MAY 2019

Important Dates for the Month of May:

  • May 1st: Transition to College Day (Seniors)
  • May 2nd – 7th: Senior Exams
  • May 5th: Baccalaureate Mass
  • May 11th: Graduation
  • May 14th: Brother J. Stephen O’Malley Awards
  • May 17th: End of 4th Quarter
  • May 20th – 23rd: Underclassman Exams

Monthly Study Tip: 

Get informed: Don’t walk into your test unprepared for what you will face. Before you start studying, find out:

  • textbook chapters and topics the test will cover
  • test format

Will there be multiple-choice questions or short answers? Will you write an in-class essay? The goals and layout of the test will determine how you tackle learning the material.

Think like your teacher: Your homework assignments, quizzes, handouts, daily notes, and classwork are all indicators of what your teacher thinks is important about the information and what might appear on the test. (

APRIL 2019

Important Dates for the Month of April:

  • April 6th – 7th Grade Practice High School Placement Test
  • April 13th – ACT at CBHS
  • April 13th – CBHS Sports College Recruiting Seminar
  • April 17th – Midpoint of the 4th Quarter
  • April 18th-23rd – Easter Break
  • April 27th – Senior Mother & Son Luncheon
  • April 29th – 2nd Semester Service Hour Deadline for Seniors

Monthly Study Tip: Good Notes = Good Grades

The correlation between good notes and good study habits is undeniable. However, taking good notes doesn’t come naturally to everyone. The trick is to record the key points of the lecture or textbook without writing down too much extraneous info. If you’re worried you’re missing important details, feel free to ask your teacher during office hours. Many students also record lectures so they can listen to them later to verify their notes; just make sure you get permission from your instructor first!

MARCH 2019

Important Dates for the Month of March:

  • March 3rd – Taste of CBHS
  • March 6th – Ash Wednesday Prayer Service (Morning Assembly Schedule)
  • March 8th – End of the third quarter
  • March 9th – SAT at CBHS
  • March 11th-15th – No Classes, Spring Break
  • March 18th – Begin fourth quarter
  • March 19th – College Night (Juniors & their parents)
  • March 27th – Career Day (Morning Assembly Schedule)

Monthly Study Tip: How to Prepare for Tests

How to Prepare for Tests

  1. Familiarize yourself with the test, how long it will be and what kind of questions will be on it. Ask your instructor which concepts are most important, which chapters to focus on, and what you will have to do on the test.
  2. Overview all the work to be done and schedule time to do it. On the basis of your familiarity with the test, make a list of all the tasks you must complete to prepare for it. In scheduling your test preparation work, keep as much as possible to your own routines.
  3. Avoid the “escape syndrome”. If you find yourself fretting or talking about your work rather than studying, relax for a few minutes and rethink what you are doing – reappraise your priorities and if necessary rethink your study plan to address your worries and then START WORKING.
  4. Deal with unread materials – succinctly. Preview the material, dividing it up into parts looking for the organizational scheme of the work. Decide what parts in the reading you can omit, what parts you can skim, and what parts you want to read. Set time limits for each part, and keep to the limits.
  5. Review actively. Integrate notes, text, and supplementary information onto summary sheets by diagramming, charting, outlining, categorizing in tables, or simply writing paragraph summaries of the information. Try to create a summary sheet for each study session, or for each main idea, or for each concept.
  6. Practice doing what you will be doing on the test. If you will be solving problems, then that is what you need to do while studying; if you will be conjugating Spanish verbs, then write these out. Answer unassigned problems or questions in the text or anticipate test questions by thinking frequently, ‘If I were making up this test, I would probably ask…’, and then answer your question. Remember, the single most effective way to prepare for any test is to practice doing what you will have to do on the test.
  7. It is frequently useful to study with other well-prepared students and to attend any review sessions if available. Use these forums to clarify any questions you have about the materials and the test. Do not expect review sessions to repeat any lectures nor to present any addition information. The purpose of these sessions is to give you the opportunity to ask questions about the information to further your understanding. (


Important Dates for the Month of February:

  • February 6th – Midpoint of the third quarter
  • February 9th – ACT at CBHS
  • February 18th – No Classes, President’s Day

Monthly Study Tip: Study Difficult Subjects First

If your chemistry problems put you to sleep, get to them first, while you are fresh. If Classical Greek History tends to make your mind wander, study this material as soon as you get home. Most students tend to do what they like first, yet the courses they find most difficult require the most creative energy. Save the subjects you enjoy for later and tackle the tough stuff first.


We’re off to a fast start in the New Year with classes, sports, senior retreats, and extra-curriculars in full swing.

Important Dates for the Month of January:

  • January 8th — First day of the 3rd Quarter
  • January 21st — Martin Luther King Day (no classes)
  • January 27th — Hall of Fame Induction
  • January 29th — All School Mass (Morning Assembly Schedule)

Monthly Study Tip: Smart (?) Phones?

Read the article “Even Just Seeing Your Phone Nearby Can Mess with Your Brainpower”  to gain an interesting perspective on the distractions a student’s phone can exert over his study habits.



As we round the corner into December, the end of the semester is quickly approaching, and semester exams are right behind. These last few weeks are critical for student success. Now is the time to review all grades in PowerSchool, turn in any late or missing assignments, end the 2nd Quarter with a bang, and then get laser focused on exams. Students should check with each instructor to inquire about exam study guides, practice tests, study tips, etc.

Important Dates for the Month of December:

  • December 6th — All School Mass: Morning Assembly Schedule
  • December 8th – ACT at CBHS
  • December 13th — Band Concert: Morning Assembly Schedule
  • December 17th — Last day of the 2nd Quarter
  • December 18th — Semester Exams, Periods 1 & 2
  • December 19th — Semester Exams, Periods 3 & 4
  • December 20th — Semester Exams, Periods 5 & 6
  • December 21st — Semester Exams, Periods 7 & 8

Monthly Study Tip: Relax

As if you needed another reason not to wait until the last minute to study, research has found that stress actually hinders learning. UC Irvine researchers found that even stress lasting as briefly as a couple of hours can engage corticotropin-releasing hormones that disrupt the process of creating and storing memories. Taking study breaks to exercise or drawing a few deep breaths will help your studying if they lower your stress level.


Things seem to keep speeding up around here. The second quarter is well on its way, and with Thanksgiving break on the horizon, we will be facing semester exams before you know it. Time management is more important than ever, as those end of quarter deadlines will soon be realities. The Study Tip for this month (see below) may help students stay more organized and on top of their many academic obligations.

Important Dates for the Month of November:

  • November 1st – All Saints Day: Morning Assembly Schedule
  • November 2nd – Faculty Retreat: No classes
  • November 5th – Teacher Professional Day: No classes
  • November 7th – Midpoint of the 2nd Quarter
  • November 7th – National Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 7:00 PM
  • November 20th – Thanksgiving Prayer Service: Morning Assembly Schedule
  • November 21st-26th – Thanksgiving Break

Monthly Study Tip: The What and Why of To-Do Lists


  • A simple presentation of three to five tasks that enables you to identify and visualize a core group of tasks in one place for easy reference
  • It grows and shortens as you work through items
  • Posted on a bulletin board, refrigerator or space, readily reminds you of what you prioritize to do and when you need to do it (deadlines)
  • It is an organizational tool that can be used for scheduling with electronic calendaring, strategic post-it notes, email, instant messenger, SMS and other communication services


  • Reduce Stress: You can reduce stress by itemizing and prioritizing tasks and giving them a place in your life
  • Remind Yourself: A list displayed in a prominent place can remind you of what you consider important to do
  • Strategize Completion: When reminded, you also are thinking about the task,
    as well as what resources, strategies and options for completing the task


We are wrapping up the first quarter and steaming ahead into the second. It’s a very busy time at CBHS, with both students and faculty burning the midnight oil. Fall Break will provide a much-needed chance to slow down and relax a bit!

Important Dates for the Month of October:

  • October 4th – End of 1st Quarter; Dr. Leonard Sax speaking at St. Agnes-St. Dominic
  • October 5th-9th – Fall Break
  • October 6th – SAT at CBHS
  • October 10th – Beginning of 2nd Quarter
  • October 11th – FedEx Speaker Series (faculty meeting schedule)
  • October 16th-17th  – TN Promise Application Workshop (for students)
  • October 24th – 1/2 Day (Testing for underclassmen, Day of Service for seniors); Parent-Teacher conferences.
  • October 25th – Open House
  • October 27th – ACT at CBHS

Monthly Study Tip: Achieve “stage one”–get something done!

The Chinese adage of the longest journey starting with a single step has a couple of meanings: First, you launch the project. Second, you may realize that there are some things you have not planned for in your process. Details of an assignment are not always evident until you begin the assignment. Another adage is that “perfection is the enemy of good,” especially when it prevents you from starting. Given that you build in review, roughly draft your idea and get going. You will have time to edit and develop later. Take that first step and have confidence that, by getting started, you will work your way toward greater understanding.

What is a first step you can identify for an assignment to get yourself started?


It’s hard to believe we’ll soon be halfway through the first quarter! The boys (and their teachers) are working diligently and keeping very busy. All the effort and dedication will pay off, as the foundation being set at the beginning of the school year will support future success and accomplishment.

Important Dates for the Month of September:

  • September 4th – Notre Dame Night at CBHS (7:00 PM in Auditorium)
  • September 5th – Midpoint of the 1st Quarter
  • September 8th – ACT at CBHS
  • September 11th – College Night at CBHS (6:00 PM in Auditorium)
  • September 13th – De La Salle Scholar Parent Meeting (5:45 PM in Auditorium)
  • September 17th – Mini College Fair (11:00 AM in Heffernan Lobby)

Monthly Study Tip: Take on the Role of Teacher

Research shows that students had better memory and recall abilities when they learn new information with the expectation of having to teach it to someone else. This makes sense when you think about it: teachers are charged with not only learning information for themselves, but also with organizing and prioritizing key elements to clearly explain it to others who may have no prior knowledge of that subject. Studies also suggest that students are more engaged and will instinctively seek out methods of recall and organization when expected to take on a “teacher” role. Experiment with trying to teach information you’ve just learned to an imaginary classroom during a study session. This can be especially effective with subjects like reading comprehension and science, though part of the magic involves working out how you’d “teach” each subject on a case-by-case basis. (


Here we go! It’s been a great summer, but now it’s time to kick off the 2018-2019 school year at CBHS. With new students, new construction, and renewed energy we are all looking forward to a year filled with learning, laughter, growth, and brotherhood.

Important Dates for the Month of August:

  • August 6th – Freshmen Orientation Day 1
  • August 7th – Freshmen Orientation Day 2
  • August 8th – Sophomore, Junior, Senior Orientation
  • August 9th – First full day of classes
  • August 10th – Freshmen Father Son Dinner
  • August 22nd – Back to School Night (Freshmen and Sophomore parents)
  • August 29th – Back to School Night (Junior and Senior parents)

Monthly Study Tip: Use Active Recall

This method of studying smart was a hot topic in 2009, when a psych professor at Washington University in St. Louis published an article in Psychological Science advising students against previously held good study habits of reading and rereading textbooks, which, he argued, can lead people to think they know material better than they do because everything is right in front of them (and does not require memorization). He suggested instead that students use active recall: closing the book and reciting everything they can remember up to that point to practice long-term memorization. (

JULY 2018

Credit Recovery and Summer School (for incoming 9th graders) have come to an end, but CBHS remains a hive of activity during the month of July with a host of enrichment opportunities. Brothers Prep has their hands full with Zombies, Superheroes, and Murder Mysteries. The CBHS Band has camps for beginner and intermediate musicians, and Computer Coding camp and Junior Robotics Camp round out the mix.

CBHS students and their parents can find details regarding Summer Course Work on the school’s web site at

Happy 4th of July to everyone and enjoy the rest of the summer — we’ll be back in school before you know it!

JUNE 2018

Important Dates for the Month of June:

  • June 4 – Credit Recovery Program begins (returning students)
  • June 4 – Summer English and Math Program begins (new students)

Summer is a surprisingly busy time at CBHS. Between sports and enrichment camps, Credit Recovery, Summer English and Math, and construction projects, a casual observer would never know school wasn’t in full session. Summer Course Work (English, Foreign Language, and Math) is linked to the home page of the school’s web site. Here’s a web site to check out which might help your son keep up with his summer assignments:

Wishing you and your family a restful and relaxing summer!

APRIL 2018

Important Dates for the Month of April:

  • April 6 – Founder’s Day Mass
  • April 14 – ACT at CBHS
  • April 17 – MAS Sessions begin
  • April 18 – Midpoint of 4th Quarter

Monthly Study Tip: Make Connections

Ever wonder what the real secret is behind those students who rarely study, but still make the grade? Perhaps they know about the importance of making connections in learning. Many experts argue that the difference between slow learners and quick studiers is the way they study: instead of memorizing, quick learners make connections between ideas. Known as contextual learning, the process is a crucial one that requires each student to customize his own methods of learning, thus making connections that inspire all of the information to start falling into place and making sense for the individual. Some students find that recording all information visually in one place (such as on a sheet of paper or chalkboard) can help to paint a full picture and aid the making of connections within the learning process. (


Important Dates for the Month of February:

  • February 6 – MAS (Academic Support) Sessions begin
  • February 7 – Mid-point of the 3rd Quarter
  • February 10 – ACT at CBHS
  • February 16 – CBHS Professional Day (no classes)
  • February 19 – President’s Day (no classes)

Monthly Study Tip: Use the Leitner System

If flashcards are the most universally known example of the active recall method, the Leitner System is the Cadillac of flashcards when it comes to study tips. Named for its originator, German scientist Sebastian Leitner, the system serves to force students to learn the material they know least well through repetition. The system involves moving the cards with correctly answered questions further down a line of boxes and moving incorrectly answered cards back to the first box; thus, the cards in the first box are studied most frequently and the interval becomes greater as you proceed down the line, forcing you to review the information you don’t know over and over until you learn it. (


Important Dates for the Month of January:

  • January 4 – Classes Resume
  • January 15 – No Classes–Martin Luther King Day
  • January 23 – The Chris Herren Story, 7 PM in Heffernan Hall

Monthly Study Tip: Take the Practice Test

Many students are familiar with “the” practice tests to beat all practice tests, for events like the ACT or SAT exams. For other tests such as midterms and final examinations, some college professors and high school teachers will make old exams available as practice tests, allowing students to get a sense of the instructor’s testing style and a become familiar with how the information might be presented on the real test day. A study in Science magazine showed students who tested themselves with a practice test after learning the material retained 50% more of the information a week later than their peers who did not take a practice test. It can’t hurt to add a little practice testing to your study routine. (


Important Dates for the Month of December:

  • December 2 – SAT at CBHS
  • December 9 – ACT at CBHS
  • December 9 – High School Placement Test (HSPT) for Incoming Freshmen
  • December 13 – Last day of 2nd Quarter
  • December 14 – First day of Exams
  • December 19 – Last day of Exams end
  • December 20 – Christmas Break begins

Monthly Study Tip: Stop Multitasking

You may think you’re killing two birds with one stone by texting or instant messaging while studying, but really you’re just letting those distractions get the best of you with those poor study habits. A University of Connecticut study in 2015 called a spade a spade, and showed multitasking for what it really is: an extender of your study time and detrimental to your grades. Similar studies by comparable colleges and universities confirm that succumbing to multitasking while studying is merely a waste of time. (


Important Dates for the Month of November

  • November 4 – SAT at CBHS
  • November 7 – Open House (5th-8th grade boys)
  • November 8 – Midpoint of 2nd Quarter
  • November 15 – Early Application Deadline (incoming Freshmen)
  • November 22 – Thanksgiving Break Begins

Monthly Study Tip: Thwart the “curve of forgetting”

Scientists started exploring this unique psychological phenomenon in 1885, though it remains an important factor to consider when studying, even today. Essentially, the story goes that the first time you hear a lecture or study something new, you have the best chance of retaining up to 80% of what you’ve just learned if you review the material again within 24 hours. And — bonus — this has a cumulative effect, so after a week, you’ll have the ability to retain 100% of the same information after only five minutes of review. Generally, psychologists agree that this type of interval studying — and not cramming — is best. Experts advise students to optimize study time by placing it closer to the day you learned the material than to the day of the test. This means if you learn something on Monday and the quiz is the following Monday, you should begin studying no later than Wednesday. (