ABC News Highlights HSA Springfield 

On February 1st,  Channel 13 Action News' Kristian Brown visited HSA Springfield to highlight the school during National School of Choice week. Student ambassadors led the news anchor on a tour of the building, shared their experiences and explained why they feel Horizon is like home.

 

Ms. Brown interviewed Tiffany Hunt, mother of Andre Dunklin, who spoke of her appreciation for having the choice to send her son to HSAS and how well he has excelled as a student. 

 

Mr. Yildiz, the director, explained the vision of HSAS and how it provides an equal opportunity for a high-quality education to all students who choose to attend HSAS.  Please click the image above to see the video.

 

Don't Miss Teacher of the Year Nominations
As part of our ongoing effort to improve teaching and learning, Concept Schools continues to provide a Teacher of the Year recognition program to honor, promote, and encourage outstanding teachers among our schools. This recognition will also raise the stakes among our teachers as they will then move on to state and national competitions.
 

The Concept Schools Teacher of the Year will also serve as a community point person who promotes charter community schools and innovative teaching strategies. He or she will receive a $1,000 monetary award for this recognition. 

 

The deadline for nominating a teacher is March 1, 2013.

The deadline for applications is April 19, 2013, and the winner will be announced on May 24, 2013. Judging will be based on the following criteria in addition to Concept Schools new Teacher Standards and will be conducted by Concept Schools internal staff.

 

Robotics' Team 6th Place Award

HSA Cleveland High School's FTC Robotics Team, the Metallic Controller, got 6th place out of 27 teams, and won the Motivate Award at the SW Pennsylvania Qualifying tournament. There are huge improvement on their robot and team performance since the NE Ohio Qualifying tournament. 

 

The team's professionalism and robotics skills were reflected in the Motivate Award, which celebrates the team that embodies the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge through team spirit and enthusiasm. They show their consistent spirit through fun outfits, cheer, and outstanding attitudes.   

 

Student Artists Prepare for Concept's Art Show
This year, Concept Schools' Art Show will be held on May 11, 2013 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in downtown Columbus.  The beautiful student art will be on display at the library throughout the month of May.

An art reception will kick off the show from 2-4 p.m. with top awards given at 3 p.m. Al entries must be postmarked by April 16th.  Please click here 
for more detailed information for teachers regarding artwork entries.  

 

Toledo City Council Honors HSA Springfield
On February 5, 2013 the Toledo City Council presented an award to Horizon Science Academy Springfield in recognition of their Excellent rating for the 2011-2012 school year.  Mr. Yildiz, Director of HSAS, Mrs. Davis, Dean of Students, and Ms. Cremean, Instructional Coordinator, accepted the award given by Councilman Steven Steel.
 
Student Ambassadors Tracy Brown Jr., Ijuana Watson and Jacob Wolfe were there to represent the student body along with 3rd grader Keshawna Smith and 2nd grader Janya Smith.  Parents, teachers, students and community members joined together for this wonderful honor. 

 

Fun Literacy Program at HSA Toledo
Horizon Science Academy Toledo has taken another step towards creating a reading culture within their school.  This month marks the start of their "Paws for Reading" program.  
 
This program joins the F.R.O.G. (Focused Reading Opportunity for Growth) program and will provide students with another reminder that "reading is PAWsome."  As students read books, they will record each book on a paw print and these paws will line the school hallways. 
 
 The ultimate goal is to fill the entire school with paws by the end of the school year.  Students will receive incentives for reaching this goal.  In addition, any student who participates will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle. 

 

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Cincy Wolves Robotics Team Wins 2nd at Regional Tournament

Students from the Horizon Science Academy- Cincinnati robotics team (Cincy Wolves) placed second in the Southwest Ohio regional robotics tournament in Huber Heights, Ohio. They now have advanced to the state robotics tournament finals. The daylong event began with opening ceremonies, five qualifying rounds, and concluded with the elimination rounds. They were awarded a trophy during the awards ceremonies that followed and are preparing for the Ohio state finals later in February.  

Incredible Mix of Art and Science: CONSEF Design Contest Winners
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Concept Schools is proud to announce the winners of the 10th Annual CONSEF Design Contest.  Students demonstrated incredible artistic skills, creativity, and knowledge of various scientific fields in this contest. Thank you to all participants for sharing your creative entries; we truly value the time, effort and imagination your students put into each design. 

 

Congratulations to the top three winners. Click here to view the top designs and additional seven finalists: first place - Cathrine Cavin, Gateway Science Academy;

second place - Joe'l Renfrow, HSA Cleveland High School;

third place - Grace Jegle, Gateway Science Academy.

Seniors Earn $11.8M in Scholarships

Great news from the Concept Schools seniors. Concept manages seven high schools with a total of 383 seniors.As a product of the college-prep curriculum, high student achievement, dedicated staff and devoted college counselors, Concept Schools' seniors have received $11,800,000 in academic scholarships as of February 15th. This means the average amount of scholarship per student is $30,000 for four years. These amounts will increase by the end of the year. These are the top three schools; Chicago Math and Science Academy seniors received $4.474,000, HSA Cleveland seniors received $2.926,000 and HSA Columbus seniors received $2,513,000. Congratulations to everyone who is a part of this huge success. 

IMSA North Teacher's Letter to Editor Featured in IndyStar 
Patrick McAlister of IMSA North penned a piece for the IndyStar about his experience with the Common Core.  McAlister discusses how the Common Core changes will specifically change his teaching and his students' learning in their novel study of "To Kill a Mockingbird."  Students will now be making cross-curricular connections, deeper literary analysis, and overall more enjoyment due to the deeper understanding of the text itself and the historical context. Thank you Mr. McAlister for staying actively involved in the educational community extending outside of IMSA North; check out his full article here and join the stimulating discussion on Common Core after the article.
HSA Columbus Students Practice Math for a Tasty Solution
Students in Mara Clark's math class at HSA Columbus Elementary participate in cross curricular learning with the Chef-Boy-R-U-Smart activity, which gives students the experience of using measurement tools in a real-world context. Students write out a favorite, traditional family recipe, identify the important units of measurement, and make the recipe at home.  Projects like Chef-Boy-R-U-Smart helps students take ownership of their learning and retain more information. While they may have been challenged by converting kilograms to grams in class, they'll remember spending time with family as they measured ingredients and made tasty equations for a special meal.
New Concept School to Open in Indianapolis
A third Concept-managed school has been approved in southeast Indianapolis. Indiana Math and Science Academy-South was approved by the Indianapolis Mayor, Greg Ballard, on January 28, 2013. IMSA-South will start off with 300 students in K through 7 in August 2013. IMSA-South will eventually be a K-12 school by adding a grade each year thereafter. All together Indiana Math and Science Academies (North, West, and South) will be serving close to 1,500 students in Indiana. IMSA-South will live up to the great reputation that the current IMSA's have built over such a short time in Indianapolis.
Best Practices

Reading is always better with a buddy at your side.  Horizon Science Academy Toledo Downtown is helping their kindergarteners get a running start into reading by pairing them up with sixth grade buddies.  Sixth graders read to their kindergarten partners, or allow the kindergarteners to read to them, for 20 minutes every Friday.  With these older reading mentors, kindergartners get to see just how cool reading can be.

   
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.