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02/05/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEWS

The 2nd Semester Starts

Classes In Session for All PGCPS Students and Staff on February 12

2nd Quarter Honor Roll Assembly

Peer Mentor Program

Basketball Tournament Champions

6th Grade Basketball Tournament Champions!

7th Grade Basketball Tournament Champions

Lockdown Drill


UPCOMING EVENTS

SIS Casual Day- Monday, February 8, 2016

6,7,8 Grade Dance Rescheduled!!!!

Way2GoMaryland Presentation

Student Service Learning Opportunity


ACADEMY NEWS

MOS Word Test - Interest Survey

Ms. Morani's Science Class


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

Parent Volunteers Needed!

CAUTION: Keep Inclement Weather Make-Up Days in Mind When Planning Summer Vacation

Attendance Check

PARENT SHADOWING


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NEWS
The 2nd Semester Starts
I would like to thank the staff, students, and parents for a magnificent year. Moving to a new facility and adding 150 new students are not easy tasks for any school. With the full support from our CMIT South family members, everything has been smoother and more satisfactory than one could expect.

As we start the 2nd semester, please continue to monitor Schoolmax, SIS, and Edmodo on a daily basis. Constant communication with the teachers help students advance their grades and learning.

We look forward to having another productive semester.



Ali Gurbuz
Principal

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Classes In Session for All PGCPS Students and Staff on February 12
On 02/04/2016, the Prince George's County Board of Education approved the revision of the 2015-16 school calendar that will change Friday, February 12, 2016 to a regular school day for all staff and students. The day was previously scheduled as a professional development day for teachers.
The change was made due to the six inclement weather days that were used from January 21, 2016 through January 29, 2016 due to extreme weather conditions.

While the existing calendar currently has built in four (4) inclement weather make-up days, this request will assist in limiting the number of additional days added to the end of the school year.

Lara Asafa

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2nd Quarter Honor Roll Assembly
The 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Assembly will be held Friday, February 19, 2016 at 8:15 a.m. Parents are more than welcome to attend.

At the assembly we will be honoring students who..
-Received recognition as Scholar of the Month for November, December, and January
-Received a Principal's Honor Roll 4.0 for 2nd quarter
-Received High Honor Roll of a 3.0 with all As and Bs

Students who earned Honor Roll of a 3.0 without all As and Bs will be recognized in their individual classrooms later this month.

All parents of students being recognized at the assembly will receive an email this week.

Ms. Futrell

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Peer Mentor Program
Attention CMIT-S parents and students. CMIT-S will be starting a peer mentor program in the next month. We are looking for three to five eighth graders to be mentors to sixth grade students. Mentors will be responsible to providing positive academic and social support. Mentors will be need to be available after-school and on Saturdays to meet with their 6th grade mentee. Below you will find a brochure with more information about the program. Students who are mentors should contact Ms. Warehime, kwarehime@cmitsouth.org or stop by her office for an application. This is a great opportunity for CMIT-S students grow academically and personally. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Warehime. Applications will be accepted until February 26th.
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Ms.Warehime, School Counselor

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Basketball Tournament Champions
After a challenging 8th grade bracket "Team Elite" took the 8th Grade title, and continued on to defeat the 6th and 7th grade teams in the tournament championships. Congratulations players!

Pictured: Jeremiah Washington, Kennedy Watkins, Lamont Whitaker, Noah Fitzgerald, Darius Fuell



Kelly Morani

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6th Grade Basketball Tournament Champions!
I am proud to announce the Ballers as the champions of SGA's 6th Grade Basketball Tournament on Tuesday February 2nd 2016! Excellent job players!

Pictured: Devin Morgan, Oliver Bridges, Tyler Diggs, Caleb Ford, Brandon Foxworth, Jaxon Sutton.


Kelly Morani

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7th Grade Basketball Tournament Champions
In a grueling double elimination bracket the Fantomez won the 7th grade basketball tournament in the finals 8-7.

Pictured: Antonio Morales, Ikenna Igbo, Adam Sterling, Robert Montgomery, Ayodeji Damiloia.

Not Pictured: Brendan Bryan

Kelly Morani

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Lockdown Drill
CMIT South will have a lockdown drill on Tuesday, 02/09/2016. This drill will occur during transition between period 1 and period 2 at 8:45am. Please plan any trip to the school accordingly. Parents or guest who are present during the lockdown will be participating in the drill.

Lara Asafa

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UPCOMING EVENTS
SIS Casual Day- Monday, February 8, 2016
Students who earned a balance -11 or less points during the month of January will be allowed to dress down on Monday. Remember all dress down clothing needs to following the CMIT-South appropriate clothing policy.

We have been seeing many students participating in casual day with hoodies and cargo shorts which are prohibited.

All participants and parents will be receiving an email with confirmation of eligibility. As always if you have questions regarding eligibility please check the SIS system by changing the date range from January 1 to January 30.

Ms. Futrell

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6,7,8 Grade Dance Rescheduled!!!!
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to PGCPS's decision that students will be attending school on Friday 2.12.16, I have made the decision to reschedule our dance from thursday to Friday.

Come dance off the winter blues with a night of fun to celebrate another long weekend!

Friday February 12th 2016
Tickets: $5 in advance / $7 at door
Food and Drink will be available for sale at this event.

In order to qualify for this event students must have a greater than -15
SIS point balance from January 4th 2016 - February 4th 2016. If students are unsure of their point balance, they may ask the ticket sales persons or myself.

Tickets will be sold (per parent volunteer availability) during student lunches on February 5th, 8th, and 10th.

Kelly Morani

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Way2GoMaryland Presentation
We are excited to announce that on Friday February 19th, the University of Maryland will be coming to speak to all 8th graders and all members of CLP about preparing for college. The Way2GoMaryland presentation will discuss the importance of grades, study skills, community involvement, and tips on how students can prepare for college now. Students must wear their white oxford shirt and tie in order to attend the presentation. Students who are not dressed appropriately will not be allowed to attend the presentation and will receive uniform violation consequences. This is another great opportunity for CMIT-S students to learn more about how to prepare for college.

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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Student Service Learning Opportunity
Weed Warrior Work Days

Whitemarsh Park, 100 White Marsh Park Dr, Bowie, MD 20715

March 20th, 2016, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

May 21st, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

www.cityofbowie.org/weedwarriors

The City of Bowies Green Team is in need of volunteers to help remove English ivy from Whitemarsh Park. As an invasive, non-native plant, English ivy spreads quickly and easily, and is very destructive to native ecosystems. This is an outdoor activity that requires cutting the ivy vines at eye-level and foot-level, then pulling them back about two feet from the base of the tree to bag them. To participate, please register by contacting Kristin Larson (klarson@cityofbowie.org, 301-809-3044). This is a great Student Service Learning opportunity. Children age 14 and younger must be under the direct supervision of a parent/guardian or Troop Leader at all times, and no volunteers under age 16 can use tools but may participate by pulling and bagging vines. Tiffany Wright (Watershed Manager for the City of Bowie) or Kristin Larson (Sustainability Planner for the City of Bowie) will sign off on service learning hours for students at the event.

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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ACADEMY NEWS
MOS Word Test - Interest Survey
For 7th and 8th grader parents, you are invited you to fill out an INTEREST SURVEY. (4 questions)

Any student interested in taking the MOS WORD EXAM this spring needs to fill out the form below.

To fill it out, visit:

https://docs.google.com/a/cmitsouth.org/forms/d/1hpjKGIOpq5umBk0bko-2eqCUPFPk1rO2yQrnxfi4KS8/viewform

MSonnier

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Ms. Morani's Science Class


7th grade classes are finishing their unit on Chemistry! Now that STEM Fair is over it is time to begin preparing for the Chemistry Final, the unit on Acid/Base Chemistry will end in a review of all units covered since August.

Chapters of the textbook that will be included on the final are chapters 1,2,3,5 and 6.

Students will take the Chemistry Unit Final on Thursday February 11th. Make sure that your student is adequately preparing utilizing the assigned text, their notes from the year so far, and my powerpoint slides posted online! Additional resources will be provided and can be acquired by the students as we review the week leading up to the final.

When the students return from the long President's Day weekend they will be starting our unit on Physics, which will last the remainder of the year.


Kelly Morani

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
Parent Volunteers Needed!
SGA needs your help!

Parent volunteers are desperately needed for upcoming events! If you are able to donate a small amount of time to assist your students school- we have many openings available in the next two weeks.

Please sign up using the following link! http://vols.pt/Bp8D17


Kelly Morani

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CAUTION: Keep Inclement Weather Make-Up Days in Mind When Planning Summer Vacation
Greetings CMIT South Parents/Guardians,

As winter weather has already caused school closings, we here at CMIT South would like to remind you that CMIT follows the PGCPS school year calendar. Parents are encouraged to register text or email alerts for school closings and emergencies by filling out the online form on PGCPS website: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/PGCPS/subscriber/new

Students and parents are asked not to schedule any vacations or trips to coincide with school days for the 2015-16 school year. Maryland state law requires that all students between the ages of 5-16 attend school regularly. Absences from and tardies to school is disruptive to the learning process. Studies have shown that students who attend school on a regular basis earn better grades and learn more than those who are frequently absent. Students will also earn incentives for Perfect Attendance.

Please note that June 15-17 & 20, 2016 are assigned as inclement weather make-up days and students may be required to attend school on those days, depending on the weather conditions throughout the Winter. Please do not plan any family vacations until after June 21, 2016.

Parents and students are asked to visit PGCPS website for calendar updates: http://www1.pgcps.org/calendar

The state of Maryland recognizes the following as lawful (excused) absences from school:

-Death in the immediate family
-Illness of the student
-Quarantine
-Court summons
-Principal-approved activity
-Mental or physical incapacity
-Violent storms
-Observance of a religious holiday
-State of emergency
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Ms. Juliana Colon, Records Secretary

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Attendance Check
Parents/Guardians:

The following is applicable for absence, tardiness and early dismissal:

When sending attendance letters, handwritten or via email, ensure you include your child's name, university/college, the date(s) and reason they were not in school, your printed name and signature.

Depending on the circumstance (absent, tardy, early dismissal), a note must be provided upon your child's return to school to avoid being marked as unexcused. If a note is being sent via email, you may send it to:
-----> secretary@cmitsouth.org <-----

If you or your child(ren) will hand deliver a note, you must submit it to the front desk to be photocopied. The copy will be given to your child to show each teacher while the original will be filed for attendance recording purposes.

Also remember to review the PGCPS list of excused and unexcused absences found in the Students' Rights & Responsibilities Handbook.

Juliana Colon, Records Secretary

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PARENT SHADOWING
Dear Parents/Guardians:

CMIT-South requests you provide us 24-hour notice if you would like to shadow your child for a day. The request should be sent to:

-----> secretary@cmitsouth.org <-----

...and received within our operating office hours of 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM, if you would like to shadow the following day.

Included in the subject line of your email should be Parent Shadow, Child's Name (University). The body of your email should be your name and the date(s) you wish to shadow. Also please include specific classes you would like to shadow if not all.

Your email request will be processed accordingly when received in a timely manner. You will receive a return email ONLY if this request cannot be accommodated for reasons such as testing, for example.

As always, your partnership is much appreciated!

Juliana Colon

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FAQs

What is the Uniform Policy?
The uniform policy can be found on our website by clicking here.

How do we order uniform items?
Uniform items can be ordered by completing the OWI order form.

What uniform items should we order?
At least
- 2 CMIT South Polo shirts (1 blue, 1 green)
- 1 CMIT South fleece or windbreaker
- 1 CMIT South White oxford shirt
- 1 blue tie (neck tie for boys, crisscross tie for girls)
- 1 CMIT South PE t-shirt

Items to be purchased at a department store:

Pants:
- Navy blue or khaki
Shoes:
- Solid black (no markings or insignias)
Belt:
- Solid black
Athletic pants:
- Solid blue or black (no markings or insignias)

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 grade and 2:54 for 7th grade:
- Academic instruction

2:49/2:54 - 3:05 pm:
Student pick-up outside (Students who are not picked up by 3:05pm 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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