CS's Director of Science Ed. Chosen by OH Department of Education 


  dincer coach 


The Ohio Department of Education, Office of Curriculum and Assessment selected Mr. Dincer Coach, Director of Science Education at Concept Schools' central office, as a stakeholder to help align the current Science OGT items to Ohio's newly adopted science standards. 

Concept's Schools Awarded at OAPCS Conference


Concept Schools sponsored and attended the 2011 Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools Conference on December 6 & 7 in Columbus. 

Administrators and educators attended valuable breakout sessions, exhibits, and listened to exciting keynote speakers.


Many Concept-managed Ohio schools won various awards for their high academic performance. Please see the list of awardees by clicking here.


 Director Fatih Sumer with OAPCS President Bill Simms

Seniors Rake in Scholarship Money


Christmas has come early for some high school seniors in the form of college tuition scholarships. 


-Victor Enem, CMSA:  $70,000

- Sonjay Jones, HSA  Cincinnati:  $77,200

- Cedric Rose, HSA Dayton: $46,000


Click here to see

the additional scholarship recipients from our other schools. The amount is growing every day!

HSA Cleveland Chess

Team Ties for First


The Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Chess Team tied for first place in the 2nd Greater Cleveland Scholastic Chess League tournament.


The students finished second on the tiebreak and accomplished this with only three players in a four player team.

HSA Denison MS's 2nd Annual Elementary Science Fair 


HSA Denison Middle School will host their 2nd Annual Elementary Science Fair and will invite all the northern schools to join (K-5). 


The fair will be held on Saturday February 4, 2012 the location will be announced later in the month. 

Concept Virtual Learning Communities


Concept Schools' Academic Team provides one more opportunity 

for all staff members to meet and share their best practices and 

ask questions through a webinar. These webinars will be held between January 10, 2012 and June 5, 2012 every Tuesday.  


The goal of these webinars is to provide another platform where teachers can share best practices.


Anyone can join CVLC by clicking this link every Tuesday at 2:30 pm central time (3:30 pm eastern time). The password is "CVLC". 

Follow ELA, Science and Math Departments on Twitter


Follow the new department Twitter accounts @:


ELA: conceptela

Math: conceptmath1



Start following today to post/re- post best practices, helpful articles or fun lesson plans. It's a great source of information and full of useful resources.


Just For Fun


Check out this Simpson's episode that includes topics such as young adult literature, book publishing, and has a revealing theme of collaboration.

Let Your Creativity Flow at CS's Writing Contest


Concept Schools is proud to sponsor its Fifth Annual Writing Contest for all students enrolled in a Concept School. We are excited to offer this opportunity to be creative, to win prizes, and to gain recognition for your school. Check out the traditional prompts and new Twitter Contest information online here.

Now You Kno


Check out Kno.com for

a free e-textbook available online, on 

your ipad, or Facebook.  Choose from over 100,000 books to download instantly.  

Academic Resources

ACT's website has everything you need to prepare students, by subject area, for the ACT. You don't want to miss the  free, ready-to-use instructional resources. 

Teacher's Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. 
You'll find thousands of media resources, support materials, tools for classroom lessons and more.

Concept Professional Development Days

South Ohio PD Day- February 17, 2012 - Columbus, OH 

North Ohio PD Day- March 23, 2012 - Cleveland, OH
Directors PD - March 24-25, 2012 - Cleveland, Ohio

Upcoming Student Events  

Math Counts Registration Date: December 16, 2011.


AMC 10/12 Registration - December 17, 2011


CONSEF Design Contest Deadline: December 17, 2011


Genius Olympiad Application Deadline: February 1- March 26, 2012


ISWEEP 3E Middle School Registration Due: February 24, 2012


Math League Registration Dates

6-8th Grade January 31, 2012


Algebra Course 1

February 28, 2012


CONSEF Registration Deadline: February 23, 2012 (Event date March 3, 2012) CONSEF on web 


CS Spelling Bee - Friday, February 17, 2012

4-5th Grade February 28, 2012


ISWEEP Application Deadline: March 2, 2012 (Event Date May 2-7, 2012) ISWEEP on web


CS Math Olympics Registration Deadline: March 2, 2012.


CS Writing Contest - 4:00 pm (CST) March 16, 2012


CS Spoken Word - Friday, March 30, 2012


 Students Excel at Robotics and Lego Competitions


HSA Denison students won the Champion's Award at the Hathaway Brown Regional Robotics competition. The Champion's Award is the most important award in a robotics competition which covers the best robot design and programming, performance, project, core values, and gracious professionalism.



The Minnesota School of Science Techno Team won the Judge's 

Award in its first competition at the First Lego League Regional Tournament.  Great work, Techno Team!


HSA Dayton High School's middle school students' Robotics 

Team took home the Judge's Trophy in the FIRST® LEGO® League competition held on December 3 at Sinclair Community College. 



HSA Dayton Advocates for Science Fair Participation


What is the single most important reason for science fairs?

Chances are you thought of countless reasons off the top of 

your head.  Students build self-confidence, apply math concepts 

to real-world projects, and shine outside the classroom; the list 

goes on and on.


At HSA Dayton, science teachers promote their science fair and encourage student involvement by having students state the steps 

of their interesting projects and urging students to discuss their projects among their peers. View an example by by clicking here 

to hear one student's idea for a self-inflating balloon. How can you promote science fair involvement at your school?

Special Ed. Department Organized Special Field Trip


HSA Cleveland High School students traveled to Malone University in Canton, OH on December 8 to listen to motivational speaker LeDerick Horne.  


         group photo


Horne, who has the learning disability ADHD, advocates for 

students with disabilities transitioning from high school to college 

or the workforce. HSA looks forward to a possible visit by Horne to

their school in the future. 

HSA Springfield Hosts Science Fair


129 students in grades five through eight participated in an in-school science fair at Horizon Science Academy Springfield on Thursday, December 8th.  These students, under the guidance of their science teachers Ms. Bollin and Mr. Akif, completed projects in topics including biology, physical science and Earth and space science.  



Improvement on PI Scores in CS OH Achievement Test  


The table below shows the improvement on Performance Index 

scores in Concept Schools' Achievement Test in Ohio. We are

happy to see that most of our schools have shown the expected 

growth. All of our schools will start providing extra help to those students who are in need based on 2nd interim assessment results. 


An Exciting Grant Opportunity 


Grant Name: School Garden Grants


School gardens are a vital educational tool. Learning about the process of growing food helps kids develop an understanding of the connection between healthy eating and a healthy body. 


School gardens offer an opportunity to integrate math, science and health curriculum into a dynamic, interactive setting. 


Proposal Deadline: 12/31/11

Average Amount:  $2,000.00

Website:  www.wholekidsfoundation.org 

20 Colleges Represented at HSA's College Fair 


Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School's 7th Annual College Fair was held on December 1.  20 colleges, from Ohio and out of state, attended the valuable event held at HSA's campus.  Seniors, who are about to choose which college to go to, talked to the representatives of each college giving them a chance to compare them and make an informed college decision.    

IMSA West Students Visit  Clinical Simulation Center


IMSA West students visited IU Kokomo on December 13, which 

included demonstrations in the new St. Joseph's Hospital Clinical Simulation Center.  From exposing the germs on their hands before and after washing to monitoring a mannequin's heart rate and lung 

function, these scenarios provide new ways of teaching and learning nursing skills. 


While touring the simulation center, students visited the four hospital rooms.  They witnessed a patient mannequin giving birth and performed CPR on another.  



Young Astronomers Learn at HSA Columbus Elementary


COSI on Wheels visited HSA Columbus Elementary School on December 8.  Students interacted with 9 hands-on stations related to Astronomy.  Students learned about constellations, distance of planets in relation to the sun, how objects weigh different amounts on the planets, and how scientists explore the planets by using remotely operated vehicles.    



         Student Information System Update


We have enabled a new module: IMP, the Ivy League Mentorship Program. Now the IMP coordinators and teachers may use the 

module to keep track of all IMP selected students' academic, 

physical and social development.


As always, for any questions, feedback or feature requests feel 

free to contact us through the support in CSSIS.   

Best Practices in Action 




Students in Miss Grace's first grade class at HSA Springfield 

practiced spelling their sight words with shaving cream. In this activity, students are allowed to touch, see, and feel their spelling words in a different texture. 


Students said the word, spelled the word, and then wrote the word in shaving cream. There were multiple forms of intelligence in play here. All students enjoyed this activity and little did they know they were studying for their Friday spelling test.




Mr. Rudnicki from HSADH used an artistic approach in his classes with a hands-on, visual arts project. Students created azulejos,

ceramic tiles used to decorate buildings in Spain. 


This activity not only helped teach vocabulary words and help students' memory of the words, but it also taught the

Spanish culture.                                         


Please send us pictures and descriptions of best practices from your classroom or school to Ali  Uslu at auslu@conceptschools.org.