CBHS Parent Newsflash 1-2-19
CBHS Parent Newsflash 1-2-19

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Happy New Year! Happy Intensives Week!

Intensives Week begins today and will continue through the end of the day on January 8th. 
Our next Parent Advisory Group meeting is a week from tomorrow, Thursday, January 10th from 5:30-7pm. Our educational topic is "How do we motivate teenagers?," and our visiting expert will be the district's new director of social and emotional learning, Dr Chris Reiger. All are welcome (Great Space)
Our semi-annual Family Crew Night is two weeks from tomorrow, Thursday, January 17th - 6:30-8pm (Great Space). We hope to see you all there! Family Crew Night is a chance for the community to come together and celebrate the work of the first half of the year and get a preview of what's to come. The evening will feature various student performances. It's also a dessert pot-luck. 
The event will be preceded by a Shared Space Cafe´ for our multilingual families in the library (5 to 6:30, 1/17). 
Select Student Announcements

Welcome to Intensives Week! Swimming is now in France and Philosophy is in Somalia.


Cougar Kudos to Owen Mason who is going to the Junior Olympics for fencing in February! And to Adam Wendell Pearson for receiving a “Global Navigator Scholarship” that will enable him to go to France this summer.


Intensives begin after Crew ends at 8:15. Lunch will be available daily from 11:00-11:30.


If you would like help from a CBHS peer mediator, please see any peer mediator or fill out the link now on the CBHS homepage.  


Shortly before break, 2 teachers reported that they had money stolen from them. Miss Crowley is missing money that was raised by the outing club ($20) and, Miss Haar had $18 stolen out of her wallet in her office. Please let any staff member know if you have information about these disturbing thefts and violations of our community.


Please welcome Ms. Starr who while be interning with Mr. Pierce in January.  Ms. Starr is a former humanities teacher and Portland resident who is completing her master’s in school leadership.


Ms. Hick’s after school’s dance class will resume tomorrow,  Thursday, Jan 3rd. Veeva Banga’s first class of the new year will be Jan 8.


Alumni Luncheon – We will have a pizza luncheon to thank our Alumni Teaching Fellows at the end of intensives,  Tuesday, January 8th, from 11:00-11:30 in Canada. Please alert your “fellow” so s/he can join us for the fun.

Intensives Showcase Assembly – Tuesday (1/8) – 1:00-2:30

Guidelines for the Intensives Showcase Assembly
Intensives are asked to share their work in one of 3 ways:
1) a presentation/performance that directly relates to the culmination/summative assessment of the intensive (ideal)
2) a two to three minute video that promotes why someone should consider taking this intensive in the future.
3) a display in the school of work created by the intensives members (which would be introduced at the Showcase Assembly)
The purpose and duration of any videos/slide shows should connect to #2 above.

The Beat-Making Intensive will be putting on a show at the Center for Electronic music (511 Congress Street) next Tuesday, Jan 8 from 6-9 at the Center. Professional artists Valerie Orth and Blush Age will be performing in addition to CBHS beat-makers.  


Peer mediators next meeting is after school January 10th and there is a survey on the google classroom for everyone to fill out.



1/8-  Intensives Showcase Assembly

1/9 – Classes Resume (B Day) – 11:30 dismissal

1/17 - Courageous Conversation on Gender Roles

1/17 – Shared Space Café

1/17 – Family Crew Night


The Telling Room’s statewide writing contest is on!  (CBHS students have won this great honor 3 times!) The contest runs from December 20 through January 31, 2019. A panel of professional writers selects one grand prize winner who will receive $200 and publication in our annual anthology. The contest is open to Maine writers ages 12-18 working on prose or poetry related to this year's theme: VOICES.  Entries are due on January 31, at midnight. For more information about the contest, check out our website.


'Tis the season of giving -- or donating gently used outdoor gear! Ask your families to look through their closets and donate winter coats, boots and gloves to help support a new outdoor curriculum to prevent nature deficit disorder in our community.If you have items to donate, you can either place them in the donation box in Ms Doyle's office or to coordinate a pick up, contact Grace Cowie via text: 2074154395 or email:


Are you interested in hosting a student from Chile for a month this winter?  CBHS will again be receiving three high school students from Santiago, Chile from March 8th to April 6th.    

Contact Rebecca Lynch Nichols FMI


Do you speak Algonquin, Kirundi, Kurdish, Arabic, Persian, Kikongo, Tshiluba or any other language in addition to English? Do you like telling stories in front of an audience? Are you interested in telling a short story about loss at an event on January 28? Fill out this form:

or contact Emeline Avignon at