Catholic Schools Week Comes to an End; Three Employees are Honored

Middle school students making blankets at SHINE Faith Sharing Lunch. Photo by Instagram @campusminnadems

Another successful Catholic Schools/Marianist Heritage Week has concluded at Chaminade College Preparatory. Students on both campuses enjoyed fun-filled, mission-driven activities. Middle schoolers enjoyed Dr. Seuss-themed special dress days and celebrated the week with an NJHS Bake Sale, Mix It Up Lunch, Faith Sharing, house picnic, and energetic Faith Rally.

High school students on a service trip with Habitat for Humanity. Photo by Instagram @nadeactivities

High school students commemorated the week with Random Acts of Kindness Lunch, an Instagram contest, the annual Fr. Chaminade Contest, a service trip with Habitat for Humanity, and an exciting Formation in Faith Rally.

Marianist Educators honored three fellow employees with the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade Award: Kelly Benning and Paul Sauter from West Hills, and Oscar Perez from Chatsworth. Each recipient was nominated by his or her peers for demonstrating one or more of the Characteristics of Marianist Education: integral, quality education; family spirit; adaptation and change; formation in faith; and service, justice, and peace.

Pictured left to right: Luis Guerra, Kelly Benning, Paul Sauter, and Bro. Adam Becerra, fsp. Photo by Pam Liceralde

Kelly Benning is the librarian at the West Hills campus. She makes the library an innovative learning space for discernment, reflection, and academic research. Under her leadership, the library is a gathering place where students are challenged to consider how they can contribute to society with their gifts and talents. 

Paul Sauter, biology teacher and science department chair on the West Hills campus, demonstrates compassion, humor, and love in all he does. Paul serves through the Kairos retreat every year and has coached in the past. He is always willing to give of himself to serve his students.

Pictured left to right: Nikki Russ, Oscar Perez, and Fr. Josephraj Rymond, S.M. Photo by Tommy Smeltzer

Oscar Perez is on the facilities staff at the Chatsworth campus. With a positive attitude, Oscar imparts warmth, understanding, and generosity in all he does, from setting up for Masses and rallies, to finding solutions to complicated campus problems. His work is precise, accurate, and done with a smile. Dedicated to helping students, faculty, and staff, Oscar has a hand in everything on the Chatsworth campus.

Catholic Schools Week Celebration Continues

 

The celebration of Catholic School Week continued today with the middle school’s National Junior Honor Society lunchtime bake sale in support of Together in Mission (of the Los Angeles Archdiocese). Together in Mission helps the poorest parishes and schools, and works to improve the lives of the poor in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The SHINE team sponsored a faith-sharing session in the gym. Students read a reading from the bible and shared what their ideal super hero of service would represent.

On the West Hills campus, students played Hoop Heroes during lunch and participated in a comment contest on Instagram, sharing who their everyday super heroes are and why they are inspiring. You can follow Campus Ministry’s Instagram contest on @campusminccp.

Click here for a schedule of events on the Chatsworth campus.
Click here for a schedule of events on the West Hills campus.

Chaminade Kicks off Catholic Schools Week

Chaminade kicked off Marianist Heritage/Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 28, with a school-wide Family Mass and Dinner held on the West Hills campus. More than 300 guests gathered to celebrate the gift of a Catholic Marianist education and to give honor to Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and his charism to be formed by Mary for the mission of Christ. Catholic Schools Week is an annual national celebration of Catholic education in the United States. This year’s celebration began January 28 and continues through February 3.

Chaminade’s West Hills and Chatsworth campuses are celebrating Catholic Schools Week with lunchtime activities, themed dress days, faith rallies, appreciation luncheons, and the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade Award.

Click here for a schedule of events on the Chatsworth campus.
Click here for a schedule of events on the West Hills campus.

 

Please Join Us for Family Mass and Dinner

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Chaminade College Preparatory’s Office of Mission Integration and Ministry invites all Chaminade families to Family Mass and Dinner as we begin Catholic Schools Week, on Sunday, January 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Mass will be held in the Bob Hope Student Center on the West Hills campus. Dinner will immediately follow Mass in the same location. Please click here to RSVP by January 24.

Three Employees Honored with William Joseph Chaminade Award

During Catholic Schools Week, three Chaminade College Preparatory employees were given the William Joseph Chaminade Award:

  • Kaylee Bryden
  • Michael Lehrmann
  • Michael Ochs

Each were nominated by their peers for demonstrating and/or supporting all five Characteristics of Marianist Education (integral, quality education; family spirit; adaptation and change; formation in faith; and service, justice and peace) in all he or she does, and is an outward example of the Marianist charism, “To be formed by Mary for the Mission of Christ.”

Kaylee Bryden teaches health at Chaminade’s West Hills campus, and is one of the few high school teachers who teaches every single student (except post-freshman year transfers). Her nominator says, “She knows the students well and cares about their emotional, physical, and acadmeic development.” She also shares her singing voice during school liturgies.

Michael Lehrmann works as a payroll administrator; while his office is on the Chatsworth campus, he serves both school communities. While he does not work directly with students,  Michael actively participates in school events and supports Dig Pink and the annual middle school Justice Fair. His nominators call him kind, gentle and competent. Another nominator said, “I’d also like to add the words, ‘quiet’ and ‘unassuming.’ When I think of our recipient, I’m reminded of St. Joseph. St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of Workers, a humble, very ethical man who took care of others, most notably, Mary and Jesus.”

Michael Ochs chairs Chaminade’s high school social studies department. While a history teacher, he is also a life-long learner; Michael recently completed his masters degree in history. He has also served as an assistant moderator of Link, shares his free times to act n student films, directs Kairos, and chaperones student trips. Michael’s nominator reflects, “He is a phenomenal teacher who expects greatness from his students and challenges himself by collaborating with his colleagues for the benefit of all the students.”