The Buzz

Concord Community Schools Newsletter

SCHOOL VIOLENCE

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.

PARENT INPUT NEEDED - PLEASE COMPLETE OUR SURVEY

This month, we will need to submit a plan for spending our ESSER III Funds (approximately $652,000 total - although we are now only allocated a portion of those funds) The funds have to be spent in certain ways, and by a certain point in time (Septmeber 2024). I have brainstormed with the school board, administrative team, staff, and our Business Manager about how to best use those dollars to help our students have amazing learning opportunities while also meeting some of our current and future programmatic needs K-12. We are trying to shy away from reoccurring expenses if possible because relying on the ONE-SHOT money for reoccurring costs is a slippery slope. However, I know we need more support in certain areas. Below is a checklist of items to consider. Please read the list and select the ones that are the biggest priority for you, your students, and your school space. Your input is incredibly important to us. We will use the information to guide us in the decision-making process. We will begin reviewing survey responses next week, so if you could complete the survey as soon as possible that would be very helpful! THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SHARE YOUR INPUT

Holiday Season Opportunities

There are many ways to get into the holiday spirit this year. The link below has information about an opportunity to celebrate the holidays right here in Concord at the Mann House. Plus, we have the annual Light Up Concord contest currently running in the Village (see the flyer below). With so many things to do, it will be hard to choose!
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THE CONCORD CHRONICLE - DISTRACTED DRIVING

One of the many articles featured in the Concord Chronicle covers distracted driving and its dangers. The student learned about the dangers in an assembly on Wednesday. Please read the article for more information.

ANOTHER ACADEMIC ALL-STATE TEAM IN CONCORD

This week brought another honor to our fall athletic teams. The Varsity Girls Volleyball team was added to the list of Academic All-State teams! Several athletes were recognized for their performance on an individual level by the state earlier this fall, but this is an additional recognition to celebrate that they were one of the best teams in the state academically as well as athletically. Concord is proud of the hard work these girls put into their skills on the court as well as in the classroom. CONGRATULATIONS GIRLS!!! #SHATTEREXPECTATIONS #ONEHIVE
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SPORTS SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 6TH

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PREVIEW OF GIRLS BASKETBALL

The girl's basketball team kicked off its season this week with an outstanding win against Hanover Horton. The team was previewed in the Concord Chronicle. Check out the outstanding article written by Omarion Culliver. #GOJACKETS #ONEHIVE

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.

K-8 YELLOWJACKET OF THE WEEK!!!

heck out our most ambitious YellowJackets!


Someone who is ambitious has a strong desire to successfully get, do, or be something (whether that’s collecting toys for children in need, passing all of your classes with an ‘A’, learning to ride a bike with no training wheels, becoming a doctor someday, or anything in between).


An ambitious person chooses a goal (often one that might be difficult to reach) and works as hard as they can to reach it. Often, ambitious people realize that reaching their goal may take time, but their ambition to achieve it gives them enough energy to see their goal through to the end!

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REPEATED UPDATES AND REMINDERS SECTION

WHEN DO I KEEP MY CHILD HOME IF THEY ARE SICK?

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

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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