CBHS Parent Newsflash 3-19-18
CBHS Parent Newsflash 3-19-18
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Our next PAG meeting (re-scheduled to this Thursday March 22nd: 5:30-7pm) will include a presentation and discussion about what parents need to know about the teenage brain - as well as an update on the Math Cup. All are welcome. This meeting will be followed by a Project Graduation meeting for all interested senior parents
Winter trimester grades are now posted on infinite campus. Report cards will be mailed next week, once mud school is complete. 
Friday is an 11:30 dismissal. Juniors will be on fieldwork around Portland on Thursday working on developing their documentary skills. 
Students needing mud school should turn in an application and any required money to the main office this week. An applications can be downloaded on the CBHS homepage. Do whatever work is possible ahead of time and go to BK 7’s as needed beforehand. Mud School is 12 to 3pm this Friday.  

There will also be a final financial aid session for senior parents at 6pm on Thursday with Bill Smith in the Great Space. 
Sign up here if you can donate food or time to next week's (3/29):  Math Cup volunteer spreadsheet  Thanks so much. 

Junior Parents: The SAT’s for CBHS 3rd year HS students will be Tuesday, April 24th (Tuesday right after spring break). All juniors are required to take this state test. If you know now that this date will be a problem for your child (eg: away on a family vacation), please let child's your crew advisor and Mr. Shibles know ASAP.

 Help Wanted: I am looking for several parents who might be interested in joining staff and students on our Future Task Force, a group of students, parents and staff which takes a long-term view towards school improvement. Last year, the group worked on the Sophomore Solo and Junior Journey. This year the group will be working on how we can make CBHS “greener” in all aspects. The main commitment will be between 8am-2pm on Thursday, April 26th. Contact me FMI. 


March 26  - Question of Conscience Kick-Off

March 27 – Play is Work Kick-off

March 28th – Arc Toward Justice Culmination

March 29th – Pre-Intensives Meeting

March 29th – Math Cup (7 to 9pm)


Need to get rid of those clothes collecting dust in your closet? Need to update your wardrobe? Want to help the junior class raise funds for their Junior Journey coming up in April? If so, please join us for our Clothing Sale on Saturday, March 31st from 9:00am to 1:00pm on the 2nd Floor at Casco Bay High School. All items will be priced to fly off the table or hanger. We will also be selling items donated by local clothiers and shops. Please call 874-8160 x7205 For More Information.

April 2nd – State Test in Science (11th)

April 6th – Spring Intensives Begin

April 7th – Junior Journey departs

Beginning April 11, the Portland Museum of Art will be free for anyone 21 or younger. All visitors 21 and younger will receive free admission. If they sign up for the Susie Konkel Pass, they also will be able to attend free film screenings and receive other benefits.

Last Day of School (presuming no more snow days) – June 21s

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 Spring X Blocks

We have two new xBlocks this trimester. Read the descriptions below and use the Google form on the front page of the CBHS website to sign up. You can also use the form if you want to change your xBlock. All of the changes must be submitted by the end of crew on Wednesday so we have time to change your schedule in Infinite Campus.

New X Block #1: Student Union:

Do you want a space where you can share ideas on changing our school? Do you want to step up in your community and make change? Join the Student Union! The Student Union is a perfect platform to have in-depth dialogues about current issues in our school and to organize fun events as well. This X Block will have a lot of team bonding activities as well as conversations that may change your perspective on things!

New X Block #2: Model UN

Model UN is an educational simulation in which students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Model UN involves and teaches participants researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. Join this xBlock to get ready for the Maine Model UN conference this Spring!

Cabinet Update:

a)      The next Courageous Conversation – how do we help others/ourselves when struggling (with mental health issues)  - is this Thursday, March 22ndFor those who did not go last week, training for facilitators will take place in the wellness room during Acad this Tuesday. The deadline for proposing a topic for our next Courageous Conversation is this Friday, March 23rd. Proposal forms are available outside Mr. Pierce’s office.

b)     Cabinet needs additional feedback by day’s end this Friday from crews this week on a proposal to change how students are represented. Advisors have the link to the google form with details.

March Mathness!!!  This week win points for your Crew and a shot a free pizza party through these activities.

·       Math Block 7 Attendance:  Attend and do math to earn points

·       Pi-ku:  "Pi-ku:  Create a Piku (math haiku) and post it to #PiKu before Wednesday, March 21st  The most liked post wins!"

·       Pi Competition:  Wednesday school meeting will be the Pi Competition.  To earn points for your Crew you need to memorize Pi to the 15th decimal place. 

CBHS students in the Telling Room’s Young Writers and Leaders program will be reading original writing between 4 and 6pm at the Portland Museum of Art, Tues-Thursday this week. Best of luck!

Seniors:  Please bring in $25 to Ms. Teller for your cap and gown.  Cash or checks made out to CBHS.  The deadline for payment is April 5th.

Monday Lunch – Cabinet/School Board Listening Session (Wellness Room). Give your ideas about how we can improve school safety or any other issues on your mind.

The student activist club is traveling to Boston by bus on Saturday, March 24 for the March for Our Lives, the national student organized march for gun reform to combat violence in our schools and in our communities.  If you might like to go, please come to a lunch meeting today, Monday, in Burundi.  All participants must come pick up a permission slip and bring it and funds back in Tuesday.  We have received many donations and will be able to assist many with the cost, and we have seats available, so please join us!  Please see Ms. McCray or Mr. Croft if you have questions.  And return forms and payments to them ASAP.

 9th grade will have TST in Library today for a whole class activity led by Ms. Babcock and Ms. Hampton. Please bring computers.

TST – 10th Grade Course Sign Ups

TST - Grade 11 – ½  Juniors in Great Space 

(Senior TST in Library to Sweden and France)

There will be a very important Model UN meeting today (Monday) after school in Dominican Republic. We will be revealing the country and committee seats assigned to CBHS, after which students will fill out a survey indicating their individual assignment preferences. Please see Mr. Ford if you are unable to attend.


Lunch  Encore Performance of A Rocky Situation (Library)

Acad – Courageous Conversation Facilitator Training/ Other Half of Jrs’ for Sappi Paper

Attention all students who have submitted a letter of intent to pursue the Seal of Biliteracy -- please come to a mandatory meeting during Acad in the library about next steps. 

Acad/BK 6 – Math meet

Wednesday  - School Meeting – Koharian Host (Take Action to Better the World)/Set up: Natarajan (Pursue Personal Best)

Thursday – Modified Schedule for Courageous Conversation (40 minute crew)

Juniors will be participating in all day documentary skills fieldwork.  Juniors: Please be sure you have communicated about this essential fieldwork to your PATHS and common block teachers.  This is a required day of field work.

Friday – Mud School – 11:30 dismissal

Deadline for submitting next Courageous Conversation Topic

There will be a meeting of Literary Magazine this Friday (and every Friday after) after school in the library!

Saturday  - Seal of Bi-Literacy Test at DHS and PHS – 9am

 Reminder: Intensives are designed to provide opportunities for compact, in-depth learning experiences with compelling topics for all CBHS students.  All students enrolled in an intensive will receive a grade and the opportunity to earn .5 units of proficiency, Students may propose an independent intensive or alternate course of study (eg: an internship or double session of PATHS); these options require administrative approval and must be proposed in writing by the student (with crew advisor and home support) at least two school weeks prior to the start of intensives, by March 23rd.