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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy North High School





STEM FAIR and Maker Faire


January Town Hall Meetings

Save the Date: CMIT North PTO Hosts A Town Hall Meeting


College Applications at CMIT



Alcohol: Myths and Realities


CMIT High School's First Cheer Competition

SAT Prep by Princeton Review


Astronomy Class


The CMIT North PTO

STEM FAIR and Maker Faire
The entire science team of CMIT Academy North invites all parents to support and be one of our judges in the coming Science Fair at CMIT Academy North STEM Fair on Thursday, January 12, 2017. STEM fair judging consists of viewing the students’ posters, 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.

Students who were qualified to participate will be given a “Certificate of Participation” that reflects the student’s continuous progress of scientific diligence. CMIT students are tomorrow’s leaders. Their projects demonstrate qualities of thorough research that makes great impact to determine their bright future and career. STEM Fair winners will receive the following gifts.

Third Prize: Magnetic Sculpture Dolphins, which can be manipulated into a variety of designs

Second Prize: Academy da Vinci Clock, which is a reproduction of a clock based on an escapement sketched by Leonardo da Vinci. The clock assembles in either a wall mounted or standing configuration. It also uses the pendulum's weight as the power source.

First Prize: Floating Globe World Map with Colored LED Light Anti-Gravity. The globe floats and rotates in mid-air, with colored LED light to make it glow in the dark when turned on. It is operated by an electronically controlled magnetic system. The suction between electromagnet and the globe top magnet can be offset by the gravity the globe.

Moreover, there will be a stunning (special and surprise) prize that will be given by our administrator for the first prized winners.

We thank all the parents in advance for all your support. 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
Science Department Chair
January Town Hall Meetings

Next week, we will be holding Town Hall meetings with the entire student body. The purpose of these meetings is to provide a reminder of school rules and procedures and allow an opportunity for questions and answers. Our goal is to minimize discipline issues so we can all focus on classroom instruction and learning. You can help support this effort by asking your student to share what was discussed during these meetings and reminding them of the importance of adhering to CMIT policies.

We sincerely appreciate all of your support so far and are looking forward to a positive and productive second semester!


CMIT Administration
Save the Date: CMIT North PTO Hosts A Town Hall Meeting

On January 26, 2017, the CMIT North PTO will host a Town Hall Meeting with special guest, PGCPS District 1 Board of Education Member, Mr. David Murray. We encourage all families of CMIT Academy to attend this special event. This is an opportunity for parents of our scholars to meet the new District 1 leaders and, ask questions about the vision for District 1, and understand how that vision can promote and support the success of CMIT Academy.

Questions for our guest must be submitted to the PTO via a five minute survey at no later than midnight January 18, 2017. Questions with similar inquiries will be summarized by the PTO into one topic noting common themes and interests. Let’s show support for our school and scholars.

Join us for our first Town Hall in the New Year!

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

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

Adelphi University
Albright College
Anne Arundel Community College
Arcadia University
Bowie State University
Bridgewater University
Capitol Technology University
Case Western University
Catholic University of America
Chestnut Hill College
Coppin State University
Delaware State University
Drexel University
Duquesne University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Frostburg University
Full Sail University
George Mason University
Hampton University
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
Howard Community College
Johnson & Wales University
King's College
Lincoln University
Loyola University of Maryland
Marymount Manhattan College
Marymount University
Morgan State University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T University
North Carolina Central University
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Pennsylvania State University
Prince George’s Community College
Robert Morris University
Saint Leo University
Saint Vincent College
Salisbury University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Shaw University
Stevenson University
Temple University
Towson University
University of Maryland Baltimore County
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
University of Pittsburgh
Valdosta University
Virginia State University
West Virginia University
Wingate University
Virginia Union University
Xavier University, OH

Exciting & more is coming...

Ferhat Avsar
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, the Class of 2017, is getting $1,916,552 in scholarships from the colleges to which they have applied. 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 a great resource that actually can help you to access Maryland scholarships programs.

Ferhat Avsar
Alcohol: Myths and Realities
Here is a brief summary of what your scholar shall be taught from the chapter regarding the Myths and Realities of Alcohol in the next few weeks.

To empower students with knowledge about alcohol to counter common myths and misconceptions.

- Alcohol is a drug and, like other drugs which fall into the category of depressants, it slows down the functioning of the brain and nervous system.
- Although about 70% of all adults drink, most do so only occasionally and in moderation.
- One-third of all adults do not drink at all.
- Only a small minority of adults are problem drinkers.
- Alcohol cannot make a person strong, smart, cute, sexy, powerful, tough, rich, etc.
- Drinking alcohol is not an effective way of coping with one's problems; in fact, it just adds to them.
- Being able to "hold one's liquor" has nothing to do with being tough or cool.
- Drinking alcohol does not help a person to sleep better.
- Getting drunk or being a heavy drinker isn't cool or grown-up.
- It is illegal for junior and senior high school students. (Summarize state and local laws here)
- Most schools have some kind of alcohol and drug education program.

Abstinence - willful avoidance
Misconception - something that is interpreted incorrectly
Tolerance - the capacity to absorb a drug in large doses without adverse effects.

Dr. Sullivan-Williams (a.k.a. Dr. BB)
Character Education/Life Skills Instructor
CMIT High School's First Cheer Competition
The cheerleaders are excited to inform you of their upcoming cheer competition!!!

This will be CMIT Academy North's first ever cheer competition, so this is a BIG deal. We would like to officially invite everyone to attend and support our high school cheerleaders.

Please see attached flyer for more details.

Coach Adams
SAT Prep by Princeton Review
11th grade students and parents, prepare for the Redesigned SAT!

Benefit from 25 hours of live instruction focusing on content and exclusive test-taking strategies to tackle the types of questions on the exam. This course gives you the flexibility to study on your own time outside of class and practice what you learn in class with plenty of hours of online study tools and 4 full-length, proctored practice tests.

Prepping for the May Exam: Course 332653
Meets Wednesdays after school from 3:15—5:45 and Saturdays from 9—1

Prepping for the June Exam: Course 332691
Meets Fridays after school from 3:15—5:45 and Sundays from 9—1

For more information and enrollment call the Princeton Review Office at 888-248-7737.

Ferhat Avsar
Astronomy Class
Students requested to write essays instead of taking a cumulative final exam for Astronomy class. (I made that same choice many times - even in college - when the option was given.)

Astronomy class will turn in a 5-paragraph essay on a topic of their choice in Astronomy. Rubrics were handed out prior to the Winter Break. The essays are due on Wednesday, January 11.

Late essays will not be accepted!!

Suzanne Coholic
High School Science Teacher
The CMIT North PTO

Ways to Communicate with the PTO

Online Membership Form:
Online Store:
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 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

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