Junior Model UN
Students in grades 6-8 from Northeast Ohio schools came together for a two-day United Nations simulation at John Carroll University.
Putting themselves in the shoes of foreign diplomats the students were able to tackle and find solutions to the most pressing international issues. Through their commitment to the program, the participants become empowered to investigate the world, recognize different perspectives, communicate ideas to diverse audiences, and apply what they learn creatively during research, debate, and conference time.
Junior Model UN (at CHS) was created through the vision of Grace Kilfoyle. This transformative experience was Grace's senior project. Grace spent countless hours recruiting, training, planning, chaperoning, and guiding the students. She is such an amazing leader who is going to change the world! Special thanks to Mr. Mosnik who facilitates and helps train Model Un and Junior Model UN. This week, Mrs. Niedzwiecki, a Spanish and Global Awareness Circuit Teacher was able to join the students.
Mrs. Niedzwiecki stated, "I cannot express to you how proud I was today to see our young women in action, interacting with the process, using their personalities and intelligence, and absorbing the experience. They were kind, poised, and world leaders in the making".
Thank you to Mr. Mosnik for preparing them and making things run so smoothly, and to Grace Kilfoyle for the guidance to both the girls and including Mrs. Niedwiecki.
Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
Evelyn Allen and Maddie Downs (representing Bolivia)
Topic A: Loss of Human Rights in Conflicts Across the Middle East
Topic B: Progress on the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances
International Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Halle Hemly and Faith Kilfoyle (representing the United States)
Topic A: Increasing Safeguards for Children of Disability
Topic B: Preventing Violations of Childhood Labor Laws
Development Program (UNDP)
Sydney Murray and Julianne Sweet (representing the United States)
Topic A: Preparing for Natural Disasters and Preventing Sustained Fallout
Topic B: Improving Access to Clean Water and Medical Supplies in Developing Nations
General Assembly (GA)
Chloe Cathan and Maddi Chollett (representing Chile)
Topic A: Addressing the Occupation of Ukraine
Topic B: Preventing Illicit Arms Trade
Create Your Tomorrow, Today.
Anyone that knows me can share that I wear my emotions on my sleeves. Whether it is a blessing or a curse, there is complete transparency to my emotions. People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that influence their decisions, shape their day-to-day actions, and determine their short and long-term priorities. They place significant value on being a person of high integrity and in earning the trust and respect of others. The result is that they live with a clear conscience and spend more time listening to their inner voice than being influenced negatively by others.
Make the Right Stuff, the Right Stuff
I learned the value of hard work from my parents, and definitely from my wife who is the ultimate multi-tasker. People who live a life of purpose identify those activities that matter most to them and spend the majority of their time and effort in those areas. Otherwise, it’s too easy to drift away in the currents of life. There is a clear connection to the statement: How we spend our days parallels to how we live our lives. They work hand in hand---reminding us of the important marriage of choices and priorities.
My entire life I have found value in pursuing what my passions were. From working outdoors at Sand Ridge to Kirtland Country Club, to teaching, and coaching...I have always loved pursuing areas in my life that I enjoyed. People who live a life of purpose wake up each morning eager to face the new day. They pursue their dreams with fervor, put their heart into everything they do, and feel that they’re personally making a difference.
Finding balance is essential and challenging. The key is reflecting weekly about those that you love and if you have given as much to family as you have to your passion. People who live a life of purpose put their heart into their career and into building relationships with friends and family. They also reserve adequate time to satisfy their personal needs. Achieving balance means living up to one’s potential in all facets of life.
Happiness is a choice – not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you. – --Ralph Marston
I have lived by this mantra my whole life. People who live a life of purpose have inner peace. They’re satisfied with what they have and who they are. To them, the grass is greener on their own side of the fence because of the time spent nurturing and cultivating their purpose.
Living a life of service has taught me so much about myself. It has humbled me, guided me, and grounded me in my values. People who live a life of purpose make a meaningful difference in someone else’s life. They do things for others without expectation of personal gain, serve as exemplary role models, and gain as much satisfaction witnessing the success of others as witnessing their own. As the old proverb says, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”
Remember that scene in Dead Poet's Society where Robin William challenges the students to Carpe Diem- Seize the day and make their lives extraordinary? He was changing the students perspective and experiences to live beyond the status quo. People who live a life of purpose cherish every moment and seek to live life without regret. They take joy in the experiences that life gives and don’t worry about keeping score.
Core Value Team Presents: Teen Vaping, It's Not What You Think
Vaping has become a trend in high schools nationwide including Chardon High School. Please join us for this important conversation on vaping and the health risks for teens.
We are pleased to have Dr. Ellen Rome as our speaker. Dr. Rome has been the Head of Adolescent Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic since 1994. She received her BA from Yale, her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, and her Master's in Public Health from Harvard University. She is a local, national and international speaker on a variety of topics impacting youth. She is also the co-author of two books with Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen, You: The Owner's Manual for Teens and You: Raising Your Child from First Breath to First Grade.
Winter is Here!
With winter here, and a very wide open lake, we want to remind you of our procedures for school closing or delayed start in the event of dangerous conditions.
The decision to call off school due to inclement weather begins at approximately 3:30 AM and includes analysis of the following information:
When all of this information is gathered, the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Business Affairs, and Transportation Supervisor jointly make the decision to close the schools or keep them open for students. Our objective is to make this decision no later than 5:45 AM as school buses are beginning to depart for their morning runs at that time. However, it may become necessary, in isolated cases, to make the decision after that time. Weather conditions can change abruptly, for better or for worse, but our intent is to determine that it is safe for students and staff to attend school as early as possible.
The district uses a delayed start rather than canceling school should weather conditions allow for this option. In order to ensure greater safety during a delayed start, the opening of schools will be delayed two hours. The following is information concerning how the delayed opening will be implemented and a school-specific schedule:
Again, safety is our highest priority and we strive to make the best possible decision with the information available at the time. Parents can always choose to keep their children home if they truly feel there is a weather-related safety risk. These absences will be recorded as excused, with make-up work provided to the student if the Superintendent designates the day as a Severe Weather Day in the school district.
Please do not hesitate to contact the district if you require additional information in this regard.
The Learning Commons
Attached is the latest edition of the Learning Center Newsletter.
In January's edition, you will learn about a $1500 grant the library was awarded thanks to the generosity of the State Library of Ohio and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
Charon High School was awarded the maximum amount of a Celebrating Ohio Book Awards and Author (COBAA) Grant. The money will be spent to purchase 71 books that are award winners or nominees, all with an Ohio connection.
Please read the newsletter for details on the grant and some of the titles that will be added to the library very soon.
A Message from Jan Hoffmann
With cases of influenza still at a low rate in Ohio, it is not too late to get a flu shot. It does take two weeks to become effective so now is the time!
Attention parents of students turning 16 or older and especially parents of Junior students:
As the new year begins and you make appointments for your child's annual checkup please keep in mind all students entering the twelfth grade are required to provide proof of receiving the meningitis vaccination. Any student 16 or older can get the vaccination. The student does not need to be a junior.
Ohio Revised Code states all pupils 12th grade are required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease.
The meningococcal vaccine protects against the meningococcal disease which can cause an infection of the bloodstream or meningitis, or both, and can be life threatening if not promptly treated. The meningococcal vaccine is very effective at protecting against four strains of the meningococcal bacteria. Ohio mandate states:
· One (1) dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 7th grade.
· A second (2nd) dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 12th grade. The second (2nd) dose must be administered on or after the 16th birthday with at least eight (8) weeks between the first (1st) and second (2nd) dose. ** If the first (1st) dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered after the 16th birthday, a second (2nd) dose is not required.
Proof of vaccination can be turned in at any time!
Images of the Week
Digital Hall Passes
We are now one week deep inside of using the new system. Last Wednesday, we spoke about the functionality of the system with the staff. As I shared earlier, this system was created by our students trained in LEAN to create accountability, timestamps, and to standardize the system.
It has been absolutely eye-opening to actually document how many students are using this system each day. In the past, each teacher had their own system and it was hard to identify (each period) who was out. Passes where misplaced due to all of the traffic and students sometimes just grabbed the pass without signing out.
Now, it is our expectation that every student uses this system in the classroom using their Chromebook, or mobile device. The student walks the hall wearing or carrying their ID. All staff members have access to the form and can sort student traffic.
We will continue to refine the system and make it more feasible for all users. The hall pass system has caught the eye of surrounding districts and I have taken the time to talk with Mayfield and Mentor Administration about how this system is working. Right now, we couldn't be happier. In the case of drills, emergencies, or even tracking weekly data--we can identify students in seconds.
Video of the Week
Hilltoppers at Severance
The Hilltopper Bands have the honor of performing at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 27, 3:00 PM, as part of the Northeast Ohio Band Invitational. Symphonic Band will be performing:
Pan American by Karl King,
Chorale and March by Clifton Williams,
New Era Fanfare by Randall Standridge,
and Selections from The Sound of Music.
Wind Ensemble will be performing:
Entry March of the Boyars by Johan Halvorsen,
Risk Everything for a Dream by Richard Saucedo,
Four Dance Episodes by Gary Gilroy, and Mancini Magic.
Tickets are available in the high school band room and are $10 each. Checks payable to Crescendo Club.
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
Hundreds of tickets have been sold this school year to Chardon families taking advantage of the Chardon Goes to the Musicals group sales for Playhouse Square. As a reminder, it is not a fundraiser, simply a courtesy to the community. Please contact Elizabeth Fullerman at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to reserve upcoming tickets. After School of Rock, remaining shows for the 2018-19 school year include:
A Bronx Tale - Sunday, April 28 at 1pm
Dear Evan Hansen - Thursday, June 27 at 7:30pm
Come From Away - Sunday, July 28 at 6:30pm
Lion King - Thursday, August 8 at 7:30pm
GGP High School Internship Program Open House
Monday, January 14, 2019; 7-8:30 PM at
Kent State University at Geauga, 14111 Claridon-Troy Rd, Burton
Student & Parent Registration: http://bit.ly/InternEventFamilies
Save the Date(s)
Our Multi-Media Design class creates and posts the announcements each day for students and staff. Each student and staff member receive the link directly to their email. The announcements are played in 5th period. The class has created a YouTube page and Twitter account to help parents with knowing the day-to-day information. Thanks to Mrs. Eby and Mr. Herner for all of their work with our students in this course.
Have fun this weekend and go play outside!
Douglas Murray, Principal