CB West High School

West Times Newsletter

A Message From CB:

Dear Central Bucks Parents and Guardians,

In the past few years, communication across the district has greatly evolved. Our district and school websites have been upgraded with the intent to make them more mobile-friendly, our school newsletter format has been standardized, and we have integrated Facebook and Twitter for the sharing of information. Given all of these changes, we wanted to poll our families on the effectiveness of our information outreach.

Here is a link to a brief survey that will help us gather your feedback and to ensure that information and updates are reaching our families in the most efficient manner. The link will also be available on the district webpage. If you have children in multiple buildings, please feel free to complete multiple surveys or utilize the final question to differentiate your responses.

We value your insight and appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey. If you have any questions, please contact Community Relations at: Communityrelations@cbsd.org

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Attention Seniors!

The senior class panoramic picture will be taken during extended advisory on Wednesday, December 16th. Picture order forms are currently available in your Advisory, in the Senior House Office, and at the Reception Desk in the lobby. Please complete and bring order forms to the photo session along with payment on the 16th. Lifetouch photographers will collect the forms and money at that time. Please see Mrs. Curran, Mrs. Maida or Mr. Cantrell for additional details.

Congratulations Jack Darcy!

Congratulations to senior Jack Darcy who recently advanced to the second round of competition in the highly competitive Delaware Valley Science Council (DVSC) Awards Program. Only four students from each school in the Greater Philadelphia area competed in the first round by taking selected tests in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics. Each year, only a small percentage of students who perform at the very highest level are invited to return in January for the second round. Congratulations Jack, and good luck in round two!

Caroling at The Manor at Yorktown in Jamison

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Michener Art Museum Scholarship Program

CB West senior Emily Omesi has attended art classes at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown for the last five years. As a student who loved art, she was interested in pursuing her dreams and expanding her skills beyond her school programs. Her love of art has continued through the years, and she plans on attending college to major in fashion design.

Because of the Michener’s extensive scholarship program, Emily was able to take fashion, sewing, and drawing and painting classes at the Museum free of charge; her family also had the opportunity to take advantage of Museum visits and member receptions with the free household membership that accompanies all Michener scholarships.

This year Emily was elected president of the National Art Honor Society at CB West. The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the National Art Honor Society program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

At CB West, Emily collaborates with over 40 other students and art faculty members to engage in arts awareness programs. Last spring, the group helped assemble professional installations of contemporary Philadelphia artist’s work. This fall, they held a bake sale to raise money for art supplies for Mitchell Elementary School in Philadelphia. Art teacher Stephanie Ferraro is excited about working with the National Art Honor Society. “It helps students bring their love of art and professional interest in the arts to a higher level; they engage in projects that help them see art as an important part of the world around them.”

As NAHS President, Emily Omesi initiated a program on her own to benefit the scholarship program at the Michener. “I received scholarships at the Michener, and the classes there had a lasting impact on my life. I wanted to give back to the Museum by hosting a fundraiser for the Michener Scholarship program.” Emily coordinated her efforts with fellow students and teachers to establish a photo booth in the high school photography lab. For a small donation, students, teachers, and community members may go into the classroom, and have a professional head shot taken of them. The donation will go directly to the Museum, to help a child in 2016 attend art classes for free. The photograph will be incorporated into a collage, which will be displayed in the Education Gallery in the Ann and Herman Silverman Education Pavilion at the Michener Art Museum.

Ruth Anderson, Director of Arts Education at the Michener, sees this as an opening for collaboration with National Art Honor Society students throughout the Central Bucks School District. “We offer exceptional Saturday art classes and summer programs for high school students. We also love to organize outreach events, exhibitions and special programs with area students and schools. I am looking forward to making more connections with the local high school students, and making the best of all of the talent and ideas they can bring to the local arts community. Next – perhaps a Doylestown Art Days Exhibition of student photography.”

For more information about the Michener Art Museum Scholarship Program, or to make a donation to the scholarship fund, please contact randerson@michenerartmuseum.org. Scholarship applications are available at MichenerArtMuseum.org.

CB West Choir Members Perform at National Tree Lighting Preshow

Members of the CB West Choir performed at the National Tree Lighting Preshow at President's Park on the White House Ellipse. The CB West Singers had the honor of attending the Tree Lighting ceremony, hosted by Reese Witherspoon. The ceremony included feature presentations by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Additionally, many musical celebrities, including Fallout Boy and Crosby Stills and Nash, performed at the ceremony.

December Boomerang Award Asset

The December Boomerang Asset is SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT. Young person is actively engaged in educational activities outside of school . He/she takes learning a step further and by his/her actions and enthusiasm serve as a role model to others. 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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CB West's Bringing Animals Relief Club

Saturday, December 5th, the Bringing Animals Relief Club (BARC) hosted their 4th annual Santa Paws event at Fur Street Pet Salon in Warminster. The students raised over $400. Proceeds from this event go towards the Last Chance Ranch in Quakertown which rescues and rehabilitates horses and domestic companion animals. Congratulations to CB West BARC students for another successful year!

CB West Boys Lacrosse

Hungry for pizza? Come and support CB West High School Boys Lacrosse Club at Jules Thin Crust Pizza located at 78 South Main Street in Doylestown on Monday, December 14th between 5:00-8:00PM. Bring in the Boys Lacrosse Flyer to be sure that 15% of the proceeds are donated to CB West High School Boys Lacrosse Club.

Athletic Updates From Mr. Hunt

Indoor Track & Field: Both the boys and girls teams will begin their competition season this weekend at Lehigh University. The girl’s team will compete on Friday night and the boy's team on Saturday morning. Both teams have been training hard and look to have a successful indoor season.

Swimming: The boys and girls both had a great meet against a strong Council Rock South team this past Monday to open the season. Although neither team was able to get the win, they are eager to face William Tennent later this week.

Cheer: The JV girls finished first in their grouping at this past weekend’s competition in West Chester. It’s nice to see their hard work is paying off. The Varsity squad didn’t finish where they wanted to on Sunday in Kutztown. They are eager to get back to work and make the necessary improvements to finish the season with some top finishes.


· The boys had a great weekend winning both games in the SOL/PAC 10 Challenge. They defeated Spring Ford on Friday night 54-42 after a rough start to the game. On Saturday, they were able to get out to a quick lead and hold a comfortable lead to defeat Pottstown 75-60. The boys open up league play on the road against Quakertown.

· The girls opened the season with a 42-29 win over WC Rustin last Friday night. The girls were able to continue those winning efforts with a nice win over Neshaminy on Tuesday night. In a balanced effort from all players they defeated Neshaminy 58-44. The girls open up league play against Quakertown at home on Friday night. Come out and show your support for the girls as they try to build off of their successful season last year.

Wrestling: The boys continue to train and prepare for the league season to begin. They spent the past weekend in tournament action at New Hope-Solebury High School. The team was able to get some much needed competition from other teams in the area. Keep working hard!


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.