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01/14/2017

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

Lost Items in the Front Office (Keys, Eye Glasses)

Public Charter School Lottery Timeline

PSAT Scores

CMIT Martial Arts Club Has Room For a Few More Students


CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)

School's Out / End of Q2

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


MS BREAKING NEWS

Incredible Season for Boys MS Basketball

Girls Basketball Makes History!


HS BREAKING NEWS

College Applications at CMIT

Scholarships

Ultimate Frisbee Club

High School Town Hall


MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Sumor's Classes

Black History Month

Newsela Data Conferences

Video Game Technology

Mr. Gruber (Math 8 + Algebra 1) - Xavier, Vanderbilt, Harvard

Mrs. Justsen's English 8 -- End of 2nd Quarter!

Ms. Cracovaner's Social Studies Updates

From Mrs. Cabrera-Avila's Desk


HS UPCOMING EVENTS

Howard University Campus Visit

January Varsity Basketball Schedule


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

AP Government

AP US History

Honors US History


PTO UPDATES

The CMIT North PTO

Middle School Parent Bi-Weekly Conference Call


FAQs
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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
Lost Items in the Front Office (Keys, Eye Glasses)
Hello Parents and Students,

There are several unclaimed keys (house, car, etc.) and eye glasses in the front office of the school. If you may have lost or misplaced any of these items, please stop by the front office to retrieve.

All items that are not claimed by the end of the school year, will be tossed away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the front office via:

Phone: 301-350-6051
Email: secretary@cmitacademy.org
Email: receptionist@cmitacademy.org

Thank you.
Ms. Adams

CMIT Secretary
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Public Charter School Lottery Timeline
Opens November 01, 2016 - Closes January 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The deadline to apply to the PGCPS Charter School Lottery for the 2017-2018 school year is fast approaching. All Prince Georges County families can apply to a public charter school, as there are no attendance boundaries assigned to charter schools. Interested families must complete an online lottery application by the deadline for each child they wish to enroll.

PGCPS gives lottery preference to new students who already have a sibling in the school. Siblings must live in the same household, be assigned to the same household in school max, have the same responsible parent/guardian, and both siblings must be enrolled at the same charter school for the 2017-2018 school year. Families must submit a valid lottery application by the deadline to be eligible for sibling preference. Sibling preference is based on seat availability and is never a guarantee.

To submit a PGCPS Charter Lottery application click here: http://lottery.pgcps.org/.

For more information on the PGCPS Charter Lottery click here: http://www1.pgcps.org/charters/.



CMIT Registrar
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PSAT Scores
PSAT/NMSQT scores have been released for 10th and 11th grade students and their families to review. How do you access your online PSAT/NMSQT scores and reports?

1. Log in to an existing College Board account or create a new one at studentscores.collegeboard.org

2. Once logged in, select PSAT/NMSQT Scores *Or*

3. Use "Missing Scores" to locate scores. (If you are still being asked for an access code, please come see me in room 163)

There are two sections on the test – Evidence-Based Reading / Writing and Math. These mirror the redesigned SAT and are on new scales ranging from a 160 to 760 (instead of 200 to 800). These scores are based on percentiles, not total correct answers, so it's important to understand your scores: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/understanding-scores.

8th and 9th grade students, however, took PSAT 8/9 in December. We do not have their scores yet. We will make further announcements when we receive their scores.

Ferhat Avsar
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CMIT Martial Arts Club Has Room For a Few More Students
At Kuk Sool Won™, we teach traditional Martial Arts values, with an upbeat, enthusiastic, modern approach. Kuk Sool combines kicking, punching, throwing, falling, joint locking, pressure point, and weapons techniques into a beautiful and dynamic hard/soft style which focuses on Discipline and Respect.

If interested, please contact club coordinator at laurel_ksw@comcast.net or 301-509-2030 for additional club details [including monthly fees].

Note: This Club has additional activities outside of school [including belt promotions every 3 months, tournaments, training seminars]. Only register if you are able to make these periodic commitments.

PSBN Darren Fulmore
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CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)
School's Out / End of Q2
Next week is a three-day week for students. Mark your calendars for these important dates:
- Monday, January 16th: Schools are closed in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Thursday, January 19th: Second quarter ends
- Friday, January 20th: Schools are closed for Grading/Planning

If students have not already done so, now is a good time to clarify unaddressed concerns over second quarter grades.

Respectfully,

CMIT Administration
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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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LZQW6NG 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!

CMIT North PTO
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MS BREAKING NEWS
Incredible Season for Boys MS Basketball
The CMIT boys basketball team finished their regular season undefeated with a record of 10-0. Dominating the North Division, the Tigers went into the county playoffs as the number one seed. The boys fell short in the first round on Monday to Charles Carroll Middle School who were the number two seed of the West Division. The boys had an incredible season, holding the school record for best win-loss percentage in the history of CMIT athletics. The following students participated this season:

Justin Cotton
Tony Oshiomeghie
Gregory Brent
Josiah Brown
William Webster-Brown
Michael Wilson
Eric Watson
Kyle Gaskins
Diego Portee
Jordan Brown

Thank you to Coach Greg, Coach Kenard, and all students, teachers and parents who supported us this season!

Ms. Bailey Lawrence, Athletic Director
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Girls Basketball Makes History!
The CMIT Lady Tigers made history on Wednesday night advancing to their first ever county championship game. They played an intense game against Greenbelt Middle School going into half time all tied up at 19-19. After being down 24-23, seventh grader Zanai Barnett-Gay made a three pointer to take the lead and the Tigers never looked back. Leading the team in scoring was eighth grade captain Afia Owusu-Mensah. The final score was 45-34.

A special thanks to all teachers, students and parents who came out to support tonight! It means a lot to our growing program.

Let's go Tigers!


Ms. Bailey Lawrence, Athletic Director
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HS BREAKING NEWS
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:

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
Ithaca 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
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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, the Class of 2017, is getting $1,952,552 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.

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

Ferhat Avsar
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Ultimate Frisbee Club
Hello,

I am excited to announce that I will be starting an ultimate frisbee club starting this February, and I would like your son or daughter to sign up. According to the U.S Ultimate governing body, ultimate frisbee is a sport, “Combining the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, a game of ultimate is played by two teams with a flying disc on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field. Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds. Ultimate is governed by Spirit of the Game™, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees. Ultimate is played in more than 80 countries by an estimated 7 million of men and women, girls and boys.” I will teach students the necessary skills to play ultimate frisbee such as throwing and catching. We will also play games during the second half of the club session. The club will meet once a week from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. The day we meet has yet to be determined, and it will depend on field availability. If your son or daughter is interested in playing, then please have them fill out sign-up sheet in room 166.

Thank you,

Daniel Fleming
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High School Town Hall

This week, members of the Student Government Association conducted the high school's town hall meetings. During these meetings they gave a student perspective about why the rules matter as well as some tips on how to follow them without too much of a problem.

During these meetings, we discussed everything from arrival and dismissal procedures to uniforms and locker use. In the near future, students will receive access to a student handbook which will allow them to easily share what they learned with you so we can partner for success.

A special thanks to Anfernee, Josiah, John, and Albert for doing such a wonderful job!

Respectfully,

Ms. Colandrea
High School Program Coordinator
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MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ms. Sumor's Classes
Scholars in Honors RELA are currently presenting their second quarter Passion Projects. We have had a variety of formats from PowerPoints to films, and topics ranging from Michael Phelps to Feminism. Congratulations on all the hard work!

Amy Sumor
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Black History Month
"Black History Month" started out as a one week celecbration.

"Black History Month" is celebrated annually in the United States in the month of February. (Its start is credited to Carter G. Woodson, the son of former slaves, who grew up working in the Kentucky coalmines. When he was 20 years old, he enrolled himself in high school and graduated within two years). Originally, the second week of February was chosen for Black History Week, and in 1926, because it marks the birthday of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, this week was expanded into an entire month.
However, February has much more than Douglas and Lincoln to show for its significance in "Black American History" for example.

February 23, 1868, W.E. B. Dubois important civil rights leader and co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was born.
The United States Constitution was passed granting "Blacks" the right to vote.

February 25, 1870: The first black U.S. Senator, Hiram Rhodes Revel, took his oath of office.

February 12, 1909: The NAACP was founded by a group of concerned black, Jewish and white citizens in New York City.

February 1, 1960: In what would become a civil-rights movement milestone, a group of black Greensboro, North Carolina, College students began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter.

February 21, 1965: Malcolm X, the militant leader who promoted Black Nationalism, was shot to death by three Black Muslims.
History books had barely started covering black history when the tradition of Black History Month was started.

At that point, most representation of blacks in history books was only in reference to the low social position they held, with the exception of George Washington Carver.

Black History Month can also be referred to as African History Month, or African Heritage Month, and is an annual observance in the United States, Canada and in the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October.

For Black History Month, the 6th graders are to write in their own words, using an essay format, in no less then 100 words, explaining who the Negro Cavalry were and when (including the units); how old was the eldest living of the original troop; what was his age, the year he passed away, and where is he buried; what was the nickname of the group; who and why were they given that particular nickname; what year was the United States Army Soldiers (United States Colored Troop Regiments) Negro Cavalry established?

The 7th graders are to write in their own words, essay format, no less than 100 words, explaining who the Tuskegee Airmen were; how many ground men, and pilots were there; how many distinguished Flying Crosses did they achieve; why are the Tuskegee Airmen a part of American Black History; what is their nickname, and how did the get that particular nickname; what was the myth about Black Air Force Pilots during WWII, and who sought out to dispel the myth; whose respect did they gain in 1925, and what was the challenge?

The 8th graders are to, in their own words, using an essay format, in no less then 50 words, please explain who was Charles Drew; where was he born; what year did he pass away; what did he invent; what was his title; what was his function; why is he a part of American History and American Black History; what are the contribution(s) he made? Please do the exact same thing (in writing, no less then 50 words) regarding Ralph Bunche. These essays are due the week beginning January 23, 2017.

Dr. Sullivan-Williams (a.k.a. Dr. BB)
Character Education/Life Skills Instructor
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Newsela Data Conferences
As we are approaching the end of the quarter, we will be conducting our individual conferences. This is a reminder for Mrs. Taylor's Xavier, Vanderbilt and William and Mary scholars to have at least 17 Newsela grade leveled articles completed. We will be looking at the individual scores for the Common Core-aligned quizzes and analyzing data.

~Conferences will begin on Tuesday!

Crystal Taylor
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Video Game Technology
Hello Parents,

Students who are in Ms. Graham's technology class is currently using a program called "Scratch". Scratch is a program that is designed to teach students how to create video games. Students have been very excited to create mathematical and scientific computer games while learning how to code using C++ and Notebook + software.

http://epninjagamecenter-com.webnode.com/about-me/

Gloria Graham
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Mr. Gruber (Math 8 + Algebra 1) - Xavier, Vanderbilt, Harvard
Xavier & Vanderbilt:
In class we are currently reviewing integers, combining like terms, and solving equations. These are 6th and 7th grade standards that are crucial for students to understand in order to succeed in unit 3 (linear equations).

Harvard:
We have started unit 3 (exponential equations). For this unit it is extremely important that students bring their graphing calculators to class every day. For the previous 2 units it was not necessary to have a graphing calculator, since most problems could be solved by hand, but many of the problems we are going to see this unit require a graphing calculator.

Mr. Gruber
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Mrs. Justsen's English 8 -- End of 2nd Quarter!
We are finishing Quarter 2 with our Fahrenheit 451 essays (students submitted this past Friday) and our post-SLO assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week (which will, unfortunately, also be an essay). Thursday of this week students will take a comprehensive vocabulary assessment. ALL of these major assignments will be included in the Quarter 2 grades which you can view on SchoolMax on Monday.

This weekend students should be reviewing their vocabulary (both sets) and finding their notecards -- as promised, the notecards will be an easy assessment grade. Students should also bring in their copies of Fahrenheit 451 by Wednesday -- if the book is significantly annotated, they'll receive extra credit on their Fahrenheit 451 essays.

In the beginning of Quarter 3 we will study Edgar Allan Poe (his short stories and a couple of poems along with a biography about his life). Most students LOVE Poe (I know I do!) -- I'm hoping this will be an engaging first couple of weeks of Quarter 3!

Following the short author study, students will read and discuss A Child Called It (a memoir by Dave Pelzer) and will close the quarter with a look at how individuals have an impact on the environment (through an informational/research unit of instruction). It will be a challenging quarter full of variety!

Danica Justsen, NBCT
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Ms. Cracovaner's Social Studies Updates
As the 2nd quarter comes to an end, please make sure to review your student's scores in SchoolMax. If there are any concerns or discrepancies, please make sure to address them with Ms. Cracovaner NO LATER THAN Wednesday January 18th.

Ms. Cracovaner
Middle School Social Studies Teacher & Department Chair
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From Mrs. Cabrera-Avila's Desk
Spanish one students are working on learning the different parts of a house, and writing sentences about it.

The Introduction to Spanish students are working on learning the family tree and the relationship in a family in the target language.

This week is the end of the second quarter.

It is important to remember to complete your weekly listening practice assignments and to study 10-15 minutes everyday. Gracias!

Hasta Luego,
Barbara Cabrera-Avila
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HS UPCOMING EVENTS
Howard University Campus Visit
The trip is for 11th grade and CLP program students and will take place on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 8:00am to 2:30pm.

• Participate in a guided campus tour
• Presentation about the College of Engineering and Architecture
• Learn about other undergraduate programs
• Meet with professors
• Hear about student life and housing
• See the permission slip and more detail below

Ferhat Avsar
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January Varsity Basketball Schedule
Come out and support the CMIT Varsity Basketball Teams in the month of January!

Girls Games begin 5:30pm
Boys Games begin 7:15pm

Tuesday Jan 17th CMIT to Largo HS
(505 Largo Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774)

Thursday Jan 19th CMIT to Friendly HS
(10000 Allentown Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744)

Tuesday Jan 24th CMIT to Fairmont Heights
(1401 Nye Street, Capitol Heights, MD 20743)

Friday Jan 27th CMIT to Douglass HS
(8000 Croom Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772)

Ms. Bailey Lawrence, Athletic Director
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
AP Government
As the quarter winds down, students have an opportunity to earn extra credit points by watching the movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and writing an essay about it. Please encourage them to do this if they are on the border between grades.

Ben Krystal
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AP US History
As the quarter comes to a close, we are beginning Unit 6. We are currently discussing the Industrial Revolution.

Ben Krystal
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Honors US History
We are currently learning about World War I. This week we focused on wartime propaganda and sedition.

Ben Krystal
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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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Middle School Parent Bi-Weekly Conference Call

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

It will be meeting on January 17, 2017 @ 7pm to discuss the Spring Dance, College Tour 2017, and Promotion Ceremony.

Call-in details will be provided by emailing middleschoolreps@cmitnorthpto.org.

CMIT North PTO
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