September 28, 2020

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CMCP Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
CMCP celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Students in Srta. Costello's Spanish classes completed different worksheets. 

Where in the World is Mrs. Carrera?

Just last week, Dr. Crenshaw (Social Studies) asked for help with his Psychology class. The lesson involved understanding a “hijacked” amygdala and what we can do to regain control of our responses to a perceived threat. For those of us not in Psychology class with Dr. Crenshaw, the amygdala is an area of our brains that contributes to emotional processing. The example Mrs. Carrera, Wellness Center Director, gives is that of fight or flight: when a car is coming at you, or a stressful situation arises, what do you do? 

In the case of the car, we move. We jump out of the way. We don’t have time to think, only to react. In the case of a more generalized stressful situation, like a forgotten homework assignment or an unexpected test result, how do our brains process stress and what can we do to help our brains process these situations better? 

We start by understanding the health impacts of the attention-grabbing world we live in. In addition to weight gain and impacts on growth, stressful situations like a test we didn’t prepare for or a news article we weren’t expecting when we check our phones in the middle of the night also cause our amygdalas to work overtime. Our hearts beat faster, our pulse rates quicken, and cortisol and adrenaline are released, increasing alertness. 

“I want my class to look like a lab each day,” says Dr. Crenshaw, “so when we started studying anger and fear, I asked Mrs. Carrera for help.” Dr. Crenshaw’s lab component involved measuring students’ heart rate. Mrs. Carerra led students through checking their base rate and checking again after a stressor was introduced. Once the students saw how quickly their bodies react to stress, Mrs. Carerra and Dr. Crenshaw presented techniques on how to take back control. “There are bodily consequences when we can’t get our anger and fear under control,” remarks Dr. Crenshaw. “In addition to sleep deprivation and a compromised immune system, we experience no logical reasoning.” 

We gain back control by interrupting these thoughts and taking six seconds to identify the cause of our stress and reflect. “These six seconds are when we usually say something we don’t mean or do something we typically wouldn’t have,” says Mrs. Carrera. In these moments, take a breath, observe your thoughts and actions, and mindfully consider a response. “Empower yourself in these six seconds,” reminds Mrs. Carrera. “There is a mind over matter decision to make. Your heart rate will slow, and your breathing will regulate. You will make it through.” 

Dr. Crenshaw has more collaborations with Mrs. Carrera in mind. Stay tuned to see where Mrs. Carrera will go next!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 9/26  |  8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.  |  CMCP

Marianist L.I.F.E. Meeting
Tuesday, 9/29  |  7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.  |  Belanger Hall 

Parent/Teacher Conferences for Grades 11 & 12
Wednesday, 9/30  |  1:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.  |  CMCP

College Application Workshop 
Wednesday, 9/30  |  1:30 P.M. - 3:39 P.M.  |  Belanger Hall 

Saturday, 10/3  |  8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.  |  CMCP

School News

Grades 9 & 10 Parent/Teacher Conferences were a great success! Grades 11 & 12 Conferences will take place September 30th from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. 
Office hours/Extra help zoom meetings will not take place on these days. Conferences will take place from 1:00 P.M.  to 5:15 P.M. and from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Parents: to attend the Parent-Teacher Conferences, you must sign the Waiver of Liability before entering our campus. Click here for more information.

Guidance News

Be a leader of change! Make a difference in someone's life and help them feel included. How? START WITH HELLO. Start with Hello Week starts next week. Let's make the difference in our school, in our homes, and in our community!

Athletics News

Go Lions! Link to game tonight.

Important Updates

The Community at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory joins with the National Catholic Educational Association administration in condemning racism. Click here to continue reading
If you are not coming to school, do not fill out the Daily Screening Form - even if attending classes online. The Daily Screening Form should be completed by students who will be physically present on campus for that day.


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