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Dec. 20, 2018


ABC 57: Cool Schools: Anne’s Kits for Kids helps under-served students succeed

A program inspired by a Concord West Side Elementary School teacher’s family is now helping to provide under-served students in Elkhart with the building blocks to succeed. It’s called Anne’s Kits for Kids. It was a passion project that stemmed out of a memory of Anne Longenbaugh.

Dec. 13, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Concord spreads holiday cheer

Christmas came a bit early for several second-graders at Concord Community Schools this week. More than 100 children chowed down on pizza and participated in an array of games and crafts at the district’s annual Community Christmas Party on Wednesday afternoon, eagerly awaiting Santa Claus and his elves.

Dec. 7, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Concord students help feed the hungry

Students at Concord South Side Elementary School are using their competitive spirits to help feed residents in need for the holiday. The K-4 school began its annual food drive on Monday with a goal of raising 900 pounds of food for Church Community Services.

Dec. 4, 2018


THE GOSHEN NEWS: Concord honors board member for 20 years of service

Longtime Concord Community Schools board member Cathy Tahmassebi was recognized for her 20 years of service during Monday’s school board meeting at the Concord Education Center. Tahmassebi was elected to the Concord school board in May 1998 and took office July 1 of that year. She lost her bid for re-election in November for District 2.

Dec. 4, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Concord classified staff receive stipend increase

The Concord School Board has approved a 2.38 percent stipend increase for the district’s classified staff. According to Becky Smith, chief financial officer at Concord Community Schools, the stipends are based on the staff’s evaluation rating for the 2017-18 school year.

Dec. 1, 2018


THE GOSHEN NEWS: Ox Bow students get creative with projects

Science fair projects were on display this week at Ox Bow Elementary School, allowing students to show off their creative minds. Forty-two different boards were set up in the library for judging in this year’s contest. 50 students between first and fourth grade participated, teacher Adam Yoder said.

Dec. 1, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Science projects take center stage: Concord’s Ox Bow Elementary annual event showcases lots of theories 

Watch out Bill Nye. From exploring whether salt can be used to make crystals to the best method to freshen your breath, student scientists at Ox Bow Elementary recently got to show their creative skills at the school’s annual science fair. The library was transformed into a haven for scientists as some 50 students in grades first-through-fourth were able to prove or disprove their theories.

Nov. 30, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Concord Career Day teaches real-world lessons

Concord Junior High School eighth-graders took a break from the regular classroom routine Thursday to learn about possible careers during the school’s annual Career Day. The event, sponsored by the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, was an opportunity for the school’s 423 students to learn about jobs from people in the community who are doing them now.

Nov. 27, 2018


THE GOSHEN NEWS: Concord sweeps senior night over Goshen

It’s always nice to win. It’s even better on nights like Tuesday for the Concord boys and girls swimming teams. The Minutemen swept Goshen in Northern Lakes Conference action on the night they honored 11 seniors. The girls team won 140-45, the boys 103-82.

Nov. 24, 2018


THE SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE: Concord schools introduces drug-sniffing dog

While students are working in class, Concord Community Schools’ newest addition is also at work. Jax, a 2-year-old drug-sniffing K-9, has been regularly patrolling the district’s schools since August.

Nov. 18, 2018


WSBT 22: Concord HS 24-hour pottery marathon raises money for sick kids

24 hours of making pottery – all to support the patients at Riley Children’s Hospital. That’s what students at Concord High School have been doing for the past day. It’s called the Potters Marathon. The event has been taking place for 20 years.

Nov. 15, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Helping mom fight: Concord senior puts basketball on hold during family crisis

As a basketball player, Riley Mathewson was a hard-nosed rebounder for Concord High School coach Cassie Cepeda the last two years. Mathewson won’t be playing for the Minutemen this year, as real life has entered the life of the 18-year-old high school senior. Mathewson’s mother Diana – a kitchen associate manager at Concord Intermediate School – found out in January that, in addition to dealing with congestive heart failure, she also has Stage 4 kidney failure.

Nov. 13, 2018


THE GOSHEN NEWS: Offensive onslaught: Minutemen cruise to first victory of season

Everything seemed to work for the Concord girls basketball team Tuesday night against South Bend Riley. The offense and defense both overpowered the Wildcats as the Minutemen picked up their first victory of the year with a 69-32 victory.

Nov. 13, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Concord honors fall athletes

Concord High School announced its award winners for the 2018 fall athletic season on Monday. Selected as most valuable for their sport were Nate Slabach (boys tennis), Luke Owings (boys cross country), Summer Cooper (girls cross country) and Summer Stevenson (football cheerleader).

Nov. 5, 2018


THE GOSHEN NEWS: Concord success in state tourney

The Concord Minutemen have a pretty good track record when it comes to playing in regional championships. Prior to this season, Concord has appeared in nine regional finales, winning five of them. Three of the five victories have been springboards to playing in state championship contests.

Nov. 3, 2018


THE GOSHEN NEWS: Concord West Side students mark 50 days ’50s style

First-graders at Concord West Side Elementary School celebrated the 50th day of school in style Monday with a 1950s sock hop. Students dressed in poodle skirts and leather vests as they danced in the gymnasium to imitate the fad from 60 years ago.

Nov. 1, 2018


ABC 57: Cool Schools: Concord West Side uses Extreme Clubs to boost reading skills

Staff at Concord West Side Elementary School has developed a unique guided reading program called Extreme Clubs. Since its creation the program has helped to turn the school and test scores around.

Oct. 31, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Four Elkhart County bands march to state finals

And then there were four. Of the eight high school bands in Elkhart County that competed in the Indiana State School Music Association semi-state finals last weekend, four will march on to the state finals. Concord, Northridge, NorthWood and Fairfield ensembles will vie for the state championships at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday.

Oct. 31, 2018


THE GOSHEN NEWS: Concord hosts Blazers in championship

Two schools — Concord and Elkhart Central — that are not that far apart will meet for just the third time in recent years on the gridiron. The Concord Minutemen (5-5) host the Elkhart Central Blue Blazers (6-5) Friday night at Lawrence J. Jackowiak Field in Dunlap in the Class 5A, Sectional 10 championship.

Oct. 28, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Creating a legacy for Elkhart teen

The parents of a teen who passed away unexpectedly nearly two years ago are seeing their daughter’s legacy immortalized in a way they never expected. The two-year anniversary of the death of Mary Kate Riker will be on Nov. 14 and as they had done three times each year since her death, her parents Brian and Kathy Riker raised funds to offer to Bashor Children’s Home and Safe Haven Women’s Shelter.

Oct. 15, 2018


THE GOSHEN NEWS: Concord community service day

Concord High School freshmen spent Oct. 10 morning at various locations around Elkhart County for their second annual community service day.

Oct. 11, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Concord students volunteer for community

First-year students at Concord High School spent about two hours of their Wednesday morning volunteering for others in the community. This was the second year that the school has helped students who want to volunteer by making options available and by canceling class for their Community Service Day.

Oct. 4, 2018


SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE: Concord edges Fairfield in regional championship

Concord beat Fairfield, 3-2, Wednesday to take home the its own regional tennis championship. Concord’s Alex Serwatkza dispatched Aaron Striet in two sets, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1 singles and the doubles teams did the rest. Travis Hermon and Nathan Slabach beat Tanner Nunemaker and Ben Toole, 6-3, 6-1. Grant Lucchese and Drew McDougle beat Riley Behles and Isaac Inniger, 6-1, 6-1.

Sept. 28, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Rube Goldberg machines offer lessons in creativity

Students at Concord Intermediate School recently saw how fun and creativity can be incorporated into complicated tasks. And soon, the fifth-and-sixth graders will learn through experience.

Sept. 22, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Concord claims NLC championship

The Concord High School boys tennis team claimed the Northern Lakes Conference championship on Saturday, after winning the league tournament at Wawasee. It’s the fourth conference title in the last five years for the Minutemen, who totaled 49 points at the tournament. NorthWood placed second with 42. Concord was also 7-0 in the NLC regular season.

Sept. 22, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Laps for learning: Students, parents, teachers raise funds in annual jogging event

The words “fun” and “healthy” don’t always go hand-in-hand for an activity that involves the whole student body uniting for the same cause. But on Friday, nearly 540 students at Concord East Side Elementary School accomplished just that during the school’s third annual Jog-a-Thon and raised thousands of dollars for their school.

Sept. 18, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Doherty is new baseball coach at Concord

Pat Doherty was officially approved on Monday by the Concord School Board to be the varsity baseball coach at Concord High School. Doherty will be the third coach in the last four years for the Minutemen. He replaces Walter Lehmann who resigned after one season as coach.

Sept. 10, 2018


SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE: Outpouring of appreciation of retiring Concord superintendent

Before she made the motion to approve Superintendent John Trout’s retirement from Concord Community Schools, school board vice president Kami Wait, on the verge of tears, said, “I don’t want to.” Wait and others around the table at the Concord School Board meeting Thursday night were emotional, some nearly unable to speak, as they officially accepted Trout’s resignation. He’ll stay through April 30, 2019, when Assistant Superintendent Tim Tahara will become superintendent.

Aug. 24, 2018


THE ELKHART TRUTH: Concord High School brings Frankenstein to life

Students at Concord High School will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s book, “Frankenstein,” this school year. The school received a $1,000 grant from Indiana Humanities to be a part of its One State / One Story: Frankenstein program.

Aug. 22, 2018


WSBT 22: Police dog added to Concord schools’ police force

Since the beginning of the new school year, the newest member of the Concord Police Department has reported for duty. Jax is a 2-year-old German Dutch mix German Shepherd. His partner and handler is Officer Darrin Tucker.

Aug. 20, 2018


Ludus Spotlight: Concord – Making a joyful noise

Few marching bands have had a book written about them, and few of those books have been as eloquent as the one written about Elkhart, Indiana’s Concord High School Marching Minutemen. Kristen Laine’s American Band: Music, Dreams, and Coming of Age followed the dramatic trajectory of the Minutemen as they defended their state title in 2004. And while that story took place nearly 15 years before, for today’s Concord’s Music Department and the community it serves, the history books will need to make room for many more chapters to come.