"Against the wind
We were runnin' against the wind
We were young and strong, we were runnin'
Against the wind"
Many of the adults remember how this song hit the charts and then was reawakened in the film, Forrest Gump. Bob Seger is a lyrical magician that most of our kids would bypass in a second on their playlists. So, why do I begin my first newsletter with this song? Well, after a meticulous summer of preparation....all of us have felt like we have been 'Runnin' against the wind.
I have to begin by expressing my sheer gratitude to our maintenance and custodial staff! They moved over 10,000 pieces of furniture along with thousands of totes while team cleaning every single building. None of this would have been possible without the "all hands" approach orchestrated and assisted by our district leadership team and staff. Likewise, our secretaries (many who moved buildings) learned new tasks and provided extraordinary feedback and operational efficiencies. The guidance staff worked way beyond what was expected of them to meet the needs of students, and guided parents during this transition. In the same note, our athletic director trained coaches, communicated with parents, students, and scheduled hundreds of events! I am forever grateful to my assistant principals who modeled our core values; worked extra hours to lead, organize, and communicate hundreds of operational systems for our teachers. Throughout this summer, dozens of staff members (food service, aides, teachers) worked collaboratively to align standards and refine their practice! Lastly, I want to thank all of our parents, guardians, and students who were so patient and understanding while we worked to prepare for this week!
Facts versus Fiction
The energy has been so positive during the first week back at school. The reconfiguration has been a success inside our halls. Many adults have remarked that the building doesn't feel like we have even added a grade level. The images above were taken at 7:45 AM during one of my many walks inside the building. As a graduate of Chardon (like many of our teachers and parents), we can recall when the enrollment was over 1,250 students. Over the years, enrollment significantly dropped. When I started in 2013, we would see close to 1,150 students in the building...and that was just grades 9-12. Over the last few days, we have been averaging around 1, 230 students in the building.
Every period, the administration walks the halls with the students to help and guide anyone that might need directions. Our students and staff have responded by helping others who were unable to locate rooms, lockers, or staff members.
What is really noteworthy is the precision that our staff members have executed the bell schedule with our 8th and 9th graders.
We completely expect that after our eligible upperclassmen finalize their open campus passes, and our full-time CCP students start their session, our hallways will be very similar to last year. Don't always believe what you see in a post or a snapshot; the real story is that our meticulous planning and countless walks show us that we are in a very good place ...and we will only get better.
Open Campus is available to seniors, juniors, and sophomores with a valid Chardon High School parking pass. Students may apply for OPEN CAMPUS for any period of the day in which they have a study hall listed on their schedule. To apply for Open Campus, you must have earned a 3.0 or above GPA the quarter prior to which you are applying. In addition, students are expected to maintain a 3.0 or above GPA throughout the school year. If you are interested in applying, please fill out this form. Once you fill out the form, you can see Mr. Bandiera (Last Names A-L) or Mr. Higham (Last Names M-Z) to obtain your pass. (Chardon High School handbook pp.113-114)
Transportation at CHS
Chardon High School
For students at Chardon High School (grades 8-12) being dropped off and/or picked up, the procedures remain the same as last year. Parents dropping-off/picking-up at Chardon High School enter the school campus via Maple Avenue, drive in front of the high school, and exit the campus via Memorial Drive onto Chardon Avenue.
Students at Chardon High School (grades 8-12) riding the school bus will enter the school building via the 200 hallway entrance (via the transportation compound). School buses will be staged for students in the afternoon in front of the high school, on Memorial Drive, and in the Alcan; and will exit the campus both via North Street and Memorial Drive.
Please be mindful of the following:
We appreciate everyone’s attention and flexibility as we continue to monitor our traffic flow for the safety and security of all of our students.
The high school traffic flow has been great and I know that Mr. Velotta and his team are working to streamline the process for afternoon pick-up. The morning route has worked very well.
Enclosed are several diagrams for your reference.
Topper Time: Grades 10-12
Topper Time was established during the 2017/2018 School Year as an Intervention and Enrichment Period for students in grades 9-12. During the first semester, Topper Time runs in conjunction with Freshman Mentoring so sign up will be limited to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. Topper Time occurs on White Days (Monday, Tuesday, and Friday) and runs for 26 minutes.
Student Directions: To sign up for a Topper Time, please click on the link under Topper Time Selections. You will be directed to the EventBrite Website for that Topper Time. If this is the selection you would like to sign up for, click the Green Register Button. Enter your First Name, Last Name, and Email Address to register. Please only register for 1 Topper Time.
Selections are first come, first serve. Selections will fill up quickly.
Topper Time: 1st Quarter
Leadership and Decision Making with Chess
Chemistry Help and Lab Make-Ups
Chardon Chic Boutique
Rest and Relaxation Strategies
College Applications and Essays
Carpenter and Niedzwiecki
In The Media- On the Media
Ms. K. Fisher and Korenke
Runner’s Circle: A Creation of Community
New Television Blogs
Brown and Chenoweth
Algebra II and Statistics Help
Current Global Events
Digital Art and Graphic Design
English III Help
Band Special Projects
Physical Science Reinforcement
Science Arts and Crafts
Decision Making in World War II
Creativity and Crafting
Math Homework Help
Physical Science Extra Help
Mrs. E Clark, Laseak, and Blackburn
English I Support
Art Portfolio Assistance
Girls Who Code
Photography: Controlling Light with a DSLR Camera
Football Film- Offense Focused
Nutritious Smoothies and Snacks
Pre-Calc and Calc AB Work Room
Mr. and Mrs. Ricci
Tuesday, August 21: White Day
August 27, 2018: 6:00-7:30 PM
OPEN HOUSE: Meet the Teachers/Mini-Class Night
The purpose of this evening is for structure and meaningful interaction with parents. Parents will follow their student's schedule. Teachers will have (9) minute classes to go through expectations, curricular goals, and answer questions within a controlled environment. The bell will ring with a (3) minute passing time. Parents will follow their son(s)/daughter(s) schedule. The cafeteria will have refreshments, spirit wear, club info. Staff will be available to assist with school online Infinite Campus updates.
Information at the tip of your hands
Have a great weekend with family and friends.
Douglas Murray, Principal