This June our school bid farewell to veteran teachers Janet Lasley and Marilyn McCrate along with longtime staff member Lois Mann who each retire after a combined 52 years of service to the CJ community.
Eighteen members of the faculty and staff celebrated anniversaries in Catholic education during the 2013-14 school year, but perhaps none more impressive than the 40 years Charlene Wheeler ‘65 has dedicated to her alma mater.
Her relationship with the CJ community actually dates back more than 50 years when Charlene started as a freshman at Julienne High School. Since that time, she has proudly been a cheerleader, alumna, parent (to graduates Mollie ‘90 and Mark ‘94), and valued employee.
Each year since 2007, the Chaminade Julienne community has uniquely taken time to recognize its own for their volunteerism at the annual Service Awards Assembly. The office of ministry and service hosted the celebration again this year on May 7.
“This morning’s celebration is an example of being centered in our mission to honor those students who hear and answer their call to be people of ‘compassion, integrity and service,’” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service, in her opening address.
Chaminade Julienne officially became the first internationally recognized Fair Trade School in southwest Ohio on April 14.
Students Cari Zahn, Will Howard, Annelise Wilimitis and Isabela Rougeux earned official recognition from Fair Trade Campaigns, a grassroots movement that recognizes advocates throughout the United States, upon completing their Senior Capstone project.
Members of the Class of 2014 presented their final Capstone projects April 30 at the Sister Stang Symposium, named in honor of Dayton native and martyr Sr. Dorothy Stang.
"The Senior Capstone is not just a graduation requirement or something to put on a resume. It is, at its core, about building the Kingdom of God," religion teacher Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, told the audience in her keynote address.
The cover story of the spring 2014 issue of Vision, Chaminade Julienne’s alumni magazine, highlights a unique learning experience had by juniors through their religion classes.
On April 1, CJ hosted a Cost of Poverty Experience (C.O.P.E.) simulation in the Student Conditioning Center. The two hour role-playing activity allowed students to experience the pressures felt by real-life families living in poverty in Montgomery County.
One Senior Capstone group donated time and effort to provide a relaxing night for single mothers and their children.
Amanda Bertke, Erin Berberich, and Sarah Chapman collaborated with The Glen at St. Joseph to bring awareness to the issue of single mothers living in poverty.
The Glen is a Dayton organization that provides assistance to single mothers who are transitioning out of poverty. Kelli Kinnear, project mentor and director of ministry and service, said CJ has maintained a good working relationship with this organization for a number of years.
Members of the CJ STEMM Special Ops Club and a Senior Capstone group teamed up with Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV) to offer the community an environmentally friendly option for getting started on spring cleaning.
On April 5, students and volunteers staffed a GESMV donation truck at CJ from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. accepting working and non-working cell phones, computers, monitors, printers, speakers and other devices. By afternoon, nearly 14,000 pounds of unwanted electronics was collected for safe disposal.
Thanks to the work of a Senior Capstone group and generosity of the CJ community, teachers at one local elementary school now have expanded options when it comes to providing valuable learning tools to their students.
The annual Lenten Mission Drive is underway. This donation drive, organized by the office of ministry and service, benefits missions in Africa supported by our school's two founding orders, the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
Collections this year will be split equally and donated to both Our Lady of the Nazareth Elementary School, a Marianist mission in Kenya, and the Sisters of Notre Dame Clean Water Project. Students learned more about each of these missions in their religion classes.