Titan Times

Central Bucks High School South Newsletter - April, 2013

Upcoming Events

April 12: End of Marking Period 3

April 13: ACT Testing (8:00am), Blue & Black Night (7:00pm)

April 14: Junior Prom Committee Workday (10:00am)

April 19: Report Cards Distributed

April 19-April 21: Spring Musical--Phantom of the Opera

April 25: World Language Honor Society Induction (6:00pm)

April 27: Junior Prom @ CB South (7:00pm)

May 4: SAT Testing (8:00am)

May 6-May 17: AP Testing

May 7-9: South Art Show (6:00pm)

May 8: Spring Band Concert (7:30pm)

May 10: Mr. South Competition (7:00pm)

South News & Notes

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CB South “Lights It Up Blue”

Students from the Autistic Support program at CB South have recently organized special events to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). These hard-working students have shared facts and statistics about autism via daily announcements, and raised over $400 for Autism Speaks and the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition by selling rubber wristbands. They also received $156 in donations from participants in a "Light It Up Blue" dress-down day in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day. Students, faculty, and staff throughout the school wore blue on April 2 to show their support for classmates and others diagnosed with ASD. The student organizers of these events were excited to see and feel the support of the entire school and learned a lot from the experience of organizing these special events.

Parenting in High Tech Times

Technology has provided many opportunities and it’s also provided countless unique parenting challenges. Please join us for a dynamic, informative, and insightful presentation on this topic featuring business leaders and educational experts on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 8:30am-10:00am. RSVP for this free event at www.centralbuckschamber.com/calendar

Panel:

Rod Green, Ph.D., Superintendent at Central Bucks School District

Barry G. Ginsberg, Ph.D., Center of Relationship Enhancement

Ellen Thomas, The Curiosity Shoppe Inc.

Natalie Wi, Allure West Photography Studios

Facilitated by:

Amy W. Tielemans, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Parenting & Family Committee Co-chair


Class of 2014 Prepares for Junior Prom

Members of the Class of 2014 are anxiously awaiting their upcoming Junior Prom on Saturday, April 27. The Black & White theme selected for this event has provided 11th graders with a dramatic backdrop for the elaborate decorations, furnishings, and surprises that will transform our cafeteria into the three elegant spaces that will set the stage for an unforgetable evening.


Tickets for this exciting event will be $30 and will be on sale during all lunches April 10-19. Students should clear all obligations and have guest forms approved before purchasing tickets.

"New to You" Prom Dresses

Looking for a bargain on your dress for junior or senior prom? CBS will be hosting the "New to You" consignment prom dress sale on Thursday, April 11. All proceeds benefit A Woman's Place in Doylestown. Stop by to see our selection of gently used gowns to see if one might be right for you--save yourself a bundle and support a terrific organization at the same time!

The Phantom of the Opera

CBS Titan Thespians and Music Department will premiere The Phantom of the Opera on April 19, 20, and 21. Tickets for the show are on sale now. Order your tickets online at the Titan Thespians website. Tickets may be purchased in person from the box office Mondays-Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m, beginning April 1. On performance days the box office will open one hour before curtain. See you at the show!

Black v. Blue Night

Central Bucks South’s first annual "Black v. Blue Night" will be held on Saturday, April 13th. Over one hundred students have signed up to partake in a night of friendly competition, school spirit, music, and food. Most importantly, the entire South community is invited to attend and cheer on students in a variety of events ranging from team volleyball to a "Family Feud." Show your Titan pride by attending next Saturday!


Warriors for Tim

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Central Bucks South hosted the Fourth Annual Warriors for Tim 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The Class of 2013 started the 3-on-3 tournament in memory of Timmy Raymond, a Unami Middle School student who passed away from complications related to the H1N1 virus in 2010. This event has continued to grow each year since its inception. This year, nearly $4,000 was raised in ticket sales alone! Thank you to all of the participants and volunteers who showed support for the Raymond family and honored Timmy's memory by making this event possible.

Drug & Alcohol Awareness

CBS hosted two drug and alcohol awareness events on April 4: one assembly during the day for students, and another in the evening that parents and other community members are invited to attend. The goal for these events was to provide information and to spark ongoing dialogue among members of the CBS community about the use of controlled substances by teens in our community. The program for both events included a panel of experts, as well as nationally-recognized speaker, Jim Matthews, M.Ed. INSERT TEXT RE: RESPONSES OF PARENTS/STUDENTS HERE...

Senior Checklist: Cap? Gown? Diploma Name?

By now, all graduating seniors should have ordered their caps and gowns, as seniors are required to wear a cap and gown in order to participate in graduation ceremonies. However, 12th graders can still place cap and gown orders directly with our vendor, Balfour, by calling 570-696-5236.


Seniors and their parents should also take a few moments to ensure that the diploma name will be accurate. The full name currently listed in our Infitite Campus system (student/parent portal) is the one that will be printed onto each student's diploma. In the event that a student or parent would like to make a diploma name change, a written request signed by a parent or guardian must be submitted to the Senior House Office as soon as possible.


We look forward to celebrating with all of our CBS graduates in June!

Coming Soon: Keystone and AP Testing

Spring is in the air at CBS, which means that it's almost time for May Keystone and AP testing to begin. Please refer to information mailed home and provided to students regarding these upcoming exams. You can also check the "Testing Calendar" page on the CBS website for more information about upcoming tests. Mark your calendars to ensure that students are present and prepared for important test days. Good luck to all of our testing students!

Connect with our Counselors

Looking for a chance to draw upon the expertise and experience of CBS counselors as you navigate the teen years and college application process? Parents of sophomores are invited to attend the next informal Coffee & Conversation hour on Thursday May 2 at 7:45am. Parents of juniors may consider joining 11th grade counselors for our third College Information Night presentation on Thursday, May 30 at 6:30pm for more useful information for navigating the college search and application process with your son/daughter. We hope to see you at these upcoming events!

A Peek In the Classroom

Using Graphic Novels to Visualize Narrative Structure in English 11

Teachers Ondrea Reisinger and Jennifer Perry implemented a new teaching and assessment strategy for novels in Academic English 11. Working with George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four in Ms. Reisinger’s class and Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in Ms. Perry’s class, students interpreted brief novel excerpts as ‘lost pages’ from a graphic novel of the same text. Lessons built toward a final assessment for which students used graphic novel techniques (e.g. bleed, emanata, long shot, close-up, gutter, speech balloons, captions) to portray the imagery, point of view, dialogue, and plot of each excerpt. The final product showcased the students’ understanding of the struggles, tensions, and conflicts endured by the main characters of the respective books as well as the unique ways in which authors use words to help readers visualize those elements.


Click HERE to see examples of this innovative assessment.



Points of Pride

CBS Reading Olympians Shine Again

Congratulations to the four teams representing CB South at Bucks County Reading Olympics on April 4, 2013. Together, these students read thousands of pages (above and beyond their coursework) and shared their love of reading with good friends as they prepared for competition. Under Mr. Pecic's direction, all of our teams emerged victorious yet again, earning top honors for their efforts. Kudos on your accomplishments, Olympians!

FCS Classes Share a Taste of Home

CBS Global Gourmet and American Cuisine classes prepared and donated 10 bags of homemade food to the Bucks County Housing Group (BCHG) to help support families in need. Colleen Brink, a guest speaker from BCHG, will be back at the end of the year to pick up more homemade food donations, as well as to bake and talk with marking period four students about her work. We look forward to our continued work together!

Boomerang Awards

Congratulations to our February Boomerang Award winner, Mylihn Truong, who exemplifies the asset of School Engagement. CB South is also proud to recognize Julia Le, who won the Boomerang Award in March for the asset of Integrity.


There is still time to nominate students for April's asset, which is Reading for Pleasure. Students demonstrating this asset read for pleasure most days of the week and recognize the important connections between strong literacy skills and academic success.

School Board Brief

At the April 9, 2013 School Board Meeting, the Central Bucks School District School Board:


1. Heard the Lenape Jazz Ensemble performance before the school board meeting and via video, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mrs. Egan’s 4th grade Warwick class.


2. Heard the Academic Spotlight about Google Science Fair which is a new way for students to showcase their work for a global audience. Dr. George Mehler presented the program and showcased some student work.


3. Heard the Superintendent’s Report, Communications, Curriculum, Finance, Operations, IU Board, and MBIT Committee Reports. Also, an After School World Language Program report from Mr. Brian Caughie and Ms. Stacy Gray.


4. Approved School Board Minutes – March 12 and 19, 2013.


5. Approved the 403(b) and 457(b) Investment Program, construction contracts for Unami renovations, and the MBIT 2013-2014 General Fund Budget.


6. Tabled School Board Policy 902-1 – Cable Television so that proposed policy can be posted on the CBSD website.


7. Approved various personnel items, student trips, tuition students, and staff workshops.


8. Discussed the 2013-2014 budget. Mr. Matyas provided the Board with an update of the 2013-2014 budget process since the preliminary budget was adopted in January. He highlighted several proposed adjustments which would eliminate the need for a millage increase for the 2013-2014 school year. The proposed adjustments would not affect the normal CB program.


9. Discussed the proposed CB East Stadium project. Dr. Green stated that approximately 500 people attended the March 19 public hearing to hear about the proposed CB East Stadium project. Thirty-five community members spoke during the public hearing. The project will cost between $5.1M to $5.6M. The design of the proposed stadium will take approximately six months and will take approximately twelve months to complete. Board members talked about the particulars of the proposed stadium. The CB East Stadium project will be discussed at the next Operations Committee meeting.


10. Received Sabbatical Leaves of Absence and the Board Calendar as information items.

At the April 9, 2013 School Board Meeting, the Central Bucks School District School Board:


1. Heard the Lenape Jazz Ensemble performance before the school board meeting and via video, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mrs. Egan’s 4th grade Warwick class.


2. Heard the Academic Spotlight about Google Science Fair which is a new way for students to showcase their work for a global audience. Dr. George Mehler presented the program and showcased some student work.


3. Heard the Superintendent’s Report, Communications, Curriculum, Finance, Operations, IU Board, and MBIT Committee Reports. Also, an After School World Language Program report from Mr. Brian Caughie and Ms. Stacy Gray.


4. Approved School Board Minutes – March 12 and 19, 2013.


5. Approved the 403(b) and 457(b) Investment Program, construction contracts for Unami renovations, and the MBIT 2013-2014 General Fund Budget.


6. Tabled School Board Policy 902-1 – Cable Television so that proposed policy can be posted on the CBSD website.


7. Approved various personnel items, student trips, tuition students, and staff workshops.


8. Discussed the 2013-2014 budget. Mr. Matyas provided the Board with an update of the 2013-2014 budget process since the preliminary budget was adopted in January. He highlighted several proposed adjustments which would eliminate the need for a millage increase for the 2013-2014 school year. The proposed adjustments would not affect the normal CB program.


9. Discussed the proposed CB East Stadium project. Dr. Green stated that approximately 500 people attended the March 19 public hearing to hear about the proposed CB East Stadium project. Thirty-five community members spoke during the public hearing. The project will cost between $5.1M to $5.6M. The design of the proposed stadium will take approximately six months and will take approximately twelve months to complete. Board members talked about the particulars of the proposed stadium. The CB East Stadium project will be discussed at the next Operations Committee meeting.


10. Received Sabbatical Leaves of Absence and the Board Calendar as information items.