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March 23, 2015

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The Music Man Jr

Calendar Revisions

On March10 the Central Bucks School District School Board voted for the following changes to the 2014-2015 school calendar:

April 2 & 7 - Now a Full Day of School.

April 13 - End of 3rd Marking Period

April 22 - Parent Portal opens at 8:00 AM for report cards

June 18 - Last Day of School - Early Dismissal - 10:45 A.M.

Click here for the updated one-page calendar.

Freshman Day & 9th Grade Promotion Night

The 2015 Freshman Day and Dance will remain on Friday, June 12 however, the 9th Grade Promotion Night has been moved to Wednesday, June 17. More details on both events will follow as we get closer to June.


Congratulations to the cast and crew of The Music Man Jr. The Spring Musical was a big success as the students put on a wonderful performance. Thank you to the students, staff, and parents for making this production possible and such a memorable experience.

7th Grade Dental Examinations

Dental examinations are mandated by the State of Pennsylvania for all students in grade 7. Students who do not have a current dental report on file will be examined by the school dentist on Friday, April 10th. Permission forms for these exams were mailed home to those students needing an exam. Please sign and return the completed school dental exam permission form or a completed exam form from your dentist to the Health Room as soon as possible.

Please contact Mrs. Greenberg, School Nurse at 267-893-2840 or email mgreenbe@cbsd.org if you have any questions.

PSSA and Algebra & Keystone Dates

Please be aware of the following dates for state mandated testing:

PSSA English Language Arts - 7th & 8th Grade - April 14 - 17

PSSA Math - 7th & 8th Grade - April 21 - 23

PSSA Science - 8th Grade - April 29

Keystone - Algebra 1 - May 13 & 14

Please make every attempt to have your child in attendance on these dates to take these assessments. Click here for information for parents. Testing is scheduled from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM on these dates. Please DO NOT schedule any appointments or trips for your child on these test times. Students arriving after 7:45 AM will not be permitted to take the test on that day and will have to attend a make up testing session.


PSSA Exams requires very tight security in administering the test. If your student is not in the PSSA room by 7:45 AM he/she will not be taking the test that day. Your student will be sitting in the front office conference room for approximately 3 hours and should be prepared with work to do.

We can not interrupt the testing room once the test has begun. Please do not schedule doctor appointments during the time of PSSA testing. Please click here for PSSA schedule

PSSA Exams and Cellphones and Electronic Devices

In order to ensure the security of the PSSA exams and to avoid the cost of replacing test items, no electronic devices are permitted in testing rooms. Electronic devices include cell phones, smartphones, E-readers, Nooks, Kindles, iPads, iPods, tablets, camera-ready devices and any other electronic device, which can be used to photograph or duplicate test materials, access the internet and/or communicate with others during the administration of the PSSA Exams.

If a student is discovered using and/or having a cell phone or other electronic device in his or her possession during the administration of the PSSA, parents will be notified and appropriate consequences will be given. The student could receive both school and Pennsylvania Department of Education consequences, which may include scores being invalidated and/or a fine to replace test items. All testing materials are copyrighted property of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Penalties for violations of the Copyright Act may include the cost of replacing the compromised test item(s) or fines of no less than $750 up to $30,000 for a single violation. 17 U.S.C 101 et seq.

Freshman Class Trip

The Freshman Class trip to Washington DC will occur on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. If you signed up to be a chaperone for the field trip, please be sure to attend the mandatory Parent Chaperone Meeting on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 PM in the auditorium.

2015 CB Middle School Relay for Life

It's RELAY Time! The 2015 CB Middle School Relay for Life is under way for all 8th and 9th grade students. Relay is a program that benefits the American Cancer Society and culminates in an all-day event at Tohickon Middle School on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Your 8th and 9th graders have already registered on line and has formed their teams. We hope all the 8th and 9th graders will participate in this worthwhile activity. Questions about team fundraising should be directed to the Team Captain.

Yearbook Sales

The 2014-15 Lenape M.S. Yearbook Orders should be placed in the yearbook collection box located in the Main Office or Room 236. The cost of the yearbook is $35.00. No orders will be accepted after April 1, 2015.

Middle Bucks Summer Opportunities for Students entering Grades 8-10

MBIT will once again be offering courses through our Summer Career Exploration Program to students entering 8th, 9th or 10th gr. The program occurs in July over two weeks. This is a great opportunity for students to do something fun over the summer while learning a new skill. Families can contact Erin-Caitlin Rinker with any questions at 215-343-2480 ext. 115 or via email erinker@mbit.org. Click on flyer and registration to view for more information.

Volunteer Opportunity

Lenape's Peer Tutor Program accepts volunteers all year long is in need of new volunteers. Students who perform well (generally A average) in world language and math. Opportunities to volunteer can be flexible depending on student's availability on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. Any questions, please contact Mrs. Schmon in Guidance.

#girlSTEM Conference

the Fifth Annual #girlSTEM Conference will be held on May 21, 2015 at Delaware Valley College. #girlSTEM is designed to inspire middle and high school girls to enbrace knowledge in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). #girlSTEM will feature interactive seminars with professional women, hands-on workshops and open forum discussions. The registration link and to stay informed is www.bucksiu.org/girlSTEM. Please direct any questions to Dr. Lindsey Sides. Coordinator of Teaching, Learning & Nonpublic Services at 215-348-2940 ext:1460

CB Cares P-ARTners

March is Youth Art Month which is dedicated to art education and promoting art in the United States. CB Cares is proud to partner with CB art teachers from Doyle, Holicong, Lenape, Linden and CB West to showcase artwork from their students. The work will be on display from March to May along the ArtWalk at Doylestown Hospital. The ArtWalk is located on the ground parking garage. To learn more about the ArtWalk visit: dh.org

ART Department

The Art Department has been displaying our students art work at Representative Marguerite Quinn's office in Plumstead. Starting in April art will be displayed at the Doylestown Post Office and the Annual Lenape Student Art Show opens April 27th.

Discussion Groups

Many students experience the stress and challenges of changes in their family situation due to separation and divorce. Guidance will run a weekly discussion group for approximately 10-12 weeks for interested students. The group will be facilitated by an outside counselor who is trained and successfully running other groups for us at Lenape. If you think your child may benefit from participation in this discussion group, please let his/her counselor know. We'll speak with your child about the details of the group and invite them to participate. Contact Mrs. Schmon for student's last names A-K (jschmon@cbsd.org ) and Mrs. Kuntzmann for last names L-Z (akuntzma@cbsd.org)


March 27 - Tamanend Jazz Festival - Jazz Band

March 31 - District Jazz Festival at Holicong MS - Jazz Band

April 18 - Acapella Festival at Tamanend MS - Chamber Choir, Women' s Ensemble, Acabellas

April 30 - Lenape Spring Choral Concert

May 1 - Welsh Valley Jazz Festival - Jazz Band

May 5 & 6 - Lenape Spring Instrumental Concerts

May 8 - Music in the Parks Adjudication Trip (select ensembles)

May 29 - Chamber Choir with the Philadelphia Boys Choir in a "Concert for Haiti" - Chamber Choir and Jazz Band. Tickets can be purchased here http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1211378

June 4 - Choral Pops Concert

Families of 9th grade students

A rewarding Social Studies activity known as the "Oral History Project" is approaching. All Freshmen in Central Bucks are required to interview a person who was an "eyewitness" to a significant era or event related to America History. Each 9th grade students should start thinking about family, neighbors and friends who might be willing to give first-hand testimony during a recorded interview. Prior to the interview, students research the topic and prepare specific interview questions for the selected candidate. Later after researching and interviewing the person, each student will analyze how the participant's testimony and historical research compare. This district core is worth 5% of the final grade in 9th Grade Social Studies.

Important Upcoming Dates

April 2 - NEW - Now Full Day of School

April 3-6 Spring Recess - no school

April 7 - NEW - Now Full Day of School

April 14-29 - PSSA Exams - 7th & 8th Grade

April 13 - End of 3rd Marking Period

April 22 - Parent Portal available for Report Cards @ 8:00 AM

June 12 - Freshman Day & Dance

June 17- NEW - 9th Grade Promotion Night

June 18 - NEW - Last Day of School and end of 4th marking period

For more details, please take a look at the calendar on the Lenape website.