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CBHS Parent Newsflash 3-30-20
CBHS Parent Newsflash 3-30-20

Headline News

You all are invited to join a CBHS Parent Community Virtual Forum this coming Tuesday night, March 31st from 5:30-6:30pm. More information and RSVP here

Join Zoom Meeting

https://zoom.us/j/830586206?pwd=NEJHQWFwaC82TllNbDA3eXNXMjlBZz09
Meeting ID: 830 586 206 Password: 969073

The schedule for this week is the same as last week. Details are  here.

The district is loaning free “Hot Spots” for students with no or inadequate wifi in their homes so they can fully participate in remote learning today and Tuesday between 10am and noon. CBHS families are asked to go to Moore between 10am and noon on Tuesday, but they may go to one of the other food distribution sites if needed. Deliveries are also possible. If you have not already been in contact with Ms. Kierstead (kiersd@portlandschools.org) about this service, please do so TODAY so you can be on the list to pick one up.
Resources for Parents
1)A Useful New York Times Article: How to Get More Sleep Tonight
2) From Harvard Business Review: That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief.
 
Connecting With Mr. Hale
2. Emailing him at halem@portlandschools.org
3. Calling or Texting him at 207-200-8576 (This is his work cell phone #, not his personal cell phone #)

Connecting With Ms. Doyle
Please feel free to book a time, and she will follow up with a confirmation and link to the meeting time.  The link is here.
If you have any questions, please let her know and you can always reach out to her at doyles@portlandschools.org.

Select Student Announcements
Today’s Schedule

Crew - 9am-9:25

Bk 1 - 9:30-10:55

Lunch - 10:55-11:25

Flex Block - 11:30-12:25

Bk 2 - 12:30-1:55

Bk 3 - 2:00-3:30 

 

 

 

Artists, performers, talented people one and all. (That includes YOU!) Share your art/skill through a video link to Mr. Pierce (piercd@portlandschools.org) by Tuesday at 8pm,  so it can be shared school-wide during virtual School Meeting on Wednesday.  

 

Thanks to the Crews for all of the great ideas about how to keep crew and our community together during the quarantine. Cabinet reviewed the list, and you’ll see that some of the ideas will even be implemented this week. A summary of the ideas are here, and crews are encouraged to review the list of crew ideas to see which ones might make sense for your crew. 

 

Answers to Mr. Nyapir’s 2 Truths and a Lie

  • True: (Climbing for 10years) I began climbing for the same organization that I’m a board member for. They gave me a scholarship back in 2010, so this will make it my tenth year doing the sport.

  • True: My family lived in Egypt for a few years before coming to the US. 

  • Lie: (ice climbing)I have never ice climbed before. And I’m not a big fan of it. Too scary, lol.

 

As many of you have anticipated, we will not be having spring intensives this year. Intensives depend too much on field work that is, of course, not possible at this time. I know this is (more) disappointing news for many of you. For many staff too. Instead, we will have an additional week of year-long classes. Given the challenges of remote learning for all of us, an additional week to meet course standards seems wise. 

 

Seniors: Grad Camp for eligible seniors will take place on Wednesday April 8th and 15th. More details soon. Also, if you were depending on spring intensives to meet graduation requirements, no worries; we will provide an alternative path; connect with your crew advisor or Ms. Hampton with questions. You can do it, Class of 2020!

 

Juniors: As you are aware, Junior Journey can not happen April 13th-17th as planned. We are connecting this week with the place that was hosting us (the New England Outdoor Center) to find out more about our deposit, the possibility of re-scheduling, etc.. We plan to share a more concrete plan about next steps and any refunds necessary by April 13th. If you have any more urgent concerns or needs related to Junior Journey before then, please contact Ms. Hampton or Mr. Pierce. Thanks.  

 

Juniors: The April and May administration of the SAT’s have been cancelled. So has the State Science test. The June SAT’s and SAT Subject tests are still on at this point. We do not yet know if the state will be paying for one SAT administration for all members of the Class of 2021 yet or not. We will share more details as we know them. Watch for a letter this week from Ms. Doyle and Mr. Hale with more updates about the college process and counselor support for juniors. 

 

AP Students: Be sure to check your school e-mail for the latest news, updates and free resources from Mr. Shibles.

 

Please join the Ultimate Frisbee Google Classroom! (mvsxtaf)

We will have a brief team meeting at 12:00 on Monday today, the link will be posted on GC.

 

This Week’s Crew Quarantainment Challenges

  1. If you think you’ve created the Best Song Verse about Remote Learning, please share the lyrics (meets), audio (exceeds) and/or video of you performing it (with honors) by Tuesday at 8pm (deadline extended) with Mr. Pierce and Mali J at 21040@portlandschools.org. Watch for the best stuff in Virtual School Meeting on Wednesday. 

  2. On CBHS Instagram, watch for this week’s new “Where in the world is Mr. Pierce?” challenge. Share your guesses in the comments. (Thanks to Lunetta Crew for the idea.) Answer revealed at School Meeting. 

  3. Due Friday: Faculty Meme Competition… Can you battle wits with the Faculty Meme Master, Ms. Hampton? Watch for a few samples later this week and DM the CBHS Insta page with your own (school appropriate) Faculty Memes by Friday. 

 

We are gathering a posse of young alumni tutors who are willing to help CBHS students meet standards during this challenging time. If you are potentially interested in getting virtual help from one of these tutors a few hours a week, let your crew advisor know (who will then inform Mr. Pierce).

 

If you are interested in taking a class during the fall at The University of Southern Maine please stay tuned for more information. On April 15th from 12-1 we will be organizing a Zoom meeting with Jamie Austin from USM. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Doyle. More information will be coming soon about how you can begin to search for college classes.

 

Community Opportunities: Want to stay involved in immigrant issues? The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project offers two ways here

 

Cabinet will meet at 3pm this Friday. Cabinet members should use the same Zoom invite  from Mr. Pierce.  

 

Reminders

Don’t forget to check your school e-mail frequently. 

 

Mr. Pierce shares some ways you can serve during Quarantine here

 

 At Home Wellness Ideas from Mr. Shibles 

 

If you are having a consistent remote learning tech issue, maybe we can help. Please complete this brief google form here. (Crew Advisors: if you are aware of an advisee having an issue, you may also submit a form.) This link is also on the CBHS homepage.

 

The BK 7 teacher schedules are here. Note: that some BK 7’s will now meet at 8am. 

 

Use the new PPS HelpDesk phone line and email to get answers to questions and concerns on any issue during the shutdown. The phone number is: 207-874-8159. That HelpDesk phone line has access to different languages. You can also send us an email in your primary language at ppshelpline@portlandschools.org.

 

If you are struggling with a reliable connection to Zoom meetings on your chromebook, you can try four things: 

  1. Turn off your video when you are in the meeting. Then you can see everyone else, and they will be able to hear your audio (just not see you). 

  2. You can also try using your computer for Zoom video but use your phone separately for Zoom audio. (You can download the app for free - Zoom.us.)

  3. You can try to connect solely through Zoom on your phone (just be aware of how this might impact your data plan). 

  4. Make sure that all the mikes in your “room” except the speaker’s are muted.

 

We know this time may be very challenging for many students and families. If you are struggling with anything - from food insecurity to anxiety, from wifi  to finding a quiet place to get work done, please let your crew advisor or another trusted CBHS adult know. We are Crew. We can help.