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.