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08/20/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEWS

The First Day of School for the 9th Grade Students

The First Week of School for the 6th Grade Students

The First Day of School for the 7th and the 8th Grade Students

Naviance

Middle School Electives

High School Elective Courses


UPCOMING EVENTS

Lions of CMIT South


ACADEMY NEWS

CMIT South 2016-17 Academic Calendar


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

2016-2017 Bell Schedule

Traffic Pattern & Pick up / Drop off

High School Snack Time

Food Services

School Hours

Requirements for Parent Volunteers and Chaperones

Uniform Drive

Traffic Pattern and Pick up / Drop off

CMIT South Uniform Information


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NEWS
The First Day of School for the 9th Grade Students
August 22nd is the first day for all 9th grade students.

When returning 9th grade students enter the school on Monday, they will report directly to the classrooms listed. Students will receive their schedule and college assignments during the first period on Monday. Teachers will be in the halls to direct students to the correct rooms. Make sure to use high school entrance door (see the picture).

Stanford: Mr. Anglin RM 325
Brown: Mr. Quinn RM 330
Cornell: Mrs. Jones RM 324
Georgetown: Mr. Bevard RM 323
MIT: Mr. Wassam RM 334
Duke: Mr. Arroyo RM 321

Students are asked to bring a notebook, pencils, pens, an eraser, and a sharpener. No backbags until lockers are distributed. Expected donations include but not limited to hand sanitizer bottles, tissue boxes, paper towels, etc.

Mr. AG
Principal

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The First Week of School for the 6th Grade Students
August 22nd is the first day for all 6th grade students.

Students are expected to report to the multi-purpose room/cafeteria upon arrival. Staff members will be in the hallways to direct the students.
After the breakfast & welcome session, students will receive their schedules.

After the new students complete their pre-assessment during the first week of the school year, CMIT administration will analyze students’ data and place the new students in appropriate curricula. On August 29, 2016, all new students will be placed in their student groups and new schedules will be provided to them.

The following criteria will be utilized to determine your child's curriculum:
-- MSA/PARCC or other standardized test scores from previous years,
-- Report card from the previous grade,
-- Course history in elementary school (e.g. any advanced or Honors courses),
-- TAG (gifted & talented program at PGCPS) status,
-- Data results from the pre-assessment taken during the first week of the school year/May-June 2016

The procedure for placements during the first week of the new school year prior to pre-assessment, August 22 - 26 is as follows:

-- All students coming to CMIT for the first time will be temporarily assigned to student groups based on alphabetical order.
-- Students will go through orientations and take pre-assessments.
-- CMIT administration will review the pre-assessment data along with data from all the other items listed above to schedule students based on their assigned curriculum
-- After August 29, students will receive their actual schedule.

The analysis of all pre-assessment data along with the criteria mentioned will ensure your child receives their customized curricula based on their assessed areas of strengths and growth.

Students are asked to bring a notebook, pencils, pens, an eraser, and a sharpener. No backbags until lockers are distributed. Expected donations include but not limited to hand sanitizer bottles, tissue boxes, paper towels, etc.

Mr. AG
Principal

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The First Day of School for the 7th and the 8th Grade Students
August 23rd is the first day for all 7th and 8th grade students who will go through orientation and pre-assessment for the first two days of the school year.

Students are expected to report to their relevant homeroom classrooms to receive their schedules. Staff members will be in the hallways to direct the students:

7th Grade:
Columbia: Room 129
Dartmouth: Room 157
FAMU: Room 144
NC&AT: Room 139
Morgan: Room 153
UPenn: Room 143

8th Grade:
Hampton: Room 124
Harvard: Room 152
Howard: Room 131
Princeton: Room 130
UMD: Room 151
Yale: Room 158

Students are asked to bring a notebook, pencils, pens, an eraser, and a sharpener. No backbags until lockers are distributed. Expected donations include but not limited to hand sanitizer bottles, tissue boxes, paper towels, etc.

Mr. AG
Principal

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Naviance
Naviance is a web-based college research and planning software for CMIT-South students, parents and school staff.

This school-customized website helps to guide individual students through the entire college planning, application and decision process. Students will be able to search for scholarships, explore careers, take interest inventories and investigate their learning style. Students will also be able to review academic and admission data for colleges across the United States.

Once students are trained and provided their Naviance licenses, parents will be offered a workshops during the first quarter.

We are very excited about all the resources available through Naviance and look forward to introducing this valuable tool at CMIT- South. Please stay tuned !!!

Mr. Taner
Program Coordinator

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Middle School Electives
CMIT South offers variety of elective courses for its students. Elective courses encourage students to pursue interests and passions beyond the core courses. Here are some of the elective courses that CMIT South offers for 2016-2017 academic year: Debate, Robotics, Forensics, Chess, Athletes, Track & Field and many more.

Middle School elective courses will be starting at the beginning of the second week. Students/parents must fill out the "Elective Signup Form" which will be emailed out on Wednesday, August 24,2016. All students are expected to make their selection by 8 am on Friday, August 26, 2016. Students who did not fill out the form will be placed into an open elective course.

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High School Elective Courses
All high school students will earn 8 credits in 9th grade by taking 6 core courses and 2 elective courses per semester. Elective 1 courses are offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and Elective 2 courses are offered on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Students will have chance to get brief explanation about each elective course during the orientation on Monday and will be visiting most of the elective courses during the first week of the school.

High School elective courses will be starting at the beginning of the second week. Students/parents must fill out the "Elective Signup Form" which will be emailed out on Wednesday, August 24,2016. All students are expected to make their selection by 8 am on Friday, August 26,2016. Students who did not fill out the form will be placed into an open elective course.



Mr. Taner
Program Coordinator

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Lions of CMIT South
Calling all men to actively participate as a motivating figure for the first day of school for our young scholars.

A Male empowerment group has been created named the "LIONS of CMIT South" and your participation is greatly encouraged.

Currently the first action is to gather in the hallways on the morning of the 23rd of August dressed in suits and ties to welcome the new students.

We will meet at 7:15am in the auditorium followed by gathering in the hallways as the students pile in...afterward around 8am the program will meet and get suggestions for activities for the upcoming years.

If interested please contact Bobby Hand at bobbyhandpto[AT]gmail[DOT]com

Bobby Hand
Parent Volunteer

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ACADEMY NEWS
CMIT South 2016-17 Academic Calendar
CMIT follows PGCPS 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 2016-17 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 earn incentives for Perfect Attendance.

Please note that June 12, 2017 – June 15, 2017 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 any family vacations until after June 16, 2017.

Parents and students are asked to visit PGCPS website for 2016-17 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

Mrs. Asafa
Assistant Principal

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
2016-2017 Bell Schedule
The bell schedule for the 2016-2017 school year is attached.

Students should arrive by 7:25 a.m. and prepare to enter the building at 7:35 a.m.

Students who enter the building after 7:45 a.m. will be marked tardy.

The CMIT-South school day ends at 2:54. All students should be picked up no later than 3:00 p.m.

Bell schedule:
http://newsletter.clfportal.org/_UploadedFiles/241942_OKowE572016.pdf

Mrs. Gearhart
Program Coordinator

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Traffic Pattern & Pick up / Drop off
CMIT South pick up and drop off procedures with visual guidance is now available. All parents are asked to follow the traffic pattern and make plans to arrive by 7:25 every morning and by 2:40 every afternoon. It will take 2-3 weeks for all of us to adapt to the traffic around us. We ask everyone to be patient and to allow additional time in the morning and afternoon.

Make plans to be at the parking lot no later than 7:25 am so that the students have ample time to use lockers, eat breakfast, and be ready to learn.

"If you arrive early, you are on time. If you arrive on time, you are late".

Ali Gurbuz
Principal

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High School Snack Time
CMIT-South High School lunch time is 12:45 pm everyday. CMIT-South allows snack time for it's high school students. Students who want to have snack time are allowed to bring up to 2 ziplock bags (max size 7 in* 7 in) which must be labeled with students name:

- The first ziplock is for sandwich,granola bar, or cup of yogurt,
- The second ziplock is for drink - (only water, milk, and juice are allowed).

Students must drop of their ziplock bags to the "snack bin" during the homeroom time.
Snack bin will be delivered to each classroom at the snack time.

Snack time rules:

-Students must place their ziplock bags in the snack bin during the homeroom time and ziplock bags CAN NOT be stored/placed/carried anywhere else.
- Students CAN NOT share, lend, borrow food and drinks with others.
-Left over food has to be thrown away after the snack time. Students are not allowed to take left overs out of the room.
-Only 2 ziplock bags per student: one for food, one for drink.
-Chips, chocolate, popcorn, soda are NOT ALLOWED.
- Only one food and one drink ziplock bags for student is allowed.

Allowed items :
-Sandwiches
-Granola bars
-Yogurt/ fruit cups
-Fruit (fruit must fit in ziplock bag)
-Small water bottles (max 12 oz)
-Milk (max 12 oz)
-Juice (max 12 oz)

Students who are not following the snack time rules

- 1st Offense: Warning and SIS points
- 2nd Offense:Warning + SIS points and parent contact
- 3rd Offense: SIS points and losing the snack time privileges for the semester

* Please see attached Snack Time Procedures diagram

Mr. Taner
Program Coordinator

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Food Services
Starting from the first day, August 22, CMIT South students are provided breakfast and lunch services directly by PGCPS. Parents can open an account or add more funds in their existing food services account by visiting https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain;jsessionid=gSzaLBqslo9rkzfxhRpxwYjw.aln01

General information about meal services, menu, and meal prices, please visit http://www1.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition/. Questions and concerns about the food services should be directed to PGCPS Food and Nutrition Services: http://www1.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition/index.aspx?id=13282

CMIT South furnished the cafeteria with 4 microwaves for our wonderful Scholars. Food should be brought from home in disposable & recyclable containers. All other plastic empty food containers may be kept in the dedicated cafeteria bins for dismissal time pick up .

Mr. AG
Principal

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School Hours
- Students are expected to arrive latest by 7:35am daily.

- Students who report to school after 7:45am will be directed to the front desk where they will be marked tardy and receive a tardy pass.

- 7:35am – 8:00am is locker, homeroom, and breakfast time (students will receive detailed procedures at orientation).

- All students are dismissed between 2:49pm – 2:54pm

- Student pick up time is between 2:50pm – 3:10 pm

- Students who are not picked up by 3:10 pm have to be signed out by the parent.

Mr. AG
Principal

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Requirements for Parent Volunteers and Chaperones
As required by the PGCPS (Administrative Procedure 4215), all volunteers must follow the security process.

The information to assist you in obtaining clearance, if you have not already done so, is as follows:

http://www1.pgcps.org/security/index.aspx?id=188863

For $7.00 you can get a commercial background check. This will expire at the end of every August after each school year and allows you to volunteer at school and on field trips. The second option is for $61.07 - you can get fingerprinted. The fingerprinting is good indefinitely as long as you volunteer at least once a school year. Both services are available Monday through Friday from 8 am to 11:45 am and 12:30 pm to 3:45 pm at the Sasscer Administration Building: 14201 School Lane in Upper Marlboro, 20772.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mrs. Asafa
Assistant Principal

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Uniform Drive
Please donate your child(ren)'s gently used or new non-fitting uniforms to help other students at CMIT-South. We always have need for uniform shirts and bottoms. We are also accepting outerwear, belts and PE uniforms. Please drop all donations at the front desk.

Thank you for your support.

Mr. AG
Principal

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Traffic Pattern and Pick up / Drop off
CMIT South pick up and drop off procedures with visual guidance is now available. All parents are asked to follow the traffic pattern and make plans to arrive by 7:25 every morning and by 2:40 every afternoon. We ask everyone to be patient and to allow additional time in the morning and afternoon.

Make plans to be at the parking lot no later than 7:25 am so that the students have ample time to use lockers, eat breakfast, and be ready to learn.

Mr. Distin
Operation Manager

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CMIT South Uniform Information
If you did not place your uniform order on or before June 29 your uniforms will not arrive before the first day of school. If you have not done so, please place your order ASAP. Even if your child will not have a uniform top on the first day you are still required to purchase all other uniforms items (belt, pants, socks, shoes,etc) and it must be worn on the first day. Once your child arrives at school they will be given a thin material CMIT Sweatshirt to be worn daily. It is to be returned to CMIT South upon the arrival of the uniform order.

***At this time, only orders placed on or before June 29 will be available for pickup at the school. If you are unsure of when you placed your order or if you have any questions about your order please contact the uniform company directly. ALL orders will be delivered to CMIT South.
No orders will be shipped to homes. ***

To place your uniform order:
Anderson Minuteman Press
www.cmituniforms.com
cmit@minutemanpress.com
443-354-4606

Mrs. Roane
Administrative Assistant

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FAQs
What is the Uniform Policy?
The uniform policy can be found on our website, under Students tab.

How do we order uniform items?
Uniform items can be ordered by completing the online order form: http://www.glenburnie.minutemanpress.com/cmit/welcome.html

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'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 3:10pm 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.

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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