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Concept's Leadership Updates
 
Concept Schools welcomes and congratulates all new administrative members to our network:

 

Toledo Regional

Instructional

Coach:

Erin Schreiner

  

                          
Director
of English Language Arts:

Andrew Flaherty

 

 

 

Director of
Educational
Technology:

Rauf F. Tanriseven

 

 

Director of College Guidance & Assessment: Mustafa Bayrakdar  

Columbus Community Supports Student Readers

community reading
 
HSA Columbus Elementary kicked off the year with their community reading program. By inviting businesses, parents, media, politicians, and school sponsors, the goal is to have one reader a day to come read a short story to students. Their list of almost 20 readers this year includes a member of the Red Cross and a magician. The message is clear and important: no matter what they want to be in life, learning to read is important.

 

Quest Coordinator Leads Women in Education

leadership award
 
We congratulate Mary Ward, Science & Technology Coordinator at Quest Charter Academy, for receiving a 25 Women in Leadership Award. The prestigious award is designed to recognize women who demonstrate dedication to the betterment of their community. Mary was recognized for 18 years of leadership in education and the lives she has touched because of her love and passion for education. Check out the story and news coverage here.

 

HSA Cleveland High Takes on Army Challenge
 
  
HSA Cleveland High School will participate in the Army School Challenge program sponsored by the U.S. Army. Designed to meet the Department of Education's goals for encouraging strong character, the program promotes teamwork and leadership through a series of mental and physical challenges. The School Challenge program provides both academic and physical activities to engage students while reinforcing the leadership training and character education that helps prepare young men and women to make their mark in life.

 

Noble Parents Get Involved
parent breakfast
 
Noble Academy- Cleveland began Friday Parent Breakfasts. 
Every Friday, parents in small groups have breakfast with the principal.  This is a Noble tradition in which families meet with the school administration to build relationships, provide feedback, ask questions and share their insights. Director Hakan Bagcioglu says "We believe that mobilizing community resources with our parents support will help us to better accomplish our goals." 
 
Math Students Enjoy Outdoor Retreat 
Math team 
HSA Dayton Elementary's Math Olympics team was treated to a weekend retreat at the YMCA's Camp Wilson. The students stayed overnight in cabins and took part in several outdoor activities, included rock climbing, kayaking, and roasting hot dogs and s'mores.
 
Dear members of the Concept family, 

Welcome back to another exciting school year.  We hope that you all had a relaxing, fun-filled summer and are energized for a great new year.  We are thrilled to see many returning and new faces from teachers and students.  Concept's staff is here to support you, and we know you will deliver the same, if not better, high standards that makes our network so successful.

Thank you for your dedication and hard work.

Sedat Duman
President/CEO 
HSA Cleveland High School Senior Leads the Way to College Success
 
We are very happy to announce the first college acceptance and scholarship from Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School's class of 2013. Nijza Ash has been accepted to Tiffin University with a  $36,000 scholarship. We look forward to learning the successes of all of our seniors and their college acceptances.
GSA- Highest Math Scores in Town

Gateway Science Academy, while still building up its programs and expanding one grade each year, has top scores in the 2012 State Math MAP among St. Louis schools again in its second year of operation. With the second highest ranking out
 of 23 St. Louis charter schools, GSA also surpassed St.  Louis public schools: GSA has 54.7% of students at or above the required math proficiency rate while St. Louis Public Schools are at 27%.  GSA has reached over 700 students with a waiting list and started serving 6-9 in its second building earlier this school year.
Student Scientists- Get Ready for CONSEF 2013

 

Concept proudly announces that we are organizing the 10th Annual Concept Science and Engineering Fair. We would like to extend our appreciation for those who supported us to become a cornerstone in Science Education in the Midwest. We are also so thankful to Cleveland State University for hosting our event for years.

 

This year, we want to expand the CONSEF with a bigger facility- IX Center in Cleveland. We are finalizing the agreement procedures with IX Center, and if we achieve it, CONSEF will be held on March 9, 2013. Detailed information will be released in our website, www.consef.org.   

Future Engineers at CMSA
 
Project Lead the Way's Introduction to Engineering Design class has started at CMSA.  PLTW is the leading provider of challenging STEM education in high schools across America. CMSA students worked on their first challenge of the year: creating a vehicle that can travel via string from one side of the room to the other.  Check out their creative solution below.
 
Concept's Content Area Online Tools
 
At the top of Concept's website, you will find each content area's updated sites that will direct you to a multitude of resources, news, and updates.

The foreign language website is now accessible. You will see many useful links and pages online here, and the following three links (ACTFL, OFLA, WORLD LANGUAGES) are great resources for any language teacher. Learn to navigate around the site by checking out the resources, teacher training, competition pages, and various sub pages. Challenge yourself and practice a new word or phrase in a different language with your co-workers or students! 
 
The English language website has been updated.  Check out the various resources on topics such as how to conduct a mini-lesson, writing in the classroom, and videos of teachers using the common core standards in all grade levels. Also, look for two new features to be introduced in October:  Classroom Stories, which will focus on success stories from our classrooms, and The Writing Wall, which will be our on-line gallery of student writing.  
 
 
Best Practices
Kindness corner

Student disagreements are bound to happen at school. Learn from from Kay Cooper's second grade classroom at IMSA North and take a seat in her "Kindness Corner" where you will learn to work out your problems with a cool head. 
 

Students having disagreements are sent there to talk through their problems using the steps on the poster. Model the steps, then encourage students to work through the steps on their own for effective results.

 
 

Arielle Johnson from IMSA West created a clever, organized daily objectives board in her second grade class.  By hanging one white board for each subject, students can easily see what they will be doing or need to do in each content area while keeping them on-task. 
 
Students like the appealing design and Ms. Johnson appreciates its effectiveness.  
 
 

Please send us pictures and descriptions of best practices from your classroom or school to Ali  Uslu at auslu@conceptschools.org by the 11th of each month to be considered for the next newsletter. 

 

CSSIS Updates
 
We have many updates and enhancements in our very own Concept SIS system. Here is what has been keeping us busy lately:
  • A totally new discipline module with a merit system integration and new reports
  • A new log book module, which also replaced the activity module, with merit system integration and new reports
  • The new eForms module is now active in all schools
With the new changes, schools may create merit point reports for students and follow up their behavioral progress through these reports. Schools are given access to create their own merit, log book, and discipline items and give them any points.  Any feedback is appreciated.