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03/11/2017

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEWS

Update on the SIS System

ITEC Enrollment for SY17-18 is Now Open

Post Spring Break Field Trips!

CultureFest!

High School Parent Night

Thank You For Helping - The Kidzcare Club Feeds the Homeless


UPCOMING EVENTS

CMIT South Girls and Boys Rugby!

SGA's Spring Talent Show! Save the Date!

College and Career Fair for Students with IEP's and 504 Plans


ACADEMY NEWS

Maryland Integrated Science Assessment: 3/20- 3/21

Mr. Roorda's 6th Grade RELA Classes

Mr. Roorda's 8th Grade RELA classes

Mrs. Curtis's 8th Grade RELA Class...

Miss Sears' Math Class


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

Earth Day Speakers!

Over-the-Counter or Prescribed Drugs at School Premises

CMIT South Soccer

Scholars of the Week

High School Science Tutoring Update

VA Tech & Bowie: Quarter 3 Passion Project

Academy of Health and Biosciences at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School.

Missing Headphones


PTO NEWS

CMIT South PTO Fundraiser - 8th grade Promotion Paint Party

Vanderbilt

Calling All Parents


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NEWS
Update on the SIS System
CMIT South Scholars earn more positive SIS points than negative ones. Since August 2016, 190,529 positive points were issued while negative points sum up to 76,895. Special thanks go to the students who strive to improve and to the staff who continuously use the system.

CMIT South Admin Team and the Student Support Team reviewed our school-wide PBIS system and a decision was made to modify the current SIS policy as follows:

Currently, the students who lost less than 16 points in the pre-determined 30-day period may attend field trips. With the change, those students whose SIS points do not meet the requirement may still attend field trips if their parents are chaperoning... The students who were suspended or received more serious consequences per PGCPS Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook may not be allowed to have such privileges at all. Rather, those students will receive the same field trip instructional information in classrooms.

Mr. AG
Principal

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ITEC Enrollment for SY17-18 is Now Open
Rising 9th grade students are invited to participate in CMIT-South's Information Technology Early College (ITEC) program next year. This is a unique program that allows students to participate in dual enrollment courses beginning in the 9th grade and earn an Associate Degree in Information Technology by the time they graduate high school. The program is especially suited to students with a strong interest in information technology and those with a strong work ethic.

As mentioned in “Back to School Night” and “High School Information Night”, spring is the time for ITEC applications and we have a very strict time frame. We have started the application process on Thursday, March 9th, by giving ITEC application forms to our current 8th grade students. Due date for ITEC application is Monday, March 13, at 3:00pm. All applications must be returned to the front office no later than the due date. Students who successfully meet this deadline will be invited to take the Accuplacer Exam during the month of April. Any student who earns a 79 or higher on the Reading Comprehension section of the assessment will be invited to continue the enrollment process which may include, but not limited to, interviews, teacher recommendations, and writing samples.

Students may turn the applications in the morning before the classes start, during their lunch time or after the dismissal time to the front office no later than 3:00pm, Monday, March 13th.

You may contact me with questions at tbudiyar@cmitsouth.org

For more information about ITEC program please visit:
https://sites.google.com/a/cmitacademy.org/itec/

Here are some resources to practice for Accuplacer:
https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org
https://www.mometrix.com/academy/accuplacer-test/
http://www.accuplacerpracticetest.com
https://www.pgcc.edu/uploadedFiles/Resources/pdf/math%20resources_2015091513141300.pdf

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Mr.Taner
Program Coordinator

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Post Spring Break Field Trips!
After a little rest the fun will not stop. We have a few trips in the works and want to give you a heads up to plan ahead!

Trip #1 (tentative)
Hispanic Gala Theatre Trip
All students eligible to attend.
May 19- 9:30-2:30pm
Costs $30

Trip #2 (confirmed)
Junior Achievement Finance Park
All 8th grade students!
May 23 & 24- 9:00-2:00pm
Cost is FREE!!!!
Volunteers needed!! email jgearhart@cmitsouth.org if you are interested!

Trip #3 (tentative)
National Zoo- Washington DC
All eligible students.
June 6th- 8:30-4:00 p.m.
Cost is $20

Trip #4 (tentative)
Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Virginia
All eligible students.
June 8th- 5:30-6:30p.m.
Cost is approximately $80-100

Please let us know if you are interested in chaperoning any of these trips and look out for the permission slips in the upcoming weeks!


Mrs. Gearhart, Program Coordinator

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CultureFest!
Culturefest is at CMIT South This year!

Saturday April 1st 2017
12:00-4:00pm

You can now purchase your tickets in the front office at CMIT South for $2 advanced sale (Cash Only). Tickets will go up to $3 the day of the event.

Festivities will include,
- Cultural Song, Dance, Food, and Music
- Face Painting, Henna, Moonbounce & other free activities.

This is a great opportunity for families to educate, celebrate, and share their culture with the CLF Community!

If you would like to set up a booth, perform in the show (students), or share food with visitors to this event. Please register your interest here http://www.clfadvancedstudies.org/culturefest Presenters gain free admission.

For Further Questions, please contact Ms. Fay at kfay@cmitsouth.org

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Kelly Fay

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High School Parent Night
Our very first High School Parent Night was fantastic. At our meeting we had the opportunity to discuss many different topics. We found that this meetings are so helpful for us to maintain and enhance our high school program.

We are pleased to announce that, there will be second “High School Parent Night” session on Friday, March 24 from 6:00pm- 7:00pm.

We are looking forward to see you!!!!

Event: High School Parent Night
Where: CMIT-South Cafeteria
When: Friday, March 24 from 6:00pm- 7:00pm

Mr. Taner
Program Coordinator

Taner Budiyar

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Thank You For Helping - The Kidzcare Club Feeds the Homeless
The KidzCare Club at CMIT would like to thank everyone who donated and volunteered to make sandwiches to help feed the homeless.
The club was able to donate over 650 sandwiches to So Others Might Eat (S.O.M.E.), a community based organization in Washington, DC.

Thank you to Mr. Distin for his assistance, and to all the CMIT South students and parents who participated in making, bagging, and packaging sandwiches.

If you would like more information about upcoming activities and service projects, please contact Bridget Elliott at bcelliott507@gmail.com.

Bridget Elliot

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UPCOMING EVENTS
CMIT South Girls and Boys Rugby!

Practices start March 29th! If you are unsure if you want to play or not, come to our event on March 17th (flyer attached)

I am very excited to announce that CMIT south will be joining Washington DC's Youth Rugby league through Play Rugby USA this Spring!

Both girls and boys in grades 6-8 are eligible to play, no prior experience needed. This program will establish students within the sport in a safe, non contact flag rules environment.

Below is a link to a recent Washington Post article about our program.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/for-inner-city-youth-theres-a-new-game-in-town-rugby/2016/07/28/606083dc-538a-11e6-b7de-dfe509430c39_story.html

Students who commit to the team will be able to compete against other teams at a major tournament in May 2017.

If students are interested in continuing play in high school, Ms. Fay can help facilitate placement on a full contact rugby team in the area for grades 9-12 (for both men and women!)

Students must possess and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in order to participate in Interscholastic Athletics. Also, remember all students are required to have a signed parent permission slip and signed medical physical evaluation form to be completed by a Licensed Physician before they may participate in any school sponsored interscholastic athletic activity.

If you are interested, have any further questions, or need more information, please contact Ms. Fay directly (kfay@cmitsouth.org), or drop your e-mail address into the link below, and I will contact you!

https://goo.gl/forms/qxPh91CJeZP0dSJm2
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Kelly Fay

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SGA's Spring Talent Show! Save the Date!
Save the date for the Middle School Spring talent show at CMIT South!

Friday March 17th at 6:00pm!
CMIT Auditorium
$5 in advance $7 at the door
Tickets sold in March at school, or can be purchased in advance using the following link https://www.pt-avenue.com/shopGP.asp?sc=CMITSPTO

Door Prizes for Audience members!

Kelly Fay

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College and Career Fair for Students with IEP's and 504 Plans
Attention all CMIT-S Parents/Guardians of Students with IEP's and 504 Plans, on Wednesday March 22nd from 5-8 pm at Largo High School there will a college and career fair to address the needs of students with IEP's and 504 Plan as they transition out of high school. This program is open to ALL students with IEP's and 504 Plans. See flyer below for more information

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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ACADEMY NEWS
Maryland Integrated Science Assessment: 3/20- 3/21
Dear Parents of CMIT South Scholars,

In the coming weeks, all students in eighth grade in the state of Maryland will participate in the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA). The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act requires Maryland to test science content at least once in the elementary and once in the middle school grades. This is an online assessment based on the Next Generation Science Standards which the state of Maryland has adopted for their curriculum. The test is administered over two days and will take approximately two hours each day.

Our CMIT South 8th graders will be completing their MISA tests during the first three hours of the school day on Monday and Tuesday, March 20th and 21st. It is extremely important that your child is in school and on time each day of testing. Make-up testing is required for all students. Students may not be permitted to test if tardy on their assigned testing day.

We need your help to make sure your student gives their best effort on this test. Please help us by making sure that:

1. Your child arrives to school on time.

2. Your child eats a substantial breakfast in the morning that will give him/her the necessary energy and alertness for participation in testing.

3. Your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before each testing day.

4. Your child is in school every testing day. Children absent on a testing day are required to participate in make-up testing.

5. You encourage your child to do his/her best!

Thank you for your help. We know our students will do their best!

CMIT South Science Department

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Mr. Roorda's 6th Grade RELA Classes
Students are working on writing an editorial and creating an info-graphic to go along with their editorial. (These are due March 20th.)
Students have also been working on their Passion Projects. There are two parts to the Passion Project: the research paper and the presentation.
(These are due March 17th.)

We are studying "Bud, Not Buddy" by Christopher Paul Curtis for the month of March. Students are reading Chapters 8-14 this week (March 10-17).

See Edmodo for further details.

Christopher Roorda

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Mr. Roorda's 8th Grade RELA classes
This quarter's theme is "The 'I' in Environment: How Our Decisions Impact the Environment." Students have analyzed the arguments in a variety of Public Service Announcements and info-graphics. Now students are creating their own P.S.A., to include a script and video. (Videos must be shot off-campus.)

In addition, students are creating a Passion Project about some thing or person they are passionate about. There are two parts to this project: the research paper and the presentation. Both are due March 17th.

We continue read "The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass," March's book-of-the-month. This week's focus (March 10-17) is on Chapters 7-9.

Our next Poetry Cafe is Friday, March 17th.


Christopher Roorda

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Mrs. Curtis's 8th Grade RELA Class...


Hello Parents and Students,

The school year is winding down and we are all looking forward to Spring Break. Since testing season is always upon us, I would like to alleviate some of the Book of the Month Homework (Reading Logs and Frayer Models). Instead of completing weekly Reading Logs and Frayer Models, students will read "The Narrative of Frederick Douglass" and "Mississippi Bridge" at home and complete a novel project for one of those novels. The novel projects will be due Monday, April 10th. Students will be able to choose one of fifty novel projects available to them.

Extra Credit: If you would like to receive some extra credit, then you can submit two novels projects (both "The Narrative of Frederick Douglass" and "Mississippi Bridge" on Monday, April 10th.

Newsela: Instead of weekly Book of the Month homework, students will use this website to completed assigned readings https://newsela.com/. Please expect to have weekly assignments. It will still count as a homework assignment, and failure to complete will result in a zero.
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Latrice Curtis

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Miss Sears' Math Class
Congratulations to the following students on scoring the highest scores on what proved to be a tough Topic 11 Quiz this week. Keep up the good work!

Texas A&M:
Noah Coleman
Rylee Johnson
Janae' Wilson

UCLA:
Erick Constant
Nathan Demory
Jemimah Odogu
Christian Payne
Addyson Powell
Stephen Reddick
Nya Spencer

Vanderbilt:
Jordan Austin
Nevaeh Baker
Clover Garrick
Kennedy McWhirter
Emmanuel Unije

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
Earth Day Speakers!
The Science Team needs help!

We are looking to have an awesome Earth Day this year on April 13th 2017!

We need speakers from any of the following career fields, or similar fields.

Waste Management
Riverkeepers
Water Quality
EPA
Parks Department
Recycling
Bay Studies
Energy

If you are interested in volunteering to speak- please contact Brian Davidson at bdavidson@cmitsouth.org

Kelly Fay

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Over-the-Counter or Prescribed Drugs at School Premises
Parents are asked to remind students not to bring any over-the-counter or prescribed medication / drugs without receiving pre-approval from the school nurse.

There are certain regulations and restrictions for the use of medication at school premises. Please contact the school nurse nurse@cmitsouth.org if your child is to use any medication at school premises which include our parking lot, school building, field trip locations and filed trip buses, etc.

Unauthorized possession, use, or distribution of illegal or prescribed or over-the-counter medication is prohibited and such actions result in consequences that range from suspension to expulsion.

Please refer to the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook for more details and review the related pages with your child: http://www.pgcps.org/student_rights_responsibilities.htm

Mr. AG
Principal

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CMIT South Soccer
Soccer tryouts are scheduled to be held on;

Boys: Monday, March 13th & Wednesday, 15th

Location: CMIT-S Soccer Field
Time : 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

note: Girls team tryouts will be announced later when a coach is found for girls soccer team

The participants will be picked up from cafeteria @3.05pm ( They should be ready to participate tryouts before pick-up time.)
Students should bring proper indoor soccer shoes.
(NO CLEATS will be allowed)

All tryouts participants MUST have a physical on file.
Physical forms dated over 1 calendar year will not be accepted.
Physical forms can be obtained through the PGCPS website or from Mr. K. Young.

Please be reminded that:

Students must possess and maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in order to participate in PGCPS Interscholastic Athletics. Also, remember all students are required to have a signed parent permission slip and signed medical physical evaluation form to be completed by a Licensed Physician before they may participate in any school-sponsored interscholastic athletic activity.

Please forward any questions or concerns to our Athletic Director Mr. K. Young @ kyoung@cmitsouth.org.

I have forwarded a link to the physical forms

http://www1.pgcps.org/athletics/athletics-participation-forms.htm

Mr. Piskin

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Scholars of the Week
CMIT South recognizes Scholars who completed each week with the highest SIS balance.

The following students will receive a ‘pick a casual day’ pass because of finishing the week of February 27 with the highest SIS balances:

- Scholars of the Week for middle school: Dajuan (UCLA), Jasmine (Texas A&M), Holland (Yale)

- Scholars of the Week for high school: Siham (Stanford), Tianni (Georgetown), Christian (MIT)


Congratulations and continue to model the exemplary behavior.


Mr. AG
Principal


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High School Science Tutoring Update
Hello to all family and students,
I am updating my High School Science tutoring schedule. I will still be offering tutoring to students in need, however, I will only be doing so by appointment. I will no longer have open office hours, but will work with students who sign-up. I have included a sign-up form for parents and students so I know who will be staying after for help.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080C4FA9AC2EA3F58-students

Mr. Wassam

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VA Tech & Bowie: Quarter 3 Passion Project
Hello Parents & Students of VA Tech & Bowie:

This is a friendly reminder that the Quarter 3 Passion Projects are due Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The topic is current events, and you may select one of six categories.

Your final project must include a 5 paragraph persuasive essay and a 5 slide PowerPoint which must provide a visual representation of your essay. You will have class time on both Monday & Tuesday to work on the project. However, the majority of your work will be completed at home. Students were given this assignment on March 1, 2017.

Please review EDMODO for specific details.

Mrs. Hakisha Newman, M.Ed., M.A.
Middle School RELA Department Chair
6th Grade RELA Teacher
CMIT South Room 150

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Academy of Health and Biosciences at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School.
Attention CMIT-S 8th Grade Students and Parents,

Below you will find the link for the Academy of Health and Biosciences at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School. This program is only offered to students in the WISE boundary high school. Please also see the attached flyer for more details or contact Dr. Barnes at portia.barnes@pgcps.org.


If the link to the application does not work, email me kwarehime@cmitsouth.org and I will email it to you directly


https://docs.google.com/a/cmitsouth.org/forms/d/1i1snxFF-7DEFu4ef0QxrjctFiPHauiz_GfXOAshSFa8/viewform?edit_requested=true


Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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Missing Headphones
A pair of headphones were turned in recently. If you lost your pair, please email jdickerson@cmitsouth.org with the description of your headphones.

Thank you.

Srta. Dickerson

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PTO NEWS
CMIT South PTO Fundraiser - 8th grade Promotion Paint Party
We are encouraging Adults to participate on April 8, 2017 from 11:30am - 2:30pm to paint for a purpose at the Muse Paintbar at National Harbor. The cost is $45 with 40% of each ticket cost will go back to support the CMITSouth Class of 2021. We need at least 26 people to meet our targeted goal. Please view the attached flyer for more details.
If you have any questions, please reachout to Parent Lead - Tamika Spencer - tamikaspencer@hotmail.com.

We hope you can support!

8th grade Promotion Committee

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Vanderbilt
Many thanks to all who contributed towards the February Box Tops Drive. We collected a total of 1616 Box Tops ($161.60). Vanderbilt topped the list of universities by submitting 383 Box Tops and the first runner-up was Morgan with 299 Box Tops. Vanderbilt won the pizza party and Morgan won a popsicle party. Both events will be scheduled to occur in the near future.
CMIT South PTO

CMIT South PTO

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Calling All Parents
According to the current CMIT SOUTH PTO By-Laws all PTO positions must be voted on each school year! The current PTO Board's term is coming to an end at the close of this school session!

We are currently soliciting names of parents that would be interested in serving on the 2017-2018 PTO Board. The key positions include President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer!! We also have the Corresponding Secretary, Fundraising Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and the MS and HS Representatives!

If you would like to nominate someone or even yourself, please send an email to pto@cmithsouth.org@gmail.com!! Nominees will be announced at our April, 2017 PTO meeting and the voting will take place at our May, 2017 meeting!!

We look forward to hearing from you!!

CMIT South PTO

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FAQs

What is the Uniform Policy?
The uniform policy can be found on our website, under Students tab.

How do we order uniform items?
Uniform items can be ordered by completing the online order form: www.cmituniforms.com

Do I have to purchase uniforms from this vendor?

No, however, uniforms purchased from other vendors must have 100% identical color tone and the CMIT South logo. The current uniform vendor provides donation to the CMIT South PTO based on sales. Each uniform purchase from Minuteman Press is contribution to the school. 


What is CMIT's Daily Schedule?
7:35- 7:45am:
- Student arrival (drop off is at the side entrance)
- Doors close at 7:45am (after 7:45am parents need to sign late students in at the Front Office)

7:35 - 7:57am:
- Homeroom (Breakfast is available during this time until 7:50am)

8:00am - 2:49pm for 6th&9th grades and 2:54 for 7th & 8th grades: 
- Academic instruction

2:49/2:54 - 3:10 pm: 
Student pick-up outside (Students who are not picked up by 3:10pm will be waiting outside for their ride. There is no adult supervision for these students during this time).

Clubs and enrichment activities will begin immediately following dismissal. All club/enrichment participants must report directly to the cafeteria. Students who continuously fail to report directly to their designated locations will lose the privilege to participate in any after school activities. 

How do I pay for my child's lunch?
Breakfast and lunch are served every day. You can add money to your child's account by visiting this link. You can also pay by cash or money order in the cafeteria. 

Can my child bring their own lunch to school?
Students can bring a lunch from home. Lunches can be stored in the student's locker. Microwaves are available in the cafeteria to warm food. Refrigerators are not available for students.

What do they serve for school lunch?
A monthly menu is provided by Food and Nutrition Services. Click here for lunch and breakfast menu.

What is the academic calendar?
CMIT follows the Prince George's County Public School calendar found here. To receive notifications of PGCPS school cancellations by providing information here.

Where can I find information about CMIT events and updates?
Every Friday CMIT South publishes its weekly newsletter. It is HIGHLY recommended that you subscribe to the newsletter. It is a vital means of communication between CMIT South and stakeholders. Please click here to subscribe to CMIT South Newsletter. Please visit www.cmitsouth.org for more information.

 

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