Concept at Statewide Special Education Conference
Concept Schools Special Education Director with HSA McKinley Park Special Education staff
In February, the Concept Schools Special Education Department was represented at the annual Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education Winter Conference.  


They attended many informative sessions, including Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA), Common Core Standards related to IEPs, assessments; ELL and special education eligibility, transition planning; behavior management; mental health; least restrictive environments; teacher evaluations; co-teaching; discipline; and categorical disabilities.  


The team was grateful to have opportunities like this to come together and carry professional development back into our school settings, inspired by state-wide presenters and with understanding new laws and best practices for our IEP students, feeling motivated as we "make a difference in the lives of students," which was the ongoing theme of this conference.

99 Performances at Language and Art Contest

Spanish and Turkish languages learners met in Chicago on March 4, Dayton on March 5, and Lorain on March 6 for the pre-eliminations of Concept Schools Language and Art Contest.  


They did their best and showed all their skills in singing, poetry, and folk dances categories in the hopes of qualifying for the final contest, which will take place on April 25 at the Copernicus Center in Chicago. The judges listened to 59 songs and 18 poems and watched 22 folk dances in three days.  


From among 99 performances, the performers of 12 songs, 9 folk dances are invited for the final contest on April 25. 

Pi Day 5K

March 14, 2015 was Pi Day or 3-14-15, the first five digits of the number pi. It's a confluence that won't happen again for a hundred years.

To celebrate this rare occasion, Horizon Science Academy Dayton Elementary hosted its first Pi Day 5K.

Over 50 participants came out and ran 3.1 miles and enjoyed pizza, oatmeal and fruit pies.

Upon completion of the race, each participant received a certificate of appreciation and three lucky winners took home a trophy; congratulations to Samir King, Davonte White, and Christopher King for finishing with the best times in the 5K run.

Additionally, thank you to all teachers, students, parents, and community members that supported Pi Day at HSA.
College Fair at HSA Dayton

HSA Dayton organized a college fair at the school. 21 colleges, 2 of two-year institutions, and 19 of 4 year public-private universities attended the college fair.  


It was a great opportunity for our students and parents to see variety of colleges at once.  

2 Robotics Teams Off to FTC North Super Regional


The Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School

Metallic Controllers battled it out at the FTC Ohio Championship on February 1 in Cincinnati. Out of 32 teams, only 6 advanced to the FTC Robotics North Super Regional Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa March 26-28, 2015, and the Metallic Controllers are among them.


Best of luck to the Metallic Controllers:

Nicholas Vander Linden
Batuhan Aslan
Gafaru Kafaru
Laud Ashong
Da'Lanta Williams


Joining them will be the Chicago Math & Science Academy RoboTitans, who also qualified to compete in the FTC Robotics North Super Regional Tournament after winning 3 trophies at the Michigan FTC State competition this March-the INSPIRE Award, Control Award, and Finalist Alliance Captain trophy.


The Robotitans are:

Eric Catalan

Roshaan Siddiqui

Abenazer Mekete

Gustavo Cruz

Lance Gabriel Velez

Kelvin Sherman

Christian Arreola


72 teams from 11 states will compete in the Super Regional. We wish both teams the best of luck after an already great season!

More Than a Science Fair-It's the CONSEF STEM Expo! 


You know about Concept's annual science fair, but have you heard of our STEM Exposition at the 12th Annual Concept Science & Engineering Fair (CONSEF) happening on April 18th, 2015, at the Cleveland Convention Center? Invite your students, parents, teachers, and community members to see the amazing shows that our students present. All exhibits are open to public and are free.


A list of all science, technology, and engineering presenters and their project titles are at or following these links: Science, Technology, Engineer Expo and Math Demonstrations


6 GSA Fyler Students at Citywide Science Fair  


Six high school students from Gateway Science Academy in St. Louis participated in the Academy of Science St Louis Science Fair - Honor Division on Saturday, February 28. They were recognized as semi- finalists and will compete for special awards in May!


Congratulations to these semi-finalists for their well-deserved recognition:


Katherine Campbell and DeShawna Flesh (Grade 11)

Nitrate Leaching and Algae Growth by Organic and Inorganic Fertilizers


Sinjin Duncan (Grade 10)



Katheryn Elliott (Grade 9)

Artificially Scienced


Aaron Frey (Grade 11)

Biofuels: Comparing Nonrenewable and Renewable 


Jordan Sedberry (Grade 10)

Disappearing Paper

HSA Columbus Middle 8th Grader Advances to 2nd Round of National Geographic Bee


Horizon Science Academy Columbus Middle School 8th
grader Ayub Mohamud has qualified for the Ohio State Semifinals of the National Geographic Geography Bee on March 27, a national contest designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. School bees were held in schools with 4th-8th grade students throughout the country, and in the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and U.S. territories to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society.

The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students from each state and other areas mentioned to compete in the state bees. Best of luck to Ayub!

February History Heroes

The Concept program History Heroes is designed to promote success in and out of the classroom. We want to recognize students acting as civics leaders in their communities or schools and students who are going above and beyond in their social studies classrooms. The winners for the month of February are:

  • Alejandro Roman - Horizon Science Academy Denison Middle
  • Alexander Hardwell - Michigan Math and Science Academy
  • Rico Garcia - Quest Charter Academy
  • Anthony Cordova - Indiana Math and Science Academy West