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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy South

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11/17/2017

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEWS

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

OCTOBER SIS RESULTS

Preparing for the PSAT and Want More Information?

High School Parent Night

Saturday Academy

Information Technology Early College Program (ITEC)

CMIT SOUTH PTO SERVICE PROJECT


UPCOMING EVENTS

Roller Skating Fun For All CMIT South Families and Friends

American Red Cross Blood Drive @ CMIT South

STEM & Maker Project Update

Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program Open House

Student Service Learning Hours Opportunities


ACADEMY NEWS

High School Science

Physical & Health Education

Umoja Girls Mentoring Club From Head to Toe!


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

Build Your Resume

Mid-Atlantic Fundraising Items Will Be Here on Monday!

The Box Top Contest has started!


PTO NEWS

Amazon Smile

You are Invited to the PTO Meeting and Holiday Social

December 12th is Class Picture and Make-Up/Retake Day!

SAVE THE DATE!

Volunteer Background Checks - Update!

Join the PTO


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NEWS
HAPPY THANKSGIVING


As we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful, CMIT South wants to take this opportunity to share just a few of them with you: We are thankful for our students who come to school every day ready to learn – they give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here. We are thankful for the support of the parents in creating an outstanding partnership for our students. We are thankful for the teachers, assistants, nurse, secretaries, lunchroom staff, support staff, and administrators who really care about student achievement and have the best interests of our students at heart. We are also thankful for our volunteers who enthusiastically contribute so much to our school.

Everyday, we see dedicated and tireless individuals going above and beyond to make sure that great things happen in our school. They do make a difference, and the children, in their own individual ways, benefit from those efforts.

Most importantly, we are thankful for the parents that have kept the faith in us. They continue to share their most valuable possession with us and—in most cases— work hard and advocate to be a partner in their children’s education, safety and well-being. For this, we are ever so thankful.

From CMIT South family to yours, Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

CMIT South

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OCTOBER SIS RESULTS

CMIT South students finished the month of October with an overwhelming number of students able to participate in the monthly rewards/activities. 77% of students were eligible for the SIS event, having finished the month with positive points. 86% were eligible for dress down having finished the month with not more than 11 negative points.
CMIT South will continue to reward and provide positive reinforcement for positive behavior while providing interventions to increase the numbers eligible to participate in these rewards. Keep up the good job tigers!!!

Lara Asafa, Principal

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Preparing for the PSAT and Want More Information?
Testing will occur for grade 8 students the week of December 4, 2017 at their boundary school. Grade 8 students must still apply for the program(s) of their choice if they wish to be considered for admission.

Link to Key Facts about the PSAT, How to Prepare, & additional resources
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/prepare-psat-8-9.pdf

Patrice Harrell-Carter, Assistant Principal MS

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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
- Scholarship Information
- Credit Recovery Information

Please join us!!!

Mr.Taner
Assistant Principal

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Saturday Academy
Saturday Academy will not take place the weekend of Thanksgiving 11/25. It will be a time for us all to enjoy time with our families. It will resume the following Saturday, December 2nd.

Saturday Academy will hold tomorrow, 11/18.

Georgia Jones

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Information Technology Early College Program (ITEC)


The Information Technology Early College program, also known as ITEC, refers to a dual enrollment program jointly offered through Prince George's Community College (PGCC) and Chesapeake Math and IT Academy South (CMIT South). This is a grant-funded program that responds to the identified need to increase opportunities for high school students to earn college credits and/or industry certifications in STEM fields. By offering dual enrollment courses, academic and career counseling, and professional development all supported by an innovative Virtual Learning Lab, students entering the ninth grade have an opportunity to graduate with an associate degree in information technology upon graduation from high school.

The mission of this early college project is to transform students' lives by providing them with innovative, rigorous learning, training, and career experiences that meet and exceed industry standards.


Enrollment & Participation

1.Who is eligible to participate in the ITEC program?
Enrollment is limited to rising CMIT-South 9th grade students who have achieved the required Accuplacer score and met other selection criteria. 

2.How do students apply? 
CMIT students are eligible to apply toward the end of their 8th grade year.

3.Is there a limit to the number of students that can enroll each year? 
Yes. Enrollment is capped at 22 students per cohort in order to optimize the learning experience for students.

4.Can students enter the program after the ninth grade? 
No. However, students not enrolled in the ITEC program who wish to earn college credit are encouraged to consider taking AP courses offered at CMIT.

5.What if students would like to earn college credit but are not interested in information technology? 
If this is the case, the ITEC program is not a good fit. This program is rigorous and immerses students heavily in the study of information technology. Students with no interest in information technology should consider earning college credit through AP courses or PGCPS's dual enrollment program. 

6.Does participation in ITEC limit student's participation in CMIT activities? 
It can. With the exception of state- and county-mandated testing, ITEC activities generally take precedent over CMIT activities. On occasion, there will be assemblies and field trips that ITEC students are unable to attend because of ITEC courses. Conversely, there will occasionally be ITEC activities and field trips that are exclusive to students participating in the program.

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

Mr.Taner
Assistant Principal

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CMIT SOUTH PTO SERVICE PROJECT
Thank you for your donations to help the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. We received canned goods, medical supplies, rice and beans, clothes, cleaning supplies, batteries and toiletries. We have begun to box up the items and soon your donation will help a person in need.

CMIT South PTO

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Roller Skating Fun For All CMIT South Families and Friends
Join us for Roller Skating Fun on Monday, December 11th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Temple Hills Skate Palace. The cost is $15 per person. Includes Pizza & a drink, skate rental, and token. Please hold this date. More information to come.


CMIT South PTO

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American Red Cross Blood Drive @ CMIT South

Greetings CMIT-South Family!

Thank you to those staff members and families who have committed to our American Red Cross Blood Drive! We need a minimum of 40 registrants in order to hold our drive and we are just over one-fifth of the way to our goal! If you have not signed up and you're interested in saving a life through this precious giving, please sign-up via the GoogleForm below. Even if you think you might have second thoughts the day of the drive, we need you to register today!

Please read below for more information on how giving blood saves lives. Thank you!

Did you know?
Every two seconds someone needs blood.
One donation may help save or sustain 3 lives.
A single car accident victim can require as much as 100 pints of blood.

Local patients depend on the blood supply every day. There is no substitute for human blood and the only source of obtaining life-saving blood is through volunteer blood donations. Trauma victims, cancer patients, premature infants and others depend on their neighbors to roll up their sleeves and give the gift of life.

Here is a link to an American Red Cross recipient’s story:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZPlnPIRyCE

Brian lost 60% of his blood. He required 36 blood transfusions and 13 plasma treatments, which he received from Red Cross donors.
If you have an eligibility question, please call 1-866- 236-3276.

Please click on the link below to show your support and donate the gift of life.

https://goo.gl/forms/4ZuEf35Y8BVXJVuL2

Ms. Green

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STEM & Maker Project Update

Hello students and parents,

Here are the rest of the important dates for our STEM Fair and Maker Faire projects:

Mon. November 20- Rough Draft Research Paper needs to be graded with feedback and returned to students.
Wed. December 20- Final Draft Research Papers due.
Fri. January 5- Project Boards due.
Fri. January 12- Science Fair

Brian Davidson

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Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program Open House

Prince George’s Community College, in partnership with the Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program (Youth@Work/SYEP), will host several Open Houses at the Largo campus of Prince George's Community College, Room 1418, Center for Health Studies. The Open Houses are to inform youth about professional development/training opportunities in preparation for the upcoming 2018 Youth@Work/Summer Youth Enrichment Program.

For more information, click on the link below:
http://www.pgcc.edu/Programs_and_Courses/Noncredit/Continuing_Education_Program_Detail.aspx?id=6442469036

PGCC

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Student Service Learning Hours Opportunities

Amanya Paige, Student Member of the Prince George's County Board of Education is having a Leadership Summit titled "Leaders Impacting Tomorrow" ​on​ December​ 16th​.

Non-traditional leaders are encouraged to attend. Registration is limited to 150 students. There are currently 55 registered. It is also important that students who register - really do commit to attending.

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

If you are interested in attending, please register through this link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeh4RagrgwBRuHIklBzIpIfY9mfnxeokVZA04lJtm2xuQKkfQ/viewform?usp=pp_url&entry.2092238618&entry.1556369182&entry.479301265&entry.588393791&entry.2109138769

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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.
Attachment(s)

Ms. Amos
Professional School Counselor

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ACADEMY NEWS
High School Science
Hi families and students!
I apologize for not emailing updates recently but here are the science updates for the next few weeks.

Biology:
We just finished up the most recent chapter in the book Chapter 4. Next week we will review and then enjoy Thanksgiving!

Over Thanksgiving break there will be a study guide for the next Unit test. This Unit test will be on Chapters 3 and 4. The Unit test will be given during the first period after break. Then we will move on to Chapter 5.

Physics:
Very similar to Biology. We are finishing up the Chapter on Newton's laws and will take our next test following Thanksgiving break. This test will be on Chapters 4 and 5. A study guide will be provided as well as extra practice over Thanksgiving break.

Enjoy the break!

Mr. Wassam

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Physical & Health Education
Dear Parent or Guardian,

Shorts may ONLY be worn from the first day of school through Oct. 31st and from April 1st through the last day of school.

Respectfully,

Mr. Chipriano
jchipriano@cmitsouth.org

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Umoja Girls Mentoring Club From Head to Toe!
Today, the girls had one of our own, Mrs. Cathy Andrews. We discussed special things girls need to know about personal hygiene. The girls were engaged in discussion, as Mrs. Andrew provided professional and “mother wit” information from head to toe!

Thank you Mrs. Andrews.

Ms. Monroe & Mrs. Dabney
Resource Teachers High School

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
Build Your Resume

9th and 10th grade students,

Just a friendly reminder that I am offering a College 101 club on Friday mornings from 7:40-8:20. What is College 101...? During our time together on Friday mornings, we will have the opportunity to review self-marketing strategies, create and edit resumes, and review any other documents you may need as you prepare for life after high school. This is a great opportunity for you to get feedback from me, as well as your peers.

It is imperative that you have strong resume and strong self-marketing skills if you have intentions to apply for college. If you are interested in building and improving your resume, please contact me ASAP.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Ms. Amos
Professional School Counselor

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Mid-Atlantic Fundraising Items Will Be Here on Monday!
All items purchased for the Mid-Atlantic Fundraiser will be available for pick-up Monday, November 20th at CMIT South from 1:00pm - 6:00pm. On-line sales will be sent directly to your home.

Please keep in mind perishable items only last about 6 hours with no refrigeration. Please pick-up your items on Monday. No Food will be left at the school for the Thanksgiving Holiday. If you are not able to make arrangements to pick-up your food items, please email pto@cmitsouth.org to send through your student. Otherwise, email to let us know how you would like the items handled.

Thank you for supporting this successful fundraiser.

CMIT South PTO

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The Box Top Contest has started!
Hello parents,
To help support CMIT South PTO we ask for participation in collecting Box Tops. There is a box located at the front entrance of the school. Also, each University and Section will have their own bins, located in the English, Math, or Science classrooms. Please write your child's name and University or Section on a Ziploc bag with the Boxtops. We will have a contest for Students! Starting November 1, 2017, to December 22, 2017, the University or Section that collects the most Box Tops will receive a pizza lunch in January.

Please sign up for the Box Top app in your play store and add your loyalty cards. Our school is listed as "Chesapeake Math and Technology Academy." Thank you! We appreciate all that you do.

Box Top Committee,
CMIT South PTO

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PTO NEWS
Amazon Smile
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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You are Invited to the PTO Meeting and Holiday Social
Please join us at the PTO Meeting and Holiday Social on Thursday, December 14th from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Cost is $5.00 per person (students and parents)

Food will be served. The meeting starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Also, there will be fun activities, a holiday raffle and a Family Ugly Holiday Sweatshirt Contest.

We are offering a Vendor Table Opportunity that is open to the CMIT South Students, Families, and Clubs. You will have an opportunity to showcase and sell holiday gifts. The table rental will be $25 -PTO Members and $45 -Non-PTO Members. If you are interested, please email pto@cmitsouth.org

All payments are due by Friday, December 1, 2017. On-line payments will be available starting November 21, 2017 on PTAvenue. Cash payments will be collected the week of November 27, 2017





CMIT South PTO

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December 12th is Class Picture and Make-Up/Retake Day!
1. We would like all staff and students to take a photo for the yearbook.

2. Purchasing school photos is optional and not required.

3. Picture Day order forms will be sent home by December 5th.

4. The CMIT South uniform white oxford with the approved school logo and uniform tie is REQUIRED to take school pictures. Students should come to school dressed for pictures.

5. 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.



Lacy Holland-Wallace
Picture Day Coordinator

CMIT South PTO

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SAVE THE DATE!
• Monday, November 20, 2017
o Mid-Atlantic Fundraiser Items have arrived. Pick-up time is from 1:00pm -6:00pm

• Tuesday, November 21, 2017
o Krispy Kreme Donut Sale to support the Sports teams at CMIT South ($1 a donut; $8 per dozen)
o 8th Grade Cruise – Final chance to sign-up for the 8th grade cruise. We need 55 students to pay full or partial via PT avenue online store or drop payments with name, college in an envelope and put outside parent room.

• Wednesday, November 22 – 24
o CMIT South will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

• Monday, November 27th
o CMIT South Basketball Game will be held in the GYM from 5:30pm- 7:30pm (Massie vs CMIT South) Tickets cost $3.00

• Friday, December 1, 2017
o First Friday’s -Lunch on Me Campaign is collecting your donation. 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.
o PTO Meeting and Holiday Social money is due. $5 per person. Vendor cost $25 (PTO Member) and $45 (Non-PTO Member)

• Monday, December 11, 2017
o Roller Skating Night for CMIT South – at Temple Hills Skating Palace - Cost is $15 – Includes Pizza, Drink, Token, and Skate Rental. Open to all CMIT South Families and Friends.

• Tuesday, December 12, 2017
o Class Pictures and Retake are scheduled. Please see PTAvenue to sign-up to volunteer.

• Thursday, December 14, 2017
o Next PTO Meeting and Holiday Social is from 5:30pm- 8:00pm

• Friday, December 22, 2017
o BoxTop Contest Ends. The University or Section with the most BoxTops will win a pizza party in January.




CMIT South PTO

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Volunteer Background Checks - Update!
The cost of Fingerprint Background Check is offered free of charge for families that receive free or reduced lunch.

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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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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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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