CB West High School

West Times Newsletter 5-3-2021

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.


For all AP (Digital) Exam Students – VERY IMPORTANT!!

Any student taking a digital AP exam should make sure to read the e-mail sent out on April 30th, regarding downloading the Digital Testing App. Students must download the App from the Company Portal on their school issued laptop and log in with their College Board username and password. They can access exam practice at any time, once the app is downloaded. From 1 to 3 days before the exam, students must complete exam set up which loads the exam into their app. This must be done for every digital exam the student is taking and if it is not done, the student will not be able to test and will have to schedule a make-up exam. Students must also check in to each exam 30 minutes before the exam start time to complete the check in process (e.g. log into a 12:00 pm exam at 11:30 and a 4:00 pm exam at 3:30.) Please contact Mrs. Bagnick at lbagnick@cbsd.org with any questions or concerns.


Attention Sophomores

If you were unable to attend last week’s Information Session, please see the Class of 2023 Guidance Page (scroll down to “Past Presentations”) for links to the Power Point Presentation and to the live recording of the session (about 1hr 15 mins). We discussed topics including the Junior Year Timeline, College Admission Testing, and Planning for after Graduation (and how to research your options). Many thanks for all who were able to join us for our last info session of the year!


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.

Senior Information

Important information about Graduation and other end of the year events for Seniors

Class of 2021 / End of Year Information Letter (cbsd.org)

Final Exam and Last Week of School Schedule


  • Wednesday, June 2nd: Regular Day - English Final Exams Due and 'B' Day students AP Psychology Final Exam
  • Thursday, June 3rd: Regular Day - Social Studies Final Exams Due and AP Psychology, AP Macro and AP Micro Final Exams during class.
  • Friday, June 4th: Regular Day - World Language and Advanced Placement Computer Science Final Exams administered during class.
  • Monday, June 7th: Regular Day - Science Final Exams administered during class.
  • Tuesday, June 8th: Regular Day - Math Final Exams administered during class.
  • *Wednesday, June 9th: Early Dismissal Day due to graduation practice in the afternoon. Asynchronous Day for students except those needing to make-up exams.
  • *Thursday, June 10th: Early Dismissal Day. Only 10th and 11th grade students report to school. Graduation Day!
  • *Friday, June 11th: Early Dismissal Day. Only 10th and 11th grade students report to school.



*For the Early Dismissal days, transportation will be provided in the morning for arrival and again at 10:45 for dismissal.

Modified Quarantine

CBSD’s Board of School Directors approved changes to the district’s health and safety plan, including implementation of modified quarantine protocols beginning on Monday, April 19, 2021. More details may be found on our website at www.cbsd.org/2020-21. Review updated questions and answers at www.cbsd.org/help.

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 Human Services Connect - The Hub!

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

Click here for details.

Attendance

We follow the same attendance policies 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 westattendance@cbsd.org. 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.


Virtual Students

  • 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:

Message from the Future Teachers of America Club

The Future Teachers of America Club wrote positive chalk messages to support our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.


Click here for a video from the club.

Save the Music Foundation

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West Spring Concerts

Click on the flyer below for dates and times of performances.


Livestream Links:


CB West Band Concert

CB West Choir Concert

CB West Orchestra Concert

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: 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 by purchasing a mask. Click on the flyer 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.

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 Mosaic

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 (12x18) that is made up of senior portrait thumbnails. Order now through MyPaymentsPlus. Click here for details!

Senior Prom

When: CB West will be hosting the Senior Prom on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 6:00 PM-10:00 PM at The Fuge, with a rain date of Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. If we exercise the rain date, Seniors attending the prom will have a half-day and will be permitted to leave CB West at 10:30am, after 2nd block. The Fuge is located at 780 Falcon Circle, Warminster, PA. 18974. Please note that while our initial plans are provided below, some aspects may change based on the number of attendees.


For More Information: For more information about the Senior Prom, please CLICK HERE to visit the CB West Senior Prom page.

Senior Spotlights

The Senior Class Council is 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 May

MAY #40 POSITIVE VIEW OF PERSONAL FUTURE: Young person is optimistic about their personal future.


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

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).


  • 5/13/21
  • 5/27/21
  • 6/9/21

CBSD Farmers Market at Barclay

CBSD Farmers Market at Barclay will take place on Wednesday, 5/13 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

National Technical Honor Society Induction

Congratulations to Eric Hovis (Sports Therapy and Exercise Management), John Ingbritsen (Cosmetology), and Savannah Pinto (Cosmetology) for being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Mrs. Toub and her student, Ilarney McCracken, who placed #4 in the State in the Pennsylvania Council of Financial Literacy Stock Market Challenge. Thanks for being West Proud!