Christian Brothers High School Principal Newsletter

Volume 1

Issue 4

November 2016

• All Saints Day

• All Souls Day

• Varsity Football Playoff vs. St. Benedict
 - 7 pm, Tom Nix Stadium

• Cross Country State Championship

• Election Day

• National Signing Day ceremony
- 8:30 am, Heffernan Hall
• National Honor Society Induction
- 7 pm, Heffernan Hall

• Freshman Grandparents Day
    - 9:30 am, Heffernan Hall

• Veterans Day
• 8th Grade Shadow Day Visit

• Varsity Football Playoff at MBA
  - 7 pm, MBA, Nashville

• Varsity Basketball vs. KIPP Collegiate
- 7:30 pm, gymnasium

• Open House for 5th-8th graders and parents
    - 6:30 pm, Heffernan Hall

• Varsity Basketball vs. Middle College
     - 7:30 pm, gymnasium

• Thanksgiving Prayer Service
     - 9 am, Heffernan Hall

• Varsity Basketball vs. Jackson Academy
     - 7:30 pm, gymnasium

• Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

• Varsity Wrestling match vs. Arlington
     - 7 pm, Brothers Development Center



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

As the Jubilee Year of Mercy concludes this month on November 20, just a few days before Thanksgiving, we are grateful that we had the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation last Thursday, October 27.  Ten diocesan priests gave of their time and heard the confessions of most of our Roman Catholic students.   Our young men were well-prepared by Br. Joel and it was truly a gift to have this opportunity during the school day.

While the Catholic students were receiving the graces of Reconciliation, our non-Catholic brethren participated in an ecumenical prayer service on love and forgiveness.  Br. Joel reviewed the many ways we sometimes fall short of loving each other, desiring material goods over relationships.  It is our hope that our boys can grow in fraternal love and charity toward one another and their families at home. 

The “holiday” décor is already hitting store shelves and the pressures of the holiday season will begin to mount very soon.  But there is still much work to be done at the close of our semester.  We ask that you delay any non-essential doctor appointments and out-of-town travel until after semester exams (December 13-16).  Please encourage your son to begin organizing and collecting materials for his semester exams. 

Thank you for your continued trust in CBHS and support of your son and all of our young men.  During this season of Thanksgiving, we are truly grateful for your presence and the opportunity to serve your family.  On behalf of the Brothers, faculty, staff, and students, I wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving!

God Bless,

Chris Fay


Tell a Friend!

5th-8th grade boys and their parents are invited to join us for the CBHS Open House on Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm. The evening will be a great chance for students and parents to receive detailed information about many of our programs, including Academic Curriculum, Financial Aid, the ARTS, Athletics, and STEMM. Participants will be given the opportunity to go to sessions that fit their personal interest. Optional campus tours will also be provided.  


Brothers Around the World is once again looking for host families for our yearly exchange with Colegio LaSalle in San Jose, Costa Rica. Twelve exchange students will be attending CBHS January 11-29, and will rely on our Lasallian family for an authentic experience of family life in the United States.

Your son does not need to take Spanish for you to apply. The only requirement is that you have room in your home, are able to get your student to school each day, and are willing to participate in a few group activities in January. Most of the boys are 16-17 years old, and speak English very well.

Please fill out the Google form found at the link below by Friday, November 4, if interested:



From: Jamie Brummer, Dean of Academics

We are very proud of all the students who earned Honor Roll status after the first quarter, and the second quarter at CBHS is off to a strong start. Here are a few announcements and reminders for the month of November.

•       The CBHS Knowledge Bowl teams had a great day at the White Station High School NAQT tournament on Saturday, Oct. 29. Our A team of Riggs Markham. Ragan Sernel, Matthew Hubbard, Dwight Moore, and Kellon Musgrove finished second. Riggs Markham scored second in the individual competition. B team (Evan Bright, Noah Hubbard, Wyatt Entrekin, and Garrett McFadden) and C team (Trey Vaught, Matthew Lamanilao, Kit Cotros, Alan Black and Jay Schaffler) gained valuable experience in finishing in the middle of the pack. Next up: Arlington Tournament on Nov. 5, Ole Miss Brain Brawl on Nov. 12, and our first taping on News Channel 3 vs. FACS on Nov. 17.
•       Mandatory Academic Sessions (MAS) for the 2nd quarter will begin Tuesday, November 8. These sessions are designed to help struggling students achieve academic success and earn all passing grades. If your son is enrolled in MAS, please be sure he attends these sessions. A schedule of teachers and room numbers can be found under the ACADEMICS tab of the school’s web site.
•       The Engineering, Science, and Business Guest Speaker Series returned on November 2 in McEniry Hall. We welcomed Dr. Bill Callahan III (CBHS '72), who has practiced dentistry for 32 years. In addition to his education in dentistry through the UT Health Science Center, Dr. Callahan also has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Memphis.       
•       The SAT will be administered at CBHS on Saturday, November 5.
•       Wednesday, November 9 is the half-way point of the 2nd quarter!
•       Thanksgiving break begins Wednesday, November 23. When students return to school on the 28th there will be 11 more class days before the end of the quarter and semester exams. The second quarter moves very quickly, please help your son plan ahead and keep on top of his academic goals for the quarter.

New Teacher Profiles:

Please help us welcome Adam Pankkewycz and and Darin Nelson to the CBHS family!

My name is Adam Pankewycz and I was born and raised in Memphis. I received a Catholic education at both St. Anne’s Middle School & Memphis Catholic High School and went on to earn a B.A., M.F.A, & M.A.T. from the University of Memphis. I am a National Board Certified teacher and have been teaching at both the high school and college level for the past fourteen years. I began my teaching career as a graduate assistant with the University of Memphis and went on to teach there briefly as a part-time instructor. I taught with Memphis City/Shelby County Schools for eleven years, most recently in the IB program at Ridgeway High School. I am currently a part-time instructor at Memphis College of Art and have taught there for the past eight years. This is my first year teaching at Christian Brothers High School; I teach senior English.

I am happily married to Amy Schiller and we have two children together, Alice (12) and Asa (9). My wife is a registered dietician and is currently homeschooling both our children, as well as our niece. We share a strong sense of family and spend lots of time together be it sitting together around the dining room table eating or playing games, taking long walks with our dog, Pup Cake, or traveling to our favorite nature destination. My wife and I have practiced a vegetarian diet for over twenty years and have been raising our family on a vegan diet for the past six years. In addition to two kids and a dog, we also share our home with our newly acquired kitten, Magic, and our turtle, Chewy, who has been with me since the third grade!

Outside of work and family, I like to spend my free time reading anything and everything, writing & performing music with my band, Victor and the Spoils, writing poetry & fiction, and spending as much time as I can outdoors in nature.

I am extremely excited to be teaching a CBHS. I bring with me years of teaching experience and a strong passion for the language arts. I look forward to being in the classroom every day and hope that my excitement for life and learning benefits each of my students and the school as a whole. Go Brothers! 

Darin Nelson moved to the Memphis area from Pittsburgh in 2000.  He has always been fascinated with mathematics which is what led him to pursue engineering as career. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2012 and an M.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in structural engineering in 2014 from the University of Memphis.

Throughout his college career, Darin developed a passion for teaching after having tutored many friends and other students through various programs on campus. This is what led him to want to join the CBHS staff and teach the Civil Engineering and Architecture course. In his free time, Darin enjoys biking, studying foreign languages, and traveling.



From Mike Kelly, Director of Athletics

November is a transition month for Christian Brothers athletics. Fall sports are finishing up as the Winter sports teams begin competing. Cross Country competes in the State Meet on Saturday, November 5 at Percy Warner State Park in Nashville, TN. This will conclude another dynamite season of our squad under the direction of Coach Nick Dwyer. On October 18, our Cross Country squad won the Shelby County Championship at Shelby Farms. Football begins the post season with a home game on Friday, November 4 at 7:00 pm. We are anxiously awaiting as Basketball, Wrestling, Swimming, and Ice Hockey begin their regular seasons this month.

It’s fun to walk around the  campus each afternoon and see our campus come alive as most of our teams are active preparing. Our students Lasallian education continues well past the 3 o’clock bell. We continue to work to make their participation in our Athletic Program a wonderful endeavor. Thank you for your continued support of our coaches and student-athletes.

Key Dates for November:

Nov. 4        First Rd. Football Playoffs vs SBA (Home 7:00)
Nov. 5        State Cross Country Championship at Percy Warner State Park
Nov. 9        National Signing Day - 8:00 am, Heffernan Hall
Nov. 14      Basketball season begins – Home vs KIPP (JV 6:00, Varsity 7:30)
Nov. 29      Wrestling season begins – Home vs Arlington (JV 6:00, Varsity 7:00)


From Jeff Blancett, Director of Counseling Services

On October 19, 656 CBHS students took the PSAT. The freshmen took the PSAT 8/9 and all sophomores and juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT. Students will be able to view their scores online on December 12. Hard copies of each student’s score report should arrive on campus soon after we return from the Christmas Break. Be sure to check the January newsletter for more information regarding the PSAT Reports.  

It is hard to believe, but there are only about 30 more school days in the fall semester. As we head into the homestretch, remember that 30 days gives our students plenty of time to finish strong. An extra twenty minutes reviewing notes or doing a couple of extra problems each night can pay huge dividends as semester exams loom closer.

Just as a reminder: the semester averages are derived by taking the 1st quarter grade, doubling it (40%) the 2nd quarter grade and doubling it (40%) adding the semester exam (20%) and dividing by 5. Below is an example:


English Quarter 1

English Quarter 2

English Semester Exam

English Semester Average

Joe Student 









94 +94

85 + 85

83 =

188 +170 +83 = 441

441 / 5 = 88.2

As you can see, the semester exam is worth 20% of the total grade. Exams are not until mid-December but a little extra effort now will help your son avoid staying up all night cramming for an exam the next day. Start studying early and study often.

The next ACT will be given on Saturday, December 10. It is not too late to register without having to pay the late registration fee. The last day for regular registration is November 4. Late registration is open from November 5 until November 18, but there is a $27.50 fee.

There is still time for CBHS students to enroll in the Pitner Driving School that is held at CBHS. Classes begin after school on November 28 and run through December 9. To register your son, go to

From the entire CBHS counseling staff, we hope that you all have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

The CBHS Counselors


From: Lindsey Neuman, Lasallan Animator

Words from St. John Baptist de la Salle

“God of love, set me aflame with love for you and for my neighbor.”


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 connects to one of the 5 Lasallian Core Principles.

During the months of October and November, we focus specifically the Lasallian principle—Respect for all Persons. Throughout November, we will study the virtue love and how showing love to others brings respect to every person. Although we all have unique qualities and characteristics, the brotherly love we have for all human life promotes the dignity of every person and carries out St. John Baptist de La Salle’s mission to bring God’s love and salvation to everyone. Throughout this month, discuss with your sons how they show love to others in their lives and the importance of being a loving person to everyone they meet.

In advisory on November 8, students will watch a video about a young Australian boy who puts his love into action by making stuffed animals for cancer patients. Afterward, they will discuss in their advisories how they can put their love into action in their lives. Please watch and continue the discussion at home with your sons.



Prayer of Love

Father God, I come into your presence so aware of my human frailty and yet overwhelmed by your love for me. I thank you that there is no human experience that I might walk through where your love cannot reach me. If I climb the highest mountain you are there and yet if I find myself in the darkest valley of my life, you are there. Teach me today to love you more. Help me to rest in that love that asks nothing more than the simple trusting heart of a child. Guide me to spread your love to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Lasallian Youth

Lasallian Youth will be serving at the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen on Saturday, November 12 from 8:30-11 am. To sign up to join the group that morning, email Mr. Perry at


November Mass

We begin the month of November celebrating the holy day All Saints’ Day. On Tuesday, November 1, we will be on a morning assembly schedule, and Father Joey Kaump, pastor of St. Anne Catholic Church, will celebrate our all school mass with us.

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, November 3, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Lasallian Youth members.
Thursday, November 10, Mass will be offered for the intentions of Maurelian House.
Thursday, November 17, Mass will be offered for the intentions of the Knowledge Bowl and Ice Hockey teams.

Thanksgiving Prayer Service
Before we leave for Thanksgiving break, we will gather together as a school on Tuesday, November 22 for a Thanksgiving Prayer Service. We will be on morning assembly schedule that day.

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 Tim O'Kane, Assistant Dean of Students

Pep Rally -- October 2
Another successful pep rally was held prior to Homecoming weekend.  Guest speakers included Keagan Voss ’17, Coach Thomas McDaniel and Dean George Pratt.  A Homecoming Candidate was paired with each House for four contests (bottle flip, balancing balloons, ping pong ball/honey stick’em, and pulling Kleenex).  This created a sense of camaraderie between each candidate and the boys.  

Pep rally1 Pep rally2

Pep rally3 

Homecoming Dance -- October 22
The Homecoming Dance was well-attended with 769 students and their dates in attendance. A live twitter feed was displayed in the dance; tweets were approved by Mr. Cannon before being displayed.


LifeBlood Blood Drive -- October 18
Students and Faculty generously gave 59 units of blood.

Basketball Intramurals
Another successful year of basketball.



Support for Jackson Hendrix
Anthony House has led the charge in their support for one of their own, Jackson Hendrix. They started a Go Fund Me page that is now up to over $18,400!  On top of that they organized a video e-card to send to Jackson and they are also selling wristbands to show support.  The video e-card can be seen here:  Jackson's surgery was completed Oct. 31 and we are all praying for his successful and speedy recovery! 

Frank Horton Classic Student Support
Once again, our students showed up to support the Cross Country team at the Frank Horton Classic at Shelby Farms.


Operation Bare Necessities
As a community, we donated the following items to the homeless in the Memphis community:

Underwear:  401
Socks:  481
T-shirts:  388
Gloves:  30
Toothbrushes:  196
Hygiene (soap, shampoo, etc.):  1308
Misc. (jackets, etc.):  13

(CLICK HERE for detailed contribution by House Advisory)

Thank you to everyone who donated to this worthy cause!

Upcoming Events from Clash II

Super Smash Bros Wed & Fri 2 & 4 Nov
Rock WallThurs 10 Nov
Bow TiesTuesday, 15 Nov
Food Drive Missions Two dates in Nov & Dec
TriviaTuesday 29 Nov
Wrestling vs Arlington Tuesday 29 Nov