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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy North Middle School

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11/21/2020

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

BREAKING NEWS

Going Off the Grid

1st Quarter Grading Information

Is there a RIGHT WAY to put on and take off gloves?

Need Shots for School? Register Now for Free Clinics!


UPCOMING EVENTS

CMIT High School 2020 Open House

CDC Guidelines for Thanksgiving 2020


TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Life Science Updates!

Science in Action: Investigating the Properties of Water

TECHNOLOGY

FIRST QUARTER BIOLOGY & LIFE SCIENCE "A" STUDENTS


PTO Announcements

Mark Your Calendars - Parent Workshops Coming December 5th, Presented by the PTO


FYI

This Holiday Season


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BREAKING NEWS
Going Off the Grid
Parents, please be aware that to preserve our teacher's work/ life balance, staff will not be required to respond to emails after 2:35 pm, Tuesday, 11/24. Teachers will be instructed to set their email to an away status and will not resume responding to emails until 48 hours after their return Monday, 11/30. Please be mindful of this time frame when planning correspondence to staff and help provide for our hard working educators some time to decompress. Thank you all for being a part of our school community and CMIT family. Happy holiday.

James Screven, Assistant Principal
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1st Quarter Grading Information
All quarter 1 middle school grades have been submitted and can be viewed on SchoolMax. If you do not have access to SchoolMax, please reach out to Mrs. Linnenkamp. The window for grade appeals is open and will close December 1st. If you would like to submit a parent grade appeal, you must fill out the attached paperwork, attach evidence, and send it to the teacher of record and Mrs. Linnenkamp (jessica.lash@pgcps.org) by December 1st. 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 Mrs. Linnenkamp.
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CMIT Administration
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Is there a RIGHT WAY to put on and take off gloves?
As gloves become common place in our daily outings, it's important to make sure we are using them correctly. Using gloves incorrectly is equivocal to not wearing them at all. Click on the picture above to make sure you are putting on and taking off your gloves correctly.

CMIT Nurse
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Need Shots for School? Register Now for Free Clinics!
PGCPS will host free immunization clinics in high school Wellness Centers to assist families with meeting immunization requirements. Families must register online for an appointment. These services are offered in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Health Department and the Maryland Partnership for Prevention. IMMUNIZATION CLINIC DATES November 2, 4, 9, 14, 16, 18 and 21 LOCATIONS, SITE DATES AND TIMES Bladensburg High School Clinics on all dates PLUS 11/30, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fairmont Heights High School Clinics on weekdays only, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northwestern High School Clinics on all dates except 11/14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oxon Hill High School Clinics on all dates, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ONLINE REGISTRATION Appointments are required. Online registration link: www.vaccineconsent.com/clinic/search MORE INFORMATION Visit www.pgcps.org/immunizations/Card/Upcoming-Clinics for details!

CMIT Nurse
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UPCOMING EVENTS
CMIT High School 2020 Open House
CMIT North High School is having two virtual Open House sessions for prospective students. ūüŹ° We welcome all parents of new students to our high school for the upcoming school year to attend a session. Come join and get to know about our program and have your questions answered December 3, 2020 @ 6pm Join Zoom Meeting https://pgcps-org.zoom.us/j/92868353176 Meeting ID: 928 6835 3176 December 5, 2020 @ 9am Join Zoom Meeting https://pgcps-org.zoom.us/j/92868353176 Meeting ID: 928 6835 3176"

Principal Secretary, Ms. Spence
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CDC Guidelines for Thanksgiving 2020
A lot of us look forward to Thanksgiving Day for the food, laughs, and fun. This year, Thanksgiving will be a little different; like many other holidays this year. The CDC has come up with the following guidelines to assist families in having a safe and healthy Thanksgiving. Click on the image above to see the guidelines. Additional information about the holidays and family gatherings can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html.

CMIT Nurse
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TEACHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
Life Science Updates!
Life Science students are learning sensory receptors. Sensory receptors are nerve endings that send signals to the central nervous system when it is stimulated. Your brain is constantly receiving information from multiple systems and body parts via your sensory receptors, which can be stimulated internally and externally. Actually, the number of sensory receptors varies depending on whether you are classifying the receptors by their stimulus type or by their location. Scientists now believe our sensory receptors may number closer to 18 to 20.

Mrs. Crespo-Montano (Science Teacher)
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Science in Action: Investigating the Properties of Water
Biology students from University of Michigan are learning the properties of water. They investigated the properties of water by conducting simple activity using the following materials: wax paper, pipette/dropper, pennies, a cup, water, an ice cube, salt, toothpick, and soap/detergent. Students recorded their claims, evidence, and reasoning for each activity in the graphic organizer. The pictures above show a collage picture showing the activity, and the work of Josselyn Iglesias, while the attachments below are Josselyn's and Ryhanna's activity report.

Mrs. Crespo-Montano (Science Teacher)
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TECHNOLOGY
What a Great this week!!! 8th Grades Students have been started learning PYTHON commands, functions, and control structures by solving puzzles and writing creative programs for Tracy to follow. 7th Grades Students have been started learning HTML Web Development and they will; Build 14 practical web projects Learn HTML and CSS syntax Design simple web pages Design a web profile card Create animations, gradients, and effects Use lists, tables, and containers Build responsive websites Create pixel art Build a Photo Gallery Build an Instagram clone.

Mr. INCI/Technology Teacher 7th and 8th Grades
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FIRST QUARTER BIOLOGY & LIFE SCIENCE "A" STUDENTS
CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who received an "A" grade this first quarter.

Mrs. Crespo-Montano (Science Teacher)
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PTO Announcements
Mark Your Calendars - Parent Workshops Coming December 5th, Presented by the PTO
This year's Parent Workshops will be held on Saturday, December 5th and are shaping up to be the best workshop series ever. This virtual event can be attended from the comfort and safety of your home. For the first time this event is being organized and run by the Parent Teacher Organization and will include a diverse number of topics. All topics are aimed at helping you understand how to better help your student deal with the pressures of today, adjust to life at middle school and become a better student. Other topics will help you navigate questions you may have about testing, school max, or grading policies. Please mark your calendars for this important event for the family. Sign ups will begin next week.

Your Parent Teacher Organization
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FYI
This Holiday Season
Although this will most likely be a holiday season unlike any we have experienced before, we must take pause and reflect on the things that we have, rather than dwell on what we do not. We have family, even though they may be at a distance, hopefully we all have our health, and we have a community. I hope for you and your families that this year's holiday season is filled with food, fun, and family expressions of love. All in the safest way possible, of course. I will leave you with a message of hope. Hope that this virus will be beaten soon. Hope that all people will learn to accept and love one another, despite their differences, and hope that our children can once again return back to preparing for their future. Happy Holidays CMIT family!

James Screven, Assistant Principal
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FAQs

Q: Is CMIT North MS a public school? 

A: Yes We are a public charter school who is staffed by PGCPS teachers and administration, and support staff who work along side of a limited CLF staff. We have access to PGCPS support but also benefit from additional guidance, management and financial support from Chesapeake Light House Foundation, whose educational concept this school is based on. 

Q: Do siblings get preference in applying to CMIT?

A: The process of gaining entry to any charter school in Prince George's County is through a lottery. However, siblings of already attending CMIT students are weighted differently during the lottery process. This different weighting gives preference to siblings. 

Q: What makes CMIT different then any other school in the district? 

A: Although we are a PGCPS public charter, we are given some autonomy over curriculum. This autonomy allows us to fast track students, who are academically ready, through selected high school courses in math, foreign language, science and technology. It is that fast tracking that opens up opportunity to more advanced  coursework on the college level while still in high school.  Additionally, we offer students supports and enrichments to every student, not available at most schools. Lastly, we are a uniform school which takes away the distraction, the competition and the social stratification that is brought on by non uniform dress in a school. 

Our test scores oustrip not only county averages but also state avaerages. This, along with other metrics has made us a 5 star school. 

Q: Do you offer everything the big middle and high school's offer? 

A: Unlike many school in Maryland, we do not have a  full spectrum offerings in sports.  Instead, our focus is on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics). Therefore, our sports offerings are more limited.  We offer, boys and girls soccer, basketball, girl's softball, boy's baseball and club lacrosse in the middle school. Additionally, boys and girls basketball, track/field and volleyball at the high school level. With that said we recently (2017) won the girls county basketball championship and made it to the playoffs in soccer. Our high school opened a multi-million dollar, state of the art gym complex, competitive with all schools of their size. The middle school has also added an indoor gym space.  Lastly, we do offer special educational services, but becuase we are a school of choice, the amount of service hours we can provide is limited to 7.5 hours a week, split between literacy and math. Services hours are delivered by special education teachers but are limited to literacy and math courses. 

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