Welcome Back!

Important Information From Jason Bucher

Welcome Back!

Dear CB West Staff Member:

As another summer break quickly comes to an end, my hope is that you have found time to renew your energy for another school year. The first day for faculty is Tuesday, August 26, 2014. All faculty members will report at 8:00 a.m. to CB South’s Auditorium for a District Welcome. Please be prompt. Following the District Welcome, you will have time for Collegial Planning and Sharing as well as lunch on your own from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. We will then reconvene in CB West’s Auditorium for our Opening Faculty Meeting at 1:00 p.m.

We welcome to our staff David Hoffman, Sophomore House Principal; Alexandra Haeusser (English); Jay Fitzgibbons, Colleen Hayduk and Michael London (Math); Angelque Auger, Theresa Mercer and Ben Breish (Science) ; Samantha Lite (Special Education); Jim Scott and Wei-Hua Shao (World Language). Welcome back from leave to Megan Hanson (Special Education).

Enjoy your remaining time this summer. I look forward to seeing you on the 26th. In the meantime, if I can be of assistance, please contact me.

Email: jbucher@cbsd.org

Office Phone: 267.893.2511

Cell Phone: 267.374.0360

Home Phone: 610-967-0579

Take Care,


A Message From Dave Hoffman...

Hello, CB West Family!

My name is Dave Hoffman, and I am the new house principal (class of 2017). I am honored to be part of CB West and look forward to working with you to serve our community! To those of you who I’ve had the chance to meet, thank you so much for the warm welcome. To those of you who I’ve not had the chance to meet, I look forward to doing so soon.

I earned my undergraduate degree (Secondary Education, English) from Shepherd University in WV and my graduate degrees (Integration of Technology in Schools and Educational Administration and Supervision) from George Mason University and Shenandoah University in VA. I taught English and later served as an Administrative Intern at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, VA, and then had the opportunity in 2012 to open John Champe High School, the 13th high school in Loudoun County, as the English Chair.

While I loved Northern Virginia and its proximity to Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania has always been my home. I am originally from Johnstown and my wife from Bethlehem, so it feels great to be back! Please feel free to stop by when you’re in the building next. I look forward to seeing you soon!

1st Day of School Schedule

Tuesday, September 2nd

Advisory (7:25 - 10:00 AM)

-Junior Assembly is scheduled for 7:25 until 8:15 AM*

-Sophomore Assembly is scheduled for 8:15 until 9:05 AM*

-Senior Assembly is scheduled for 9:10 until 10:00 AM*

1st Block (10:05 - 10:35 AM)

2nd Block (10:40 - 11:10 AM)

3rd Block (11:15 AM - 12:55 PM)

-A Lunch is scheduled for 11:15 until 11:45 AM

-B Lunch is scheduled for 11:50 AM until 12:20 PM

-C Lunch is scheduled for 12:25 until 12:55 PM

4th Block (1:00 - 2:30 PM)

*Students report directly to advisory at beginning of school day. Students wait for announcement before proceeding to Auditorium. Students with First Marking Period Late Arrival are expected to be in school by 7:25 on the first day of school.

MBIT Schedule:

AM MBIT students: attend Study Hall at CB West from 10:40—11:10

PM MBIT students: attend Advisory and Block 1 only at CB West; at beginning of Block 2 (10:40), they report to Cafeteria for lunch

Welcome To West Day!

You’re invited!

On Monday, August 25, we have planned Welcome to West Day, an open house for the Class of 2017 and any new juniors and seniors to West. Beginning at 9:00, the building will be open for students to find their lockers and classrooms. Beginning at 11:00 in the auditorium, students will have some structured activities, including tours, club information, and need-to-knows, facilitated by student leaders as well as class advisors, counselors, and house principals. Finally, from 12:30-2:00 in the field behind the cafeteria, students will enjoy a picnic with food, music, and games. The students would love to see and meet you, so if you’re available at any point in the day, please feel free to stop by! If you have any questions or would like to help in some way with the day, contact Dave Hoffman.

2014-2015 House Organization

Senior House:

Principal - Brian Caughie

Advisor - Helen Porytko

Counselors - Mike Curtis and Donna Dallam

Junior House:

Principal - Todd Cantrell

Advisors - Christine Maida and Dawn Curran

Counselors - Marykate Blankenburg and Val D'Alonzo

Sophomore House:

Principal - Dave Hoffman

Advisors - Melissa Kehs and Alex Davis

Counselors - Lisa Corr and Dave Manners

Important Information

Keys—If you didn’t have the chance to visit the office over the summer and pick up your keys, you will find them in your mailbox upon your return to school. Please sign the inventory sheet and return it to Beth Sanders.

Classroom walls—Please be mindful of the freshly-painted walls throughout the building. Please be careful not to tape posters directly on painted walls.

Help with classroom setup—If you need additional classroom furniture or help setting up your classroom upon your return, please email Brian Caughie.

Improvements At West

During the summer months, Brian Caughie has arranged for many improvements to be made at CB West. Be sure to check out the following areas of the school:

1) The main gym has been painted.

2) The two auxiliary gyms have been painted.

3) All of the A-wing classrooms have been painted.

4) The first and second floor A-wing hallways have been painted.

5) All staff and student A-wing bathrooms have been painted.

6) The Fitness Room carpet has been replaced with rubberized flooring.

7) The flooring in the vicinity of the Security Office has been replaced.

8) The carpet in the vestibule by the Junior Parking Lot has been replaced.

9) New CB West carpets have been added to the Main Lobby.

10) The Main Lobby showcases have been redesigned to include athletic trophies and artwork.

11) A new PA system was installed.

12) Many classroom walls in the C and D hallways were repaired and repainted.

13) The carpet was removed in Room A227 and replaced with tile flooring.

14) War Memorial Stadium's bleachers are being reinforced for increased safety.

CB West's Back-To-School Night is Scheduled for Thursday, September 18!

Picture Day!

Staff photos will be taken Thursday, September 4th beginning at 7 am in the Auditorium. All staff members are required to have their picture taken. Please stop in before the start of the school day or during your plan period.

Schedule For August 25,26 and 27.

Tuesday, August 26

8:00 AM - District Welcome in CB South's Auditorium

End of District Welcome until 12:00 PM - Collegial Sharing/Individaul Planning

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch on Your Own

1:00 PM - CB West Opening Faculty Meeting in the Auditorium

End of Faculty Meeting until 3:30 PM - Collegial Sharing/Indivdual Planning

Wednesday, August 27

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM - District Departmental Curriculum Workshops (Specific times and events will be communicated to you by your Curriculum Supervisor or Adminstrative Liaison.)

Thursday, August 28

8:00 AM - CB West Faculty Meeting in the Auditorium (Refreshments will be available.)

End of Faculty Meeting until 12:00 PM - In-Building Technology Sessions (Details to be announced at a later date.)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM - Lunch on Your Own

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM- Building Department Meetings

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Collegial Sharing/Individual Planning

There is no school on Friday. However, if you are interested, the building will be open to all Faculty.

Important Reminder: Your 2013-2014 Goal Reflections Are Due to J. Bucher (S. Stahl) by Wednesday, September 3rd.