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12/18/2015

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

CLF Governing Board Parent Representation

CONGRATULATIONS CMIT Bowlers

Pull the Plug on Cyberbullying


CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)

CMIT E-Recycling Program

New Chess Session to begin January 6, 2016!

Spirit Night at Chipotle - December 22, 2015

Labels for Education Contest!

Giant A+ School Rewards Program


MS BREAKING NEWS

Middle School Art Students Are Hard At Work!

PGCPS ANSWERS QUESTIONS & PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AT PARCC NIGHT

6th Grade Students of the Week

PARCC PERFECTION

7th Grade Students of the Week

MS Stem Fair Student Presentation


HS BREAKING NEWS

Naviance - Career & College Planning Program

HS Students tour NYC and see a Broadway Show

HS Students Visit Drexel, Temple and University of PA

Class of 2018 and 2019 Celebrate the Holidays

Spreading Holiday Cheer


MS UPCOMING EVENTS

CMIT High School Information Night


MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Middle School Social Studies

Ms. Rooney's Math 8 Scoope

Ms. Cracovaner's Social Studies Updates

Happy Holidays

Character Education Updated Winter Break Package

Algebra I Winter Break Assignment

Ms. Wake's Math 7 Update


HS UPCOMING EVENTS

SAT - Test Date - January 23 - Registration Deadline - December 28

ACT - Test Date - February 6 - Registration Deadline - January 8

Student Service Learning Opportunity - Student Election Aide Program


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Westerfield's Class

AP US History Updates


FAQs
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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
CLF Governing Board Parent Representation
CLF invites parent members to serve on its CLF Board of Directors

Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation Board of Directors voted unanimously to increase its board membership from 7 to 9 effective 2016. The CLF Board will add two parent members from Prince George's County to its Board of Directors. Interested parent candidates wishing to join are required to submit their resume along with a cover letter of intent to the board of directors by January 10th, at the latest. Cover letter items should include various ways the parent candidate believes they will best represent CLF's public charter schools by contributing to the CLF board. Potential candidates are also asked to indicate how many children they have attending CMIT schools and how many years they have been involved with CMIT schools in their cover letter. Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to: secretary@clfmd.org with the subject line: CLF Board Parent Candidate

Board Executive committee will review resume submissions and select five candidates prior to the board meeting. The board will vote to elect two out of these five parent candidates recommended by the executive committee at the January 21, 2016 CLF Board Meeting. The parent board members selected will then serve a one-year term and parent board members may serve for three consecutive terms if re-appointed by a majority board vote at the end of each annual term.

CLF
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CONGRATULATIONS CMIT Bowlers
Our fall league ended this week with an award ceremony at AMF Laurel
The first place team was Team #1 consisting of Greg Caldwell, Robert Joseph, Nigel Noel, Greg Wilson and Mr. Gunes. The second place team was "The Oldschoolers" consisting of Frank Hawkins, Dr. Wejolwski, Mrs Smith, Kevin Salley and Mr Dokur.

We had 8 weeks of fun and we hope to continue on the spring. Look for a message in this newsletter for our next sign up period.


Jeanne Igoe
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Pull the Plug on Cyberbullying
Research shows that one in five students are affected by cyberbullying, the harassing, threatening or insulting of peers online or via cell phone.
Here are some suggestions from the Cyberbullying Research Center to
help stamp it out:
- Ask your child for her ideas to stop cyberbullying. Be sure she knows she can talk to you about it.
- Monitor cell phone use. If your child has a phone, set limits on its use, and tell your child you retain the right to review its contents at any time. Look over the bill each month.
- Obey social networking rules. For example, Facebook's policy is that users must be 13 or older.
- Remind your child when she or he goes online or texts to ask themselves:
- Could this message be hurtful?
- Could it get me in trouble?
- Could it get the receiver in trouble?
If the answer is yes to any of these, they shouldn't post or send the message.

Source: "Cyberbullying: Identification, Prevention and Response," Cyberbullying Research Center, http://tinyurl.com/47tmxrb.


For Parental resource view the PGCPS Link people
http://www1.pgcps.org/uploadedFiles/Offices/Information_Technology/Training/Instructional_Tech/Tech_Literacy_Assessment/JustSayKnowLinks.pdf

Natiqua Riley
Assistant Principal
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CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)
CMIT E-Recycling Program
The CMIT Academy IT department is running an E-Recycling Drive. During the week of January 4th through January 8th parents, students, and staff are being asked to bring in any and all used electronics and computer equipment. All collected equipment will be either put back into continued use if possible, or will be sent to a professional recycling facility. We will accept all electronic items including computers, laptops, cell phones, gaming equipment, test equipment, wire, UPS systems, and more! We, however, will not be able to accept CRT (tube) TVs or monitors, appliances, or light bulbs of any kind. All equipment is to be dropped off at room 142.

Send all questions to cgardner@cmitacademy.org

Casey Gardner
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New Chess Session to begin January 6, 2016!
CMIT Parents:

Is your student interested in chess? If so, this is the afterschool club for you! ALL students are encouraged to sign-up, regardless of skill level. Chess Master, William Morrison is our chess coach.

The club will meet on Wednesdays after school from 3:00-4:30 PM, for the winter session running from January 6 through March 23 (12 lessons). This Chess club will compete in tournaments and matches throughout the year.

Fees: $120 per student for the 12 week session. All fees must be made payable to Mr. Morrison directly and presented to him on the first day of class.

If your student is interested, please register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RNWMLLW no later than January 5, 2016. This club is limited to the first 30 students who register. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Candace Salley at candace.salley[at]gmail[dot]com.



Thank You!
CMIT Chess

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Spirit Night at Chipotle - December 22, 2015
Parents mark your calendars! On Tuesday, December 22nd, we will have our first Spirit Night at Chipotle in the Woodmore Towne Centre, from 5-9 p.m. Please bring this flyer or show it on your smartphone and be sure to mention "CMIT" so the PTO can receive 50% of your purchase.








We hope to see you there!
CMIT North PTO Fundraising Committee
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Labels for Education Contest!
Dear Parents,

Our first Labels for Education contest is underway and we need your help! From now through December 22nd we will be collecting UPCs from participating products. Labels can be turned in to Ms. Lawrence on the middle school side, Mr. Snyder on the high school side or in the Labels for Education Box in the front office. Please include the student's name and college/grade level on each submission. As a reward, the college or grade level that brings in the most labels will receive a special prize, so start clipping!


We thank you for your support!
CMIT North PTO Fundraising Committee
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Giant A+ School Rewards Program
Dear CMIT Parents,

It's not too late to register your Giant bonus card to support CMIT! Log onto www.giantfood.com/aplus and enter the first 3 letters of your last name and your 12 digit Giant bonus card number. Next enter CMIT's ID# (17899) and you're finished! If you do not know your Giant Card number, you can call the Giant hotline at 1-877-366-2668, then select option 2. Also, please recruit your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to support our school!

Thank you!
CMIT North PTO Fundraising Committee
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MS BREAKING NEWS
Middle School Art Students Are Hard At Work!

The creative process has been quite evident within the walls of my classroom for the past several weeks. It is very exciting to see the students creating, making, inventing and exploring ideas big and small through different mediums and materials.

We have explored drawing, stop motion animation, colored pencil, crayon, art criticism debates, shading with pencil and collage thus far.

Students focused on the use of ballpoint pen as a material to draw with their thoughts on community. Last week they explored the history of the pen and its use of creating pattern. This week students are adding watercolor paint color to their pen artworks, in preparation for creating a collaborative collage with them after break!

Stay tuned for an update on the final product! I cannot wait to see how it all turns out.

Ms. Jenna Talcott
Middle School Art Teacher
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PGCPS ANSWERS QUESTIONS & PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AT PARCC NIGHT
WHO: Cecilia J. Roe, Director of Instructional Assessment, Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

Capitol Heights Elementary School

Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS)
WHAT: PARCC Night: Understanding PARCC Reports
WHEN: Wednesday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Capitol Heights Elementary School 601 Suffolk Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD
BACKGROUND: Capitol Heights Elementary School will host Understanding PARCC Reports for PGCPS parents with children in grades 2-8. This event will provide parents with resources and information to understand their child's PARCC Home Report.

PARCC is Maryland's new accountability program, replacing the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) in Reading and Math. It is the first assessment aligned to Maryland's College and Career Ready Standards, and sets a higher bar for student learning. PARCC requires students to demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and clear writing, readiness for more challenging academic work for elementary and middle school students, which is measured in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.

The assessment indicates how close a student is to meeting the new standards, and results are categorized into one of five performance levels: Level 1: Did Not Yet Meet Expectation; Level 2: Partially Met Expectations; Level 3: Approached Expectations; Level 4: Met Expectations; and Level 5: Exceeded Expectations. Elementary and middle school students achieving at levels 4 or 5 are considered on track for college and career.

Event attendees will discuss the relevance of PARCC, identify components of PARCC reports, share the relevance of scores, and review PARCC & PGCPS resources to strengthen and improve student achievement.

Parents are encouraged to review or bring their child's PARCC Home Report along with any questions to the event.



Event Itinerary



6:30 p.m. Explanation of PARCC and PARCC Reports



7:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions





Reading, English and Language Arts: facilitated by educators Joya Sutton and Wendy Frederick.
Math: facilitated by educators Daisy Ngaya, and Andrea Rushing.
7:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2





Reading, English and Language Arts: facilitated by educators Joya Sutton and Wendy Frederick.
Math: facilitated by educators Daisy Ngaya, and Andrea Rushing.


* Parents will switch breakout sessions to attend both areas of discussion.*



Parents and attendees with additional questions should contact Nina Lattimore, Principal of Capitol Heights Elementary.


Natiqua Riley
Assistant Principal
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6th Grade Students of the Week
The 6th Grade team would like to recognize two remarkable students this week. Congratulations to Rochelle Rochester of Morehouse/Spelman and Nicholas Ros of FAMU! Both of these students participate in class and produce great work in the classroom. Keep up the good work!

6th Grade Team
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PARCC PERFECTION
CONGRATULATIONS TO DAYSIA BARR AND ANGIE TAYEL FOR EARNING A PERFECT SCORE ON THE READING PARCC TEST TAKEN LAST SPRING!!! BOTH GIRLS ARE HIGHLY MOTIVATED, EXTREMELY INTELLIGENT, AND DEDICATED TO DOING THEIR BEST. MY COLLEAGUES AND ADMINISTRATORS HERE AT CMIT NORTH JOIN ME IN SAYING, "WE ARE SO PROUD OF THEIR EXTRAORDINARY ACCOMPLISHMENT." WELL DONE DAYSIA AND ANGIE!!!

Bridgette Johnson
MS English Teacher
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7th Grade Students of the Week
Our final 2015 students of the week are...

Alexis Thomas (Vanderbilt) and Re' Peyton (William & Mary)

Both of these exemplary students consistently exhibit positive attitudes and work hard in all of their classes.

Congratulations Alexis and Re'! We hope everyone has a Happy Holiday!

The 7th Grade Team
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MS Stem Fair Student Presentation
Students in William and Mary, Harvard, Northwestern, Duke, and Yale started their project presentation to their peer in their Science class last Tuesday, December 15. Students in each class actively and confidently showcased their project using their board or through powerpoint presentation. Each presenter are given 5-6 minutes to discuss their project in the class, and answer questions raised by their classmates. At the end of their presentation, presenter gives two questions to their peer as a form of quiz.

Mrs. Crespo-Montano
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HS BREAKING NEWS
Naviance - Career & College Planning Program
I am pleased to introduce Naviance - a comprehensive career and college planning program. High School parents and students will be able to access Family Connection a comprehensive website that can be used to make plans about colleges and careers. Family Connection is linked with Naviance, a service that we will use to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up to date information that's specific to our school.

Students will be able to research colleges, scholarships, careers, and enrichment programs all in one location. They can also create individual plans that can be linked to college and career readiness. For college and career readiness, students can request transcripts and recommendations for college applications as well as complete career assessments and perform college and career searches. Students can also create goals and track associated tasks and activities.

High school parents and students will receive additional information about the program and instructions on how to login.

Brenden Gegwich
School Counselor
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HS Students tour NYC and see a Broadway Show
On December 10, 2015 110 students and chaperones attended the Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof". Prior to the show student had the opportunity to tour New York Cities Times Square. Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters and how the community matchmaker attempts to marry off each of Tevyes children to men that she believes are the best fit. The show was enjoyed by all. A special Thank you to our parent chaperones that alos attended.

Dr. John Wesolowski
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HS Students Visit Drexel, Temple and University of PA
On November 30th, 2015 110 students from 9th-11th grade had the opportunity to visit Drexel, Temple and the University of Pennsylvania as part of our College and Career Readiness initiative. Students had an opportunity to explore each campus and engage students and staff at each respective school. The day tour provided our students with a real look at 3 unique University settings all within 6 blocks of each other. Students completed a scavenger hunt on each campus that provided them the means to obtain a sense of what it would be like to be a student on campus. For many of our students, it was a bit of culture shock for them. Having the responsibility to navigate the campus, get to classes, locate and deal with individuals in admissions, registration, and financial aid was a rude awakening for many. Students also had the opportunity to visit the student dining hall on Temples Campus and tour fraternity and sorority houses while on campus. This unique opportunity has enabled our students to begin to make informed decisions about their educational future.

Dr. Wesolowski
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Class of 2018 and 2019 Celebrate the Holidays
The Class of 2018-2019 Celebrate the holidays with a luncheon. Both classes enjoyed pizza, wings, vegetable platters, dessert and holiday goodie bags. The event was held to bring the students of each class together and promote class spirit.

John Wesolowski
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Spreading Holiday Cheer
This week several students from the classes of 2017,2018, and 2019 joined together to help serve the patrons of Barnes & Noble located in Bowie town center. The students had a chance to assist many customers by wrapping their Christmas gifts and offering some excellent customer service skills.

Jared Brooks
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MS UPCOMING EVENTS
CMIT High School Information Night
CMIT North HS would like to invite the parents of all rising 9th graders to attend a High School Information Night on January 7th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. During this time, the high school administrative team will share information about what to expect in high school, program options, and available resources.

Representatives from Prince George’s Community College will be present to discuss CMIT’s Information Technology Early College, also known as ITEC. Roughly one-fifth of students in the high school are slated to earn an associate degree in information technology by the time they graduate high school through ITEC. The application process begins toward the end of 8th grade and, at a minimum, requires students to achieve a satisfactory Accuplacer score. For general information about the program, please visit this website: https://sites.google.com/a/cmitacademy.org/itec/home

Your RSVP is appreciated. RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/pcn8jug

We sincerely hope you can attend.

CMIT High School Administrative Team
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MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Middle School Social Studies
The Social Studies Department hopes that all students have a wonderful winter holiday! Each grade is being given extra credit work over the break if students would like to complete. Below you will find the extra credit work by grade. Please turn in to your teacher by the Friday that we return from break which is January 8th.

Middle School Social Studies Department
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Ms. Rooney's Math 8 Scoope
We are continuing to build our skills and knowledge on linear equations - writing and graphing them. As of now, students should be very knowledgeable on finding slope and y-intercept, making an equation using those two pieces, and graphing a line using them.

Linear Equations Stained Glass Window Project
-Given on December 18, 2015
-Due on January 6, 2016
-Posted on Edmodo on December 18, 2015
-Attached to this blurb

Math 8 Tutoring Club is every Monday from 3-4. Any student is welcome as long as they treat it and use it seriously. The opposite will result in a request not to return.

TUTORING CANCELED FOR MONDAY DECEMBER 18TH!!!

Have a very safe and enjoyable break and holiday season!

Ms. Rooney
Math Teacher
Room 105
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Ms. Cracovaner's Social Studies Updates
7th Grade

We are finishing up our study of the religions of South Asia and will pick up with British colonization of India after the break

8th Grade

All students have submitted their Shays Rebellion Essays and are wrapping up their investigation of the Constitutional Convention.

All Classes

Winter Break Assignments have been posted on Edmodo and distributed during class time. Assignment due dates are as follows:

Tuesday January 5th- USNA, CalTech, Northwestern, Yale, Penn, and Harvard

Thursday January 7th- Brown

Friday January 8th- Dartmouth, Duke

Have a Happy Holiday and a relaxing break!

Ms. Cracovaner
Middle School Social Studies Teacher and Department Chair
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Happy Holidays
I wish everyone at CMIT a restful and wonderful holiday season. Thanks for all the wonderful memories. My email address is: sonya.r.williams@nasa.gov, in case any of my previous high school students need references.


Sonya Williams
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Character Education Updated Winter Break Package
Dear Parents & Students,
We would like to inform you that we updated our Character Ed. Winter Break package. The information has been being given students in the class and we will continue to give information until coming Tuesday (next week). Please check the most updated package from the attachment.
Thank you.
Kind regards,
Mrs. Cihan & Dr. BB

Tugba Cihan
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Algebra I Winter Break Assignment
Greetings Parents and Students!

As you enjoy the holiday break, it is imperative that math skills are still practiced. Students will be required to complete the PARCC Practice Test (graded as homework) and online Pearson Practice Test (graded as classwork). In addition to completing the PARCC Practice Test, students will be required to identify the applicable mathematical practice(s) and question type (I, II, or III) for each question. Graphing Calculators are required for Algebra I. Students will need them when we return from the holiday break

Ms. Fagan
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Ms. Wake's Math 7 Update
We have finally reached our winter break. Although we have done a lot of work this year, we have a lot more to go. Over the break take time to recharge, but keep your mind sharp by completing the math winter break assignment. Upon returning to school, we will continue with our curriculum and increase our PARCC prep to prepare for the test in April. Also, parents please restock your scholars backpacks with:

1. Pencils! Pencils! Pencils! (This is math!)
2. Sharpeners
3. Composition Journal (for note-taking and PARCC preparation)

Thank you for your continued support and have a great winter break!

Dana Wake
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HS UPCOMING EVENTS
SAT - Test Date - January 23 - Registration Deadline - December 28
ATTENTION JUNIORS - If you plan on taking the January 23rd SAT the registration deadline is December 28th. You must have a College Board account to register for the SAT.

This will be the last opportunity to take the current SAT. The New Redesigned SAT will start on the March 5th test date (registration deadline - February 5th).

Please enter our high school code, 210722, when registering for the SAT or ACT exams.

If you need any assistance registering for the SAT please stop by my office.

Mr. Gegwich
School Counselor
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ACT - Test Date - February 6 - Registration Deadline - January 8
ATTENTION JUNIORS - The next upcoming ACT exam will be given on February 6th, 2016. The registration deadline for this exam is January 8th, 2016.

Please visit this website to register for the exam, http://www.actstudent.org/regist/

When registering please enter in our high school code, 210722.

If you have any questions or need help registering please contact me or stop by my office.

Mr. Gegwich
School Counselor
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Student Service Learning Opportunity - Student Election Aide Program
Beginning with the April 26, 2016 Primary Election voters in Maryland will be voting via paper ballots. In an effort to make what will be a new voting experience for many Maryland residents a more organized and efficient process, the Prince George's County Board of Elections is seeking Prince George's County High School students, ages 16 and above, to participate in a Student Election Aide Program.

If you are interested please see Mr. Gegwich for the Student Service Learning Pre-Approved form and information about the program. These forms must be returned to Mr. Gegwich by January 22 so they can be submitted to the program, the Board of Elections will then contact students directly by email to let them know if they were selected. Students will receive $200 for their participation or they can choose to obtain the student service learning hours. They are not able to receive both.

If you have any questions or need further clarification about the program, you may contact Marilyn Dunston at 301-341-7300.

Brenden Gegwich
School Counselor
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ms. Westerfield's Class
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

Winter Break Assignment:

Students are asked to complete 100% mastery level on an IXL.com skill. For every skill mastered, they will receive 1 extra credit point. The maximum amount of extra credit points they can earn is 5. They must submit their work from the skills when they return to school.

Algebra 1: Any skill from Linear Function (S)
Algebra 2: Any skill from Quadratics (J) except J.8
Honors Algebra 2: Any skill from Polynomials (K)
Pre-Calculus: Any skill from Exponentials (F)

Don't miss out on this extra credit opportunity!

Casandra Westerfield
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AP US History Updates
As we approach winter break, the students have been working hard to make it through the vast amounts of information required of the course. Students recently took an open-note quiz on the period of 1800 to 1828. They did a good job of synthesizing historical facts into coherent, written paragraphs. For winter break, students will have a take home test on Unit 4 as well as a review packet on Units 1-3. Please make sure your student completes these during break. Thank you.

Ben Krystal
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