CBHS Parent Newsflash 9-8-14
CBHS Parent Newsflash 9-8-14
Posted on 09/08/2014

Headline News

 We had a remarkably smooth first few days of school last week – especially given our increased size and new spaces. Thanks for all you did to make your student ready for school (and to complete the tsunami of paperwork). And thanks to all of the volunteers who helped lug and paint and scrape and tidy to get our space looking good.

 Our Parent Advisory Group (PAG) is meeting THIS Tuesday (9/9) – 5:30 to 7pm. All are welcome. We will be looking at the year ahead, getting to know one another, filling vacant leadership positions, reviewing recent school achievement data, discussing the O’Toole Award, setting budget priorities and reviewing Open House. Please come if you can.

 Watch for more details later this week about how you can help CBHS increase our 1 in 6 chance to win a $100,000 prize for student-centered learning.

 If you know of another CBHS parent who would like to receive the weekly parent newsflash, please ask them to contact Deb Kierstead (874-8160 or kiersd@portlandschools.org) and request to be added to the parent e-mail list for their child’s grade.

 Parent Involvement and Leadership Sought

The following positions in our Parent Advisory Group are open. They are described in a bit more detail in the attached. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks! (And thanks to everyone who has already volunteered to serve.)

 PAG Chair or Co-Chair

Freshmen PAG Liaison

Junior Journey Parent Co-Chairs

Annual Appeal Chair or Co-Chair

10th Anniversary Chair


CBHS Open House

Casco Bay High School Parents’ Night (Open House): September 18th

6:30-8:30 for 9th Grade and New 10th-12th Grade Parents

7:00-8:30 for Returning CBHS Parents

9th Grade Quest – 9/23-26

Senior Quest – 9/30-10/3

Select Student Announcements

Seniors:Today During Team Support Time:  Ms. Doyle will be presenting a talk about preparing to apply to college. ***  If you go to PATHS, you are required to meet in the library at 1:30 Monday for your session.  All seniors should bring a highlighter or a pen to this session.  You will be working on a calendar for college applications.

 Our student governance system – Cabinet – has three openings this year: one for a 9th grade rep, one for an 11th grade rep, and one for an “at large” rep. The “at large” rep can be from any grade. The 11th grade rep will be chosen by a vote from the junior class. The other two spots are chosen by lottery. If you would like to be a candidate, sign up outside of Mr. Pierce’s office or see Paige Pelzer. Deadline to sign up: Friday at 2pm.

 MOCK TRIAL CLUB: Mock trial club is starting! There will be a meeting on Monday 9/8 during lunch in China and another one on Wednesday 9/10 during lunch in Senegal for those who can not make it on Monday. See Melody FMI.

The Outing Club is launched! Please join us every Thursday after school at 2:30 for a trail run and/or walk on the trails behind CBHS. Meet by the picnic tables. Also, join us on our very first intro to Outing Club hike at Bradbury Mt on Friday 9/19 after school. We will leave school at 2:15 and return to school around 4:30. No experience necessary, but space is limited. This trip costs $3 per participant to cover the cost of gas. Please see Ms. Hagstrom to sign up.

 Hey, you! Did you know that the world is not a perfect place? As it turns out, many people, animals, places, and communities need a lot of assistance. So what can you do to help? First, you can join volunteer club! We work at soup kitchens, help clean up Portland, work with little kids, and do much, much more to help ourselves and our earth feel a little bit better. First meeting is today, Monday, in Sudan during lunch. See Franci Bliss with any questions.

 9th and 10th Graders: If you would like to lead your class’s campaign to help CBHS win a $100,000 prize to support our continued innovation, please see Maggie Ruff, Izzy Baker-Pitre or Caity Conley.

College Visits: Tues: Univ. of Chicago (10am) and Middlebury (11:30)

Opening of School Reminders:

Block 7, our after-school tutoring block, has begun will take place every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:15 till 3:30. Ask your teachers for details.

 No iPAD’s will be issued to students who have not returned the iPAD protection forms and appropriate fees ($25). Students experiencing financial hardship may pay $10 for the protection plan. Students with further extenuating circumstances should see Mr. Pierce.

Yoga 101: Casco Bay High School will be offering an after school yoga class this fall. The class will run from mid September until January and be held on Mondays from 2:30 PM until 3:30 PM. Successful completion of the class will earn participants .5 Physical Education credit. The course is limited to 25 students and will cost $25 per student for the entire session; the cost for students who receive free lunch is $5. Sign up outside Mr. Pierce’s office. See Mr. Shibles FMI.

Exceeds Reading: Do you love literature and exploring the ideas behind great writing? Come join “Exceeds Reading” during Academic Support, starting this week. This offering is for 9th and 10th graders looking to expand their reading and writing horizons. We will meet once a week and credit will be applied to your English class. (It will meet in the new Wellness Center). See Ms. Appelbaum FMI.

Please sign up to make an announcement at our school meeting (each Wednesday, starting next week) on the white board outside Mr. Pierce’s office. Would you be interested in performing at a future school meeting (eg: playing music, singing, juggling, sharing photography, etc.)? See Mr. Pierce.

9/10 Hosts – Appelbaum Crew – Take Action

9/17 Hosts – Ford Crew – Work Independently and Collaboratively

 School lockers are available on a limited, first-come, first served basis. See Ms. Kierstead in the main office to get a locker assignment. Only school locks may be placed on school lockers. They can be rented for the year for $5. The $5 deposit will ensure your locker assignment and will be refunded once you return your lock in June.

 Juniors and Seniors:

All off-campus permission forms for juniors and seniors must be turned in by this THURSDAY 9/11 in order for a student to be eligible for these privileges this trimester.. Any student leaving campus during the school day because of privileges or for an appointment MUST first sign out at the main office. This includes juniors or seniors planning to leave for lunch. If you return to your next class on time, there is no need to sign in. All juniors and seniors must report to academic support this week and next. Off-campus privileges for eligible students will begin a week from today, Monday, 9/15. Forms are available from your crew advisor.