwin and Olateru-Olagbegi gave their presentation 15 times, to a total of 313 students, and visited eight different schools.

“The structure of the presentations are different depending on the size of groups and the students’ grade levels,” Kerwin noted.

The MIT students joined CJ students at two different schools on January 11 for Little Sibs. CJ STEMM Coordinator, Meg Draeger, contacted the Dayton Metro Library to borrow STEM kits for the students to play with during Little Sibs.

“It’s amazing, especially the Dayton Metro Library, that they have the maker spaces and the maker kits,” Draeger shared. “I love libraries, and they’re a wonderful resource; I don’t think people use them enough. People may say that they don’t read books, but now libraries are more like community spaces and they’re more than about books these days.”

Along with sharing the opportunities for women in STEM, Kerwin and Olateru-Olagbegi said they enjoyed their time in Dayton and the opportunity to visit a new city.

Posted January 25, 2018

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CJ Performing Arts Presents: A Cappella Concert

On Sunday, January 28, the CJ auditorium will be full of talented students, who don’t use instruments to share their music.

The CJ A Cappella Concert will be held at 2 p.m. The concert will feature:

  • junior high group, Genesis;
  • CJ a cappella groups, Phoenix and Vega;
  • The Ohio State University’s Majors and minors; and,
  • Wright State University’s ETHOS.

The concert is free to attend and is for the whole family. 

CJ In the News

WATCH Vega perform on FOX 45 in the Morning on January 24.

Posted January 23, 2018

Capstone Promotes Human Trafficking Awareness

On most days at Chaminade Julienne, many students will wear the color blue, as it is one of the uniform colors. But on January 11, a majority of the student body, faculty and staff purposely wore that color to stand in solidarity with the Senior Capstone Group promoting National Human Trafficking Awareness day.

“Sex trafficking is so underrated and people are not aware enough,” group members Christopher Buchanan, Ja’lyn Isreal, Kyerra Copsy, Micaela Colbert and Raejean Gray said. “The fact that I-75 and I-80 are connected in Toledo is a huge issue. It allows for sex trafficking to take place so close to home. We decided to do our project on sex trafficking to raise awareness throughout our school and home community.”

In addition to encouraging everyone to wear blue on January 11, the Capstone group passed out blue ribbons before school and made locker signs to promote human trafficking awareness.

“We wanted to do something simple to get the students involved,” group members said. “We got the idea of blue ribbons as a spin off of a previous Capstone group. We made a little more than 100 ribbons; all were passed out and several more were requested. The locker signs were used as another way for us to spread awareness and inform people with quick facts on human trafficking. Everybody supported us and became more interested in learning more about the topic.”

In addition to the National Human Trafficking Awareness day, the group is planning on bringing a speaker in for a school-wide assembly and host an awareness event on sex trafficking.

“We are in the process of seeing if we can host a SOAP label event at CJ in March,” group members continued. “By hosting this event, it will educate Dayton and the CJ community about sex trafficking. Labeling soap is an easy and effective way to reach victims.

“The goal of the project is to spread awareness about a huge problem in society that isn’t talked about enough. Sex trafficking is a problem that needs a solution ASAP. If we could make a dent into a billion dollar illegal business, that would be great. Spreading knowledge about this horrible thing could save a life just by someone noticing the signs of someone being trafficked. Even if we only got one student to learn something important than this would be worth all of the work. The ultimate goal would be saving a life.”

Posted January 19, 2018

Students Help Hurricane Victims During Language Week

Hola, Bonjour, Hello - those are just some of the languages recognized during the annual Language Week at Chaminade Julienne. What made this year’s celebration extra special was a fiesta held on January 11 with proceeds benefiting Colegio San Jose in Puerto Rico.

“We were trying to think of something cultural, meanwhile, I have been working with the LIFE, MLC group,” Spanish teacher Libby Harbaugh explained. “The LIFE group met a lot of friends from Puerto Rico at LIFE week this summer and they wanted to do something for Puerto Rico. I thought maybe there was a way we could merge the two ideas."

During the fiesta, science teacher Jessica Anderson, who had previously studied abroad in college, taught salsa dancing lessons and Fr. Bob Jones, SM, who had spent three years in Italy, shared with students what it was like to be in a foreign country and not know the language right away.

Katie Bardine ‘19, who is in Spanish III, participated in the salsa dancing lesson at the beginning of the fiesta.

“I didn’t realize how hard salsa dancing would be - it was hard!,” Bardine laughed.

In addition to the salsa dancing lesson and reflection from Fr. Bob, there were also a salsa taste testing and chopsticks competitions. Students who entered a salsa into the competition paid a $3 entry fee, while students who wanted to participate in the taste testing paid a $2 entry fee. All money collected benefited Colegio San Jose in Puerto Rico, who were severely impacted by Hurricane Maria last fall.

“I think that helps a lot because you’re not only here to learn about Spanish and the culture, but you’re also learning about a country that speaks Spanish all the time,” Bardine said.

Members of the school’s Marianist Life Community (MLC) helped in the organization of the fiesta.

“I’m really happy because a lot of people know that there are Marianist connections around the world, but to see myself and other peers helping those who are around the world is nice,” MLC member Cecilia Meadors ‘18 said.

Organizers said they were overly pleased with the turnout for the event.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Harbaugh said. “I think because I was in high school Spanish not so long ago, I recognize the motivation that is hard to find when you’re conjugating verbs and going over grammar in another language. So my experience, and my love for languages, came from my first trip abroad when I was with people who spoke the language and I wanted to speak the language badly, so I could know them better and not feel like I was the closed minded or like the small-worlded one in the group. I think my biggest goal in class every day is to get the students to connect with the language more than what’s on the paper. It helps them see that really people did this, real people do this and I could too.”

To round out Language Week, students in the American Sign Language class will share a morning prayer and students in foreign language classes will distribute churros and thank you cards to CJ faculty and staff.

Posted January 12, 2018

Capstone Promotes Fair Trade Movement

Coffee, tea candy and chocolates are enjoyable to eat usually, but knowing that products are Fair Trade approved is extra sweet.

The Senior Capstone Group of Kiara DiLoreto, Clare Kneblik, Gabriela Torres-Winburn, and Blake Wogoman helped students after exams last month by handing out items from a Fair Trade exam package.

“We came up with this idea when Mrs. Bardine, our mentor, mentioned a website that had a Fair Trade exam package,” Wogoman shared. “We submitted that we were going to use the package for our Capstone Project after our winter exams and we received the package a few weeks later. It included information packets about Fair Trade, chocolate, fruit flavored candy, buttons, pins, coffee, and tea!”

Torres-Winburn added, “It was also a wonderful way to bring the Fair Trade movement to the attention of those who may not know it even exists.”

Most group members said they became interested in promoting Fair Trade after learning more about projects implemented by previous Capstone Groups.

“I became interested in Fair Trade by listening to the Capstone group from the previous year at the Stang Symposium,” DiLoreto explained. “I had heard about Fair Trade but did not know very much about the topic and desired to learn more. I began to see ways in which I could support Fair Trade by simply buying alternative Fair Trade products. I thought that it would be a good idea to inform people about these alternative products that they could invest in while supporting the workers who are involved.”

Kneblik agreed, “When I talked to other students who knew more about it, I learned that it involved equal and fair pay/working conditions for all employees, and I was immediately interested in trying to make it a more well-known topic!”

The Capstone Group is planning on continuing the promotion of Fair Trade throughout the school year.

“We have a lot of ideas for our Capstone that are still in the works, but I know we were really working to get an item in the Spirit Shop that is Fair Trade to expand our Capstone to the greater CJ community and get more people knowing about Fair Trade,” Wogoman said.

“We are also planning to spread word about different brands that support Fair Trade when purchased to provide alternative options when shopping,” DiLoreto added.

When reflecting on the impact their group has made so far, Kneblik said, “I hope that students can specifically learn from our project what Fair Trade is and how much of an effect it has on workers. I didn't know about it or what it was until the end of my junior year, and through research I discovered that the Fair Trade movement is wildly popular around the world. I hope that through our Capstone project, students can understand and see the importance of Fair Trade in the workforce, as well as know how important it is to support it in the purchases that you make!”

Torres-Winburn agreed, “I hope other students are able to realize the things that are not advertised by companies and brands. I want students to make sure that places that they purchase their goods from exercise their morals. I also hope that students will join the Fair Trade movement and make more of an effort to promote it and educate themselves and others.”

Posted January 9, 2018

Band to Play at Basketball Games

The Eagle Pride marching band can usually be found on the football field. This winter, however, several members will also support basketball teams with a new Basketball Pep Band.

“When I found out there hadn't been a pep band for some time, I figured there was no reason not to,” Eagle Pride and Pep Band Director Luke Grieshop enthusiastically shared. “Students, especially Eagle Pride members, expressed interest and they certainly should have this opportunity to continue to perform as an athletic band. With football season ending and basketball season starting, this changing of gears from marching band to pep band seemed very natural.”

The band currently has nearly 20 members, and will play traditional Eagle Pride songs in addition to new ones.

“Most of the songs fans will hear will be tunes that were not performed at football games,” Grieshop said. “While it would be easy to transfer the songs from Eagle Pride over, students (and myself) find it more interesting to dive into new songs - hopefully the fans find the new songs refreshing as well! We will be playing song arrangements for artists like the Black Eyed Peas, Van Halen, Lady Gaga, and many more!”

The Basketball Pep Band is planning to perform at a few CJ men’s and women’s varsity home games this season including:

  • Friday, January 12 (men vs. Carroll)
  • Saturday, January 27 (women vs. McNicholas)
  • Friday, February 2 (men vs. Alter, Hall of Fame game)

“With this being my first year as an athletic band director, as well as the first year these students have seen a basketball pep band, I hope to establish how the pep band works within the basketball game context,” Grieshop said. “This includes collaboration and interactions with the student section, cheerleaders, the team, and fans. I hope to see what I often saw during the football season - all of these separate groups raising the energy of the game as a unified community. Along with this experience of collaboration, I hope students in the Pep Band take away other lessons such as musical growth, time organization, and lastly, fun with their peers.”

In addition to the Eagles games, the Pep Band will perform with the University of Dayton’s Flyer Pep Band on Saturday, January 6 and Wednesday, January 10.

Additional Ensembles
The school’s newly formed Jazz Orchestra plans to begin rehearsals soon. Upcoming performances by these ensembles, in addition to all CJ ensembles, will be communicated on the homepage of cjeagles.org

Posted January 5, 2018

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