Dennis Haas, Longtime Volunteer and Friend of Chaminade dies at 70

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In the fall of 1969, Dennis Haas, then a Marianist brother, joined the Chaminade family. For 48 years, in his own quiet and humble way, he served the school in various capacities, and made lasting connections with four decades of alumni, parents, and employees.

Chaminade College Preparatory is deeply saddened to announce Dennis died on February 17, 2017 in West Hills, California. He was 70-years-old.

According to the Fall 1969 issue of Chaminotes, Dennis came to Chaminade by way of Honolulu Trade Tech, where he majored in carpentry. By the 1970-1971 school year, Dennis was campus manager of the West Hills campus; and he served as a Marianist from 1965 to 1974.

While he did not always work at Chaminade (he was a customer hardware technical support representative for IBM after he gradated from Pierce College), Dennis was a fixture on campus. He led KAIROS retreats, served as moderator for LIFE workshops, chaperoned various student activities, and helped the Advancement Office with archives and events. Perhaps what most in the Chaminade family will remember him for are the pictures he took, and the time he spent with the drama department. The 1988 yearbook was dedicated to him, “The Man with the Camera.”

Dennis was a 1964 graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco. His physics teacher was former Chaminade President, Fr. Allen DeLong. After graduating from Riordan, Dennis entered the Marianist religious community and moved to Cupertino.

During a Mass on Friday, February 17, 1989, the school celebrated the founding of Chaminade College Preparatory. Dennis was honored as one of Chaminade’s first Founders, 28 years ago; a fitting milestone for the uniquely simple and humble man who served Chaminade for so many years.

High School Concerts in December

shutterstock_152792564Next week Chaminade College Preparatory’s high school students invite the Chaminade family to attend two concerts. Both events will be held at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts (West Hills).

Instrumental Winter Concert
Thursday, December 15
7:00 p.m.

Choral Concert and Sing-along,
A Chaminade Christmas

Saturday, December 17
7:00 p.m.

Chaminade alumni are invited to enjoy the Instrumental Winter Concert music on December 15, and are also welcome to join the band onstage for the last piece of the evening, Sleigh Ride. Attendees who would like more information on music, or need to borrow an instrument for the song may contact High School Band Director, Ken Hoffman. Tickets are $5 per adult, and may be purchased at the door. Children and alumni are free.

The choral concert and sing-along will be performed by the Chaminade Concert Choir, Chorus Class, Lord’s Chords (high school liturgical choir), and the Chaminade Adult Choir. Tickets are $5 per student and $10 per adult, and may be purchased online.

 

Middle School Concerts This Weekend

shutterstock_152792564This weekend Chaminade College Preparatory’s middle school students invite the school family to attend two concerts:

C-Notes (middle school choir)
Saturday, December 3
7:30 p.m.
Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts (West Hills)

Middle school band
Sunday, December 4
3:00 p.m.
Fr. Allen DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics (Chatsworth)

Tickets to the C-Notes concert, Christmas Bells are Ringing are available for purchase online, and are $10 per child and $15 per adult.

Tickets to the Winter Band concert are available for purchase online and are $5 per person. After 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, tickets may be purchased at the door for $7 per person.

Middle School Players Present Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr.

jatgp-poster_11x17_colorChaminade’s Middle School Players present Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach Jr. in the Father Allen DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics on the Chatsworth campus.

Audiences will be delighted by this offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure, where a boy and his insect friends take an amazing journey across the ocean. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

Performance Dates are:

  • Thursday, November 17, 7:00 p.m
  • Friday, November 18, 7:00 p.m
  • Saturday, November 19, 7:00 p.m

Tickets are $10 at the door or may be purchased online.

Chaminade Players Present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

14910290_1415963718432628_2997808751316491105_nThe award-winning Chaminade Players present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, opening Friday, November 11, in the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on the West Hills Campus.

Fun for the whole family, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee introduces you to an eclectic group of six-graders, each eager to win for very different reasons. As they make their way through the competition, each speller reveals their hopes, struggles, and passions, and learn that winning isn’t everything. You will laugh, cry and learn some words you never knew how to spell.

Performance dates are:

  • Friday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults and may be purchased online.