Thursday, December 16, 2010

Exam Schedule for St. Bernard Prep

Students – Exam Schedule – Dec. 16-18, 2010
Breakfast for boarders at 8:15 a.m. each day.

Thurs. Dec. 16 9:00-10:30 2
11:00-12:30 8
12:30-12:45 Lunch
1:30-3:00 7

Fri. Dec. 17 9:00-10:30 3
11:00-12:30 4
12:30-12:45 Lunch
1:30-3:00 6

Sat. Dec. 18 9:00-10:30 1
12:30-12:45 Lunch/Dismiss

• Exams will be comprehensive for the entire semester just completed.
• Exam days are “class days.” Each class will meet at its designated time, including study halls. Absences will be non-excused.
• Remain in your classroom until the entire examination period is over (1 ½ hours) and you are dismissed by your instructor.
• Quiet in the school building (hallways, classrooms, library, etc.) at all times Thurs. - Sat., until all exams are completed on Saturday.
• Library will be open for study time before and after exams as announced.
• Dining Hall will be open during breakfast, lunch and break (10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) periods, Thursday - Saturday.
• Boarding students will have town privileges as announced.
• Any exception to the above regulations must be approved by the Headmaster’s office.

Monday, December 13, 2010

St. Bernard students taught CPR

St. Bernard Health Instructor, Ruth Anne Knight, annually teaches all students in her health classes the fundamentals of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a course study through the American Heart Association.

CPR is a combination of rescue breathing and chest compressions. If someone isn't breathing or circulating blood adequately, CPR can restore circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Without oxygen, permanent brain damage or death can occur in less than 8 minutes.

The AHA's basic life support course covers adult, child, and infant CPR and choking. Students practice the techniques on mannequins and can ask questions and get individualized instruction. The final test for the course is a combination of demonstrating CPR skills and taking a written test.

Students learn CPR on adults, children and babies. Knight said the course is designed so students learn the issues involved with knowing when it is safe to approach someone who needs help and how to quickly evaluate whether the person is responsive.

“We teach the ABC’s of CPR,” Knight commented. “Students check the airways, breathing and circulation, and make a determination about what procedure to apply next.”

Knight along with Mrs. Carolyn Peinhardt Johnson, both of whom are basic life support instructors with the American Heart Association, evaluate students on proper techniques during the exams.

Because CPR is a skill that must be practiced, it's wise to repeat the course at least every 2 years to maintain skills. Doing so also allows the opportunity to learn about any new advances or discoveries in CPR techniques.

“We never know when we can help someone who is choking or in need of assistance. Providing this service to our students is something they will remember the rest of their lives,” Knight said. “Soon we will be adding Hands-only CPR to our curriculum. This technique is simpler and easier to remember and removes a big barrier for people skittish about the mouth-to-mouth breathing.”

Monday, December 6, 2010

St. Bernard to present The Festival of Nine Carols and Lessons

St. Bernard Prep School will present the Festival of Nine Carols and Lessons on December 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Abbey Church. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols though Protestant in origin, is akin to the ancient office (service) of Matins. A central part of Matins is a number of lessons or readings from Holy Scripture and the Fathers of the Church, each followed by a response to the reading, and all surrounded by psalms and other scriptural songs.

Dr. Rebecca Whited, SBP Director of Choral Music said, “It is an act of worship rather than a concert, dating back to 1918 when it was first held on Christmas Eve in the Chapel of King’s College at Cambridge University in England.” Since that time the tradition has been adapted in many churches throughout the world. While the music changes, the lessons remain the same.

The main theme is the development of the loving purposes of God …’ seen ‘through the windows and words of the Bible. A representative from each class and leaders of the St. Bernard community will present the lessons, while Dr. Whited and the choral music department provide the music and accompaniment.

The public is invited to attend.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SBP Middle School sponsors four families at Thanksgiving

Middle School students at St. Bernard Preparatory School contributed to the St. Vincent DePaul organization at Sacred Heart Church to make Thanksgiving special for four families in the local community. Originally each class was to adopt one family, but the overwhelming support made it possible for the two combined classes to support four families for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Ms. Martha Ann Warnke, Religion instructor, organized a grocery list and asked for items to be contributed for each box. The grocery list consisted of a turkey, stuffing mix, green beans, sweet peas, sweet corn, evaporated milk, canned pumpkin, deep dish pie shells, jello pie filling, graham cracker pie shells, instant mashed potatoes, canned sweet potatoes, spiced apple rings, marshmallows, dinner rolls, sugar, imitation vanilla, cake mix, canned frosting, turkey roasting pan, cake baking pans, roasting bag for turkey, thanksgiving table cloth, plates, napkins, cups and cutlery.

Students selected the items to contribute, and brought it in two-fold. Smiling Ms. Warnke said, “We are so happy with the outpouring support of this project. Cash contributions allowed for each box to be stuffed not only with a turkey, but a ham too.”

St. Bernard Prep encourages students to participate in community service projects. Principal, William Calvert said the teachers are to be commended for their participation in this project as well. Calvert commented, “They were our best leaders in reminding students of the blessings we enjoy daily.”

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving Service held at St. Bernard

Students at St. Bernard Prep School celebrated Mass recently during the school’s Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service. Traditionally each year St. Bernard students and staff are given the opportunity to invite clergy representing their various congregations and religious traditions.

Fourteen ministers from the area took part in the service composed of prayers, psalms, scripture readings and hymns, and students offer thanks and petitions to God as they lay symbols of their lives before the altar.

The Rev. Michael Deering, St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Church, Gardendale; St. Henry’s Church, Warrior presented the sermon . Father Deering’s homily reminded students of the importance of giving thanks.
“In today’s world an act of kindness leads to gratitude which earns respect,” Deering said. “Take time to give thanks for everything and especially the farmers who planted the potatoes for your thanksgiving dinner, the truck drivers for their prompt delivery to your grocery store, and especially to the host preparing the dinner.”

The St. Bernard Choral Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Whited took part in the service.

The service was followed by a dinner for all guests, students, faculty and staff. The guest clergymen were served by the students.

St. Bernard Prep Headmaster, Fr. Joel Martin, O.S.B. said, “This is an opportunity for all of us in the school community to give thanks to God for the many gifts we have received, and to do so along with those pastors, ministers and priests who are so important in the lives of our students. These men and women are very busy, so we are all impressed with and grateful for their taking time to join us.”

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

SBP Open House successful

Officials for St. Bernard Preparatory School were very pleased at the level of interest shown in the middle and high school program operated by the Benedictine monks at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman. More than 50 guests attended the two hour Open House to gather more information about the curriculum and programs offered.

“Interest is growing in our Middle School on the local level,” said admissions director, Dr. Donna Bryant. Students from the surrounding area were looking at joining the middle school program at semester break as well as next year. “Next year is predicted to be the worst funding year for our public school systems in the state of Alabama, so parents are beginning to explore the benefits of private education,” Bryant added.

St. Bernard offers a college preparatory curriculum in a Christian environment. Annually St. Bernard students perform well above the national average on the ACT. Small classes, scholarship offers, and a safe environment are some of the appealing attributes of the school.

St. Bernard boasts newly renovated dormitories, a state of the art athletic complex, and technology enhancements in the classroom. Headmaster, Fr. Joel Martin said he was extremely pleased with the interest shown. “We always enjoy having visitors explore the many opportunities offered at St. Bernard.”

Students who are interested in learning more about the day to day campus life may schedule a shadow visit. Shadow visits are arranged by contacting the Admissions Officer, Dr. Donna Bryant at (256)739-6682 or email

St. Bernard Prep is a day and boarding school for students in grades 7-12. For more information contact the school at (256)739-6682 or visit

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cullman Police Chief instructs DARE Program

St. Bernard Prep Middle School wishes to thank Cullman Police Chief Kenny Culpepper for spending time in the classroom teaching the DARE Program.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Poetry Out Loud Winners

St. Bernard Prep School held their annual Poetry Out Loud competition on Friday, October 15 at the school. Winners of the local competition were: Third place, Maddie Schweers; Second place, Caitlin Varquez, and First Place, Sean Moriarty. These students will compete in Huntsville at the Regional competition later in the year.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Oktoberfest 5K Trail Run- October 16 @ St. Bernard Prep

St. Bernard Prep School will host an Oktoberfest 5k trail run on Saturday, October 16at 7:30 a.m. The school invites all to celebrate autumn with a morning run through the beautiful St. Bernard Abbey Treasure Forest. The event will precede the Oktoberfest High School Cross Country Meet beginning at 9 a.m.

An entry fee of $15 will entitle participants to receive an Oktoberfest 5K t-shirt while supplies last. Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Awards will be presented to the top 15 finishers; top three male and females, and the top male and female master winners. No duplication of awards will be granted.

Awards are being provided by First Place Athletics.

Download the waiver at and mail payment to:

William Calvert
St. Bernard Prep School
1600 St. Bernard Drive, SE
Cullman, AL 35055

All checks should be made payable to St. Bernard Cross Country.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cross Country Results from Trail of Champions

Scottsboro Invitational Cross Country Meet
September 18, 2010
Scottsboro High School Cross Country “Trail of Champions”

St. Bernard Prep Varsity Boys Results - The boys finished 3rd in the 1A-3A Division behind (2A)Pleasant Valley and defending state 3A champions Randolph. They had the 12th best score in the 28 team field consisting of mainly 4A, 5A and 6A schools including perennial powers like Scottsboro, Lawrence Co., Cullman, Grissom and Bob Jones. Team scores in 1A-3A 1. Randolph 15 (perfect score) 2. Pleasant Valley 62 3. SBP 91 4. Westminster Christian 99 5. Madison Academy 117 6. Pisgah 160 7. Faith Christian 196

Individual Results – Will Faulk 6th place runner in 1A-3A with at time of 18:40 lead the Saints. John Russell was 2nd for the team at 18th place and a personal record of 20:20. Other scorers were Levi Schaefers 20th place, Giovanni Cortes 23rd and Michael Justin Varquez 24th.

Varsity Girls - SBP had only three runners competing in the varsity girls race but 8th grader Ayleana Mami really had a great performance finishing 2nd in the 1A-3A division. Her time of 21:31 was a personal record by 40 seconds.

Junior varsity boys- SBP finished 8th out of 12 teams in the JV division. Freshman Oscar Perez was first for the JV team finishing in 8th place over the 2.1 mile course with a time of 12:55. 7th grader Steven Mami was 2nd for the team in 50th place with a time of 15:01. Also scoring for the team were Jacob Grey , Gavin Harris and Hayden Harris (all 7th graders.)

Coach Calvert’s comments“ We were able to see how we stacked up against some tough competition in a big meet. We had lots of personal records over the course on a hot day. The kids are training hard and its beginning to show up in the races. The boys’ average time of 20:20 is a big improvement from our first two meets and that was without Oscar Perez who had a great race in the JV division. Ayleana’s 40 second PR was really amazing considering how hard we worked last week and the hot day. I am looking forward to seeing what they can do down the road in October and hopefully at the state meet on November 13th.

Next meet for the Saints is the Kudzu Hills Invite on the Campus of Cold Springs High School this Saturday.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Don Laney publishes “Charley’s Boys – St. Bernard College in the Sixties”

Many stories have circulated about Coach Charles Richard during the many decades when he was the mentor of athletics at St. Bernard. Don Laney, a member of the basketball team who played for Coach Richard in the late 1960s, has recently published a book entitled “Charley’s Boys – St. Bernard College in the Sixties.” In it Laney tells the story of the four years he was enrolled in St. Bernard College with a special emphasis on the basketball program and the guidance provided by Coach Richard for the players under his charge.

“I decided to write this book,” said Laney, “when I told someone that I graduated from St. Bernard College. They had never heard of the place. It was then that I decided to write down my memories of the years I spent there and how important they were to me and others. I wanted to share my experience of this great place and tell others what an inspiration it continues to be for me.”

Laney said, “When writing the book, I was in contact with several of my teammates. Every time we talked, we always came back to particular memories about Coach Charlie. The stories were so good, I felt the need to write them down and publish them for others to read.”

Laney, a 1970 graduate of St. Bernard College, played for Coach Charlie and was a member of the 1968 team that won the ACC basketball championship over Jacksonville State College. “We played high scoring games,” he said. “It was nothing to run a score up in the triple digits. We ran plays designed by Coach Charlie who had a lot of talented players who could play the game and score.”

Along with the basketball narrative, Laney’s book tells the story of St. Bernard in the late 1960s. He speaks of campus activities, the professors and priests who formed the faculty as well as the students who were enrolled in the college. “Coach Richard was a part of it all,” said Laney, “and his influence could be seen not only in the athletic program but across the campus.”

Laney is a retired school teacher from the Marshall County School System where he served as a coach and instructor for more than 30 years.

St. Bernard College closed in 1979. In 1984 St. Bernard reopened its Prep School program and today serves students in grades 7-12. In 2011 St. Bernard will celebrate its 120th year of providing an education for the students who have enrolled in its schools.

“Charley’s Boys: St. Bernard College in the Sixties” can be purchased online at, or from the Ave Maria Grotto bookstore (256-734-4110) or from the author at

A book signing will be held at Ave Maria Grotto on Saturday, November 6 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Knight named Athletic Director at St. Bernard Prep

Fr. Joel Martin, OSB, Headmaster at St. Bernard Prep recently named Wade Knight as the new Athletic Director at St. Bernard Prep replacing James Tolbert who ended his reign at the school two weeks ago. Knight, a 38 year veteran teacher and coach, has been employed by the school for the past two years as a physical education instructor. In addition to his classroom duties and Athletic Director duties, he will serve as varsity basketball and baseball coach.

“This is what I love to do,” Knight said smiling. “I have spent the majority of my life in the classroom and coaching. I have tried other things – I sold used cars, and I sold new cars, and I even drove Bluebird buses all over the country, but I am happy to be back in the school setting.”

Father Joel comments, “God takes care of St. Bernard, and Coach Knight’s presence here at this time is proof of that. We’re fortunate to have him because of his fine reputation, dedication to students, positive approach, and long-standing family connection to St. Bernard.”

Knight has worked a number of years in the County system – Fairview and Harmony, but spent the majority of his time at Good Hope High School. His number one goal for St. Bernard is to work on the fundamentals of each sport. “We will work on the fundamentals of the game, and form a habit of playing hard all the time,” Knight added.

Knight said he is looking forward to working with the Saints. “These are some of the best kids in the world. Once we teach the fundamentals, they will learn to play with character and class. Our number one goal is to get better every day we practice, and to get better every game we play – then eventually we will win a few games,” chuckled Knight.

St. Bernard offers girls volleyball, basketball, softball, tennis, cross country/track, and soccer. Boys are offered cross country/track, basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball, and wrestling.

Knight continues a family tradition at St. Bernard Prep. He is the son-in-law of the renowned Coach Charlie Richards whose name is honored in Alabama athletics. He is married to Ruth Anne Knight, who instructs at St. Bernard; and has two sons, Kurt (Tanya) Knight and Kevin; and one grandson, Jake.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Dyron's Lowcountry sponsors dinner for St. Bernard

Birmingham, AL SBP Board Member, Dyron Powell (SBP '91) is sponsoring a benefit dinner for St. Bernard Prep School on Monday, September 20, at his Birmingham restaurant, Dyron's Lowcountry. Happy hour begins at 6 p.m. with the buffet dinner beginning at 7 p.m. One hundred tickets are available for $50 per person.

The menu consists of a mixed green salad; herb crusted pork roast, southern fried catfish, and wood grilled chicken served with hoppin john (low country black-eyed peas and rice), creamed corn, roasted potatoes, green bean casserole, cornbread and rolls with white chocolate bread pudding. Wine and drinks included.

For reservations call (205)834-8257. Ask for the St. Bernard Benefit... - Sept. 20. All proceeds benefit Saint Bernard Preparatory School.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Coach Tolbert to Move from St. Bernard

St. Bernard Prep School confirmed that Coach James Tolbert will be moving from the private school in order to pursue other career opportunities. The move comes in the wake of the school’s decision to discontinue its football program.

“When I asked Coach Tolbert to join our staff, we were hoping to improve the fortunes of our football program,” said Fr. Marcus Voss, President. “However, we could not muster enough support to form a viable team and have had to discontinue the program for the foreseeable future.”

Coach Tolbert initiated the football in 2001. After being away from the campus for seven years, he returned in 2009 to take the helm again. Despite his leadership, the program was unable to build momentum.

“I wish Coach Tolbert well as he looks to the future,” said Fr. Marcus. “Though we have had to discontinue football, I look forward to the success of our other athletic programs.”

Monday, August 23, 2010

Saint Bernard graduate in movie

A Saint Bernard Prep graduate is set to hit the big screen in theatres everywhere this weekend. John Wright, Jr. (PS ’45-JC48) of Birmingham, Alabama landed a supporting role in an Eli Roth horror film, "The Last Exorcism" to be released in theatres by Lionsgate on August 27. Wright plays the father of the lead character, Patrick Fabian, who both play evangelical preachers.

In a facebook wall post at Wright sends a friendly warning that even though the movie is rated PG-13 it has scary scenes, but I am the grey-haired actor who plays the lead actor’s father.

Wright said, “When I go, I’ll most likely close my eyes for the scary scenes!”

Thursday, August 19, 2010

SBP students exceed National Test Scores

St. Bernard Prep School reported the graduating seniors of the class of 2010 exceeded the state and national averages on the ACT exam. School Counselor, Barbara Rasplika said she was very pleased with the scores. “Because St. Bernard gives such a high priority to academic excellence,” Rasplika said, “our students traditionally do well on these national exams. Our faculty and students are to be commended for doing such an excellent job.”

A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on and ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses. Included are English Composition, Algebra, Social Science and Biology. Rasplika reported that “in every category, St. Bernard exceeded the national and state averages.”

“At a time when many schools are having to curtail their programs because of funding issues, St. Bernard is making every effort to expand its academic offerings and give students the best possible learning environment,” said Fr. Marcus Voss, President of the school. “Our average student-teacher ratio is 8-1, which means our students get a lot of attention in the classroom. Their success on national exams is yet another indicator of the integrity of our program.”

“Last year we graduated 23 seniors which is a small class even by our standards,” Fr. Marcus continued. “Yet, those seniors earned over $3 million in scholarships to college. This year we have gotten off to another excellent start in our academic program and I look forward to seeing the same success this year and for the years to come.”

St. Bernard Prep is a co-ed college preparatory, boarding school for grades 7-12. Anyone interested in visiting should contact the school 256-739-6682 (ext 7128) or visit our website at

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

SBP student to host benefit

Jerrica Crawford, a sophomore at St. Bernard Preparatory School, will be hosting a spaghetti luncheon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Auditorium in Cullman, Alabama on Sunday, August 22, 2010 to benefit the Children’s Hospital Burn unit in Birmingham, Alabama.

At St. Bernard all students are required to earn ten hours of community service each semester. Jerrica said after giving this much thought it was like a voice inside her head reminded her of a relatives experience at Children’s. “My cousin was seriously burned nineteen years ago when at the age of two she stuck her hand into a wall heater and was burned by the pilot light,” commented Jerrica.

Though Jerrica wasn’t born and her only knowledge comes from photographs and scars on her cousin, she understands the compassion shown to these children who are in a great deal of pain.

“Sometimes we forget the little things that matter,” Crawford said. All proceeds raised from the spaghetti supper will go toward the activity room at the hospital. Every dollar raised will be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Jerrica is thrilled as the excitement builds for Sunday’s event. Smiling she said, “Everyone has been so supportive of this project. I appreciate all the donations and time from my amazing friends and family.”

The luncheon of spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert is being prepared by Bob Howell, Don Warnke, ladies of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and family members. Lunch donations will be accepted from noon until 2 p.m. to purchase new arts, crafts, games and toys for the activity room on the Children’s Hospital burn unit floor.

Entertainment will be provided by The Suzuki Strings of Alabama, directed by Mrs. Penney Adair.

Jerrica is the daughter of Marty and Sherri Crawford. She invites everyone to join her on Sunday, August 22 from noon until 2 p.m. in her efforts to ease the pain for children struggling with burns.

SBP students assigned responsibilities

SBP Headmaster, Fr. Joel Martin, called a special assembly with faculty and students at St. Bernard Preparatory School earlier this week to address the students on the topic of personal responsibilities, academic achievement and moral development.

For beginners, the Benedictine headmaster read a section of the school’s philosophy statement to students in attendance: …”students…will learn to discipline themselves so that eventually others will not have to do so…” Fr. Joel reminded students that it is all a matter of growing up!

One hundred and sixteen high school students have had a week to acclimate to their new environment. Students were encouraged to be in contact with the guidance office about making arrangements for travelling to take the ACT, SAT, or TOFUL exams. Students are expected to be prompt in attendance, and to keep track of their textbooks and personal belongings.

Mr. John Tekulve, Assistant Headmaster, addressed the uniform code stating students are expected to look their best by wearing single colored black or dark brown shoes while clothed in their school uniform of white shirts with plaid skirts or khaki pants for girls and khaki pants for boys which are purchased from a uniform company.

Tekulve reminded students to make sure their shirts are ironed, buttoned, and tails tucked, and urged them to be especially attentive to their appearance at Mass and other prayers. “We know God doesn’t care what we look like, but it’s respect and what we think of God that matters,” Tekulve said.

In closing, Fr. Joel reminded students of several requirements: first, presence in class is expected of all, and unexcused absences will result in Saturday school make-up work. Second, “Your parents have made a great sacrifice to send you to St. Bernard. The principal focus here is academic responsibility.” Then pass-play rule set for athletes by the Alabama High School Athletic Association was explained, and the further academic expectations set by St. Bernard for all students. Students who fail a core course are allowed to make that coursework up in summer school for athletic eligibility, however, St. Bernard Prep still requires that the course be taken again at St. Bernard.

St. Bernard Prep is a co-ed day and boarding school operated by the Benedictine monks at St. Bernard Abbey for grades 7-12. For more information phone (256)739-6682 or visit

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

St. Bernard begins new school year

St. Bernard Preparatory School started its 119th year on Monday, August 9, with Fr. Joel Martin, Headmaster, welcoming students, faculty, and staff to the new academic year. In his opening remarks, he recognized the many changes that have taken place since last school year.

Mr. John Tekulve, will be assisting at the high school this year as Assistant to the Headmaster, while Mr. William Calvert will be holding that position in the middle school. New faculty members include Mrs. Delila Fox, returning to teach mathematics at St. Bernard after a few years sabbatical, and Mr. Stephen Calvert at the Middle School. Dr. Donna Bryant’s new position as Admissions Director was also announced.
In addition to staff and faculty changes, several renovations have taken place around the campus, including upgrades to both the boys’ and girls’ dormitories and the administration building. New text books are already being used and an upgrade in technology is being planned for the first semester.

“St. Bernard is blessed with a number of students from all over the United States, including territories such as Puerto Rico as well as a number of international students hailing from Korea, Mexico, and China,’ said Fr. Joel. “This diversity of background, nationality, religion and culture is part of what makes St. Bernard so special, preparing our students for the global society in which we live.” St. Bernard boasts a student/faculty ratio of 8:1, which enables teachers to give one-on-one attention to students, thus ensuring each student’s success.

During the assembly, the leaders of the Student Council were introduced. Justin Michael Varquez, the Student Council President, welcomed his fellow students to the new year and encouraged them to be involved in all the activities that are planned.
Ms. Katie Hawkins, SBPS Spanish Teacher, spoke of the Mentor Program for St. Bernard this year. She recognized those students who were mentoring new students, and encouraged all to help each other. The work of the mentors was already present as one walked up and down the hallways, spotting notes of encouragement left on the lockers of new students.

Abbot Cletus Meagher, O.S.B., the Abbot of St. Bernard, reminded the students of their wonderful opportunities at St. Bernard, emphasizing that St. Bernard has a long tradition of educational excellence in a Christian environment. He recognized the valuable contributions of alumni which enable St. Bernard to develop and continue in its mission of providing a Christian education.

As Chaplain, Fr. Bede Marcy led first the faculty and staff, and then the students in their “Renewal of Commitment to Education and Formation.” Abbot Cletus brought the assembly to a close with prayer and words of encouragement to excel in every way during the coming year.

Middle School greets new faces

Seventh grade began a day of first for twenty-one students at St. Bernard Middle School, and one new faculty member. Stephen Calvert began his first day for the 2010-11 academic year with his first teaching position at St. Bernard Middle School. Calvert is serving as 7th grade math and 8th grade Algebra and Pre-Algebra, and literature teacher.

Having been public schooled all of his life, he began the first day of his private school career with a day of opening prayer, blessings, the pledge of allegiance and singing God Bless America with the entire Middle School community.

In the classroom he addressed the class as though he had been teaching for years by introducing himself and covering his syllabus. “In seventh grade math, we are basically trying to set things up for Algebra,” he said to his class of ten students. “The more math you do, the better you get.”

His expectations left nothing unturned. Calvert instructed, “I expect you to be punctual, prepared, respectful, and able to follow instructions, as well as to complete all assignments.”

Calvert said everyone has a different way of doing things, and encouraged the students to share their ways of doing math with the class.

Getting to know the students was important too. Each student was asked to introduce themselves to the class by standing and sharing information about their summer. “It’s always interesting what you discover about students,” Calvert said smiling. “Some went to the gulf and experienced the oil spill; some played baseball; one did barrel racing, one did gymnastics, several visited relatives within the states, and some just played video games.”

Calvert is looking forward to his first year at St. Bernard. St. Bernard Middle School enrolled thirty-nine students for grades 7-8, and is awaiting the arrival of another seventh grade international student from Korea this week.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Summer improvements completed at St. Bernard Prep

Alumni and friends of St. Bernard have enhanced the looks of the dormitories at St. Bernard Prep in Cullman through their benevolence with the Summer Improvement Campaign. School President, Fr. Marcus Voss, OSB reported the campaign has allowed several enhancements to be made in both dorm facilities on campus. Resident students at St. Bernard Prep will find many surprises when arriving on campus Sunday to begin the 2010-11 academic years.

The girl’s dorm received new light fixtures, mattresses, and showers while three administrative offices in the Administration Building were restored, as well as the basement floor.

In addition to new mattresses, Benedict East (boy’s dorm) received a number of enhancements as well. All wooden floors were restored, and the beds refinished.

Both dorm recreation rooms received new furniture and 42” flat screen televisions. “Seeing students enjoying their new home environment at St. Bernard Prep is important to us,” Voss said. “Our alumni support through the Summer Improvement Campaign and community support of our Bloomin’ Festival has been a blessing to the program.”

Fr. Marcus said restoration of three administrative offices in the Administration Building have been made as well. The school will be moving toward advances in the technology field soon by placing smart boards in the middle school and high school.

St. Bernard is expecting more than 120 students to enroll in the high school and 36 students for the middle school. St. Bernard Prep is a day and boarding school for students in grades 7-12. Anyone interested in more information should contact the school by calling (256)739-6682 or

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Glasscock breaks records for Swim Team

Rising sophmore Bennett Glasscock won 5 gold medals this past weekend at the 2010 ARPA State Swim Meet. 1500 swimmers from across Alabama qualified and competed in the meet in Valley, Alabama. Bennett was District and State champion in Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly. His 13-14 boys relay also won gold the medley and freestyle relays.

Bennett broke every 13-14 boys record for Cullman Swim Team. He started the summer attending the University of Texas, Longhorn Swim Camp, coached by Olympic and NCAA Champions, Eddie Reese. Other high points of the competitive summer were winning 5 gold medals at the Tennessee Valley Championships.

He will be representing St. Bernard Prep School this year in ASHAA swimming. Bennett is the son of Carson and Wendy Glasscock.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Pre-registration underway at SBP

Miss Martha Anne Warnke, St. Bernard Middle School, assists Mary Lou Gamble and her daughters, Theresa and Katherine during the registration process at St. Bernard Prep School. St. Bernard Prep School is currently accepting students in grades 7-12. Anyone wishing more information should contact the Admissions Office by calling (256)739-6682 or visiting To keep up with the latest news like Saint Bernard Prep on Facebook.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pre-Registration set for St. Bernard Prep

St. Bernard Preparatory School in Cullman is preparing for pre-registration Wednesday and Thursday, July 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily for the 2010-11 Academic Year. Students have been mailed schedules and may print permission forms from the school website at

Anyone interested in enrolling should contact the Admissions Office at (256)739-6682 for information and a campus tour. St. Bernard Prep is a co-ed Catholic Boarding and Day school operated by the Benedictine Monks of St. Bernard Abbey for grades 7-12.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Carolyn Branch Retires

Carolyn Branch, who has served as the assistant to the President for almost 18 years, recently announced her retirement. Her retirement will become effective on June 30, 2010.

During years at St. Bernard, she was sometimes called the “voice of St. Bernard” since she operated the telephone system and answered almost all incoming calls to the campus. Her major responsibilities included the planning and executing of the Annual Alumni Reunion as well as managing the vast majority of correspondence issued from the Development and President Office.

“I have certainly depended on Carolyn over these many years,” said Fr. Marcus Voss, President. “So often when I have had to be away from the campus, I knew that I could depend on her to manage the office and take care of the needs that would invariably arise. She has always been a strong team player and forever willing to give a helping hand. I am grateful to her for years of service and wish her well as she looks forward to her retirement.”

At the Alumni Reunion Banquet held on June 26th, Carolyn was given a certificate from the St. Bernard community which read in part: “To Carolyn Branch for her dedicated service to St. Bernard. She has performed laudably in every area. Her untiring work during the Annual Appeals, Summer Appeals and the Campaign for Capital Improvements has contributed immeasurably to their success. All who know her at St. Bernard express our deepest appreciation for her unwavering support for the past 18 years and wish her an enjoyable and blessed retirement.”

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Calvert named middle school principal at St. Bernard

William Calvert has been named the new middle school principal at St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman. Since 2005, he has served as the principal of Cold Springs High School in Cullman County. Just hours after Calvert’s retirement was accepted by the Cullman County Board of Education, Fr. Joel Martin, Headmaster at St. Bernard Prep School, announced that Calvert had accepted the position of St. Bernard Middle School principal.

Calvert replaces John Tekulve, who has been serving as principal of the middle school which opened in 2007. Tekulve has accepted a position as principal of St. Bernard High School assisting Fr. Joel Martin, the Headmaster.

“We are delighted to announce these two appointments,” Fr. Joel said. “These men are of the finest caliber and we look forward to having them lead St. Bernard in the years to come.”

Calvert, a native of Cullman County, earned his Bachelor of Science Degree at Jacksonville State University and his Masters Degree at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He has worked in the field of education for almost thirty years. During his career he has been a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal and principal. A proven leader, he has worked for excellence in every school where he has served. Most recently he instituted programs at Cold Springs High School that helped the students enrolled there achieve the highest math and writing scores in the Cullman County School System.

Along with his skills in academics, Calvert also has a solid reputation in athletics, especially in track and field. While at Jacksonville State, he set the school record in the 3000-meter steeple chase as a senior. During his time as coach at both Cullman and Cold Springs, he has seen a total of 24 of his athletes sign collegiate scholarship. Because of his solid athletic credentials, Calvert was inducted in April 2010 into the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame.

“William Calvert brings years of experience both as a coach, teacher and administrator,” said John Tekulve. “He will be good for St. Bernard. He exhibits good judgment when dealing with students, and keeps the students his top priority.”

Calvert resides in Cullman with his wife Sherry. They have two grown children, Christa Calvert Spratling and Stephen Calvert.

Monday, May 24, 2010

St. Bernard holds commencement

St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman graduated twenty-three seniors on Sunday, May 23rd in an impressive ceremony conducted in the Abbey Church and under the direction of Fr. Joel Martin, Headmaster of the School. After welcoming members of the Board of Directors, the faculty, the staff and the invited guests, Fr. Joel noted that this year’s graduating seniors had the distinction of earning over $3.5 million dollars in scholarships and were accepted into 79 colleges and universities.

As part of the 111th commencement exercises, the St. Bernard Board of Directors recognized two alumni who received the “Distinguished Alumnus Award.” The Most Rev. Oscar H. Lipscomb, Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Mobile, and Lee J. Styslinger, Jr., founder of Altec, Inc., were inducted into the St. Bernard Distinguished Alumnus Class of 2010. Fr. Marcus Voss, President of St. Bernard Prep School, presided over this portion of the graduation ceremonies.

Archbishop Lipscomb was the main celebrant and homilist at the Baccalaureate Mass held earlier in the day. During his homily he reminded the graduates of the challenges they will meet especially as they learn to exercise their freedoms as young adults. Lee Styslinger delivered the Commencement address and emphasized the importance of the graduates staying connected to each other as they look to a future filled with opportunities.

After the commencement address, Fr. Joel announced this year’s graduation awards. Ana Kathleen Gauthier received the valedictorian award while Cathryn Marie Schartung was named salutatorian. In giving the general excellence medal, the highest award given to a graduating senior, Fr. Joel stated that “the criteria for this award requires that a student must be enrolled at St. Bernard Prep for the last two full years, be dedicated to academic excellence, exercise leadership and represent the values of the school.” The 2010 general excellence medal was presented to Elizabeth Ann Schweers.

Diplomas were presented to the graduating seniors by Abbot Cletus Meagher with Fr. Marcus Voss assisting him. After the awarding of the diplomas, Ana Kathleen Gauthier gave the valedictory address during which she highlighted the importance of the journey that will lead this year’s graduates to their life goals.

Fr. Joel Martin ended the ceremony calling attention to the role that challenges play in life. “We need challenges because we come alive in struggles,” he said. “We have high expectations for your future. You’re made for greatness. Go and take St. Bernard with you.”

Music for the graduation exercises was provided by Dr. Rebecca Whited, organist and director of choral music at St. Bernard, as well as the Alabama Pipes and Drums Corps. The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Honor Guard of the Fr. Leo Carter Assembly 2624 also participated in the ceremonies.

Following the prayer and dismissal by Abbot Cletus Meagher, a reception was held in the St. Bernard Dining Hall.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Eighth grades holds graduation ceremony

Eighth grade students at St. Bernard Prep School finished their last school day on Thursday, May 20th, and celebrated with a graduation ceremony in the Abbey Church at 7 p.m. the same evening. Abbot Cletus Meagher, O.S.B. presided over the ceremony.
“When I graduated 52 years ago from grade school in Chattanooga, TN, we held a ceremony just like this one,” Abbot Cletus said. “It started with a prayer, and ended with a prayer in the Church.”
Jokingly Abbot Cletus told the students he didn’t remember what the talk at his ceremony was about, and he didn’t expect them to either, but one thing he did want to stress was to keep Christ the center of your life.
“At St. Bernard our lives are centered around Christ,” stressed Abbot Cletus . “Remember who you are, and be thankful for all of the people who are responsible for getting you where you are today. Never bring shame to your family name, yourself, and most of all to Christ.”
After the awarding of diplomas, students were introduced as the 2010 Freshmen Class of St. Bernard Preparatory.
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Monday, May 17, 2010

SBP students place in art competition

Saint Bernard Preparatory School Art Students competed at Congressman Robert Aderholt’s 13th Annual 4th Congressional District Art Competition on Friday, April 30 in Gadsden, AL. Haleigh Black, Cullman, AL took 3rd place for mixed media; Kylie Peebles, Decatur, AL placed 2nd for blockprint; Tyler Patton, Madison, AL claimed 3rd place for blockprint; and Minji Kang, Korea, came in 3rd place for Collage.

Friday, May 7, 2010

2010 Bloomin' Festival Grand Prize Claimed

Marianne Prime of Shoal Creek, AL took delivery of her new 2010 Ford Focus from Fr. Marcus Voss, O.S.B., President of St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman. Marianne won the automobile as part of the 26th Annual Bloomin' Festival giveaway!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Prom King and Queen

Saturday, May 1 Seniors Jonathan Gray and Mary-Claire Bennett were crowned the 2010 St. Bernard Prep Prom King and Queen. Prom was held at the Rotunda in Cullman.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Juniors honored at St. Bernard Prep

Twenty-eight juniors at St. Bernard Preparatory School in Cullman were honored during a special Blessing of the Rings Ceremony held in the Ave Maria Grotto Gardens. Abbot Cletus Meagher, OSB offered a special prayer for the group that they would continue to progress as students and become effective leaders of the community, especially as Seniors in the coming academic year 2010-2011.

Abbot Cletus, a 1962 graduate of St. Bernard Prep, spoke of his class ring as part of the ceremony. “My ring is blue and gold which is the colors of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When I entered the monastery, I gave my ring to my mother. At the death of my parents, my brothers returned my ring to me.” He further stated the ring was symbolic of St. Bernard school colors blue and gold and everthing on his ring was unique to Saint Bernard.

Abbot Cletus said rings were a symbol of eternity. “God is eternal. He is the source and goal of everything we do. Your class ring symbolizes your love of St. Bernard Prep to one another, and is unique to you and St. Bernard. Wear it with dignity and pride.“

St. Bernard Prep School Headmaster, Fr. Joel Martin, O.S.B. assisted Abbot Cletus during the ceremony.

St. Bernard is a private co-educational day and boarding school for grades 7-12 operated by the Benedictine monks of St. Bernard Abbey. To view photos of the ceremony visit our website and click flickr or like us on facebook.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bloomin’ Festival picture perfect

Weather conditions for the 26th Annual Bloomin’ Festival produced a picture perfect weekend for the St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School community in Cullman. Thousands of visitors took advantage of the low 70’s temperatures and enjoyed the weekend browsing the quality arts and crafts produced by artisans across the Southeastern United States.

Festival Director Joyce Nix was thrilled with the turnout. “We have worked so hard to create a quality show with a family atmosphere. The weather certainly contributed to the success of our work.“

More than 150 vendors adorned the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School. Parents, faculty, staff and students volunteered the entire weekend to work the festival.

City police were on hand to assist with traffic control and parking. “Everything went like clockwork, “Nix said. “We appreciate the assistance from Mayor Townsend and Chief Culpepper.”

Nix said without sponsorships Bloomin’ Festival would struggle. “We are so thankful for our sponsors, and we encourage the public to let them know how much their support of Bloomin’ Festival is appreciated. “ For a complete listing, visit the festival website at

Winners of the grand prize giveaway were as follows: 2010 Ford Focus, Marianne Prime of Shoal Creek, AL; 2 nights at Zoder’s Inn in Gatlinburg, TN, Steffen Segewitz of Huntsville, AL; Apple iPod Touch, Joseph Nam Tran, Cullman; Garmin GPS Navigation System, Loretta S. Blaylock, Gardendale, AL; and the Phillips Digital Photo frame was won by Marie Hollaway, of Cullman.

All proceeds from Bloomin’ Festival benefit the operations of St. Bernard Preparatory School in Cullman. See what people are saying about Bloomin’ Festival on Facebook www.facebook/bloominfestival. For more information about St. Bernard Prep visit or follow us on facebook www.facebook/stbernardprep.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bloomin' Festival plans set for April 17-18

Plans are being finalized now to welcome more than 150 artist and craftsmen to the campus os St. Bernard Abbey and Prep School for the 26th Annual Bloomin' Festival Arts and Crafts Fair. The show is set to feature blacksmiths, chair caner, glass blowers, and potters. Other items available are birdhouses, quilts, plants, jewelry, clothing, watercolors, oil painting, caricature artist, and so much more.

A 5K race will begin on April 17 at 8 a.m. Runners wishing to participate should register before 7:30 a.m. at the Fazi-Richard Athletic Complex.

Specialty foods can be purchased on site. Funnel cakes, strawberry waffles, and fresh squeezed lemonade are just a sampling of tasty treats. Roasted almonds, kettle corn, peanut brittle, fudge and shaved ice will be available as well.

The lunch menu consists of polish sausage dogs, hot dogs, hamburgers, and smoked chicken served with baked beans, corn on the cob, bread, and Pepsi products.

Ave Maria Grotto is open the entire weekend for a reduced price of $3. A donation of $5 is requested at the festival gate.

The giveaway of a 2010 Ford Focus along with a Gatlingburg vacation and many other valuable prizes will be awarded on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Blood drive held at SBP

Student Council President, Louis YuTiamco, was pleased with the American Red Cross Blood Drive held last Thursday. Thirty-four people, most of which were first time donors, presented thirty-one pints of blood for the American Red Cross.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tennis wins first section match of season

The SBP Boys' Tennis Team won their first section match of the season yesterday over Westminster Christian of Huntsville, 5-4. Winners included #1 doubles team of Louis Yutiamco and Jake Killebrew (10-4) and #3 and currently undefeated team of JC Albritton and Minsang Kim, 10-6.

Winners in singles play were #1 Louis Yutaimco, extending his own unbeaten string, 10-3, #4 Ethan Arndt, winning his first match of the year, 10-7, and in #6 singles, Minsang Kim, 10-4.

The Saints travel to the UAH tennis complex today to face 3A foe, Catholic of Huntsville.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

October Trip to the Holy Land Planned

Alumni and friends of St. Bernard are invited to join Fr. Marcus Voss for a trip of a lifetime visiting the biblical sites in the Holy Land. The 10-day tour is scheduled to leave for the Holy Land on October 18, 2010. While in the Holy Land, transportation will be provided by deluxe motorcoaches and overnight stays will be in 1st class hotels. Also included in the cost of the tour will be guided sightseeing, entrance fees to all sites visited, buffet breakfast and dinner daily and a bible study guide. Tour members may also add an optional 5-day extension to visit Istanbul and the biblical site of Ephesus.

While in Israel the tour will visit Jericho, Qumran and Bethlehem as well as the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane and Emmaus. Members of the tour will walk the “Via Dolorosa,” the traditional way of the cross in the old city of Jerusalem. Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Visitation, the Church of St. Catherine and other important churches in Jerusalem. The tour will include the opportunity to visit Masada, King Herod’s stronghold overlooking the Dead Sea. In the Galilee, the group will cross the Sea of Galilee, celebrate Mass at the Church of the Beatitudes and visit baptismal sites along the River Jordan.

The Istanbul and Ephesus extension will include a visit to Hagia Sophia with its beautiful glass mosaics and Byzantine Art. The ancient cities of Nicaea and Troy will be visited. The final stop will be the spectacular excavations that have been completed in Ephesus, a city visited by St. Paul.

Educational Opportunities Tours (EO) is serving as the organizers of the trip and Fr. Marcus Voss is serving as chaplain. For more information, please contact Fr. Marcus at;
or, at 1600 St. Bernard Drive SE, Cullman, AL 35055; or, at 256-255-5882. Participants are encouraged to sign up for the tour before the end of May.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

SBP completes SAC review

St. Bernard Preparatory School completed the final phase of a year-long reaffirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Wednesday and Thursday, March 10-11. Dr. Donna Bryant, Assistant Headmaster at St. Bernard Prep, served as the project coordinator. Chairing the review team was Dr. Maurice Persall, Dean of the School of Education of Samford University. He was assisted by Dr. David Balik, the Dean of the Faculty at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham and Dr. Lynn Kirkland, Professor of Education from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. At the end of the two-day review, St. Bernard Preparatory School was reaffirmed as an accredited school by the Southern Association (SACS).

Accredited schools are required to undergo a review every five years. In preparation for the SACS review, the faculty completed a Standards Assessment Report which is an internal analysis of the school’s current practices. “There are seven standards which are uniform and are used throughout the country,” said Dr. Bryant. “In order for a school to be accredited it must equal or exceed what every other accredited school in the country is doing.”

St. Bernard teachers served on the committees which addressed each of the seven standards. Each committee was required to submit a report which documented current practices in each of the seven standards. These seven reports were then compiled into one document called the Standards Assessment Report. This document, which was submitted to the state office of SACS in January 2010, was used by the members of the visiting team in preparation for their visit to the campus.

During their review, the SACS visitation team met with the faculty committee members, spoke with currently enrolled students and talked with their parents. They also met with several members of the St. Bernard Board of Directors as well as selected administrators. “Part of the on-site visit is to ensure that our Standards Assessment Report accurately reflects the actual practices of the school,” said Dr. Bryant.

At the end of the two-day visit, the committee reaffirmed St. Bernard Preparatory School as an accredited school and offered commendations and recommendations to the faculty, staff and administration on their work in educating today’s youth. “It was evident to us,” said Dr. Persall, “that St. Bernard Preparatory School has a committed faculty, staff and administration and holds a very distinctive place in the community.”

St. Bernard Preparatory School is a accredited, co-educational Catholic Boarding and Day School for students in grades seven through twelve. St. Bernard is operated by the Benedictine monks at St. Bernard Abbey. The 800 acre campus is home to the world famous Ave Maria Grotto, St. Bernard Abbey Retreat and Conference Center, and Alabama’s only Benedictine Abbey – St. Bernard Abbey.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Middle School Scholars Bowl competes at State

St. Bernard Scholars Bowl team recently participated in the Alabama Scholastic Competition at Hoover High School. Students qualified to participate earlier at the district competition which was held at Austin High School in Decatur. St. Bernard Prep School was among the top 33 middle schools in Alabama qualifying to participate.

While the team fell short of advancing after round play with a record of 3-3; Team Captain, Michayla Brown received a medal recognizing her as a State Tournament Scholars Bowl All Star. This title is awarded based on the total points scored during state competition.

Headmaster, John Tekulve said he was proud of what his students had accomplished. “We have been to state every year since the Middle School opened. However, Michayla is a first to be recognized as a State All-Star performer.”

Team members practice before school several days per week with their sponsor, Mrs. Lisa Rawlings. Members include: Arabella Holsonback, Mackenzie Bockhold, Michayla Brown, Alex Anderson, Daniel Coccia, and Jake Sweeney.

Open House held at St. Bernard

St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman recently held its Spring Open House with more than 60 people in attendance. Families all across north Alabama took advantage of warm temperatures and enjoyed the hospitality offered by St. Bernard monks, faculty, parents, and students.

Headmaster, Fr. Joel Martin, OSB said it was a wonderful turnout. “We are always delighted to have visitors on campus. St. Bernard is a special place, and our students share that special bond with new families as they visit our campus.”

There were twelve new students who were interested in the middle school program and seven other families visited who were interested in the high school. Admissions Director, John Arndt said he was pleased with the turnout as well. “We are excited about next year and the possibility of hosting more residential students in the middle school grades,” Arndt said.

Up until the Fall of 2009 only high school students were allowed to live on campus. However at a recent Board of Directors meeting, the board passed a motion allowing middle school students to become residential student as well.

Small student/teacher ratios allow St. Bernard to produce some of the finest students in the state. St. Bernard students consistently achieve higher than the National Average scores on the ACT; and are awarded millions of dollars in academic scholarships to some of the nations top schools. Along with the academic programs there is also a full spectrum of athletic activities as well as music and fine arts that are available to students who enroll at St. Bernard Preparatory School.

Applications are being accepted now for students in grades 7-11. Anyone interested in visiting the campus or applying should contact the school at (256)739-6682 or

Friday, March 5, 2010

Baseball Season in full swing at SBP

Saint Bernard Preparatory School hosted their baseball season opener yesterday afternoon with Asbury High School from Marshall County. The Saints fell 0-5.

Scholars Bowl Team heads to state

Scholars Bowl students were surprised yesterday with St. Bernard Backpacks filled with goodies as they make their way to Hoover, Alabama on Saturday to participate in the State Scholars Bowl Tournament. Good luck students from all of us at St. Bernard!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pre-registration time at St. Bernard

St. Bernard Prep is sending forms home today with rising eighth and ninth grade students. For each returning student there is a non-refundable pre-registration fee of $100 due which will be applied to tuition for the coming 2010-2011 academic year. Act now to reserve your spot!

Varquez places 2nd in State Poetry Out Loud

Caitlin Varquez was selected first in the State in the original poetry division, earned by reciting the poem she wrote. She was chosen 2nd in the State of Alabama in the regular Poetry Out Loud competition.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Mardi Gras celebration at St. Bernard Prep

No need to travel to New Orleans when the St. Bernard Music Department takes the stage. It was mystical, musical, and festive at the school’s first “Fat Tuesday Celebration.” Music students met on campus dressed in their Mardi Gras mask and head gear to play jazzy tunes under the direction of music instructor, Lester Harris.

Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday”, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which starts on Ash Wednesday.

Harris said, the students enjoyed working on the performance. “The students worked hard and enjoy playing this kind of music. It was a good way to celebrate and have a little fun. “

Anna Barbee chunked strands of beads throughout the crowd and followed-up a few tunes later with moon pies.