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Our February Heroes 
The Concept program History Heroes is designed to promote success in and out of the classroom. 
We want to recognize students acting as civics leaders in their communities or schools, and students who are going above and beyond in their Social Studies classrooms. 
February Winners are:
Mohamed Jama from Noble Academy Columbus

Jordan Bennett from Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School 
Tyler Blodgett from Gateway Science Academy Fyler 

Concept Teachers Gear Up for Next Generation Science Standards 
K-3 teachers from our
three Chicago region
elementary schools
participated in a day-long
introductory session regarding the new Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).The NGSS were written
by a team of science education experts across the country hoping to better prepare students for college and career in the 21st century. Illinois is one of 26 states planning on fully adopting the NGSS standards. 
Teachers spent their
professional development
day learning about the new organization of the NGSS standards as well as working with teachers from other schools to draft sample units. In a crafty break-out sessions, the team of teachers from each grade level were given reading selection hooks and hands-on material samples and possibilities surrounding a single standard to sketch their plans. 

Helen Marie Prescod, 
a HSA Columbus senior, 
has been accepted to the 
United States Military 
Academy at West Point 
USMA was ranked #2 
among the public schools 
in the nation by The US 
News & World Report.   
Congratulations Helen, 
her parents, Mrs. Aykan, 
Mr. Jaihoon, and all HSA 
Columbus teachers and 

STEAM Ed on Stage at 2016 Concept Art & Language Contest
2016 Concept Schools Art and Language Contest has been organized in three regions during the  first week of March. Concepts Schools from Illinois, Missouri and Minnesota met in 
Chicago for the West and 
South West Region final.
On day 2, Concept 
Schools from Columbus, 
Dayton and Indianapolis met in Dayton for the South Ohio and Indiana Region final and on day 3, Lorain was the meeting point of Youngstown,
Lorain, Cleveland, Toledo and Detroit schools for the North Ohio and Michigan Region finals.
Students expressed their talents in Turkish and Hispanic dances, Turkish and Spanish songs as well as Turkish poetry.
See the uploaded results on our website.
Sharpening Our Classroom Writing Skills

Concept Schools' annual writing competition continues to grow and evolve each year. This year we had a record number of submissions; students in grades 3-12 wrote on a variety of topics and in a variety of genres.  For the first time we linked the competition with our new writing assessments in the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) Journeys and Collections texts that our schools have purchased. This achieved two goals - teachers and students focused on writing in the classroom and, since the assessments were linked to enduring understanding and essential questions, connected the classroom to the real world. It was successful as we saw improved entries and depth of thinking. This year's winners are:

3-5th Grade Band
  • 1st Place - Gabby Jolei Munoz, 5th Grade HSA Lorain, Fictional Narrative: No Title
  • 2nd Place - Lilianna Vaughn, 3rd Grade HSA Lorain, Personal Narrative: My Community and How It Helps Me
  • 3rd Place - Hamdi Rashid, 3rd Grade HSA Columbus Elementary, Personal Narrative: No Title

6-8th Grade Band

  • 1st Place - Lily Bell, 8th Grade GSA Fyler St. Louis, Personal Narrative: No Title
  • 2nd Place - Amya Washington, 7th Grade HSA Belmont Chicago, Opinion Essay: The Time Is Now... Stop!
  • 3rd Place - Jylan Webster, 7th Grade IMSA South Indianapolis, Opinion Essay: Is Seeing Really Believing?
9-12th Grade Band
  • 1st Place - Justin Wilton, 10th Grade MMSA Michigan, Speech:  Nutritious and Delicious? Or Wasting Lunches in Bunches? Are Schools Foods Really Healthy?
  • 2nd Place - Rowan Elliot, 9th Grade GSA Fyler St. Louis, Argument: Freedom
  • 3rd Place - Shagufta Khan, 10th Grade CMSA Chicago, Speech: Citizenship = Equality
Winners were presented with their prizes at the Speech and Spoken Word Competition award ceremony in Indianapolis on March 19th. Congratulations to the winners!  
4,700 Concept Students Compete in the Online Math Contest

More than 4,700 students from 30 Concept Schools competed in the online round of the 2016 Concept Math Olympics on Jan 25-Feb 12, and the competition was fiercer than ever!
The top 262 finalists were invited to take the second-round, paper-based test at the Indiana Math and Science Academy North, where they were given the chance to win gift cards, medals, wristbands and certificates.
Concept Schools Central Office organizes this annual competition to inspire Concept Schools' students to get excited about math. 
The competition consisted of grade-specific tests 5th-12th grades.
Please click here for Indianapolis MathCON Results.
Best Schools at Concept Math Contest
Elementary Schools Division
Noble Academy Columbus
Gateway Science Academy - Smiley
Horizon Science Academy - McKinley Park
Indiana Math and Science Academy - West
Horizon Science Academy - Southwest Chicago
Middle Schools Division
Gateway Science Academy - Fyler
Noble Academy Columbus
Chicago Math and Science Academy
Michigan Math and Science Academy
Horizon Science Academy - Dayton Downtown
High Schools Division
Horizon Science Academy - Cleveland High School
Michigan Math and Science Academy
Chicago Math and Science Academy
Horizon Science Academy - Columbus High School
Gateway Science Academy - Fyler

HSA Columbus Junior Invited to Stanford Summer Engineering Program
Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School junior Anaiya Manuel recently achieved a milestone in her academic career. She was invited to attend Stanford for a selection of programs. This summer, Anaiya will be going to Berkeley in San Francisco Bay, California to participate in an NSLC biotechnology program for nine days.

Last summer, she participated in an engineering program at Yale University that included working with a design team to pitch a product, coding, designing a robot to perform underwater, and building trebuchets. She aspires to attend either Stanford, Yale, or Berkeley but has also considered looking into MIT. Her love of math inspired her interest in computer engineering, among other branches of engineering. 
HSA Lorain Lands Top Prize, Heads to World's Largest Science & Engineering Fair (Intel) 
Recently 18 of HSA Lorain students participated in NEOSEF (Northern Eastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair), the largest science fair in Ohio.  
Jalicia Smalley's project placed 1st out of 554 projects, winning her the grand prize and qualifying her to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), world's largest science fair! There she will compete with more than 1,750 students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries for prizes and scholarships totaling $5 million.

Congratulations, Jalicia, and thank you to Mr. Savas, Mrs. Feyza, Ms. Matjasic, Mrs. Gencler, Mr. Pekel and Mr. Art for supporting Jalicia with her project and to all the staff at HSA Lorain who contributed to the NEOSEF participants' success by providing high-quality STEM-focused instruction. 
View photos and all NEOSEF award winners here.
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