January 2018

Capstone Promotes Human Trafficking Awarness

On most days at Chaminade Julienne, many students will wear the color blue, as it is one of the uniform colors. But on January 11, a majority of the student body, faculty and staff purposely wore that color to stand in solidarity with the Senior Capstone Group promoting National Human Trafficking Awareness day.

“Sex trafficking is so underrated and people are not aware enough,” group members Christopher Buchanan, Ja’lyn Isreal, Kyerra Copsy, Micaela Colbert and Raejean Gray said. “The fact that I-75 and I-80 are connected in Toledo is a huge issue. It allows for sex trafficking to take place so close to home. We decided to do our project on sex trafficking to raise awareness throughout our school and home community.”

In addition to encouraging everyone to wear blue on January 11, the Capstone group passed out blue ribbons before school and made locker signs to promote human trafficking awareness.

“We wanted to do something simple to get the students involved,” group members said. “We got the idea of blue ribbons as a spin off of a previous Capstone group. We made a little more than 100 ribbons; all were passed out and several more were requested. The locker signs were used as another way for us to spread awareness and inform people with quick facts on human trafficking. Everybody supported us and became more interested in learning more about the topic.”

In addition to the National Human Trafficking Awareness day, the group is planning on bringing a speaker in for a school-wide assembly and host an awareness event on sex trafficking.

“We are in the process of seeing if we can host a SOAP label event at CJ in March,” group members continued. “By hosting this event, it will educate Dayton and the CJ community about sex trafficking. Labeling soap is an easy and effective way to reach victims.

“The goal of the project is to spread awareness about a huge problem in society that isn’t talked about enough. Sex trafficking is a problem that needs a solution ASAP. If we could make a dent into a billion dollar illegal business, that would be great. Spreading knowledge about this horrible thing could save a life just by someone noticing the signs of someone being trafficked. Even if we only got one student to learn something important than this would be worth all of the work. The ultimate goal would be saving a life.”

Posted January 19, 2018

Nominate a Teacher for the Big Hoopla STEM Teacher Award

For the first time since its inception in 2012, the Big Hoopla STEM Teacher Award will be presented during the Big Hoopla STEM Challenge at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School on Sunday, March 11.

“We believe Dayton continues to prosper because there is so much STEM innovation in the Miami Valley, and because of the great teachers and educators here,” CJ Director of Admissions and member of the Local Organizing Committee, Brett Chmiel, noted.

The Big Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year award will recognize a K-8 educator’s efforts and contributions in the STEM fields in the Dayton region.

“We believe those professionals in the K-8 education system create a healthy STEM field of professionals who one day will give back to the city of Dayton,” Chmiel said.

Former or present students, parents, administrators and co-workers can submit an application on behalf of a teacher. The Big Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year candidate should:

  • hold at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • be a full-time employee of the school or school district as determined by state and district policies, with responsibilities for teaching students no less than 50% of the school's allotted instructional time.
  • be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled teacher in a Dayton region school (K-8 in a public - including charter - or private school), who teaches a STEM subject
  • inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn
  • improve the STEM experience for his or her students
  • increase and sustain public and youth engagement in STEM fields of study
  • play an active educational and support role in the community as well as in the school

Recipients of the award receive the following:

  • A $1,000 grant from the Local Organizing Committee and Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School to be used to improve STEM learning in the classroom
  • An official Big Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year plaque awarded at the Big Hoopla STEM Challenge
  • 50 Upper Arena tickets for all First Four March Madness games
  • 4 Hoopla Central VIP Passes

“CJ is the leader in STEM excellence in the Miami Valley,” Chmiel said. “We believe the investment with this grant, and our partnership with the Big Hoopla, are essential to recognize and continue to reach out to great STEM professionals around the area.”

Nomination forms will be accepted through Thursday, February 1 at 12:00 a.m. Additional information about the application and award process can be found here.

Posted January 16, 2018

Students Help Hurricane Victims During Language Week

Hola, Bonjour, Hello - those are just some of the languages recognized during the annual Language Week at Chaminade Julienne. What made this year’s celebration extra special was a fiesta held on January 11 with proceeds benefiting Colegio San Jose in Puerto Rico.

“We were trying to think of something cultural, meanwhile, I have been working with the LIFE, MLC group,” Spanish teacher Libby Harbaugh explained. “The LIFE group met a lot of friends from Puerto Rico at LIFE week this summer and they wanted to do something for Puerto Rico. I thought maybe there was a way we could merge the two ideas."

During the fiesta, science teacher Jessica Anderson, who had previously studied abroad in college, taught salsa dancing lessons and Fr. Bob Jones, SM, who had spent three years in Italy, shared with students what it was like to be in a foreign country and not know the language right away.

Katie Bardine ‘19, who is in Spanish III, participated in the salsa dancing lesson at the beginning of the fiesta.

“I didn’t realize how hard salsa dancing would be - it was hard!,” Bardine laughed.

In addition to the salsa dancing lesson and reflection from Fr. Bob, there were also a salsa taste testing and chopsticks competitions. Students who entered a salsa into the competition paid a $3 entry fee, while students who wanted to participate in the taste testing paid a $2 entry fee. All money collected benefited Colegio San Jose in Puerto Rico, who were severely impacted by Hurricane Maria last fall.

“I think that helps a lot because you’re not only here to learn about Spanish and the culture, but you’re also learning about a country that speaks Spanish all the time,” Bardine said.

Members of the school’s Marianist Life Community (MLC) helped in the organization of the fiesta.

“I’m really happy because a lot of people know that there are Marianist connections around the world, but to see myself and other peers helping those who are around the world is nice,” MLC member Cecilia Meadors ‘18 said.

Organizers said they were overly pleased with the turnout for the event.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Harbaugh said. “I think because I was in high school Spanish not so long ago, I recognize the motivation that is hard to find when you’re conjugating verbs and going over grammar in another language. So my experience, and my love for languages, came from my first trip abroad when I was with people who spoke the language and I wanted to speak the language badly, so I could know them better and not feel like I was the closed minded or like the small-worlded one in the group. I think my biggest goal in class every day is to get the students to connect with the language more than what’s on the paper. It helps them see that really people did this, real people do this and I could too.”

To round out Language Week, students in the American Sign Language class will share a morning prayer and students in foreign language classes will distribute churros and thank you cards to CJ faculty and staff.

Posted January 12, 2018

Capstone Promotes Fair Trade Movement

Coffee, tea candy and chocolates are enjoyable to eat usually, but knowing that products are Fair Trade approved is extra sweet.

The Senior Capstone Group of Kiara DiLoreto, Clare Kneblik, Gabriela Torres-Winburn, and Blake Wogoman helped students after exams last month by handing out items from a Fair Trade exam package.

“We came up with this idea when Mrs. Bardine, our mentor, mentioned a website that had a Fair Trade exam package,” Wogoman shared. “We submitted that we were going to use the package for our Capstone Project after our winter exams and we received the package a few weeks later. It included information packets about Fair Trade, chocolate, fruit flavored candy, buttons, pins, coffee, and tea!”

Torres-Winburn added, “It was also a wonderful way to bring the Fair Trade movement to the attention of those who may not know it even exists.”

Most group members said they became interested in promoting Fair Trade after learning more about projects implemented by previous Capstone Groups.

“I became interested in Fair Trade by listening to the Capstone group from the previous year at the Stang Symposium,” DiLoreto explained. “I had heard about Fair Trade but did not know very much about the topic and desired to learn more. I began to see ways in which I could support Fair Trade by simply buying alternative Fair Trade products. I thought that it would be a good idea to inform people about these alternative products that they could invest in while supporting the workers who are involved.”

Kneblik agreed, “When I talked to other students who knew more about it, I learned that it involved equal and fair pay/working conditions for all employees, and I was immediately interested in trying to make it a more well-known topic!”

The Capstone Group is planning on continuing the promotion of Fair Trade throughout the school year.

“We have a lot of ideas for our Capstone that are still in the works, but I know we were really working to get an item in the Spirit Shop that is Fair Trade to expand our Capstone to the greater CJ community and get more people knowing about Fair Trade,” Wogoman said.

“We are also planning to spread word about different brands that support Fair Trade when purchased to provide alternative options when shopping,” DiLoreto added.

When reflecting on the impact their group has made so far, Kneblik said, “I hope that students can specifically learn from our project what Fair Trade is and how much of an effect it has on workers. I didn't know about it or what it was until the end of my junior year, and through research I discovered that the Fair Trade movement is wildly popular around the world. I hope that through our Capstone project, students can understand and see the importance of Fair Trade in the workforce, as well as know how important it is to support it in the purchases that you make!”

Torres-Winburn agreed, “I hope other students are able to realize the things that are not advertised by companies and brands. I want students to make sure that places that they purchase their goods from exercise their morals. I also hope that students will join the Fair Trade movement and make more of an effort to promote it and educate themselves and others.”

Posted January 9, 2018

Band to Play at Basketball Games

The Eagle Pride marching band can usually be found on the football field. This winter, however, several members will also support basketball teams with a new Basketball Pep Band.

“When I found out there hadn't been a pep band for some time, I figured there was no reason not to,” Eagle Pride and Pep Band Director Luke Grieshop enthusiastically shared. “Students, especially Eagle Pride members, expressed interest and they certainly should have this opportunity to continue to perform as an athletic band. With football season ending and basketball season starting, this changing of gears from marching band to pep band seemed very natural.”

The band currently has nearly 20 members, and will play traditional Eagle Pride songs in addition to new ones.

“Most of the songs fans will hear will be tunes that were not performed at football games,” Grieshop said. “While it would be easy to transfer the songs from Eagle Pride over, students (and myself) find it more interesting to dive into new songs - hopefully the fans find the new songs refreshing as well! We will be playing song arrangements for artists like the Black Eyed Peas, Van Halen, Lady Gaga, and many more!”

The Basketball Pep Band is planning to perform at a few CJ men’s and women’s varsity home games this season including:

  • Friday, January 12 (men vs. Carroll)
  • Saturday, January 27 (women vs. McNicholas)
  • Friday, February 2 (men vs. Alter, Hall of Fame game)

“With this being my first year as an athletic band director, as well as the first year these students have seen a basketball pep band, I hope to establish how the pep band works within the basketball game context,” Grieshop said. “This includes collaboration and interactions with the student section, cheerleaders, the team, and fans. I hope to see what I often saw during the football season - all of these separate groups raising the energy of the game as a unified community. Along with this experience of collaboration, I hope students in the Pep Band take away other lessons such as musical growth, time organization, and lastly, fun with their peers.”

In addition to the Eagles games, the Pep Band will perform with the University of Dayton’s Flyer Pep Band on Saturday, January 6 and Wednesday, January 10.

Additional Ensembles
The school’s newly formed Jazz Orchestra plans to begin rehearsals soon. Upcoming performances by these ensembles, in addition to all CJ ensembles, will be communicated on the homepage of cjeagles.org

Posted January 5, 2018

Graduate Making a Difference in Ghana

A CJ graduate, with a passion for helping children in Africa, spoke with members of F.L.I.G.H.T. recently about how CJ helped prepare her for her career, even before she knew what she would be doing.

“I was a Kairos leader, I was a LIFE leader, and I went to Belize multiple times to volunteer,” Maggie Ryan ’11 told the students. “Also, my junior year religion class with Dr. Mominee really influenced what I wanted to do. I was able to express the ideas of inequality and injustice in academia and I was really able to become passionate about it through that class. It really did change me and does still to do this day.”

Following her time at CJ, Ryan attended DePaul University and graduated with degrees in Peace, Justice and Conflict studies, English with a creative writing concentration, and a minor in Women and Gender studies. While at DePaul, Ryan began volunteering in Ghana.

“I first went my freshman year and I kept going back to the same children’s home,” Ryan explained. “The home was in a small village and had about 120 children. I knew I wanted to stay a part of their lives, and when I was looking for a job, someone who was in charge of the volunteer program there offered me a job to work as a volunteer coordinator.”

While spending time in Ghana, Ryan became connected to other groups, and met a life-changing connection at a concert.

“I met the manager of Stonebwoy, an internationally known afrobeats and reggae musician,” Ryan shared. “We were talking and I asked him if he knew of any foundations that were hiring and he said that Stonebwoy actually wanted to start one. He asked me to be the director of it and I said yes.”

Ryan said that her life-path is something she would have not expected while at CJ, but she wouldn’t change it.

“You don't always have to go through the conventional route of growth - everybody's growth and change is different,” Ryan emphasized. “I have friends who are married and have children and I'm not at that point in my life yet and I'm OK with that. Instead, I said yes to some really big things. If you feel passionate about something, then you can say yes and it's OK.”

You can learn more about Stonebwoy’s foundation, The Livingstone Foundation, on their Facebook page.

Posted January 3, 2018