PGCPS Coronavirus Resources for CMIT Families

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PGCPS Coronavirus Resources for CMIT Families

Continuity of Learning 

March 2020 Enrichment Packets

Community Message



PGCPS Fall 2020 Reopening Plan Summary (NEW)


Prince George’s Announces School Schedules, Plan For Fall Classes (NEW)


A message from Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation (CLF)


Dear Parent or Guardian,

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)


CMIT Academy North High School Update

Dear Parents and Guardians,
State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Karen Salmon, announced that all Maryland public schools will now be closed until Friday, May 15. CMIT North High School is continuing distance learning. It has been largely successful in spite of a few complexities and a steep learning curve. Thank you for supporting your students and teachers during this transitional time! As educators and parents, we must support continuous learning no matter what form it takes. CMIT North High School’s expectation is that our students will remain engaged academically and sharpen their learning skills. Thank you for helping educators set the same expectations at home as at school. We are all in this together. Please encourage students to reach out to their teachers with questions or concerns so that we can support them during this time. I am fully aware of how hard all of this has been on CMIT North High School seniors. Please remember graduation ceremonies are postponed, but not canceled at this point. We are waiting for updates from the district to create recognition for our Class of 2020. During this time, the team is discussing possible alternatives to provide the best experience for our Class of 2020 as they close their senior year. Lastly, we are organizing a virtual spirit week which you will learn more about in the newsletter. We will stick together even when we are physically apart! Stay Healthy and Safe!
Gonul Ozturk, M.Ed Principal



Maryland schools closed until May 15; distance learning, meals program to continue


Dear Prince George’s County Public Schools Community:

Today, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will be closed until Friday, May 15.

Over the last several weeks, COVID-19 cases have continued to climb statewide with the largest number right here in Prince George’s County. In that light, the decision to extend the statewide school closures is understandable.

While there is no replacement for learning inside a classroom setting, we will do our best to keep our students moving forward and focused on the learning process. Teachers and staff will continue to implement our distance program. Instructional packets are available for download on the PGCPS website or pick up in limited quantities at our school meal sites. Lessons for prekindergarten through fifth grade students are also available on PGCPS-TV. Our meals program will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays.

I know that you have many questions about next steps. Please join me for a series of telephone town halls starting next week:

  • Tuesday, April 21 — Students (held with Student Member of the Board Joshua Omolola)
  • Thursday, April 23 — Employees
  • Wednesday, April 29 — Family and community

All town halls will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We will provide dial-in information for the town halls closer to the events.

This has been an incredibly challenging time for our entire PGCPS community. Please continue to keep all victims of COVID-19 in your prayers. Remember those who have experienced losses among their families, loved ones and school communities. I am beyond grateful for your patience and resilience in the face of unimaginable circumstances. We began this year PGCPS proud and we will continue this year PGCPS strong, even from a distance.


Monica Goldson, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer


Message from State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Karen Salmon (4/17/2020)

On Friday, April 17, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Karen Salmon announced that all Maryland public schools will be closed until Friday, May 15. Distance learning will continue. A letter from CEO Dr. Monica Goldson is forthcoming with more information.

El viernes, 17 de abril, la superintendente de educación del estado, la Dra. Karen Salmon, anunció que todas las escuelas públicas de Maryland permanecerán cerradas hasta el viernes, 15 de mayo. Se continuará la enseñanza a distancia. Próximamente se enviará una carta de la Dra. Monica Goldson, directora ejecutiva, con más información.

Le vendredi 17 avril, la Surintendante de l’éducation, Dr Karen Salmon, a annoncé que toutes les écoles publiques du Maryland seront fermées jusqu’au vendredi 15 mai. L’enseignement à distance se poursuivra. Une lettre de la Directrice exécutive, Dr Monica Goldson, suivra avec plus d’informations.

Message from PGCPS: COVID-19 Update for April 14, 2020

Tuesday, April 14

Distance learning
PGCPS learning at home started today! In addition to instruction via Google Classrooms, families can:

  • Tune in to PreK-5 lessons on PGCPS-TV (channels 96 Comcast and 38 Verizon).
  • Access drive-up wifi at select schools.
  • View enrichment packets online and pick up at meal distribution sites. New lessons for grades 6-12 and students with disabilities will be updated both online and available for pick up on Monday, April 20.
  • Pick up student meals twice a week.

Internet access
PGCPS will cover the monthly cost of Internet Essentials from Comcast through the end of the school year for families eligible for public assistance, such as the free and reduced-price meals program, Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. To apply, please visit or call 1-855-846-8376 by April 30. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

Please note that all PGCPS-owned Chromebooks distributed to students are considered to be on loan from the school system. The Chromebooks only work on the PGCPS network and they must be returned to PGCPS in good condition.

Grade appeals
Parents and guardians may appeal third quarter grades until April 30.

ASUNTO: Actualizaciones de la COVID-19

Martes, 14 de abril

Aprendizaje a distancia
¡El aprendizaje en el hogar de PGCPS comenzó hoy! Además de participar en la instrucción por salones virtuales de Google, las familias pueden:

  • Escuchar lecciones para estudiantes del prekínder al 5.˚ grado en PGCPS-TV (canales 96 en Comcast y 38 en Verizon).
  • Acceso al wifi desde el auto en selectas escuelas.
  • Leer paquetes de enriquecimiento en internet y recogerlos en los sitios de entrega de comidas. Las nuevas lecciones para 6.° al 12.° grado y los estudiantes con discapacidades se actualizarán el lunes, 20 de abril.
  • Recoger comidas estudiantiles dos veces por semana.

Acceso de internet
PGCPS pagará el costo mensual de Internet Essentials de Comcast hasta el fin del año escolar para las familias que cumplen los requisitos de asistencia pública, tales como el programa de comidas gratuitas y a precio reducido, Medicaid y el Programa de Asistencia de Nutrición Suplementaria. Para llenar una solicitud visite, o llame al 1-855-846-8376 antes del 30 de abril. El horario de atención es de 8 a. m. hasta la medianoche, siete días a la semana.

Tenga en cuenta que todos los Chromebooks que son propiedad de PGCPS y distribuidos a los estudiantes se consideran un préstamo del sistema escolar. Los Chromebooks solamente funcionan dentro de la red de PGCPS y se deben devolver a PGCPS en buenas condiciones al final del año escolar.

Apelaciones de calificaciones
Los padres y tutores pueden apelar las calificaciones del tercer trimestre hasta el 30 de abril.


SUBJECT: Mises à jour relatives au COVID-19

Mardi 14 avril

Enseignement à distance
L’enseignement à domicile de PGCPS a commencé aujourd’hui ! En plus de l’enseignement via Google Classrooms, les familles peuvent :

  • Regarder les leçons de la prématernelle à la 5e année sur PGCPS-TV (Canal 96 Comcast et 38 Verizon).
  • Accéder au wifi au volant de leur voiture dans certaines écoles.
  • Consulter les paquets d’enrichissement en ligne et les récupérer sur les sites de distribution de repas. Les nouvelles leçons pour les élèves de la 6e à la 12e année et les élèves handicapés seront mises à jour le lundi 20 avril.
  • Récupérer les repas des élèves deux fois par semaine.

Accès à l’internet
PGCPS couvrira le coût mensuel des services Internet essentiels de Comcast jusqu’à la fin de l’année scolaire pour les familles éligibles à l’aide publique, telle que le programme des repas gratuits et à prix réduit, Medicaid et le programme d’assistance nutritionnelle supplémentaire. Pour faire une demande, veuillez consulter le site ou appeler le 1-855-846-8376 avant le 30 avril. Les heures d’ouverture sont de 8 h à minuit, sept jours sur sept.

Veuillez noter que tous les ordinateurs Chromebooks appartenant à PGCPS et distribués aux élèves sont considérés comme étant prêtés par le système scolaire. Les Chromebooks ne fonctionnent que sur le réseau PGCPS et doivent être rendus à PGCPS en bon état à la fin de l’année scolaire.

Appel de notes
Jusqu’au 30 avril, les parents et tuteurs peuvent faire appel pour les notes du troisième trimestre.



Announcement 2020-2021 Enrollment/Admissions Process for CMIT Charter Schools in PGCPS (4/8/2020)

Dear potential CMIT Families/our Parents/Guardians of PGCPS,
We have recently been informed that the PGCPS enrollment process for all charter schools is currently paused and remains on-hold pending PGCPS’ school staff going back to work (due to the staff member’s in-person process requirements). Our CLF team will continue working with our district partners to closely monitor developments during these unprecedented times and share any new information with you.
The deadline to accept placements in the Public Charter School date has been extended to April 24.  Please keep watching updates from PGCPS or from our CMIT Schools’ websites regarding continuation of enrollment process.
Thank you for your interest in our CMIT charter schools. We are excited at the opportunity to maximize your child’s potential. Know that CMIT schools are committed to hard work that reflects and expects high standards in STEAM education.


Yilmaz Ak, Ed.S.
Chief Academic Officer
Chesapeake Lighthouse Foundation
6151 Chevy Chase Dr.
Laurel, MD 20707
Tel.: (301)776-2300

CMIT Academy North High School Update

“All schools will remain closed until APRIL 24, 2020. Monday, March 30 will remain the end of the third quarter. Please communicate with your teachers if your student has any missing work to submit. CMIT North High School will continue providing online work to our students to continue learning. I believe teachers and students are doing their best to continue learning activities during this state-wide school closure. I started collecting participating data from our teachers and I’m proud to see that we have very high participation rates, especially with 9th and 11th grades. I appreciate all of our AP and honors classes with 90-100% participation! Please email if you have any technology problem with the student Chromebooks or any internet problem at home. Your support and communication will help us to identify problems and provide possible solutions. We received information from PGCPS that the fourth quarter will begin Tuesday, April 14, and students will earn either a Pass or Incomplete grade at the conclusion of the quarter. Final grades will include a letter grade from the first three quarters and an explanation included on all transcripts that fourth-quarter grades were earned remotely. Also, for spring break, all schools and offices will be closed on Thursday, April 9; Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13. There will be no online instruction for students from Monday, April 6 through Monday, April 13. Online instruction will continue Tuesday, April 14. All state exams are cancelled and AP exams will be online. CMIT North High School AP teachers will continue providing materials to study and guidance to prepare our students for these exams. Graduation and proms are postponed, and we are waiting for updates from the state and PGCPS. Please stay safe, healthy, and keep practicing social distancing to protect our community’s health!”
Principal Ozturk

CMIT Academy North HS


WUSA9 News Story: Parents and students say Maryland’s extended school closure is ‘no surprise’ (3/25/2020)