CENTRAL BUCKS HIGH SCHOOL WEST
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
In an effort to recognize the extracurricular and academic success of our students more immediately, the West administrative team will post on Twitter (CB West Principals@CBWestHS). Please go to that site often to see some the West highlights and information on upcoming events.
Congratulations to our National Merit students. These seniors were among the very best in the United States based on their performance in the Preliminary SAT. Those seniors are Jessica B., Andrew C., Ryan C., Bernadette D., Sonam G., Mounika K., David L., Michelle L., Noah L., Jessica S., and Robert S.
December 3 - 14 was the first round of Keystone Exams. 10th and 11th graders in English classes took the Literature Keystone exam. On January 9 - 23, 10th and 11th graders in Science and Mathematics classes will take the Algebra and Biology Keystone exams. The remaining 10th and 11th graders will be taking their Keystone exams May 13 - 24. Teachers for the first semester classes have been prepping their students for the test. The same will be done for the second semester 10th and 11th graders. Judging from past PSSA tests I am sure our students will do well.
Please consider attending a Parent Advisory meeting. Those meetings are usually the fourth Wednesday of the month at 9:00am. The meetings are in the teachers’ cafeteria. The remaining meeting dates are 1/23, 2/27, 3/27, 4/24, and 5/22.
Finally congratulations to Dr. Ohrt and the CB West Madrigal choir. They went to the White House on December 7, 2012 and performed for the President and First Lady.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
The State of Pennsylvania requires each student to hand in a copy of a physical before October 15th of his/her junior year.
A copy of the physical form is available on the school website, under the nurse tab. http://cbwestnurse.wikispaces.com
Please take this form to the doctor to be completed and then return it to the health office.
Central Bucks West Community Fund
The CB West Community Fund provides resources to CB West students and families in need. The fund is overseen by our school nurse, Carol Klein. The Community Fund provides Thanksgiving food baskets, Christmas presents, school supplies, field trip money, test fees, yearbooks, prom tickets, graduation attire, and other special mementos to students and families who otherwise would not have the money to purchase these items. The fund is supported by the senior class council, the guidance department, as well as teachers Rosemarie Toub and Sue McHugh, who diligently help to add monetary resources in order to keep this fund alive. The Community Fund is a program that is unique to CB West and we are always happy when we can provide for our own community!
Put the Future into the Present
A MESSAGE FROM THE CLASS 2014
Junior year is full of goals, expectations, and initiatives. The Leadership Circle of the Class of 2014 has embarked upon a new journey. These students, along with their homeroom advisors, have planned a new itinerary for their fellow classmates: an itinerary which hopefully has already led them to a new growth mindset and a new recognition of the importance of building character and making resolute decisions.
The Leadership Circle has instituted a COLUMN INTIATIVE which focuses on monthly activities involving the display of positive attitudes. September’s column was OPTIMISM. October’s was PRIDE. November’s column was GRATITUDE. December's is KINDESS. The Circle hopes that the juniors will try to incorporate these (and future) attributes into their daily lives both in their school community, at home, and in their community at large.
A Message From the Junior House Principal
PUT THE FUTURE INTO THE PRESENT – A MESSAGE TO JUNIORS FROM MR. CAUGHIE
Juniors will spend a lot of time this year talking about columns. Columns represent two things that I feel are important for our class: STRENGTH and SUPPORT. Columns provide strength and support to structures. I want to challenge all juniors to become STRONGER, and in the process, SUPPORT those around you. I challenge all juniors to become stronger physically, academically, and personally.
Become physically stronger by making healthy decisions, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and becoming involved in athletics or personal fitness. Become academically stronger by challenging yourself in class, paying attention to your teachers, contributing to class discussions and doing your homework. Become personally stronger by getting involved, making new friends, and by pursuing personal goals.
I hope that as each of us works to become stronger, we also continue to support those around us. We can support those around us in many ways. Cheer for our athletes at the games. Support our musicians by attending the concerts and our actors by attending the plays and musicals. Come to the Mr. West contest and cheer for the contestants. Congratulate a classmate when he or she does well on a test. Hold the door open for someone. Say hello to someone in the hallway even if you don’t know him or her. Invite someone who is sitting alone to join you and your friends at lunch.
Most importantly, support each other by standing up for what is right. Stand up to those around you who bully others. Take a stand against those who ridicule others on social media. These are some ways we can show our strength and support each other. Remember columns only symbolize strength and support. Your actions demonstrate strength and support.
For more information about the junior class, follow Mr. Caughie on Twitter @bcaughie or @CBWestHS class 2014
There will be a Junior Parent/Student Information Session on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium. Topics will include interpreting your student’s PSAT score; SAT registration and information; Program Planning for Senior year; and College Search activities for the spring and summer of junior year.
Save The Date: The 2013 Central Bucks College Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at CB South, 1100 Folly Road in Warrington. Representatives from over 200 colleges, universities, and educational institutions will be available to answer questions and provide materials about their programs. Look for more information on the Guidance Page of the CB West Website.
From the Senior Class Council
The Senior Class Council worked this fall to raise over $1800 to support the CB West Community Fund. Thank you to all of the seniors to helped in this fundraiser to benefit West families this fall. The Senior Class panoramic photo has been rescheduled for January 8, 2013 during advisory. The cost is $15.00 Forms are available on the senior bulletin board and outside B118.
We are beginning to plan for the Class of 2013’s Senior Prom (scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2013). All Seniors are welcome to attend the next prom committee meeting on Thursday, January 10, at 2:45 in B118.
Curriculum Choir Concert
Monday, Jan. 7th, 7:30pm
Central Bucks High School West Auditorium
Wednesday, Jan. 9th, 6:30-8:30pm
Central Bucks Highs School West Auditorium
Keystone Math and Science Exams begin - 10th & 11th grade
Monday, Jan. 14th, 7:30am
Central Bucks West High School
Central Bucks College Fair
Wednesday, March 20th, 6:30-8:30pm
C.B. South High School, Folly Road, Warrington, PA
Representatives from over 200 colleges, universities, and educational institutions will be available to answer questions and provide materials about their programs. Look for more information on the Guidance Page of the CB West Website.
Pearl S. Buck High School Leadership Training Program
Congratulations to Juniors Sami E. and Olivia H. who represented Central Bucks West as a part of the Pearl S. Buck High School Leadership Training Program. The program consisted of ten elected students from seven different high schools in Bucks and Montgomery counties. The girls traveled to the Pearl S. Buck House in Perkasie every Tuesday for two months for leadership workshops, activities, and to create a final community service project.
The student group chose to host a “Global Holiday Event”, advertising the Opportunity House at Pearl S. Buck International and specifically inform community members of the child sponsorship program. The child sponsorship program focuses on giving children better educational opportunities that they would never have had before, mainly in Asian countries. The Global Holiday Event was held on Sunday, December 16th, and was a huge success. Congrats again to Sami and Olivia who represented CB West! If anyone in the community is interested in the Pearl S. Buck child sponsorship program, please visit www.psbi.org.
West Library is Going Mobile
The CB West Library is going mobile! To accommodate our students and their mobile device usage, we have recently added several apps that students can download.
Our online catalog, Destiny, is available for download and it allows students not only to search for books, but also to check their accounts and renew books.
Students can also download apps that connect them to the Library’s Gale, EBSCO, and WorldBook databases for quality research sources on their phones and tablets.
Please go to the following link for downloading instructions:
Do you shop at Amazon.com? Consider using the link on the CB West homepage the next time you shop. When you purchase items through our link, CB West gets a percentage of your purchase in the form of books for our library. Check the link out here: http://www.cbsd.org/schools/cbwest/Pages/default.aspx
Art One-Life Skills Art Class Collaboration
A very exciting event took place in December in the Art department! Mrs. Hunter’s Life Skills class collaborated with Mrs. Levin’s Art One class in a two-day holiday craft extravaganza! The Art One students developed and ran all of the activities, which included hand print wreaths, adorable snowmen and holiday ornaments. The students teamed up with a “buddy”, and they worked together to complete all of the crafts. Both the Life Skills and Art One students were thrilled with this opportunity, and both groups of students are interested in collaborating again before the end of the semester. Happy Holidays from the Art Department to all of our CB West families!
Cooking for the Homeless Club
The Cooking For the Homeless Club has been busy making casseroles and baked products for the homeless in Bucks County. The club meets on the second Wednesday after school each month and is open to anyone who wants to help out this worthwhile cause.
From the Shop
C.B. West is fortunate to welcome two new teachers in our department for this school year- Mrs. Coyne (Architectural Design and Engineering) and Mr. Detweiler (Materials and Design and Architectural Design and Engineering). Both are laying a solid foundation for students to "work in the 3-D" and facilitate an environment rich with creative opportunities for exploration in all engineering, design and build fields of study.
ESCAPE, formerly known as the TSA club, began its inaugural year in September. ESCAPE stands for Educating Students Collaboratively by Applying Purposeful Enrichment. Its main goal is to infuse academics with electives through hands-on experiences. Some example include earthquake shaketable structures, alternative energy, GPS and GIS study with science classes, rockets with math, theater set design and fabrication with English, roman bathhouse design with Latin, drawing and building to scale with Micro RC racetracks, birdfeeder manufacturing with Doyle Environmental club, kite building, and toy builds with Doyle Elementary School, building and testing musical instruments for pitch with Chorus, and many, many more lessons that break the walls of separate disciplines to give students a more accurate view of a collaborative education to promote careers and trades that are in high demand. ESCAPE takes place in all shop classes during the school day, after school with the Sea Perch program, during the summer through C.B. Community School, and as a staff development course (TBA) in August.
Our Sea Perch club has begun. We took first place last year in vehicle maneuverability. This club is sponsored by the Navy and Drexel. From the website it states, "The Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge is open to middle schools and high schools in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware region. The goal is to increase student interest in robotics, science, mathematics, engineering and technology and to introduce students to naval engineering. The event is structured to give students an overall experience in the engineering process." For more information, visit www.phillyseaperch.org or contact email@example.com. This is our third year in competition.
Finally, we'd like to thank our students for their hard work and dedication to their projects. All of you know that it takes a devotion of time, concentration and trying and retrying to get some of our projects to, well, just work. And then we keep going to make them look good. Whether it's drawing, model building, CNC programming and machining, building an electric car prototype, designing and building furniture, making a rocket stove grill out of junk, or wood carving, keep up the good work. Your shop teachers appreciate it.
C.B. Students Attend Business Simulation
Congratulations to seventeen of our students who attended the Mini Business Program that is run by the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce. These students worked closely with business mentors from our community for two days. The students were given the task of running a small business requiring them to make decisions relating to product planning, advertising, staffing, and distribution. A few of these simulated businesses lost profits, however, they learned from their mistakes and turned their business around. Congratulations to Summer P. and Amanda B. for creating the most profitable business! We look forward to attending this business simulation again in the beginning of June. A special thank you to Mr. Bob Byers, Mr. Martin Bahner and the ten other mentors who volunteered their time.