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08/17/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

Welcome Back!

Academic Calendar 2016-2017

First Days of School

Daily Procedure Reminders

Before and After School Enrichment

Uniform Policy Updates

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Bell Schedules

CMIT Clubs

Parent Volunteers

Lunch Services


CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)

Back to School Nights


MS BREAKING NEWS

Sixth Grade Orientation Monday, August 22, 2016

Spanish Curriculum Updates

Enrichment Class Selection


HS UPCOMING EVENTS

9th Grade Transition Day


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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
Welcome Back!
Dear CMIT-North Family,

Welcome to the new school year!

I hope you had a wonderful summer. I also hope everyone is relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so pleased to be part of such a great family and to work together in an amazing learning community.

The following summarizes some of the important information that I like to share:
- Each year brings positive change. This includes new additions to our staff. I am delighted to welcome our new staff members. To see our staff list for 2016-17 school year please click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz2Oz87cqhfLX0hXX2dfb1F0UlE/view?usp=sharing
- We are expecting the total enrollment to be 737 students in this year.
- Several maintenance and construction projects were completed during summer. Some of them are listed below:
To accommodate space and program needs four classrooms were added by dividing big rooms and moving the Special Education Department’s Office upstairs
Our parking lot area was repainted to better delineate parking, drop-off and student walking spaces and lanes
Additional surveillance cameras were added to better monitor the building and enhance our ability to record who is on our campus at all times.
Our PA system was updated
Floors have been waxed this week and all classrooms, hallway and cafeteria walls have been re-painted

I welcome and value everyone’s positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward working together to reach the common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning. All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Together, I know we will make this year a great school year.

Sincerely,

Mehmet Gunes
Principal
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Academic Calendar 2016-2017
CMIT follows PGCPS calendar: http://www1.pgcps.org/calendar/

Parents are encouraged to register text or email alerts for school closings and emergencies by filling out the online form on PGCPS website: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/PGCPS/subscriber/new?qsp=PGCPS_9

Students and parents are asked not to schedule any vacations or trips to coincide with school days for the 2016-2017 school year. Maryland state law requires that all students between the ages of 5-16 attend school regularly. Absences from and tardies to school is disruptive to the learning process. Studies have shown that students who attend school on a regular basis earn better grades and learn more than those who are frequently absent. Students will earn incentives for Perfect Attendance.

Please note that June 12, 2017 – June 18, 2017 are assigned as inclement weather make-up days and students may be required to attend school on those days, depending on the weather conditions throughout the Winter. Please do not any family vacations until after June 18, 2017.

Parents and students are asked to visit PGCPS website for 2016-17 calendar updates: http://www1.pgcps.org/calendar/

The state of Maryland recognizes the following as lawful (excused) absences from school:

-Death in the immediate family
-Illness of the student
-Quarantine
-Court summons
-Principal-approved activity
-Mental or physical incapacity
-Violent storms
-Observance of a religious holiday
-State of emergency

CMIT Administration
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First Days of School
Welcome back to CMIT North!

Here is the schedule for the first few days of school:

6th Grade:
Monday, August 22nd
-First report to the Cafeteria
-Students will given a presentation
-Students will receive their schedule and locker information
-Students will go to their 2nd period class and be given a specific time to try their locker
-Students will follow the rest of their schedule for the day

Tuesday, August 23rd
-Students report to their first period class and follow their schedule for the day.
-During math class, students will be given a pre-assessment

Wednesday, August 24th
Students report to their first period class and follow their schedule for the day.
-During RELA class, students will be given a pre-assessment

7th Grade:
Tuesday, August 23rd
-First report to the Cafeteria
-Students will given a presentation
-Students will receive their schedule and locker information
-Students will go to their 2nd period class
-Students can go to their locker before lunch
-Students will follow the rest of their schedule for the day

8th Grade:
Tuesday, August 23rd
-First report to their first period class
-Students will receive their schedule and locker information
-Students can go to their locker before lunch
-Students will report to the Cafeteria during 3rd period to be given a presentation
-Students will follow the rest of their schedule for the day

9th grade:
Monday, August 22nd
-Students will receive their schedule and locker information
-Students should go to their locker and then to their first period
-Students should follow their FRIDAY (Cycle 5) classes
-Students will report to the Cafeteria during 3rd period to be given a presentation
-During 8th period, students will report back to the Cafeteria to receive a presentation for our guidance department

Tuesday, August 23rd:
-Students should go to their locker and report to their first period class and follow Tuesday's schedule
-Students should follow their schedule for the rest of the day

10th, 11th, and 12th Grade:
Tuesday, August 23rd:
-Students will receive their schedule and locker information
-Students should go to their locker and then their first period class (following Tuesday's schedule)
-During 8th period, students will be given a presentation

CMIT Administration
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Daily Procedure Reminders
We are working toward a smooth back-to-school transition. Here are some helpful reminders to make the back-to-school transition a smooth one.

All students should report to school by 7:35 am. All classes begin promptly at 8:00 am.

All students should come to school in full uniform. No exceptions. (If circumstances are preventing your student from being in uniform in any way, please contact your Program Coordinator.)

The Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook is an excellent source for information regarding graduation requirements, student conduct and more. It is a good idea to become familiar with it before the school year begins. You can access the handbook on the page at this link: http://www1.pgcps.org/students/

All students should enter the school through the cafeteria doors between 7:35 am and 8:00 am only. Students arriving after 8:00 am should enter through the front office. Remember that traffic is not an excused tardy.

Middle school students are dismissed at 2:49 pm. High school students are dismissed at 2:54 pm. All students are to exit through the cafeteria doors for pick-up.

All students should be picked up by 3:05 pm. Students still waiting on transportation will need to remain in the back pick-up area until their ride arrives. Any student who is not involved in an after-school activity, and is still on the premises after 3:15 p.m. will report to the Daily Enrichment Program. The fee for the Daily Enrichment Program is $20.

During the hours of 7:00 am to 8:00 am and 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm, traffic is one way. All cars must enter in front of the building and exit by going around the building. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Students who have permission to walk to and from school will need to submit a signed permission slip to the school secretary. Please click here to download the Walker's Permission Slip: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz2Oz87cqhfLZUdJbGgwVVNybFk/view?usp=sharing

Students should NOT bring their backpacks to school until they have received their locker assignments. A writing utensil and notebook should be sufficient for getting through the first day of classes.

While microwaves are available to students during lunch time, the wait to use them can be long. If your student brings lunch to school, you can ensure they have adequate time to eat by sending items that do not need to be heated.

Students will receive their schedules the first day of school.

We ask for your support with these policy and procedures, this is very important to ensure the safety of all of our students.


CMIT Administration
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Before and After School Enrichment
Our Enrichment Program for the 2016-2017 school year is filling up quickly. If you are interested in signing your child up for the Enrichment program for the 2016-2017 school year please follow this link - http://cec.clfportal.org/

If you are having issues, please follow these directions
1. If you have never gotten your system generated password you will choose the "Create a New Account" button.
2. When you do that you will enter the email address that you have on file with the school and hit "Retrieve".
3. The system will email your password and you can log in to register.
4. Your user ID will remain as your email address.

Please contact Ms. Jessica Lash at jlash@cmitacademy.org if you have any questions!

Ms. Jessica Lash
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Uniform Policy Updates
Please see the attachment to view CMIT Academy North's Uniform Policy for School Year 2016-17.

Please note that the Physical Education Uniform has been updated. All students must wear CMIT PE pants or shorts with the CMIT logo.

CMIT Academy will no longer have items shipped to their building. Parents will have to go into the All American Wear, Inc. store to purchase and order items to be shipped to their home. All American Wear, Inc. is located 5001-B Forbes Boulevard, Lanham, MD 20706 and their number is 301-459-5000.
To see the price list please click link below:
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We look forward to seeing all of our scholars in full uniform next week!



Andrew Brauer
Assistant Principal
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Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Welcome back to CMIT! As we prepare for the start of a new year, our goal is to do so safely starting with drop-off and pick-up from the very first day. Please prepare yourselves to follow the directions of the staff carefully, and keep the following in mind during arrival and dismissal.

In the mornings, students can be dropped off at the cafeteria doors beginning at 7:35 am and no sooner. There will be no stopping in any of the lanes behind the school. Please help your student be prepared to exit the car quickly, and pull away immediately after your student is a safe distance away. Just like last year, we will not have a waiting lane.

ALL students will enter through the cafeteria doors until 8:00 am. Students arriving in the cafeteria after 7:50 am will receive a pass giving them access to the halls. Students must make it to class by 8:00 am, or they will be marked tardy in SchoolMax.

Students who arrive at 8:00 am or later must enter through the front office to sign-in. At this point, students will be marked tardy in SchoolMax and will need a late pass from the front office to enter their classrooms. Remember, traffic is not an excused tardy. Plan your travel accordingly.

Students who wish to eat breakfast should get it upon arrival in the cafeteria prior to going to their lockers and classrooms. Tardy students may not receive breakfast.

Afternoon pick up will also be through the cafeteria doors only. Parents can begin arriving at 2:40 pm and no sooner. No parents should be picking up students in the staff or student parking lots or in the parking lot belonging the building neighboring ours. Only students who have a walking permit may be picked up in the side parking lot.

All students should be picked up by 3:05 pm. Students still waiting on transportation will need to remain in the back pick-up area until their ride arrives. Any student who is not involved in an after-school activity, and is still on the premises after 3:15 p.m. will report to the Daily Enrichment Program. The fee for the Daily Enrichment Program is $20.

During the hours of 7:00 am to 8:00 am and 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm, traffic is one way. All cars must enter in front of the building and exit by going around the building. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Students who have permission to walk to and from school will need to submit a signed permission slip to the school secretary. Please click here to download the Walker's Permission Slip: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz2Oz87cqhfLZUdJbGgwVVNybFk/view?usp=sharing

Again, for the safety of students and staff members, we ask that you carefully follow and obey all traffic rules and speed limits.

We are looking forward to an exciting new school year with you and your students!

CMIT Administration
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Bell Schedules
The bell schedules for high school and middle school are attached. They include normal, 2 hour early dismissal, and 2 hour delay.
Attachment(s)

CMIT Administration
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CMIT Clubs
CMIT North will be offering before and after school extra-curricular activities that are known as CMIT North Clubs. The goal is to open new perspectives in our students' minds while having them enjoy some fun learning time with the teachers and peers. This year CMIT Clubs will start on October 3rd, 2016.

Parents will receive an online registration form to submit their club selections. Students will then be assigned to clubs based on their selections, seat availability, and eligibility (if there is any prerequisites).

Clubs start at 3:00pm following dismissal and continue until 4:00pm or 4:30pm depending on the instructor. Schedule, prerequisites, requirements, and detailed info will be shared with parents.

The parents who would like to sponsor and offer an after school club may email to College Counselor/Program Coordinator Mr. Avsar, favsar@cmitacademy.org

Please see the following important due dates.

Club selection due date is September 18th, 2016.

All clubs will start on October 3rd, 2016.

Last day of the clubs is May 26th, 2017.

Students are expected to behave just as they would if it were during regular school hours. Students may not visit their lockers during club time or after clubs are over. Locker usage to be done at the end of the school day.

Mr. Avsar
College Counselor/Program Coordinator
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Parent Volunteers
As required by the PGCPS (Administrative Procedure 4215), all volunteers must follow the security process.

The information to assist you in obtaining clearance, if you have not already done so, is as follows:

http://www1.pgcps.org/security/index.aspx?id=188863

For $7.00 you can get a commercial background check. This will expire at the end of every August after each school year and allows you to volunteer at school and on field trips. The second option is for $59.32 - you can get fingerprinted. The fingerprinting is good indefinitely as long as you volunteer at least once a school year. Both services are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3:45 pm at the Sasscer Administration Building: 14201 School Lane in Upper Marlboro, 20772 Room 128 .

Once it is obtained please share them with our front office to put on file.

Thank you for your cooperation.
CMIT Administration

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Lunch Services

CMIT North students are provided breakfast and lunch services directly by PGCPS. Parents can open an account or add more funds in their existing food services account by visiting https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain?requestAction=home

General information about meal services, menu, and meal prices, please visit http://www1.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition/. Questions and concerns about the food services should be directed to PGCPS Food and Nutrition Services: http://www1.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition/index.aspx?id=13282

CMIT Administration

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CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)
Back to School Nights
CMIT North’s Back to School Nights have been scheduled between 6:00 – 8:00 pm on the following dates:

Middle School (Grades 6-8): Tuesday, August 30, 2016
High School (Grades 9-12): Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend in order to
- meet CMIT staff
- learn about school expectations
- ask questions to CMIT administration
- meet teachers in their classrooms to learn more about curriculum, classroom rules and procedures, course syllabus, course materials, and to ask questions.

We look forward to seeing you there.

CMIT Administration

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MS BREAKING NEWS
Sixth Grade Orientation Monday, August 22, 2016
CMIT Academy North will be hosting a Sixth Grade Orientation on Monday, August 22nd.

Sixth grade students will begin the day with a Code of Conduct Assembly where they will be introduced to the academic and behavioral expectations at CMIT to include our policies and daily procedures. Sixth grade students are given this opportunity before all students return to school on August 23rd, allowing us to devote all of our resources to our new students.

Following the assembly students will be given their schedule and assisted to classes where they will meet their teachers, get to know their classmates, and take pre-assessments. While we believe we have students placed in the best curriculum for their success, we use this additional pre-assessment to make certain.

**Parents are not permitted to attend student orientation. It is important that your scholar begin their middle school journey with the faculty that is dedicated to their safety and success. Your children are in good hands as our middle school staff have decades of combined experience working with sixth grade students making this transition. Our administration, counselors, teachers, and support staff are excited to meet our new scholars and assist them as they begin their middle school journey.

Sixth Grade Orientation Schedule
7:35 - 7:55 Student Arrival Breakfast (Student drop off is at the rear of the building. Staff will be outside to direct traffic. (Please be respectful, as student safety is their priority)
8:00 - 9:00 Code of Conduct Assembly/distribution of schedules
9:00 - 2:49 Classes (pre-assessments/teacher introductions/classroom procedures)
2:50 - 3:10 Student Pick-Up (Student pick-up is at rear of building, same as drop off)

Andrew Brauer
Assistant Principal
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Spanish Curriculum Updates
As many of you know last year CMIT Academy North went through the process of renewing our charter with Prince George's County Public Schools. As part of that process we reviewed areas that we believe will make our program stronger and better prepare our students for college and career readiness.

In the past all sixth and seventh grade students took Introduction to Spanish and all eighth grade students took Spanish I. Spanish II was completed during their ninth grade year, fulfilling their State of Maryland graduation requirement.

One goal being implemented in our new charter is to adopt a more progressive World Language program allowing middle school students to complete their State of Maryland graduation requirement for world language prior to beginning high school. This year every sixth grade student will take Introduction to Spanish and all seventh and eighth grade students will take Spanish I.

Next year, 2017-18, we will have completed the transition towards our goal when every sixth grader will take Introduction to Spanish, seventh graders will take Spanish I, and eighth graders will take Spanish II.

Spanish III, IV, and Italian are now offered as electives in high school for students interested in continuing towards fluency or exploring another language.

As CMIT Academy North continues to grow we hope to add more languages to our curriculum. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your child's Guidance Counselor.

Andrew Brauer
Assistant Principal
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Enrichment Class Selection
Middle school students each have two periods per week scheduled for an enrichment course. Enrichment courses are non-credit classes that are much like an elective.

The purpose of enrichment courses is to offer students courses that are different than they would typically take in middle school. We also use this time to provide extra support in reading and math for students in need.

Please review the attachment with courses and course descriptions with your scholar/s and make selection using the form by clicking on the link https://goo.gl/forms/rr5W7rU8MwBerl3m1. We will do our best to place students in their first choice, however, space is limited.

Enrichment classes are semesterized and students will have another opportunity to be placed in their preferred course in January.

Andrew Brauer
Assistant Principal
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HS UPCOMING EVENTS
9th Grade Transition Day
Welcome to CMIT High School!

We are excited to see our 9th grade students for their first day of school on Monday, August 22nd. On this day, students will have an opportunity to follow their schedules, meet with their teachers, and become familiar with academic and behavior expectations in the high school. Students will receive their schedules and lockers as well.

Transition Day provides students an opportunity to get all of their questions and anxieties out of the way so they can focus on learning as soon as the school year starts. This day is important for us as well, because it gives us extra time to get to know students and address their needs in a relaxed environment.

Parents are not permitted to attend. The transition to high school marks a significant change for many students. The expectation is increased responsibility and accountability this year. Our skilled and talented staff will be available all day to offer support with this.

9th GRADE ORIENTATION SCHEDULE
7:35 to 8:00 - Get schedules and locker information and go to first period
8:00 to 9:30 - Go to classes (following Friday’s schedule)
9:30 to 10:15 - Attend Code of Conduct and Procedure Assembly
10:15 to 1:20 - Continue classes (including lunch)
1:20 to 2:05 - Attend Counselor Presentations
2:05 to 2:54 - Finish the day in classes

Plan on having a productive and successful school year!

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