CB West High School
West Times Newsletter 3-2-2021
Antler Yearbook Information
This is the LAST chance to have your student included in the Antler Yearbook! Due to Covid, we’ve reserved a spot at the end of each portrait section for late sittings. If your student did not get a photo taken by C&C this year, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-345-1851 before March 10. Any photo not taken by March 10 will not be included in the yearbook- no exceptions.
Don't forget to reserve your child an Antler yearbook for this school year. Due to COVID, we will only be accepting online orders, at www.jostens.com . Don't delay - last year we completely sold out of yearbooks - be sure to reserve your child's high school memories today! Yearbook page on West website
NEWS FROM THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT
Social and Emotional Wellness Resources
As we continue to face challenges and navigate difficult times, we are including Social and Emotional Wellness Resources that may be helpful to our students, staff and families. Students and adults may display a range of thoughts and emotions when presented with various circumstances. We recommend to continue engaging in conversations with your child. As always, please reach out to your child’s counselor if you have questions or concerns.
Pre-ACT for 10th Grade Students:
The Pre-ACT is being offered to 10th grade students on Saturday, March 20th, 2021. Registration is through My Payments Plus, and closes on March 12, 2021, or until sold out. Please visit the West Guidance Testing Webpage for specific information about the test and registration links.
This exam will be taken in-person at CB West, but with reduced testers in each room to meet social distancing guidelines. There are no alternative exam dates and registration is only open to CB West students. Students should be in their exam room before 7:45am, and plan for pickup around 11:45am on testing day. Room assignments will be posted outside of the Guidance office and emailed to parents after registration closes.
College-bound 10th grade students are encouraged to take the Pre-ACT to gain exposure to the ACT, an exam many colleges use when making admissions decisions. If students take both the Pre-ACT and PSAT during 10th grade, they can focus exclusively on their preference during 11th grade (SAT or ACT). For details about the Pre-ACT, please visit the ACT website.
The PSAT 10 will be offered to 10th grade students on Saturday, April 24th, 2021. Registration for this test is not yet open. Sophomores and parents will be notified when registration opens for the PSAT10.
- Scholarship Info -- Please check Naviance regularly for information about national, regional, and local scholarships. (Once logged into Naviance, click Colleges > Scholarships and Money > Scholarship List.) The list can be sorted by deadline, or you can search for specific criteria which matches your intended major. This list will be updated frequently, with new scholarships added regularly. Please also go to the Scholarship page of the Guidance Website for information about how to use scholarship search services to find more opportunities.
- Junior and Sophomore counselors will be available to students this month to review course selections, answer questions, and revise course requests. While students can no longer access the Registration Portal to enter course requests, counselors can make any changes for students. Students who have not entered their courses are still expected to have reviewed the information provided by their counselors, and to have a list of requests and preferences ready to discuss with their counselor.
- Verification Sheets will be available to view in student portals on March 26th. Students and parents should review the list of course requests, and contact counselors with any changes. All changes need to be made by April 2nd, so there is time for students and families to consult with counselors and teachers about the most appropriate courses for next year.
- **Students who wish to meet with their counselor to discuss program planning should either email them or use their links or QR codes to set up an appointment. **
- Please refer to the Program Planning webpage for information, links, and resources, including the Program of Studies, Course Registration Instructions, the Course Selection Sheet, and a Block Scheduling Worksheet/Grid to plan out your courses.
Middle Bucks Institute of Technology (MBIT) is hosting new virtual experiences for students who may be interested in attending MBIT next year. They can schedule a Live Virtual Tour, to observe programs and see the classroom experience (sign up HERE). Or, they can meet in a virtual meeting space with current students and MBIT teachers for Careers & Conversations (sign up Here). Some upcoming sessions include:
- March 3rd @ 10:10 AM: Students from Computerized Drafting & Engineering Graphics, Engineering Related Technology, and HVAC/Plumbing Technology will be joining to discuss their programs.
The Central Bucks West Tutoring Academy will continue to provide Peer Tutoring on a virtual platform. There are several tutors available for academic help in many core classes. If your student would benefit from a peer tutor, please have them contact their school counselor or Mrs. Bagnick at email@example.com. We will assign tutors based on availability at the time.
Friday, March 5th
There is no school for students on March 5th. This is a teacher in-service day.
Parent Help Needed!
West parent organizers are looking for food donations for a monthly Snack Bar for faculty and staff. The first one will be held on March 12th. Please see the Sign Up Genius below for details.
From the Nurse
Each year, Pennsylvania requires schools to complete health screenings for students. We have begun this process and hope to complete as many students as possible during the remainder of the year.
If your student is virtual, you may contact the Nurse.
Once completed, height and weight measurements can be found on the Parent Portal. Parents/Guardians will be contacted following the screenings if there is a concern.
If you prefer that your child be exempted from the health screenings, please contact Mrs. Klein firstname.lastname@example.org
If inclement weather causes a delayed opening, please see the attached 2 Hour Delay Bell Schedule. AM MBIT students will not be bused to MBIT and will remain at West. They will report to study hall when not in their classes at West and will work virtually with their MBIT courses/teachers. PM MBIT students will be bused to MBIT at 10:40.
Additionally, if the weather requires the cancellation of in-person instruction, teachers will post asynchronous work for students unless otherwise communicated.
We will be continuing to follow the same attendance policies and procedures as we typically do, outlined in the Pennsylvania Act 138 attendance policies and as described in our Student handbook. Importantly, attendance is compulsory and students are expected to be on time daily. Teachers will be taking attendance each block through Infinite Campus, our student management system. In the event that a student is late or absent, please email or call the CB West Attendance Office. If we do not receive notification and/or if an absence or lateness is not excused, attendance meetings and letters may be warranted.
5-Day In-Person Students
- If a student should be physically present in the building but is staying home, we require a communication from the parents or guardians following the guidelines for an excused absence (see guidelines below). Please email our attendance office at email@example.com. At the school level, this is the same as if students were in the building in a traditional sense because anytime a student is supposed to be here physically but is not, a note is required to excuse the absence. There are many reasons for this, which primarily fall under liability and safety, but it is also important for our state attendance records and for teacher lesson planning.
- If a student is not in school (but attending online) the initial absence code will be “absent” until we have a communication from the parent/guardian with a valid excuse per the School Board Policy guidelines below. The attendance code will be changed to “VP = Virtual Present” once we have the communication from the parent/guardian. When possible, we ask for the communication in advance of the absence so we can make sure the teachers are aware, and it also ensures us that parents/guardians have granted permission for their child to remain at home.
- If a student does not attend class, the student will be marked absent until we receive the communication from parents with a valid excuse.
- Note – If a student logs in initially, but leaves the call or does not engage, the teachers will mark the student absent with a comment so parents can see this information and reach out to us as needed.
All Students - Excused Absences
Per CBSD School Board Policy 204, the following situations would be deemed as an excused absence from school:
- Illness or Quarantine
- Family emergency
- Death in the family
- Observance of religious holiday or events
- College/Postsecondary visits or Nonschool-sponsored educational trips (Requires prior approval via Request for Approved Absence for Family Travel Form)
- Other - please review CBSD Board Policy 204 for other potential circumstances
Grab and Go Meals
- Grab and Go breakfast will be available daily between 7:00 AM-7:25 AM at three locations: Lobby near the Court Street Café, in the cafeteria, and at the end of the “B” hallway.
- If you have Late Arrival, Grab and Go breakfast will be available outside of the lobby near the Court Street Café.
- Grab and Go lunch will be available daily between 1:15 PM – 1:30 PM at four locations: Lobby near the Court Street Café, in the athletics hallway, in the D hallway near the Security office, and at the end of the “B” hallway.
- If you have PM MBIT, Grab and Go bags are in cafeteria before leaving school.
- If you have Early Release, Grab and Go bags are in the lobby near the Court Street Café.
- Parents may also pick-up meals for students on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30am - 12:00pm at the Faculty Parking Lot 'Bubble' entrance at CB West.
Seniors! Cap & Gown Information
Balfour has been selected, once again, as the official supplier for caps and gowns for 2021. Please visit the link below to order these items by April 15th. Orders will be sent to CB West, and a date and time for pickup will be determined later this spring.
https://www.buildagrad.com/cbw - Click on the link to order!
Seniors! - PHEAA PAForward
PHEAA PAForward March webinar series will be on the following topics:
Borrowing for Education: which loan should I pick (what’s right for me)
As families receive their financial offer letters from schools and determine that education loans may be needed, they’ll find that there are many options to consider – including loans from the Dept of Education and private loan programs. Doing the research and knowing what to compare and consider will be important to overall education debt, keeping it affordable and finding the right fit. Join Daniel Wray and Linda Pacewicz of PHEAA PAForward in a 1 hour webinar to review the different options and details of education loans to assist in sorting out this information.
Register here (click ‘more’) for March 4th -6:30 pm; March 9th – Noon; March 18th – 6:30 pm and/or March 23rd –Noon
Refinancing Education Debt – Is it right for you?
Join us for this informative one hour webinar on refinancing education debt. Current or previous students of any age with student loans may be overwhelmed with their current repayment options or are moving closer to the repayment phase and wonder if refinance may be a better solution. Join Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray of PHEAA PAForward to cover the pros and cons, availability of programs and help those interested in understanding more about this topic.
Register here (click ‘more’) for March 2nd – Noon; March 11 – 6:30 pm; March 16 – Noon and/or March 25 – 6:30 pm
PAForward Account Executive, East Region
PHEAA /Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency
570-592-1209 (phone/text) firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting on March 1, the 2021 Senior Class Council will be highlighting seniors and their post-high school plans on the Instagram account @cbw21decisions. To be included in these Senior Spotlights, please Click Here to submit your information to class council.
The Class of 2021 is excited to announce that they will be selling a fantastic keepsake this year for all seniors to purchase. The “Senior Mosaic” is a large picture that is made up of senior portrait thumbnails. More details will be coming soon. You will not want to miss the opportunity to purchase these!
Boomerang for March
MARCH #30 RESPONSIBILITY: Young person accepts and takes personal responsibility.
Click here for details about how to nominate a student.
Book/Item Distribution and Return
Details of Regular Procedures: We will continue to have a pick-up/drop off for 100% virtual students only on the dates listed below from 2:00pm-4:00pm in the CB West Cafeteria. Students who are participating 100% online will retrieve needed materials as communicated by teachers. Students can also return books or other curricular items by placing it in a labeled bin. Please park in the Junior lot off of MacFarlane Lane and enter the cafeteria. Please wear a mask and keep 6 feet social distancing at all times. Only 1 person per family may come into the building. Please bring a bag or bookbag to carry your items.
Process: Please find your placard, take the items under the placard, and leave the placard on the table at your spot.
Important: Please leave all name labels on any and all items given to you. This will be essential when you return items.
Larger Items: Teachers will communicate with you if you have larger items to pick up. Large items will be labeled with your name and will be in the back of the cafeteria in the large-item section.
Forthcoming Dates: The following are the Thursday dates for pick up and drop off of items mapped out through the remainder of the year (just in case and subject to change).
CB West Parent Council
We look forward to continuing our partnership with parents through the 2020-2021 Central Bucks West Parent Council. Membership to the council is open to all interested CB West parents.
Meetings will be held virtually for the time being. Meetings begin at 9:00 AM and conclude at 10:30 AM.
Please note: If you are accessing the Teams link on an iPhone or Mac, you will need to download the Teams app first. The web version will not work for Safari. Learn more about Teams
March 24, 2021
April 21, 2021
CBSD Farmers Market at Barclay
Fill the Bus! Food Donations
CB West student groups, Feeding the Community Club and Brown Student Union, have partnered with the Central Bucks Regional Police Department to host a "Fill the Bus" at Giant Food Store. The goal of this event is to address food insecurity with families in our district. All donations will benefit The Barclay Farmers Market which takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. We are so grateful to our community for your support as we continue our mission of equitable education beginning with food for all students.
Date: Saturday March 6th
Time: 11 am - 5 pm
Location: Giant Food Store
200 Town Center New Britain, PA
The State of Pa. requires that all Juniors have a physical on file in the Health Office. As your student goes to the doctor for driver’s permits, working papers, etc., remember to turn in a copy of the physical. Physicals dated the first day of Sophomore year or later will be excepted as a Junior physical. If your child plays sports, this physical will count as well.
GOOD NEWS ABOUT CB WEST STUDENTS
Congratulations to the Wrestling Team
The wrestling dual & tournament season ended with the Suburban One All-League – Colonial Tournament held at North Penn High School on Saturday, February 13th, 2021. The team was giving up forfeits at 4 weight classes, but managed to do better individually in each of the wrestlers respected weight classes. The team ended up in 4th place and our individual 2021 SOL All-League Wrestlers were:
1st Place & 1st Team – Teague McCormack (106 lbs.)
1st Place & 1st Team – Chris Cleland (132 lbs.)
2nd Place & 2nd Team – Jack Wierzbowski (152 lbs.)
1st Place & 1st Team – Carl DiGiorgio (215 Lbs.)
3rd Place & Honorable Mention – Gil Green (285 lbs.)
4th Place – Matt Cleland (138 lbs.)
4th Place – Nick Isaac (160 lbs.)
Congratulations to all the C.B. West wrestlers and we are wishing Chris Cleland and Carl DiGiorgio all the best as they enter the Regional Tournament held at Council Rock. To qualify for Regionals and have the opportunity to go to States, Chris took 3rd Place and Carl took 2nd Place at the District Wrestling Tournament held at Quakertown on Saturday, February 20th. Good luck!
Senior Wins District-Wide Boomerang Award
CB West Senior Annimish Tenneti (pictured) was selected by the CB Cares Education Foundation Board members to receive a district-wide Boomerang Award, exemplifying the developmental asset, “Interpersonal Competence”. This selection was made among a number of nominations across middle schools and high schools in the Central Bucks School District. Nominated by English Language Development (ELD) teacher and coordinator, Mrs. Magee, Annimish has been meeting with an ELD student weekly to help him improve upon his English speaking skills, while also helping him to make social connections at West. Annimish has also been integral in the development of the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) equity and inclusion initiative at CB West, “No Place for Hate”. As Mrs. Magee stated, Annimish “demonstrated empathy and sensitivity, while analyzing areas for improvement”. Congratulations to Annimish, and we thank him for being West Proud!
Congratulations NCWIT Award Winners
The National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) is a nonprofit organization that works to increase the meaningful participation of girls and young women in computing.
The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing recognizes and honors 9th-12th grade young women for their computing-related achievements and interests. It encourages them to pursue their passions in computing. Each award recipient is selected based on her aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by individual computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.
Vidya Balaji has been selected as a 2021 Philadelphia Area Affiliate Winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. Vidya was acclaimed for her “outstanding leadership, exceptional academic history, and forward-thinking ability.” Vidya will be recognized at virtual Awards ceremony will be held on April 7, 2021. A trophy acknowledging her achievement will be sent to her as well as one to display at CB West.
Cathy Duan has been recognized with a 2021 NCWIT National Certificate of Distinction. This award is given to young women who merit recognition and entry into the Aspirations in Computing Community based on demonstrated experience and objectives in computing.
The CB West community congratulates both young women for their wonderful achievements!