Middle and High School Campuses Close Friday, Nov. 9

Dear Chaminade Middle and High School Families,

Due to the unpredictable fire conditions resulting from the Woolsey Fire, the forecast of continued windy conditions, and the growing number in our community who are evacuated from their homes, both Chaminade campuses will close Friday, November 9. All activities scheduled for Friday are also canceled, including the production of The Crucible. We expect school to resume on Tuesday, November 13. Please check the school website for updates, including information about Saturday activities and Saturday’s performance of The Crucible.

While we understand Chaminade’s closing may create new challenges for some families, we believe it is the right decision for our school community at this time. We continue to pray for all who have been impacted, as well as those bravely fighting the fires and protecting our communities. Thanks for your understanding in this matter.

Performances to Watch in November

During November you can catch some great performances from Chaminade’s high school and middle school drama programs. Beginning Friday, November 9, The Chaminade Players bring Arthur Miller’s dramatic classic, The Crucible, to life on the Marilyn Simons Stage at the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on the West Hills campus. Inspired by real events, The Crucible dramatizes the Salem witch trials in 1690s Massachusetts. Performance dates are::

  • Friday, November 9 Canceled
  • Saturday, November 10 Canceled
  • Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per adult and $15 per student
Click here to purchase tickets.

The Middle School Players present Space Captain: Captain of Space in the Fr. Allan DeLong Center for Arts and Athletics on the Chatsworth campusWritten by Jeff Sproul, Space Captain: Captain of Space is a 1930s adventure story like Flash Gordon, but with a modern sense of humor. Performances dates are:

  • Thursday, November 15
  • Friday, November 16
  • Saturday, November 17

Showtime is 7:01 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by clicking here.

This story has been edited with new performance dates and times for The Crucible

Share your All Souls’ Day Prayer Request with the Chaminade Marianist Community

All Souls’ Day, November 2, is a day to remember family and friends who have been called by God to that eternal life we all hope to share.  Each year during this season, the Chaminade Marianist community invites you to submit the names of your deceased family and friends (please include the class year of deceased alumni.) The Marianists will place these names on the altar in their community chapel and remember them while celebrating the Eucharist throughout November.

The Marianist community is privileged to minister to you through this on-going Chaminade tradition.

Please CLICK HERE to fill out the form with the names of your deceased loved ones.

Robotics Squads Deliver Strong Performances, State Qualifier in Home Tournament.

img_0002-2.jpgBy Tommy Smeltzer

Chaminade’s Eagle Engineering robotics team has qualified a squad to compete in the California State Championship for the sixth consecutive year as team 1138A took home the top award at their home tournament, The Chaminade Showdown. At the same tournament, Team 83A, the Vex Robotics team from Chaminade middle school won the Judges Award.

As in previous years, Eagle Engineering splits off into three distinct teams for the Vex Robotics competition. While all of the students collaborate and support each other leading up to game time, they compete as separate teams in tournaments. During qualifying rounds, matches are played between alliances of randomly paired teams vying for the highest ranking, while judges interview students and study their machines for a variety of awards. Based on the results of nine matches for each team, top-ranked teams then pick their alliance partners for the elimination rounds.

This is the fourth year for Chaminade hosting a tournament on their West Hills campus. Overnight, volunteers turned the Bob Hope Center into a sports arena featuring competition fields and bleachers, pits for teams to work on their machines and a full livestream broadcast setup. All four of Chaminade’s Vex squads competed, along with 28 other area teams.

The teams rebounded from a rough start to the season as tournaments in Bakersfield and Calabasas presented a slew of technical and strategic challenges. Needing a fresh perspective in the two weeks off, team 1138B founding member Anthony Gruppuso ’13 was brought in to inspire the teams to re-think their approach. Gruppuso’s unique leadership style and a keen eye for strategy sent a bolt of energy through the high school squads, and the results were impressive. All three played to their strengths with greater urgency, with the senior-most squad, 1138A leading the rankings most of the day only to be toppled (literally) by the all-girl 1138G in a late round. Both 1138G and 1138A finished in the top eight (4th and 8th respectively), guaranteeing them a spot in the elimination rounds.

Both Eagle teams were knocked out in the quarterfinals. However, the judges chose 1138-A as the winner of the Excellence Award, given to the team with the best performance consistently across all categories. That guaranteed them a berth at the State Championship where they will compete next March for a chance to move on to the World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky in April.

With the season now in full swing, Eagle Engineers have no time to let up. Both the 1138B and 138G teams, as well as the 83A team from the middle school, are more driven than ever to qualify to compete alongside 1138A at the State Championship. All of the teams are determined to improve and refine their machines as they go into their remaining three events of 2018 in Reseda, Granada Hills, and El Camino College.

Eagle Engineering is a student-centered competitive robotics program with a focus on a professional team approach to design, engineering, programming and business challenges. For more information on Chaminade Robotics and how you can support the team, please contact Head Coach Tommy Smeltzer: tsmeltzer@chaminade.org.

Author Alan Gratz Visits Middle School

 

Award-winning author, Alan Gratz, visited Chaminade on October 29 and 30 to speak with middle school students. Gratz is the author of 15 books for young readers including The Brooklyn Nine, Code of Honor, Refuge, and most recently Grenade which debut third on the New York Times bestseller list. During his two-day visit, Gratz shared with students his experiences of being a professional writer, where he gets his ideas, his writing process, character development and how he conducts his research. Gratz also led grade-level workshops and was available for book signings.