First Semester Field Trips in Review

The first semester is officially in the books! Here's a look back at some of the trips taken by students and teachers during the first half of the 2014-15 school year.

In late October, members of JCOWA explored college and career opportunities in international affairs at a special Career Day sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dayton and hosted at Sinclair Community College. After hearing from keynote speakers, CJ students picked six professionals to meet with from the 20 different stations available.

“Some of the tables I went to included an immigration attorney, the county treasurer, an Air Force veteran, and the creator of an international radio show, Donald Isaac, who graduated from CJ in 2010," said sophomore Noah Meyer ‘17. The 26 attendees had a chance to reflect on their experience together over lunch.

Sophomores enrolled in Honors English with Erin Ketch traveled to the University of Dayton’s Roesch Library to witness the Rose Rare Books Collection (pictured top), which was on display Sept. 29 through Nov.9. Imprints and Impressions: Milestones in Human Progress showcased 49 of the more than 2,000 pieces owned by local private collector Stuart Rose.

“Books include[d] works by Phillis Wheatley, the first published African-American poet; an edition of Huckleberry Finn ‘with a double signature of Samuel Clemens and Mark Twain’; works by Chaucer, Mary Wollstonecraft, Anne Frank, Marie Curie, Jane Austen, and Maria Montessori; a Shakespeare Folio and one of just two known copies of a first edition of Galileo,” according to The Catholic Beat. 

On a separate visit to another special University of Dayton exhibit, students enrolled in art classes with Diana Barr examined the styles and techniques of national and international artists working in the medium of fiber. Fibers in Flux: Contemporary Perspectives / Traditional Processes was on display throughout the month of October at Gallery 249 thanks to UD's Department of Art and Design.

Starting second semester, students will take Fibers and Adornment with Mrs. Barr at CJ during Period 7. This is the second year the course will be offered.

Each fall, teacher Angela Ruffolo encourages her students to get involved in Ohio’s "Youth at the Booth" initiative. The program trains high school students to work the polls during Election Day. In return, those students receive a hands-on lesson in the democratic process. Most of the 24 AP U.S. Government students, who used one of their five allotted Enrichment Experience days to participate, volunteered all day Nov. 4 from about 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Students enrolled in Environmental Science with Caty Maga visited the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden in early November. The group heard talks on species conservation from experts in the field and learned more about the natural world. The Cincinnati Zoo features 24 exhibits and is home to more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species.

Five Eagles classmates attended a service leadership workshop hosted at the University of Cincinnati in September, joining more than 650 high school students and teachers from 72 area schools. 

CJ Performing Arts students made the most of a pair of first semester community learning experiences:

  • About 30 students got a special backstage look at Dayton’s historic Victoria Theatre and the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.
  • On another occasion, members of the Eagle Pride pep band led a group of marchers from Our Lady of the Rosary to the Kroc Center as part of the elementary school's annual neighborhood march.