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03/18/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEWS

2016-17 6th Grade Enrollment has Begun!

Scholars of the Week

Events for the 2015-16

You're Invited to Join us at CLF's Culturefest!


UPCOMING EVENTS

Volunteers Needed! SGA Events in March and April!

Student Service Learning Opportunities

Summer Opportunities in PG County

EarthFest Is Coming and We need Volunteers!

SGA Presents: Spring Basketball Tournament!

Talent Show!


ACADEMY NEWS

Ms. Morani's Science Class

Character Education Extra Credit Assignment

Science Department Spring Break Extra Credit Assignment

Election Fever


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

Help Us Get More Smiles in the Yearbook...

Dr. Maxwell's Letter to the Parents

Pictures Last a Lifetime...

Attendance Check

Parent Shadowing

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

Lost and Found 3rd Quarter Cleanout

Lanyard Sale

Uniform Policy Reminders

Best Investors of the Week


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NEWS
2016-17 6th Grade Enrollment has Begun!
CMIT South has begun 6th grade enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year! With over 1,000 student applications submitted for CMIT South, we are excited as you all are for the upcoming school year.

On Saturday, March 5th CMIT South Principal Mr. AG and Assistant Principal Ms. Asafa hosted a Q&A Session for all prospective CMIT South families. The turn out was amazing and every seat was filled. CMIT South Registrar Ms. Colon also presented on the registration requirements and assisted with any questions regarding the process.

6th grade placement registrations are now underway and all initial placements will have until Spring Break to complete registration. After Spring Break, our lengthy waitlist will be put into action. We thank you for your interest and welcome you all to the CMIT South family!

CMIT South

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Scholars of the Week
Congratulations to Ariel Jackson-Yale, Tareek Rankine-
Hampton, and Khyleisha Caesar-MIT. The students were recognized and issued a casual day pass for their exemplary behavior for the week of March 7.

Ali Gurbuz
Principal

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Events for the 2015-16
CMIT South staff and parents continue to plan great learning and fun activities for our wonderful students. Please mark your calendars for the following events. Students are reminded to present positive behavior as SIS points are required for most of the activities listed below.

More information for each of these events are being shared on the school newsletter as the relevant information becomes available.

Club picture day: 04/06/16
Spring picture day: 04/11/16
Basketball tournament: 04/12/16-04/14/16 (tentative)
Earthfest Day: 04/15/16
CLF Multi-Cultural Festival: 04/16/16
DC field trip (museum visit & cultural fest event): 04/19/16
8th Grade College Trip: 04/21/16
Talent Show: 04/29/16
Achievement Park field trip: 05/17/16
Career day: 06/03/16
8th Grade Promotion Banquet: 06/09/16 (tentative)
Family Fun Day: 06/04/16

Lara Asafa

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You're Invited to Join us at CLF's Culturefest!
CULTUREFEST IS COMING!!! TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 14th- See Mrs Roane at the front desk to purchase your tickets. Sale ends April 8th with limited availability!!!

Advanced Ticket Price: $2.00 (children 12 and under 50% off).
DOOR PRICE $3.00 (if not sold out)

Join Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation and all CLF school participants for our 4th Annual Culture Festival: CULTUREFEST! This talented exciting event will take place at Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel on Saturday, April 16th at 2pm and includes live performances and a special guest performance for the finale!

This exciting event is open to all CLF schools and families to come together and celebrate diversity, talent, and our cultural heritages. Great fun infused with a cultural extravaganza and everyone is sure to benefit from the cultural foods and performances.

All students wishing to perform in this exciting event can contact Ms. Morani at kmorani@cmitsouth.org

Doors open at 1:00 pm for food and the CULTUREFEST performances will start at 2:00 pm!

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 4th Annual CULTUREFEST!!!!!


Kelly Morani

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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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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

Good Neighbor Day
April 2, 2016 9:30-1:30

College Park Community Center
5051 Pierce Ave, College Park MD 20740
Join us on this community building event. Rain or Shine.

Sign up here
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eT92h6hAf8me8W3MIr5w7sOOFVFeUKLB86lIfucH8Ow/viewform?c=0&w=1

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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Summer Opportunities in PG County
Parents and Students,

Below you will find two links that provide information on summer student service learning opportunities and summer camp information provided in PG County.

https://smartlink.pgparks.com/smartlink/Activities/ActivitiesAdvSearch.asp
^ Summer Programs and Camps

http://www.pgparks.com/Things_To_Do/Volunteer_Opportunities.htm
^ Summer Student Service Learning Opportunities

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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EarthFest Is Coming and We need Volunteers!
CMIT South's EarthFest will be held on Friday April 15th! In order for this event to work we need a LOT OF PARENT VOLUNTEERS!!!!!!

1) If you have a job that involves, energy, nature, conservation, waste management, biology, earth science, ect. and are comfortable speaking to a single class of kids (or more!) at a time. Please Sign up to be an EarthFest SPEAKER at this link http://goo.gl/forms/9ji7Tt0gNN

2) If you want to volunteer your time to help sell tickets, manage a booth, supervise kids playing basketball, or another one of our indoor or outdoor events, please sign up at the following link http://vols.pt/qbL6YC.

Cant stay all day? It doesn't matter! Both links allow you to choose the times in which you spend at school that day! If you can spare all day, you are a super parent! Sign up for as many spots as you have time for!

Thank you so much for you volunteer efforts!

Kelly Morani

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SGA Presents: Spring Basketball Tournament!

SGA is very excited to announce our spring basketball tournament hosted April 12-14th (After-school) in our own gym! All Students are welcome to attend this event!

Grade level brackets will compete each day, followed by the finals on Thursday selecting a whole school winner. Teams must register on a first come first serve basis, four teams will be accepted per grade level. Teams may consist of any mix of boys and girls, and will consist of 5 players and one alternate in case of injury or day- of absence.

Team Registration information is posted around the school, and registration will open TODAY! Friday March 18th. Students may register their team at the following link http://goo.gl/forms/ECQyDZMtGA

We are in need of VOLUNTEERS for this event! If you are interested in contributing please sign up utilizing the following link http://vols.pt/Bp8D17

Kelly Morani (SGA Coordinator)

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Talent Show!
SGA Is pleased to announce our upcoming Talent Show! CMIT South really has some incredible talent and I cannot wait to share it with you!

Please Save the Date!

Friday April 29th 2016
7:00-9:00pm

Tickets will be available for purchase on the following dates during student lunches, and after-school in the cafeteria.
April 25th
April 27th
April 29th

All parents and students will need to purchase tickets for this event (excluding performers) Yes non student siblings, family, and friends are invited to purchase tickets as well.

Advance Ticket Sale Prices:
$5 per ticket
$2.50 children (Under 10)

Ticket Sale at door of event (until sold out)
$7 per ticket
$3.50 children (Under 10)

Kelly Morani

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ACADEMY NEWS
Ms. Morani's Science Class
Greetings!

Yes its already the end of March can you believe it! Almost two whole units of Physics in our students brains already! Prior to spring break students will be completing our unit on Forces and closing out Quarter Three!

Be sure to check Edmodo for extra credit opportunities! This week there were several!

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

Kelly Morani

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Character Education Extra Credit Assignment
Dear Students,

Congratulations on your hard work this quarter and we hope you have a wonderful Spring Break. We are looking forward to an exciting fourth quarter with lots of fun activities and field trips. As an extra credit assignment, we are asking you to bring in canned food for the “Feed the Hungry” project or visit a homeless shelter and donate items to the homeless shelter you have visited.

Instructions:

Option 1

- Bring in canned food to room 163 Character Education (please pay attention to expiration dates)

- Label the canned food with the following: date, student’s name, and college

- Place the canned food in the box labeled “Feed the Hungry” in your Character Education classroom

Option 2

- Visit any homeless shelter and make a donation (can item, clothes etc. )

- Complete the donation form from the facility and return to your Character Education teachers.

Due date: April 8th 2016

Ch. Ed. Team
Room 163

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Science Department Spring Break Extra Credit Assignment
Spring Break Extra Credit Assignment - Science

Students are to create a visual project that draws attention to one issue regarding the Chesapeake Bay. Special attention should be given to environmental, conservation, biological, or ecological issues.

Projects may take the form of any visual aid that is visible by an audience (poster, video, or animation).

Projects will be graded for content accuracy, originality, and visual impact.

Assignment is due April 5th to your Science Teacher

Rubric will be provided by your Science Teacher.

This assignment will impact student's 4th Quarter Grade

Kelly Morani

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Election Fever
Student have been learning about the current presidential election and they will use the knowledge that they have gained to vote for the most qualified candidate this weekend. Our students are very excited and interested in this topic! I will post the results in the next newsletter!

Jaslynn Laurence

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
Help Us Get More Smiles in the Yearbook...
If you would like to contribute photographs to the 2015/2016 yearbook, then please read the attached flyer. The deadline for photographs is Friday, April 22nd. Thank you for your contributions!
Attachment(s)

Latrice Gonzalez and Yearbook Club
lgonzalez@cmitsouth.org

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Dr. Maxwell's Letter to the Parents
Please see Dr. Maxwell's letter to all parents in Prince George's County.

Ali Gurbuz
Principal

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Pictures Last a Lifetime...
Hello CMIT South Family,

The time to order your personalized 2016 yearbook is now. Please visit http://cmitsouth.org/ to place your order. The final deadline to order a yearbook is Sunday, April 24th. Purchases will only be available online.

Thank you!

-Yearbook Club
Attachment(s)

Latrice Gonzalez
lgonzalez@cmitsouth.org

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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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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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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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Lost and Found 3rd Quarter Cleanout
There are a number of jackets, sweatshirts, binders, etc. in the Student Support Specialist office that have been found throughout the school. Please come to the office before 3/23/2016 to check if anything belongs to you. Anything left in the office after that will be donated to a local charity or discarded.


Lauren Miles, Student Support Specialist

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Lanyard Sale
The PTO will be selling CMIT South lanyards during lunch on Tuesday, March 22 for $3. CMIT South does not supply lanyards for ID's so if you need one this is a great opportunity to stock up.

Antonio Curtis and Lauren Miles, Student Support Specialists

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Uniform Policy Reminders
Now that the weather is getting warmer please keep the following in mind:

* Shorts must be navy blue or khaki and of an appropriate length. No cargo shorts are allowed.

* Joggers (pants with elastic at the bottom of the legs) and cargo pants are prohibited. Uniform pants must be pants, slacks or work pants with a clean hem.

* Hooded jackets, shirts and sweatshirts are prohibited. Please refrain from wearing them to school, even on casual days.

* Shoes must be ALL black, including the laces and soles.

* Gym bottoms must be solid black or have the CMIT South logo. While students may wear the shoes of their choice, it must be a matching pair. Students must also wear a complete uniform. The mixing of uniform items, i.e. a gym shirt with uniform pants, is strictly prohibited.

Lauren Miles, Student Support Specialist

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Best Investors of the Week
Here are the best investors of the week:
1) Musa Zaid
2) ABDULRAHMAN NASER
3) DEVON WRIGHT

http://clfportal.org/fig/

Future Investors Game

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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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