CBHS Parent Newsflash 9-25-17
CBHS Parent Newsflash 9-25-17

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Seniors head out on Mountain Quest and Ocean Quest - Tuesday-Friday.

The USM College Fair is Tuesday night in Portland at Sullivan Gym, 6:30-8pm. Reps from more than 180 colleges and universities will be there, and it’s free.

Sophomores and Juniors: Decide whether you are taking the PSAT’s or the Accuplacer. The PSAT’s cost $16. Fees are waived for students who receive free/reduced lunch. The Accuplacer is free. Turn in fees to your crew advisor. Checks should be made out to Casco Bay High School. We are also seeking healthy breakfast foods, snacks and drinks for a pre-PSAT breakfast, the day of the test, October 11th.

Sophomores are climbing Mt. Agamenticus and engaging in service on Friday. Juniors will be doing team-building at Fort Williams.

The superintendent’s most recent newsletter is attched.

Hannaford Card Fundraiser:
October reload of gift cards will happen on October 3rd: please have your payments to Blue Butterfield by then, either by Venmo or by mailing a check to 46 Cushman St., Portland, 04102.

New to the fundraiser?  This is an easy way to raise funds for CBHS by purchasing (and reloading) gift cards bought through PAG.   Hannaford gives 5% of all gift cards purchased through CBHS PAG directly back to PAG (if you purchase a $100 card, CBHS gets $5). You get 100% of the money you put on the card for your grocery shopping needs, and PAG gets 5% of your spendings.
The cards can be used in any Hannaford store in the northeast.  

Feel free to e-mail Blue at with any questions.
Even if your child does not eat school lunch, if you might qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, please turn in the application. This can qualify your child for scholarships as well as all sorts of reduced fees on everything from Quests to standardized tests.

11:30 Release – 10/4
9th Rite of Passage – 10/5
FAFSA Night – 10/5
Indigenous People’s Day – 10/9
Picture Day – 10/10
PSAT’s – 10/11
Courageous Conversation - 10/10

Select Student Announcements
 Julia, Olivia and Shibles crew’s proposal to play positive, upbeat music on Monday before school (7:50ish to 8am) was approved by Cabinet with the following details and amendments. Thanks to the 17 crews who provided feedback (which was largely positive) and ideas. The music will be played over the Great Space sound system - or live - to meet the needs of folks who may not want music first thing in the AM. There was also the sense that music over the PA might sound more like noise in some parts of the building. Shibles Crew is asked to form a committee to gather and choose songs each week. The Cabinet encourages live music performances whenever possible as as well as an emphasis on diverse musical styles. Cabinet suggests a place on the sign up board for students to put their suggestions.

The Cabinet approved on Friday that the first Courageous Conversation (October 12th) will center on Free Speech and Hate Speech. Thanks to all who proposed ideas.  Crews: Be sure to pick the two students who will be the facilitators’ of your crew’s Courageous Conversations by the end of this week. Training for student facilitators will take place after Quest, next week, during Tuesday and Thursday Acads.  

Kudos to the members of the PPS orchestra who performed at last week’s citizenship ceremony: Ella Ferguson, Yifu Liu and Annie Dodson.

PATHS students on Mondays (only) are dismissed at 11:15 and expected at PATHS at 11:30. They are dismissed at 10:50 on other days.  Next Monday , PATHS juniors must attend their Post-PATHS Supported Study in the Library to do their PSAT/NMSQT Prep with Ms. Randall and Mr. Hale.

College Visits this Week (lots of them!)
Monday – 8am – Eckerd, 9:30 – U of Rochester, 12:15 – USM, 12:45 – U. Chicago, 1:15 – Guilford, 1:30- UVM, 2pm - Goucher
Tuesday - 10 – Smith, 11:30 UM Machias, 1pm - Vassar
Wednesday - 9:15 – Oberlin,  10:15 – Wash CC, 10:30- Bard 11 – Union, 11:30 – Mt Alison, 12:30 – St. Thomas
Thursday – 12:30 Barnard
Friday – 1pm Husson
There will be no X Block – in fact no normal schedule at all on Friday the 29th.  10th-12 will be largely off-site on field work. Grade 9 will have classes in the AM and will prep for the Rite of Passage in the PM.
 Monday – A Day
Crew- Sr Duffle Shuffle
Tuesday  - Senior Quest Departs: 7:30 for Kayakers at Rippleffect Dock; 9:15 from CBHS for Backpackers
USM College Fair – 6:30-8pm – Free, in Portland

Wednesday - 1st 1:30 Dismissal
School Meeting –  Appelbaum – Work Independently (on deck – Ford – 10/11 – Collaborate with Diverse Individuals)
9th Grade AM Classes and PM Walls Downtown
10th Grade – Mt Agamenticus and Service Learning
11th Grade – Fort Williams Team Building
Senior Quest Returns about 2:30

Reminders: Community Connections
1) Elves needed for the 2017 Polar Express!
The Maine Narrow Gauge RR is looking for High School Students to become Merry Outgoing Chef Elves who can help bring to life this timeless story.  Chef Elves serve hot chocolate & cookies, entertain passengers and sing along to Holiday Carols aboard this magical train! This family friendly event runs the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24 through Dec. 23. The Train runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Dec 17, then Tuesday Dec 19 thru Saturday Dec 23. See Mr. Hale or Ms. Hampton for more details and an application.
2) Blunt Youth Radio; We are having an open house for interested teens and their parents. Visitors will see high school aged producers host and engineer a live talk show. Check it out on  Monday, September 25,  7:00-8:30pm  at our studio at WMPG on the USM Portland Campus!  The station address is 92 Bedford Street​, Portland