Dear Chaminade family, With so much trauma in our area, let us be of one heart and hold on to our hope.Please join me in prayer for those in our Chaminade community who have suffered a significant loss due to the fires:
Today we ask Your blessing and protection for the Chaminade family, especially those directly impacted by the fire. We stand in solidarity with all victims of loss as we struggle to find ways to show others the reason for our hope.
Educating in the Marianist Family Spirit is about creating a “home away from home;” a feeling of “place” that extends the boundaries of our four walls to include our neighbors, our beloved school, and its families. With Family Spirit as our mantra, in God’s name let us pray for and comfort each other during this time of great need.
May we be hope for our families who are stretched and suffering. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Communication will continue as the overall damages are assessed. Please continue to monitor your emails, the Chaminade website, and social media for updates.
The president of Chaminade College Preparatory announced today that it has acquired the shopping center adjacent to its high school campus in West Hills. The property is one of the last significant parcels of nearby land that has not been developed for residential use.
“The Saticoy property is a rare find for our school community,” said Chaminade President Robert S. Webb. “Over the past several years, our board of directors and administration have focused on our financial health in the event that an opportunity like this would present itself.”
As part of the purchase, Chaminade acquired 23211-23233 Saticoy Street and 7629 Woodlake Avenue from West Hills Market, LLC and Leimert/Saticoy, L.P. The 4.8-acre shopping center currently houses 16 businesses, including Field’s Market. Chaminade has not yet formalized plans for the future of the shopping center, but it intends to consider possibilities as part of its soon-to-launch master plan process.
“The acquisition of this property allows us to think boldly and creatively about our future facility and programmatic needs of our students,” said Webb. “We look forward to hearing from the community—faculty, staff, parents, students, alumni, neighbors, and others—about how this property can factor into our educational future and neighborhood. In concert with our new strategic plan, we will envision our school on a bigger canvas of opportunity and dreams as we continue to carry out our Catholic, Marianist mission.”
As part of the master plan process, Chaminade intends to solicit input from a wide-range of stakeholders. Through the process, Chaminade seeks to identify the most beneficial use for the property moving forward.
It is wonderful to see students and teachers walking and talking in our hallways again, and it gives me great joy to welcome all our families to a new school year.
While I’d like to be mindful and enjoy being in the first-day-of-school-moment, I can’t help but look forward to the next 10 months. In keeping with tradition, we celebrate one of the five Characteristics of Marianist Education, and this year we set our focus on all that it means for Chaminade College Preparatory to educate in the family spirit. We also join with the Marianist Province of the United States to celebrate the Marianist bicentennial.
Every year of I am surprised and amazed by our students and all that they accomplish. They are truly God’s masterpiece. I also see the challenges they face, but I know that as a faculty, we will support your children. We will empathize, listen, love, pray, and observe.
As we go through the 180 days which make up a Chaminade school year, there will be a great deal of news and stories to share. I invite you to keep up with our 2,030 students, and join us online, and on social media:
I look forward to meeting you at a Chaminade event in the near future! In addition to the various concerts and competitions parents always support, you are always welcome to attend Mass at either of our campuses. Thank you for joining us.
God Bless and Go Eagles!
Robert S. Webb P ’18 ’20
Are you ready for the 2014-2015 school year? It’s hard to believe, but a new school year is here, and as I begin my first year as your president, I want you to know, it truly is great to be an Eagle.
Over the past week I have had the opportunity to do what I love most about working at Chaminade – spend time with our faculty and students. It is wonderful to see everyone energized and excited about our school. This year, we are welcoming 315 new families, along with 29 new employees to Chaminade.
Before teachers and students returned, we spent our summer months getting ready for this school year, and began several construction projects on our Chatsworth campus. The library expansion project and new classroom buildings are well underway, and are on schedule to be completed in 2015. Our parking lot addition and center courtyard renovation are completed and ready.
I can’t wait to see our students’ academic endeavors, their creative journeys, athletic competitions, and the spiritual growth. With 2,044 students on campus, we will have plenty of news to share, and the best way to stay informed is to:
As a 15-year Chaminade employee and the dad of two Eagles, I know many of you already, and I look forward to getting to know the rest of you. To facilitate this, I keep office hours at both our Chatsworth and West Hills campuses. Please feel free to make an appointment, or stop me if you see me on campus, at a game, or at any Chaminade event.
Blessings to you and your family as we embark on our 2014-2015 school year together!
The Chaminade College Preparatory Board of Directors has authorized the school to embark upon several significant facility enhancements at the Chatsworth campus, beginning this summer.
New Classroom Building Project
The first project is a new classroom building to replace existing modular classrooms. This building will enhance the evolving classroom experience by including significant student group work areas to further support Chaminade’s student centered learning philosophy. Each classroom will open into adjoining flexible spaces which will double the size of the classroom. This exciting new concept will increase student engagement and allow for more project based learning activities. Construction is scheduled to begin June 2, 2014, and will take one year to complete. The site will be fenced off during the school year, and replacement modular units will be brought in for the displaced classrooms.
Library Expansion Project
The second project is the expansion of our library to increase the space from its current 1,800 square feet to 4,600 square feet. The new library will also begin on June 2 and is scheduled to be open for the second semester in early 2015. Chaminade aims to make the library space more accessible to students and create a more flexible learning environment. This new space will include book stacks, quiet reading area, computer research space, lounging and group meeting areas. In addition to the indoor space, a new outdoor gathering area will be constructed for student and classroom use. During construction, the library will be relocated to an accessible area for students.
CONCEPTUAL DRAWING OF NEW LIBRARY VIEWED FROM DEVONSHIRE STREET
Center Courtyard Renovation Project
The next project to receive attention is the center courtyard, which is currently all asphalt. This space will be renovated from the ground up to include improved sports courts and additional green landscaping. The new area will include terraced landscaping at the north end with new sports courts at the middle and south ends. The goal is to beautify and upgrade the space while remaining functional for a wide variety of sports and student activities. This project will also begin in early June with a target completion for the beginning of the fall semester.
Lastly, the parking lot near the guard kiosk on Oakdale Avenue will be renovated and made into a formal, larger parking area. During busy times on campus (i.e., after school sports events, Mass, or volunteer meetings) there is a need for additional parking in this area. Completion of the parking lot is also targeted for the beginning of the fall semester.
With all of this heavy construction happening simultaneously during the summer, hosting summer programs on the Chatsworth campus is not practical. For this summer, the West Hills campus will host all summer school classes and programs, and a shuttle service will operate between campuses. In the summer of 2015, summer classes and camps will resume on both campuses. Construction during the school year may be an inconvenience, but Chaminade will work toward minimizing any impact to the student experience. For more information, please call the middle school office at (818) 363-8127.