HSA Belmont Places Fourth in Regional Math League Competition


Fifth and sixth grade students from Horizon Science Academy Belmont in Chicago, led by Mrs. Damar, placed 4th out of 88 schools in the region at The Math League's annual mathematics competition. The Math League is a national organization that holds competitions in each state throughout the country, evaluating students on various math skills according to their grade level.


Mathletes Dylan Figuredo, Dakari Thomas, Iari Figuredo, Jasmine Jones and Amya Washington, showed Illinois schools that math definitely rocks at HSA Belmont!

Spanish Spelling Bee Winners

Spanish foreign language students studied their Spanish vocabulary and took the stage to compete in the Concept Spanish Spelling Bee at HSA Lorain on May 9, 2015.

The bees were held according to grade level, and we're proud to announce this year's top spellers:

High School
Maria Quiñones, HSA Toledo (winner)
William Stark, HSA Cleveland High (runner up)

Middle School
Maryam Abbas, Noble Academy of Cleveland (winner)
Ada Blattner, HSA Springfield (runner up)

Elementary School
Teresa Quiñones, HSA Toledo (winner)
Daniel Clemmos, Noble Academy Cleveland (runner up)

Sights & Sounds of Concept Schools

Art & Language Contest


The Concept Art & Language Contest was held at Copernicus Center in Chicago on April 25, 2015. Turkish and Spanish language learners from across the Concept Schools network came to Chicago to sing in both languages and perform the folk dances of both cultures. In the Song Category, there were 7 Turkish, 3 Spanish, and 2 English songs. The Folk Dance Category featured 5 Turkish folk dances, 3 Hispanic dances, and 1 African folk dance as a guest culture.

The large audience in the auditorium was enthralled with their performances! We thank all the participating students and teachers for their hard work and for the beautiful day of art and language. The results:

Turkish songs
Biviana Benitez, HSA McKinley (winner)
Joselin Ramirez, IMSA West (runner up)
Oluwakemi Oyedokun, CMSA (third place winner)

Spanish songs
Essynce Mitchell, HSA Cleveland High (winner)
Jonelle Wylie and Jocelyn Wylie, Michigan MSA (runner up)
Yessina Scott, Quest Peoria (third place winner)

English songs
Oluwakemi Oyedokun, CMSA (winner)
Trio of Moon Streitz, Peyton Otis, Deshawna Flesh, GSA Fyler (runner up)

Turkish folk dances
HSA Dayton Downtown (winner)
GSA Fyler (runner up)
HSA Cleveland High (third place winner)

Hispanic folk dances
HSA Toledo (winner)
Michigan MSA (runner up)
HSA Cleveland High (third place winner)

Guest folk dances (African)
IMSA South (winner) 

Top Award in OH State Science Fair and More!
Congratulations to Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School 11th grader Yoly Rodriguez for achieving a superior award at the Ohio State Science Fair held on May 16th. The superior award is the top award at the State Science Fair. She also received a first place and $500 monetary award from Nestle, the Food Science and Engineering Award, and $2,000 scholarship from the Ohio State University, Department of Food & Science Technology.

Yoly earned another first place award and $150 check at the National Technical Association (NTA) annual science fair, which was held at the Tri-C College on May 15th. Also receiving awards at the NTA science fair were Kayla Morton (2nd Place and $100 money award) and Tai'veon Lindsey (3rd Place and $75 money award). Congratulations to all!
Big Win at I-SWEEP International Fair

Among the 427 projects from 67 countries at the International Sustainable Word Project Olympiad (Energy, Engineering & Environment) or I-SWEEP, Michigan Math and Science Academy 11th grader Mason Brudzinksi's project earned him a bronze medal and $150 monetary award. He also won a special award worth to $500 given by Banes General Contractors. His project explored the Development of a Low-Cost Aggregate Imaging System. Congratulations, Mason!

April History Heroes

To round out a stellar school year full of History Heroes, we are pleased to announce several History Heroes for the last month of this program:
  • Shafie Warsame - HSA Columbus High School
  • Hayden Champnoise - HSA Toledo
  • Norah Kramer - GSA South
  • Cayla Crawford - HSA Dayton Elementary
  • Marcella Arguello - Indiana Math and Science Academy North
We congratulate these students, who act as civics leaders in their communities or schools and go above and beyond in their social studies classrooms. And we look forward to recognizing a new group of History Heroes next school year!

2 Concept Schools Named "Best High Schools" in the Country

Our very own Chicago Math & Science Academy and Indiana Math and Science Academy were awarded a Bronze Medal in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best High Schools ranking. Only 4 charter schools in Illinois and 9 in Indiana made the list.

Considering there are around 30,000 public high schools in the United States, this is truly a great honor and testament to the hard work and dedication of the students, teachers, staff, parents, and community members involved with these schools. We congratulate both schools on their accomplishment!
STEM education was front and center in Cleveland, Ohio at STEMCON 2015, a 3-day convention devoted to improving STEM education across the nation. STEM educators and professionals from across the United States gathered at the Cleveland Convention Center for the STEM Conference on April 16-18, including the President-Elect of the National Science Teachers Association, the principals of the two top-rated STEM high schools in the country, and many distinguished professors of education and STEM subjects. All the details are at stemcon.net.

12th Annual CONSEF
Following the professional conference was the 13th annual Concept Schools Science & Engineering Fair on April 18. Students from within and outside the Concept network showed off their STEM learning with the Science Fair Project Session, STEM Expo, Math Expo, ROBOCON, and more. Students were even able to meet and talk with aerospace engineers from NASA!

All the students did an excellent job. Click here to find out who the Best in Category and Best Schools were this year!

Students "Spoke Their Peace" at Concept Speech and Spoken Word Competition 

Concept Schools' 2015 Speech and Spoken Word Contest

The annual Concept Schools' Speech and Spoken Word competition took place in Columbus Ohio at the Museum of Art on Saturday, May 2nd. The many talents of our students and teachers were on display this year and we were pleased to feature the Concept Art Fair participants, whose works were displayed in a gallery format in the atrium while we ate lunch.

This year's winners of "Name Your Cause Speak Your Peace" were:

Free Form Spoken Word
1st Place - Faith Morgan IMSA North

2nd Place - Ciara Mitchell Michigan Math and Science Academy

3rd Place - Johnny Burtin HSA Cleveland High School

Recited Spoken Word
1st Place - Cheyenne Burrell HSA Cleveland Middle School

2nd Place Elizabeth Morell HSA Cleveland High School

3rd Place Justin Wilton Michigan Math and Science Academy

Persuasive Speech
1st Place - Lord Boachie HSA Columbus High School

2nd Place - Jasmyn Gatson IMSA North

3rd Place - Amani Morgan IMSA North

Team Spoken Word
1st Place - Quest Charter Academy (Alanna Young, Stephon Greenlee, Deaunte Berry, Kizenga Bragard)

2nd Place - HSA Columbus High School (Moliqua Fanroy, Indiana McCartney, Behamy Joseph, Zephania Asiamah)

3rd Place - HSA Cleveland Middle School (Jovontae Williams, Miranda Crump) 

Chicago ICE 2015
The 3rd Annual Chicago International Conference on Education took place May 26-27 at the Swissotel Chicago with a welcoming dinner cruise on Lake Michigan on Memorial Day. The purpose of Chicago ICE is to foster discussion and collaboration between educators around the world for the betterment of K-12 education. Presenters from 20 countries, including Austria, India, and South Africa, among many others, shared their latest research and best practices with hundreds of educators from a wide range of cultures and nationalities. 

To enrich this unique conference even further, guests were treated to musical performances by the Chicago Math & Science Academy Band and impressive student artwork from across the Concept network.


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