CMIT North Middle School Newsletter
Week of November 27, 2022
Week of January 15, 2023
1/16: MLK Jr Day - Schools and Offices Closed
1/24: End of Second Quarter
1/25: Asynchronous Learning Day - Schools Closed for Students
1/27: Metal Health Awareness Day (Wear Green)
1/28: CMITs 12th Annual STEM Fair
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CMIT Tardy Policy
There is a strong correlation between students attending class on time, academic achievement, and behavior concerns in middle school. The Tardy Policy is designed to provide an incentive for students to arrive to each class on time in order to earn a Casual Day. Casual Days are awarded on the first Friday of each month based on the prior month's Tardy Report; unless otherwise announced by the administration.
Students begin each month with no tardies.
*Students with a suspension are also ineligible to participate in an upcoming Casual Day.
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.
Cell Phones and Air Pods
Electronic devices are causing increased distractions in the classrooms and to students' ability to learn. For this reason, CMIT has implemented a strict No Cell Phone policy during the instructional day. Cell phones must be stowed in the student locker.
This policy is now extended to bluetooth enabled headphones, such as Air Pods. Students have been found to be using bluetooth headphones to connect to devices stowed or concealed in classrooms. In some cases they connect to a friend's phone.
Headphones must be wired and only used at the discretion of the teacher. All wireless headphones will be confiscated in accordance with CMITs Electronic Device Policy.
If you are having concerns about your child. The staff at District Heights Family and Youth Services Bureau (DHYSB) would like to help by providing a space where you can discuss concerns and resources to help you. Please click on the file below for more information: Parent Space
Mr. Johnson, Professional School Counselor
Reopened Application for Academy of Health Sciences: Teacher Preparation
The application window for The Academy of Health Sciences: Teacher Preparation Program has been reopened until January 17, 2023.
Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) and Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) opened the Academy of Health Sciences @ Prince George’s Community College, the first Early/Middle College High School in the State of Maryland, in July 2011. The four-year program blends high school and college work through the use of dual enrollment credits. At the completion of the program, students meet all requirements for a high school diploma and an associate degree at no cost to families.
Our First Art Installation: The Giant Gingerbread House
This happened by accident. It happened right in front of my eyes. I had been brainstorming different ideas for an art installation that the students could create for the school; then I looked up and saw our Giant Gingerbread House and realized we had been working on an art installation for a month.
What started as a box that hauled our new ceramics kiln, became a physical representation of us. We received our kiln in a 4’x4’x4’ cardboard box that I asked to keep for repurposing reasons, of course. Because it’s a box. Who wouldn’t keep a box like that? The scholars even echoed my sentiments.
When I saw that box, I saw a house. The top and bottom lid fit on like a shoebox top. We hooked the lids together with zip ties to make a 90* angle and sat it upon the body of the box like a modular home roof. It was clear we needed windows and a door. Doors and windows were cut with cardboard saws. Now it was a house.
We needed rules if we had a door, we needed boundaries. Students could only go in the house if they worked on it, or decorated it, and only one student was allowed in the house at a time. I was amazed that all of the students respected the house and its boundaries, it was still just “trash” after all.
With boundaries in place, we needed an aesthetic goal. We decided on a giant gingerbread house. The Giant Gingerbread House still needed to represent all of us. “What makes us happy or brings us joy this time of year?” became our aesthetic/theme. This could be a holiday, could be colors, could be snow; Pokémon is even celebrated with a drawing of Delibird welcoming people on the front. Everyone’s joy is celebrated with paint, string, stickers, glue markers, paper, etc. The more we decorated our house, the more it became weathered and started to collapse.
The next question I have for the students…what should we do structurally to avoid our last fate? Or should we make a new sculpture out of the cardboard?
Ms. Knox, Art Teacher
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