National School Choice Week


Join school choice advocates across the nation from January 22-28 to shine a spotlight on effective education options for every child. 

Visit their website for information, local events, and ideas to promote school choice in your school.  


CONSEF Design Contest Winners 


We received an overwhelming response of 240 impressive entries for the 2012 CONSEF Design Contest. Please view the list of winning entries here. 

Winner: Kashi Johnson, HSA Toledo


Don't forget that CONSEF is quickly approaching and we are still looking for sponsors and judges.

Please make sure your school has registered and students filled out the required forms.


Concept Schools' New Curriculum Alignment Committee


Concept Schools recently formed a curriculum alignment committee for each content area to review the current curriculum, provide feedback, and modify it to meet our standards and our students' needs. Each committee has three members, one from each Concept region.


Congratulations to the appointed committee membersWe believe that you will add great value to this important work that we are about to undertake. 


Concept Virtual Learning Communities


Concept Schools' Academic Team encourages all staff members to meet and share their best practices and ask questions through a webinar. These webinars will be held between January 10, 2012 and June 5, 2012 every Tuesday. The goal of these webinars is to provide another platform where teachers can share best practices. 


Anyone can join CVLC by clicking this link every Tuesday at 2:30 pm central time (3:30 pm eastern time). The password is CVLC. 


Concept Virtual Learning Communities


Concept Schools is proud to sponsor its Fifth Annual Writing Contest for all students enrolled in a Concept School. We are excited to offer this opportunity to be creative, to win prizes, and to gain recognition for your school. Check out the traditional prompts and new Twitter Contest information online here. Deadline: 4:00 pm (CST) March 16, 2012.


writing poster  

Concept Professional Development Days

Curriculum Committee Workshop- January 25, 2012- Chicago, IL
South Ohio PD Day- February 17, 2012 - Columbus, OH 

North Ohio PD Day- March 23, 2012 - Cleveland, OH
Directors PD - March 24-25, 2012 - Cleveland, Ohio

Upcoming Student Events  


Math League Registration Dates

6-8th Grade January 31, 2012

Genius Olympiad Application Deadline: February 1- March 26, 2012 


CONSEF Registration Deadline: February 3rd, 2012 (Event date March 3rd, 2012) CONSEF on web 


ISWEEP 3E Middle School Registration Due: February 24, 2012


ISWEEP Application Deadline: March 2, 2012 (Event Date May 2-7, 2012) ISWEEP on web


CS Math Olympics Registration Deadline: March 2, 2012.


CS Regional Spelling Bees: March 9th (North/South OH regions), March 10th (West region).


CS Spelling Bee- March 23, 2012


CS Spoken Word- Friday, March 30, 2012


 HSA Dayton Elementary School's Spelling Bee


Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary School held its annual Spelling Bee on January 11th. The winner was sixth-grader Makhyla Eppinger. Dayshia Dawson was the second place winner and Julia Brady took third place. As the winner and runner-up of the spelling bee, Eppinger and Brady will compete in the Dayton Public Schools spelling bee. The top spellers from this event will go on to the regional bee in February, and the winner of this event will go to the National Bee in Washington, D.C. 


        spelling bee       

State Superintendent: One in 5,000 at IMSA West


Kindergartners at Indiana Math and Science Academy West welcomed Dr. Tony Bennett, the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, into their classroom. Dr. Bennett read aloud one of the 5,000 books the children are planning to complete in 100 school days. "Key elements of IMSA's education model are higher standards and expectations. This reading initiative is an example of the habits required to be successful, and they begin in kindergarten," said school Director Mr. Taysever.


  tony bennett

Character Education at Noble Academy Columbus


The students at Noble Academy Columbus recently wrapped up a pajama drive for charity where students and their families donated over 60 pairs of pajamas to help kids in need. This drive helped the students to remember the importance of giving. The school celebrated the last day of the drive with a pajama party. 


          PJ drive


HSA Springfield's Hands On Thursdays


HSA Springfield students did a very special Hands On Thursday. The students explored the African American Art Box from the University of Toledo Resource Library. In it they learned about civil rights, artist Jacob Lawrence, Mancala (a game created by an African American) and teachers read a story written and illustrated by African American women. Students received a coloring contest picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and walked away with a better understanding of why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday is celebrated nationwide.   


   hands on thursday  

U.S. Dept. of Education Art Exhibition Opportunity


Due to our outstanding art and music curricula, Concept Schools is proud to announce our acceptance by the U.S. Department of Education Headquarters Art Exhibit Program. The exhibit features visual art created by students in U.S. and international schools and provides students and teachers the opportunity to display creative work from the classroom in a highly public space. Select K-12 students in Concept Schools' network will have the opportunity to exhibit their art and present performance art pieces in March/April 2014 in Washington D.C.


Special Ed. Dept. Teams up With NHS 


The Horizon Science Academy National Honor Society held a food drive in December. The National Honor Society (NHS) is a recognition program for high school students in grades 10-12 for students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character,


HSA Dayton High School was able to collect 2,059 items in 2 1/2 weeks. NHS students worked with the Special Education Department, helping students with such life skills as being able to find expiration dates, counting and addition.
Best Practices in Action 


Ms. Braddock, from HSA Youngstown, displays all her grade level standards and consistently emphasizes the week's standard with the star.




 Heather Limp, teacher at IMSA North keeps a visually organized Daily  Objectives chart, keeping the teacher and students on task.


daily objectives 


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