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Concord Community Schools Newsletter

CONCORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FIGHT SONG CHALLENGE

To build spirit and pride in our elementary school, the K-5 staff took on the challenge to teach and perform our fight song. The videos are all in and they are amazing!!! We will share a new fight song video weekly, This week is MRS. ARBUCKLE'S FIFTH GRADE CLASS!!!!! GO JACKETS!! FEAR THE STING!! #ONEHIVE!!!
Mrs. Arbuckle's Fifth Graders

SENIOR REMINDERS

Decision Day is just around the corner for the class of 2021. Seniors, please check your email from Mrs. Otto. In the email is a survey that she needs to be filled out so she can plan for your Decision Day.

Senior & Baby photos are due Thursday, March 25th. Mrs. Osterhout will need wallet-size professional pictures 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.

For your Baby photo, a digital copy can be emailed to Mr. Couling (brian.couling@concordschools.net) or a physical image can be brought in to Mr. Couling to be scanned and uploaded.

For more detailed information, please see your school email regarding senior photo requirements.

HIGH SCHOOL WRITERS RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING WORK!!!

The Jackson District Library Young Poetry Contest chose two of Concord High School's writers as recipients this year. Junior Lacee Girardin's poem "The Beauty of Night" received the third-place award for 11th graders in the county. While freshman Zakiyah Holmes' poem "Chicken and Dumplings" received the 2nd place award for 9th graders in the county. We are incredibly proud of both of these students for not only striving to write meaningful pieces but also for their bravery in submitting their work for this competition.


Congratulations Lacee and Zakiyah!

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MAIN STREET CLOSED

It was confirmed Monday afternoon that Main Street is closed for the time being. It appears the work on the road will make it impossible to access the elementary and middle school from the west entrance through the rest of the school year. If you are unable to access the west entrances, you can get to the parking lot by entering the high school parking lot from Monroe Street. The photo below shows the route. The gate that is traditionally closed will be open so parents can access the parking lots. We will have some reminder signs posted by Thursday, BUT the parking lots and drives are always full of students crossing. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY. With one facility, students from all three buildings are crossing the lots, walks, and roads and they are not used to the traffic. As we have information or if things change we will share the information with you. We apologize for the inconvenience that this may be causing and we appreciate your support.
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STATE SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS

Despite hard work and effort by many educational organizations, the United States Education Department is requiring school districts to administer the annual state summative assessments. For students in grades 3rd-7th grade, those assessments are called the MSTEP. In 8th-11th grade, the assessments most commonly used are created by the College Board. Those assessments are called the PSAT 8/9, PSAT, SAT, NMSQT, and Work Keys. The Juniors which take the largest number of state assessments will also take the MSTEP assessments in science and social studies. At the high school level, these assessments have an impact on post-secondary training and programing impacts, so making sure your student is ready for the assessment is very important. Some of the easiest things families can do to support students on test days are to make sure the student gets a good night's sleep, has a well-balanced dinner the night before and breakfast the following day, and has plenty of water. The test dates are subject to change but can be found below in the calendar. The state of Michigan provides more in-depth information about the testing on its website.

8TH GRADE PSAT TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

Attention 8th Grade Parents & Caregivers

On Wednesday, April 14th, our 8th-grade students will come to school so they can take the PSAT assessment. Students will arrive at school at 7:50 am by either bus or drop-off. Students will be in assigned classrooms for test-taking. The PSAT is a timed test that will last 2 hours and 35 minutes. Students can be picked at school at 11:30 am or the bus will take them home if they have elected to do so. 8th-grade students will have a virtual day on Thursday, April 15th.
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SUMMER PROGRAM OPTIONS

We have been looking at creative ways to support and engage our students this summer. We are exploring a couple of different options at each grade level. In the high school, we plan to offer students that failed to earn credit for one or more of their courses in the first and second semester a three-week credit recovery option. In the middle school, we are looking to offer students the opportunity to build academic, social, and emotional skills through a combination of programs. In the elementary school, we are considering partnering with outside organizations to allow students to build academic, social, and emotional skills. Our high school staff will notify the high school students that will be invited to the credit recovery program. The elementary and middle school students will need to register. The details are not fully developed on any of the programs, but we want to gauge the interest of our K-8 families so we can make connections, build budgets, and arrange resources.




IF YOU WOULD CONSIDER A SUMMER PROGRAM OF EITHER 2 OR 3 WEEKS FOR YOUR K THROUGH 8TH GRADE CHILD THIS SUMMER, PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY FOUND BY CLICKING THE BUTTON BELOW.

PLAYING FIELDS WILL BE FERTILIZED

On Sunday, April 11, Greenblade will be applying fertilizer with crabgrass preventer to the Baseball, Softball, and Football fields. Please do not use the fields on Sunday.
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ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL SEL CORNER

As a K-8 building, we have successfully completed 4/5 of our SEL Learning Areas for the year! This means we have been/will be exploring our 5th and final Learning Area: Responsible Decision Making for the rest of the current school year. This week our youngest YellowJackets focused on the trait accountability and will be moving on to dependability next week. Our middle school Jackets are currently finishing a Relationship Skills Review Week before switching their focus to, "I can make ethical and safe decisions," next week.

REPEATED UPDATES AND REMINDERS SECTION

KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP

Kindergarten Roundup is quickly approaching and we can’t wait to welcome our newest YellowJackets to our Hive! Here is some important information for parents and caregivers:

  1. There will be a Virtual Parent Meeting held on Wednesday, April 14th, at 6:00 PM via Zoom; here is the meeting link. During the meeting, we will cover the enrollment process and what important documents to bring. Our fantastic Kindergarten staff will attend the virtual meeting as well so they can answer any questions you have.

  2. Roundup Day is scheduled for Wednesday, May 12th, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. If you are interested in enrolling a new YellowJacket student, please schedule an appointment time by calling Alison Breitenbach at the Elementary Office (517-524-6650).

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PRESCHOOL, LATCHKEY, AND SUMMER CAMP OFFERED AT CONCORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS

ABC Academy Concord Location is offering Preschool, Latchkey, and Summer Camp programs at Concord Community Schools! Below you can find all of the information about ABC Academy and the programs they are offering.

Full and Half Day Preschool for children ages 2 1/2 years old to 4 years old.

State-Funded Free GSRP Preschool for Children 4 years of age.

Before and After School Latchkey Programs

Summer Camp Program for ages 2 1/2 to 12 years of age.

Music and Yoga Enrichment programs

S.T.E.M. Curriculum and Technology

Security Access Doors

Electronic Parent Communication Systems

Please contact Cyndi Laeder, Program Director at cynthial@abcacademyjackson.com, or by phone at 517-740-0167 If you would like more information or are interested in enrolling your child in our high-quality programs.

Visit our website for more information and virtual tours of our centers at www.abcacademyjackson.com

ABC Academy- A great place for your child to grow, learn and succeed!

CONCORD YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL

Registration for the Concord Youth Baseball and Softball League is now open. See the form below for more information. Deadlines are fast approaching.
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MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARBOOK INFORMATION

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Elementary and Middle School Facebook Page

Have you liked the Elementary/Middle School Facebook Page?


If you have not yet, this week is a great time to start. The Elementary and Middle School use the Facebook page to post many updates and announcements. This Friday was the first-ever Facebook live-streamed morning announcements. Don't miss the news - like the page today.


https://www.facebook.com/Concord-ElementaryMiddle-School-593772624020990/

Upcoming Events

4/13 Juniors SAT Test

4/14 8th grade PSAT Test

4/14 Juniors Work Keys Test and Freshman PSAT Test

4/14 Kindergarten RoundUp Parent Meeting at 6:00 pm via zoom

4/15 8th Grade Virtual Learning Day

4/15 Juniors MSTEP and Sophomores - PSAT

4/20 5th grade Social Studies MSTEP

4/22 5th grade ELA MSTEP

4/27 5th grade Science MSTEP

4/29 5th grade Math MSTEP

5/5 6th and 7th Grade ELA and Math MSTEP

5/6 6th and 7th Grade Virtual Learning Day

5/7 AP Chemistry Test at 8 am

5/11 3rd and 4th Grade ELA MSTEP

5/12 Kindergarten RoundUp from 9 am -6 pm appointment scheduled in advance after the parent meeting

5/13 3rd and 4th Grade Math MSTEP

5/17 AP Computer Science Principles Test at 8 am

5/18- AP English Literature Test at 12 pm

5/26 AP English Language test at 12 pm

5/31 Memorial Day - No School for Students and Staff

6/10 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Half Day