Congrats to all of our First Lego League Teams and to our STATE QUALIFIERS!!! Thank you to our coaches for making this happen. Congrats to Miss Chapman for earning the Coach's Award! #concordpride
Wintry weather is just around the corner! As we prepare for the possibility of an Inclement Weather eLearning Day in the coming weeks and months, here is a link to info you'll need to know: https://www.concordschools.com/article/590850 Families, this is coming via email too!
Wow! Our CHS student athletes and parents fill the BPAC! Athletics teaches students so many important lessons. We are grateful for our coaching staff and athletic department! #ConcordPride
Wishing all of our families and staff a safe and happy Fall Break! We'll see you on November 1. #ConcordPride
Last night, the school board accepted Mr. Donlon's retirement as West Side principal and appointed Jessica Brock, assistant principal to interim principal. We're currently accepting applications for West Side's assistant principal. Apply here: https://bit.ly/3nb37r1
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED! We need substitute teachers across all of our grade levels and in all of our schools. We pay $90/day for a full day and $50/day for a half day. Come to the Education Center on Thursday, 9/9/21 between 12:00-2:00pm; we'll sign you up!
The 2021-2022 school year has started, and WE ARE STILL HIRING! We need paraprofessionals, custodians, bus drivers, and nurses. We have positions available at all of our schools. APPLY NOW: https://bit.ly/3DaI39E
Little Free Library is an international organization that promotes literacy and a sense of community through small, often hand-built libraries from which anyone can borrow a book for free at any time. The “take a book, leave a book” idea has grown from the very first library built in 2009 to an impressive 60,000 libraries found worldwide today. In June, a Little Free Library was added to Concord West Side Elementary School. Members of the Class of 2020 in the Concord High School Student Council began work on planning the Little Free Library in 2019, but the project was halted before construction could begin by the COVID-19 school closures. Determined to finish the project, though, two former students, Stephanie and Rachel Rowe, returned to complete the library in the fall of 2020 with the help of Concord High School’s woodshop teacher, Mr. Michael McComish, who generously offered the use of his classroom, tools, and many hours of work in completing the library. Stephanie Rowe, who was the 2019-2020 Student Body Vice President, says, “We’re happy to come back to Concord to bring our plans for the library to fruition.” She expressed that she is “glad that despite Covid-19 cutting the school year short, [they] had the chance to return and finish [their] senior year project thanks to the immense help of Mr. McComish.” The Little Free Library is a project that the Concord Student Council senior class of 2020 has been working on for months. Rachel Rowe, the Senior Class Vice President, says, “I’m so proud of the work that has been put into this project by the senior class Student Council members, and I’m very excited to play a role in instilling a love of reading in these kids.” The Senior Class Secretary, Liliana Zeser, also expressed her excitement for the opportunity to “promote reading and help kids learn in the Concord community.” The library will be filled with books in both English and Spanish for children to enjoy. West Side has a large Spanish-speaking population, so the Student Council believes it is important to offer books in Spanish for parents to read to their children. The Student Council organized a highly successful book drive at the high school in order to receive books for the library, but will also purchase more books as needed. There is already a Little Free Library for families to enjoy at Ox Bow Elementary, which Media Center Coordinator Sarah Hooley hoped would give students access to books both during the school year or when school was closed for break. Hooley was involved in obtaining grant funding, installing and registering the Little Free Library at Ox Bow and continues to maintain the project. Elliana Schaffer, the Senior Class President, had a similar inspiration for the Little Free Library at West Side: “I came up with the idea for the Little Free Library after a trip to California where I saw one, and I knew there was a need in our community for easy, free access to books.” Rachel Rowe, Stephanie Rowe, and Mr. McComish devoted many hours to building the library over the course of a few months, from October 2020 to the project’s completion in January 2021. The purchases of the building supplies, the Little Free Library charter plaque, and extra books were made possible by the generous INSPIRE3 grant from the Indiana Association of School Principals and the Indiana Middle Level Education Association, which the Student Council Senior Class Officers applied for and received. Ms. Linda Bohn, a 2nd grade teacher at West Side, will be the steward for the library.
We're excited to welcome 35 new "World'd Best Educators" to our staff!
BUS DRIVERS WANTED! * Starting pay: $23.00/hour! * $1,000 sign-on bonus in August! * $1,000 retention bonus in the spring! * Corporation-paid retirement! * Benefits offered! Drivers average approximately 30 hours per week, and we will manage the required licensure if needed. All who are interested should apply at our website: https://bit.ly/36RY6ug
Carrie Garber has been selected as the new principal of Concord Ox Bow Elementary School. She will begin her new role on July 19, 2021. “We are excited to welcome Carrie to the team at Concord Community Schools. Her background in literacy and teacher development will serve her well in her new role as principal of Concord Ox Bow Elementary School,” said Concord Community Schools Superintendent Dan Funston. Garber will replace Javier Jiménez, whose last day with the district will be June 30, 2021. Garber will join Concord from Goshen Community Schools where she most recently served as a Master Teacher at Prairie View Elementary School. In this role, Garber was responsible for leading professional development, evaluating, and coaching teachers. She began her role in education as a kindergarten teacher at West Goshen Elementary School in 1997. She has taught kindergarten, second, and third grade, as well as serving as a literacy coach and mentor teacher during her time at West Goshen Elementary. “I come from a family of educators, so working with children and supporting them as they learn is in my DNA,” Garber said. “I’m passionate about supporting teachers so they can help students realize their full potential. I’ve always wanted to be in a role that would allow me to support initiatives that help students believe in themselves and help teachers believe that all students can achieve at high levels. I look forward to working with the team at Concord Ox Bow. I can’t wait to build new relationships with students and their families.” Garber graduated from Concord High School in 1993. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Taylor University. She earned her master’s degree in education from Indiana Wesleyan University, where she also completed the principal licensure program. She has been recognized for her work in student literacy and teacher mentorship by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching. Garber and her husband, Mario, reside in Goshen with their daughters Madeline and Sophia. Madeline is a senior at Goshen High School who is involved in volleyball and basketball. Sophia is a freshman at Goshen High School and is involved in golf and orchestra, and sings in choir at Goshen College. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughters at their activities, being outdoors, and taking her two dogs for walks.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved all schools to offer free lunch to all students regardless of income. Those schools that offer breakfast will be able to offer free breakfast to all students as well. This means students will receive their meals for FREE this school year. Some things to keep in mind: Students must take the required components to make a reimbursable meal in order for it to be free. How students make a reimbursable meal will be posted/displayed in the cafeteria or during meal delivery. The cashier or other school staff will help students take a full reimbursable meal. If students purchase extras (such as a bottled drink) available in the serving line, a la carte (such as a singular milk or entree), snacks from vending machines, etc.,the student will be charged for these items. If your student intends to purchase items other than a meal, please make sure there are adequate funds on their account. Nothing needs to be sent to the school in order to have a student receive meals for free. Free meals are automatically offered to all students regardless of income. Families that believe they would qualify for free and reduced meals normally, should still submit a free meal application as this can help with qualifying for other assistance programs for the family and student. Benefits from completing applications stretch far beyond the cafeteria and impact students in the classroom and at home. All information submitted in these applications is private and confidential.
An important note from our transportation department: Parents of bus riders -- the Concord Transportation Department will be using a new phone app called BusQuest to share important information about bus routes, stop locations, and stop times. All students who want to ride a school bus are required to register online for transportation. Please click this link: https://ezrouting.com/concordin for the transportation parent portal and register. It is important that your child's school has accurate contact information for you. To update your address, cell phone number, or email address, please complete this form: https://bit.ly/3y4qGEq Registration is required for all students that are currently riding a bus and/or require a bus ride. The deadline to register is July 9!
The Concord Jazz Cafe returns at 6:00 p.m. Friday, May 21! This year's event will be held outdoors in the Concord High School BPAC parking lot and will feature a professional outdoor stage with lights and sound. Tickets are $15 and include dinner, a drink, and dessert. Socially distant pods are available for groups of 2, 6, and 8. Please bring your own chair! To purchase tickets, go online to https://concordmusic.ludus.com/ Parking will be in the marching band parking lot. Vehicles should enter CHS from the south end of campus/County Road 24. Parking opens at 6:00 p.m. Featuring performances by: Stephen Foster Kids Jazz Combo, 11 PM Jazz Combo, Truth in Jazz, Penn High School Jazz Band, Concord High School Club 406, Jazz II & Jazz I.
The safety of our students is of utmost priority at Concord Community Schools. Any conduct that jeopardizes that will not be tolerated. On Wednesday, May 5, Concord Community Schools administrators learned of inappropriate comments of a sexual nature made by one of its high school teachers. Concord Community Schools immediately reported the allegations to Concord Community Schools Police Department officers and the Department of Child Services. Additionally, school administrators began their own investigation. Concord Community Schools placed the teacher, Andrew Cowells, on leave and has commenced the employment termination process. Cowells is prohibited from returning to any school premises or contacting any students, parents, or staff members. Rest assured that any conduct that places our students at risk in any manner will be dealt with directly and severely. We are entrusted everyday with the safety and wellbeing of our community’s youth; we will not shirk that responsibility. This matter remains under investigation by school and other officials. Various state and federal privacy laws prohibit disclosure of certain information. To avoid interfering with and possibly jeopardizing those investigations, Concord Community Schools will not be commenting further at this time.
Remembering Jim Hahn On Thursday, April 29, 2021, legendary Concord Boys Basketball Coach Jim Hahn passed away at age 64 following a battle with colon cancer and COVID-19. Mr. Hahn taught and coached at Concord from 1983 through 1994. During his eleven seasons as Boys Basketball Head Coach, Concord went 203-68, won four Northern Lakes Conference Championships, six Sectional Championships, four Regional Championships, two Semi-State Championships and finished as State Runners-up with 28-1 records in 1988 and 1990. Hahn’s teams also won a state record 61 straight home games during a stretch from December 1986 to January 1992. The 1990 team played in front of a national high school basketball record crowd of 41,046 in the Hoosier Dome during at the IHSAA State Finals. Hahn coached players such as Shawn Kemp, Jamar Johnson, Jeff Massey, Bill Mutch, Mike Swanson, Steve Larkin, Donny Hackworth, Johnny Moore and many others during his tenure. He was inducted into the Concord Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995 and is also a member of the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame. Following his career at Concord, Hahn spent 26 years working at Welch Packaging in Elkhart. He was married to wife Cindy for eighteen years and had one daughter (Jamie) and two step-children (Nathan Littlefield and Casey Littlefield). The Concord community extends their deepest sympathies to the Hahn family. Coach Hahn’s obituary may be found here: https://obituaries.goshennews.com/obituary/james-hahn-1082224975
Important update for all Concord families: On Tuesday, March 30, all students will have a two-hour delay. This includes virtual students. Students should report to school two hours later. This will allow Concord staff time to receive the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic on our campus. IMPORTANT INFO: On Wednesday, March 31, all students will have a virtual learning day. While we had hoped to remain in-person, we have not been able to secure enough substitute teachers to cover classrooms for staff who may have symptoms following the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. We will resume in-person learning on Thursday, April 1. Spring Break begins Friday, April 2. Thank you!
Josh Carlton of Plymouth has been named the next Director of Transportation for Concord Community Schools following a unanimous vote by the Concord School Board. Carlton will replace former Director of Transportation Kim Bachtel, whose last day with the district was February 26. Carlton will assume his new position on March 15. Carlton joins Concord from Plymouth Community Schools where he has worked in various areas, most recently as a computer technician. He currently has his CDL and has experience as a driver and bus trainer. READ MORE: https://5il.co/qi9w
IMPORTANT REMINDER! On Monday, March 1, hybrid students in grades K-6 will begin attending school in person four days per week. On Monday, March 15, hybrid students in grades 7-12 will begin attending school in person four days per week. Fridays will continue to be a virtual learning day for ALL students. Students who are currently enrolled in the K-6 virtual school will remain virtual at this time. For more information: https://www.concordschools.com/article/400158.
Congratulations to Concord Coach Tom Johnson who was named the IHSAA Girls Swimming State Coach of the Year for 2020-2021! Tom does so many good things for our athletes and we could not be prouder to see him recognized! Thanks and congrats Tom!