CB West High School
West Times Newsletter 10.16.17
News from the Guidance Office
We were grateful to have Ms. Bonnie Behm from Villanova University present at our District Financial Aid Night, held on 10/4/17. If you were unable to attend, you may view/download her presentation, which is posted on the Financial Aid Page of the Guidance Website.
If you would like more information on filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), or have additional financial aid questions, visit the College Planning/FAFSA page of the PHEAA website (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency). This site has detailed information, FAQ’s, and step-by-step instructions for completing the FAFSA and State Grant Applications.
Many early action college decisions are fast approaching in November and December. Please refer to the College Application Process page of the Guidance Website for information and upcoming deadlines.
Our College Visits are continuing in Guidance, with up to four colleges visiting CBW every day. Please register in Naviance to attend these informative visits.
Practice Session for College Interviews
Students anticipating college interviews are invited to attend Mrs. D’Alonzo’s Practice Interview Session on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 12:30 – 1:15pm. Sign up in Naviance under “College Visits.”
Coming soon – CBW Tutoring Academy
The CBW Tutoring Academy will be available for all students in need of peer tutoring for a Core Subject. Peer Tutors will be available in the Library every Tuesday after school from 2:30 – 3:30, and on other days by appointment. More details will be forthcoming soon about a start date. Calling all Tutors – any students interested in becoming a Peer Tutor with the Tutoring Academy should contact the Guidance Office as soon as possible.
CB West Parent Council
We look forward to continuing our partnership with parents through the 2017-2018 Central Bucks West Parent Council. Membership to the council is open to all interested CB West parents.
Meetings are scheduled for the following Wednesdays in the Tower Room off of the Main Lobby, beginning at 9:00 AM and concluding at 10:30 AM:
October 25, 2017
January 24, 2018
February 28, 2018
March 28, 2018
April 25, 2018
Some of the goals of the group will be:
- To foster a dialogue between the home and school through the collegial sharing of ideas and concerns
- To undertake project(s) as developed by the group
- To support the school in the community by information sharing
We hope you will be able to participate in our 2017-2018 Parent Council.
Below is important information about Keystone Assessments for the 2017-18 school year:
Regarding Winter Testing from December 2016 and January 2017:
If your child participated in Literature, Algebra 1, or Biology Keystone Assessments in December or January, scores are available in Parent Portal.
Regarding Spring Testing from May 2017:
If your child participated in Literature, Algebra 1, or Biology Keystone Assessments in May, scores are available in Parent Portal. Additionally, individual score sheets were distributed to parents at Back to School Night on September 14. Any remaining score sheets were then distributed to students during advisory on September 15.
Regarding Winter Testing in December 2017 and January 2018:
Students currently enrolled in English 10, Algebra 1, or Biology will be administered the corresponding Keystone Assessment(s) during the month of December for Literature and January for Algebra 1 and Biology. Our testing schedule will be available on the CBW Keystone Assessment Webpage at http://www.cbsd.org/Page/25869. This webpage also includes resources to help students prepare for the assessments. After-school help sessions for Algebra and Biology are also posted under “Testing Supports at CB West.” Students enrolled in English 10, Algebra 1, or Biology during 2nd Semester will test in May.
State Assessment Proficiency Requirements:
Currently, PDE requires students in the class of 2019 and beyond to have reached proficiency on each of the three Keystone Exams prior to graduation. Students are encouraged to retake the test if proficiency is not reached on the first attempt.
Keystone Retake Procedures:
If proficiency is not met on a Keystone exam, students are encouraged to retest. Typically, students are invited to retest the following school year when scheduled for their next math, English, or science course. However, if students who tested in December or January would like to schedule a May retest, please contact Mr. Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Central Bucks School District offers a standardized testing prep system, ePrep, to all its students. This free web-based program helps students prepare for the PSAT, SAT and ACT. There are practice tests, test-taking tips, and instructional videos that explain how to do the problem(s) that may have been answered incorrectly during the practice session. The link is http://www.eprep.com.
All CB West sophomores have been registered with accounts. They should log in with their CBSD student email and the password eprep2017. Juniors and seniors, who are interested in accessing ePrep but do not have an account, should contact Ms. Graney in the CB West Library for an account.
You Can't Take It With You
CB West Harlequin Club is proud to present Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s “You Can’t Take It With You” directed by Lauren Bagnick on November 2, 3, 4 at 7:00 pm. All performances will be at Tohickon Middle School.
Tickets are now on sale through the Brown Paper Tickets website. You can access Brown Paper Tickets @ http://cbwfall2017.brownpapertickets.com.
Antler Yearbook Information
Attention Senior Parents - Friday, November 10th is the deadline to have your Senior's Baby Photo printed in the Antler Yearbook. Available at an additional cost of $50, you can fill out an order form, available on the Antler website or you can email your picture/message to Stephanie Ferraro (email@example.com). Please email Erin Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any ordering questions.
Once again, FEAST is offering meals to families in need during the winter holidays.
The distribution dates are as follows:
Pick up will be at:
2310 Freedoms Way
If you are interested in receiving a meal during these times, please register online:
or E-mail: email@example.com
or Call: (267) 225-8589
Online registration is preferred. Winter coats may also be available.
Good News About CB West Students
CB West Carnival
On October 6th, the Class of 2019 held the 3rd Annual CB West Homecoming Carnival. Students, teachers, administrators, families, and the community joined together for a couple hours of fun, food, games, and prizes! Proceeds from the Carnival support Rise Against Hunger, a food packaging and distribution event.