CB West High School
West Times Newsletter 9.18.17
News from the Guidance Office
PSAT 2017 – The PSAT will be offered at CB West on Saturday, October 14, 2017. This exam is recommended for all college-bound 10th and 11th grade students as practice for the SAT. Only students taking the PSAT as a Junior may be eligible for National Merit Scholarship recognition, so any Junior who took the test last year is highly encouraged to take it again.
Registration for PSAT’s is available through www.mypaymentsplus.com until Sunday October 8, 2017, or until all seats are sold. The cost is $22 per exam. If this is the first time you are using MyPaymentsPlus for any of your students, then you'll need to create a new account; if you have an older sibling and have used MPP before, then you will just need to add the new student to your existing account (you’ll need your student’s school ID to create a new account, or to add a student to an existing account). PSAT Student Guides will be distributed to students through Advisory after your registration is processed. Please be sure to print and save your MyPaymentsPlus PSAT registration confirmation page. If your student does not receive the Student Guide, and you don’t have a printed confirmation page, then your student has not registered for the PSAT. Please contact Mr. Michael Curtis at email@example.com with any registration issues prior to the deadline.
Financial Aid Night -- The Central Bucks School District Financial Aid Night will take place on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm at CB East in the Auditorium. CB East is located at 2804 Holicong Road, Doylestown, PA 18902. The presenter will be Ms. Bonnie Behm, Director of Financial Assistance at Villanova University. Topics will include types of financial aid, the application process (using the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid), timelines and deadlines, and tips for comparing offers of aid from various schools. Seniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
College Visits -- Each day, admission representatives from up to four colleges visit CBW. Juniors and Seniors are highly encouraged to attend the visits for schools they’re interested in learning more about. The representatives who come are typically the ones responsible for reviewing students’ applications, so this in an invaluable opportunity to make a personal connection with that representative. Students should sign up through Naviance (College Tab →View All Upcoming College Visits), and print their confirmation page as their pass. Students may also sign up in the Guidance Office prior to the visit.
Sophomore Parent/Student Info Session – Our first Parent/Student Info Session for the Class of 2020 will take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm in Lenape Middle School Auditorium. We will discuss topics including an overview of Sophomore year; Home-School Communication; the High School Timeline; PSAT’s; and Resources. All parents and STUDENTS are invited to attend!
Please bookmark our Guidance Webpage for current updates on Guidance events, college application procedures, PSAT/SAT/AP news, and more!
Student Activities Fair
We will hold a Student Activities Fair on Tuesday, September 19 during an extended 2nd Block in the Main Gym. Representatives from each of CB West's clubs and student activities will be on hand to share information and answer questions. All students will attend the fair with their 2nd Block class at a designated time. CB West has over 60 clubs and student organizations. These clubs and organizations represent a variety of interests and sponsor a multitude of events. We hope that every student finds at least one club or organization at the fair that inspires him or her to get involved at CB West. Getting involved in extracurricular activities helps students discover new interests, refine their talents, and make new friends.
How to Stay Connected with Student Activities at CB West
The daily announcements offer students and staff the most comprehensive listing of meetings, fundraisers, and events in our school. You can watch the daily announcements scrolling on TV monitors throughout the building. In addition, you can access the announcements each day by visiting the CB West homepage: https://www.cbsd.org/domain/3037.
Look for club and student activities fliers posted on bulletin boards and tack strips throughout our school.
Check out the Student Activities Bulletin Board and calendar located in the corridor connecting the D-Hall with the A-wing.
On Mondays, we air a live stream broadcast from our TV Studio called “The Black and Gold.” This show highlights information about some of the biggest events and initiatives in our school.
On Fridays, we air episodes of Chatterbux. Chatterbux is a TV show produced by members of the Media Production classes. Chatterbux highlights a variety of aspects of student life here at CB West.
Visit the CB West website and check out the new "Activities" section. Each club has its own page with the most pertinent information.
News From the Class of 2018
Senior Portraits. The last session for Senior Portraits at CB West will take place on the afternoon of Monday, September 18. Any student who did not have his or her senior portrait taken should contact Prestige Portraits directly at 1-800-687-9327 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a make-up session at the studio.
Class of 2018 Guidance Web Page. The Senior House Counselors have worked hard to centralize relevant college application resources. Visit the Class of 2018 Guidance Web Page at https://www.cbsd.org/Page/967 for step-by-step instructions and short video tutorials on requesting transcripts, teacher recommendations, uploading applications, financial aid, and much more. We encourage students and parents to keep this resource handy during the entire college application process.
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:
September 27, 2017
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 email@example.com.
Antler Yearbook Information
For the entire month of September, the Antler Yearbook we will hold a Back to School special, where books will be only $75! Additionally, you may order online at www.jostens.com or by filling out an order form, available on the Antler website. Please email Erin Walsh (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any ordering questions.
Good News About CB West Students
The CB West Football Team donated proceeds from its Car Wash fundraiser to the school’s Families in Need Fund.
CB West Choir Performs in 911 Ceremony
Bucks County Remembers - 911 Program at the Bucks County Courthouse.
Photo with West Choir members and Mayor Ron Strouse, Commissioner Robert Loughery, Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia, and Commissioner Charles Martin after the program.
Art 4 Art: CB West Participates in Doylestown Artsfest
CB West’s Art 3 students participated in this year’s Doylestown Arts Festival through an Art 4 Art project. Mrs. Levin’s Art 3 class work in conjunction with CB East, CB South and partnered with CB Cares to put together a tribute to the legacy and music of Art Garfunkel. Garfunkel is scheduled to appear on September 25th at Holicong Middle School for a book signing. These art students hit the canvas running the first week of school by creating images inspired by Simon and Garfunkel song titles on to vinyl records. Their finished pieces were on display in the CB Cares booth during the festival. Two large Art Garfunkel portraits were created as interactive canvases for the public to sign a welcome message for this legendary musician. One of the canvases is now on display in the window of the Doylestown Bookshop. Thank you to Mrs. Levin’s Art 3 class as well as April Schneer and Tenley Mileski for their work on the large canvas portraits!
For more information on the event, please see the following website: http://www.doylestownbookshop.com/event/art-garfunkel-holicong-middle-school
CB West Cross Country
CB West boys XC had their 21st consecutive league win last Wednesday to start the season (1-0) at Quakertown (17-43). Michael Samson (1st), Ben Bunch (2nd), Carter Laatsch (3rd), Brian Baker (5th), Nick Gillespie (6th), Riley Warren (8th), and Owen Schiele (10th) all placed in the top 10 for the Bucks.
West Boys Cross Country won the Souderton Twilight Invite on Saturday, placing 4 runners in the top 10. Michael Samson, Ben Bunch, Carter Laatsch, and Brian Baker placed 1st, 3rd, 9th, and 10th. Riley Warren also had a breakout performance for the Bucks placing 22nd. West boys also placed third in the JV race with Butchy Peralta, Vlad Pishnenko, Nick Sidelinker, Jason Gilvary, James Kong, and Matt Monahan placing in the top 20.
The Bucks return to action on Wednesday at North Penn. Come out to help the Bucks defend the longest active win streak at West, with 21 consecutive wins!
The girls’ cross country opened their season last weekend at Kutztown, placing 2nd out of over 25 teams. The strong effort was led by freshman Julia Flood, along with sophomore Piper Wilson and freshman Emmi Simon. On Wednesday, the girls raced in their first league competition, facing Quakertown. The CB West girls team took the first 10 spots and beat Quakertown in a perfect score of 15 – 50.
The girls cross country team came away with 2 victories this past Saturday, winning both the JV and Varsity races. Congratulations to the top-10 finishers in the JV race: Maggie Loosmann, Francie Ebert, Meghan Sampson, Sonia Ritzmann & first place-finisher, Becca Davies.
In the Varsity race all 7 members finished in the top 12, congratulations to Katie Jenkinson, Grace Kolbe, Darby Roth, Emmi Simon, Erin Chinnici, Piper Wilson and the top finisher, 2nd overall, Julia Flood!
On Wednesday, the girls compete against North Penn & CB South – come cheer them on!