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11/11/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

Dear Veterans, We Appreciate You!

The PGCPS Charter School Lottery is Now Live!

Empowering Active Parent Participation in Science


CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)

Thanksgiving Feast Hosted by Class of 2019


MS UPCOMING EVENTS

6th Grade Trip to Great Falls National Park

8th Grade High School Information Night

Character Education (Mentoring Program)


MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

HS Biology (Duke and Northwestern Scholars)

MS Science 8 - Harvard & William & Mary Scholars

Science Olympiad with Khan Academy

Spanish Class Updates from Mr. Hester

Ms. Cracovaner's Social Studies Updates

Survival of the Fittest (Algebra 1 - Harvard - Mr. Gruber)


HS UPCOMING EVENTS

Q1 Honor Roll Ceremony


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Coholic's Classes

Math with Ms. Rooney

Upcoming AP Science Field Trip to H. B. Owens Science Center

News from Ms. Cline AP Biology/AP Chemistry/Genetics


PTO UPDATES

The CMIT North PTO

November First Friday Program

Amazon Smile #StartWithaSmile

Harris Teeter Together In Education


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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
Dear Veterans, We Appreciate You!

On November 11th, people across the country paused to recognize those who have served and are still serving. At CMIT, we are marking this day with each other in various small and collective ways so that we are continually mindful of the sacrifices made for our freedom. To all of you who have served, we honor and thank you.

CMIT Staff & Students
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The PGCPS Charter School Lottery is Now Live!
Applications to attend Chesapeake Math and IT Public Charter Schools for the 2017-2018 school year can be submitted at the following link: http://lottery.pgcps.org/

Open Houses for CMIT North for prospective parents will be held on the following dates at CMIT North:
- Nov 17 6:00pm to 7:30 pm
- Dec 3 9am to 10:30 am

Please click the attached link to sign up for attending the open houses: http://tinyurl.com/zzcupvl

Particularly important this year is a change to our 5th grade families from CMIT Elementary who are interesting in continuing to CMIT North or CMIT South as 6th graders. All 5th grade families must now re-enter the lottery for their specific school of choice. This new provision is a result of the recent change in the Maryland Charter School Law that allows "only 35%" of the currently enrolled 5th graders to automatically enroll as continuing 6th students at CMIT North or CMIT South. CMIT Elementary parents of 5th grade students are not guaranteed continuity from CMIT Elementary to CMIT North or CMIT South and are strongly encouraged to apply to the CMIT 6th grade program of their choice.

Prince George's County Public Schools gives lottery preference to new students who already have a sibling in the school. In order for the application system to recognize the student as a sibling, they must be in the same household in SchoolMax. Families must submit a valid lottery application by the deadline to be considered for sibling preference. Sibling preference is based on space availability and is never a guarantee.

Respectfully,

Mrs. Attick
Registrar
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Empowering Active Parent Participation in Science

GREETINGS!

The entire science team of CMIT academy north invites all parents to participate in the coming MAKER FAIRE. If you have ANY of the following faculties - technological & engineering concepts, art designs, mathematical ideas, and science models - that you believe could make a great impression to our students and community, please show us your talents on January 12, 2016. Maker Faire is primarily designed to be forward-looking expose, showcasing persons who are exploring new forms and new technologies. But it’s not just for the novel in technical fields; Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. For further details, please contact Dr. Clarke (gclarke@cmitacademy.org).

We thank all the parents in advance for this participation. Parental engagement has a huge and positive impact on children’s learning. This was the single most important finding from a recent and authoritative review of the evidence presented by the National Education Authority.

Gemma Y. Bognot - Clarke, Ph.D - Dept. Chair
Nuri Bayram
Lauren Chestang
Doris Cline
Suzanne Coholic
Natalie Crespo
Dan Fleming
Alma Smith
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CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)
Thanksgiving Feast Hosted by Class of 2019
This Friday, November 18th, join us for a Thanksgiving Feast hosted by the Class of 2019.

Pick-up and carry out your meal from 3:00pm to 3:25pm in the cafeteria. You can also sit down and enjoy the feast with us from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. (Accommodations provided in alternate setting.)

Pre-order from November 11th to 16th and save $1.00 on each order. After November 16th, pay $6.00 & $11.00, respectively.

$5.00 (Pre-order)

1 Piece of meat (Chicken)
1 Side dish
1 Dinner roll
1 Beverage

$10.00 (Pre-order)

2 Pieces of meat (Chicken)
2 Side dishes
1 Dinner roll
1 Beverage
1 Dessert

Chicken: Rotisserie, Jerk (wings), Fried (wings)
Sides: Green beans, Corn, Mac & cheese, Plantains
Beverages: Sprite, Coca-cola, Water
Desserts: Vanilla cake, Chocolate brownies


Ms. Cline, Class Advisor
Josiah Burrough, President
Sydni Gift, Vice President

Doris Cline
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MS UPCOMING EVENTS
6th Grade Trip to Great Falls National Park
Bridging The Watershed (BTW) is an outreach program of the Alice Ferguson Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and area schools, designed to promote student academic achievement, personal connections with the natural world, lifelong civic engagement, and environmental stewardship through hands-on curriculum-based outdoor studies in national parks and public lands. Our 6th Grade students will participate in an authentic field study experience that allows them to take measurements and make field observations at Great Falls National Park on November 10th and 17th.

There is no cost to students for transportation or the activity. Students must bring a bagged lunch and dress warmly (in layers, in their school PE uniforms, gloves, hats, warm socks, coat/jacket). We encourage students to bring a pair of rain or water resistant boots on the trip because some of the activities will occur in water.

Permission slips went out in Mrs. Crespo's science classes Thursday and Friday of this week. Please submit them back to her by Monday, November 14th C.O.B. Please contact Mrs. Crespo via email if you have any questions or concerns at ncrespo@cmitacademy.org.

Half of the 6th grade class attended the trip this past Thursday and the other half will attend next week. We will inform parents and students via email and in class on Monday which day they will attend. Enjoy some photos of the students who attended last Thursday!

Ms. Chestang
Ms. Crespo
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8th Grade High School Information Night

On Thursday, December 1st from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, staff from the high school will be on hand to discuss what is in store for 8th grade students when they reach the high school next year. We will be discussing pathways to graduation including the Information Technology Early College (ITEC) program and Advanced Placement courses, athletics, clubs, and other opportunities. Come out and learn about what we are doing!

HS Administrative Team
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Character Education (Mentoring Program)
Hello,

Starting Tuesday, November 15th CMIT will be starting a mentoring program from 3 pm to 4 pm. If any parents are interested in signing their child, up please contact Mr. Johnson, Guidance Counselor, via email.

My contact information is yjohnson@cmitacademy.org (email is the best way to reach me) or (301) 350-6051 Ex: 65355. The program will be run by Mr. Johnson and a Prince George's County police officer with a background in character building.

Sincerely,

Yurhance Johnson, Professional School Counselor
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MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
HS Biology (Duke and Northwestern Scholars)
Greetings! The Grade 8 HS Biology Classes (Duke and Northwestern) are at work on the chemistry of life. They completed the course work on the Nature of Matter, Properties of Water and the Carbon Compounds. With this knowledge, Duke and Northwestern will easily embark about “Chemical reactions and enzymes.” They will have three (3) different laboratories that will help them understand this unit. Please encourage our Duke and Northwestern scholars to regularly check the Google classroom because they need to continuously respond to important questions that will complete their understanding of the content. There is also an additional virtual laboratory that needs to be completed in the coming weeks as a form of assessment. Assessment as learning is the use of a task or an activity to allow students the opportunity to practice evaluation to further their own learning. Assessments allow students to reflect on their own learning and identify areas of strength and need.

Gemma Y. Bognot-Clarke, PH.D.
MS Science Teacher
Science Department Chair
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MS Science 8 - Harvard & William & Mary Scholars
Come learn science! Come learn with the middle school Science 8 scholars who will take full advantage of Google classroom beside class discussions and physical laboratories. These coming weeks, the Harvard and William & Mary scholars will board on learning about probability and heredity. There will be class activities and virtual laboratories which will be posted on Google classroom to help our scholars master this content. Parents are advised to encourage their children to regularly check Google classrooms. They can actually learn the concept with them. Parents' attitude about education can inspire children and show them how to take charge of their own educational journey. This will not only augment our students' learning but may also motivate their science academic performance. Genetics is the study of how heritable traits are transmitted from parents to offspring. Humans have long observed that traits tend to be similar in families.

Gemma Y. Bognot-Clarke, Ph.D
MS Science Teacher
Science Department Chair
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Science Olympiad with Khan Academy

When everyone was excited for the long weekend, our science Olympiad team was still grasping some time to learn the theories and models of Anatomy and Physiology on Khan Academy. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. This year, the Science Olympiad competition will focus on the Nervous System. This organ system is one of the most complicated system yet our scholars are learning it with ease.

Gemma Y. Bognot-Clarke, Ph.D
MS Science Teacher
Science Department Chair
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Spanish Class Updates from Mr. Hester
Students in Howard and Brown learned to tell the time in Spanish, that Spain and Latin-American countries often tell time on a 24-hour system, and that a cognate is a word that looks and means the same in Spanish and English but is pronounced a little differently.

In 8th grade, Xavier and William & Mary students completed the first challenge in Mexico about soccer. Xavier students have begun to learn descriptive adjectives through reading about the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Vanderbilt students examined the grammatical breakdown of the verb 'ser' and then demonstrated their ability to use it on a quiz. Next up is to finish challenge one and then take on challenge two.

Harvard students demonstrated their ability to use personal pronouns and the verb 'ser' to identify themselves and their classmates.

Northwestern students pointed with elbows, eyes, and feet to demonstrate their understanding of personal subject pronouns. The next moves are to examine how Spanish-speakers conjugate the verb 'ser' in the present indicative tense and then finish challenge one.

Best wishes,
Mr. Hester
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Ms. Cracovaner's Social Studies Updates
Thanks to all of the parents who came for Friday's conferences! It is always a pleasure to see so much support for my students at home!


7th Grade Updates

Africa & the Silk Road Essays will be scored and input into SchoolMax by Thanksgiving break. We will be finishing our study of Subsaharan Africa by the end of November.


8th Grade Updates

Lexington Essays have been submitted. Scores will be posted in SchoolMax by Thanksgiving break.

A test on the Revolutionary War is scheduled for the following tentative dates:

Wednesday November 30th- Duke, Harvard, Xavier, William & Mary
Thursday December 1st- Vanderbilt & Northwestern


National History Day Updates

Thesis statement worksheets are due no later than Friday November 18th. Feel free to send Ms. Cracovaner rough drafts of thesis statements no later than Wednesday November 16th.


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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Survival of the Fittest (Algebra 1 - Harvard - Mr. Gruber)
Stranded on a desert island without any resources, students competed in a "Survival of the Fittest" group activity.

Working in groups of 3-4, students were faced with a series of challenges where they were able to earn resources. Resources, such as Water, Beef Jerky, Medicine, Rabbit Snares, Bow + Arrows, and also a bit of good luck, were fought over by completing difficult math problems. Groups that won the challenges earned resources, which helped them survive through obstacles.

At random times students would be faced with obstacles, such as dehydration, lack of food or having to climb a tree for safety. Students would have to turn in their resources to get past the obstacles without losing health.

After a week of brutal challenges and obstacles, a team came out on top!

CONGRATULATIONS to BRYCE, ASHLEY, and JAE'EL for being the fittest team and surviving the week.

Mr. Gruber
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HS UPCOMING EVENTS
Q1 Honor Roll Ceremony
On November 18th, the high school will recognize its high achievers in a brief ceremony that will take place during 2nd period for 9th and 10th grade students and 3rd period for 11th and 12th grade students. We will notify students who are being honored this week. Congratulations in advance!

Ms. Colandrea
HS Program Coordinator
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ms. Coholic's Classes
All Physics, Environmental Science, and Astronomy classes will have review sessions this week and chapter or unit tests before the end of the week.

Please come prepared with your questions for review sessions Monday and Tuesday during class time.

Physics tutoring will held Tuesday from 3 to 4 pm.

Suzanne Coholic
High School Science Teacher
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Math with Ms. Rooney
Algebra 1:

We are officially moving into our next big unit -- Functions and Linear Functions! These are chapters 4 and 5 in our Pearson Common Core Algebra 1 books.
- a large portion of this unit was covered in Math 8. So, we will be moving at a nice pace to prepare for future and extended topics!


Trig Analysis:

Unit Circle Art Project Due Monday 11/21!!!
-Students will design and create their very own unit circle! This is a great chance to show off their creativity and better know the unit circle - a very important aspect of Trig!
-Students received the full project description and rubric this week and it is posted on Google Classroom.
-No late projects will be accepted!


AP Calculus BC

Students should be dedicating at least one hour or more of studying and practicing Calculus topics covered thus far. In order to fully understand and know the concepts in preparation for the AP exam, students are expected to put in more hours than they would a normal class.

Free Response Fridays have become a part of weekly routine. Students are given 4-5 Free Response Q's from past AP Calc exams every Monday and have until Friday to complete them, using the many resources available to them (classmates, me, notes, online resources). On Friday, I pick one of the assigned Free Response Q's and students it complete it as a quiz.

Here is a very helpful link with students resources for AP students to continuously prepare for the exam and apply what we are learning in this course: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-calculus-bc/exam-practice

Best,
Ms. Rooney
HS Math Teacher
HS Math Department Chair
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Upcoming AP Science Field Trip to H. B. Owens Science Center
AP Science Parents/Guardians,

To continue to accelerate your student's inquiry-based learning in AP Science, we shall be traveling to the Henry B. Owens Science Center.

Please submit Permission Slips with Emergency Contact forms as soon as possible in order to finalize the trip to the Owens Science Center. Students will be able to complete two very extensive College Board curriculum-based labs in an advanced clinical setting.

Also, please upload to your myschoolbucks account, the $21.60 required for transportation by Wednesday 11/9/16. Please advise if there are difficulties with utilizing this system, etc.

For those parents who have already submitted paperwork and paid into your myschoolbucks account, I am extremely grateful.

These opportunities allow for furthering the knowledge of your student and emphasizes the relevance of real-world application of skills taught and labs completed in college-level high school science classes.

Thank you for your continuous support.

Ms. Cline, AP Biology/AP Chemistry Educator



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News from Ms. Cline AP Biology/AP Chemistry/Genetics
It has been, and will continue to be, very active in Room 168!!!
Our students are growing in leaps and bounds relative to Advanced Placement Sciences.

AP Biology (above) has successfully completed and demonstrated comprehension of 4 of the College Board’s required laboratory experiments. These include Meiosis and Mitosis, Diffusion and Osmosis, Enzyme Catalysis and Molecular Biology. Students are understanding “The Big Ideas” as all hands-on, experimental design investigations are assessed.

AP Chemistry, being a new College Board science to CMIT-North, is exciting as students demonstrate experimental design with completion of 4 of their 16 required labs and have begun lab #5. These include Quantitative Analysis and Chemical Bonding, Analysis of Hydrogen Peroxide, Rate of Decomposition of Calcium Carbonate, Acid-Base Titrations, Buffers in Household Products and beginning of Properties of Buffer Solutions.

Genetics students have gained great knowledge regarding how traits are passed, in numerous scenarios. Have studied Mendelian Genetics, Punnett squares and Pedigree to determine the passing of hereditary traits. Microscope skills labs with genetics applications have been performed.

The teacher, Ms. Cline has completed the following trainings, outside of CMIT, since the beginning of the academic year: SLO workshop with PGCPS and AP Chemistry workshop with the College Board.

Ms. Cline
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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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November First Friday Program

Dear Parent & Staff

Please mark your calendar, November 11th, as this is the first Friday for the month of November. We are asking parents/guardians/staff to "brown bag it" on the first Friday of each month and donate the money (what they would have used to purchase their lunch) to our school, so when you come to meet with your student teacher please consider donating to PTO by dropping off payment in the PTO box in the front office.

You may send in your donation ($10) in the form of cash/check on the first Friday of each month during the school year or you may pay in advance for the entire school year ($90). Donation envelopes, clearly marked with your child's name and university, may be turned in at the front desk during homeroom.

We appreciate any donations!

CMIT North PTO
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Amazon Smile #StartWithaSmile


The holidays are approaching and your will be busy shopping for gifts, decorations, and more. Please remember to shop at smile.amazon.com, CMIT North PTO can increase its AmazonSmile donations. Please use the link below to get started.

#StartWithaSmile at (smile.amazon.com/ch/47-1975548) for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to CMIT North PTO.

CMIT North PTO
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Harris Teeter Together In Education


Dear Parents and School Supporters,

CMIT Academy proudly joins Harris Teeter’s Together in Education program to help raise funds for our school. It’s easy and it’s FREE. Simply give the cashier our code, 3104, and your VIC card when you check out and your card will be linked for the entire school year. That’s it! You only have to link your VIC card once each school year. Once your card is linked, CMIT Academy will receive a percentage of your Harris Teeter brand (Harris Teeter, H.T. Traders, Harris Teeter Organics, HT Farmers Market and purchases in the HT Pharmacy) purchases credited back to our account.

CMIT North PTO
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