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04/08/2017

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

Q3 Report Cards | School's Out (Spring Break)

Teacher Appreciation Week!

CMIT-NSBE FIRE Math Team National Champ!

CMIT-NSBE FIRE TEN80 Team Placed First and Second

College Applications at CMIT

PE Classes


CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)

New Meeting for the Summer 2018 Italy Trip Has Finally Arrived!


HS BREAKING NEWS

JV Softball Game Schedule and Information


MS UPCOMING EVENTS

8th Grade Finance Park Chaperones Needed

7th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times


MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

El Gamma Penumbra - Simply Amazing!

Character Education/Life Skills

Grade 8 Duke and Northwestern Final Project - Biology Podcast!

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Social Studies Spring Break Extra Credit

MS Geometry students learn vocabulary in a creative way

Mr. Bayram's Physical Science


HS UPCOMING EVENTS

Register for SAT


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Genetics Test

Math PARCC Practice

Mr. Hommel's English Classes

Peer to Peer Mentoring in Chemistry


FAQs
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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
Q3 Report Cards | School's Out (Spring Break)

Third quarter report cards will be distributed to students Monday, April 10th.

Also, note that schools are closed Friday for Easter and Spring Breaks. We will see everyone on Monday, April 24th. Have fun and be safe!

Respectfully,

CMIT Administration
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Teacher Appreciation Week!
Dear Parents,

Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner - May 1-5! We are collecting monetary donations to make this week a success. If you would like to contribute, please have your student bring the donation to the school in an envelope marked Teacher Appreciation Week and place it in the PTO’s mailbox located in the lobby. If sending a check, please make it payable to CMIT North PTO with “Teacher Appreciation” on the memo line. Also, if you would like to help with the planning or implementation of this special week, please contact Candace Salley at candace.salley@gmail.com. Let’s show our teachers how much we appreciate all of their hard work!!

Thank you for your support!
CMIT North PTO Teacher Appreciation Committee
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CMIT-NSBE FIRE Math Team National Champ!

On Thursday, March 30th, seven students from CMIT North traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to compete in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 43rd Annual Convention Try-Math-A-Lon (TMAL). Over two days, March 30 and March 31, our students comprised of two teams: Future Innovative Rising Engineers (FIRE) 1010 & FIRE 0910 competed. This is the second year CMIT North students competed and won 1st place as National TMAL Champions in 2016 and 2017. FIRE 1010 and FIRE 0910 competed against 20 teams and advanced through 3 stages of competition: Progress Assessment Test (PAT), The Engineering Contest (TEC) and the TMAL Quiz bowl that engaged the students in an exciting jeopardy style competition. NSBE FIRE 1010 consists of four honor students in which three are ITEC students: TMAL Team Captain: Jeffrey Greer IV, Brian Ndofor, Robert Allsbrooks IV, and Orooluwa Brown. CMIT North was also represented by three honor and ITEC students on NSBE FIRE 0910 team: John Ikegwu, Arya Pawar and Joshua Ikegwu.

NSBE TMAL is a tutoring program to prepare students for standardized test exams such as the PSAT, ACT and SAT, and promote competition and good sportsmanship. TMAL FIRE coach is Jeffrey Greer III along with two awesome Assistant Coaches Chris and Robert Allsbrooks III. The TMAL Teams and Coaches give special thanks and appreciation to the dedicated parents and the CMIT North teaching staff for supporting TMAL throughout the year and during the national conference.

Coach Jeffrey Greer III
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CMIT-NSBE FIRE TEN80 Team Placed First and Second

On Thursday, March 30th several students from CMIT North traveled to Kansas City, Missouri to compete in the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 43rd Annual Convention to compete in the TEN80 racing challenge and science fair. Over two days, March 30 and March 31 our students competed in RC car races, Robotic (arduino) based car races, and presentations. The students won first and second place in two of the RC car races and one first place in the robotic car race. The teams is made of up one high school team and one middle school team. This is the first year CMIT North students competed.

In January, the team won first place at the DC invitational competition. Because of their success, the team has been invited to the grand championship in Troy, NY to take place April 29-30th at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The team consists of several FIRE-CMIT students: Re Peyton, Jeremiah Smith, Roshni Pawar, Pamela Ikegwu, Ethan Maddox, and Alwyn Manalil.

FIRE stands for future innovative rising engineers. CMIT has partnered with FIRE to offer robotics, math, and race car activities. TMAL FIRE coaches are Milton Davis, Julian Alford, Gary Palmer and Ms. Gloria Graham. As a non-profit, volunteer organization, FIRE is very grateful that CMIT hosts and supports this program. In addition to the NSBE National Convention, the FIRE NSBE Jr and NSBE GSC held four community outreach events this season including FIRE NSBE Jr’s annual Rocket Day event at the beginning of the summer. Also, FIRE held a STEM Workshop at CMIT Academy in Laurel, MD, sponsored by the Air Force. Over 200 students and parents attended the workshop that focused on college preparation, math games, science experiments, race engineering, rocketry building and launches, and robotics through FIRE’s STEM demonstrations. In addition, FIRE held a 7 week long Professional Development Program for our students that focused on creating a professional resume and interviewing skills. We also held a Financial Literacy Workshop that taught the students budgeting through real life examples, the effects of credit, and compound interest.

Milton Davis
FIRE NSBE Jr Advisor
NSBE GSC PCI Chair

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College Applications at CMIT

CMIT seniors have done an excellent job! CMIT's class of 2017 college acceptance rate is 100%. Some of the highlights of our college admission season are:

1 - 100% of CMIT North seniors received college acceptance.
2 - 97% of these acceptances are from 4-year degree institutions.
3 - The merit based scholarship total amount is over $5,000,000.
4 - CMIT North students received acceptances from some of the most selective colleges and universities such as Cornell, Brown, Dartmouth, UPenn, Carnegie Mellon University, George Washington, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland College Park, Penn State, Case Western, Northeastern University, University of Virginia and many more...Click on the link below to see the entire list of schools.



Ferhat Avsar
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PE Classes

This is a friendly reminder to please wear you PE uniform clothes on days that you have PE.

In the high school physical training classes this semester, we have been doing Insanity. In my other PE classes, on days that it rains, we are also doing Insanity. This includes my middle school classes as well.

Mark Snyder
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CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)
New Meeting for the Summer 2018 Italy Trip Has Finally Arrived!

For parents who missed the mid-winter Italy trip meeting and all others interested in travel, I will be holding a meeting Thursday, April 27th in room 164 at 7 PM. This meeting is a general information meeting, and parents will have the opportunity to sign up family members that night. Entry for the meeting will be through the back of building. This trip is open to registration for 6-12 graders and their families. Don't wait! This trip is almost sold out.

Mr. James Screven
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HS BREAKING NEWS
JV Softball Game Schedule and Information
We had a great first practice this past Monday, and the girls' enthusiasm is palpable. We practice Mondays and Fridays from 3:15 - 5:15, and our game schedule has been released:

- Monday, April 24th: @ Douglass (4:30pm)
- Wednesday, April 26th: @ Oxon Hill (4:30pm)
- Thursday, April 27th: @ Northwestern (4:30pm)
- Saturday, April 29th: @ Bladensburg (11:30am)
- Wednesday, May 3rd: @ Parkdale (4:30pm)
- Wednesday, May 10th: @ Bowie (4:30pm)
- @ High Point (Possible make-up game, TBD)

As a reminder, all high school student athletes pay a $100 athletic fee to cover the cost of uniforms and some of the cost of transportation. (We will have bus transportation to games.) You can make the payment on myschoolbucks.com. Players need to get their PGCPS athletic forms into Coach Lawrence as well, if they have not already done so. Thank you, and see you at the games!


-Coach Hommel

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MS UPCOMING EVENTS
8th Grade Finance Park Chaperones Needed
This year, all 8th grade students will be participating in a financial literacy simulation day at Junior Achievement Finance Park in Landover, MD on June 5th and 6th.

In order to help facilitate student learning during the simulation, we will need plenty of volunteers! Volunteers don't have to be financial experts, just adults who have an understanding of budgeting, paying bills, etc.

Please fill out the form below if you are interested in volunteering for this experience! Please feel free to send this form to family members, community members, etc.- volunteers can come from anywhere and do not have to be PGCPS fingerprinted to participate.

Feel free to contact Ms. Cracovaner at acracovaner@cmitacademy.org with any questions. We look forward to your participation in June!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfiL6fppHxGnESeJrjhSxGBB8B9GatnWsuOppEansGY9b856w/viewform?usp=sf_link

Ms. Cracovaner
Middle School Social Studies Teacher & Department Chair
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7th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times
On Thursday, April 27th, 7th graders will have a field trip to Medieval Times in Hanover to enrich their study of Medieval Europe.

The trip will cost $55.00 per student, which includes transportation, admission, and food. All money is due online using www.myschoolbucks.com by Wednesday, April 12th.

Students will report to school that day at the regular time and will return before the end of the school day.

Please submit all permission slips to Ms. Cracovaner or Mrs. Linnenkamp (Ms. Lash) by Wednesday, April 12th. Parents are more than welcome to attend as chaperones, if they have paid and been fingerprinted by PGCPS.

All slots are open on a first, come first served basis based on payment. Please see the attached permission slip for more details.

Ms. Cracovaner & Mrs. Linnenkamp
Middle School Social Studies Department
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MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
El Gamma Penumbra - Simply Amazing!

El Gamma Penumbra, in English “The Penumbral Range” which roughly translates to, "the ray of light (behind) a man's shadow" is one of the most exquisite clubs in CMIT Academy – north. They meet every Fridays and practice performances using Black light, hand shadow puppets and shadow theater tales. Due to their ability to be able to deliver a message through their shadow acts, with the use of black lights and /or focus lightings, these young scholars interpret music and songs to strengthen and promote the optimistic aspects of life.

On Saturday, the 1st day of April, 2017 during the Chesapeake Light House Foundation (CLF) Culture Feast, the “El Gamma Penumbra” performed with one of their interpretation on how CMIT has been part of their life. The audience could not help saying, “This is the best black light hand performance I’ve seen." With nothing but hands and a black light, this group performed an artistic rendition of “You Raise Me Up.” One of the PTO officers even uttered, "Simply incredible!" Special mention to Ms. Leeta Brown who has been diligently volunteering to help Dr. Clarke coordinate with these talented scholars.

El gamma Penumbra is a theatrical performance style characterized by the use of black box theater augmented by black light illusion. Another interpretation they do is a play or dance presented by casting shadows of puppets on a screen also called shadow-graph. (Please click to view one of their rehearsals: attached)

El Gamma Penumbra members are:

Kavyasri Gouda, Grade 8 Duke
Vanessa Penarrietta, Grade 8 Duke
Sarah Suleman, Grade 8 Duke
Sacred Farrow, Grade 8 Harvard
Kaitlin Quarshie, Grade 8 Harvard
Pamela Ikegwu, Grade 7 Moorehouse
Taliah McIlwain, Grade 7 FAMU
Rosni Pawar, Grade 7 Moorehouse
Phoebe Brown, Grade 6 Brown
Trinity Brown, Grade 6 Brown
Emelia Amoyaw, Grade 6 Brown

Gemma Y Bognot CLARKE, Ph.D
MS Science Teacher
Science Department Chair
CMIT Academy
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Character Education/Life Skills
The month of April is observed as National Alcohol Month.
All Character Education/Life Skills classes have been assigned the task of doing a project on said subject with the following information and drawings explaining the effects Alcohol has on the human body. (Each drawing must match the wording of information):

a. Behavior (attitude, body language, and facial expressions)
b. Reasons why people do or do not drink
c. Identify the Myths and Realities of what Alcohol can and can not do
d. Alcohol's short and long term effects on the human body
e. The effects of large and small doses of Alcohol have on the human body
f. Explaining "Decision Making" is a choice everyone has, and how the 3 Cs effects one's choices (3 Cs: Clarify, Consider and Choose)
g. Explain how "Self-Esteem" is an important issue
h. Explain the importance of the 3 questions one asks oneself prior to making a choice ( Is it legal, will my parents, and is it safe for me?)
i. Including the three vocabulary (Misconception, Abstinence, and Tolerance, and definitions relating to the topic)
j. Realizing Alcohol has no magical, nor mystical powers

This project is due the week of April 10, 2017 during your scholar's Character Education/Life Skills class, and all projects shall be on display through out the school, for all to view.


Sincerely,
Dr. Sullivan-Williams (a.k.a. Dr. BB)
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Grade 8 Duke and Northwestern Final Project - Biology Podcast!

Middle school Biology students (Duke and Northwestern) are creating podcasts for our classroom. Their topics were distributed by picking up a number and matching it with the topics identified through random selections of the lessons we discussed during the first (1st) to third (3rd) quarters.

Instead of a student standing in front of the class and re-teaching the lessons learned, they will podcast or speak through multimedia to engage their classmates and foster multiple literacies. Their podcast can be a recorded live presentation using audio, video, enhanced video or screenshot.

The use of podcasting helps to interact with students on a different level while maximizing time in class, fostering critical thinking, and allowing for more discussions and experiences with science content.

CMIT students are active, engaged learners, who are able to think critically, compete, and become college and career ready in all subjects specially Science. Recognizing Duke’s and Northwestern’s areas of growth and striving to improve their skills, these podcasts will be their testimonies of what they have learned in Biology from August to March of this year.

All podcasts will be placed on Google classroom on Monday, May 1, 2017.

Attached are the procedures, rubrics and assignments of each students in the class.

Gemma Y Bognot CLARKE, Ph.D
MS Science Teacher
Science Department Chair
CMIT Academy
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Science Fiction and Fantasy
This quarter we are focusing on Alternate Worlds. We are asking the question: How do science fiction and fantasy writers give us insight into our own world?
Our book club book is The Hobbit which fits nicely into our theme.

In class we read a portion of the script of Back to the Future and watched a short clip of the movie. We focused on how visual and sound elements affect our understanding of the movie.

Next week we will be doing Reader's Theater with the old Twilight Zone segment called The Monsters are Due on Maple Street by Rod Serling. Scholars should have fun reading and acting out the parts!

I know we are quickly approaching Spring Break and there may be some Spring fever in the air. Please remind scholars that each day of school is meant for learning. We still have a lot of work to do!

Thank you for your support.

Amy Sumor
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Social Studies Spring Break Extra Credit
The Social Studies Department would like to extend the opportunity of Extra Credit over the Spring Break. The assignments are attached below. This will not be mandatory! If students choose to complete, they will need to turn their work into their Social Studies teacher by Wednesday, April 26th. We hope everyone has a relaxing break:)

Middle School Social Studies Department
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MS Geometry students learn vocabulary in a creative way
Geometry contains many vocabulary words and definitions. To aid with learning, students were directed to create a game with their vocabulary words. Games ranged from board games through online games.

Ms. Fagan
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Mr. Bayram's Physical Science
The Introduction to Chemistry book was completed. We studied the first chapter (Motion) from the Forces and Energy Book. Now, we will start Newton's Laws.

My students performed Experiments on Invisible ink (Properties of bases), Detecting Acids and Bases (Litmus Bases), and Friction and Motion. Please click on one of the pictures to see more pictures.

Nuri Bayram
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HS UPCOMING EVENTS
Register for SAT
11th grade Students and Parents:

It is important to note that students register for the SAT test on their own. Click here to see the instructions about how to register online.
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/online-registration-help

The expectation is to have all CMIT juniors to register soon for one of the SAT test dates below. You have two options. You can either register for the SAT on May 6th or on June 3rd.

Test Date Registration Deadline
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017

You may need CMIT's high school code and the official name of your high school at the time of registration.
CMIT high school code: 210722
High school name: Chesapeake Math and IT Public Charter School (Do not select Chesapeake Math and IT Academy)

We wish the best for all of our students that are going to take the test.
Click here for free full-length practice SAT tests: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/practice/full-length-practice-tests

Ferhat Avsar
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Genetics Test
Hello,

There will be an Inheritance, Meiosis, and Genetic Mutations test next week.
- A day students will take the test on Wednesday, April 13th
- B day students will take the test on Tuesday, April 12th

An outline will be posted on Google classroom shortly that highlights key topics that will be on the exam. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Daniel Fleming
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Math PARCC Practice
Good Afternoon Parents,

Math PARCC is quickly arriving upon us. The test is scheduled for April 25th and April 26th. In order to help prepare our students for this event, we will be assigning students a practice PARCC exam through the Pearson website (link found below). We are strongly recommending that students complete all three portions of the practice exam. We also suggest that students follow the time limit that will be imposed on test day (100 minutes per section). We are also recommending that students create the same environment as test day. This means making sure that they only use calculator when allowed, use blank scratch paper, and take the test in a quiet distraction free area.

https://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests/math/

Enjoy your Spring Break!


CMIT Math Department
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Mr. Hommel's English Classes
English 11 has finished researching the social context of The Crucible, and is now set to begin reading the classic play by Arthur Miller. PARCC testing begins soon after we return for break, so we are also practicing every week for the PARCC, reading sample excerpts to assess reading comprehension, and incorporating newly-learned skills into our written work.

AP Language & Composition is about one month away from taking the exam. While we've read, analyzed, and discussed such classics as Oedipus Rex and Othello, our primary focus is preparing for the exam by completing timed exercises and writing essays. Using the College Board rubrics for the argumentative, synthesis, and rhetorical analysis essays, students are writing essays in a simulated testing environment before "trading and grading" one another's work according to the appropriate rubric.

We're ready to finish the year strong and I have faith that our students will do very well on these assessments. Have a fantastic spring break!

Mr. Hommel
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Peer to Peer Mentoring in Chemistry

Students are working well to mentor each other in chemistry classes as they review stoichiometric equations and calculations. Some of the students who have mentored other students in chemistry and forensic science classes are: Marcus Rainford, Robert Allsbrook, OroOluwa Brown and Siddiq Popoola. The chemistry mentors volunteer by sharing their procedures for correct calculations with those students seeking to better understand and successfully complete the chemistry assignments, in addition to the opportunities for chemistry tutoring after school during the week. Incidentally, kudos to chemistry student mentors Robert Allsbrook and Orooluwa Brown, who received 1st place recognition for their excellent performance in the NSBE Tri-Mathalon during the 2017 National competition. Great job to all the students!

Alma Smith
Chemistry Teacher
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