CBHS Parent Newsflash 2-10-15
CBHS Parent Newsflash 2-10-15

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We hope to see you all at conferences this week They will take place tomorrow Wednesday (4 to 8) and Thursday (2:30-5:30). Please contact your child's crew advisor.

 Below is the link to the brief, annual district parent survey. Thanks in advance for taking the time to complete this. We really value and need your input.

Click here for the survey

We have a parent advisory group meeting tonight at 5:30. The main agenda items will be the Math Cup (3/26) and a discussion with School Board member Pious Ali about inclusion of multilingual families.

 Have you noticed the lack of diversity in our media? Are you tired of seeing the same recycled stereotypes in movies and TV? You're not the only one. If you're interested in learning more about the way stereotypes affect our everyday lives, come to Casco Bay's first Black Stories Matter Cafe Night. This will be a night of storytelling and performances by Casco Bay's own student body. This is an opportunity to hear the heartwarming, sad, and hilarious stories of your classmates. If movies and television won't tell our stories, then we'll tell them ourselves. Thursday night, 6:00-8:00 PM in the Great Space. For more information, contact Kim Henry.

 Family and Friends Annual Appeal Update---

Through the fall we asked CBHS families to make a donation to the campaign, which families did very generously! Thanks to you we have raised nearly $10,000 so far toward our goal of $15,000. Whoo-hoo!

The second part of the Annual Appeal campaign is the Family and Friends Appeal which begins now, and we're asking for your help to make it a success.

At conferences this week your student's crew advisor will give you a packet to take home. If your student is not attending a conference, your packet will be mailed to you. The packet will include two envelopes that you are invited to give or mail to family and friends--like grandparents, aunt, uncles, neighbors, friends or colleagues--people you think would like to support our students and our Expeditionary Learning program at CBHS. In the envelope is an appeal letter explaining our goal and how they can make a donation, and a self-addressed envelope.

It's not always easy to ask family and friends to donate to your school so this letter does the asking for you. All you need to do is add the address and a stamp and drop the envelopes in the mail--if you want, you can add a personal note. All contributions are confidential and tax deductible.

Please look for your packet at conferences and in the mail. Thank you for mailing two fundraising letters to family and friends!

For more information or questions contact Family Appeal Co-chairs:

Gina Kenny Freshman/Alumni parent


Gloria Aponte Clarke Freshman parent


9th Grade Parent Help Needed: to help chaperone class field work to SMCC on Monday, March 9th from 9am-1:30. Contact Mr. Hale ( if you are interested or FMI.


Select Student Announcements

There will be a Cabinet meeting today at noon in Mr. Pierce's office.

 Spirit Week – For Grades 9 and 12

Tuesday-Halloween in February

Wednesday-PJ Day

Thursday-Black Tie/Formal (and Faux Formal) Wear

Friday-Ugly Sweater Day


Crew advisors: please keep track of the number of advisees dressed each day. Advisees: be sure to stop by your advisors on Thursday. 1 WC point for each student dressed each day.


Winter Carnival Update:

Winter Carnival Sign-Ups should take place today during Crew Lunch on Tuesday (Buddy Crew for 9& 12) and on Friday morning as necessary for grade 11. The events are posted on the website homepage. A” Day classes will be about an hour on Friday. Winter Carnival will begin post-lunch.

Grades 9&12 Buddy Crews


Babcock/Doyle & McCray

Cameron & Appelbaum

Pierce & Weigel

Robinson & Donaldson

Richard & Bernstein (Team Super Frosh)


Grades 10 & 11 Buddy Crews

Natarajan & Burke

Croft & McNally

Loughlin & Teller

Morales and Hale

Shibles and Haar

Lunetta and Murray

Nichols and Hagstrom


Have you ever wondered why certain environments are more challenging to learn in? Or when your brain shuts down in large group discussions? Ever found yourself surrounded by people all excited and your mind feels open and ideas start flowing? Come learn more at Emmy AveryWitham’s senior culmination, “A Balance of Introversion and Extroversion in the Classrooms”. THIS Thursday, February 12th after school from 2:15-3:30 in the Great Space. You’ll walk away from this experience understanding the differences of how you and others learn. Oh, and amazing cookies too!


We are looking to create more of a connection between our Area Schools- Casco Bay High School, Lyman Moore Middle School, and Lyseth Elementary School. We think this can be done through a Mentoring Initiative. Right now we are looking to pilot a program with two Casco Bay Students and two Second Grade Students at Lyseth Elementary. These two elementary school students are boys and we are looking for two positive male role models. You will meet once a week for an hour. We look to start the first week in March and finish the end of May. The meetings will be informal. There will be a teacher present. You will do a variety of activities with the boys- sports, have lunch, reading, play games, ect. If you are interested email Lyseth’s Community Coordiantor Sylvie Montello. Her email address is

 You are once again cordially invited to attend a weekend of writing workshops, craft sessions, and open mic at the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference, May 29-31. Now in our fifteenth year, our doors are open to high school students who wish to share their passion for story, drama, and song with their writerly brothers and sisters—and with celebrated New England authors. We offer three days of readings, improv, Moth storytelling, poetry slams, literary jazz/blues fusion, and extended friendship on the hillside campus of Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. The postmark DEADLINE OF FEBRUARY 17. If you have a tale to spin, or a story to share, please download an application (or cover letter & brochure) from our website:



If you know anyone with ALS or would like to know more about it, see Noor or go to Noor's culmination on Feb 24.

Noah Libby's Senior Expedition: Slavery did not end with abolition. With 35.8 million slaves in human trafficking, there are more slaves in 2015 than there have ever been in history. Modern day slavery, known as human trafficking, is deeply rooted in communities from India to Maine, robbing millions of people of their freedom. Join me in this fight by becoming an abolitionist.On Thursday February 26th, 7 to 9 pm at Casco Bay High School, there will be a screening of the documentary, In Plain Sight, and a panel to discuss how human trafficking affects the Portland community. The evening is free, but donations will be very appreciated and will benefit Saint Andre Home's Project TLC, Maine’s first safe-house/residential treatment program for survivors of human trafficking. Check out the event page on Facebook for more information!