Jeremy's Kids: Giving is the meaning of the season
No matter how you celebrate the holiday season with your family and friends, there is no denying that this snowy time of year is also one of the most heartwarming. Regardless of your age, there are so many memories that this season provides to the young and seasoned. One of the most visible core values that we demonstrate at Chardon High School is community. Such a sense of community is what causes Chardon high school students to band together to bring happy holidays to people in need of a helping hand.
Jeremy’s Kids, in its seventeen year, is a fundraiser named after Jeremy Mizen, whose life was tragically cut short in an auto-accident during the holiday season. In his memory, Mr. Mizen and his friends in many departments, created this service learning project to help families in need during the this season to create sustainable memories.
Students and staff across all grade levels help collect money, purchasing and wrap gifts, and deliver these memories to families. This year, ten families are able to benefit from the generosity of our students, staff, families, and businesses. Special thanks to Geauga Coatings LLC for their very generous donation. Reading the letters, emails, and seeing the joy in the eyes of these students truly move me to tears. Thank you!
The Annual CHS Giving Tree project has experienced another transformative season. Students in FCS celebrate the season with an emphasis on compassion. As a school, we are assisting the Department of Job and Family Services by sponsoring Geauga County (GCJFS) families for food, clothing, gifts and household items. On Wednesday, Jack Bradley, Alex Hamilton, Genna Gabanic, Jessica Liechty, and Kaley Gregg delivered these gifts to GCJFS. This engaging experience is a memory that the students will never forget. Mrs. Butala shares, "Seeing GCJFS in action is a whole other experience for our students. It will impact them and tug at their hearts-- they will walk away with an experience they probably have not encountered before. " Thank you, to our FCS Department for demonstrating our values in transformative ways.
Today marks the last regular schedule prior to exams. The second quarter ends on December 21. To improve upon your planning, and student preparation for their midterms- please be mindful fo the schedule posted. All students are required to be present for ALL academic class time, but may treat study halls and their lunch period as an open campus. Please review the schedule below.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) came in a worked with the Health classes to provide information about the importance of abstinence and good decision making. TPP helped students become more assertive in there communication skills in hopes of building transparent relationships with people close to them.
The health classes also invited WomenSafe to present in the classes this past week. Discussions in class revolved around the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, what causes them, what are the warning signs, how to avoid them and what action they can take if they are in or someone they know is in an unhealthy relationship.
These two programs provided the students some very important life skills to utilize as they grow. Thank you to Mr. Armelli and Mr. Long for opening this dialogue for our students.
Back in October, I shared that Students in the ABC’s of Investing began the Ohio Stock Market Competition, which ran through December 9th.
Congratulations to Kayla Schikowski and Nick Yerick on placing 5th out of 659 teams participating in the Ohio Stock Market Challenge. They began with $100,000 and grew it to $120,378 in just two short months. I think each us would love that return in those investments! Wow!
Coping With Test Anxiety
Experiencing test anxiety is natural. In fact, most people – even those who have prepared extensively – experience some level of anxiety before and during tests. While a certain level of test anxiety is beneficial (as it motivates students to adequately prepare), too much can be detrimental if it prevents them from studying, preparing properly, or concentrating during a test.
These following strategies can help you control extreme test taking anxiety:
On Monday, the spirit of the season was filling the hearts of our Chardon community at the Mentor Fine Arts Center. What a transformative evening for our students. Special thanks to teachers Fritz Streiff and Melissa Lichtler for conducting such a beautfil night. Enclosed in the CHS' traditional closure with the Great Hallelujah
With all of the recent weather-related cancellations, be sure to visit http://www.chardonathletics.org/ for any re-scheduling.
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Mr. Murray, Principal: @chs_dmurray and @chardonhs
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Next week's publication of the Week in Reflection will be sent on Wednesday, December 21 due to winter break. Thank you for sharing your children with us! Stay Warm!
Douglas Murray, Principal