Professional Development By and For Teachers
During our Winter PD's, Concept English required all English teachers to attend a two hour session with Mr. Pete of Robin Fogarty and Associates in a workshop titled "Reading and Writing in the Common Core." Mr. Pete used humor, data and real-life anecdotes to help teachers make the connection between the learning process and learning outcomes. 
 
Teachers left the workshop with practical, hands-on strategies that they could immediately implement in their classrooms upon returning to their schools. During the ELA department meetings (K-2 and 3-12), members of the ELA curriculum team presented their work on adapted units.  
 
Having trained in Chicago last summer on how to use Wiggins & McTighe's Understanding by Design, they were able to share their experience with the process of adapting Concept English units in Atlas. 
Teamwork & Dedication 

On Saturday, February 22, the Quest Robotics Team, Quest Gators, competed in the Illinois State Robotics Championships along with 32 other regional teams in hopes to advance to Super Regional Championships which will be held in Iowa. 

After qualifications, the Quest Gators, as captain team, partnered with two other teams, one from Decatur IL and the other from our sister school, HSA-McKinley's Robo Minds, and won semi-finals and proceeded into finals. 

After a tough competition, the Quest Gators lost in the finals but received well deserved 2nd place and was awarded with the Finalist Team Captain trophy and medals. 

Thanks to our school management company, Concept Schools, school board members, administration, parents, team members, and to all our supporters throughout the competitions
Hard Work Pays Off  

Congratulations to this year's Math Counts Team coached by Ms. Ziegler for winning the Peoria Math Counts Competition. The team competed against all the other Peoria middle schools on Saturday, Jan. 18 and and proudly finished with a great success. 

Also, we are excited to recognize 8th grade team member Noah for receiving "Best Overall Individual" Award. 

The hard work and dedication the team has put into this contest has paid off and they begin to prepare for the next level of competition in the region immediately. 

Good luck math team! 
Go Math Cadets!
Mrs. Damar and the math team from HSA-Belmont-Chicago, organized an exciting event.   

Math demonstrations and competitions were presented to families and the community at the Math Cadets event. Through their enthusiastic learning and current work on projects at their schools, students are sending a message that math is not isolated from the real world, rather it is the real world itself. 
Dreams Come True 

Senior student, Jullian Myers from Horizon Science Academy Cincinnati received a nomination from the U.S. Naval Academy from Congressman Steve Chabot.

We congratulate Jullian on his accomplishment and wish him the best of luck in his journey. 
Let the Festivities Begin 

We are excited to announce that the pre-eliminations of "Turquoise Art" and the "Language Contest" are approaching. Participants of Turkish and Spanish language departments have been preparing songs, folk dances, and poetry to show their best performances on the day of he pre-eliminations in hopes to be selected to qualify for the finals. 

Pre-eliminations are scheduled to be held on the 5th, 6th and 7th of March in three different cities: Chicago, Dayton and Lorain. 

The qualifiers will meet once again in Chicago on April 12, 2014, for the big final at the Rosemont Akoo Theater.
Striving to Be the Best
The Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School Indoor Track team is making great strides in District Competition.

The team, coached by high school teacher Mr. Robert Fink, recently set two school records at a competition at the Ohio State University on February 15th.

The Girls 4x2 Team, composed of Helen Prescod, Stephanie Osafu, Zenobia Harris, and Ciarra Clausell recently posted a time of 1:58.64 and is ranked in the top 16 of State Divisions in II and III.

Congrats to this highly ranked team! We hope to see even greater accomplishments in the upcoming Outdoor Track season.
February is Black History Month
  "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." - President Barack Obama. 

 

Have you ever wondered about the history behind Black History month? It was inspired by Negro History week started by Carter G. Woodson in 1926.  Since then, students around the United States celebrate and recognize the amazing accomplishments and successes of African Americans.  Woodson originally chose the month of February for the week-long celebration because it encompasses the births of two great Americans, Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. Which important African American will inspire you to be the change you seek this February?  

For lesson plans, activities, worksheets, and projects visit the Concept Social Studies website at:

One Competition at a Time...

The Metallic Controllers of Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School, won two trophies at TC Robotics Dayton Regional Tournaments, which led them to the Ohio State Championships.

 

Team members Nicholas Vander Linden, Batuhan Aslan, Chance Mitchell, and Gafaru Kafaru displayed a outstanding performance throughout the qualifying matches and also performed in the final together with our sister school robotics team CMSA Robotitans. Both teams advanced to the Ohio State Championships on February 14-15 in Cincinnati, OH.

 

Due to our judging performance we took home the Judge Award as well as the Finalist Team Award. 

 

Special thanks to Concept Schools Computer Science Department team as well as all other supporters and participants throughout the competition.

Learn and Grow

Our Concept Schools Indiana charter region recently held its winter professional development session for all three of their schools at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.  The schools were privileged to have Ms. Kristie Brown Lofland, who presented "Strategies to Support Special Education Students in the Classroom." Kristie is a distinguished Educational Consultant from Indiana University; The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community; and The Indiana Resource Center for Autism.  She shared some valuable handouts and many behavior management resources, such as  BBQuip ; Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems (ALSUP) ,  and a wealth of strategies and resources through case scenarios and discussion for helping students who exhibit emotional and behavioral difficulties in everyday classroom settings.  Her positive energy was well received and she inspired her attendees with education philosophies!  Concept Schools support all students being lifelong learners who are tooled with ways to be successful in the world.

And the Winners Are...

We are proud to announce the winners of the 11th Annual CONSEF Design Contest and thank all participants for sharing their creative entries; we truly value the time, effort, and imagination put into each design. 

 

Congratulations to the top 3 winners:

 
1st Place: Ileana Bell, Michigan Math & Science Academy
2nd Place: Anna Rosenberger, Quest Charter Academy
3rd Place: Leeandra Hill, IMSA West
 

We would also like to congratulate the other finalists:

  

Alantis Brock, Horizon Science Academy Springfield

Casha Caldwell, Michigan Math & Science Academy

Donovan Latimer, Horizon Science Academy Toledo

Richmond Boaman, HSA High School Columbus Ohio

Tamia Brooks, Horizon Science Academy Toledo

Vanezza Alvaryero, HSA Cleveland Middle School

Waldo Reyes, Quest Charter Academy Middle School 

 

During the CONSEF Award Ceremony, the 1st Place winner will be awarded with a $250 check and the remaining 9 finalists with a $25 gift card each.

 

We look forward to seeing your students and their science presentations on March 22, 2014, and we thank you for your continuing efforts with the CONSEF Design Contest.

A Visit from Ohio State Representative Kristina Roegner
Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School STEM team hosted Ohio State representative, Kristina Roegner on Monday, February 10. 

STEM Team members  Altanica Diaz, Christopher Richard, and Jacob Rafferty were excited to show off their talents and demonstrate their science projects to their guest.
Stem Team hosted Ohio State Rep. Kristina Roegner - Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School
STEM Team hosted Ohio State Rep. Kristina Roegner at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School
 
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