5th-Grade Still in Instructional Mode!

Parents, Please continue to encourage your scholar to come to school in full uniform, rested, and ready for learning because instruction is happening each day until the last day of school (June 13th – Half Day). The following pictures are of students engaging in small group activities in both Math and Science.

In Math, students are learning the following TOPICS: Integers, Ratios, Rates, Percentage, Mean, Average, Median, Mode, Range, Coordinate Plane, Area of Parallelograms, and functions; while reviewing prior lessons as they Step-Up to 6th-Grade.

In Science, students are learning about Watersheds and how human activities impact streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. This is in prep for their upcoming (May 30-31, 2017) Environmental education trip to Camp Schmidt.  Thanks, Ms. Cooper.

Camp Schmidt’s Packing List

5th-Grade is preparing for our May 30-31, 2017 overnight, field trip, to Camp Schmidt! Please be mindful of the recommended items that students can bring as well as items that are NOT allowed. The permission slip, medical form, a T-shirt order form, and a copy of this packing list will be coming home shortly. This information is also available on ClassDojo and in this week’s newsletter. Thanks — Ms. Cooper.

We Appreciate Our Moms

I take this time to say a special ‘Thank You’ to all our moms who took time off from their busy schedule to visit us this past Monday, May 15.

Mrs. Watkis’ class hosted a panel discussion with mothers-Mrs. Boyd, Mrs. Mosley, and Mrs. Wray. Our scholars were very articulate and asked meaningful questions. It was a great learning experience.

Mrs. L. Watkis-Reading/Social Studies

May 12th Outdoor Education Field Trip


5th grade will NOT be going on the tentative field trip to the Air & Space Museum.

However, we are STILL going to “Six Flags” on May 12th (next Friday). Chaperones, I will send you a confirmation email shortly. The cost per person is $55 without a season pass and $25 with one. It will include lunch. The permission slip is coming soon! Until then, please email any questions to me.

Thank you,

Ms. Cooper

Test Taking Tips for Scholars

-Skim the whole test before you begin to determine how many questions there are on each section. Then budget your time accordingly so that you have enough time on the questions that might require more time to complete. You may choose to do or not to do this.

  • Listen closely to the teacher’s instructions.
  • Read any written instructions very carefully. Never assume that you know what they say.
  • Answer every question. Unless there is a penalty for wrong answers, it can’t hurt to guess.
  • Identify key words and highlight or write them down them. This will help you focus on the most important aspects of the question.
  • Rephrase difficult questions. It may help you to understand a question if you rewrite it in your own words, but be careful not to change the meaning of the question.
  • Use all of the time that you are given. If you finish early, use that time to go over your answers.
  • Read each question carefully. Many wrong responses occur because students fail to read the entire question. Often, wrong responses are written with that in mind.
  • Try to come up with the answer on your own before reading the possible answers. Then check to see if your response is among the possible answers.
  • Eliminate any answers that you know are wrong.
  • Read all choices before choosing your final answer.
  • Don’t change your initial answer unless you have a very good reason. Studies suggest that most of the time, your first choice is correct.
  • Don’t get stuck on one question. Skip the question, mark it with an “X,” and come back to it later. Be sure to leave that line un-bubbled on your answer sheet until you come back to it.
  • Adjust the font if your eyes get tired.
  • Keep a positive attitude throughout the whole test, and try to stay calm. If you start to feel nervous, take a few deep breaths to relax.
  • Please do the following:-
    • Make sure your children have eaten well on test days. Studies suggest that good nutrition is related to improved attention and concentration.
    • Help your children by encouraging a good night’s rest before exams. Children who are tired will have difficulty focusing on their work.
    • Make the morning of test days pleasant. Stress will impair

    your children’s ability to perform their best.

    • Remind your children to dress comfortably, perhaps in layers, so that they are able to adjust to the temperature in the room.

    • Ensure that your children make it to school on-time so that they do not miss any instructions and are allowed ample time to settle in and relax before the test begins.

    Copied from scholastic

  • Thanks for your continued support and dedication-Watkis, L

CMIT North PTO needs you for the 2017-2018 School Year!


CMIT North PTO is an organization of parents and teachers/staff who helps in building a better educational environment for our children. In order for the PTO to be successful, it is essential to have parental involvement. We will be holding our CMIT North PTO Board elections for the upcoming 2017/2018 school year soon.

We currently have several openings that need filling. If you are interested in running for a board position or have questions, please contact the CMIT-North PTO at information@cmitnorthpto.org

There are endless possibilities in the ways you can help! Whether you have 30 minutes or a couple of hours; your ideas, your time, and your talents are truly needed! Please consider volunteering – It really does make a difference in the lives of our children.

On behalf of CMIT-North PTO – Ms. Cooper

STEM Challenge Program in Aberdeen, MD

Summer program sponsored by the U.S. Army Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA.)

Deadline for application is April 8, 2017.


The Joint Science and Technology Institute for Middle School Students (JSTI-MS) will select current 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students from the United States for a one-week, residential STEM challenge program in Aberdeen, Maryland. The purpose of the program is to expose students to STEM challenges through hands-on projects and to increase students’ interest and awareness of career opportunities in related fields. Transportation and other expenses will be covered by the program. Students must attend school in the United States.

To be eligible, middle school students should be U.S. citizens, age 11 by July 1, 2017, and plan to be enrolled in middle school next year in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades.  The program dates are July 30 – August 4, 2017.  All expenses are paid for the students, including travel to and from the program location in Aberdeen, MD.

All students are encouraged to participate, regardless of GPA.  A diverse group of students will be selected.

If you need additional information, please contact Ms. Marie Westfall (information below).

Thank you for helping to promote this program.

Marie Westfall

Section Manager

Scientific Assessment and Workforce Development


865-576-3425 (office)

865-235-9691 (cell)

865-576-1609 (fax)

Marie.Westfall@orau.org (e-mail)

http://www.orau.org/default.aspx (website)

Thanks — Ms. Cooper

Upcoming Field Trips

Outdoor Education, Six Flags America: May 12 (Cost Pending)

– Air & Space Museum: May 22 (Tentative)
– Overnight trip to Camp Schmidt: May 30-31 (Cost – Free)

    Please contact Ms. Cooper if you’re able to chaperone. Thank you!

Today’s Field Trip To NWHS

Students enjoyed the performances at NorthWestern High School. They danced and sung along with top hits of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. We thank our acting principal, Ms. Riley, for recommending the performance & Mrs. McCain (4th grade teacher) for coordinating today’s field trip.