CB West High School

West Times Newsletter

A Theater Production....

On Thursday and Friday, January 7th and 8th, Jon Taylor’s Materials Processing Class and Jeanine Waldron’s Theater Class teamed up once again for a production for West’s Children’s Theater. The students adapted the popular children’s book The Day The Crayons Came Home into a script, designed and built the sets, and performed the show for students from Linden and Doyle Elementary. The students also studied Children’s Theater at the Arden Theater as they attended Hans Brinker and The Silver Skates. West’s Children’s Theater has enjoyed an Innovative Learning Grant from CB Cares.

Attention Juniors:

The Junior House Counselors invite all Junior parents and students to attend the January Information Session on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 7pm in the CB West Auditorium. Topics will include: a review of PSAT scores; Program Planning for Senior year; College Planning meetings; and Career/College To-Do List for Spring. We are also very excited to welcome a Speaker to our meeting! Mrs. Emma Bretschneider, an Admissions Counselor from Randolf Macon College, will share her insights into the application process in general, as well as the things that students should be doing now to best prepare for college life. Please plan to join us for an informative evening.

CB West's Developmental Music Class Performs!

The Semester Ends.....

Important Dates For This Week:

1) Math and Social Studies Final Exams will be administered in classes on Monday, January 25th. Monday is a FULL day of classes for students.

2) The end of the 1st semester is Tuesday, January 26th.

3) Tuesday, January 26th is an Early Dismissal Day for students. Students will be dismissed at 10:40 AM.

4) The beginning of the 2nd semester is Wednesday, January 27th.

CB Superintendent Search Survey

The Central Bucks School District – School Board of Directors is entering into a search for a new Superintendent of Schools. The Bucks County Intermediate Unit is assisting them in the search.

The School Board is interested in hearing from the Central Bucks Community regarding the strengths, challenges, goals, and personal attributes that will help determine the candidate who will be the best fit for the district through a Superintendent Search Survey.

The link to the survey can be found on the front page of the Central Bucks School District Website starting on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CentralBucks.

The survey will take about ten minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous and confidential. The School Board of Directors requests that you respond only once to this survey. Paper copies of the survey will also be available in the Front Offices of all Central Bucks Schools.

Please note that the survey will close on February 9, 2016 at 11:45 PM.

Thank you for your effort in helping the Central Bucks School Board of Directors with this important task.

2016 Central Bucks School District College Fair

The 2016 Central Bucks School District College Fair will take place on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Central Bucks South, 1100 Folly Road, Warrington. Over 150 colleges, trade schools, and military representatives will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about their programs. Juniors are highly encouraged to attend.

Young Engineers' Night

Our third annual Young Engineers' Night was a huge success. Thank you to the fine students of Central Bucks Elementary schools and their parents/guardians for coming out on a cold January evening to enjoy a night of treats and hands-on/minds-on fun.

Thank you to our sponsors this year- Let's Steep, GIANT, Acme, Weis, Weinstein Supply, Wehrung's, and Panera Bread.

Broadway Cares Fights Aids Gala

The CB East Patriot Players will host the Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids Gala on Wednesday, February 3 at 7:30 pm in the East auditorium. CB East, CB West, Tamanend, Holicong, Unami and Lenape will present excerpts from their upcoming spring musicals: High School Musical, High School Musical 2, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Les Misérables and Mary Poppins. Admission is $5 at the door and all proceeds go to BCEFA. For questions please contact Lydia Fichtman at lfichtma@cbsd.org. We hope that you can join us.

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CB West's Choir

Athletic News

Indoor Track & Field: With only several weeks to go, the boys and girls continue to train in preparation for the Meet of Champions and the upcoming PIAA Indoor State Championships.

Swimming & Diving: The boys and girls will take on CB East this this afternoon at 3:30 PM. With only a few weeks to go, the teams continue to prepare for league and district championships. Keep up the hard work!

Cheer: This weekend’s snow has postponed the PIAA Cheerleading State Championships until the weekend of 1/28 and 1/29. Good luck ladies! The girls will then prepare for their national competition the following weekend in Orlando.


· The boy’s team is battling through injuries the last few weeks. They were able to secure big wins against Quakertown and William Tennant last weekend. They did suffer their first conference loss in a close game against Pennridge on Tuesday night. Fortunately, the boys were able to bounce back with a comfortable win over Souderton on Thursday night.

· The girls continue to do well while trying to find their groove offensively. At times their youth is evident but their tremendous effort continues to wear on their opponents. The girls secured wins over Quakertown, Council Rock South and Pennridge this past week. Their game against Souderton will be played on Monday with North Penn to follow Tuesday night. Keep it up ladies!

Wrestling: Injuries continue to plague this team during league matches. Although team wins are hard to come by, there are still many wrestlers making strides as individuals. The future is promising for this team. Keep working hard!


Boys Track and Field

Boys Track and Field State Rankings as of 1/20 adjusted for flat vs banked tracks:

14th in Team Power Rankings

200m - Joe Manetta 18th

400m - Jake Claricurzio 27th

800m - Rock Fortna 10th, Jake Claricurzio 18th

Mile - Rock Fortna 11th

3000m - Brian Iatarola 11th

Triple Jump - Erik Metz 20th

4x800m Relay 4th

Sprint Medley Relay 5th

4x400m Relay 13th

Distance Medley Relay 13th

4x200m Relay 27th

Microsoft Office 365

Central Bucks School District has partnered with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office 365 to students in Grades 5-12. Office 365's productivity suite enables students and teachers to share documents, access Microsoft software applications online and work collaboratively. As the district increases both teacher and student access to educational technology, we wanted to remind you of a great opportunity.

Microsoft Office is available free for students in grades 5-12. Students may want to take the opportunity to install the full Office applications on up to 5 PCs, Macs or tablets for free. This includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Students can learn more about the process here: http://www.cbsd.org/365

Once downloaded, students can work with classmates online and see each other's changes in real time with Office Online, the full version of Office or OneDrive.

Congratulations Remy DeRoma!

On January 10th, Remy DeRoma held the very first Bucks County 4-H Reptile Club meeting at the Plumsteadville Grange. Remy is an active member of 4-H who has a passion for animals, in particular, reptiles. After many months of initiating, planning, organizing and coordinating, Remy was able to help set up this youth club within Bucks County. Many kids feel left out of 4-H because they don't have a livestock animal or have animal-related allergies. With a reptile club in place, Remy has helped open doors for these kids to be a part of the animal portion of 4H and is giving other kids the opportunity to learn about something new.

2nd Semester Back-To-School Night

You are invited to the Central Bucks High School West Back-To-School Night on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:00 PM. The majority of students will begin entirely new 9 week or 18 week classes on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. The second Back-To-School Night provides an opportunity to meet these new teachers and hear a brief presentation about their classes.

Your student's schedule can be found on parent portal. Please print that schedule at home as we will not have paper copies at West on that evening. Classes will meet on a "B" Day schedule, which will impact music and physical education classes. Maps will be available.

Representatives from the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology will be in Room D125 to discuss their programs.

In the event of inclement weather, Back-To-School Night will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016.

The time schedule for February's Back-To-School Night is located on CB West's Website.

Boomerang District Winner!

Ella Mullikin, a CB West Senior, was named the District High School Recipient of the Boomerang Award for December 2015. December’s Asset was #22 – School Engagement. Ella was born naturally curious. It became obvious that learning, whether at home or school, brought Ella joy and contentment. School was her playground, books her best friends, and knowledge her tool. When she first heard in 9th grade about Science Research Club at West, her life changed. She became a part of a world that never ends for her. After reading and learning about famous scientists, she began to recognize herself. First, Ella conducted her experiment in her room. The next summer she contacted a Del Val professor who mentored her through her project. Ella spent as much time as possible in the lab over the summer and beyond. The next summer she participated in a 2-week intensive research experience at the Hepatitis B Foundation. She didn’t want that to end! She and her science club sponsor then found another opportunity at the biotech center where she happily goes each day for 2-3 hours to assist a research scientist. Ella is also passionate about the environment and sustainability. She belongs to the SAGE club. Outside of school, she is the coordinator and volunteer for the BuxMont UU Fellowship Adopt-A-Road project. In 2015 she volunteered to monitor local stream quality monthly to provide comprehensive information about the health of the Borough Dam Pond. Finally, one of Ella’s favorite places is the library. When she was younger, she volunteered to shelve books. She loved to read and organize them. She was inspired to write critiques for the school newspaper and she became co-editor of the paper this year. Examples of Ella's desire to learn inside and outside of school are endless!

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February Boomerang Award Asset

The February Boomerang Asset is EQUALITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE. Young person places a high value on assisting those who may need a helping hand. If you know a student who exemplifies this asset, please send your nomination to Mr. David Hoffman at dhoffman@cbsd.org.

Attention Doylestown Borough Resident Students!

Doylestown Board Council is seeking students who are residents of the Borough, 15-18 years of age, who will be High School Sophomores or Juniors in May 2016, interested in serving as a student member of Fanny Chapman Pool Board, Park and Recreation Board, Historical and Architectural Review Board, or the Shade Tree Commission. The terms run from May 2016 through April 2017.

The Boards/Commission meet once a month and it is an opportunity for student members to gain familiarity with local government operations while providing input on matters before the Borough.

If interested, Borough Council asks that resumes and a letter of interest be sent to John Davis, Manager, Doylestown Borough, 57 West Court Street, Doylestown, PA, 18901, or via e-mail to jdavis@doylestownborough.net. Applications will be accepted until January 29, 2016.

Reminder--Volunteer Clearance Information

Volunteers must have their clearances on file with the CBSD Human Resources Department prior to starting volunteer work. The new Pennsylvania State mandate does allow until July 1, 2016 to obtain background checks. However, in the best interest of the safety and security of our students, we are asking volunteers to comply with submitting background checks prior to volunteering in the 2015-2016 school year.

Click link to learn more: http://www.cbsd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=355

If you have already submitted paperwork you do not need to take any further action at this time.

This online process is ONLY for those who have not submitted clearances / certifications as of October 1, 2015.

Share Good News About CB West Students!

CB West students achieve amazing things and make a difference in school and in the community. Share your story about the accomplishments and good work of a CB West student with Mr. Bucher at jbucher@cbsd.org so that he may highlight this good news in an upcoming edition of the West Times online newsletter.

E-Flyer Folder

Visit the E-Flyer Folder for job and community service opportunities, sporting events, and community events. The site is updated on the 15th and 30th of every month.