Christian Brothers High School Principal Newsletter

Volume 1

Issue 6

January 2017

• New Year's Day

• 3rd quarter begins
    - 8 am, Classes resume

• Senior Retreat #1
    - 8 am, His Way Retreat Center

• Senior Retreat #2
    - 8 am, His Way Retreat Center

• All-School Mass
    - 9 am, Heffernan Hall
• Varsity Basketball vs. Briarcrest
    - 7:30 pm, gymnasium

• MLK, Jr. holiday (NO SCHOOL)

• Senior Retreat #3
     - 8 am, His Way Retreat Center
• Wrestling vs. Briarcrest, MUS
    -  6 pm, BDC gymnasium

• Varsity Basketball vs. St. Benedict
     - 7:30 pm, gymnasium

• Wrestling - CBHS Duals
    -  9:30 am, BDC gymnasium

• Lifeblood on campus
     - 8 am - 3 pm, PE gym
• Alumni Father-Son Night
     - 6 pm, Heffernan Hall
• Varsity Basketball vs. Center Hill
    -  7:30 pm, gymnasium

• Senior Retreat #4
     - 8 am, His Way Retreat Center

• Wrestling - West Regional Duals
    -  9:30 am, BDC gymnasium
• Varsity Basketball vs. St. George's
    -  2:30 pm, gymnasium

• Hall of Fame Induction ceremony
     - 2 pm, Chapel/auditorium

• Catholic Schools Week



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


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! On behalf of the Brothers, faculty, staff, and students, I wish you a holy, healthy, and happy 2017. The new year begins with great hope and optimism and we all share in that optimism with you. I pray that we can all grow closer to God and His will for us in this new year.

The virtue in the month of January is Service and Christmas break is a great time to take an inventory, with your son, on the impact he is making in our community with his service hours. I hope he is welcoming this opportunity to challenge himself, experience some self-discovery, and learn about our community and the needs of the poor. Our service program is a critical part of our educational mission at CBHS.

Another important piece to the success of our school, is the wellness of your son’s brain. That may seem like an elementary sentence to you, but it is true. Dr. Jeff Blancett and I read The Teenage Brain by Dr. Francis Jensen about a year ago, and her research and writing is eye opening for parents of teenagers, especially teenage boys as she is a mother of two sons.

We recommend that you pick up a copy and read it before March 2, 2017, when Dr. Jensen will speak at CBHS. She will speak about teenage impulsivity, addiction, and the importance of protecting the brain during the adolescent years. For more information on Dr. Jensen and The Teenage Brain, please go here:

In the meantime, enjoy these final days of our break and we look forward to welcoming all our boys back to campus on Tuesday, January 3.

God Bless,

Chris Fay



From: Jamie Brummer, Dean of Academics

Here are some academic updates for the month of January:

Here are some reminders for the month of January:
  • The 3rd academic quarter begins January 3rd (mid-point is February 8th) and ends on March 10th (the Friday before Spring Break).
  • Make-up date for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) is Saturday, January 7th.
  • Honor Roll lists for the 2nd quarter have been posted. Here's the link ( Click on Quarter 2.
  • Mandatory Academic Sessions (MAS) for the 3rd quarter will begin the week of January 30th.

Special congratulations to seniors Will Hetherington and Ragan Sernel who have earned early-decision admittance to the University of Notre Dame. We couldn’t be more proud of them! More announcements and congratulations regarding college admissions will be coming soon.


From Mike Kelly, Director of Athletics

Happy New Year to ALL in the CBHS Community. 2016 was a tremendous year for CBHS Athletics and we are working daily to make 2017 even better. The Holiday Break enabled our Wrestling and Basketball programs to travel the country, compete in National Tournaments, and represent our school very well.

January means indoor workouts for Spring sports and the occasional frigid session outdoors! Swimming continues their season and our dynamite Bowlers will compete in the State Championships on January 13-15 in Smyrna, TN. Wrestling and Basketball are in the thick of Region play. Friday night basketball games in the “coffin” is the BEST atmosphere in town! JV games begin at 6:00 pm, followed by Varsity action at 7:30 pm. Arrive early if you want to get in, we will sell out early! Our campus will be packed on Saturday, January 21 as Brothers Wrestling host teams from all over in our CBHS Duals. Action begins at 9:30 am and continues throughout the day.

Fight the cold weather and enjoy a CBHS Sporting event during the month of January. Wear purple, cheer loud and watch our boys compete hard!

A few key Dates:

Jan. 13     Bowling State Tournament (Smyrna, TN)

Jan. 13     Basketball vs. Briarcrest (Home) - 6 pm & 7:30 pm

Jan. 19     Wrestling vs. Briarcrest & MUS (BDC gym) - 6 pm

Jan. 20     Basketball vs. SBA (Home) - 6 pm & 7:30 pm

Jan. 21     Wrestling Duals (BDC gym) - 9:30 am

Jan. 24     Basketball vs. Center Hill (Home) - 6 pm & 7:30 pm

Jan. 27     Basketball vs. MUS (at MUS) - 6 pm & 7:30 pm

Jan. 28     Basketball vs. St. George's (Home) - 1 pm & 2:30 pm



From: Lindsey Neuman, Lasallian Animator

Words from St. John Baptist de la Salle

“Let the way you live be that of the Gospel” (Med. 84.3)

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 December and January, we focus specifically the Lasallian principle—Concern for the Poor and Social Justice. Throughout January, we will discuss the virtue of service. Part of our call as Lasallians is to offer service to others and help promote the human dignity of all. Students at Christian Brothers participate in service activities throughout the year to show their concern for the poor. During January, we will discuss how acts of service—both big and small—can help promote happiness in our world. Watch this video to see how even small acts of service can improve the lives of others. Take some time this month to discuss with your son charitable acts of service that he can do, or you and he can do together, to help spread St. John Baptist de La Salle’s mission of caring for those who are less fortunate.




Prayer of Sacrifice


Lord, you call us to your service and to continue your saving work among us.
May your love never abandon us.
God of love, bring us back to you,
Send your Spirit to make us strong in faith and active in good works.
God of mercy, unite us in the Holy Spirit
that we may serve you with all our hearts and work together with unselfish love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Lasallian Youth

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


January Mass

During the month of January, we will celebrate an all-school Mass on Friday, January 13 to welcome our Lasallian exchange students from Colegio LaSalle in San Jose, Costa Rica to our campus. Father Mike Werkhoven, pastor of Church of the Holy Spirit, will join us to celebrate Mass. We will be on a morning assembly schedule that day.

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, January 5, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the wrestling teams.

Thursday, January 12, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the basketball teams.

Thursday, January 19, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Brothers of Faith, Brothers on Stage and the band.

Thursday, January 26, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Abban House.

Lasallian Fact

325 years ago on November 21, 1691, John Baptist de La Salle, and two of his principal brothers, Nicholas Vuyart and Gabriel Drolin, professed the ‘The Heroic Vow’, to remain together in society even if they would have to beg and live on bread alone. This vow was monumental in maintaining the mission of the brothers of the Christian schools that de La Salle began. As Lasallians, we remember the faith in God’s Providence that John Baptist de La Salle and his early brothers had that has allowed the Lasallian community to spread internationally today.

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


From Jeff Blancett, Director of Counseling Services

Happy New Year.  I hope that you and your family had a restful and enjoyable holiday break, but now it is time to get back to work.  

The next ACT testing date is February 11 and there is still time to register your son for the test. The last day for registration is January 13th, so you still have a few days to get him signed up. Click on the following link to go to the ACT registration page:

PSAT 8/9 and PSAT/NMSQT score sheets will be returned to your sons early in January. As of this writing, we have only received the hard copies for the freshmen who took the PSAT8/9.  The College Board assures us that the PSAT/NMSQT (taken by sophomores and juniors) score sheets will arrive before the first of the year.  Previously, the College Board would send two copies of each student’s score report; one for the student and one to be kept in the student’s file. Starting last year, the College Board only sends one score sheet per student.  Consequently, we will make copies of each student’s report to be kept on site.  I am sure you would be amazed at how few score reports ever make it home to mom and dad.  By having a copy for each student, when parents say they never saw the scores, the counselors can get it for them.

Even though we are barely into the second semester of the current year, we are already making plans for the 2017-2018 school year.  Next week, teachers will begin making course recommendations for their students for next year.  Your son’s current English, math, science, foreign language teachers and social studies teachers will make those recommendations. Those recommendations are based on your son’s demonstrated academic achievement in that class, work ethic, engagement in class discussions and semester exam performance from the first semester. 

Once the teacher recommendations have been made, each counselor will be calling every student to the counseling office to discuss those recommendations and to select their elective courses to complete their course selection. It is our hope to have every student seen and course requests made by the first week of February.

Once students have made their course selections, you will be able to login to his teacher application page and review the courses he has selected as well as the courses his current teachers have recommended. Please review the courses with your son.  If you have any questions about the recommendations, your son’s current teacher would be the best place to start.

As always, if the counseling staff can be of any assistance to you or your son, please don’t hesitate to call.

The CBHS Counselors