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Chesapeake Science Point Public Charter School

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01/22/2016

   
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

SY16-17 Middle School Program Change Information Night

National Honor Society Induction: POSTPONED

Things to know for the Upcoming Week

CSP's 2016 National Geographic School Geography Bee

PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10

STEM Fair News

Science Olympiad

Chesapeake Science Point Career Day 2016


ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

Weather + Climate Contest

High School Science Olympiad


FIELD TRIPS

9th Grade Holocaust Memorial Museum trip


OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

How to Help Anxious Children

Blessing Bags

'Planet Nine' May Exist: New Evidence for Another World in Our Solar System

Seniors - Cap/Gown Orders & Senior Pictures

School 203

Re-Enrollment for 2016-2017


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UPCOMING EVENTS
SY16-17 Middle School Program Change Information Night
Thursday, January 28th from 6:00 - 6:30 pm

If you want to learn more about the changes happening in the middle school program for next year, please join us in the Media Center.


Angie Obrien Principal's Secretary
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National Honor Society Induction: POSTPONED
Due to issues associated with the weather this and possibly next week, the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony is POSTPONED. The candidates who were chosen for induction this year will be notified by Thursday along with the date of the Induction Ceremony. Thank you for your continued patience. We want to make sure the ceremony is a memorable experience for all involved.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Mrs. McCallister at dmccallister@mycsp.org

Donna McCallister
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Things to know for the Upcoming Week
Monday, January 25, 2016
*Schools Closed for Teachers / Students

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
*Schools Closed for Students

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
*3rd Marking Period Begins

Thursday, January 28, 2016
*6:30 pm - AACC Information Night
*7:00 pm - National Honor Society Induction
*7:00 pm - CSP Board Meeting

Friday, January 29, 2016
*Middle School Dress Down Day

Saturday, January 30, 2016
*8:30 am - AACC Math Competition
*10:00 am - CLF Science Fair

Angie Obrien Principal's Secretary
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CSP's 2016 National Geographic School Geography Bee
ATTENTION ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS!!!! Are you smart? Do you love trivia and fun facts? Do your friends call you a walking encyclopedia? Do you know everything there is to know about everything??? If you answered “yes”, then the time to show the world your brain-power is now!

On Tuesday, February 2, 2106, at 6:30 pm, Chesapeake Science Point Middle School is hosting the 2016 National Geographic School Geography Bee. The winner of our School-wide Bee will complete a written test to be considered for advancement to the State Bee. State champions compete to advance to the National Bee, where they will vie for a $50,000 college scholarship, a trip a National park and $500 in cash.

If you are interested in participating, please sign up with your social studies teacher by Friday, January 22nd. Based on student interest, preliminary/qualifying rounds may take place ahead of time. Please see the National Geographic website and your teacher for advice on preparing. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee

Hope to see you there!

Attachment(s)

Tuesdai Ingulia
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PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10
Dear Parents,
Students in Algebra I and Geometry are scheduled to take the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 on Thursday, February 25th. There is a nominal fee charged by College Board for each student. Students who are interested in taking the assessment are required to bring in the fee by Monday, February 1st to their math teacher. If you have any questions, please contact the School Testing Coordinator, Ms. Gomaa at mgomaa@mycsp.org or (443) 757-5277.


PSAT 8/9: 6C, 7B, and 9th graders in Algebra I $10*



PSAT 10: 7C, 8B, high school students in Geometry, and 10th graders in Algebra I $15*

*cash or check (please make checks out to CSP)

PSAT 8/9 https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9

PSAT 10 https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test

How students can practice: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

Test length, break down and how many questions:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9/inside-the-test/compare-to-readistep

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/inside-the-test/compare-specifications

Mona Gomaa
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STEM Fair News
On Saturday, January 30th, the following thirty of CSP’s middle school students will compete with students from CMIT North and CMIT South. Please wish the students good luck in this next round of competition.
Zeshan A
Dominic A
Olutobi B
Caroline B
Noelle C
Aaron C
Noah C
Joshua C
Jonathan D
Ellie F
Brandon F
Dhruva K
Daniella K
Alex L
Saja M
Moeed M
Jordan M
Adharsh M
Rafee M
Maxwell N
Isaiah O
Akash P
Ben R
Timothy S
Gracie S
Tyler S
Anagha S
Kristen V
Rygel Y
Emily Z

Yasmin Beazer-Barclay
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Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad's first competition for both middle school and high school will be held Saturday, February 20th, at University of Maryland College Park. Each year the competition has become more and more fierce. With the competition only four weeks away our students should be studying and practicing for the tests and activities. The club will be held Tuesday through Thursday. If Mr. Hamrum and I see the need we may open club for Friday and/ or Saturday as well. Please encourage your child to attend the club and meet with their partner to prepare for the competition.

Yasmin Beazer-Barclay
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Chesapeake Science Point Career Day 2016
On Friday, April 29, 2016, Chesapeake Science Point will be hosting Career Day. Parents and members of the community are invited to share information about careers and higher education. The event will be held from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. If you’re interested in joining us in this endeavor, please complete the Career Day Request Form. The link is provided below. If you have problems viewing or submitting the form, please contact me at ksmith@mycsp.org. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Here are some tips for your presentation:

Explanation Of Your Job
Describe your job, emphasize work hours, job duties, special training or education needed, length of employment, employer, etc.

Set Up & Preparation
The event will be held in gym-expo style. Two grade levels at a time will have an hour to rotate between various presenters. If possible, please bring samples of visual aids or tools you use. You can also bring out giveaways for students if you choose.

Link:
Career Day Request Form: https://goo.gl/2brBlB

K. Smith - CSP Middle School Counselor
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ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Weather + Climate Contest
The National Aquarium and Climate Central invite Middle and High School students (Grades 5-8 and 9-12) from across Maryland, Delaware and Washington DC to participate in a contest that examines some of the impacts of climate change.
Please submit an entry that identifies the audience for your presentation and answers one or more of the specific questions below:

• How is climate change affecting weather, the environment, and biodiversity — both locally and globally?
• How is climate change impacting the oceans, including: ocean life, ocean currents, rising sea levels, and coastal habitats?
• Explain the role of science in understanding our changing climate.
• How are rising atmospheric greenhouse gases changing our weather, oceans, animal and plant life, water resources, and more?
• How will science help us solve climate change?
• How do you see climate change impacting the people in your community and their jobs?
• Are any of the following playing a part: agricultural practices (adding to or reversing climate change); warming and acidifying Bay waters (changing habitat); more extreme weather events, etc.?
• Do you see opportunities to build a greener or more resilient economy?
• What’s going on in your community to fight climate change?
• Is there an individual person you’d like to tell us about, or an action that’s making a difference?
The contest deadline is March 1, 2016.

For more information, see the Weather + Climate Day Flyer below.

Angie Obrien Principal's Secretary
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High School Science Olympiad
It's the new year, and it's time for Science Olympiad to kick into high gear! In Science Olympiad, students compete with other schools to test their knowledge and skills in many different branches of science - from fossils to robotics. There are three different kinds of events - knowledge of scientific concepts, engineering machines or constructs to accomplish certain tasks, and applying laboratory skills to solve problems. CSP has a long history of success at both the regional and state level, and we hope to continue that with strong teams this year. Our regional tournament will be held February 20th. High School practices are scheduled for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while Middle School practices are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

David Hamrum
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FIELD TRIPS
9th Grade Holocaust Memorial Museum trip
On January 28th, the 9th Grade class will be going to Washington D.C. to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. We will be departing school at 9am and returning at the end of the day. Students must bring a lunch or money for lunch with them.

Wendy Jensen
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OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS
How to Help Anxious Children
Anxiety is normal and useful until it becomes excessive and detrimental. If your child is worrying too much you can establish a set "worry time." Depending on your child's age this could be scheduled for 10-20 minutes early each evening. During the worry time you will be available to discuss your child's worried thoughts and scared feelings. When your child brings up a worry any other time, postpone by saying I will be glad to discuss that during worry time if it is still bothering you then. Being able to postpone worry is a powerful tool that will allow your child to gain control over the automatic negative thoughts that are feeding his/her anxiety.

There are 2 cautions for parents: 1) don't over reassure; and 2) don't let your child avoid the thing/person/event/etc. that is causing the anxiety. Instead parents need to help the child develop tools to cope with anxiety in a positive way. For more assistance check out one of the books below or make an appointment to see one of the school counselors.


For more information:

Anxiety-Free Kids, by Zucker, offers parents strategies that help children become happy and worry free, methods that relieve a child's excessive anxieties and phobias, and tools for fostering interaction and family-oriented solutions.
You and Your Anxious Child, by Albano, has moving case studies and brings much-needed hope to families, helping them shape a positive new vision of the future.
Freeing Your Child from Anxiety, by Chansky, shares a proven approach for helping children build emotional resilience for a happier and healthier life. This book was revised in 2014.

K. Smith - CSP Middle School Counselor
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Blessing Bags
The Community Service Club is beginning 2016 with a new project! We will be putting together Blessing Bags to distribute to the homeless. Blessing Bags are bags filled with high-need items. Instead of giving the homeless money, you give them Blessing Bags. We are in need of the following items:
- Brown lunch bags
- Water bottles
- Oral care (toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash)
- Shampoo/conditioner
- Lotion
- Chapstick
- Winter gear (gloves, scarves, hats, socks)
- Deodorant
- Non-perishable snacks
- Baby wipes
- Hand sanitizer
These items will be put in brown lunch bags, so we prefer travel size items. Feel free to donate any other items you feel are important this time of year. Also, please let Ms. Zambito know if you are willing to distribute Blessing Bags in your area. Thank you for your continued support!
rzambito@mycsp.org

Regina Zambito
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'Planet Nine' May Exist: New Evidence for Another World in Our Solar System
by Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | January 21, 2016 08:46am ET

A giant planet similar to Uranus or Neptune may orbit the sun in the solar system's outer reaches. "Planet Nine" is shown here in an artist's impression that includes hypothetical lightning on the planet's surface. The bright star to the right is the sun.
Astronomers have found evidence for a planet 10 times more massive than Earth in the far outer solar system, orbiting about 20 times farther from the sun than distant Neptune does.
"This would be a real ninth planet," one of the researchers, Mike Brown of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, said in a statement. "There have only been two true planets discovered since ancient times, and this would be a third. It's a pretty substantial chunk of our solar system that's still out there to be found, which is pretty exciting."

Yasmin Beazer-Barclay
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Seniors - Cap/Gown Orders & Senior Pictures
Cap / Gown Orders - If you still need to order a cap/gown for graduation, please take care of this as soon as possible.
To place an order:
Visit www.balfour.com
Type Chesapeake Science and click search; scroll to bottom and click on "seniors" and then click on cap and gown

Students who plan to graduate on stage must have a cap/gown purchased from Balfour.

Senior Pictures:
If your child still needs to have senior pictures taken, please call Prestige directly at 410-525-1700 to make an appointment with them.

Angie Obrien Principal's Secretary
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School 203
As the holidays leave us, let us remind our children that helping others doesn't stop with the ending of the holidays. Consider volunteering and have your child join you in your local community to show them that we can continue to be productive citizens year round who contribute to change. Even though it is geared towards educators, this article has important information that parents and guardians can use: http://www.edudemic.com/how-to-inspire-students-to-creating-change/


Mona Gomaa
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Re-Enrollment for 2016-2017
An email was sent out to all parents just a few days ago about re-enrollment for 2016-2017. Everything you need to know about this process is included here. Be sure to go over the cover letter prior to making your decision.

If your child needs bus transportation for the 2016-17 school year, you must turn in the bus contract AND deposit with the re-enrollment form.

Re-enrollment forms and bus contracts are due no later than February 26th. If the re-enrollment form is not turned in OR turned in after the deadline, it will result in your child losing their seat for next year.

To confirm that your child's re-enrollment form has been received, you can send an email to confirmCSP@mycsp.org. This email will be checked weekly and you will receive a reply.


Angie Obrien Principal's Secretary
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