Parent News 1-17-17
CBHS Parent News 1-17-17

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As many of you know, there was a fire on Munjoy Hill recently that displaced several families and wiped out their belongings. A CBHS family was among those impacted. We have been in contact with the family offering to help, and they have requested help with bedding and clothes for their student. We are going to try to raise some funds between now and this Friday to give to the family for these purposes. Donations of any size are welcome and can be turned into the Main Office. Thanks for considering.

Tuesday - Join Ms Loughlin today at the Nickelodeon Theater for the 4:00 pm showing of the film "Hidden Figures". The cost is $5.00 at the door. This will count for extended learning opportunity hours toward the STEM endorsement.

CBHS Student Film Festival (PG-13)—  7 to 8:30 – in the Great Space

Please join us on Thursday night from 5:30-6:30 for a College Information Night. The event will be geared towards 9th-11th parents and students. We will allow time for questions regarding the college process and be discussing Casco Bay's role in supporting students as they plan for post secondary education.

Thursday -  Winter Trimester Progress Reports will be viewable online

Family Crew Night – January 19th
Our bi-annual (and 11th Winter) Family Crew Night will be THIS Thursday, January 19th from 6:30-8:00pm. The entire community is encouraged to come and eat dessert as well as celebrate the accomplishments of the first half of the year. Student work and talents will be on display throughout the night.  Students: Please bring a favorite dessert from your family's traditions or heritage for the dessert potluck. Dessert potluck starts at 6:30. The formal program will start at 6:45.

Our next Parent Advisory Group meeting will be Tuesday, January 31st (5:30-7pm). We will begin with an educational presentation on the adolescent brain. Other agenda items will include the Math Cup and the lottery policy. All are welcome!

Help Wanted:
We are looking for a nurse in our school community who might be willing and able to join our junior class on Junior Journey to Detroit this year, April 9th-15th. Contact Derek FMI.

Buy a “Celebrating Africa 2017 Calendar”!
- Ekhlas Ahmed
A calendar, titled “Celebrating Africa,” was developed by our own Ekhlas Ahmed and Portland Public Schools and features many CBHS students (and even a few alums!).   
From Ms Ahmed: “We had two goals in mind when  doing this project. The first is to inform the public about the beauty and the diversity that exists in our state and also to raise $5000 for the chance  to advance a non- profit organization that is building schools in the African continent to help kids that parents cannot afford their education.
The calendars are $15 we hope that different people, different schools, coffee shops and organizations that worked with refugees and immigrants can help us to make this dream possible. Get your calendar while supplies last!” Bring in $15 to Ms. Ahmed. (Make any checks out to the fiscal agent for the project, Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus.)

Upcoming Key Dates:
1/23 – Second Semester Begins
1/24 – Crew Courageous Conversation
1/25 – Make it Happen Talent Showcase
1/28 – JJ – Winter Clothes Sale
1/30 – King 8th Visits
1/31 – Lincoln 8th Visits
2/3 – Moore 8th Visits

Select Student Announcements

Cougar Kudos to Fatumo Omar for co-hosting last night's NAACP MLK Dinner in front of a sold-out audience.

8th Grade Visit Days are coming up in two weeks, and we need CBHS student ambassadors to be hosts. We need lots of hosts. About 30 per grade level.  Please sign up by THIS Friday on the Sign Up board if you are interested in assisting with the visits from King (1/30/17), Lincoln (1/31/17) and Moore (2/3/17). There will be a meeting next Tuesday 1/24  during Acad in the Great Space to provide some training and more details. Thanks for your service and helping to welcome future classmates!

Cabinet is requesting student and staff proposals for our Courageous Conversations in February and March. Forms are available outside Mr. Pierce's office and should be turned into Mr. Pierce or a Cabinet rep by no later than Friday, January 27th.

All Sophomores and Juniors: If you are interested in visiting a PATHS course for next year (visits are required in order to be considered for enrollment in the 2017-18 school year – except for returning students),  please sign up with the PATHS Visit Request Google Form; a link is on the CBHS home page. Mr. Hale or your crew adviser can help you with any questions you might have. You can sign up for 2 different program visits at a time. Your email address is required for the visit request. Many programs fill up quickly so sign up ASAP. All PATHS visits are from 11:00am-1:15pm. Please talk to your teachers ahead of time about missing classes. You can learn more about the 20 PATHS programs at:
Seniors: Are you a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine? Contact your clubhouse about a new scholarship opportunity.  Also, the University of Southern Maine is waiving application fees through March 1 for all Maine residents applying for undergraduate admission for Fall 2017.

The Maine App Challenge provides an opportunity for high school students 13 years of age and older, who are Maine residents, to create and present a mobile app of their own design for a chance to win one of three scholarships totaling $10,000. There is an open house at Tyler Technologies (where Mr. McNally now works!) tonight Tuesday January 17th from 6-8pm - Tyler Technologies 370 US Route 1, Falmouth, Maine   FMI
Wed On Wednesday January 18th from 11-12 there will be a representative from Where There Be Dragons (Gap Year Program in Asia, Latin America, Africa & Middle East) visiting. Please stop by the college table outside Mr. Shibles office FMI or see Ms. Doyle.

School Meeting – Pierce Crew (Think Critically and Creatively) (on deck: Teller Crew: Build Community)

There will be an informational meeting for 9th and 10th graders interested in learning about applying to Seeds of Peace camp during lunch in Ms. Natarajan's room.

Be Interviewed and Photographed for a Proposed Upcoming Book about Youth and Climate Change
“We want to tell the world what your generation, the one that will take the reins, thinks about climate change and global warming.”  This Thursday at Acad – by the Room or Requirement (3rd floor, near Guidance Offices)
We need 3 reps from each grade level. Add your name on the sign up board. If more students sign up than there are spaces, we will choose students at random.

CBHS will once again be producing a student-written play for the One Act Play Festival, March 11th. One act auditions are this Thursday after school.  If you cannot audition Thursday check, in with Ms. Richard for an alternate date.
There will be a mandatory meeting after school next Monday, January 23, for any member of last year's Model UN team who would like to take on a leadership role this year. We will meet in DR and end by 3:30. See Mr. Ford or Ms. Perkins for more information.

Cultivating Community Paid Internships: Cook for people in your community, learn about food justice and build your leadership skills while earning money! Interested? Applications are due on January 20th.  
Seniors: 1) The Mitchell Scholarship is open.The 2017 Mitchell Scholarship online application link is now accessible at: The completed application is due April 1st.
2) Need a grant to support your Senior Expedition or other project? Apply for “Painting for a Purpose” grants. Grants are accepted and awarded on a rolling basis See Mr. Pierce or   FMI.