Summer ended and classes began at Christian Brothers High School. With the beginning of a new school year a flow of new freshmen, several new teachers, two new brothers Br. Jerry Brocky, and Br. Johnathan Emanuelson, a new associate principal Dr. Durant Fleming (class of 1978) walked the hallways of CBHS.
To think Heffernan Hall once was a “cafeteria” with food dispensing machines, if you are a senior or junior probably you’re saying “what took you so long?” It is incredible the difference of the food choices and the quality of it. Not only that the chairs, tables and that great view of Tom Nix stadium is great.
We have a STEM building. Now like me you are probably asking what is stem? The definition of STEM is…
Wikipedia tells us that… STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used in the USA when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools from k-12 through college to improve competitiveness in technology development. It has implications for workforce development, national security concerns and immigration policy. Simple enough? Now at CBHS our program will be known as STEMM because we added MEDICINE. Also, I heard that under no circumstance you should called it STEMM, the new building will be known as The McEniry Hall.
The long awaited renovation of the Brothers residence is underway. Now Br. Joel told us few things about it.
“Renovation started the last week of May both downstairs and upstairs of the 1965 section of the house. Every two contiguous rooms upstairs were made into one room with the addition of a toilet/shower/sink. The common shower and toilet rooms were changed into a community bookkeeping room and an exercise room. A community room was also added upstairs. Downstairs the two parlors had French doors added to the north walls to admit more sunlight into them. The community room in the center has new book shelves and floor covering. The guest area in the west section of the first floor was remodeled making a more spacious and self-contained area for the families and guests of the Brothers. The refectory, kitchen and pantry areas will receive cosmetic renovations. The 1988 section of the dormitory will receive cosmetic renovations in the Summer of 2015. And thus the entire residence of the Brothers will be renovated by 2015…and many thanks to Brother Chris for spearheading and allocating funding for this upgrade of the Brothers’ Residence! ” Thanks Br. Joel for the update.
Speaking of Brother Joel, one of the most important things happening is that this year commemorates the 50th year of Brother Joel William McGraw as a Christian Brother. Br. Joel enrolled at CBHS as a freshman in 1959 and graduated in May of 1963 he attended Memphis State University for a year. Then on June 22, 1964 he joined the Brothers of the Christian Schools as a postulant. On August 26, 1964 he received the habit and the name “Brother Joel William” and the rest is history. Wow! what a commitment.
The second year of the Coach Scott Vogel era will begin with two home games, Friday August 22 we play Montgomery Bell Academy and August 29th we face Germantown High School. Also Cross Country and Golf kick off the 2014 season with high expectations.
I was fortunate to become one of the first advisors with a group of very interesting juniors (seniors now). Last year we met briefly daily, and on Tuesdays, advisory periods were extended, so we got to talk about things like current events, football, play games or just chill. Our goal as advisors is to: “form the boys in both the practical and the moral – from school expectations, time management, and academic accountability to the lessons of The Brother’s Call, the responsibilities of brotherhood, building honorable female relationships, and leading a faith-filled life.” GO BROTHERS!