August 2017

CJ To Host 2nd Annual Kid's Night Under the Lights

POSTPONED - Kid's Night Under the Lights will be Sunday, August 20 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Rain or shine, the second annual Kid's Night Under the Lights will be held at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles on Sunday, August 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. If weather conditions are not favorable, all activities will be moved to CJ's Student Conditioning Center, located across the street from Roger Glass Stadium.

Activities planned for the event include a football toss, 40-yard dash, and soccer shots. Food will also be available at the event, and families are encouraged to bring a contribution of a non-perishable food item which will be given to The Foodbank.

Families with students entering in grades K-8 are invited to Kid's Night Under the Lights. A preview of the event can be seen on the CJ Facebook page or from WDTN's Living Dayton program.

Posted August 17, 2017

Students Accepted Into Elite Summer Program

Only 32 students across the nation were accepted into the Foundation for Teaching Economics' Economics for Leaders program over the summer, and an Eagle was one of them.

Jake Jagels '18 attended an Economics and Leadership Camp at Oberlin University over the summer.  

"The economics lessons were taught by the chair of the economics department at Clemson University, Scott Baier," Jagels shared. "The lectures were interesting and engaging, taught by a fantastic professor, and the economic lessons were driven home with activities like a mock stock market, water rights dispute, and foreign currency trading. 

"The leadership activities helped me to become a better leader and focused on how important it is to work as a team, not just in economics, but also in life," Jagels continued. "The leadership activities were taught by a fantastic CJ grad, Leslie Bourne '79."

The camp also allowed the students to have recreation time, which included a trip to Cedar Point.

Jagels, reflecting on his overall experience, said, "I am very glad that CJ provided me with the opportunity to further my education outside the classroom."

Additionally, two students attended Economics For Leaders camps across the nation. David Teague '18 attended one camp and Samantha Evans '18 attended a camp at the University of Washington in Seattle.

"The economics lessons taught me a lot, but the two things that stood out to me are that I have to take risks, but only if I really think it's worth it," Evans shared. "I will use what I learned and experienced during leadership at CJ. Time in leadership taught me a lot through many different activities and conversations, but a few of the things I'll bring to CJ include: Can I? standing for Constant And Neverending Improvement, which motivates and challenges me to do something if it'll help me to improve myself or something else, making sure that everyone's standard of excellence is met, meaning that I will make sure that if something meets my standards and goals it also meets those of others involved, understanding and respecting others' leadership styles so that they too can lead in an effective way, and taking the time to listen to others' ideas and points of view.

"Leadership gifted me with skills that I can use when I'm leading in FLIGHT and MLC at CJ and other parts of my life, but also provided me with skills that I can use when I'm following others, so I can help them be the best leader possible," Evans continued. "This weeklong was nothing short of life-changing and I'm so grateful that I had this opportunity."

Posted August 15, 2017



Eagle Pride Prepares for New Season

Members of the Eagle Pride band and color guard have several new things to look forward to this fall - new uniforms, a new show, and a new director who is already looking ahead to the future of the program.

Luke Grieshop was announced as the new director of Eagle Pride in May. Grieshop, a graduate of the University of Dayton, will also serve as music teacher at Our Lady of the Rosary School.

"I'm very excited and eager to be here," Grieshop said. "There have been so many changes recently and it's a proud time to be a part of the marching band."

In February, Sam Rinehart '69 pledged 50 new band and color guard uniforms for Eagle Pride and up to 50 more in the coming years.

"The new uniforms and the new direction of the band, it's all exciting," Grieshop continued.

Eagle Pride will be performing to the soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy this year. Members will also perform out in the community throughout the fall season.

"We're excited to provide students additional opportunities like band day at UD and give them all the experience they need to continue doing marching band in the future if they choose," Grieshop noted.

Eagle Pride will perform during Meet the Eagles on Tuesday, August 15. The first home varsity football will be Friday, September 1.

Posted August 10, 2017

FLIGHT Retreat Held for New and Former Members

Students may not be meeting in the classroom every day until later this month, but in July, members of the Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today (FLIGHT) Class of 2018 gathered to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Members of FLIGHT are from the senior class. The students prepare monthly liturgies, lead retreats, plan service activities and provide prayer experiences for the CJ community.

"The purpose of our summer retreat is to provide the FLIGHT members time for community building, prayer and to prepare for the upcoming school year," shared Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service. "Last year's FLIGHT group (under the guidance of the adults) lead the reflections, prayers and teachings for our new FLIGHT group. By the end of the retreat, the new group had already begun planning our opening school Mass and the freshman orientation session. They were also assigned their committees for the year.

Kinnear added, "Because Fr. Bob joined us on the retreat, we were also able to celebrate Mass together."

During the retreat, in addition to Mass and reflections, the two FLIGHT groups shared laughs through team building activities.

"I really enjoyed how eager everyone in the new FLIGHT group was to bond and come up with ideas together for the upcoming year," said Claire Kneblik '18. "One of the groups that I was in came up with several new and different ideas to improve the faith life in CJ and get kids motivated to express their faith.

Kneblik continued, "I loved how excited everyone was to be together, and it made us all really pumped to be faith leaders this upcoming school year!"

Posted August 8, 2017

CJ Faculty, Staff Attend Marianist Lay Assembly

Faculty and staff members recently joined Marianists from around the country when the national Marianist Lay Assembly was held at the University of Dayton July 13-16.

For many of the attendees, this was their first assembly. Jama Badinghaus, CJ counselor, said this was her second assembly with her first being in San Antonio in 2014.

Badinghaus and Caitlin Bennett, CJ choir and drama teacher, were members of the planning team for the assembly. Badinghaus was a member of the Temporalities Committee and was involved with logistics and sorting through the details for the space, organizing the food, and helping attendees get to the right spot. Bennett and her husband were the heads of Education and planned all of the workshops.

CJ participants shared that some of their favorite experiences from the assembly were attending different workshops and hearing from speakers throughout the three day event.

"The most notable experiences I participated in were the Keynote Speakers," said Badinghaus. "Sr. Simone Camball, SSM, Executive Director of NETWORK, spoke candidly about the danger of individualism in our society and the impact it is having on our ability to work together for the common good.  She suggested that the Marianists may have some keys to what our world needs most, and was affirming of the Marianist call to community and inclusivity.  Bro. Ray Fitz, SM (CJ Board of Directors) spoke of the need for all in the Marianist Family to work toward being a Prophetic Presence in the world and challenged all to consider ways that we may step outside of our comfort zones into 'voluntary displacement' to better understand and support those who stand in the margins of our communities.  These keynotes were challenging and a reminder that the work of Mission is never completed."

"It was a very impactful three days, with many good challenges about what it means to be a Lay Marianist and a Catholic today," agreed Bennett. "There were good challenges about what we should do not only nationally, but also in the city of Dayton when it comes to urban poverty."

Tim Dillon, CJ Religion department chair added, "Although I have various connections to the Marianist Family, it was an honor to be there as a member of the CJ educational community of faith. I was proud that several CJ members played significant roles in bringing the Assembly to life.  My interactions with members of other Marianist schools helped reinforce that CJ is blessed with a unique spirit, and that we are a part of the wider Marianist community."

Marianist Lay Assemblies occur every three years, with the next assembly scheduled for 2020. 

"It is a unique opportunity to gather with Marianists from all branches of the Family to help strengthen the conversation of what it means to be living the Charism as individuals and perhaps more importantly as a whole," Badinghaus reflected. "We hope that CJ will have even more representation at the next Assembly in 2020!"

Judi MacLeod '88, Cuvilly director added, "People were very helpful and learning and seeing in practice Marianist ways from other cultures and places. I really enjoyed it and was very proud to be part of CJ."

Posted August 2, 2017