CB West High School
West Times Newsletter 5.21.18
News from the Guidance Office
Senior Graduation Survey
The Senior Graduation Survey is now open in Naviance (under the “About Me” tab). This survey asks students to indicate their plans for after graduation, as well as collecting other data that is required by the state. Completion of this survey is a graduation obligation; therefore, students will not receive their cap/gown or participate in graduation ceremonies unless the survey is completed. Students viewed an instructional video in Advisory last Thursday, and instructions will also be emailed to both students and parents this week. Seniors have until May 21st to complete the survey.
2018 Central Bucks Summer School remedial courses will only be available in an online format, through Educere. There are no Summer School courses available for initial or enrichment credit, with the exception of Health/PE. Detailed information about summer school, including registration links, will be made available by June 1st. Students who wish to take Health/PE in summer school (for either remedial or initial credit) may attend a course taught by a CB instructor, held at Jamison Elementary School. To register for Health/PE, please visit the Community School Website (click “Extra Activities and Summer Programs List > Summer 2018 PE/Health Class at Jamison Elementary” for informational flyer, and a link to My Payments Plus.
Keystone Testing Information
Below is important information about Keystone Assessments for the 2017-18 school year:
Regarding Winter Testing from December 2017 and January 2018:
If your child participated in Literature, Algebra 1, or Biology Keystone Assessments in December or January, their Best Score for each test is now updated in Parent Portal. Please note, you will not be able to see your student's score for each testing date or for each individual module. Individual score reports (which reports their scores from the Winter Testing dates) were distributed through your student’s advisory the week of April 16th.
Regarding Spring Testing in May 2018:
Students currently enrolled in English 10, Algebra 1, or Biology will be administered the corresponding Keystone Assessment(s) during the month of May:
Literature was completed May 14-17.
Algebra 1 and Biology
Blocks 1 and 3
May 21 and May 22
Algebra 1 and Biology
Blocks 2 and 4 (flipped schedule)
May 23 and May 24
Additional information will be available on the CBW Keystone Assessment Webpage at http://www.cbsd.org/Page/25869. This webpage includes resources to help students prepare for the assessments.
State Assessment Proficiency Requirements:
Currently, PDE requires students in the class of 2020 and beyond to have reached proficiency on each of the three Keystone Exams prior to graduation. Students will be scheduled to retest if proficiency is not reached on the first attempt. We will continue to monitor and communicate any information from PDE pertaining to this graduation requirement.
The Central Bucks School District offers a standardized testing prep system, ePrep, to all its students. This free web-based program helps students prepare for the PSAT, SAT and ACT. There are practice tests, test-taking tips, and instructional videos that explain how to do the problem(s) that may have been answered incorrectly during the practice session. The link is http://www.eprep.com.
All CB West sophomores have been registered with accounts. They should log in with their CBSD student email and the password eprep2017. Juniors and seniors who are interested in accessing ePrep but do not have an account should contact Ms. Graney in the CB West Library for an account.
Final Exam Dates
The Final Exam schedule is as follows:
June 12th - World Language, Business and other Electives
June 13th – English and Science
June 14th – Math and Social Studies
Students are not permitted to take final exams earlier than the scheduled date and time. June 12th and 13th will be regular full school days and final exams will occur throughout the day. On June 14th, the math final exam will be administered from 7:30 – 9:00 and the Social Studies final exam will be from 9:15 – 10:45. Make up exams will occur on June 14th at 11:00.
Please refer to this final exam permission slip memo regarding June 14 that was distributed on May 10 in advisory. The permission slip is due to the student’s advisor by May 31.
4th Marking Period Policy Violation Notification
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 marked the beginning of the 4th Marking Period. Any Senior determined to be in violation of the Drug and Alcohol Policy during the 4th Marking Period, will not participate in commencement activities.
News from the Class of 2018
- The 2018 Senior Prom “Tale as Old as Time” will be held on June 1st at 7 pm at Spring Mill Country Club, Ivyland, PA.
- Seniors can purchase tickets at mypaymentsplus.com for $70 a ticket from May 8th to May 25th.
- There are no guest forms for out-of-school guests. All information for out-of-school guests must be provided when purchasing tickets through mypaymentsplus.com.
- Sign-ups for table assignments must be completed when purchasing tickets through mypaymentsplus.com. Tables seat 12 people.
- Students will NOT be allowed to enter the prom after 8 pm or be allowed to leave prior to 10 pm.
- Students will NOT receive tickets until all obligations have been cleared. Obligations may be cleared in the 12th Grade Office.
- Students attending the prom MUST be in school on June 1st or they will not be admitted to the prom.
- All seniors will be dismissed the day of the prom at 10:49 am following a class meeting with Dr. Caughie.
- Do not bring any valuables (there is no coat check), large purse/bags, backpacks, or water bottles to the prom.
Senior Walk--New Tradition at CB West
The first annual Senior Walk is an opportunity for students to visit their elementary schools, (in caps and gowns), to see their teachers, and inspire our elementary students to work hard in school. The Senior Walk will take place on Friday, June 8. Participating Seniors will be dismissed from CB West at 1:30 and must provide their own transportation to their elementary schools. Please click here for an application. Applications to participate are due no later than Wednesday, May 30.
Graduation DVD Order Form
Please click here to find the Graduation DVD order form.
Senior Picnic and Graduation Practice will be held on Thursday, June 14 at 11:00.
Graduation will be held on Friday, June 15 at 4:15.
Please click here to find all details related to graduation practice and the graduation ceremony.
As graduation approaches, you may find it helpful to print a copy of your child’s immunization records from Parent Portal. Your child may need proof of immunizations for post secondary education and/or employment in the near future and this is a complete record. Please contact our nurse, Carol Klein, should you have questions.
MBIT End of Year Information
The last school day for MBIT is June 20th.
On Friday, June 15 and Monday, June 18 CB West will be following an Early Dismissal Schedule during both days. These are FULL days of school for MBIT.
On Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20 MBIT has school, but Central Bucks is closed.
Please click on the link for details about the MBIT end of year procedures.
GOOD NEWS ABOUT CB WEST STUDENTS
Computer Science and Gaming Club
The computer science and gaming club recently had their final meeting. The members of the club have been hard at work since October on their final project, Potato Ninja, a platformer style of game. The project culminated with an open house where students were able to stop by and try the game out.
Attached is a picture of the game on the big screen.
Members in order from left to right: John Pionzio, Walker Anderson, Lucas Acosta-Morales, Lexi Schifman and Max Driks (not pictured: Jake Yuraszeck)
Teen Entrepreneurs in Business Today
Mrs. Fosbenner’s Business Today students used their creativity and business skills to develop, manufacture and market a product or service in the Entrepreneurship Unit. Teams of two formulated the idea, sourced their materials, tracked their costs, projected profits, targeted potential customers and created a marketing plan. Using brochures, flyers, business cards and other sales & marketing tools, students pitched their wares to fellow students during Market Days in the cafeteria. The wide variety of offerings included a service to creatively lace up sneakers, home-made silly putty, hand-woven bracelets, cell phone holders, re-purposed, re-painted athletic shoes and several food-themed products. Students reported that they enjoyed the opportunity to practice and develop their entrepreneurial skills.