CBHS Parent Newsflash 5-11-20
CBHS Parent Newsflash 5-11-20

Headline News
Wednesday is a 12:30 release day for professional development. 
The Class of 2020's Final Words begins next Monday, May 18th. The schedule (subject to change) is  here. All fans of the Class of 2020 are welcome to attend any session. Watch for details about the links soon.
Thanks to all of the parents who contributed to PAG's Teacher Appreciation drive. We raised nearly $2000! 
Tuesday Night CBHS Parent Forum/PAG Meeting
We would like to gather any interested CBHS parents for a virtual (Zoom) forum this Tuesday night, May 12th from 5:30-6:15. This will be followed by our monthly Parent Advisory Group meeting 6:15-7pm. All are welcome.  
Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 818 7801 3154 
Password: uYq978 
We will be using our time together to check in as parents during this challenging time, to answer your questions and to provide some updates about the end of the school year. PAG co-chair (and sophomore parent) Andy Abram has kindly agreed to moderate the event. 
If you know you would like to join us and suggest questions, please RSVP here. You can also suggest questions and topics for us to discuss. 

Select Student Announcements

“And although you’re entering a very different world from the one you expected, it’s a world that needs you. And because a commencement speech is supposed to contain some kind of essential information, some piece of wisdom passed down from aged speaker to youthful listener, here it is: Nothing in life is better than being needed.”

- Caitlin Flanagan, “Class of 2020: You Thought You Were Free, but History Found You”


If you need a mask for you or your family, please contact Mr. Pierce. We have a few homemade masks available. 


Good luck AP students! AP Exams begin this week.


9-11 students will be able to keep their chromebooks over the summer. These students should turn them in, however, if they need to get them fixed before the fall. More details soon. 


Today’s Schedule - A Day

9am-9:25- Virtual Crew

9:30-10:45 - BK 1

10:45-11:15 - Lunch

11:20-12:15 - Flex Time

12:20-1:35 - BK 2

1:40-3:00 - BK 3

3:00-3:30 - “Screen Free at 3”/Personal Wellness Block

This Week’s Quarantainment Challenges: 

  1. Name that Metaphor/Symbol: Come up with the best metaphor/symbol to describe the meaning/significance of Saturday’s mid-May, mid-bloom snow squall and win a pizza delivered by Mr. Pierce to your house. Submissions to Mr. Pierce by Wednesday 8am ( More context and details here.

  2. The final installment of Where’s Mr. Pierce?

  3. Share Your Hidden Talent(s)… Juggling bowling balls? Rhythmic gymnastics? Cooking samosas? Charming stray pets?  Divulge your Hidden Talent in Action (1 minute or less) by DM’ing our Insta Page by day’s end Friday. (Faculty submissions welcome!)



  • Contact Ms. Doyle and Mr Hale TODAY if you plan to Move On Up this week. Videos must by submitted to Mr. Hale by NOON on Tuesday.

  • The Class of 2020 Support Council will meet with Mr. Shibles and Mr. Pierce at 11am on Tuesday.

  • Class Writer: one senior-created piece of writing will be read or performed at graduation.  To be considered, any senior may submit a piece of writing by TODAY Monday, May 11th, 2020 to Mr. Pierce (

  • Seniors The Class of 2020 Support Council reported that there was still interest among some of you about the idea of painting a new mural in the 2nd floor hallway as your class gift, but you wanted to get more information about how we could possibly pull this off, over time (and socially distant), between June 12th and the end of July. Come to a meeting this Thursday, May 14th at 11am if you are interested in taking the next step with this project. Here's the link:

  • Submit nominations for the Radix Scholarship this Friday, 5/15. Each senior may nominate up to 3 classmates for this award. Nominate your peers here


Sophomores—get reading!! Remember you have to complete 2 independent reading texts by June 1st for English. And here’s some good news to help. Brand new books purchased through an FPPS grant will be available for pick-up at CBHS this Wednesday (only) from 12:30—2:00. Some older books (still great titles!) will also be available. Books will be on a table outside of the CBHS entrance—students should know ahead of time which book they’d like to read by taking a look at the Sophomore Book List. Social distancing will be required and students should wear masks, if possible. All of the books have been in quarantine for 72 hours. Books should be returned to Ms. Dodson in the fall, so they could also be used as one of your summer reading selections if you are all set with Ms. Manyiel’s requirements. 


9th-11th Graders: The Senior Awards Assembly is coming up on the Seniors’ last day, May 29th. As a part of that ceremony, it is tradition for representatives from each grade 9-11 to pay brief tribute to the Senior Class. Oftentimes the younger siblings of the seniors play this role. If you would like to learn more or be the representative(s) of your class, please contact Mr. Pierce by this Friday, May 15th ( 


Monday  - A Day  

Ms. Furman, our social worker, would like to invite any interested students to a zoom meeting to discuss the challenges of and strategies for living in our world right now.  Number of students will be capped at 12, and she will do this meeting again next Monday if there are interested students who are not able to attend today.


Topic: Ms. Furman's Monday Meeting

Time: May 11, 2020 11:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 859 0597 4224

Password: 095912


Tuesday - B Day  - 11am- Class of 2020 Support Council


The Final Class of 2020 Senior Expedition Culmination?: Students, teachers, and community members please join Siri for the Virtual SolaRISE Maine Schools Summit this Tuesday May 12th. From 4-5:30pm, she will host a panel discussion about Maine solar legislation, financing school solar projects, organizing school solar campaigns, and more. To learn more about the event, see the list of experts, and access resources in advance, check out the event website. Following the discussion from 5:30-6pm, there will be Zoom breakout rooms for students and teachers to continue the conversation with experts and ask specific questions. You can register for the event here. Once you register, you will receive the Zoom link.


Wednesday - Office Hours  - 12:30 Dismissal

Virtual School Meeting (released about 11am)

Artists, performers, talented people one and all. (That includes YOU!) Share your art/skill through a video link to Mr. Pierce ( by Tuesday at 8pm,  so it can be shared school-wide during virtual School Meeting on Wednesday.  

Office Hours

9:30-11: English, Social Studies, Art and Wellness Teachers Available 

10:30-12:00: ELL and Special Ed Teachers Available 

11:00-12:30: Science, Math and World Language  Teachers Available  

AP Lit Exam - 2 to 3pm

Thursday -  A Day - 11am - Senior Mural Meeting

Friday - B Day  

AP US Exam - 2-3pm

3:40- 4:30 - Cabinet



May 18th - Final Words Begin

May 18th- AP Env Studies Exam

May 20th - Courageous Conversation (9-11)

May 21st - New Student Orientation - 5:30-6:30pm

May 22nd - 9th Grade Question of Conscience paper due

May 24-25 - Eid

Week of May 26th - Questions of Conscience Culmination

May 27 - Final Words conclude

May 29th - Senior Awards Assembly



Let your crew advisor or Mr. Pierce know if you think you would benefit from an alumni tutor.


9th-11th: If you are interested in taking a USM or SMCC course next fall, get the details here. 


Sophomores and Juniors: Are you interested in taking any of the following AP courses online next fall? US Government, Biology, Calculus BC, Computer Science, Music Theory, Statistics, Psychology, Art History, World History, Macroeconomics, Spanish, Physics or European History. Contact Mr. Hale or Ms Doyle FMI.

You can follow the link below and click on the drop down menu labeled AP4ME to register:


AP students: Review your College Board user profiles. Log in to My AP to remind yourselves of the email address and cell phone number you've asked the College Board to use. Two days before each exam, AP students will receive an email with a personalized e-ticket that will include their eight-character AP ID code. If an AP student still doesn’t receive the email, they'll be able to access their e-ticket directly through My AP. Attend online AP classes and review sessions for prep week. 

Tech Support Schedule and Process

Students with broken chromebooks or chargers, or who need a district hot spot, please complete this brief google form here. (Crew Advisors: if you are aware of an advisee having an issue, you may also submit a form.) This link is also on the CBHS homepage.

Devices can be exchanged and hot spots can be picked up on the following days and times:

Tuesdays   10am - noon: Portland HS  

Thursdays 10am - noon: Deering HS 

But please know, you can’t just show up. You have to complete the tech issue google form at least a day before and connect with our registrar, Ms Leberman ( for further instructions.

If you can’t make it to either of these spots or times, please phone Mr. Pierce 653-6792, and a CBHS staff member can make a delivery to your home.


Use the PPS HelpDesk phone line and email to get answers to questions and concerns on any issue during the shutdown. The phone number is: 207-874-8159. That HelpDesk phone line has access to different languages. You can also send us an email in your primary language at