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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy South

CMITS140

10/20/2017

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEWS

STEM Career Assembly

OPEN HOUSE FOR CMIT SOUTH ACADEMY AND ELEMENTARY

8th Grade Parent Night

High School Parent Night

Sailing the Waves as we say Goodbye to 8th Grade!

Field Trip - Air and Space Museum, Dulles VA


UPCOMING EVENTS

Spirit Week

HOMECOMING MASQURADE BALL

Third Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Basketball tryouts

Student Service Learning Hours Opportunity


ACADEMY NEWS

ATTENTION 8TH AND 9TH GRADE

Starting Soon -- KidzCare Club at CMIT South!

High School Volunteers Needed

A College Education is Within Your Reach

College is Just a Walk Away!

Annual American Indian Festival


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

Health & Physical Education Classroom Rules

National Bullying Prevention Month

Free and Reduced Priced Meals


PTO NEWS

Dates to Remember:

Preparing for the Holidays?

CMIT South Picture Day

Join the PTO

Volunteer Background Checks

CMIT South PTO General Meeting

Public Hearing for Kirwan Commission at Largo High School at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

For all of those interested in supporting Puerto Rico


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NEWS
STEM Career Assembly

On October 19, 2017, CMIT South students participated in an assembly with PGCPS District 9 Board member Sonya Williams. In attendance were CLF Board Chair, Mr. Spear Lancaster; CLF CEO - Mr. Karaman; Executive Director - Mr. Unlusoy and other CLF staff member.

Mrs. Williams is a Civil Engineer with over 22 years of project management experience on local and national construction projects. Mrs. Williams attended the University of Maryland to study Civil Engineering. She has worked on other local notable projects including the expansion of BWI-Marshall Airport and most recently the Tanger Outlet Mall. She recently received her master’s degree in International Organizational Leadership from Georgetown University.

Mrs. Williams Spoke to CMIT South students about being prepared for the career of their choices. Many students posed questions, and Mrs. Williams was able to answer all their questions. Thank you Mrs. Williams for the visit.

Lara Asafa, Principal.

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OPEN HOUSE FOR CMIT SOUTH ACADEMY AND ELEMENTARY


CMIT South is excited to hold two open house sessions for parents of prospective students who are interested in applying to the lottery for CMIT South and CMIT South Elementary. If you have students of elementary school age or secondary school age, please plan to attend one of this sessions. Sessions will hold as follows:

Thursday October 26, 2017 @ 6:00pm

Saturday November 04, 2017 @ 12:00pm

We encourage all prospective families to join us for this event. We will be discussing our instructional program and offerings.

Hope to see you there.

Lara Asafa, Principal

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8th Grade Parent Night

The 8th grade Parent Night will take place on November 15, 2017 from 6-7pm. This will be an information session on making the transition to high school, learning about the requirements for speciality programs, and the assessments used to determine if your child will qualify for such programs. We encourage all 8th grade parent to attend to ensure that you have the necessary information to make decisions on your child's academic trajectory.

Patrice Harrell-Carter

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High School Parent Night

CMIT-South is inviting all high school parents & students to our Informational Parent Night, on Tuesday, November 21. The event will take place in CMIT-South auditorium between 6:30pm-7:30pm.

Following topics will be covered during the presentation:

-High School Graduation Requirements
*Credit Requirements
*PGCPS' Promotion Policy
*Student Service Learning hours (SSL)
-Clubs and After school Programs

Please join us!!!

Mr.Taner
Assistant Principal

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Sailing the Waves as we say Goodbye to 8th Grade!

Join us for one last dance aboard the Spirit of Washington Cruise Lines!!!
Date: June 1, 2018
Time: 7-10PM (Boarding time starts at 6:15pm)
Price: $90.00 Per Person
(Includes Boat Admission, Buffet, DJ, and Photo)
November 1, 2017: Full payment or $30.00
January 10, 2018: $30.00
March 15, 2018: $30.00 (Final Payment)

Please refer to attached document for full information. Other 8th grade activities being planned to be announced shortly.
Attachment(s)

8th Grade Committee

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Field Trip - Air and Space Museum, Dulles VA

CMIT South is planning a field trip to the National Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, VA. This is pending approval. Cost will be $15.00 per students. Parents wishing to chaperone should ensure that they have PGCPS fingerprinting on file at CMIT South. Information will be forthcoming on when payments will be accepted.

When: November 21, 2017



CMIT South

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Spirit Week
CMIT South it's time to show your SPIRIT - Oct 23 - Oct 27th.
Monday - PJ's Day - Students must wear their school shoes; No Slippers, No Flip-Flops or open toe shoes.
Tuesday - Pink-Out Day - "Wear all Pink" Breast Cancer Awareness
Wednesday - Twin Day - Find your match and dress the same
Thursday - Decade Day - Wear your best throwback outfit from the 80's, 90's, and 2000's.
Friday - Class Color Day - 6th grade - Yellow Shirts, 7th grade - Green Shirts, 8th grade Red Shirts, 9th grade Blue Shirts and 10th Grade Black Shirts. Students must wear their school uniform bottoms and school shoes.

Vernon Kwiatkowski
Social Studies Teacher / SGA Coordinator

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HOMECOMING MASQURADE BALL

High School students...Be sure to join us for the Masquerade Homecoming Ball.

When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
7 - 10 pm

Tickets are on sale during your lunch period. Tickets $12 during Spirit week or $15 at the door. Get your guest form early and make sure it is returned by October 26th.

This is a semi-formal event. Students are allowed to wear eye masks but NOT full face masks.

If you have any questions forward them to MR. K at sga_hs@cmitsouth.org

We look forward to seeing you there!

Vernon Kwiatkowski
Social Studies Teacher / SGA Coordinator

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Third Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Save the day
October 27, 2017
6:30 pm
Auditorium
Ticket $ 5:00
Ticket sales in the Cafeteria at lunch time.
This year we have Dance, Music, Performance, Hispanic Culture Exposition, Students Presentations and Videos about Hispanic Heritage in America, Food and more amazing things. Don't miss the opportunity to have fun and learn about the Hispanic Heritage Culture.
For more information email us at:
farroyo@cmitsouth.org
nberroa@cmitsouth.org
vmarchese@cmitsouth.org
vfeliciano@cmitsouth.org

World Language Department

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Basketball tryouts
Middle School Boy's - November 6th
Middle School Girl's - November 7th

High School Girl's - November 15th
High School Boy's - November 16th

Tryouts will be held from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Students wishing to participate must have a completed physical on file BEFORE tryouts. Participants must also have a 2.0 grade point average.

Players should report to the gym immediately after school and come prepared to play (shorts and gym shoes).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Kevin Young at kyoung@cmitsouth.org.


Kevin Young
Athletic Director

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Student Service Learning Hours Opportunity
Hello CMIT-South Family!

Chad Wangolo, a current CMIT-South 9th grader, is organizing a team to support Children's Hospital Race for Every Child. The 5K run/walk event will be held on Oct. 21st starting at 8:30 am at the Freedom Plaza in DC. Students who participate can also earn Student Service Learning hours! If you are interested in participating please join Team Aurora (click the link below) OR contact Karen Wangolo at Karen_Wangolo@hotmail.com or 301-325-2897 for more information.

https://childrensnational.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=7234

What a great way to support our own CMIT-South student Chad and Children's Hospital!

Ms. Amos
Professional School Counselor

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ACADEMY NEWS
ATTENTION 8TH AND 9TH GRADE

8TH GRADE STUDENTS:

If you are interested in applying to Specialty High School Programs, please read below:

-8th grade students are automatically evaluated for the Science and Technology, and Aerospace and Engineering Programs. No application is required.

-8th grade students interested in applying for the Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC or Teacher Preparation Program at PGCC are REQUIRED to fill out the attached application to be considered.

**APPLICATIONS ARE DUE TO MS. AMOS BY NOVEMBER 3, 2017. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED**

-8th grade students will be taking the PSAT during the week of December 4, 2017.




9TH GRADE STUDENTS:

If you are interested in applying to the Science and Technology Program, please read below:

-Current 9th grade students that are interested in applying to the Science and Technology program MUST complete the attached application.

**APPLICATIONS ARE DUE TO MS. AMOS BY NOVEMBER 3, 2017. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED**

-9th grade students will take the PSAT on Charles H. Flowers High School on Saturday, December 2, 2017.



Ms. Amos
Professional School Counselor

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Starting Soon -- KidzCare Club at CMIT South!

The KidzCare Club at CMIT South will be starting its service projects and activities soon.
For students (and parents) who are interested in participating in the KidzCare Club at CMIT, please contact Bridget Elliott, Club Sponsor at bcelliott507@gmail.com, or Monique Gallaway,
CMIT South PTO President at mgallaway.cmitspto@gmail.com.

The purpose of the KidzCare Club is to provide students with opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others through humanitarian efforts, community service/service projects, and random acts of kindness.
Please continue to check the newsletter for details on the club's upcoming service activities!

Bridget Elliott, Club Sponsor

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High School Volunteers Needed

Energetic and enthusiastic high school students are needed as volunteers during the Baltimore-Washington Invitational Gymnastics Meet! The meet takes place December 9th and 10th.

**THIS OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN PRE-APPROVED FOR STUDENT SERVICE LEARNING HOURS**

Check out the attached flyer for more information.

Ms. Amos
Professional School Counselor

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A College Education is Within Your Reach
Hello CMIT-Family!

Join PGCPS on Saturday, October 21st for this wonderful program. The program targets Latino families with students in grades 6-12, but it is bilingual and open to all. It includes workshops for students in grade 6-12 and their parents, a college and community agency fair, and campus tours.

Check out the flyer for more information!

Ms. Amos
Professional School Counselor

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College is Just a Walk Away!
L.E.E.P TO COLLEGE FOUNDATION presents the inaugural College is Just A Walk Away 5K Walk/Run. Participants can choose a 5K Run/Walk or enjoy the Bladensburg Waterfront Park activities.

Check out this fun opportunity at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/college-is-just-a-walk-away-5k-walkrun-tickets-28374579130

Ms. Amos
Professional School Counselor

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Annual American Indian Festival

The annual American Indian Festival is looking for volunteers on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Youth (and adults) can sign up by clicking the link below.

Sign-Up Link: https://ec.samaritan.com/recruiter/index.php?class=OppDetails&recruiterID=1543&oppGuid=%7b8CA14062-8590-4B65-8C90-F983323B0C15%7d

Questions should be directed to Jo-Ann Martinez at 301-446-3324.

Ms. Amos
Professional School Counselor

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
Health & Physical Education Classroom Rules
Dear Parent or Guardian,

Our Health and Physical Education classroom rule to Be Safe includes:

-No food, drink, nor gum
-No jewelry
-No touching
-No fighting

Respectfully,

Mr. Chipriano
jchipriano@cmitsouth.org

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National Bullying Prevention Month
CMIT-South is celebrating National Bullying Prevention Month!

Each week in October will represent different ways that WE (students, staff, and families) can get involved to officially stomp out bullying.

I say WE because in order for CMIT-South to be bully-free, all members of the community need to be involved. Please encourage your children to be part of the solution.. not the problem.

The attached document includes descriptions of the themes for each week in October.

Thank you!

Ms. Amos
Professional School Counselor

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Free and Reduced Priced Meals

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is pleased to offer a time-saving, convenient online application process for Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FARMS). Previously, parents had to complete a paper application and return to it their child’s school. For their convenience, the new online application streamlines the process and can be completed from any computer with Internet access.

Free or reduced-price meals are available to students based on household size and income. To view income eligibility guidelines, click here. Benefits expire each year so families must reapply to ensure students continue to receive meal benefits. Students are automatically eligible for free meals if their family receives assistance under the Food Supplement Program (FSP) or Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) benefits.

Please use the link below to apply for Free and Reduced-Price Meals. For details on the application process, visit the PGCPS Department of Food and Nutrition Services website, or call 301-952-6517.

https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict

CMIT South

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PTO NEWS
Dates to Remember:
• Saturday, October 21, 2017

o Youth@Work/SYEP 2018 - Job Readiness Training Program- a robust and exciting initiative, is a collaboration with the Prince George’s County Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP). Through Youth@Work/SYEP, participants ages 15-19 will have opportunities to obtain job skills and prepare for employment opportunities. Prince Georges County Community College - Center for Health Studies, Room 1418 10am.
o Saturday Academy begins at CMIT South


• Monday, October 23, 2017
o Last chance to submit Mid-Atlantic Fundraiser money. All packets can be submitted to the Parent Room in the front office area by 12 noon.


• Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
o Picture Day order forms will be sent home


• Wednesday, October 25, 2017
o Public Hearing for Kirwan Commission at Largo High School at 6:30pm – 8:30pm. All parents are encouraged to attend.


• Thursday, October 26, 2017
o Prospective Parent Open House – 6:00pm in the CMIT South Cafeteria. Open to all parents seeking information for Lottery for the NEW elementary, Middle school, and High school at CMIT SOUTH.


• Friday, October 27th, 2017
o Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Cost is $5


• Saturday, October 28th, 2017
o CMIT South Clean up Green up Day. 8:45am – 1:00pm. Help support CMIT- South initiative to make our school cleaner and greener by planting trees, shrubs, flowers and coordinating beautification activities at our school. This is an opportunity for students to earn service hours. If you have not signed up, please send an email to pto@cmitsouth.org (Subject Line: Volunteer- CleanUP GreenUP)
o CMIT South High School Dance – 7:00pm -10:00pm


• Tuesday, October 31, 2017
o PICTURE DAY IS TUESDAY OCTOBER 31st!


• Wednesday, November 1, 2017
o CMIT South PTO General Body Meeting – 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the school cafeteria


• Friday, November 3, 2017
o First Friday’s -Lunch on Me Campaign started on 10/6. We ask parents to donate their lunch money the 1st Friday of each month ($8 each month for 8 months). Participate on pt-avenue.com (organization code -CMITSPTO) and look for on-line store or drop your donation in the First Friday Drop Box near the front desk. Thank you.


CMIT South PTO

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Preparing for the Holidays?

Please use Amazon Smile for your holiday purchases. This is another way to support the PTO effort to raise money for student programs at CMIT South. We receive a percentage of the total sale. Feel free to spread the word!

CMIT South PTO

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CMIT South Picture Day
PICTURE DAY IS OCTOBER 31st! 📸

Picture Day order forms will be sent home by October 24th.

Both the CMIT South white oxford and tie is REQUIRED to take school pictures. Students should come to school dressed for pictures.

Any student that has P.E. on picture day can bring their shirt and tie to school and wear them over their P.E. shirt when it is time to take their picture.

Please note that there will be no loaner shirts provided on picture day. Purchasing pictures is optional, however we would like all students to take a photo for the yearbook.

Lacy Holland- Wallace, Picture Day Coordinator
CMIT South PTO

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Join the PTO
We need your support, please join the CMITSouth PTO today. The cost is $15 per family, teacher or company.

Click Here to sign-up today: https://www.pt-avenue.com/login.asp (Enter CMITSPTO)

You can view instructions under ‘New Membership’ or ’Renew Membership’ section. If you have questions, please contact the Administrator, Lorna Campbell at lcampbellpto@gmail.com

CMIT South PTO

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Volunteer Background Checks
Background Check Information – Please check in at the CMIT South Front Desk if you already have a background on file. Due to a recent change in policy (Administrative Procedure 4215), commercial background checks can no longer be utilized for field trips.

• Cost of Fingerprint Background Check $56.57

• Cost of Commercial Background Check $7.00 (not applicable for field trips)

The Fingerprint Office accepts payment in the form of cash, money order, debit/Visa/MasterCard.
For questions, contact the Background Unit at 301.952.7831; email hr.backgroundunit@pgcps.org or go to http://www.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/

CMIT South PTO

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CMIT South PTO General Meeting

CMIT SOUTH PTO GENERAL MEETING will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm, located in the cafeteria.

The PTO is proud to announce the first Parent University session at this meeting. The sessions will begin promptly at 6:00pm and the PTO business meeting will follow immediately after.

We are offering 2 classes:
1. STEM and Maker Help for Parents- by our own Mr. Brian Davidson
2. The Art of Wellbeing - Stress Management and Relaxation– by Mr. Ryan L. Brown, School Psychologist, The SEED School

We look forward to seeing many of you on November 1, 2017.

CMIT South PTO

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Public Hearing for Kirwan Commission at Largo High School at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Community and CLF Leaders: Maryland Public Education needs each and all of you to participate in the statewide COMMISSION on INNOVATION and EXCELLENCE in EDUCATION. The nickname, the "Kirwan" Commission comes from William E. (Brit) Kirwan, former chancellor of the University System of Maryland, who was named as the chair of the Commission.

The Commission's purpose is as follows:
• Review and evaluate the current education funding formula (nicknamed the Thorton funding formula and was revised in 2002 and implemented in 2003).
• Review how schools and districts are being held accountable to meeting academic goals.
• Generally review and evaluate how we educate students in the state of Maryland.

The Commission WILL MAKE recommendations to the Maryland General Assembly about ideas to improve education and make the funding formula for State public education adequate and equitable for all students. Please view this video of CLF , Mark Sutherland, Community Partnership Director, testifying at a previous Commission meeting https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1/?tab=wm#inbox/15f2a9076808fe0f?projector=1

Reserve a spot to speak by emailing: KIRWAN@BOUN.CR or calling Kim/Mindy at 410.946.5510 or 301.970.5510 by NOON on the day of the hearing. Please provide your name/contact info, location/date of the meeting you are attending, and if you are speaking on behalf of a group (you should speak on your own behalf but say you are part of ...). Also, sign-up sheets will be available at 6:00pm on the day of the hearing. Remember YOUR STORY & YOUR CONNECTION TO EDUCATION matters more than any talking point!

CMIT South PTO

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For all of those interested in supporting Puerto Rico

CMIT South PTO will be preparing care packages for those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Currently, most have a secure roof or housing, which it’s a blessing, but no power, some of them without water and almost no cellphone connectivity. They are lacking the access of basic needs because they are scarce or the few available are very expensive for them. Sometimes the access to cash itself is difficult and because the lack of power, most places are only taking cash.

Attached is a list of possible items that can be donated to send these packages. A package is around $45 in supplies and food items on a large USPS Flat Rate box that ships for $18.95.

If it is in your heart to reach out to those in need, we will be collecting donations at the Parent Meeting room which is located at the front of the school. Donations will be collected from Monday, October 23rd- Thursday, November 9th. There will be a box set-up for supplies. Also you can contribute with gift cards for Walmart (there is no pick up at store service in PR), Amazon and grocery stores like Aldi and we can get the items needed. Additionally, cash to supporting shipping can be dropped in the PTO mail box in a marked envelope.

If you have any question, please email PTO Parent Helper, Tamika Spencer, Tamikaspencer@hotmail.com.


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. http://cmitsouth.org/uniform-policy/

How do we order uniform items?
Uniform items can be ordered by completing the online order form: https://anderon-mmp.myshopify.com/ or 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 South's Daily Schedule?
8:20am - 8:35am:
- Student arrival (drop off is at the side entrance)
- Doors close at 8:35am (after 8:35am parents need to sign late students in at the Front Office)

8:20am - 8:45am:
- Homeroom (Breakfast is available during this time until 8:45am)

8:45am - 2:49pm for 6th & High School grades and 8:45am - 2:54pm for 7th & 8th grades: 
- Academic instruction

2:49/2:54pm - 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. Lunch taken to lunch room should be consumed in lunch room. Student cannot return to locker after lunch. All lunch bags should be left in lockers if student do not wish to place in bins after lunch. Lunch bags are not allowed in class.

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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