CB West High School
West Times Newsletter 2.26.18
News from the Guidance Office
Sophomore and Junior counselors have begun the process of meeting individually with students to review their course selections, answer questions, and make appropriate changes. Verification sheets, listing all final course selections, will be available on March 13th through Student Portal. Please refer to the Program Planning page of the Guidance website for more information.
Career Plan 10
Sophomores have begun their Career Plan 10 in Advisory. Students have learned how to log into Naviance, and have started working on three surveys – the Strengths Explorer personality inventory, the Career Interest Profiler, and the Career Cluster survey. Once they are done the surveys, students will summarize their findings in the Review Questions Survey. For more information on Career Plan, please visit the CP Information page.
AP Exam Registration
Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be given at CB West in May (7th through the 18th). Registration for AP exams opened in My Payments on February 12th. All students enrolled in an AP class this year received detailed information about AP exam registration, as well as a bulletin from College Board, through Advisory during the first week of February. Questions should be directed to your student’s counselor. For more information about AP Exams, Registration, and important dates and links, please visit the AP Testing page of the Guidance Website.
Pre-ACT Exam – NEW THIS YEAR!
The PreACT will be offered at CB West High School on Saturday, March 17, 2018. This exam is recommended for all college-bound 10th grade students as practice for the ACT. Just as the PSAT prepares students for the SAT, the PreACT provides students with the opportunity to prepare for the ACT by getting exposure to test questions like those on the official ACT. Registration is now open on the MyPaymentsPlus.com website until March 4th, or until exam seats are sold out; visit the testing page on the guidance/West website for details.
The annual CBSD College Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at CB South (1100 Folly Road, Warrington). Admission representatives from over 120 colleges, universities, trade schools, and military organizations will be in attendance. This is a great opportunity to learn about colleges and their programs, majors, student life, and financial aid. Juniors are highly encouraged to attend!
Military Information Night
Join us for the 7th annual Military Information Night on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 7pm at CB East (Cafeteria). There will be representatives from all of the major military branches, the US Air Force Academy, US Naval Academy, US Military Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, US Merchant Marine Academy, as well as ROTC representatives, and congressional liaisons.
Peer Tutoring for West students:
The West Tutoring Academy is available to assist students who need extra help. Peer tutoring is available every Tuesday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm in the school library. During these times, any student who needs assistance with any course can come to the library and meet with a peer tutor. Students must arrive at 2:30pm, but can leave whenever they are finished with their work. If you have questions about this program, please call the Guidance Office at 267-893-2512.
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.
Support Parent Advisory Council
The Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council is collecting spare change to raise funds to support A Women’s Place, Relay for Life and local area nursing homes. A collection container is placed at CB West with the receptionist located in the main lobby through the month of February. We hope you can help us in supporting this great cause.
High School Computer Fair
Click on flyer at left for details.
The Sound of Music
The Harlequin Club is pleased to announce Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music on March 22nd & 23rd, 7:30 PM and March 24th, 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM in CB West Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now at https://cbwestmusical.bpt.me and seats are reserved.
GOOD NEWS ABOUT CB WEST STUDENTS
CB West Track Achievements
CB West Boys Track Team
During halftime of the February 20th East-West boys basketball game, the school raised last spring's 4x800 State Championship relay banner into the rafters. Brian Baker, Luke Fehrman, Alec Hofer, and Jake Claricurzio won the District 1 Championship, State Championship, and ran the fastest time of the 22,000 high schools in the United States during the season.
Congratulations to Brian Baker for winning the mile and the boys 4x200, 4x400, and 4x800 relays for earning medals at the Greater Philadelphia Area Meet of Champions. This Meet comprises all of District 1 and 12 and also pulls in some District 3 schools, some of the best districts in Pennsylvania.
State Championship - Boys
We are really proud to be the only team in Pennsylvania to qualify for all four relays to the State Championship. All 13 boys who competed represented CB West with excellence.
Four seniors (Ryan Gunsiorowski, Zane Williams, Ian Infante, and Jafar Bucknal) earned the right to run on the 4x200m relay and nearly set a season best, averaging 23.7 each, placing 19th.
The 4x400m relay (Nick Ferrentino, Roman Katona, Luke Fehrman, Jake Claricurzio) that was seeded 2nd in the state had the misfortune of getting tripped and falling to the track, but still managed to place 16th.
The distance medley relay (Ben Bunch, Paul Nicholas, Carter Laatsch, Brian Baker) placed 3rd and ran the 17th fastest time in the United States this season.
The 4x800 (Jake Claricurzio, Luke Fehrman, Owen Shields, Brian Baker) won the State Championship by five seconds and ran the 5th fastest time in the United States this season. This marks the 3rd year in a row that the CB West boys have posted a top five mark in the United States in the 4x800m relay.
State Championship - Girls
This weekend the CBW girls track team had two relays compete at the State Championship Meet. The 4x4 of Vanessa Barrow, Emmi Simon, Katy Jenkins and Darby Roth ran the fastest time of their season and narrowly missed getting on the medal stand by just a mere second and finished 10th overall in the State. The 4x8 relay of Piper Wilson, Emmi Simon, Vanessa Barrow & Darby Roth took home 6th place medals while again running the fastest time of their season.
MBIT National Technical Honor Society Inductees
Congratulations to the following CB West students who will be inducted into MBIT’s National Technical Honor Society: Jimmy McCann, Skylar Pinto, Luka Munari, and Alexander Bleiweis. Way to go!
CB West Music Achievements
On Friday, February 16, CB West Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2 both received a rating of Outstanding at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Matthew Oriente, Joshua Afanador, and Will Fredendall were all recognized as “Best Soloists” for their performances.
On Saturday, February 17, the CBW Indoor Percussion Ensemble earned a First Place finish in their division at the Cheltenham Indoor Festival. The CB Indoor Color Guard earned a Second Place finish in their division.
The CB West Chamber Choir recently visited New York and went to the Aaron Copland House where they met Michael Boriskin, Director of Copland House to learn about great American composer Aaron Copland. The choir sang music of Leonard Bernstein, one of Copland's great friends, as well as music of several West composers. The choir also visited NOLA Studios where they met with Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo to sing his music as he improvised piano accompaniments with them.
Congratulations to CB West Vocalists
Congratulations to Sophie Griffiths, Eva Martinez, Taylor Mitchell and Mollie Schumaker who were semi-finalists in the Bucks County Choral Society’s Inaugural Voices of the Future Program. CB West placed four out of the seventeen semifinalists from ten schools that competed. Way to go!
CB West Girl STEM Club and Doyle Students Team Up for Winter Enrichment Fun!
During the month of February, the CB West Girl STEM club has teamed up with Doyle elementary students to provide the young students with fun and engaging science enrichment experiences during Doyle’s Winter Enrichment classes. Teams of CB West Girl STEM club members have gathered each Tuesday in February after school to provide science demonstrations and hands-on learning experiences for the Doyle students. It has been an excellent opportunity for CB West students to gain leadership skills and for the Doyle students to learn about science using everyday materials. The students have learned about density and chemical reactions through making a ‘lava lamp.’ They have learned about viscosity and states of matter by making slime. All students enjoyed the hands-on learning and fun take home experiments!