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Concord Community Schools Newsletter


The elementary and middle schools held an impromptu spirit day today. The trait of the week was flexibility and they were demonstrating that trait by making the best out of a tough week. Ms. Concord (Bella Coppernoll) and Mr. Concord (Mr. Arbuckle) went around delivering the trait of the week certificates and checking out the level of Purple and Gold Pride demonstrated by each class. Our students shattered expectations; it was a wonderful morning! #ONEHIVE
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Our school community has faced some tough challenges with COVID this week. The increase in the number of positive cases, with the evidence of spread, and the changing MDHHS and JCHD guidelines lead to some big changes this week. The new Concord guidance is posted below.

The mask mandate that began on Wednesday is scheduled to end after school on Friday, January 21st. A majority of the athletic competitions that were scheduled for next week have been canceled and rescheduled, so our students do not need to compete in masks. I know the mask mandate is not ideal, but it has already had an impact. With positive cases today, we have not had to place any students in quarantine. I appreciate your flexibility and patience as we work through this. Further, I am very grateful for the families that reached out and shared their feedback and concerns in a manner in which we could work toward a solution or understanding.

I will continue to remind everyone that the students and staff that are testing positive for COVID have displayed different symptoms than what we saw a year ago. Positive test results are found in both vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff. Please monitor for these symptoms and if your child is not feeling well, please keep them home. Please be especially diligent if your child was identified as a close contact. We have had many students that were close contacts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday last week test positive on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday of this week which is a longer incubation period than what we have previously experienced.


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Previously Shared Information:

Therefore, we need your help. It is reported that symptoms of COVID-19 resemble that of a common cold or allergies. If your child is feeling ill, please keep them home. If your child has a fever, they must be fever-free for 24 hours without medication before they can return to school. Almost all of our classes place work in Google Classroom so if they miss school, they can work virtually.

If you or a family member has symptoms and/or tests positive please keep your child home from school even if they do not have symptoms and notify the office. This year our students that have tested positive for COVID had one or more members in their home that tested positive. Further, if you have your child tested for any reason, they should not return to school until you have a verified negative test result. If they take a rapid test and a PCR test, they need to stay home until you get the PCR results even if the rapid test is negative.


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Seniors, please check the Google Class of 2022 for a new scholarship that has been posted. The scholarship comes from the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation. Requirements include:

  • Be a senior attending a public or private Michigan High School Graduate by August of the application year.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Complete an application form and essay
  • And, meet additional requirements as noted in the application package

All applications are due by 11:59 pm on March 1st. Start now, as you will need to gather certain documents for this. This scholarship gives out 40 $2,000 scholarships each year.

Seniors, as you apply and await to hear if you have been awarded a scholarship, please be sure to check your spam folders as there are times that emails will send important notices like these to that spam folder.
Any senior interested in a construction-related career should check out the scholarship posting in the Class of 2022 Google classroom titled, "Construction Related Career Scholarship". This $1,000 scholarship is offered by the Jackson Commercial Contractors Association and is due March 21st.

Seniors, another scholarship opportunity. Aeroquip Credit Union will be awarding 4 scholarships. This is a fairly local scholarship and a pretty simple application. Look for the Aeroquip Credit Union Scholarship posted in the Class of 2022, under the topic Scholarships.


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Dear Class of 2022 Parents and Guardians,

I wanted to pass on this scholarship information to you in the hopes that it will open the opportunity for you to encourage your student to apply for scholarships.

I have shared with them our (all can be found in our Class of 2022 Google Classroom):

  • Local Concord scholarships
  • Local Jackson County resident scholarships
  • Calhoun County resident scholarships
  • A couple of different legit scholarship search engines
I have informed them to:

  • Check the financial tab on the websites of colleges that they have applied to and review that institution's scholarship opportunities.
  • Check with each business that they visit to ask if they have scholarship opportunities (the worst they can say is no)
  • Check with the banks and/or credit unions that they may be a member of for scholarship opportunities.
  • Keep checking the listings as new ones may be added at any time.
  • Never count yourself out. Apply, and let the scholarship committee decide. The only guaranteed no is not applying.

    There is also a spreadsheet that I made for them to use to keep track of scholarships that they are applying for. This will be good to keep with them if they choose to go the college/trades pathway, as many scholarships are renewable or can be applied for beyond their freshman year of college. Scholarships are out there for both college and trade schools.

Myself and Mr. Mojume (from the College and Career Access Center) are here to support them and have offered our assistance in scholarship completion. Looking ahead, we are going to begin working on applications and resumes for those headed to the workforce.

I hope that you all have a very restful break surrounded by your loved ones,

Kelly Otto


Ms. Price announced the date Concord will host the graduation ceremony this week. It is earlier than it has been in the past. Please see the letter that was sent to the parents of our seniors for more information.
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This fall we have been working on upgrading the look of our website. Our hope was to make it more visually appealing and easier to navigate. The website is still under a bit of construction as some of the pages are begin reviewed for relevancy, but the new site is live. You can see the link below for more information. This winter we will be launching a new application for access information about the district on your mobile device. Stay tuned for updates.

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


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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Upcoming Events

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