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09/16/2017

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

PGCPS 2nd Annual Fall Family Institute Conference

5th Annual Middle and High School College and Career Readiness Summit

Service Hours Opportunity

Service Hours Opportunity

Service Hours Opportunity


MS BREAKING NEWS

Italy Tour Summer 2018 Information Meeting September 25th

CMIT Twitter Handle

Hearts With Houston

Run@School Day a Huge Success!

CMIT Middle School Cheer Tryouts


HS BREAKING NEWS

It Was So Nice to See You!

Seniors: Counselor Recommendation

IMPORTANT TASK: SchoolMax Password Resets

Dream Leadership Youth Program

CMIT Scholarships!

College Greenlight: College and Scholarship Searching

SAT/ACT Boot Camps and Ethnic Youth College Fair for Minority Students


MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mrs. Justsen's English 8

Current Events Enrichment Classes


HS UPCOMING EVENTS

PGCPS College and Career Readiness Summit

Gwynn Park HS College and Career Exploration Night

Service Hours Opportunity


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

CMIT North Teachers Attend U. S. Naval Academy STEM Conference


PTO UPDATES

Join the PTO & Save the Date


FAQs
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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
PGCPS 2nd Annual Fall Family Institute Conference
PGCPS 2nd Annual Fall Family Institute Conference
Saturday, October 14, 2017
8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Northwestern High School

PGCPS Family Institute: Growing Together! family.institute@pgcps.org
Register Today for Fall Semester Sessions! www.pgcpsfamily.org

Ferhat Avsar
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5th Annual Middle and High School College and Career Readiness Summit
Come to the 5th Annual Middle and High School College and Career Readiness Summit!

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9am to 2pm
Where: Oxon Hill High School, 6701 Leyte Drive, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Bring transcript for on-site admission opportunities.

To register go to: https://goo.gl/w6oa8z

More information is on the flyer below.

Attachment(s)

Ferhat Avsar
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Service Hours Opportunity
​​The William S. Schmidt Outdoor Education Center is hosting their annual campus clean up on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00am-2:00pm. Adults and Prince George’s Co. students in middle and high school are invited to attend. (Middle school students are required to attend with an adult). It is a great opportunity to earn Service Learning hours.

A flyer is attached for distribution. Anyone interested in signing up can go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SVBGLQZ.

Natalie Gaudette
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Service Hours Opportunity
This week was the beginning of the annual Maryland's Day to Serve initiative, in remembrance of 9/11. Engage in a service project from today through 10/10/17 and register the project on the Maryland's Day to Serve 2017 website: http://goci.maryland.gov/dts/

Natalie Gaudette
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Service Hours Opportunity
Fall 2017 Weed Warrior Work Days
September 9th, 2017, 9:00am – 12:00 p.m. (Whitemarsh Park)
September 30th, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Whitemarsh Park)
October 21 t, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Whitemarsh Park)
www.cityofbowie.org/weedwarriors

The City of Bowie’s Green Team is in need of volunteers to help remove English ivy from Whitemarsh Park. As an invasive, non-native plant, English ivy spreads quickly and easily, and is very destructive to native ecosystems. This is an outdoor activity that requires cutting the ivy vines at eye-level and foot-level, then pulling them back about two feet from the base of the tree to bag them. To participate, please register by contacting Ashleigh Armentrout (aarmentrout@cityofbowie.org or 301-809-3044). This is a great Student Service Learning opportunity. Children age 14 and younger must be under the direct supervision of a parent/guardian or Troop Leader at all times, and no volunteers under age 16 can use tools but may participate by pulling and bagging vines. Tiffany Wright (Watershed Manager for the City of Bowie) or Ashleigh Armentrout (Sustainability Planner for the City of Bowie) will sign off on service learning hours for students at the event.

Natalie Gaudette
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MS BREAKING NEWS
Italy Tour Summer 2018 Information Meeting September 25th

There will be an informational meeting for anyone parent/student interested in joining our 10 day Grand Tour of Italy scheduled for July 9 of 2018. Please keep in mind this is an exclusive offer to CMIT middle school students and parents accompanying a student. Topics will include an introduction of our tour company, tour inclusions, the tour experience, tour itinerary, costs and payment programs. The meeting will take place in room 109 of the middle school, Monday September 25th at 6 pm. Space on this tour is limited, as most spots have already been filled. So, please don't delay. Join us, ciao!

James Screven
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CMIT Twitter Handle
The middle school has started their own twitter account to keep students and parents informed on important information, event reminders, school successes and more. Give us a follow @CMIT_Middle to keep yourself informed!

Mrs. Jessica Linnenkamp
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Hearts With Houston
We have raised $341.88 so far for our Hearts with Houston Campaign. We still have one week left for donations so remember to bring your money to lunch. No donation is too small! The class in each grade with the most donations will receive a pizza party. The grade leaders as of Friday afternoon are below.

6th Grade: Villanova University
7th Grade: Clemson University
8th Grade: University of Pennsylvania


Mrs. Jessica Linnenkamp
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Run@School Day a Huge Success!
Our third annual Run@School Day was a wonderful success! Every middle school student got outside and enjoyed the sunshine, fresh air, and an invigorating 3/4-mile course from 9am-10am.

Not all students were able to collect pledges for their laps, but those who did were superstars! CMIT raised $1700 that will go directly to our athletic department to provide new sports equipment. Thank you to all those who pledged!

The top three pledge earners will receive a special reward this week. Listening to Monday morning's announcements to find out if you're one of the top three!

CMIT MS Staff
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CMIT Middle School Cheer Tryouts
Are you ready to be a part of CMIT's newest tradition?

Then we want you to meet us this week and tryout for CMIT's competitive cheer team.

Tryout days are as follows (see date change):

Mandatory 2-day Clinic
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tryout Date
Friday, September 22, 2017
(Date change due to Rosh Hashanah holiday. No play no practice per PGCPS athletic department rules.)

Please wear white shirts with dark bottoms, appropriate sneakers, no jewelry, and hair needs to be pulled back. You must have a 2.5 GPA, no exceptions! All cheer applicants must have a current physical from their doctor. Please see me for a physical form of needed.

Tryouts will be held in the cafeteria from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

See you there!

Coach Adams
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HS BREAKING NEWS
It Was So Nice to See You!
Thank you to everyone who came out to Back to School Night. It was wonderful to see so many of you and to talk with you about how we can increase student success. Let's keep the dialogue going.

We look forward to working with all of you toward a great year!

Tammy Colandrea
HS Assistant Principal
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Seniors: Counselor Recommendation
Please remember to fill out the attached Senior Questionnaire and return it to me with your resume in HARD COPY by Friday, September 29th. I have 100 letters of recommendation to write and I will write the letters in order of materials receipt and if you are aiming for the expected November 1st deadline, I need a full month to complete all of the letters.

Natalie Gaudette
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IMPORTANT TASK: SchoolMax Password Resets
SchoolMax passwords for all students will be reset next week on Tuesday. If students hope to regain access to their SchoolMax accounts, they must do the following by MONDAY.

Go to idm.pgcps.org and reset their password as well as set their three security questions.

That way, when the password is reset, they will be able to recover it with ease. Otherwise, they will likely have to wait a long period of time for their passwords to be reset individually.

Natalie Gaudette
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Dream Leadership Youth Program
Dream Leadership Youth Program

Starting Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

Six Fun-filled Sessions

See attachment for more information!

Natalie Gaudette
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CMIT Scholarships!
I wanted to let everyone know about RaiseMe, a scholarship platform in partnership with the Former First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative (learn about them on PBS here). On RaiseMe, students at CMIT will be able to earn performance-based scholarships throughout grades 9 - 12 from over 250 colleges (and counting) including Northeastern, Rochester, Penn State, ASU and Texas Tech. These scholarships are redeemable when students ultimately matriculate to college.

- Students have earned an average of $22,500 from colleges through RaiseMe.
- RaiseMe has awarded over 1 billion dollars in scholarships to students.
- Students in 1 of 2 high schools across the country are on RaiseMe.

Students can also add me as their Counselor on the platform, and I can see some of what they are doing there.

It's a great program for students to check out! Students can make a profile by going to: https://www.raise.me/

Natalie Gaudette
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College Greenlight: College and Scholarship Searching
Seniors will hear more about College Greenlight in their College Summit course next week, but I recommend ALL students in grades 9 - 12 set up a profile on College Greenlight. This website allows students to fill out a profile and ultimately be connected to colleges and universities as well as scholarships.

Look out for more information soon, but please encourage your students to make an account this weekend!

Students can set up their profile and link me as their Counselor by going to: https://www.collegegreenlight.com/

Natalie Gaudette
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SAT/ACT Boot Camps and Ethnic Youth College Fair for Minority Students
Get ConnectEd, LLC is excited to announce their fall events. They have their 2017 Fall SAT and ACT Boot Camps on Saturday, October 21, 2017 and the 2nd Annual Ethnic Youth College Fair for Minority Students. Registration for each event is below.

These boot camps are for individuals in grades 9-12 to help college-bound high school students prepare for the SAT and ACT exam. Students will learn critical tips and tricks to approach the SAT and ACT. These classes will be taught by experienced, dynamic, knowledgeable instructors from The Princeton Review. For more than 30 years, students and parents have trusted The Princeton Review to help them reach their education goals. Students will examine all test sections and core topics, learn exclusive strategies, develop reasoning methods, and apply test-taking techniques throughout the workshop. Each student will receive materials to facilitate instruction of reading strategies, math concepts, grammar review, and essay examples. Afterwards, students will simulate the testing environment by taking a practice exam. Each boot camp is limited to 25 students. Once a boot camp is full, you will not be able to register.

The Ethnic Youth College Fair for Minority Students gives African American, Asian, and Latino students an opportunity to meet with college representatives from across the country and gather pertinent information about the college process as well as plan a course of study for their designated career track. This fair is a great time for minority students to familiarize themselves with a variety of schools in which they are interested as well as introduce themselves to schools they might not have previously considered. Many colleges will offer application fee waivers, on-site admissions, and scholarships. Please have students come prepared with several copies of their transcripts and SAT/ACT scores! Large groups are welcome!

The links below will take you to the registration page.

SAT and ACT Boot Camp
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045
Cost: $150 (Note: You can only take one class at a time.)


Ethnic Youth College Fair for Minority Students
Date: November 4, 2017
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Tommy Douglas Conference Center
10000 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903

Cost: FREE

For more information, contact Natalie Ross: nperkinsross@getconnectededu.com

Natalie Gaudette
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MS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mrs. Justsen's English 8
This week I'll start with the great news: We finished SLO and MAP-R testing! Students will receive feedback on their writing and printed scores reports in the upcoming week, so parents please look (or ask) for those to be shared! Based on the students' writing strengths and areas for improvement, we'll set goals, and students will receive links to some grammar/writing-related resources to review at home.

More great news -- the first Article of the Week was a success! Students read and annotated the article (about current immigration policies), which was shared last week. On Thursday they discussed their ideas about the article and the author's message and then wrote a 1+page reflection (consisting of both a short summary of the author's argument and then a response to that argument with details from the text and their discussions as support).

The next Article of the Week is attached. It's about a topic we can all relate to: MONEY (more specifically, the lottery). Please allow students a few days to read and annotate the article, and then discuss it with them and share your perspectives! Through outside discussions about the text, students have the opportunity to gather multiple perspectives and come prepared for rich discussions on Thursdays.

*Students will receive their annotated AoWs back from me every Friday (along with the new article for the following week). Please remind them to KEEP these articles for future reference (with blogging, etc). I'd recommend keeping the returned articles in a folder at home so they are not lost and can be used when needed.

...and yet more great news: most students seemed to love their first story by Edgar Allan Poe. They were able to make predictions about the plot and assumptions about the narrator while they actively listened to the story.

And now for the bad news: Oops! There is none!


COMING UP NEXT...
We will get our first set of SAT vocabulary early next week, so students will need to bring their 3x5 notecards to class.
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Danica Justsen, NBCT
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Current Events Enrichment Classes
Dear Parents:

Please be advised, Etiquette shall also be included in the Current Events Enrichment Classes.

The two subjects shall be taught by Mrs. Cihan and Dr. Sullivan-Williams (aka Dr. BB).

Just to name a few of the topics being taught are during the Etiquette session as follows:

* What is Etiquette
* What exactly are manners
* Why is it important to be polite (and/or have good manners)
* A brief history of manners
* Which manners are most important
* Having manners vs. Being Fake
* Classroom Etiquette for Students, and Teachers
* Why don't people have manners anymore

As you are a where of Etiquette being the customary code of polite behavior in society, or among members of a particular professional group, which speaks to one's dignity and sense of what is acceptable, or (becoming) appropriate, as well as establishing boundaries, morals, ethics, good taste, expectations of conventional norms within a society, and politeness.

The joy of practicing proper etiquette, assures one of becoming less likely to offend or annoy people, and you may even charm the.

Both, Mrs. Cihan and I look forward to empowering your scholars with knowledge.


Sincerely,
Dr. Sullivan-Williams, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. BB)
Senior Certified Life Skills/Character Education Educator
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HS UPCOMING EVENTS
PGCPS College and Career Readiness Summit
College and Career Readiness Summit (Still Accepting Registrations)
On Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9am-2pm, PGCPS will host its 5th Annual College and Career Readiness Summit at Oxon Hill High School. 7th-12th grade students and families are welcome.

Register at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXMMJq51eH8EB0SRB06GfMNvgGgPUsFkJuGog7UJzo5h3QDA/viewform?c=0&w=1

Please bring a transcript for on-site admissions. If you need a copy of your transcript, please bring a completed copy of the attached transcript request form to Ms. Gaudette with envelopes for each transcript you need.

Natalie Gaudette
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Gwynn Park HS College and Career Exploration Night
Gwynn Park High School will host its first College and Career Exploration Night on Tuesday, September 19th at 5:30pm. The fair will take place in the Large Gym. Students will have the opportunity to meet college and career representatives from various institutions. Additional information for internship opportunities, college tours, and SAT/ACT Prep programs will be available. Students grades 7-12 from all county schools are welcome.

Natalie Gaudette
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Service Hours Opportunity
Current Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students who wish to earn service-learning hours are welcome to serve as student volunteers at College and Career Readiness Summit. Please complete the attached form and return it to Mr. Richard Moody at rmoody@pgcps.org or fax to: 301-749-5220. Only current PGCPS students who return this form will be able to participate and receive service-learning hours for their work at the summit. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Moody at 301-749-4379.

Natalie Gaudette
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
CMIT North Teachers Attend U. S. Naval Academy STEM Conference

Mrs. Natalie Crespo-Montano and Ms. Alma Smith, science teachers from CMIT North Academy Public Charter School recently participated in the STEM Educator’s Conference held at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA). The focus of the USNA STEM workshop included an Introduction to Engineering Design, Simple Machines, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, and Basic Components of an Electric Circuit. Teachers were provided the materials needed to build and experiment with simple electric circuits, and simple machines. Teachers explored how hydraulics and pneumatics work.

During the afternoon STEM training, teachers were given a challenge to design and construct a missile reload machine (MRM) operated only through the use of simple machines, hydraulics, and electronics from the given materials.

Teachers also had the opportunity to learn about major fields of engineering, average salaries in various fields of engineering, and the top-paid majors in engineering fields such as civil, biomedical, aerospace, industrial, mechanical, petroleum chemical, computer and electrical engineering. Teachers also received information describing recent research advances in the various fields of engineering.

Mrs. Crespo-Montano with her husband, Ms. Smith, and Naval Academy Midshipmen are shown in the collage of pictures during the training.

Alma Smith
CMIT North Academy High School
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PTO UPDATES
Join the PTO & Save the Date
We are excited to have so many parents become members of the PTO during our 2 Back-to-School Nights!

Our membership campaign continues and we encourage all parents to join the PTO to support the important work the PTO does for our children, parents, and schools.

Use this direct link to join online: http://www.cmitnorthpto.org/join-online.html


Save the Date for our 1st General PTO Meeting for the 2017-2018 School Year

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: CMIT Middle School, 6100 Frost Place, Laurel, MD 20707

During this meeting our goal is to to adopt a budget for the year, vote on minor Bylaw changes from last school year, finalize our elections for vacant positions, and provide other important updates.

The Slate of Candidates and Proposed Bylaw changes can be found on the homepage of our website. www.cmitnorthpto.org

For questions please contact the following:
General - information@cmitnorthpto.org
Membership - membership@cmitnorthpto.org
Fundraising - fundraising@cmitnorthpto.org
Class of 2018 (Graduation Packages) - Classof2018@cmitnorthpto.org

Thank you,
CMIT North PTO
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