Christian Brothers High School Principal Newsletter

Volume 2

Issue 1

July 2017

   JULY 24-25
• Baseball team tryouts
        - 6-8 pm, Giacosa Field

• Golf team tryouts
        - 8 am, Links at Audobon

   AUGUST 5-6
• Freshman soccer tryouts
         - Time/Place TBA
    AUGUST 7
• Freshman Retreat (Casual day)
        - 8 am - 3 pm

    AUGUST 8
• Freshman Orientation (Coat & Tie)
        - 8 am

    AUGUST 9
• Senior Orientation (Coat & Tie)
        - 8 am

    AUGUST 9
• Junior Orientation (Coat & Tie)
        - 9:30  am

    AUGUST 9
• Sophomore Orientation (Coat & Tie)
        - 11 am

    AUGUST 9
• Senior Ring Ceremony (Coat & Tie)
        - 7 pm, St. Louis Church

    AUGUST 10
• First Full Day of school begins
         - 8 am

    AUGUST 11
• Freshman Father-Son Dinner
         - 6 pm, Heffernan Hall



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.


From Principal

Chris Fay


Happy Summer!

I hope this Summer newsletter finds you enjoying a more relaxed schedule and enjoying some rest and relaxation. I would like to make you aware of a slight change that I want your son to be prepared for upon his return on Orientation Day in August.

In conversation with students, parents, and members of our faculty, we realize that we can do better in regard to living up to our core principle of being an inclusive community. Our Associate Principal for Student Formation, Mr. Tim O’Kane, has been working diligently with a team of teachers to develop a program that will facilitate conversations and reflection on racial equality at CBHS. All our students in grades 10-12 will participate in this program as part of our orientation day schedule on August 9.

Mr. O’Kane has recruited several alumni to return to campus on August 9 and help facilitate a day that will lead to growth and a better understanding of each other. I want to thank Mr. John Goode ’06 who has helped recruit several alumni who will help facilitate this process of dialogue and reflection.

In addition, our counseling department has expanded our Kickoff to College program in which all Seniors will participate at the end of their Orientation day. This program is widely recognized as a pivotal program that all seniors need. This program will be conducted in three – one-half hour blocks totaling 1.5 hours. Lunch will be provided for Seniors between the Inclusivity Program and the Kickoff to College program.

Consequently, please prepare for your son to be on campus for approximately 4 hours for seniors and 2.5 hours for Juniors and Sophomores on Orientation Day.

We will send out a more detailed schedule in the August Newsletter, but I feel it is appropriate to alert you to these programs now. Please plan accordingly. I wish you and your family a safe and peaceful second half of summer break! May God bless you and your family!

God Bless,

Chris Fay



From: Dr. Jamie Brummer, Dean of Academics

Contrary to popular belief, summer is a surprisingly busy time at CBHS. From our Credit Recovery and Summer School programs, to STEMM camp and Brothers’ Prep, the campus is filled with hard-working returning students and future Brothers Boys. Construction on the new business building is well under way.

Please remember that all CBHS students have Summer Reading assignments, details of which can be found on the school’s web site (


From Dr. Jeff Blancett, Director of Counseling Services

I hope that this newsletter finds you sitting on the beach, enjoying the lake, or sitting by the pool and finally getting a chance to relax and unwind before a new school year starts. The counseling staff has been able to take a little time off here and there. But rest assured we are ready for the upcoming year.

Speaking of the upcoming year, the CBHS Counseling department would like to introduce a new member joining our staff, Mr. James Callicott. He will be one of two college counselors working exclusively with seniors and juniors as they begin the college application process. Mr. Callicott earned his B.S. from the University of Memphis in Chemistry and later earned his Master’s degree from the University of Mississippi in Higher Education. Before joining our team, he was a college recruiter for the University of Alabama. As a college recruiter, he has been on both sides of the table, so to speak. Helping students find a college where they fit is one of his strengths. Another strength that we are happy he possesses is his social media wizardry. As more students and their parents turn to social media for information gathering, Mr. Callicott has created a CBHS Counseling Center Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. There, students and their families will be able to access up-to-date information regarding college visits, test dates, test prep programs, parent meetings. The list could go on and on. This will be a valuable tool for us to communicate information along to our community.

One other change for next year is that Mrs. Paula Mistretta will now be the Director of College Counseling. She will be assuming those responsibilities for Ms. Valerie Jones, who is retiring for medical reasons after a 27-year career at CBHS. As we get closer to the start of the school year, I will pass along additional information as to whom parents should contact regarding questions about their sons.

With school set to start in about 5 weeks, make sure your sons have started their summer reading for their English class. That information can be found on the CBHS website. To find the list click on Academics, move the cursor down to Departments, drop down to English and click on the link to Summer Reading. There is plenty of time to get reading down before school starts. And more importantly, you don’t want your son beginning the year with a poor grade on his first English test the first week of school.

Many students have more free-time on their hands during the summer. This would be a good time to get in a little extra prep time for the ACT or SAT. The first ACT given at CBHS will be on September 8. The last day to register will likely be August 4, and that is about a week before we begin school. If your son is planning on taking the first test, make sure he gets registered. The first SAT will be given on August 26. The last day to register for that test in July 28.

In closing, we hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer. If we can be of any assistance to you throughout the summer, please contact us.

The CBHS Counselors


From: Lindsey Neuman, Lasallian Animator

Words from St. John Baptist de la Salle

“God has chosen you to make Him known to others.”

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 10 virtues that each Brothers’ Boy should embody in his life. Each month during the school year, teachers and students will focus on a different virtue to expand their understanding of themselves and the world around them. These virtues each connect to one of the 5 Lasallian Core Principles. Please follow this link to see a full description of the 5 core principles and the 10 virtues.




Prayer for Summer


Father, Creator of all, thank you for summer
Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight.
Thank you for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy your creation.
Thank you for the increased time I have to be with my family and friends, and for the more casual pace of the summer season.
Draw me closer to you this summer.
Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing.
Warm my soul with the awareness of your presence and light my path with your word and counsel.
As I enjoy your creation, create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for you. Amen.


Mission and Ministry Team

We are pleased to welcome Rev. Msgr. John B. McArthur, AFSC, to our mission and ministry team as chaplain. Msgr. McArthur is a familiar face at CBHS; a graduate of the class of 1966, he has regularly returned to campus to celebrate mass and was made an Affiliated Brother in 2013. Msgr. McArthur recently retired from the Diocese of Memphis after serving 43 years as a parish priest, most recently as pastor of St. Louis Catholic Church for 17 years.

As chaplain, Msgr. McArthur will work with the student ministry team, training them to be lectors, altar servers and Eucharistic ministers. He will celebrate our weekly Thursday morning Masses, as well as our monthly all school Masses and provide other sacraments throughout the school year. We are extremely excited to welcome him to our team and look forward to the blessings his gifts and talents will bring to our school community.

Mission Collection/Lasallian Twinning Program

Following our core principle to show concern for the poor, CBHS participates in the regional twinning program—Twinning Lasallians of North America and Africa: Walking Together in Solidarity. Every two weeks in advisory, students collect money for our twin school—the Child Discovery Centre in Nakuru, Kenya. During the 2016-2017 school year, CBHS raised more than $20,000 due to the generosity of our students and families for our twin school. Along with collecting money for the Child Discovery Centre in Nakuru, through the regular mission collections, CBHS students raised more than $1,700 for the Wings Cancer Foundation, over $2,300 for the Memphis Food Bank, and more than $7,000 for a classmate with cancer and his family. Our students and family are truly showing their concern for others with their generosity.

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


From Mike Kelly, Director of Athletics

We hope you are enjoying the Summer! Many of our athletes are recovering and others are using these two months to train harder and make personal improvements. In May, we hosted free Physicals for all the CBHS Community. To participate for the 2017-18 school year, students must be cleared by our Athletic staff. All questions pertaining to your ATS account and Health forms should be directed to Eric Isom at The summer break allows more time to take care of it!

A few key dates:

Cross Country has begun Training. Contact Coach Nick Dwyer

Football workouts are in full swing.

Golf Tryouts – Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 1. Contact Coach Ford Canale

Freshman Soccer Tryouts – Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 Time TBD Contact Coach Nick Glaser

Freshman Baseball Tryouts will be held on July 24th and 25th 

Each day of tryouts will begin at 6:00 pm and will last until approximately 8:00 pm. Tryouts will be held at the CBHS baseball field. Participants should arrive at the field both days approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of tryouts.

All participants will need to bring a hat, bat, glove, equipment, and water. All participants will need to dress in baseball pants and t-shirt.

Mark your calendar to be a part of an exciting Football Season!

18-Aug           Grenada               Away  7:00 pm

25-Aug           CBC St. Louis          Home 7:00 pm

1-Sep             White Station             Home 7:00 pm

8-Sep             KIPP Memphis         Home 7:00 pm

15-Sep           St. Paul-Covington  Away  7:00 pm

22-Sep           Memphis East           Home 7:00 pm

29-Sep           Briarcrest                   Home 7:00 pm

6-Oct   Fall Break                 

13-Oct            SBA                Home             7:00 pm

20-Oct            Wooddale      Home             7:00 pm

27-Oct            MUS               Away              7:00 pm