The CHS Choir Department held its fall concert on Wednesday, October 18th. The concert themed "Celestial Peace" was inspired by the recent eclipse experience and the calming skyscapes. The Chamber Ensemble, CHS Chorale, and Woman's Ensemble all did an amazing job, uniting their voices in song. The musical selections provided respite, intrigue, and inspiration for the listeners and the singers. The Woman's Choir sported new concert dresses and pearls, sponsored by Crescendo Club Music Boosters. The Woman's Ensemble featured several dynamic and dreamy pieces as they celebrated the change of "Seasons" and the wonder of the stars. The CHS Chorale shared pieces from the Renaissance and Romantic musical periods as well as a lovely "Lullaby". The elite CHS Chamber Ensemble presented a piece from the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as two contemporary choral works titled "Spheres" that takes you out of this world and "Cell Planets" which featured soloist Madeline Houser. The combined chorus of 120 singers finished the concert with an argentinian tango and an uplifting arrangement of "Let the River Run" by Carly Simon. The concert brought the packed house to their feet in support of the program. The CHS singers did a wonderful job! Their hard work paid off and they gained and shared much joy in the process. With all of the beauty surrounding the audience, we want to make sure we take the time to thank Mr. Streiff for his time, passion, dedication, and care for all of our kids.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Many students in the Senior class and AP Language juniors went on a field trip on Oct 19th. This meaningful class trip was lead by our ELA Department who has been analyzing themes this quarter.
For those who do not know--This story is a tale of midsummer madness, a memorable comedy filled with mistaken identity, mismatched lovers and mischief-making fairies. Shakespeare's charming comedy ensnares myriad lovers and a rustic troupe of would-be actors in a joyful celebration of love lost, transformed and restored – casting a powerfully pleasing spell on audiences of all ages.
CHS Students participated in the second annual Mentor MUN Crisis Conference. Mr. Mosnik took 15 students to last year's inaugural event and the students had such a great time and were very much looking forward to this year's event. So much so, that they convinced an additional 11 students to join Model UNB this year! That's right, CHSMUN brought 26 students this time around. Out of the six competing schools, Chardon brought the most delegates. Mr. Mosnik's"founding fathers" of Kyle Gessel, Connor Prusha, and Jason Tysl have done an excellent job in recruiting new members.
The theme for this year was the growing tension in the Pacific region in Asia. Chardon delegates participated as members of Cabinets from North Korea, South Korea, Japan, the United States, China, Russia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Topics included rules for international waters to help resolve issues in the South China Sea, ongoing tensions regarding the use of cyberwarfare by Russia and North Korea, North Korea's determined efforts to develop a nuclear weapons program, and a potential decision by Taiwan to vote for independence. Students were confronted with issues in real time and responded in real time. The activities called for careful collaboration and critical thinking. For two days, cabinets and the Security Council discussed these issues, wrote press releases, created news videos, held summit meetings, and built friendships with their fellow delegates from other area schools.
With some very stiff competition, Chardon managed to bring home six awards. Each committee issued three awards - honorable mention (bronze), outstanding delegate (silver), and best delegate (gold). While facing some great competition in Solon, St. Ignatius, Laurel, Ashtabula St. Johns, and St. Edwards, the following Toppers brought were rewarded for their hard work:
Best Delegate Awards - Kyle Gessel, Jason Tysl
Outstanding Delegate Awards - Connor Prusha, Emily Fuerst, and Hannah Holbert. Also, this was Emily and Hannah's first conference ever!
Honorable Mention - Will Piotrkowski...also his first conference ever!
Mr. Mosnik is very proud of the effort of CHSMUN in preparation and execution at the Mentor MUN Crisis Conference II. We are so grateful to Mr. Mosnik and his awesome group of students who are truly learning life skills and networking with the peers!
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.
Topper Time: 2nd Quarter
Over the last five days, Mr. Bandiera has been communicating to staff and students about the various Topper Time options for the second quarter. Staff made recommendations during the last week and students filled out an EventBrite ticket to schedule their next opportunities in enrichment and intervention.
Options for this quarter include:
Art and Design
Algebra II Help
Healthy Snack Time
Civil War Battles and Technology
French Language Lab
Girls who Code
Critical Thinking Through Chess
History of Disney Film
Fantasy Sports/Sports Debate
Rest and Relaxation Strategies
Rock Band Live
Classic Action Movies
Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
Algebra I Help
Holiday Games, Parties, and Videos
Literature Through Film
Geometry AIR Help
Physics and Physical Science Help
Chemistry Help and lab Makeup
AP Statistics Help
Solo and Ensemble Prep
AIR Government Prep
Silent Study Hall
Parent Teacher Conferences
Save the Date: Thursday, November 2 (4:30-8:00pm)
As you prepare your schedule, please click on the link below to sign up a timeslot for parent teacher conferences for Session 2.
Emergency Medical Forms
Chardon Schools uses an Online Forms platform that allows you to verify the directory information we have on file for your child(ren), make changes if necessary, and submit beginning of the year forms electronically (Emergency Medical Authorization (EMA) Internet usage, photo permission, athletics, etc…). This electronic submission takes the place of the paper forms.
Your child’s directory information, along with the district and athletic forms are ready for your review.
For families who already have an Online Forms:
For families new to the Online Forms:
HalloweenTuesday, October 31 is Halloween. However, with all of the excitement leading into week- the Chardon Crazies and the CHS Administration are moving the traditional costume day to Friday, October 27 to align to the theme for the night.
Our students have traditionally dressed in appropriate costumes at school for the day. 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:
Thanks to all who supported our Crescendo Club Cheese and Sausage Fundraiser! Including our generous Patron Form Donations, this fundraiser was a huge success! Our delivery is next Wednesday October 25th so please mark your calendars! Pick-up will be at CHS for the high schoolers who ordered items from after school until 7 pm. Of course, with pick-up we need volunteers to ensure this goes smoothly. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your availability. Many thanks again for all of your support which keeps our music programs alive and strong in all our Chardon Local Schools!!
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Lunch Menu for Next Week
Fresh Side Bar Choices
Italian Style Paninis
Cheese Ravioli in a marinara sauce or
Homemade Pasta And Meatballs
Pizza Hut Day!!
Italian Style Paninis
Fresh Side Bar Choice
*Baked Fries in Deli
Taco Meat, Mexican
Rice, WG Nacho Cheese
Chips, Flame Roasted
Salsa, Sour Cream,
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Italian Style Paninis
Fresh Side Bar Choices
*Baked Fries Bistro line
Strawberry or Blueberry topping
Warm Cinnamon Apples
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Italian Style Paninis
Fresh Side Bar
BBQ Pork Patter or
on Bun or
Mac and Cheese
Peas and Carrots
Italian Style Paninis
Meat lovers Pizza
Fresh Side Bar
Shining Star Cleveland: This Sunday
With so many outstanding achievements this week, be certain to take the time to share in the success stories of your children this weekend!