Concept Stands Out in CREDO's Study
Concept was included in an extensive study conducted by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) at Stanford University. The study, released on January 30, 2013 covered longitudinal (5 year) performance of 176 Charter Management Organizations, 38 Education Management Organizations, and individual charter schools. 
 
Concept stands out in the study as one of the highest performing EMO's in the 25 states that the CREDO study covered. Even though Concept manages schools across seven states, they are extremely successful. In regards to poverty level, percentage of minority students, and the number of total students, Concept may easily be considered the highest performing EMO in both math and reading. The CREDO report may be found online by clicking here. 
 
Concept's Worldwide Educational Conference: the Chicago ICE
 
 
Concept Schools is excited to present an incredible worldwide conference, the Chicago International Conference on Education held on June 3-4, 2013.  Do not miss registration to be a part of this culturally stimulating event. The Chicago ICE will bring together academics and other professionals on a wide array of topics and perspectives to increase student success.
 
Quest's Artists Demonstrate Talent

 

The third annual Quest Art Show ran in the month of February at the Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, IL.  Art teacher Ms. VanDoren selected over 170 pieces of student art ranging from photos, paintings, sculpture, drawings, and mixed media.  

 

 Judges chose 20 pieces of art to advance on to the Concept Schools Art Contest.  The artistic talent and professionalism from the middle and high schools was amazing. We look forward to seeing all of the talent in Concept's network at their show in May in Columbus, Ohio.  

 

I Think, Therefore I Write
Don't miss the upcoming Concept Schools' Writing Contest submission on March 22, 2013. This year's theme, "I Think, Therefore I Write," includes an array of creative, fun, and thought-provoking prompts appealing to all types of students in the elementary, middle, and high school divisions. 
 
Click here to view more detailed information for teachers and students. Winners will be announced on April 26th at the Speech and Spoken Word Competition.
HSA Cleveland Robotics Featured on Fox News
 
HSA Cleveland High School's Robotics Team, the Metallic Controllers, were featured on Fox 8 News in the month of February. Students eloquently described the mechanics of their robot, Elijah, the history behind the name, and its connection to Black History Month. Watch the news clip to witness their amazing work  and impressive knowledge of robotics and engineering. 
 
Incredible Cultural Performances

 

Many Concept- managed schools sent contestants to the pre- eliminations of the Intercultural Art and Language Contest in mid- February. They contested to be qualified for the final contest, which will be held in Chicago on March 24, 2013. 

 

Contestants sang songs, recited poems in English, Turkish and Spanish, and performed Turkish and Hispanic folk dances.

 

Students from CMSA, IMSA North, IMSA West, GSA, HSA Cincinnati, HSA Dayton Downtown, HSA Dayton High, HSA Columbus High, MMSA, HSA Lorain, and HSA Toledo High are qualified for the final. Folk dance groups from HSA Cleveland, HSA Springfield, HSA Cleveland Middle, HSA Columbus Middle and HSA Toledo are also qualified for the final.

 

Seniors Awarded Top Scholarship Amounts
 
 
The seven high schools managed by Concept Schools are shining with student achievement on college admissions. Many students have been accepted to prestigious colleges with high amounts of academic scholarships. 
 
We hail this promising achievement and hope our students maintain and improve their achievement at the college level. Pictured above is Gabriel Angrand from HSA Columbus High who has a total of $353,000 in scholarship offers from five schools. Click here for the top students from each school as of March 1st. 
 

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Future Scientists and Engineers Shine at the 10th Annual CONSEF 

 

More than 500 students from seven Midwest states showcased their impressive, independently created projects, demonstrations, and robots at Concept Schools' 10th Annual Science and Engineering Fair on March 9, 2013 at the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

 

In the project session, 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).  270 judges from colleges, universities, and schools assessed the student projects based on a comprehensive rubric. 

 

With the addition of STEM Expo demonstrations and RoboCON competitions, CONSEF successfully brought together extraordinary talents to build foundational skills while inspiring interest in STEM education.

 

CONSEF was pleased to welcome U.S. House of Representative Marcy Kaptur as the keynote speaker and News Reporter Kenny Crumpton as the emcee. Congresswoman Kaptur, an influential member of the House Education Committee, inspired students, parents and community members, passed out student medals and took photos with students.  Students were thrilled to receive a medal and have a photo opportunity with the renowned and entertaining Fox 8 News reporter Kenny Crumpton. Click the following link for the results.

Cincy Wolves Advance to FTC World Championship

 

Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati's robotic team, the Cincy Wolves, won first place in the First Tech Challenge robotic competition in February, advancing to the FTC World Championship. In its first year in the competition, the team placed first out of 28 teams competing for the Kentucky State Championship. "We are the only team from an urban charter school in the competition," says team's coach Zack Mirzoev. "This is a great testament to what our students are capable of when given opportunities, resources, and motivation." 

 

The FTC World Championship Tournament will be held April 24th through 27th in St. Louis, Missouri at the Edward Jones Dome. Watch the team captains explain to Fox News the practical applications of their robot and the engineering and design that went into creating it. 

MMSA Students Receive Writing Contest Honors 
 
Jonelle Wylie, Liam Feeney and Brendan Baber, Michigan Math and Science Academy 8th graders, received honors among thousands in the 44th annual America & Me Essay Contest. Wylie's essay will advance to further consideration for the top 10 finalists and has a chance to win $1,000, a trip to Lansing to meet with state government leaders and a luncheon aboard the Michigan Princess Riverboat. She has received a plaque for her accomplishments that is on display at MMSA. The America & Me Essay Contest is purposed for Michigan 8th grade students and their penmanship. This years' essay shed light on personal experience and students' American hero. 
CMSA Receive High Honors at Chicago Band Festival
 
On February 23, 2013 Concert Band students represented CMSA at the Annual Chicago City-Wide Solo and Ensemble Festival Competition. Students in grades 8-12 competed against hundreds of Chicago Public School students from various schools around the city. CMSA placed and received medals in all categories.  This year 4 talented students (Hernan Razo, Damilola Oyedokun, Winifred Obanor and Teliane Bakala) were recipients of the highest medal, Honors Superior!
3,500 Students to Compete in MathCON
 
More than 3,500 students registered for MathCON, the first online math competition open to all charter school students in the Midwest. The online round will be conducted between March 18 and March 22 where students will be challenged with 35 multiple choice questions in 35 minutes.  The top three scoring students from each grade level per school will be invited to Chicago for the finals on April 20, 2013.   
Best Practices

 

4th and 5th graders in Mrs. Hilt's class at HSA Denison Middle School have been going through the writing process using Writer's Workshop.  Students have been writing on specific topics all year and then published their narratives into books and illustrated on the computer or by hand.  Students dedicated their books, like real authors, and included a bio. The class was set up like a library book reading for an Author's Tea event  and each student read their books as a real visiting author would do.

  

Mrs. Arslan at IMSA West used a paper plate skeleton to teach students parts of the body.  Mrs. Arslan noted that "the kids loved it; I am keeping the skeleton in my room. When students forget the words, the visual helps them remember."

 

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.