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Greetings Samuel P. Massie Academy Family,


            I would like to thank the students, staff, and parents for their hard work, diligence, and dedication to effective teaching and learning. Lesson plans with outcomes and indicators are based on the College and Career Ready Standards. The staff has been teaching the pupils the importance of Accountable Talk during classroom discussions, Cooperative Learning, effective and descriptive writing related to answering questions, usage of mathematical terminology, higher order questioning, reading and math strategies, and real world connections in all academic areas inclusive of science and social studies. Our focus in all academic areas is through the lens of “Literacy”.

            Our Conference Days were very successful on Thursday evening, November 9th and Friday,  November 10th. We are hoping to meet with all parents this year. If you did not meet with your child’s teacher as of yet, please call and make an appointment to schedule a conference this quarter. It is essential to meet and discuss your child’s progress. Our students are successful because of the support we get from our parents. We are always trying to make that connection stronger!

In order for students to be successful, they must be in school on a regular basis. Please make sure that your child comes to school on time. Classroom instruction begins promptly at 7:45 am. Even though student tardies have improved, there are too many pupils arriving late therefore interfering with student achievement. If your child is late for some reason, you must bring him/her into the main office, complete the tardy log on the computer, and get an admittance to class slip for your child. Proper policies and procedures must be followed and your assistance in this legal matter will be greatly appreciated. Accurate records must be kept. Be advised that attendance records are audited by the State of Maryland.

            Ensure that your child is ready to learn and achieve at school with these eight tips on what you can do at home to prepare for their success:

  1. Create a routine.
  2. Prepare for the morning the night before.
  3. Help your child get organized.
  4. Provide a quiet place for your child to complete homework.
  5. Sign agenda books daily.
  6. Limit distractions.
  7. Encourage intellectual curiosity.
  8. Allow free time.
  9. Build relationships with teachers.


            One of our goals is to maintain a safe and orderly environment for our students at all times. Parents, it is important that you follow the school’s policies for visitation and during dismissal. Please be aware that no one is allowed to go through the building without signing in on the computer, scanning your license and obtaining a visitor’s pass.

            Please be reminded that the Winter break is from December 23, 2017-January 1, 2018.  I hope that you have a joyous and peaceful break.



                                                                                                Yours in education,

                                                                                                Mrs. Michelle H. Pegram



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

                  (Eric Lungard)












Nashiydah Anderson, Assistant Principal 

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 Pre K Families and Happy December!
This December we will be in Theme 4, Choices. We will be learning about making positive and healthy choices and how to solve problems. We will also be identifying more letters of the alphabet and beginning to recognize patterns.  We will close our theme with a Winter Celebration. Stay tuned for further details.
Also, as the weather continues to grow cold, PLEASE
-dress your child warmly as we will spend time outdoors if the weather permits.
-LABEL, LABEL, LABEL everything so .
-stop by our class and check out our lost  and found to see if your child is missing  something. We have losts of lost articles of clothing.
Thank you for all you do!



 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,

The month of November was very eventful for first grade students.  Students learned and practiced addition and subtraction within 20, starting and stopping on a number line from 0-20, counting on to add, writing on a research topic, fire safety and the way light travels. The First Grade Team would like to extend thanks to all of the parents that showed their support for education by conferencing with their child’s teacher. Please feel free to schedule conferences throughout the year and keep the lines of communication with the teacher open. However, we are asking that if you do call during the school day, please call between the hours of 7:15-7:45 am and 2:35-2:55 pm in order to minimize disruptions during instructional periods. You may also leave a message with the office and your call will be returned as soon as possible or you can also feel free to send an email.
In the month of December, the students will be learning many new skills from our Reading and Math curriculums.  In order to aid in their academic progress, please continue working with your child by reviewing sight words and basic math strategies and facts daily.  In addition, students should continue reading daily and writing about the stories they read in order to help with their reading comprehension and sentence composition skills.

Thank you again for your continued support!


Amelianita Jugasan  

Kim Johnson  

Patricia Mackall  



Second Grade   

Holiday Greetings!  

The school year is moving rapidly along. The 2nd semester will end in January 19th . 


We are wrapping up in Unit 2.  Animal Discoveries in Reading.  We will begin Unit 3 Live and Learn after this month.  Please continue to review the following skills after reading a story. The students will practice finding the main idea, supporting details , and story elements.  Story elements (character, setting, plot). Other skills include:
• Compare & Contrast (Expository)
• Personal Narrative and Researching 
• Suffix and Prefix
• Digraph (ch sh gh tch ph wh )
• Nouns and commas in a series
Please continue studying for weekly spelling test and review home daily.

This month, we will be focusing on Measurement and Data.  Our students will learn and master the skills necessary to successfully measure lengths of objects in inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.   To do this, they will be selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.  Also, they will be relating addition and subtraction to length.

To get extra help with Math, please encourage them to visit the following websites:

Social Studies
During the month of December, we will be learning in Chapter 5 “Our nation Past and Present.”  This chapter consists of seven  (7) lessons.  These lessons include a brief history of our nation and how communities have changed. Students will also learn about the Native Americans, and how the country developed as more and more immigrants came to America. Students will learn how to chart historical events using a timeline.


We will continue work on Earth changes from events such as weathering, erosion, volcanoes, hurricanes, etc. The students will also learn how to slow harmful erosion that harms much of our farmland.’ Weather and Seasons.  We will also begin to study the different states of matter and their properties in this chapter.


The students will identify the basic food groups. They will be able to plan healthy meals. 

Important Dates to Remember

December 8th                              Early Dismissal
December 22st                            Second Quarter Progress Reports
December 22 - January 2nd        Winter Break


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  

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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As the holidays are fast approaching take time out to notice what your children might like to read about. Introduce them to some of your old favorites you enjoyed as a child. You might be surprised at the response. Some old things are new again. 

Suggestions for giving might be a magazine subscription to a favorite magazine, a gift card from a local (or on-line) bookstore, or a visit to the community library to their own library card.

Few months have as many multicultural Holiday Celebrations as December!

Saint Nicholas Day (Christian) December 6
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexican) December 12
St. Luke Day (Swedish) December 13
Hanukkah - Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 27Kisles-and lasts for eight days – December 12 to December 20.
Christmas Day – (Christian) December 25
Boxing Day – (Australian, Canada, English, Irish) December 26
Kwanzaa – (African American) December 26 to January 1
Omisoka – (Japanese) December 31

Primary students are learning about what is real and make-believe in stories and non-fiction.

Intermediate students are reading, listening, analyzing and writing poetry.

Middle School students are focusing on their writing skills, sentence structure, and the different characterizations in writing.

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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