Together, We are Strong
Over the past three weeks, I have been extremely visible in providing security, stability, and service---while not being as visible as I want to be in popping into classrooms to see you interact with students.
Countless hours have been spent with families, outside agencies, and local advocates to document, plan, and articulate ways to provide and ensure that all of the situations that have come to my desk are comprehensively attended to with precision.
In between handling the digital citizenship issues, guiding young students with their words, and situations outside of the school--- I have worked tirelessly to not interrupt learning and targeted outcomes in the classroom. Many of the tasks that I work on are unnoticed by many, but they are done out of a commitment to you, our students, and our school. I truly love Chardon and all of my staff and students...I think you all know that.
Last week, I went on the announcements to communicate our shared vision in living our core values within our daily behaviors. One of the best parts of my day is walking the lunchroom and interacting with every student. Mr. Bandiera, Mr. Higham, and I love taking thirty minutes to re-energize with our kids. It is during that time where students can be themselves with us and share many of the events that they are excited about.
I know that results of the levy created uneasiness in all of our minds, hearts, and spirit. As a graduate, parent, and employee-- I am saddened that after the countless phone calls, initiatives, and meetings we are looking at a significant deficit that has to be balanced.
We can blame, complain, or defend our own opinions of this failed campaign---it will not get us anywhere. I will not accept defeat in the midst of the cultural growth, energy, and successes that you have forged in the past five years.
We are Chardon. To live our values means that we are defined by our response to any outcome. We have modeled for tens of thousands of students and parents how we respond to difficulty. We are a community in good and bad times who will live with integrity. We have been consistently humble in our response to moments of success, doubt, and difficulty. We are a district that demonstrates achievement in our outcomes to the state, and outreach to our community and nation. We model respect in our success and failures and how we respond to each other. We recognize the value of seeing the dignity and honor of all of the students and staff members that we encounter. Most importantly, we are optimistic for tomorrow by living our purpose today as we nurture each other.
We are Chardon...you cannot be built much tougher.
You can read this and say to yourself, "that's nice, Murray" or you can truly realize that my words never come as fluff. I mean every word when I tell you that I am committed to serving every person that I encounter. Together, we will continue to define our response to any obstacle that we face...Together.
Fall Play: The Crucible
The Chardon High School Drama Dept. will present the American classic, The Crucible, the weekend of November 16th – 19th. The 1953 play is by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692-93. In the production, Salem is ablaze with accusations of witchcraft after a group of young girls are found dancing in the woods.
I, along with several community members and teachers had the opportunity to get a sneak peak of the fall play on Wednesday. What struck me the most (besides the phenomenal acting) was how hundreds of our students were able to read the play in class this semester and participate in workshops with Great Lakes Theatre with digging deeper into the play. Our students are truly applying project based learning. Special thanks to all of the time and dedication to our cast and crew, Mrs. Kerry Allenby (Makeup and Costumes), Mr. Scott Brown (Set Design), Mrs. Shannon Dalton (Props), Ms. Ann Grantham (Business), Mr. Fritz Streiff (Lighting and Sound), Mr. Brandon Lichtinger (Director), and special gratitude to Mrs. Madelon Horvath for her directorial assistance.
Performances are November 16th – 18th at 7:00 p.m. and November 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Park Auditorium on Chardon Square. Admission is $8.00 for adults; students and seniors are $5.00.
Topper Club Awards
After much discussion, we have decided to shift the Topper Club Awards (certificate/letter/pin for 3.75 cumulative GPA and higher, in addition to recognizing the National Merit students, etc) to the day time in an effort to properly recognize these students while demonstrating to all students what can be achieved through hard work and dedication to their academics. With that said, we will have the assembly to recognize these students for the whole student body on the morning of Monday, November 20th. The assembly is slated to take an hour, and there will not be a Topper Time that day to make up for some of the time lost. The schedule for that day will be as follows:
Many 2016-2017 Yearbooks were distributed Tuesday, Nov 7th 11:00-1:00 and Wednesday, Nov 8th 7:30-9:00 in the CHS Media Center.
If you were not able to pick up your purchased book during these dates, you can pick it up from the main office.
If you are interested in buying a 2016-17 yearbook, extra copies will be available for purchase from Mrs. McBride.
Chicken /Mashed Potato Bowl
Whipped Potatoes/ Home-style Gravy
Fresh Side Bar Choices
Student Work Permit
Work Permit Instructions
Obtain an application for minor work permit in school office.
Student will return completed form with one of the valid forms of ID. Mrs. Sprinzl will process the application.
Please allow 24 hours turn around on permits.
With winter just around the corner, 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 Next Edition of the Week in Reflection will come out on Tuesday, November 21. There will be no edition on November 24.