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FIFTH GRADE CAMP SUCCESS!!!

Last week, our fifth graders took on their biggest adventure to date. They spent an entire week at YMCA Storer Camp. This year the entire class attended the weeklong learning experience designed to help them build independence, bond with their peers, and get a hands-on outdoor education. The students took four classes each day including "In Cold Blood" where they learned about reptiles and were able to interact with different species. "Michigan Country" was another favorite where students worked in groups with an allotted amount of "money and resources" and had to try and survive the Michigan winter by making good choices and learning about life during that time. Of course, one of the ultimate favorites is Horse Riding.


The kids had an amazing time, and as a fifth-grade mom, I do not think words can express how deep my gratitude is for our staff that make the trip possible. Mrs. Arbuckle and Mrs.Cook so graciously take a week from their own families to support our kids in this experience. THANK YOU!! Plus, we could not pull any of this off without our INCREDIBLE chaperones who also donate their time away from their daily obligation to provide supervision, guidance, support, and laughs!

SNOWCOMING KING AND QUEEN CROWNED

Caylin Bell, of the Concord Chronicle, wrote a fantastic article about our Snowcoming King and Queen. For all the details click the link below.

A NEW TRADITION BEGINS - THE GENEVIEVE E HARTWIG VOLUNTEER AWARD

THE GENEVIEVE E HARTWIG VOLUNTEER AWARD is awarded to someone that selflessly gives their time to volunteer at Concord Sporting Events. Mrs. Hartwig has volunteered for over 30 years working volleyball matches, basketball games, track meets, and various other sports. She has been the voice of Concord Athletics and frequently sings the most beautiful version of the national anthem. She was a Concord High School English Teacher for over 30 years. She has been a mentor to some and friend to many! This award will be given each year to someone that gives their time generously to the Concord Athletic Department. This award will be given each year in her name.

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7TH GRADE GIRLS CLAIM ANOTHER BIG 8 CONFERENCE TITLE

The Concord 7th Grade girls' basketball defeated Jonesville 33-22 to earn both the regular-season and Big 8 tournament championship.

Bradie Lehman pumped in 23 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and made 7 steals to lead the Jackets. Haley Stimer added 5 points, including a 3-pointer that jumped-started the team in the first half. Reagan Mehl and Nevaeh Martin each added 2 points. Lucy Otto added 1 point and 1 block shot. Delaney Caples, Dakota Hamilton, Hannah Ryan, and Kristen Parker each contributed valuable minutes.

Concord finishes the season 10-0!

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8TH GRADE GIRLS FINISH THEIR SEASON WITH A WIN

The 8th-grade girl's basketball team traveled to Quincy for their final game. They defeated Quincy 31-25. Emma Burbo led the way with 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks. CeCe Barrett had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. Bella Coppernoll grabbed 9 rebounds, scored 4 points, and had an assist. Marissa Mandrelle had 4 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Lilie Vandenburgh contributed 2 points, 2 rebounds, and a steal. Gabby Herzberg had 1 rebound and 1 steal. Over the girls had a great season, their final record was 4-6.
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IMPORTANT DATES FOR SENIORS FROM MRS. OTTO

FAFSA DUE DATE

Seniors, it is very important that you are completing the FAFSA by the end of the day February 28th. The application is due by that date. Please sign up on the clipboard outside Mrs. Otto's office if you would like help from Mr. Mojume in getting this completed. You do not want to wait until the end of February to take care of this task.


NOTICE FOR SENIOR SLIDESHOW


To seniors and their families,

As the yearbook advisor, I am writing to inform you of the requirements for the senior pictures and baby pictures in the yearbook and the senior slideshow for graduation. The yearbook staff would like one wallet size professional picture sent digitally by email or USB. We would prefer the pose to be that of a traditional head and shoulders shot without props, words or logos. Please inform the photography studio of these requirements. Many studios will provide them for FREE when you purchase your son/daughter’s senior pictures. The pictures must be sent to the school before Spring Break. I will be working with Mr. Couling, who is in charge of graduation and the senior slideshow, so you or your photographer can send the 300 dpi at wallet size photo to brian.couling@concordschools.net. If you do not plan to have photos taken before then, we will be using the “school” photo as the official photo for the yearbook. We will also need a baby picture for the yearbook and senior slideshow. Digital copies can be emailed to Mr. Couling at the address above, or a physical image can be brought in to Mr. Couling to be scanned and uploaded. If you have any questions about the yearbook, please email me at jessica.osterhout@concordschools.net or call me at 524-8384 ext. 6111.

THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PROJECT LEAD THE WAY (PLTW) COURSE


The 7th and 8th grade Project Lead the Way class is working through the "Robotics and Automation" module. Students are completing their "testbed" robot which allows them to test the input and output devices such as motors, sensors, and remote controls. After students become familiar with these devices, they will begin building the chassis for their robot that will be used to complete the final challenge.

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DID YOU KNOW THIS WEEK OUR K-8 BUILDING CELEBRATED RANDOM ACTS OF KINDESS WEEK??

This week our K-8 building celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week! Students were challenged to reflect on kindness in four different areas:


Tuesday: Be Kind to Yourself

Wednesday: Be Kind to Your Peers

Thursday: Be Kind to the Environment

Friday: Be Kind to Your Community


Although students were encouraged to pick and choose different activities based on grade level, there were some larger group projects that made a big impact on our Hive. On Thursday students across the building came together (led by our fantastic fourth-grader, Natalynn Savicke) to show our environment some kindness by cleaning up the playground and school grounds.


Ms.Taylor's 8th-grade Humanities class adopted Mrs. Arbuckle's 2nd-grade class. The 8th graders went down and helped the students complete their ELA assignments. It was amazing to see the 8th graders give of their time, and it was awesome to see the 2nd graders scoot closer to the super-cool older students.


Then, on Friday, students in every grade level decorated placemats to send to assisted living facilities in our larger Jackson County community. Some classes even went above and beyond throughout the week by adopting another class and surprising them with a random act of kindness (treats, an activity, reading a story, etc.) this week. Overall, it was fantastic to see what our creative, kind, and loving Jackets put together to radiate some kindness across our Hive this week!

READING GIVES YOU SUPER POWERS!! MARCH IS READING MONTH LAUNCHES NEXT WEEK

March is Reading Month activities begin Tuesday, March 1. Our theme will be “Reading Gives You Super Powers” as we celebrate throughout the month with fun dress-up days, weekly prize drawings, special visitors, and more.

Children are encouraged to read at home, with a daily goal of 15 minutes for a kindergarten-2nd grade, and a daily goal of 20 minutes for 3rd-5th grade. Minutes may include your child reading to self or to others, or you reading aloud to your child. Keep track of minutes on the reading log for all reading done at home, and return it to school each Thursday beginning March 3rd for a chance to win some awesome prizes each week. Students meeting the minimum weekly goal will receive one ticket for the weekly prize drawing. Students doubling the goal will receive an extra ticket. The more they read, the more chances they have to win! Stay tuned throughout the month as we announce more special activities.
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CONCORD SENIOR EARNS THE TOP SPOT AT REGIONALS

One of our outstanding seniors, Cole Gannon, was recognized for his performance in the JACC Agriculture Science program. Cole earned demonstration second place and advanced to regionals. At regionals, he and his partner took FIRST PLACE!!! The next step is the state competition!!! GOOD LUCK COLE!!
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HOT OFF THE PRESSES - CONCORD MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAMS WIN BEST DESIGN AWARDS AT THE CONSUMERS ENERGY ROBOTICS FAIR!!!

Congratulations are in order for FTC team #6811- The Hardcore Hard Drives and FRC #5205 - The Full Metal Jackets robotics teams as they won top design honors at the 2022 Consumers Energy Robotics Fair. Look for more details next week!!

YELLOWJACKET OF THE WEEK

We have THREE YellowJacket of the Week groups to showcase this week! Students pictured below received certificates for exemplifying one of the three following traits: compassion, tolerance, or kindness.


The meaning of compassion is to recognize the suffering of others and then take action to help. Compassion embodies a tangible (something you can see, hear, or feel) expression of love for those who are suffering. Remember when we learned about empathy? [Being able to know how someone else is feeling, even when you aren't in the same situation; "put yourself in someone's shoes.”] Think of compassion as: empathy + action. When you show compassion toward someone you don’t stop at recognizing how they are feeling...you also do something to help support them, or help them feel better.


Remember the first time you played with friends at school this year (maybe out at recess, in class, or on the bus). Maybe you had a lot of things in common right away, but chances are there were also a lot of ways you and your friends were different (maybe you looked different, played games differently, had different interests, etc). When you realized that you were not exactly the same as your friends, you were beginning to understand tolerance. Tolerance is when you accept others who are different in their race, culture, habits, and even beliefs. When you accepted and played with your friends, you were showing tolerance and realizing that you wanted to be respected, have your ideas heard, and receive fair treatment from them, just as they wanted the same from you. You also realized that your different friends were going to introduce you to new ideas and fun experiences while you were playing with them, just like you were to them. You were accepting your friends for who they were and enjoying playing with them even if they were diverse, or different, from you because of that acceptance. That is tolerance.

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REGISTER FOR YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A JOB AT CONCORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS???

On March 15th, Jackson County will be hosting a virtual job fair. Many districts and programs across the county are hiring for many different positions. If you or someone you know is looking for a job in a school district, please check out the opportunity below. Concord will be looking for several different positions this year. Stay tuned for more information. We would love to have you join our #ONEHIVE!!!
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SPORTS SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28TH

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REPEATED UPDATES AND REMINDERS SECTION

SENIOR REMINDERS

Seniors, another local scholarship has been added by the Orthopedic Rehab Specialists. Anyone going into the healthcare field can apply. This scholarship is posted in your graduating class Google classroom and is due March 25th.

Seniors, please check the Google Class of 2022 for a new scholarship that has been posted. The scholarship comes from the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation. Requirements include:

  • Be a senior attending a public or private Michigan High School Graduate by August of the application year.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Complete an application form and essay
  • And, meet additional requirements as noted in the application package

All applications are due by 11:59 pm on March 1st. Start now, as you will need to gather certain documents for this. This scholarship gives out 40 $2,000 scholarships each year.

Seniors, as you apply and wait to hear if you have been awarded a scholarship, please be sure to check your spam folders as there are times that emails will send important notices like these to that spam folder.

Any senior interested in a construction-related career should check out the scholarship posting in the Class of 2022 Google classroom titled, "Construction Related Career Scholarship". This $1,000 scholarship is offered by the Jackson Commercial Contractors Association and is due March 21st.

Seniors, another scholarship opportunity. Aeroquip Credit Union will be awarding 4 scholarships. This is a fairly local scholarship and a pretty simple application. Look for the Aeroquip Credit Union Scholarship posted in the Class of 2022, under the topic Scholarships.

Seniors, Community Choice Credit Union has a scholarship that is worth up to $5,000. This is fairly local as it is for Michigan residents, multiples are being given out, and you can apply if you plan to attend college or a trades school. This scholarship is due February 28th and is posted in the Class of 2022 Google Classroom.



Counselor News

Students, if you would like an appointment with Mrs. Otto, please sign up on the clipboard outside her office.


Seniors

Attention Seniors - Reminder that if you are considering college for your future, please make sure you have attended to the deadlines of their applications. It is important that you get the date for each college application deadline directly from their website.


Seniors

Are you a senior who is not certain what you want to do after high school? Please check out the email sent to you by Mrs. Otto yesterday (1/13/22) to see the opportunity provided by Southeast Michigan Works. It is a "great opportunity to attend an interactive showcase of the best careers in our region." By attending you will gain invaluable insight into the workforce with fun, hands-on demonstrations led by top-tier employers across a variety of industries from manufacturing, health sciences, construction, energy, and more.

Let Mrs. Otto know if you register for this event.

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SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

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

GRADUATION DATE FINALIZED

Ms. Price announced the date Concord will host the graduation ceremony this week. It is earlier than it has been in the past. Please see the letter that was sent to the parents of our seniors for more information.
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LETTER FROM THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY - SCHOOL VIOLENCE

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NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED

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.

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

YELLOWJACKET TEAM MEMBERS NEEDED!!

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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SOCIAL MEDIA ALERTS - PARENTS PLEASE READ

JACKET JAVA

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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FOOD FOR THOUGHT BACKPACK PROGRAM RETURNS

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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