Volume 2 • Issue 2 • August 2017
Our 2017-2018 academic year is off to a great start. I hope your son came home and discussed the topic of inclusivity with you following our orientation sessions.
Our teachers did an outstanding job of presenting and
then engaging in conversations on race, social class, ethnic origins, and the
core principle of inclusivity at a Lasallian school. Thanks to your sons and
our staff, our year has begun in harmony, and we are more prepared to have
these formative conversations
Saint Paul exhorts to the Romans, “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” We want our boys to be wise beyond their years and not part of this “age” of disrespect for people who may be different than we are. We expect our boys to respect all people and the differences among us. God’s hand is at work every day at CBHS, and the work that took place during our orientation sessions reminded me of His holy presence in our lives and encounters with others.
As part of the CBHS community, I encourage you to attend Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 6 (9th and 10th grade parents) and Wednesday, September 13 (11th and 12th grade parents). You will have an opportunity to meet other CBHS parents, your son’s teachers, and our staff members. We will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. in Heffernan Hall, and I encourage you to come early as SAGE Dining Services and Chef Martin will provide some snacks to help sustain you for the evening. We are grateful for you entrusting your son to us at CBHS, and I look forward to seeing you at Back to School night!
CBHS is in full swing and September is a busy month
academically. Here are a few important dates and events to keep in mind:
- We have four Blended Days on the calendar in September (6th, 8th, 13th, & 15th). Dismissal on these days is at 11:55. Please see the online Student Handbook (Class Schedules) for more detail.
Back to School Nights
- Wednesday September 6th is our Back to School night for Freshmen and Sophomores.
Wednesday, September 13
th is our Back to School night for Juniors and Seniors.
- Mid-point of 1st Quarter
- September 6th is the mid-point of the first academic quarter. Please view your son’s PowerSchool grade summary to check his progress.
- Mandatory Academic Sessions (MAS) begin the week of September 11th. These sessions are designed to assist students who are struggling academically and in danger of failing a course for the quarter. Details can be found on the CBHS website under the Academics tab.
ACT at CBHS
- The ACT will be given at CBHS on Saturday, September 9th.
CBHS 101, 201, 301
- Thursday, September 14th (Freshmen) and Thursday, September 28th (Sophomores & Juniors) we will be hosting events to help parents take full advantage of all CBHS has to offer. Please stay tuned to the school’s website and bulletin for more information.
Freshman Scholars Dinner
- Thursday, September 21st CBHS will host a Freshman Scholars dinner in Heffernan Hall at 6:30 PM.
KEY SEPTEMBER ACADEMIC DATES
Blended Day (12 noon dismissal)
Back to School Night for Freshmen & Sophomore parents
Blended Day (12 noon dismissal)
ACT at CBHS
Mandatory Academic Sessions begin
Blended Day (12 noon dismissal)
Back to School Night for Junior & Senior parents
CBHS 101 Freshmen Parent Night
Blended Day (12 noon dismissal)
CBHS 201 Sophomore Parent Night
CBHS 301 Junior Parent Night
From: Dr. Jamie Brummer, Dean of Academics
Welcome Back to campus as we embark on the 2017-18 School year.
August is behind us but we still have to be cognizant of the heat index. Our Training staff is monitoring it. A reading of 105 degrees prohibits any of our student-athletes from participating outdoors. This has forced some early morning practices for some sports and evening workouts for others. We are committed to developing our young men in a healthy and safe environment.
Our Football team has begun the season 2-0. A big win over #1 ranked CBC-St. Louis on August 25 was a Special night. During September, we host 4 Varsity contests - White Station Sept. 1, Kipp Academy on Sept. 8, East on Sept. 22, and Briarcrest on Sept. 29. Reserved parking for the season is sold out. Please make plans to arrive early, park comfortably, and enjoy Heffernan Hall, the tailgate gatherings, and the CBHS Community. Avoid the lines and purchase your tickets online at https://gofan.co/app/school/TN8740 Kickoff is always at 7:00 pm.
Our Purple Wave golfers defended their FCA Championship at Windyke Country Club on Monday, August 21. This was their 4th straight FCA Tournament Championship! Coach Ford Canale has a talented and deep team. Their State Tournament is October 9 in Manchester, TN.
Our Cross Country hosted a 2-mile Murphy Mile at Tom Nix Stadium on Saturday, August 26. More than 400 athletes competed under the lights in a great event that saw the 4 minute mile barrier shattered by professional runners. We were able to host the running community, showcase our great facilities, and let our dedicated runners compete in a tremendous event. Coach Nick Dwyer worked extremely hard hosting the biggest running spectacle in the State. In September, they will face a challenging schedule as they compete locally and travel around the Region.
I encourage you to come out and watch our athletes compete. I believe you will be proud of their efforts and sportsmanship. Please check their schedules and cheer for our Brothers' Boys!
KEY ATHLETICS DATES
September 1 • 7PM
Varsity Football vs. White Station - Home
September 8 • 7PM
Varsity Football vs. KIPP - Home
September 22 • 7PM
Varsity Football vs. Memphis East - Home
September 29 • 7PM
Varsity Football vs. Briarcrest - Home
Football Tailgate Announcements
Heffernan is the place to be for your Purple Wave Pre-Game action!
Join us before each home game for pre-game festivities from 5:30 – 7 pm in Heffernan Hall. Whether it’s our budget-friendly $5 buffets, Food Truck Fridays, BYOT (Bring Your Own Tailgate), or our FREE Homecoming Buffet, you’ll enjoy fun and fellowship in Heffernan Hall with other CBHS families, the awesome CBHS band and our great Purple Wave cheerleaders. Soft drinks and water provided in Heffernan before every game at no additional cost.
PLEASE RESPECT OUR STUDENTS BY KEEPING OUR CAMPUS ALCOHOL FREE!
From Mike Kelly, Director of Athletics
The CBHS counseling staff would like to welcome the returning families back for the 2017-2018 school year.
We have successfully survived the first three weeks of school and we are all settling in to the new year. The kinks have been worked out of the student’s schedules and we are beginning to get into a rhythm. The freshmen have learned how to navigate the halls with 700 other students when the bell rings and for the most part, they are making it to their next class without being tardy. All in all, it has been a smooth start to the year.
Speaking of the starting off…please encourage your son to begin the new year by staying on top of his grades. A few missed assignments or not studying for tests and quizzes at the beginning of the year can create a deep hole that your son will have to spend the rest of the semester repairing.
For those of you who are not aware, the counseling center has shifted our counseling model. For parents of juniors and seniors, you may have noticed on your son’s login page he has two counselors listed. He has a school counselor listed and a college counselor listed. The college counselor’s responsibility will include all things pertaining to the college admission process from helping him fill out applications, researching scholarships, help with college essays to answering questions about the FAFSA. The school counselor will handle everything else from academic support to emotional/social issues.
By mid-September every senior will have been invited to join the college counselors during lunch to go over additional college details. In the spring, the juniors will be getting in the full swing of the college application process. We haven’t forgotten about the parents in all this. We realize that parents have questions about the college application process too. The college counselors will be hosting the “Donut Stress” sessions for parents from 8:30am – 9:30am Friday, Sept. 22, Friday Oct. 27, Friday Dec. 1, Friday Feb. 23 and Friday, March 23. The first session will be held in Stephen Hall. The sessions are open to any parent of any student, not just seniors but you must RSVP by emailing Mrs. Mistretta at Pmistretta@cbhs.org or Mr. Callicott at Jcallicott@cbhs.org the day before. And, as the name implies, there will be donuts.
Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for up-to-date information about colleges visiting our campus, ACT/SAT workshop and important dates such as ACT/SAT registration deadlines. Which, by the way, the next ACT at CBHS will be Oct. 28th. The registration deadline is Sept 22. To register go to www.ACT.org.
September 7th is Club Day. It will be held in Heffernan Hall right after school. This is a chance for your son to see what clubs and organizations CBHS has to offer. Please encourage your son to stick around a few minutes and get involved.
The last date I will mention is the Memphis College Night. It will be held Sept. 25th at the Agricenter from 6:00 to 8:00pm. This is an annual event where more than 100 different colleges will be on hand to answer all your questions about their respective schools. That same day, 10-15 of those colleges will be on our campus during lunch periods to meet with our students as well.
As the year gets underway, if any of us can be of any service to you or your sons, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
KEY AUGUST COUNSELING DATES
Freshman Scholars dinner
College Night (Agricenter)
From Dr. Jeff Blancett, Director of Counseling Services
Brothers’ Way - Encouragement
Throughout the school year, students will engage with virtues that connect to the 5 Lasallian Core Principles. These are the virtues that Brothers’ Boys strive to embody as they grow into young men of character and faith. For each core principle, the first virtue is applied to form the personal and interior disposition that embodies the spirit of that core principle, and the second virtue is concerned with practically exercising the core principle in our daily actions.
During the first two months, students are encouraged to focus on the principle of an Inclusive Community: The Lasallian Core Principle of Inclusive Community starts with personal gratitude which leads to brotherly encouragement
In September, we will focus on the virtue encouragement. Brothers are called to encourage each other in all that they do. By offering a smile, a pat on the back, or friendly words, we can encourage others during difficult times and help promote community amongst our brothers. By virtuous acts of encouragement, we build an inclusive community for all. This month, encourage someone in your life every day.
As a part of the discussion on encouragement, students will watch this video from motivational speaker Nick Vujicic who was born with no arms or legs. In it, he reminds us of the importance of thinking about others and ways we can encourage, love, and give others inspiration in their lives. Take some time this month to discuss the importance of encouragement with your son.
Prayer of Encouragement from St. Francis de Sales
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then. Put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: "The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in me, and I in Him." Amen.
Lasallian Days of Peace
From September 21-October 21 the Lasallian Community will celebrate the 11th annual Lasallian Days of Peace. During this month, Young Lasallians from all over the world are invited to celebrate peace through concrete means, while focusing on a specific theme every year. This year’s theme is: Peace Without Limits. Throughout the month, we will be focusing on this theme as a community at CBHS.
September Prayer Service
On September 19, to kick off the Lasallian Days of Peace, the student ministry team will lead a prayer service focusing on the core principle of Inclusive Community and the virtue of encouragement. Students will have the opportunity to pray together and to spend time in discussion on these topics. We will be on a morning assembly schedule that day. Please keep our student ministry team and student body in your prayers especially that day
Lasallian Youth participates in many service oriented activities throughout the year including serving at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen monthly. For more information about Lasallian Youth, please email Mr. Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September Feast Days
During the month of September, the following Lasallian feast days will be celebrated by the Catholic Church. If you click on the name, you can find out more information about these brothers.
Saturday, September 2: Blessed Martyrs of the Rochefort
Saturday, September 2: Saint Solomon Leclercq, FCS
Wednesday, September 27: Blessed Brother Scubilion Rousseau
St. John Baptist de La Salle, Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, Forever
Thursday Morning Masses
We will continue offering Mass every Thursday morning at 7:20 in the Brothers’ chapel. Each week the Mass will be offered for the intentions of a different organization or team on campus, but all are welcome to attend.
- Thursday, September 7, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the football team.
- Thursday, September 14, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Student Ambassadors.
- Thursday, September 21, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Key Club.
- Thursday, September 28, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Honor Council.
THURSDAY MORNING MASS
Intentions of the Football Team
Intentions of the Student Ambassadors
Intentions of the Cross Country Team
Intentions of the Golf Team
Words from St. John Baptist de La Salle
“Remembering that God is with you will help
and inspire you in all that you do."
From: Lindsey Neuman, Director of Mission & Ministry
Off to great start:
Orientation was a little different this year. Additional programs on Inclusivity and a Kickoff to College were added this year. The Inclusivity program focused on two of the five Lasallian Core Values: Respect for All Persons, and Inclusive Community. Faculty members, Keith Wood, Ken Coward, Brandon Pearce, and Dennis Dickerson along with 9 student leaders hosted a presentation followed by small group breakout sessions to illustrate our beliefs and to give students practical tools to use as they move throughout the year. The tone-setting presentation was an excellent baselining activity for the students as we embarked on the new school year. Ask your son what he thought about it! SEE PHOTOS
Through the BLC and the House System, CBHS offers your son a unique leadership opportunity. The combination of the BLC officers and the Class Captains total about 100 students. About 1 out of every 8 students has an explicit opportunity to lead through this organization. This doesn’t count club, sports team, or fine arts leadership opportunities. Every CBHS student has the opportunity to lead. Please encourage your son to get involved!
The inaugural edition of the Lasallian Compass was published this past August. It is filled with CBHS History, Mission, Vision, information about the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church, the House System, Brothers’ Way, Songs and Hymns, School Traditions, Hall of Fame Members and other important Alumni and Faculty/Staff and finally the Official School Student Handbook. Mr. Patrick Bolton, Mr. John Morris and myself were instrumental in the production of this reference book, as well as about 5 reviewers. All students were issued a copy. Take a look at your son’s copy today!
On August 25th, the extended advisory schedule made way for the new House Breakfasts. The purpose of the breakfast was for Seniors and Juniors to be paired in groups with Sophomores and Freshmen to just talk so that the underclassmen would have someone in their house that they could pass in the hall and just say “hi” to. The House Advisors and Classroom Advisors were just there to facilitate any lull discussions. The upperclassmen were the leaders of this initiative and they hit it out of the park. The 2300 donuts and donut holes along with orange juice and milk that was consumed over the course of the session helped a little too! I would also like to thank the House Parents who helped to facilitate the breakfast. The parent support was outstanding! Ask your son if he met anyone new on that day.
Best Student Section: Last week against CBC (St. Louis), the football team pulled out a miraculous victory. Every step of the way, the BEST STUDENT SECTION IN THE COUNTRY (according to @SectionGoals) and our wonderful CBHS band cheered them on. As evidenced by the reception the students gave the football team, it was the best place to be! Every Friday home game, the students are treated to a FREE cookout hosted by the Brothers Leadership Council between Heffernan Hall and the BDC. Students can play cornhole, basketball or just hang out. Last week, we even had free Italian gelato desserts. The Brothers’ Walk happens at 6:10 followed by game time at 7pm. Have your son come out for some brotherhood and excitement!
On August 21st, students and faculty were treated to a marvelous viewing of the solar eclipse. Intermittent clouds seemed to threaten our view, but divine intervention allowed the clouds to part at 1:23pm so we could see the eclipse in its full beauty.
Club day is next Thursday, September 7th. All clubs will be represented in Heffernan Hall after school. If your son is interested in a club, please have him come and check it out. A list of clubs and organizations is located on the school website. We also have some new clubs attempting to start up this year, so come check it out the new offerings.
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From Tim O'Kane, Associate Principal for Student Formation
SEPTEMBER IMPORTANT DATES
Football vs. White Station
Blended Day/BLC Cookout
Football vs. KIPP
Guest Speaker: Mayor Strickland
Blended Day/CBHS Carnival
Class Captains meeting
Guest Speaker: Roger Lipe
Basketball Intramurals (Fr., & Soph.)
Basketball Intramurals (Jr., & Sr.)
Football vs. Briarcrest/Victory Dance
Basketball Intramurals (Fr., & Soph.)