CB West High School

West Times Newsletter 11.9.2020

NEWS FROM THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

Marking Period Grades

1st Marking Period grades will be posted to the Portal on Tuesday, November 17 at 8:00 AM.


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

+1 412-219-4136 United States, Pittsburgh (Toll)

Conference ID: 970 805 317#


Attention Juniors

Save the Date! Juniors and their parents are welcome to attend a Virtual Info Session, given by Mr. Manners and Mrs. D’Alonzo, on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 PM. The focus will be on college planning. More info to come.

Also, be sure to visit our Class of 2022 page for your junior testing schedule and timeline.


District Financial Aid and FAFSA Sessions

If you were unable to attend either the Financial Aid Info Session or the FAFSA Overview Session, please visit the Guidance Financial Aid page, where you can access links to both presentations and/or power points.


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.

Sparks

“The greatest gift parents can give their children is to help them discover their purpose and passion”, states Peter Benson a leading authority on childhood and adolescence and the author of Sparks. This can be an overwhelming challenge in today’s difficult world. Over the past 2 years, school counselors from all building levels in CBSD have developed a K-12 Guidance Plan. Brainstorming, stake-holder involvement, creative planning, goal setting and implementation continue to be part of this. The Plan includes what is currently part of our academic, social/emotional guidance curriculum and in this evolving process we will try to meet the variety of needs of our students and school community. We invite you to share in our continued learning on how to inspire passion and purpose. Articles, videos, and documents will be shared in your school newsletter on a regular basis. Look for the SPARKS picture like the one above. We hope you find this information beneficial to you and your family. We appreciate your time and involvement in the education of all our students.

For comments or questions, please contact Ginny Barrett at vbarrett@cbsd.org.

CB West School Closure

This is a reminder that the CB West building is closed through November 13th. Teachers will continue to deliver 100% virtual instruction during this time.


Hybrid instruction will resume on Monday, November 16.

Lunch Distribution

This week food will continue to be distributed Monday, Thursday and Friday from 11am -2pm in the “bubble entrance” near the visitor parking lot at West.

End of 1st Marking Period - Half Day - November 10

November 10th is a half day as it is the last day of Marking Period 1. Report cards will be available in Infinite Campus on November 17th.


SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER 10

Block 1: 7:25 - 8:11

Block 2: 8:15 - 9:01

Block 3: 9:05 - 9:51

Block 4: 9:55 - 10:40

MBIT Full Day Procedures - November 10

CB West has an EARLY DISMISSAL, but Middle Bucks Institute of Technology has a FULL DAY.


  • Morning session - students will miss their CB West classes – students need to communicate with their teachers

    All students are transported from West to MBIT at their regular bus time. At the end of the AM MBIT Session, students can either be transported back to West from MBIT at 10:30 by bus for parent pick up OR will be driven directly home by additional buses on hand (Bus 47 and 152)

    • Afternoon session - students should attend blocks 1 & 2 virtually

    All students are transported to MBIT at 10:40 AM by bus.

    All students will then be taken home from MBIT or back to West at 2:15 PM by bus.

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


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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 in the next two weeks
  • 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

Book/Item Distribution and Return

The next item drop-off/pick up event for virtual students only will be on Wednesday, 11/18, from 2pm-4pm. Hybrid students can get/hand in needed materials when they are in the building next week. Teachers will let students know if they have items to be picked up.

Food Drive

CB West Cooking for the Community Club has partnered with Lenape Middle School and will be collecting nonperishable food items to be donated to the CBSD Farmers Market. CB families helping CB families! Click here for details.

Central Bucks School District Veterans Recognition Project

If you or someone you know graduated or worked for the Central Bucks School District and served in the United States Armed Forces, consider registering for this very special program today. The mission of the Central Bucks School District Veterans Recognition Project is to honor the military service of all CBSD alumni and employees. The project committee is made up of Central Bucks students, veteran alumni, teachers, and administrators.


Thank you for joining us in our campaign to bring history to life for our students, and to honor all those who served in our CB community. Please visit the program website at https://www.cbsd.org/veterans.

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.


For those purchasing a photo package who already had a picture taken: If the photo package information was not turned during the week of picture days, it's not too late! Please put order form, exact change or check made out to C & C Studios in an envelope and turn in to Mrs. Banks in the main office.

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.

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.

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! Seniors Only - Visit the Antler website for Baby Photo information. https://www.cbsd.org/Domain/476

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FROM PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH



The Pennsylvania Department of Health has revised the immunization requirements for students.


The state law immunization requirement must be completed by November 10, 2020.


Please click here for further details.


If the student is in the middle of a series and it is too soon for the next dose, the parents must provide the school nurse with a plan for immunizations (signed by a health care provider) within the first 5 days. If the student has incomplete immunizations and no medical plan, the student will be excluded from school.


You may check your child’s school immunization record by logging onto the parent portal through the district website at this link or by consulting with your child’s physician.

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.