CBHS Parent Newsflash 1-5-15 and FAFSA Help
CBHS Parent Newsflash 1-5-15 and FAFSA Help
Posted on 01/05/2015

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Happy New Year!

It’s Intensives Week (1/5-1/9). Parents are welcome to attend the Intensives Showcase Assembly this Friday from 12:55-2:05. Some intensives will also have their work showcased at an upcoming School Meeting or at Family Crew Night. Check with your student.

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

FAFSA Flyer 2014-2015

Our bi-annual (and 10th Winter) Family Crew Night will be 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. 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. 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


Moore Visit Day – 1/13

King Visit Day & UMO Engineering Trip – 1/15

College Night & Family Crew Night – 1/15

Grades Close for PR – 1/16

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

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   Alumni News (and Fundraising)

1) Cole Spike (’14) is hoping to raise money to teach in Latin America this June. Read more at the link below:


2) There is also news of a fundraiser recital from Sydney Kucine (’13) this Saturday (more below):

Sydney’s Fundraiser Flyer

This is a fundraiser recital to help pay for expenses to perform in Italy this coming summer.
The recital will be held on Saturday, January 10th, at 7pm at the Williston-Immanuel United Church in downtown Portland (156 High Street).

3) Troy Ali is trying to do the pilgrimage “the Camino de Santiago” and has created a funding page for his trip. http://www.gofundme.com/thelongestway

Select Student Announcements

All students involved in the Structural Engineering Intensive need to bring their iPads each day.

Student Ambassadors for Visiting 8th Graders: Two of the visit days are next week (Tuesday and Thursday): We will meet during TST next Monday in the Great Space to review responsibilities.

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 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.

Juniors and Seniors Who Want to take a College Course This Semester: Make sure your paperwork is complete ASAP. See Mr Hale or Ms. Doyle FMI. Classes begin next week at both USM and SMCC. The SMCC International Relations and Sociology courses will begin a week from Wednesday, 1/14.

Seniors Involved in Grad Camp: If you are planning to turn in Trimester 1 work on January 5th, but NOT attend grad camp, you should deliver it to either Ms. Babcock or Ms. Cameron in Germany or directly to your teacher. Work will not be graded until after intensives. If you haven’t met standards, you will have to attend mud school.

9th and 10th graders: Applications for next summer’s Maine Seeds of Peace are now available. They are due January 18. See Mr. Murray FMI or Sophomores and juniors: We will likely be sharing PSAT reports with students during the first Wednesday crew after Intensives Week – January 14th.

17 and 18 years olds: PPS is looking for adults 17 and older interested in working with small groups of students to support ELL students in meeting reading and math proficiency goals after school at Presumpscot School. We are looking for Student Engagement Specialists to work 300 hours between now and August 2015. In exchange for the work hours, AmeriCorps members will receive an $1195 education award. Please contact Maureen Clancy, School Improvement Grants Coordinator at 842-4667 or clancm@portlandschools.org.