Christian Brothers High School Principal Newsletter

Volume 1

Issue 7

February 2017

• Lunch for Past Parents of 1970's, 1980's  grads
        - 12 pm, Stephen Hall  

• Senior Retreat #6
       - 8 am, His Way Retreat Center
• Alumni Mass & Breakfast
        - 8:15 am, Chapel/Heffernan

• Lunch for Past Parents of 1990's  grads
        - 12 pm, Stephen Hall

• Grandparents of CBHS alums social
        - 4 - 6 pm, BDC

• Lunch for Past Parents of 2000's grads
        - 12 pm, Stephen Hall

• Senior Retreat #7
    - 8 am, His Way Retreat Center
• Lunch for Past Parents of 2010's grads
        - 12 pm, Stephen Hall

• School holiday (NO SCHOOL)
• Varsity Basketball vs.  MUS
    -  7:30 pm, gymnasium  

• Presidents' Day holiday (NO SCHOOL)

• Senior Retreat #8
       - 8 am, His Way Retreat Center
• Reconciliation Service
       - 9:10 -10:45 am, Heffernan Hall

   MARCH 1
• Ash Wednesday Mass
     - 9 am, Heffernan Hall  

   MARCH 2
• Turning Tides speaker, Dr. Frances Jensen
      - 7 pm, Auditorium



Because of the ongoing construction, the increased number of students, and the growing number of students driving, there is a limited amount of parking on the CBHS campus. Thus, we ask for everyone's patience, attentiveness, and awareness when maneuvering around the parking lots.


Previous Issues

From Principal

Chris Fay


CBHS is proud to announce a new speaker series, Turning Tides, that will address many of the modern challenges facing young people. We recognize the many challenges for today’s parent, and hope this series will equip a community of parents with the latest research and best practices to create a culture of accountability for our teens. 

Our inaugural speaker is Dr. Frances Jensen, Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  Motivated by her personal experience of parenting two teenage sons, Dr. Jensen’s research uncovers the complexity of the teenage brain and best practices for harnessing their creativity, energy, and decision-making.  Her revolutionary insights on the adolescent brain translate into practical, invaluable advice for both parents and teens.

We invite you and your friends to this event on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m. at CBHS.  To hear a sneak peek of Dr. Jensen, you can click here and we ask that you go over to our website and RSVP here. 

We look forward to seeing you there.  Together we can begin Turning Tides for the youth in our community!

God Bless,

Chris Fay



Dr. Frances Jensen will be the speaker for the new CBHS speaker series, Turning Tides. Her talk will be held on Thursday, March 2.



From: Jamie Brummer, Dean of Academics

Here are some academic updates for the month of February:

  • Mandatory Academic Sessions have begun for the 3rd quarter. These sessions are designed to help struggling students get back on track. For more information, see the MAS page on the school’s web site under ACADEMICS.
  • The mid-point of the 3rd quarter is Wednesday, February 8th. Please check your son’s PowerSchool (Haiku) grade book summary to stay abreast of his academic performance.
  • The ACT will be given at CBHS on Saturday, February 11th.
  • The Science & Business Speaker Series continues with Robert Beck (accounting) on February 8th and Ward Mayer (personal finance) on February 22nd.
  • Congratulations to Don Sandberg and the CBHS Knowledge Bowl team on a very successful season so far, and best of luck as they approach tournament time.


Application for Studying Abroad:

The mission of the Brothers Around the World Student Exchange Program is to encourage cultural literacy and a deeper understanding of our global Lasallian mission. This year we will be sending CBHS students to Colegio LaSalle in San José, Costa Rica in June (May 31st – June 17th). Click here for Student Application Form.


From Mike Kelly, Director of Athletics

Welcome to February! February is one of the busiest months for Christian Brothers athletics! Winter sports are competing for State Championships and Spring sports are outside beginning their preparations. These “Spring” sports are outside working when the Memphis weather is far from Spring-like! Other than our Fall golf team, ALL of our athletes are active. It’s a joy to walk the campus after school and see our coaches instructing our students and the athletes working hard every day. January was a successful month. Wrestling continued their area dominance and also captured the Regional championship with a solid win over Nashville Father Ryan. Our Basketball program is winning on ALL levels – the Varsity is 21-3, JV is 13-1 , and Freshmen are 16-3. Please come out and watch our kids compete!

A few key dates:

Feb. 11 - West Region Individuals, CBHS
Feb. 17-18 -   TSSAA State Individuals, Franklin, TN

Feb. 10 - St. Benedict (@ St. Benedict)
Feb. 17 - MUS, CBHS **Arrive early
Feb. 25 - State Quarterfinals (hopefully hosted here at CBHS)



From: Lindsey Neuman, Lasallian Animator

Words from St. John Baptist de la Salle

“How long has Jesus been knocking at the door of your heart, waiting to enter?”

The Brothers’ Way

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. These virtues each connect to one of the 5 Lasallian Core Principles.

During the months of February and March, we focus specifically on the Lasallian Core Principle—Faith in the Presence of God. An important component of faith is the virtue Prayer. Prayer is vital in developing and maintaining a relationship with God. Throughout February, students and faculty will be encouraged to enhance their prayer lives and become more aware of the presence of God. Take a moment and check out the suggestions on this website for ways to strengthen your prayer life. Take some time during the month of February to discuss prayer with your son and spend some time in prayer with him.






Lord God,
Teach me how to pray. So many times I come to you like a troubled child, lost and struggling. Help me to enter into prayer with more faith. Help me be open and honest when I come to you. Help me to relax in your trusting arms. May your Holy Spirit give holy breath to my soul. Amen.

Lasallian Youth

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


February Mass

During the month of February, Father Joey Kaump, pastor of St. Anne Church, joined us to celebrate an all-school Mass on Friday, February 3 for Catholic Schools Week. Catholic Schools Week was January 30-February 3 and focused on the theme—Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.

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, February 2, Mass was offered for the intentions of the tennis team.

Thursday, February 9, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the rugby team and trap team.

Thursday, February 16, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the swim team and water polo team.

Thursday, February 23, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the chess club, yearbook staff, and robotics team.


Faculty/Staff Retreat


On Friday, February 17, the faculty and staff will have a one-day retreat while the students enjoy a holiday. Please keep them in your prayers that day.

St. John Baptist de La Salle. Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever.


From Jeff Blancett, Director of Counseling Services

Even though the second semester is barely underway, we are already looking forward to and making plans for the 2017-2018 academic school year. Next year’s seniors have already been brought into the counseling office to make their course selections for their final year at CBHS. We are currently working through next year’s junior class and as soon as those students have made their selections, we will bring in the current freshmen to make their course selections.

Each counselor has reminded the students to share their course selections with their parents when they get home. In case your son forgot to show you his selections, you can access them on his student web page.

Once you login to his account, click on Academics. On the second line, the last tab is labeled Course Requests. Click on that and your son’s course requests will be shown.

Please disregard the total credits list under your son’s course request. There is a glitch somewhere in the system and some courses are listed as two credits. We are aware of this and are working on a solution.

As you review the selections, make sure your son has an English class, a math class and a Religion or Ethics class. Every student must have those classes. Your son’s grade level will determine what other classes he must take to fulfill graduation requirements. As a quick reminder, below are the graduation requirements for CBHS.

4         Religion/Ethics
4          English
4          Mathematics
3          Science
3          Social Studies 
             1 U.S. History 
             1 World History 
             1 other Social Studies course
.5         Economics
1          Fine Arts
1          Wellness
4.5       Electives *             


 If you have any questions after you have reviewed your son’s selections, please feel free to contact your son’s counselor.

Last week your sons received their PSAT in their advisory groups. In all likelihood, the score report is stuck in the bottom of their backpack. Be sure to ask your son for his report. On the front cover, your son has a unique access code that will allow him to login to the PSAT website and customize a SAT Practice program. If, by chance, your son has lost his score report, contact your son’s counselor. We have back up reports and we will be happy to get you a copy.

The next and last ACT to be administered at CBHS for the 2016-2017 school year will be on April 8. The last day for regular register is February 11. There will be one more ACT for this school year. It will be on June 10th. However, CBHS will not be a test administration site.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to help in any way that we can.

The CBHS Counselors


From Tim O'Kane, Assistant Dean of Students

Status of Clash I & II:

Clash III is underway. We are moving quickly toward the Finals. The running total is shown below. Abban is in first place with Lyne and Bernardine houses tracking close behind. Competition is keen and every point counts, so be sure to encourage your son to give it his all!



Robotics Club (January 21st):

The Electric Wave traveled to FTC Alabama State Championship Jan. 21 in Huntsville, Alabama and finished 2nd in a field of 23 teams.  Go Brothers!  See more information on the event in this article: (



Best Student Section In The Nation (January 20th):

CBHS’ Brothers Leadership Council (BLC) was recognized as the Top Student Section in the country by a recent Twitter poll. CBHS beat out Cincinnati - St. Xavier in a tight race. The BLC reached out to our brother schools around the country to help garner more support. The Lasallian network is strong and came through for us.  It’s great to be a Brothers’ Boy!  Go Brothers!