Concord Academy Petoskey News

September 2022

Welcome Back

We hope that you are relaxed, recharged, and ready for a new school year! All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and devoted staff have been busy planning and preparing for your child(ren), thank you for entrusting us with them. We are so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. We are grateful to partner with you as we continue to provide an inspiring and challenging K-12 educational environment conducive to the development of critical and creative thinking through the integration of the fine arts into the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM), utilizing project-based instruction and multi-age experiences.

Thank you to all of the families that were able to attend our Open House on Tuesday, August 30th, from 4-6 pm.

Please feel free to contact me anytime by email at

"​The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." ~B.B. King


The staff at Concond Academy Petoskey are excited to welcome you to a new school year filled with opportunities to learn and engage!

Getting into the habit of daily attendance is more important than ever. It helps to:

  • reduce stress

  • make it easier to connect with friends and teachers

  • support learning

Let's work together to:

  • Keep Healthy – Make sure students get sleep, eat well and exercise. If you are not certain whether to send your child to school due to illness, call us to discuss the situation.
  • Keep Connected – Please make sure we have your correct email and the best phone numbers where we can reach you.
  • Keep Learning – If your child has to stay home because of Covid-19, please be in contact with your child’s teacher for a plan for learning at home.

We are working to make our school environment a place where everyone can be safe, healthy, and learning. We will do our best to listen and partner with you so that our children have a successful year. Please call us if you need help with attendance.

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Important Upcoming Dates:

  • September 12-16: Back to School Spirit Week*
  • September 12 - October 7: NWEA Testing*
  • September 14: 1st Pizza Day for ALL/1st Library Day for DK-5 students
  • September 15: Board of Directors Meeting, 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 27 - Lakeshore Picture Day. Re-takes will be on Friday, November 11th

*More information can be found below.

To find the most up-to-date information, please click on the button below to check out our school calendar.

Important School Phone Numbers

Main Office - 231-439-6800
  • Attendance - Mrs. Merrill *option 1
  • Enrollment Office - Ms. Wagner *option 2
  • Business Manager - Mrs. Coy *option 3
  • Behavioral Health Specialist - Mrs. Carpenter *option 5


Sign up for REMIND, you'll be the first to know about special events, schedule changes, snow days, etc.:

Text 81010 and send the following message:

  • @capk5 (Elementary),
  • @cap68 (Middle School), and/or
  • @cap912 (High School)

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices Policy

The use and visibility of electronic devices are prohibited during class time.

  • Cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced/turned off and placed in classroom pocket charts upon entering the classroom.

  • Cell phones must remain in classroom pocket charts during the full class period, including when using hall passes during class periods.

Students may access their phones before and after school, during passing times, and during lunch.

Drop Off & Pick Up

School hours for ALL grades are 8:00 am - 3:10 pm.

  • Elementary student drop-off and pick-up are at the front of the building
  • Middle/High School student drop-off and pick-up are at the back of the building

Our doors are unlocked for students to enter the building at 7:30 am each day. We ask that you please pick up your child(ren) promptly at 3:10 pm each day as our staff is scheduled for after-school meetings, student activities, tutoring, etc. most days. Thank you for your cooperation and support with this.

After School Option

The Petoskey Field House has activities to keep your kids busy after school and they're right in our backyard! Check out the $30 per child unlimited pass and let us know, we're more than happy to see that they make it through the field for their rock climbing, turf field, bounce houses, free arcade and so much more!

Wednesdays Are For Pizza!

Pizza day is back! Wednesdays, beginning September 14th, students can order pizza for $1 per slice. Choices are pepperoni, ham, or cheese and bottles of water that are also available for $1. Orders are placed with students' teachers by 8:15 am. Proceeds benefit the Concord Band Program.
Every year our students take the NWEA MAP Growth Benchmark Assessment and this year is no different. All of our students, DK-12, will take these assessments.

We give students MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year (and from year to year) in Reading and Math.

MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.

Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.

Following testing periods, your child’s teacher will share a report showing your child’s growth, which you can review with your child’s teacher for more insight.

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about the MAP Growth test, you may visit:

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Dear Concord students, families, and staff,

I want to thank you for allowing me to serve as your counselor during the 2021-22 school year. I appreciate how welcoming everyone was and the kindness you showed me. During this time I was once again reminded of what a special place Concord Academy is for learning!

This year I have accepted a full-time position at the Women’s Resource Center so I will not be returning to Concord. I am sorry I did not get to say goodbye in person. I will hopefully cross paths with many of you in the community and/or attend or help out at a performance. Concord will always be in my heart.

Most importantly I am wishing you an amazing 2022-23 school year!

With gratitude,

Ms. Joelle

Joelle Drader MD, MA, LPC


Food Backpack Program

Manna’s “Food 4 Kids” program helps address this issue by providing elementary students with a backpack of kid-friendly food. These backpacks provide children with supplemental food items to last them through the weekend. If you wish for your child to participate, please complete the form coming home in your child's Monday folder. There is no cost associated to this program.

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Char-Em Wellness Program

The Char-Em Wellness Program is in its second year here at Concord. The Program offers school-based behavioral health therapy by a licensed, master-level therapist. Services include offering individual and group therapy to help students with a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, grief/loss, anger management, social skills, attention, and school performance issues, as well as giving support for difficulties with adjustment to stressors students may be facing. Family support, therapy, and parent education are also available.

Christine Carpenter, LMSW, is our school-based therapist. Christine has over 25 years of experience working with children, teens, and their families. She will be at Concord on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Students can be referred by their family, teachers, staff, primary care providers or refer themselves. Parental permission must be given for therapy to be provided, unless the student is 14 years old, then permission is preferred. This service is provided at no cost to families, although insurance companies will be billed. If your family does not have health insurance, we can help you enroll in an insurance program.

Please call Christine at 231-439-6800 with any questions or if you are interested in your student being seen.

(The Char-Em Wellness Program is operated by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan in collaboration with the Char-Em Intermediate School District with major from Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Michigan Department of Community Health and Education and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration.)

Student Wellness & Mental Health Services

Click Here: Referral Form, Consent for Treatment Form, Consent to Share Information, Consent for PowerSchool & Notice of Privacy Practice

Our Mission

We will provide an inspiring and challenging K-12 educational environment conducive to the development of critical and creative thinking through the integration of the fine arts into the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEAM), utilizing project based instruction and multi-age experiences.

Concord Family Association News

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Board of Directors

Concord Academy Petoskey Needs You!

We are currently looking for anyone interested in joining our Board.

"The rewards are great for board members who embrace the challenges: the pride of seeing students learn and achieve, knowing you played a significant part in making their achievements possible." -CSO Board Manual

Board Member Duties

  • Pass a background check, approved by Lake Superior State University (LSSU)
  • Set direction for the academy through the design and adoption of academy core values, vision, and mission statements, and develop a plan to evaluate their achievement
  • Consistently serve the best interests of students and parents
  • Work as a team with other board members and the school staff
  • Monitor the academy's School Improvement Plan to meet State requirements

Professional Development

  • Two (2) hours of professional development a year are required (webinars are available on LSSU website)

Board Meetings

  • Third Thursday of the month
  • 5:30 pm *Typically 30 minutes or less
  • No meetings in July and November

For more information contact the Board of Directors President, Shawna Messing at

Community Programs and Services

NCMC Fast Track Career Programs

The Fast Track concept was launched at NCMC on May 1st, 2022 with the start of a 20-week Medical Assistant program. Since then they have expanded their offerings of Fast Track programs to provide community members with opportunities for new careers in a condensed format that will alleviate some of the shortages in specific industries in our area.

Each program includes quality, online learning curriculum, access to a local instructor for guidance and questions, grant assistance for tuition fees, access to all NCMC student resources, certification prep and fees, and assistance with job placement.

Check out these wonderful opportunities here - - - - - > Fast Track Career Programs

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