May 2019

Ohio Lt. Governor Visits CJ to Learn About City Connects

On Friday, May 17, 2019, state officials including Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria, Charlotte McGuire of the State Board of Education, District 3, State Senator Peggy Lehner, and State Representative Niraj Antani visited Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School to learn more about the school’s City Connects program. The program, which serves all students at CJ to provide them the most enhanced and engaged high school experience, has been at the school since the 2010-2011 school year. This is when Chaminade Julienne worked with Boston College in piloting the program for high schools, developed from the elementary school model.

“City Connects works at CJ because we have such a tremendous assets within the community,” said CJ principal John Marshall ‘86.  “It helps us organize though resources and prioritize what we focus on. There are so many people who want to help us, help students, and it helps us focus and align the right resources at the right time.”

The state officials wanted to learn more about City Connects as it correlates with proposed wraparound services in the Ohio state budget. The $550 million proposal for wraparound services is being debated in the state senate.

During their visit, state officials met with current CJ faculty and staff including the school’s student support coordinators. Our Lady of the Rosary Principal Jacki Loffer ‘87 and Josh Richardt, the Early Childhood-Elementary Coordinator from Catholic Central in Springfield were also in attendance to speak about the implementation of City Connects at their schools.

“City Connects is one of the great equalizers of students coming to us with many needs and giving teachers the opportunity to teach their passion and allow a system, in this situation, a coordinator, manage the social/emotional barriers of learning,” added Marshall. “It eliminates the barriers where possible, mitigates the potential conflicts, which become frustrations for both students, parents and teachers, and allows for a smoother road for everyone to travel.”

Learn more about CJ's City Connects program here.

Additional Coverage:
Watch Lt. Gov. Husted and Superintendent DeMaria speak about the visit on Facebook.

Posted May 17, 2019

2019 CJ Eagles Summer Camps

The 2019 CJ Eagles Summer Camps begin in June with athletic, academic and performing arts camps in and outside the halls of CJ. Summer camp offerings can be found in the community section of the CJ website. Camp registrations can be completed online or in person at the CJ Welcome Center. 

Posted April 20, 2019

Eagles Baseball Head Coach to Retire

After 20 seasons, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School head baseball coach Mike Barhorst is retiring.

“There have been no regrets,” said Barhorst. “I’ve had wonderful team parents over the years and have made many friends. I even met my current wife, Lisa, because of CJ baseball. I will always be a CJ Eagle!”

Barhorst, a 1985 graduate of the school, currently has a 144-113 overall coaching record.

“The early years were a struggle,” Barhorst laughed.

Most recently, though, Barhorst and the Eagles won the 2018 Division II state tournament. The 2019 team has a record of 20-2 this year and is ranked first in the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association as they head into tournament play.

During his tenure as head coach, the Eagles won numerous GCL North, sectional and regional titles. In 2017, the Eagles made it to the final four of the state tournament.

“We hadn’t been there in 42 years and there was a lot of attention paid to us that season,” Barhorst said. “The fact that my son, Mark, was a senior on that team and my oldest son was a coach with me made it even more special.”

Barhorst shared that some of his favorite memories of coaching for the Eagles included being able to coach his sons - Todd ‘10, Daniel ‘12 and Mark ‘17.

“That is one of the main reasons I’ve done it for so long,” Barhorst explained.

Barhorst concluded, “My words of wisdom for the future players and program is to remember our formula for success — pitching and defense wins championships.”

Posted May 14, 2019


#becauseofCJ: Reflection from Josie '18

It’s a joy to hear from young alumni as they share how their high school education put them on a positive path after they left the halls of CJ. Through your gifts to the Annual Fund, you make this happen.

Read Josie’s story and make your gift to this year’s Annual Fund before Sunday, June 30. When you do, more Eagles can soar!

Dear CJ community,

You have given me so many reasons to smile! As I complete my freshman year at Xavier University, I can tell you that I’m a better person because I got to be a CJ Eagle for four years!  Because of your past gifts to the CJ Annual Fund, you’ve set me on a path of success. Thank you! Here’s a few ways you’ve impacted my life:

  • You prepared me for college. Your support gave me great teachers like Mr. Brooks, Ms. Ketch, Mrs. Marshall, and Mrs. Bardine who prepared me as a writer. I am constantly surprised by the number of people in my college courses who don’t know how to write a paper in the proper format. Because of my excellent high school education, I’ve helped many students with their papers! Just a couple weeks ago, I was sitting in my biology class and I could recall the exact moment I learned the same thing freshman year of high school. This is just a start―there are dozens more examples of how your support prepared me for college.
  • You gave me a premier education. The College Credit Plus at CJ gave me twelve college credit hours. Because of Señora Regan and Mrs. Bardine, I’m ahead of the curve in my Spanish and English classes from most first year students at Xavier. Now I have room in my schedule to add multiple minors, endorsements, or start my Master’s early!
  • You formed my spiritual life…BIG TIME. Retreats gave me time for self- discovery as a participant and a leader. CJ opened my eyes to global and local issues while inspiring me to do something. You’d be proud to know that the Marianists and Sisters are still role models for all of us today. My new passion is helping freshmen adjust to college life. I think the transition can be tough for some and I want to use my experiences to give other gals a head start on what college might be like.
  • You’ve continued a family tradition. The Catholic family spirit really drew my own family to this school. Our CJ roots trace back to 1939 as my grandparents, dad, uncle and aunts were all a part of this community. Because of my positive experiences at CJ, both of my brothers will be CJ alumni, too! I see CJ working its magic in my brother, Jake, who is a junior and my youngest brother, Jimmy, is extremely excited to be a freshman next fall. 

Your help is needed today to continue this CJ experience. With a gift to the Annual Fund, you prepare nearly 700 students for success after high school!  Your gift equals success as CJ is rated as the top school in the Dayton area for college sophomore persistence― students who are enrolled in the same college and program for a second year. For some students, this means a two-year associate’s degree, the military or trade school.

For me, it means that you are fulfilling my dream to become a teacher. Even more, you have united me in mission with so many mentors, CJ teachers and staff who have demonstrated how to bring out the best in students. I look forward to bringing that same compassion to lead young people one day. This dream started at CJ.

Thank you for making such an impact on my life and believing in me. My story wouldn’t be the same without you!

With gratitude, a joyful heart and Eagle pride,

Josie Schlangen, CJ Class of 2018

Posted May 14, 2019


Capstone Creates "Toys for God's Kids"

A small toy car is making a big difference for students in Africa, and a large life-lesson for those in the Dayton-area.

Alex Camp ‘19 and Katie Zopff ‘19 focused their Senior Capstone Project on the mission behind Toys for God’s Kids — an organization that sends handmade toy cars to children all over the world.

“I really wanted to do this project because I had done tutoring for my junior service and saw how important a strong environment and resources are for a child's education and development,” said Zopff.  “When I heard about Toys for God's Kids, I was eager to work with them because of their devotion to making people smile all over the world. Their work supports human dignity in a way that many people can forget about.”

“We connected with Our Lady of the Nazareth, a Marianist school in Kenya, and heard more about their story and how the children there can benefit from something so small,” added Camp. “We learned that not having toys can lead to high-stress levels in teachers because they have to break up fights over toys which means that their focus isn't on the children's education. We also learned that since many of the kids don't have things of their own to explore and learn about, some kids venture away from the school to the road to look at the vehicles there which leads to a lot of accidents and injuries. Owning a toy also gives the kids a sense of pride and gives them something to take care of for themselves and that they can call their own.”

As part of their project, the seniors went to St. Albert the Great elementary school to teach the children there about the importance of the toys and helped the students make toys.

“We had stations for the kids,” explained Camp. “One was building the cars, one was inspecting the cars, one was writing letters to the kids in Africa, and one was putting a CJ stamp on the cars or on the letters.”  

“To see our work come together and impact the students at St. Albert by helping them relate to children across the world made me feel very blessed to have the opportunity to be doing a capstone project,” Zopff shared.

Posted May 9, 2019

CJ Performing Arts Presents: Picnic With the PoPS

The annual Picnic With the PoPS concert will be held at the CJ auditorium (due to weather).

This great evening of musical adventure and fun is open to the community and perfect for all ages:

  • 6:30 p.m. — Jazz Band performs
  • 7 p.m. — Concert begins

Guests will hear classic hits and mash-ups of favorite songs performed by the concert band and choirs, the string ensemble, Hands in Harmony, and acapella groups, Phoenix and Vega.

The CJ Spirit Shop will be open before and after the concert.

This free concert is presented by the CJ Performing Arts Department.

Posted May 6, 2019; Updated May 8, 2019

CJ Performing Arts Presents: A Night of One Acts

Eight performances ranging from comedy, to drama, and everything in between, will be showcased on the CJ stage on Saturday, May 4.

CJ Performing Arts Presents: A Night of One Acts, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. This is the fifth year for the showcase, which continues to grow both with the number of performances and opportunities for students.

“There have been more people interested each year so it’s cool to see people branch out and try different things —  One Acts is a great opportunity to do that,” said Kat Bishop ‘20. Bishop was a stage manager her freshman and sophomore years and is acting this year.

Mallory Castonguay ‘19 acted her first two years participating in One Acts and chose to direct the last two.

“Directing is the best — I love it,” Castonguay shared. “This event is special because it’s the one night of the year where you can watch a lot of different characters on the stage. It’s also a great way to support the students because the acts are student produced, acted, and managed.”

Titles of some of the one acts includes, Small World, The Tell-Tale Heart (based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe), Home for the Chalidays, and Regina Flector Wins the Science Fair.

Posted May 2, 2019

Eagles Recognized at Annual Service Awards

Hundreds of students crossed the stage in the CJ auditorium on Wednesday, May 1 to be honored for their current and future service to the Dayton community and beyond.

The annual Service Awards recognized groups of students including F.L.I.G.H.T. (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today), L.I.F.E. (Living In Faith Experience), and Big Sibs/Little Sibs.

Additionally, for a second year in a row, a Senior Capstone group was honored with the Spirit of Sr. Dorothy Stang Award from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Seniors Grace Jackson, Maria Scaccia, Courtney Schaefer and Kelsey Wolf were the organizers behind CJ’s Green Week in March and the writers of a proposal to obtain new trash and recycling bins for the school.

Students who volunteered above their required service hours were also recognized at the ceremony. The students who earned this honor were recognized as bronze (25-49 hours) silver (50-99 hours) or gold (100 or more hours) recipients. In all, 56 students received bronze awards, 30 received silver awards, and 25 received gold awards.

Katie Zopff ‘19 was recognized as the senior who completed the most service hours out of her class during her four years at CJ with 430 hours of service. In total, more than 8,560 service hours were completed by CJ students above and beyond their required service this school year.

“According to the Independent Sector, the value of a volunteer hour is $25.43,” Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service noted. “This means the CJ community’s service has contributed $217,706 to local, national and international communities!”

Several others in the CJ community were recognized during the service awards including:

  • Elena Muir ‘19, Dayton LaSertoma Youth Service Award
  • Erin McGraw ‘20, Sister Ruth Ann Service Award
  • McKenzie Reid ‘21, George Early Scholarship
  • Emily Saunders, Faculty/Staff Founders Award

The award ceremony concluded with students and chaperones attending summer mission trips being blessed by the CJ community.

Posted May 1, 2019

Ohio Historical Marker Dedicated on CJ Campus

On April 13, 2019, the newest Ohio Historical marker was dedicated on the campus of Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.

The marker was in honor of the Henderson family and the former HenderSon’s Printing, with its building previously located at 301 Washington Street. This location is now part of CJ’s Eagle Field located at
Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles.

HenderSon’s Printing was cornerstone of Dayton’s African American community for almost 60 years. Its doors closed in 2000, but memory will live on through the Ohio Historical marker.

More than 100 family members, friends, and former co-workers attended the marker dedication, as well as Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

The text of the marker reads as follows:
Known by the trade name henderSon’s printing, the business was a mainstay of Dayton’s African American community for almost 60 years and became a printer of choice for everything from advertising materials, office forms, and a community publications called “housewife savers.” John William Henderson Sr. (1913-1991) purchased his first printing press and founded the business in 1941, bringing to it experience as an instructor of journalism and printing at Wilberforce University. The business’s first location was the family home at 421 Kearney Street. After several moves, the business settled at 301 Washington Street in 1958.
Mary Esther (Franklin) Henderson (1915-1996), a teacher in Dayton’s public schools, a community organizer, and active volunteer, purchased the building at 301 Washington Street. John Henderson Sr. trained and employed the couple’s five children, several grandchildren, and many Dayton school students. Three Henderson children continued the business after attending college and taught printing in Dayton’s public schools. By the time henderSon’s printing closed in 2000, its reach extended beyond the African American community. HenderSon’s served many businesses and organizations in the Dayton area and provided technical training some employees used to launch their own ventures.

Posted May 1, 2019