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Concord has a long-standing tradition of having great runners; that tradition was upheld on Saturday at the MHSAA state finals at MIS. Our runners shattered expectations!! Coach Jordan lays out the details below. Their discipline and hard work lead the way, but their sense of team made it glorious. They pushed and sacrificed with and for each other all year in practices and meets, so Saturday was technically not any different. They each pushed themselves to new limits so the other could celebrate team success, however, it did feel different as we watched them accomplish this defeat together. To say I am proud is an understatement; their work this year, which culminated in a race on Saturday, was empowering. Whether they realize it or not, they made everyone's dreams draw into clearer focus, and they inspired the next wave of runners that rooted so loudly for them at the finish line. For that, I cannot thank them enough!! Thank you to our amazing coaches and parents that supported the team all year!! CONGRATULATIONS RUNNERS YOU WERE ALL INCREDIBLE!!

On Saturday, November 6, 2021, the cross country teams traveled to MIS to compete in the State Finals. We had 3 athletes earn All-State Honors. With Jonathan finishing second overall as he ran his fastest time ever, that also earned him the ninth fastest time in school history. Joe Bulko earned All-State, Adair Artis earned All-State as he ran his fastest time ever. Lleyton Bauman had his fastest time ever. Malachi Boyd ran his fastest time of the season. Isaac Waldron ran his second-fastest time ever. Then Nolan Korman ran amazing considering his foot was swollen and in a lot of pain, and that was before the gun went off. Coach Jordan states, "(He is) Very Proud of You Guys! Way to work hard, and let's work even harder so we can do this again in the future. Only one way to get here and that is: More Hard Work. Challenge yourself and anything is possible."

Our two Girls also had a great day as Haylee Rinehart ran her fastest time of the season and Caitlin Wright ran her second-fastest time of the season.

It has been a great year and I thank all of the athletes for their hard work this past season.

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Wednesday evening, Concord's chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) inducted its newest members from the Class 2023. Students must apply to become a member of the NHS. In order to be accepted into the organization, the students must meet rigorous criteria in the four pillars: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. We are so proud of these student leaders! We look forward to watching them continue to make an impact on our #ONEHIVE community.


Adair Artis

Autumn Cornell

Mariell Bommarito

Samantha Kessman

Hannah Jordan

Madison Coburn

Morgan Stilson

Isaac Waldron

Tyson Walker

Current Members:

Josef Bulko

Tyler Carpenter

Madison Connelly

Paityn DeForest

Cadence Easterwood

Karlee Gamet

Lauren Gray

Hadley Kettwich

Jonathan Mikovits

Kayal Miller

Georgia Weeks

Rylee Weeks

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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.


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The high school band put on another beautiful performance honoring our Veterans on Thursday, November 11, 2021. The performance was scaled back this year, but it was nonetheless incredible. The band too is smaller than it has been historically, but that did not stop them from filling the gym with magic music. They had such full and robust harmony throughout their song selection; it was joyful. The songs, however, were not the only focus. The band members truly performed with heart and gratitude. They read historical pieces and pieces they had written to transition from one song to the next, and our very own solider, Kevin Specht, read the Soldier's Creed. We are so thankful for the service of our current, former, and future soldiers!!!
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SEVENTY NINE (wow!) 5th-8th grade students celebrated their Honor Roll (3.0 or higher) status this week with a surprise movie and popcorn celebration! We are so proud of our hive; keep up the good work, Jackets!

5th Grade-

Mateo Bommarito

Jeremiah Davis-Bailey

Ava Foster

Karson Frazer

Preston Holt

Greg Johnson

James Jordon

Jayden Metcalf

Emma Norris

Audrey Pyle

Liam Reynolds

Zack Stevens

Zion Eddings

Derek Guzman

Alexis Hamilton

Finn Hutchinson

Wyatt Mandrelle

Levi Otto

Audrey Rinehart

Hagen Stimer

6th Grade-

Mya Barrett

Delaney Caples

Amani Carter

Brylee Cavender

Jessica Clouser

Brady Coburn

Charlie Cole

Rakai Hill

Tru Kloack

Kaitlyn Lack

Ty May

Allie Morris

Alyssa Persinger

Addison Riske

Annie Saenz

Lizzie Smith

Emily Smith

Gage Thurman

Carter Vandenburgh

Gavan Vick

Hunter Watts

7th Grade-

Avery Arbuckle

Liam Bauman

Colton Gray

Carter Keefer

Louise Lamb

Bradie Lehman

Waylon Mandrelle

Reagan Mehl

Makena Niceswander

Lucy Otto

Kristen Parker

Bella Peterson

Hannah Ryan

Kadin Shook

Keaton Smith

Hunter Stilson

Haley Stimer

Easton Woolworth

8th Grade-

Tylend Allen

Cierra Barrett

Lane Blossom

Emma Burbo

Jasmine Carr

Johnathan Clouser

Bella Coppernoll

Trenton Frazer

Brayden Grindall

Slade Hellard

Ethan Herrick

Maddox Hutchinson

Elizabeth Jordon

Jaylin Knoblett

Jordyan Metcalf

Brodey Persinger

Gavin Riske

Macy Sinden

Connor Stevens

Julia Stevens

Lilieana Vandenburgh


The 6th grade Science class dropped their eggs from the press box on Wednesday. This past week they have been working on their designs to protect their eggs and learning how to fill out a scientific inquiry. Out of the 35 eggs that were dropped, 28 of them survived and only 7 cracked. The students did such a great job of coming up with unique ideas to prevent the egg from cracking.


One of the most important protective factors a school can provide is a sense of connection and safety. If students feel safe and connected, they are more likely to engage in their learning. When the year began, we wanted to be intentional about building our #ONEHIVE community in order to keep our students engaged here at school. Throughout the semester, the middle school has put several things in place to accomplish this goal. This week they launched the basketball student section which was led by Ms. Concord (the Concord Spirit Whisperer), Bella Coppernoll. It was so much fun watching the students cheer on their 8th-grade team to a WILD victory Wednesday evening. The 8th-grade team pulled out a close one-point win in overtime to move to 4-0 on the season. They would not have been able to do that without the support of their fans. It was awesome to see them have so much fun!
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Be sure to congratulate our YellowJackets of the Week who exemplify responsibility!

Responsibility means being dependable (people can count on you), making good choices, and taking accountability for your actions (when you do something- whether it’s right, wrong, or otherwise- you own it and act accordingly). A responsible citizen looks out for the well-being of others and understands we all have a part to play in making the world a better place. Sometimes responsible people are also called ‘helpers.’

You might have also heard the word ‘responsibility’ used in a different way: a responsibility can also be something that you're expected to do (like following school rules, or a classroom job you have). When you don't meet your responsibilities, sometimes there are consequences.

This week we will learn more about responsibility and start to develop an

understanding of what ‘personal responsibility' is!

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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


On May 12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education released information for school districts regarding the Federal Communication Commission's Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB). The EBB is a temporary federal program to help eligible families pay for internet service during the pandemic. Households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) during the 2019-2020, 2020-2021, or 2021-2022 school year, including children who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, are eligible for the EBB Program. To date, more than 6 million eligible households have enrolled, and approximately $2.5 billion of the $3.1 billion appropriated for the program remain available.

We encourage you to use the resources below to share this opportunity with schools and districts in your networks, whose communities may qualify for the EBB, so they can access these additional resources.

The Department of Education's EBB website has further information about the program. On the website, you will find an introductory letter and “Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ) document to assist schools in learning about the program and includes strategies for reaching out to their school community about the EBB. The letter and FAQ can also be found at the following website. In addition, an “Outreach Toolkit" with sample templates can be found online.

For the list of qualifying criteria for the EBB program, please see FAQ B-3 on the Department of Education's EBB website. We encourage you to share this opportunity with your colleagues who serve stakeholders who may meet such qualifying criteria.


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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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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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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