CB West High School
West Times Newsletter 9.28.2020
Welcome - Class of 2023
Please take some time to visit this SWAY.
You’ll find information about starting, in person, at West as well as answers to some of your most asked questions. Video tour included!
Back to School Night - Virtual
Central Bucks High School West will host a Virtual Back to School Night on September 29th at 7:00 PM. During this important event, teachers will explain the academic program, answer questions about the curriculum, and discuss what they expect from students. Click here for details.
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
NEWS FROM THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT
PSAT’s: The 2020 PSAT (Preliminary SAT) will be held on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at CB West. Because of COVID-related spacing requirements, the PSAT is only being offered to 11th grade students for the October testing. The PSAT10 will be offered to all Sophomores in the spring. Please check the Guidance Testing page for registration information and further updates.
Forget the STEPS for applying/sending transcripts? Visit the College Application Process page.
Need some help applying to College or sending transcripts? Starting on September 17th, 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):
+1 412-219-4136 United States, Pittsburgh (Toll)
Conference ID: 970 805 317#
District Financial Aid Info Session: The CBSD Financial Aid Night will take place virtually on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:30 PM. The presenter will be Fran McKeown from PHEAA (PA. Higher Education Assistance Agency). This presentation provides an early understanding of the financial decisions students need to make concerning higher education. Topics include higher education costs, the types of financial aid available, and how to apply for financial aid. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentation. Students must REGISTER AT THIS LINK, and they will be sent an invitation/link for the real-time event. This link, as well as additional financial aid information and resources, is posted on the Financial Aid webpage.
Social/Emotional Wellness: The Guidance Department will provide resources throughout the year to support students’ social and emotional health. Mr. Manners, one of our 11th grade counselors, plans to run an online Stress Reduction Program, available to all students. This 6-week Mindfulness based program will be offered this fall through the Teams platform and is designed to assist students with stress, attention, and overall quality of life. Students interested in participating in this program should contact Mr. Manners directly at email@example.com.
MBIT will run a hybrid schedule on September 29th but only a virtual schedule on September 30th. Beginning October 1st, both MBIT and CB West will run a hybrid schedule. Please see below for details:
On September 29th, AM MBIT hybrid 1 students must arrange their own transportation to CB West or MBIT. Buses will transport students from CB West to MBIT at 7:20 A.M. Buses will be located on MacFarlane Lane. Students will be taken directly home from MBIT, or back to CB West at 9:45 A.M. where students must arrange for their own transportation home and work virtually for their Block 3 and 4 classes.
On September 29th, PM MBIT hybrid 1 students should work virtually for their Block 1 and 2 classes. Students must then arrange their own transportation to CB West or MBIT. Buses will transport students from CB West to MBIT at 10:40 A.M. Buses will be located on MacFarlane Lane. Students will be taken directly home from MBIT, or back to CB West at 1:00 P.M. where students must arrange for their own transportation home.
Beginning on October 1st, both MBIT and CB West will run a hybrid schedule. Please see below for details:
AM Session MBIT Students:
AM Session MBIT students must board the MBIT bus each morning by 7:20 AM. The MBIT buses will be located on MacFarlane Lane.
At the conclusion of MBIT, AM students will be dropped off at CB West on MacFarlane Lane. Students should enter through the Faculty Parking Lot “Bubble” entrance and report directly to the auditorium. MBIT students who drive should also follow this procedure.
We have designed a schedule so that AM MBIT students will have the opportunity to have 20 minute Snack and Wellness Break at CB West.
PM Session MBIT Students:
PM Session MBIT students are dismissed each day at the end of the Snack and Wellness Break at 10:29 AM. Students are to report directly to the cafeteria to await the MBIT buses. Students will be dismissed from the cafeteria to the MBIT buses at 10:40 AM. The PM MBIT buses return to CB West by 1:20 PM for dismissal home.
Breakfast and Lunch Grab and Go
Breakfast and lunch will be available at no charge until December 31, 2020, to students at CB West.
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.
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.
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 10:30 AM -12:00 PM, at the Faculty Parking Lot “Bubble” entrance at CB West.
The Central Bucks School District and Aramark are committed to providing students with the tools they need to succeed, including nutritious meals they can enjoy at no charge. No applications are needed!
AP Exam Information for 1st Semester
If your child is currently taking an Advanced Placement class, please take time to read the following message:
On Monday, September 21st, teachers helped students “digitally activate” (join) their classes in their AP accounts. This allows students to access resources from College Board. Students then have until October 30th to elect to take the AP exam in May of 2021. If your student chooses to take the exam, he/she must then register and make payment via My Payments Plus by October 30th. Information regarding My Payments Plus is below and will also be shared with your child in their AP class.
To register for your AP Examinations, please visit www.mypaymentsplus.com
by Friday, October 30th, 2020. All registrations for 1st semester and full year AP courses must be completed by Friday, October 30th. Through this site, you will be able to view all available exams and make AP exam payments for all students in the same household in one transaction.
- If you do not already have a My Payments Plus account, follow the on-screen instructions to create one.
- If you already have a My Payments Plus account, be sure to “Add” each student who will be taking an AP exam.
- Please note that exams must be taken on the College Board scheduled day.
- When registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation number. Please record and save your confirmation number.
Payment/Additional Fees: The cost is $100 per exam, which includes the registration fee.
**PLEASE NOTE the following additional fees that will be applied after the October 30th deadline for 1st semester classes:
*Cancellation Fee: $0 (for 2020-21 school year only)
*Late Registration Fee: $40.00
Withdrawing from an exam:
If you are no longer able to take an exam for which you have already registered, an email or letter from a parent/guardian to Mrs. Bagnick, our AP Coordinator, in Guidance (Lbagnick@cbsd.org) is required at least 48 hours prior to the exam. Your maximum refund will be $95 per exam.
Students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program are eligible for a reduced exam fee. The adjusted fee will be reflected in your My Payments Plus account when you log in.
If you experience technical issues with your account, or forget your login or password, please contact My Payments Plus, Monday – Friday, 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM at (877) 237-0946.
If your child is taking an Advanced Placement class second semester, communication will be shared in January in preparation for the March deadline. Please do not register for those tests until that time.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Bagnick, our AP Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late Arrival/Early Release - SENIORS ONLY!
Seniors are eligible for either first block late arrival or fourth block early release if they do not have a scheduled class, and provided they do not owe obligations. Students must obtain parent/guardian permission and administrative approval in order to have this privilege. Please Click Here for LA/ER Permission Survey to fill out the permission form. Please fill it out if you think your son/daughter will be eligible for late arrival or early release at any point this school year.
Please note that filling out this form is giving permission if your son/daughter is going to have late arrival or early release on their schedule. This is not confirming that they will have it. Having late arrival or early release is based on credits needed, fulfilling any owed obligations, and is scheduled via your child's counselor in conjunction with parent and administration.
Any student with Late Arrival who comes to school before 2nd block starts should report to the auditorium until the end of 1st block.
Book/Item Distribution and Return
Until further notice, we will designate select Thursdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm in the CB West Cafeteria for students who are participating online to retrieve needed materials as communicated by teachers. Students can also return books or other curricular items by placing items 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.
Dates: The following are the Thursday dates for pick up and drop off of items mapped out through December (just in case and subject to change).
Student Emergency & Information Form Updates
It is time to update your children’s “Student Emergency & Information Form”. This must be done each year. The process will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and will ensure we have current contact information for you and your family, which is even more critical as we begin the school year virtually. All CBSD families (with the exception of those who are new registrants for 2020-2021) are required to complete this update on/before September 30, 2020.
The online form will ask you to confirm and/or update the following:
· Demographic Information
· Emergency Contacts
· Health Information, including permission for emergency care and analgesic administration
· Media Release Preferences
Visit the CBSD Infinite Campus parent portal at www.cbsd.org/parentportal and don’t forget to hit submit at the end. You will receive an email verifying that your submission was received.
CB West will hold picture day for our Sophomores, Juniors, and newly enrolled Seniors on Monday, October 19, Tuesday, October 20, Thursday, October 22, and Friday, October 23. Students will be scheduled by alphabet and called down to the auditorium.
Administration has worked closely with our photography company, C and C Studios, to ensure that all procedures adhere to the guidelines of the Health and Safety Plan.
There will be a change and additional opportunity for online only students to get pictures taken, with more information coming soon. Students who do not get their pictures taken will be issued updated student ID’s with their picture from last year on it.
Antler Yearbook Information
Don't forget to reserve your child an Antler yearbook for this school year. Until the end of September, the Antler will hold a Back to School special, where yearbooks will be only $70! 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
Parents of Seniors- The Antler Yearbook needs YOUR help!
We want this year’s seniors to get the recognition they deserve! Do you have a senior who has excelled in the arts, community service, music, athletics or has a special interest or hobby? Do you have a photo of your senior on their first day of kindergarten AND the first day of their senior year? If so, please send photos and information about your senior to email@example.com with your student’s name in the subject line! *Please note that we cannot guarantee that every submission will be included.
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.