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Concord Community Schools Newsletter

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IS THE START OF LEARNING!

Every year our staff focuses on building relationships with our students especially in the first days of school. However, relationships have a very different meaning this year. After a year and a half of ongoing low-grade stress and uncertainty, the importance of relationships has never been more clear. Building connections with others, without technology, is critical to our success and well-being. Humans are inherently pack-animals, so we know YellowJackets are stronger in a swarm!! Therefore, my heart was full when I watched our fifth graders work together to build their social contract! Together they were establishing what they needed from each other to grow into a high-function team. If you have a fifth-grade student, be sure to ask them about their social contract!

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE HIVE WITH MR. ARBUCKLE

We are off to an amazing start to the school year! Everyone is excited to be back and together. Here are some of the happenings at the HIVE...


Students can earn Bee-havior Bucks for exemplifying outstanding behavior. When students earn a ticket they bring it to the office and have the choice to put their ticket in 1 of 3 buckets. This past week our winners were: Eli Lybarger in Mrs. Lehman's 2nd-grade class and he won the family game box. Ayla Blossom from Mrs. Lamb's 4th-grade class won lunch with Mr. Arbuckle. Ruthie Stevens in Mrs. Stacks' 4th-grade class won VIP tickets to the tailgate football game next Friday. The 3 buckets for our next drawing are a cider and donut party with 3 friends, lunch with Mrs. B, and a take-home pumpkin carving kit.


Our first Jacket Java with Mr. Arbuckle is Tuesday, September 7th at 7:00 am in the middle school gym. This month's topics are Powerschool and Google Classroom. Parents can learn how to access these tools and see some of the neat features they have. This will be recorded if you cannot make it and published on the middle school and elementary website parent resources tab.


Elementary and Middle School Picture Day is Wednesday, September 8th.

To pre-order online go to this site. geskusphoto.com/fallorders

Website code for elementary orders - 4916ZJVLNJJHZJ

Website code for middle school orders - 4915ZTRHODZIMG

THE LAUNCH OF PLTW -HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS AND OUR NEW BIOMEDICAL ACADEMIC PATHWAY

Over the course of the next two years, our high school students will begin to notice some new courses being offered on their course selection sheets. The high school staff is being very intentional about redesigning the current courses and getting training so they can offer new learning experiences to our high school YellowJackets. One of the courses launched this year is PLTW - Human Body Systems. This course falls in our Biomedical Academic Pathway and gives students the opportunity, through projects, such as determining the identity of a skeleton using both forensic anthropology and DNA analysis, students examine the interactions of human body systems and apply what they know to solve real-world medical cases.


I got to see the class first-hand today, and I was so impressed. The students were researching the human body, drawing diagrams, and beginning to make 3D models of certain organ systems. Some of the student work is shared in the pictures below. Junior, Layla Hellard, has enjoyed the class. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field after finishing high school and college, so she is able to really explore this passion through taking this course.

CONCORD SENIOR IS A FORCE IN THE NATIONAL ESPORTS CHESS TOURNAMENT

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KIDS READ NOW

Kids Read Now (KRN): September 3rd is the last day to submit books read for KRN. If you have not already entered the books you read this summer do so ASAP!


Parent Guide

We are also mailing each family our Parent Guide as an extra engagement piece for the program. Click here to view the online version. After reading the guide, start logging the books your student reads, they will be eligible for rewards when they return to school in the fall if they are actively participating.

COMMUNITY TAILGATE

Make sure you add the Community Tailgate to your calendar. Families will be able to enjoy meals from 5:30-6:30 and then walk over to the varsity game that begins at 7:00 pm.

FIRST K-8 YELLOWJACKETS OF THE WEEK ANNOUNCED TODAY!!

We recognized our FIRST group of YellowJackets of the Week today! Take a peek at our most observant Jackets.



Someone who is observant pays a lot of attention to things and notices more

about them than most people do. Learning to be more observant is important

because paying close attention to your internal thoughts, feelings, and emotions

-- as well as things going on around you (like people, places, things, and even

changes!)-- helps you improve yourself, react to things quickly, and (at the same time) grow your empathy skills.

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7TH AND 8TH GRADE STUDENTS: WASHINGTON DC TRIP REMINDER


You are able to sign your child up for the Washington DC trip for a few more months. If interested, please click the link below. The earlier you sign up, the lower the monthly payment will be.


www.explorica.com/Smith-2022#.YK-7oT4yqys.link

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 and announcements, and 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

REPEATED UPDATES AND REMINDERS SECTION

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Upcoming Events

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