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Program Planning at West!

In January, all Central Bucks secondary schools will begin the Program Planning process. During this time, students will review course offerings for the upcoming school year, discuss their options with their teachers and guidance counselors, and enter their course selections into the Student Portal. The basic timeline is listed below, and more detailed information will be posted on the Guidance Website/Program Planning Page, in early January.

· Late January – early February: Sophomore and Junior counselors will provide information to their classes regarding course selection and graduation credit requirements.

· January 8th through February 7th: Students will enter course selections online via the Student Portal.

· Late January through March 4th: Counselors will meet individually with students to review course selections once they have been entered into the Student Portal. Counselors will review course choices, prerequisites, and graduation credits, and will address all questions and concerns.

· March 14th: Verification sheets will be distributed to students, and signed forms are to be returned by March 16th.

· March 23rd: No changes to course requests will be made after March 23rd, unless it is due to a level change or failure to meet a prerequisite.

Parents play a vital role in this process, and we encourage you to become familiar with the timelines and information made available to you through Newsletters, email blasts, and the Guidance website.

CB West Winter Choir Concert

Therapy Dogs at CB West!

CB West is thrilled to partner with Roxy Reading Therapy Dogs to provide support for our high school students. Every year, the Guidance Department runs groups aimed at helping teens who are struggling with anxiety/stress management, bereavement, and other issues. Bringing the Therapy Dogs into these group sessions has had an immediate and positive impact on the students. After just one session, the students reported feeling calmer, happier, and in a better mood to face the challenges in their day. One group member shared that when she woke up, she was dreading the standardized test she had to take that morning, but when she remembered that “the dogs were coming,” she couldn’t wait to get to school. Another said that when she was sitting next to one of the dogs and petting it as she spoke, she felt more confident and less anxious when sharing a painful experience. CB West plans to explore other ways that the Therapy Dogs can help our students in the coming months – whether it’s visiting classrooms, staying in the library during final exam days, or joining other group settings.

National Art Honor Society News

The CB West National Art Honor Society is proud to announce that they raised $360 to help send art supplies to Mitchell Elementary in Philadelphia. Students raised the money through two “Artistic Bake Sales” that they held in November. Through the Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) and the pARTners program, they were able to help a needy art classroom with items that they desperately need. They sent paper, pencils, paints, glue sticks, clay, markers and other helpful items. Thank you to all who helped support this wonderful cause!

Updates From the Athletic Department:

Indoor Track & Field: The Winter track season is under way and both teams now have had one weekend of competition to focus their training on what they need to improve. Maddie Villalba of the girl’s team was able run a state qualifying time in the mile in the first weekend. Keep up the great work all!

Swimming: The boys and girls both swam their way to victory over Neshaminy earlier this week. The teams have been putting in a great effort in the weight room in addition to all their hard work in the pool. The teams will host Abington Friday afternoon. Go Bucks!

Cheer: The girls are looking forward to a much needed weekend off from competition to rest up from an already hectic season. Coach Cramer is very proud of both squads and has been particularly happy with the success of the JV squad. CB West Cheer is looking to continue their success during the tough January competition season.


· After suffering their first loss to a tough Archbishop Wood team this past weekend, the boys were able to win comfortably over Pennridge in a league matchup on Tuesday night. The boys have been preparing all week for their away game at Souderton this Friday night. The team is looking to improve their league record and prepare for their holiday tournament in Nashville.

· The girls remain undefeated this season with big wins over Quakertown and Pennridge in the last few days. Coach Rakowsky has the girls focusing on shutting teams down and working collectively to keep the wins coming. Be sure to come out and support the girls against Souderton this Friday night at CB West. The girls have a tough North Penn team on the horizon.

Wrestling: The boys opened up league play with CB South this past Wednesday. Although they weren’t able to get the win, they showed a lot of promise. Coach Romesburg is excited to build off of their efforts in preparation for Pennridge next week. Keep working hard boys!


Boomerang Youth Recognition Award - What Goes Around Comes Around

The Boomerang Award is a student recognition program sponsored by CB Cares, Outback Steakhouse in Jamison, and the Bucks County Herald. This program recognizes students for living by a 40 Asset principle.

Congratulations to Macella Molenari for being named the Central Bucks High School District Recipient Boomerang Award Recipient for the month of November.

The November Asset was POSITIVE VIEW of PERSONAL FUTURE. Young person is optimistic about his or her own future and strives to reach his/her goals. He/She has hopes, dreams, enthusiasm, and plans. He/She demonstrates strong efforts to achieve his/her goals, whatever they might be.

Inspiring Teens

A Message from CB West Senior, Carly D'Angelo:

Inspiring Teens Magazine is a new and upcoming magazine that features teenagers doing amazing things. From teen entrepreneurs to teen rock bands, it is incredible how many talented teens are in the Bucks County area!

I am a 17-year-old senior at West, and I have a passion for writing. I never in a million years thought that my work would be published in an actual magazine! A few girls from CB South and I are the leaders of the magazine, and we each have our own special job. I am the head videographer, so I record and edit all of the interviews and upload them to the magazine’s website. Also, I frequently write advice columns and “college knowledge” articles for the magazine. If you or someone you know is an inspiring teen or wants to submit articles/pictures, visit itmgz.com. You can also follow us on Instagram: @inspiringteensmagazine, Twitter: @InspiringTMagzn, and Facebook: Inspiring Teens Magazine for all the latest updates!

CB West Choir

January Boomerang Award Asset

The January Boomerang Asset is SERVICE TO OTHERS. Young person values service to others, in his/her family, school, or community. He/She commits to meaningful and caring actions. If you know a student who exemplifies this asset, please send your nomination to Mr. David Hoffman at dhoffman@cbsd.org.

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Reminder--Volunteer Clearance Information

Volunteers must have their clearances on file with the CBSD Human Resources Department prior to starting volunteer work. The new Pennsylvania State mandate does allow until July 1, 2016 to obtain background checks. However, in the best interest of the safety and security of our students, we are asking volunteers to comply with submitting background checks prior to volunteering in the 2015-2016 school year.

Click link to learn more: http://www.cbsd.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=355

If you have already submitted paperwork you do not need to take any further action at this time.

This online process is ONLY for those who have not submitted clearances / certifications as of October 1, 2015.

Share Good News About CB West Students!

CB West students achieve amazing things and make a difference in school and in the community. Share your story about the accomplishments and good work of a CB West student with Mr. Bucher at jbucher@cbsd.org so that he may highlight this good news in an upcoming edition of the West Times online newsletter.

E-Flyer Folder

Visit the E-Flyer Folder for job and community service opportunities, sporting events, and community events. The site is updated on the 15th and 30th of every month.