Finding your Purpose
Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, and Dopey all had a purpose in the tale Snow White. Each character's personality added to the richness of the story.
Over the past ten days, CHS Administration have meticulously worked to prepare conceptual plans for the high school. As the calamity days entailed, it was truly "off to work we go" (whistles included). Over the next several weeks, detailed communications will continue with our staff, community members, along with formal and informal presentations.
Just as the Brothers Grimm tale was brought to life through the vision of Walt Disney, we work hard to unveil the purpose of all of our students and staff members. One of the biggest mantras that Dr. Klein and I articulate is living a life of purpose. Throughout the year, we are reminded of the sheer volume of the various ways we connect purpose to life, academics, and our choices. You see, some people measure success by the wealth they’ve accumulated, the power they’ve attained, or the status they’ve achieved. Yet, even though they’ve reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still have an empty feeling — something is missing from their life. In order to fill that void and be completely fulfilled in life, they may be searching for something more. Although everyone is different, there are common threads that bind a life with purpose.
Live by your beliefs and values
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.
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 the important marriage of choices and priorities.
Follow your passion
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 an 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.
Make a difference
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.”
Live in the moment
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.
So, regardless if you are Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy, or Dopey within the tales of your story---live your purpose in the moment and seize today!
Service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. Over the first week of the new year, Mr. Mizen, Mr. Brown, Marcus Chauby, Myles Metz, Josh Kelly, and TJ Harmon traveled on a journey to Virginia to serve the needs of families in Virginia. Their purpose was to build a porch, but their journey lead them to discovery who they are as men. This week, the students were able to share thier remarkeable epiphanies to the staff at CHS. Check out the slides below, and download the presentation to watch some of the videos. On Tuesday, January 16, the students will present their service experience during the monthly board meeting.
Work Permit Instructions
Obtain an application for minor work permit in the school office.
Athletics: Snapshots of the Week
It has been a busy time for the wrestling team over break! On December 21, Chardon beat Kirtland 60-10 with impressive pins by Jaden Farris, Ethan Ducca, James Bender, Andrew McNaughton and Dylan Friend. Days later, on December 23, Chardon took 1st place in the Mentor JV Mega Tournament with Hayden McBean, Noah Carlozzi and Dylan Friend taking first place and Colin Perz, Nick Becker, and Ellis Dillon taking third and Charlie Brosch earning fourth place. The last weekend in December, Chardon took fourth place against 39 schools at the Kenston Invitational with Jake Hamulak taking first place, Sam Eldridge and Ethan Ducca taking 2nd place, Mike Lobosky earned 4th and Nick Becker earned 6th. As we entered 2018, Chardon competed in Perrysburg Invitational Tournament against 26 teams with Sam Eldridge taking 3rd, Jake Hamulak taking 6th and Mason Dannison earning 7th place. Awesome job, team!
From Chardon to Marine Recruit
We are so proud of Matthew Wilson who scored a 124 in Math and Science on his ASVAB. This score was the third highest in all of Ohio.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On the third Monday of January, Americans celebrate the life and achievement of one of our most respected citizens -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King was a leading force in the drive for civil rights in the United States, and he showed through words and actions that non-violent, persistent activism can achieve tremendous results by appealing to the moral conscience of Americans.
Save the Date
Monday, January 15: NO School
Tuesday, January 16: White Day
Wednesday, January 17: Red Day
Thursday, January 18: Black Day
Friday, January 19: White Day
Stay warm with family and friends,
Douglas Murray, Principal