January 2019

Students Spend Weekend at LIFE Summit

Earlier this month, students spent part of their weekend engaging with students from other Marianist high schools for a Marianist LIFE Summit. For some of the students, it was an opportunity to reconnect with others they met over the summer during Marianist Summer LIFE week.

“I wanted to attend the Summit because I loved LIFE week and I wanted to almost relive some of it again,” shared Maria Weizman ‘20. “I wanted to show others how much you grow from LIFE week, I wanted to get more ideas for our MLC group here at CJ, and I also wanted to see the people who I met at LIFE week again!”

“I expected the Summit to be a time to reconnect with other people from my LIFE week, learn about ways to better our CJ LIFE community and a time to strengthen our faith,” added Katie Bardine ‘19.

This was the first time a Summit was organized by Marianist LIFE. During the Summer LIFE Week, students focus on leadership development, social justice education, prayer, and fun. The Summit engaged students in those same concepts, just during a shorter time frame.

“I think one of my favorite moments at the retreat was when we all prayed and meditated as a group,” shared Carolyn Marshall ‘21. “It helped me feel relaxed and surrounded by good people.”

“I really enjoyed my small group because everyone was super easy to talk to,” said Allie Bardine ‘21. “I also enjoyed when we did a trivia night the first night.”

“One of my favorite moments was when I walked into the retreat center and I saw three of my closest friends from the Summer LIFE Week — I hadn't seen them since July,” reflected Katie. “It was so fun to see them and have us all hang out, but also grow in the faith.

“That is one very unique thing about the friendships made on LIFE Week and summits,” she continued. “These are friends who you can grow in your faith with, have meaningful conversations, and simply hang out and have ping pong tournaments with!”

Weizman added, “It is a great experience to learn more about how to benefit your community and a great opportunity to make new friends!”

“I wish that everybody in the school was able to experience the LIFE Summit,” Allie said. “It changed my mind about what MLC is like at CJ, and how different some of the same programs may be at different schools. I am so grateful that I took two days out of my winter break to grow closer to God and to also meet new people from other Marianist schools across Ohio!”

Marshall agreed, “This conference helped me, in a way, find what I want to do when I get older. It also helped me realize that God works in mysterious ways and is always there to give a helping hand. Have faith and you'll be on the right track.”

Posted January 14, 2019

The Reason Why Students are at CJ

As a current parent and parent of graduates, Mark understands why students are at CJ.

“I have very rarely come across a student who doesn’t understand why they’re here. The reason they’re here is because their parents care enough about them to teach them that there is something bigger than themselves.”



Nominations Open for Big Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year

Chaminade Julienne is proud to recognize great teachers in the STEM fields with the Big Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year award. The award is in recognition a current K-8 educator’s efforts and contributions in the STEM fields in the Dayton region. Dee Van Brackel, a K-5 STEM teacher at Stephen Bell Elementary and Bell Creek Intermediate schools in Bellbrook, was the inaugural recipient of the award in 2018.

Nominations should be for a current teacher who is exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and teaches a STEM subject in a Dayton region school (K-8 in a public - including charter - or private school). Former or present students, parents, administrators and co-workers can submit an application on behalf of a teacher.

The recipient of the award will receive:

  • 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 to be shared by the teacher with his or her students and families
  • 4 Hoopla Central VIP Passes for one evening

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 1. Nomination forms can be completed on the Big Hoopla website, found here.

Save the Date

The Big Hoopla STEM Challenge, being held at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, will be on Sunday, March 17. Check-in and registration for this free event begins at 12 p.m. with opening ceremonies starting at 1 p.m. Along with basketball challenges there will be STEM themed exhibits and activities. Students will enjoy free pizza, hoopla t-shirts and chances to win prizes including First Four Tickets. Pre-registration is encouraged and can be completed on the Big Hoopla website, found here.

Posted January 2, 2019


Performing Arts Students Showcased Near and Far

2019 is beginning in a big way for students in performing arts.

Six students - Logan Brodnick ‘19 (baritone saxophone), Anna Mussin Phillips ‘21 (flute), John Muhl ‘20 (tuba), Will Marshall ‘19 (horn), Libby Blackshire ‘20 (trumpet), and Natalie Mussin Phillips ‘21 (percussion) were selected to participate in the Tri-State Band Symposium at Northern Kentucky University January 18 and 19. Students from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio who were selected are “the Tri-State’s finest wind and percussion players,” according to NKU. Students will participate in a clinic and perform in the Tri-State Honor Band.

Performing arts students will showcase their talent on Sunday, February 10 during the school’s Winter Recital. Both instrumental and vocal performances will take place at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Students in CJ’s a cappella groups - Phoenix and Vega - also have exciting events happening in the new year. On February 22, both groups will compete the in the International Championship of High School A Cappella quarterfinals at Centerville High School. Vega placed first and Phoenix placed third in that same competition last year.

Additionally, both Vega and Phoenix are featured on the BOHSA 2019: Best of High School a Cappella soundtrack. Vega performs Walk on Water and Phoenix performs How Long. The soundtrack can be heard here

Save the Date!

CJ's spring musical, Cinderella, takes the stage Friday, March 8 (7 p.m.) and Saturday, March 9 (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.

Tickets are $10. There will be special opportunities for elementary students for the March 9 matinee. Additional details will be announced on cjeagles.org closer to the performance date.

Posted January 9, 2019

STEMM Idol: Dr. Patricia Schiml

During her freshman year of college, Dr. Patricia Schiml took a class that would lead her on a path to her life-long career.

“I took a class on drugs and behavior,” Dr. Schiml said. “I remember, it was a lightning bolt moment, sitting in that classroom and I listened to a discussion of neurons and how molecules from the outside can come in and affect behavior. I knew that I wanted to do that for the rest of my life. I’m really lucky that I get to do that.”

Dr. Schiml is a research professor and an advisor for behavioral neuroscience students in the department of psychology at Wright State University.  She received her bachelor of science from Wright State in 1989, and her masters and doctorate in psychology from the University of California in 1991 and 1996, respectively.

“If you want to define psychology, it would be the study of behavior and mental processes,” Dr. Schiml explained. “Within psychology, if you are a behavioral neuroscientist, you study specifically how the brain controls behavior and mental processes. If you want to study the organ of behavior and mental processes, you study of the brain. With that comes some studies of hormones and immunology because the immune system factors can affect behaviors pretty profoundly.”

Dr. Schiml came to CJ on Tuesday, January 8 as part of the school’s STEMM Idol Speaker Series. She also spoke with students taking anatomy and biomedical science medical innovations classes.

As part of her presentation, Dr. Schiml brought in both human and animal brain specimens.

“I think for a beginner in neuroscience or psychology, studying anatomy by using an animal brain can be really helpful,” Dr. Schiml said. “When you then go to the human brain, things seem to make a lot more sense.

Dr. Schiml continued, “We have greater ethical considerations when we think about doing testing or studying human beings. We treat people, and rightfully so, in a special way. Looking at the similarities between animal neuroanatomy and human neuroanatomy helps us understand that we are a little more connected.”

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at mdraeger@cjeagles.org.

Posted January 8, 2019


A New "Lift" for the CJ Community

The CJ elevator is here and “open for business.” And that business is serving those who have limited mobility with access to second floor classrooms and community spaces. The elevator is located by the stairwell leading from the cafeteria to the gym, near the Ludlow St. entrance.

“In the past, teachers who taught on the second floor would move their class to a ground-level space whenever possible. It took a little more planning and adjusting, which teachers and students were willing to do,” said Steve Fuchs, Assistant Principal.

“Now with elevator access to the second floor, classes can remain in the rooms that are best designed for the curriculum being taught, like those classes taught in the CJ STEMM Center.”

The elevator also means easier access to the CJ auditorium or Mary, Our Lady of Victory gym.

“This is a great help to our guests who previously struggled to climb steps to see a show or concert,” said Debi Schutt, Director of Performing Arts.

The elevator made its debut in June 2018 as the family of Emilee Boland gathered in her memory for an inaugural blessing. The mother of three graduates, Heather ‘88, Nicole ‘90 and Bethany ‘01, had limited mobility later in life.

“Emilee’s husband, Michael, and their children wanted a way to honor her memory that would also benefit the CJ community,” said Deacon Jim Walworth, Director of Development. “We are extremely grateful for their gift that will make CJ an even greater place of welcome to those with limited mobility.”

As first seen in Vision, Fall 2018

Posted January 4, 2019


Eagles Grow From Summer Experience for Year-Long Opportunity

After spending a week serving in Cincinnati over the summer, Sophie Haws ‘20 and Elizabeth Murray ‘20 wanted to continue growing from their experience.

The pair was part of a group of four students who attended the Rooted in the Vine summer trip held by St. Vincent de Paul’s Ozanam Center in June 2018. After their week of serving and learning about homelessness in Cincinnati, students were presented with the opportunity to take part in the St. Julie Billiart Conference - a group where high school students can continue helping neighbors in need and social justice issues in the community throughout the school year.

“I decided to join the St. Julie Conference because of the trip we took to Cincinnati over the summer,” Haws said. “It had a tremendous impact on who I am and what I believe. I wanted to continue serving at the Ozanam Center so I decided that the St. Julie conference would be a good fit for me.”

Murray added, “I am so proud to be apart of  the St. Julie Conference and all of the amazing work that we do. I am also thankful that they have accepted Sophie and me with open arms.”

Conference members meet once a month for activities and service based projects.

“My favorite part of the conference is the people — both the people who I serve and those I serve alongside,” said Murray. “The Conference has taught and allowed me to get to know those I am serving. I often leave service feeling so fulfilled when I take time to have a conversation and get to know those who I serve. I have also gotten the opportunity to get to know other high school students from the Cincinnati-area who have the same passion for service that I do. It excites me and fills me with hope for the future, to encounter others who are so full of Christ's love and willing to share with everyone.”

Most recently, Conference members helped with a toy drive as part of a Christmas celebration St. Vincent de Paul was sponsoring.

“So far, my favorite part of the Conference has been the toy drive,” Haws reflected. “Walking into a big room filled with brand new toys for those who can't afford them creates a unique and fun atmosphere for workers and shoppers alike. Seeing the faces of excitement in the children and parents is a feeling that doesn't come across often. Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year so it's nice to know that you are making a difference in someone's holiday season.”

Both girls said being members of the St. Julie Conference has made a positive impact in their lives.

“So far, I have gained an enlightened mindset on the way others live,” said Haws. “I have learned more about poverty, homelessness, gentrification, and community than I ever thought possible. I try to use this knowledge in my everyday life to remind myself that not everyone has the luxuries that I do.”

Murray agreed, “I have gained so much insight to the social justice issues going on around us. I am learning simple ways to make a big difference in the community I live in. Educating ourselves on the injustices is the first step to fighting them. I have learned to look past the stigmas and implicit bias and get to know each person. This conference has taught me so much and really instilled in me a desire to go out and help others in any way that I can. I hope to continue to follow Christ's call to service through this conference. I also hope to continue to gain an understanding of the problems that I see and the things that can fix them.”

Posted January 3, 2019