The End of the 1st Quarter
64 consecutive days.
92, 160 minutes
5, 529,600 seconds
1/4 of a school year
From your perspective, how did your son or daughter 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.
According to recent studies, only 20% of the population sets goals, and as many as 92% of those goals are never achieved. That said, I’ve never met a highly successful person who doesn’t regularly set personal goals.
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.
And, perhaps most importantly, they give us control of our destiny. 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 annotated from 7 Mindsets: Teaching Minds, Changing Lives 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 their 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. Now, what does happiness mean? Is it financial success, simply having fun, or is it much deeper than that? The first part of happiness is defined by high emotions such as love, gratitude and joy. The second aspect of happiness involves actions that seem to make time stand still- because they are finding their way and their purpose. The final component of happiness is finding meaning in what is accomplished in life. As we teach them the value of goal-setting, we should orient them toward this authentic life. A great way to do this is to support their process of self-discovery. This could be as simple as a discussion about their interests and strengths, or as involved as applying and sharing their strengths in the service of others.
3. Help them frame their lives
Every year, we ask students to share their dreams and goals. Almost invariably, they focus on planned professions, from athletics to music and medicine to law. Because of the extrinsic nature of our society, 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 teens frame their lives. Walk them through a simple list of life priorities, which might include things like family, friends, faith, health, education, profession, wealth and social impact. 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. I suggest having them identify their top two or three to get started. This will help them stay focused on a few areas, get some early wins, and set themselves up for larger and greater successes in the future.
4. Teach them to dream big but play small
I see goals more as the critical steps we take on the path to our dreams. The things we measure most often improve in our lives, so we must help teens 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. That’s why it’s essential that goals be discrete and achievable. The sense of gratification they get from accomplishing small yet meaningful goals will help sustain the energy and belief as they move towards greater accomplishments. Help them learn the benefits of keeping goals small, manageable and short-term.
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 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.
The CHS Choir Department presented their fall concert titled "Roots & Wings" on the evening of Wednesday, October 17th. The theme stems from the calling of parents and the wishes they have for their children. "Roots" refers to the grounding, nurturing, and support necessary to grow into strong independent individuals. The "Wings" refers to the hopes and aspirations for the future that we have for our student's lives. The opportunity to make the world their own and fly free in pursuit of a fulfilling life. The concert featured Women's Choir, Chorale, Chamber, and Mass Ensemble. The concert was under the direction of Mr. Fritz Streiff, with accompaniment by Mrs. Cassie Tarbet, and Mr. Brandon Lichtinger on the guitar.
The choirs sang beautifully and with much connection to the themes. They share their story and hopes through the music they sang. Songs presented messages of unity, compassion, peace, living life in a way that reflects who we want to be, paying it forward, and finding inspiration and grit in the face of adversity. The program opened with all of the CHS choir women in a Wailin Jennys piece titled "One Voice", as they united their voices as they sang from throughout the audience. Special vocal solos were shared by Madie Houser and Katy Lessick. The Mass Ensemble closed with a powerful spiritual titled "My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord". This massive closing piece, brought the audience to their feet with applause and a sharing of joy. Very proud of the work of all of the CHS Choir members.
The CHS Holiday Program will be held at Mentor Performing Arts Center on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 PM. It will feature the CHS Choirs and Bands.
Lean Six Sigma: The Training Has Begun
Since Tuesday, a group of educators, administrators from several departments from Chardon spent 22 hours training in Lean. This system analysis introduces organizations, functions and individuals to a problem-solving process using a structured model to define an area of improvement to maximize time, energy, and outcomes. This model ensures that identified problems are resolved by finding the root cause of the performance or process problem rather than just blindly jumping to solutions.
When thinking about this for Chardon, it is not just about the curriculum, and not just about focusing on the students, teachers or administration. School systems are complex systems, much of which have commonalities with traditional businesses. There are many opportunities to look at process improvements and money saving efforts so they can continue to support a well-rounded curriculum of programs.
For example, schools can optimize processes and save money by streamlining the purchase requisition and form management processes. There is a significant potential to remove inefficiencies in these areas that can lead to savings and increasing time.
Schools can also reduce costs and waste with proactive and process driven facilities management. This includes not only preventative maintenance but also energy management, technology integration, green and sustainable building projects.
Applying Lean to the cafeteria can ensure that staff orders right quantities of food and prepared in order to eliminate food waste...something that Mrs. Cullington does really well already.
These are just a couple of examples to highlight the potential. All of these improvements require an understanding of who the internal customer is as well as their requirements. The next step is mapping these requirements to the current situation, identifying the root causes for the process or performance gap and then finding solutions which will improve the current situation.
Once the situation is improved, they can establish measurements to monitor and maintain the changes, including using a balanced scorecard. This is exactly what Lean Six Sigma can help with. It provides a foundation for not just problem resolution, but also elimination of waste and improved efficiency.
The Lean system will be implemented curricularly to parts of our Circuit of Success, CCP Business courses and training will be added to approximately 40 students who will learn and implement their first Kaizen-change for the good.
Later this year, we will have a career fair at CHS! More to come on that!
Thursday, November 1 (4:30-8:00 pm)
As you prepare your schedule, please click on the link below to sign up a timeslot for parent teacher conferences for Session 2
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
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.
8th Grade Images of the Week
Winter Sports Start Dates
All athletes must have OHSAA Physical pages 3-4 on file in CHS Athletic Office and all other athletic forms completed in Final Forms prior to Day 1 of winter sport. (https://chardon-oh.finalforms.com) Final Forms information attached.
High School, 9-12
V/JV: Friday, November 2, 4:00 pm
Freshman: Friday, November 2, 2:45-4:00
Head Coach Chad Murawski
8th grade: Monday, Oct. 22, 7:15 pm, CMS Gym
Coach Bill Gray
7th grade: Monday, Oct. 22, 5:30 pm, CMS Gym
Coach Dan Dinko
High School, 9-12
V/JV: Friday, 10/26, 4:00 pm
Freshmen: Saturday, 10/27, 1:00 pm
Head Coach Cullen Harris
Middle School: TBA. Tryouts will be in December; season runs Jan-Mar.
High School, 9-12
Friday, 11/9, 3:00 pm
Head Coach Nick Salatino
Middle School, 7-8
Friday, 11/9, 3:30 pm, CMS
Head Coach Nik Wheatley
SWIMMING (9-12 High School Only)
Monday, Nov. 5, 4:00 pm, Spire Institute
Head Coach Matt Parrish
GYMNASTICS (9-12 High School Only)
Sunday, Nov. 4, Lake Erie Gymnastics School 4:00 pm
Head Coach Kasey Eichele
2020 Greece Global Adventure
Chardon High School is pleased to announce the 2020 Global Adventure to Greece! This amazing 10-day journey will explore Athens, one of the most historical and ancient cities in the world and cruise the Greek Islands in the blue Aegean Sea. Tour dates are June 4-13th, 2020 (next summer). Come to the Informational Meeting on October 25th, 2018, Thursday, at 7:00 pm in the CHS Media Center. Please RSVP HERE
Contact Mrs. Niedzwiecki with any questions. The earlier you enroll the cheaper the cost!
Check out the Promotional Video:
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
United Way’s Youth Fund Distribution Committee Empowering Youth
United Way’s Youth Fund Distribution Committee (YFDC) is seeking High School Students to join a unique program with the goal of engaging and empowering students. Students help solve community problems affecting youth and collaborate with other young leaders. This committee provides a challenging opportunity to instill volunteerism in future adult leaders and identifies critical issues important to students through hands-on experiences. Students will learn about the needs of the community, particularly the needs of our youth, and the agencies addressing those issues, generate fundraising to help support agencies and programs, and research, interview and make funding decisions to distribute dollars to non-profit partners that serve youth in Geauga County.
Student applications should be submitted by November 1, 2018 and be approved by the student’s parents and High School Advisor. Meetings will be held once a month on Monday evenings plus two days during the week in Spring 2019. More information and the application can be found attached to this email or on our web site www.uwsgc.org/yfdc.
In Closing: A Note All Students Received from Me
I have spent the past nineteen 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 on 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 barely a 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 I care deeply for your success and I 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 and I will always be one of your biggest fans!
If you ever need me- email, send me a Remind101 message (code @TopperUp to 81010), use twitter...anything. I will continue to take time to support you!
I will be out of the building during the next three days for Training, but Mr. Bandiera and Mr. Higham are in to guide you in our shared mission and vision for each of you! Your teachers will always be there for you--take the time to continue building your relationships with them. They care so deeply for you!
Douglas Murray, Principal