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02/01/2021

   
 
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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)

Welcome to Ms. McBride!

January 30th, CMIT-N HS hosts the 2021 STEM Research Presentation


CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)

CLF Bridge Building Tournament

Parent - Teacher Conferences - February 16th

Black History Month

Green school club members - 40 minutes-National Aquarium Virtual Field Trip


HS BREAKING NEWS

Quarter 2 Report Cards and Parent Grade Appeal Window

SAT/PSAT School Day

UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF CMIT - Unfolding the celebration for Black History Month


EXTRACURRICULARS

Mathmagicians Club | $1,000 Scholarship Opportunities For Young Women in Math!

Mathmagicians Club

National Honor Society Update

CMIT LEAD Update

College Summit Peer Leaders

CMIT Students acting in Courtroom

Drama Club Busy in month of JANUARY!

Yearbook needs your help!


DEPARTMENT UPDATES

Science Department

Social Studies Department News

Black History Month Virtual Events


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Physical Education Classes

Foundations of Technology Announcement

Chemistry students enjoy Virtual Labs

Forensics Lab Course in distance learning

Media Arts Production Class--Ms. O'Donnell

Environmental Science Quarter 3-Week 1


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CMIT BREAKING NEWS (SCHOOLWIDE)
Welcome to Ms. McBride!
CMIT Academy North School Counseling Department would like to welcome Ms. McBride, who is with us for the Spring Semester from the University of Maryland School Counseling Master's Program! Students can reach Ms. McBride at her CMIT email address: amcbride@cmitacademy.org

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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January 30th, CMIT-N HS hosts the 2021 STEM Research Presentation
The Environmental Science and Biology students of Dr. Clarke and Ms. Gonzales geared up for a successful Science Research presentation with our esteemed faculty and science guest pioneers. Among 142 science submitted projects, sixty-four students presented their research for competition for the top 6 Prince George's Area Science Fair (PGASF)- Grades 6-12, district tournament on March 19-20, 2021. Thank you to all our Families, Friends, and supporters, for your continued assistance, making our Science Fair possible for all young minds and delivering CMIT science strong. Science Fair holds many benefits for our students. For example, it is an activity that looks really well on college applications. It also allows students to prepare for an important presentation, improving presenting skills thoroughly. Practicing their script many times created a successful speech that clearly shows the ability to speak. All projects will be available for virtual public viewing soon after they (students) post their voice-overs and video presentations.

Gemma Clarke, Ph. D. Science Teacher, Academic Support and Tutoring Services Coordinator Green School Team Organizer HS Science Fair Coordinator
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CMIT UPCOMING EVENTS (SCHOOLWIDE)
CLF Bridge Building Tournament
Hello Bridge Builders! We are pleased to announce the Annual Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation TRAC Bridge Building Invitational. The EVENT DATE is set (tentatively) on April 24, 2021. Due to social distancing mandates, each student must participate individually. There will be a maximum limit of 100 students that can participate this year. All application(s) will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. CLF unfortunately will not be hosting any large, indoor gathering for this event. Virtual participation and social distance measures (when testing/breaking bridges) will be discussed in complete detail with participants. CLF will provide a TRAC Challenge Entry Kit (balsa wood, glue, precision cutter, cutting mat) to each student to begin their project. The students are to construct a bridge made only with the materials provided. Detailed guidelines and rubrics are attached. Applications will be taken through February 19, 2021. Registration link and more information: https://www.clfadvancedstudies.org/trac 1st place winners in each category receive an Apple iPad Mini (newest version). 2nd place winners in each category receive Apple AirPods Pro. 3rd place winners in each category receive Apple AirPods. Each participant student after testing the bridge receives a special CLF T-shirt and $15 Amazon gift cards. Please mark your calendars for 4/24/2021 and APPLY today!

nbayram@cmitacademy.org Mr.Bayram Program Coordinator STEM Coordinator
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Parent - Teacher Conferences - February 16th
Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. We will be using the Meet the Teacher platform (just like the Fall) to sign up and conduct conferences through video. On Wednesday, February 3rd, teachers will be sending out invites to parents they would like to speak with which will include information on how to sign up. Parents with an invite will have access to schedule appointments with the teacher that invited them until Sunday, February 7th. If a parent schedules an appointment with a teacher that did not send an invite, the appointment will be canceled at that time. On Monday, February 8th, parents will be able to make appointments will all teachers (not just ones who invited them). On Monday, February 8th, all parents will receive an email and have access to sign up for conferences with all of their student's teachers. Sign-ups will close on Monday, February 15th at 4:00 pm. Please note that due to only have 2 hours of conferences, each teacher will only have 11 spots available. Each conference will be 8 minutes long. If you are unable to get an appointment with a teacher you would like to speak with, you will need to reach out separately to that teacher. Please make sure to monitor your email in the upcoming weeks to receive the information on how and when to sign up for conferences.

Casandra Andrew
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Black History Month
February is here, and that means it's time to celebrate Black Strength, Beauty, and Success Through Time. CMIT would like to present the students, staff, and CMIT community the opportunity to celebrate black culture. On Wednesday, February 3rd at 12 pm, Langston Jackson and Mr. Dunn will participate in an Old School v. New School verzuz battle, that is sure to keep you reminiscing and dancing all throughout your lunch break. This will be a live YouTube broadcast (link will be sent out in an email blast and posted on our website and on our social media platforms), so feel free to tune in and share the link to show your support. On Thursday, February 7th @ 6 pm, we will have a few professional social workers on a zoom call panel to discuss Mental Health during the pandemic, and the importance of mental health in the African American community. If you have questions that you would like to be addressed during this session, please submit them to Mr. Dunn at tdunn@cmitacademy.org no later than Tuesday, February 2 at 3:00 pm. We also want to celebrate every aspect of our culture. So I'm asking for students and staff submissions of a selfie, a photo doing something you love, or a picture in an outfit that represents YOU. I want the outfits, the hairstyles, the makeup, the accessories (I mean, this is a celebration, right?!?!?!?!) We haven't gotten the chance to see each other much this year, so let's use this opportunity to truly celebrate every aspect of our dopeness!!! Again, please submit them to Mr.Dunn at tdunn@cmitacademy.org. WELCOME TO THE COOKOUT!!!

Thomas Dunn, Athletic Director
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Green school club members - 40 minutes-National Aquarium Virtual Field Trip
The Green school club will have a 40 minute National Aquarium Virtual Field Trip on Thursday, February 04, 2021, at 11 am on Maryland Mountains to the Sea program. This program is a State of Wonder Experience on the diverse beauty of Maryland’s aquatic treasures in Maryland: Mountains to the Sea. Four galleries showcase the water cycle as it moves throughout our state: from an Allegheny stream to a tidal marsh to a coastal beach, and finally, out to the Atlantic Ocean’s continental shelf. Along the way, discover the animals that call these varied habitats home, including bullfrogs, diamondback terrapins, and striped bass. Students will learn how water moves across our state from the Allegany streams to the Atlantic Ocean. Along the journey, students will learn about the unique aquatic habitats found throughout our state and how native animals have adapted to live in these environments. A request for an excuse to be in this virtual field trip from Dr. Clarke to the Green school members' respective teachers was sent this morning, February 1st, 2021. Green school club students are advised to be excused from their classes and log in from 10:50 (during their 4th-period class), and the virtual trip will be finished by 11:40 am. Students are still required to attend their 5th-period classes. This Virtual field trip is a free accommodation funded for Maryland schools by the Maryland State Department of Education to only qualified educators and schools.

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
Quarter 2 Report Cards and Parent Grade Appeal Window
2nd Quarter Report Cards will be available online on February 8th and mailed home on February 12th. The Parent Grade Appeal window will be from Feb 9 - Feb 23. You may find the grade appeal form and the instructions in the link below: http://cmitacademy.org/highschool/parent-grade-appeal-form/ If you need more detailed info, please check Administrative Procedures (AP 5116): Grade Change Authorization and Appeals from the link below: http://cmitacademy.org/highschool/administrative-procedures-ap-5116-grade-change-authorization-and-appeals/

nbayram@cmitacademy.org Mr.Bayram Grade Manager
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SAT/PSAT School Day
SAT/PSAT School Day was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 3rd. Due to COVID, the March 3rd date has been cancelled. We are working with PGCPS and Collegeboard to schedule a new date - hopefully, in April. When we receive more information, we will let you know!

Casandra Andrew
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UKULELE ORCHESTRA OF CMIT - Unfolding the celebration for Black History Month
The Ukulele Orchestra of CMIT (UkOC) is a group of all-singing and all-strumming novices uke players and believes that it's never late to play an instrument. The Ukulele Orchestra dream that someday, they can border into more percussions such as drums, pianos, backing tracks, and other strings such as banjos. They have no other aim but to learn music in a relaxing manner and share their talents with the community. While we roost from celebrating our President's Inauguration in January and we unfold the Black History month of February; The UkOC would like to dedicate this song of equality and inclusion to warm your hearts. (Please click the link below) (Note: Our group is expanding, and more students are joining. We urge the public to donate Ukulele instruments for those students awaiting one) https://drive.google.com/file/d/15Uj2CWuia05N5X-Ir7vE0SQf3pDtims7/view?usp=sharing

Gemma Clarke, Ph. D. Science Teacher, Academic Support and Tutoring Services Coordinator Green School Team Organizer HS Science Fair Coordinator
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EXTRACURRICULARS
Mathmagicians Club | $1,000 Scholarship Opportunities For Young Women in Math!
Greetings, I have great news. Please read the invitation from AMC Competitions! ___ We're excited to share with you the expansion of our AMC Awards and Certificates Program! We've partnered with four leading organizations to recognize more than 500 young women for their achievements on the AMC. Through this initiative, our goal is to increase the number of young women participating in our competitions, and ultimately, in mathematics. All grade levels students can join it. 9-10 grade students will take AMC-10, 11-12 grade students will take AMC-12 competitions. For further information, visit the website: https://newsroom.maa.org/111733-new-maa-funding-enhances-efforts-to-support-more-women-in-mathematics

Esra Keskin, MBA Math Teacher Math Contests & Competitions Coach ekeskin@cmitacademy.org
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Mathmagicians Club
Dear CMIT N students and parents, I hope everything is fine with you. I would like to invite CMIT North high school students to math competitions and contests, one more time. On the virtual learning system, many schools decided to not join the competitions this year. This means the schools which are attending the competitions and contests have more chance to win. I have been running the "Mathmagicians Club" to prepare our students. Our Principal, Mrs. Ozturk, has already approved the competition fees, so the students don't need to pay any fee. The students should focus on studying and win them. Every competition has different prizes and awards system. Some competitions offer tuitions (full/ partial), and acceptance to a university, so many of them offer money awards according to which place you earn, and most of them give certificates (place and/ or participation). This is a huge change to build your resume. Please see the attachments for the math contests and competitions schedule. Also please review the links below. 1. MAA-AMC Competition: https://www.maa.org/math-competitions/2020-2021-amc-online-policies 2. Aretta Labs/ Math Madness Competitions: https://www.aretelabs.com 3. Caribou Math Contests https://cariboutests.com/public/participate.php 4. Math League Competition https://www.mathleague.com 5. The University of Maryland High School Mathematics Competition https://www.math.umd.edu/highschool/mathcomp/ Also, I received an invitation from the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge/ M3 Challenge. They want to see our school in the competition. If there are at least 5 students from juniors and/or seniors, I can make the registration. Please see the attachments. The club days are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 pm-4 pm. If you are interested, please contact me. ekeskin@cmitacademy.org

Esra Keskin, MBA Math Teacher, Math Contests & Competitions Coach
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National Honor Society Update
The National Honor Society is excited to welcome TWELVE new members! These new members have exemplified the pillars of Scholarship, Leadership, Character, and Service and are joining an outstanding group of scholars. We are so proud of their accomplishments! Here are some highlights: Average Q1 GPA: 4.01 Average Cumulative GPA (including New Members): 3.94 The average number of Service Hours Completed by December 2020: 79 Interested in joining the National Honor Society? Eligible 10th and 11th-grade students will be invited to apply in April. In the past, our minimum GPA to apply was 3.3 and the minimum number of service hours completed to apply was 24, but that will likely increase given our outstanding membership averages! If you are interested in joining in the future, we encourage you to keep your grades strong, continue to exemplify leadership and character in and outside of the classroom, and complete service hours to demonstrate your passion for service in the community. Questions? Please reach out to Ms. Gaudette, National Honor Society Advisor.

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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CMIT LEAD Update
For the Months of January through March, our CMIT LEAD Members are taking on Leadership by running all club meetings on their own! Each week, one club member will step up and engage the other members in activities to practice leadership skills. Interested in opportunities for leadership? Check in with Ms. Gaudette if you are interested in joining CMIT LEAD in future weeks! New members may join through February 15th if they wish to participate for the remainder of the year.

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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College Summit Peer Leaders
In January, our College Summit Peer Leaders have been supporting their classmates as they continue to work towards postsecondary planning, working on Financial Literacy Projects and applying for Scholarships, as well as working on "YouBooks" which focus on combining mental health and socioemotional learning with life planning and goal setting. The Peer Leaders are looking forward to their February Spring Training Camp with Peer Forward, where they will learn more skills on how to support their peers in their schools. We are very excited to also celebrate our Class of 2021 in their postsecondary planning so far! 73% of our seniors have submitted one or more college applications to two- and four-year institutions. Our average number of applications per seniors (for those that applied) is 7 per student. We have submitted a total of 607 applications to nearly 150 colleges nationwide. 62 of our seniors have already accumulated 162 acceptances by the end of January! 2021! Our seniors have already notified us of a cumulative $1,596,628 in 4-year scholarship awards (NOT including ANY loans!!). That is amazing! If your senior has gotten any recent acceptances or financial aid offers, please make sure they communicate that information to their counselors.

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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CMIT Students acting in Courtroom
-Objection! Relevance -Sustained Scenes you used to see in TV shows are real for CMIT Mock Trial team members. They are advocates, prosecutors, or witnesses in the real courtroom before real judges. They are questioning and cross-questioning. Witnesses trying to answer questions in a way to get higher scores for our team. Most importantly they are learning and enjoying the experience.

Fethi Ozdem, Chemistry Teacher Forensics Mock Trial Team Coach
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Drama Club Busy in month of JANUARY!
The drama club had a very busy January! We have been practicing cold readings of radio plays and reader's theatre scripts like "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" and the classic "Who's on First". Rehearsing with this is in preparation for our Black History Month presentation. Look for details soon! We were also able to host two professional theatre practitioners, Ms. Michaela Tramuta and Grace Wylie, to talk about their journey in the world of theatre. Michaela is a professional actress and Grace is a professional costume designer. It was interesting to have the two different worlds of theatre--onstage and backstage--represented and showing the importance of collaboration. They spent the entire club time with us and shared how they found their major, where they went to school and some helpful tips for those starting out. The members had an awesome time with them and we do plan to invite them back very soon.

Tammy O'Donnell
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Yearbook needs your help!
The Yearbook Club is busy preparing for this year's yearbook and though it may look different (let's face it, it has been a different year!) we are still committed to making it the best we can. To do that, we need your help. Please consider sharing candid photos, class photos, poems, stories, or artwork with the yearbook club. We want to show that although the year has been different, our determination to succeed has not changed. If you have something to share, please send it to yearbook@cmitacademy.org and be sure to label it with the name(s) , class and description of the photo or piece of work. We can't wait to see what you share!

Tammy O'Donnell
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DEPARTMENT UPDATES
Science Department
Greetings Parents and Students, The FAST-2 standardized test is on the near horizon! Students currently enrolled in Honors Chemistry and BioGeoChemical Systems will be taking the FAST-2 test on dates still to be determined. The testing window is February 1 through February 19. Mr. Ozdem and I will be determining an optimal schedule for test-taking and make-up dates. Students will be notified in class about test-taking dates. Additionally, the test will be administered using the TestNav app on chromebooks. This is the same procedure as used in the fall for the FAST-1 benchmark test. Administration of the FAST-2 test will not negatively impact course delivery of the relevant curriculum pacing. Enjoy the week!

Suzanne Coholic High School Science Teacher Science Department Chair
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Social Studies Department News
Welcome to the 3rd Quarter! This past Thursday, January 28th, we started the new quarter. As a reminder, those students who were in semester elective should have switched to their new course. All year-long courses stayed the same. The Social Studies Department would like to help make communication and scheduling appointments during Office Hours on Wednesdays easier. Please click on the attached PDF link (not the image above), and once you open the PDF, you can click on the image for the teacher that you are interested in meeting with to schedule an appointment. Next Wednesday, teachers will begin to email parents that they would like to see attending the Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, February 16th. If you do not receive an email next week, times will open up to the entire population the week of February 8. This Week in History: February 1, 1960 - In Greensboro, North Carolina, four African American students sat down and ordered coffee at a lunch counter inside a Woolworth's store. They were refused service, but did not leave. Instead, they waited all day. The scene was repeated over the next few days, with protests spreading to other southern states, resulting in the eventual arrest of over 1,600 persons for participating in sit-ins. February 2, 1848 - The war between the U.S. and Mexico ended with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In exchange for $15 million, the U.S. acquired the areas encompassing parts or all of present day California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas. The treaty was ratified on March 10, 1848. February 3, 1870 - The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing the right of citizens to vote, regardless of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. February 4, 1985 - Twenty countries in the United Nations signed a document entitled "Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment." February 5, 1917 - The new constitution of Mexico, allowing for sweeping social changes, was adopted. *Information for each day came from: https://www.historyplace.com/specials/calendar/february.htm

Mrs. Jessica Cunning, Social Studies Department Chair
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Black History Month Virtual Events
During the month, the Smithsonian Institute is sponsoring numerous opportunities to view vibrant performances, lectures, and family activities what will celebrate our nation's rich cultural heritage and history. Here are a few events that you might want to check out. Please click on the attached PDF for more information about each event and links of how to sign up/attend. Wednesday, 2/10 @ 4pm- Innovative Lives: Uncharted Power Thursday, 2/11 @ 5pm- In Dialogue: Social Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice – Race and Medicine Sunday, 2/21 @ 12-3pm- African Americans in STEM Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon Wednesday, 2/24 @ 5pm- Wind Down Wednesday: Good Trouble Sunday, 2/28 @12-3pm- African Americans in STEM Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Mrs. Jessica Cunning, Social Studies Department Chair
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Physical Education Classes
On Thursday, we started the 2nd semester and all students who were taking PE have now transitioned over to Health Education. Now anyone who had Health in Fall has transitioned to PE. Students in PE are required to be active in class and will be doing exercises in class. I do not expect students to have a gym uniform but I do expect that comfortable/appropriate clothes be worn for class in the event that we are being physically active that day in class. Monday is the beginning of a new month and I have attached the February Shape America Mind and Body Calendar. Let's all be reminded that random acts of kindness week is the week of the 14th.

Coach Snyder
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Foundations of Technology Announcement
Students have been working on different projects since the start of the school year and I would like to congratulate them for being consistent with their task. Thank you to the parents who have shown interest and have provided the basic materials for the students to work on their project in Foundations of Technology. I am sure you have seen the students' work as they produce these at home and are proud of your child. The students have completed the Self-propelled vehicle, Marshmallow launcher project, Single sheet compression project, and two other team building activities at home during the Covid crisis. I encourage them to complete the upcoming projects as well which are: Data collections and documentation Avoiding compression project Additional project titles and students will be posted as time goes on but thank you to everyone that support our students, from teacher, administrators to support staff.

Gregory Hynes
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Chemistry students enjoy Virtual Labs
During distance learning, CMIT students continue experiments in the virtual environment. Chemistry Honors students explored experiments such as Photoelectric Effect and Thomson's Cathode Ray tube. AP Chemistry students explored experiments such as Acid-Base Titration, Gas Laws, and Predicting Names Experiments. In the survey students expressed how they enjoy doing experiments in this app. When we go in-person education, we will do experiments in our lab. To be honest, I enjoy this virtual lab because with a one-click setup and every chemical are ready and you can clean up the mess with one click:)

Fethi Ozdem, Chemistry Teacher
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Forensics Lab Course in distance learning
In the Forensics Lab course, our students learn about the judicial system and the science behind the crime investigation. Our students explored famous cases like OJ Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey. They learned crime scene investigation and evidence types like fingerprints, blood, DNA, hair, fibers, handwritings, and documents. Our students enjoyed it a lot while they were doing virtual investigation and completing virtual labs. Murder at Old Field website is designed in a way to investigate, collect the evidence and then perform some lab results to identify the suspects.

Fethi Ozdem, Chemistry Teacher Forensics Lab Teacher
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Media Arts Production Class--Ms. O'Donnell
These students have created some AMAZING videos! Be sure to check out the CMIT YouTube channel soon to see their work. We have created 30-second video challenges on Teacher Appreciation Day, Superbowl Commercials, and Stop Motion films. This quarter, we will create our own podcasts on a variety of topics. It is truly a talented group of students. In February, the students will be participating in Black History Month. Students will create 30-60 second videos on African Americans who have made a difference in the world of Media Arts. These videos will be shown during the morning and afternoon announcements and then posted to the CMIT YouTube channel. Can't wait to share the work of these talented students with you soon!

Tammy O'Donnell
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Environmental Science Quarter 3-Week 1
This week`s lesson is on Land & Water Use- Agriculture. Students: Describe the pros and cons of industrial agriculture including monocropping, irrigation, and the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and GMOs. Assignment (Classwork) will describe the various parts of the concept.

Gemma Clarke, Ph. D. Science Teacher, Academic Support and Tutoring Services Coordinator Green School Team Organizer HS Science Fair Coordinator
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