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 Greetings Samuel P. Massie Academy Family,

I believe that January was an exceptional month for us celebrating the birthday of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s essential for us to remember how far America has come. Personally, I re-read two of Dr. King’s speeches, I See the Promised Land and I Have a Dream. Some quotes from Dr. King are relevant today. “We’ve got to stay together and maintain unity. Let us rise up with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. Continue to work with the faith that unearned, Let Freedom Ring!”
We will host our Night of the Arts on Thursday, February 22nd. Engaging and interactive information will be shared regarding Creative Arts. A Black History Program will occur on Wednesday, February 28th.
We have also paid for iReady which is a research based online program to help the children practice problems which are directly aligned with the Common Core Standards. Each child at our school has been given their personalized password to access iReady,, and MyOn. Students in grades 6-8 can access Khan Academy which will assist in PARCC preparation. Please encourage your children to use these resources.
The second quarter ended on Friday, January 26th. Reports cards will be distributed on Thursday, February 8th.
All stakeholders are vital to our school community. Through active participation and teamwork, we will continue to work together to guarantee student success.
Please look for flyers and information on our school website regarding school activities planned for the month of February.

Yours in education,
Mrs. Michelle H. Pegram

Thought: “Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand!”

                                                                                                Yours in education,

                                                                                                Mrs. Michelle H. Pegram



Thought: Life is an attitude. Have a good one.

                  (Eric Lungard)












Nashiydah Anderson, Assistant Principal 

Our next FIRST FRIDAY parent workshop will be held on Friday, February 2nd from 8:30 - 10:00 AM. During this workshop, parents will learn about “Understanding the New Math” and Common Core Mathematics Standards. The Title I MAC van will also be here and parents will be able to select a FREE book to take home for their child. After the workshop, parents will be able to visit their child’s classroom .

Remember to RSVP to Ms. N. Anderson, Assistant Principal, by Tuesday, January 30th and come out for this WONDERFUL event! 

Sharon Hill, Assistant Principal 





Guidance Department    

Prince George’s County Public Schools’ strategic plan promotes academic achievement for all students.   In order for our students to learn, we recognize that safe and supportive environments must exist.   While many strategies are implemented daily to ensure our students’ safety, we acknowledge the value of providing educational opportunities for our students to learn “personal safety”.  Through classroom counseling lessons, your professional school counselor can assist your child in learning:

  • Differences between appropriate and inappropriate physical contact
  • Personal body safety rules and when to use them
  • How to identify trusted adults to whom they can report when they feel unsafe

In accordance to the PGCPS Board of Education Policy #0126, all schools are required to present personal safety lessons to our students.  Implementing an effective curriculum on personal safety for children can raise   our students’ awareness of abuse, increase disclosure when abuse has occurred and serve as a preventative measure in the future.  

This letter is to inform you that your child’s school counselor will begin implementing age-appropriate personal safety lessons with students during the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year, starting January 2018.   Parents/Guardians are more than welcome to preview the lesson prior to its implementation during the week of January 1, 2018.  

In doing so, you can re-enforce these tools for personal safety with your child. We will lead the way to stop the cycle of child abuse in Prince George’s County. 

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s professional school counselors, Ms. Anderson or Ms. Cunningham at 301-669-1120.



 Carolyn Cunningham

 Cheryl Anderson   



Pre K and Head Start    



Greetings Families!

This Fabulous February Pre-K will begin Theme 6: I Build! I Create! where we will be learning all about construction, making, creating and building things! Please be on the lookout for a list of materials that we can use in our classrooms for this theme. We are also looking for any volunteers to come in and talk to us about the world of building and constructing. Please make sure your child comes to school on time everyday.

Friday, February 2- First Friday, Class Pictures
Wednesday, February 14- Friendship Festival
Thursday, February 15- Random Acts of Kindness Day
Monday, February 19- President’s Day

Please remember to label your child’s clothing and if you are missing
anything stop by to see if it’s there!
Thank you for all you do!



 Kristie Evans

Catherine Myers   




Hello families!
We are learning so many new and exciting things in Kindergarten. In Reading Language Arts, we have been reading stories about the people and places in our neighborhood. In Math, we are reviewing addition and subtraction. In Science, we are learning more about what living things need for survival. In Social Studies, we are learning about our traditions and cultures. FYI: On February 2, 2018, we are scheduled to go to Port Discovery Children's Museum in Baltimore, MD. The cost per person is $20. We will need chaperones. Please contact your child's teacher for more information. In closing, as we prepare for African American History month, you and your child should be working together to create your African American Inventor project. We want 100% participation. Don't wait till the last minute. Thanks for everything that you do for your child's education.

The Kindergarten team
Ms. Mackall, Ms. A. Johnson & Dr. Smith

Patricia Mackal 

Ms. A. Johnson

 Dr. Andrea Smith



First Grade   

Dear Parents / Guardians,

In the month of January, our First graders learned how to build background in a story by being able to monitor/clarify what is happening in the story. The students were also able to build background in a story by understanding story sequencing. The students began learning long vowel sounds and about our Earth (the land, water, and air). They also continued learning about place value and working with two-digit numbers. Please continue to review these skills with your student.

As we prepare for end of the year activities and field trips, please be reminded that students must complete their homework, classwork and behave properly in order to attend field trips and other extracurricular activities. It is also important to note that students must wear their uniforms on all trips unless specified. Our next upcoming field trip we will be going to Port Discovery in Baltimore, Maryland on February 27, 2018. All money and permission slips are due by February 22, 2018. The cost is $20 for students and chaperones.

Since the beginning of the year, most of the students have tremendously improved. The 1st grade team is honored to celebrate these students’ accomplishments during our 2nd quarter awards assembly. A notice will be sent home which will have more details on the date and time of our next Awards Assembly. We are looking forward to seeing the progress the students will make during the remainder of the year.

Please replenish your child’s school supplies. Many students need new glue sticks, scissors, pencils, crayons, journals, etc. Check with your child to see if they need to replenish their supplies.

In the upcoming month the students will be working on the following:
In Reading, our students will:
 Learn long vowel sounds
 Learn vowel pairs

In Math our students will:
 Count with Groups of 10
 Learn number patterns
 Add using 3 addends

In Science our students will:
 Learn about the different stages of Matter (solids, liquids, and gasses)
 Learn about how things move and how sound is made

In Social Studies students will learn about:
 Black History Month
 Our Earth, Our Resources


Amelianita Jugasan  

Kim Johnson  

Patricia Mackall  



Second Grade   

The school year is moving rapidly along. We are now in the second semester. There are only five more months left in the school year.

We are wrapping up in Unit 3 Live and Learn. In this unit we will continue to study the author’s purpose, sequence-plot, main idea , details, and understanding the usage of text features. In Unit 4 Our Lives Our World please continue to review the skills from the last unit:

• Authors Purpose and Main Idea and Details
• Cause and Effect (Expository)
• Personal Narrative
• Prefixes
• Vowel sounds short and long
• Verbs and verb tenses
Please continue studying for weekly spelling test and review at home daily. Reading is very important. The Developmental Reading Assessment is over for winter assessment. Student should demonstrate reading on grade level or above. We will test one more time in May for the final assessment. Please continue to read daily and use I-Ready at home to build reading and math skills.


This month, we will be focusing on using strategies to help us know when to add or subtract to find measurements. We will also be reviewing addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers with and without regrouping. To do these, they will be selecting and using appropriate tools or materials such as inch rulers, yardsticks, and measuring tapes, base 10 blocks and the hundreds charts. We will be using measurement units and tools such as centimeters, meters, inches, and yards.

To get extra help with Reading and Math, please encourage them to visit the following websites: Use the school website and students’ portal to access I-Ready

Social Studies

During the month of February, we will be learning in Chapter: “The World Around Us”. This chapter consists of eight(8) lessons. These lessons include map skills, Our Earth, landforms and water bodies, weather and climate, our environment. We will also show how technology has helped in transportation and communicating ideas. This chapter is tied into our theme: Understanding Earth and Space for Project Base Learning.


We will continue work on Earth’s and Weather, Season and Space Science. In this chapter, we will be learning about the different kinds of bad weather, the effects of the weather on the seasons, and charting/graphing our favorites seasons. We will also learn about the different states and properties of matter.

Health: Chapter Staying Safe:
Staying Safe Around Water
Staying Safe Around Animals
Staying Safe at School
Staying Safe on Wheels

Upcoming Important Dates:
• Second Quarter Report Cards February 8th
• School will be open on February 9th This is now a snow make- up day
• February 19 th School Closed


Richard Brown  

Kim Johnson  

Walter Cabutaje  


Third Grade   


Vincent Douglas 


Shadonne Moses 


Tenisha Bryant  





Fourth Grade       


Heather Dohler

Robert Henderson

Fifth Grade


Greetings 5th grade parents! 

On behalf of the 5th grade team at Samuel P. Massie School, we are welcoming you to the 2017-18 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We are expecting to have a Banner Year this year. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.
We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she: 1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience 2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers 3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills 4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life 5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject 6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college Please consider joining our school volunteer program as our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program and its operations. We are seeking volunteers to help us in many different ways. We will send home an event sign-up sheet with your child by the end of next week. We look forward to seeing you on Back to School Night.

Important Dates

• Thursday, September 13th.
• Friday, September 15th -
All About Me class projects are due.

• Friday, September 15th -
Parent Information Form is due.

• Monday, September 18th -
School supplies are due.

• September 25, 2017- 
Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

• Friday, September 29th -
Staff Professional Development Day

Donnie Rutledge 

Bianka Jones

Sixth & Seventh Grade   


Dear Families, 

The holiday season is upon us, and our students are continuing to learn and grow as we make our way towards winter break. The monthly newsletter is one of the ways in which we communicate the efforts in developing Samuel P. Massie Academy students both academically and emotionally through our instructional and advisory programming. As such, I would like to draw your attention to a recent focus in our building by our students and staff: The Spirit of Giving. In December, we focus on the spirit of giving focus with an annual Christmas Baskets food drive. We hold this drive in conjunction with giving two families that are in dire need in the Forestville, Maryland area.  Last year we provided 2 holiday food baskets to families in the Forestville, Maryland area. We are hopeful that with the generosity of our students and families, we can equal or even surpass that mark this year to help local families in need. Thank you to the Prince George County Public Schools residents and community stakeholders. We are excited about the possibilities and opportunities this will provide for our students. In closing, we will have no school on December 25 - January 1. School resumes on January 2.  On behalf of our 6/7th staff, we hope you have a great winter break with your children, family, and friends. We look forward to continuing to work together as a team to provide your child with the best educational experience here at Samuel P. Massie Academy. There is no greater gift than to have a positive impact on a child’s life. This holiday season, I’m reminded how fortunate we all are with the opportunity to share in this gift. At SPMA, It’s a Wonderful Life!   

Happy Holiday and a Respectful 2018,

Mr. J. Brown
Mrs. Cook
Mr. Khalid
Ms. Nickens
Mrs. Sams



Middle School Science






Eighth Grade        

Welcome to a brand new school year!  We are excited not just for all the wonderful events and activities planned for the student leaders of Samuel P. Massie Academy but for all the growth we anticipate.


This school year there are a number of important distinctions from previous academic years for which the students should prepare:

MISA - The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) is a new test that students only take during 5th and 8th grade spring.  It captures their understanding of science content over multiple years.

PSAT - The PSAT 8/9 is a test that is used for admission to many of the PGCPS High School specialty programs and is administered in the winter.Literacy Tasks - Throughout the year, there will be an increased focus on rigorous literacy instruction and students will be asked to use reading strategies in new and different contexts.

Of course, PARCC testing for Math and Reading will continue at the end of the year.

Again, we anxiously await the coming year and look forward to working with you all!


   Timothy Anderson

John Townsend




Susan McBride



Creative Arts Department 





Elementary School - Throwing and Catching

After focusing on locomotor skills we moved into our manipulative skills unit: throwing and
catching. This skill focuses on Standard 3:  Students will demonstrate the ability to use motor skill principles to learn and develop proficiency through frequent practice opportunities in which skills are repeatedly performed correctly in a variety of situations.  

Our focus is to empower students to have the skills to move and play. This standard centers on giving students individual skills that will help them to be successful in larger games and activities. As students progress through grade levels they move from having “emerging patterns” in these skills (showing a couple of the critical elements) to “mature patterns” in which they show all critical elements and can demonstrate these in a variety of situations.

Middle School - Volleyball 

Standard 1.0 Skillfulness:  Students will demonstrate the ability to enhance their performance of a variety of physical skills by developing fundamental movement skills, creating original skill combinations, combining skills effectively in skill themes, and applying skills.

Volleyball is somewhat fast paced game constantly keeps students on their toes and incorporates teamwork. Volleyball’s skills are very different then any of the general sports schemes. It is a very active sport, teaches teamwork and role responsibility of each individual student. Volleyball is very common is played throughout the world and in most high schools and colleges today. 

Students are put into sport education teams the first day of the unit and remain in these teams until the end of the unit. All skill activities, practice games and tournament games are structured around the sport education team. Students learn the skills of passing, blocking, spiking, various passes, rules and regulations of volleyball. Every concept necessary to play and understand the game of volleyball.

We look forward to a successful month of learning new skills and being active! 


Physical Education Staff 

Dr. Clarke 

Mr. Huff 

Mr. Henline 


 Dr. Zanetta Clarke    



 espina Art 

Thank you for checking out what is happening in Art. Join us for The Night of the Arts this month where we will be showcasing different aspects of learning from the Creative Arts Team. This month Art welcomes the 8th grade class who will be the middle school class for the semester. We will be creating various painting and drawing projects this quarter. Please check out the blog: for more updates. 

   Caitlin Johns        



 techTechnology Media & Design

2017 iCommunity Technology Showcase 



2016 iComm Technology Showcase pic1


 LaVonda M. Lyons    


 image0012.gif(12)Media Center  


February means it’s time to celebrate libraries! It is National Library Lover’s Month, a month-long celebration of school, public and private libraries of all types. What better time to recognize libraries’ value in our society as we work to support this critical community resource? Here are some ways you can celebrate while supporting libraries’ mission:
Browse the shelves. Explore your library’s electronic offerings. Sign up for a class, or plan to attend an upcoming event. Take advantage of the resources for education, entertainment, and community involvement available at your local library.
Volunteer or donate. Limited budgets mean many libraries are short-handed so there may be an opportunity to tutor, shelve books, help with programs or provide some other needed services.
Keep current on the new titles available, especially for readers K-12. One resource, the annual Youth Media Award winners will be announced by the American Library Association, Monday February 12, 2018
Our primary graders will be learning about library organization and how to find their favorite book. They will be learning the areas of fiction, everybody, fairytales and rhymes.
Fourth & fifth graders will be learning how to search for books by the different genres, subject, keyword, author and title. They will then use call numbers to find the books they are looking for.
Middle Schoolers will be working on research skills, how to read and interpret different types of reading materials and writing reports.
Highlights of the month;
African American History Month,
American Heart Month
International Friendship Month
Library Lover’s Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Parent Leadership Month

Best Wishes,
Ms. Patterson



Beverly Patterson   




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Noticias de la clase de español 


It’s second quarter, and we’re off to a good start! Students will be reading a level one Spanish novel to help them to connect the vocabulary they have been learning in class to authentic text. Reading the novel will also assist students with speaking, listening and writing skills in preparation for the Introduction to Spanish Post-test this spring.
It is imperative that students come to class on time, sit in their assigned seats, and are prepared to work. Staying focused and taking good notes helps students to retain information. With that in mind, students need to review what they have learned in class for at least ten minutes a day, and find a show on a Spanish-speaking channel or on Netflix and watch it with the Spanish subtitles on. Students can also use as a resource. There is a weekly homework assignment posted on Mondays and due on either Thursday or Friday.


       Let’s Learn!
Las frases (sentences)
Sometimes students struggle with putting together sentences, but it’s the same as it is in English. You need the following: subject + verb + predicate. For example: La familia va a la playa. The family goes to the beach. Try practicing with your child at home. Ask them to say some sentences in Spanish using the vocabulary they have learned. It will help to boost their confidence!
Cultura: ¡Felices fiestas! (Happy Holidays!)


Spanish-speaking countries around the world celebrate many holiday traditions. A large percentage of Spaniards are Roman Catholic and celebrate la Navidad (Christmas). Don Quijote is a language school that offers study abroad programs and information about Spanish culture and traditions. The following link provides a cultural perspective about how Spaniards celebrate the holidays, regardless of religious affiliation, as well as recipes for traditional foods such as the roscón de reyes sweet treat.  

Profesora Robinson

Ms. Robinson has been teaching Spanish and French for 10 years. She is dedicated to educating youth. Her philosophy of education is that all students have the ability to achieve academic success, in a positive and safe learning environment. Contact her at, Google Voice: 240.801.7421 or on Remind.

Google Classroom

Mod 1. Colombia: q2pnm5c

Mod 2. Costa Rica: 2swsgd


Mod 1. Bolivia: am5goux

Mod 2. El Salvador: zufekhy


Remind App @f46cc3

Google Voice 240-801-7421




Kecia Robinson


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