Les Mis: Moved Beyond Words
Have you ever been so moved beyond words that you sit there just thinking...if so, you were in the audience for Chardon High School's flawless performance of Les Mis. My family left Park Auditorium mesmerized as if we were watching actors in New York. Yet, when the lights came on we quickly realized that we were all witnessing the magic of theatre--AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL!
This past weekend was a huge success for the CHS Drama Department with their presentation of "Les Miserables". The production played to sellout crowds much of the weekend. Around 150 students took part in the production, providing creativity and dedication in areas of set construction, props, business, lights, sound, make-up and costumes. The talented cast of 45 has much to be proud of! This is not a vocal score for the light of heart or for the novice actor. The audiences were wowed by the professionalism of the production. Numerous outside comments reflected that this was the best high school musical they had ever seen. This show exceeded ticket sales over any other show in the last 10 years at CHS. Congratulations to the students and adults involved in this powerful musical production! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all of the directors, choreographers, musicians, and designers who brought the actors to light! Bravo! Without a doubt, you all will be taking home many awards this Spring!
Winter Sport Awards
What a season for our winter athletes. This season saw many monumental accomplishments across the programs. In the attached programs, you will see the outstanding achievements of our student athletes and our great coaches!
The 4 C's Lived :Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity
On Thursday, March 16, fourteen technology students along with Mrs. Vicki Eby visited Hyland Software Incorporated in Westlake. Hyland Software is a little bit of Silicon Valley in Northeast Ohio .
Students toured two of the three buildings Hyland occupies, and they were impressed by what they saw. Employees get many benefits not often seen at work places. For instance, during their breaks employees can get a haircut or manicure in the salon...or, they can blow off steam in the game room or on the basketball and tennis courts. In addition, there are quiet rooms where employees can go when they want to work away from the many cubicles. State of the art computer labs are available for training and professional development. Students enjoyed a delicious lunch while learning about the internship opportunities and the application process. Who knows? Maybe some day a CHS graduate will be working at Hyland when a group visits in the future.
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
The play, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night recently started running at Playhouse Square. Mrs. Julie Kolcum accompanied a group of girls from her English II Honors class to see the spectacular performance. The play was based on the novel of the same title, the coming of age story of a 15 year old autistic boy. Some of the girls had already read the book in book club this year. It made for a great conversation on the way home -- discussing the similarities/differences between both. It was a fun evening for all who attended!
Congratulations to Marissa Perrico who earned third place and David Nedrow earned second place at the Chardon Rotary 4-Way Speech Competition this week!
In the month of April, the following students will be representing Ohio (and Chardon) in the medium school division of the United States Academic Decathlon online national competition. They are working hard getting ready for this competition. Good Luck, team and Mr. Herner!
This spring marks the 13th year of the College Prep Senior Book Club, a collaborative project between the CHS Language Arts Department, the CHS Media Center, and the Chardon Public Library. Every spring, groups of seniors each select a book to read independently and then discuss and analyze collectively during weekly book club meetings in a cafe atmosphere set up in the CHS media center. This project-based learning (PBL) activity empowers students to read literature that they enjoy, think critically about literary analysis, and communicate their ideas with peers as they prepare for college and careers. The final step in this PBL activity is for students to creatively present their analyses of their books to their peers and educators.
AIR Test Information
As we enter April, we are actively continuing our preparations at Chardon High School for the upcoming AIR tests.
Wednesday, April 5: English Language Arts
Wednesday, April 12: Biology
Wednesday, April 19: US History/Government
Wednesday, April 26: Math
We are preparing for the details of these State Tests. Comprehensive details will follow in a ConnectED message separate from this communication. For any pressing questions, contact your child's School Counselor.
If you were unable to order your Cap & Gown, Graduation Announcements or other senior items before the deadline date, it is not too late. Please see Mrs. McBride ASAP to order your graduation regalia. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
ASAP Student Group: The Crisis in Our Own Backyard
Save the Date: April 20th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
"The Crisis In Our Own Backyard"
The ASAP (Active Substance Abuse Prevention) student group, along with Teen Institute is hosting this important event. The evening will offer a series of break out sessions on substance abuse prevention, stress management, social media among other topics. Be on the look out for upcoming information.
In Conclusion: Carpe Diem this Break
Imagine a tightrope walker in a circus. He is on a rope suspended a few feet above the straw covered floor. His purpose is to walk the rope from one end to other. He holds a long bar in his hands to help him maintain his balance. But he must do more than simply walk. On his shoulders he balances a chair--and in that chair sits a young woman who is balancing a rod on her forehead, and on top of that rod is a plate.
If at any time one of the items should start to drift off balance, he must stop until he can get all of them in perfect alignment again—for the tightrope artist doesn’t begin until all the elements above him are aligned. Only then does he move forward, carefully, slowly, across the rope.
The tightrope that any high school administrator walks can be quite challenging. Most of us arrive around 6:30 AM, work with students through lunch, depart after 5:00 PM to check-in with family, head back to school for a meeting or activity, and then work the third shift of catching up on the days tasks. We head to games, activities, and functions on the weekend, and work to meet a balance of work and personal life.
Day in and day out we strive to build relationships, instructional practices, and big picture goals. Our job is a marathon for those that can handle the organizational and personal demands of leading with a purpose.
You also walk this tightrope. To balance your schedules and those that you care for can be very tiring.
Life is very much a balancing act, and we are always just a step away from a fall. We are constantly trying to move forward with our purpose, to achieve our goals, all the while trying to keep in balance the various elements of our lives.
If any aspect of our life draws a disproportionate amount of energy, we have to shortchange the other aspects. That throws us off—and we are unable to move forward on life’s tightrope until a balance can be reestablished. We have to deal with any areas that are taking too much energy and put them in perspective, align them, so that we have energy available for all areas.
It’s important to understand that others cannot do this for us. No one can think, breathe, feel, see, experience, or even love for us. It’s up to us to balance all the different aspects of our lives. We just have to decide to do it.
How? What’s the first step? To stop and assess how we’re doing. To look at all the various aspects of our lives that we are constantly juggling, constantly trying to keep in balance—relationships and family, jobs, school, money, health, social circles, spiritual development, mental growth.
Are we able to devote ample energy to all areas? Or are we tipped to one side, unbalanced in one direction? Here’s how to balance it all out:
1. Assess your life as it is now.
Looking at ourselves as we really are is the first step in restructuring our lives. Do you feel physically exhausted, mentally stagnant or find yourself without close relationships? Would you call yourself a workaholic? Do you feel a lack of alignment? If you answer yes to any of these questions, your life is probably out of balance.
2. Make a conscious decision to become balanced.
Choosing reality as our basis of decision is the second step to becoming balanced. Achieving balance allows us to reach our goals and our purpose in life while creating less stress to do so. A conscious decision to change is now in order.
3. And make that decision on a minute-to-minute schedule.
We are all instant forgetters. Remember all those resolutions you made way back in January? Renewing our decisions on a daily, minute-to-minute basis allows us to ease into change, instead of expecting things to change overnight.
4. Set goals in every area of your life.
Set realistic goals in all areas of your life to assist yourself in remembering that your ultimate goal is balance. Your goals should cover:
• Your relationships
• Your physical being
• Your spiritual alignment
• Your mental development
• Your priorities
• Your choices
5. Be willing to take the risk.
Being willing to assess ourselves and take the risk to change will not only enhance our lives, but you will feel more energy and an expanded awareness of what life is all about. Acknowledging that balance is essential and recreating your life to encompass your decision is worth all the risk.
6. Make time to reassess yourself on a daily basis.
None of us can really know how well we are doing with change in our lives unless we are willing to reassess our position. Don’t feel that your decisions are made in concrete; if something feels that it isn’t working, be willing to look at a new decision. Make time for yourself every day, in a quiet meditative state, to relax and “check yourself out.”
In closing, if you have read this far, you get an award.
I am going to live by example. For the next week, you will not see me, or hear from me. My purpose will be with my family as I rejuvenate and realign with those that I love.
I love you all, too. Take care of the simple things: Self, Family, and Friends.
I will see you on April 3...refreshed for the finish line.
Douglas Murray, Principal