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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy North High School

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10/19/2020

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

Newsletter Feedback Survey

PGCC Dual Enrollment Spring 2021

Community Needs Survey

Follow us on Social Media!

Publicity Release Forms


CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)

October Counselor Cafe Schedule

CMIT Academic Support and Tutoring Services


HS BREAKING NEWS

CMIT Staff Biographic

Student Rights + Responsibilities | The Sequel


EXTRACURRICULARS

Clubs Started!

CMIT North HS' New Engineering After School Program

VEX Robotics Club Updates

Club Opportunity | LimeLight

DEBATE CLUB WILL BEGIN OCT 26; NOTIFICATIONS BEING DELIVERED OCT. 21

Online Skills for Business Club


DEPARTMENT UPDATES

Science Department

Prince George's County Memorial Library "Virtual Career Chat"

Financial Aid Bootcamp Events Oct. 20, 21

Cheating vs. Collaborating: How to interact with peers and seek help in a virtual environment

October is Bullying Prevention Month


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Coholic's Science Classes

9th Grade English

Cybersecurity Awareness Month - This October, Do Your Part #BeCyberSmart

Computer Science Updates

Mr. Funk's Social Studies Courses Updates


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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
Newsletter Feedback Survey
CMIT`s Newsletter has been serving more than 5 years as a great communication tool between staff, students, parents and the community. All students, parents, staff and subscribers receive the CMIT-H HS Newsletter on Monday mornings. However, How often do you read this Newsletter? What is your level of interest with CMIT`s Newsletter? Are you a cover to cover reader? or do you just take a look? Are you satisfied with the content? Do you have any suggestions to make the newsletter better? Please fill out the survey to help us to improve the newsletter; https://forms.gle/XDNvHHPiDLYSZDbs7 Our goal is to improve the Newsletter. We need your feedback to be able to do this. To subscribe: https://newsletter.clfportal.org/newsletter/issues/cmitn Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me at nbayram@cmitacademy.org Mr.Bayram Program Coordinator

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PGCC Dual Enrollment Spring 2021
Important Information: -PGCC will again be using DualEnroll, an online platform for dual enrollment application, approval, and registration -This semester, there are three changes to the Dual Enrollment process: 1) Juniors and Seniors are eligible for select courses with a 3.0 cumulative unweighted high school GPA (more information will be sent to eligible students this week!) 2) All students are limited to two (2) courses per term (ITEC students are exempt from this limitation) 3) Communication response time is within 3 business days for each approval (72 business hours) Student qualification with SAT/ACT: students who would like to use their SAT or ACT scores will need to self-identify and reach out to their assigned PGCC Dual Enrollment Team Member (Ms. Gabrielle Taylor, gtaylor9421@pgcc.edu) -October 29th General PGCC Info Session at 6:00pm, will review how to apply and enroll for Spring 2021, support services available, setting up and using college systems, Dual Enrollment opportunities, program deadlines: http://bit.ly/PGCCDE10292020 -November 9th - the PGCC DualEnroll Site will open for Spring 2021 Applications -November 25tth - Dual Enrollment Application Deadline -December 11th - Dual Enrollment Schedule Change Deadline for Students (for students who have already applied and have been approved but need to change the section of their approved course) -SENIORS: While you are allowed to take Dual Enrollment classes in Spring 2021, please note that they do NOT go on your high school transcript and therefore do NOT impact your high school GPA at all. A lot of seniors take courses in the Spring for the discount, enrichment, and to earn college credits to transfer into their future colleges. This is especially important if you plan to attend PGCC when you graduate high school. Starting Dual Enrollment in the Spring will qualify you for the Dual2Degree program, which gives a 50% discount on classes!

CMIT Academy North High School Counseling Department Ms. Gaudette (A-J Last Names) - ngaudette@cmitacademy.org Ms. Ryan (K-Z Last Names) - rryan@cmitacademy.org
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Community Needs Survey
Dear Parents and Students, As the 20-21 academic year proceeds, we are aware that the necessities of distance learning create unique challenges for students and families. While we're confident that we're doing strong work to support students, we're also aware that we can include more of our stakeholders in our future plans to support student growth. Your responses are anonymous and will be used to generate more opportunities for collaboration and flexibility as we continue to navigate the challenge of distance learning. But we're also desirous to establish strategies and programs which will remain in force even beyond our current challenges. So we're intent to make your feedback productive of long-lasting and effective support for our community of learners. Your frank, honest opinions in this matter are desired. https://forms.gle/w9tpFarpPAFDa8Jr5

All the Best! Mr. Bevard
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Follow us on Social Media!
Follow CMIT-N High School on social media. Follow us on Twitter: @CMITAcademy Follow us on Instagram: cmitacademy Subscribe to us on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPuPgTO2ZyC2WQoTOgBislA?view_as=subscriber Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me at nbayram@cmitacademy.org Mr.Bayram Program Coordinator STEM Coordinator

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Publicity Release Forms
Greetings families, Each school year Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) requires parents/guardians to fill out a Publicity Release form for each student. Throughout the school year, PGCPS and the Prince George’s County Board of Education conduct activities that may be publicized by local or national news media or used to promote the school system. Publicity activities include interviews, photographs or videos of individuals or groups of students, or student works (including, but not limited to, artistic works, athletic activities, performances and competitions) that may be used in websites, social media such as Facebook and Twitter, print or online publications, or videos. Please fill out the attached Electronic PGCPS 2020-21 SY Publicity Release Form by checking only one of the boxes to GRANT or NOT GRANT PERMISSION. This Form will remain in effect through September 2021. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11vp6zITFHL1TPbI5a7aUzcf0zWbwSuDbp9uJA210mQM/edit Important Note: CMIT-N HS requires selecting the "GRANT PERMISSION" option in "the Publicity Release Form" to be able to participate in clubs and STEM teams. nbayram@cmitacademy.org Mr.Bayram Program Coordinator

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CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)
October Counselor Cafe Schedule
The Counseling Department are putting on three sessions throughout the month of October during 9th, 10th, and 11th grade Lunch Periods. 12th Grade students will continue to have virtual College Representative sessions throughout the month of October (almost every day!). Counselor Cafe Sessions for October: "Fall" into Postsecondary Planning Friday October 9th: Academic Transitions and Study Skills Friday, October 23rd: Introduction to the College Application Process Friday, October 30th: Introduction to College Financial Aid Please see the attached flyers for the links to the sessions! Note: these sessions were selected because they were some of our highest presentation requests based on our Student and Parent surveys! We will have more sessions in November and December...stay tuned!

CMIT Academy North High School Counseling Department .............................................................................................................................................................................................. Ms. Gaudette (Last Names A-J): ngaudette@cmitacademy.org .............................................................................................................................................................................................. Ms. Ryan (Last Names K-Z): rryan@cmitacademy.org
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CMIT Academic Support and Tutoring Services
Chesapeake Math & IT Academy, Academic Support & Tutorial Services (CMIT-ASTS), will begin after-school tutoring next week in Math, English Language, Biology, and Social Studies with Ms. Speed, Ms. Belt, and Ms. Compton. Students have been determined based on the recent first progress report. We feel the extra support during tutoring will be very beneficial to our students. An email will be sent to parents or a call from our team to request parents to encourage their child to attend the tutorial service schedule. If your child is only attending tutoring for one subject area, they will have to attend the weekdays' schedule. If they are attending both subject areas, they will have tutoring on weekdays and weekends. Moreover, suppose you feel that your child needs an organization to complete assignments and skills to be more self-sufficient in fulfilling the online activities; you may also fill out and return the form attached to Dr. Clarke at gclarke@cmitacademy.org as soon as possible. CMIT-TAST is always interested in putting our students' needs first. We want to ensure that help is available, especially with students' organizations, to submit assignments and comprehend core subject areas to complete high school requirements. We greatly appreciate your willingness to allow us to support your child with their learning needs. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfGxBVamBlBzQkGBT5X7cdicZdtnMq4ebRb7y5ECKlVuEiF5Q/viewform?usp=pp_url

Sincerely Yours; Gemma Clarke, Ph.D Science Teacher, Academic Support and Tutoring Services Coordinator Green School Team Organizer HS Science Fair Coordinator
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HS BREAKING NEWS
CMIT Staff Biographic
Many of our students and parents asked for a document that told them more about our staff members, their contact information and availability, and who to contact for various things at CMIT North High School. The CMIT Staff Biographic is here! http://bit.ly/CMITNorthStaffBiographicSY21

CMIT Academy North High School Counseling Department Ms. Gaudette (A-J Last Names) - ngaudette@cmitacademy.org Ms. Ryan (K-Z Last Names) - rryan@cmitacademy.org
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Student Rights + Responsibilities | The Sequel
Hello, Families! Last week, both assistant principals had the opportunity to meet with students in their grade levels to review the Student Rights + Responsibilities Handbook. Now, we need your support as we partner toward your student's success this year. Please take a moment to review the Student Rights + Responsibilities Handbook, discuss it with your student, and submit the acknowledgement form below. Student Rights + Responsibilities Handbook: https://tinyurl.com/yxnfqzac Acknowledgement Form: https://forms.gle/evU42UJPvbFiNrtq5 Respectfully,

HS Administration
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EXTRACURRICULARS
Clubs Started!
Clubs already started and you may still join. You may find the club announcements in this and last week's newsletters and you may still sign up. In addition to Newsletter, you may receive emails for Clubs and STEM Team announcements and recruitments. Please check the weekly newsletter and your emails carefully. Moreover, If you want to see all clubs` info together at one place, visit CMIT-N HS Clubs webpage: http://cmitacademy.org/highschool/clubs-20-21/ The only thing to sign up is to send an email to the club sponsor. A few important points about the SY20-21 Clubs. 1. Clubs and Team Meetings will be online, in a virtual environment. 2. In order for students to participate in Clubs and STEM teams, the Board of Education of Prince George’s County Public Schools shall require students in high school to maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or equivalent. 3.Publicity release google forms should be submitted by selecting the "GRANT PERMISSION" option to be able to participate in Clubs/STEM Teams. Find the Publicity Release Google form in the link below: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11vp6zITFHL1TPbI5a7aUzcf0zWbwSuDbp9uJA210mQM/edit Should you have any questions please feel free to contact me at nbayram@cmitacademy.org Mr.Bayram Program Coordinator STEM Coordinator

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CMIT North HS' New Engineering After School Program
CMIT North HS Students - Are you interested in pursuing a career in engineering?  If so, we have some exciting news for you! We have started a new partnership with Engineering Tomorrow.  Engineering Tomorrow connects HS students with engineers and college students majoring in engineering to explore and complete labs focused on engineering!  If you join this program, you will meet with engineers and college students to discuss and complete labs 3 times a week for a 30 minute session through Zoom.  The lab material will be mailed home to you so you can participate hands on, all for free!! Once things resume to being face to face, you will be able to work on labs after school with the engineers and even participate in one of a kind field trips. There are no requirements to be in the program, as long as you are interested and have the time to participate, you are in! For more information on Engineering Tomorrow, please visit their website: www.engineeringtomorrow.org If you are interested in joining this program, please complete this google form by Monday, October 26th: https://forms.gle/fpeXowPBWriM8KRG6 If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Andrew (candrew@cmitacademy.org) or Ms. Gonzalez (bgonzalez@cmitacademy.org).

Casandra Andrew
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VEX Robotics Club Updates
We are holding virtual team meetings every Tuesday and Thursday. Last week, we completed Basketball Drills and Draw a Triangle with Gyro activities on http://vr.vex.com online programming environment which will allow us to get used to the programming tools that VRC teams will use for all events. We are working on virtual robots currently. We will build, program, and control our own robots once we receive our robotics kits. Mr. B Computer Science Teacher

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Club Opportunity | LimeLight
LimeLight's primary focus is providing necessary information for 9th grade students that can be used beyond high school. We will be having events that will benefit not only CMIT North but the community around us as well! Links for the meeting platform are forthcoming. We hope to see you there! Are you a 10th, 11th, or 12th grade student interested in working with 9th graders? Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/y3one5zh Nevaeh Cannon Student Club Sponsor

Ms. Colandrea Grade 9 + 10 Assistant Principal English, MAPS, SPED, + Social Studies Departments LimeLight Club Advisor
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DEBATE CLUB WILL BEGIN OCT 26; NOTIFICATIONS BEING DELIVERED OCT. 21
Thank you for everyone who applied for Debate Club! Ms. Ryan is reviewing applications and verifying academic records, and will notify all students by Wednesday, Oct. 21 if they are eligible to be part of the club. Stay tuned!

Rebecca Ryan Professional School Counselor & Debate Club Supervisor rryan@cmitacademy.org
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Online Skills for Business Club
Online Skills for Business is a club that encourages students to tap into their talents by creating products that can be sold online. Club participants will learn how to sew on a sewing machine and create handmade products to be sold on Etsy.com They will also learn how to properly photograph and market their products across various social media platforms which will drive more sales. The profits earned from their website can be used toward future college expenses. This past week, on Wednesday 10/14, our students learned how to sew using a sewing machine. This was their first time using a sewing machine with the exception of one student. They learned how to thread their machine, cut fabric, hem the fabric and sew a straight and zigzag stitch. They did extremely well especially since they had to learn a hands-on skill virtually. By the end of our session, they created their very first pillow. Please see attached images.

Ms. Blackwell
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DEPARTMENT UPDATES
Science Department
Hi Parents and Students, The faculty of the Science Department was pleased to meet you last Monday for Parent-Teacher Conference Day! We can't express how much it encourages us to know so many of our parents are involved during this online learning time. Not only does it help students to stay motivated in the zoom classes, it clearly is a factor in student participation in the Wednesday Independent Assignments. We thank you! Please know that the partnership the science department shares with you in educating your sons and daughters is appreciated by us. You can email each of us directly at our cmitacademy.org email addresses with any concerns that may arise as the semester progresses. On behalf the science department,

Suzanne Coholic High School Science Teacher Science Department Chair
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Prince George's County Memorial Library "Virtual Career Chat"
The Prince George's County Memorial Library System presents a series of virtual career chats. Special guests discuss their career paths and current work with a focus on helping teens and young professionals with insights that they can apply to their own life journeys. When: Wednesday, October 21st, 3:00pm - 4:00pm Age Group: Teens (13-18) and Adults https://www.pgcmls.info/event/4619369#branch

-Mr. Hommel, English Dept. Chair shommel@cmitacademy.org
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Financial Aid Bootcamp Events Oct. 20, 21
Financial aid is important to access when preparing for and applying to college. Federal Student Aid (FSA) will be hosting a two-day Virtual Financial Aid Bootcamp on October 20 – 21, 2020, and CMIT Academy North's Counseling Department recommends 11th and 12th grade families attend, if they're interested in learning more about the financial aid process! This boot camp will feature five sessions with subject matter experts from FSA focused on information designed to help participants learn about the federal financial aid process and how to complete the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA® form). Families with 11th grade students may also find the sessions helpful in acclimating them to the financial aid process, including ways that financial aid processes may be impacted by COVID-19. Register for the sessions by Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. using this link: https://cvent.me/wzg3RZ The sessions we feel should be highlighted are: Understanding the FAFSA Form/Myths Learn about federal financial aid programs, understand the basics of the FAFSA form, and common myths. FSA ID Learn the importance of the FSA ID and how to establish personal accounts for students and parents. FAFSA® Demo Line-by-Line A detailed walkthrough of the 2021-22 FAFSA® Form We hope you'll consider attending!

Rebecca Ryan, Professional School Counselor rryan@cmitacademy.org Natalie Gaudette, Professional School Counselor ngaudette@cmitacademy.org
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Cheating vs. Collaborating: How to interact with peers and seek help in a virtual environment
During virtual learning, methods for collaborating and getting work done look different than they do during an in-person semester. CMIT Academy North's team has come together to discuss challenges students are facing currently, especially as it relates to collaborating and working in a virtual format. In order to avoid cheating (which includes helping someone else cheat on an assignment or test), please review the attached PDF as a family and discuss ways to safely receive support from peers, teachers, and other resources.

Rebecca Ryan, Professional School Counselor rryan@cmitacademy.org Natalie Gaudette, Professional School Counselor ngaudette@cmitacademy.org
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October is Bullying Prevention Month
October is National Bullying Prevention month, and CMIT Academy North will be participating by engaging in activities related to awareness and prevention. Cyberbullying prevention is of particular concern, given our students are engaging in virtual learning this semester. This week, familiarize yourself with bullying by reviewing these images, brought to you by the Maryland Center for School Safety. You can also access an anonymous tip line here, which can be used to report serious safety concerns, including concerns related to the physical safety of students or mental-health related concerns: https://schoolsafety.maryland.gov/pages/tipline.aspx If you or someone you know at school is experiencing bullying, be sure to report it to your administrator, teacher, counselor, parent, or another trusted adult in the CMIT Academy North Community so that we can provide support.

Rebecca Ryan, Professional School Counselor rryan@cmitacademy.org
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Ms. Coholic's Science Classes
Hi everyone! This coming week, BioGeoChem students will continue the Solar System and Space Unit with a quiz on the Solar System Formation and begin the life-cycle of stars. Physics students will continue the unit on Projectile Motion before taking a quiz either late this week or next. Students should have now been able to download and install the Virtual Lab from Beyond Labz that we will be using. The INSTALLATION GUIDE is in the Google Classroom. Students using Chromebooks should follow the instructions on PAGE 3 of the Guide carefully in order to download and install. See you in class!

Suzanne Coholic High School Science Teacher Science Department Chair
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9th Grade English
Please see the attached update from English 9!

All the Best! Mr. Bevard
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Cybersecurity Awareness Month - This October, Do Your Part #BeCyberSmart
No matter how long and strong your passphrase is, a breach is always possible. Make it harder for cybercriminals to access your account by enabling multi-factor authentication. #BeCyberSmart When it comes to passphrases, it's best to mix it up! Keep them long, easy-to-remember, and unique for each account. #BeCyberSmart Learn how you can #BeCyberSmart this #CybersecurityAwarenessMonth at https://staysafeonline.org/cybersecurity-awareness-month/ Mr. B Computer Science Teacher

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Computer Science Updates
AP Computer Science A We covered "Primitive Types" unit in September and started "Using Objects" unit. In October, students learned how to call a non-void method and return a value from a method by using the keyword return. Students also learned about the immutability of Strings as objects and practiced String concatenation using operators such as + and += along with using escape sequences such as \” and \n. In our last lesson, students looked at Strings as a sequence of characters and utilized String methods from the java.lang package and learned about packages, libraries and documentation. AP Computer Science Principles We started "Introduction to Programming" unit in September and completed it last week. Our next unit is "Programming with Python". In October, students learned about debugging strategies, algorithms, ultra Karel API, and synthesized all of the skills and concepts learned in the first unit to solve increasingly challenging Karel puzzles. In our last lesson, students learned about the "code", found examples in the real world, and learned about programming as one specific example of code. They also learned about some of the applications of computer programs and completed some activities. Introduction to Computer Programming We started "Introduction to Programming with Turtle Graphics" unit in September. In October, students dived deeper into the concept of "functions" by exploring how to use "parameters" to customize their code. They expanded their knowledge of "for" loops and learned the extended parameters that can be used to control the value of "i" in for loops. Last week, students learned how to use "if" statements which allow them to use conditions to determine how their code should run. Lastly, they learned how to expand on "if" statements by including a way to have Tracy the Turtle make decisions between multiple scenarios. Mr. B Computer Science Teacher

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Mr. Funk's Social Studies Courses Updates
Hello All, Below is a brief update on my AP World History, World History, and Global Issues courses as we progress towards the end of the 1st Quarter. AP WORLD HISTORY -We are progressing towards the end of our study of the era c. 1200-1450 CE, having studied regional characteristics and developments and now focusing on interactions and exchange between and amongst various regions and sub-regions. We will soon begin our coverage of the Mongol Empire and Pastoral Moment in World History to conclude this era. WORLD HISTORY -Our recent attention has been focused on technology and innovation during in East Asia, particularly the Song Dynasty in China, as well as material and economic exchange along both land-based and maritime trade routes. From here we will discuss culture, society, innovation, and state and empire building in sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas pre-Columbus. GLOBAL ISSUES -This past week, students researched and presented on specific Human Rights organizations. Students did an excellent job and, collectively, we were able to cover and discuss a broad array of human rights organizations active around the world today: from various international assemblies to grass-roots nongovernmental organizations. This upcoming week of October 19, we will continue our unit on Human Rights by analyzing the United Nations Human Rights Council's recent election that was on October 13, 2020 as well as current examples of human rights violations in the world. Best,

Mr. Funk jfunk@cmitacademy.org
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