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CMIT SOUTH NEWSLETTER

   
     
  INDEX  
 

Communication, Communication, Communication!

Contact Info for Staff

Breakfast with the Principal

Summer Assignments

College Awareness and Leadership Program

STEM Project Update

Student Service Learning Opportunities

Parent School Counseling Needs Assessment

Mrs. Laurence Social Studies

Mr. Reynolds- History

Mr. Reynolds- World History 6th &7th

Tech Savvy Parent Platforms

Student Locker Times

How to Access the Online Math Textbooks

Important Documents for your Attention and Signature

Book Fair

Frequently Asked Questions

 
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  Communication, Communication, Communication!  
 

Ever since CMIT North was opened in 2011, two-way communication between home and school has been the main focus. Besides weekly school newsletters, mass emails, Edmodo, breakfast with the principal programs, home visits, feedback form on the school website, administration's open door policy, and monthly PTO meetings (where administration attends to answer questions) have been utilized for communicating with our parents and students.

Our staff is expected to respond emails within 2-3 business days. Any challenges with communication may be forwarded to me directly: agurbuz [AT] cmitsouth [DOT] org.

School Twitter and Facebook pages are up and running. Follow us on Twitter @CMIT_South and Facebook

Your comments, suggestions, and feedback are appreciated. Please use the feedback form on the website for your convenience:

Mr. AG

 
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  Contact Info for Staff  
 

Email is the best way to reach staff at CMIT South. Email addresses are available on Edmodo pages as well as on CLF Portal. When parents log in to the CLF Portal, the "Contact" tab lists email addresses for all staff members.

Email addresses have first initial and last name for each teacher. As an example, jdoe@cmitsouth.org would be the email address for John Doe.

Mr. AG

 
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  Breakfast with the Principal  
 

CLF's traditional "Breakfast with the Principal" program starts for 2016 school year. September is the month of the 6th grade breakfasts.

During the sessions, I will have the pleasure of meeting parents within each college while going over the curriculum being taught, discussing the CLF school model, brainstorming to offer new opportunities for our students, and answering questions.

Click the following link to RSVP at least 2 business days before the breakfast date: Columbia - September 16:
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4CABA82BA0F94-breakfast

UPenn - September 18:
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4CABA82BA0F94-breakfast3

Morgan - September 23:
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4CABA82BA0F94-breakfast4

North Carolina A&T - September 24
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4CABA82BA0F94-breakfast2

Florida A&M - September 28
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4CABA82BA0F94-breakfast5

Dartmouth - September 30
http://www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4CABA82BA0F94-breakfast6

Mr. AG

 
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  Summer Assignments  
 

All summer assignments for students who were enrolled by June 30, 2015 should be complete and ready for grading. Grades for summer assignment will be reflected on Schoolmax for the first quarter. Questions regarding submission of reading summer assignment should be directed to individual student's reading teacher. Questions regarding any other summer assignments should be directed to the content area teacher for your child.

Summer assignment for newly enrolled students has a different due date which has been communicated to new families.

Lara Asafa, Assistant Principal

 
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  College Awareness and Leadership Program  
 

CLP is a mentorship program designed to help students apply for and achieve acceptance in world-class universities and colleges. As you know, maintaining stellar grades may not be enough to be accepted by top institutions. CLP helps qualified students to improve their academics, social skills, extracurricular pursuits, and personal development.

Students in the CLP program are paired with a long-term mentor (teacher or staff member) who will help guide them during their stay in the program. CLP meets once a week for 2.5 hours after school, while the CLP+ program also meets for several hours on Saturday.

Both of these programs overlap with and are based on the Congressional Awards given to high school students who show exemplary involvement in their community, physical education, and personal exploration. If interested, fill out the interest form by 9 am Friday, September 11: http://goo.gl/forms/rajRPIhYyU

Mr. Davidson and Mr. Cicek

 
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  STEM Project Update  
 

The tentative date for this year's CLF STEM Fair is January 23, 2016. Prior to this date, all CLF schools will hold a STEM Fair at the school for their students. Students with the top 25% scores will be participating in the CLF STEM Fair. Students are to complete preceeding parts of the project before moving on to the next parts. Please keep this dates in mind.
Please note that new students are those enrolled on or after August 1, 2015.

STEM Proposal - Due 09/11/2015 (09/30 for new students)
Feedback on Proposal - 09/18/2015 (10/06 for new students)
Rough Draft research paper - Due 10/30/2015 at midnight
Final Research Paper - Due 12/21/2015 to Reading and Science teachers
STEM Project Board - Due 01/08/2016
CMIT South STEM fair - 01/15/2016

Lara Asafa, Assistant Principal

 
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  Student Service Learning Opportunities  
 

Here are some upcoming Student Service Learning Opportunities:

Convoy of Hope
This event is next Saturday, September 12th. Any student over the age of 14 will need their parent to join them. Students can earn hours volunteering in any event except prayer. The volunteer event for anyone interested is Friday, September 11 at 6 pm at Evangel Assembly of God in Camp Springs, Md. Check out the website for more details.

http://www.convoyofhope.org/outreach/washingtondc/

Creating a Garden to Feed a Pocket of the World
Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to Noon
Edmonston's Community Garden, 5010 47th Avenue, Edmonston

Help the town of Edmonston create a community garden which will help this food desert to get access to fresh vegetables. We will provide all of the materials and supplies and you will help create an area where families can grow their own vegetables. Bring a water bottle and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. For more information, contact Kim at 240-366-7542 or email placematterspgc@gmail.com.

Helping the Anacostia One Storm Drain At a Time
Sunday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to Noon

Did you know that all of the trash that is thrown onto to streets and sidewalks in the area around College Park goes into the Anacostia River and onto the Chesapeake Bay? Help remind people to not dump trash onto our streets by stenciling stormwater inlets at Edmonston. We will provide all of the materials and supplies that you need. Bring a water bottle and wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. For more information, contact Kim at 240-466-7542 or email placematterspgc@gmail.com.

Clean Up, Green Up
October 17th, 2015 at CMIT South 9:00-12:00

This event supports our initiative to make our community cleaner and greener by conducting individual community plantings and coordinating beautification activities throughout Prince George’s County. “Clean Up, Green Up,” in collaboration with Keep Prince George’s County Beautiful, Prince George’s County Public Schools and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, demonstrates our shared commitment to keeping our communities appealing and attractive. The PTO has organized this event and CMIT South students are invited to earn service hours while helping to beautify their school.

Ms. Warehime

 
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  Parent School Counseling Needs Assessment  
 

Parents please click on the link below to fill out the school counseling needs assessment. This assessment will provide data and will allow me to better plan the school counseling curriculum. Please only take the assessment once. If you have any questions please contact me at kwarehime@cmitsouth.org

http://goo.gl/forms/JpMZ0SNjTa

Ms. Warehime

 
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  Mrs. Laurence Social Studies  
 

This week we will be conducting the social studies pre-test. Please encourage students to do there best.

Please check Edmodo and SchoolMax for students grades frequently so they will not get behind on work. Since there is only 45 minutes in Social Studies per class period, classwork becomes homework.

Jaslynn Laurence

 
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  Mr. Reynolds- History  
 

Chesapeake Math and IT (CMIT) Academy
World History I & II 6th/7th Syllabus
2015-2016

World Cultures and Geography Part 1: Western Hemisphere
6th Grade social studies are the first of a two-year World Cultures and Geography program of study. This course will explore the Western Hemisphere that includes the history, geography, and culture of the United States, Canada, Latin America, Mexico and Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. Reading, writing, literature, and critical thinking skills are integral parts of the course. This middle school social studies course emphasizes development of knowledge and skills that will prepare students for success at the high school level.

World Cultures and Geography Part II: Eastern Hemisphere
7th Grade social studies are the second year of a two-year World Cultures and Geography program of study. This course explores the continents, countries, and regions of the Eastern Hemisphere. The major emphases of the course are the geography, history, people, and contemporary issues of Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Reading, writing, literature, and critical thinking skills are integral parts of the course. This middle school social studies course emphasizes development
of knowledge and skills that will prepare students for success at the high school level.

II. Textbook/Resource Information
Students are also assigned an Edmodo site for each course in which they are enrolled. Teachers use the Edmodo site to post assignments and other resources they deem necessary. Links to this website will be available on the CMIT website and the “Back to School Night” hand-outs.
*Classroom set of World Geography textbooks

III. Required & Suggested Materials and Supplies
Teachers may request students to bring supplies as needed.

IV. Coursework & Timeline
See attached according to World History I 6th or World History II 7th

V. Grading & Assessment
A student’s grade shall communicate academic performance: what the student knows and is able to do as measured against the learning standards of the course and MYP subject specific objectives. All students will be assessed using MYP assessment criteria throughout the course of the year. Task-specific rubrics for assessments will be provided to students at the time the task is assigned.

*Assessments include quizzes, tests, and in-class and take-home projects.

A. Make Up/Missing Assignments: No late assignments. Students are responsible for making up any work they missed-(Excused only). The number of days allowed to make up missed work will be equivalent to the number of days of lawful absences. This timeline will begin when the teacher provides the student with the assignments within 48 hours of the request. ALL students will automatically be directed back here, to our Edmodo site to access missing assignments. Students who fail to complete missed assignments within the allotted time will receive 0 (zero) for each assignment.

Reynolds/Laurence
World History I/II
Materials and Supplies Needed:
1. One three ring binder
2. One pocket folder
3. Three spiral or composition notebook (Journal Writing/Class Workbook)
4. Two Blue or Black pens
5. One pack of #2 pencils
6. Colored pencils/colored markers-scissors and one pack of glue sticks
7. (optional) USB drive-for major projects

K. Reynolds

 
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  Mr. Reynolds- World History 6th &7th  
 

All week long both 6th & 7th are taking part in (Pre-Assessment SLO) Testing. Students are reading Social Studies related information-then they are creating a written reply in the form of an essay.

K.Reynolds

 
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  Tech Savvy Parent Platforms  
 

CMIT South is providing returning and current parents with a one stop shop for the platforms you would find useful throughout the school year.

Lunch Payment - http://www.myschoolbucks.com
You will need to set up an account. You will need your child's student's ID number for this. Once done, you can view all of your children who attend PGCPS under one login, make payments, view balances, payment history and finally view meal purchases.

SIS - http://clfportal.org/prs/Login2.aspx
This is a platform exclusive to CMIT South families. You will need to create an account to utilize this platform. Once done you can view your child's SIS points in real time. You will also be able to see when your child leaves the classroom and returns. With this information, you can continously monitor your child's progress. SIS points are used throughout the year to determine eligibility for various activities and events.

Schoolmax - http://www.pgcps.org - Parents - Schoolmax Family Portal
This is a PGCPS platform utilized to keep parents abreast of their student's attendance and grades. Parents would need to create an account to access this platform. Once done, parents can view student's attendance, grades, student information, schedule, grades since student started in PGCPS, and Service Learning Hours.

Edmodo - http://www.edmodo.com
This is CMIT South's elearning platform. All teachers at CMIT South use this platform to communicate daily assignments, give quizzes, provide updates and alerts, etc. Parents will need to create an account to have access to their child's Edmodo groups or classes. To create an account, you will need the parent code on the bottom left of your child's Edmodo home screen. Once ceated, you will be able to see all your child's activities in various classes, upcoming due dates, assignments, graded work, completed work and teacher comment. CMIT South does not allow discussions among students however students may drop comments/questions for teacher.

Enrichment - http://www.cmitsouth.org - clf enrichment
This is the platform made available by Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundations for the purpose enrolling and paying for before or after school enrichment.

Uniform - http://cmit.abstracttees.com/
Parent can order all CMIT South uniform apparels from this platform.

Pearson Online Learning and Resource - http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com
This is a CMIT South platform for online textbooks and resources for Science Science class your child will be taking. Students will be given access by their teachers and have to remember their login information.

Pearson Digits Online - http://school.pearsoned.com
This is a CMIT South platform for online textbooks and resources for Math 6, Math 7 and Math 8 classes your child will be taking. Students will be given access by their teachers and have to remember their login information.

IXL - http://www.ixl.com/signin/cmitsouth
Students will be able to complete assignments and practice English and Mathematics skills on this platform. Students will need their assigned login.

National Geographic Learning - http://www.myngconnect.com
This is the platform where students can access online textbooks for Social Studies. Students will need the online textbook code provided by their teacher to access the textbooks.

Lara Asafa, Assistant Principal

 
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  Student Locker Times  
 

Students at CMIT South will have three opportunities to visit their lockers during the school day.
- During Arrival in the AM
- Before lunch
- During Dismissal in the PM

During arrival, students will leave their bookbags in ther locker. They will retrieve all necessary materials for the classes they have before lunch. They will leave the electronic devices in the locker.

Before lunch, students will go back to their lockers to return materials from classes they've had. They will retrieve materials for classes they have after lunch. They will also retrieve their lunches or lunch money. Please note that students with lunch bag will not be returning to lockers to put lunch bags away. We encourage students to pack their lunches in paper bags or ziploc bags. There are tubs available in the cafeteria to drop any lunch containers students may have after lunch. These items will not be allowed in classrooms.

At dismissal, students will report to their lockers to retrieve their belongings to take home. Students will also retrieve lunch bags as they exit the school building.

Lara Asafa, Assistant Principal

 
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  How to Access the Online Math Textbooks  
 

Please visit http://glencoe.com/ose/

Enter your access code:

6th Grade:
MATH - Glencoe Math Connects - Course 1
Access Code: DE95674DF8

7th Grade:
MATH - Glencoe Math Connects - Course 2
Access Code: FA168D0E1C

8th Grade:
MATH - Glencoe Math Connects - Course 3
Access Code: F6EC861C63

Lara Asafa, Assistant Principal

 
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  Important Documents for your Attention and Signature  
 

Students will be bringing home some paperwork packet home for your attention and signature. Please review, sign and send the documentation back to the homeroom teacher on Tuesday. The students who do not submit their packets willl not be able to utilize Chromebooks. The documentations are:

- Publicity Release
- Code of Conduct Memorandum of Understanding
- Chromebook/Gmail usage information
- Computer lab rules
- Cell phone/Portable Device Procedures
- Emergency Contact/Transportation form

Lara Asafa, Assistant Principal

 
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  Book Fair  
 


Our 3rd book fair is coming September 16th - 25th! Mark your calendars, Volunteers are needed to assist with decorating, set/pack up, help kid’s select books, bingo night, etc. There are lots of ways to participate. Please click the link below, to volunteer. Thanks for your support in making this another success book fair!

https://www.pt-avenue.com/calendarR.asp?sc=CSCSPTO

Asia Stoddard, Book Fair Coordinator

 
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  Frequently Asked Questions  
 

What is the Uniform Policy?
The uniform policy can be found on our website by clicking here.

How do we order uniform items?
Uniform items can be ordered by completing the OWI order form.

What uniform items should we order?
At least
- 2 CMIT South Polo shirts (1 blue, 1 green)
- 1 CMIT South fleece or windbreaker
- 1 CMIT South White oxford shirt
- 1 blue tie (neck tie for boys, crisscross tie for girls)
- 1 CMIT South PE t-shirt

Items to be purchased at a department store:

Pants:
- Navy blue or khaki
Shoes:
- Solid black (no markings or insignias)
Belt:
- Solid black
Athletic pants:
- Solid blue or black (no markings or insignias)

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 3:05pm 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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