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09/07/2018

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEWS

HIGH SCHOOL ELECTIVE COURSE SELECTION

ELECTIVE SELECTION TIME (MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY)

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL UPDATE

STEM/Maker's Fair Important Dates

Credit Recovery: Evening High School 

DAP DAY @ CMIT SOUTH MS/HS


UPCOMING EVENTS

CLASS of 2023 Parent Meeting

United States Senate Youth Program

Fall 2018 Mount Rainier Clean Sweep Litter Pick-up


ACADEMY NEWS

PSAT/NMSQT

School Supplies for Class + Syllabus information (Geometry 94, 103, 101, 102)

Welcome from Ms. McAllister (HS Science - Honors Chemistry & Biogeochemical Systems)

Student Information Packets Return Process

Edmodo - Ms. Payne English 11


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

MANDATORY VOLUNTEER TRAINING (SY 2018-2019)

Nurse @ CMIT South

STUDENT PACKETS

FRONT DESK PROCEDURES

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT - Early Dismissal


PTO NEWS

2018 CMIT South PTO Events for the New School Year - September/ October!

NOMINATIONS FOR PTO BOARD TREASURER

Dap Day: Positive Male Role Models Greeting Children Back to School - A Great Success!

ACTIVATE YOUR 2018-2019 CMIT SOUTH PTO MEMBERSHIP TODAY!

It's Box Top Collection Time!


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NEWS
HIGH SCHOOL ELECTIVE COURSE SELECTION
High School Parents and Students, On behalf of CMIT-South administrative team and teachers, I want to thank all of our parents and students for a great start. It is now time to select your elective course(s). All High School students will receive a link to an Elective Course Selection Survey in their CMIT South email. The same link can be found at the end of this email. Please complete the survey no later than Monday September 10, 2018 before COB in order to place our students in their elective choices in a timely manner. Here are some highlights to avoid mistakes while making your elective selection: -Please read all related information in the survey to avoid mistakes. -Please submit your @cmitsouth.org email address in the survey. -Some courses may have Math or English proficiency requirements. - If you have already passed a course, you cannot retake it. -Elective selections are on first come, first serve basis. -Most Electives courses will not enroll more than 20 students. -Multiple entries by students will default to the first entry. -No aliases may be used, only real names as on Schoolmax will be considered. -If no selection is made, students will be placed in remaining open courses. LINK: https://goo.gl/HcQ6YB

Taner Budiyar, Assistant Principal
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ELECTIVE SELECTION TIME (MIDDLE SCHOOL ONLY)
CMIT South MS/HS is excited to announce that it is that time to pick your elective for the school year. Students will have an opportunity to make three choices. All efforts will be made to ensure that students are place in one of their choices. Please note that placement is on a first come first serve basis. In some instances, students in need of additional support in Math or English will be placed in those academic electives regardless of their choices. Likewise, some Elective have specific grade requirements. Elective selections will be due by Monday, September 10, 2018 at 3:00 pm. All middle school students are required to select an elective using the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/DHgJPBuHJitN03Vr1 Students will click on the link above, type their first and last name, select NEXT, and pick their top three choices. Attempt will be made to accommodate the student with at least one of their top three choices. Please refer to the attached list for elective descriptions. Only one submission is allowed per students. Students must use their real names for their choices to be considered.

CMIT South MS/HS
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ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL UPDATE
We have made it through our first week of school. This is to take some time to provide reminders and update on our arrival and dismissal. Drop off in the mornings is working pretty well with two lanes moving forward. To keep this going, please help with the following: -- When you get into the parking lot pull all the way down as far as you in the lane you are in. -- Make sure your child/children are ready to get out of the car (have all of their belongings in their hands and ready to step out of the vehicle as soon as they open the door. Backpacks, notebooks, jackets etc in hand. -- Only cross from the left lane when cars in the right lane are not moving to exit. Pick up in the afternoon is more challenging, thank you to everyone for your patience. Rest assured that staff member outside are trying to make this as smooth as possible for everyone concerned. There are hundreds of cars trying to pick up their children at the same time. Between Tuesday and Friday, pickup time has decreased already by about 10-15 minutes. In the coming days, we plan to add an additional lane to make two pick up lanes, one express lane. We will continue to work to speed up the process and ask for continued cooperation. Here are some things you can do to help: -- Do not arrive at the school way ahead of time and park in the lane if you know your child is not one of the first ones out of the building. -- While in line waiting to get into the lot pull as far over to the right as you can so the people who work or are making deliveries in this area can still get by. We are sharing the roads with them and attempting to get everyone where they need to go. -- Do not block the road in front of the school or businesses, both while trying to get into the parking lot or by parking in the fire lane out front. This makes it harder for everyone to drive respectfully. Leave room for vehicles to get by or into the various parking lots. -- The transport vans/buses are parking in the alley behind the school and they should be the only ones back there. IF you child rides a transport bus have them proceed to the vans/buses as soon as they are able. -- Advise all scholars to remain on CMIT South MS/HS property, do not encourage students to walk off the property. CMIT South MS/HS has no jurisdiction beyond its property cannot monitor students beyond the property. -- Appreciate the efforts of those who are volunteering to help by being respectful and following the traffic pattern.

Lara Asafa, Principal
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STEM/Maker's Fair Important Dates
The following dates are the due dates for ALL students' work. Proposal Form: Friday, September 14 Denied Proposal form (only if form was denied, N/A if approved): Friday, Oct. 5 Rough Draft: Friday, Oct. 26 Final Draft: Friday, December 14 Boards: Friday, January 11 STEM/Maker's Fair: Friday, January 18

Miss Brown
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Credit Recovery: Evening High School 
High school student who have failed a course and are in need of credit recovery, please consider Evening School. Evening classes are offered at both Crossland High School and Northwestern High School. You are responsible for your own transportation. Evening School has 2 semesters. This is registration for just the fall semester. Spring registration information will be released at a later date. **Open registration is through September 13, 2018 when it closes. Classes begin on at both sites September 17, 2018** Please see the attached registration documents if you are planning on attending. Please submit hard copies to the front office so that myself and administration can sign the forms. If you receive free or reduced lunch, please also complete the tuition waiver form. If you are planning on taking evening courses, please let myself or administration know immediately so we can ensure you are enrolling in appropriate courses.

Ms. Amos Professional School Counselor
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DAP DAY @ CMIT SOUTH MS/HS
CMIT South MS/HS fathers, uncles, grandfathers, and other significant male figures gathered to welcome all scholars to another school year. Scholars received a warm welcome as they arrived for the first day of school. CMIT South MS/HS is proud to partner with such distinguished parents. . .

Lara Asafa, Principal
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UPCOMING EVENTS
CLASS of 2023 Parent Meeting
It is time to start planning for the 8th grade scholars' end of the year celebration and promotion ceremony. The next 8th grade promotion meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30pm - 8:30pm, immediately after the PTO meeting. Please come out and support the PTO meeting and sign-up for the Class of 2023 planning committee. See you there!

CMIT South PTO
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United States Senate Youth Program
This program selects 104 students for a week-long government and leadership education in the nation's capital. Students receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship! Please check out the attached brochure for more information.

Ms. Amos Professional School Counselor
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Fall 2018 Mount Rainier Clean Sweep Litter Pick-up
This is an opportunity to earn Student Service Learning hours. Date: Saturday, September 29 Time: 9 am-12pm Place: 1 Municipal Place, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 (City Hall) Details: We will be providing maps to walk Mount Rainer collecting recyclables and other litter. Gloves and trash bags will be provided, as will a limited number of trash pickers. You must wear closed toed shoes and other proper attire. Refreshments will also be provided to volunteers. RSVP: mtrainiergreenteam@gmail.com

Ms. Amos
Professional School Counselor
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ACADEMY NEWS
PSAT/NMSQT
High School Students, You will be receiving a PSAT/NMSQT student guide by Friday. Please read this guide and share it with your parents. To be considered for the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, it is very important to take this test and do very well. Please make sure that you are present on this test day. Unfortunately, there will be no makeup opportunities. The test will be administered at CMIT South MS/HS on October 10, 2018. More specific information will be sent out to students and parents. Thank you and enjoy your weekend

Lori Payne, MAT, M.Ed. 11th Grade RELA Teacher HS RELA Department Chair
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School Supplies for Class + Syllabus information (Geometry 94, 103, 101, 102)
For geometry and pre-Calculus class, you should have the following items as discussed in class: - a three to five subject notebook - TI-84 or TI-84 plus calculator - portfolio/folder - looseleaf paper - grid paper (optional) - pencils and erasers -highlighters (optional) - hand sanitizer - paper towels, Kleenex (great for students with allergies) A better version of the syllabus will be uploaded this weekend detailing tardiness, late assignments, etc.

Brittany Keys
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Welcome from Ms. McAllister (HS Science - Honors Chemistry & Biogeochemical Systems)
Welcome to the 2018 - 2019 school year. I have attached the syllabi and welcoming newsletters for Honors Chemistry (9th Grade) and Biogeochemical Systems (10th Grade) to this note. Khan Academy and Edmodo Codes are contained within the Syllabi. Lastly the Remind (app for parent/student contact) codes/ links are posted to Edmodo as well. Please make sure you review the syllabus and complete the Syllabus Form (Google Form) on Edmodo (100 Classwork Points). I know there have been some scheduling changes so please complete the form by Monday. I look forward to meeting with you soon!

Anna McAllister CMIT South Science
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Student Information Packets Return Process
On Friday, September 7th all of the 6th grade , 7th grade and most of the 8th grade students received a packet in their 7th period class. UCLA , Vanderbilt and all high school students will receive their packets on Monday, September 10th. Parents/guardians please review and ensure that all documents are filled out completely and signed. There are nine documents to complete. Students need to return the packet to their home room teachers between Monday, September 10th and Wednesday, September 12th. Please direct your scholar to submit all papers to the homeroom teachers. Front/Main Office Staff

Lacy Holland-Wallace
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Edmodo - Ms. Payne English 11
Hello Parents and Students, Welcome back to an exciting new year! Please remember to visit Edmodo regularly. There will be continuous announcements concerning your academics. Since we are utilizing various websites to enforce what we have learned in class, please keep up with your class codes. Most of your homework will be assigned from one of these websites. Next, the first novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, will begin to be a part of our lessons starting next week. We will be covering this book for the first quarter. There is one set being utilized in the classroom. Next, I have specified some useful supplies for the classroom. Please have a 1 subject notebook, 1 2-pocket folder, 1 journal, 3 different colored highlighters, and a ruler. Thank you so much and enjoy the rest of your week. Finally, please remember that the summer packets are due on September 14, 2018.

Lori Payne, MAT, M.Ed. 11th Grade RELA Teacher HS RELA Department Chair
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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
MANDATORY VOLUNTEER TRAINING (SY 2018-2019)
All volunteers must complete the SafeSchools online safety training program that is designed to train contractors and volunteers on school-related safety issues. Volunteers who regularly support the school as field trip chaperones, mentors, interns, tutors and others must complete the following on-line training modules: - Prince George’s County Child Abuse Mandatory Reporting - Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Student Safety Procedural Changes - Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Prevention Please click here to get started =====> https://www.pgcps.org/required-training/ Background Checks are still required and due to changes in a policy (Administrative Procedure 4215), Commercial background checks can no longer be utilized for field trips. Please check in at the CMIT South Front Desk prior to volunteering if you already have a background on file. - 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/ Please complete your training as soon as possible! We can use your support in upcoming CMIT South programs. We need all the volunteers to make this a great new school year! Thank you in advance for doing your part.

CMIT South PTO
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Nurse @ CMIT South
CMIT South MS/HS does not have a Nurse on site at this time. We anticipate being assigned a nurse in the nearest future. We will continue to provide the best care to all students and will contact you should any concerns arise. In the interim, please direct any and all inquiries related to medications to your child's grade level administrator.

CMIT South MS/HS
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STUDENT PACKETS
All Students should have received paperwork to share and review with parents. Packet includes -Parent Agreement of Understanding -Uniform Policy -Use Of Cell phone Disclosure -Visitation Policy -Student Chromebook policy -Internet and Computer acceptable policy -No late Homework /Assignment Policy -2018-2019 Publicity Release form -Lunch Application Please review and return all forms at your earliest convenience. Thanks

Mrs. Washington
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FRONT DESK PROCEDURES
HAPPY 1ST WEEK OF SCHOOL ALL!!! We have officially made it through our 1st week of the 2018-2019 school year. I wanted to share a few procedures and give a few reminders. Classroom Visits - Classroom visits and parent shadows must be requested at least 24 hours in advance by emailing secretary@cmitsouth.org and the relevant teacher. Once you arrive on the day of the shadow, a Classroom visitation slip should be completed in the reception area and then given to the teacher upon entering the classroom. Early Dismissals - The cut off for early dismissals is 2:30 pm on a regular school day, on a day where students are dismissed early (1/2 day or 2 hr early dismissal) the cut off time is 12:30 pm. We do not honor call-in request by phone. You must be physically here at the reception window no later than 2:30 pm. Only parent/ guardians listed in schoolmax or on the emergency contact forms can pick up students early and must provide a photo ID. Breakfast/ Lunch - CMIT South is apart of PGCPS. If you are new to PGCPS and need to apply for free or reduced lunch below is an attached link. https://www1.pgcps.org/page.aspx?Pageid=234147&id=235880 - Breakfast and lunch payments can be made online through the My school bucks account @ https://www1.pgcps.org/communications/press.aspx?id=198210 Visitors & Volunteers - ALL visitors to the building must check in and receive a visitors badge. Volunteers must complete safe schools trainings online provided by PGCPS, and pass a background investigation. A copy of your fingerprint receipt also needs to be provided to the main office to keep on file. Classroom Teacher/ Administration Appointments -We are all here to foster a productive environment for our students. In order to accomplish this goal please initiate communication by email first, and allow 48 hours for a response. Teacher emails can be found on our website. Sick/ Tardy Students - If your student is ill and will miss school, Upon return please provide them with a note with a brief description and reason for the absence. an email can also be provided to the secretary email and all teachers. Enjoy your weekend

Mrs. Washington
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AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT - Early Dismissal
The Enrichment Program follows PGCPS policies. Therefore on early release days you must arrive no later than 2:00pm (for Stars) or 4:00pm (for Scholars) to retrieve your child. After 2:05/4:05 pm you will be charged a late fee of $1.00 for every minute you are late picking up your child. Which is due upon arrival or on the next school day. The only acceptable form of payment is with your debit card. We do not accept cash. If you refuse to pay, the late fee the following actions will be taken: 1st and 2nd Offense-A verbal warning 3rd and 4th Offense-A written letter sent to CLF Headquarters and placed in the student's file. After these four warnings are exhausted, your child will be removed from the Enrichment Program.

Mrs. Caple-Price Enrichment Coordinator
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PTO NEWS
2018 CMIT South PTO Events for the New School Year - September/ October!
- MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 7th Grade & 8th Grade TIME : 4:00pm - 7:00pm - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018 BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT 6th Grade & High School TIME : 4:00pm - 7:00pm - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 PTO GENERAL MEETING TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm LOCATION - CMIT South Cafeteria PTO Elections - Must be a member to vote MID-ATLANTIC Fundraiser Kick-Off All students will be given fundraising packages and learn about the incentives for highest sellers. - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2018 First Friday’s PTO Fundraiser -"Lunch on Me" Campaign begins for the month of October. We ask parents to donate their lunch money the 1st Friday of each month ($8 each month for 8 months- $64 per family). Participate on pt-avenue.com (organization code -CMITSPTO) and look for the online store or drop your donation in the First Friday Drop Box near the front desk. Thank you. - MONDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2018 Picture Day - More information to come

CMIT South PTO
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NOMINATIONS FOR PTO BOARD TREASURER
Hello CMIT South Family, The CMIT South PTO is looking for a few good candidates to help fill open positions on the PTO Executive Board. Please send an email to pto@cmitsouth.org by Friday, September 14th, if you are interested in any position listed below. Please be sure to include your contact information , experience in the area and why you feel you would be a good candidate. Elections will be held on Thursday , September 27th at the General PTO Meeting. - TREASURER - Responsible for the collecting , depositing, and tracking all monies for CMIT South PTO. Producing monthly financial reports, and working closely with the President to ensure all financial matters are in order. Recommended experience : Financial background and experience with Excel and on-line tools. (Elected Position) - ASSIST TREASURER - Responsible for assisting the Treasurer as needed with collecting and depositing all monies for CMIT South PTO. (Appointed Position) We look forward to seeing how the CMIT South Family will step up to the challenge to make our PTO Board complete. If you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you

CMIT South PTO
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Dap Day: Positive Male Role Models Greeting Children Back to School - A Great Success!
On behalf of the PTO, we thank all of the volunteers that participated in the 2018 Dap Day! It was a huge success. We had 30+ gentlemen to participate in this activity. We are excited by the enthusiasm and eagerness to do more beyond this one day to support our CMIT South Scholars . We look to round out the PTO with many of the men who supported this activity. Many signed up to participate in upcoming events , like Annual Men Make a Difference Day (October) and the Young Men's Workshop (January, 2019). Thank you for your part in making Dap Day a success!

CMIT South PTO
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ACTIVATE YOUR 2018-2019 CMIT SOUTH PTO MEMBERSHIP TODAY!
The CMIT South PTO Board is excited to work with the CMIT South Community to do great things in this new school year. We will need your support to make the activities and programs successful. Please join us and sign-up to be a CMIT South PTO member today. It is $15 per family. Teachers and businesses can join for $15 too! We will be accepting membership payments for 2018-2019 school year at Back to school Night on September 18th and September 20th, 2018. CASH or CHECKS accepted. Please feel free to sign-up via www.pt-avenue.com , CMIT South PTO membership tool and pay with Paypal. Simply click on 'Login' icon and then enter the organization code 'CMITSPTO' and then click on the 'Register' icon. Once complete you will be asked to make your payment through the "Online Store'. Your membership dues is a contribution that will support activities and programs offered to our CMIT South Community. We look forward to you becoming a part of a great school community.

CMIT South PTO
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It's Box Top Collection Time!
Welcome new and returning scholars and parents! We hope everyone had a wonderful summer. We know the year has just began but believe it or not it's Box top time again. Our first contest for collection is upon us. The University or High School class that turns in the most Box tops by October 29, 2018 will receive a free lunch. Good Luck! Lets get clipping! Thank you Box Top Committee

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?

Families wishing to purchase uniform in store may visit:

All American Wear, Inc.

5001-B Forbes Boulevard

Lanham, MD 20706

301-459-5000

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 - 8:40am:
- Student arrival (drop off is at the side entrance)
- Doors close at 8:40am (after 8:40am 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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