Concordia students are offered a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Concordia students in the upper grades may participate in First Lego League. First Lego League is held in conjunction with Caterpillar Tractor Company. This is a team activity consisting of 4-6 students per team. Students learn about engineering and programming while competing against teams from other schools.
Each year, First Lego League chooses an area of study of which to base all design challenges upon. Each team must program a robot to achieve pre-determined challenges. Some topics that have been studied include nanotechnology and alternate energy sources. There are four levels of competition: District, State, National and International. All teams participate at the District level. The highest achieving teams, based on point totals from the competition, advance to the next level.
National Jr. Honor Society
Concordia offers a NJHS chapter for students in grades 7 and 8. Members are selected and inducted during the second semester of grade 7 based on the qualities of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship.
Concordia offers scholastic bowl teams for both grades 5-6 and 7-8. The 7-8 grade teams plays about fifteen matches and the 5-6 grade team participates in six or seven. Practices are typically two days per week with one-two matches per week. Practices begin in early January and the season concludes mid-April. Both boys and girls are able to participate in other school activities and also attend practices and Scholastic Bowl contests.
Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
As part of their curriculum each year, both 7 and 8 grade students submit an individual Science Fair project. These projects are on a topic that interests each individual student. The purpose of the project is to test hypothesis by executing the steps of the scientific method. A requirement of this project is generating a research paper that is written following Standard English guidelines. The student’s projects are displayed in common areas throughout the school where they are judged by teams of judges.
The Geography Bee is operated under the rules of the National Geographic Society. An initial round is conducted in grades 4-8 with the top two students from each individual classroom advancing to the school wide Bee. The school champion takes a qualifying exam to determine if she or she moves on to the State Geography Bee.
Students in grades 5-6 participate in a classroom spelling bee. Two students from each class are selected to participate in the school spelling bee. The winner competes in the Peoria County Spelling Bee.
Students in grades K-8 are taught by volunteers delivering programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. With the help of local volunteers, Junior Achievement students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global marketplace.
Ag in the Classroom
This program helps students appreciate and recognize the many ways that farmers provide food, fuel, clothing and shelter.