CBHS Parent Newsflash 4-30-18
CBHS Parent Newsflash 4-30-18

Headline News
Cougar Kudos to Ms. Driscoll and the cast and crew of the fabulous, hilarious and actually kinda deep spring play, “I Think I Know What You Mean,” for 3 great performances.

You can find updated information about the PPS school budget process here

The next PAG meeting is Tuesday night May 1st. Agenda items will include the school budget, PAG scholarships, Staff Appreciation,  planning for next year and the Plant Sale. All are welcome!

Wednesday May 2nd at 5:30 pm The Yellow Tulip Project is hosting their opening event for Facing Stigma: I Am More. This is a black and white photography exhibit showing there is no ‘look’ to mental  illness and that anyone could be struggling. It is aimed at smashing the stigma associated with mental illness and showing that you are more than your mental health challenge. Many Casco Bay High School Students have bravely volunteered to model for this exhibit as well as Seeds of Peace members. This event is held at Speedwell project on Forest Avenue. 

Thursday Spring trimester progress reports will be viewable on IC for seniors only.  Students in grades 9-11 can view progress reports next week, 5/10.

Better the Boulevard Day* with CBHS Freshmen , King and Presumpscot Students – Friday May 4th (12:00-2:00pm (note adjusted time), Baxter Boulevard)

This event is a part of EL Education’s nation-wide, first ever, Better the World Day. For the first time, students from Portland’s three EL Education schools will be partnering to share our great work, serve and celebrate – all on Baxter Boulevard (across from Hannaford). The freshmen class at CBHS will be co-running activities with their younger counterparts from planting trees to local activism, from performing to team-building. All are welcome.

Soapbox Celebration of Free Speech 2018
The seniors invite the CBHS community to attend, listen to speeches, and take their own turn on a soapbox this Friday from 5:15 to 7 p.m. in Monument Square during First Friday Art Walk. We are pleased to announce that this year’s event will have an opening act! Daniel Bernard Roumain -- innovative composer, violinist and arts activist – will begin his Portland Ovations “En Masse” celebration of music and community with an invocation to both of our events on a soap box of his own. Come support the seniors and tell the world what you think it needs to hear!

Upcoming for Parents
Dr. Erin Belfort will discuss Teens and Screens on Monday, May 14, 6 PM-7 PM at the Deering High School Library.  Dr. Belfort is an expert in the risks and benefits of social media use for adolescents.  She is the fellowship training director for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Maine Medical Center, and is actively involved with the media committee at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). She is also on the faculty of Tufts U. School of Medicine.   The event is free and there will be refreshments.  Sponsored by the Deering High School PTO.   Questions?: Contact:  Address: 370 Stevens Ave., Portland.

Week of May 7th – AP Tests

May 9th – 11:30 Dismissal

May 9th & 10th – Senior Ringmaking

May 10th  - Courageous Conversation

May 12th – Prom – 8 to 11pm

May 17th – Shared Space Café – 6 to 8pm

May 18th – Play is Work Day

May 18th – Crew Talent Show

May 24th – Family Crew Night (6:30-8pm)

Help Wanted 
1) PAG is working on Crew leader appreciation project.  If you or your student would like to write a letter (with a story or memory) for a crew leader/ teacher "about how they have impacted your family/student/you", "made a difference, or helped out with something" - Please contact Sarah
2) We will be hosting  an annual Spring lunch for the teacher + staff on May 9 at 11:30-12:30
We need a few volunteers to set up (20 mins max) and clean up ( 20 mins max). 
Here is a sign-up sheet for paper goods + drinks + salads.

3) Do you have experience with filmmaking? (Do you have local friends who do?) We are looking for folks to help coach the juniors towards their final documentary project.  Contact CC Robinson FMI (

We are hoping to get an hour or two of help with post-production work at various stages along the way.  Every Monday we have an hour called Team Support Time for scheduling special visits and meetings that any member of the class can attend. Do any of the following dates or times work for you?
Monday May 7 -  12:05  to 1pm
Monday May 14 -  12:05  to 1pm
Monday May 21 -  12:05  to 1pm
Monday June 4 -  12:05  to 1pm

We will be having 2 all-day workshop days to review what documentary teams have as a rough cut May 31st and June 1st. We could really use help critiquing films and problem solving next steps any time on those two days (8 to 2:30pm)

There will be a couple days after that of scrambling to finalize films together after that as well (Monday June 4, Tuesday June 5, Wednesday June 6) when any hour you have between 8 and 2:30 would be greatly appreciated by any of the teams still struggling!
If you have even an hour on any of those days, you could really help out a team or two, and we would really appreciate the help!
CC and the junior team

Select Student Announcements

Students can now sign up for Introduction to Anatomy via IC. It is an option when students do “Next Year Course Registration.”

If you have not yet completed the Spread the Love X Block survey in crew, please do so this week. The link is on the CBHS homepage. Results will be discussed as part of the “Mix It Up” lunch next Monday. More details at school meeting. 

Monday - Current National Honor Society Members, please join Ms. Appelbaum for a mandatory meeting today, Monday, during Team Support in the Great Space. This should only take 20 minutes! Thank you.

The following people need to see Ms. Appelbaum in the Great Space for 5 minutes at the beginning of Team Support: Mouna Abdelkader, Emeline Avignon, Anne Dodson, Gabi Dumas, Eve Fischer, Evie Ford, Noah Gill, Ethan Haapala, Yifu Liu, Raizel McNally, Sophia Nolan, Ava Spach, Anna Tierney Fife, Elinor Tierney Fife, Tiana Urey, Tom Victor, Doug Wagner, Orianna Waldren

TST – 10th Grade in Great Space and Seniors in the Library

Required Junior Meeting during Monday TST in China to assign JJ film committees

Tuesday  - College Commitment Day (for many)

1-2:30: Center for Education Equity visits

5:30-7:00 – Parent Advisory Group

Wednesday - School Meeting – Bernstein/Crowley (Work Independently): Set Up: Leque/Lunetta (Be Accountable)

The Final Courageous Conversation of the Year

Introduced at School Meeting: This Wed, 5/2

Training for Student Facilitators: This Thursday 5/3 (during acad)

Conversation During Crew: 5/10

8:30-1:45 – Acad Lang 3 to SMCC

Annual PATHS Art Show and Sale is this Thursday on the first floor at PATHS!!!! 8:30-1:00, featuring Gracie Haynes and Erin Pardi.

We will switch BK 6 and Acad this coming Thursday to accommodate the seniors who are prepping for Soap Box Speeches.

6pm – NHS Induction

7pm – Model UN Potluck

Friday – EL Better the World Day & Grades Close for PR’s 9-11

Friday Special Schedule For EL Better the World Day (9th Grade Only)

8:00-8:56 - Block 1

9:00-9:56 - Block 2

10:00-10:56 - Block 3

10:56-11:15 - Lunch

11:15 - Depart for Back Cove

Grades 10-12 (except for some student performers) will have a normal schedule on Friday.

Freshmen: As part of our service work on The Four Freedoms expedition, York 8 is hosting a non-perishable food drive to stock King Middle School's food pantry.  We all deserve food, clean water, clothing, shelter, education. If we have those basic needs met then we have freedom from want and we are better able to learn and contribute to our world. York 8 was inspired by the Locker Project's work, and decided to commit to ensuring that our King community has freedom from want by making nutritious food available to all students who need it. ALL the food we receive will go to a pantry at our school that students can access to take kid-friendly and healthy foods home to cook for their family. We' d love donations of pasta, cereal, rice, soup, and mac n cheese just to name a few,  Please bring them on Friday, May 4th.

2:30 – Cabinet

On Sunday May 6th at 10:00 in Lincoln park in Portland The Yellow Tulip Project is hosting their 2nd annual Hope Garden Celebration. This is an event to welcome the yellow tulips we planted in the fall, come together as a community and show that we are done being silent and want to normalize the topic of mental illness.  There will be speakers, music, art tables, and other festivities! It will be a day of hope :) Please come, spread the word and join us in spreading hope. Also many Casco students will be performing so come support your classmates!


Students musicians and singers interested in performing on Friday, May 4th between 12:00 and 2:00pm (during school) at “Better the World Day” sign up on the Sign Up Board. See Mr. Pierce FMI.

Get fit! Ms. Koharian will now have the fitness center open for student use every Monday and Wednesday morning at 7:15am. See her FMI.

Sophomores and Juniors: Are you interested in taking an AP course next year that’s not offered at CBHS? AP courses are offered online for most any AP class, for free. See Mr. Hale or Ms. Hampton FMI. Courses include: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP European History, AP Macroeconomics, , AP Music Theory, AP Physics I: Algebra-Based , AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP United States Government and AP World History.

Are you a person of color considering a career in education or teaching? Consider being a part of the Teach Portland Educator Institute: The 2018 summer program includes a classroom internship 4 mornings per week (Monday-Thursday) for 4 hours, and an optional professional development opportunity on Friday mornings (college coursework or a skill-based workshop). A stipend of $700 will be provided to all participants in the classroom internship who are eligible to be paid and who meet attendance criteria. Tentative dates for the program are July 9-Aug 3. Participants will be asked to complete a language assessment as part of the program registration process. See a guidance counselor FMI or to apply.