The Finish line is the beginning of a whole new race
64 consecutive days.
92, 160 minutes
5, 529,600 seconds
1/4 of a school year
From your perspective, how did your son(s) or daughter(s) succeed and make strides in their performance this quarter? What worked? What struggles did you notice? How was their time used?
Chances are if you are reading this...you truly care about the performance of your children. We all do.
So as you reflect on the closure of one quarter, let's reflect on a few essential questions.
Describe your goals for the quarter, how you made them visible, and how they were communicated to others?
Articulate the steps that you managed your time for school, sports, work, family and family time.
Reflect on how you communicated to your teachers when you were stuck, confused, or needed help.
How did you celebrate success?
Goals are critical. They keep you focused on what’s important, and allow you to make the best use of your 24 hours each day. When tackled correctly, they force you out of your comfort zone and help you grow more than you would without them.
Just by setting a goal, you are taking an active role in driving new and better results in your life. What could be more important than that?
Teaching our teenagers to set goals effectively can be life-changing. However, as we teach goal-setting to our children, we need to make sure we’re showing them how to use goals to have the greatest possible positive impact on their lives.
Here are six strategies adapted and annotated from an article- 7 Mindsets: Goal Setting for Teens for smart goal setting for teens that can help them maximize the potential of their lives:
1. It must be on their terms
The most important thing to remember is that these are their goals, not yours. One of the biggest mistakes we can make as parents is wanting our children to live in their images and in alignment with their definitions of success. In doing so, parents can unconsciously push their children down disingenuous paths that can result in reduced success and meaning from their goals.
2. Connect their goals to the ultimate currency… happiness!
What we want for our children is happiness on their terms. Happiness can be defined as finding joy, gratitude, love, or pleasure in the simplest of things...to the most luxurious things. Simplifying happiness comes down to the most sacred thing that we all experience: Time. Finding time is based upon organizing our day in simple things: breaking down barriers to learn, finding success, and celebrating life.
3. Help them frame their lives
Every year, we ask students to share their dreams and goals. We can hear it now..."what do you want to be when you grow up". To fully encapsulate we have to refine the lens to our goals, purpose, talents, and passions. Due to the world that we all live in, it’s easy to get very narrow with our vision for life and lose sight of some crucial components to our happiness. One of the first things you want to do is help your children frame and shape life in simple ways. As the first teacher, we should help define their priorities, which might include things like family, friends, faith, health, education, profession, wealth and social impact. We should ask them to consider all these areas as they think about and plan for the future, so they can set goals that will provide the greatest benefit to them.
4. Teach them to dream big but play small
Teaching our children that goals are steps that we take on the path to our dreams is very important. The things we measure most often improve in our lives, so we must help our children set goals that are specific and measurable. For example, setting a goal to get straight A’s is much less powerful than a goal to use Cornell note-taking to prepare for each course... Remember that success is never one huge leap. It is almost always a succession of hundreds or thousands of tiny steps forward… and most likely with a few steps backward along the way. The greatest replicator of success is success. It’s both easy and common to give up on goals – and, therefore, dreams – if they’re too lofty or far away. It is really important to set goals that are attainable. The sense of gratification that students get from accomplishing small yet meaningful goals will help sustain the energy and belief as they move towards greater accomplishments.
5. They need to take stock along the way
Setting goals can be a double-edged sword. It can drive purposeful action in our lives and allow us to achieve more over a shorter period of time. However, we need to be careful with ourselves and with our children, because goals can also be a source of anxiety.
All of us have the tendency to create a hyper-focus on future circumstances. This can produce an “I’ll be happy when…” mentality, when what we want is to find inner happiness in this moment. With this awareness in mind, try to intertwine the process of goal-setting with an ongoing habit of recognizing existing successes and accomplishments. The present should never be sacrificed for the future, and goals should simply be tools to get the most out of the time we have.
6. Make goal-setting as engaging as possible
We all know that, when working with teens, we’re competing with a constant barrage of distractions – video games, social media, and high school relationships. This process is predicated on patience and self-discipline, but we need to change it up a bit sometimes to help get the process started.
We all want what’s best for our kids. Teaching them to think in terms of setting and accomplishing goals will help them become their own best sources for fulfillment, and provide the recognition that they control the outcomes in their lives. Through smart goal setting for teens, we can give our children the most important gift any parent can give: the ability to thrive in life without us.
7 Mindsets. "Goal Setting For Teens." 7 Mindsets. 7 Jun. 2016. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://7mindsets.com/smart-goal-setting-for-teens/>
The CHS Choirs presented their fall concert on Wednesday, Oct. 16th titled "Please Stay". The concert presented themes around mental health. Music can often express ideas and emotions that are otherwise hard to communicate. During this quarter, the choirs have been working on music that allows for the expression of sorrow, providing comfort, and aim to uplift the singers and the audience. We as a community depend on each other to lift each other up and provide support and understanding during difficult times. Students had opportunities to share life's stresses, and ways that they overcome challenging times. Mental health statistics can be daunting, but with self-awareness and awareness of those in our midst, we can find health. Students have been encouraged to seek help, ask for support, and to approach others with compassion. Congratulations to the 130 CHS choir students for their passionate and meaningful performance! Special thanks to Mr. Streiff who does such a phenomenal job preparing our kids! Enjoy some of the rehearsal videos recorded hours before the show, along with Mr. Bandiera's video posted on Twitter.
AP Exam Fees
College Board changed the timeline from a Spring registration to Fall registration. Our school counselors have been trying to make sure that students and parents are aware of this change in practice. Mr. Hurlbut has gone into every AP course to assist students within the College Board website.
AP Exam Registration fees are due November 1st.
AP Exam fees have been added to your School Fees within Infinite Campus. Students can pay these AP Exam fees through the online portal or in person with Mrs. McBride. Checks should be made out to "Chardon BOE."
Students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch are eligible for fee reductions through the College Board and the Ohio Department of Education. If you have questions or concerns in regards to these exam fees, please reach out to Tim Hurlbut at email@example.com.
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, November 13th at 7:30 am. Students in grades 10-12 can sign up in Guidance to take advantage of this exclusive career exploration today!
MathCounts Information for Chardon H.S.
Do you enjoy working on challenging puzzles? Do you enjoy working with others to problem solve? Would you like the opportunity to represent Chardon Schools in a Local, State or National Math Competition?
If so, then MathCounts is for you!
MathCounts is a national program that provides students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers.
The Chardon High and Middle School MathCounts Club will begin meeting once a week starting in October.
The Math Counts group is looking for 8th grade students and their friends who are interested in working together in groups of four to solve challenging puzzles. Don’t worry if you are a group of 1, 2 or 3, if you love solving math problems, we will find a group for you!
If you are interested in joining MathCounts, please see Mr. Francis or Mrs. Mysyk at Chardon M.S. or contact them via email to sign up.
Here is a link to the Math Counts website just as FYI:
Please click on the link below to sign up for PT Conferences.
Tuesday, October 22 (4:30-8:30 pm)
Thursday, November 21 (4:30-8:00 pm)
Sign up here.
Piece of the Week
Images of the Week
The NEOEA day tour of local Geauga County businesses
Speaking with employees at Great Lakes Cheese, St. Gobain Crystals, Geauga University Hospital, Geauga Park District and Best Sand was a valuable experience for the educators who attended the Geauga ESC, Geauga Growth Partnership, & Ohio Means Jobs tour of local Geauga County businesses on NEOEA day. Representatives from Human Resources, and managers from several departments took time to explain the skills and qualities they want to see in high school graduates who apply for entry level jobs. The opportunities are plentiful for students who graduate with strong mechanical skills, and video gaming experience. Students who exhibit soft skills such as punctuality, communication, collaboration, a desire to learn, enthusiasm for the work and loyalty to the company can go far working in these local industries. Many offer higher than minimum wage to new hires, and the chance to move up in the company is available. Great Lakes Cheese is expanding and expects to hire 200-400 new employees within the year. While automation has certainly impacted the workforce, opportunities are still abundant as long as the person seeking employment has the right skills and mindset to be successful.
French Club took a field trip (last weekend) to the Cleveland Art Museum and the West Side Market.
Video of the Week
Yearbook: Senior Pictures
SUBMISSION DEADLINE for senior pictures are Friday, JANUARY 10, 2020
Requirements for your senior picture:
Submitting your senior picture:
Note: Digital submissions are much preferred and strongly recommended in order to preserve the quality of the photos.
Tours of CHS
In the interest of providing community members with an up-close view of the building-related challenges at Chardon High School, the Chardon Local School District extends an invitation to all interested community members to attend a guided tour of the high school (151 Chardon Avenue).
These are open-to-the-public events with opportunity for Q&A:
For those who have online access, facility photos can be found on the District's Twitter and Facebook pages under hashtag #TopperFacilities. We also invite you to visit the Bond Issue 21/Facilities Plan page of the District's website (under Resources), which includes a recently expanded FAQs document for common questions pertaining to Bond Issue 21.
Questions? Facility-related questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest and for sharing the tour dates. We hope to see you on the 19th or 26th!
MCore Heart Screenings
The MCORE Foundation to Provide Cardiac Screening Opportunity for Chardon High School on November 6, 2019
Why Preventative Heart Screenings for Youth Ages 12-22?
Chardon High School Parents and Community,
Each year over 400,000 people are affected by sudden cardiac arrest. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is not a heart attack but an electrical malfunction of the heart that causes it to stop suddenly. Sudden cardiac arrest is often called the silent killer as you or your child could have an abnormality that goes undetected and without any recognizable symptoms until it is too late.
The mission of the MCORE Foundation is providing communities with education about sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), symptoms and family history in hopes to prevent these tragedies from happening in our communities. Our education program works in conjunction with a high level mobile cardiac unit that provides preventative baseline heart screenings for children ages 12-22.
Our mobile screening unit partners with schools, hospitals and foundations to provide convenient and dependable heart screenings that otherwise would not be available.
Our mobile cardiac unit will be at Chardon High School on Wednesday, November 6, 2019
All MCORE Foundation screenings include:
• An ECG and limited Echo test performed by registered cardiac sonographers
• Results read by our team of pediatric and general cardiologists
• Images stored within your secured account for future access or to send to your medical provider.
Each test is approximately 10-12 minutes and you may use your healthcare spending account or flex care spending account for payment. *Should you require financial assistance please contact us.
To learn more about the MCORE Foundation, get involved with our mission, or to donate please visit us at: www.mcorefoundation.org
Chardon High School Heart Screening
Screening Location will be in the Learning Center Conference Room
Time: 8am – 4pm
When: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
To schedule your screening time please click https://mcorefoundation.org/scheduler_schedule/?school=162 or www.mcorefoundation.org, create an account and choose Chardon High School.
If you have questions or need help registering please contact mCORE: 866-382-2319.
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.
Thursday, 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 25 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 Thursday, October 31, students will dress in regular attire and NOT in costume. Students may certainly dress in Halloween shirts, sweatshirts, etc on this day.
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
Back by popular demand, Chardon Goes to the Musicals is selling tickets for the upcoming season. Please include the attached two fliers in your newsletters - Irving Berlin's White Christmas and Mean Girls. Both have money due to Munson PTO by Tuesday, October 29, so there is no need to advertise after that.
Thank you in advance for another year of helping to promote the arts at Playhouse Square, the second largest theater district outside of Broadway. Chardon Goes to the Musicals has sold over 500 tickets. A reminder this is not a fundraiser, but simply a way for community members to obtain tickets at discounted prices.
Coming Soon: Pancake Breakfast!
The girls from Girl Scout Troop 70563 have been volunteering at the VFW spring pancake breakfasts for years. Now they are seniors and working on their gold awards. As you know, fundraising for the projects is a big job - as a thank you for all of the years of volunteering, the VFW has graciously offered to host an off-season pancake breakfast on Sunday, November 3, with all proceeds benefitting these remarkable young women.
The three seniors have all chosen to spend their 80 hour Gold Award projects to better Chardon Local Schools:
Brigit Morgan - renovating portions of the CMS band room
Maddie McDonald - installing a handicap railing at Chardon Memorial Field
Natalie Fullerman - building a reading hut at Munson Elementary
In Closing: A Note that ALL student Received from me via email
I have spent the past twenty years as an educator. This year just might be the most invigorating and challenging at the same time.
Why is it so invigorating? Maybe it is because we spent so much time preparing for this year and now we are able to see everything come to fruition. Maybe it is related to all of the activities that we have designed for students. What strikes me the most is the number of students that we are able to assist in the journey.
I really love working with students and helping them find their purpose in life. Every single one of you will eventually graduate and I hope that through the courses and experiences at CHS-- your journey will help you find your purpose in life.
I believe in each of you and I know that everyone has a story along the way. We are closing out the first quarter...this is a time to assess your goals and outcomes.
I will be the first to tell you that grades are not the "tell-all" to school. Learning is what matters the most. Yet, our country places so much emphasis on the mark in a grade book. Certainly, having a positive mark in the grade book helps out in many ways. It helps your motivation, relationships, and may even keep you from being grounded. Grades can get you places...but learning takes you places where grades can't take you.
For me, I was just your average 3.0 Chardon High Student...but, I was involved in so many activities in school. I also had a story. Life wasn't perfect for me. I have faced many situations in my life that were difficult. Yet, I dug deep to focus on finding my purpose.
I didn't have a principal that wrote me emails. I have felt just about every emotion that you have. Look at me now--several college degrees later and numerous experiences brought me back as principal of CHS. Anything is possible if you put the time in.
We all find ourselves at various plots on the graph of life.
The purpose of this email is to remind you that we care deeply for your success and we hope that you have taken the time to see the goodness in you; in others.
We are at the first stage of a four-part race. If you are satisfied with the outcome of the first quarter--keep striving for greatness. If you have experienced some victories and losses this quarter--keep striving. If you have more losses than victories--keep striving.
You got this! Your teachers, counselors, and principals will always be one of your biggest fans!
Your teachers will always be there for you--take the time to continue building your relationships with them. They care so deeply for you! If you ever need them to assist you--just ask.
Reflect on this quarter and continue to strive for where you want to be. We will always guide you with your courses, time management skills, and social-emotional needs.
Make today count!
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Chardon High School Google Calendar
Chardon Athletics Sports Calendar
Chardon Athletics Website
Video Announcements: Link for the Morning Announcements
Chardon High School: Program of Study
Chardon High School Bell Schedule
Google Document of our bell schedule
Chardon High School Student Handbook
Teacher Resources for CHS Students ( LIVE by the 1st quarter)
Douglas Murray, Principal