The Buzz

Concord Community Schools Newsletter


This week our K-8 team awarded several BeeHavior Buck Prize-Winning celebrations. We had Christmas Carolers in town, Santa visited, and the Grinch made a guest appearance. What a wonderful week! We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
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All three FTC teams and Jr. FLL teams were outstanding at their qualifiers last weekend!! The teams demonstrated hard work, grit, and problem solving all day long. The Jr. FLL teams headed to Charlotte and had to present their work to a tough panel of judges. The kids shared facts about their solutions to cargo problems. They demonstrated their working motors and outstanding autonomous programs. Additionally, the teams were able to participate in multiple STEM activities including an excavator simulator that had our dads in line for a turn.

The FTC teams had an incredible day at the South Central League Qualifying tournament. The three teams battled through obstacles and were up against a shortage of teammates, but kept fighting all day. The last runs of the day were very solid and by far their best. Team #8656 earned recognition for finishing second place in the Motivate Award. Team #6811 also received recognition for their second-place finish in the Connect Award - falling one spot short of a berth in the State Finals. It was incredible to see the perseverance in our students. There was no challenge they couldn't face. I am so proud!!! #ONEHIVE #FEARTHEBOT


This past weekend many of our YellowJackets were able to participate in our Youth Basketball camp. There were a ton of kids that attended the camp. They were able to work with the Varsity and Junior Varsity team and its coaches to practice the critical skills of dribbling, passing, and shooting. The players showed great patience and kindness as they worked with the students! They were true leaders. The camp was a lot of fun and the kids are now ready for the Jr. Jacket basketball league!!


On Tuesday, December 14th, the middle school and high school band came together to put on a Holiday Spechtacular led by Mr. Specht our K-12 music director. Honestly, it was incredible!! The music was loud, clear, and evoked strong feelings of joy and sorrow. I have heard several times this year the band has been in a rebuilding phase because they are smaller with several younger students, but honestly, with the way those musicians sounded Tuesday night, they do not know they are in the rebuilding phase. Mr. Specht attributes the robust tone and sound produced by the band to their hard work. These students put in the time and effort to grow and learn quickly and you can hear it in the videos below!!
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Christmas Concert 2021 #6 High School


Dear Class of 2022 Parents and Guardians,

I wanted to pass on this scholarship information to you in the hopes that it will open the opportunity for you to encourage your student to apply for scholarships.

I have shared with them our (all can be found in our Class of 2022 Google Classroom):

  • Local Concord scholarships
  • Local Jackson County resident scholarships
  • Calhoun County resident scholarships
  • A couple of different legit scholarship search engines
I have informed them to:

  • Check the financial tab on the websites of colleges that they have applied to and review that institution's scholarship opportunities.
  • Check with each business that they visit to ask if they have scholarship opportunities (the worst they can say is no)
  • Check with the banks and/or credit unions that they may be a member of for scholarship opportunities.
  • Keep checking the listings as new ones may be added at any time.
  • Never count yourself out. Apply, and let the scholarship committee decide. The only guaranteed no is not applying.

    There is also a spreadsheet that I made for them to use to keep track of scholarships that they are applying for. This will be good to keep with them if they choose to go the college/trades pathway, as many scholarships are renewable or can be applied for beyond their freshman year of college. Scholarships are out there for both college and trade schools.

Myself and Mr. Mojume (from the College and Career Access Center) are here to support them and have offered our assistance in scholarship completion. Looking ahead, we are going to begin working on applications and resumes for those headed to the workforce.

I hope that you all have a very restful break surrounded by your loved ones,

Kelly Otto



The 7th and 8th grade boys basketball season wrapped up last Saturday with the final games of the end of the Big 8 Basketball Tournament. The 7th-grade team finished the season with a loss, but Coach Wilson could not say enough good things about the team. The kids came to every practice and game determined to grow and get better. They worked hard on the court and in the classroom, and their improvement throughout the year was impressive.

The 8th-grade team ended the year with a win and an 11-1 record. The team was undefeated in the regular season and headed into the tournament on a hot streak. They defeated a tough Bronson team in the first game of the tournament. In the second game of the tournament, they faced Reading for the third time. They battled hard but lost by one point at the buzzer on a three-point shot. In the last game of the tournament, the Jackets worked hard to pull out the victory against Jonesville. The win landed the jackets with the best record in the Big 8 and the conference title. WAY TO GO YELLOWJACKETS!!!

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Mrs. Arbuckle's second-grade class read the book, “The World Needs More Purple People” by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart. They talked a lot about what it means to be a Purple Person (essentially a good human) and all characteristics that are in our SEL standards from Mrs. Jessica. So each student got their own Purple Person shirt. If you see them around the school in their shirt, ask them what a Purple Person is and they will be able to tell you.
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It is with a heavy heart that I write this piece for The BUZZ, I honestly do not have the words. What happened in Oxford this week is a tragedy. My heart is broken for the lives lost, the grieving families, and for those that no longer feel safe in a school. School is supposed to be a place of security; a child should know that they can go to school and they will be cared for, welcomed, and safe always. The events this week shattered that for many people. It is wrong, it should not have happened, and I cannot imagine what the Oxford Community is going through. Therefore, I ask our community to take a moment and send love, support, and positive thoughts to the Oxford Community.

I also ask that we come together as a community and make keeping kids safe our mission. I do not claim to know the answers, but I do know that there are things we can do to be proactive. First and foremost, we need to love and respect one another. Hate, anger, and violence will not solve problems.

We need to give each other the gift of time. Our kids need us to put down our phones, close our work, and shut off Netflix, and just be with them. Giving them time lets them know we love them. Loneliness is a breeding ground for anger and hate. We must reach out and ensure everyone feels connected.

We need to monitor our children's social media and internet use. That often can give us great insight into what they are thinking and wondering about. Social media can be a tool for communication and connection, but only when it is used appropriately. Additionally, we need to speak to them about the dangers of social media and making threats. Multiple schools were closed across the state following this tragedy because of copycat threats made on social media. Students need to know the prosecutors are charging students making threats against the school with felonies. It is very serious. Please talk to your kids about this.

Today there was a picture uncovered and shared with the Concord High School administrator that depicted one of these copycat threats. After investigation, it was found that it was not made by our students nor towards our school. I thank the brave students who shared information today. We are proud of you! However, these threats speak to a bigger issue; there are many students across the country that are hurting and need help.

We need to be vulnerable and let kids know it is okay to need support. When we need help, we need to feel comfortable asking for it. If you are worried about your child or someone else in your family, please reach out. Getting help, especially mental health support, is critical when we are experiencing hardships. The sooner mental health issues are treated the easier and quicker we heal and move forward. Waiting for our loved ones to outgrow the issue can sometimes lead to much larger and more complex problems.

Lastly, we each need to make sure that if we have guns in our home they are stored safely in a secure location out of the reach of our students.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

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This fall we have been working on upgrading the look of our website. Our hope was to make it more visually appealing and easier to navigate. The website is still under a bit of construction as some of the pages are begin reviewed for relevancy, but the new site is live. You can see the link below for more information. This winter we will be launching a new application for access information about the district on your mobile device. Stay tuned for updates.


We are beginning to see a rise in our cases of colds, strep, hand, foot, and mouth, and COVID-19. 'Tis the season for illness. With that in mind, we NEED some help from our parents. When your child is not feeling well, please keep them home until they feel better ESPECIALLY if they have a fever, cough, or lose their sense of smell and taste. A student has a fever if their temperature is 99 degrees or higher. Our board policy states that a child must be fever-free for 24 hours without medicine before they return. PLEASE do not give your child Tylenol for a fever and then send them to school.

Further, if you do take your child to the doctor and have a Rapid COVID-19 test and a PCR test done. You must keep your child home from school until you have the results of the PCR test EVEN IF the Rapid test is negative. You cannot send your child to school if you are waiting for PCR results. Many of our academic courses allow a student to access materials virtually, so if you must keep your student home, we can ensure they are keeping up with their learning.

In advance, we greatly appreciate your help. This will allow us to continue to maintain high levels of face-to-face instruction. When we do not follow these protocols, we end up having to put more students into quarantine. If you have questions, call the office. They will help walk you through determining how to approach any situation.

Elementary and Middle School Facebook Page

Have you liked the Elementary/Middle School Facebook Page? What about the Concord Community Schools Facebook Page??

If you have not yet, this week is a great time to start. The Elementary and Middle schools use the Facebook page to post many updates, announcements, and student photos; the Concord Community Schools page is a great way to see how a YellowJacket week unfolds! Don't miss the news - like and follow the pages today.

Concord Elementary/Middle School Facebook Page

Concord Community Schools Facebook Page


Our district is facing a staffing shortage. We are in need of bus drivers, food service staff members, coaches, and individuals willing to work through EduStaff as Guest Teachers or subs for all of our positions. These staffing shortages are wreaking havoc across the state. If you are interested and able, we would love to have you on our team. Below you will find information about signing up to work as a Guest Teacher through Edustaff along with our fall Guest Teacher Incentive. Further, you can view unfilled positions on our website. If you have any questions, please call one of our offices.
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At Jacket Java, on Tuesday Mr. Arbuckle talked about social media and 10 unsafe apps that parents need to be aware of. You can view the recording by following this link. Additionally, you can find more parent resources through this link.
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The Food For Thought Backpack Program for Concord will be starting up soon. This program offers FREE wholesome food to students for the weekend. To become a part of the program parents must sign and return the registration form. If you are interested in receiving this free program, stop in the office for the registration form.
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Upcoming Events

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