August 2018

World Culture Students Learn More About Downtown Dayton

“If you’re going to learn about the world, you need to learn about your own backyard first.”

That was the premise behind history teacher Tony Ricciuto’s ‘74 walking tour of downtown Dayton with his freshmen students. At the beginning of each school year, Ricciuto takes his world cultures students throughout downtown explaining the history behind iconic features and how downtown has evolved over the years. 

New this year on the tour was a stop at Levitt Pavilion. Ricciuto explained to his students the benefactors’ initiative to highlight the arts in Dayton. CJ’s Eagle Pride marching band was part of the grand opening festivities of the Levitt Pavilion in August.

A highlight for many on the trip was visiting local eateries. Depending on the class period time, Ricciuto takes the students to Flying Pizza or Third and Perk.

Other stops on the tour included Courthouse Square and Riverscape Metro Park.

Posted August 30, 2018

Students Find Peace in Friday Prayer Sessions

Finding a few moments of peace during a day is difficult for most, especially high school students with their school work, after school activities, and home lives.

That’s one reason why CJ Chaplain Fr. Bob Jones, SM initiated a new opportunity for students to take time out of their day to pray and be with God.

“This summer I was on a retreat with other Marianists and I was reading a book called Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation,” Jones explained. “It outlines a method of prayer that helps to quiet ourselves in the midst of the constant ‘video’ of thoughts and distractions that race through our minds. I found it very helpful for myself, particularly entering into a more contemplative mindset and focusing on God's presence in my life, if even for just a few moments. Then I got to thinking that maybe our students could benefit as well. They are bombarded with information all day (and not just from classroom lessons) and they live very busy and hectic lives. I thought it might be helpful if we create a space where students can experience silence and be able to ‘rest’ in God's presence for a few moments. I also think students are looking for help in how to pray, and I hope these experiences can be beneficial to them.”

The prayer sessions are being held each Friday in the school Chapel during each homeroom period. Faculty and staff are also invited to take part in the time of reflection.

“I think there are two things that are important to remember about this - first, it is always good for everyone to find some moments of quiet and to remember the exhortation of the psalmist, ‘Be still and know that I am God,’" Jones reflected  “Second, what we are doing is nothing new. It is part of an ancient practice, going back to the desert monks in the first centuries of Christianity. We are tapping into a 2000 year tradition that continues to draw individuals closer to God.”

All School Masses

All are invited to join the CJ community during all school Masses at Emmanuel Catholic Church. Mass will be held from 9:45-11:15 a.m. the following days this school year:

  • Wednesday, August 29
  • Wednesday, September 26
  • Wednesday, October 17
  • Thursday, November 1 - All Saints Day
  • Wednesday, Dec. 12
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30
  • Wednesday, Feb. 20
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6 - Ash Wednesday
  • Wednesday, May 10

During all school Masses, the offices in CJ will be closed to allow faculty and staff the opportunity to worship.

Posted August 28, 2018

CJ Receives an "A " Grade from

The Chaminade Julienne community continues to show their support of CJ by giving the school high marks, which resulted in an “A” grade from ranking website

65% of Niche’s private high school ranking sources are based upon self reports by Niche users, which is something Principal John Marshall ‘86 says is very humbling.

“These numbers are affirming, as we look at the overall success of our students during their time at CJ and beyond,” Marshall noted.

“Receiving an “A” for the overall grade is wonderful; however, we hope that families will dig deeper to learn and understand the community behind it,” added Brandon Meyer, Director of Admissions. “Ranking websites can be useful on many levels; the great advantage to organizations like Niche is that they organize a massive amount of data, evaluate it using specific parameters, and produce a scoring system that we can use to make comparisons. At the same time, the scoring system only provides a snapshot; it is unable to fully capture lived experience, mission, identity, atmosphere, and other non-quantitative aspects.”

CJ was ranked by Niche as the following:

  • #2 most diverse private high school in the Dayton area (#6 in the state)
  • #4 best college prep private high school in the Dayton area
  • #4 best private high school in the Dayton area
  • #4 best high school sports in the Dayton area
  • #29 best Catholic high school in Ohio

How CJ ranked in more categories in the Dayton area, Montgomery County, Ohio and the nation can be found here

“One of the areas I enjoy being recognized in is diversity,” shared Marshall. “It speaks to our intentional efforts to have a diverse community at CJ.”

Meyer added that receiving an education with a diverse student body will help students as they go forward in their college and professional careers.

“CJ students have the opportunity for a well-rounded high school experience that prepares them to be life-long learners centered on compassion, integrity, and service,” Meyer said. “Our world is looking for intelligent students — intelligence both in the classroom and beyond."

Learn more about the methodology behind all 2019 best private high school rankings here.

Posted August 22, 2018


Junior Selected for DLG Summer Program

A member of the Class of 2020 didn’t spend much of his summer out of the classroom. De'verell Williams ‘20 was selected to take part in the DLG (Discovery Lab Global) Summer Program - a peer oriented project based learning program focused on technology and virtual reality with the goal of preparing students for careers after high school.

“I have also been doing a bit of coding with a virtual working space called Second Life which I have had experience with,” Williams explained. “I could say my favorite activity was being able to make a virtual area that was based around Mars to provide things we have on Earth like water, shelter, etc…”

Williams said one of the aspects he enjoyed about the program was the flexibility, as Williams is a member of the Eagles football team.

The program culminated with a presentation showing what Williams and his partner accomplished with their project.

“Sports are not the only thing to get you to where you are - you can also do the academic things you love to do,” Williams reflected. “My academics are what got me here and I tend to focus more on my academics than football. This program wasn’t very easy but I could get help from my peers. We worked together on the research and made something we were proud of.”

Posted August 21, 2018


Meet the Eagles & Football Jamboree

Join the CJ community as we kick-off the fall athletic season on Thursday, August 16 at 5:30 p.m. with Meet the Eagles. Parents, students, siblings and Eagle fans are invited to come out to support the Eagles. Enjoy the musical stylings of Eagle Pride as fall coaches introduce members of their teams.

Following the celebration will be a football jamboree as the Eagles scrimmage against Sidney beginning at 7 p.m.

This event is scheduled to take place at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles. Stay tuned for a potential venue change due to rain.

Posted August 15, 2018

Eagles Attend SNDdeN Student Leadership Conference

More than 70 students representing high schools rooted in the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur hallmarks gathered at Emmanuel College in Boston for a Leadership conference earlier this summer. Seven students from CJ participated in the conference.

“I went to the conference because I talked about it with some of the Sisters and it sound really fun,” shared Abby Feucht ‘20. “I also just wanted to learn more about how to make a bigger impact on my society.”

As part of the conference, Eagles collaborated with students from other schools to explore ideas that incorporate the values of the Sisters.

“The most impactful activity we did in my opinion was this listen activity with a partner that really helped us to work on our listening skills and how to apply them to everyday things,“ said Feucht.

During some of the activities, the students met with Sisters who were serving from countries around the world.

“I would really encourage more people to come to the conference,” Feucht emphasized. “It was such a great time and we got to meet so many different people from around the country and world — it was an amazing experience! We all really learned so much!”

Posted August 15, 2018

Eagles Experience Marianist Summer LIFE Week

Seven Eagles spent a week of their summer with other students from all around the country for a Marianist faith formation experience.

The week was part of the Marianist Summer LIFE program focused on leadership development, social justice education, prayer, and fun.

“To be honest, I was a little hesitant at first because it was five days out of my summer and a majority of the people there would be from other schools across the country,” shared Katie Bardine ‘19. “But, after encouragement...I applied and went! I am glad I did — it was amazing!”

“The sense of community that everyone felt the whole week was awesome,” added Aubrey Trimbach ‘20. “This was because no one judged one another, no one was better than anyone else, and everyone could just be themselves. It was such a freeing feeling to be a part of the LIFE family.”

Throughout the week, the students were put together in small groups mostly with people from other schools.

“We all came to trust each other, even though we were all complete strangers at the beginning of the week,” Trimbach reflected.

Ben Kneblik '20 agreed, “We had awesome discussions in groups.”

Along with meeting new people, the students came back with tools that will help them lead MLC Monday activities at CJ.

“I learned about the different ways to pray and how to find God in music, nature or adoration,” Bardine said. “We did a, ‘prayer fair’ full of stations with different forms of prayer!”

Bardine added, “If you are given the opportunity to go on LIFE week- go! It may seem scary at first because of all the new people and it can require you to get out of your comfort zone. But once you form authentic, genuine and meaningful relationships with those on LIFE week, you will never want to leave.”

Trimbach agreed, “We had formed this amazing bond and we were like a family. That feeling will be something I will never forget and will forever hold on to.”

Posted August 14, 2018

2018 Kids' Night Under the Lights

The third annual Kids' Night Under the Lights will be held at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles on Tuesday, August 14 from 7:30-9 p.m. Families with students entering in grades K-8 are invited to this event.

Activities planned include a football toss, 40-yard dash, and soccer shots. Food will be available for purchase and Kona Ice will be dishing out free shaved ice desserts. 

Families who attend are encouraged to bring a contribution of a non-perishable food item which will be given to The Foodbank.

Watch a preview of the event on WDTN's Living Dayton program here.

Posted August 9, 2018

Soccer Players Help Teammate with Eagle Scout Project

Members of the men’s soccer team work together on the field and recently, helped a teammate off the field.

Andrew Barnes ‘19 rallied his teammates together to help him complete his Eagle Scout Project.

“I have been in the Scouting program since 2007,” Barnes shared. “I then crossed-over into Boy Scouts in 2013.”

Barnes chose to do a collection drive to assist the Blue Star Mothers, which supports active military and veterans.

“I visited the local chapter’s center of operations and was told they were in need of goods in the summertime,” Barnes said.

Barnes went to his church, family, friends and Eagle soccer teammates to collect food items such as protein bars, nuts, and candy. Just like on the field, the team worked together to bring in dozens of items.

“I was incredibly grateful by the support of the team but I wasn’t all that surprised, because we have a great group of guys with equally great families,” Barnes reflected. “I am just glad that I could help a great organization change the lives of deployed troops all over the world.”

Posted August 8, 2018

10th Annual Lucas Pfander Memorial Race

Thank you to all who participated! Pictures from the race can be found on the CJ Alumni Facebook page here

First Report: Hundreds at Chaminade Julienne, and around the world, will remember and honor Lucas Pfander ‘09 during the annual Lucas Pfander Memorial Race on Saturday, August 11.

Participants can register at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles beginning at 6 p.m. for the 1-mile youth walk/run and 2-mile adult run. Proceeds from donations and t-shirt sales at the race support the Lucas Pfander Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to rising CJ seniors who exemplify the traits of Lucas, who passed away on July 11, 2008. While at CJ, Lucas was an honor student who had completed 150 hours of community service, had perfect attendance, and played a sport (cross country, swimming and volleyball) every season. This year, the recipients of the scholarship are Bea Hawthorn ‘19 and Matthew Reuter ‘19.

Those unable to come to CJ for the race are encouraged to print a race bib and run for Lucas from anywhere. The time and distance does not need to be recorded. Those who “attend” the virtual run can then take a picture and email it to Elaine Bonner, annual giving coordinator, or post it on the CJ alumni Facebook page.

Posted August 10, 2018, Updated August 13, 2018