1st Ivy League Acceptance of CMSA 


We are very happy to announce that Victor Enem has been accepted to the Cornell University Engineering program, one of the eight Ivy League schools. This is the first Ivy League acceptance in the school history. 


Concept's Math Olympics in Chicago


We are excited to announce that Concept's Math Olympics will be held in Chicago this year on Saturday, April 28 at Loyola University. Registration for the 5th CONCEPT SCHOOLS MATH OLYMPICS is now open to all students in grades 5 through 12. Students will be awarded with certificates, trophies and monetary awards. Schools competing as teams will also be awarded prizes. Please click here for more information.      


Writing Contest Deadline: Extension 


Concept Schools' Writing Contest deadline has been extended. All entries are due March 23rd by 5 p.m. EST. You can see all the writing prompts and guidelines on the  Concept Writing Contest webpage. Don't forget to have students enter the Twitter contest and go check out the entries for yourself by searching the proper hashtags (#conwritehs, #conwritems, #conwritees). 


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. Please visit our website for more information.


Denison MS Creates Tree of Respect


Ms. Banks' Elementary Character Education classes and Ms. Guzzo's Elementary Art classes worked together to create a "Tree of Respect." Students colored leaves and wrote different ways to show respect on them. The "Tree of Respect" represents all of the students at HSA Denison Middle School working together and respecting one another. 




Adventures in Creative Writing


CMSA students in Ms. Demaree's Writing Resource class attended a workshop at Chicago's Open Books. Students developed their writing skills in meaningful and creative ways during the creative writing field trip. Students were exposed to slam poetry with an emphasis on performance. Each student received a writing journal and is now a published author. 


Concept Professional Development Days

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

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 every Tuesday until June 5, 2012. 


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.


Upcoming Events   


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


Reading Counts at CMSA 


CMSA began a reading initiative called "Reading Counts!" in November, and the school (including faculty) read over a quarter million pages by the end of January. The 6th and 7th grades were the winners of November and January respectively. Milosz Tomaszewski, sophomore at CMSA, won a Kindle Fire by reading over 15,000 pages in two months; Oluwakemi Oyedokun, Faith Garcia, and Sidney Hunt won a $25 gift certificate for their outstanding performances in January.    

           reading counts

 Spelling Bee Finals


Concept Schools Regional Spelling Bee was held in Cleveland, Dayton and Peoria last weekend. Congratulations to the students who qualified for the finals.  The Spelling Bee finals will be held in Chicago on March 23rd, and we'll have 17 schools represented. Please click here to see the list finalists and click here  for the schedule and details about the event.          

 Students Shine at CONSEF 


Around 500 students from seven Midwest states showcased their impressive, independently created projects at Concept Schools' 9th Annual Science and Engineering Fair on March 3, 2012 at Cleveland State University.  Students competed in 14 categories ranging from health science, physics and zoology to engineering, biochemistry and computer science in a junior division (grades 5-8) and senior division (grades 9-12).  230 judges from colleges, universities and schools assessed the student projects based on a comprehensive rubric.  Please click here to view the results.  

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Rock the Test


Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary students engage in weekly pep rallies to help gear them up for their upcoming Ohio's Achievement Assessment exams. HSADE adopted a theme song from YouTube called "Rock The Test" which is a parody to the song "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz. As a symbol of unity and academic support, students in grades 3-6 and staff were given t-shirts that read, "Rock The Test." During Thursday afternoon pep rallies, students and staff wear their tees, sing the theme song, and give motivational speeches aimed at encouraging students to excel at their upcoming exams.  

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Improvement on PI Scores in CS Achievement Tests


The following table shows the improvement on Performance Index scores in Concept Schools' Achievement Tests. We are happy to see that most of our schools have shown the expected growth. All of our schools will start providing extra help to those students who are in need based on 3rd interim assessment results. High schools in Ohio took OGT last week and elementary and middle schools started to administer the 4th interim assessments, which is due Friday, March 23, 2012.  


Best Practices in Action 


Ms. Boden of HSA Denison Elementary had her fourth graders create comic strips to understand the main events in chapters of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. 


 comic strips 


Ms. Beshel, art teacher at Milwaukee Math & Science Academy, created a colorful student art display of Andy Warhol soup cans.




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