August 2012

Tracking Student Success Beyond CJ

In this day and age of social media madness, the term “trending” has taken on a whole new meaning. Ask principal John Marshall ‘86 (who has added “Twitter” to his vocabulary), and you will quickly learn the two-fold implications of following the trends of student success data for Chaminade Julienne and the young people it serves.

Since adding the City Connects program in 2010, CJ has kept a keen eye focused on monitoring the individual progress of its students as well as the effectiveness of the support programs it offers. In order to accurately gauge both, the school charts each student’s development from before he or she even steps inside the building.

“We try to get a baseline with 8th graders through the admissions process,” Marshall said. “Our job then is to place each child in the right program so that he or she can get to that endgame, which is becoming a successful student.”

During the first few months at CJ, a counselor works directly with each freshman and his or her teachers to develop a personalized plan of action — known as an Individual Student Review (ISR) — taking into account internal and external factors from grades, test scores and attendance to extra-curricular involvement, family and faith life.

According to Jama Badinghaus, guidance counselor and student support coordinator, each ISR is evaluated to map trends across an entire class and establish tiers. In this way, students who need more support or less can be identified.

“Taking a holistic approach allows us to be much more proactive with the services we provide,” she said. “It’s tempting, and more convenient, to ask the students to fit the program. But I think we should be asking how we can adjust and strengthen the program to best benefit each student.”

The program, according to Marshall, holds the school accountable for how well its services prepares students for a successful future beyond high school. To identify the school’s areas of strengths and weaknesses, CJ pays extra attention to the performance trends of its graduates.

“It is important for us to measure how well graduates are doing at that next level so we can adjust the programming, curriculum and experiences we continue to offer CJ students,” Marshall said. Examining college success data is a trend many secondary schools are starting to explore.

“According to data we received, we rank number one in the Montgomery County area with 94 percent of students returning to college for their second year, so this is one indicator that helps us determine how well our students are being prepared to be successful,” said Marshall.

“We want to understand our students, so we document their stories. We document their needs, how we address those needs at CJ, and also their success in college. Their stories teach us how we can improve the educational experience that we offer future students.”

This story first appeared in the spring 2012 issue of Vision, CJ's alumni news magazine. Browse past issues >


FilmDayton Shoots Series at CJ

For just two days this summer, the halls of Chaminade Julienne will be transformed into ‘Bombeck High School’ – and no, you didn’t miss news of another merger.

The temporary name change comes at the request of FilmDayton, a non-profit volunteer-based production company located downtown on East Fifth Street, which will be shooting scenes at the school building on the corner of Franklin and Ludlow Streets on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-19, for its new web series, Freak Club.

The series, created by University of Dayton graduate Alexandra Grizinski and co-written by CJ alumna Nichol Simmons ’87, follows a group of high school friends and “social misfits” who form a paranormal society to explore their shared interest in the supernatural.

Learn more about the series by visiting

The FilmDayton crew is still in need of extras for filming on location at CJ. Actors are needed to play high school students, teachers, coaches, and more.

If you’d like to be involved, contact Alexandra Grizinski at with a photo, your acting age (a.k.a. the range of ages you can portray), as well as an email address and phone number where you can be reached.


South American Students Stay Over

Several CJ families hosted teenagers from Marianist high schools in Peru and Argentina this summer as a component of a three-week course put on by the University of Dayton's Center for International Programs.

During the weekend of July 20, host families and visiting students performed service at sites around the Dayton area, enjoyed a variety of leisure activities together, and shared dinner at a group cookout after attending Mass.

Check out the article Exploring Dayton, first published online at, that follows to learn more.

First appeared August 2, 2012 at
High school students from Peru and Argentina got a big dose of Dayton recently, while studying a little English on the side.

The University of Dayton is hosting 32 students from Colegio Marianista in Buenos Aires, and Colegio Santa María Marianistas in Lima, Peru, for a three-week course in its Intensive English Program (IEP). Both high schools and the University of Dayton belong to the Society of Mary, a religious order also known as the Marianists founded by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade in France in 1817.

The students arrived Saturday, July 14, and will live on campus through Saturday, Aug. 4. They spend six hours a day in the classroom, and in the afternoons and weekends, they experience a variety of Dayton attractions.

Their lineup included a Dayton Dragons game; The Greene for shopping, dinner and a movie; Kings Island; the National Museum of the United States Air Force; Carillon Park; the Dayton Art Institute; a night at the home of a Chaminade-Julienne High School family; a day of biking and kayaking along the Great Miami River; and a picnic dinner at Riverscape.

"These students come here to work on their English language skills and to learn a little about American culture, the University of Dayton, and the city," said Karin Avila-John, IEP program manager. "It introduces them to college life and may serve as an early college visit."

The program, now in its second year, combines many key aspects of the University's mission and identity as a Marianist, educational, international member of the Dayton community, Avila-John said.

The University of Dayton's Intensive English Program is designed primarily to prepare international students for success in their academic classes and programs at the University. The program serves about 300 students per term. The original program was founded in 1979, but it has been part of the University's Center for International Programs since 2005.

Re-published at with permission from the UD Office of University Communcations.

Race Relocates to CJ Campus in 2012

The results are in... More than 170 runners and walkers turned out at CJ on Saturday, Aug. 11 to participate in this summer's Lucas Pfander Memorial Alumni Race. Thank you to all who participated in this event!

For the first year ever, members of the CJ community were invited to walk or run for Lucas from anywhere as part of the Virtual Race. As a result, families and individuals from Texas to Louisiana to Pennsylvania shared in the virtual race day experience!

View photos of our virtual racers (with bibs in hand) on CJ's Alumni Facebook page. And, if you haven't already, it isn't too late to email your pictures to Caitlin Cronin Bennett, alumni relations coordinator.


Eagles Outfit Belizean Futbol Team

f there was ever a question whether members of the Chaminade Julienne community and the less fortunate children living in Belize were on the same team, this summer’s mission trip participants removed all doubt.

Thanks in part to a donation by the men’s soccer program, CJ students and chaperones were able to give teams at the St. Peter Claver Primary School in Punta Gorda their first set of matching uniforms. The young “futbolistas” donned their new duds – blue shorts and green tops emblazoned with a soaring Eagle – while kicking the ball around with their high school “teammates” from Dayton, Ohio.

Sixteen current students and recent grads made the roughly 1,600 mile trip June 10-16, accompanied by chaperones Amy O’Loughlin, science teacher; Jama Badinghaus, guidance counselor; and Dr. Steve Huffman, CJ parent.

Their service learning journey to the country’s southern-most city along the coast of the Gulf of Honduras included games of soccer and activities such as:

  • Teaching and interacting with local children during leadership camps
  • Purifying and delivering clean drinking water to schools, in addition to teaching about the dangers of unsanitary water sources
  • Painting school walls, tables and playground equipment that had been vandalized by graffiti
  • Donating books to a school library
  • Shopping, zip-lining, tubing and swimming at local hotspots
  • Taking part in the ancient Mayan process of making fresh chocolate during a visit to Cyrila’s Chocolate Factory (learn more at
  • Sharing dinner with others serving in the region as part of outreach by the Jesuit Volunteers International
  • And, celebrating Mass at a Nazareth retreat center with Pallotine Sisters of the Catholic Apostolate.

The week-long cultural immersion experience is one of the school's three annual summer mission trip offerings. It was the fourth consecutive year CJ students traveled to Belize since the school first started offering international service learning trips in the summer of 1998. In that time, groups have also traveled to locations including Mexico, Guatemala and Trinidad.