CB West High School

West Times Newsletter 4-6-2021

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.


Report Cards for MP3

Student grades and report card comments for MP3 will be available on Student/Parent portal on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.


VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS

Please visit our NEW Virtual College Fair webpage! Students who are starting to explore college options should take advantage of the many national, state, and local virtual college fairs that are occurring this spring. Click on one of the four icons to access events from National and PA fairs, or click on any of the regional or topic-specific fairs that may be listed on the page. Many fairs require pre-registration, so be sure to check dates for the upcoming events listed. Most fairs are free, and often include campus tours, program information, and interviews with current students, admissions reps and financial aid reps from the college.


SENIORS:


  • 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.


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 lbagnick@cbsd.org. We will assign tutors based on availability at the time.

Graduation Date

We are excited to inform you that Graduation will be on June 10th at 4:15 at War Memorial Field. The rain dates are June 11th at 4:15 or June 14th at 4:15. Additional detailed information will be forthcoming in future correspondence.

April - Spark Article #6

We know that the last 12 months have been difficult for many people in many, many ways. For our students, the struggle has included a disruption in their educational and social way-of-life. Learning from the restrictions the pandemic has placed on your children may be an opportunity to re-exam what is important to them for now and the future. Ask your daughter or son to think about what was missed during this time of limited access? What didn’t he/she/they miss? The answers might give insight to what Sparks are important to them.


If your teen missed working at a part-time job at the local restaurant because of the responsibilities opportunity to learn about how to run a business, this might be worth exploring in a more serious way. If your teen didn’t miss taking piano lessons because it was just something to add to a college resume, maybe it is time to start looking at other activities where there is true interest.


Looking at the whole concept of Sparks, this might be the right time to reevaluate where time is spent and what interest holds true passion. “One joy scatters a hundred griefs.” – Chinese Proverb


For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at vbarrett@cbsd.org.

Bucks Human Services Connect - The Hub!

Bucks County Division of Human Services is pleased to launch - The Hub!

Click here for details.

Parent Request

CB West parents have organized a 'Snack Stash'.

Parents, volunteers and donations are requested for the April snack bar for teachers and staff. The sign up genius is below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4AA5AD29A46-second1

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 cklein@cbsd.org

Bucks County Medication Disposal Program

Saturday, April 24th - Click on the image below for details.

Class of 2023 - Exclusion from Post Secondary Schools and Military Recruiters

Please click here for an important letter from the district. Letters must be signed and returned to the CB West Guidance office by June 1st if a student is to be excluded from the recruiters list.

Spring Keystone Exam Information

Please see the Spring Keystone Administration Schedule below and please take note that students who are not testing will receive asynchronous instruction online at home on May 20, 24, and 26. For more information about Keystone Exams, please CLICK HERE FOR THE CB WEST KEYSTONE EXAM PAGE

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Grab and Go Meals

Please note the following changes to our pickup schedule due to the break.
    • Meal distribution will take place on Tuesday, April 6.
    • Distribution will return to the normal Monday/Thursday schedule on Thursday, April 8.

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*Please Note: Food will only be available for the general student body during the breakfast times and dismissal. You may bring in your own food for snack break or save the grab and go breakfast for snack break. There will be no food available at snack break for students other than MBIT students coming back to West and/or leaving West at that time.


  • 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 AM MBIT, food will also be available in room D135 when you arrive to West.
  • If you have PM MBIT, Grab and Go bags are in room D135 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.

MiniTHON

Help support MiniTHON with 2 fabulous fundraisers. Click on the flyer images for details.

Best of West

Do you have a talent that you’d like to share with CB West? We are introducing the Best of West, a school-wide talent competition. This virtual event will air on Friday, April 30th. If you would like to participate, please scan the QR code and submit your “audition” Forms to the Sophomore Class Team by Friday, April 9th.

10th Graders

Class of 2023 T-shirts will be on sale again from Monday, April 5th until Friday, April 16th. If you didn’t buy a shirt this fall, don’t miss the opportunity to represent your sophomore class!

T-Shirts cost $10 and can be purchased on MyPaymentsPlus. Sizes available range from S-XXXL. If you have any questions, please reach out to cbarreiro@cbsd.org or vbremer@cbsd.org.

Junior Prom

We are excited to announce that we will be holding a Junior Prom this year. This year’s Prom will be held on the campus of CB West. This will allow us to hold a memorable and special semi-formal event, while also maintaining the safety of our students and staff members. We will hold the Junior Prom on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Certain aspects of the evening will have to be adjusted so that health and safety protocols are followed. This includes wearing a mask and limiting ticket sales to juniors at CB West, one ticket per student. This is to ensure that all members of the Class of 2022 who want to attend the Prom are able to do so. All attendees need to arrive by 6:30 PM. Tickets are on sale Friday, April 9 through Friday, April 16 on mypaymentsplus.com. Tickets are $20.

Important Information for Seniors

As we are getting closer to the end of the year, please direct your attention to the Class of 2021 Page on the CB West website for important information for seniors. This is where we will house information about graduation, prom, end of year events, etc.

Attention Seniors: Important Information for Prom and Graduation

Monday, April 12th is the first day of the 4th Marking Period. For Seniors, this means that if you are charged with a violation of the Drug and Alcohol Policy during the 4th Marking Period, you may not be permitted to attend prom and may not participate in graduation/any other commencement activities. We are required to remind you of this policy statement.

Senior Prom

We are excited to announce that the Senior Prom will be held in the evening on Saturday, May 8th at The Fuge, located in Warminster, PA. We are grateful for the input from our Senior Class Council members and we will continue to collaborate with them to make this a memorable experience for all seniors. The Fuge will have a large outdoor pavilion that will be used in addition to the inside ballroom. Certain aspects of the evening will have to be adjusted so that health and safety protocols are followed. This includes limiting the guests to only seniors at CB West to ensure that all members of the Class of 2021 who want to attend the Prom are able to do so. Additionally, because some features of the Prom will be outside, a rain date is necessary which will be in the evening on Wednesday, May 12th. Additional details will be forthcoming in future communication in the coming weeks.

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!

Directions on how to place order - page 1

Directions on how to place order - page 2

Senior Spotlights

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.

Boomerang for April

APRIL #25 READING FOR PLEASURE: Young person reads for pleasure most days, either alone, with family members, or with friends.


Click here for details about how to nominate a student.


*CB Cares Educational Foundation has supported students, educators, and parents in the CB School District for more than 20 years. One of the CB Cares initiative is the Boomerang Youth Award. This district-wide monthly program recognizes and honors youth in our community for exemplifying and living by one of the chosen Developmental Assets®. More information about The Boomerang Award can be found here à CB CARES BOOMERANG AWARD

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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).


  • 4/8/21
  • 4/29/21
  • 5/13/21
  • 5/27/21
  • 6/10/21

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


Click here to join the meeting


April 21, 2021

Jules Pizza Fundraiser

Interact Club is having a Jules Pizza fundraiser on Thursday, April 8. See flyer for details.

African Library Project - Book Donations

Click on the image for details.

ACTIVITIES FAIR!

Check out all that West has to offer by watching our Virtual Activities Fair.


https://www.wevideo.com/view/2050843514

CBSD Farmers Market at Barclay

CBSD Farmers Market at Barclay will take place on Wednesday, 4/14 from 4-5 PM. Produce, eggs, milk, dairy, bread, and groceries. The market runs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. All are welcome and if you know of another CB family in need, please share!

Sophomores

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.

Juniors

Reminder that a physical is required for all Juniors. A meningitis vaccine is also required after your child’s 16th birthday and must be completed prior to entering 12th grade.

Children’s Health Insurance Program

CHIP is Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program for uninsured children and teens up to age 19.


Click on the link for more information about CHIP.


Click on the link for the online application.

GOOD NEWS ABOUT CB WEST STUDENTS

Congratulations, Ava Morgan

Congratulations to Ava Morgan who won the 3D Award for her piece “Oaxacan Sculpture” in the 26th Annual Bucks County High School Exhibition and 2021 Congressional Art Competition.

Congratulations, JP Tomlinson

Congratulations to CB West Orchestra bassist JP (John) Tomlinson on his acceptance to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Virtual All-State Orchestra Festival. JP was selected as the first chair string bass player, competing against the finest musicians from across the state. This year’s PMEA All-State Festival is unprecedented in that each ensemble will create a virtual performance during their time together April 14-17. Congratulations again JP and thank you for representing CB West and Central Bucks School District.