Welcome To CB West!

Important Information For All Students

A Message From Mr. Bucher

Dear Parent/Guardian/Student:

Welcome to a new school year! I am looking forward to the return of all students! We have all been busy over the summer preparing CB West for another great school year.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. David Hoffman as our newest member to the CB West Adminstrative Team. Mr. Hoffman will be serving as our Sophomore House Principal. Mr. Brian Caughie will assume the role of Senior House Principal. Finally, Mr. Todd Cantrell will be continuing to work with the Class of 2016 as the Junior House Principal.

I look forward to working with all of you during the 2014-2015 school year. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email - jbucher@cbsd.org or by phone 267.893.2509.

Enjoy the remainder of your summer!

Jason H. Bucher


Welcome Sophomores!

Hello, Class of 2017 students and families! Please review the following information and let us know if you have any questions.

1. Welcome to West Day – Monday, August 25, 2014

We are planning a special day for the Class of 2017 and any other students new to West. Your schedules will be released that morning via the Parent Portal. Please report to the auditorium by 11:00. Structured activities from 11:00-12:30 include student-led building tours, club information, need-to-knows for CB West students, planning for your first week of school, meeting your class advisors, counselors, and principal, and much more! From 12:30-2:00, we will be in the field behind the CB West cafeteria to enjoy free food, music, and games. All students who attend the events from 11:00-12:30 will receive a CB West giveaway. If you are unable to attend the open house from 11:00-2:00, the building will be open for you to visit from 9:00-11:00 on your own. If you are planning to attend, please complete this RSVP (also available on the class webpage) by Monday, August 18.

2. Class Information –

Follow your class on Twitter - @cbw2017 – for up-to-date class information! Also, watch your class webpage: http://cbsd.org/Page/17414

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call or email. We are all looking forward to your arrival!

David O. Hoffman

House Principal, Class of 2017

Central Bucks High School West


First Day of School!

Some important information about the first few days of school:

-The first day of school for ALL students is Tuesday, September 2.

-The school day begins promptly at 7:25 AM. Students (including seniors with Late Arrival) MUST be in their advisory by that time. Otherwise, they will be considered late to school. AM session MBIT students should report directly to the busses at the corner of MacFarlane Lane and Memorial Drive upon their arrival at CB West. The busses for AM session MBIT students depart CB West at 7:20 AM.

-CB West will be operating on a special schedule on the first day of school. The schedule will allow us to hold Welcome Assemblies for all three classes. The schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday, September 2nd

Advisory (7:25 - 10:00 AM)

-Junior Assembly is scheduled for 7:25 until 8:15 AM*

-Sophomore Assembly is scheduled for 8:15 until 9:05 AM*

-Senior Assembly is scheduled for 9:10 until 10:00 AM*

1st Block (10:05 - 10:35 AM)

2nd Block (10:40 - 11:10 AM)

3rd Block (11:15 AM - 12:55 PM)

-A Lunch is scheduled for 11:15 until 11:45 AM

-B Lunch is scheduled for 11:50 AM until 12:20 PM

-C Lunch is scheduled for 12:25 until 12:55 PM

4th Block (1:00 - 2:30 PM)

*Students report directly to advisory at beginning of school day. Students wait for announcement before proceeding to Auditorium. Students with First Marking Period Late Arrival are expected to be in school by 7:25 on the first day of school. and should also report directly to advisory.

MBIT Schedule:

The First Day for all MBIT students is Tuesday, September 2nd. Busses for the morning session will depart from CB West to MBIT at 7:20 AM.

AM MBIT students: attend Study Hall at CB West from 10:40—11:10 in the cafeteria.

PM MBIT students: attend Advisory and Block 1 only at CB West; at beginning of Block 2 (10:40), they report to Cafeteria for lunch

Student Schedules

Student Schedules for the 2014-2015 school year will be available on the Infinite Campus Portal on Monday, August 25, 2014. Schedules will not be mailed home. If you require a printed schedule, please contact the Guidance Office and we will gladly print one for you.

Important Information For MBIT Students!

MBIT students will attend Middle Bucks Institute of Technology every day. Therefore, the following information is very important.

AM Session MBIT Students:

AM Session MBIT Students must board the MBIT bus each morning by 7:20 AM. There are two MBIT busses located at the end of MacFarlane Lane near Memorial Drive.

At the conclusion of MBIT, AM Session Students will be dropped off at CB West near the Cafeteria. Students are to report directly to their advisory classrooms after the bus drops them off at CB West.

PM Session MBIT Students:

PM Session MBIT Students are dismissed each day from advisory at 10:40 AM. Students are to report directly to the small end of the Cafeteria for lunch. Students will be dismissed from lunch to the MBIT busses at 11:15 AM. The PM MBIT busses return to CB West by 2:30 PM for dismissal.

Student Parking

Student parking spaces will be issued on a lottery basis with seniors initially receiving priority. All students who drive to CB West, whether they park in the lots or on the street, must register their vehicles. Parking registration forms are located in the security office. Students may not park in the Faculty Parking Lots or in Spaces 200-210, 260-279, 319-344 and 374-385. Spaces 203-209 are for visitors.

The cost for student parking permits for the 2014-2015 school year is as follows:

Full Year Permit - $100

2nd Semester Permit - $60

Additionally, we must continue to be good neighbors. Therefore, we ask that students DO NOT park in the YMCA parking lot or the First Baptist Church of Doylestown parking lot.

Student Absences

Any absence to be “excused” must be substantiated by a parent phone call, parent e-mail, or a written note listing the name of the student, date of the absence, and reason for the absence. This includes students eighteen years or older. Students who are legally emancipated must also substantiate in writing their absence/tardiness. Specific information on CB West's Attendance Procedures can be found on our webpage.

Back-To-School Night

Central Bucks West’s Back-to-School Night is on Thursday, September 18, 2014. There will be a presentation in the auditorium beginning at 7:00 p.m. Advisory/homeroom will begin at 7:30 p.m. All will have the opportunity to follow the schedule of their son or daughter, meet their teachers, and hear a brief presentation about the courses. A blank schedule is available on our website. Please ask your student/students to complete this information for your convenience in planning your classroom visits. To print the Back-To-School Night Blank Schedule, CLICK HERE.

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

Important Information About Student Planners!

Please be aware that student planners will not be distributed to students. With the implementation of Office 365 and the Bring-Your-Own-Device Initiative, more and more students are using technology to record important information.

However, if your child is in need of a calendar to record information, we would recommend that you visit the dollar stores and other office supply stores in the local community. Last year, student planners were available at many stores at a resonable cost.

PSAT's At CB West

PSAT’s will be held on Saturday, October 18th at 8:00 A. M. at CB West. PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. The PSAT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. It also gives juniors a chance to enter national Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.

You may register for the PSAT in the Guidance Office beginning September 19th. The cost of registration is $19.00, payable by check only. Checks should be made payable to the Central Bucks West Student Activity Fund.

CB West Parent Council

I am in the process of forming the 2014-2015 Central Bucks West Parent Council. Membership to the council is open to all interested CB West parents.

Meetings are scheduled for the following Wednesdays in the Tower Room off of the Main Lobby, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 10:30 a.m.:

September 24, 2014

October 22, 2014

November 19, 2014

January 28, 2015

February 25, 2015

March 25, 2015

April 22, 2015

Some of the goals of the group will be:

  • To foster a dialogue between the home and school through the collegial sharing of ideas and concerns.
  • To undertake project(s) as developed by the group.
  • To support the school in the community by information sharing – neighbor-to-neighbor.

I hope you will be able to participate in our 2014-2015 Parent Council.

Very truly yours,

Jason H. Bucher


Regular School Attendance Is Important!

The issue of school attendance plays an important role in ensuring that your child receives a quality education during the school year. There is a documented link between attendance and declining achievement. Children who do not attend school regularly rarely achieve their full potential. Missed instruction and the challenges students face as they attempt to complete missed work are important factors that impact student performance.

As educators, we recognize that promoting regular school attendance is a key component in the successful growth and development of all students. To maximize student learning, we ask that you be mindful of our district attendance policy. The Compulsory Attendance Law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that an absence excuse, verified by a parent/guardian, be on file for every day of the student’s absence.

- According to State Law, the following excuses qualify as excused absences: religious holiday, illness, death in the family, educational trips or vacation with prior written approval by the principal.

- School district policy allows principals to approve a maximum of five vacation or educational travel days per academic year.

- Unexcused absences are defined as: truancy, oversleeping, missing the bus, shopping, child care, visiting relatives or friends, recreational activities, remaining home to do homework, and exceeding the five day vacation policy.

- The school records unexcused tardiness. Six accumulated hours of unexcused late arrival is considered one unexcused absence.

-Excessive absenteeism is defined as anything greater than 10% of the school year to date. Should this 10% threshold be met, intervention by school personnel is initiated. An ongoing truancy issue is forwarded to the Bucks County District Justice and/or Bucks County Children and Youth Agency.

- A note from a physician may be required for each absence over 15 days.

Regular attendance is not a problem for a majority of our students; however, there are small steps that all parents can take to monitor and limit absences thereby enhancing their child’s academic success.

- Strive to make appointments (doctors, dentists, etc.) during after-school hours.

- When planning an activity that will require absence from school, weigh the educational value against lost instructional time.

- Plan for some unstructured time to occur each weekend. Free time goes a long way in rejuvenating young minds and bodies.

Our district calendar provides various days off that we hope will allow your child ample opportunities to experience life outside the educational setting. Please take advantage of these school holidays, while being vigilant about the importance of regular daily attendance. With your support, Central Bucks High School West will continue to optimize instructional time and student learning opportunities.

Dress Guidelines

The primary responsibility for the appearance of the students of Central Bucks West rests with the parents and the students themselves. Together, they have the right to determine such dress and grooming, as long as that appearance does not substantially and directly endanger physical health and safety, damage property, disrupt the educational process, distract those engaged in that process, or go beyond the community and school definition of modesty. Students and parents may determine the student’s personal dress provided that the student’s attire adheres to the following appearance guidelines:

  1. Clothing that does not expose underwear or abdomen.
  2. Skirts or shorts at the fingertip length or longer when arms are held to the side.
  3. Clothing that covers cleavage (front & rear), the back and torso.
  4. Clothing that is free of pictures or wording that contains profanity, vulgarity, innuendo, the ridiculing of any person or group, the references to alcohol, tobacco or illegal activity.

Appearance Guidelines can also be found in the student handbook.

Every staff member has the right to exercise control of his/her classroom atmosphere. The wearing of hats in classrooms comes under this right. If a staff member refuses to allow hats to be worn in the classroom, students are required to conform to this reasonable request.

Any shirt, sweatshirt, or other article of clothing being designed by an athletic team, club, music group, etc. must have prior approval from an administrator and must adhere to the school dress guidelines.

Violations of these dress guidelines may result in disciplinary consequences for your student(s). In addition, parents may be asked to bring appropriate attire to school to assist in correcting the violation. All homeroom advisors will review dress guidelines and consequences for violations during the first week of classes.

Please take a moment to review this information with your student. Thank you for your support in maintaining a safe, positive, and respectful school environment.