Choose Your Response
In his book Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, with Jay Carty, Coach Wooden defined integrity and its importance in the following manner:
“Integrity in its simplest form is purity of intention. It’s keeping a clean conscience. To some extent, integrity contains a bit of reliability, a healthy helping of honesty and a portion of sincerity. The heart of a person with integrity always wants to do what’s right, once he or she is sure what ‘right’ is."
If we could teach only one value to live by, it should be this: Our definition of success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.
I share this with you because as we share so many positive accolades within the first quarter...we are a school of a thousand students within the ages of 14-18. Our young adults make many great decisions, but at times make poor ones. I will preface that it wasn't a single event that lead me to write this reflection, but a pod of small moments that encouraged me to take a firm stand.
I am one of the instructional and cultural leaders in the building. The best analogy that I can share with you of how I spend my day is in the following: "I write the sheet music for all of the conductors that draw the music out of the musicians." Every word written, said, and heard defines to the students and staff what my values are and how my integrity plays a role in who I am.
These are my Integrity Power Standards:
I believe in the power of relationships and how nurturing people becomes the indicator that drives learning.
I believe that respect is built out of a consistent demonstration of trust and reliability.
I believe that kindness is the fruit of positive behavior and chosen attitudes.
I believe that nothing is entitled to you and everything is earned through your hard work and proper mindset.
I believe that blaming, complaining, and defending becomes a poison to autonomous integrity and tarnishes the established culture and climate.
It is important to realize that others pay attention to those you have chosen to associate with, and they will inevitably judge your character by the character of your friends. Why is that? It is best explained by a quote my parents often said to my sister, brother, and I while in high school: “When you lie down with dogs you get fleas.” Inevitably we become more and more like the people we surround ourselves with day to day. If we surround ourselves with people who are dishonest and willing to cut corners to get ahead, then we’ll surely find ourselves following a pattern of first enduring their behavior, then accepting their behavior, and finally adopting their behavior. If you want to build a reputation as a person of integrity then surround yourself with people of integrity. The Event + Your Response = Your Outcome.
Halloween at CHS
Innovation in Learning
Students in Mrs. Newman's AP Language and Composition class re-created the characters from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales who were on a pilgrimage to the shrine of the martyr, St. Thomas. In the story, the characters met at the Tabard Inn in South London and dined with their travel companions. They introduced themselves to the others by giving a speech in which they used details from the prologue to describe themselves. In addition, they dressed up in costume and some even brought in medieval recipes. I witnessed such imagination, creativity, and depth of learning throughout this course this year! Kudos, Mrs. Newman!
Family and Consumer Science
The Family and Consumer Sciences Department (FCS) welcomed Dr. Ziegenfuss, an internationally recognized author, speaker, and researcher into our Nutrition and Wellness classroom. Using his expertise in exercise science, dietary supplements, nutrition, and sports performance, Dr. Ziegenfuss did what FCS does best; he blended a variety of curriculum areas into one powerful lesson. Nutrition and wellness information was centered around common questions regarding protein and building muscle mass. Language Arts topics were discussed as Dr. Ziegenfuss described the writing aspect of the research process, including documentation, source citation, and plagiarism. Chemistry was involved as students studied the composition of proteins, and math skills were used as they determined protein requirements and needs. Throughout his presentation, Dr. Ziegenfuss included statistics, percentages, graphs and charts which further helped the students understand the material. Dr. Ziegenfuss concluded his presentation discussing how coaching is an art based on science. Shew!!! . . . a great deal of relevant information was presented. We are fortunate to have Dr. Ziegenfuss, with his wealth of knowledge and engaging presentation skills, living right here in our community.
Tim N. Ziegenfuss, Ph.D., CSCS, FISSN, CSCS
CEO - The Center for Applied Health Sciences
Living on Your Own students Carly Pamonicutt and U.S.A. Hurst, created a meaningful class presentation about income taxes. Their lesson included civic and personal responsibilities related to income taxes, the purpose of various income taxes forms, types of information included on a tax return, and the benefits of tax planning. Additionally, Carly and U.S.A invited Mrs. Jana Fortuna, a tax consultant, to our classroom. Both students assisted Mrs. Fortuna throughout her presentation about various income tax forms. After becoming familiar with the forms, each student in the class received a case study, to which that student acted as a tax preparer. Time was spent completing income taxes forms and asking questions related to the assigned case studies. Everyone agreed the topic was important and the information presented was meaningful. Thank you, Carly and U.S.A. for your hard work, and thank you, Mrs. Fortuna, for clearly explaining and cleverly presenting the tax activity.
All 2016-2017 Yearbooks will be distributed Tuesday, Nov 7th 11:00-1:00 and Wednesday, Nov 8th 7:30-9:00 in the CHS Media Center.
If you are not able to pick up your purchased book during these dates, you can pick it up from the main office after distribution.
If you are interested in buying a 2016-17 yearbook, extra copies will be available for purchase from Mrs. McBride.
The Lav Report and Learning Center Newsletter
Attached are the current issues of the Learning Center newsletter and the Lav Report.
This month both issues include a common article, which details the cooperative program between the Geauga County Public Library and Chardon High to put a public library card in the hands of every student. Please read about this exciting opportunity for Chardon High students to take advantage of the many resources available to Geauga County public library patrons.
Additionally, there is an article in the Learning Center newsletter that explains how to best help students become project managers in the classroom.
In keeping with the Thanksgiving holiday, the Lav Report includes an article on seven ways being grateful is healthy for a person.
Calling all those snow lovers out there to consider joining the new club at CHS; a Downhill Ski/Snowboard Club. This club program will run for five consecutive Tuesdays beginning January 9th. The club will be traveling to Brandywine Ski Resort. No experience is necessary to join; both rentals and lessons are included in the club price. If your son/daughter is interested or already has a season's pass, please see the attached form for more details about registration.
If you have any questions, please have your child come see Miss Fisher during the school day in room 307 or email the adviser (Alison Fisher) at email@example.com. First registration deadline is November 20th, so act quickly.
Fresh Side Bar Choices
WG Penne Pasta W/
Choice of Meat sauce,
or Alfredo sauce
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Pizza Hut Day!!
Flame Roasted Veggies
Sour Cream, Lettuce
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*Baked Fries Bistro line
Homemade Italian Calzone
Crispy Baked Fries
Italian Style Green
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Asst. Wing Sauces
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Emergency Medical Forms
Chardon Schools uses an Online Forms platform that allows you to verify the directory information we have on file for your child(ren), make changes if necessary, and submit beginning of the year forms electronically (Emergency Medical Authorization (EMA) Internet usage, photo permission, athletics, etc…). This electronic submission takes the place of the paper forms.
Your child’s directory information, along with the district and athletic forms are ready for your review.
For families who already have an Online Forms:
For families new to the Online Forms:
Chardon HS will be offering the ASVAB Career Exploration assessment on Wednesday, Nov. 15th at 8:00am. Please sign up in Guidance. If you have any questions/concerns, please contact Tim Hurlbut at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Counseling office.
Congratulations Nate Kawalec, 4th place Regional finish, qualifies for OHSAA State Meet!! #TopperUp
Have a great weekend with family and friends!