Forging your Purpose in Steel
This week was another opportunity to grow at Chardon High School. It is hard to believe that we are rounding third and heading home at the end of a quarter. As Principal, one of the most essential responsibilities is to be an instructional leader. Managing my time is essential. Everyday, I have a list of mission-driven tasks and goals to accomplish. There is always the plan, and then there is the reality of the undocumented needs that arrive in my office any given day. We all know that this is all apart of the master plan of leadership. Finding the time to multi/multi-task becomes an essential task in the life of a building administrator. A few years ago, I was teaching students and trying to make a difference in the lives of students through learning, service, and athletics. Today, I am blessed to serve 1230 students, and 112 adults in living our mission. I have always been a progressive thinker in education. I am a reflective learner that strives to refine my practice all the time. Everything I do surrounds my personal mission statement, and individual purpose which connects to the vision of Chardon Local Schools.
Our choices are one thing that we can control. Our actions emulate our choices, and our character defines our lives. This mantra helps define our purpose. I am a big advocate of empowering students, and adults all of the time.
One of the biggest questions that our children asked at an early age was "why!?" Why does this happen, Why does this do that, or Why are we going here...to a simple-- why does why, why!
Asking probing questions enhances our curiosity throughout life. Many years ago, you chose Chardon as a place to live. You valued the beauty, community, safety, opportunity, and education. There are many other factors that played a role in your decision to choose Chardon Schools, and you entrust us in preparing your children for college, career, and life readiness. We have a shared responsibility in this rearing and raising.
Colleges across the country are recognizing students from Chardon High School for their on-campus success. Click any achievement to discover alumni from Chardon High School, view their personalized Merit pages, and learn about what they are accomplishing.
Topper Time Update
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors,
Attached you will find the link to sign up for Topper Time for Quarter 2. Please be sure to sign up for 1 option before the end of the week. While you may sign up for something, please understand that you may be placed into a specific Topper Time based on teacher, counselor, or principal recommendation. Please see Mr. Bandiera or your school counselor if you have any questions.
Once all Topper Times are selected, your schedule in Infinite Campus will be updated to show which Topper Time you are in and the location of that Topper Time. Senior Mentors do not need to sign up for a Topper Time this quarter as you will resume your duties as a mentor. Those students with Open Campus during Topper Time will not need to sign up unless you are no longer meeting the requirements for open campus. All Open Campus passes will be reviewed at the end of the quarter and those students who are not meeting the requirements may have their passes revoked.
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.
Science ACT Prep
Fun Foreign Films
Armelli and Bunker
English Language Arts Help
Leadership and Decision Making Through Chess
Girls who Code
Math Homework Help
Band Special Projects
AIR Prep for US History
Physical Science, Physics, and Chem Help
2D Art Studio
Vocal Solo and Ensemble
Algebra II and Stats Help
Physical Science Remediation
Blackburn, Clark, Herner, Laseak
Chardon Chic Boutique
CHS Film Society
Discussion Topics for Seniors
Examining end times literature from a western culture perspective
Heintz, Fisher, Bonvissuto
Visual Art Portfolio/Laser Cut Assistance
20th Century US History Through Film
Persuasive Writing Help
Stress and Relaxation Through Coloring
Rest and Relaxation
Algebra II Help
Pre Calc Help
Little Heads, Big Hearts (Crochet)
College Algebra Help
2018 Cleveland Medical Hackathon
This fall, the 4th Annual Cleveland Medical Hackathon will once again deliver an innovative jolt to the healthcare industry. Students, developers, designers, investors, engineers, researchers, community members, will gather at the HIMSS Innovation Center at the Global Center for Health Innovation October 20 through 21 for a high-energy, all-night, problem-solving session to imagine and develop Health IT solutions that directly respond to a variety of specific healthcare challenges.
The Hackathon is organized by Cleveland Clinic, Metro Health, University Hospitals, Case Western Reserve University, BioEnterprise, HIMSS, and FlashStarts, with support from our Presenting Sponsor, Ashland University. It will be held again in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Innovation Summit. Students and professionals in IT, healthcare, patient advocacy, startup business, government and more are encouraged to register for this exciting event.
Free & Reduced Lunch
If your student qualified for free & reduced breakfast or lunch last year, the carryover from last year will end on September 28, unless an updated application is approved. As per USDA regulations, if your child qualifies for lesser level meal benefits (from free status to reduced-price status to reduced-price/free status to paid status), these changes will take effect 10 days from the date of application approval. If your child qualifies for higher level meal benefits (from paid/reduced-price status to free status or paid status to reduced-price status), these changes will take effect immediately upon application approval. The new form can be found HERE. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you are planning on college, a technical school, the military, or you are just not sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program can put you on the right path towards a satisfying career.
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help you take steps now toward finding a career that’s right for you. You can benefit from the ASVAB CEP regardless of your plans for after high school.
CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:30 am. Sign up in Guidance to take advantage of this exclusive career exploration today!
SUBMISSION DEADLINE for senior pictures are Thursday, JANUARY 11, 2019
Requirements for your senior picture:
There should be props in the picture. We will not accept pictures with hands touching the face or head. No hats allowed.
Submitting your senior picture:
Note: Digital submissions are much preferred and strongly recommended in order to preserve the quality of the photos.
Several students have asked me about Halloween. I felt that it was important to share this communication with you now as you prepare for lessons and student experiences.
Wednesday, October 31 is Halloween. However, with all of the excitement leading into the week- the Chardon Crazies and the CHS Administration are moving the traditional costume day to Friday, October 26 to align with the theme for the night.
This is has been the plan for the last several years.
Our students have traditionally dressed in appropriate costumes at school for the day. All Students will be permitted to dress this year, as long as the outfit properly follows the guidelines below.
Staff and administration will be extremely diligent to ensure that all costumes are school appropriate and not a distraction to other students in their classes. Some things to consider when creating your costume:
On Wednesday, October 31, students will dress in regular attire and NOT in costume. Students may certainly dress in Halloween shirts, sweatshirts, etc on this day.
So far there has been a huge demand for tickets through Chardon Goes to the Musicals. So much positive feedback! Thank you for continuing to share the information with the community. As a reminder, this is not a fundraiser, just an avenue to allow Chardon residents access to the second largest theater district outside of Broadway.
Please find the attached flyer for Chicago. Money is due to the Munson PTO by Thursday 10/25/18. Tickets are sold on a first come first serve basis, so I will be in touch if I sell out soon (which I might, as Mezzanine A is already gone).
7th and 8th Grade Boys
High School Girls Hoops
“The deepest principle of human nature is a craving to be appreciated.” This quote from William James provides a lens for all of us to look through. If we are honest with ourselves, we all want and need to feel valued for who we are and recognized for our contributions and accomplishments. It’s important for us to know that we have made a difference in someone’s life.
If a person takes the time to express their heart-felt appreciation for something we have done, it boosts our spirit, passion, and purpose. It builds our self-confidence, self-esteem and our entire self-image. It gives us energy and motivation to work harder and do more.
I appreciate all of you for who you are and what you have accomplished this quarter. We have so many things to be grateful for each day. Mr. Armelli reminds us that each day is beautiful. When you stop and think about the simple things in life, you reflect on all those areas of your life that transcend us to who we are. Take the time to thank those that love you. Write them a note, call them, send a text. Likewise, as hard as it is, be mindful to those that might not be as kind to you and model kindness. When you look in the mirror, remind yourself of your own beauty. Life is so short. We were reminded this week when a young coach from Mentor passed away. Never take for granted your time with others.
What we value becomes that some of our thoughts, deeds, and actions. So, practice kindness, appreciation, and make another person feel better by your presence. That becomes the gift that energizes others to live their purpose.
“Three billion people on the face of the earth go to bed hungry every night, but four billion people go to bed every night hungry for a simple word of encouragement and recognition.
Have a great weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal