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WELCOME TO CONCORDIA 2017 Community, Excellence, Service



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Concordia Expands AP Offerings


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Back to School With a beautiful day of sunshine and smiles,

Concordia’s campus welcomed 345 students from over 20 different nationalities, a dozen new staff and a whole lot of excitement.


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Sensory Bin Journal Writing Preschool has really dug deep into their learning by getting their hands fully emerged into the class sensory bin. As part of a journaling activity, students search for the letters of their name in a bin filled with rice and then arrange them on their journaling board. In a very fun and interactive way, our preschoolers are learning about letters and writing skills, something that will serve them for their entire lives.

Our preschoolers are learning about letters and writing skills

Jeni Nelson Concordia Preschool Teacher


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Concordia Expands AP Offerings Concordia has significantly expanded its Advanced


Placement (AP) classes, offered to students in


Grades 10 through 12.










Chemistry, AP Calculus AB & BC, AP English Literature & Composition, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP Chinese Language & Culture, and AP World History. Advanced Placement (AP) is a program from the United States created by the College Board which offers university-level curricula and examinations to high school students. The program is widely recognized by US universities, and most US universities grant placement and course credit to students who score highly on the examinations.

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Grade 5 Sees the Solar System

The Newest Thing Yet!

Grade 5 students are learning about the solar system

and the relationship between the Earth and the Sun, a topical subject given the recent eclipse, and built a scale model of the solar system running through the upper school hallway!


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Country Of The Day 5th grade students Minh and Preston mentored Mrs. Snider’s 4th grade class to help them introduce her Country Of The Day program. Each year, Mrs. Snider’s class learns to research and present information about the countries of the world. Minh said, “We

We researched information on the internet and in books in the Concordia library.

researched information on the internet and in books in the Concordia library.”

Preston shared, “We presented to the

class information like the population, culture, food, dance,


traditions, the government and the people of the country.”

Concordia Student

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Student Ambassadors Concordia’s Student Ambassadors give back to their school.


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Helping students acclimate to their new learning environment, hosting prospective families, visitors, and diplomats on campus, and ensuring those new to Concordia feel welcomed are important leadership responsibilities of our



We are grateful for the Student Ambassadors that go the extra mile to care for their peers and make a positive impact at Concordia.

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Design Thinking! As the start of a five-week project, Grade 3 students have put their imaginations to work as they embark on the Design Thinking process. The idea is to come to a final outcome without thinking about current restrictions and deterrents. The entire process relies heavily on creating a prototype of what kind of outcomes the creator envisions. In our students’ case, they visualized what a ‘super-hero’ city might look like without limitations on their imagination, and built a model of what they thought would work well.


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Interactive Reading

Our Library featured interactive reading with REAL sound effects: Grade 3 listened to Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin written by Chieri Uegaki and read by Randy Stephens while accompanied by violinist, Ms. Mary Shin. Here they are showing us how they would play their own instruments.


Don’t be Dengue Scared! Stay Dengue Safe! Dengue is caused by a virus that is spread from person to person by the bite of a female Aedes mosquito (the same mosquito that spreads yellow fever and Zika infection). These mosquitoes can bite anytime in the day or night.

Most people develop fever and flu-like symptoms that last for about a week, that develop between 4-7 days after the bite. Symptoms include: severe headache, severe pain behind the eyes, joint pain, muscle and bone pain, rash, and mild bleeding (bruising easily, gums or nose bleed). Do not take aspirin products or ibuprofen, use acetaminophen. Get lots of rest and take plenty of liquids. A family member who is infected with dengue can be a source of infection for others at home - keep infected persons under a mosquito net. PREVENTION OF MOSQUITO BITES is the goal in order to stay dengue safe. Some ways to do this are: Remove any standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs, like pet watering containers and flower vases! Spray exposed skin with insect repellent sprays that contain 20-30% DEET. Using air conditioners and window screens can keep mosquitoes out of your house.

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Debbie Burns Debbie Burns has nearly 40 years experience in the classroom and is a graduate of Washington State University






which she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.


Teresa Winterstein Teresa Winterstein has spent 22 years in the classroom and holds Master’s Degrees in both Education: Curriculum & Instruction, and Writing, from Lourdes University in Sylvania, OH (USA) as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from

Mrs. Burns is a passionate advocate for the benefits

Valparaiso University, in Valparaiso, IN (USA).

of play-based learning and joins us from Concordia

Twice named ‘Teacher of the Year’ in the Bedford (Michigan) Public School system, Mrs. Winterstein was also a contributor to Erik Palmer’s latest book:

Good Thinking: Teaching Argument, Persuasion, and Reasoning. “The moment I first entered Concordia, the community vibe was almost tangible. I enjoy working side by side with like-minded colleagues and students who are passionate about learning and serving. The cohesiveness and spirit for learning and connecting within Concordia, as well as globally, inspires me daily.” During the course of her career, Mrs. Winterstein has also coached GOTR (Girls on the Run), a comprehensive emotional health and running program, as well as coached basketball, volleyball, track, and soccer, and was Curriculum Designer for the Toledo Museum of Art. Prior to joining Concordia in August 2014, Mrs. Winterstein taught elementary school in the US in Michigan City, Indiana; Toledo, Ohio; and Bedford, Michigan and was a Graduate Education Professor at Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.


International School Shanghai, where she has taught for the past eight years. Mrs. Burns was also instrumental in incorporating service learning into the Concordia Shanghai curriculum, and has presented extensively on the benefits of service learning at professional academic conferences, including the Asia Society Conference in New York City, the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., the EARCOS conference in Bangkok, Thailand, and the ALEA Conference in Hanoi. “I am excited to be in Hanoi, learning about a new culture and teaching at Concordia Hanoi with highly talented colleagues!” Prior to joining Concordia, Mrs. Burns has taught at International schools in Doha, Qatar, and Shenzhen and Shekou, China, as well as in her native state of Washington, U.S.A. Her husband, Mike has also joined Concordia this year from Concordia Shanghai, and they have two grown sons, and four grandchildren (with a fifth on the way). Mrs. Burns’ hobbies include travel, exploring, cooking, reading and playing with her grandchildren.

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Mike Burns Mike Burns has been teaching for 28 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Global History from American Public University in St. Charles Town, West Virginia, U.S.A., along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, (USA), and a Liberal Arts degree, from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, (USA).


Neil Whitehead High school math and physics teacher Neil Whitehead has been teaching for 26 years. Mr. Whitehead holds a Master’s Degree in International Teaching from Framingham State University, in Framingham, MA (USA), along with Bachelor’s degrees in Math from University of Wisconsin - Madison, in Madison, WI (USA); Spanish, from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, (USA), and Physics, from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT (USA).

Mr. Burns joins Concordia this year in Hanoi after spending eight years at Concordia International School Shanghai. He is a College Board AP Exam Reader, Table Leader, and Sample Selector; serves on the Executive Council of the World History Association (WHA) and is a member of the WHA Teaching Committee. Mr. Burns

Following his dramatic turnaround of American School

has presented at several World History Association

Foundation of Monterrey, Mexico in the high school math

Annual Conferences.

department, which went from very low scores to a globally-

Mr. Burns is also a founding member of the

recognized program in his very first year with the school,

International Big History Association and was a Big

Mr. Whitehead was invited to Washington D.C., to coach

History Project Pilot Teacher, and he expands our high

the US State Department’s math team. This team was

school curriculum this year to include both AP World

comprised of the top four elite math students, selected

History and Big History, a cutting-edge interdisciplinary

from State Department-recognized schools around the

course covering the Big Bang to the present.

world. Mr. Whitehead prepared and coached the students

“I am really looking forward to working at Concordia

to compete in a competition called Math Counts against

Hanoi and continuing to build an excellent high school

the top four math students from from each US state.

experience for our students. I am looking forward to

Mr. Whitehead also taught high school math and physics at Concordia Shanghai for 11 years, followed by Korea International School in Seoul before joining Concordia International School Hanoi in 2015.

getting to ‘know’ Vietnam, the people, the culture, the history, and the food!” Mr. Burns is also a published education professional, having contributed to teacher resource book Teaching

“The people are what make Concordia. We have great students, professional colleagues, and a welcoming

World History in the Twenty-First Century: A Resource Book, (M.E. Sharpe, 2010).

community. We have a world class facility,” said Mr.

Prior to joining Concordia Shanghai, Mr. Burns

Whitehead, adding, “We now run a successful math club

taught in Shenzhen, China; Doha, Qatar; and Gig

and science club that involves about half of the high school.”

Harbor, Washington, USA.

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Coaching Workshop Concordia coaches participated in a workshop led by Dr. Greg Dale of Duke University that covered crucial topics from team building to organizational leadership.



Happy Birthday

The 2017- 2018 school year marks the second year in our gorgeous Van Tri campus, which is a candidate to

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our very own Head of

join the elite group of Leadership in Energy and Envi-

School, Steve Winkelman! Thank you, middle

ronmental Design (LEED) buildings around the world.

and high school students for singing and

Other exciting improvements on campus include the

presenting Mr. Winkelman with his new outfit

clever landscaping spots where our Concordia name

for the day.

and logo have been crafted into a horticultural display and a restructured soundproofing of the gym, allowing it to become a community assembly space.


Love in Action City Partners are part of the Love Hanoi Festival. Their aim is to organize community outreach and social action events that will be carried out all over Hanoi. The Youth Committee of the Festival, made up of Concordia students, is organizing cleanup projects which will take place every other Saturday starting August 26. Their goal is to clean up 25 public parks with the help of others totaling 500 youth.


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