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 Greetings Samuel P. Massie Academy Family,           


Wow, this is the last newsletter/website entry of the 2017-2018 school year. This has been a wonderful and eventful school year for all students in Pre-K through Eighth grade.


Experts recommend that you read to your child or have your child read for 30-60 minutes each day. Reading aloud is a gift every parent can give. Many parents read to their children at bedtime, but you can also surprise your child with books at unexpected times and places. Build a bridge to independent reading by asking your child to help you read. You might have him/her read the words along with you, or you can take turns reading every other page. Hearing other adults read aloud is also another way to expose your child to various reading styles and many new books. Older students can read silently and then ask them higher order questions about the book. Have them also read aloud to you so that they know reading is essential.


It is vital for students to practice math facts during the summer. Here are a few ways to make math fun. When you go to the store, have the children weigh items on the scale and then calculate the cost of the items. You can even take a calculator or pencil and paper in which the children can figure out food totals. Cooking is also a good way to keep students thinking, measuring, and working on fractions. Yahtzee is an appropriate game to work on addition and multiplication skills. There are countless fun math activities you can use to engage your child.


We are coming to the end of an extremely successful school year. The students must remember to reach for the stars and if they fall short, they will still be in the galaxy. Keep in mind that you must strive to be successful in school so that you will be a productive, self-sufficient member of society in the future.                                                   


Thank you to our parent volunteers for your continued support. You have helped us have numerous successful school events.


The 2017-2018 school year has been invigorating for me. I truly love the Samuel P. Massie Academy family. You are the best!  My wish is for everyone to have a safe, restful, and enjoyable summer.                

                                                                                                Yours in education,

                                                                                                Mrs. Michelle H. Pegram




Thought: Failure does not exist. Everything is a process of learning, and experiences we are entitled to live. If you can learn something positive, you have success!











Nashiydah Anderson, Assistant Principal 


Sharon Hill, Assistant Principal 





Guidance Department    

If you aren’t sure what activities are available for your child this summer, here are a few listed below.


Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation summer programs star June 25th


Prince George’s County Community College:  OWL Scholars Camp for grades 2-11


Prince George’s County Public Library Summer reading program





 Carolyn Cunningham     car3.cunningham@pgcps.or     ~     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 have had an awesome learning school year.  Please speak with your child's teacher about what they need to work on over the summer. 
June 4th is Field Day at 11am.  We need volunteers, cooler and ice.  Students are to bring a bag lunch and bottle of water.  Wear a red t-shirt for Field Day.  
June 7 is Kindergarten Promotion at 8:15am.  Students report to their classrooms by 745am.  We will have cupcakes and juice in our classrooms after promotion. Parents can sign their child out after the ceremony and enjoy the afternoon with them.  
Please READ and review math facts over the summer.  We don't want them to forget anything they have learned over the summer.  We will send home a first grade word list. 
Blessing and have a safe summer
Kindergarten Team

Patricia Mackall 

Ms. A. Johnson

 Dr. Andrea Smith



First Grade   

The 1st grade team would like to acknowledge all of the hard work that the students have been doing in order to gain the skills necessary to be successful in the 2nd grade.  We would also like to thank the parents that have been assisting the students at home and those that have lent helping hands at the school.  We appreciate all that has been done to make this a successful school year so far.  

For the month of June, our 1st Graders will be learning/reviewing:


Language Arts-

  • Students will continue adding –ing/-ed to root words.
  • Students will continue practicing compound words and syllables.
  • Students will note details in the text
  • Students will continue reading stories that will allow them to use their reading strategies and writing skills.



  • Students will continue learning about measurement.
  • Students will return to the skills of 2-digit addition and subtraction.



  • Students will continue learning about the day and night sky.
  • Students will learn about simple machines.


Social Studies-

  • Students will continue to learn how things have changed from the past.



  • Students will continue learning about making healthy and safe life decisions, such as what to eat, what activities to participate in, how to make and keep friends, and how to deal with stress.




Amelianita Jugasan  

Kim Johnson  

Patricia Mackall  



Second Grade   

We have come to the end of another school year. Your child will be moving on to third grade in August. The Second Grade Team has enjoyed working with each and every one of the students. Please make sure you keep in practicing in each of the areas below so that your child will be ready for third grade when they return.




Visit your neighborhood library at least every other week to keep up with reading skills and to increase your level of reading.

Listed below are important skills to practice to be ready for third grade.

  • Author’s Point of View and Main Idea and Details
  • Fact and Opinion (Expository)
  • Personal Narrative
  • Vowel pairs R -controlled Vowel sounds
  • Possessive nouns
  • Poetry

Please have your child keep a summer journal to practice the writing skill. They should write everyday about their daily activities



Just as you might read to your child daily try to take time for Math everyday too.  Doing so will definitely support your child as we help him/her to keep developing their math skills. Maintaining and knowing their basic Math facts and computation skills will help when entering the third grade.  You should continue reviewing addition and subtraction within 1000 using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value; comparing three-digit numbers using >, <, and =; use addition and subtraction with regrouping to solve one- and two-step word problems involving taking from, putting together, and taking apart using drawings and equations; tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes using A.M. and P.M.; solve word problems involving dollar bills and coins using $ and cents symbols; and recognize and draw two-dimensional (triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons) and three-dimensional (cube, pyramid, rectangular prism, cone) shapes having specified attributes.  Also, please encourage your child to explore some Math games on that he/she will absolutely love.

Weaving Math into your day will send a message to your child that you think Math is important-and can be fun.  Enjoy playing with numbers!


Social Studies

When you visit the library keep in mind to read expository text. You can learn about the various things in history, famous people, and places that are landmarks with important information. You can also take a field trip by reading about special places.


Home science experiments are fun to do. You can continue working on finding information about the watershed in our area. Reading books on animals, plants and our land will continue to expand the student’s knowledge on the various things they learned this school year. Reading informational text will help your child expand their knowledge of our earth and the things that make up the world.


Please remember the safety tips to stay safe while outside in the sun and around water. Students should review ways to stay safe while participating in outdoor activities such as swimming, bike riding and playing sports.


Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Fourth Quarter Reports will be mailed in July
  • Happy  Summer !!!!!!


The Second Grade Team would like to wish everyone a happy summer.




Richard Brown  

Kim Johnson  

Jasmine Davis  


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 

Art is welcoming March!! Please check out the great work hung up in the hallway done by students. Thank you to all that came out for Night of the Arts and created an artwork to take home. Stay tuned for next month for the County Wide Art exhibit featuring some of our students!

   Caitlin Johns        



Technology Media & Design


Summer means lots of time and freedom for your kids to play and explore.  Much of that play and exploration will no doubt be online.  Click on the link below for some tips to keep your child safe online. (Netsmartz and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)


 LaVonda M. Lyons    


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           Evaluating Your Child’s Summer Program

 A Checklist for Educational and Recreational Programs

 Every summer millions of school-aged children happily participate in a variety of educational and recreational summer programs. These programs are run by a wide range of groups, including schools, community groups, religious organizations, and private organizations. It’s often important to sign up early, as many locations have limited enrollment space. You know that you should investigate the program before enrolling, but what do you ask? Before signing up for any program, be sure to check out the program basics using this handy 10-point checklist:

What is the staff to student ratio? The lower the number of students to staff, the greater the amount of supervision each child receives. Be sure younger children have the least number of children to staff. If your child has special physical needs, you may want to discuss this with the staff as well.


  • Are there before or after care programs available? What is the cost, and what are the hours of supervision?
  • If this is a whole-day program, what lunch arrangements are available?
  • What emergency staff is onsite? Is there a nurse on campus, or how are emergencies handled? If your child takes regular medication, this may be especially important to discuss, as doctor’s orders may be required for medication to be dispensed. 
  • What training do staff members receive before they are allowed to participate in the program? Are criminal and sexual offender background checks performed on all staff members?
  • What types of activities are available? Do children have choices of activities, or are all activities assigned?
  • What items should my child have each day at the program? How should they be marked?
  • How many years has the program been running? Is it accredited? (This will generally apply to day camps and other camp programs.)
  • What is the refund policy, in case my child cannot attend for some unforeseen reason?
  • Is there a handbook or informational sheet I can review before signing up?
  • What are the deadlines for registration?


 These are simply a few basic suggestions for you to begin with as you review potential sites for your child’s summer fun. Don’t be afraid to ask to come to see the facilities before entering a program. Also, when asking questions, be sure to be friendly and open, as this will put the staff at ease and give you more thorough and insightful answers to your questions. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for their recommendations, too! Overall, it’s important that you and your child feel comfortable with their summer program. By starting with a few simple questions, you’ll both be looking ahead to the lazy days of summer!

As June arrives middle school students are focusing on their reading, writing & research skills. Help your middle school child with his/her reading skills over the summer by visiting the library and allowing them to select reading material they want to read. Their interests are ever-changing so the more they read about different subjects the better. Monitor their cell phone use. Allowing only short periods of time to play games, text or talk on the cell phone. Get them involved with a sport, outside activities or start a diary of their summer days. Have them help you with writing skills in making a shopping list, a map of trip to some place, writing to a grandparent or relative who lives some distance away.

The elementary children are engaged in reading about fiction and nonfiction books, being able to read graphs, charts, maps, as well as sequencing and analogies.

Primary children are reading about what happens during the summer, animals, identifying characters in a story and finding connections in stories that they can relate to.

Be sure to visit your community public library over the summer for great books and fun programs offered for all ages.


Beverly Patterson   




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