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10/14/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

STEM WORKSHOPS on OCTOBER 22

PARCC Reports

Science Department on the MOVE!

CMIT Basketball

CMIT has a few spaces left in the Martial Arts club

Thursday Afternoon Table Tennis Club memorandum


CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)

CLF Governing Board Meetings

Student Service Learning Hour Opportunity


MS BREAKING NEWS

Lady Tigers Softball


HS BREAKING NEWS

PSAT/NMSQT Administration this week

College applications never been this easy!

PSAT Prep News

CMIT Academy/Information Technology Early College (ITEC) Student earns NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service

Uniform Reminders

Girls Varsity Soccer


MS UPCOMING EVENTS

Science in Motion Field Trip


MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

We Started Dissection! - Duke & Northwestern University

Grade 8 Lab - Bench Activity: Diffusion and Osmosis

Ms. Cracovaner's Social Studies Updates


HS UPCOMING EVENTS

FAFSA Night for CMIT North Seniors and Parents


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Greetings from 11th Grade English!

Math with Ms. Rooney


PTO UPDATES

The CMIT North PTO

Reach for 25! Sweepstakes


FAQs
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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
STEM WORKSHOPS on OCTOBER 22
Come and participate in hands-on, fun STEM activities and demonstrations from robotics to magnetic superconductors. Also, be inspired by engineering professionals and colleges to become active in the STEM field! This is event is being provided by FIRE NSBE Jr, sponsored by the Air Force AF-1 Education Division, and hosted by CMIT Academy North. The event is free and will occur on Saturday October 22 from 9am to 2pm.

Register through eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-fire-stem-and-college-workshop-sponsored-by-air-force-tickets-28329677829


Check out our flyer and website

http://www.firensbejr.org/fire-stem-workshop-2016.html


Everyone is invited from grades 3 through 12!
Attachment(s)
FIRE NSBE Jr Stem Workshop flyer.pdf

Ferhat Avsar
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PARCC Reports
All students received their PARCC test reports (ELA and Math) from last year. Attached is a letter and information on how to understand the score reports.

Attachment(s)

Casandra Westerfield
Testing Coordinator
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Science Department on the MOVE!

The significant and positive correlations between teacher quality and student achievement, explaining student performance and outcomes, are consistently refined by professional development. The science Department has been diligently working to its highest performance by attending professional development to improve their craft and make their student shine academically.

On Saturday of September 24, 2016, Ms. Crespo, Ms. Smith and Dr. Clarke attended the STEM Educator’s Training at the U.S. Naval Academy. The training focuses on the use of project-based learning in topics such as design, chemistry, physics, math, simulation, biology, Sea Perch and engineering. These workshops offer teachers an opportunity to engage more fully in their educational fields by exploring and testing ideas in a creative and hands-on environment.

As States and districts implement educator evaluation systems that include measures of student growth, one of the challenges they face is identifying measures for non-tested grades and subjects. Using student learning objectives (SLOs) is one promising approach to addressing this challenge. On September 27, 2016; Ms. Cline attended SLO training provided by the district to heightened instructional practice.

On September 28, 2016 at 6pm, Ms. Chestang and Dr. Clarke provide orientation to parents about STEM FAIR and Maker Faire which was held in Room 120 at CMIT Academy North. Substantial evidence exists showing that parent involvement benefits students, including raising their academic achievement. Science teachers believe that increased motivation for learning, improved behavior, more regular attendance, and a more positive attitude about homework and school in general.

On October 4, 2016, Dr. Clarke and Ms. Smith attended orientation and teacher’s training to make their selves eligible to provide helpful resources for students about the National Aquarium and allows them to look at the Aquarium's exhibits for a FREE field trip for all CMIT students. The science department also wanted to acknowledge Mr. Andrew Brauer, our assistant principal for giving information and inspiring the science teachers to learn about this trip.

On Saturday of October 8, 2016; Mr. Bayram and Dr. Clarke attended the Science Olympiad coaches’ clinic in Baltimore Maryland. They were given detailed information on all the latest Science Olympiad events, as well as handouts, CDs and takeaways. Sessions are staffed by experienced state and national Event Supervisors who provided context on what is expected of students in each rigorous event. As co- coaches, Mr. Bayram and Dr. Clarke credit their team success to workshops and professional development activities provided by state and national Science Olympiad professionals.

Moreover, on June 15, 2016, school may be out for the summer, but the learning never stops at for Mr. Bayram and Ms. Coholic. Last summer for a full-day exploration of the latest and greatest in probe ware and data-collection technology, they attended the Vernier 35 Summer institute so they can provide guidance and inspiration as our students explore classroom-ready labs and activities.

Bognot-Clarke, Gemma Ph.D. (dept. chair)
Bayram, Nuri
Chestang, Lauren
Cline, Doris
Coholic, Suzanne
Crespo-Montano, Natalie
Flemming, Daniel
Smith, Alma
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CMIT Basketball
CMIT is currently accepting applications for coaching the following teams:

Middle School Girls Basketball
Middle School Boys Basketball
High School Girls Basketball
High School Boys Basketball

Please use the following google form to apply for the above positions: https://docs.google.com/a/cmitacademy.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMAbJiv95hbX80EH2UNJbZsELaoq9inqQkqx9nnAoFnnjXcA/viewform
You will be contacted within 48 hours of completing this form.

Tryouts for the middle school teams (both boys and girls) will begin on Tuesday, October 25th and finish on Friday October 28th. Time is to be determined. Location is Get Good Fieldhouse located at 8751 Freestate Dr #100 Laurel, MD 20723. Students will need their own transportation. Students should plan to attend all days of tryouts. Any student who wishes to tryout MUST turn in a PGCPS Student-Athlete Parent Packet to MS. LAWRENCE. These packets can be found at http://www1.pgcps.org/athletics/athletics-participation-forms.htm

High School Basketball tryouts will begin on November 15th, more information to follow.

Students should see Ms. Lawrence if they are interested in trying out. In the mean time, there will be open gym held each Friday (October 7th, 14th, and 21st) from 4-6pm at Get Good Fieldhouse. Open gym is not mandatory, however it is suggested that students attend.

Ms. Bailey Lawrence, Athletic Director
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CMIT has a few spaces left in the Martial Arts club
Kuk Sool Won™, a system of Traditional Korean Martial Arts that incorporates all styles of martial arts historically taught in Korea into one systematic method of learning. Kuk Sool Won™’s foundation is built on proper etiquette and discipline.

Students will learn how to effectively avoid conflict and only as a last resort how to properly defend themselves. We practice every Tuesdays from 3p to 5p, working to develop a complete Martial Artist. Members will be taken through the World Kuk Sool Won™ curriculum and attention will also be placed on academic achievement.

To sign up for the remaining slots in the club, complete and return the club sign up brochure [Note: there is a monthly fee which pays for instruction, uniform, and sparring gear].

Please contact the instructor Pu Sa Ba Nim Darren Fulmore at laurel_ksw@comcast.net or 301-509-2030 should you have any questions

Ferhat Avsar
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Thursday Afternoon Table Tennis Club memorandum
Hello parents,

Our table tennis club has returned with two weekly installments; Tuesdays with Mr. Djer and Thursdays with Mr. Vernor.

If your child is in the Thursday club, we have a memorandum of agreement attached here for you to print, sign, and return.

I also have hard copies in room 169 on the high school side.

Looking foward to lots of fun!

Andrew Vernor
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CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)
CLF Governing Board Meetings

Parents/Staff, please mark your calendars and plan to attend the governing body for CMIT Academy meeting. There next meeting will be held on October 20 at 7 PM in the Board Room of CLF 6151 Chevy Chase Dr, Laurel, MD 20707.

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Student Service Learning Hour Opportunity
Community Thanksgiving Banquet
Wednesday November 23, 2016, 4-8:00pm
601 Suffolk Avenue, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Contact Valencia Clipper-Davis at valenciacdavis.vb@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering at the event.
Volunteer positions: meal recipients, greeters, hosts, table servers, food servers, administrators
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Natalie Gaudette
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MS BREAKING NEWS
Lady Tigers Softball
Last week, the Lady Tigers played three games. They beat Nicholas OREM by the score of 18-1 on Monday, October 10. In that game, Zanai hit a grand slam and a double and Jaela hit a home as well! In addition, the Lady Tigers defense held OREM to 14 batters in 3 innings. All of the Lady Tigers were really hitting the ball that day and are to be commended for their efforts. Since the majority of the defensive plays happened in the infield, these ladies are to be commended (Jasmine and Grace did a great job on 1st base, Dominique and Indian did a great job on 2nd base, Kimaya and Simone did a great job as short stop, Miya and Alessa did a great job on third base). All 17 of the Lady Tigers were able to play in this game and were instrumental in hitting the ball and playing defense!! The Lady Tigers beat Buck Lodge Middle School on Tuesday, October 11 by the score of 12-7. This was a great game! The Lady Tigers scored 4 runs in the first inning. The Buck Lodge Lady Vikings scored 6 runs in the first inning. In the second inning, the Lady Tigers scored 4 more runs and Dominique hit a triple and Hannah hit a double once again! When the Lady Vikings was up to bat in the second inning, the Lady Tigers only allowed them to score one run. In the top of the third inning, the Lady Tigers scored another 4 runs. In the bottom of the third inning, Zanai struck out 1 batter and the Lady Tigers defense was able to get the other two outs to seal the deal on another victory. The Lady Tigers took advantage of stealing bases and playing smart throughout this game. The Lady Tigers lost their first game of the season to Samuel Ogle who was also undefeated.

So far this season, Zanai has struck out 28 players. In addition, the list of players that have hit a double or more this season is increasing, please congratulate Dominique, as she was recently added to the following list (Hannah, Jaela, Zanai and Simone). They consistently play well together and encourage each other. The last game of the season is on Monday, October 17 at 5 pm against MLK Middle School. Please join the Lady Tigers Coaching Staff and parents in congratulating these young ladies.

Lady Tigers Softball Coaching Staff
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HS BREAKING NEWS
PSAT/NMSQT Administration this week

When :October 19 , WEDNESDAY ,2016

Where :CMIT- NORTH

Who : All students in 10th and 11the grade are taking official PSAT/NMSQT test. The rest of the high school will be taking practice test.

What to Bring: Two no. 2 pencils with erasers, scientific or graphing calculator

What NOT to bring: You’ll need to turn off all electronic devices during the test and even during breaks. This includes cellphones. Be sure to turn off your watch alarm, if you have one. Leave them at home or keep them in your Locker.

Important Notes:

1) Testing room rosters will be posted in hallways this week. Students should know which room to go on the TEST DAY MORNING. Anyone arriving later than 8.00 am may not be able to take the test. There is "No make up" for late or absent students for the PSAT/NMSQT.

2)Student need to provide their address, birth day and student ID. Make sure you know these information.

Ferhat Avsar
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College applications never been this easy!


.........................................................................All in 5-steps........................................................

1) Add colleges to your Naviance account under “Colleges I am applying to” (We recommend to have at least 6 colleges in that list. The list should include a “safety”, “match” and a “reach” school)

2) In your naviance account, colleges will have one of these three icons (symbols). If the college has... (Follow the instructions in the table above)


3) Request letter of recommendation from your teacher(s) through Naviance. We suggest to talk to the teacher(s) and get a verbal confirmation before submitting the request. This process may take a while as far as for teachers to type your recommendation letter and to upload it so if you have not talked to your teacher yet, you should do this ASAP.

4) Submit your SAT and/or ACT scores to all colleges that are in your application list by login to your college board or act accounts.

5) We also recommend to apply to federal financial aid program (FAFSA). Our school is having financial aid night on Wednesday October 19th at 6:00pm



Ferhat Avsar
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PSAT Prep News
9th, 10th, and 11th grade students and parents;

Please make sure your student login to their Naviance accounts and do the practice material everyday for 30 minutes(connection.naviance.com/cmit). I am glad to announce that most of our students are doing it everyday on a regular basis. So far our high school students practiced for about 650 hours. Our goal is to reach to 1000 hours! by October 19. Let's do it! We are planning to celebrate it a pizza party if we reach to our goal.


Ferhat Avsar
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CMIT Academy/Information Technology Early College (ITEC) Student earns NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service
Mykah Rather is a senior at Chesapeake Math and IT Academy (CMIT) in Laurel, MD. She is a part of a unique, dual enrollment program in partnership with Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). The program allows entering 9th grade students the opportunity to graduate with an associate degree in information technology upon graduation from high school. Mykah is well on her way to completing this academic feat and was just awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CyberCorps Scholarship for Service. Upon graduating this spring and with this scholarship, Mykah will be granted the opportunity to attend the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with full tuition, book costs, fees, professional development funds, health insurance and a living stipend while she completes her bachelor degree in a Cybersecurity related discipline. Please join us in congratulating Mykah for being recognized for her hard work, determination and dedication to being “Great By Choice.”

Ferhat Avsar
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Uniform Reminders
As the weather begins to change, it seems like a good time to send a reminder about the uniform policy. We are noticing that students are becoming more relaxed in their dress over time, so you may find us reaching out to you with concerns about your student's uniform.

We could use your support to make sure students are fully prepared to learn each day. Please review the uniform policy (attached) and make changes accordingly. It is worth clarifying the following two uniform requirements:

- Gym shirts and pants MUST be the CMIT PE T-shirt with school logo on front with CMIT PE pants or shorts with the CMIT Logo.
- Shorts may be worn ONLY during summer dates from the first day of school through October 31st and from April 1st through the last day of school.
- Outerwear warn inside a classroom or in the building must display the CMIT logo.

We prefer not to disrupt parents during the day or have students miss class to address uniform violations. Please review this policy with students to reduce the likelihood of this being a need.

Respectfully,

Ms. Colandrea
High School Program Coordinator
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Girls Varsity Soccer
The CMIT girls varsity soccer team improved their record to 3-4-0 on Tuesday October 11th. The lady tigers traveled to Suitland High School and played a close match against the Rams. After the end of regulation, the score remained tied at 0-0. The lady tigers played were faced with two ten minute overtime periods. The first team to score would win the game. With less than one minute to go in the second overtime, the Rams forced a penalty kick with a handball in the box. Sydney Baucum took the kick for the tigers putting the ball off the left goalpost and into the back of the net! CMIT had a walk off win, 1-0.

The lady tigers will face Central High School at 4:00pm Thursday October 13th. The tigers have 4 games left in the regular season.

Ms. Lawrence, Girls Varsity Soccer Coach
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MS UPCOMING EVENTS
Science in Motion Field Trip
We had a terrific meeting about our upcoming Science in Motion field trip last October 11, 2016 that we are considering this spring 2017 to Orlando, Florida. We had 38 Grade 8 parents who showed participation and intentions to attend the trip. If there are more parents who missed our meeting, and are interested, you may watch the parents presentation at www.worldstrides.com/parentpresentation or email Dr. Clarke.

The Science in Motion program will give our students a deeper understanding and appreciation for science and an opportunity to learn in the field. During this once-in-a-lifetime experience we will visit the Kennedy Space Center and have lunch with an astronaut, explore the Florida wetlands and learn the importance of this unique ecosystem, kayak through the mangroves, participate in a shark dissection and water quality testing, and much more! We will also experience technological innovation at Epcot, discover the properties of motion in one of Disney’s behind the scenes seminars, and encounter over 2000 animals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Our educational program will take place April 9 -13, 2017. The cost of the program will be $2398 and will include round-trip air fare transportation, 5 days of activities, 4 nights lodging, a certified WorldStrides Course Leader, adult supervision, insurance coverage, night chaperones for security each night at the hotel, all meals, all admissions, and all gratuities. Free high school credit will also be available for students who wish to take advantage of it.

There will be income-based financial aid available and individual fundraising tools so that any student who wishes to participate can take advantage of the resources. In addition, we will be happy to organize group fundraisers if parents desire.

WorldStrides will be the trip sponsor. WorldStrides has been the nation’s leader in educational student travel for 50 years, conducting travel for more than 6 million students. In addition to their reputation of excellence and expertise in student travel, WorldStrides is known for its comprehensive safety features, including 24-hour support throughout the program, extensive insurance coverage, and consumer protection.

Should there be any Grade 8 parent who wishes to find out about the trip and would like to sign up for the said trip, please email Dr. Clarke at gclarke@cmitacademy.org. We will forward the application for the field trip to our administrators and to the district this coming week.

Gemma Y. Bognot-Clarke, Ph.D.
Science Department Chair
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MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
We Started Dissection! - Duke & Northwestern University

The Biology classes from Dr. Clarke started dissecting the owl pellets which is an engaging activity that is very realistic and provides hands-on learning experience. It incorporates anatomy through the identification of bones of various species of prey, environmental relationships between predators and their prey, food chains, and adaptations of the owl’s digestive system. It also provides an opportunity for independent lab work, even if one pellet has to be divided between a few students. Having the owl presentation before doing the activity was a motivating factor and made it even more enjoyable. Some students are indeed waiting for more wet dissections and those who were not in school on the day of dissections, they were still able to do the same dissections through virtual laboratory.


Gemma Y. Bognot - Clarke, Ph. D
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Grade 8 Lab - Bench Activity: Diffusion and Osmosis

In order to live, the cell must utilize mechanisms to move essential materials into the cell and waste materials out of the cell through the cell membrane. Some of these mechanisms require an expenditure of metabolic energy, while others occur as the result of basic physical laws.

The grade 8 Life science students looked at the three basic movements within the cell: Diffusion, Osmosis, and Dialysis. At the end of their laboratory they became familiar with the variables governing molecular movement. The hands-on activity, which is the key for holding the students’ interests is a centerpiece for initial question prompts students begin to think about on the movement of molecules in and out of the cell.

The lesson begins with preparing the cell membrane and made the egg shell soft and permeable to certain chemicals. These allow for student inquiry and reflection on the processes. In our class experience, when students perform investigations in small groups there is a greater performance on test and quiz grades, an increase in class participation and an increase in student confidence level.

Gemma Y. Bognot- Clarke, Ph.D
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Ms. Cracovaner's Social Studies Updates
7th Grade

This week, we will begin studying a unit on Subsaharan Africa. Test scores from last week's Southwest Asia & North Africa test will be posted in SchoolMax by the end of this week.

8th Grade

Last week's test scores have been submitted in SchoolMax. This week, we will begin studying the events leading to the Revolutionary War.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Cracovaner with any questions, comments, or concerns at acracovaner@cmitacademy.org

Ms. Cracovaner
Middle School Social Studies Teacher & Department Chair
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HS UPCOMING EVENTS
FAFSA Night for CMIT North Seniors and Parents
Get assistance completing your online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form after the Opening Presentation!

The event will be held in school cafeteria on Wednesday October 19, 2016
between 6:00pm and 7:30p.m.

To complete the FAFSA, please bring the following documents:

- 2015 completed federal taxes
- 2015 Statements from federal assistance programs
- Social Security Numbers for both student and parent

RSVP by Emailing Ms. Gaudette at ngaudette@cmitacademy.org


Ms. Gaudette
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Greetings from 11th Grade English!
We had a lot of fun working in groups and coming up with advertisements that incorporated rhetorical appeals. We are now reading "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" and each class has voted on three questions they have pertaining to freedom, liberty, and justice. We will continue to refer back to our questions as we progress through the unit.

AP English Language & Composition did a terrific job with their mock trial assessment, following our reading of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." We're now reading Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" and analyzing satirical excerpts from our textbook, in addition to taking practice quizzes and discussing literary elements in preparation for the AP exam.

All classes, AP and English 11, are studying poetic forms and grammatical concepts as well, to increase our overall writing proficiency.


Scott Hommel
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Math with Ms. Rooney
ALGEBRA 1
The first unit of Algebra is Solving Equations and Inequalities. We are halfway done with the second part of the unit - Solving and Graphing Inequalities. We will be finishing chapter 2 in the next week and a half, and there will be a unit test before the quarter ends.

Please continue to monitor your student's work on School Max.


TRIGONOMETRY
We have now taken Trigonometry to the coordinate plane, connecting right triangles to the four quadrants. Soon, we will be entering the world of the unit circle!

Please continue to monitor your student's work on School Max.


AP CALCULUS BC
REMINDER: AP EXAM IS ON MAY 9th!!
We are moving right along in our Derivatives Unit. AP students should be studying and practicing every night in addition to the homework assignments that are given. Students are welcome to come for extra help/study sessions during lunch on Thursday's and Friday's.
Students will be given their first mini project next week!


HOW TO HELP AT HOME --> Encourage your students to keep up with their math skills as we move along by being proactive and continuously practicing outside of class - AKA the key to success!
Here are some awesome math resources students can use that are topic based:
-Khan Academy
-Learn Zillion
-http://www.studentguide.org/a-complete-list-of-online-math-resources/ -- a website that lists even more online sites for Algebra, Trig, and Calculus!

Ms. Rooney
HS Math Teacher
HS Math Department Chair
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PTO UPDATES
The CMIT North PTO

Ways to Communicate with the PTO

Website: www.cmitnorthpto.org
Online Membership Form: http://tinyurl.com/cmitnpto-membershipform
Online Store: https://squareup.com/store/cmit-north-pto
Email: information@cmitnorthpto.org
Sign Up for text Alerts via Remind: Text @cmitn to 81010 or download Remind App

Ways to Help Your PTO

Become a PTO Member – Sign up to become a member of PTO for $10 per family member. The dues are used to support many activities and events sponsored by the PTO. It also entitles you to voting rights during meetings.

Amazon Smile – Shop at smile.amazon.com and select CMIT North PTO and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to PTO.

Harris Teeter Together in Education – Link your VIC card to CMIT North (#3104). When customers purchase select Harris Teeter Brand products using their VIC card, Harris Teeter contributes a percentage of those purchase dollars to PTO.

First Friday – On the 1st Friday of each month, donate the cost of your lunch ($10 or more) to help towards CMIT North PTO fundraising efforts. If you would like, you can pay the entire year ($90).

Giant Bonus Card - Register you Giant Bonus Card for CMIT North (#17899) and A+ spending rewards will be converted into cash for our school!

CMIT Spirit Nights will be held quarterly! Have dinner at the Contee Road/Route 1 location between 3PM to 9PM and be sure to mention “CMIT” when ordering. Our school will earn 20% of the proceeds during this time!

Box Tops for Education – Each Box Top collected = .10₵ for CMIT! Help may be needed to count/compile box tops.


For more information, please contact the CMIT NORTH PTO BOARD Information@cmitnorthpto.org

CMIT North PTO
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Reach for 25! Sweepstakes

Can Harris Teeter reach the $25 million mark in donations by November 1?

Can your school reach 250 links by November 1?

Help Harris Teeter "Reach for 25" (million) by linking over 250 households to your Together in Education account by November 1, 2016.

For each school with over 250 links on November 1, you will be entered to win (1) of (25) available prizes. 25 winning schools will be rewarded with $250 in Harris Teeter gift cards. That is over $6,000 in prizes!

CMIT North PTO
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