We are the World
The CHS Choir Department presented their fall concert themed "I'll Make the Difference" this past Wednesday at Mayfield United Methodist Church. The program featured the Woman's Choir, CHS Chorale, Chamber Ensembles, and combined choirs. The music selections for this concert provided hope and inspiration for a challenging world. The concert concluded with beautiful renditions of "America the Beautiful" and "We Are the World". Mr. Fritz Streiff is Chardon's own maestro, magician of music, and orchestrater of awe! His students are so disciplined, poised, and sound on point. I was so blessed to hear the rehearsals on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. We are truly blessed to have not only his gifts, but his ability to incorporate so many of our students from so many backgrounds to showcase Chardon's best! I highly recommend any aspiring vocal student to take one his courses and participate in the musical side of our theatrical performances!
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Senior Matt Klingsbergs who will be honored with a FULL ROTC scholarship! Matt is so deserving of this scholarship. Matt is the hallmark of a Chardon student. He is humble, hard working, a leader, and very caring. Matt lives with integrity. I have personally watched Matt work after hours on Wrestling skills, Theater skills, and Academics. Matt is the type of guy who will stop what he is doing to drive his sister to the Geauga Library in the middle of summer for book clubs. We are so proud of him!
The purpose of the NROTC Program is to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the Navy's unrestricted line, the Navy Nurse Corps and the Marine Corps. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC Scholarship Program plays an important role in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.
Selected applicants for the NROTC Scholarship Program are awarded scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process, and receive full tuition, books stipend, educational fees and other financial benefits at many of the country's leading colleges and universities. Upon graduation, midshipmen are commissioned as officers in the unrestricted line Naval Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve.
POGS are Back
POGS are back! Government students are participating in a week-long simulation, using POGS (Prohibitive Items Given to Students). The goal is to buy or sell as many POGS as possible, without being arrested by the police. Students serve as dealer, buyers, plainclothes and undercover police officers. Officer Shaw, our resource officer, is the judge and issues search warrants. A trial will take place next week. The goal is for students to know their Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights, as well as the rights of officers and the role of government courts.
Language Arts LIVE!
Language Arts Live! is a speaker and resource program which provides students with examples of how the knowledge they acquire in the classroom translates to the professional world and life beyond high school. The objectives are for students to be able to better understand the various reading, writing and communication skills they are currently learning and to then be able to apply these skills meaningfully to their lives.
The key to the success of this series is parental and community involvement which reinforces our CHARDON core values. We are asking for willing and able parents and community professionals to come into our classrooms and participate in a panel discussion regarding the use of language and communication skills in various settings. Our seniors, in preparation for college and career readiness, are exploring technical and career writing with the help of mentors currently in the professions to which the seniors aspire. We would like to have a variety of professionals explain to the students the importance of effective communication skills, ideally motivating them to be effective communicators themselves. A collection of written “words of wisdom” is another resource we would like to develop and share with the students.
If you would be interested in assisting us with this program by participating in a panel discussion (with other parents and community members) to your scholar’s class and peers and/or sharing your thoughts in writing, please contact one of us firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (or leave a message at 285-4057). We are currently looking at dates in November for the panel discussion. You would be more than welcome to either speak or write to the students regarding “real world” communication skills.
Sports Nutrition students focused on their mind, body, and emotional well-being this week. Students spent time exploring ways schools around the world have incorporated mindfulness into their school day. They then shared with the class some of the positive results the students engaged in the studies had reported.
Mrs. Anne Ondrey, The Yoga Path, LLC, came into our classroom and shared her experiences and knowledge regarding the nervous system, teenage brain development and mindfulness. Students had an opportunity to engage in a mindfulness exercise. I am so grateful for leadership, vision, and consistently purposeful lessons that Mrs. Kim Butala provides for our students every single day!
After a season that had summer-like weather nearly every weekend, the boys XC team finally had fall-like weather on a flat, dry course and the kids flew.
Nate Kawalec ran fast enough (15:43.2) to become the 2nd fastest Junior in Chardon's history, behind only Nick Elswick. In the all-time list he sits 4th, behind Nick Elswick, Emil Heineking, and his brother Ty Kawalec.
The team was 8th out of 24 teams which is roughly where we expected to finish.
Brian Horton (So) ran a personal best by 4 seconds (17:14) to be our 2nd man.
The Keeney brothers, Tucker (Fr) and Mitch (Sr), finished as our 3rd (17:25) and 4th (17:29) men. Tucker's time was his best by 5 seconds. Mitch was about 6 seconds behind is best time.
Kyle Stropkay (Jr) had a big race, a personal best by 22 seconds (17:33) to become our 5th and final scorer.
Brad Knez (17:45) ran a personal best by 21 seconds and Ryan Connolly (17:46) was right behind him to round out our varsity runners.
The team has the WRC Championship this Saturday (10:00am) at Kenston High School. We expect a top 3 finish and are aiming for 2nd with strong runs from our #2 thru #5 men. GO TOPPERS!
Graphic Arts: Mr. Murray
Throughout my years at Chardon High School, I had the opportunity to take every Art class and elective offered. The passion of Ms. Palmstrom and Mrs. Clapsaddle invigorated my curiosity in creativity through a different lens. I was challenged, encouraged, and grateful for what I learned. As a Senior, I had a laundry list of things that I wanted to do in my life: Turf Management, Religious Education, Graphic Design, and play professional baseball.
St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA became the canvas in which I was able harness my creativity in multi-faceted ways. There, I double majored in Religious Education and Graphic Design, worked the 5,000 acres every free moment, and played Collegiate Baseball. I was able to use my gifts in talents in the ora et labora Benedictine Tradition. I began to find my purpose; my place. I understood that my life was going to be in the service of others in creative ways.
Later, as a Tutor and Resident Adviser, I refined my leadership in finding my call in Education. Yet, every passion and talent that I had a acquired was utilized as an educator. As a Graphic Design student, I learned many refined fine art skills, and computer design skills. I have designed hundreds of mission-driven logos and thought provoking images in Education over the past 17 years....the most meaningful being as an Assistant Principal and Principal of Chardon High School. Art is therapeutic for me, and lately video creation is too. Creating allows me to re-focus through the hustle of education. Enclosed are a few designs that I have created for CHS.
Students: Use your gifts and talents wherever you are. Every moment to share yourself is an opportunity to impact others in ways undefinable.
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News from Guidance:
Chardon High School will be administering the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) on Wednesday, November 16th, at 7:30 am. This test is an invaluable tool to help your student with his/her future educational and career plans.
The ASVAB CEP will help your student:
* to learn about themselves and the world of work
* explore occupations in line with their interests and skills
* develop an effective strategy to realize their career educational goals
One of the ASVAB scores is the military entrance score/Armed Forces Qualification Test which your student can use to explore career options in the military. Even if your child's scores are released to the military, by NO MEANS is your child obligated to military service.
Students can sign up for the ASVAB Career Exploration Program in Guidance today. We strongly encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Counseling Dept. at (440) 285-4060 and speak with your child's counselor.
Students/Parents will have the option to not have any scores released to the military upon signing up.
Friday, October 14: NO SCHOOL for NEOEA DAY
We do not have school, but take the time to look at Infinite Campus and Google Classroom to make sure that you have what you need to stay on top of your academics. The quarter ends on October 19.
Chardon High School just received news that Topper (the dog) raised at the high school by Megan Chapin ( see link) is going to graduate from The Connecticut State Police Explosives Detection K-9’s program. He had entered College at Guiding Eyes for the blind and had an epiphany there around his Junior year (in dog years) and decided that he wanted to go a different direction with his studies. Congratulations, Megan and Topper!
ICYMI: Weekend Highlights for Topper Football
Wednesday, October 19: End of the 1st Quarter
Friday, October 21: Picture Re-Takes
News Story Feature Next Week: What in the World is a #UTOPPER Award
Have a great weekend with your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal