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The Minnesota School of Science caught the attention of CBS News because of its successful science education and hands-on learning.  Students impressed the reporters by demonstrating science experiments, including holding a balloon to a burning candle to show how water absorbs heat and an experiment to demonstrate the reaction between sodium and water. Click here to view the story and news coverage.

 
Quest Students Explore Science Careers
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Three 8th grade girls were accepted to participate in the first "Sneak Peek at Science Careers" sponsored by the USDA Agriculture Lab in Peoria. During this day-long event, the girls rotated through several laboratories interacting with PhD and MS/BS level research staff and conducted scientific activities side-by-side with researchers. 
 
The overall goal of the day was to provide students with opportunities for hands-on activities in the labs while providing a realistic view of a research career.
 
Unique Way HSA Denison Students Prepare for OAA
 denison oaaStudents at HSA Denison Elementary participated in a winter workshop that focused on test taking strategies for the OAA. 22 students were a part of the four hour workshop which included two full hours of math instruction and two hours of reading instruction for three days over winter break. 
 
The students and families found the workshop to be beneficial in preparing the students for the state- mandated test in May.
 
First Successful Alumni Dinner by Concept
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Concept Schools' Alumni Meet and Greet Dinner was held on January 11th, 2013 in Cleveland.  This dinner presented alumni with the chance to network with their peers, accomplished staff, community members, and sponsors. 

 

We honored a few of our alumni- D'Anthony Ward, John Paul Robinson, Akilah Saeed and Gregory Mayo- for their continued support and successes. 

 

We were privileged to be in the presence of various other distinguished alumni, many of whom are highly successful in their academic and professional careers.

  

Share Your Science Stories and Win!
Inquiry is an essential component of  science classes that enhances student understanding and develops critical thinking skills. We want to open another platform to facilitate the collaboration among science teachers, so send us your science classroom stories by filling out the application form
 
Every month, two best stories will be awarded with $50 gift cards and will be published in Concept's academic newsletter and science website. You can share as many stories as you want.  
 

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ELA Event Preparation is Well Under Way
   
Each year Concept Schools holds a spelling bee, speech and spoken word competition, and a writing contest.  Many of our schools have already held their Spelling Bees.  Ms. Anne Kline, teacher at Cleveland Middle School, added a little flavor. In addition to the effort she put into this year's school bee, she decided to "be the bee" by dressing up! 
 
For further information on these events click here. Don't miss these important deadlines:  

- Spelling Bee Registration form submitted by March 8, 2013

- Speech & Spoken Word form submitted by April 2, 2013.  

- Writing Contest entries must be submitted to   contests@conceptschools.org no later than March 22, 2013.  

Outstanding Performances From Robotics Teams
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Many Concept-managed schools' robotics teams excelled in the First Lego League Regional Competitions this month.  Among the talented teams include CMSA's high school team, the RoboTitans, who placed 2nd in the Robot Game and won two trophies.  HSA Lorain's Mine Formers got an astounding first place score in the Programming category, while IMSA North won 2nd place in Best Robot Programming out of 24 teams.  Horizon Youngstown's FLL robotics team, the Young Hawks, won first place in common core. Congratulations to all teams for your hard teamwork, practice, research, and innovative robotics skills.

CMSA Juniors Learn the Value of Higher Education

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Six undergraduate students from Loyola University talked to CMSA juniors about the value of higher education through the hands-on "Get a Life" program. The "Get A Life" activity projects students into the future  and offers two opportunities for learning. First,students have a scenario where they must figure out living expenses on a high school diploma job; then they have the same scenario with a job based on having higher education. This helped students better understand the benefits of higher education for their future careers and financial stability. 

Quest's Math Team Wins Top Awardsmathcounts
Quest Charter Academy's middle school MathCounts team excelled in the Peoria District 150 MathCounts Competition on January 19, 2013. Quest Gators took 1st place in their division and won 2nd place for overall school.  The contest consists of three challenging math tests: the non-calculator sprint round, the target round, and the team round. Quest's Best of Team finisher, 7th grade student Noah Parker, earned 1st place in the sprint round competition and top finisher in his division.    7th grade students Noah Parker and Kyia Shird, along with 8th grade students Janindu Bopearatchy, Daeja Daniels, Andrew Greenway, Anna Rosenberger, Lindsay Spigelmyer, and Mikayla Walker, have been practicing on Saturday mornings with their coach, Courtney Scott.  The team now looks forward to the Regional MathCounts competition at Bradley University in February.
Best Practices
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Sociamedia is increasingly a part of every day life, from personal an d professional blogs, updating Facebook statuses, and following issues on Twitter. Emily Ebner from the Minnesota School of Science connects with students by incorporating social media technology skills into her classroom with her Twitter Wall. Each day, students are given a new question to answer in short statements like Twitter. 

science modelMs. DeLavo's Biology class at HSA Columbus High School constructed cell models as part of their cell unit. Students used common materials to make a three dimensional  cell models. They could either construct an animal or plant cell with approximately 12 organelles represented on their models. Students finished off the project with a detailed key describing numbers, names and functions of the cell parts.
 
 
Send us pictures and descriptions of best practices from your classroom to Ali Uslu at auslu@conceptschools.org by the 11th of each month to be considered for the next issue.