March 2019

2019 CJ Fish Fry

Online bidding information is below.

The annual CJ Fish Fry will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 6-11 p.m. The event, which benefits the school's Blue Green Club, will feature food, drinks, casino style games and college basketball games on the big screens in the school's gym.

Food items will include:

  • fish;
  • fries;
  • coleslaw;
  • sausages;
  • macaroni and cheese;
  • baked beans; and, 
  • desserts.

Along with games, the event will feature silent auction items, which are being bid online this year. Those who do not attend the Fish Fry are welcome to participate in the silent auction, which will open Saturday afternoon. The link to the online bidding is here.

Admission is $20 per person at the door. This event is for ages 21 and over.

Directions and Parking Information

Posted March 20, 2019

Dave Burrows Named New Women's Soccer Head Coach

We welcome Dave Burrows as the new head coach for the CJ women’s soccer program. Burrows, who has nearly 30 years of soccer coaching experience, most recently served as the assistant JV coach for the Eagles women’s soccer team.

“I am very excited for this opportunity to be a part of a great team,” said Burrows. “CJ has a strong tradition of faith, education, and athletics — we want to continue making that our focus.”

“This is an exciting time for our women's soccer program under the leadership of a highly qualified coach,” shared Jeremy Greenleaf, Director of Athletics. “Dave has a deep understanding of the game and our student athletes will benefit from his experience and perspective. As a parent of a current Eagle and a graduate, it is great to see Dave in this new role in the CJ community."

Burrows, a graduate of Wilmington College, is the Vice President of Business Services with Goodwill Easter Seals and volunteers with St. Christopher parish and the Alzheimer’s Association. He also serves as the announcer at several Eagle athletic events including home football and men's basketball games.

Posted March 21, 2019


UD New Horizons Band and CJ Band to Perform Free Concert

The University of Dayton’s New Horizons Music program and the Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School Performing Arts department are presenting a concert on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. in the CJ auditorium. Admission is free to this event.

The concert will feature the two programs’ concert bands and the University of Dayton’s New Horizons’ Rising Stars Beginning Band. Music education students from the University of Dayton will also participate as conductors and performers. Thus, the concert body will range from ages 14-80’s.

“This exemplifies that music is for a lifetime, as well as a community and school partnership,” said Linda A. Hartley, Ph.D., Music Director for the University of Dayton New Horizons Music Program.

Guests are invited to a small reception in the CJ cafeteria following the concert.

Posted March 18, 2019

The Big Hoopla, CJ Announce the STEM Teacher of the Year

The Big Hoopla Local Organizing Committee, in conjunction with Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, announced the second annual winner of the Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year Award on Monday, March 4, naming Beth Allaire as the recipient. She is a STEM teacher at Bishop Leibold Elementary School in Miami Township.

Allaire was selected for her enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math in the classroom and the Dayton community.  The selection committee for the Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year award agreed that Allaire not only met, but exceeded the criteria they were looking for in a recipient of the award. She was officially presented with her award during the opening ceremonies of the Hoopla STEM Challenge at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School on Sunday, March 17.

As STEM Teacher of the Year, Allaire received a $1,000 grant from the Local Organizing Committee and CJ to be used to improve STEM learning in the classroom, an official Hoopla STEM Teacher of the Year  trophy, 50 upper arena tickets for the First Four® March Madness® Tournament games and four Hoopla Central VIP Passes.

Posted March 17, 2019

Join Us for the Feast of St. Joseph Mass

All are welcome to CJ for the Feast of St. Joseph Mass being held in the CJ Chapel on Tuesday, March 19 at 8:15 a.m.

“The feast of St. Joseph is important because he is the husband of Mary and the ‘foster father’ of Jesus,” shared Fr. Bob Jones, SM. “That is to say, God chose Joseph to raise his Son here on earth. In this role, we see Joseph as one who trusts in God's plan even when things don't go as we plan them. Mary's pregnancy is unexpected; Jesus is born in a stable; the Holy Family must flee into exile in Egypt; etc. Through it all, Joseph listens to the call of God and responds generously, humbly and obediently. 

“Traditionally, Joseph is called the ‘custos’ - Latin for ‘protector.’ He is the protector of Mary and Jesus, but also of the whole Church. We can look to Joseph as a powerful intercessor when we are going through difficulty and need protection. We can look to Joseph as a model of how we are to protect those who are vulnerable or in need of our help.” 

Parking for the Mass will be available in the Emmanuel Church lot. Due to construction on Washington Street, guests are asked to allow additional time for parking (map). Following the Mass, there will be a continental breakfast served in the school’s community space.

Questions can be directed to Marcus Colvin at, or (937) 461-3740 x402.

Can't join us in person? Watch on Facebook Live from the Chaminade Julienne Alumni page for the Mass.

A few fun facts about St. Joseph:

  • St. Joseph is one of the Patrons of the Society of Mary (Marianists).
  • While his first name is William, Blessed Chaminade's second name was Joseph and this is the name he preferred (in deference to St. Joseph and his care for Mary).
  • Many Superior Generals (international head of the Society of Mary) have added Joseph to their name as a nod to both St. Joseph and Blessed Chaminade.

Posted March 13, 2019

Group Goes to Cincinnati for Urban Plunge

Spending a weekend in Cincinnati opened the eyes of students who participated in CJ’s annual Urban Plunge excursion. The weekend focuses on homelessness and those in poverty.

“Throughout the retreat, we heard multiple stories from elders who work with people experiencing poverty,” said Maya Reynolds ‘21. “A recurring message that they wanted to get across was that my generation can be the generation of change. I found myself wondering, how can we take on such a big responsibility? After much contemplation, the conversations we had during reflection answered that question for me. If we first work to improve ourselves to reflect the person of Jesus, big changes will spiral from there. The retreat allowed me to gain this new perspective, while being immersed in the spirit of Over the Rhine. It is truly a weekend I will never forget.”

Others who attended the experience shared memorable moments from the weekend.

“The most memorable part of my experience were the home visits,” said Lia-Sophie Keller ‘20. “We visited people who had nothing. No food, no furniture and most times not even a family. They had so little but still had so much passion. You could really see that they wanted to turn their life around. It made me realize that I am so lucky and inspired me to, like them, keep hope.”

Hillary Vaughn ‘20 agreed, “The most memorable part of Urban Plunge was visiting the homes of people in poverty and being able to talk about and understand their situation. The people we met on the home visits remained so positive, even though they were in unfortunate situations.”

During the experience, students also learned more about what poverty is and how they can make a difference.

“I learned that there are many different forms of poverty,” said Lyndsey Carter ‘20. “There is emotional, physical, mental, social, and many other forms of poverty.”

““One of my biggest realizations was that education is the first step to fighting the social justice issues in our world,” shared Elizabeth Murray ‘20, who attended a similar experience, called Rooted in the Vine, over the summer. “People can not fight against something they do not know is happening. I got to watch as my peers learned and experienced things that I had previously learned and began to share my passion for putting an end to injustices. They are now passionate about making changes in their own ways after learning about some of the issues faced by others. Think about the changes we could make if everyone was getting educated.”

Those who attended the weekend retreat said it was an experience that will last with them for a lifetime.

“Urban Plunge was an amazing experience to open my eyes to the complexity of the problem for those experiencing poverty,” said Anneliese Fisher ‘19. “We must not just serve, but serve with compassion and love.” 

Chaperone Elaine Bonner shared, “The Urban Plunge retreat further opened my eyes to the plight of those experiencing poverty with practical steps all of us can take to make a difference.  Brother Dr. Bob Donovan shared with our group that, ‘If you want to get closer to God, listen to the stories of people in poverty.’  As the medical director for the Center for Respite care, Brother Bob story really touched my heart.”

“Being called by God down to this trip has been one of the best things I've done, in a long time,” reflected Mia Andrews-Pope ‘21. “Going out into the community of down in the West Side of Cincinnati, opened my eyes even more to see poverty, and what else other people are going through.”

Posted March 13, 2019

Wrestlers Return to the State Competition

Update: Congratulations to the men's wrestling team! Hunter Johns placed third in the state and Isaiah Wortham placed fourth.

First report: The four wrestlers representing CJ at the state tournament only have one goal in mind. Winning.

David Frederick ‘21, Hunter Johns ‘19, Nick Machuca ‘20 and Isaiah Wortham ‘20 were cheered on by classmates as they participated in a Walk to State on Thursday, March 7. The wrestlers were flanked by other members of the team and first-year head coach Joel Sanchez.

“This has been my favorite season ever,” Sanchez said. “I’ve been coaching for 10 years and this has been my favorite season. The group of guys have been the best group I’ve ever coached. They work hard, they are smart, they do everything I ask of them. And the four going to state — they are here because they go above and beyond what is required.”

“We lost a lot of good seniors last year,” Johns noted. “We want to live up to their legacy and finish at the top.”

It’s a return to the state competition for Frederick, Johns and Wortham. This is Machuca’s first year qualifying for the tournament.

The Eagles had a successful 2018-2019 season including team and individual wins. Several wrestlers received accolades, including Johns being named the GCL wrestler of the year and Sanchez being named the GCL coach of the year. Last weekend, the Eagles finished in second place at the district tournament.

Good luck wrestlers, and as Sanchez said, “¡Vamos águilas!” Go Eagles!

Posted March 7, 2019; Updated March 11, 2019


Finalists to Take the Stage for CJ Poetry Out Loud

Third Update: Congratulations to Agnes Guiselin '20 for finishing as a state finalist in the Ohio Poetry Out Loud competition!

Second Update: On Monday, February 11, Agnes Guiselin '20 was named a regional champion for Ohio's Poetry Out Loud competition. She will now compete at the state competition on Friday, March 8 at the King Arts Complex in Columbus. Congratulations!

Update: Congratulations to Agnes Guiselin '20, who will represent CJ on Monday, February 11 in the regional competition! Chloe Proffitt ‘21 was named the winner of the CJ competition, but unfortunately was not able to compete in the future competitions. Guiselin was named the runner-up, and will compete for CJ in the future contests.

Congratulations to all participants!

First report: 15 students will take to the CJ stage in hopes of being named the school’s Poetry Out Loud finalist on Monday, January 28.

“CJ has had great success with our Poetry Out Loud finalists winning local and state competitions, and qualifying for the National Poetry Out Loud Contest,” said English teacher Mike Kelly ‘87. “In the past eleven years, we have had four school winners win the Ohio state competition and go to Washington, D.C. to compete in the finals — including Caroline Delaney '18, who went last year. Each of the four has represented Ohio well.  

“I believe the caliber of the fifteen finalists this year is as strong as we have ever had. In this group, I believe we will find a champion who will have a great shot at winning the Ohio competition and joining the other four as Ohio representatives.”

The finalists were asked to share which poems they would be reciting for the school finals and what they were most looking forward to with the competition.

Mia Brown ‘21
“I will be reciting Respiration by Jamaal May and I Know, I Remember, but How Can I Help You by Hayden Carruth. I actually did not choose Respiration for myself. A friend showed it to me before the competition and I fell in love with it. After that I decided to do it. As for the second poem, it was easily the most beautiful poem I had ever read. It was an easy decision to choose it. I am greatly honored to be named a finalist. I worked very hard on it and I am so glad that it payed off. The Poetry Out Loud experience connects me with so many amazing people from different grades. It encourages me to see how I can relate to other people's art and experiences.”

Grace Delaney ‘21
“I will be reciting The Cross of Snow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and I felt a Funeral, in my Brain by Emily Dickinson. I chose these poems because they are full of emotion that I could portray and they had some factor that I could stress and show. I could tell a story with poems. This is the first time I am a finalist, and I am very happy, and proud of myself. I try to stray from doing things that people can use to compare me to my sister, the state champion, and this didn't separate me from her, but I am still proud of myself for it.”

Agnes Guiselin ‘20
“I will be reciting Song in a Minor Key and The Legend. When it came to picking my poems I search for something that catches the eye, something with a story. I finally ended up choosing these two because of their potential and because of the emotion I can emit while reciting them. This is the first time that I am a finalist and I am ecstatic to see where this experience will bring me and what it will bring me, whether a winner or not.”

Kerry Kadel ‘21
“I am reciting E.E. Cummings' I Carry Your Heart With Me and Claude McKay's After the Winter. I chose them because they're both about love and loving someone or something. This is my first time being a finalist and I'm very nervous but excited! I love poetry in general and love writing it! I have a couple poetry books back at my house that I like to reread!”

Anna Kutter ‘19
“As of now, I plan on reciting Where the Wild Things Go by D. Gilson and A Certain Kind of Eden by Kay Ryan, but it's fully possible that I will change my mind. I chose these poems because I feel like they tell stories and read more like monologues, which is my favorite kind of poetry. This is my fourth year doing Poetry Out Loud and my third year as a finalist. The ability to recite poetry like this is an interesting skill that's not quite like any other performative technique."

Erin McGraw ‘20
“For the final round, I will be reciting Memory as a Hearing Aid by Tony Hoagland and A Song in the Front Yard by Gwendolyn Brooks. I chose these poems because I feel as if they tell a story and, in my opinion, when they are read aloud, there is a new body top them. They are better understood out loud which is why Poetry Out Loud is so cool. The Poetry Out Loud experience is definitely one that I would recommend. It was for sure outside of my comfort zone, but I am so happy that I pushed myself into it because it really showed me a new connection to poetry that made me love it even more!”

Madison Meixner ‘20
“I will be reciting The Gift by Li-Young Lee and Monstrance Man by Ricardo Pau-Llosa.  I chose these poems because I find the story they tell beautiful and the imagery is tactile. It feels very flattering to be back on stage. I like knowing that I am able to share these poems that I have really come to enjoy.”

Chloe Proffitt ‘21
“I will be reciting Bleeding Heart by Carmen Giménez Smith and Nude Descending a Staircase. I chose the first poem because I've matured into a more controlled and astute person but I still feel an enormous amount of empathy. I chose the second poem because of the easier rhythm which is good for a second poem and it's message of unabashed self love for the female body. I'm a sophomore and this is my second time as a Poetry Out Loud finalist. It feels absolutely wonderful to be back up on stage, I love performing. I've missed the pure emotions of reciting a piece of poetry.”

Matthew Willis ‘20
“I will be reciting the poems The Affliction of Richard by Robert Bridges and The Obligation to be Happy by Linda Pastan. I chose these poems because I really was attracted to the messages they both convey. I feel that I am more than capable of articulating these ideas to an audience with my voice and presence. This is my first time being a finalists for Poetry Out Loud and I am very excited about the opportunity. It feels good to work on something hard and be able to execute it. Since I play sports preparation is very key and continuing to practice my poems have instilled that mentality in me. Performing in front of an audience is something athletes have to get used to and Poetry Out Loud has been helpful to me in that regard.”

Good luck to all finalists!

Finalists pictured L-R: Maria Scaccia ‘19, Kelly Carmody ‘20, Grace Jackson ‘19, Peyton Burrows ‘20, Erin McGraw ‘20, Matthew Willis ‘20, Agnes Guiselin ‘20, Libby Blackshire ‘20, Mia Brown ‘21, Kerry Kadel ‘21, Grace Delaney ‘21, Anna Kutter ‘19. Not pictured: Sarah Benson ‘20, Madison Meixner ‘20, and Chloe Proffitt ‘21.

Posted January 24, 2019; Updated February 4, 2019; Updated February 12, 2019; Updated March 11, 2019

Cuvilly Director is "Making a Difference"

On Friday, March 1, Judi MacLeod '88, director of Cuvilly, was featured by news anchor James Brown on his "Making a Difference" series for WHIO-TV. A shorter piece (found here) aired on Friday and the transcript is below. An in-depth look into MacLeod's dedication to Cuvilly was shown on Saturday, March 2 and can be found here.
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CJ special ed teacher ‘Making a Difference’
By: James Brown

DAYTON — When a News Center 7 viewer sent me an email saying they know a woman who is the “most kind, humble human being,” I just had to go see for myself.

It took me about 5 seconds to see just how Judi MacLeod is “Making a Difference.”

Stop off at Chaminade Julienne High School on South Ludlow Street in Dayton, and up on the second floor, Room 208, you will find the teacher everybody calls Miss J.

MacLeod, a C-J graduate, started the Catholic high school’s special education program 20 years ago.

More than 100 students, one-sixth of C-J’s population, lean on Miss J for everything from math to everyday skills that will help these students get through life.

“What can they do next?” MacLeod said. “You want lives fulfilled.”

Along with being their teacher …

“She’s like a team captain. And part drill sergeant,” sophomore Dylan Shoemaker said.

“She’s terrifying,” William Brodnick said.

But they love her.

“She’s always there when you need her,” Mia Whistler said.

For every one of her students, she is like their mom.

“At the end of the day, you’re gonna have 20 kids that hate you. Ten years from now one of them will come back and say, ‘if it wasn’t for you, I would not have done this,’” MacLeod said.

I asked her of all the teaching jobs out there, why would she choose arguably one of the most challenging?

“I want people to realize kids with disabilities are first kids. They have the same wants, desires, dreams everybody else does. You just gotta give them a chance. … They might not always look the same, act the same, but when you get down to it, they are just human beings.

“They have so much to give,” she said.

And when I asked whether she thought she was “Making a Difference,” she said: “They all have unique stories and at the end of the day, they give you more than you will ever give them.”

She never expects a thank you. But kids are quick to show their appreciation.

“It’s that hug you get, high five,” which MacLeod said is priceless.

“Miss J, she got you, ever have a question, she got you. My grades been better," Mac Weatherspoon said.

MacLeod said she considers this the greatest job in the world. “At the end of the day they give me more fulfillment than anybody else.”

Posted March 2, 2019

CJ Performing Arts Presents: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella

CJ’s Spring Musical Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella takes the stage March 8 and 9. 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.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. (both days) and a 2 p.m. performance on Saturday. Guests are invited to meet the cast and crew in the cafeteria after the matinee performance. Younger students can have their program signed by their favorite characters and get a picture.

All tickets are $10.

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Posted March 5, 2019