Reflecting on the Quarter
I am so proud of our students and our teachers' efforts to focus on the eminent core value of achievement. Together, we will continue to refine what we do by analyzing how we can continue to move from good to great! Over the past two years, we have demonstrated strong success stories of mastery against the standards. For the second consecutive year, our students have met the mark of high achievement for all students where learning is the most important work!
Last year, the following data was shared:
Avg GPA for Q1= 3.20
Seniors Avg =3.18
Juniors Avg= 3.20
Sophomores Avg= 3.14
Freshman Avg= 3.23
Eighth Grade Avg= 3.25
We are proud to share the results from the current completed quarter (1st quarter). The outcomes demonstrate great achievements at first glance. When you dig deeper into the data, we are able to see trends to help us gauge where we as educators need to celebrate, and where we can show even greater growth. We have to pause and celebrate the work of our teachers and our students. Together, they have much to celebrate. The work of our mission is never complete, and the work to align standards, strategies, and assessments is an ever-evolving task to help students master learning outcomes to be successful for future-readiness in the 4 E's: Enrollment, Enlistment, Employment, and Entrepreneurship.
The compass, road map, and GPS to all that we do is our mission statement which is enhanced through the magnifying lens of our core values. All of the outcomes in which we gauge learners filters through the creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and community connections that all of our educators emphasize in the day to day interactions with students. Through this daily encounter of learning, our students become exposed to programs, supports, and pathways that help guide them to find their individual purpose. Over the last several weeks, I have shared our state report card and school profile. These measures help identify the story that we are creating at Chardon High School. Over the last year, we have placed so much attention on refining the outcomes of our mission. Whereas the culture and climate at Chardon High School remains an essential focus---our targeted learning outcomes, and educational strategies help gauge all learners to learn each standard. Furthermore, we have spent years on our core values that become the vehicle for all students to feel safe, successful, and engaged.
The mission of Chardon School is High Achievement for ALL students where learning is our most important work. This lens of learning is mastered when students and staff focus on learning as the sum of all of the experiences that students engage in. There are seven periods in a day. As a teacher, we believe that the time that we have is priceless each period. As a student, every class plays a role in the development of the child towards the mission. No class is greater than the other. It is the learning that matters the most.
We are further able to focus our outcomes on the end goal. The most important learning that any student can achieve (within their high school experience) is finding his or her purpose. The desire for all educators is that all of our students can determine their purpose within an outcome of becoming employed right out of school, enrolling in a college/university, enlisting in the armed forces, or using their abilities and passion as a young entrepreneur.
Our students and educators spend years establishing the foundation of their learning within this blueprint. This map demonstrates the direction that all learners follow. This is where the work of the educator really comes into action. The educator moves from the sage on the stage to the facilitating tour guide. Professional Learning Communities, aligning standards, defining instructional strategies, preparing common formative assessments, and most importantly-developing meaningful relationships with students. It is through deep development of creating goals, and student choices that guide all learners on the map of learning.
Our students love to live in the what. Who wouldn't? It is through these experiences that students begin to find their way and live their purpose. Students and staff engage in soft skills, or what I call the essential skills. They are learning many ways to communicate, innovate, and problem solve. They are learning about becoming a young leader, understanding their place in this grand world, and planning for their ideas as young entrepreneurs. Students and staff engage in mentoring students and developing new ideas and relationships in our established brain breaks. Teachers are creating opportunities inside of AP and CCP courses along with career planning at Auburn Career Center.
The mission and vision of Chardon is clear. Our destination hasn't changed. How you get there is your choice.
Feel free to watch my reflection from the morning announcements on Thursday.
8th Grade DC Trip: May 4-6, 2020
Dear Eighth Graders and Eighth Grade Parents,
We are so excited about our trip to Washington, D.C.! There is so much to look forward to, and spring is a beautiful time of year to be in our nation’s capital. School-sponsored tours are essential elements of our academic programs at Chardon High School. Our eighth-graders will have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. on a curriculum-based overnight field trip from May 4-6, 2020.
The following are the guidelines for this trip. The cost of the trip is $445. This includes all meals (except lunch Monday), lodging, and guided experiences. Payment plan: first payment November 15th ($245), second payment February 7th ($100), and third payment March 13th ($100) or full payment on November 15th. Payments can be made on Infinite Campus or a check (made out to Chardon Board of Education) through the CHS business office. All school fees (including athletic fees) must be paid prior to the second trip payment date February 7, 2020.
While every effort will be made to honor room requests, CHS reserves the right to assign hotel rooms and bus assignments. Violation of our core values may eliminate eligibility for the trip. If a student’s eligibility is removed, any payments made to the tour company will not be refunded. Students and parents understand that all school rules and Chardon Local School District Board of Education Policies and Procedures are in effect. If there are any disciplinary issues on the trip, the administration reserves the right to require your child to be picked up at the parents’ or guardians’ expense.
We know how excited everyone is for this awesome trip, and we really appreciate your respect for these guidelines. By signing below, you will indicate your intention to follow them.
Please complete the information below by November 4, 2019, and return to Mr. Higham. Once this form is submitted, the cost of the trip will be added to your child’s school fees account on Infinite Campus.
This document can be viewed in detail here.
We will hold a mandatory information night for parents on November 18, 2019, at 6:00 pm. At this meeting, we will be distributing a tentative itinerary which will highlight many of the places that we will visit and more specific information regarding the needs for this trip. The itinerary is located here.
Please direct all questions to email@example.com
In order to fully plan for this quarter, we wanted you to have access to the Midterm Schedule in December.
Midterm Week: The purpose of this week is to meet the educational needs of our students as they prepare for midterms, finals, and project presentations. ALL classes will meet during midterm week. If a class does not have a midterm or a final, they will commence a class period. The only non-mandatory period is a study hall. Students do not need to sit in the study hall. We will provide supervision in the cafeteria for a silent study hall as needed, but attendance is not mandatory.
--Transportation will run at the regular time in the morning and afternoon.
--All academic classes will meet during the scheduled time. Dismissal will occur at 12:10 PM Tuesday - Friday.
--Lunch during the week (Tuesday - Friday) will be À la carte.
--Auburn students will have scheduled exams that do not impede upon their schedule.
--CHS Teachers will be in teacher-based teams each day after exams.
--In the case that we have a calamity day during an exam schedule, we will follow the scheduled exam day and adjust the afternoon exam time slots by adding the missed exam(s).
Read this pdf online.
PARENTS: PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING TO ACKNOWLEDGE MIDTERM SCHEDULE.
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 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, 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!
Please click on the link below to sign up for PT Conferences.
Thursday, November 21 (4:30-8:00 pm)
Sign up here.
Piece of the Week
Coffee cup sketch by Jackson Perry
This piece and many more are for sale at Buckeye Chocolate!
Images of the Week
Geauga Growth Partnership
Students in Mr. Herner's CCP Introduction to Business classes attended the Geauga Growth Partnership Entrepreneur Success Breakfast at Patterson Family Fruit Farm on October 18th. They had doughnuts and cider with area business owners and state and county leaders while hearing from 5th and 6th generation farm and business owners. The Pattersons shared their HR practices, innovations over the years, and future plans for the business. This was a valuable "real world" experience for these business students...and the Honey Crisp apples they went home with were delicious!
Full Sail University
Kirstie Fitzpatrick, Regional Outreach Representative from Full Sail University, stopped by the Technology classes on Wednesday, October 23. Kirstie spent time explaining the opportunities offered to students who enroll in Full Sail University, which is a school in Florida that offers degrees in Entertainment, Media, Arts, and Technology. Students got the chance to use iPads and software of special interest for each class. Period 2, MultiMedia students, experienced stop-motion animation. Students worked in groups to create their own stop-motion animation movie, which were viewed by the students in class. Period 4 students, the Game and App Design class, got to play Jelly Juggle for five minutes with a prize going to the student with the highest score. After playing, students got busy designing a game of their own. Students in Period 6, Web Design and Development, learned about the business of entertainment. Using the iPads, they got to simulate a unique money-making idea for Coachella, the annual music festival. Students made choices on who their target audience is, how much to spend on advertising, and how much to charge for the special experience they came up with. Many were surprised at the enormous profits generated by their entrepreneurial ideas.
Video of the Week
Do you like to ski or snowboard? If so, consider joining the CHS Downhill Ski/Snowboard Club. This club program is open to students from grade 8 through grade 12. It will run after school for a minimum of five consecutive Tuesdays beginning January 7th. The club will be skiing at Brandywine Ski Resort. Club passes are also valid at Alpine Valley. No experience is necessary to join; both rentals and lessons are included in the club price. Students who have season passes are welcome to join and only pay the bus fee.
If your son/daughter is interested in joining, please see the attached forms for more details about registration. The first registration deadline is November 22, which is just four weeks away! All students who register by this date get a free long-sleeve ski club shirt at no additional cost! If you have any questions, please contact the adviser (Alison Fisher) at email@example.com or have your child see Miss Fisher during the school day in room 307. Hope you consider joining us on the slopes in January!
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 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.
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
Twitter- Follow @chs_dmurray and @chardonhs
Remind 101- Text @TopperUp to the following number 81010
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)
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal