CBHS Parent News 3-13-17
CBHS Parent Newsflash 3-13-17

Headline News - Welcome to the Spring Trimester!

Winter Trimester grades will be posted on Infinite Campus by Thursday.

Thank you PAG for granting nearly $4K to support 8 teacher projects this spring from a Genetics of Cancer Lab to a new Spanish expedition.

Thursday - Sophomores will be going to the Portland Museum of Art for a screening of a film about James Baldwin.

Thursday 3/16 - Junior Journey Parent Info Night - 6 to 7pm

As part of our commitment to do whatever it reasonably takes to help students meet rigorous, vital standards and be ready for college, work and citizenship, we are once again offering Pre-Summer (aka  “Mud Season”) School for eligible students to meet course standards - and earn credit - in a course (or two) from the second trimester. Students are dismissed at 11:30 on Friday, 3/24. On Friday Mud Season School will take place after school (and a lunch break) - 12 to 3pm. In addition, participating students may be required to attend one or more Block 7’s with the teacher of their Mud Season school course between now and then.

Parent Request of the Week:
This spring we will be running an intensive designed around entrepreneurship and cardboard boats with the goal of supporting the 2017 Casco Bay Quests (our 10th annual!).  Students in the intensive will be pitching the idea of a business sponsoring a crew's cardboard boat in order to help Casco Bay raise money toward the cost of the 2017 Casco Bay Quests.  We are looking for businesses or organizations that might be willing to have a small group of CBHS students pitch this sponsorship idea to them the week of April 10th (for 15 to 30 minutes). Help our future entrepreneurs. Help sustain the Quests. Thanks in advance for any connections you may be able to provide!  Please share ideas and contacts with
Nancy Hagstrom ( and Stephanie Doyle (

Upcoming Key Dates:
3/20 – Question of Conscience Kicks Off (9th)
3/22 – Junior Journey Fundraiser, Dinner and a Movie
We will start the evening with a one hour version of last year's Detroit documentary and then have a pasta supper.  How can the members of CBHS help us?  Please donate pasta, sauce, meatballs, cheese, etc.  The more that is donated the more we can hope to make on the event.  See Ms Teller with donations.  We hope to see many of you at the event.  Thanks!
Wednesday March 22nd 5:30-7:30
First Parish Church, 425 Congress Street, Portland
$10 suggested donation
3/24 (11:30 release)– Mud School (12 to 3pm)
3/30 – Math Cup - 7 to 9pm

3/31 - We will be having our next Shared Space Cafe for our multilingual families on March 31th (5:30-7:30). The focus will be on keeping our students safe - in school and in the community.

3/31 – Model UN Dance
4/5 – Junior SATs (and SAT breakfast)
4/6 – JJ Talent Show
4/7 – Intensives Begin!
4/9 – JJ leaves!


Select Student Announcements
Here’s some feedback from one of our visitors last week. Thanks for making them feel welcome:
“Thank you... for allowing me to observe and participate in Casco Bay’s amazing learning community. I walked away inspired by the students and teachers and more optimistic than I have been in the last few months about our future! It was a big drink of hope, community, kindness and possibility.”  Pei Pei Ma, Director of Students at the Center

Congrats to Ms. Richard and the cast and crew of one acts.

Two more spots are available for teams to compete at the Math Cup on Thursday, March 30th! Get three friends together and sign up on the sign up board

9th-11th Graders: 2 CBHS underclassmen will once again be able to participate in an Outward Bound course this summer for free! (They are usually several thousand dollars each.) Interested students must complete an application by March 24th.  See Mr. Shibles FMI.  

Seniors: You will be getting a flurry of admissions decisions over the next several weeks. Please keep your crew advisor and school recommender informed. Please also update Naviance with outcomes. And, most importantly, continue to support one another.  

Submissions for the next school newsletter– photos and articles – are due by by next Monday, 8am.

Monday: Students who are interested in volunteering for the ILAP Fundraiser on Friday, March 24th: Please come to a required, SHORT informational meeting today at lunch in Italy.  If you cannot make it at lunch, please stop by to see Ms. Natarajan during Team Support.

TST – Sophia Leavitt Culmination with  9th Grade in Great Space

PATHS Juniors: Please report to post-PATHS supported study today and each Monday so that you can benefit from the same SAT prep time and support that other juniors are receiving.

There will be a Model UN meeting today after school in DR.

Crew- Courageous Conversation
12 – Yale and Empire Cosmetology Visit
If you are interested in Yale University, please attend an informal conversation with a Yale representative on Tuesday March 14th @ 12:00 at the college table outside Mr. Shibles office. See Ms. Doyle for more information.
6pm – Bill Smith Presents on Financial Award Letters for seniors and their families
School Meeting: Lunetta Crew (Take Action), (on deck - 3/22 – Koharian Crew  (Craft Excellence and Beauty)

THIS Wednesday March 15th is the Pi Day competition in School Meeting.  Memorize those digits for a chance at fame and fortune (relatively speaking). 

2pm – Conor D Culmination
Thursday- 9:50-12:20: Grade 10 to PMA for James Baldwin film

The CBHS spring play will be performed Friday May 5 & Saturday May 6.  Anyone who is interested in participating please see Ms. Driscoll in the Great Space during ACAD or lunch this Thursday.
Sophomores will be at PMA so if you’re interested please email Ms. Driscoll:

Crew – Intensive Sign Ups/10th grade debrief in Great Space

Friday - Math Team Practice will happen on Friday morning and lunch this week.  Any student who wants to attend the state math meet on April 4th should attend practice for the next few weeks to get ready.  Please email Ms. Natarajan if you cannot make it but want to attend the meet.

2:30 Cabinet
Join us for live stories from The Telling Room's Young Writers & Leaders program, featuring 6 CBHS students.
* Tuesday, March 28th, 4:00-6:00pm  and * Thursday, March 30th, 4:00-6:00pm 
3/31 - We will be having our next Shared Space Cafe for our multilingual families on March 31th (5:30-7:30), and we could use some student babysitters to help with child care. Let Mr Shibles know if you interested.

Summer Opportunities
Maine Audubon is looking for volunteer camp counselors this summer! If you love nature, children and having fun, contact Karen Arno at 781-2330 extension 211 or

Portland Parks and Recreation will soon be posting jobs on the city website for age 18+. Jobs include: landscaping ballfields, parks and playgrounds.
Reminder: If you lose your Metro Card, don’t go to Valley Street. Let our Main Office know, and they will initiate the process of getting you a new one.