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03/04/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEWS

Middle College ITEC Program Expands to CMIT South!

High School Info Session

SIS Reward Events

Dance, dance, dance...

High School Construction Updates

February Scholars of the Month


UPCOMING EVENTS

CMIT-S Parent Night

Tryouts for the Talent Show- Sign up By 5pm MONDAY 3.7.16!

Pi Day is Coming

Save the Date!

Student Service Learning Opportunities


ACADEMY NEWS

MSA Science: 8th Grade Testing


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

The 8th Grade Promotion Banquet

Volunteers Needed! SGA Events in March and April!

This Week's Positive Point Winner

Attendance Check

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

Parent Shadowing

Future Investors Game

Best Investors of the Week


FIELD TRIPS

The 8th Grade College Trip


FAQs
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NEWS
Middle College ITEC Program Expands to CMIT South!
The wait is over high schoolers of CMIT South -- Let the IT Associate Degrees & High School Diplomas arrive!

PGCC & CLF are pleased to announce the highly anticipated ITEC Program will officially launch at our new CMIT South location. Yes, ITEC is here for CMIT SOUTH!

The successful partnership between Prince George's Community College and CMIT North's ITEC (Information Technology Early College) program has paved the way for our students and families at CMIT South.

This is an intense academic program at a college level. Yes, the work will be hard and absolutely the results will be worth it. However, because space is limited, please be sure your student WANTS it!

Good luck and best wishes to all our CMIT South ITEC participants. Upon successful completion, students will graduate with both your High School Diploma and a 2 year Associates Degree in Information Technology.

Enjoy the PGCC-TV show presenting the ITEC program: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPDE4aUKqmg&feature=youtu.be

Click here for PGCC Accuplacer placement test registration: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44aeae2aaafb6-accuplacer



Ali Gurbuz
Principal

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High School Info Session
CMIT South high school info session took place on Wednesday. Assistant Principal Mrs. Asafa, Program Coordinator Ms. Futrell, School Counselor Ms. Warehime, and Senior Student Support Specialist Dr. Reed presented the high school program.

Course sequence, potential elective and AP courses as well as ITEC (Information Technology Early College) program with PGCC was discussed. High school sports, 8th grade college trip, 8th grade promotion banquet, high school construction updates were some of the other topics.


Ali Gurbuz
Principal

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SIS Reward Events
Scholars who earned the designated points are rewarded on Friday and Monday.

Friday- SIS Monthly Reward: Ice Cream & Photo Booth Social!
Students were invited to participate if they ended the month of February in a positive balance!

Monday- Monthly Casual Day
Students who earned a balance higher than -11 points during the month of February.

Clarification: College casual days (Fridays) are only for eligible 7th/8th grade students who earned college t-shirts for their behavior during the SY14-15. Students who earned those shirts must still remain in casual eligibility each month to wear them on Fridays. Any student not eligible to participate but does will be denied the casual day privilege for the remainder of the school year.

Keep up the good work scholars!

Ms. Futrell, Program Coordinator

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Dance, dance, dance...
SGA presented another fun night for our wonderful Scholars. Parents, students, and staff enjoyed DJ Mr. Roorda's music. Special thanks goes out to SGA Coordinator Ms. Morani, our parent volunteers, and staff members for staying late!




Ali Gurbuz
Principal

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High School Construction Updates
CLF is ahead of the game... We are expecting the high school construction to be completed by the end of the Spring break. The high school will feature 18 classrooms, 3 labs, an auditorium, a turf, offices, and restrooms.

CLF is also having a canopy type coverage built for the ramp opening to the student arrival/exit door. The construction is expected to finish mid April.

Excitement is building!

Ali Gurbuz
Principal

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February Scholars of the Month
February Scholars of the Month will be recognized at the third quarter Honor Roll Assembly.

Look out for more information on future newsletters!


Eyare Abang Dartmouth
Abiyan Shimlis FAMU
Ashley Goode UPENN
Brooklynne Hand COLUMBIA
Omari Robinson NC A&T
Cadewryn Fletcher MORGAN
Jordan Phelps UMD
Chisom Maduka HAMPTON
Elisabeth Walton PRINCETON
Amiya Spencer HARVARD
Leah Long HOWARD
Malachi Johnson YALE
Julius Moore Duke
Mikhail Floresca MIT
Orian Maddox GTOWN
Sotonye Wokoma Stanford
Jeremiah Jones CORNELL
Jhade Carney BROWN

Ms. Futrell, Program Coordinator

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UPCOMING EVENTS
CMIT-S Parent Night
On Monday March 21st at 6:30 there will be a Parent Night for all CMIT-S parents and guardians. Counselors from The University of Maryland's Center for Healthy Families will be here to present on common issues and concerns for parents/guardians of middle school students. The presentation will cover effective communication styles, parenting tips to address behavior concerns, social media use and developmental appropriate behaviors for pre-teens and teenagers. The presentation will be interactive and parents will be able to walk away with skills they will be able to use with their students. I hope you will be able to join us for this informative night.

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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Tryouts for the Talent Show- Sign up By 5pm MONDAY 3.7.16!
Don't Forget to register your act to tryout for the Talent Show!

CMIT South's Talent Show will take place on Friday April 22nd 2016 in the evening. This will be an event to remember with door prizes for the audience, food sales and great acts!

We are actively seeking exceptional talent from our CMIT South Scholars, whether it be a dance team, singing act, acting, musicians performance, magic, comedy or more! Come showcase your hidden talent!

Preliminary auditions will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday March 8th and 9th. Acts that we have the most interest in will be invited back for callbacks on March 22nd! We will then narrow the talent down to 10-12 of the best acts to showcase on April 22nd.

Remember! We are seeking diversity in the performances, so if you have a unique talent such as juggling, or acrobatics we are especially interested in you! Be creative!

In order to sign up for auditions please register your solo or group act at the following link http://tinyurl.com/CMITsouthTalentShow. We will contact you with further information at that point!

I cannot wait to see what this years auditions brings!

Kelly Morani

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Pi Day is Coming
CMIT South is preparing for our annual Pi day event. Pi day is on 03/14/2016. Pi (Greek letter “”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. Your student will participate in Pi day activities on this day in their math classes. We are in need of Pie donations for this event. Pie can be donated beginning March 9, 2016 during arrival and dismissal times. During arrival times, please bring all Pie donation to the front desk. Pie donations during dismissal and enrichment times should be dropped off in the cafeteria.
Due to department of health regulations, we will not be accepting home made pies.

CMIT South

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Save the Date!

CMIT-South will host its annual Family Fun Day on June 4, 2016. This year will be a carnival theme to be held at the school. There will be food, game, prizes and lots of fun! Stay tuned for additional information regarding this event.

We are in need of volunteers to assist in planning and working the event. If you would like to volunteer for any of the following committees, please send an email to Kim Johnson at kjohnson012@verizon.net.

Games Committee – Determine games for the event, determine budget for games, coordinate construction and/or rental of games, and determine where games will be located, assist in set-up of games, and manage the games during the event.

Prize Committee – determine budget for prizes, determines what games will be provided, distribute games at the event.

Food Committee – determine food budget, determine food for event, working with catering vendors, shopping for any items not provided by vendors, finding and managing tent, table and chair vendors.

Decorations Committee – Determine decorations needed, determine a budget for decorations, purchasing or creating decorations.

Set-Up/Clean up Committee – Set up tables, chairs and decorations and clean up after the event; including breaking down tables and chairs.

Thanks!


CMIT South PTO
Family Fund Day Committee

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Student Service Learning Opportunities
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.


Clinton Demonstration Gardens

March 19, 2016 1-4:00 pm

Contact Mrs. Mitchell for more details and to sign up! Email is the best option to reach her
(301) 868-8781
estherm@umd.edu

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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ACADEMY NEWS
MSA Science: 8th Grade Testing
Dear Parents,

In the coming weeks, all students in grade eight in the state of Maryland will participate in the Maryland School Assessment Program in Science (MSA Science). The Federal No Child Left Behind Act requires Maryland to test science content at least once in the elementary and once in the middle school grades. The test will be given online. CMIT 8th graders will be testing Tuesday, March 8th and Wednesday March 9th.

The test will include both selected response and constructed response items. This year the online version of the test will include a Technology Enhanced Item. This innovative item will more closely represent the next generation of online assessments.

It is extremely important that your child is in school and on time each day of testing. Make-up testing is required for all students. Students may not be permitted to test if tardy on their assigned testing day.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE SURE YOUR STUDENT DOES HIS OR HER BEST JOB. PLEASE…MAKE SURE…

--Your child arrives to school on time.

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

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

--Your child is in school every testing day. Children absent on a testing day will participate in make-up testing.

You encourage your child to do his/her best!

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

Ms. Futrell, Program Coordinator

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
The 8th Grade Promotion Banquet
CMIT South is planning to hold an 8th Grade Promotion Banquet in June. We need a group of parents to help us. Please contact Mrs. Jessamy, the Parent Volunteer Committee Coordinator, to help: vajcmitspto[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

Click here for the 8th Grade Promotion Banquet pictures from CMIT North, 2013: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cmit-academy/sets/72157633993573327/

Ali Gurbuz
Principal

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Volunteers Needed! SGA Events in March and April!
It is nearly impossible to hold fun and enriching events for our students without the generous help from our parent volunteers! There are several upcoming and exciting events for which I need help! Positions available both during the school day and after-school!

Thank you in advance for giving back, and signing up at the link below!

http://vols.pt/Bp8D17

Kelly Morani

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This Week's Positive Point Winner
Congratulations
The results are in UPenn was the winner of “BEST BEHAVED CLASS in Technology” for the 4th week of February. They are off to a winning start and are competing for the highest overall points for this month. Great Job and Keep up the Good Work….


Mrs Bates/Mr Piskin
6th gr Computer Technology

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Attendance Check
Parents/Guardians:

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

When sending attendance letters, handwritten or via email, ensure you include name of your child, 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 return of your child 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 and Responsibilities Handbook.

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

FYI: This email address serves as a DROPBOX for attendance recording purposes ONLY, you will not receive a response and must contact your student's teachers directly regarding missed assignments.

CMIT South Front Office

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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

CMIT South Front Office

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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, name of your child (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!

CMIT South Front Office

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Future Investors Game
Students and Teachers! What would you do if you had $10,000 to invest?

You can invest and compete with your teachers and friends.
You will start with $10,000 virtual money to play with. You can research and invest in the company you wish.

http://clfportal.org/fig


You need to use your PRS credentials to login.

Future Investors Game

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Best Investors of the Week
Here are the best investors of the week: 1) AARON SLACK 2) EDIE NKWELLE 3) Tallion Elliott http://clfportal.org/fig/

Future Investors Game

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FIELD TRIPS
The 8th Grade College Trip
The 8th Grade College Trip is being planned for Friday, April 22-Saturday April 23. Departure time is tentatively scheduled for 5 a.m. Friday morning with arrival time back at school at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday evening. Once the trip is approved, permission slips will be sent home.

The cost is expected to be $200-250/participant and that covers transportation, parking, hotel fee, college tour fees, and most of the meals.

Students will visit 3 colleges, potentially UNC, NC State, and Duke. We need many parents to attend.

Since this is planned to be an overnight trip, chaperones must have full fingerprinting/background check by PGCPS. Note that fingerprinting or background checks by other school districts or other security clearances are not accepted by PGCPS. Check out PGCPS website for the cost and location: http://www1.pgcps.org/fingerprinting/

Contact Ms. Warehime if you like to help with planning and coordinating the trip: kwarehime[AT]cmitsouth[DOT]org. Special thanks go to Ms. Warehime, Ms. Futrell, and parent volunteers Ms. Jackson and Ms. Campbell for their efforts to make this trip happen.

Ali Gurbuz
Principal

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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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