Chaminade’s Commitment to Student Wellness

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AP Psych students during Mental Health Awareness Week helped classmates alleviate stress with smoothies and dancing. (photo by: High School Counseling)

Today’s students feel immense amounts of pressure and stress. Since 2013, teens have reported stress levels which exceed those of adults.

  • 61% of teens say stress and anxiety have a large impact on their lives.
  • 42% of teens say they are not doing enough to manage their stress.
  • 22% of teens actively seek support to reduce, manage, and eliminate stress.

Chaminade College Preparatory wants to help alleviate the stress, and during Chaminade Gala in March, Heather Eaton and Juliana Gallant, heads of the middle school and high school counseling departments, announced the creation of a Wellness Program.

It is a priority of the school to help students achieve school/life balance, manage stress, and prepare students for success, and is directly addressed in Chaminade’s new strategic plan. The idea of making emotional health and overall well-being a priority is not a new concept for Chaminade. This is an expansion of the school’s vision to develop resilient young women and young men who are adaptable self-advocates who successfully balance school and life.

To make this important initiative a reality, Chaminade parents, alumni faculty, staff, and friends were asked to invest in the newly created Wellness Program during the fund-a-need portion of the gala. Together they raised more than $111,000 to jump-start the program. Additional gifts are needed, and will help sustain and grow the Wellness Program, and give Chaminade the tools it needs to fulfill its promise to its students. Contributions can be given online; and any questions can be answered by the Advancement Office at (818) 360-0615.

As May 31 Approaches

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There’s just one week left to support the 2017-2018 Chaminade Fund campaign, and help us reach 100% participation among parents, alumni, and faculty and staff by May 31, 2018. To help us finish the year on a powerful note, please give your gift today. The easiest, quickest way is to give online, or you can call (818) 360-0615 to make your gift over the phone.

The Chaminade Fund is our highest fundraising priority, and allows us to fulfill our promise as a Catholic Marianist school to a Chaminade education affordable to a socioecnomically diverse community. Gifts to Chaminade’s Greatest Needs provide the most flexible funding, and allow Chaminade to respond to learning opportunities as they arise. Gifts may also be designated to support programs that are the most meaningful to you, such as the Wellness Program, financial aid, the arts, athletics, or other student programs.

C-Notes Spring Concert This Weekend

C-Notes Spring Concert 2018The award-winning Chaminade C-Notes present their spring concert, “a Grand Night for Singing” on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the DeLong Center (Chatsworth Campus).

General admission tickets are $10 per person (under two-years-old free), and may be purchased online. Seating is open and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The C-Notes are directed by Kathy Rohrs, and student directors are Denise Enrique ’20 and Brendan Teehan ’21.

Performing Arts Shows to Watch this Weekend

Chaminade performing arts has two excellent shows to watch this weekend, Chaminade’s high school dance concert Valley of the Jeweled Dragon, and Chaminade Middle School Players’ Luck of the Draw.

Valley of the Jeweled Dragon features an evening of dance a cirque with a fantasy fusion of Eastern countries and cultures at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on the West Hills campus. Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $16 for students and $11 for children. Click here to purchase tickets. Show dates and times are:

  • Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Chaminade Middle School Players present a night of musical comedy fun as they perform Luck of the Draw! A completely improvised musical based on audience suggestions, so every night is a new and original show. No two shows are alike! Join us for a night of good laughs, music, and even a little dancing!

Performances will be held at the Fr. Allen DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics. Ticket prices are $10.00  for general admission. Click here to purchase tickets. All proceeds benefit the Chaminade middle school drama program. Show dates and times:

  • Thursday, May 10 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Friday, May 11 at 7:01 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12 at 7:01 p.m. 

Please come support the Arts at Chaminade!

Center for Excellence Registration is Open

Registration for Chaminade College Preparatory’s Center for Excellence (CCE) is now open. It is the perfect place for students to spend their summer learning and growing. With classes in the morning and afternoon, CCE offers programs, for students entering grades 1-12, designed to inspire, engage, and empower young minds.

Students entering grades 1 through 12 will enjoy expanding their horizons through the Center for Excellence summer programming. For students entering Chaminade’s 6th grade, Eagles Take Flight will prepare them academically and introduce them to Chaminade’s middle school community; while students entering high school grades can acquire valuable skills in High School Study and Success Skills, and students entering 12th grade can prepare for college applications in the College Application Bootcamp. CCE also offers robotics programs on both campuses with a brand-new class on the West Hills campus focusing on electronics and programming.

This year, CCEs summer Ste[+a]m Academy, for grades K-5, will once again be powered by STEMscopes. With a different curriculum each week, there is no repetition. Each STEMscope module engages students in cross-disciplinary activities that build knowledge and skills in areas including computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. Students can come for one week, or all five weeks.

The Great Books Academy, for grades K-5, is one of CCEs most popular programs aimed at educating the whole child. The Great Books curriculum is the cornerstone of the academy and is specially designed to help students become independent readers and thinkers by focusing on reading comprehension, critical thinking, vocabulary, and writing.

Summer is also an excellent time for students of all ages to pursue their creative passions in visual and performing arts. And children ages 5 to 15 can join CCEs Sports Camps and explore athletics from football to basketball as well as soccer, baseball, volleyball, fencing, and more. The West Hills campus also hosts Varsity Camps, which gives students the chance to work with Chaminade’s varsity head coaches, players, and former athletes with college and professional experience.

For more information visit chaminade.org/centerforexcellence or click here to register today.