November 2010

Deputy Demonstrates Alcohol's Effects

As part of a lesson on alcohol awareness, Ms. Lori Dozer invited Deputy Jerome of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to health classes during the last week in November, to help inform students about the effects that alcohol has on the body. The class, made up of mostly freshmen, watched an informational video on drunk driving from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, learned about blood alcohol content and the legal limits for minors as well as those of age, and participated in field sobriety tests.

To demonstrate the visual impairment created by consuming alcohol, students put on special goggles and were asked to perform simple tasks such as tossing a tennis ball and walking a straight line. Classmates struggled with depth perception and balance as they walked about ten feet, heel-to-toe in the hallway.

“It is important for our kids to know that alcohol affects you in many ways, especially when it comes to driving,” Dozer said, adding that it is important for freshmen to be aware of these issues in particular since the teens are beginning to get learner’s permits and driver’s licenses.

Deputy Jerome agreed and commented that showing young people the effects of alcohol early can directly influence prevention in the future. As a mother of five—with three in high school—and a Montgomery County D.A.R.E. officer, Jerome said she is comfortable in the classroom.

“It is my dream job to be with the kids,” she said. “That is where I feel I can make the biggest difference.”

STEMM Idol Speaker

University of Dayton senior Mechanical Engineering student Mark Abram talked with students in the CIL Monday during all homeroom periods about his experiences in India building environmentally friendly and efficient cooking stoves for safe use by families. 

Abram and members of UD’s ETHOS program—Engineers in Technical, Humanitarian Opportunities of Service-Learning—spent 10 weeks living in India last summer, researching better ways of building rocket cook stoves. Rocket stoves are wood-burning stoves, often found in third-world countries, which can be made from cheap materials and are used to heat pots that sit on top.

“One of the big issues in India, and in parts of Southeast Asia and Africa, is that people have to cook on open fires inside their homes,” Abram told students. The open burning indoors allows for the release of carbon and harmful particle emissions, which can cause respiratory problems for children and families if the smoke is inhaled.

Along with decreasing emissions, the team also wanted to make the stoves more efficient by cutting down on the amount of wood necessary to heat the pots to boiling. To achieve this, the engineering students modified the stoves with battery-powered fans. With the installation of fans, Abram said they were able to boil two large pots in 27 minutes. In addition, ETHOS members built “solar wood dryers” for storing and drying the fire wood used to fuel the rocket stoves.

According to its Web site, “ETHOS is founded on the belief that engineers are more apt and capable to serve our world more appropriately when they have experienced opportunities that increase their understanding of technology's global linkage with values, culture, society, politics, and economy.”

Eagles on Campus

Students at CJ have been involved with an abundance of extracurricular and co-curricular activities on campus this fall like the UD Back Pain Study, pictured above. Here are just a few more of the happenings that were available to those at the corner of Franklin and Ludlow Streets this past month:

Who:  The CJ community and visiting students from area grade schools
Where:  CJ’s auditorium
When:  October 19 at 7 p.m.
What:  Members of CJ’s Concert Choir, Concert Band, Eagle Pep Band, and new a cappella group VEGA performed along with 40 elementary band students from Holy Angels and Mother Bruner.

Who:  Current students, faculty, staff and families, along with members of the football team and cheerleading squad.
Where:  Between Blue Green Field and the old Faust Center
When:  Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
What:  Attendees enjoyed food, drinks, and music at CJ’s annual bonfire while raising money for the American Heart Association (AHA) through the “Hits for the Heart” benefit. Participants could pay $1 to take swings at a donated disabled car before the Eagles final football game against Alter. Money was also collected at the game, where CJ beat the Knights 13-6, and more than $200 was donated to the AHA.

Who:  CJ students taking the Medical Interventions course, AP Biology, and members of FLIGHT
Where:  Mrs. Amy O’Loughlin’s room 226
When:  Wednesday, Nov. 10 during first period
What:  LaDonna Barnes-Lark, MD, from the Drew Health Center spoke with students about her experiences and insights from serving the underserved of Dayton in health care ministry since 1996.

Who:  Featuring Mark Abram, a senior at UD studying mechanical engineering and member of the Engineers in Technical, Humanitarian Opportunities of Service (ETHOS) learning program.
Where:  In the CIL
When:  Monday, Nov. 22 during all homeroom periods
What:  Mr. Abram presented to students about his experiences in India last summer working with fellow ETHOS students to design and build safe rocket cook stoves

Eagles Around Town

From poetry contests to club service projects like the Adopt-An-Area Litter Clean-Up pictured above, the Eagles have been active this fall participating in a variety of community events outside the classroom. Take a look at just some of the things CJ students have been involved with during this past month:

Who:  More than 25 CJ students participated
Where:  Good Samaritan North Health Center
When:  Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30
What:  Students had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with professionals about how they got where they are today, what their jobs entail, and how to prepare for those careers from high school through college and beyond. The event, in its second year, is made possible through CJ’s partnership with Good Sam which supports the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science programs at our school.

Who:  20 members of the Environmental Club along with club advisers Mrs. Draeger and Mrs. Eloe
Where: On approximately 1 ½ miles of street sidewalks in the CJ neighborhood
When:  Thursday, Nov. 4 after school
What:  In conjunction with the Montgomery County Adopt-An-Area program, members of the Environmental Club walked the area bounded by Washington, Fifth, Ludlow, and Longworth Streets, picking up litter. The student group, donning bright yellow fluorescent vests and work gloves, filled 15 large trash bags with an estimated 150 pounds of garbage and recyclables.

Who:  Three CJ students and one teacher received recognition for their submissions
Where:  Dayton Metro Library
When:  Sunday, Nov. 14
What:  In the High School category, Cari Meixner, '12, took third place for her work Origami Dragon while Tiarra Comer, '12, and Kyle Foley, '12, each earned Honorable Mention for their poems This Black Dress and Heart. In the Adult category, English teacher Mr. Jim Brooks placed third for Till the Cows Come Home.

Who:  Five CJ students and 15 elementary school students
Where:  Kodak Inkjet Printing Solutions plant
When:  Thursday, Nov. 11 from 3:15 to 6 p.m.
What:  Students toured the plant with Curt Zahn, ’73, Director of Sustainability and Health & Safety, and were able to see their large, high speed printer used for printing customizable items such as lottery tickets and magazine inserts in 40 different countries around the world. Students also learned about Kodak’s sustainable ink manufacturing process and the plant’s recycling program in which 96 percent of hazardous material is treated and reused.


Who:  Students in Ms. Andary's 1st and 4th period environmental science classes
Where:  Dayton City Hall
When:  Wednesday, Nov. 17
What:  Hosts Felicia Graham '86, Michele Simmons, and Leslie Tipton of the City of Dayton Department of Water Environmental Management division presented to students and gave tours of City Hall's Green Roof.


Who:  Six CJ students in grades 9 and 10.
Where:  Sinclair Community College
When:  Friday, Nov. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What:  The girls had a great time learning about IT and hearing from guest speakers, including Mikki Clancy, the CIO of Premier Health Partners. Each attended two breakout sessions where they got to try their hand at information technology tools and techniques, such as using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to plan a budget to buy a car and a house, designing a web page with HTML, using PhotoShop to create "Wow!" graphic effects, helping Kroger design the next customer-focused technology tool, and more. During lunch, each table of girls was seated with at least one local IT female professional, who shared her experiences and engaged the girls in a conversation about their plans for the future.

Dresses for Degrees Sale Sunday

Members of Chaminade Julienne's Key Club will host a "Dresses for Degrees" dress sale on Sunday, November 14 from noon to 3 p.m. at CJ. It is part of the service group's effort to send young girls in impoverished areas of Belize to high school.

Catholic high schools including Carroll and Alter teamed up with CJ students to donate over 200 dresses, which will be sold for $15 to $20 each. In addition to the sale, CJ students will offer educational information about the issues facing women in Belize. Everyone attending will be entered in for a chance to win raffle prizes. Prizes include dinner for two at local restaurants, hair styling services, manicures, a coach purse, and more.

The benefit is aimed at supporting both the local and global community while raising awareness of current world issues such as gender inequity. Dresses that do not sell will be donated to local teens who may otherwise not be able to purchase prom dresses. All proceeds from the sale will go towards academic scholarships that will be awarded to two young Belizean girls during CJ’s annual summer mission trip.

“Dresses for Degrees” is a follow-up event to last year’s Key Club project “Loose Change to Loosen Chains,” which raised enough money to allow two girls from Belize to continue with their high school education. Typically, families in the Toledo District cannot afford to send their daughters to high school, and instead, are forced into an early marriage and a life of poverty.

Dress Sale a Success!

The Key Club thanks all the parents and students who supported the "Dresses for Degrees" initiative Sunday. Due to your efforts to help recycle used dance dresses, CJ was able to raise $1,145 to contribute to high school scholarships for two Belizean girls, and the school will also donate two large bags of leftover dresses to local charities.

Mayor of Sarajevo Visits CJ

To mark the 15th anniversary of the negotiation of the Dayton Peace Accords, the Mayor of Sarajevo Dr. Alija Behman and Deputy Mayor Miroslav Zivanovic traveled to Dayton to help commemorate the occassion. Their tour of Dayton, created by the Dayton Sister Cities Committee, included a visit to Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School Friday morning.

John Marshall, CJ principal, and Tony Ricciuto, teacher and moderator of the school's Junior Council on World Affairs greeted the dignitaries and accompanied them to a few classrooms where they met with students, faculty and staff.

"It was fun to see the mayor interact with the students and speak in German with the kids in our foriegn language classes," Riccuito said. As a committee member for Dayton Sister Cities, Riccuito was instrumental in bringing the mayor in to meet and talk with students of the downtown Catholic high school.

Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and became a Dayton Sister City as a direct result of the Peace Accords in 1995. The eastern European capital, with a population of just under 300,000, is home to two Catholic schools itself.

After their stop at CJ, the two men were to be recognized during a banquet Friday evening at the Hope Hotel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and will participate in a discussion forum on US policy Saturday, Nov. 6,  titled “Dayton Peace Accords: The First 15 Years,” held in the University of Dayton’s Kennedy Center Ballroom.

"It's a credit to the City of Dayton and the government officials who organized these events in commemoration of this special anniversary," Riccuito said.

In 1995, the Dayton Peace Accords put an end to a three and a half year-long conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina known as the Bosnian War. After numerous attempts at peace, the Accords were initiated on November 12, 1995 at Wright-Patterson’s Hope Hotel in Dayton, Ohio and signed into agreement on December 14, 1995 in Paris, France.

Motivational Speaker Mike McCoy

Motivational speaker and former NFL football star Mike McCoy visited Chaminade Julienne Tuesday, Oct. 26, to discuss with students the importance of making good decisions on the path to success in life during a school-wide presentation in the auditorium.

Mr. McCoy is a Pennsylvania native and graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he played defensive tackle for the Fighting Irish, earning consensus All-American honors his senior year before being selected with the second overall pick in the 1970 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers. After playing 11 seasons with three pro teams, the former lineman founded the organization Mike McCoy Ministries to help mentor students through public speaking engagements hosted in Catholic schools across the country.

“Our overall theme is how to be a champion today; not yesterday, not tomorrow, but what do you do today to influence change in your life,” McCoy said before speaking in front of all classes Tuesday morning. Emphasizing that theme, he encouraged students to choose friends wisely and avoid “landmines in the field of life” such as sex, alcohol, and drugs.

“If you’re going to be a champion it has got to start with a decision inside your heart, and it is hard to change behavior unless your heart is changed,” he added. McCoy battled with destructive behavior himself during his career until a teammate intervened with faith, allowing him to change his lifestyle by developing a personal relationship with Christ.

Today, he urges students to grow spiritually and become leaders by sharing personal stories and delivering a message of hope and encouragement rooted in the teachings of the Lord. McCoy said what inspires him most to speak with young people is having the chance to share and expound upon the words of Pope John Paul II, “Do not fear. Open your heart to Christ.”

Join Hands Miami Valley

Over 160 Chaminade Julienne students, along with 15 members of the school's faculty and staff, spent the weekend of October 23 and 24 volunteering at 13 Dayton-area service agencies in conjunction with Join Hands Miami Valley.

The community-wide service collaboration is the Miami Valley’s celebration of Make a Difference Day, held annually on the fourth Saturday of October. According to, the holiday has been observed nationally for 20 years as the country’s largest day of community service.

Members of the CJ community volunteered at locations including The House of Bread, Mary Queen of Peace, and the Boonshoft Museum this year. Their efforts were joined by various organizations such as the United Way of Greater Dayton, Five Rivers MetroParks, Sinclair Community College, Spring Valley Academy, the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Volunteer Connection, and others.

Senior Kyle Foley and junior Madison Brock each represented CJ during Join Hands Miami Valley for the second consecutive year in 2010, serving on a voluntary basis.

“I think Join Hands Miami Valley is a great program because it connects to all different organizations across Dayton,” Brock said. As a Team Leader, she spent Saturday afternoon with her classmates cleaning the dining area at the Life Enrichment Center.

During the school year, Brock fulfills her duties as a CJ service representative by meeting once a month with a designated homeroom to inform her peers of upcoming service opportunities. In the past, she has worked the Homecoming Spaghetti Dinner and the girls’ summer basketball camp.

Kyle Foley, Student Council president and member of FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today), is also familiar with setting an example for his fellow students. He volunteered at both Catholic Social Services Friday and the Marianist Environmental Education Center Saturday in his dual roles.

“I’ve done Join Hands Miami Valley for a couple of years and it’s a fun service project because you always get to meet great people,” he said.  “I don’t think of service as a chore.”

At Catholic Social Services, seniors in FLIGHT helped pack boxes with flower bulbs and flyers for the organization’s annual mailer, and those on Student Council met with Marianist Brothers to maintain prairie grass on their property. In addition, men’s basketball and football players served at Mary Queen of Peace and Carillon Historical Park respectively to perform landscaping work, and members of JCOWA (Junior Council of World Affairs) gave tours to Enchanted Forest visitors at the Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm.