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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy North High School

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09/01/2021

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

BREAKING NEWS

Welcome Back to SY 2021 -2022

Welcome to CMIT, Dr. Gaskins!

Canvas - New Learning Management System

BRAND NEW PTSO FORMING! Join us!

Two Week Virtual Summer Workshop

CMIT Summer Workshop--Hands on edition!

STEM at Summer Workshop

Free Meals for SY21-22


HS BREAKING NEWS

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back Tigers!

SY 21-22 Grading Calendar - Grade Appeals - Grade Change Procedures

Quarter 4 Parent Grade Appeal Window

Attendance

Address Updates

2020-2021 Yearbooks

Front Office Updates

SchoolMax Parent Portal Reopens Soon


HS UPCOMING EVENTS

Orientation for 9th + 10th Grades | Friday, September 3rd


HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mr. Ricci Introduction


FAQs
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BREAKING NEWS
Welcome Back to SY 2021 -2022
Dear CMIT North High School Parents and Guardians, I am excited to begin this 2021-2022 school year! We look forward to being back together on campus for in-person learning! My mission as your principal is also my passion: to maintain and grow a rigorous teaching and learning environment that provides every student with a sense of belonging while helping students to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially even in these unusual circumstances. I am happy to announce that we improved our SAT scores and AP scores last two years significantly and CMIT North High School ranked number two in PGCPS and 75th in the State of Maryland by US News and World Report. We will continue providing the best opportunities to our students to grow academically and socially. The CMIT North high school team worked hard to improve school resources and the building environment, in order to be ready for the reopening of our doors for our students. I am proud to announce that our classrooms will have SmartBoards and document cameras to increase student engagement. While we already received the document cameras, SmartBoards will be delivered by mid-September. It was my dream to have established a library and media center for the last two years and finally this year we will have a library and media center fully established. All of the library furniture and computer deliveries are scheduled for mid-September. We will also have digital library access for all teachers and students. I believe providing these resources will increase the academic focus and engagement of our students. Please check the school newsletter, website, and emails. More exciting news and updates are coming. As we are excited about all the new additions to our school, we still all experienced an unprecedented time in education in the last two years. I need to acknowledge one more time that all of us have been impacted by COVID 19, both in our personal and professional lives. Many of us and our loved ones struggled through changes in our workplace and spaces of learning. Although we have experienced many uncertainties, there is one thing I am assured about - CMIT North High School is a place where we come together, feel safe, care for each other, and support one another in the joy of being a member of a professional learning community. This is an environment that we established together and will continue to build upon. At the same time, we are all aware that we should keep following the CDC guidelines to stay safe. The guidance from the County Department of Public Health and the Prince George’s County Public Schools is that all staff and students are required to wear masks while indoors. Summer is ending. CMIT North High School Teachers started professional development activities. I assure you that the CMIT staff is working diligently to ensure the academic success of each student. As educators, we are aware of the challenges the past school year has brought to our families. We are committed to working with our students to address any issues that might impede student success in our classrooms. We know that the school year ahead will bring a new set of challenges to how to operate as an institution of learning. We are recognizing these challenges and acting with a sense of urgency to support our students as they return to school. I am confident that together we will succeed! Sincerely, Gonul Ozturk, M.Ed Principal CMIT North High School

Gonul Ozturk, M.Ed Principal
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Welcome to CMIT, Dr. Gaskins!
Greetings! I’m Dr. Rosalynn Gaskins, new Program Coordinator for CMIT Academy! I’m excited to join the CMIT family! I love Math and Science! Even when I was teaching elementary grades, I had a secret mission to make all my students fall in love with STEM! My love for STEM led me to middle school where I taught Math and Science. Throughout my 20+ years as an educator, I have been able to hold numerous positions such as Math Department Chair, Leadership Coach, Testing Coordinator, Math Coach, and Character Education Program Coordinator. I am a team player who knows when to step up and take lead. I accept challenges and do not shy away from taking risks! I look for opportunities to improve school culture, support students and staff, and involve parents. I have been able to collaborate with teachers and parents to coordinate after-school programs and create ongoing service projects and partnerships within the community. I may be Dr. Gaskins at work, but at home, I”m just Mom and Sweetie! My husband and I have two boys who keep us busy! We are a scouting family which means I love to go camping and being outdoors! On the weekends you can find me relaxing at the beach, volunteering with my Sorority, or serving at my church. I look forward to meeting everyone and catching the CMIT Spirit! Go Golden Tigers!

Dr. Rosalynn Gaskins
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Canvas - New Learning Management System
As the summer is coming to an end, we wanted to remind you that we will be using Canvas for our new learning management system. This is replacing Google Classroom. Students should have been logging on throughout the summer working on their summer assignments. All summer assignments are posted under Modules for all of your core courses. Summer assignments are due when students return to school. Each individual due date is listed on Canvas. There have been a few updates to Canvas over the summer: Updated Log in Process: Students: 1. Go to clfmd.org/canvaslogin.html 2. Click on CMIT North HS 3. Click on Log in with Google 4. Log in with your CMIT email Parents/Observers: 1. Go to clfmd.org/canvaslogin.html 2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Parent/Observer 3. For your username, please use this email address. 4. For your password, the generic password is Cmit@2021. If you have logged in before, you may have reset your password. Student Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plLi2pmm3dc&t=2s Parent Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySHkiuxVJ3E&t=91s For more information on how to start using Canvas - please view our videos. Please note that the videos were made prior to the updates for log in. If you are having issues logging in, please contact Mr. Tekin - etekin@cmitacademy.org We look forward to working with you this school year

Casandra Andrew
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BRAND NEW PTSO FORMING! Join us!
Welcome back families and welcome to our new 9th grade families!! CMIT North High School is forming a different kind of PTA/PTO than ever before. This is a PTSO-Parent, Teacher, Student Organization. We have all survived virtual learning and are looking forward to implementing the lessons we learned from that experience. One thing we realized is that we NEED a strong PTSO to help our students be successful and to support the work of CMIT North High School teachers and staff. That is why we are including STUDENTS in the organization. They deserve to have a voice and we need to hear from them what they need from US to make their year a success. So we need you parents. We need leaders. We need voices. We need thinkers and doers who are willing to shake things up and make things happen. THIS IS A BRAND NEW ORGANIZATION so we are all starting in the same place. Please consider running for an office. We are accepting nominations from NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 27TH. We will hold elections the first week of October. Here is the link for the position descriptions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1826vMpBM20QcZ8vwWnV7zhVAt3PopoLq7po3WQg5H78/edit If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please complete this form: https://forms.gle/Q8SzBQ8STYyR8edh8 SINCE THIS IS A NEW ORGANIZATION, YOU MAY NOMINATE YOURSELF OR ANYONE ELSE WHO CURRENTLY HAS A STUDENT AT CMIT NORTH HIGH SCHOOL. Teachers, staff, students and parents can work together to make our return to the building and resuming in person learning a success. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. O'Donnell: todonnell@cmitacademy.org Thanks!

Tammy O'Donnell
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Two Week Virtual Summer Workshop
The Virtual Two Week CMIT Summer Workshop Program for 9th graders was a HUGE success! Thank you to all the 9th graders who participated in the program. They worked on strengthening their MAD math skills to be CMIT ready for fall with Mr. Mirza and he provided them with some new tools to add their to their already growing toolbox. There were games played, problems solved and most importantly a chance to see each other before school starts. In English, Ms. O’Donnell tried to alleviate some of the bad stereotypes on essay writing and provide students with a foundation for writing better essays as they enter 9th grade. She showed us how NOT to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (ask your student about this) which was a lesson on providing detail in writing. She showed us the middle of a movie without providing the introduction or ending of the movie to illustrate the importance of a strong introduction and conclusion. Students used Neil Gaiman’s short story “How to Talk to Girls at a Party” as the subject for the two weeks. All in all, 88 9th graders registered for the program and 64 attended. Thank you to the students who participated and took time out of their summer to get as CMIT ready as possible before we return to school. Mr. Mirza and Ms. O’Donnell are looking forward to seeing you back in the building!!

Tammy O'Donnell
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CMIT Summer Workshop--Hands on edition!
The two day HANDS ON CMIT Summer Workshop was held for 9th graders on Monday and Tuesday, August 16th and 17th and for 10th graders on Wednesday and Thursday, August 18th and 19th. This was a chance for the students to COME TO THE BUILDING after being away for 19 months and have fun with STEM activities. Thank you to Mr. Bayram, NSBE and Science Olympiad for making this program a success! Students were able to create bottle rockets, solar powered cars and solve fun STEM problems. They also worked with Ms. O’Donnell on the expectations of 9th and 10th graders upon their return to school. Time management, schedule making and a tour of the building seemed to help in easing some of the high school jitters the students may have been feeling. We had 53 9th graders participate and 22 10th graders. It was a JOY to see students face to face (or at least mask to mask) once again and even better to HEAR them talking to each other and helping their group solve problems, like how to put a lego set together without the directions! We cannot wait to see them in action back in the classroom. Thank you to all who participated!

Tammy O'Donnell
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STEM at Summer Workshop
STEM activities during the 3rd week of the Summer workshop were really fun and engaging. Monday was water rocket day. Science Olympiad Captains Anthony Stills and Samuel Opoku planned and led the sessions successfully. Students built and launched the rockets during the sessions. Tuesday was the day of NSBE activities. NSBE coaches led the activities and informed the students about the upcoming year`s NSBE teams. Students received information about the Solar car team, FIRST Robotics, and CAV on Wednesday. They had a chance to drive CAV, learned about welding and solar panels. Thursday was the Science Olympiad day. Science Olympiad activities were led by CMIT Science Olympiad Alumni who will be coaching High School Science Olympiad team this year: Reina Finch, John Ikegwu, Joshua Ikegwu, and Carvengy Milford. Many thanks to all who contributed to the STEM activities.

nbayram@cmitacademy.org Mr.Bayram STEM Coordinator
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Free Meals for SY21-22
Meals will be free for all students regardless of meal benefit status for school year 21-22. Students will receive breakfast and lunch in school and a pre-packaged after-school supper meal to take home. Virtual students will be assigned a location to pick up a weekly meal box. By extension, eligibility for school meals is used to determine eligibility for Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) and other district-sponsored programs. Please encourage parents to complete the meal benefit application online. Eligibility information may be used to qualify newly eligible children for SY21-22 and summer 2022 P-EBT benefits.

anice Beckles-Morgan, M. Ed Area Supervisor of Food Services Prince George's County Public School Department of Food and Nutrition Services
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HS BREAKING NEWS
Welcome Back!
After nearly a year and a half of distance learning, it is finally time for us to come back together to learn and help each other grow. I cannot express how excited I am to have this opportunity to connect with all of you in the coming weeks. It is going to be a great year! Although this was one of our longest summer breaks, it seems to have gone by quickly for me. Still, I was able to fill it with some relaxing experiences - mostly outdoors with family and friends on my bike or in the water. I also had a couple growth experiences. For example, I spent a fair amount of time attending workshops and reading books about deeper learning and instructional strategies to support it. I also participated in an 8-session leadership program and became Dare to Lead certified. You may hear me talk about some of these experiences throughout the year. More importantly, you will see me putting them to good use. We have our work cut out for us this year. During 9th grade home visits, many students indicated some concerns about being out of practice with in-person school. There are questions looming around safety due to COVID and the Delta variant, and there are concerns over learning loss. All of this is to be expected and allows us an opportunity to develop a plan and come together as a community to support our students. We will be sharing updates about the start of the year in this newsletter and via email to help in your planning, and you can feel free to contact us if you have questions. I want to take a moment to thank the 9th grade families that set aside time to meet with us during home visits this summer. We had a wonderful time getting to know you and making plans for the school year. Similarly, I want to thank the students who participated in the Summer Workshop. It has been exciting getting to know you, and we look forward to meeting all of our students in-person in a couple weeks. Please be aware that there is an in-person orientation on the morning of September 3rd for all 9th grade, 10th grade, and new students. We will use this time to get to know each other and become familiar with the building and daily routines. You will receive more information about the schedule shortly. You can also be on the lookout for the date and time of our Back to School Night, which will also be in September. Wishing you all a joyous end to August, Ms. Colandrea

Ms. Colandrea 9th + 10th Grade Assistant Principal English, MAPS, SPED, + Social Studies Departments
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Welcome Back Tigers!
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year. I am looking forward to another wonderful school year at CMIT North High School. A new year is a time for inspirational dreams but more importantly a time to set your goals to see the dreams turn into a reality. I am always impressed with the professionalism and dedication of our CMIT staff, the parental support and the students' curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. I join in the partnership of all stakeholders involved in working together to ensure that our students experience success each and every day. During the summer home visit program, I had a chance to meet with most of our 12th-grade students and their families. I was impressed to learn about their post-secondary plans and how the CMIT community supports these plans through offering summer college test prep sessions, essay workshops, individualized guidance, college searches, and visits. We hope to continue to provide these added services to our scholars as they aim to create better future opportunities. I look forward to an outstanding year of watching our scholars flourish. Lastly, please remember that the most successful schools are those with the most active and supportive parents. Let’s work together to provide the BEST possible education for our students.

Ferhat Avsar, M. Ed. 11th & 12th Grade Assistant Principal Chesapeake Math & IT Academy 14800 Sweitzer Ln, Laurel, MD 20707 favsar@cmitacademy.org Phone: (240) 767-4080 Fax: (301) 560-3461
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SY 21-22 Grading Calendar - Grade Appeals - Grade Change Procedures
Note: Dates may be adjusted to accommodate PGCPS calendar changes. Visit the T3 Grading and Reporting website for FAQ and related documentation. https://bit.ly/pgcpsgradingandreporting * Teachers PS 140 access is only applicable to Q1 - Q4 of the current year. **SY22 report cards will be mailed home. All other grading documents will be available on the SchoolMAX Family Portal. Note: The dates on the SY21-22 Grading Calendar are subject to change. ***The most current version of "SY 21-22 Grading Calendar" can be found at the following link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1eX-E14NjrxOO202FFbK1Esah24x5OnEzLEzkNn6_ap0/edit#gid=0 ***The link above works with the PG account! PARENT GRADE APPEALS & GRADE CHANGES All information and procedures for the grade appeals and grade changes can be found in Administrative Procedures 5116: GRADE CHANGE AUTHORIZATION AND APPEALS https://offices.pgcps.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=268831 Parent Grade Appeal Form https://offices.pgcps.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=268832

Please let me know if you need any further explanations! nbayram@cmitacademy.org Mr.Bayram Grade Manager
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Quarter 4 Parent Grade Appeal Window
Dear Parents, Quarter 4 Parent Grade Appeal Window is open now and will close on Sep 14th. If you need to submit a grade appeal, you must fill out the attached paperwork, attach evidence, and send it to the teacher of record by Sep 14th. Please cc the followings in your grade appeal email; Grade Manager - Mr. Bayram (nbayram@cmitacademy.org), Principal - Mrs. Ozturk (gozturk@cmitacademy.org), AP - Ms.Colandrea (tcolandrea@cmitacademy.org), AP - Mr.Avsar (favsar@cmitacademy.org). If all correct paperwork is not attached, the appeal can not be accepted. If you have further questions or need clarification about grade appeals, please email Mr.Bayram.

nbayram@cmitacademy.org Mr.Bayram Grade Manager
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Attendance
CMIT North High Schools' Absence Form #PGCPSATTENDANCEMATTERS _________________________________________________________________________ Absences, doctor notes, and early dismissal notes are to be recorded using the CMIT North High School Absence Form within three (3) days of your Student(s) return to school. Please note that family vacations/trips are not considered excused absences per PGCPS Administrative procedure 5113; therefore, it is strongly discouraged to schedule family vacations during school time. In the event of extenuating circumstances outside of normal absence request, please utilize the attached "Principal request" form below. classroom.jpg Click here for the form in English - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaBpIwdsyTLyuCg2QII8OstQXISUXjBpzhMOTUCUPIDt9VCw/viewform?usp=sf_link Click here for the form in Spanish - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaBpIwdsyTLyuCg2QII8OstQXISUXjBpzhMOTUCUPIDt9VCw/viewform?usp=sf_link Click here for the form in French - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdaBpIwdsyTLyuCg2QII8OstQXISUXjBpzhMOTUCUPIDt9VCw/viewform?usp=sf_link Mrs. Christine D. Fermin Secretary I Chesapeake Math & IT Academy PCS 14800 Sweitzer Lane Laurel, MD 20707 Phone: 240.767.4080 Fax: 301.560.3461 Email: cfermin@cmitacademy.org Web: cmitacademy.org<http://www.cmitacademy.org/>

Christine Fermin 240.767.4080
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Address Updates
Hello CMIT Families, If you may need to update your address on file, please use the following link to upload all requested documents: https://pgcpsmdc.scriborder.com/ Proof of Prince George’s County residence may be established by submitting any of the following documents. (All documents must be originals. The registering parent’s name must be on the proof of residence. Copies of on-line documents are not acceptable as proof of residence.) a. Settlement Papers-Must be signed and dated by all parties. b. Deed of Property c. Current Mortgage Statement d. Current Property Tax Bill/Assessment e. Complete Lease/Rental Agreement-Must be signed and dated by all parties. f. Letter from apartment complex on official letterhead-Must be signed and dated by the management and include the registering parent’s name and address. In addition to the proof of residence, two pieces of current official mail to the home are needed as well. No cellular phone bills will be accepted. If you may need additional assistance, please feel free to contact me via email at sbond@cmitacademy.org. Thank you and Happy New School Year!!

Mrs. Bond, Registrar
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2020-2021 Yearbooks
The 2020-2021 Yearbook has been delayed due to software issues and delivery delays. I will keep you posted on the progress and I hope the delivery will happen sometime in October. Thank you for your patience!

Tammy O'Donnell
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Front Office Updates
Front Office hours/visitors(by appointment only) ___________________ Monday - Friday 7:30am - 3:00pm Visitors "must" make an appointment with the school prior to arrival and will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Conferences with parents and other meetings that do not need to be held in person will be held virtually to limit the number of visitors entering school buildings. Thank you in advance for understanding and complying with CDC and PGCPS COVID-19 guidelines. Note: All students whom arrive late, must enter the main door to sign in and receive a late pass. For parents wishing to sign their student(s) out early, we ask that you give advance notice through phone contact or email at cfermin@cmitacademy.org or sbond@cmitacademy.org. Thank you

Christine Fermin 240.767.4080
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SchoolMax Parent Portal Reopens Soon
Hello CMIT families and welcome back!!! SchoolMax will be back up and running for all parents starting on the first day of school, Wednesday, September 8, 2021. If you may have any questions or inquiries regarding the SchoolMax Parent Portal, please feel free to reach out to me, Mrs. Bond, via email at sbond@cmitacademy.org. Thank you.

Mrs. Bond, Registrar
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HS UPCOMING EVENTS
Orientation for 9th + 10th Grades | Friday, September 3rd
Good morning, 9th + 10th Grade Families: This Friday morning, we invite all 9th and 10th grade students to the building for orientation. This will provide students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the building, get to know their teachers, and understand the school procedures that will support their success this school year. Doors will open at 7:50am and dismissal will beg at noon. Students should come to school in uniform this day. We are aware that this has been a challenge for some due to a supply shortage at All American Wear. If you are impacted by this, please complete the form at this link (https://tinyurl.com/2r9wa6ew) for further guidance. Students should also come to school with their charged Chromebooks. Lastly, students should now be able to access their schedules in SchoolMax. You may need to change the Term Code to All in order to see them. For an easy morning transition, students should come to the building with a printed or handwritten copy of their schedules. (As a reminder, per school policy, cell phones cannot be used in the building and will not be useful for this purpose.) We are looking forward to a great start of the school year! Ms. Colandrea

Ms. Colandrea 9th + 10th Grade Assistant Principal English, MAPS, SPED, + Social Studies Departments
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HS TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Mr. Ricci Introduction
Hello CMIT students, families, parents, and guardians. My name is Justin Ricci and I will be the AP World History teacher this upcoming 2021-2022 school year. I am very excited to begin my journey at CMIT and am looking forward to meeting all of the community members that invest their time into making CMIT such a wonderful school. I recently moved to Maryland from Nevada where I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in History and my Master’s degree in Education, both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I previously taught history at a charter school in Henderson, NV for four years prior to relocating to Maryland. My colleagues at CMIT have been incredibly kind and helpful with my transition to a new state, which has solidified and strengthened my love for teaching young people about history. In addition to world history, I will also be teaching two elective courses: a global issues course in the fall and an African American studies course in the spring. Therefore, I will be working with students in all grade levels throughout the high school. I am very much looking forward to the beginning of the school year and know that with continual communication, perseverance, and a positive attitude that this will be a great year!

Justin Ricci
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