CB West High School

West Times Newsletter 9.14.2020

NEWS FROM THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

PSAT’s: The 2020 PSAT (Preliminary SAT) will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at CB West. Because of COVID-related spacing requirements, the PSAT is only being offered to 11th grade students for the October testing. The PSAT10 will be offered to all Sophomores in the spring. Please check the Guidance Testing page for registration information and further updates.


SAT’s and ACT’s: Please check the ACT website and the College Board/SAT website for updated information about new fall testing dates, registration, testing locations, and COVID updates for each test.


Attention Seniors!

Forget the STEPS for applying/sending transcripts? Visit the College Application Process page.


Need some help applying to College or sending transcripts? Starting on September 17th, Mr. Curtis and Mrs. Dallam are available for "drop in" help! This is open to all students, and will occur weekly using the same link (see below):


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District Financial Aid Info Session: The CBSD Financial Aid Night will take place virtually on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:30 PM. The presenter will be Fran McKeown from PHEAA (PA. Higher Education Assistance Agency). This presentation provides an early understanding of the financial decisions students need to make concerning higher education. Topics include higher education costs, the types of financial aid available, and how to apply for financial aid. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentation. Students must REGISTER AT THIS LINK, and they will be sent an invitation/link for the real-time event. This link, as well as additional financial aid information and resources, is posted on the Financial Aid webpage.


Social/Emotional Wellness: The Guidance Department will provide resources throughout the year to support students’ social and emotional health. Mr. Manners, one of our 11th grade counselors, plans to run an online Stress Reduction Program, available to all students. This 6-week Mindfulness based program will be offered this fall through the Teams platform and is designed to assist students with stress, attention, and overall quality of life. Students interested in participating in this program should contact Mr. Manners directly at dmanners@cbsd.org.

Learning/Bell Schedule

Please see the 100% Virtual Learning Schedule by clicking here. We follow an A/B schedule with each day alternating.

MBIT Information

Click on the link for details about the MBIT Virtual Learning Model.

Daily Announcements

Stay up-to-date on the latest information at CB West. Go to our 'Daily Announcements' page on our CB West website listed under 'School Links' - please click here.

Back to School Night

Central Bucks High School West will host a virtual Back to School Night on September 29th at 7:00 PM. During this important event, teachers will explain the academic program, answer questions about the curriculum, and discuss what they expect from students. More details to follow.

Technology Resources for Students and Families

The district's technology and innovation department has prepared a number of training modules for families to help them navigate the technology resources students will use. Families will find modules for Canvas, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, and more. Visit www.cbsd.org/1to1 and click "Grade 3-12 Technology Orientation".

Attendance

During virtual learning, we will be following the same attendance policies and procedures as we typically do, 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.

Breakfast and Lunch

During the period of online-only learning to begin the 2020-21 school year, grab-n-go breakfast and lunch will be available to all students at no cost. The student does not need to be present at pickup. Click on this link for details.

SENIOR PORTRAITS - LAST CALL!!

Don't miss out on Senior Portraits!


We will have one more round of Senior Portraits at CB West on Thursday, 9/17/20 from 3:00pm-9:00pm in the faculty dining room. Please schedule your appointment by going to www.ouryear.com and enter school code 75. For those of you who are not able to get an appointment for 9/17, please contact Prestige at 1-800-687-9327 (M-Thu. 8:30am – 4:30pm) or lwportraitscheduling@lifetouch.com to schedule a session in their studio.


Click here for details about the procedures.

Book/Item Distribution and Return

Until further notice, we will designate select Thursdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm in the CB West Cafeteria and back hallway for students to retrieve needed materials as communicated by teachers and/or to return books or other curricular items. Please park in the Junior lot off of MacFarlane Lane and enter the cafeteria (last names A-K) or proceed to the hallway adjacent to the cafeteria (last names L-Z). Any needed materials will be communicated by your teachers. Below are the dates through December in the event that we need them:


**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 Materials: 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.


  • Dates: The following are the Thursday dates for pick up and drop off of items mapped out through December (just in case and subject to change):


  • 9/17/20
  • 10/1/20
  • 10/15/20
  • 10/29/20
  • 11/12/20
  • 11/19/20 (because of the holiday the following week)
  • 12/10/20
  • 12/17/20 (because of the holiday the following week

Student Emergency & Information Form Updates

It is time to update your children’s “Student Emergency & Information Form”. This must be done each year. The process will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and will ensure we have current contact information for you and your family, which is even more critical as we begin the school year virtually. All CBSD families (with the exception of those who are new registrants for 2020-2021) are required to complete this update on/before September 30, 2020.


The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:

· Demographic Information

· Emergency Contacts

· Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration

· Media Release Preferences


Visit the CBSD Infinite Campus parent portal at www.cbsd.org/parentportal and don’t forget to hit submit at the end. You will receive an email verifying that your submission was received.

Virtual Learning Tips and Tricks

Click HERE to be directed to the CB West virtual tip site.


Click the picture below to be directed to a video created by CB West teachers with tips and resources for online learning.

Antler Yearbook Information

Don't forget to reserve your child an Antler yearbook for this school year. Until the end of September, the Antler will hold a Back to School special, where yearbooks will be only $70! Due to COVID, we will only be accepting online orders, at www.jostens.com . Don't delay - last year we completely sold out of yearbooks - be sure to reserve your child's high school memories today! Seniors Only - Visit the Antler website for Baby Photo information. https://www.cbsd.org/Domain/476


Parents of Seniors- The Antler Yearbook needs YOUR help!

We want this year’s seniors to get the recognition they deserve! Do you have a senior who has excelled in the arts, community service, music, athletics or has a special interest or hobby? Do you have a photo of your senior on their first day of kindergarten AND the first day of their senior year? If so, please send photos and information about your senior to sferraro@cbsd.org with your student’s name in the subject line! *Please note that we cannot guarantee that every submission will be included.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FROM PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH



The Pennsylvania Department of Health has revised the immunization requirements for students.


The state law immunization requirement must be completed by November 5, 2020.


Please click here for further details.


If the student is in the middle of a series and it is too soon for the next dose, the parents must provide the school nurse with a plan for immunizations (signed by a health care provider) within the first 5 days. If the student has incomplete immunizations and no medical plan, the student will be excluded from school.


You may check your child’s school immunization record by logging onto the parent portal through the district website at this link or by consulting with your child’s physician.

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. More information will be forthcoming later on how to access Meetings begin at 9:00 AM and conclude at 10:30 AM:


September 23, 2020

October 21, 2020

November 18, 2020

January 20, 2021

February 24, 2021

March 20, 2021

April 21, 2021

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.