CB West High School

West Times Newsletter 11.23.2020

Happy Thanksgiving

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday. School is closed November 25, 26 and 27.

NEWS FROM THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

Attention Seniors

First Marking Period Grades to Colleges

If colleges are requesting that you send your First Marking Period grades, or if you would like us to send your grades to any of your schools, please email your counselor (ddallam@cbsd.org, mcurtis@cbsd.org), and we will send your grades as soon as they are available. In your email to your counselor, be sure to include your name and the names of the schools where you would like us to send your grades.


Forget the STEPS for applying/sending transcripts? Visit the College Application Process page.


Need some help applying to College or sending transcripts? Every Thursday at 2pm, Mr. Curtis and Mrs. Dallam are available for "drop in" help! This is open to all students, and will occur weekly using the same link (see below):

Join Microsoft Teams Meeting


Scholarship Info

Please check Naviance regularly for information about national, regional and local scholarships. (Once logged into Naviance, click Colleges > Scholarships and Money > Scholarship List.) The list can be sorted by deadline, or you can search for specific criteria which matches your intended major. This list will be updated frequently, with new scholarships added regularly. Please also go to the Scholarship page of the Guidance Website for information about how to use scholarship search services to find more opportunities.


The Central Bucks West Tutoring Academy will continue to provide Peer Tutoring on a virtual platform. There are several tutors available for academic help in many core classes. If your student is in need of peer tutoring, please have them contact their school counselor or Mrs. Bagnick at lbagnick@cbsd.org. We will assign tutors based on availability at the time.


Virtual College Exploration Program

All PA students have access to the Keystone Virtual College Exploration Program. The Program gives students virtual access to over 300 sessions, covering topics about colleges, careers, and the skilled trades. You may register for as many sessions as you’d like, and these are live, interactive sessions with college admissions counselors and other professionals. See our College Information Page for more information, including the session schedule and registration links.

Winter Sports Schedule Anouncement

November 20, 2020

CBSD Winter Athletes and Parents:


This morning, the Suburban One League overwhelmingly voted to delay the start to practices/workouts for all twenty-four (24) member high schools from Monday, November 23, 2020 through Sunday, December 6, 2020. With respect to PIAA rules, competitions will not start any earlier than 12/28/20, with the league competition date starting on 1/11/21. Accordingly, all workouts and practices for high school and middle school programs will begin on December 7, 2020. Student athletes will be contacted by their coaches regarding individual workouts over the next two weeks. If you have any questions, please reach out to your building athletic director or coach.


Best,
Danielle Turner
District Athletic Director

Grab and Go Meals

  • Grab and Go breakfast will be available daily between 7:00 AM-7:25 AM at two locations: Court Street Café and in the cafeteria.
  • If you have Late Arrival, Grab and Go breakfast will be available outside of the Court Street Café.
  • Grab and Go lunch will be available daily between 1:15 PM – 1:30 PM at three locations: Court Street Café, F147 by the attendance office, and in the hallway by the Security office close to the MacFarlane Lane exit.
  • If you have PM MBIT, Grab and Go bags are in the D hallway near the security office/back of cafeteria area before exiting onto MacFarlane Lane.
  • If you have Early Release, Grab and Go bags are in the lobby outside of Court Street Café.
  • On Tuesdays and Fridays, students may take breakfast and lunches for the three school days they are learning online.
  • Parents may also pick up meals for students on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30am - 12:00pm at the Faculty Parking Lot 'Bubble' entrance at CB West.

CB West Parent Council

We look forward to continuing our partnership with parents through the 2020-2021 Central Bucks West Parent Council. Membership to the council is open to all interested CB West parents.


Meetings will be held virtually for the time being. Meetings begin at 9:00 AM and conclude at 10:30 AM.


Please note: If you are accessing the Teams link on an iPhone or Mac, you will need to download the Teams app first. The web version will not work for Safari. Learn more about Teams


Click here to join the meeting


January 20, 2021

February 24, 2021

March 24, 2021

April 21, 2021

Daily Announcements

Stay up-to-date on the latest information at CB West. Go to our 'Daily Announcements' page on our CB West website listed under 'School Links' - please click here.

Keystone Testing Information

CB West will be administering Keystone Exams in December and January. Please Click Here for important and comprehensive Keystone information. Any questions, please contact Mr. Rubenstein, House Principal and School Assessment Coordinator: jrubenstein@cbsd.org



Winter 1, Literature, December

Important

  • All testing will take place online, with the student using their 1:1 computer, at CB West High School
  • Specific information about room number, proctor, etc. will be communicated soon
  • All students will need to bring their laptops fully charged on the days that they test
  • MBIT students will go to CB West for a full day on the days they test

December 2

  • Virtual students only at CB West to take the exam; they need their own transportation
  • All H1 and H2 students will be at home
  • Teachers who are proctors will post asynchronous work; they will let your child know ahead of time
  • Teachers who are not proctors will teach synchronously

December 8

  • H1 and H2 students will be at CB West to take the exam; transportation will be provided by the district
  • All teachers will post asynchronous work

December 10, 14, 15 are Make-Up Days

  • All teachers teach synchronously, other than those that are proctoring
  • Teachers proctoring will post work asynchronously, and will let your child know ahead of time

Winter 2, Algebra 1 and Biology, January

  • Specific information to come

CB West New Year's Video

With only 40 days remaining until 2021, we are asking CB West to reflect on this past year and send us a brief video message about your hopes for 2021.
It may be very personal, it may be a global wish...perhaps heartfelt or maybe funny...

Whatever it is, please share by Tuesday, December 1 and it will be part of our CB West New Year's Video.


Click HERE for details.

Book/Item Distribution and Return

We will have a pick-up/drop off for 100% virtual students only on the dates listed below from 2:00pm-5:30pm in the CB West Cafeteria. Students who are participating 100% online will retrieve needed materials as communicated by teachers. Students can also return books or other curricular items by placing it in a labeled bin. Please park in the Junior lot off of MacFarlane Lane and enter the cafeteria. Please wear a mask and keep 6 feet social distancing at all times. Only 1 person per family may come into the building. Please bring a bag or bookbag to carry your items.


Process: Please find your placard, take the items under the placard, and leave the placard on the table at your spot.


Important: Please leave all name labels on any and all items given to you. This will be essential when you return items.


Larger Items: Teachers will communicate with you if you have larger items to pick up. Large items will be labeled with your name and will be in the back of the cafeteria in the large-item section.


Forthcoming Dates: The following are the Thursday dates for pick up and drop off of items mapped out through the remainder of the year (just in case and subject to change).

  • 12/10/20
  • 12/17/20 (because of the holiday the following week)
  • 1/7/21
  • 1/21/21
  • 2/4/21
  • 2/18/21
  • 3/4/21
  • 3/18/21
  • 4/8/21
  • 4/29/21
  • 5/13/21
  • 5/27/21
  • 6/10/21

Sophomores

The State of Pa. requires that all Juniors have a physical on file in the Health Office. As your student goes to the doctor for driver’s permits, working papers, etc., remember to turn in a copy of the physical. Physicals dated the first day of Sophomore year or later will be excepted as a Junior physical. If your child plays sports, this physical will count as well.

Juniors

Reminder that a physical is required for all Juniors. A meningitis vaccine is also required after your child’s 16th birthday and must be completed prior to entering 12th grade.

LanSchool Air

Thank you for your support and patience as we work together to help students continue their education from home during this extraordinary time. We wanted to tell you about one of the solutions we are offering teachers to help support virtual learning: LanSchool Air.


LanSchool Air helps teachers provide instruction and guidance to students outside of the traditional classroom. This solution includes features that:

  • Allow teachers to save time by pushing a website to all student devices instantly.
  • Offer instant messaging between the teacher and students, giving students the opportunity to digitally “raise their hand” to indicate they’ve finished their assignment or have a question.
  • Enable teachers to view students’ screens to ensure they’re staying on track.
  • Provide a way for teachers to set restrictions on the websites and apps students can visit during class time.


If you would like more information about LanSchool Air, please visit the website at Lanschoolair.com.

Thank you for all you are doing to keep your children safe and learning.

Photo IDs and Picture Packets

Hybrid 1 students will receive their IDs and photo packets today and tomorrow. Hybrid 2 students received their items last week. If any hybrid student did not receive his/her item(s), please check with the 2nd block teacher as items were handed out during the snack and wellness break. 'Online only' students will need to come to school during one of the item pick-up/drop-off days or make arrangements with the receptionist for a specific date. 267-893-2500


MISSED PICTURE DAY?

If a student was unable to come to the scheduled Picture Days at West, there are two options:


  1. Do nothing - the photo studio will print a 2020-2021 ID using last year's photo.
  2. Make an appointment with the studio in Doylestown and have your picture taken.

Holiday Tree Sale

The CB West Band is selling Christmas trees. In order to ensure the safety of our patrons and our volunteers, we are doing all sales as pre-orders on our website:

https://cbwestband.square.site. Tree pickup will be contactless and trees will be placed in pre-assigned parking spots in the stadium parking lot. We also offer several different types of wreaths and pine roping.

Attendance

We had reports that students are emailing teachers and counselors if they are staying home and/or switching placements from Hybrid to Online. We realize that it may seem easier (and appreciate our students being advocates and communicating) but in terms of attendance, here are the protocols we need to follow:


Hybrid Students - In Person Days

  • If a student should be physically present in the building but is staying home, we do need this communication to come from the parents or guardians. Please email our attendance office at westattendance@cbsd.org. At the school level, this is the same as if students were in the building in a traditional sense because anytime a student is supposed to be here physically but is not, an “excuse note” is needed. There are many reasons for this, which primarily fall under liability and safety, but it is also important for our state attendance records and the planning for teachers. If a student is not in school (but attending online) the initial absence code will be “absent” until we have a communication from parents. The attendance code will be changed to “VP = Virtual Present” once we have the communication from the parent/guardian. We do ask for the communication in advance of the absence so we can make sure the teachers are aware and it also ensures us that parents and guardians know that the student is at home and has permission.


Online Students - Students all Virtual or Hybrid Students on Virtual Days

  • If a student does not attend class, the student will be marked absent until we receive the communication from parents.
  • Note – If a student logs in initially, but leaves the call or does not engage, the teachers will mark the student absent with a comment so parents can see this information and reach out to us as needed.

Antler Yearbook Information

Don't forget to reserve your child an Antler yearbook for this school year. Due to COVID, we will only be accepting online orders, at www.jostens.com . Don't delay - last year we completely sold out of yearbooks - be sure to reserve your child's high school memories today! Yearbook page on West website

Children’s Health Insurance Program

CHIP is Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program for uninsured children and teens up to age 19.


Click on the link for more information about CHIP.


Click on the link for the online application.