Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

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Dear Chaminade Families,

It is with great joy that I welcome all our families to a new school year at Chaminade! Thank you for entrusting us with the education and faith formation of your children.

This year we celebrate 65 years of Chaminade College Preparatory, as well as the Marianist bicentennial, and the founding of the Society of Mary by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Additionally, each year we celebrate one of the Characteristics of Marianist Education, and this year will focus on the importance and meaning of service, justice, and peace.

I am also pleased to welcome two new Marianists to our school family. Fr. Joseph Raj, S.M. and Bro. Kumar Kambhampati, S.M. come to us from India. Both are eager to serve and learn – Fr. Raj as school chaplain and Bro. Kumar as a pastoral associate. Their arrival means that Chaminade is blessed with six vowed Marianists. Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58 continues to be present for Masses and retreats, and remains active in our Marianist Community.

As we go through the school year, there will be many stories to share and events to support. In addition to the various concerts and competitions you attend, you are always welcome to celebrate Mass with us at either of our campuses. You can also keep up with us online:

Please know that our faculty, staff, and administration hold your children in prayer. We look forward to a blessed and successful school year. Thank you again for choosing Chaminade!

God Bless and Go Eagles!
Robert S. Webb P ’18 ’20

Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year

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Dear Chaminade Families,

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

Welcome to Chaminade – It’s Great to be an Eagle!

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By 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!

Summer 2014: Chaminade Embarks Upon Facility Enhancements at the Chatsworth Campus

New Class Rooms


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.

New Library


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.

Additional Parking
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.

Summer Programs
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.

A Message from the President

James V. Adams

“The very best part of my experience here has been getting to know so many incredible students, parents and alumni.”

Dear Chaminade Family,

On June 30, 2014, I will mark the completion of 18 years serving as your President here at Chaminade. This time has been the happiest period of my professional life and I have truly loved being President of this great institution.

It is in this spirit that I have informed Chaminade’s Board of Directors that this current school term will be my final year serving as President. The Chaminade Board has initiated a nationwide search and a new President will assume his/her position on
July 1, 2014.

My decision comes after much prayer and reflection. So much has happened over the last 18 years since my appointment, and posterity will be the final judge of my performance, but I feel that Chaminade is in an excellent position to navigate this change. Our school has full enrollment, substantial reserves, a growing endowment, an excellent leadership team, and a world class faculty. This year is the first full year of a new strategic five year plan that provides a blueprint for continued excellence in the future. Our facilities are already among the finest in Southern California and our plan includes the future addition of beautiful and functional new buildings to our middle and high school campuses.

Chaminade strives to “Set the Standard” for Catholic education and I believe that we are well on our way to achieving that lofty goal. I am confident that the school is positioned to continue to be the leader in mission driven innovation and has the best educational practices that will help us continue to be the premier educational choice in our region.

My time at Chaminade has been challenging, rewarding and absolutely delightful. The very best part of my experience here has been getting to know so many incredible students, parents and alumni. I have been blessed to work with the finest group of educators anywhere and I am confident they will continue to build upon our successes.

I want to say a few words about the Board of Directors here at Chaminade. During my time here, I have been blessed to work with a very talented and generous group of parents, past parents, alumni, and Marianist priests and brothers who make up our Board. They have provided inspiring leadership to our school and as President I could not have hoped to work with a more dedicated and selfless group of volunteers. Through the years, I have collaborated with nine supremely loyal and gifted Board Chairs who have worked hard to support me and help me grow in my position. I am indebted and deeply grateful to John Simmers, Al Leupp, Phil Mundy, Rick Boehmer, Brad Bowman, Ed Alvarez, Brian McGilvray, Ron Prechtl, and current Board Chairperson, Pamela Meyer. In addition, I have also been blessed to work with more than 75 other Board members and committee chairs who have contributed greatly to our success.

I am not labeling my new status as “retirement” as I have many things that I want to accomplish professionally and personally. The Board of Directors has offered me a position as President Emeritus where I hope to continue to serve the Chaminade community in a supportive role to the next president. I also hope to do a bit of consulting, teaching, and travel as part of my next adventure.

Finally, I will never be able to fully express my appreciation for having been given this unique opportunity. As my last year as President of Chaminade goes in the books, I possess a growing sense that I have been given a gift greater than I can ever repay.

Prayerful Best Wishes,

Jim Adams