Sophia Reyes was given the honor of crowning the Virgin Mary at the Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral on Monday morning. She then led the congregation in the praying of the Rosary. She was the epitome of grace and beauty as she accompanied Archbishop Gomez in the inspirational service. We are so proud of Sophia. God bless her and her family.
Back in the day, meaning last year and each year before this , our kinders would visit the 8th graders near the end of the year to wish them well as they closed in on their last days as Chapel students. Often the classes would share little mementos of their time together in school families. There was no way we could let that time-honored tradition be skipped due to a pandemic. On Thursday, the last day of Spirit Week, the Class of 2029 and the Class of 2020 made and decorated heartfelt cards for each other and shared them in Zoom rooms. It was sweet, funny, precious, and loving. I think I heard and saw some tears here and there. Thank you Miss Seanez and Ms. Cendejas for making this such a wonderful and memorable experience. Thank you too, Students, for creating such magic with your beautiful cards and warm words. God bless our kinder parents for making the experience work so well.
Showing their great, school spirit, our fourth graders joined their classes on Wednesday, May 15th, all dressed up as chefs. On Monday students were encouraged to attend class in their pajamas, and yesterday was color day. Each class wore a different color of the rainbow, and then some. We may be away for our campus, but we can still show our school and class spirit. God bless our students.
When L. Simpson graduated from Chapel, he went on to Sierra Canyon School where he was part of two CIF state championship basketball teams. From there, the talented, young man went on to Prolific Prep in Napa Valley. L is now not only a student but a host of his own sports talk show where he has interviewed the likes of Kareem Abdul Jabbar and other famous sports stars. For average people, that would be enough but not for L. He is also an entrepreneur who markets his own line of hoodies and sweats under his own brand: "Take No L's." At Chapel, we remember L for his spirit, humor, warmth, leadership, and athletic talent. He was one of those students who everyone loved and all the teachers remember fondly. At age 20, now it looks as if the world will experience his amazing qualities too. God bless L Simpson. We wish him well in whatever he does.
Angelina Kim graduated from CCS in 2016. She went on to distinguish herself at Bishop Conaty High School where she worked hard and made her teachers and family proud. She has been accepted to UCLA for the fall term. Chapel wishes her well and knows how lucky the Bruins are to have her as a member of their student body.
Our very own Danford Cho is graduating from Cathedral High School and on his way to USC. Danford was not only a high achiever at Chapel as a member of the Class of 2016, but he was and is a young man of great character and depth. His Chapel family is very proud of him, and we know he has an incredible future ahead of him. God bless Danford and his family.
Chapel 8th graders participated in an action-packed program at Pali Institute in Big Bear over the weekend. They left their phones behind and spent the time appreciating God's gift of nature as they reflected on their lives and challenged themselves to be their best. One of the most impactful activities was held on Saturday night when the students read personal letters from their parents. Thank you Mr. del Pozo for making this memoralble event happen.
The 8th graders led the school in the Stations of the Cross on Thursday, March 5th in the school auditorium. It was the first of our weekly Lenten services for the 2020 LIturgical Year. The students prayed for several special intentions including an end to the coronavirus. Samantha Ayala, Evelyn Song, and Yu Hyun served as the honor guard for the Cross while Mark Kim, Megan David, and Patrick Holloway led the formal prayers. God bless our CCS family during this solemn time of the Church year.
Joaquin Recinos (8th) and Cliff Connors (7th) took first in their individuals at the Los Angeles AJHD competition this year in Long Beach, Each bested 92 other students to take the top prize. Cliff will compete in English and Joaquin will compete in Social Studies on April 4th in San Bernardino. They have one month to prepare to compete against the best of the best. Congratulations and God bless these hard-working students.
Miss Mitchell's Breakfast Club is helping junior high students start the day off right. Whether students need nourishment for their tummies or for their minds, either can be found in Miss Mitchell's classroom in the early morning before the regular school day begins. She calls it "The Breakfast Club," but it's really more about math and growth and achievement. Students who are looking for some extra help in math can find it in the seventh grade classroom. They can also find a bagel or pancake or sausage or..... It's easy to find....one simply follows the incredible aromas floating through the 2nd floor hall. Thank you Miss Mitchell for offering Chapel students such a delicious way to start the day, and God bless the students who are investing in their furture by taking advantage of this delicious, morning option.