CBHS Parent Newsflash 11-13-17
CBHS Parent Newsflash 11-13-17

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Thanks to everyone who came in for conferences last week!

This Tuesday, 11/14 is our next Parent Advisory Group meeting (5:30-7pm). All are invited. Our parent educational topic will be: helping your teen manage stress and anxiety. Our guests will include the new PPS Director of Social and Emotional Learning, Dr. Brian Cavanaugh, as well as our own social worker, Beth Babcock. We will also be discussing the 11/18 Arts and Music Fest!

The Africa Rising culmination is Friday and parents and loved ones are welcome.  All sophomores will be presenting between 8:30am and 11:30am. Watch for a more precise schedule of who’s presenting when and where by mid-week.

Seniors will have a “walls-down” day on Thursday in preparation for their Syrian Museum. All are welcome to the museum opening next Monday night at 6pm.  
Thanks to everyone who has already volunteered or helped out with this Saturday’s Arts and Music Fest - with designing ornaments, organizing a gift basket, baking cookies, etc.. And thanks to everyone who will be helping out this week. Contact Kelly or Kristin with any questions to get involved. Hope to see you there.

CBHS apparel will be on sale at the Arts and Music fest, including some new items.

From local college expert, Gary Canter: “If you live in the Greater Portland, Maine area, come to the second (of two) talks on the College Application Process I’m presenting this Monday night (the 13th) at 6:30 at the Maine Jewish Museum at 267 Congress Street. This (free) talk will be for parents on financial aid and paying for college.”

It's time to think about inviting Japanese exchange students to visit next summer!  If you are interested in being a part of hosting, please respond to this email by next week.  Once we see who our interested families are, we'll figure out when and where we'll meet to invite our Japanese sister school in Shinagawa and brainstorm host dates for Summer 2018. FMI contact at Naomi Mathai at
11:30 Dismissal – 11/20-21
Senior Syrian Museum Opening – 11/20-21 (6 to 8pm)
Syrian Museum for Grades 9-11 – 11/21
Fall Trimester Ends – 11:30 on 11/21
Winter Trimester Begins – 11/27
Grade 11 to Augusta – 11/29
Courageous Conversation – 11/30
Barr Foundation Visit - -12/1

Select Student Announcements
Cougar kudos
to everyone who participated in our first “Mix It Up “ lunch.
to Sierra Aponte Clarke who was the top finisher for Deering at the New England High School Championships

Art and Music Fest is THIS Saturday….
All are welcome!
If you want to volunteer to help, see Elsa or Abby. 
If you want to sell your art or other cool stuff, see Gwen or the form outside Mr. Pierce’s office.
If you want to bake cookies for the world’s largest cookie walk, just do it and bring ‘em.
Musicians and other performers: Confirm your performance times with Zach Hager this week. There are still a few performance slots available.

Junior and Seniors: If you did not already do so Friday, please complete the 1 question survey about which SMCC course we should offer at CBHS 2nd semester, in addition to Introduction to Psychology.

All: We will be signing up for Winter Intensives today Monday crew. The link is on the CBHS homepage.

Africa Rising Schedule:
Tuesday: All sophomores will be in walls down mode. Students WILL attend language classes. Students WILL attend Exceeds Reading.
Wednesday:  Dress Rehearsal Day; no sophomores in classes
Thursday:  Regular A Day in Classes
Friday: Culmination Day, no sophomores in classes

Reminder: This week and next, Mr. Croft and Ms. Welch are looking for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a free block during blocks 1, 3, 4, or 6 to assist students as they prepare for their Africa Rising Culmination.  Please see Mr. Croft or Ms. Welch ASAP.  Thank you!

 Courageous Conversation (CC) Update
The next CC (about restorative justice and school discipline) is being postponed until November 30th, due to Grade 10 and 12 being so near culminations. Training for facilitators will take place this Thursday from 12 to 12:30. The deadline for submitting proposals for our next conversation is this Friday, 11/17. Forms are available outside Mr. Pierce’s office.

Monday – B Day
TST – Seniors in Great Space

Tuesday – Africa Rising Walls Down /Picture Retakes
BK 1 – Freshmen will have vision screening on Tuesday during Block 1. If you wear glasses, be sure you bring them to the screening.
8:30 – Cabinet Meeting with Teacher Dance Committee
Wednesday – Africa Rising Walls Down
School Meeting: Babcock (Take Action to Better the World) (Chair Set up and On Deck 11/29 – Dodson: Be Accountable)
Thursday – Team 12 Walls Down for Syrian Museum
12:00-12:30 Cour. Conv. Facilitator Training

Friday – Africa Rising Culmination
Capital Village PCS visits
College Visits– 12:15 – St Joe’s

AP US History seniors will be using Friday crew (Nov 17) to complete final trimester 1 test / essay for AP US History.  

2:30 Cabinet
Arts and Music Fest (10am-2pm)  

Upcoming Community Offerings
The 12th Annual Titan Challenge will take place on Wednesday, February 28th from 8:15am-2:15pm at six locations across the state. The day-long online business strategy competition is designed for high school students to learn business trends through teamwork and mentorship. Teams of three students work with a mentor from the business community to manage a virtual company in a competitive marketplace. See Mr. Pierce if you have a team of 3 interested in signing up.
Friends of Baxter State Park 2018 Maine Youth Leadership Program
Sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. The annual application deadline is February 8. Ten participants and six alternates are selected in March. The field experience of the Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program takes place in early August each year. After the trip, participants give public presentations to share their experience in their schools and communities.Climb to Katahdin, 9 day wilderness trip, 30 miles of hiking..... FREE! Apply online at