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01/20/2017

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

PGCPS Charter School Lottery Timeline

CMIT Chess Team Competes in National Tournament!


CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)

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


MS BREAKING NEWS

2016-2017 Yearbook on Sale Now!

CMIT 6th Annual STEM Fair Winners

CMIT 6th Annual STEM Fair Photos


HS BREAKING NEWS

Yearbook Purchase & Ads

2nd Quarter Grade Notification Letters


MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Character Education/Life Skills - Marijuana: Myths and Realities

Ms. Fagan's Algebra I (William and Mary)

MS Geometry (Duke and NW)

Grade 8 Harvard and William & Mary - Letter from Dr. Clarke

Earth Science Class Updates

Grade 8 Duke & Northwestern - Letter from Dr. Clarke


HS UPCOMING EVENTS

CMIT High School's First Competition


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Collections for Art I

Ms Coholic's Science Classes

End of Quarter 2 Grades - Mr. Fleming

Updates from Mr. Vernor


PTO UPDATES

The CMIT North PTO


FAQs
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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
PGCPS 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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CMIT Chess Team Competes in National Tournament!

Three students from CMIT North competed in the National K-12 Grade Chess Championships in Nashville, Tennessee in December. The tournament was sponsored by the United States Chess Federation. These students played 19 games of chess over a four day period, but it was well worth it - each of them came home with a National Trophy! Congratulations to:

- Phillip Nissen who came in 2nd place in his chess class for blitz,
- Christopher Salley who came in 2nd place in his chess class for blitz,
- Matthew Godshall who came in 1st place in his chess class for the overall tournament

Congratulations Students!
CMIT Chess
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CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)
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.

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
2016-2017 Yearbook on Sale Now!

Please visit www.cmitnorthpto.org to purchase this year's yearbook. This yearbook is strictly for middle school students and focuses on memories that the students will remember for a lifetime.

Jared Brooks
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CMIT 6th Annual STEM Fair Winners

Thank you to all the judges, students, dedicated teachers & parents, and Volunteers who made the 6th Annual CMIT STEM Fair a success on January 12, 2017. Students who won the first, second and third place in each category will participate at the CLF Annual STEM Fair and Maker Faire. Updates for the awarding ceremony will be forwarded to parents. The administration prepares a surprise gift to the first prized winners besides 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; First Prize: Floating Globe World Map with Colored LED Light Anti-Gravity.

MS Behavioral Science
1. HARIS CHAUDHRY
2. KIRAN LUTCHMAN
3. GABRIELLE PIERCE
4. KEVIN LE
5. FAVOUR FATUSIN

MS Chemistry
1. ALYSSA LEATE
2. LEAH MEJIAH
3. LAILA ELZAREE
4. BLAINE LEIGHTON
5. CHANNING PRIDGEON

MS Medicine and Health
1. OUMOU DIAGNE
2. PAMELA IKEGWU
3. CHRISTOPHER DONALD
4. TYRESE HOOPER
5. TALIAH MCILWAIN

MS Math & Computer Science
1. ANJALI CLARK
2. KALP UPADHAYAY
3. DAVE JOSE
4. JUSTIN PULLEY
5. HITESH PATEL

MS Earth and Environmental Science
1. MORGAN PRINGLE
2. ONI CHAYTOR
3. DEANDRE TORIAN
4. ROSHNI PAWAR
5. TALHA SOHAIL

MS Microbiology and Biochemistry
1. JAYDEN RUSSELL
2. KAREENA SAI-PALM
3. MATHEW BLAKE
4. GRANT SOLOMON
5. MUNEEB SAHIBZADA

MS Physics
1. SAMANTHA HONG
2. ANTHONY STILLS,
3. DREW VAN DER HAVE
4. MICHAEL DIXON
5. HELM KURZ GUSTAV

MS Engineering
1. ZAINAB AL-KIDD
2. JASMINE WILSON
3. BILAL SULEMAN
4. STEPHEN JACKSON
5. MAYA MILLER

MS Botany and Zoology
1. DION MEEKS
2. AASHI PATEL
3. ALENA NOONIWAL
4. KAVYASRI GOUDA
5. BERYL NDOFOR


Gemma Y Bognot CLARKE, Ph.D
Science Department Chair
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CMIT 6th Annual STEM Fair Photos
CMIT MS has just recently held the Annual STEM Fair Competition to promote the importance of independent research through the application of the scientific method. Students were given an opportunity to present and display their projects and be interviewed by judges to determine scientific merit.

The following are photos that highlight the event - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-qdFgWCyQmOMGZYMmhuWkhQNUk

CMIT Science Department
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HS BREAKING NEWS
Yearbook Purchase & Ads
The Yearbook Class would like to introduce our first yearbook which features an interactive app called Aurasma. Once the app is downloaded, the user can watch interactive videos by hovering their camera over select photos, allowing memories to come to life. In addition to the custom design and video application, our yearbook integrates all students in both academic life and extracurricular activities.

The price of our high school yearbook is $90. You may also pay in two installments of $45 with the 1st payment due February 3rd and the 2nd due March 3rd. Please support your student body by purchasing our first ever interactive High School Yearbook!

Attention Class of 2017:
Information has been provided to Senior Parents during the Senior Parent Information Night on January 18, 2017 regarding Senior Yearbook Ads. Quarter Page Ads are available for purchase online for $40.

To make your payment please visit: https://squareup.com/store/cmit-north-pto/

Jared Brooks
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2nd Quarter Grade Notification Letters
In the first week of 3rd quarter, Ms. Gaudette will be mailing home letters for students who have received a D or E on their report card. Remember, students need to earn a minimum of 240 points in a year long class and 120 points in a semester long class in order to pass a course.

Ms. Gaudette will also be meeting individually with all students who failed a course in 2nd quarter and will be setting up Parent-Teacher conferences with students who have received multiple Ds and Es in 2nd quarter. If you would like Ms. Gaudette to set up a meeting for your student, please reach out to her at ngaudette@cmitacademy.org if you have not been contacted by February 1st.

Natalie Gaudette
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MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Character Education/Life Skills - Marijuana: Myths and Realities
Beginning Monday, January 23, 2017, the entire middle school scholars shall be empowered with the Myths and Realities of Marijuana, to counter common myths and misconceptions.

We shall:
- Discuss what marijuana is
- Identify that the vast majority of teenagers and adults do not smoke marijuana
- Discuss the reasons why some teenagers use marijuana
- Discuss the realities of what marijuana can and cannot do
- Discuss the immediate and long-term effects of marijuana on the body
- Discuss the legal status of marijuana

The Introduction of this lesson shall provide important factual information about marijuana. We shall explore reasons why people choose to participate in the illegal use of marijuana and also the immediate and long-term consequences associated with marijuana use. Furthermore, this lesson is designed to discuss the legal implications of marijuana use.

When lesson is completed, scholars shall know:
- Marijuana is a psychoactive drug.
- According to the most recent scientific evidence, fewer people smoke marijuana than smoke cigarettes; thus, the vast majority of teenagers and adults are non-smokers.
- One of the main reasons people begin smoking marijuana is peer pressure.
- Although marijuana may temporarily make a person feel better, it cannot help a person to cope more effectively with life's problem.
- There are legal, social, and health consequences of using marijuana.

Vocabulary Listing:
marijuana - the dried flower cluster and leaves of the hemp plant with the
botanical name cannabis sativa
psychoactive - mind altering
THC - the active ingredient in marijuana
euphoria - a feeling of great happiness or well-being
illicit - illegal
decriminalization - to remove criminal penalties
legalization - the process of regulation instead of prohibition

Dr. Sullivan-Williams (a.k.a. Dr. BB)
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Ms. Fagan's Algebra I (William and Mary)
Hello everyone! Here are a few reminders and announcements regarding the second half of the school year:

1. A cumulative score of 240 is required to pass Algebra I.
2. After school tutoring is in full swing. (Contact Ms. Lash for sign up.)
3. Saturday Academy is resuming. (Contact Ms. Jackson for sign up.)
4. Students should be practicing DAILY!
5. Check SchoolMax weekly regarding progress. (Each entered grade can affect the overall score.)

Ms. Fagan
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MS Geometry (Duke and NW)
Hello everyone! Here are a few reminders and announcements regarding the second half of the school year:

1. A cumulative score of 240 is required to pass Geometry.
2. After school tutoring is in full swing. (Contact Ms. Lash for sign up.)
3. Saturday Academy is resuming. (Contact Ms. Jackson for sign up.)
4. Students should be practicing proofs DAILY and should KNOW theorems, postulates, and definitions from previous and current chapters in order to apply them in problem solving!
5. Check SchoolMax weekly regarding progress. (Each entered grade can affect overall score.)

Ms. Fagan
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Grade 8 Harvard and William & Mary - Letter from Dr. Clarke
Dear Parents,

Welcome to the third Quarter. Our Grade 8 Scholars will be receiving their new “Interactive Workbook: Science Diversity of Life. I invite all parents and guardians to visit our class, join in with our laboratories and have an opportunity to see what we do in Grade 8. Parent communication is a priority, through email and phone call. My email address is gclarke@cmitacademy.org

Third quarter will be more challenging, however we plan on having a successful learning experience and your support is needed.

A few things to know:
- Please check with your child our Google classroom every week.
- Please check SchoolMax every Monday evening.
- Cell phone is not allowed in the classroom. Please advise your child not to bring their cellphone inside the classroom.
- Students must utilize bathroom breaks wisely.
- They must come with their pencils sharpened every day. (Make sure that they have pen, loose-leaf and writing notebook.)
- Interactive workbooks are essential tools for learning.
- Observe classroom rules

Our class will be focusing on Standards; Comprehension, and Vocabulary. Several times during the week we will have lots of practice. Virtual and Physical lab will be more pronounced. We have lined up field trips. Our goal is to create a healthy environment physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially, through practicing science skills.

I indicated in the 2nd quarter progress report those students whose parents need to call for an appointment.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Clarke

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Gemma Y Bognot CLARKE, Ph.D
Science Department Chair
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Earth Science Class Updates
Students in Earth Science classes are almost through on the lessons on Plate Tectonics of the third chapter of their second book, "Earth's Structure." Students are close to unlocking the Big Question, "How do moving plates change Earth's crust?" They had to be able to unlock the Big Q through the following questions: What was Wegener's hypothesis about the continents?, What are mid-ocean ridges?, What is sea-floor spreading?, What happens at deep-ocean trenches?, and What is the theory of plate tectonics?

At the start of the second semester, students will have a quiz on the Plate Tectonics lesson, chapter review, and finally will have a chapter test. On this week, students will start the new chapter on Earthquakes. This time, students' aim is to unlock the Big Question on "Why do earthquakes occur more often in some places than others?"

Natalie Crespo-Montano
MS Science
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Grade 8 Duke & Northwestern - Letter from Dr. Clarke
Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we are now in the third quarter and that our year is drawing to a close. A big thank you to all of the parents that work to ensure that our scholars are kept abreast with their lesson requirements.
Please continue to help us keep our students focused on their studies. There are class activities posted on google classrooms that each students must finished on a specific deadlines.

This third quarter, each student will be doing a lot of reading, writing, and thinking skills in Biology. I expect students to BE scientists – we will observe and question the natural world, keep careful records of our activities in our laboratory notebooks, think critically, perform experiments, and draw conclusions. The science curriculum will integrate mathematics, reading, and writing. There will be back to back experiments both virtual and physical. There are various ways I would appreciate your support at home:

- Ask your child what they learned in school that day. (Some science homework assignments will involve your child teaching you a scientific concept they learned in class.)
- Emphasize the importance of homework and hard work as they will have science homework every night except Friday.
- You can stay up to date on your child’s science homework and assignments by checking Google classroom with them and SchoolMax.
- If you are able, visit the classroom. I am happy to have you join our experiments.

I have indicated in the progress report for second quarter if the parent needs to call for appointments.

Please do not wait for formal conferences to discuss any concerns you have with me. As I mentioned before, you may email me (gclarke@cmitacsdemy.org). I look forward to frequent communication with you as we work together to ensure your child’s success!

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Clarke

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Gemma Y Bognot CLARKE, Ph.D
Science Department Chair
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HS UPCOMING EVENTS
CMIT High School's First 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
Attachment(s)

CMIT Secretary
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Collections for Art I
Current Art I Students and Parents,

We are currently doing a project that requires students to collect "collagable" materials (materials able to be cut and glued to paper) for their mapping project. Students are asked to collect memorabilia to add to their projects. I suggested notes, newspaper clippings, string, fabric, parts of posters, book covers, photographs (with your permission), and anything else that is mostly flat. The above picture show you what we are going to be doing with their collected items.

Please do not send precious things with the expectation of getting them back. It is more than acceptable to make a copy of a picture (scan and print or take a cellphone photo and print). Images and other things may have words as well as be in black and white. Students are required to bring in at least 5 items. I have sent them home with a ziploc bag with their name on it. Please have them bring in items for collage by 1/23/17 or 1/24/17 depending on the day we have class.

This project will be approximately 11"x17" (inches) at the largest. Please do not send in large items that are larger than the bag. The more items your student has the better off they will be!

Ms. Stewart
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Ms Coholic's Science Classes
Whoo Hoo! We made it!

We are now into the 2nd semester. Here is an update of the classes:

- Astronomy has ended and Plants and People (Botany/Horticulture) is beginning. Students will receive a syllabus during the first class.
- Environmental Science students are earning very good grades overall and will be completing Populations.
- Physics classes continue in the 'flipped' classroom. Currently, three short videos are due to be watched by Monday the 23rd with a warm-up quiz on the first day back of the 3rd quarter.

Let's all find that groove and do our best to earn top grades!

Suzanne Coholic
High School Science Teacher
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End of Quarter 2 Grades - Mr. Fleming
Hello,

At this point, I have submitted all the 2nd quarter grades. I cannot believe that we are already half way through the year, and I look forward to another great half of the year. I just wanted to review some rules from my syllabus that I experienced confusion about.

1. Late work will not be accepted unless there are extenuating circumstances such as a death in the family, sickness accompanied by a note, etc.
2. All homework is posted on Google classroom. If you do not have a password, then please ask your student for their login and you will be able to access their account.
3. I stay after until 4 pm on Tuesdays for additional help.
4. If you would like to know your student's grade, then please check SchoolMax. If you do not have access to SchoolMax, then please let me know.
5. Students need a 3-ring notebook and a folder to keep handouts/graded papers. There will be notebook tests to assess whether students are maintaining their notebooks and these will happen at least once every quarter.
6. The grade breakdown is as follows: 15% Homework, 50% Assessment, 35% Classwork.
7. Students will be given a digital copy of the text, and the physical copy of the textbook must remain in the classroom. However, they may borrow a copy upon request.
8. Students should expect to have a test every Friday that encompasses content from that week of school. In addition to a quiz grade, I will grade one homework per week and a classwork grade. For the classwork grade, students will be graded on their work completion.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns and once again, I look forward to the second half of the year.

Daniel Fleming
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Updates from Mr. Vernor
Greetings at the end of second quarter,

All second quarter grades have been submitted. If you would like to follow up and get more explanation on your scholar's progress, please contact me at avernor@cmitacademy.org .

- Modern World History classes will be starting our unit on the French Revolution. Final National History Day projects are due on Friday 1/27. Please be sure to ask your scholar about their progress as this will count as an assessment grade early in third quarter.
- AP Human Geography is moving further into Unit 4, "Political Geography". Soon we will be taking our midterm exam covering our first 3.5 units of inquiry.
- Anthropology is transitioning to Philosophy class for second semester. Our first unit will focus on fundamental concepts and structures within the discipline.

I continue to hold after school tutoring sessions on Tuesdays from 3-4 pm. If your scholar is interested in receiving extra help, please encourage them to show up to my classroom (169) on Tuesdays before 3:05 pm.

Please contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Thank you,

Andrew Vernor
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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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