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

Chaminade Film Festival 2017



The Chaminade Film Festival celebrated some of the best work of Chaminade’s filmmakers on Saturday, February 11. Twenty-seven finalists were selected from a record number of entries and showcased for an audience of more than 250 people in the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts. These films were produced by students enrolled in film classes at Chaminade, and the festival itself represents only a sampling of more than 500 films that are produced annually by the students each year. All of the winning films and finalists have been posted to the Chaminade Film YouTube Channel. See them here:  http://www.youtube.com/c/ChaminadeFilmProgram

The evening concluded with an award ceremony to recognize the best film in each category and also the outstanding achievements in every part of the filmmaking process.

Best Short Short
Created by Cole Hanson ’17

Best Visual Poem
Created by Sarah Tang ’20

Best Documentary
Created by Jack Oswald ’19

Best Comedy
Produced by Jenna Perry ’17 with writer/director Cooper North, cinematographer Carter Williams ’18, editor Mike Mariano ’18, and primary cast Justin Thomas ’18, Andy Dyer ’18, and Louis Gerny ’18.

Best Drama
Written, directed, and edited by Isabelle Bryan ’17, with cinematographer Mark Alcasid ’17, and a crew and cast that included Dante Kargodorian ’17, Ariana Afradi ’17, Brendan Barlow ’18, Jenna Perry ’17, Colette Mendoza ’17, Cole Hanson ’17, Louis Gerny ’18, and  Alek Solter ’18.

Outstanding Achievement Awards

Outstanding Achievement: Original Concept
Aidan Hall ’19 for iSolated

Outstanding Achievement: Original Concept
Jareth Kirkham ’18 for Hot Dog Chase

Outstanding Achievement: Non-Dialogue Storytelling
Cherish Love by Sarah Tang ’20, Abe Eagle ’20, Jamal Huff ’17, Isaiah Richardson ’17, with primary actors Josh Thomas ’17, Isabella Romo ’19, and Blake Antzoulatos ’19.

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.”

Chaminade Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

13-14_CSW_Logo_Circle_RGBChaminade kicks off Marianist Heritage/Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 29, with a schoolwide Family Mass and dinner on the Chatsworth campus. Catholic Schools Week is a national celebration of Catholic education with the theme: “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Throughout the week of January 29 through February 3, students, faculty, and staff will honor our Catholic Marianist heritage and celebrate our 200 year anniversary of the foundation of the Society of Mary. Each campus will celebrate with faith-filled activities that highlight the five characteristics of a Marianist education: Adaptation and Change; Service, Justice, and Peace; Formation in Faith; Integral, Quality Education; and Family Spirit.

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