July 2014

Washington Post Ranks CJ 68th in America

The Washington Post named Chaminade Julienne one the most rigorous high schools in America for a third consecutive year.

CJ is tops in the state when compared with other Ohio private schools and the 68th most challenging private high school in the nation according to columnist Jay Mathews’ annual “Challenge Index" list. The Catholic, co-educational institution in downtown Dayton is one of 38 in the state and four in the Miami Valley included on the list of more than 2,100 public and private schools.

Rankings are determined by dividing the number of college-level tests a school administers in a given year by the number of graduating seniors. This ratio, provided it is above 1.000, is then used to rank schools against one another. CJ came in the top seven percent nationally in 2014 and received its highest rating ever at 1.684.

“I designed the list to identify the schools working hardest to challenge average students with Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education courses and tests, good preparation for both college and the workplace,” Mathews wrote in his April 7 column explaining this year's rankings.

“This is in contrast to the usual ranking of schools by test score averages, which is more of an indication of how affluent the parents are than of how good the school is,” he continued.

Other local schools making this year’s list were Oakwood (2.640), Centerville (1.697) and Bellbrook (1.304). Cincinnati Walnut Hills (5.749) topped the list in Ohio while California’s American Indian Public Charter (21.91) came in at No. 1 overall in the country.


Top 10 Tips for the 2014-15 School Year

Whether you’re just joining the CJ community or returning for another exciting school year, all students and families will find tips, hints and useful information to prepare for back to school.

1. Welcome to CJ
Orientation for students new to CJ is Wednesday, Aug. 13. All students should report for classes on Thursday, Aug. 14. Check the School Calendar and Community Events pages often for things like Out of Uniform and Block Days as well as events for the whole family such as Meet the Eagles Night (Aug. 7) and the Lucas Pfander Memorial Alumni Race (Aug. 16).

2. Keep Your Handbook Handy
The 2014-15 Student Handbook is now exclusively available online. Consent forms, found on pages 52-55, should be signed and returned to OSS by August 30. For forms not found in the handbook (Emergency Medical, Immunization Record, Physical, etc.) check our Health Clinic pages.

3. Dress for Success
There are no new changes to this year’s Uniform Guidelines. Tops must be purchased from one of three vendors: Appleheart, Anyway U Want It Designs, or Casual Image. Parents may also shop for gently used uniforms August 6-8 and during Meet the Eagles Night. And Eagle fans can purchase spirit items at any time from the Official Online Spirit Store.

4. Get Connected
New this year, all students will receive a Chromebook as part of the one-to-one rollout of the Connected Classroom program. Pick up your device at CJ any time before the first day of school. As outlined in the School Supply List, all students must carry their CJ issued Chromebook and a set of earbuds (headphones) every day.

5. Know How To Go
Pick up and drop off your students before and after school along the south side of Franklin Street (view traffic pattern). Students who drive can purchase parking passes during the week of August 4. Directions and a printable Campus Map are online.

6. What’s Cookin’?
Cafeteria services are operated by W.G. Grinders. Monthly lunch menus are posted online and typically include an "Entree of the Day," four to five sandwiches, soups and salads, plus healthy and vegetarian options. Items range in price from $.75 to 3.50; a meal with drink typically costs about $4. Students may pay with cash or parents can load funds onto their child’s Student ID by creating an account with SPS EZpay.

7. Who You Gonna’ Call?
A faculty and staff directory with email addresses and phone extensions is posted online for your convenience. To report an absence, dial 461-3740 x465 by 9:30 a.m. each day your student is absent.

8. Hand in Homework
Don’t forget to finish up your summer homework before the first day of school. Summer Honors and AP coursework is posted online by class. Members of the Class of 2015 are reminded to complete their state-mandated personal finance education online. Log-in information was emailed to seniors' CJ email addresses. For more information, download the parent letter or email teacher Judy Costa.

9. Ways to Get Involved
There are a myriad of opportunities for students and parents alike to become more involved in the educational experience at CJ. Browse our Web pages for information about things from Athletics and Performing Arts to Ministry & Service, CJ STEMM, the Eagles Learning Center, and more. Parents who want to meet new friends and lend a helping hand should look into joining the Blue Green Club and/or the CJ PoPS.

10. Keep in Touch
If you haven't already, be sure to subscribe to our mailing lists to receive the latest news and information in your inbox. Weekly newsletters full of useful information are distributed on a weekly (Parent Weekly), monthly (Eagle Bytes) and as-needed basis. We also encourage you to connect with us on social media. Find the Eagles on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

If you have questions about a topic not listed above, please email or contact Drew Reeder at (937) 461-3740 x221 for assistance.


DBJ Cover Story: Rethinking the Classroom

In a constantly evolving world replete with smart devices, social media and mobile apps, how are educators able to effectively reach students? By adapting.

Dayton Business Journal reporter Tristan Navera recently examined how and why the delivery of education has evolved in the classrooms of Wright State, the University of Dayton and Chaminade Julienne. It’s a change the DBJ believes equates to better-prepared graduates who enter the workforce ready to face the challenges of today’s high-tech, high-demand jobs.

This excerpt from the newspaper's July 4 cover story highlights what’s being done at CJ to ensure college and career readiness among all students.

Cover Story: Rethinking the Classroom

Chaminade Julienne’s answer to the bad e-mail

Dayton, OH; July 4, 2014 — Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School’s historic exterior is ever present in downtown Dayton. But inside, the green-and-blue halls are looking anything but old.

The school completed its $4 million STEMM center — STEM with the added focus of medical programming — and now it’s got an eye on connecting students with learning online through a Connected Classroom program — using Google Chromebooks and their software in the learning process. It began a pilot for the class of 2017, with 170 students getting the computers and training. This year all students will get a device.

Steve Fuchs, director of the academic office and registrar, said the STEMM center has helped the school take off with technology programs.

“The biggest thing is how they use the device in the classroom,” Fuchs said. “It’s about collaboration between the students, and their teacher. The access to different resources, working in the same documents, opens their eyes to the workflow in the working world.”

Teachers are integrating the technology into their programs, and the STEMM center has helped them push more specialized learning such as biomedical classes that bring in doctors to work with students and engineering classes involving building robots.

CJ’s business advisors are looking to get students more exposure for what a day in a career field is like, to show them what the working world entails. Most head to college, and the students there need to be prepared for a collaborative working environment, Fuchs said.

“Even in e-mail writing, a student should be writing in an academic professional way,” Fuchs said. “One of our goals with Connected Classroom is to build those working skills that aren’t taught in other ways.”

This article is re-published with permission from the Dayton Business Journal.


CJ Participates in NCEA STREAM Symposium

Officials from Chaminade Julienne were invited to present the school’s CJ STEMM program as a model for fellow private and parochial schools at the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) inaugural New Directions STREAM Symposium this summer.

The three day conference, hosted on the campus of the University of Dayton in late June, brought educators from all over the United States together to discuss ways of effectively incorporating religion and the arts into existing STEM curricular programs.

“I loved the STREAM conference,” said Mr. David Bogle (pictured top), principal at St. Charles Borromeo School in Kettering. “It was a great way for Catholic schools to come together and investigate how we can integrate our faith into science, technology, engineering and math.”

By adding a couple of letters to the popular acronym, the STREAM initiative, sponsored by the NCEA, is intended to support a more holistic approach to traditional STEM education. STREAM further emphasizes correlations between academics and issues of morality, social justice and spirituality while preparing students to pursue high demand college and career opportunities.

On June 23, CJ staff members John Marshall, principal, Meg Draeger, STEMM coordinator, and Steve Fuchs, director of the academic office and registrar, presented, “Where Do We Begin? The People, Programs, Place, and Partnerships of a STEM Program,” during one of four breakout sessions. The presentation outlined the progression of the school’s flagship CJ STEMM (with an extra ‘M’ for medicine) program -- first initiated for the 2008-09 school year.

That evening, the more than 200 conference attendees were invited onto campus to tour the award-winning CJ STEMM Center, which opened in August for the 2013-14 school year. Educators were free to enjoy a dessert reception, explore the new 17,700 sq. ft. facility, and speak with CJ students, faculty and staff.

“I think the facility is well-designed and well put-together. A lot of thought went into the interactions between students, teachers and staff,” Mr. Bogle said.

Representatives from Shook Construction and Pinnacle Architects, the Dayton-based companies that teamed up to design and complete the nearly $4 million renovation, were also on hand to greet guests. Pinnacle won the 2013 Dayton Builders Exchange Architectural Award for their work on the project.