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CMIT SOUTH NEWS

Issue 55

Friday, October 23, 2015

   
 
TIGERS' TABLE OF CONTENTS

BREAKING NEWS

CMIT TIGERS ROCK!

SRI and Lexile Scores

SNACKS


UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS

Giving Back to Our U.S. Service Members

First Quarter Honor Roll Assembly

VOLUNTEER CORNER

BoxTops For Education - Tallying up the Totals

Student Service Learning Opportunity


ACADEMY NEWS

Special Programs Entrance Exam Form

How to Support a Student who is Being Bullied


ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

September Scholars of the Month

DEAR at CMIT South

PHS National Honor Society "Free" Tutoring Services

Archery


FAQs
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BREAKING NEWS
CMIT TIGERS ROCK!
The Point Reward System (SIS) has been serving CLF students as a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program since 2005. The program proved its effectiveness with a large number of students showing great behavioral progress after receiving such rewards as casual day passes, college shirts gifts, invitation to ice cream socials, roller skating parties, etc. CLF parents have been providing positive feedback as SIS serves as a behavioral monitoring tool that is available with online access any time from anywhere. The system sends out weekly reports via email in case parents did not have a chance to log in to the system.

I would like to congratulate CMIT South Tigers for completing the 2014-15 school year and the first quarter of 2015-16 with positive balances. Last year, CMIT South Tigers had a positive balance of 5713 when the school year was completed in June 2015. As of October 22, the first quarter balance is already +2873.

The 7th and 8th grade students who had positive balances in 3 consecutive months last academic year will be receiving emails to order their college shirts. The program is sponsored by CLF to motivate our students. Students who earned this reward are eligible to come to school on Fridays wearing their CLF purchased college shirt as long as their SIS balance still meets casual day eligibility criteria. Congratulations to the 210 students who kept the positive balance and keep up the positive behavior.

Mr. AG

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SRI and Lexile Scores
 
At the beginning of October, CMIT South sent out an email to inform parents about Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) scores which are based on the Lexile Framework (MetaMetrics, Inc). Parents may go over the data with the students and review the resources. SRI will be given again in Spring and students have sufficient time to prepare.

CMIT South will continue to share more testing data with the students and parents this year. Parents and students continue to review Schoolmax and SIS to monitor progress.

Mr. AG

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SNACKS
 
Effective, Monday, October 26th, 2015 until further notice there will be no sunflower seeds allowed. School staff have consistently requested students be mindful of the mess it leaves and to make sure the clean up after themselves, and to no avail we still clean up after the seeds daily. At this time we are asking you to leave sunflower seeds at home.

Students, please make sure you bring alternative snacks.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Wayne Distin Operations Manager

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UPCOMING EVENTS
UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS

When: November 24, 2015

What: Smithsonian Museum of National History, Washington, DC

Cost: $15.00

Eligibility:

• MUST NOT HAVE LOST MORE THAN 15 SIS POINTS BETWEEN OCTOBER 1, 2015 AND OCTOBER 31, 2015.

• NO LEVEL III OR IV DISCIPLINARY VIOLATIONS DURING THE PERIOD PRIOR TO THE TRIP

• MUST WEAR OXFORD SHIRT AND TIE FOR THE TRIP (no refund will be issued if the students cannot go on the trip due to uniform violation)

• MUST PAY THE ABOVE AMOUNT, IN FULL, BETWEEN NOVEMBER 2 – NOVEMBER 4, 2015.


When: December 22, 2015

What: IFly Indoor Skydiving, Virginia Beach, VA

Cost: $75.00
Please click on the link below to fill out the iFLY Indoor Skydiving Field Trip Interest form if you are interested in sending your child on the field trip to iFLY in Virginia Beach. Please express interest by October 28,2015. Payment for the field trip will be in two installments - $40.00 due on November 6, 2015 and $35.00 due on December 1, 2015. Please note all payments are final. SIS point eligibility apply. More information on the destination can be found on their website - https://virginiabeach.iflyworld.com/

Interest form link - http://goo.gl/forms/VscHEpf7L0

Eligibility:

• MUST NOT HAVE LOST MORE THAN 15 SIS POINTS BETWEEN OCTOBER 1, 2015 AND OCTOBER 31, 2015.

• NO LEVEL III OR IV DISCIPLINARY VIOLATIONS DURING THE PERIOD PRIOR TO THE TRIP

• MUST WEAR OXFORD SHIRT AND TIE FOR THE TRIP (no refund will be issued if the students cannot go on the trip due to uniform violation)

• MUST PAY $40 on NOVEMBER 6 AND $35 BY DECEMBER 1, 2015.

CMIT SOUTH

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Giving Back to Our U.S. Service Members
 
At CMIT South we are going to have a drive for the U.S. Service Members of the Armed Forces. Coming from a family of U.S. Veterans and being an Army veterans myself, helping service member is extremely important to me. We will have this drive starting October 26 and ending on November 13, 2015. We will be donating all of the items to a non-profit organization called Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas.

We will be collecting the following items:

Halloween Candy

Hats, scarfs, or socks

Paracord survival bracelets

mini battery powered fans

Personal electronics (IPODS, Used cell phones)

Gift cards to chain stores

Personal care products (lip balm, toothpaste)

The non profit also has an Amazon Wish List. You can use it to give you ideas about what to send.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/FY2O3UG2PNSG/ref=cm_sw_su_w

Jaslynn Laurence- 7th and 8th grade Social Studies Teacher

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First Quarter Honor Roll Assembly
 
As the 1st quarter comes to an end, mark your calendars for the 1st Quarter Honor Roll Assembly. The assembly will be held Friday, November 13, 2015. Parents/Guardians will be notified if their student is receiving an award during the assembly in the next two weeks.

All students who earned a 3.0 GPA or higher regardless of their grades in any particular subjects will receive a certificate in their classroom.

Students who earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher with all As and Bs will receive the High Honor Roll award and participate in the ceremonies. Students were sent home with a Honor Roll Assembly Invitation earlier this week.

Students who earned a 4.0 GPA will receive the Principal Honor Roll award and participate in the ceremonies.

Additionally, students who have been awarded Student of the Month for September and October will also be recognized.

Parents are welcome to attend. More details will be on the following week's newsletters.

Ms. Futrell, Program Coordinator

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VOLUNTEER CORNER
 
Did you know you can now get your Commercial Background Checks online. The following persons are required to complete a Commercial Background ($7.26):

1. Volunteers working in a capacity where supervised access to students is anticipated on a one time basis only, or on a sporadic basis, i.e. parents volunteering for career day, book fairs, school dances, or other one-time events.

2. Parents and volunteers who volunteer in a classroom on a regular basis in a supervised setting.

3. Chaperones who will participate in a day field trip.

4. Mentors, Tutors and Independent Contractors/Subcontractors: Those hired and paid outside the school system where supervised access to students is anticipated on a one time basis only, or sporadic basis.

Please select the link below to complete the online commercial background application and submit payment.

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/links/storecatalog.jsp?clientID=MCS_2400510

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Looking for a way to earn parent volunteer hours? Below are up-coming and on-going volunteer needs. To sign up go to the CMIT South PTO calendar at https://www.pt-avenue.com/calendarR.asp?sc=CMITSPTO. Select a date and activity and sign up.

Up-Coming Volunteer Opportunities

10/25/2015 Counting Box Tops for Education - https://www.pt-avenue.com/volunteerr.asp?sc=CMITSPTO&v=112689

11/12/2015 Picture Day https://www.pt-avenue.com/volunteerr.asp?sc=CMITSPTO&v=88428

On-Going Volunteer Opportunities

Late Student/Visitor Help – One volunteer is needed daily to assist with late students and visitors from 7:30 – 8:00

Safety Patrol - Two volunteers are needed daily in the morning 7:15 - 7:50 and afternoon 2:30 - 3:00 to assure student safety and help with the smooth flow of traffic during carpools

Give A Day Volunteer - One volunteer is needed daily in the morning and/or afternoon to help with general office task.

Saturday Academy and CLP - Three volunteers are needed to monitor entrance and assist with distribution of snacks and/or general support

Saturday Academy and after school tutoring in Math, Science, RELA - unlimited volunteers interested in tutoring students Monday through Saturday

Veronica Jessamy

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BoxTops For Education - Tallying up the Totals
It's time to Count the BoxTops we collected. This Friday, we wrapped up our Fall BoxTops Collecting Contest. Thank you to all who participated. Next week we will announce the winners, but first we must count and bundle all that were collected. All parent and student volunteers will be meeting this Sunday to count and prepare BoxTops for submission. Be sure to sign up on PT Avenue if you wish to participate and receive further updates.

BoxTops Count & Bundle Gathering:

Sunday, October 25th - 10am to 1pm

Glenn Dale Fire Department

11900 Glenn Dale Blvd.

Glenn Dale, MD 20774

Remember to register at www.btfe.com and become a CMIT South online supporter!

Angela Adams

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Student Service Learning Opportunity
 
6th Annual Community Thanksgiving Banquet 2015 Coat and Toy Drive

Wednesday, November 25 from 4:00-8:00 pm

Location: 1401 Glacier Avenue, Capitol Heights MD

Bradbury Heights Elementary School

Contact Dena Yansaneh denyansaneh.vb@gmail.com or Ranishya Brown ranishyabrown.vb@gmail.com for more information and to volunteer

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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ACADEMY NEWS
Special Programs Entrance Exam Form
 
Attention 8th grade parents. The application process for the Special Programs Entrance Exam is now active. 8th graders are allowed to apply to the Academy of Health Sciences, the Aerospace and Engineering programs and the Science and Technology programs. Please fill out the interest form below to indicate you are interested in your student applying to one of the special programs. You must complete the form in order to start the application process. The deadline to complete the form is Oct. 30th.

http://goo.gl/forms/iZiasb2KPQ

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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How to Support a Student who is Being Bullied
 
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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ACADEMIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
September Scholars of the Month
 
The following students are CMIT-South's September Scholars of the Month. Students were nominated by their teachers for this honor and will be recognized at the first quarter Honor Roll Assembly. Congratulations Scholars!

Brittney Smith-Duke

Alwyn Manalil- MIT

Alex Marshall-Georgetown

Gregory Marshall- Stanford

Christopher Brown-Cornell

Jhade Carney-Brown

Bart Toletntion- UMD

Zaden Murry- Howard

Lauryn Awkward-Yale

Maya Kafele- Hampton

Kamara Manzie- Harvard

Muhammed Chaudry- Princeton

Fatima Bundu-Dartmouth

Neveah Peoples- UPENN

Ninu Olawale- Morgan

Pierce Coney- Columbia

Aniyah Robinson- FAMU

Micah Bunyon-NC A&T

Ms. Futrell, Program Coordinator

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DEAR at CMIT South
 
On Wednesday, October 28, we are going to have D.E.A.R (Drop Everything and Read) time. We will engage in this activity several times this year. The goal of DEAR is to encourage independent silent reading for extended periods of time on a daily or weekly basis. Students choose the book they wish to read based on interest and ability. On DEAR days, all students and staff will participate.

Students are expected to bring a book (other than their book of the month) to class that day. Students will not be permitted to read their book of the month as it is to be read in RELA class.

Schedule for October 28:

7th Grade: 6th Period 12:25-1:13

6th: Elective Time 1:13-2:01

8th: Elective Time 2:04-2:49

CMIT South

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PHS National Honor Society "Free" Tutoring Services
 
Parkdale High School's National Honor Society is offering free math, science, writing and reading tutoring to students in grades k-12 at the Chick-fil-A @ Vista Gardens Marketplace (10631 Martin Luther King, Jr. Highway Bowie, Maryland 20720). Tutoring will be offered on Monday's from 5:30-6:30 pm. The dates offered are: Oct.26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, Dec. 7, 14. If you have questions please contact Charlena Carney: (301) 513-5700 ext. 85126 or Carrie Robertson (301) 513- 5700 ext.85118.

Ms. Warehime, School Counselor

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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 in CMIT-South
Saturdays at 12:00pm-1:15 pm

10 Weeks, Total Cost $250
Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Dec 5, Dec 12, Dec 19, Jan 9, Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30

To register, fill out form and make payment online.

Link: http://www.clfadvancedstudies.org/#!archery/cwlt

CLF Advanced Studies

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FAQs

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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