June 2016

CJ Hosts PLTW Teacher Training Courses

While school may be out of session for students over the summer, many teachers from around the nation are taking the opportunity to learn new curriculum through Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course training. While the PLTW Ohio affiliate training usually only takes place at Sinclair Community College, this summer, Chaminade Julienne is hosting teachers for three, two-week sessions to learn more in the biomedical science courses.

"Sinclair's labs are under construction so this was an opportunity for us to have the teachers in a working high school classroom," said PLTW Master Teacher and CJ science department co-chair Amy O'Loughlin '86. "This is a professional development unlike anything else. The teachers are at CJ from 7:30 or 8 in the morning until 5 at night. They have homework every night and on the weekends, but it's worth it." 

O'Loughlin and CJ science department co-chair Amanda Ooten  are both certified PLTW Master Teachers, which allows them to teach these summer courses.

"To be a master teacher, you have to have taught the curriculum for two years and then it's an application and selection process," O'Loughlin explained. O'Loughlin is in her sixth year of master teaching and Ooten is in her fourth year.

"I learn from the other teachers," shared O'Loughlin. "I love networking, getting to meet people and seeing how they run their classroom because I learn from that every year. PLTW also listens to the master teachers in how to move the curriculum forward, so we've been able to be a part of rewriting the curriculum."

CJ began introducing PLTW courses to students in the 2008-2009 school year. Both biomedical science and engineering courses have been offered previously. Additionally for the 2016-2017 school year, students have the opportunity to take an environmental sustainability class.

"Project Lead the Way is teaching kids inquiry and project based learning," O'Loughlin emphasized. "It's not - sit here and let me lecture to you. There are activities and  students are basically learning by what they're doing. The curriculum for each course is the same throughout the nation."

"Several years ago when we were in the planning process of the CJ STEMM Center, there were several options and one of the most traditional was the fixed lab sinks running down the middle of a classroom with unmovable counter tops," Principal John Marshall '86, added. "We made a decision that solely dedicated spaces for labs would go away. We could create the lab settings on the outside of the classroom, essentially creating additional learning lab spaces so during the school year, the teachers don't have to check out a lab.

Teachers perform eye tests as part of a PLTW biomedical science activity"With the PLTW training going on at CJ this summer, we can serve multiple uses with visitors because they can stay in one location and get the lab experience," Marshall continued. "The fact that CJ could continue hosting trainings like this is an affirmation of the resources we provide in the CJ STEMM Center."

From June 20 through July 1, 23 teachers were in CJ going through the Human Body Systems or Medical Interventions course training. From July 11 through July 22, teachers will be learning the Principles of Biomedical Science course or a junior high level course and from July 25 through August 5, teachers will be learning the Biomedical Innovations course. While all biomedical course trainings are happening at CJ, Sinclair is continuing to host engineering course trainings.

"We go through the entire curriculum for the year in two weeks," O'Loughlin noted. "While the teachers won't do every activity, we talk about every activity. We will do every lab and every larger activity so they know how to do it once. This way when they go to their home classrooms, they know how it should go."

O'Loughlin added, "Even if the teachers don't remember how the activity exactly went, they make friendships and connections in these summer courses so they have resources to go back to. This way, they don't feel like they're stranded in their classroom and don't know where it's supposed to go."

(Pictures: Teachers perform eye tests as part of a PLTW biomedical science activity).

Posted June 29, 2016


Learning Experience Trip to Italy

"An amazing experience."

That was just one reaction after 19 students and four adults spent June 13-20 visiting Italy as part of a learning experience trip.

"The trip was certainly educational and we enjoyed the Italian culture," said social studies teacher Tony Ricciuto '74. "Italy is the most popular country for students to visit according to travel magazines.  Pope Francis proclaimed this the Holy Year of Mercy. It was great to be in Italy during this time and visit churches where Pope Francis visited." 

The group traveled to Assisi (the home of St. Frances), Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano and Rome.

"My favorite place was most definitely Assisi because it was just so beautiful," shared Taja Ford '18. "It was a smaller town and easy to navigate, but it had so much history and good food. You could just see the beauty and history in every step you took."

Some of the activities the group did on the trip included visiting the Cathedral of St. Francis in Assisi, looking through the Great Renaissance art collection throughout Florence, visiting the Square of Miracles and the Leaning Bell Tower in Pisa, and exploring The Colosseum, Vatican City, and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

"It was an amazing experience and I hope that everyone can go through something like this at some point in their lives," Ford emphasized.

"This was a great opportunity for the students as more and more universities are checking resumes for travel experience, and this goes on a student's permanent record at CJ," Ricciuto added.  "We have several former traveling students who are now traveling/studying abroad and pursuing international careers."

Ricciuto said another trip to Italy will be in the works for 2018, with organizing for the trip beginning in January of 2017.

Posted June 27, 2016


Students Serve in Belize

Thirteen students and three adults made the nearly 3,000 mile journey to Belize to serve at St. Jude Elementary School. During the mission trip, the group was asked to paint a bathroom building and a structure for hand washing at the school.

"On breaks and at recess/lunch, the kids would crowd around all of us, wanting us to give them piggyback rides, play duck duck goose, and of course, take pictures on our phones," shared Allison Huffman '16 and Natalie Murray '16.

A preschool girl, Sophie, also pitched-in to help the group with painting. 

"Sophie, our favorite four-year old helper, continued to help us paint day after day and never lost her cute smile," Megan Stefan '17 and Jordan Thomasson '16 noted.

When they were not serving at St. Jude, the group spent time together exploring Belize including going swimming in a local river.

"We tried to catch minnows in our hands and swam around," Stefan and Thomasson recalled. "Something special then happened. Four local boys brought horses in the water. With all of our interest peaked, a few of us asked to ride the horses in the water. Just about everyone rode the horses and everyone enjoyed their time at the river."

Every evening during the mission trip, the group spent time reflecting on the day and how they felt serving at the school.

"Our love for St. Jude and the kids will continue to grow even after we’re gone," said Will Huffman '16 and Dani Ostendorf '17. "It’s safe to say that everyone on this trip has been moved emotionally and spiritually in some way." 

Parent Steve Huffman agreed, "It was a wonderful week. The kids were able to realize this trip is about making themselves into a community, understanding a different culture, helping others and also having some fun."

Posted June 21, 2016

Spring 2016 Sports Season Recap

Whether they were on the diamond, on the court, on the field or on the track, the 2016 spring sports season ended with several student athletes and teams being recognized for their accomplishments throughout the season.

The baseball team had an 18-8 record this year and were district final runner-ups in the post-season. The team had big wins over Badin, McNicholas, Carroll (three times,) Northmont, and Wayne this season. 

Individual post-season honors included: 

  • Mark Barhorst '17 - 2nd team All-Area, 2nd team GCL
  • Stephen Hoendorf '16 - 1st team All-Area, 1st team GCL,  All-State Honorable Mention. Hoendorf will continue playing baseball at the University of Findlay.
  • Darian Jones '17 - 2nd team GCL
  • Ryan Peltier '18 - 2nd team All-Area, 1st team GCL
  • Daniel Slaybaugh '17 - 2nd team GCL
  • Garrett Wissman '17 - GCL Baseball Athlete of the Year, 1st team All-Area, 1st team GCL

The softball team began their season 1-7, but then only lost three games the rest of the season. The team finished with an 11-10 record, including tournament play, and were named the GCL North Champions. Big wins for the softball team including defeating Fenwick and Alter twice.

Pitcher Carly Fugett '19 ended the season hitting .529 and led many of the GCL North statistics including ERA and home runs. Catcher Lauren Rose '16 ended the season hitting .493.

"For the first time in a long time, we had two great young pitchers, Natalie Northern '18 and Fugett, and fought hard throughout the season," shared head coach Dee Werbrich. "With a roster of 14, and six of those 14 never having played softball before, the team worked hard to understand and master the game."

Individual post-season honors included:

  • Erin Colbert '17 - 2nd team GCL
  • Carly Fugett  - CJ Rookie of the Year, CJ Offensive Player of the Year, 1st team GCL
  • Erin Heiney '17 - 2nd team GCL
  • Caroline Nevius '17 - CJ MVP, 1st team GCL
  • Natalie Northern - CJ Coach's Award, 1st team GCL
  • Lauren Rose - CJ Offensive Player of the Year, 1st team GCL
  • Dee Werbrich - GCL North Coach of the Year

The men's tennis team was also named the outright GCL-North Champions for the second year in a row. The team's overall record was 15-7 and was a perfect 5-0 in the GCL. The team was ranked third out of all local Division II teams. Carlos Estrada-Sanchez '16 and Will Huffman '16 both advanced to the Southwest District Division II Tennis Tournament in singles play during the post-season.

Individual post-season honors included:

  • Carlos Estrada-Sanchez - 1st team GCL (singles)
  • Will Huffman - 1st team GCL (singles)
  • Cameron Woodard '16/Alex Jennison '16 - 2nd team GCL (doubles)
  • Graham Curry '16/Andrew Hartley '17 - 2nd team GCL (doubles)
  • Jim Brooks - GCL Coach of the Year

This was the first year the women's lacrosse team had both a JV and varsity squad. Both teams were very successful with Head Coach Danielle Cash noting the varsity team having their best season of the program's existence with a record of 9-8. The JV squad finished 6-1-1. 

"As always, I'm proud of the hard work the girls put in," Cash continued. "If it wasn't for that, our program wouldn't have grown the way it has. It was a good season and we're looking forward to next year."

Individual post-season honors included:

  • Emma Eichenauer '16 - CJ MVP Offense Award
  • Allison Huffman '16 - CJ MVP Defense Award
  • Patresa Linehan '18 - CJ Most Improved Player Award
  • Olivia Livingston '17 - U.S. Lacrosse All-District Honorable Mention
  • Kate Ward '16 will continue playing lacrosse at Transylvania University.

The men's and women's track team had another triumphant season with several student athletes qualifying for the regional track meet and two women's relays qualifying for the state tournament.

"The outdoor season started in March at Troy where the common theme of Jack Dalton '17 running well in the 800 & 1600 began," reflected Head Coach Jerry Puckett. "Jack was our most consistent male runner all year and placed 5th or better in every meet."

"Derson Pratt consistently finished in the top eight in the shot at almost every meet and the 4x800 relay of Mike Carper '16-Duncan Burke '17-Marco Espino '16 and Jack was always in the top 10 in every meet," Puckett added.

When focusing on the women's team, Puckett noted, "The team was led by Ariel Caffee '16 who placed in the top three in almost every meet. She did very well in the 200 meter dash. Lauren Pegues '17 consistently finished in the top five in the 100 & 200 meter dashes. Olivia Brown '16 scored in every meet in the shot put right up to regional meet and most times in the discus.

"The real highlights for the girls was the 4x200 relay (Caffee-Danielle Lewis '17-Camille Stevenson '16-Pegues) and the 4x100 relay (Stevenson-Lewis-TJ Mills '16-Pegues)," Puckett continued."These two relays meet-in and meet-out were in the top five regardless how many other teams they were against. They ran at a high level winning the regional meet in the 4x100 and finishing 3rd in the 4x200." The 4x200 finished 11th in the preliminary round of the state tournament and 4x100 finished 10th in the preliminary round of the state tournament. The Eagles' 4x100 finish time was less than one second behind the top place relay in that round.

"I can't wait for next year," Puckett said. "We have a lot of young talent in both boys and girls coming back."

Individual post-season honors included:

  • Jack Dalton - 1st team GCL (800 meter)
  • Mike Carper/ Duncan Burke/Marco Espino/Jack Dalton - 2nd team GCL (4x800 relay)
  • Camille Stevenson/Danielle Lewis/TJ Mills/ Lauren Pegues - 1st team GCL (4x100 relay)
  • Ariel Caffee/Camille Stevenson/Danielle Lewis/Lauren Pegues - 1st team GCL (4x200 relay)
  • Olivia Brown - 2nd team GCL (discus)
  • Ariel Caffee - 2nd team GCL (400 meter)
  • Monique Gibson '18 - 2nd team GCL (100 meter hurdles)
  • Lauren Pegues - 1st team GCL (100 meter)

The men's volleyball team finished the season with a 12-10 record and earned the Team Academic All Ohio Award with a combined Team GPA of 3.604. 

"We graduated nine seniors this year," shared Head Coach Megan Marrinan. "Seven of the seniors had been in the volleyball program all four years with five who had been on varsity all four years. The year before these seniors came to CJ, we did not have enough players to field a JV team. This class helped rebuild and improve the program for the future."

Individual post-season honors included:

  • Nick Barnes '17  - 1st team All-Region, 1st team GCL, Honorable Mention All-State, OBSVCA Scholar Athlete
  • Drake Dahlinghaus '16 - OBSVCA Scholar Athlete
  • Spencer Dufresne '16 - OBSVCA Scholar Athlete
  • Chase Hoffman '18 - OBSVCA Scholar Athlete
  • Alex Mayer '18 - OBSVCA Scholar Athlete
  • Tim Menker '16 - 2nd team All-Region, 2nd team GCL, OBSVCA Scholar Athlete
  • Jacob Murray '16 - OBSVCA Scholar Athlete
  • Morgan Rogers '16 - OBSVCA Scholar Athlete
  • Thomas Wilimitis '16 - Honorable Mention All-Region, 2nd team GCL, OBSVCA Scholar Athlete

Posted June 16, 2016


Julienne Class of 1946 Celebrates 70th Reunion

18 alumnae from the Julienne Class of 1946 gathered at CJ exactly 70 years after their graduation.

"We are always looking for a reason to celebrate," shared Dottie Vandyke Frysinger '46.

The special reunion on June 9 began with Mass led by Fr. Ken Sommer '46, a Chaminade classmate who many of the Julienne graduates knew from their childhood and continue to keep in touch with him. Following Mass, the women enjoyed a luncheon and program where they remembered classmates and shared high school memories.

"We had a huge class, 172 women, but we had a togetherness," described  Rosa Lee Weiner '46. "We maintained friendships through high school, after high school, and now."

Frysinger added, "We learned a lot. We went to a school with new people and made friendships that have lasted a lifetime - that's unusual." 

When looking back on June 9, 1946, Weiner said, "We were all gathered in our caps and gowns thinking we would never see each other again. It got very sad. Then we told each other to perk up, we have to be happy!"

In fact, the Julienne Class of 1946 meets regularly at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at Franco's Ristorante Italiano on East 5th Street. Those meetings began after the group's 50th reunion. Along with reunions, the classmates have also gotten together to celebrate their 80th and 85th birthdays.

The alumnae said gathering at CJ for their 70th reunion brought back cherished memories of their school and the community.

"The spirit is still alive here," Frysinger said. "There are so many more opportunities for women now a days, in sports and everything, and I think that's wonderful."

Weiner agreed, "Anyone I talk to with a daughter going to CJ expresses how happy they are to be here. This spirit is not found anywhere else."

Posted June 14, 2016


Capstone Group to Hold Paddle for Pups Event

A Class of 2017 Senior Capstone Group is looking to put more animals in forever homes with their event, Paddle for Pups, on Thursday, June 16.

"My dad owns Adventures on the Great Miami and last summer, we started doing Doggie Paddle Days where people brought their dogs to go canoeing," Kayte Jackson '17 explained. "I talked to the Humane Society and they said this would be a great way to hold a fundraising and adoption event."

Capstone Group members Gabby Elders '17, Jackson, Allison Logan '17 and Emily Rau '17 volunteered at the Humane Society during their junior year.

"I chose the Humane Society because they are the largest no-kill animal welfare agency and that's part of their mission," Rau shared.

Logan added, "It's nice to know you're making a difference in the animals' lives and getting them ready to find their forever home."

Also in the Senior Capstone Group is Connor Goode '17.

"While most of my friends volunteered at the animal shelter, I volunteered at a public grade school," Goode said. "I wanted to get involved with this Capstone because I have two dogs and I love animals."

The Capstone Group hopes to make Paddle for Pups more than a onetime event, with two more Paddle for Pups days in the works for July and August.

"I'm most looking forward to getting more involved in the community on a bigger scale and getting the word out about animal homelessness," Elders reflected. "I also want to let people know there are resources available to those who don't know what is out there."

"This group's project is unique in that they are hoping to not only raise money that will go towards the Humane Society but will also be having animals up for adoption at the event," the group's mentor, Erin Ketch noted. "Our hope is that some of these animals can find homes the day of the event and the event can then have an even bigger impact." 

What you need to know to attend Paddle for Pups:

  • Where: Adventures on the Great Miami (1995 Ross Road, Tipp City, 45371)
  • When: Thursday, June 16. Humane Society will be on site from 12-3 p.m.
  • What: Canoeing/Kayaking and Dog Adoption Event. Guests are allowed to bring their own animals. The event is family friendly.
  • Why: A portion of rentals all day on June 16 will go to the Humane Society.
  • More Information: www.greatmiami.net and www.hsdayton.org

Posted June 10, 2016

Hoendorf Commits to Play Baseball at Findlay

On Tuesday, May 31, Stephen Hoendorf '16 became the latest graduate to commit to playing a sport in college.

Hoendorf will play baseball for the University of Findlay and study physical therapy at the university.

"I am really excited to be a part of a young but growing team," Hoendorf shared. "I hope to make a great impact on the team."

Hoendorf was a four-year varsity player for the Eagles. His first two years he played first and third base. He moved into the full-time catcher position is last two seasons. Some of the baseball honors Hoendorf received during his four years at CJ included:

  • Team Captain (2015, 2016)
  • First Team All-GCL North (2014. 2015, 2016)
  • Second Team All-Area First Base (2014)
  • First Team All-Area Catcher (2016)
  • Prep Baseball Report Preseason All-State Catcher
  • Mizuno All-Ohio (2016)
  • Ohio Baseball Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-State (2016)

"Stephen has a bright future in college," Eagles Head Coach Mike Barhorst said. "He has the tools to catch and hit at the college level. He also has the determination and work ethic to succeed. He is a great teammate and team player. He will be sorely missed by the coaching staff at CJ."

"I will miss the championship legacy I think I've helped bring to CJ," Hoendorf reflected. "I will miss all the coaches because they all have really helped me become the player I am today. But most of all, I will miss all the great teammates and friends I have made in my high school career. I couldn't have asked for a better place to call my home than Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School."

Posted June 8, 2016


Actors and Musical Cast Recognized at DayTony Awards

For the first time since participating in the DayTony awards, two CJ students were recognized with the Award for Excellence and a CJ ensemble was recognized with an Award for Merit.

"With the DayTony Awards, every role is technically nominated and then the average score is calculated," explained drama and choir teacher Caitlin Bennett. "The directors decide on an average score to cut off for merit and excellence awards and then those are the students and adults who receive awards."

This year's award recipients from CJ were:

  • Angelo Knight - Award for Merit in a Supporting Role in a Play as The Drummer in After Juliet;
  • Emily Thie - Award for Merit in a Leading Role in a Play as Valentine in After Juliet;
  • Emily Thie - Award for Excellence in a Supporting Role in a Musical as Rusty in Footloose;
  • Sean Stewart - Award for Excellence in a Leading Role in a Musical as Ren in Footloose; and,
  • Cast of Footloose - Award for Merit for Ensemble in a Musical.

This was Knight's and Stewart's second DayTony award and fifth DayTony award for Thie. 

"It is important to note that the DayTony's give the opportunity to celebrate achievements that wouldn't necessarily be celebrated outside of our community," Bennett said. "The recognition is certainly a nod to a job well done.

"I think that what is important about the DayTony's is not just that we are recognized, but that our students have the opportunity to experience and celebrate other high school theatre," Bennett continued. "Throughout the year, our students are attending and screening other productions and using their theatre knowledge to assess what they see. The educational experience of paying attention to aspects of the production is not just about what is good and what is bad, but how it affects the production and how it helps to tell the story of these characters."

CJ has been a part of the DayTony Awards for three years.

Posted June 6, 2016

Track Relays Hope to Repeat at State

Update: The women's 4x200 relay finished 11th in the preliminary round of the state tournament. The women's 4x100 relay finished 10th in the preliminary round of the state tournament and was less than one second behind the top place relay in that round. 

Road to State: Five members of the women's track team had a "ready to run" mentality as they prepared to compete in the 4x100 and 4x200 relay races at the track and field state tournament, June 3 and 4 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at The Ohio State University.

"Our main focus is to make it to the finals and then from there, to go for it at full speed," said Lauren Pegues '17.

Danielle Lewis '17, TJ Mills '16, Pegues, and Camille Stevenson '16 qualified for state in the 4x100 and Ariel Caffee '16, Lewis, Pegues, and Stevenson qualified in the 4x200.

"The 4x100 is really fast-paced and before you know it, it's over," shared Lewis.  "In the 4x200, you feel every meter and you have to keep pushing until the very end."

Pegues and Lewis were members of the state winning 4x100 team in 2015. Stevenson has been to the state tournament twice before as an alternate while this trip to state was a first for Caffee and Mills.

"I know it's a big meet but I have also ran before at OSU, so it's kind of like I'm going home," Caffee noted.

Mills added, "It's exciting for me because this is my first year running track at CJ. It's a good experience and we're going to try and win."

Head Coach Jerry Puckett said he's been impressed with the senior class and the leadership they've shown on the team.

"There is a difference with seniors," Puckett said.  "Camille and Ariel have put a lot of time in and have had success. They're very nice girls and that's what I'll miss - their personalities, their work ethic and leadership.  TJ has been a big surprise in the sense that she's a basketball player and a lot of times, speed in another sport doesn't transfer over to track. It didn't hold true for TJ and she's been great to be around too."

"I think this season went by fast," Stevenson reflected. "Especially now that we're at the end, I can see all the work we put in and how much we have gotten better over the season."

This is the eighth year in a row track and field members have qualified for the state tournament.

"It's a testament to the kids," Puckett noted. "We work hard and they train hard. Everything is geared towards this moment."

Pegues agreed, "It's amazing to be a part of it."

Lewis added, "I'm really proud of our team because we worked really hard to get where we are and I hope we continue working this hard next year too."

Posted June 3, 2016


Art Exhibition Features Students' Ideas of Home

In January, CJ students and students from the Dayton Regional STEM School began working on an art project with high school refugee students connected with the Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley's Refugee Resettlement program. The art projects will now be on display during the art exhibition: HOME at the Dayton International Peace Museum.

"The idea behind the project was that since this is the refugee's new home, we wanted to come up with an idea of what home means to them," said Noah Meyer '17. "We partnered up and put our faces side-by-side with pictures of what home means to all of us." 

The refugee students attend Belmont and Longfellow Alternative High Schools. Bereket Gebre, who just completed his sophomore year at Belmont, said he enjoyed working on the project.

"I liked drawing the picture," Gebre shared. "We had a lot of fun."

Senior Capstone Coordinator Molly Bardine said she became involved with the project because Noah and other members of the Class of 2017 are hoping to take what they have learned so far about the refugees in Dayton and incorporate that into their Senior Capstone project.

"What this is doing is helping them understand the refugee situation in Dayton and giving them opportunities to socialize, create art, and express themselves," Bardine explained. "Through art, they are able to connect their ideas of home, friendship, and family. The artwork itself is a reflection of home and how they have shared interests in music, activities, and food."

The high school students met on Wednesdays until the end of the school year to complete the art projects. They would also meet for social gatherings on weekends which included playing games like basketball and soccer.

"I liked playing soccer and the different games," Gebre reflected.

"We want to keep meeting with this group," Meyer noted. "It may evolve through the next year."

Bardine added, "When I think of persons of faith and having these hearts and minds as wide as the world, I see the students opening themselves up to this experience and recognizing that they need to bring a better understanding of the refugee population that exists in Dayton."

The art exhibition: HOME will be on display June 4-18, Wednesdays through Sundays from 1-5 p.m.  On Saturdays June 4, 11, and 18, a Refugee Speaker Series will be held at 1:30 p.m. You can learn more about the guest speakers and the art exhibition here.

Posted June 1, 2016