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Concept Students Sweep Regional Science Fairs


Congratulations to students who excelled  at the Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering FairDuring the four day event, approximately 600 students from over 80 schools in the area competed for more than $20,000 in prizes. 


HSA Cleveland:

- Dezman Wade, Naval Science  Award  

Concept Schools - Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair 2012 (Dezman Wade)
 Fox 8 coverage above
Noble Academy Columbus:

-Tyson Whittenburg, 1st place    gift card, advance to state level  fair

-Christopher Asebrook, 1st  place gift card

-Kylee Jones, $100 scholarship, advance to state level  fair 

- Jihad Daugherty, advance to  state level  fair

- Helen Prescod, advance to  state level  fair  


Six Quest Charter students earned top honors at the Region 1 Science Fair in Macomb where there was a total of 125 projects. While only 20 projects from Region 1 can advance to the IL Finals, 3 of those belong to Nathaniel Zietlow, Savana Campbell, and Noah Parker. Two students received the following additonal honors:


- Noah Parker- American Soceity  of Materials Award; received  nomination for National Science  Fair in Washington, D.C. 

- Nathaniel Zietlow- U.S. Army  Award for Outstanding Science  Work


Unpack Your Creativity


Don't miss the Gala Event Night for Concept Schools' West Region Art Fair on Tuesday, April 24 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments and see the outstanding art and category winners and unpack your own creativity.  

Click above for more information


Upcoming Spoken Word/Speech Competition


The 4th Spoken Word and Speech Competition will be held on April 27th in Toledo, OH. The categories include: spoken word (free form-student's original work), spoken word (recitation of published work), and persuasive speech. Each school is allowed to register 3 students per contest category. The event will feature a guest performer Blueprint, a nationally recognized rapper from Columbus and part of the Rhymesayers crew.  Please visit our website for more information.


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Concept Staff Members Selected for OGT Committee


Congratulations to Ayhan Caputlu and Jon Weldon of Concept Schools for their selection by the Ohio Department of Education to serve on OGT's math and English alignment review committees, respectively. The purpose is to review alignment OGT items to the Common Core State Standards. 




New Atlas Forum Page 


Within Atlas, there's a new Teacher Evaluation forum page to address aspects of Concept Schools' teacher evaluation rubric. A post has been started for each of the nearly 70 rubric items. Through these posts, we are encouraging the sharing of best practices, examples, tips, tricks, and suggestions for exemplary achievement in each rubric area. Share and show what makes our Concept teachers so good at what they do!


Upcoming Events   


This year we have many regional and finals events in Concept's network.  Click here for the list of Concept Schools events.


 Student Spellers Shine in English and Espanol


Congratulations to all students who participated in the Spelling Bee Finals on March 23 in Chicago. Michaela Topacio of Michigan Math & Science Academy won the 2012 Concept Schools Spelling Bee Finals. Also, congratulations to Jacob DiGeronimo of Noble Academy Columbus for earning the Runner-Up title. With Noble Academy Columbus's Runner-Up finish and 1 Honorable Mention, they were declared team champion. Please click here for the list of honorable mentions.    


Click here for the final report of the West Region Spanish Spelling Bee that was held on Saturday, April 14th at IMSA-North in Indianapolis. Thank you to IMSA-North, all the teachers, students, administrators and everyone else who worked to make this event a success. The students did an amazing job and please congratulate the winners and the participants when you see them. Congratulations to Chicago Math and Science Academy for finishing the competition as overall winners!

Students Gear up for 5th CS Math Olympics


Concept Schools Math Olympics will be held at Loyola University in Chicago, IL on Saturday, April 28, 2012. It provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics.  A maximum of 4 students from each grade level will participate in the elementary and middle school division of the Olympics while 4 students per high school, regardless of their grade level, will participate in the high school division. Students will be awarded with certificates and monetary awards. Schools competing as teams will also be awarded prizes. Results to be posted next month!  

Continuous Improvement in Ohio


The following table shows the improvement of 1st through 4th graders on Performance Index scores of Ohio Schools in Concept Schools' Achievement Tests. We are happy to see all but two schools achieving "Continuous Improvement or higher" ranking. All of our schools continue to provide extra help to those students who are in need based on 4th interim assessment results. Elementary and middle schools in Ohio will take the Ohio Achievement Tests at the end of April. We wish to see all of our students showing the performance parallel to their hard work throughout the year.

CSSIS Updates


We have exciting news about our in-house SIS system: CSSIS.


- eForms will be part of core system

- system will create flat files for state reporting

- addition of Portfolio tab for students and staff

- report cards & documents can be saved in portfolio

- add attachments to student checklist items

- employment docs tab

- school profile updated with school portfolio

- wage tab for admins to enter work rates

- check students' progress from My Gradebook by clicking on student's    name


More updates to come- stay tuned!  

Best Practices in Action 


IMSA West teacher Katie Diggs responded to challenges in her classroom with a unique solution.  Diggs explained "there was a lot of socializing going on in the classroom and not very many homework assignments being completed." The solution?  Diggs 'flipped' her classroom.  She records lessons and posts them to her YouTube channel. Students watch lessons at home and use class time to complete homework. This eliminates excuses and allows students to work in an encouraging, collaborative environment. iPads are available for students who want to review the lesson prior to class. Diggs reflects on the outcome: "I just played to their strengths. Now they spend their time talking about solving math problems."


flip classroom 

Please visit these sites for additional information on flipping classrooms:

2012 Flipped Classroom Conference in June in Chicago

Five Best Practices for Flipped Classrooms

What is the Flipped Classroom?


Tonya K. Schauwecker of HSA Toledo created a timeline of the most important events in African American life that influenced the literature of various time periods.  Students, staff, and parents all loved reading the biographies and historical events that were showcased.  This was a cross-curricular lesson in History and English that was very successful.


African American lit 

Please send us pictures and descriptions of best practices from your classroom or school to Ali  Uslu at