As we approach the new school year, we are very excited to welcome back our returning students and introduce a new class of freshmen students! As next week quickly draws near, here are some important dates and helpful information for the beginning of school.
- Freshmen – Freshmen retreat is August 6th from 8:00-3:00 and students should dress in comfortable, athletic clothes and shoes. August 7th is Freshmen Orientation from 8:00-3:00 (lunch provided) and students will need to report in school dress, a sports coat, and be clean shaven.
- We understand that high school is a brand new experience for students and their parents. To assist with a smooth transition in the first couple weeks at CBHS, we have put together a freshmen parent guide with responses to some of the most common questions we recieve from parents leading up to the beginning of school. Please take a few minutes to look it over!
- Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores – Orientation is August 8th and Seniors are scheduled from 8:00-12:00, Juniors from 9:30-12:30, and Sophomores from 11:00-2:00. Students will need to report in school dress, a sports coat, and be clean shaven.
- All student orientations will begin in Heffernan Hall!
- The Senior ring ceremony will be August 8th @ 7:00pm at St. Louis Catholic Church.
- First full day of school with all students is August 9th!
- Check out the new “Parent” link on the school website! We created this page so that you can find all your CBHS events, updates, and general information in one place!
- Advisory – The beginning of school also marks the beginning of the race for the Brothers Cup! Within the first couple weeks of school, student advisors will be sharing the house events and dates with students that provide opportunities for students to get involved with CBHS outside the normal 8:00-3:00 school hours. While students can earn points for their House by attending many of these events, the real purpose is to provide an experience at CBHS for our students that we believe is truly something special. These events may include opportunities to attend sporting events, theater productions, participate for intramural teams, etc. We hope that parents will join us in encouraging students to take advantage of these opportunities to take part in different experiences, have fun, and build brotherhood!
I hope our boys our enjoying some much deserved time off from school this summer to recharge and have some fun. Though we are only half way through the summer, I want to share some important dates in August that will help plan for the new school year. I know that these dates are a little more than a month away, but July is a busy time of year for trips and vacations and tends to fly by rather quickly!
In preparing for orientation, each returning student will need to to bring his school issued backpack to his scheduled orientation so that he may receive his laptop to be taken home and charged. Students will also have the opportunity to to sign-up for and purchase a parking pass during orientation. In order to do so, a student must have a licence and bring the following form to orientation completed prior to signing-up for a parking spot. When filling out the info card, please leave the spot # blank.
I hope everyone enjoys the rest of summer and we look forward to seeing our students return to us in August!
The end of the school year is always an exciting time. Seniors are preparing for the next phase in their lives while underclassmen are anxiously awaiting the summer break. With everyone rushing towards summer, there is still a lot going on at CBHS. Here’s a little recap…
THE BROTHERS HOUSE CUP
This year’s race came down to the wire! In the end, Osmund hoisted the coveted Brothers Cup. This year’s prize entailed a morning of paintball at Arlington Paintball Park followed by lunch and games at the newly opened Dave and Buster’s. The kids had a blast and it’s always fun to see the students and teachers interacting in an environment outside the school setting.
Some of the final house activities of the year included Marvel trivia and a house breakfast. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard and felt as much energy in the CBHS halls as I did during the Marvel trivia! Students and teachers alike answered questions often faster than I could read them. The house breakfast saw the freshman/junior and sophomore/senior classes combine for one last mingle among different grade levels.
Just because it’s summer time doesn’t mean our athletes are taking a break! Baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and track all continued to compete at the state level after the school year ends. Baseball, lacrosse, and soccer all hosted quarter-final games for the state tournament and all three advanced to the state semifinals! The CBHS rugby team hosted and competed in the state championship game, where they eventually lost a hard-fought battle. To add a new twist to home soccer games near the end of the season, we brought the bleachers down to the track so that students could watch the game from the sidelines. Students showed up in full support, particularly for the playoff game where the Brothers defeated Brentwood Academy to advance to the semifinals. Track had another successful campaign this year and crowned several individual and team race champions!
Though summer break seems to be quickly approaching, we still have plenty of opportunities for students to get involved over the next two months. In the schedule below, the highlighted dates are events will be counted for house points during the final clash. Student ID’s will be checked at the gate for these events and a student can help earn points for his house by simply showing up and having a good time! This is the last clash before for the total points are added up to crown this years Champion of the Brothers Cup. This year’s house champion will get to spend a day playing paintball followed by lunch and games at Dave and Busters!
- Our Rugby team usually plays their games at another location. April 5th will be a special occasion where we have the opportunity to watch the CBHS rugby team play right here at Tom Nix Stadium! To celebrate this special occasion, we will have a student cookout before the game on the and serve Hot Dogs and Hamburgers.
- On April 13th we have baseball and soccer playing games in the stadium. This will be a great opportunity to come support multiple teams that night. And the BLC will be hosting a Crawfish Broil for students that attend as well!
The CBHS Prom for juniors and seniors is April 7th. Tickets are on sale now and will be also be available for purchase at the mandatory parent prom meeting April 5th at 6:30pm. The venue is at Propcellar and it is shaping up to be a special night for our students!
February was a busy and exciting time at CBHS. Our wrestling team won both the team state tournament and the individual state tournament championships. Our theater program concluded another great production with Death of a Salesman. Basketball celebrated senior night and week later avenged an earlier loss to St. Benedict in the first round of the playoffs before dropping a tough loss to top ranked Brentwood Academy. And lastly, our band held their first concert of the spring, which was outstanding. Our spring programs are gearing up as we head into March and April, which provides many more opportunities for our students to get involved and share in fellowship and community with their fellow Brothers Boys.
END OF 3RD QUARTER
With only a week and half remaining in the 3rd quarter, it’s time for students to make that last big academic push before spring break. This is the time for students to focus on completing any missing assignments they may have and getting that final bump on the last test of the grading period. With everything posted in Haiku, there should not be any surprises when report cards are posted.
Spring break is a great time for students and family to get some much-needed rest. Many families use this time to travel for vacations. Whether your family goes out of town or remains in Memphis for the break, please emphasize the importance of making good decisions with your boys. Though students are not on campus, they are still representing CBHS and can be held accountable for their off-campus actions. My hope is that our students will enjoy the break while being responsible and staying safe. I hope that everyone comes back after the break refocused, re-energized, and ready to begin the 4th quarter with their best foot forward. Also, Prom tickets for Juniors and Seniors will go on sale the week we return from spring break!
My father always told me that being on time was one of the few things that any person could do that did not require much skill. When students return to CBHS after spring break, it’s important that they get back in the academic routine. This includes being on time to school and to each class throughout the day. If a student receives 12 tardies throughout a semester, he may be removed from class and have to make that course up in the summer. We would prefer that none of our students have to go this route. If you are curious about your son’s attendance, you can check it under the Attendance tab on his student bio page. This will show all of your son’s school tardies and abscences for the school year. Being at school and being on time are important and we want our students to understand that so it can be carried on with them when they leave CBHS.
I hope that everyone has had a wonderful respite over the break. It is time to get back to work. Over the break it is natural to forget some of the norms that make CBHS special. I ask that you help your son remember CBHS dress code policies so that they start off the new year on the right foot. As a reminder, hoodies are NEVER allowed to be worn during the school day. Along the same lines, the only outerwear to be worn is that with a CBHS logo. Helping your son adhere to these regulations will be greatly appreciated.
Fall Band Concert
The student body was treated to wonderful concert by the CBHS Honor Band on December 7th.
The Brothers Leadership Council treated the student body to Christmas candy during our last official lunch. They also gave some gifts to our wonderful kitchen staff who keep us well fed!
Clash II Final
Clash III will begin after the new year. There will be individual events throughout the month of December.
There will be another House Breakfast on December 5th with Christmas themed trivia and prizes.
Additionally, the CBHS Theater will be presenting “Little Shop of Horrors” this week! Shows are Thurs – Sat @7pm, Sun @2pm.
Little Shop of Horrors
Come out and support the CBHS Theater this week!
“Clothe the Naked” Clothing Drive
The CBHS students came together in early November to provide much needed clothing items for the less fortunate in our area. Ms. Gerry Taulman led the effort and the students collected the following items. The Distance Learning Center adjacent to the Library was packed!
Total Pants: 736 out of a goal of 500
Total Jackets: 296 out of a goal of 250
Misc. Items: 173 (shoes, belts, shirts)
Total House Points earned toward the Clash II:
Abban 99 Anthony 28
Bernardine 42 Clement 349
Flavian 180 Luperious 59
Lyne 74 Maurelian 95
Osmund 340 Schneider 320
Rock Paper Scissors Tournament
On November 2nd, the entire school held a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament. Each Advisory class competed and sent their winner to the courtyard for bracket style challenge for all the marbles.
Congratulations to the champion, Lyne House Junior Shuan Harris! The tournament was broadcast by Mr. Norton’s broadcasting class so the entire school could watch! See the livestream video here:
Students supported the CBHS Football Team’s run to State. Students competed at lunch for a chance to win a free or reduced price playoff ticket. The engineering challenge of a paper airplane toss was devised by Dr. Whitmer consisting of 3 distance zones and strict rules on the plane’s construction. The further the student’s plane went, the more of a discount they received. As you can tell, there was keen competition! Congratulations to the Football team on an amazing season!
Whether it’s smoking cigarettes or vaping, the end result is the same. Please see the following video regarding smoking and its effects on the lungs.
Current Clash II Scoreboard
3 Brothers Madness
6 Pick ‘ems XI due
7 Advisory Schedule Brothers Way (Love)
9 Mission Collection VI
10 BLC Cookout (playoffs)
13 Pick ‘ems XII due
14 Advisory Schedule Trivia
15 Video Game Intramural
20 Pick ‘ems XIII due
28 Advisory Schedule
29 Captains Meeting
30 Mission Collection VI
Vaping (electronic cigarettes) is a relatively new phenomenon. Like the rest of the United States, CBHS has had to learn to deal with vaping and the legal and health ramifications it brings. Over the last two months, I have dealt with several cases of vaping by students from all demographic and social backgrounds. It’s not isolated. They are all exploring this latest “new thing”.
It is time to raise your awareness to this trend, so that you can continue to be effective partners with us in combating the dangers of this trend.
Vaping has recently been addressed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Bottom line is that vaping devices are classified as nicotine delivery systems and they cannot be sold to those under the age of 18. Please see the links below for more information on this recent ruling.
The Facts on the FDA’s New Tobacco Rule
Vapes, E-Cigs, Hookah Pens, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)
FDA’s New Regulations for E-Cigarettes, Cigars, and All Other Tobacco Products
These devices use a liquid (“juice”) that is vaporized by a high voltage device. This vaporized liquid is then inhaled or “vaped”. There is an opportunity for uncontrolled “mixing” of the “juice” that is used in these devices by virtually anyone. This results in the possibility for “juice” to be laced with almost any substance. The dangers of this practice, in which some of our students have partaken, are clear.
There are also some devices that can use substances that do or do not contain nicotine. Because of the indistinguishable nature of the “juice” in these devices being nicotine containing or not, the FDA has classified all vaping devices as potentially nicotine containing.
Finally, because of the negative effects of nicotine and the ruling by the FDA, CBHS will treat these devices like cigarettes. Please see the handbook policy regarding tobacco products. Above I have posted a picture of vaping devices that were confiscated on school property. If you see these devices (or something similar) in the possession of a minor, know that the FDA has ruled that minors should not have access to them. Please have a discussion with your son about the dangers of nicotine addiction and its detrimental health effects.
BLC and Class Captains Leadership Series: Integrity
Mr. Matt Morley gave a talk on Integrity to our BLC and Class Captains. He discussed personal integrity in terms of structural integrity (Golden Gate Bridge, Statue of Liberty, vs. Challenger and the I-35 bridge) being a flaw that eventually showed itself. Mr. Morley is a former Air Force Officer, Toyota employee current FedEx employee. He is also a CBHS past parent. The students asked some very good questions and the presentation was outstanding. Thank you, Mr. Morley!
Football Toss – Homecoming – T-Shirts
Homecoming week, although short, was a rousing success, culminating in a football victory over SBA and a very enjoyable Homecoming Dance. To offset the cost for students, the BLC gave chances to win a free Homecoming Dance ticket by throwing a football into a net. The BLC gave out 18 free Homecoming Dance tickets through this promotion. Also, to help offset the cost, the BLC sold Homecoming t-shirts. Several outstanding t-shirt designs are pictured here. Finally, the band led the way through the 100 and 300 hallways calling the Brothers’ Boys to the gym for our Homecoming Pep Rally.
Frank Horton Cross Country Invitational
The Brothers’ Boys were out in force for the Frank Horton Cross Country Invitational. The XC team really felt the love as the students spread out throughout the entire 5K course to cheer on their fellow Brothers’ Boys. Special thanks to the CBHS Wrestling team for showing up in force!
Friday Night Lights
Football continued to draw amazing crowds. The Brothers’ Boys were out in force for all home games during the month of October and the one away game at MUS where the Brothers rolled over the Owls.
Dodgeball Intramural – Rock Paper Scissors Tournament
On October 19, a Dodgeball tournament was held at CBHS in the BDC gym. The students were treated by the BLC to FREE Little Caesar’s Pizza and drinks. This week, we are in the midst of a Rock Paper Scissors Tournament. House points for the champion will be awarded Thursday, November 2.
Super Smash Brothers Intramural
From September 20-22, we had an extremely successful Super Smash Brothers gaming tournament. SSB has a huge worldwide following and our students are no exception.