Concordia Middle School News

September 2020

From the Principal . . .

What a fantastic start to the school year! I am so excited to be at Concordia Middle School. Last year I was the MTSS/Testing Director for Concordia - USD #333, and I absolutely love Concordia. Prior to coming to Concordia, I taught mathematics at Herington High School for 21 years. I am looking forward to a great year amidst the challenges of COVID.

Upcoming Events

September 3rd & 4th - 5th grade goes to Starbase

September 7th - Labor Day - No School

September 10th & 11th - 5th grade goes to Starbase

September 17th & 18th - 5th grade goes to Starbase

September 18th - Progress Reports Sent Home

September 24th - 5th grade goes to Starbase

September 25th - Homecoming - Early Dismissal @ 1:30

September 28th - 5th grade goes to Starbase

September 30th - Fall Picture Day

A Word from Nurse Jennifer

It is important to keep our schools healthy and protect other students and staff. COVID 19 symptoms can mimic symptoms of other illnesses. If your child has a fever they need to stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. If your child has any of these symptoms, unexplained by another condition such as asthma, allergies, etc., please keep them home until symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medications that suppress or hide these symptoms:


  • Fever or chills

  • Cough (different from baseline with asthma)

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

If your child does have these symptoms and they are worsening please seek your Physicians advice. There is no cure or medication to treat COVID 19. Treatment is rest, pushing fluids, and treating the symptoms. Testing is available in Concordia at the Family Care Center. Please call ahead and let them know you are wanting tested and they will give you directions on when and where to come in for testing. Routine testing is not done through the Emergency Room. Please call your Dr.’s office and they can give you direction.

Hutch's Holler

Mr. Hutchinson is in his third year as the CMS School Counselor. He also organizes the Mentoring program, Career Day, Junior High Community Career Tours, and Senior Interview Day for CHS. For CMS students, he teaches guidance classes, does individual counseling, lunch group counseling, and a 6th-grade leadership club. As of right now, COVID has limited spacing, shifted duties, and offset the schedule, so lunch groups and the leadership group are postponed. However, when those programs start back up, parents will be sent an email. All parents should have received an email from Mr. Hutchinson for counseling referrals. If you didn't receive it, please contact CMS to make sure your email is listed correctly. If you would like to have your child visit with Mr. Hutchinson, you can also contact him at brandt.hutchinson@usd333.com.

Fall Picture Day!

It is picture day at CMS once again! September 30th, TH Photography will be coming in the morning to take everyone's pictures. If your student needs another picture order form, please call CMS at 785-243-2114 and we will be happy to provide another! If you have any questions you can email the photographer at tiff@tiffanyhansenphotography.com.

5th Grade Goes to Starbase

Starting September 3rd, fifth grade will be going to Starbase. 5th grade students will be heading to STARBASE one day a week for the next 5 weeks. At STARBASE they will be learning about Newton's Laws of Motion, rocketry, robotics, and more. Students will have a hand-on learning opportunity during their weekly sessions to explore, discover, and create new skills!


Reminder - Students will need a sack lunch, and they must have their permission slips signed in order to go! If you would like CMS to provide a lunch for your student, please call the office to have that arranged!

PRIDE Classes

The 6th grade students have PRIDE time at the end of each day. Here are the choices:


Archery: Do you love to fling arrows and compete against yourself and others? Maybe you have never shot bows and arrows before and would love to learn how? This would be the perfect class to take! We will be learning the art of archery through the NASP program, and practicing hands on every day! (Nutsch)


Hot Topics… What’s going on in the world? Want to keep up on the latest and greatest events that are happening currently? Hot Topics includes discussing current, interesting and fun events. We watch CNN 10 to get the latest news. We create“Caption It” projects where your imagination gets to run wild. We also present current events through videos we locate. It’s a great way to share a mass amount of interesting and fun news to everyone in a short time. We also create a Limited Edition newspaper for the Middle School. (James)


Origami: Do you enjoy transforming a basic piece of paper into a work of art? Origami is the art of folding and sculpting paper to create beautiful structures. Origami is good for you as it develops eye hand coordination, sequencing skills, spatial skills, memory, but also patience and attention skills. It allows you to develop fine motor skills and mental concentration. (Jackson)


Engineering and Robotics: We will complete different building/construction challenges using everyday materials as well as Lego Robotics. If you like building, taking apart, or putting things back together - this may be the class for you. (Stiles)

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September Pawsitive Counts Winners

Pictured above are this month's pawsitive counts winners!


Reese Franklin - 5th Grade


Ava Metro - 6th Grade