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28 December 2017

AP Biology Students Test Stoma Cells

AP Biology students are studying stoma cells, their role in photosynthesis, taking samples from leaves, putting these samples onto slides, observing under the microscope, as well as

conducting their own stoma cell experiments.  AP Biology is one of a range of Advanced Placement courses Concordia offers, and has proven immensely popular with students.

“We are doing testing to analyze how cells on the plant photosynthesize, and how light and other variables affect it,” said Anela (Grade 11). In my experiment I isolated light onto a certain plant and left it there for three days, then looked at the stoma cells - and found they were all open. I’ve learned light is a huge factor in determining how well plants can photosynthesize,” Anela added. “I’ve always been interested in biology, and I know Dr. Kilback is very good at explaining, so I really wanted to take this course. Dr. Kilback takes things slow and makes sure everyone understands it. He appreciates quality over quantity - I like that about his teaching style.” 

Posted in: High School, Science

Tagged: Advanced Placement, Biology, High School , science

28 December 2017

AP Biology Students Test Stoma Cells

AP Biology students are studying stoma cells, their role in photosynthesis, taking samples from leaves, putting these samples onto slides, observing under the microscope, as well as conducting their own stoma cell experiments.  AP Biology...

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25 December 2017

Grade 2 Studies Vietnam's 54 Ethnic Tribes

Grade 2 students had a blast learning about local history and cultures as part of their Social Studies unit that focuses on families, tribes, and life long ago.  This study culminated in a visit to the National Museum of Ethnology, where students explored traditional mud and grass huts, learned about diets and habits of various tribes, and dove into the individual cultures of each of Vietnam’s 54 ethnic tribes.

Posted in: Elementary, Humanities

Tagged: Museum of Ethnology, Social Studies

25 December 2017

Grade 2 Studies Vietnam's 54 Ethnic Tribes

Grade 2 students had a blast learning about local history and cultures as part of their Social Studies unit that focuses on families, tribes, and life long ago.  This study culminated in a...

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21 December 2017

Parent Support Organization (PSO)

By Jamie Edwards, PSO Leader

The PSO was started for Concordia parents to form a community that supports the school and student body. If you have a child at Concordia, then you are automatically a part of our PSO community. Because of availability, some parents are more involved than others. We aim to come alongside the administration to enrich the educational experience of our children. Research shows that the more parents are involved in the whole educational experience, the better the student does academically.

Elementary parents were asked to volunteer as room parents to help boost support at the classroom level. These parents are the front line in assisting the teachers with field trips, class parties, celebrating teacher birthdays, and others help as the teacher has need.

This year the PSO is more active than ever. We have begun a booster club, selling concessions at all home games. We saw this as an opportunity to get more parents to the games even if their child is not playing or participating. When parents are involved and students come out to support their peers it boosts community spirit.

The PSO also sponsored a Mid Autumn Festival in October. We have over 30 parents actively involved in making this event a reality. It has been an enriching experience watching our parents from various nationalities come together with the shared vision of seeing our kids have fun and celebrate our diversity through games and other cultural experiences.

Throughout the school year it is our hope to host more events like a BBQ and Movie Night, International Day, Staff Appreciation Day, city tour, and so much more. Of course we can not run all the events we want to without your help. Please consider becoming a more active member is our PSO community.

Posted in: General News, PSO

Tagged: Parent Involvement, Community

21 December 2017

Parent Support Organization (PSO)

By Jamie Edwards, PSO Leader The PSO was started for Concordia parents to form a community that supports the school and student body. If you have a child at Concordia, then you are automatically...

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18 December 2017

Concordia’s University Fair

Leading U.S. and international universities visited Concordia as our students get ready to apply for their future academic careers.

Concordia’s University Fair attracted European and U.S. universities, from Uppsala in Sweden and Carl Benz in Germany to Rutgers in New Jersey, USA. We’ve had more than 100 universities on campus already this year, so stay tuned for news on more visits.

Posted in: High School

Tagged: University Recruiters, College Fair

18 December 2017

Concordia’s University Fair

Leading U.S. and international universities visited Concordia as our students get ready to apply for their future academic careers. Concordia’s University Fair attracted European and U.S. universities, from Uppsala in Sweden and Carl Benz...

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14 December 2017

Increase Your Air Quality IQ

Air quality affects your health and can change daily or even hourly like the weather.

  • The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a measurement of five air pollutants: ground-level ozone (O3), particle pollution (also known as particulate matter, PM), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and tells how clean or polluted the air is.

  • AQI is categorized into levels of health concern and is expressed as a number from 0 to 500 and corresponding color.  See the table below:

    • Readings up to 100 are generally considered satisfactory.

    • The higher the number the worse the air quality.

    • It is best to limit outdoor activities when AQI measurements are high.

  • Older adults, children (including teenagers), and those who have heart and lung conditions can be more sensitive to poor air quality and should take notice of the area AQI.

  • Hanoi AQI readings for PM2.5 and PM10, and SO2 can be found here.

Concordia checks AQI multiple times per day from multiple sources to ensure students are safe.

Posted in: Health

Tagged: AQI Hanoi, Air Quality Index, Pollution

14 December 2017

Increase Your Air Quality IQ

Air quality affects your health and can change daily or even hourly like the weather. The Air Quality Index (AQI) is a measurement of five air pollutants: ground-level ozone (O3), particle pollution (also known...

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11 December 2017

Language Arts: Character Analysis

Grade 6 and 7 Language Arts students are learning how to analyze different characters, how setting and relationships affect them, and writing essays about these characters.

“We learned about the importance of character traits and how they affect the outcome of stories,” said Nate.

“We’re learning about character traits, how to study them and get deeper into the story, and how to annotate feelings and special traits,” said Elizabeth.

Students in Mrs Robinson’s class are reading and analyzing a book of essays entitled “Popularity”. The book is part of the Lucy Calkins curriculum, developed by Teachers’ College of New York (USA).

Posted in: Humanities

Tagged: Language Arts, Character Study

11 December 2017

Language Arts: Character Analysis

Grade 6 and 7 Language Arts students are learning how to analyze different characters, how setting and relationships affect them, and writing essays about these characters. “We learned about the importance of character traits...

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07 December 2017

Grade 4 Energy Study

Grade 4 is studying energy, starting with electricity.  Students gathered different components and were tasked with combining them into circuits, starting with a simple circuit that powered a single light bulb.  This progressed to engineering a parallel circuit that ran two items - like a motor AND a light bulb where the power could be switched between the two.  

Posted in: Elementary, Science

Tagged: Energy Unit

07 December 2017

Grade 4 Energy Study

Grade 4 is studying energy, starting with electricity.  Students gathered different components and were tasked with combining them into circuits, starting with a simple circuit that powered a single light bulb.  This progressed...

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30 November 2017

Welcome to Concordiaville

Welcome to our community!  Our construction company of nineteen second graders (plus a few other very helpful hands) are delighted to show you the suburb of Concordiaville and the rural area that feeds it. Grade 2 students learned about working together as a team to create something magical as well as meeting Social Studies standards.  Concordiaville is quite a delightful place, equipped with a central park, houses, stores, a gas station, and of course, our very own multi-story school!

Posted in: General News, Humanities

Tagged: Lego Learning, Social Studies

30 November 2017

Welcome to Concordiaville

Welcome to our community!  Our construction company of nineteen second graders (plus a few other very helpful hands) are delighted to show you the suburb of Concordiaville and the rural area that feeds...

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27 November 2017

Science Through Art

Elementary school art students glimpse their coming science lessons as new Art teacher Jill Allyn Carter introduces curriculum concepts through art.

In one project, Preschoolers are learning about trees by tracing leaves and using the cutouts to make butterflies.

“We made butterflies using leaves as the shape, it was fun,” said Suria, adding, “If you’re hot you can use them as a fan.”

“The butterflies are fun, I really like to catch real butterflies,” said Anna.

For Grade 2, Ms. Carter has introduced the human body, and the style of the artist Keith Haring, by tracing the body and painting Haring style paintings from this.  

“This is project based learning. It’s about the whole child and the whole curriculum, and their learning throughout,” explained Ms. Carter, “and the creative process in the art room.”

Posted in: Science

Tagged: science, Project based learning

27 November 2017

Science Through Art

Elementary school art students glimpse their coming science lessons as new Art teacher Jill Allyn Carter introduces curriculum concepts through art. In one project, Preschoolers are learning about trees by tracing leaves and using...

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23 November 2017

Grade 8 Colonial Studies

The 8th Grade Social Studies class held a Colonial Fair as part of its focus on US History. The goal was to persuade settlers from Europe that their colony provided the most opportunity and was the best destination for settlement. The students took turns presenting as a representative from their colony and also pretending to be an indecisive European settler who was hesitant to make the long, risky journey across the ocean. Before getting into America's history with other countries around the world, the course begins with America's early history and how the United States of America started with the 13 Original Colonies.

Posted in: Humanities

Tagged: US History, middle school

23 November 2017

Grade 8 Colonial Studies

The 8th Grade Social Studies class held a Colonial Fair as part of its focus on US History. The goal was to persuade settlers from Europe that their colony provided the most opportunity...

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