CBHS Parent Newsflash 1-12-15
CBHS Parent Newsflash 1-12-15
Posted on 01/12/2015

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We have our Parent Advisory Group meeting this Tuesday night at 5:30. All are welcome. Agenda items will include school technology policies, cultivating an inclusive and diverse school community and the Math Cup. Project Graduation meeting for all Parents of Seniors:  We’ll have our first meeting for planning the Project Grad event immediately after Tuesday’s PAG meeting.

The Intensives Showcase Assembly has been moved to this Wednesday from 10am-11:10am. Parents are welcome. Details below. In case you missed it, here is the link to a Press Herald article that featured our new aerial silks intensive from last week: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/01/07/circus-training-program-takes-flight/

A group of students will be visiting the UMO engineering program on Thursday.

Our bi-annual (and 10th Winter) Family Crew Night will be this Thursday, January 15th from 6:30-8:30pm –a week from this Thursday. The entire community is encouraged to come and eat as well as celebrate the accomplishments of the first half of the year – including Winter Intensives Week. Student work and talents will be on display throughout the night. The event will be preceded by a college information night for students in grades 9-11 at 5:30pm in the library. Students: Please bring a favorite dish from your family’s traditions or heritage. Below are the guidelines for each crew.

Bernstein – Main Dish

Cameron – Dessert

Donaldson – Main Dish

Doyle – Main Dish

Richard – Main Dish

Weigel – Main Dish

Welch – Appetizer/Side Dish

Croft – Main Dish

Loughlin – Main Dish

Lunetta – Dessert

Morales – Appetizer/Side Dish

Natarajan – Main Dish

Nichols – Beverages

Shibles – Main Dish

Burke – Dessert

Haar – Main Dish

Hagstrom – Main Dish

Hale – Appetizer/Side Dish

McNally – Paper Goods

Murray – Main Dish

Teller – Beverages

Appelbaum – Appetizer/Side Dish

Ford – Main Dish

McCray – Paper Goods

Pierce – Desserts

Robinson – Appetizer/Side Dish

Reminder Senior Families: Contact Stephanie Doyle if you would like help with the FAFSA.


MLK Day – 1/19

2nd ½ of Year Begins – 1/20

Lincoln Visits & 10th Grade Expedition Kick-Off – 1/22

CBHS Pirates Night – 1/23

Intervention Week – 1/26

ELL Access Day – 1/29

8th Grade Commitment Form Deadline – 1/30

CBHS Winter Play: Almost Maine – 1/30 & 1/31

Help Needed

This year Casco Bay has a great opportunity to spend January 15th from 8-5 at The University of Maine Orono and tour the Engineering Program. We are looking for 3-4 parents/chaperones who would be willing to accompany the students on the trip. There will be three Casco Bay staff members attending, but we are seeking a few more adults to help. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Stephanie Doyle at doyles@portlandschools.org.

January Clynk for Project Graduation: CBHS’s Project Graduation is this month’s charity at Riverside Hannaford! That means that any “charity” Clynk contributions at Riverside Hannaford will go to our Project Grad–but for January only, and Riverside only.  You need to have a special bag-tag for this donation–NOT the regular CBHS tag.  You can get bag tags (and bags) from Jill Tabbutt-Henry at the next PAG meeting or at Family Crew Night.  OR you can ask for the “charity bag tag” at the Customer Service Desk at Riverside Hannaford.  There is also a kiosk just inside the doorway where people can make donations in cash and Clynk receipts. (Thanks to Kendra Lavigne for setting this up!)

Hannaford card orders: The Hannaford card order for this month will go in next Wednesday, January 21.  Please send a check made out to “CBHS PAG” to Jill Tabbutt-Henry, 1711 Washington Ave, Portland 04103.  OR you can give Jill a check at this week’s PAG meeting or Family Crew Night.

CBHS Night Out: Wednesday, January 21st. At Buck’s Naked BBQ, 50 Wharf St (the corner of Wharf and Union, across the street and half way between the Portland Harbor Hotel and Three Dolar Deweys)

From Paul Conley: “The deal is that we must tell the waitress and hostess that we are there in support of Casco Bay High School’s fundraiser. The event runs from 5pm until closing.”


Hope that we can get a lot of money and good times out of this.

Select Student Announcements

ACCESS speaking test begins this week.

Congrats to Azari Minter’s whose original artwork will be the cover for the NAACP’s MLK Breakfast Program. This is the first time in 34 years that a student has designed the cover.

Juniors and Seniors Taking a College Course This Semester: Classes begin THIS week at both USM and SMCC, including SMCC courses on Wednesdays at CBHS. See Ms. Doyle or Mr. Hale with any questions.

Sophomores and juniors will be receiving their PSAT score reports by week’s end.


  • Today’s classes have been shortened a few minutes to create one last intensive meeting during Team Support Time (11:30-12:42) in the usual spaces.

  • Songwriting Students will be leaving at 11am to go to 317 Main Street for their performances.

  • PATHS students should check in with their intensives teacher before PATHS today to confirm if they are required to attend all or part of this final session – or if work needs to be done following PATHS today.

Sophomores who are missing Exceeds Reading on Thursday due to the trip to Orono, please attend Tuesdays group. Sign-up at Ms. Appelbaum’s desk in the library.

8th Grade Visit Days on Tuesday (Moore) and Thursday (King): What Everyone Needs to Know

We will have 110-120 students visiting from each MS, each day from about 9:30am-1pm. (We will only have 3 visit days, not 6 this year.) Please make our visitors feel welcome.

The students will be visiting 2 classes (9-12) for the last hour of Block 2 on Tuesday – and Block 1 on Thursday. Two groups of 8 to 10 8th graders will be in these classes for about 20 minutes each (between 10:05-50).

We will be switching the order of Bk 1 and Bk 2 on Thursday as a part of the visit.

We will have a special crew lunch on Thursday to accommodate the visitors. Prepare to welcome visitors.

Both the library and the Great Space will be taken up during Acad this week by activities involving the 8th graders and their hosts. Seniors who are normally in the library should report to Sweden with Mr. Nichols or Cuba with Mr. Ford.

Student ambassadors meet at 11:10 in the Great Space TODAY to get more details about how the process will work. A listing of who is hosting each day is now posted outside Mr. Pierce’s office.

Revised Wednesday Schedule for the Intensives Showcase Assembly

Classes are a bit shorter, and the middle of the day will look like this:

Intensives Showcase Assembly – 10:00-11:10

Lunch -11:10-11:36

Crew- 11:40-12:01

Intensives Showcase Assembly – Wednesday – 10:00-11:10 – Draft Agenda

  1. Aerial Silks – 5

  2. Portland Pirates – 5

  3. Documentary Skills – 5

  4. Geometry of Anatomy – 5

  5. My Brother’s Keeper – The Pitch – 5

  6. Journalism – 5

  7. Playwriting – 5

  8. Mindfulness and Fitness – 5

  9. Songwriting – 10*

  10. Artronics – 5

  11. Filmmaking Trailers- 5

  12. International Dance – 10*

School Meeting 1/21: Winter Sports, Snow-Shoeing, Financial Literacy, Philosophy of Love, Structural Engineering

Thursday – UMO Engineering Trip, King visits

Bk 2 and BK 1 Switched

Friday – Grades Close for Progress Reports – and Crew after lunch

From City Councilor (and CBHS parent) Ed Suslovic: Consider yourself invited to an informational meeting of the Greater Portland Archangel Committee to plan the 2015 program which includes an outbound high school exchange trip to Arkhangelsk in April 2015. The meeting will take place THIS Saturday January 17 from 10am to 12noon in Room 24 at Portland City Hall. The snow date, if required, is Sunday, January 18 same time same location. Please use the Myrtle St entrance. A group will be traveling to Arkhangelsk sometime between April 11 and April 26, the week before and the week of April vacation. I am pursuing grant funding to cover 50% of the travel costs leaving an estimated amount of $1,000 to $1,500 per person traveling. Host families will provide lodging and Schools 6 and 21 will be assembling a full academic and cultural program. Please feel free to contact Councilor Ed Suslovic at 671-6320 or via email with any questions.

Upcoming: Seniors: FAFSA Sunday

What: Receive free on-site assistance completing the FAFSA from FAME (Finance Authority of Maine) professionals. Event is open to students and parents!
When: Sunday, January 25th 12:00-3:00
Where: Portland Arts & Tech

REMINDERS: 9th and 10th graders: Applications for next summer’s Maine Seeds of Peace are due January 18. See Mr. Murray FMI or http://www.seedsofpeace.org/?page_id=21330

9-12 Student Pulse Team: We are looking for one representative per crew to be a part of an ongoing student team that will meet periodically with a professional facilitator in the 2nd half of the year (3 or 4 times) during acad to provide input about how the year is going: what’s working, what’s not and suggestions for improvement. This input will be shared with faculty leadership as part of our school improvement process. The first meeting will be next Tuesday, January 20th. Advisors: once your rep is chosen, add their name to the google doc, “Days of Cougar and Student Pulse Team.”

Juniors and Seniors Who Took a College Course Last Semester: Please make sure to submit some official documentation of the grade (eg: screen shot from SMCC student portal) to the guidance office in order to earn CBHS credit and have the course added to your transcript.