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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy South

CMITS96

10/07/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEWS

The First Quarter Progress

SMI Testing

High School Elective Courses for the 2nd Semester

This Week! HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH Celebration!

STEM and Makers Faire Deadlines

Spirit Week!

Perfect Attendance Incentive


UPCOMING EVENTS

Code of Conduct Assembly

Middle School Girls Basketball Try-Outs Oct. 25th

Boy's Basketball (Middle School)

Student Service Learning Opportunities


ACADEMY NEWS

Artsonia.com The World's Largest Student Art Museum

Art Canvas painting/Mural club

High School Science Tutoring

National Bullying Prevention Month

Miss Sears' Math Class


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

Scholars of the Week

Open Gym Enrichment

Enrichment Drop In Services

SIS: Point Reward System Log In Information

Hall Passes

8th Grade RELA October Book of the Month is....

Physical Form


PTO NEWS

Lost and Found

Lunchtime and On-Call Volunteers Needed

Clean Up Green UP

On Call Needs

Bingo Night Volunteers


FAQs
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NEWS
The First Quarter Progress
As we come closer to the end of the first quarter, parents are asked to review the progress report cards as well as Schoolmax grades.

Home-school communication continues through

- Edmodo page
- Weekly school newsletters
- Schoolmax
- SIS (through CLF Portal)
- Emails and phone calls

Thank you parents for your involvement and continuous support.

Mr. AG
Principal

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SMI Testing
Starting next week, students who are taking Math 6, Math 7, Math 8 and High School Geometry will be participating the the Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI). This test measures student's proficiency in general math skills.

Students will need headphones in order to effectively take the test.

All students who are prepared with headphones on their day of testing will be rewarded with SIS points, being prepared to class.

The test will take place during 8th period elective time on the designated days:
October 13- 7th Grade
October 14- 8th Grade
October 17- 6th Grade

Mrs. Gearhart, Program Coordinator

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High School Elective Courses for the 2nd Semester
CMIT South offers variety of elective courses for its students. Elective courses encourage students to pursue interests and passions beyond the core courses. CMIT South administration has finalized the 2nd Semester Elective course schedule for 2016-2107 academic year depending on students/parents course preferences.

Elective course placements were made on a first come first served basis except ITEC, Seminar for Social Studies AP U.S History, and PLTW - Introduction to Engineering Design.

Students have already received their elective placement letters which list their two electives for the 2nd semester.

Mr.Taner
Program Coordinator

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This Week! HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH Celebration!
Get excited! October 13th is our much anticipated Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration!

Student Presentations . Dance . Music . Food

Two presentations are available:

We will offer an abbreviated day assembly (students only, no food)

At 6:30pm our full show will be open to the CMIT South community (food available afterwards)

$3 for students and children under 12
$5 for adults

This is a fundraiser for our CMIT Students going to Nicaragua in June 2017. All proceeds go towards their trip.

Student Presentations . Dance . Music . Food

See you there!!

Srta. Dickerson jdickerson@cmitsouth.org
Sra. Berroa nberroa@cmitsouth.org
Sr. Arroyo farroyo@cmitsouth.org

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STEM and Makers Faire Deadlines
Here is the outline of dates, and approval process for the remainder of the year as finalized by the Science Department this morning.

Friday Sept 30th at 11:59pm- All Original Proposals (submitted appropriately and on time) will have been approved by 11:59pm. Any student who was enrolled in CMIT South late must submit an original proposal by this date.

Monday Oct 3rd- Resubmissions that have already been submitted will begin being graded. (Must be submitted in the proper format and location). Resubmitting will not improve grade, resubmitting is only available for students whose projects are not approved.

Friday Oct 14th at 7:30am. - Last chance to submit a resubmission for review.

Tuesday Oct 25th by 11:59pm. All Resubmissions will have been reviewed with feedback provided. Final day to gain approval for a project in order to complete the Research paper rough draft assignment for a grade.

Monday Oct 31st at 7:30am. Research Paper Rough Draft Due (100 Points Assessment) for all students (students who do not have approved projects by 10.25.16 will receive a zero). Data collection, or project completion are not required for the rough draft.

Wednesday December 21st at 7:30am- Research Paper Final Draft (100 Points Assessment) due for all students to reading and science teachers. (Students who do not have approved projects by 12.01.16 will receive a zero).

Friday January 6th 2017- IN CLASS- Students turn in a STEM Fair Project Tri- fold board or a presentation pamphlet or poster for their makers faire project. (100 Points Assessment). (Students who are not approved by 12.01 will receive a zero)

Friday January 13th 2017- Students compete in the in house STEM / Makers fair at CMIT South.

ALL STEM and Makers Fair project components will be graded on the original submission, resubmissions are not permitted for an increase in grade.

Kelly Fay

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Spirit Week!

CMIT South SGA Presents: Spirit Week!

This activity is open to:
All Students who maintained a SIS point balance above or equal to -10 SIS from September 15th - October 15th 2016.


Eligible students will be able to dress out of uniform on the themed days, provided their outfit matches the theme and is within CMIT South Dress Down Day Policy.

If students do not follow the dress down policy their casual day privilege will be revoked for the next month. If it is their second offense their casual day privilege will be revoked for the remainder of the year.

Monday - Twin Day (Students will partner with a friend or group and dress the same as them

Tuesday - Superhero/ Comic Book Day (Students will dress as their favorite fictional character from a comic book)

Wednesday- College University Day (Students will dress in gear from their favorite college or university)

Thursday - STEM Career Day (Students will dress as if they were representing their favorite Career within Science, Technology, and Engineering).

See attached Flyer!
Attachment(s)

Kelly Fay

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Perfect Attendance Incentive
Beginning 2016-2017 school year CMIT South will include students with perfect attendance in the Quarterly Honor Roll Recognition. In order to be eligible, students must have perfect attendance for each Quarter. Students will receive 25 SIS Bonus points and a certificate of recognition. Students who have perfect attendance for the Semester will receive 25 Bonus SIS points, a certificate of recognition, and invitation to a luncheon. Students who have excused or unexcused absences will not be eligible.

Agatha Seton
Student Support Specialist

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UPCOMING EVENTS
Code of Conduct Assembly
CMIT South holds a Quarterly Code of Conduct Assembly during each school year. The first Quarterly Code of Conduct Assembly for the 2016-2017 school year for High school students is scheduled for Friday, October 14, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. As an incentive to students, CMIT South will provide Rita’s legendary Italian Ice immediately following the Assembly.

Agatha Seton
Student Support Specialist

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Middle School Girls Basketball Try-Outs Oct. 25th
CMIT-S Parents and Female Student-Athletes,

We will be having tryouts for the 6-8th grade girls basketball team on Tuesday October 25th from 3:15-5:00 in the CMIT-S gym. Please fill out the interest form below. Athletes will only be allowed to try-out if they have turned in their physical paperwork to Mr. Young by Monday Oct. 24th! Students must also maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in order to try-out and play during the season. If you have any questions please email me at kwarehime@cmitsouth.org

Good luck, looking forward to another great season!

https://goo.gl/forms/8J1hUBmDsvSEmqWS2

Ms. Warehime, Middle School Basketball Coach

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Boy's Basketball (Middle School)
Boy’s basketball tryouts will begin Wednesday, October 26th at CMIT South from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Players should report to the gym immediately after school and come prepared to play (shorts and gym shoes). Students wishing to participate must have a completed physical on file. Participants must also have a 2.0 grade point average in order to play athletics.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Kevin Young at kyoung@cmitsouth.org.


Kevin Young
Athletic Director

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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.

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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ACADEMY NEWS
Artsonia.com The World's Largest Student Art Museum
Greetings Parents,

As discussed during back to school night, I have been in the process of creating an Artsonia art gallery account for every student enrolled in art class. Artsonia is the world's largest student art museum. It is a great way for students to display their artwork and for parents to support their student's achievements. It also allows technology to be included in the art curriculum here at CMITS.

So far I have set up 462 student accounts with the exception of a few new students. The process is pretty simple. Once I have entered a parent email address, Artsonia sends you an invitation to grant permission for your student's artwork to be published in the school gallery. As of today I have 79% parent permission granted, the rest of the emails are still pending. I have sent those emails to whatever address is in our CLF parent contact system. If you have not received an email yet please contact me at rquinn@cmitsouth.org with an updated address and I will resend the invitation.

We have published a total of 344 artworks and 51 of our students have already received awards from Artsonia! Beginning next week I will show students a tutorial video on how to upload their own artwork to their gallery and that will be the process for submitting art homework for the rest of the school year. I will continue to upload artwork for elective art classwork but uploading general art class homework assignments will be the students responsibility. I have attached a few screen shots of what the initial invitation email from Artsonia looks like along with steps of how the process works. All students need is the school access code which is highlighted to the right of the second screen shot.

Our goal is to have 100% parent permission granted. When the students have your support, their creative effort and ability tend to increase to even higher level. I am looking forward to working with you and your talented scholars to show the world how great their artwork is. If you have any questions or concerns my door is always open and I am always here to help.

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he or she grows up." Pablo Picasso

Reynaldo Quinn

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Art Canvas painting/Mural club
Greetings parents,

We will begin our after school canvas painting/mural club on Tuesdays beginning next week from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. All students need to bring is a canvas and I will provide the easels, paint, brushes and aprons. If interested please contact me at rquinn@cmitsouth.org.

P.S. Art Supply donations are always welcome and highly appreciated :)

Reynaldo Quinn

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High School Science Tutoring
I, Mr. Wassam, will offer new office hours for Science tutoring. Office hours will be weekdays (Monday through Friday) by appointment from 7:15AM to 7:55AM. I will also be available Monday afternoons from 3:00PM to 4:00PM and Friday afternoons from 3:00PM to 4:00PM. Afternoons are open for anyone as the room will be open.

Mr. Wassam

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National Bullying Prevention Month
The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Throughout the month, students will be learning more about bullying. I encourage you to talk to your student about bullying. It is important to know exactly what bullying is. The definition of bullying provided by stopbullying.gov is; "Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems." It is important to be aware of the definition of bullying. Bullying can have lasting negative effects and is a serious issue. Remember for behavior to be defined as bullying it must be aggressive, have an imbalance of power and be repetitive.

Stay tuned next week to learn tips on how to talk to your student about bullying.

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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Miss Sears' Math Class
Congratulations to the top performers from each class on the Mid-Quarter 1 Test. Keep up the great work!!

Texas A&M: Afolajimi and Ifeanyichukw

UCLA: Jalen and Stephen

Vanderbilt: Jordan and Clover

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
Scholars of the Week
CMIT South recognizes Scholars who completed each week with the highest SIS balance.

Student Support Specialists Dr. Green-Reed and Dr. Seton presented "pick your casual day" passes to the following students for the week of September 26:

* Scholars of the Week for middle school: Noah, Malcolm, Clinton

* Scholars of the Week for high school: Sania, Taylor, Rennie, Lyric, Noorah

Congratulations and continue to model the exemplary behavior.

Mr. AG
Principal

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Open Gym Enrichment
Greetings parents,

We will be hosting open gym for students interested in playing basketball after school from 3:00pm - 4:00pm on Thursdays beginning next week. If interested please email me at rquinn@cmitsouth.org for further details.

Reynaldo Quinn

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Enrichment Drop In Services
CMIT South now offers morning and afternoon drop in enrichment services. Please log into to the signup genius found at the following link to reserve your spot.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ca8a92caaf49-drop

Kevin Young

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SIS: Point Reward System Log In Information
Below you will find instructions regarding how to log in and use the Parent Portal/PRS. I have also attached a document about the interventions and rewards associated with the SIS system.

1. Use http://www.clfportal.org/prs to reach the log in screen.
2. Click on ""I forgot my password""
3. Enter the email address used when registering your child at CMIT.
4. Your temporary password will be sent to that email account.
5. Return to the log in screen and log in with the temporary password.
6. The Hall Pass/Reward Points Screen will appear showing the passes and points assigned to your child.

Personalizing your Account
1. Click on ""Profile"" on the top toolbar.
2. Now you can change your password to anything you prefer.
3. You can see your child's usernames and passwords
4. By clicking on ""Contacts"" on the top toolbar you can find faculty email address.

Mrs. Gearhart, Program Coordinator

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Hall Passes
CMIT South staff allows students to use restroom and to visit the health office as needed. To maximize the instruction time in the classroom, students are expected to plan their day effectively. Utilizing the class transition time, homeroom, and lunch periods for restroom visits reduces the need to leave classrooms while learning is taking place.

Upon receiving teachers' permission, students are required to check out through classroom tablets; each classroom departure is logged in to SIS system. Student Support Specialists will be tracking the hall use data each week. School staff was informed about the students who have medical or other health conditions that require more frequent restroom, water fountain, or nurse visits. CMIT South staff also recognizes the needs of our young ladies who may ask for more hall passes. Classroom teachers are asked to approve each restroom and health room visit request coming from students.

Hall pass use data utilization:

- Starting from the 4th hall pass use within the same week, parents receive an email from the CLF Portal system. These emails are not punitive but informative for parents to know that the student have already used hall pass more than 3 times in that week.

- Starting from the 6th hall pass use within the same week, school staff may look into the reasons for frequent hall pass use; a student-staff conversation 'may' take place to identify the student's needs.

- Starting from the 10th hall pass use within the same week, additional conversations with the student or parents 'may' take place. The students who use hall passes 10 or more times in a week without any specific excuse 'may' require an adult escort in the hallways.

With a student-staff-parent collaborative effort, instruction time will be maximized in our classrooms.

Mr. AG
Principal

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8th Grade RELA October Book of the Month is....
"The Pearl" by John Steinbeck. Please make sure to purchase or borrow "The Pearl" by Monday, October 10th.

Reminders:
1) "The Pearl": Please remember to purchase or borrow your mandatory October Book of the Month- "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck. You need to bring "The Pearl" to class with you every day. Please do not rely on the Chromebook as an alternative to having a novel. You must have a printed version of every Book of the Month.
2) English/Reading Notebook: Your English notebook needs to divided into three sections (Literature, Grammar, Vocabulary). Your notebook should be organized in that order. Please do not have any other work in your English notebook.
3) English/Reading Journal: You need a one-subject notebook for your Daily Warm-Up/Journal. This notebook should only contain your English journals. Your journals will be collected and graded periodically throughout each quarter.
4) Book of the Month Reading Logs and Vocabulary: Reading Logs and Vocabulary are assigned every Monday afternoon and due the following Monday by 7:30 a.m. Reading Logs and Vocabulary will only be accepted via Edmodo.

Thank you!
Mrs. Curtis
lcurtis@cmitsouth.org

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Physical Form
All PGCPS students must have a physical on file before they are allowed to try out for any sports team. Students must also have a grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Kevin Young
Athletic Director

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PTO NEWS
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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Lunchtime and On-Call Volunteers Needed
The PTO is looking for parents that can volunteer with short notice. If you are able to volunteers on a ON-Call basis and/or during lunchtime (between 10:30 and 12:30 for event tickets and chocolate sells) please email me Veronica Jessamy at vajCMITSPTO@gmail. Please place ON-Call in the subject line.



October Volunteer Opportunity

Morning and Afternoon Traffic Duty http://signup.com/go/L3RZw4
October 3rd – October 14th Hispanic Heritage Celebration ticket sales
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4cadad2ea7ff2-hhmcelebration
October 14th HS Code of Conduct Rita's Reward http://signup.com/go/sS9Dwd
October 27th Review Mid Atlantic Fundraiser Orders http://signup.com/go/vYBXYe
October 27th Fall School Dance http://signup.com/go/i9EAcD
October 29th Clean Up Green Up http://signup.com/go/JbeBwb

2016/2017 school year volunteer opportunities can be found at:
http://signup.com/go/c22R4o or https://www.pt-avenue.com/parents.asp?schcode=CMITSPTO

CMIT South PTO

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Clean Up Green UP
Hello thanks for showing interest in Clean Up Green Up, Saturday, October 29th please use the below link to sign up.

http://signup.com/go/JbeBwb

If we get rain out or any changes we will use this signup list to communicate with you.

Thank You for your support

Veronica Jessamy

CMIT South PTO

Volunteer Coordinator

CMIT South PTO

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On Call Needs
Hello All,

We have two activities coming up next week that we need volunteers for. if you can assist please use the signup below.

October 3rd -- October 14th Hispanic Heritage Celebration ticket sales

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4cadad2ea7ff2-hhmcelebration

October 14th HS Code of Conduct Rita's Reward http://signup.com/go/sS9Dwd

Thanks

Veronica Jessamy



CMIT South PTO

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Bingo Night Volunteers
PTO is looking for volunteers for Bingo Night on Oct 27.
October 27th Bingo Night http://signup.com/go/i9EAcD

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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