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12/17/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

Flu Season Information

CLF Stem Fair & Makers' FEST

Winter Break is Here / Q2 Progress Reports Released

January Town Hall Meetings


CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)

Request for STEM Fair Judges

NHS Charity Auction: Get rid of unwanted gifts!


MS BREAKING NEWS

7th Grade Technology Class

Middle School Science Olympiad Updates


HS BREAKING NEWS

NHS Applications

National Honor Society Tutoring Program Seeks Tutors!

College Applications at CMIT

Scholarships

Does Your Student Need a CMIT Fleece?


MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Shakespeare at CMIT North

Successes in Spanish

Mrs. Justsen's English 8

8th Grade R/ELA Independent Reading Projects - Due December 21st

Middle School Social Studies Winter Break Assignments


HS UPCOMING EVENTS

SGA Presents Holiday Party

NHS Free Gift Wrapping!!!

Senior Breakfast Events at CMIT


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Flipped Physics Classroom

HSA Biology Current Events

Updates from Mr. Vernor


PTO UPDATES

The CMIT North PTO

CMIT North PTO Meeting

Holiday Shopping with Amazon

All American Wear Holiday Sale

January 2017 First Friday Program

High School & Middle School Parent Bi-Weekly Conference Call


FAQs
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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
Flu Season Information
Let’s fight the Flu together!

We are now in flu season and the best way to protect you and your family from the flu is to get vaccinated. Flu vaccines are offered at doctor’s offices, clinics, health departments, pharmacies and by many employers. Other tips to fight the flu include:

Washing hands frequently
Covering coughs with your elbow
Sneezing into tissues
Eating a healthy meal
Exercising
Getting plenty of rest
Disinfecting frequently touched areas

Differentiating a cold from the flu can be difficult. Please use the chart above. If you are still unsure please contact your health care provider.

Please keep all sick children home until they are fever free, without medication for 24 hours. Students must not have any episodes of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. Please also remember that your child needs to feel well enough to be in class and ready to learn. Have a safe and healthy holiday season!

Crystal Anthony, RN, BSN - CMIT Nurse
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CLF Stem Fair & Makers' FEST
Ready, Set, CREATE!

On January 28th, 2017 CLF will host its annual STEMFair and 1st annual MakersFEST at CMIT Elementary. With STEMFair projects and research already underway the competition seems to be heating up! We are also highlighting those who choose not to compete but would like to show off their talents! The MakersFEST is a non-competitive showcase, so everyone is invited to enter. All you have to do is fill out the MakersFEST Fundamental Form! This year, CLF will also provide financial support on a first-come, first-served basis to those who may need it. If you find yourself short on supplies just contact clp@clfmd.org with a quote for the materials you need. Don’t forget to send progress pictures of your creation to clp@clfmd.org for printing. As a reward for entry, MakersFEST participants will be entered into a raffle to win cool prizes! Next year, CLF plans to share these MakersFEST projects with the Maryland STEM Festival and the world! Come out and see the creativity of our future inventors on January 28th!
https://goo.gl/forms/4a7FOJ4ocNWYn6rC3

Cihan Bicer
CLF Student Activities Director
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Winter Break is Here / Q2 Progress Reports Released

We are approaching the end of the calendar year and are on the cusp of a well-deserved break. Please note the following this week.

- Q2 Progress Reports are scheduled to be released Wednesday, December 21st.
- Schools will be closed for Winter Break Friday, December 23rd.

We wish you a restful break and look forward to seeing you in the new year on January 3rd!

Best,

CMIT Administration
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January Town Hall Meetings

When students return to school in January, we will be holding Town Hall meetings which will provide a reminder of school rules and procedures and allow an opportunity for questions and answers. The purpose of the meetings is to minimize discipline issues so we can all focus on classroom instruction and learning. You can help support this effort by reminding your students of the importance of adhering to CMIT policies.

Respectfully,

CMIT Administration
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CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)
Request for STEM Fair Judges

Dear CMIT Parents, Community & Fellow Pioneers of Science:

The science department team would like to cordially invite you as a STEM FAIR JUDGE to support for the upcoming Chesapeake Math and IT Academy - North STEM Fair on Thursday, January 12, 2017. STEM fair judging consists of viewing the students’ posters and interviewing them about their projects and scoring based on our rubrics. STEM fair judging will be held at CMIT (6100 Frost Place Laurel, MD 20707) from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

This would be a wonderful opportunity to meet wonderful math and science students and converse with them about their research. If you would like to volunteer for judging, please contact me by e-mail gclarke@cmitacademy.org

We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will accept our invitation to judge. If you have any colleagues that may also be interested in being a judge please extend this invitation on our behalf.

Sincerely,

Gemma Y Bognot CLARKE, Ph.D
Science Department Chair
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NHS Charity Auction: Get rid of unwanted gifts!
The high school NHS will be putting on a charity auction in late January. Half the proceeds will go directly to charity and the other half to NHS to use for future events. We are seeking donations of gifts of a 10 dollar value or more to be auctioned off. The items can be new or gently used. We will begin collecting donations after break (room 160). Please begin considering what you would like to contribute to the auction. My email is bkrystal@cmitacademy.org if you have any questions. Thank you!

Ben Krystal
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MS BREAKING NEWS
7th Grade Technology Class
Students in Ms. Graham's technology classes have started a new lesson in GMetrix PowerPoint. This program is designed to certify students as Microsoft specialists. Please see the attached GMetrix PowerPoints.

Gloria Graham
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Middle School Science Olympiad Updates
The Science Olympiad students had another productive week! The students are studying their events in preparation of our first competition in February 11th.

We are so excited to say that our science team is making tremendous progress. This is not only because of the enrichment class; it is also because of the Saturdays we meet. On Saturdays, students who are competing study their event and/or do their events if it is building related. This is so that they can get a better understanding of what they are supposed to do and how to reach the requirements of their event.

Over the last few weeks, the students have been building bottle rockets, wind power – CD blades assembly, mission possible devices, hovercraft and towers beside study events.

A few students were practicing laws of reflection with an optics kit which has strategically placed mirrors. They were making calculations to make a laser bounce off the mirrors at certain angles and meet at a certain point.

Another group of students were working on building a blade assembly that consists of a kind of propeller attached to a compact disc (CD), which will be used to capture wind power.

And last Saturday's main event was Towers.

Jasmine Wilson from 7th grade has been building towers from balsa wood at home, and she came to school with six towers. And we tested the strength of her towers by seeing how much weight each tower could hold. She built very strong structures, and we were amazed by how much water each tower could hold! The strongest of her towers held an 8100 g (8.1 kg) load, and the tower itself was only 13.8 g. The efficiency of the tower is 586.

Great Job! Congratulations!

The Science Olympiad students are doing great, and we're excited to see what else the students accomplish!

GO SCIENCE OLYMPIAD!!!

Follow the link for more pictures and the videos:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxQtcxJbpqOMcEZnUHQteHJZRXc?usp=sharing


Nuri Bayram
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HS BREAKING NEWS
NHS Applications
If your student took an NHS application, please remind them to turn them in by Thursday, December 22nd.

Ben Krystal
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National Honor Society Tutoring Program Seeks Tutors!
High School NHS is starting a tutoring program for both middle and high school students. We are seeking students to serve as tutors in subjects they are strong in. This is a great opportunity for students to gain service hours! We will provide a location every Thursday from 3-4 where tutors and tutees can meet up. In addition, tutors and tutees can meet up at their own convenience. If your student needs service hours and they are strong in a particular subject, please encourage them to apply to be a tutor! Tutor applications can be picked up in Mr. Krystal's room (160) or on the NHS bulletin board.

Ben Krystal
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College Applications at CMIT
CMIT seniors have done a great job! 100% of our students submitted their college choice through Naviance. It is important to remember that many colleges and universities are using a “Rolling Admission” process which is a policy that enables candidates to submit their applications to the universities anytime within a large window. So the decisions are made as students are submitting their applications, rather than waiting for the deadline. I highly recommend to complete all your application process ASAP.

I also would like to remind you that everyone should bring a copy of their acceptance letter to my office as you receive it, or you may send a soft copy to favsar@cmitacademy.org

So far, our students got acceptance letters from these colleges and universities:

Norfolk State University
Johnson & Wales University
Anne Arundel Community College
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Marymount Manhattan College
Frostburg University
Saint Vincent College
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Howard Community College
Marymount University
Delaware State University
Wingate University
Morgan State University
Robert Morris University
Prince George’s Community College
Towson University
University of Pittsburg
Stevenson University
Hampton University
West Virginia University
Bowie State University
Albright College
Virginia Union University
North Carolina Central University
Saint Leo University
King's College
Xavier University, OH
North Carolina A&T University
Coppin State University
North Carolina Central University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Lincoln University
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Salisbury University
Adelphi University
Capitol Technology University
Temple University
George Mason University
Drexel University


Exciting & more is coming...

Ferhat Avsar
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Scholarships
The average cost of a four year college nationwide is about $31,000 a year, according to The College Board. Therefore, getting financial assistance is essential for many students in order to make college a reality.

So far our graduating class, Class of 2017, is getting $1,029,872 in scholarships from the colleges that they had applied to. It is important to note that colleges are not the only source of scholarships. There are numerous foundations and private institutions that are providing these opportunities. You can search them online. It is also important to note that they all have application deadlines and the key point is to apply early. Here is great resource that actually can help you to access Maryland scholarships programs.

https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-state/maryland-scholarships/

Ferhat Avsar
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Does Your Student Need a CMIT Fleece?
This week our Student Support team conducted uniform checks on a daily basis. While the vast majority of students were completely in uniform, a number of students were cited for wearing non-CMIT sweatshirts and jackets either over or under their uniforms. We know the weather is getting colder, however, the CMIT fleece should be sufficient enough to keep your student warm in class without the need to add other garments. If your student does not have one, this might be a good time to purchase one.

Respectfully,

Ms. Colandrea
HS Program Coordinator
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MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Shakespeare at CMIT North
Ms. Sumor is excited to announce that her Honors classes are deep into a study of The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. Students have performed tableaux vivants (mannequin challenge), carousel walks, and character maps so far in the unit. Soon they will be acting out parts of the play!

Honors students are also working on their second quarter Passion Projects.

Work hard!

Amy Sumor
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Successes in Spanish
6th grade students took an assessment on the Hispanic nations and nationalities. We have now begun learning how to describe the school environment. Along with that general objective, the students are doing daily readings about strategies for learning a second language.

8th grade students completed the second challenge in Mexico, acquiring many adjectives which they used to describe people, themselves, and the artwork of Frida Kahlo. All classes are now stepping into the third challenge of this unit, which involves talking about family members and using the verb 'tener' to say someone's age.

Jared Hester
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Mrs. Justsen's English 8
We are less than a week away from winter break, and we've been busy! Students will finish reading Fahrenheit 451 by the end of the upcoming week (before we begin break), and the last class discussion and comprehension quiz will take place on Wednesday, December 21st.

We have also been pursuing perfection with our second set of vocabulary. Students will take one more vocabulary quiz on our second set of words before our break on Monday, December 19th. I'd love to see more students score 76/76 -- they can use their previous quizzes to this weekend!

Over winter break there will be extra credit options posted to Google Classroom, but students who are happy with their grades are encouraged to spend time with their families and rest so they can return refreshed and ready for the second half of the year. When we return from break we will enter into an "intense" writing workshop that will focus on an analytical essay about Fahrenheit 451; options for prompts will be posted to Google Classroom over winter break, so students have the option to begin thinking about their responses ahead of time.

If time permits, we will watch part of the Fahrenheit 451 film in the upcoming week to compare it with the text version. Warning: Students should NOT rely on the film version as a reliable source for their essays or extra credit assignments, as the film does not closely follow the text.

Danica Justsen, NBCT
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8th Grade R/ELA Independent Reading Projects - Due December 21st
This is just a friendly reminder that all independent reading projects are due on December 21st.

Please see the attachment for information regarding Mrs. Taylor's 8th grade R/ELA Independent Reading Projects for the 2016-2017 school year.

Enjoy :)

Crystal Swann-Taylor
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Middle School Social Studies Winter Break Assignments
Middle School students may complete the following activities as an optional extra credit assignment over winter break. Students must complete the questions in complete sentences and return their work to their Social Studies teachers no later than Friday January 6th.

Ms. Cracovaner
Middle School Social Studies Teacher & Department Chair
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HS UPCOMING EVENTS
SGA Presents Holiday Party
SGA is presenting a holiday party on Thursday 22, 2016 from 3:30 pm-5:30 pm You must sign up on myschoolbucks.com ONLY. The cost is $10.00 parents are welcome to attend as well. Please see the attached flyer.

Jared Brooks
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NHS Free Gift Wrapping!!!
National Honor Society will be providing free gift wrapping services at the SGA holiday party after school on Thursday, December 22nd. If you would like your gift wrapped by NHS, please send an email to Mr. Krystal at bkrystal@cmitacademy.org or sign up on the NHS board or outside room 160 with your name and the number of gifts you need wrapped.

Ben Krystal
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Senior Breakfast Events at CMIT
Ms. Glenda Abney, Assistant Director of Admissions and Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment was the guest speaker in our monthly senior class breakfast event on Friday December 16th. She talked about the programs and scholarships opportunities at Stevenson, college applications process in general, deadlines and answered questions at the end.

These monthly events provide opportunities to our 12th grade students to talk about their college application journey and help each other out as well as getting assistance from college representatives. So far we host three breakfast events. The next senior breakfast event is scheduled on Friday January 27th. Our guest will be Mr. Edward Morton-Green from Morgan State University. Seniors will get an invitation to RSVP for this event.

Ferhat Avsar
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Flipped Physics Classroom
Hi Parents,

PGCPS has challenged teachers to 'flip' their classrooms. This means students will be logging into their Physics Google Classroom to obtain physics study materials, any applicable videos, Khan Academy links, and homework. These materials are to be studied prior to the class.

When the students arrive to class, they will do practice problems to build confidence and apply their conceptual understanding. Students will also take short quizzes to check for understanding. I will be available to assist (with an occasional co-teacher). Fridays will still be student-led recitation sections.

Physics tutoring is still available Tuesdays from 3 - 4 pm.

Suzanne Coholic
High School Science Teacher
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HSA Biology Current Events
Hello,

We are more than halfway through the cell unit and here is what we have covered so far:

- Cell Theory
- Cell Organelles: Structure & Function
- Bioenergetics: How the Cell Obtains Energy

Students will continue to have quizzes every Friday that assess their knowledge of the content that they learn during the week. They will also have a weekly homework grade. As far as classwork, I plan on switching to a notebook test format, where students are assessed from assignments that they do in class. I will have more details about this change in the weeks to come, and it will not occur until after Christmas break.
Please continue to check SchoolMax to monitor your student's grade and check Google Classroom for the daily assignments. Your student can grant you access to Google Classroom. Expect your student to have homework every night which will be posted on Google Classroom. I appreciate your time and please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Regards,

Daniel Fleming
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Updates from Mr. Vernor
Tutoring sessions for all Vernor's classes are held on Tuesdays from 3-4pm.

AP Human Geography is moving through our largest unit, "Culture"; we are concluding our explorations into the geography of language and moving into our examinations of religion. Unit Three Socratic Seminar on competition between universalizing religions will occur during the week of 12/20.

World History is concluding our unit on European absolute monarchs; unit test will be Monday 12/20. Students will have the study guide and it will be posted on Vernor's World History GoogleClassroom on Friday 12/16.

Anthropology class is moving into our unit on cultural anthropology; this week the class examined multiple theoretical approaches anthropologists use to examine cultures (see pics).

Andrew Vernor
avernor@cmitacademy.org
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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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CMIT North PTO Meeting
Please join us at the next CMIT NORTH PTO meeting on Thursday, December 22nd at 6:30 pm at CMIT Academy.

There will be an online option available and that information will be sent on the day of meeting.

Why come to a PTO meeting?

* PTO meetings are a great opportunity to meet other CMIT Academy parents.

* You can be the first to hear about important news and upcoming events at school.

* You can learn how your child and CMIT Academy benefit from the work of the PTO.

* You can learn how to volunteer your time, on campus or off, to positively impact the learning experience of all students at CMIT Academy.

* PTO meetings bring together the home and the school so that parents and teachers may cooperate in the education of our children.



CMIT North PTO

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Holiday Shopping with Amazon

Holiday shopping is easy with Amazon's Holiday Gift Guides. #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to CMIT North PTO. Click here to get started: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-1975548



CMIT North PTO
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All American Wear Holiday Sale


Parents, CMIT Academy uniform provider is having a holiday sale. Please click on this link to access the coupon: http://tinyurl.com/aawholidayspecial2016

All please be aware that they have changed their hours to M-F 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Saturday 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM and Sunday closed.

CMIT North PTO
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January 2017 First Friday Program

Dear Parent & Staff

Please mark your calendar, January 6th, as this is the first Friday for the month of January. 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.

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/grade, may be turned in at the front desk. You can also payments at https://squareup.com/store/cmit-north-pto

We appreciate any donations!

CMIT North PTO
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High School & Middle School Parent Bi-Weekly Conference Call

Want to be connected with other parents within the school and have an opportunity to give back. High School and Middle School Committees has bi-weekly calls that you can join to learn more about the school and ways you can help.

The final call before the winter break is this Monday and Tuesday:

High School Conference calls held bi-weekly on Monday @ 8PM. Call-in details provide by emailing highschoolreps@cmitnorthpto.org.

Middle School Conference calls are held bi-weekly on Tuesday @ 7PM. Call-in details provide by emailing middleschoolreps@cmitnorthpto.org.

CMIT North PTO
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