Christopher Columbus High School

A Catholic School for Young Men in the Marist Tradition since 1958

August 2019 Newsletter

From the Office of Principal David Pugh

I am so happy to welcome you back to our amazing Marist learning community. The first two weeks have been invigorating! The level of excitement has been contagious, and I thank you for your positive energy, your commitment to our mission, and for your support of Christopher Columbus High School.
We start the year with high expectations in the hope of yet another productive school year. Our skilled and devoted faculty and staff are prepared to educate, mentor, and guide your son through these most formative years. We enthusiastically accept the challenges ahead and look forward to providing a caring environment while nurturing responsible young men and promoting critical thinking and high-level learning.
Christopher Columbus High School is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian’s track and will remain in close communication with its school community as well as Miami-Dade’s Office of Emergency Management and other local officials. We will follow the lead of Miami-Dade County Public Schools with regard to the closing and re-opening of campus due to weather emergencies.
Based on the latest track from the National Weather Service, there will be no impact to our regular school day or afterschool activities today, August 30th. Campus will be secured after 2:40 pm and closed until further notice. As a reminder, Columbus is closed on Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day.
We will be sharing information via email, school-wide text messages, social media, media outlets, and posting all updates on our website. For the most up-to-date information, follow us on Twitter @ColumbusHS_Mia, on Instagram @columbushs_miami, and on Facebook at /ColumbusHS.  Our school web page dedicated to school information and updates regarding Hurricane Dorian is HURRICANE  DORIAN INFORMATION  .

A New Year and a New Administration
Please welcome and congratulate our new school President, Mr. Tom Kruczek, new Dean of Students, Mr. Alex Trujillo, and new Dean of Faculty, Mrs. Tery Chomat.
Welcome New Marist Educators
We welcome the following new faculty members to the Columbus family: Sharifah Lee, Kevin Alegret, Alberto Rodriguez, Talisa Piña, Rafael Diaz, Andres Fernandez, Jorge Zagales, Matthew Deville, Bruce Ferguson, and Matthew Chica (pictured left to right with President Kruczek at center)
New Chief Financial Officer:  Ana Perez-Abreu
On July 1st, Ana Perez-Abreu became the school’s Chief Financial Officer, replacing Dwight Pearce who retired from the position after 15 years.  Ana brings over 25 years of experience to Columbus, most recently managing the finances at Archbishop McCarthy High School and Belen Jesuit Preparatory School.  She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and has received a Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management.  Welcome Ana!

Colleen Anderson: Externship & Internship Coordinator
Although not new to Columbus, Mrs. Anderson has been working as our school’s Externship/Internship Coordinator for the last two years and is the mother of two Columbus graduates.  We wanted to bring to your attention her important role as she works closely with our alumni and business partners to bring valuable hands-on work experiences to our students and young alumni.  LEARN ABOUT OUR EXTERNSHIP/INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Welcome New Parents
Welcome to all the new parents who have joined the Columbus family. As always, the New Parents Reception and Orientation Meetings are wonderful opportunities for learning about the school and meeting fellow parents.
Columbus vs. Belen Football - 15 Straight Wins
We congratulate Coach Dunn and the entire Explorer Football Program for their win against the Belen Jesuit Wolverines on August 21st.  This marks the 15th straight victory for the Explorers in this always much anticipated rivalry game.   
Henry Parrish Made ESPN’s Top 10 Plays 
Henry Parrish racked up 324 yards and three touchdowns at the game against Belen Jesuit and made ESPN's Top 10 Plays, coming in at number two.  WATCH ESPN VIDEO OF HENRY'S PLAY
Coaches Receive Specialized Training Sessions
All coaches attended a training and development session led by alumnus Buck Martinez, the president and founder off Student Aces, an organization that works to build honor and integrity in athletes through character education programs.   Afterwards, representative from Nicklaus Children's Hospital lectured and demonstrated first aid and medical emergency practices and procedures. Thank you Mr. McKeon and  Br. Herb.
Julio Brea’s Service Work Helped the Patients of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Julio Brea ‘20 delivered games and computer consoles to Nicklaus Children's Hospital for their recreation center
Castaways Against Cancer Recognition
We congratulate the Castaways Against Cancer, the kayak team made up of primarily Columbus teachers and alumni and founded by Mr. O’Brien, for completing their 20th annual journey to Key West to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.  The team received a proclamation from the Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez and the Board of County Commissioners declaring June 8, 2019 as Castaways Against Cancer & Sebastian Strong Day. The Castaways were also honored as a Top Team Performer by the American Cancer Society. Thank you to castaway Mr. Kumer for representing the Castaways and Columbus at their national meeting.
College Boot Camp
The Guidance Department hosted a College Bootcamp focused on the college application process. Naviance, the Common Application, the Coalition Application and application essays were all discussed. Several college representatives gave lectures, including reps from UM, Ohio State and the University of Alabama. It’s never too early to start preparing for college! Thank you to Ms. Vinson and our dedicated team of counselors.
Beach Bash Was a Blast!
Our Beach Bash School Dance which kicks off the school year was a success. This popular event turned out over 2,000 Explorers and young ladies from our local high schools. Thank you to our new SAC moderators Ms. Brown and Mr. Connell.
CCNN Live Interviewed Laura Jennings
In preparation for the 6th Annual CCNN Live Media Excellence Awards taking place on September 14th, Laurie Jennings (retired Local 10 News Anchor) dropped by our studio for an interview.  Laurie will be receiving a Life Time Achievement Award at the event.  Please consider attending the awards ceremony where you will have the chance to see some of your favorite news personalities and support our successful broadcast journalism program.

Golf Team Off to a Great Start
Coach Marinelli and the Golf Team was victorious against Archbishop McCarthy 158-178, led by junior Gabriel Niembro (shot a -1 36 at Grand Palms). Christian Figueredo shot 39, Lance Jerauld 41, Luis Perez 42, Jimmy Friguls 46, and Hudson Giordano 47 played well in their first match of the season. 
Joseph Price and Isaiah Morales Attended Best Buddies Leadership Conference
Over the summer, Joseph Price and Isaiah Morales, Best Buddies Club officers, attended the Best Buddies International Leadership Conference in Indiana. While there, they were able to learn more about the organization, collaborate with officers from chapters all over the world, and learn new strategies for fundraising and volunteering. They came back excited to kick off the Best Buddies 2019-2020 school year.  Thank you Mrs. Gonzalez-Rojas.
Cross Country Starts Season on High Note
At the Conquistador Invite, the JV team came in in 1-6 place.  They were led by Niko Trujillo.
The Varsity team came in 3rd place, led by Marcus Mata, Leo Cruz and AJ Fajardo. In a Stuart Tournament, the Varsity team placed 3rd overall. Thank you, Coach Pino.
Freshman Field Day
Although it was a rainy and soggy day, Freshman Field Day took place and provided great fun, as students participated in games and competitions including a pie eating contest.  Thank you to the seniors, Mr. Staiano and all the freshman teachers and guidance counselors who made the day possible.  
Gold Tie Drive To Benefit Childhood Cancer Research
Sofia's Hope, Inc. will be selling Columbus gold ties throughout the month of September to benefit its foundation and the continued fight against childhood cancer. Make sure you get your tie before they sell out!
Mr. Rene Rodriguez Recognized for 10 Years as a Sports Official
Congratulations to Columbus long-time mathematics teacher Rene Rodriguez on his recent recognition from the Florida High School Athletic Association.  He was recognized for his 10 years of service as a sports official.
Andres Atrio Makes Hole in One!
Freshman Varsity Golfer Andres Atrio made a hole in one at the Florida Junior Tour tournament at Sugar Mill.  He placed and tied for fourth place (overall boys) 13-15. Congratulations Andres! 
Adrian Noy and Senator Rubio
Adrian Noy '21 participated in a Summer Externship with Senator Marco Rubio.

Over 20 Colleges Visiting Columbus in September
The guidance department has coordinated over 20 college visits to the Columbus campus in September.  VIEW COLLEGE VISIT SCHEDULE

View the Latest Adelante Magazine
Be sure to check-out the latest edition of Christopher Columbus High School’s Adelante Magazine for important school and alumni news.   VIEW ADELANTE
CCNN Live Media Excellence Awards on Sep. 14th – Purchase Your Tickets Today
Our CCNN Live Media Excellence Awards is two weeks away! On September 14th we will host many of South Florida's best news reporters who will be honored in a Golden Globes styled gala and you can be a part of it! Please consider attending the event and supporting our Emmy and national award winning Broadcast Journalism Program. This year, the event will also benefit charity partner, Autism Speaks.
Wear What Explorers Wear – Shop the Online Store
At COLUMBUSEXPLORERS.SHOP you’ll find 2-day shipping on the latest Columbus branded merchandise for men, women, and children. Be sure to check out the store and wear what Explorers wear!
Upcoming  September Dates to Remember:

9/2:                       Labor Day (No School)
9/3                        Guidance Meeting for Freshman Parents - A-L (6:30-8pm, Café)
9/4:                       Picture Make-up Day
9/4:                       Club Fair (2:30 – 5:00pm, Gym)
9/4:                       Guidance Meeting for Freshman Parents - M-Z (6:30-8pm, Café)
9/5 & 6:               Freshman Kerygma Retreat (Morning Star Retreat Center)
9/10:                    School-wide Mass/Installation of President Kruczek (8am, Gym)
9/12:                    Guidance Meeting for Senior Parents (6:30-8:30pm, Café)
9/12 & 13:          Sophomore Retreat (Morning Star Retreat Center)
9/14:                    6th Annual CCNN Live Media Excellence Awards (6:30pm, Café)
9/25:                    Guidance Meeting for Sophomore Parents (6:30-8pm, Café)
9/26:                    Football Homecoming Game (7:00pm)
9/27:                    Homecoming Dance (6:30-11pm, Miami Marriott)
9/29:                    Mother & Son Mass/Breakfast (10am-12pm, Gym/Café)

Christopher Columbus High School | 3000 SW 87 Avenue | Miami, FL 33165 | (305) 223-5650
Christopher Columbus High School is a private, Roman Catholic, college-preparatory high school, conducted by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. We aim to make Jesus Christ known and loved, as we prepare young men for higher education and for their continuous challenge of harmonizing faith, culture and life. We foster a family spirit among all who are committed to the success of the school and promote opportunities to work together as a community of learners. 

Columbus is fully accredited by Cognia and is a member of the Marist Association of Secondary schools, the National Catholic Education Association and the Independent Schools of South Florida.