Christian Brothers High School Principal Newsletter

Volume 1

Issue 1

August 2016

• Orientation (Seniors), 8 am
• Orientation (Juniors), 9:30 am
• Orientation (Soph.), 11 am
• Senior Ring Ceremony,
    - 7 pm, St. Louis Church

• Retreat (Freshmen Only), 8 am

• Orientation (Freshmen) 8 am
• Freshmen Father-Son Dinner
    - 6 pm, Heffernan Hall

• First Full Day
• Feast of the Immaculate Conception

• All-School Mass, 9 am
• Varsity Football vs. White Station
    - 7 pm, Tom Nix Stadium

• Senior Parents meeting
    - 7 pm, Auditorium

• Back to School Night
(Fr.. Soph.), 6:30 pm
Blended Day schedule
(12 noon dismissal)

• Freshman Parents meeting
    - 7 pm, Auditorium

• Blended Day schedule
(12 noon dismissal)

• Back to School Night
(Jr., Sr.), 6:30 pm
Blended Day schedule
(12 noon dismissal)



Greetings from Walnut Grove Road!

We are ready for our 146th year in Memphis and 51st year on Walnut Grove to begin next week!  We enthusiastically welcome the class of 2020 to campus as they begin their high school career very soon!  It has been a busy summer of construction and cleaning on our campus. The new Brothers Development Center will open soon and it is spectacular!

This academic year holds great promise to be a year of continued brotherhood amongst the boys. Our primary goal this year is to improve the student experience in our House System.  Mr. Cannon and Mr. O’Kane (assistant dean of students) are working diligently to provide more leadership opportunities, house events, and competitions to advance our mission.  We will be sharing more information with you in future Principal’s Newsletters regarding these efforts.

This is an exciting time of year for our community and we are grateful that your family is a part of our tradition. In De La Salle’s meditation 205.1 he writes that we are called to cooperate with God in the growth of each and every son and daughter.  As we begin this school year, let us call upon God to help us see the humanity in each other and help us cooperate with His plan for our sons and daughters. 

On behalf of the Brothers, our school leadership team, faculty and staff, I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year at CBHS. We look forward to being of service to you and your son(s). We will see you at Back to School Night on either August 24 or 31.

God Bless,

Chris Fay, Principal



MAS - Mandatory Academic Sessions:

CBHS is stubborn about the academic success of all our students. We strive to challenge our top-performing scholars and support those young men who experience academic struggles. To that end, Mandatory Academic Sessions (MAS) were introduced last year and will continue to be an important feature of the academic landscape this year.

Mandatory Academic Sessions are proctored study periods designed to support students who, after the fourth week of each quarter, are in danger of failing. Students with an average of 67% or lower in any course are required to attend MAS three days each week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays) either before or after school. The goal of Mandatory Academic Sessions is to intervene with struggling students early and provide encouragement and incentives to shore up grades, promote on-time progress toward graduation, and avoid credit recovery!

More information about Mandatory Academic Sessions can be found on the school’s web site:

Explanation of Blended Learning Day


New on the 2016-17 CBHS calendar are “Blended Days”, the first one scheduled for August 24th. Blended Learning is an education program in which a student learns:

  1. in part through online learning, with some control over time, place, path, and/or pace, and

  2. In part in a supervised brick-and-mortar classroom.

On CBHS Blended Days, dismissal is at 12 noon. The first Blended Day, students will attend their morning classes; afternoon classes will be delivered online. On the next Blended Day, students will attend classes scheduled for periods 5-8, with periods 1-4 delivered online. Teachers will engage students online in a variety of ways, taking advantage of the versatility of the Haiku Learning Management System. Through Haiku, students could participate in online discussions and interactive simulations. Teachers may also deliver video of lectures, scholarly articles, and other supporting course materials such as class notes and PowerPoint presentations. Students will be able to review these materials at home, at their own pace, as often as necessary.


Thank you.

Jamie Brummer, Dean of Academics



Even though it’s early August, our Fall Sports are in full swing. Brothers' Boys learn through Athletics how to prepare….just one of the valuable lessons that extra-curricular involvement teaches.

Coach McDaniel’s football program made great strides in his first season and his culture is now in place. We are excited about our upcoming season. Our 2016 schedule has six home games, a visit to CBC in St. Louis, Cincinnati LaSalle comes to us on a rare Saturday afternoon contest, and we finish the regular season at home vs MUS. Our JV and Freshmen teams will also tackle tough schedules. Please join us on Friday night, August 19, as we open the season in Tom Nix Stadium vs White Station. Come early, be loud, and enjoy the Best Friday night experience in the area! Please help us keep our campus Alcohol-free during these contests.

Cross Country and Golf teams will also be competing this month. Both groups look to continue their traditional success. These groups put in many hours away from campus and compete hard…. without the Friday night lights! As the school year begins, I look forward to getting back in a routine and hope to see you at the games, watching our Brothers' Boys compete.

Go, Brothers!

Mike Kelly, Athletic Director


As we begin the 2016-17 school year, the Counseling Department would like to welcome back all of our returning students after a relaxing and restful summer. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2020 and transfers students as they join the Christian Brothers family. We are excited that each of you decided to make CBHS your home and we look forward to working with you throughout the year.

We would also like to welcome two new counselors to the Counseling Department at CBHS this year. Mr. Jim Pletcher comes to CBHS having served as a counselor and academic advisor at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, FL. His experience as a college football coach and his understanding of the college admission process will be a benefit to all our students.

Mr. Mike Skirius will also be joining the counseling staff. He is currently working on his doctorate in Counseling at the University of Memphis. He comes to CBHS from Rhodes College where he was the Residence Life Coordinator for the school. 

The CBHS counseling philosophy is based on the recognition of the dignity and worth of each individual student. Counseling takes into account each student’s spiritual, educational, personal and social development. To that end, the journey from adolescence to adulthood is a team effort consisting of counselors, administrators, teachers, coaches, students and parents.

Throughout the school year, your son may be asked to meet with his counselor or your son may ask to see his counselor for a variety of reasons including;

  • Academic progress/difficulties

  • College admission questions

  • Student-athlete advice

  • Course selection and scheduling

  • Tutoring services

  • Social issues

  • ACT/PSAT/SAT Prep information

  • Conflict resolution

Parents and guardians are also welcome to meet with their son’s counselor to discuss any concerns they may have.  To make an appointment, simply email your son’s counselor to make arrangements.  Your son’s counselor is listed on the parent login page.

The first few weeks of school will be a busy time. Below are a few dates to put on your calendar regarding the Counseling department.

  • Tuesday, August 23 – Senior Parents Meeting, 7:00-8:00 pm, auditorium

  • Thursday, August 25 – Freshmen/Transfer Parents Meeting, 7:00-8:00 pm, auditorium

  • Thursday, September 8 – Junior Parents Meeting, 7:00-8:00 pm, auditorium

  • Thursday, September 15 – Sophomore Parents Meeting, 7:00-8:00 pm, auditorium

The first testing date for the ACT is September 10. It is not too late to sign your son up for that test date. Regular test registration ends August 5.  However, late registration is open from August 6-19.  Go to ACT.ORG to register your son. The next ACT test date will be October 22. The first testing date for SAT is October 1 and the registration deadline is September 1. To register your son for the SAT, go to CBHS is a testing site for both the ACT and the SAT.

We look forward to the new school year and meeting you all. If at any time you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or your son’s counselor.  We will be glad to help in any way that we can.

Go Brothers!

Dr. Jeff Blancett, Director of Counseling Services


Words from St. John Baptist de la Salle

            “Think of what a blessing it is that the Holy Spirit lives in you.” (Med 62.2)


The Brothers’ Way

The Brothers Rule of 1718 on Regularity states, “those who live in community should, above all else, love God and next their neighbor because these are the principal commandments given to us by God.” As we begin our new school year at CBHS and form a Lasallian community focused on transforming hearts and minds, we strive to abide by that rule of loving God and our neighbor. The young boys who enter CBHS are challenged to grow into young men of faith and character. Throughout their experience as a Brothers’ Boy they will learn about the Brothers’ Way—a set of virtues that each Brothers’ Boy should embody in his life. Each month throughout the school year, teachers and students will focus on a different virtue in order to expand their understanding of themselves and the world around them.


In August the focus will be on the virtue of gratitude. Gratitude is act of showing appreciation and thanksgiving for blessings bestowed on our lives as well as being grateful for the actions of others that impact our lives. By showing gratitude in our lives, we can become positive influences helping not only us but others in our lives to see the wonderful blessings God has bestowed upon us. This month we encourage you and your sons to stop and count the wonderful gifts you have been given in your life and to be grateful for them. For more on gratitude, see “What Is Gratitude?” by Angeles Arrien from her book, Living in Gratitude: A Journey That Will Change Your Life--


Prayer of Gratitude

Gracious God, in the busy-ness of my day, I sometimes forget to stop to thank you for all that is good in my life.

My blessings are many and my heart is filled with gratefulness for the gift of living, for the ability to love and be loved, for the opportunity to see the everyday wonders of creation, for sleep and water, for a mind that thinks and a body that feels.

I thank you, too, for those things in my life that are less than I would hope them to be. Things that seem challenging, unfair, or difficult. When my heart feels stretched and empty, and tears form in my weary eyes, still I rejoice that you are as near to me as my next breath and that in the midst of turbulence, I am growing and learning.

In the silence of my soul, I thank you most of all for your unconditional and eternal love.



Video for virtue of gratitude, this is a good one:


Lasallian Youth

Lasallian Youth will be serving at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen on Saturday, August 13 from 8:30-11 am. To sign up to join the group that morning, e-mail Mr. Perry at


August Mass Schedule

On Monday, August 15 at 7:20 am in the Brothers’ chapel, a Mass will be celebrated for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. All are welcome to join. We will open our school year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated by Msgr. John McArthur ’66, on Friday, August 19. We will be on a morning assembly schedule that day (9 am Mass).


Thursday Morning Mass

We will continue offering Mass every Thursday morning at 7:20 am 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, August 18, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Brothers Leadership Council.

• Thursday, August 25, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Cross Country Team.


St. John Baptist de LaSalle, Pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.


Lindsey Neuman, Lasallan Animator