CMIT North Middle School Newsletter

Week of November 20, 2022

CMIT's Mission

In partnership with students, parents and the community, CMIT will attain educational excellence by providing a rigorous and technology-integrated education for middle and high school students with an emphasis on mathematics, science, and information technologies.

Administrative Announcements

Important Dates

11/21 & 11/22: 2-hour Early Dismissal

11/23 - 11/25: Thanksgiving Break

11/28 - 12/2 1st Quarter Grade Appeal Window

11/30: PSAT 8th Grade Assessment

12/8: Picture Day

12/16: 2nd Quarter Progress Reports

12/23 - 1/2: Winter Break

Mr. Pinkney is October Teacher of the Month!!

The students have spoken! The October Teacher of the Month are in and Mr. Pinkney has been selected by the student body to be CMIT North Middle School's October Teacher of the Month.

We are lucky to have Mr. Pinkney. Here are a few comments left by students:

"Mr. Pinkney makes learning science fun while I can understand everything we are talking about. He also helps work seem less stressful."

"Mr. Pinkney's teaching is excellent, just perfect down to its core. He deserves Teacher of the Month."

"He helps me in difficult situations, is always there for me, trustworthy, and teaches well."

"Mr. Pinkney is always with a smile on his face, he makes us laugh each and every day, he ensures we are okay in and out of school, and he teaches in a fun way."

Introducing Ms. Kaci Sutton

Hello everyone. My name is Kaci Sutton. I am the new Mental Health Clinician here at CMIT Middle School. I am replacing Ms. Jones who was the previous Mental Health Clinician. I have heard nothing but great things from our students about Ms. Jones. I am hoping to continue her legacy by helping our students in the best way I can. My primary goal is to create a safe space for each student. Over time I am hoping that I will be able to establish a rapport with each student that needs my guidance.

A little about me… I was born in Virginia Beach, VA, and raised in Northern Virginia since age 9. I attended the University of Mary Washington for my undergraduate degree where I majored in English with a concentration in Creative Writing: Poetry. I chose English because I love to read and write. After college, I joined the ARMY. I am now a veteran. After the ARMY, I attended Howard University for my graduate degree in Social Work. My concentration was on Children and Family Services. Not only do I hold a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree, but I also have my LMSW (Licensed Masters Social Worker) in Maryland. I am working on obtaining my LGSW (Licensed Graduate Social Worker) in Washington D.C.

Since obtaining my MSW I have tried different career paths. In my first job post-graduation, I worked for a non-profit organization called Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas in Maryland as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselor (PRP Counselor). As a PRP counselor, I met with clients 6 times a month to help clients with daily living activities, ensuring they have benefits, such as food stamps, Medicaid, SSI, etc. After being a PRP Counselor, I decided to try a different career. I worked for an organization called SMYAL as a Clinical Case Manager at a Youth House for LGBTQ Youth ages 18-24 at a Transitional Housing Program that housed homeless LGBTQ Youth for 18-24 months. During my time at SMYAL, I had the pleasure of getting to know the youth, and working on goals so that when they graduated from the SMYAL program they were no longer homeless. I enjoyed this job; however, I decided to follow my passion, which is working with children.

Since I was a young girl I have always wanted to work with children. I also have experience working with children with special needs, low-income, and LGBTQ. My parents raised me to empower myself and others, regardless of their backgrounds. My goal when I become a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) is to open a private practice for children. I believe my current position at CMIT Middle School will give me the tools and experience to obtain this goal.

I am extremely excited to work with the children, staff, and parents. My goal is to empower all children, staff, and parents by empowering the children here to be the best versions of themselves and use a solution-oriented approach along with active listening. I want each individual at CMIT Middle School to know that their voice matters and that they deserve to be heard. I look forward to meeting everyone. Please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Uniform Policy Reminder

Parents/Guardians Please be aware that per CMIT Uniform Policy handbags, fanny packs, purses, and mini backpacks are not permissible and must be kept in a locker. Any bag larger than a pencil case is not allowed and should be strapless. Students needing to carry personal items should leave those items in their lockers where they can be accessed when needed. Please review the CMIT Uniform Policy for further clarification. Carried bags larger than a pencil case will be confiscated when seen. These items may be held until a parent can come to the school if multiple violations occur.

CMIT's Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is almost getting full. We have a collection of notebooks, composition books, water bottles, purses, pouches, sweaters, jackets and more. If you are missing any items, please be sure to stop by the Lost and found, located in the cafeteria, to see if they have been placed there.

Charter School Lottery Open Nov 1 - Feb 10

The PGCPS lottery for specialty programs and charter schools is now open until February 10th. Siblings receive preference BUT must still apply to the lottery.

Siblings already at CMIT North Elementary do not need to apply. They will automatically move to CMIT North Middle School after they complete 5th grade.

Sibling Preference Information

Current Activities

Fall Donations

The holiday season is upon us! There are many families in need of help during these trying times. Please consider donating any nonperishable goods (canned goods and boxed food) that you can spare. We will be donating all goods to LARS (Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services). Donation examples are Cereal, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Fruit cups or cans, Soup, Chef Boyardee, Ramen Noodles, Mac & Cheese, Meat (canned tuna or chicken), Pasta and Pasta Sauce, Rice, Chili, Beans, Hot Cocoa, Canned Vegetables, ETC. We will begin collecting donations on Monday, NOVEMBER 14, and continue until Monday, NOVEMBER 21. Students can bring donations in and drop them into the donation bin at the front office. We appreciate you for helping with this initiative! To learn more about who LARS is and who they service please visit their site. Should you have any questions, please email me at

Jasmine Upshaw NJHS Advisor


STEM Shout Outs: Mr. Scott and Mr. Provance

The CMIT STEM Team is proud to recognize our Tech Teachers Mr. Scott and Mr. Provance this week. Mr. Provance, from the beginning of this year when he joined the CMIT Team, has been instrumental in making sure we have a solid selection of clubs and activities to choose from. He has used his talents and experiences to offer students opportunities in robotics, AV Club, and Future Pilots after school. He is not only a veteran teacher but also has found time and energy to share more of his abilities with the students and enhance student learning. Thanks, Mr. Provance for your hard work, we are grateful! Mr. Scott joined us in October and has hit the ground running with his technology class. A veteran in the field of Information Technology, Mr. Scott has shown true talent and care for teaching in only one month. His classes are focused, on task, and respectful any time you enter the room and he is currently engaging the students in the real-world activities of spreadsheets and budgeting. If you have an 8th-grade scholar, make sure to ask to see their self-created budget from Mr. Scott's class.

Justin Field, STEM Coordinator

STEM Night

CMIT will be hosting our first STEM Night on Wednesday, December 7th. But, before we set the time, we'd like to hear from YOU. STEM Night will be a time to learn what STEM is, meet CMIT's STEM team face to face, and engage in STEM activities the way your scholars do in their classes and clubs. We will also be having dinner served courtesy of our Parent-Teacher Organization! If you haven't joined yet, please consider doing so. Please fill out the STEM Night RSVP form below to let us know you will be there and the time you'd prefer. STEM Night RSVP Form: