A Message from Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation (CLF)
On behalf of the Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation (CLF), we hope this message reaches you and your family in safety and good health. As the operator for our brand of CMIT Academy Charter Schools and Chesapeake Science Point (CSP) Charter School, it is our sincere pleasure to wish everyone a Happy Teacher Appreciation Week of May 4-8, Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday May 10, and express a big thank you to our Principals as we acknowledge Principals Day, last week.
Foremost, we are all extremely pleased to see the return of two of our CLF schools, CMIT North High and CSP, to the top rankings in the State of Maryland. Both are, for the 2nd consecutive year, among the Best High Schools Nationwide for 2020 by US News and World Report (April 2020). CSP and CMIT North are ranked as the #1 and #2 Public Charter High Schools in the State of Maryland; congratulations to each and every member of CSP in AACPS and CMIT North Academy in PGCPS for their continued growth, progress, and success.
We are patient with the uncontrollables of life, as Covid-19 is teaching us. Each contributing member adds confidence in our mission, vision, and required teamwork. We have over 10,000 members in support of the work we are doing in our communities. Students-Teachers-Parents: we will not only get through this, together, I see us setting examples and paving the way. Together, we are all going through unprecedented times due to the global and national COVID-19 pandemic; CLF is closely working with our county partners, following updates from our respective government officials, and on our end, we have sanitized all our facilities. This includes the areas that are considered high-touch surfaces and our cleaning companies are contracted to maintain the sanitization of our facilities, regularly, as staff and students’ return to our schools and offices.
Until then, we are pleased to share every one of our eight CLF school programs across six academies in the State of Maryland completed their transition to distance education. We are happy to observe that all of our approximately 3,500 students, under the guidance and leadership of their school administrators and teaching staff, are excited to put their best effort towards education without interruption. As we follow the most recent developments, we’ve initiated a re-evaluation of our technology infrastructure and the inventory of our technology devices to ensure our students will always have updated technology. Diligently, our school administrators worked with our school communities to make sure all students have access to the required technology for online education. It remains CLF’s commitment to work with our school teams closely to make sure our schools will have all the necessary supplies. Our constant goal is to ensure staff can focus on instruction with highest efficiency.
Stay connected with us, especially during these digital times. There is opportunity here to do more and do great things, albeit, differently than life before the pandemic. Folks, we are all affected by Covid-19. Let’s all use this as an opportunity to strengthen our connections in our community. For example, whether you have a senior or not, let’s all celebrate our Classes of 2020 and do our part to promote positive progress, great or small, as each is worth the smile and share!
In closing, each of us is a STEM/STEAM trailblazer and a part of the Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation (CLF). Together, our CMIT Academy Schools and CSP Charter School will maximize our efforts in service and support of our communities. We will ensure delivery of the highest possible educational standards. Remember, while our physical doors wait to reopen, our digital doors remain available and accessible to you 24/7. Thank you for being a part of CLF schools family. We are with you. Please stay informed, stay healthy, and continue to excel no matter whether we are in class or online. These are our future innovators we are educating today.
Hakki Karaman, Chief Executive Officer
Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation (CLF)
2019 Charter School Performance in Maryland
MAPCS F.A.Q on House Bill 156/Senate Bill 172
Understanding Maryland’s Charter Schools
An Analysis of the Kirwan Commission Recommendations
“Kirwan” Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education Testimony
Recommendations for the Kirwan Commissions Final Report
Creating Choice & Inspiring Innovation
Introduction to Strong Schools Maryland
Maryland Commission on Innovation & Excellence in Education: Preliminary Report