Students Return to Campus for Busy, Exciting First Days of School
September 12, 2022
The energy is palpable when the students finally return to the Christian Brothers Academy campus for the first days of school.
Friends reunite with high fives and handshakes in the hallways. Students update their teachers on summer fun. The faculty lend a helping hand to the newest Colts walking around campus.
The 2022-2023 school year kicked off with two days of orientation, before the first day of classes on Friday, September 9.
For the sophomore and senior classes, all 400 plus of them had a half day of orientation on Wednesday, September 7, where they met their new homeroom teacher and organized themselves for the new year. Both classes were addressed by school administrators on the importance of dedication to academics, getting involved in clubs and activities, and carrying themselves like true Academy men – both in and out of school.
For the freshmen in the Class of 2026, they were welcomed for their orientation day on Thursday, September 8. It was a morning of important CBA firsts: first class assembly, first homeroom meeting, first yearbook photo, first time meeting fellow brothers. They were joined by the junior class, who participated in similar activities throughout the morning.
After both the freshmen and juniors were treated to Jersey Mike’s for lunch, they had the first Big Brother social of the school year, where juniors are paired up with freshmen to provide a mentor as the youngest students adjust to Academy life. The duos headed outside for some lawn games like spikeball, cornhole, football, and more. On a beautiful weather afternoon, it was the perfect way to meet new brothers.
All 850 students were present on Friday, where they joined together for the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. Celebrated by Father Gary Koch, the Mass was the very first activity that the students participated in together, before even an official class was held. It was a time for reflection and anticipation before classes officially began. The newest Liturgical Ministers were inducted into their new roles, whether that be Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, Altar Server, Lector, Hospitality, and Music. Each minister was given a La Salle medallion over a Cross to symbolize their commitment to each role.
While the first few days are in the books, the first weeks at the Academy are packed with exciting activities, including the traditional Freshman Run & Welcome Day on September 16 and the Junior Tie Ceremony on October 7.