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Chesapeake Math & IT Academy South

CMITS98

10/21/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

NEWS

PSAT 8/9

How are the Scholars Doing?

End of First Quarter

Testing Reports sent home!

FAST Testing for Science 8 and Biology


UPCOMING EVENTS

Student Service Learning Opportunities


ACADEMY NEWS

U. S. History I

UPenn, Columbia, and Dartmouth SS Classes

Sixth Grade Social Studies

ITEC – Information Technology Early College Program


ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS

Saturday Academy

Boy's Basketball (Middle School)

Physical Form

Middle School Girls Basketball Try-Outs Oct. 25th

National Bullying Prevention Month

Enrichment Drop In Services

Miss Sears' Math Class

Health Education

8th Grade Specialty Program Information

9th Grade Specialty Program Information

PGCPS Science and Tech High School Information Nights


PTO NEWS

Boxtops

Bingo Night has been Postponed

Mid-Atlantic Fundraiser Reminder


FAQs
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NEWS
PSAT 8/9
CMIT South Scholars received their PSAT 8 scores from last school year. Our current 9th grade students exceeded county, state, and national averages in both Math and Reading. Congratulations!

This is just a start!


Mr. AG
Principal

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How are the Scholars Doing?
SIS point reward PBIS system has been used for the past 12 years at CLF schools. Each and every year, we are impressed with the positive impact of the system on student behavior. Many students improve their behavior over time and strive to be eligible for various privileges including monthly SIS rewards, field trips, school dances, etc. This year's first SIS monthly event was staff vs students basketball games.

From August 22nd through Friday, October 21, CMIT South scholars received +32062 positive points while the negative points sum up to -19142. CMIT South staff continues to encourage our scholars with more positive points in the system.

Mr. AG
Principal

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End of First Quarter

The first quarter of the 2017 SY ends on Friday, 10/28/2016. Be sure to check you child's performance on Schoolmax and reach out to teachers if you have questions.

Lara Asafa

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Testing Reports sent home!
Thursday afternoon, students received testing reports to take home. Please utilize the attached documents to understand the score reports. The following reports were received by students.

MAP Reading Score Reports- all students
MAP Math Score Reports- all students
PARCC Score Reports Reading & Math- all students
PSAT Reports- 9th grade students

If you have any questions feel free to reach out via email to jgearhart@cmitsouth.org

Mrs. Gearhart, Program Coordinator

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FAST Testing for Science 8 and Biology
Dear Parent/Guardian:

The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will be administering Formative Assessment System Tests in Science in Grades 8 and Biology beginning October 24, 2016. These tests will measure what has been taught in science so far this school year in each of these tested grades. The test results will provide teachers with information to assist in instructional planning for the year as well as look ahead to the next school year.

Testing will last approximately two hours for each of the tested subjects.

Please avoid appointments that may take your child out of school during this time period. You can help your child by ensuring that he or she is physically and mentally prepared. Make sure your child has a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast. Help your child to have a positive attitude toward testing!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Gearhart, Program Coordinator

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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.

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

* See attachments for two other student service learning opportunities
Attachment(s)

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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ACADEMY NEWS
U. S. History I
Challenges of a Century is the next unit of study for us. We will be discussing the role of women in the Reformation Movement and how it led to changes in the Unites States. We will conclude this unit with the Spanish-American War and how it led to the U.S. becoming a global power.

Georgia Jones

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UPenn, Columbia, and Dartmouth SS Classes
We are coming to the end of our study of Human Rights. The students have looked at the impact of Human Rights issues and organizations around the world. As we end this unit of study the students are looking at the Democratic and Republican candidate's views on Human Rights issues and their plans to stop or reform them. Next week the students will be presenting their radio or television ads in class. I am very excited to see all of the creative skits and activities they have planned.

All students need a SS Journal (1 subject notebook of composition book), HW folder, and section in their binder for class. Thank you for your support!

Ebony Fowlkes

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Sixth Grade Social Studies
The sixth graders are getting ready to end Unit 1. We have spent a great deal of time learning about the geography of Mesoamerica. Now we are exploring the geography and culture of Rome, India, Mesopotamia, Greece, and India. The students need to complete their Conquest of Mexico Comic Strip/Story Board by the time their class meets next week. They should also have colored pencils, markers, or crayons with them for class. Finally, the students need to have a SS Journal (1 subject notebook or composition book), a HW folder, and a section in their binder for SS.

Thank you for your support!

Ebony Fowlkes

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ITEC – Information Technology Early College Program
What is ITEC?

The Information Technology Early College program, also known as ITEC, refers to a dual enrollment program jointly offered through Prince George's Community College (PGCC) and Chesapeake Math and IT Academy. This program responds to the identified need to increase opportunities for high school students to earn college credits and/or industry certifications in STEM fields. By offering dual enrollment courses, academic and career counseling, and professional development all supported by an innovative Virtual Learning Lab, students entering the ninth grade have an opportunity to graduate with an associate degree in information technology upon graduation from high school & COLLEGE DEBT FREE!

- The ITEC Program is designed to enroll students in grades 9–12.
- The current ITEC dual enrollment curriculum follows a track of the PGCC Information Technology A.A.S. in which students take courses that result in multiple industry certifications.
- Students have the opportunity to graduate at the end of four years with a high school diploma and an associate degree in Information Technology.
- To be considered for admission to the ITEC Program, rising 9th grade CMIT students must demonstrate academic readiness based upon Accuplacer exam scores.

What is ITEC’s Mission?

The mission of this early college project is to transform students' lives by providing them with innovative, rigorous learning, training, and career experiences that meet and exceed industry standards.

See the ITEC program introduction video for more details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPDE4aUKqmg

FAQs:

Q: How can I apply for ITEC Program?
A: 8th grade students are invited to fill out an application form for PGCC’s Accuplacer exam every year. Application and testing timeline will be announced in weekly school newsletters. The testing takes place in Spring.

Q: How do I prepare for Accuplacer?
A: Many resources and test prep materials are available on internet. https://www.accuplacer.org is the official website with sample questions.

Q: If I do not score high enough to be in the program, may I retake the Accuplacer?
A: No, ITEC program allows prospective ITEC students to test only once.

Q: If I cannot get into the program in 9th grade, can I retake Accuplacer to start ITEC in the 10th grade?
A: No, ITEC program requires students to start in 9th grade only.

Q: If I missed the Accuplacer test for any reason, can I just go to campus and apply, take Accuplacer?
A: No, ITEC Program has certain dates where PGCC reserves their testing office for CMIT schools only. Those are the only dates that are announced and available. Students must fill out the application forms that are provided by CMIT South. Students are also required to sign up for a testing date and follow the instructions once they are posted on the school newsletter.

Q: Who pays tuition and textbooks for ITEC?
A: CMIT South / CLF.

Q: How many credits will I be able to complete through the program?
A: Students may complete up to 60 credits before graduating from high school.

Q: Do I need to come early or leave late to take those college courses?
A: College courses are dual enrollment credits; students earn a high school credit while earning a college credit.

Q: Who teaches those classes?
A: PGCC instructors teach the classes with the same syllabus as they use for college students.


Mr. AG
Principal

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
Saturday Academy

CLF's traditional Saturday Academy is in its 12th year. CMIT South offers free Saturday Academy for enrichment in Math and Reading and it will began in October 8, 2016. Students in need of additional support in their classwork or homework may attend. Some students are also being recommended to attend. Please refer to the schedule and plan to be punctual and consistent in your attendance to fully benefit from the session you choose.

Saturday Academy schedule:

09:00 – 11:00 || 1st Study Session

11:00 – 01:00 || 2nd Study Session

01:00 || Dismissal

Students are free to attend the session that works for them. Students attending for both subjects will need to arrive at 9:00am and be dismissed at 1:00pm. We look forward to serving you there.

Lara Asafa

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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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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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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!

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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National Bullying Prevention Month
Bullying can have a number of negative effects on its victims. It is important to support all of the students who are involved: the bully, the victim and bystander. Here are a few tips from stopbullying.gov on how to support those who are being bullied.

Listen and focus on the child: learn what is going on and how they are feeling.

Assure them that it is not their fault.

Understand that they may struggle to talk about being bullied. It might be helpful to refer them to the school counselor, a psychologist or outside mental health service providers.

Work together to solve the problem. The school, parents and students can all offer valuable input to ensure every student feels safe. Be open to communicating with the school but remember that legally schools are not allowed to share discipline, consequences, or services given to other children.

Follow-up, show you are committed to stopping bullying. Remember that bullying behavior is repetitive and it will take a consistent effort to ensure it stops.
Avoid these actions:
Never tell the child to ignore the bullying.
Do not blame the child for being bullied. Even if he or she provoked the bullying, no one deserves to be bullied.
Do not tell the child to physically fight back against the kid who is bullying. It could get the child hurt, suspended, or expelled.
Parents should resist the urge to contact the other parents involved. It may make matters worse. School or other officials can act as mediators between parents.

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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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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Miss Sears' Math Class
Quarter 1 Test will be this week during students' 90-minute class period on Tuesday or Wednesday. Please ensure your child will be in class to take the test. Also please be reminded, there will not be a chance for a retake.

Texas A&M: Tuesday, October 25th
UCLA: Wednesday, October 26th
Vanderbilt: Tuesday, October 25th

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Health Education
Dear Parent or Guardian,

I hope you are well. Health Education colleges will be taking an Assessment the week of Oct. 24th. Please allow the Chapter Reviews posted on the Grade 6, 7, and 8 Health Education Edmodo groups to serve as a study resource. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mr. Jeff Chipriano
jchipriano@cmitsouth.org

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8th Grade Specialty Program Information
Dear 8th grade CMIT-S Parents and Students,

We have finally received information regarding the Science and Tech Specialty High Schools in PG county. 8th grade students will be taking the PSAT 8/9 the week of December 5th here at CMIT-S. ALL CMIT-S 8th graders will be taking the PSAT 8/9 to determine acceptance to one of the Science and Technology High Schools (CH Flowers, Oxon Hill, Roosevelt) and the Aerospace and Engineering program at DuVal HS. There is NO application to apply to these schools. All grade 8 students will be considered for entrance into the Aerospace and Engineering program and the Science and Technology program. After testing, student scores will be ranked. Students meeting the defined eligibility scores will then be invited to secure their spots on a first come first served basis. This process will begin sometime in February 2017.


If your student wishes to attend Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC you will need to sign up using the link below ASAP. Once you fill out the form, Ms. Warehime will provide you with an application this must be completed ASAP. APPLICATIONS MUST BE TURNED BACK INTO MS. WAREHIME BY NOVEMBER 3rd. If you do not fill out the form below, your student will not be provided an application and will not be considered for the Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC.


For more information:

http://www1.pgcps.org/dtre/pb-dtre.aspx?pageid=217526&id=54930



LINK TO SIGN UP FOR ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCES AT PGCC

https://goo.gl/forms/A8KkmmIGUTTL5kT73

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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9th Grade Specialty Program Information
Dear 9th grade CMIT-S Parents and Students,

We have finally received information regarding the Science and Tech Specialty High Schools (CH Flowers, Oxon Hill, Roosevelt) in PG county. 9th grade students will be taking the PSAT 8/9 on December 3, 2016 at Roosevelt High School. Please fill out the form below to indicate your interest in taking the test. Students will have to PAY in order to take the PSAT 9. Please see the link below for more information and to pay for the PSAT.

If a student does not pay, they will not be able to take the test on Dec. 3rd. After testing, student scores will be ranked. Students meeting the defined eligibility scores will then be invited to secure their spots on a first come first served basis. This process will begin in February 2017. Once you fill out the form, Ms. Warehime will provide you with an application this must be completed ASAP. APPLICATIONS MUST BE TURNED BACK INTO MS. WAREHIME BY NOVEMBER 3rd.

LINK TO PAY

http://www1.pgcps.org/dtre/pb-dtre.aspx?pageid=217526&id=54930


LINK TO SIGN UP

https://goo.gl/forms/uONpWNw8yI8S35a22

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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PGCPS Science and Tech High School Information Nights
8/9th Grade Parents,

PGCPS is holding two more information nights about their Science and Technology Specialty High Schools ( Roosevelt, Flowers and Oxon Hill). You will get an opportunity to speak with Science and Tech Coordinators, and students as well as view activities current students are completing.

Oct. 25 at 7:00
Charles H. Flowers
10001 Ardwick-Ardmore
Springdale, MD

Oct. 27 at 7:00
Oxon Hill
6701 Leyte Drive
Oxon Hill, MD

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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PTO NEWS
Boxtops

It’s Box Tops submission time! Turn in your Box Tops before October 28th so they can be included in our school’s December check. Thanks for helping! The school central collection bin is located at the school lobby and there will be a bin for each university within the classroom. Drop off Box Tops in ziploc bag or envelope. Help support our students!

CMIT South PTO

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Bingo Night has been Postponed
Sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused. A future date may be announced once the event is rescheduled.

CMIT South PTO

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Mid-Atlantic Fundraiser Reminder
Mid-Atlantic Fundraiser ends Tuesday.

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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