CBHS Parent Newsflash 1-7-19
CBHS Parent Newsflash 1-7-19

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Intensives Week continues today and concludes tomorrow, Tuesday January 8th. (Parents are welcome to the Intensives Showcase Assembly from 1:10-2:30 in the Great Space.)
Wednesday is an 11:30 dismissal day for staff development.
Our next Parent Advisory Group meeting is this 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 one week from 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). 


1/17 - Courageous Conversation on Gender Roles

1/17 – Shared Space Café – (5-6:30)

1/17 – Family Crew Night – (6:30-8pm)

1/23 – Sr Expedition Culmination Evening (5-8pm)

1/24-25 – 11th Grade Interviews

1/25, 1/28-29 – 8th Grade Visit Days

Select Student Announcements

Congrats to the 5 CBHS students who will be participating in the District II Honors Music Festival,CBHS: Deven Abrams, Lilliana Frantz, Aislinn Funkhouser, Yifu Liu and Isabela Muldoon


We are looking for 25-30 students from each grade level who would be willing to serve as student ambassadors during 8th grade visit days (January 25th, January 28th and January 29th). There will be a brief orientation and training this Thursday during Acad in the Great Space. Students must be in academic and behavioral  good standing to participate (eg: met standards in at least 5 courses Fall Trimester). Thanks for helping to shape CBHS’s future.


Get to know some new students. Sign up for the the January “Mix It Up”  Lunch on the CBHS homepage.


Seniors: Please look for an e-mail from Mr. Pierce with some important news about graduation events.

Reminder: 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.  


Justin Anderson's senior expedition is on Maine's lack of affordable housing and will culminate with a social media and poster campaign. If you've been impacted by Maine's lack of affordable housing and feel comfortable sharing your story and being photographed please let him know in person or via email ( Thank you so much!


Seniors: The 2019 Mitchell Scholarship online application is now open until April 1! You can find the application link, requirements, and a few additional college and scholarship resources on our web site: Due by April 1. Mitchell Scholarship recipients (1 per Maine high school) will each receive a $10,000 scholarship, and may attend two- or four-year degree programs at colleges both in- and out-of-state.  


Juniors and Seniors: There are 3 spots remaining in this spring’s Rippleffect Outdoor Leadership course. It meets Wednesdays after school (1 UP in PE) and includes several overnight expeditions. See Mr. Shibles or a guidance counselor FMI. Sign up by Friday.


Juniors and Seniors Apply for Bank of America Student Leader Program by Feb 1st:

The Student Leader program is an 8 week paid internship for Juniors & Seniors in Portland schools at a local non-profit. As part of that 8 weeks, they will spend a week in Washington D.C. at the Student Leader Summit with students from across the country.  The students will be paid $15.00 per hour

Below is the link to the Student Leader program on our website where you can find additional information Bank of America Student Leader Program . See a guidance counselor FMI.


Girl Singers of Maine is a new choral program at the Portland Conservatory of Music.The Iris Ensemble is for singers in grades 9-12. We learn 3-4 part, mostly a cappella pieces, and we are planning a concert tour of Italy in Spring of 2020! Auditions are taking place January 11 and 12, 2019. Contact Maria Belva at to ask questions and to schedule your audition!


Tuesday – Last Day of Intensives

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.

Reminder Intensives Showcase Assembly – Tuesday (1/8) – 1:10-2:30

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.


Veeva Banga’s first dance class of the new year will be Tuesday, Jan 8


Celebrate the historic inauguration of the first two Muslim women to serve in US Congress & join students from the "Muslim American Experience" intensive for a free screening of "Time for Ilhan." Tuesday, January 8th, 5:00, CBHS library.

The Beat-Making Intensive will be putting on a show at the Center for Electronic music (511 Congress Street) this 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.  

Wednesday – B-Day, 11:30 Dismissal

8-9:07 – BK 4

9:11-10:18- BK 5

10:22-11:30- BK 6


11:30 – Let’s Get Ready visits

Acad - Orientation for 8th Grade Visit Day Ambassaors

2pm – Juniors in Great Space

2:30 – Peer mediators survey and there is a survey on the google classroom for everyone to fill out.


Friday   2:45- Cabinet



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.


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