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Greetings Samuel P. Massie Academy Family,

                  Welcome to the Fall season and the month of October. Our school motto is “Building a World Class Academy, Great by Choice”.

                  We had our Back to School Nights and there was standing room only. Thanks to all the parents who attended and had an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers.  As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

                  Please be respectful of our Kiss and Ride Policy for students being driven to school. Have your child ready to exit the vehicle when you enter the student drop off area. Please pay attention to the adults on duty as we are trying to move you in and out quickly while also keeping all students safe. Both elementary and middle school students are late after 7:45 AM and must obtain a late pass from the Main Office.

We are in the process of establishing a new PTA. We have a SPMA Facebook and a Twitter to keep you informed. Please purposefully plan to become an active member and attend quarterly meetings once our executive board is selected. If you would like to be an Executive Board member, please contact Ms. Davis or Mrs. Miller Main Office. More information will be shared shortly.

            Here are some valuable tips from a Parent’s Responsibilities Article identifying ways in which parents can guide, support and positively influences our students in education and in life.  Your support in the following areas will make a difference:

  • Having the student at school on time each day, ready to learn, with appropriate materials.  Talking with teachers on a regular basis about performance, homework assignments (ask for help, if necessary), and notify the school in writing when the student is going to be absent. 
  • Supporting teachers in their efforts by encouraging students to maintain strong study habits, read for pleasure, and exhibit positive behavior. 
  • Supporting school and school system rules for student behavior and ensure that the student is following the rules. 
  • Reading to and with the student daily and provide a variety of reading materials in the home. 
  • Asking the student each day about school, learning and homework. 
  • Supervising the student during homework. 
  • Limiting the amount of time spent watching television or playing video games. 
  • Taking family trips to museums, libraries, cultural events, etc. 
  • Becoming involved in school activities and organizations. 
  • Providing and updating the school with current information.  Include telephone numbers, address, immunization records, previous school reports and any information that may affect the student’s ability to learn or to behave.

Our Mid Atlantic Fall Fundraiser kickoff was on Friday, September 22nd and the packets were sent home with the students. The essential dates are written on the outside of the fundraiser envelope along with the flyer.  Please help support our school projects with this fall fundraiser. Money and order forms are due Friday, October 13th.

All stakeholders are essential to our school community as they are an integral part of the learning process. Through active participation and collaboration, we will work together to ensure student learning. I am reminded of the words Henry Ford once spoke, “Coming together is the beginning, Keeping together is progress, and Working together is success!”


Yours in education,                                                                                                                                             

Mrs. Michelle H. Pegram                                                                                                                                              



Thought: To live is not to learn, but to apply.

                    Ernest W. Legouve (1807-1903)









Nashiydah Anderson, Assistant Principal 

Sharon Hill, Assistant Principal 





Guidance Department  

 October is National Bullying Prevention Month

 So what is bullying you ask?

 The Professional School Counselors will be providing bullying classroom guidance lessons to students  

 Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. It comes in different forms; cyberbullying, social bullying, physical bullying and verbal bullying.

Red Ribbon Week -October 23rd through October 31  


 The  Red Ribbon serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities.   

 This year’s theme is Your Future is Key so STAY Drug Free.


 For more information on these events, please contact your child’s counselor.  The primary school counselor is Ms. Anderson  and the middle school counselor is Ms. Cunningham,  


 Carolyn Cunningham

 Cheryl Anderson   



 Pre K and Head Start    






 Kristie Evans 

Catherine Myers   





For the past few weeks, your child has been working hard during our baseline testing. At this time, we have assess students' knowledge of the Alphabet, Emergent Reading Behaviors, Known words and writing. In Math, we have been focusing on how numbers can be read, written and counted. In Science/Health, we explored our Five Senses. In Social Studies, your child has been learning and demonstrating school rules, classroom procedures and safety. 

Field Trip information: We will travel to the Pumpkin Patch on Thursday October 26, 2017. The cost is $21 per person (Non-Refundable). Money will be accepted until October 19, 2017. All chaperones must have a background check conducted 14 days before the day of the trip. If you have any questions, please see your child's teacher.

SHOUT OUTS!!! Special thanks to the parents that attended Back to School night on September 13, 2017. 


Patricia Mackal 

Ms. A. Johnson

 Dr. Andrea Smith



First Grade   


Dear Parents / Guardians,


It is now October and the First grader students are settled into their classes with their 1st grade teacher. In Reading, we are reviewing basic letter and number recognition and emerging reading skills.  Students will review how to construct sentences using capital letters and punctuation marks. We will learn to pick out the Main Idea of stories as well as how to recall the Beginning Middle and End of stories. In Math, students will count one to one up to 120. Students will skip count by 5s and 10s up to 120. Students will learn place value and how to use a number line. In Science, the students learned about the 5 Senses. In Social Studies students will be learning how to be responsible citizens in the community.  In Health students will learn the importance of proper hand washing to minimize germs.


 As parents you are partners in your child’s education.  We appreciate all the work you do with your children already and hope for you continued support.  Please continue to review graded work with your child nightly.  Please be reminded that the homework assigned nightly reflects what your child is learning throughout the day, please review homework with your child to ensure accuracy.  Also, continue to read with your child each and every day.  In addition, we need to improve our attendance.  School starts promptly at 7:45 am.  If your child is absent, please remember to write an excuse note.

*Pre K - 1st will be going to Cox Farm on Oct. 26th please get your fingerprint/background checks completed at the Board of Education, if you would like to chaperone the trip.



Amelianita Jugasan  

Kim Johnson  

Patricia Mackall  



Second Grade   



Welcome! Students and Families

The Second Grade Team is so very excited to work with you and your child. We are off to great start this year full with lots of fun, projects, field trips, and rigor that will challenge your child to reach his/her fullest potential. *Please be reminded that all school forms are due immediately with current emergency information.

*DRA and SRI tests will be given this month. Please have your children here on time.  



In Reading and Language Arts, the students will continue to practice reading strategies, improve upon their comprehension, and as well as activate prior knowledge to help them make real life connections.

Please encourage your child to read and write daily at home. Check for rate and fluency (How fast they read with or without errors.) Ask them questions as well as have them draw pictures telling about the story.

Check out these cool reading websites!



In Math, the month of September brings us to the study of Place Value. Place value to 1000, writing numbers in written form, as well as expanded form will be covered.

For math practice the following websites can be used: and



To begin our year in Science, we will be introducing students to the Scientific Method which involves observing, predicting, and making a hypothesis. Earth Science will also be our focus.


Social Studies

The start of the year in Social Studies will focus on neighborhoods and communities, geography, and map reading skills.



We will work with the first 4 Units in our health books and assignment will be assign on the homework sheet.


Unit 1 Your Growing Body

Unit 2 Caring for Your Body

Unit 3 Caring for Your Teeth

Unit 4 Food and Fitness


Dates To Remember

October 20 No School for Students 

October 30 Early Dismissal (12:15 pm) 





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   



Reading: To prepare our students for middle school, chapter book reading should be a regular occurrence. Please take your child to the public library and enjoy all that Forestville public libraries have to offer.  Please continue with the Accelerated Reading program. Year after year, I notice students who have read the most all year long, performed the best on the SLO assessment.  If you have a computer at home, please download the app for IReady.  We are now asking that you have your child on MYON or every evening to increase their Lexile levels.   Contact Ms. Barnes our school Testing Coordinator for additional codes and apps that are available to your child.

Math: We are stepping up to 6th and 7th grade math concepts to prepare our students for upcoming assessments.  Students will take the IReady Diagnostic assessments so that we can better prepare our curriculum for this school year.  Please have your students continue to practice on this wonderfully engaging web-site, I-Ready Math.   If your child doesn’t remember their password or username, please text/call/email us. This website has private lessons, and coaches that help them get the material right. TAKE ADVANTAGE of this free private tutorial website where kids can earn cool badges and in school incentives.

Spelling/Grammar: We will continue to work on suffixes, prefixes and commonly misspelled words this month. Remember, after the pretest your child should write the incorrect words 10 times each. We want to show growth from the pretest, through the post-test. We will continue working with homophones, and distinguishing parts of speech such as verbs, nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. Please have your children visit and for more fun games and practice.  

Science: Please visit and Discovery channel for tons of amazing videos, games, stories, and lessons you can complete with your children this summer.

Behavior notes: Please continually address proper classroom behavior that you expect of your child.  Your child must stay focused all day everyday so that they are ready to learn.  

Parents, thank you for all your support.    

Mr. 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 





We are excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year at the Samuel P. Massie Academy and would like you to be aware of the responsibilities the students have in Physical Education.  It is our belief that to be successful students need to show good decision making by making the responsible choice, which starts now. 

Our goal is to teach students to develop healthy living habits that will last a lifetime.  We accomplish that by having students participate in a wide variety of activities, sports, and challenges that will increase their physical, social, and mental abilities, as well as teamwork and cooperation skills.   

 We hope to provide a safe, fun, and motivating class that will encourage all students to want to participate, have fun and try their best.  Focused Fitness activities, health, nutrition, muscles, and bones are implemented into P.E. classes, as well as integrating Core subject areas such as math and spelling.   Students will participate cooperatively in activities while improving skill level, cognition, and effective domain through assessment. 

Here are some things that will help make PE as fun and SAFE as possible this year:

1.    Everyone MUST wear sneakers for safety on their PE days!!!       

2.    Girls should wear shorts under dresses if they have PE that day.  

3.    If a student has a medical condition or injury, please send a note/medical excuse. 

4.  Students must wear their PE uniform on PE days.  (Middle school only)  


We continuously set clear expectations for the students for each class in helping them succeed to become lifelong movers! 

We are looking forward to a great year here at Samuel P. Massie Academy.  


Physical Education Staff 

Dr. Clarke 

Mr. Huff 

Mr. Henline 


 Dr. Zanetta Clarke    



 espina Art  

Oh Snap, welcome back! The Art Department is ready for an exciting new school year filled with a variety of art projects and is looking for help to accomplish this. If you have any empty cereal boxes or clean plastic bottle caps to donate, we would love to have them! Make sure to look at the for updates of what's happening with Art. 

   Caitlin Johns        



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2017 iCommunity Technology Showcase 



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 LaVonda M. Lyons    


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The primary classes attending media have been learning about starting a new school year with using good manners during their visits, and the importance and how to care of books.

The intermediate classes reviewed fiction and nonfiction areas. They are being introduced to the Dewey Decimal Classification System to learn how to locate books by call numbers.

Pre-K are developing transitional skills in going from one area to another for certain classes. When visiting the library they are  learning to listen to storytelling, and to take turns when they want to share their thoughts.  These are skills that will help children learn to read, to write, and to express their ideas in spoken language.

As the new school year has begun here are some suggestions for getting your child to develop the desire to read.

  • Check that the text is suitable. Remember that reading is not just about decoding words but also about fluency, expression and understanding. Don't forget to vary the type of text, e.g. fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, magazines, etc.
  • Make sure that there are no distractions, e.g. television, music, etc. Make sure that you child is comfortable.
  • Ensure that your child is willing to read. Don't force them if they are overly reluctant as this may give them a negative attitude to reading. Remember that reading should be enjoyable.
  • Talk about the cover and appearance of the book:
    • Why did you choose it? (If they chose it themselves)
    • Who is the author? Have you read any other books by this author? How did you feel about them?
    • What do you think the story will be about? (fiction) Does the front or back cover give you any clues?
  • Remind your child of the different ways they can work out words on which they are stuck:
    • Phonetic:  Sounding out each phoneme.
    • Contextual:  Reading the rest of the sentences in order to find a word that gives the sentences sense.
    • Pictorial:  Clues can sometimes be found in the pictures.

Ask questions about the books you read together or they have read independently. Everyday routines can be great opportunities to develop thinking and reasoning skills.


Provide magazines, newspapers for the older children so they will enhance their leisure reading. Older students gain insight as to what may interest them in a variety of subjects.

They may want to start a scrapbook of something that really interests them like cars, cooking, sports, or drawing. The possibilities are endless.



Beverly Patterson   



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