Welcome To CB West!

Important Information For All Students

A Message From Mr. Bucher

Dear Parent/Guardian/Student:


Welcome to a new school year! I am looking forward to beginning my first year at CB West and promise that I will continue to promote the Mission of Central Bucks High School West. I promise to continue building on the strengths, talents, and resources of students, educators, parents, and community. It is quite obvious to me that Central Bucks High School West empowers all students by providing a dynamic, evolving curriculum with a safe, supportive environment that promotes responsible citizenship and life-long learning.


It is truly an honor to be able to serve the CB West Community as Principal of Central Bucks High School West. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact me via email - jbucher@cbsd.org or by phone - 267.893.2509.


I am looking forward to an incredible year!


Jason H. Bucher

Principal

10th Grade Open House Scheduled for Tuesday, August 27 from 10:30 AM until 2:30 PM

First Days of School!

Some important information about the first few days of school:

-The first day of school for ALL students is Tuesday, September 3.

-The school day begins at 7:25 AM.

-CB West will be operating on a 50-minute Advisory Schedule for the first three days of school. The Advisory Schedule will allow time for the review of safety procedures, the review of the student handbook, as well as class welcome assemblies.

-Thursday, September 5 is a School Holiday. There is NO school for students.

Important Information For MBIT Students!

MBIT Students will attend the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology on September 3rd. Therefore, the following information is very important.


AM Session MBIT students:


AM Session MBIT students must board the MBIT bus each morning by 7:20 AM. There are two MBIT busses located at the end of MacFarlane Lane near Memorial Drive.


At the conclusion of MBIT, AM Session students will be dropped off at CB West near the Cafeteria. Students are to report directly to their advisory classrooms after the bus drops them off at CB West.


PM MBIT students:


PM Session MBIT students are dismissed each day from advisory at 10:40 AM. Students are to report directly to the small end of the Cafeteria for lunch. Students will be dismissed from lunch to the MBIT busses at 11:15 AM. The PM MBIT bus returns to CB West by 2:30 for dismissal.

Student Schedules

Student schedules for the 2013-2014 school year will be available on the Infinite Campus Portal on Monday, August 26, 2013. Schedules will not be mailed home. If you require a printed schedule, you may stop by the West Guidance Office on Monday, August 26 and we will gladly print one for you.

Student Parking

Student parking spaces will be issued on a lottery basis with seniors initially receiving priority. All students who drive to CB West, whether they park in the lots or on the street, must register their vehicles. Parking registration forms are located in the security office. Students may not park in the Faculty Parking Lots or in Spaces 200-209, 261-278, 321-342 and 376-385. Spaces 203-209 are for visitors.


The cost for student parking permits for the 2013-2014 school year is as follows:

Full Year Permit - $100

2nd Semester Permit - $60


Additionally, we must continue to be good neighbors. Therefore, we ask that students DO NOT park in the YMCA parking lot or the First Baptist Church of Doylestown parking lot.

Student Pictures

Student ID pictures and photo packets will be taken on Monday, September 9th for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Photo packets will be handed out in your student’s Advisory on the first day of school. All students must have an ID picture taken. Picture re-takes are scheduled for Thursday, October 10th.

Student Absences

Any absence to be “excused” must be substantiated by a parent phone call, parent e-mail, or a written note listing the name of the student, date of the absence, and reason for the absence. This includes students eighteen years or older. Students who are legally emancipated must also substantiate in writing their absence/tardiness. Specific information on CB West's Attendance Procedures can be found on our webpage.

Back-To-School Night

Central Bucks West's Back-to-School Night is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, September 19, 2013. There will be a presentation in the auditorium beginning at 7:00 PM. Advisory/Homeroom will begin at 7:30 PM. All parents will have the opportunity to follow the schedule of their son or daughter, meet their teachers, and hear a brief presentation about the courses. A blank schedule is available on our website. Please ask your student/students to complete this information for your convienence in planning your classroom visits. To print the Back-To-School Night Blank Schedule, click on the link below.

http://cbsd.schoolwires.net//site/Default.aspx?PageID=12116


Representatives from the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology will be available in the lobby to discuss their programs.

PSAT's at CB West

PSAT's are scheduled for Saturday, October 19th at CB West. PSAT/NMSQT stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT Reasoning Test. The PSAT measures: critical-thinking skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. It also gives juniors a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) scholarship programs.


You may register for the PSAT in the guidance office beginning on September 20th and also at Back-to-School Night. The cost of registration is $19.00, payable by check only. Checks should be payable to Central Bucks West Student Activity Fund.

CB West Parent Council

I am in the process of forming the 2013-2014 Central Bucks West Parent Council. Membership to this council is open to all interested CB West Parents.


Meetings are scheduled for the following Wednesdays in Room E107 which is located next to the main office. All meetings will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude no later than 10:30 AM. The meeting dates are as follows:

September 25, 2013

October 23, 2013

November 20, 2013

January 22, 2014

February 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

April 23, 2014

May 21, 2014


Some of the goals of the group will be:

-To foster dialogue between home and school through the collegial sharing of ideas and concerns.

-To undertake special projects as developed by the group.

-To support the school in the community by sharing information -neighbor to neighbor.


I hope you will be able to participate in our 2013-2014 Parent Council.

Email Address

All parents/guardians should check that Infinite Campus includes their present email address. West Administration plans to use email blasts more frequently in the 2013-2014 school year.

Regular School Attendance Is Important

The issue of school attendance plays an important role in ensuring that your child receives a quality education during the school year. There is a documented link between attendance and declining achievement. Children who do not attend school regularly rarely achieve their full potential. Missed instruction and the challenges students face as they attempt to complete missed work are important factors that impact student performance.


As educators, we recognize that promoting regular school attendance is a key component in the successful growth and development of all students. To maximize student learning, we ask that you be mindful of our district attendance policy. The Compulsory Attendance Law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that an absence excuse, verified by a parent/guardian, be on file for every day of the student’s absence.


- According to State Law, the following excuses qualify as excused absences: religious holiday, illness, death in the family, educational trips or vacation with prior written approval by the principal.

- School district policy allows principals to approve a maximum of five vacation or educational travel days per academic year.

- Unexcused absences are defined as: truancy, oversleeping, missing the bus, shopping, child care, visiting relatives or friends, recreational activities, remaining home to do homework, and exceeding the five day vacation policy.

- The school records unexcused tardiness. Six accumulated hours of unexcused late arrival is considered one unexcused absence.

-Excessive absenteeism is defined as anything greater than 10% of the school year to date. Should this 10% threshold be met, intervention by school personnel is initiated. An ongoing truancy issue is forwarded to the Bucks County District Justice and/or Bucks County Children and Youth Agency.

- A note from a physician may be required for each absence over 15 days.


Regular attendance is not a problem for a majority of our students; however, there are small steps that all parents can take to monitor and limit absences thereby enhancing their child’s academic success.


- Strive to make appointments (doctors, dentists, etc.) during after-school hours

- When planning an activity that will require absence from school, weigh the educational value against lost instructional time.

- Plan for some unstructured time to occur each weekend. Free time goes a long way in rejuvenating young minds and bodies.


Our district calendar provides various days off that we hope will allow your child ample opportunities to experience life outside the educational setting. Please take advantage of these school holidays, while being vigilant about the importance of regular daily attendance. With your support, Central Bucks High School West will continue to optimize instructional time and student learning opportunities.

Dress Guidlines

The primary responsibility for the appearance of the students of Central Bucks West rests with the parents and the students themselves. Together, they have the right to determine such dress and grooming, as long as that appearance does not substantially and directly endanger physical health and safety, damage property, disrupt the educational process, distract those engaged in that process, or go beyond the community and school definition of modesty. Students and parents may determine the student’s personal dress provided that the student’s attire adheres to the following appearance guidelines:


  1. Clothing that does not expose underwear or abdomen.
  2. Skirts or shorts at the fingertip length or longer when arms are held to the side.
  3. Clothing that covers cleavage (front & rear), the back and torso.
  4. Clothing that is free of pictures or wording that contains profanity, vulgarity, innuendo, the ridiculing of any person or group, the references to alcohol, tobacco or illegal activity.


*Appearance Guidelines can also be found in the student handbook.


Every staff member has the right to exercise control of his/her classroom atmosphere. The wearing of hats inside the building as in classrooms comes under this right. If a staff member refuses to allow hats to be worn in the classroom, students are required to conform to this reasonable request. School Representation: Any shirt, sweatshirt, sign in the building, logo, electronic representation by any club, activity, team group, or student at CB West MUST have prior approval by an administrator or athletic director.


Violations of these dress guidelines may result in disciplinary consequences for your student(s). In addition, parents may be asked to bring appropriate attire to school to assist in correcting the violation. All homeroom advisors will review dress guidelines and consequences for violations during the first week of classes.


Please take a moment to review this information with your student. Thank you for your support in maintaining a safe, positive, and respectful school environment.

Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phones are to be turned off during the school day (7:25 AM to 2:30 PM) unless being used in accordance with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy. If students need to make an emergency phone call, they may report to any office. Any student that has a cell phone on, out, or audible during the school day will be disciplined as follows:


1st Offense - Cell Phone Violation Referral/Student Conference/1-hour Administrative Detention

2nd Offense - Cell Phone Violation Referral/Student Conference/Saturday Suspension

3rd Offense - Cell Phone Violation Referral/Student Conference/In School Suspension

4th Offense - Cell Phone Violation Referral/Student Conference/Out of School Suspension