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02/03/2017

   
 
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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

Grand Tour of Italy Trip Meeting February 23rd, 6:30pm

Our CyberPatriots Earn Platinum Status

CLF STEM Fair and Awarding Ceremony Dinner

School's Out


MS BREAKING NEWS

ITEC Enrollment Window is Open!

MS Science Olympiad Update


MS UPCOMING EVENTS

8th Grade College Trip


MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spanish Class Updates

Harvard and William & Mary Science: Why Is Classification Important?

Mr. Bayram's Physical Science

From Mrs. Cabrera-Avila's Desk


HS UPCOMING EVENTS

Class of 2019 Valentine's Day Treat Bag Sale Fundraiser

High School Baseball


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Coholic's Classes

Updates from Mr. Hommel's 11th Grade English Classes

PE Class


FAQs
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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
Grand Tour of Italy Trip Meeting February 23rd, 6:30pm

We are holding a meeting for anyone (both middle and high school) interested in attending the Grand Tour of Italy trip, scheduled for July of 2018. This will be a general information and sign up meeting for parents and students. Don't delay. Spaces on the trip are limited as this is the second sign up meeting. Also, light snacks and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP to Mr. Screven at jscreven@cmitacademy.org

James Screven
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Our CyberPatriots Earn Platinum Status
CyberPatriot is a nationwide cyber security competition that helps prepare our students for careers in cyber security through practice. CyberPatriot has had a great year of growth and advancement. This year the team has gone from two to three teams and additionally has gone from last year's ranking of gold to platinum. This new status places our school in the top 20% of the schools in the state. Plans are in place for next year to expand CyberPatriot to the middle school so that we may develop new talent and train middle school computer science students for the future.

James Screven
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CLF STEM Fair and Awarding Ceremony Dinner
Thanks for your great support to the STEM Fair and MakersFEST at the Chesapeake Light Foundation (CLF) last Saturday, January 28, 2017. It was an extra fabulous and very enthusiastic experience for all our scholars.

Now it’s time to have the “Awarding Ceremony.” A hard-copy invitation was presented to all winners. Students have been making RSVPs to Mark Sutherland msutherland@clfmd.org. Teachers and department chairs are invited as well.

To conclude, a round of applause to our scholars who won the CLF science fair. Besides Botany and Zoology, we have placed winners in each category.

Please extend our congratulations to the following students and to all those who participated:

Math and Computer Science; Anjali Clark 3rd Place
Medicine and Health; Pamela Ikegwu 1st, Oumou Diagne 3rd
Microbiology and Biochemistry; Jayden Russell 2nd, Rochelle Rochester 3rd
Engineering; Jasmine Wilson 2nd
Physics; Samantha Hong 2nd
Earth/Environmental Science; Oni Chaytor 1st; Deandre Torian 3rd
Chemistry; Laila Elzaree 2nd
Behavioral Science; Haris Chaudhry 1st; Sarah Suleman 2nd

We are all looking forward to joining the District competition.

Gemma Y Bognot CLARKE, Ph.D
Science Department Chair
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School's Out

Next week is a four-day week for students. Schools are closed Friday, February 10th. It is a professional development day for teachers. Students and families, enjoy this time off!

Respectfully,

CMIT Administration
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MS BREAKING NEWS
ITEC Enrollment Window is Open!

Rising 9th grade students are invited to participate in CMIT's Information Technology Early College (ITEC) next year. This is a unique program that allows students to participate in dual enrollment courses beginning in the 9th grade and earn an Associate Degree in Information Technology by the time they graduate high school. The program is especially suited to students with a strong interest in information technology and those with a strong work ethic.

Applications are available in the front office now and are due Wednesday, February 15th. Students who successfully meet this deadline will be invited to take the Accuplacer in late February/early March. Any student who earns a 79 or higher on the Reading Comprehension section of the assessment will be invited to continue the enrollment process which may include interviews, teacher recommendations, and writing samples.

Current 8th grade students had an opportunity to learn about the program Monday. Please take time to discuss whether the ITEC program is a good fit for your student. You may contact me with questions at tcolandrea@cmitacademy.org.

Respectfully,
Ms. Colandrea
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MS Science Olympiad Update
With the first competition just one week away, the CMIT Academy Science Olympiad team has decided to share what it accomplished in these past months. So far, our team has been meeting every Saturday, Monday and Thursday. In addition to all these meetings, the team had a winter break camp.

Over winter break, Science Olympiad met for two days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to get extra preparation for the competition. Students prepared for their events by watching videos, making notes, researching topics, and performing test trials.

This year CMIT North will compete with two teams, and each team has 15 students. The competition is on Saturday, February 11th, and we would like competitors to arrive at the University of Maryland, College Park campus at 7:30 a.m.

Every student in the team will be competing in three different events, and our team is almost ready for all building and study events.

Here is the full list of the event categories and the events in Science Olympiad 2017.

EVENT TABLE - SCIENCE OLYMPIAD 2017
LIFE, PERSONAL & SOCIAL SCIENCE
Ecology
Invasive Species
Microbe Mission
Disease Detectives
Anatomy and Physiology

PHYSICAL SCIENCE & CHEMISTRY
Hovercraft
Wind Power
Food Science
Optics
Crime Busters

INQUIRY & NATURE OF SCIENCE
Fast Facts
Bottle Rocket
Write It Do It
Experimental Design

TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
Scrambler
Towers
Mission Possible
Wright Stuff
Roller Coaster
Sumobot

EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE
Reach for the Stars
Rocks and Minerals
Road Scholar
Meteorology
Dynamic Planet

Nuri Bayram
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MS UPCOMING EVENTS
8th Grade College Trip

Eighth grade students are invited to attend our 5th annual college trip. Students were given a permission slip and itinerary this week to bring home and review with parents. If your scholar was absent or lost their permission slip it can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.

The trip is April 27th to April 28th and we will be visiting Columbia University, New York University, 9/11 Memorial Museum, Princeton University, and University of Pennsylvania.

Total cost is $220 to include bus transportation, hotel room, 9/11 Memorial Museum admission, meals and snacks.

The goal of this trip is to expose students to college admission requirements and college life to assist them in setting goals as they prepare for their high school experience.

Important Dates:
February 23, 2017 - $50 deposit due
March 24, 2017 - $170 remaining balance due
April 27, 2017 - Drop of students at CMIT - North @ 4:30am
April 28, 2017 - Pick up students at CMIT - North @ 6:30pm

Please see permission slip and itinerary for full details.

Mr. Brauer
Assistant Principal
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MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Spanish Class Updates
Introduction to Spanish students have researched and reported interesting facts about Colombia, Mexico, and Cuba. They have read about Colombian-, Mexican-, and Cuban-American students, and discussed the words ascendencia and lengua. Please ask them what they learned during their reading and researching.

Spanish One students have been reading history and culture texts on Puerto Rico. The theme of this unit is la vivienda - the household. In the latest activity, the students listened to me describe three houses for rent in Puerto Rico and wrote down what words they comprehended. Then they discussed which house was the most favorable to them and wrote down what specific aspect of the chosen house appealed to them over the others.

Students in both classes have acquired a lot of vocabulary this year, which they have proven in writing, speaking, and comprehension. Overall, the efforts of the students to acquire and use Spanish have left me speechless at times. They really know a lot!


Jared Hester
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Harvard and William & Mary Science: Why Is Classification Important?
Classification is important because it allows scientists to identify, group, and properly name organisms via a standardized system (Linnaeus Taxonomy) based on similarities found in the organism's DNA/RNA (Genetics), Adaptations (Evolution), and Embryonic development (Embryology) to other known organisms to better study and understand the new organism as a whole (Socratic).

The Grade 8 Life Science scholars, Harvard and William & Mary, discovered the importance in classifying the physical appearances by looking at the unknown organism’s genetic material. They did phylogenetic studies to scale back its evolutionary roots and named organisms according to their scientific names. The more they understand about the organism the more accurately they classify it.

Gemma Y Bognot CLARKE, Ph.D
MS SCience Teacher
CMIT Science Department Chair
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Mr. Bayram's Physical Science

UMBC-FAMU-Morgan State-Morehouse

We just finished the 5th Chapter (Chemical Reactions) in the Introduction to Chemistry book, and students performed the experiments of the chapter and had a lot of fun.

Students focused on endothermic and exothermic reactions and performed a
Vinegar-Baking Soda experiment and Hydrogen Peroxide-Yeast experiment (aka Elephant Toothpaste).

In addition to these, other experiments students did were factors affecting the rate of the chemical reactions and making slime. (Two colleges could not make slime last week, but they will make slime this week.)

In FAMU college , a student, Adriana, demonstrated and taught her friends how to make slime. Great Job Adriana!

The last chapter of the book is Acids and Bases and after that the students will dive into the world of wonders of physics with a forces and energy book.

Here is the link to watch the activities in science class.

https://drive.google.com/a/cmitacademy.org/file/d/0BxQtcxJbpqOMN21kaEE2ZGlMY00/view?usp=sharing

Nuri Bayram
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From Mrs. Cabrera-Avila's Desk
Please, students, remember to practice your Spanish 10-15 minutes everyday, do your listening practice assignment, and complete the report.

Spanish tutoring is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

As we celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the world, remember that the Department of Park and Planning has exhibitions and magnificent presentations for everyone to attend and enjoy.

Hasta luego,

Mrs. Cabrera-Avila
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HS UPCOMING EVENTS
Class of 2019 Valentine's Day Treat Bag Sale Fundraiser
The 10th Grade class is sponsoring a Valentine's Day Treat Bag sale. Each bag will be filled with candies and pretzels with a chocolate-covered rose garnishing the beautiful bag.

This bag is selling for the very low cost of $3 each, and may be pre-ordered. You may give this "Gift of Love/Friendship," to yourself and all others you would like to provide a worthy treat to say, "Have a Happy Valentine's Day." It may be reserved for a classmate, friend, parent, child, student, etc.

For pre-orders, please see Ms. Cline in Room 168 to make early payments to have bags delivered to students during their lunch periods and to faculty/staff to their offices/classrooms on Valentine's Day (February 14, 2017). Bags ordered on Valentine's Day will be picked up, by the purchaser and taken at time of purchase.

Class officers are:
Josiah Burrough, President
Sydni Gift & Kerra Kingston, Co-VPs
Brian Ndofor, Treasurer
Orooluwa (DG) Brown, Secretary
Ms. Cline, Class Advisor

Thank you for your continuous support of our class events.

Some parents/teacher/staff are ordering bags for their spouses/significant others/friends/students/other colleagues.

We look forward to serving you, with a treat bag, to help you and yours in celebration of Valentine's Day 2017.

Doris Cline
AP Biology/AP Chemistry
Genetics Educator
Class of 2019 Advisor
CLP Mentor
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High School Baseball
There will be an informational meeting about high school baseball on Tuesday, February 14th, after school in my room. The meeting should only last until 3:30pm. If a player plans to tryout, they must be in attendance.

Mark Snyder
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ms. Coholic's Classes
This week, Physics students will take a cumulative mid-term test. Reviews took place all last week and in Tuesday's tutoring session. Next week, THERE WILL BE NO PHYSICS TUTORING AFTER SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7.

This week, the Environmental Science class will review and have a test on Populations on Thursday.

Also this week, Plants and People students will have a review and a test on plant tissues on Wednesday.

Have a great week!

Suzanne Coholic
HS Science Teacher
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Updates from Mr. Hommel's 11th Grade English Classes
English 11 has finished the pre-reading discussion of Native Son and is set to begin reading the Richard Wright novel and discussing it in their book clubs.

AP Language & Composition just finished reading Macbeth and is about to begin working on their satire project, all the while continuing to prepare for the AP exam.

All students will be entering submissions for the CLF Black History Month Essay Contest, in recognition of the role of African American Marylanders in shaping the United States.

Finally, I would like to recognize the following students for their outstanding IXL achievements:

• John Emmanuel Garcia - 10 hours practicing language arts
• Taylor Gift - 5,000 language arts questions answered
• A'naija Goines - 2,000 language arts questions answered
• Christopher Gonzalez Avalos - 2,000 language arts questions answered

Scott Hommel
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PE Class
If your student is currently taking my physical training class, they must wear their PE uniform for class. We are currently doing "Insanity." It is very physically demanding, and sneakers are required. Also, it is recommended that they bring water to class.

Mark Snyder
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