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Concord Community Schools Newsletter


Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, from 1:00-7:00 pm. These conferences will be held virtually. Please, look for communication from your building administrators for more information.

Parent-teacher conferences are an outstanding time to strengthen the home and school partnership. We are a team, so this is the perfect time to discuss your child's progress. This connection is critical. I have bolded the word discuss because we do not want this to be a one-way conversation. We need to hear your voice so we can better educate your student. We look forward to seeing you there!!


This morning, our district entered into a Partnership Agreement with the Modern Classroom Project. Concord Community Schools is the first school in the state of Michigan to be a Partnership School with the Modern Classroom Project. You can find out more information about the Modern Classroom in the infographic and video below.

Becoming a partnership school means that almost half of our staff has agreed to an additional 30 hours of training and 6 months of coaching from a Modern Classroom mentor. This is an incredible commitment from our teachers. It is also a unique experience for our teachers because they are not typically afforded such in-depth and rigorous training. I am really proud of our team and cannot wait for the Modern Classroom Project Launch on Wednesday, November 11 at 3:00 pm.

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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. Plus, beginning Friday, October 23, 2020, Mr. Arbuckle and Ms. Jessica will be live-streaming morning announcements.

Don't miss the news - like the page today.

Elementary and Middle School SEL Corner

After this week we are officially finished with our first Learning Area (Self-Awareness)! So far this year, the Elementary School has explored the YellowJacket Traits of observant, honest, grateful, confident, grit, and growth mindset. In the Middle School, our students have explored: “I know how I am feeling,” “I have strengths and supporters,” and, “I have a growth mindset.”

To wrap up Self-Awareness, next week will be a “Self-Awareness Review Week.” In the Elementary School, this means that each day on the announcements we will be revisiting our first six traits and learning a little bit more about what ‘self-awareness’ really means. In the Middle School, I will be releasing a new slide deck on Monday that also reviews the “I-statements” we have learned and encourages students to complete any Challenge Activities they haven’t already done to earn some last minute ‘Character Points’ before we announce a winning cohort!

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This year COVID-19 has impacted the way we provided services. However, we are doing our best to make sure our families still have access to all of the services and programs that are important to them. One program is CP Federal Student Credit Union. The credit union will still be running, however, there won't be any students helping or people coming in the building. Therefore, there will be a dropbox in the office where students can deposit their money. More information will be coming about this later. If your student does not already have an account, please see the flyers below for more information.

Jackson Early College Information Meeting

Jackson Early College will be hosting virtual informational meetings for Parents of 8th, 9th & 10th Graders. At the meeting, parents will learn how your child could earn a certificate, an Associate’s degree, or up to 60 transferable credits at little-to-no cost to families. The meetings will take place on October 26, November 4, November 24, and December 3 at 6 p.m. If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique educational opportunity and have questions prior to the parent meetings, speak to your child’s high school counselor or contact Jean Logan, JCEC administrator — or (517) 581-2003.

PLEASE RSVP: In your response, please indicate your child’s name & school district. A link on how to join the virtual meeting will be sent to you.


The district is working to support our families that are struggling with the internet at home. Whether it is spotty service or limited data, sometimes in Concord we just do not have good access to the internet. We are working with the ISD to have WiFi antennas installed on the outside of both the ES/MS and HS buildings. When this is finished, there are spaces in the parking lot where families can have access to free wifi 24 - 7. We anticipate the antennas to be installed and operational in about 2 weeks.

In addition to the wifi in the parking lot, we will be sending hot spots out into our district on Wednesday. If you are in need of wifi access, you can go to the location listed below at the scheduled time and access the internet. This will give families the opportunity to download or upload an assignment, easily attend a zoom meeting for additional support, and watch videos that are tough to stream and/or download at home.

Burger King Parma, 12301 W Michigan Ave 11am-12pm

Tractor Supply, Albion 12:20pm-1:20pm

Pulaski Free Methodist Church 1:50pm-2:50pm

Upcoming Events

10/19 No School for Students

10/20 HS PSAT (9TH grade)

10/27 SAT Makeup (12th Grade)

10/29 HS PSAT/NMSQT (10th grade)

11/4 Parent-Teacher Conferences 1:00-7:00 p.m.

11/17 Picture Retakes

11/25 -11/27 No School for Staff and Students - Thanksgiving Break

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