CB West High School
Updates From Mr. Bucher
Delaware Valley Science Council Awards
Four West seniors competed in the Delaware Valley Science Council Awards by taking qualifying examinations on November 9th at Temple University. The Delaware Valley Science Council encourages students to study and pursue careers in Mathematics and Science. The DVSC partners with schools, businesses, professional societies and community volunteers to identify, encourage and recognize talented youth in the Delaware Valley with outstanding capabilities in science and mathematics. The four seniors who were chosen by West’s science and mathematics faculty were Benjamin Aunins, Isabel Cleff, Patrick O’Brien and Prairie Wentworth-Nice. Congratulations!
A Message From The Nurse....
To All Current Parents of Sophomores and Juniors:
A physical examination is required by state law (Public School Code Article XIV, Section 1407) for all eleventh grade students. These exams must be done between the first day of Sophomore year and now. If you have not submitted a completed physical form into Mrs. Klein, CB West's School Nurse, please do so as soon as possible. If there are any questions, please contact the Health Office.
Senior Day At West!
There are many milestones in the life of every man or woman. Reaching his/her senior year is one of them. Graduation is the climax of a student’s last year in high school. However, before this final rite of passage, numerous activities precede this important event. In the words of our president, Mike Miller, “ Move-Up-Day “ and “Senior Day” are a time for seniors to come together as a class. These days help build friendships in our final year in high school !” This year, Senior Day was held on Wednesday, November 6th. A panoramic photo was taken of the entire Class of 2014. Following this was a free breakfast of special treats and fruit. And, finally, came the Senior Day activities. The Leadership Circle decided to dedicate all proceeds to the “Hope for Hails” foundation. (Hailey is a student in Lenape Middle School). The event was called “PAY-TO PLAY” . Each senior paid a dollar for participating in the following activities: origami, henna tattoo painting, go fish, bake sale, goofy photo booth, face painting, “write a letter to a soldier”, and last but not least, the “pie-in-your-face contest. This was the most popular booth in the cafeteria since the “victims” were our new principal, Mr. Bucher, the senior class house principal, Mr. Caughie, and the ever popular social science teacher, Mr. Felton.
A Guest At West
The West Choir hosted another outstanding guest on Monday Night. Broadway veteran, Eddie Brandt, was in several shows as a young man including Annie Get Your Gun with Bernadette Peters and the national tour of Les Mis where he played Gavroche. Eddie, being only a few years older than our students, at age 20, was a perfect model for the men of the West Choir at rehearsal on Monday Night.
CB West Powder Puff!
This past Saturday, November 9th, the girls of CB West joined together to take on the CB East and CB South Powder Puff teams. The girls responded in record numbers, allowing CB West to bring SIX teams to the competition held in the CB South stadium. The girls came bearing sleeping bags, blankets, hot coffee and lots of determination. They were well prepared for a challege and for the chilly winds. They hunkered down, and got to work. The two hand touch games were fast paced and well played, and CB West boasted many wins. In the championship round, 3 out of the 4 teams consisted of CB West girls. The purple Junior team fought their way to victory. Congratulations to our talented players and a special thank you to Brian Hensel and the student coaches.
News From The Chamber Choir!
West's Chamber Choir and Dr. Joseph Ohrt hosted two world class percussionists on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 6 at West. Their bios are included below.
Valerie Naranjo known for her pioneering efforts in West African keyboard percussion music, was the first woman to play gyil (African marimba) in public in Ghana, and, with Barry Olsen has been the only non-West African to win the Ghanaian Kobine Festival gyil competition. She has lived in New York since 1981, plays percussion for NBC’s Saturday Night Live band, and Broadway’s The Lion King, and has performed at 9 PASIC conventions, and on six continents solo, with The Philip Glass Ensemble, David Byrne, The Paul Winter Consort, Zakir Hussein, Richard Barone, and others. She compiled the published transcriptions "West African Music for the Marimba Soloist", "Joro" a series of works for Gyil and Orchestra, and 10 CDs. She teaches Lobi/Brifo Percussion at NYU, and was named Drum! Magazine's "World Percussionist of the Year" 2003 and 2008, and "Mallet player of the Year” 2012.
Ba-ere Yotere was born in Saru, Northern Ghana and was taught the gyil repertoire and practice by his grandfather, Dannah Dommoche, the patriarch of a traditional family of gyil masters. At age 20 Ba-ere himself was qualified as a gyil master (required to perform in the sacred funeral rite in Lobi society). He toured internationally long before that, with the late gyil maestro Kakraba Lobi. Himself a master teacher who is sought after by other professional gyil players, Ba-ere performs in Ghana’s capital city Accra, at such venues as the Arts Council, the University of Ghana, and Kokrobitey's International School of the Arts. Baere also constructs gyils, and is an advisor for the New York Univeristy African Percussion Ensemble. Ba-ere will introduce his 2 CDs "Gyil, the Virtuoso Art" and "Gyil: The Lobi Art Continues" on this journey
Winter Sports Begin At CB West!
The first day of Winter Sports at CB West is Monday, November 18th. The forms that are needed include:
- CIPPE PHYSICAL
- EMERGENCY CONTACT
- PLEDGE FORMS
ALL forms are available on the ATHLETIC WEB PAGE