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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy South

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09/23/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEWS

Schoolmax and SIS

STEM Project Update

MAP Testing

CLF Advanced Studies REGISTRATION is open now!


UPCOMING EVENTS

Tech Savvy Parent Night

Student Service Learning Opportunities

Join Team Chad in the Race for Every Child 2016 for SSL hours

October 13th Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration!


ACADEMY NEWS

October Book of the Month

Important Elective Information


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

After School Traffic

School Snacks

CMIT South Enrichment


PTO NEWS

Mid Atlantic Fundraiser Kick off!!!

Middle School and High School Reps

Chocolate anyone?

Clean Up Green Up!!!

Lost and found


FAQs
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NEWS
Schoolmax and SIS
Parents and students are asked to monitor Schoolmax and SIS on a regular basis. Progress report grades will be available on Schoolmax after 12 noon on Monday.

Parents are asked to contact the classroom teachers directly if there are any questions about the gradebook.


Mr. AG
Principal

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STEM Project Update


The tentative date for this year's CLF STEM/Maker Fair is January 28, 2017. Prior to this date, all CLF schools will hold a STEM Fair at the school for their students. The top 3-5 students in each category will be participating in the CLF STEM Fair. Students are to complete preceding parts of the project before moving on to the next parts. Please keep this dates in mind. All parts will be recorded in Schoolmax as an assessment grade. These assignments are not eligible for retake.

Please check on Edmodo for updates.


STEM Proposal - Due 09/18/2016

Feedback on Proposal - 09/30/2016

Rough Draft research paper - Due 10/30/2016

Final Research Paper - Due 12/21/2016 to Reading and Science teachers

STEM Project Board/Maker Brochure/Pamphlet - Due 01/06/2017

CMIT South STEM fair - 01/13/2017

Lara Asafa

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MAP Testing
Dear Parent/Guardian:

Our school will be administering a new reading assessment called Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP) in Reading. Last year, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) used the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) to measure your child’s reading skills. Prince George’s County Public Schools is no longer using the SRI and is now administering the MAP Reading assessment.

MAP reading is taken on a computer and is used to determine each student’s instructional level. The assessment will also allow schools to measure individual academic growth in reading. Your child will take the initial MAP assessment during the week of September 19-October 10 a second administration in the Winter, and then a final administration in the Spring.

MAP is a computer-adaptive assessment that adapts to your child’s level of learning and measures specific areas of reading such as Literature, Informational Text, Vocabulary Acquisition and Use in grades 2-10. MAP assessments can be shorter than traditional standardized tests and use less class time, yet still provide detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. Since the test takes less time, it may be administered in one or two class periods, depending on the test schedule at our school.

In order to obtain a valid Reading/Language Usage score, no portion of the test may be read to a student, including English Language Learners (ELL) and students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP). There is no extra preparation required for your student to take the assessment. The goal of this assessment is to help improve literacy and reading in the Prince George’s County Public Schools system.

In the future, schools will receive guidance from the PGCPS Department of Curriculum and Instruction on how to share MAP reports with parents. It is common practice for school districts using MAP to wait until after the first year of implementation before deciding which reports to share with parents. The primary reason for this wait is to allow teachers and principals to become fluent with the MAP reports before sharing with parents.

We are truly excited to begin a new era that focuses on every child’s individual growth and achievement. Partnering to help all kids learn, parents/guardians and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children.

If you are interested in additional information about the MAP Reading Assessment, please download the Parent Toolkit at the following link: http://www.nwea.org/support/article/930/parent-toolkit.




Mrs. Gearhart, Program Coordinator

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CLF Advanced Studies REGISTRATION is open now!
The Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation (CLF) will offer a variety of programs aimed at helping students further develop social skills while improving academic performance.

The following are exclusive courses made available ONLY to CLF schools’ students.

COLLEGE AWARENESS AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: If you like hearing, “You’re IN!” or “You’re Hired!” then consider CLP— a mentorship program designed to help qualified students to improve their skills in Academics, Social, Extracurricular, Personal development and certainly, leadership! CLP is a long term mentor-mentee commitment utilized by high-achieving students to propel them in the competitive admission process of our top US college & universities. To apply to the CLP program, contact your school’s CLP Coordinator.

SAT/PSAT MATH and ENGLISH PREP: In these classes, we walk through solving practice problems that will cover all of the skills you’ll need (& want!) for the upcoming SAT Math and English sections.
SAT/PSAT Math, Mrs. Inci, Monday 4:00-5:30pm, @CLF Advanced Studies
Dates: Sep 26, Oct 3, Oct 10, Oct 17, Oct 24, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Now 28, Dec 5,
Dec 12, & Dec 19 (12 weeks, $300)
SAT/PSAT English, Ms. Underwood, Tuesday 4:00-5:30pm @CLF Advanced Studies
Dates: Sep 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 22, Now 29, Dec 6,
Dec 13, & Dec 20 (12 weeks, $300)


ADVANCED MATH PROGRAM: Designed by CLF’s Math Champions / Alumni, this unique program caters to CLF students who want to be further challenged in mathematics. The CLF’s Advanced Math Program enables these students who already excel at standard, grade level mathematics in school and are looking for a more interesting, challenging, and rewarding pace. Additionally, if you are currently a student on or considering participation in your school’s math team, this program is ideal for improving your personal & competition results! If you would like to attend AMP, please email us at advancedmath@clfmd.org
ADVANCED Math, Mr. Avsar, Ms. Sandeep, Mr. Carmean, Mr. Onyshkevysh(s), Saturday, 9:00am-1:30pm @CLF Advanced Studies (monthly/$100)

ANDROID APP. PROGRAMMING: Student will learn programming and building for Android Applications using MIT's App Inventor which is a cloud-based tool to develop Applications for the Android Operating System. These apps can then be downloaded and run on any Android device. “There should be an app for that…now let’s build it!”
This program is composed of two main stages. 
1) Instruction of the App Inventor components through small fun projects.
2) A Capstone Project that requires Identifying a real problem and developing an application to address this problem.
Students who complete this program successfully will be granted a Certificate of Completion. This program is designed for High School students or the middle school students who take high school math credits.
Android App Programming, Mr. Sarica, Wednesday, 4:00-5:30pm @CLF Advanced Studies
Dates: Sep 28, Oct 5, Oct 19, Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16, Nov 30, Dec 14, & Dec 21
(10 weeks, $250)

PUBLICATION & GRAPHIC DESIGN: While the name is self-explanatory, the assumptions stop there. Why settle for basic PowerPoints and Word docs when you could bring your creative mind to the world of graphic art, design, advertising, writing, marketing, and public relations! Learn and use tools to produce high-quality visual & written content that can help in your courses of study now, in college, and in the job market! Want to see your name in print? We do too! Help us, help you! Select student work will be published quarterly in the NEW CLF seasonal, “The Local Motive” and distributed to THOUSANDS of our subscribers, business leaders, politicians, and of course, your parents!
Publication Graphic Design, Mr. Canli, Thursday, 4:00-5:30pm @CLF Advanced Studies
Dates: Sep 29, Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 8, & Dec 15
(10 weeks, $250)
Publication Graphic Design, Mr. Canli, Saturday, 11:30-1:00pm @CMIT South
Dates: Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19, Dec 3, Dec 10, & Dec 17 (11 weeks, $275)

ARCHERY: This course is for everyone from beginner to experienced archers offering an introduction to archery, basic bow techniques, how to safely shoot a bow, improve your archery skills. Students will learn the steps that can be applied across all disciplines of archery. This is a fun, hands-on experience that promotes archery as a healthy lifetime activity. Students will discuss and demonstrate character development, self-evaluation skills, communication, cooperation, respect and related behaviors that are required in all effective functioning groups. No experience or equipment required for this course. CLF will provide NASP (National Archery in the School Program) original Genesis bows and arrows. No experience is required.  
Archery, Mr. Cihan, Saturday, 10:00-11:30am @CMIT South
Dates: Oct 1, Oct 8, Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19, Dec 3, Dec 10, & Dec 17 (11 weeks, $275)

Cihan Bicer
Student Activities Director
Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Tech Savvy Parent Night


Who: Parents seeking technology assistance with SchoolMax, Google Drive, Edmodo, CLF Portal, Math XL, Digits/IXL and Naviance(High School Only).

When: 6:00pm - 7:00pm on September 29, 2016

Where: CMIT- South

What: CMIT- South is offering a tech savvy parent night to support parents in mastering the different technologies utilized in the school. If parents know the systems the students are working on they can better support and monitor this students progress.

Please register by completing the reservation on the link below.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4CABA82BA6FC1-tech


CMIT South

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Student Service Learning Opportunities
Weed Warrior Work Days

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

Oct 29th, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

www.cityofbowie.org/weedwarriors

The City of Bowie’s 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.



Wetland Cleanup

EZ Storage on Gallant Fox Lane (near 197/450)

October 8, 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The City of Bowie is looking for volunteers to help remove litter from a local wetland. Supplies are provided. For more information on this event and to register, contact Tiffany Wright at 301-809-3043 or twright@cityofbowie.org.

Camp Schmidt Clean Up

Where: Meet @ Camp Schmidt, 18715 Aquasco Rd, Brandywine, MD 20613 (Follow signs once on campus)

When: Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 9:00am to approx. 2pm (cleaning ends @ 1:00pm then lunch is provided after) // Rain or Shine

What: Trim trails, weed flower beds, paint markers, trim trees, planting shrubs, etc.

·Who: Adults, Prince George’s Co. Students in middle school and above (Great way for students in grades 6-12 to earn Service Learning hours!)

Middle school students must be accompanied by an adult

Please RSVP online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CampCleanup

Questions answered by calling Camp Schmidt at 301-888-1185 or email james.roberson@pgcps.org

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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Join Team Chad in the Race for Every Child 2016 for SSL hours
CMIT-S Students and Parents,

Chad Wangolo, CMIT-S 8th grader, is organizing a team to support Children's Hospital Race for Every Child on October 1st, 2016. The event will be held on Oct. 1st starting at 8:30 am at the Freedom Plaza in DC. Students who participate can also earn Student Service Learning hours! If you are interested in participating please contact Karen Wangolo at Karen_Wangolo@hotmail.com or 301-325-2897.

What a great way to support our own CMIT-S student Chad and Children's Hospital!

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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October 13th Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration!
COME JOIN US for a delightful evening of Hispanic culture displayed in music, dance, student presentations and even samplings of authentic cuisine and beverages from several Latin American countries!!!

Date: Thursday, October 13
Time: 6:30pm
Place: CMIT South Auditorium

$5/adult
$3/CMIT students and children under 12

Tickets will be sold the week of October 3 and October 10th during all lunch shifts.

Proceeds will go towards our own CMIT students attending the Nicaragua Trip in June 2017!

If there are any questions or if you are a parent and are interested in volunteering, please email either of us at:
jdickerson@cmitsouth.org
nberroa@cmitsouth.org
farroyo@cmitsouth.org

You don't want to miss it!

Srta. Dickerson
Sra. Berroa
Sr. Arroyo

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ACADEMY NEWS
October Book of the Month
This is just a friendly reminder that 6th grade students must have the October Book of the Month, "Taking Sides" by Gary Soto by Monday, October 3, 2016. I do not have a free PDF copy of the book.

Reading Log 1 (Chapters 1-4) is due Monday, October 10, 2016.

Hakisha Newman
MS RELA Department Chair
Room 150

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Important Elective Information


This is to clarify the uniform requirement for some electives requiring physical activities such as Basketball Skills, Track and Field, Intramural Sport and Fitness for Life. This is in addition to Physical Education classes.

Students are required to wear their PE uniforms on days they have these classes to school. There will be no time or facility for students to change into active wear when they have to attend these classes. Please ensure that students are wearing their PE T-shirt and all black bottoms.


CMIT South

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
After School Traffic
Our neighbors are asking us to stop using their parking lot for after school pick-up. Please get in the CMIT exit line as requested by following the traffic pattern.

Thank you.

Wayne Distin

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School Snacks
Students are welcome to bring snacks to consume after school and before the extracurricular activities.
Snacks with seeds and shells as well as nuts are not allowed. No popcorn or sunflower seeds please.

Wayne Distin

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CMIT South Enrichment
CMIT South now offers morning and afternoon drop in enrichment services. Please use the following link to access our new service.

http://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signupform

Kevin Young

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PTO NEWS
Mid Atlantic Fundraiser Kick off!!!
Mid Atlantic Fundraiser kicks off October 4.
All families are encouraged to participate!
Students that sell at least 10 items will be eligible to participate in the Reward Party provided by Mid-Atlantic! Last year the kids all had a blast!!
This year we're allowing any 8th grade students that participate to receive $25 for every 10 items sold, go towards their 8th grade promotional activities.

CMIT South PTO

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Middle School and High School Reps
Lets congratulate are new school reps for middle and high school Janee Scott-Wall (middle school rep) and Debbie Pearson (high school rep).
We are also looking for rep for each grade and each college.

CMIT South PTO

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Chocolate anyone?
WE HAVE CHOCOLATE! WE HAVE CHOCOLATE!

WORLD'S FINEST CHOCOLATE TO BE EXACT!

PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING A BOX TO MAKE THIS FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS!



CMIT South PTO

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Clean Up Green Up!!!
Clean up Green will be Saturday, October 29th. This is an activity that can be done by the entire family! Come out to help us beautify the area around the outside of our school's campus! We'll be planting trees, spreading mulch, plucking out weeds, etc!

CMIT SOUTH students will receive Service hours for their participation!!

You can sign up for this and other activities at https://www.pt-avenue.com/parents.asp?schcode=CMITSPTO

CMIT South PTO

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Lost and found
Missing uniforms, glasses, calculators, keys, etc! If you're missing it, we probably have it in the lost in found. Lost and found is located near the front office.

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.

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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