Christian Brothers College High School

Graduation Day
Brotherhood sign in Welcome Center
Students gathered outside the Blessed Mother Grotto

Latest Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is of the utmost importance at Christian Brothers College High School. We continue to monitor the information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization and will post updates here.
 

APRIL 3 UPDATE

"This isn't easy!"  

CLICK TO WATCH MR. BROCKMAN'S MESSAGE TO PARENTS

Our thanks to Mr. Brockman for the video linked above and a look inside a day in the life of the Brockman house as he juggles the challenges of online learning with three young children. We know that life with teenagers is different than grade schoolers, but we know that everyone is facing unique challenges right now.

As we continue on this journey together, we thank you for your support as we establish new daily routines for your sons. A reminder that morning check-ins are due to your son’s Advisor by 9 a.m. each day, and those should include a detailed plan of how they intend to use their time and what they plan to accomplish during the day. We want their check-in responses to be a great kickoff to their day. Advisory small group meetings and synchronous class meetings are also priorities that we want our students to regularly attend.

Students should continue to check their Outlook e-mail and calendar, along with their Blackboard Calendar several times per day.

We are checking student grades in Blackboard each week, and encourage you to do the same so that no student falls behind. Most importantly, we want our students to feel connected and supported during this time.

Please reach out to us when we can support you!

 

Upcoming Schedule

Our schedule for the next two weeks is outlined below. This is a reminder that the success of this year's Car Raffle will allow all in our community to enjoy an extended Easter Break. Our final two Car Raffle holidays will be held on Wednesday, April 8, and Holy Thursday, April 9. Enjoy this extended Easter break.

Additionally, Online Learning will continue until (at minimum) the completion of the St. Louis County Stay-At-Home Order. That order currently runs through April 22. 

Monday, April 6

Purple Day Classes (1 - 4)

Tuesday, April 7

Gold Day Classes (5 - 7 and possible Advisory meeting) 

Wednesday, April 8

No School (Raffle Holiday)

Holy Thursday, April 9

No School (Raffle Holiday)

Good Friday, April 10

No School

Monday, April 13

Purple Day Classes (1 - 4)

Tuesday, April 14

Gold Day Classes (5 - 7 and possible Advisory meeting)

Wednesday, April 15

Purple Day Classes (1 - 4)

Thursday, April 16

Gold Day Classes (5 - 7 and possible Advisory meeting)

 

Friday, April 17

Purple Day Classes (1 - 4)
 

MARCH 27 UPDATE

Morning Check-ins are going well!

 

All reports have been very positive with 98% of students checking-in with their Advisors each morning. We have been following up with the few students we don't hear from each day. Many thanks to our Advisors for leading this effort!

 

Students should continue to check their email and meeting calendar, along with their classes on Blackboard on a daily basis.

 

Upcoming Schedule

 

Our schedule for the next three weeks is outlined below. Important to note is that the success of this year's Car Raffle will allow all in our community to enjoy an extended Easter Break. Our final two Car Raffle holidays will be held on Wednesday, April 8 and Holy Thursday, April 9. Enjoy this extended Easter break.

 

Additionally, Online Learning will continue until (at minimum) the completion of the St. Louis County Stay-At-Home Order. That order currently runs through April 22. 

Upcoming Schedule

 

Monday, March 30

Gold Day Classes (5 - 7 and possible Advisory meeting)

 

Tuesday, March 31

Purple Day Classes (1 - 4)

 

Wednesday, April 1

Gold Day Classes (5 - 7 and possible Advisory meeting)

 

Thursday, April 2

Purple Day Classes (1 - 4)

 

Friday, April 3

Gold Day Classes (5 - 7 and possible Advisory meeting)

 

Monday, April 6

Purple Day Classes (1 - 4)

 

Tuesday, April 7

Gold Day Classes (5 - 7 and possible Advisory meeting)

 

Wednesday, April 8

No School (Raffle Holiday)

 

Holy Thursday, April 9

No School (Raffle Holiday)

 

Good Friday, April 10

No School

 

Week of Monday, April 13

Online Learning continues until (at minimum) the completion of the St. Louis County Stay At Home order. That order currently runs through Wednesday, April 22.

 

Tracking Academic Progress of Every Student

This Wednesday, our faculty will (virtually) meet in small groups to review the academic progress of every student. This is a regularly scheduled meeting that occurs every three weeks to ensure our students stay on track toward their learning goals. We will continue this regularly-scheduled effort while also asking our Advisors to increase their focus on tracking the progress of every student during this period of online learning.

 

Advisory Small Group Meetings

This coming week all students will receive an invitation to a small group Advisory meeting during one of our Gold Day Advisory periods. All students should check their email and Outlook calendars and be sure to attend this meeting, which will be held on Microsoft Teams.

 

Microsoft Teams Trouble-shooting

Many class meetings, along with the Advisory meetings mentioned above, are being held over Microsoft Teams. Mr. Merris has provided a video tutorial to help students trouble-shoot issues. That video is available here, and requires a Microsoft login. CLICK HERE

 

AP Test Update from College Board

Students currently signed up to take Advanced Placement tests are encouraged to read updates from College Board at the link below. CLICK HERE

 

Online Learning Continues - Keep Working Hard!

Thanks to all of our students for embracing this challenge. This week, our Leadership classes had meetings with Blues announcer and CBC alumnus Joey Vitale, as well as Olympian Colleen Quigley. Great things are (still) happening at CBC!
 
 

MARCH 24 UPDATE

A Daily Plan for Online Learning

As we officially begin our online learning on Wednesday, I want to provide students with some important guidance on how they might best approach the first day of this new experience:

  1. Carefully read the daily check-in e-mail sent to you in the morning by Mr. Walsh. It will provide a link for you to view the KCBC announcements for the day.
  2. Forward the e-mail to your Advisor and provide a brief overview of your plan for the day (see below in the Advisory section of this communication for more details on this action item).
  3. Visit the Blackboard Course page for each of your classes. On Day 1 you will notice that your teachers have added a Content Area in the Course Menu entitled ‘Online Learning.’  It includes the following:
    • Some brief expectations for online learning specific to the course
    • A list of technology or online tools that may be utilized for the course and specific instructions for using them. This list may change over time.
    • How and when you can connect with your teacher for Office Hours (online synchronous support via chat or video conference) aside from the e-mails that you may choose to send them
 

4. Regularly check your Outlook e-mail account and Blackboard Calendar throughout the day to understand what coursework has been assigned for that day’s classes.  Your teachers will post all course activities, assignments, or assessments to be completed to Blackboard by the normal class start time for that day. Please remember that other course resources may be posted for reference in Content Areas but may not appear on the calendar because they do not have a due date.

5. Develop a schedule or plan for the day to complete your assigned coursework by the assigned due dates.

6. Communicate with your teachers via e-mail if you have questions.  They want you to be successful and are always willing to support you.

Daily Check-ins Through Advisories

As we work through our current challenge, a primary goal is keeping our students connected to school and supporting your progress toward learning goals on a daily basis. We strongly encourage you to develop a daily schedule and we are going to help you do that in the following ways:

  1. Starting our day together with prayer and KCBC – Each morning, Mr. Walsh will send students an e-mail by 8:40 AM that will include a link to our KCBC broadcast.
  2. Your daily e-mail check-in with your advisor due at 9 AM – Please check-in with your Advisor over e-mail each morning by 9 AM. The KCBC morning e-mail you receive will serve as your reminder for this daily task. Your message can be very short, all we ask is that you include a few focus areas or tasks you plan to work on that day. At minimum, include a list of classes you will be checking on Blackboard. This e-mail is also an opportunity to let your Advisor know if you need support from school. The goal of this morning communication is to help you get your day started and make sure you stay on track toward goals.
  3. Weekly Advisory small group meetings - Finally, beginning next week your Advisor will create small groups and schedule at least one weekly meeting over video conference on Microsoft Teams. You will get an e-mail notification and calendar invitation that will include a link to join. Do not worry if you experience technical difficulties, we will work through this together!

MARCH 20 UPDATE

So what does Online Learning look like?

Our primary goal is to create continuity as students continue to make progress toward established learning goals. We know that the coming weeks present a new challenge for all of us and that learning experiences will differ from those offered in our traditional learning environments.  With the ongoing guidance and support of our teachers, we are confident our students will continue to grow by learning the essential skills and content in their academic courses. Additionally, each of our students will be challenged with this opportunity to demonstrate the initiative, independence, and accountability of a Man for Tomorrow.

 

While it will feel different at first, in many cases online learning will be similar to what our students have already experienced here at CBC. With that said we are ready to support everyone in our community through this temporary change.

 

First, we anticipate that most activities, assignments, and assessments will occur asynchronously.  However, there will be a small number of instances when such work or experiences may occur synchronously.

 

Asynchronous learning occurs when teachers and students do not have to be online at the same time.  It can occur during or outside of the originally scheduled class time. These activities might include:

  • Teacher-created videos, graphics, PowerPoint presentations, or other materials used for instruction
  • Reading or writing assignments
  • Participation on discussion boards
  • Assignments or activities that require online research

 

Synchronous learning occurs when teachers and students are online at the same time, using technology to connect at the same place and time.  For example, a video conference scheduled during the class time is synchronous learning.

All synchronous learning will be scheduled during the time when that class period would normally occur. For example, Period 1 synchronous learning would be scheduled to occur at some point between 8:40am and 10:05am on a Purple Day. Teachers will provide advanced notice to students when synchronous activities are scheduled.

 

Posting and Completing Assignments

  • Teachers will post all coursework to Blackboard by the normal class start time. The corresponding due date for that work will be no earlier than the following class period.
  • All coursework will include a corresponding due date and time.
  • All coursework expected to be completed by students will appear as due on the Blackboard Calendar.

 

As we proceed with Online Learning, TEACHERS will…

  • Provide clear policies, procedures, and expectations for ongoing student engagement in courses.
  • Provide regular and timely updates to Blackboard, including all required assignments, activities, and assessments.
  • Be available and provide a prompt response to communication via e-mail during regular school hours, especially during scheduled class times.
  • Provide support for any technical issues students may encounter (not necessarily issues requiring I.T. support).

 

As we proceed with Online Learning, STUDENTS will…

  • Be proactive, timely, and responsive in managing communication via e-mail and other digital tools specific to your courses (as specified by your teachers).
  • Develop a schedule and personal routine that aligns with your Purple Day and Gold Day schedules.
  • Work to complete coursework daily--submit assignments, participate in class activities (including discussion boards or video conferences), and respond to message requests from your teacher or classmates.
  • Communicate your need for support if you encounter something that is preventing you from learning, completing your work, or participating when required.

 

Upcoming Schedule

Monday, March 23                   No Coursework for Students - All-School Holiday for Car Raffle

                                                  (Faculty preparation for online learning)

 

Tuesday, March 24                   No Coursework for Students - All-School Holiday for Car Raffle

                                                  (Faculty preparation for online learning)

 

Wednesday, March 25             Online Learning - Purple Day Classes (1 - 4)

 

Thursday, March 26                 Online Learning - Gold Day Classes (5 - 7)

 

Friday, March 27                      Online Learning - Purple Day Classes (1 - 4)

 

I will reach out again on Tuesday to offer more information about how our Counseling Department and Advisory system will continue to support our students during this challenging time. Thank you for your continued support as, together, we make the best of this unique learning experience.

 

MARCH 17 UPDATE

As you are probably aware, all public, private, and parochial schools across the St. Louis metropolitan area have been advised by government and public health officials to close our campuses until further notice. 
 

Based on this directive and out of concern for the health and well-being of our students, staff, and their families, we will extend our Spring Break through Tuesday, March 24, 2020. On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, we will temporarily transition to an online learning environment with preliminary plans to return to face-to-face learning on Monday, April 13, 2020. CBC will continue to evaluate this situation and take guidance from experts as we make decisions beyond that date.

 

We have also suspended all spring sports and other co-curricular activities and events until further notice. We know this decision is a challenge to many of our students, particularly members of the Class of 2020. This is a special senior class and I promise we will do all we can to celebrate your years here at CBC.

 

Our faculty and staff continue to work diligently to plan for this unique situation, and we will offer additional details towards the end of this week regarding protocols and student expectations for our online learning environment.