CBHS Parent Newsflash: 11-17-14
CBHS Parent Newsflash: 11-17-14
Posted on 11/17/2014

Headline News

Thanks to everyone for coming out to conferences last week. These conversations really help us to better meet the needs of you and your students. (And thanks to everyone who bought fruit for the seniors; we exceeded our quota. Thanks to Tom and Lauren for leading the charge.)

Winter Sports try-outs begin today!

Tuesday – Picture retakes day.

The Parent Advisory Group will be meeting tomorrow night (Tuesday) from 5:30-7pm. Major agenda items include the Crafts Fair, the new state assessment (Smarter Balance) and the 10th Anniversary.

Senior Parents: We’ll have a Project Graduation meeting right after the PAG meeting.

Wednesday is an 11:05 release day for staff development. (Next Monday and Tuesday – 11/24 and 11/25  – are 11:05 release days as well in compensation to staff for conference evenings last week.)


Arab Museum Gala – 11/24 (6 to 8pm)

Arab Museum for Students – 11/25

End of First Trimester – 11/25

Almost Maine Auditions – 12/1 and 12/2

1st Trimester Grades Due – 12/3 – 1pm

EL National Conference – 12/7-9

March to the Post Office – 12/12

Africa Rising Culmination (Grade 10)– 12/15

Annual Family Appeal Campaign Update

We are excited to report that with the help of CBHS families the Annual Family Appeal Campaign has raised approximately $4,000, plus pending employer matching gifts of over $1,000. This means that we are a third of the way toward our goal of raising $15,000. THANK YOU to those of you who have already submitted your donation!!

If you haven’t already made your donation we hope that you consider doing so now. We need the help of all CBHS families to raise money to support the costs of our unique and outstanding Winter and Spring intensives. Any amount that your family can afford will be welcomed and appreciated. We cannot do it without you!

Please make your tax deductible donation now in one of three easy ways and receive a coupon for 10% off CBHS merchandise AND a CBHS bumper sticker:

1) Send in your check payable to CBHS Parent Advisory Group (PAG), 196 Allen Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103

2) Online at the CBHS website: http://cbhs.portlandschools.org. Click “Give to CBHS” to donate through a secure PayPal account.

3) Stop by the Annual Appeal Campaign table at the CBHS Craft Fair on Saturday 11/22 to give your donation by check or online.

THANK YOU for your donation and valued support!

FMI: contact Gina Kenny ( gkenny at maine.rr.com) or Gloria Apponte Clarke ( gloriaac at gwi.net)

Hannaford Cards for Project Graduation:  This month’s deadline to order Hannaford cards is Wednesday, Nov 19.  (Reminder: Hannaford makes a donation equal to 5% of the total ordered, to Project Graduation.)  Write a check ($25 increments) to CBHS-PAG.  Write “Hannaford card” on the memo line.  And send it to Jill Tabbutt-Henry, 1711 Washington Ave, Portland 04103.  OR bring your check to next week’s PAG meeting and give it to Jill in person.  Thanks!  

Parent Help Needed

Parent Involvement and Leadership Sought: PAG Chair or Co-Chair …. Contact Derek FMI

Excitedly, the Craft Fair is coming this Saturday!!!!!!!! It is shaping up to a great time. We are still light in a few areas and need your help. If you have even a few hours to spare on Saturday, we would love to add you to our team. Specifically, we need help with set up and break down. Its easy to sign up… just click on the link below.

We need COOKIES, COOKIES, COOKIES!! Start baking and freezing cookies for the Craft Fair Cookie Walk on November 22nd!! This is one of our biggest fundraisers at CBHS. We welcome all kinds of cookies and bars and sweet stuff. If you have a recipe to share, please include with your donation or send to Penny Sarvis:  pjsarvis at gmail.com and Thanks!!!!

Select Student Announcements

Congratulations to Caity Conley, winner of this year’s Rotary Club Service Award and Scholarship.

All: Please complete Intensives sign-up today.

The CBHS Crafts Fair, the biggest fundraiser of the year, is this Saturday, 9am-3pm. The Crafts Fair supports vital school programming like Intensives. And we need student help! See Caity or Kim to sign up to volunteer for all or part of the day – or to help with set-up on Friday afternoon.

We also need student performers and entertainers to perform in the Great Space Cafe. Sign up on the poster outside Mr. Pierce’s office. See Maddie with any questions.

Seniors: 1) Please complete the sweatshirt survey on Naviance. 2) Do not ask more than 2 teachers to write you letters of recommendation without permission from Ms. Doyle, Mr. Hale and the teacher ahead of time. Many colleges will not accept more than two.

Class Journalists and Photographers: The deadline for submissions to the next CBHS newsletter is next Monday 11/24 at 8am (except for seniors). Get submissions into Mr. Pierce about class/expedition news by then.

Mr. Shibles and Ms Natarajan are looking for up to 4 students willing to be a part of the Technology Task Force. The Task Force will

1) Draft a Vision Statement for what we want technology use to look like at CBHS.

2) Draft a plan for rolling-out the iPads more effectively next fall.

3) Consider ways to better spread best practices for iPad use among faculty and students.

See either teacher FMI.

Monday- Winter Sports tryouts begin today! Good luck. See posted signed or Mr. Shibles FMI about when and where.

TST – 9th Grade (Great Space) – What does it mean to be a scholar?

12 – Newbury College

Tuesday- Picture Retakes

11 – Experiment in International Living

We will have about 18 visiting educators tomorrow from Farmington, CT and Fort Fairfield, ME. Please welcome them as they do a learning walk and visit crews. Student Ambassadors are needed to provide a tour during the beginning of BK 4. 1-2 Ambassadors from each grade are also needed for a panel during academic support in the Great Space. See Mr. Pierce today if you are interesting in helping out.

Wednesday 11:05 Dismissal for Staff Development

Thursday 9:30 – Simmons College

Portland Public Schools is interested in getting feedback from students about how the district can better-support students on their paths to graduation. Does the district need a “fifth year” graduation program? An online course option? After-school supports? What challenges are students really facing? Come to a focus group and share your stories and your thoughts this Thursday during Acad! All feedback will be anonymous, and snacks will be provided. Participation is limited to 8 students. First come, first served. See Mr. Pierce to sign up.

Come join in the first annual city wide Capture the Flag event at Deering Oaks Park on Thursday, Nov 18 from 3 – 5. All city high schools have been invited and this event is hosted by the PHS outing club. Teams will be mixed (reps from each school on each team). This event is free, but you do need to sign up in advance. Please see Ms. Hagstrom to sign up or for more info.

Friday – Crew at end of day

2:15 – Cabinet

Saturday – Craft Fair – 9am-3pm


Saturday, December 6th, 2014, 1 pm


181 State Street, Portland, ME

$5 admission, $3 admission for those who bring a toy to donate, under 9 free – See Sadie Grant FMI.

Reminder: Would you be interested in possibly having a trained adult mentor work with you at least 4 hours a month? Contact you crew advisor about applying for a Goodwill Guide.

New CBHS Communication Team: One student spot left – for grades 9 or 10…If you are interested in learning more and representing CBHS on our communications team, let Mr. Pierce know.

Juniors and Seniors: We will be offering two new SMCC courses at CBHS in the second semester, for both HS and college credit: Introduction to Sociology and Introduction to International Relations. Both courses will begin in January, after intensives. See Mr. Hale or Ms. Doyle FMI or to sign up.