CBHS Parent Newsflash 2-24-20
CBHS Parent Newsflash 2-24-20

Headline News: 
All are invited to come learn from and with a cross-section of our seniors as they share their learning from their senior expeditions at the Changemakers' Gala this Wednesday night at CBHS from 6-8pm. 

Our next PAG Meeting is March 10th. Agenda items will include the Shared Space Cafe, the Film Festival, the Math Cup and sustaining our Food Pantry. We hope to see you there. 

Superintendent's monthly column is here

The 15th Anniversary Film Festival is now Friday, March 20th at USM's Hannaford Hall. Get more information and tickets here

We are happy to co-hosting a parent event with Valo on April 29th at 7pm on the impact of social media on adolescent development. Save the date. 


Next Tuesday - March 3rd - PATHS/CBHS School Meeting (at 1:30pm) 

March 6th - Winter Trimester Ends

March 6th - CBHS One Act Performs (7pm at Scarborough HS)

March 9th - Spring Trimester begins

March 11th - 11:30 Dismissal (Sr Fieldwork)

March 12th - Senior Fieldwork

March 13th - People of Portland Project Culmination (9-11:30)

March 13th - Play is Work Culmination (1-2:30pm)

March 19th-20th - Mud School

March 20th - 15th Anniversary Film Festival (6-8:30pm, Hannaford Hall)

March 25th - Math Cup (6 to 8pm)

March 26th -  Spanish 4/5 goes to Boston

Help Needed 
Math Cup
1) Connect with your favorite STEM-connected organization or company and see if they will field a team - or sponsor a team of CBHS mathletes.
2) Help Math Cup Chair Susan Lieberman (cc'd here) by helping to orchestrate the lasagna dinner that keeps our mathletes problem-solving 
3) Donate some food or time the evening of the event (March 25th). Sign up (or see what's needed) on this spreadsheet here. 

Junior Journey from Nicole O'Brien

This year’s Junior Journey needs YOUR help! Please see the list below and please feel free to pass this information along to friends and family! Let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!


Come on the trip with us (April 13th-18th)!

1)We need parent chaperones! Please let your child’s crew advisor know or email to find out more! 

2) Donate Gift Cards!  We would love Hannaford’s and BJs cards to help buy food and supplies! These can be dropped off at the CBHS front office with a note: Attn: Elizabeth Hampton.

3) Get friends and family to donate to our Go Fund Me Page

4) Clynk Bags! - Stop by our Front Office and grab a few.. All proceeds go to CBHS!

Select Student Announcements

Casco Bay -- prepare for two exciting days of senior expedition culminations during crew--Feb. 27th and (for 9th and 11th) 28th.  

Each senior has designed a powerful way to address an urgent issue with your crew.  We want you to join us in being the change we want to see in the world. Want more? Please join us the evening of Wednesday Feb. 26th for the Changemakers Gala here at CBHS from 6 to 8pm. 

Recruiting Student Volunteers to help Serve Lunch:

To make the lunch line more efficient, we are looking for a core group of 10 students who are willing to serve as volunteers, and receive volunteering hours. The task will consist of helping pass the lunch out, and it will simply take about 10-15 minutes, as the line is only long in the beginning of lunch. Each student only needs to volunteer one day every other week because each one will have an alternate. The sign up sheet is by the Sign up Board or talk to any cabinet member or Mr. Pierce FMI. 


CBHS Students Who Are 17 or Older: You can vote in next week’s March 3rd presidential primaries in Maine as long as you will be 18 by the November elections (November 3rd, 2020): You can register the day of the vote March 3rd at your polling place. Go here to figure out your polling place.  


Juniors: You may recall that a team of videographers from EL Education was here in the days before December break. They will be featuring CBHS in the new EL Education "brand" video. The team did a lot of filming during the public policy presentations, and they are seeking a release from each junior who was at either culmination day - in case you end up in the video. The relevant form was sent to you in your school e-mail. Please sign and return to your crew advisor if you are OK with potentially appearing in the video. Additional forms will be available outside Mr. Pierce’s office. 

Handbook Reminder of the Week:  Personal Electronics

Managing the use of cell phones, smart phones and other personal electronic devices is a part of communicating effectively. Strive to be present and attentive to other members in the community and to recognize the impact personal technology can have on your connections to your community. Note: During the school day, school phones will be available for student use on a limited basis (e.g., for emergencies, not for social calls). 

Cell Phones (including Smart Phones)

Cells phones may be used before school, between classes, during lunch, after school, but, otherwise only with explicit teacher permission. 

Cell phone ringers must be off during the school day.

A cell phone should not even be visible during ANY instructional time. This includes crew, academic support, field work and team support time - without explicit teacher permission first.  

Consequences: If a personal electronic device is used inappropriately:

First offense: The device will be confiscated until the end of the day (or given to Mr. Pierce or Shibles). 

Second offense: The device will be confiscated and returned to family/guardian or upon communication with family/guardian.

Upcoming School Meetings  


Host Crew


Set Up Crew

Small Green Act



Take Action to Better the World



3/3 (Tuesday at end of day with PATHS)


Work Collaboratively



Monday  - A Day - TST - Soph Class Meeting and Minute to Win It - Great Space


4-6:30- Mr. Bernstein and Ms. Appelbaum’s USM Holocaust course in Great Space



10 - Sav Coll of Art and Design

10:30 - UMaine Augusta


From Britha: Do you want to help improve the community and police relations? My senior expedition focuses on the lack of diversity in law enforcement.  For my slice of a solution, I will have officers come in once a month for the rest of the year, starting Feb 25th in the Great Space from 11:30 to 1 pm (lunch and acad). We will be having games, fun activities, and conversations with officers. After that, we will have it every other Tuesday: March 10th, March 24th, April 7th, April 28th, and finally May 12th, same time and place. If you would like to help with games or activities, please feel free to let me know. It will be much appreciated. Thank you. Diverse and students of color are encouraged to attend. 


2:30 - Pick up free produce after school. 


There will be a mandatory Model UN meeting Tuesday after school from 2:40 to 3:30 in Sweden. See Mr. Ford if you have a conflict or questions.



Wednesday  - School Meeting - McCray Hosts


Senior Expedition Gala - 6 to 8pm


Do you ever find yourself looking for a fun way to cope with stress? Do you like jumping, walking, and other fun types of movements? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you should go to Isaac Tabb’s senior expedition culmination, “Let’s Move!”. At the event you will learn about how exercise affects the brain in a way that reduces stress. You will then learn how to use exercise yourself to combat stress! The event is February 26th at 7 pm at the Changemakers Gala at CBHS. Everyone is invited to come and get moving. See you there!


Thursday - Crew - Senior Expedition


Friday - Trimester 3 new X Block proposals are due by this Friday, February 28th, to Mr. Leque.  You can place your proposals in Mr. Leque's mailbox in the teacher room off of the Great Space.  Forms will be located outside Mr. Pierce's office.

Crew - Senior Expedition (9 and 11)

2:45 - Cabinet 


3-5pm - Re-Scheduled Seeds of Peace Summit at CBHS

So You Want To Talk About Color? is a summit hosted by Casco Bay High School Seeds this Friday, February 28th, 3-5:30, in the Great Space. All are welcome as we discuss how we can build the foundation for normalizing dialogue around race in our community. We will do this through different activities and sessions that will challenge you to reflect and have the essential  conversations needed to move towards a racially equitable and just future. Come and support CBHS seeds. Any questions see Casco Seeds, Ms. Hassan or Mrs. Natarajan.




On Tuesday, March 3rd, the day of the primary election, there will be a strike outside City Hall to promote being a climate-focused voter. Please talk to Naomi Zarin or Maya Denkmire, the representatives for ME Climate Strikes, for more information or to organize carpooling, and make sure your parents contact the office to ensure an excused absence. Come support a better future for our planet!


From Ella Ferguson: You are all invited to the culmination of my senior project focused on LGBTQ+ inclusivity in sex education in public schools. The event will be next Tuesday, March 3rd from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Casco Bay High School in the library. The event will be filled with a short presentation about my findings followed by a Q+A panel and discussion about the current sex education curriculum, your personal experiences, and your imput on how to make these classes more inclusive for LGBTQ+ students. All students and teachers are welcome! Invite your parents as well! There will be refreshments.