For nineteen years, I have attended high school dances as a teacher or administrator...this year's Homecoming was one of the classiest dances that I have ever chaperoned. I am so grateful to the nearly 800 students that attended. I am so proud of the work and efforts of Mrs. Korenke and Mr. Chenoweth along with our student leaders. Their vision, creativity, and focus created an arena of energy! CHS Hallway was transformed into a Hawaiian landscape. Special thanks to the teachers, and staff assisted in making this a special night for the students.
Six years ago, our students and staff came together to create norms for high school dances. The students wanted to change the culture of how students should conduct themselves at dances. Last weekend, Students could be seen line dancing and jumping around to music that truly felt like going to a wedding reception. It was a great night!
WVIZ Gubernatorial Forum
Talking Jobs with Ohio's Next Governor was a live digital forum featuring Ohio's leading gubernatorial candidates, Richard Cordray and Mike DeWine. Chardon High School Government students had the opportunity to attend this event and many others watched the forum LIVE in the LGIR.
The candidates appeared individually in back-to-back segments and were allotted 45 minutes each to interact with young Ohioans while responding to their questions and comments about education, workforce development and job creation. Andy Chow of the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau served as the forum moderator.
Students and young adults, ages 16-26, were invited to engage with candidates by submitting questions using #TalkJobsOHon social media and by interacting with the live-streamed forum on Facebook and YouTube.
Live Digital Forums
October 4, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Richard Cordray
1:20 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. | Mike DeWine
Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. | WVIZ/PBS ideastream
In conjunction with Corporation for Public Broadcasting's American Graduate initiative, Talking Jobs with Ohio’s Next Governor provides a rare opportunity for young adults across the state to engage with the leading candidates in this year’s Ohio gubernatorial race. Special Thanks to Mr. Ptasznik for organizing this event!
Stream quality monitoring at Big Creek
Mr. Mizen is putting his students to the test. Students are monitoring stream quality right off the property of Chardon High School just like many graduates just like myself. The block schedule allows students the opportunity to dig deeper into their learning without the rush of a next class. I have sat in this class several times this year to see how Mr. Mizen has unfolded his backwards design teaching strategies. Students are learning biology with their hands, senses, and exploration.
So what is stream quality monitoring?
Small aquatic organisms (macroinvertebrates) are collected from a stream and surveyed to determine which types are present and how frequently they occur. The organisms are returned to the water and the data are used to determine the health of that portion of the stream.
Macroinvertebrates are highly effective barometers of a river's health because they have varying tolerances of pollution. Surveying the presence, quantity, and diversity of macroinvertebrates can indicate potential problems.
The monitoring process includes seining the same portion of a river 3 or 4 times a year, logging water and weather conditions, and counting macroinvertebrates. The macroinvertebrate survey data is entered into an assessment form and a score is determined for the site. This scoring technique is called the cumulative index value and it helps determine if the quality of the site seined is excellent, good, fair or poor.
Because SQM doesn't require any chemical analysis, biological monitoring is a simple and cost-effective method of testing a stream's health.
Important Message: PSAT/PreACT--October 10, 2018
To Parents/Guardians of Sophomore and Junior students:
Chardon High School will be offering a unique College and Career Readiness morning this fall. On Wednesday, October 10th, all Junior and Sophomore students will be taking a practice version of a college entrance exam with the intent of giving your son or daughter the opportunity to experience these timed test, with the pacing and the question formatting, in order to provide you with information on areas to improve prior to taking the actual test. Testing will begin promptly at 7:20 AM (which results in no late-start on this morning for these students). Students need to plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early to locate their testing location and to be prepared to take the test.
Juniors will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT. This is a practice test for the SAT, an entrance exam that many colleges utilize to assess a potential student’s academic strengths and readiness for college. This test also has a scholarship component through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Juniors who score in the highest percentiles may be given the opportunity to advance in this scholarship program. Historically a test that we required students to register for, we chose to administer the test this year to all Juniors in an effort to enhance their opportunity to perform well in the spring on another nationally standardized test (the ACT, which will be given to all Juniors on February 26, 2019). This will also give all test-takers the opportunity to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students were assessed the typical registration fee at the beginning of the school year for this test ($16.00- the base price), in lieu of requiring a registration process. The results from the test can be used to determine if students are currently on track for college-level coursework and offers an interest inventory that gives students some additional tools to use when determining a future career.
Sophomores will be taking the PreACT. Another practice test, the PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading and science. This test, geared toward 10th grade students, can be used to predict future success on the ACT and offers an interest inventory that also provides students with a personalized view of interests and college and career alignment. Students were assessed $12.00- the fee that is charged by ACT to score their results, at the beginning of this school year.
Guidance visited with Juniors in Government last week to complete pre-registration materials and will be given a packet that includes a practice test with information for test day. Sophomores will be notified of what to expect and bring on test day, as well. Both tests also give students the opportunity to opt in to college and scholarship search programs by providing their address and email address, so students should come prepared with an email address where they would like to receive notifications (if they would like to opt in to this service), as well as #2 pencils and a calculator for test day. Any questions or concerns about the test can be directed to Lacey Jacobs, School Counselor (email@example.com).
Lacey Jacobs, M.S.Ed.
Transportation runs at the regular times both days. Supervision will be covered on both days.
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!
Yearbook: Senior Notice
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.
The Learning Commons
This month's issue of the Learning Center Newsletter is a continuation of material about locating information from INFOhio. Steps 3-6 instruct students to use a database to locate scholarly sources, provide a KWL chart students can use to organize their searches, and suggest how to choose correct keywords when performing searches.
During the week of September 17- 21, some of our 8th graders celebrated Global Collaboration Week! The goals of this week are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms around the world and to introduce students to global connected learning. Some of the project themes were students reading folk tales from their childhood, photos from their daily meals and what is outside their backdoor, back to school traditions, and video submissions of what they like about CHS.
Here are some of the projects that our CHS 8th graders shared with students around the world:
On Thursday, the Chardon High school Leadership class took a field trip to Munson Elementary to tutor Mrs. Turks second grade math class. It was a very exciting day for both the second graders and the high school kids. A special thanks goes out to Mr Prezioso, Munson elementary principal for making this amazing opportunity happen.
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
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).
First Energy's Power Systems Institute
Setting Goals and Finishing What You Started
We talk about setting goals all of the time in our classes, team activities, and athletic/extra-curricular settings. Goal setting is fundamental to any type of achievement. As one of our core values, achievement can take on a light of academics or personal goal setting. Likewise, we tell our students that If they want to live a life of purpose, setting goals will increase their odds of reaching a desired outcome.
The process of setting goals helps bring clarity to the things that are truly important to anyone setting goals. Without a clear vision of what our students want to achieve in their life, they will be left wandering aimlessly through life without a compass that moves them in the right direction.
When students set clearly defined goals and create a plan to achieve them, they will begin to live their life by design, not default. They will feel motivated and empowered. Your son(s) and daughter(s) self-confidence will grow and they will begin to feel like they are in control of their life.
Take this quarter as an example. It is important to reflect, and self evaluate at many points along the journey. It is important to evaluate these questions:
1. Did I set any goals?
2. Am I on track for my goals or do I need to change direction?
3. Have I taken to the time to celebrate achievements along the way?
4. Are my goals specific?
5. Did I write my goals down?
These are just a few questions to analyze along the way towards setting goals. Goals are just words without having a plan, and without writing them down. Often times, students can become quite distracted on their path by how they choose their response to the events that unfold to them.
Their choices to their responses vary for a number of events that they face. Let me provide a few examples for you: Parents, Schoolwork, Friends, Social Media.
Parents: Well, since the majority of my audience are parents, I would like to let you know that I understand the selective listening process that generally leads to all of us losing hair, turning gray, and taking medicine. Children hear noise. They are developmental mammals that have a prefrontal cortex that is still growing...that is, of course, until we rip off the earbuds--take the phone (which steals from the prefrontal cortex) and clearly articulate into the ear canal what we want these young mammals to know. Honestly, not all of our children are that selective to hearing...although we blame the genes of the spouse. But, our kids are filled with noise....so much noise and information that there can be, at times, information overload. It is so important for all of us to realize that in order to change the culture; we need to change our response. Parenting is key. It is OK to take the phone. It is OK to ground. It is OK to set boundaries. It is OK to turn off devices. It is OK to parent and say NO. This is not novel, it is just important to be reminded that we are in this together. Just like there are books to help you with what to do when you are expecting...there are countless grandparents, parents, and inspirational people that helped us through the ages of 13-18.
Schoolwork: Students, the key to your success is time management. The majority, yes the majority of all of you have a study hall---some more---to get your daily work started and even completed. Use your time wisely. Write things down. Prioritize your work and set timelines for yourself. Topper Time provides for you the opportunities to maximize on your learning. Some of you are in some well needed enrichment, and many of you are in a specific Topper Time. If you feel overwhelmed in your classes, see your teachers. They truly care for your well being. They want you to be successful...but remember, you are in high school. You have to take responsibility for what you know and do not know. Your teacher wants you to take initiative in your learning. Will they check on you? Absolutely...they will help you through each finish line. Be conscientious of your role as a young learner. In a world that is so stuck on grades...I care more about your learning. I care more about you mastering the content than the end mark. If you learn, then you will succeed and receive the mark that you earn.
Friends: We spend so much time focusing on our values--be sure to value yourself. You matter. I take the time each week to write to you for a purpose. Please Listen. Your actions offline, and online matter. Your integrity matters. How you act on Saturday night...should emulate how you act on Tuesday morning...but, does it? What you say in text messages and social media is how you should speak on the daily...but...does it? Our values do not end on Friday at 2:26 pm. Values are measured by the sum of your actions. There is no specific situation that I am writing about....so conspiracies can end. Often times, I have conversations with young leaders about what they are saying online that I know is not how they act offline. Or, there is the typical parent teacher conference that a teacher shares how a son or daughter is "such a joy in class" and the parent says..."you should see them at home... " Students, at Chardon, we act differently, expect honesty, and model values. Every person has a story. Respect that. Just like your story is respected.
Social Media: What was meant for goodness can become the enemy of clear communication. How would you like my Week in Reflection to read: LOL ICYMI TGIF #RallyTogether #ThisIsUS <3 #ROTFL
Not only would I lose my mind translating--parent's would give me #WTH and students would unfollow me. Students, it is OK to unplug. It is healthy. You will not lose your vision. Play outside, walk, read, or even better --open your mouth and communicate. You will be just as relevant tomorrow.
#RallyTogether with family and friends!
October 12: NEOEA Day (No School)