I was always told, "If at first you don't succeed...try, try, again." Over the last several weeks, my time (along with our assistant principals) has been consumed with reminding our children of being the best version of themselves. Every time that I speak to students, I lead with our values: Community, Humility, Achievement, Respect, Dignity, Optimism, and Nurture.
These are not words simply displayed at Chardon High School. Our core values are what drives our community and culture. Our core values are embodied in our actions that surround our words and experiences. True leadership can best be described in the following way:
Leaders know who they are and what they stand for. They know their values and the rules they will abide by, regardless of the circumstances they face. They allow all people to understand the values they are committed to uphold, which lays a foundation for the rules that all will be expected to adhere to. Leaders both know and communicate their values openly with the people they lead, creating an atmosphere of certainty and trust.
Leaders have integrity. Integrity is the very core of their influence. Living the values they profess to believe is what gives them credibility and allows others to place their trust in them. True leaders are able to say “do as I do” rather than just “do as I say”, because they lead by example.
There are two things that can carry any person towards understanding true leadership. These things do not cost money, or need degrees. They can be located in the most secure places inside of our core. They are free to give, and can transform our lives. The first is kindness. Every single day is an opportunity for every person to live with a purpose. Each of us were born into a story. Our families began to help shape and model our lives early on. We have the opportunity to author how we use our time and how we live with integrity. This time of year often can be busy towards preparing for celebrations for the nearing holiday season.
As a way of focusing on who we are at Chardon, I am challenging our students and staff to live our values by paying it forward. Look at ways that you can take the time to schedule acts of kindness into your lives with purposeful consideration. Take a calendar and reflect on ways that you have demonstrated kindness and made another individual's day brighter. The little things make the greatest memories: write a card, call a family member, sacrifice your time for another, tutor, or help out at home without being asked. These are little ways that can create new habits in your life.
Fall Sports Awards
On Tuesday, we celebrated the Fall Sports Awards. Looking through the robust list of names that have received League, Academic, and State Awards is extraordinary. I am so grateful of not only the accomplishments of our student athletes, but I am also very appreciative of our coaches, assistants, and volunteers that have placed countless hours in preparing our student athletes for competitions and skills in life. Special thanks to all of our parents for your sacrifice, love, and passion that you have shared for your children this year. We are blessed to have such a supportive community! Furthermore, please join me in thanking our athletic director, Doug Snyder for his organization and dedication to Chardon Athletics!
Additionally, special thanks go out to Kim Avery for organizing the countless awards, rosters, forms, and programs for Chardon Athletics.
Core Value: Community
This year AC4P and the Actively Caring Leadership class will raise funds for the 19th annual Jeremy's Kids Christmas fundraiser. This fundraiser is in memory of Jeremy Mizen, the 6-year-old son of teacher Rob Mizen, who died in a car crash on Christmas Eve in 1999. Instead of dwelling on their horrible loss and having this tragic event destroy their lives, Mr. Mizen and his wife decided that they would instead celebrate Jeremy’s life focusing on the positive aspects of his life.
AC4P and the Actively Caring Leadership class will use the raised funds to support less fortunate families in the Chardon Community. Many local families are struggling financially with giving their children gifts on Christmas. Every year the students of Chardon High School have joined together with the community to make sure relief was available to these families. At Chardon High School, money will be collected during 1st period classes. At the end of the two weeks, the class that donates the most money will win a donut party for their classroom.
Businesses that donate 100 dollars or more will be named and posted on the school’s morning announcements and on the large TV’s throughout the school and on GTV. Thousands of dollars pour in every year to benefit the young children of Chardon. An average of four thousand dollars a year has been raised since the program's conception in 2000. The students of Chardon High School and our community have generous hearts. We have raised tens of thousands of dollars.
Remember, Christmas is a time of giving and Christmas giving is in the hearts of the people of Chardon. You can help bring joy to a child this Christmas. Please send your donation to Rob Mizen by December 8th.
Thank you for your generosity.
Please make checks payable to Chardon Local Schools. (memo: Jeremy's Kids)+
Chardon High School
151 Chardon Ave.
Chardon Ohio, 44024
Topper Club Awards: November 20, 2018
For the second consecutive year, the Topper Club Awards (certificate/letter/pin for 3.75 cumulative GPA and higher, in addition to recognizing the National Merit students, etc) will occur at Chardon High school during the day 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 Tuesday, November 20th.
Congratulations, Sergeant Shaw!
It is our pleasure to announce that Patrolman Michael Shaw was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant, effective October 29, 2018.
Officer Shaw is a 1994 graduate of the Ohio Highway Patrol Basic Police Academy, and he previously attended Ohio University, prior to transferring to Lakeland Community College, graduating Magna Cum Laude, with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement. Officer Shaw began his career with the Chardon Police Department as a part-time officer in August 2002, and was promoted to full-time officer in August 2004. Officer Shaw also possesses previous full-time experience with the Mentor and Madison Police Departments.
Officer Shaw is a seasoned officer, who has stood out in his most recent assignment as a School Resource Officer assigned to the Chardon Local Schools. In addition to his duties and responsibilities as an SRO, Officer Shaw has served previously as the North East Ohio Representative, and is currently the Vice President of the Ohio School Resource Officers Association. Officer Shaw has been an SRO Basic Academy instructor for the OSROA, and has been a consultant to agencies considering SRO programs across the State of Ohio. Officer Shaw’s participation with State Representatives Patterson & LaTourette was instrumental in the passage of HB 318, which defined the role and training necessary for the position of School Resource Officer, and provided funding for the training of School Resource Officers in Ohio.
Officer Shaw has also demonstrated his leadership through assignments as SRO, Field Training Officer, and as a DARE Instructor. Sgt. Shaw will remain in the SRO assignment until a suitable successor is chosen to replace him. Please join with me in congratulating Sgt. Shaw on his promotion.
A swearing in ceremony for Sergeant Shaw was conducted prior to the Chardon City Council meeting on Thursday, November 8 @ 6:00 P.M.
Chardon Local Schools, and the Chardon Police Department plan to work collaboratively to assign the next SRO at Chardon along with providing SRO training. The goal is for Sgt. Shaw and the SRO to cross-train together to learn the various tasks of this position. In the interim, Mike Shaw will continue to work with our students until a transition can occur.
If you’ve seen a Chardon Hilltoppers marching band performance within the past three years, you’ve definitely noticed Domenic Mularo.
His uniform featured a striped silver top and fitted black pants in a sea of skirts and tights.
He was the only male in a 16-member flag squad, and the first-ever male Topperette in Chardon.
With your eye already drawn to him, you may have also noticed that he’s a pretty great twirler and dancer. He’s not just there to stand out.
This week the 8th grade AHLI group traveled to the learning center to perform photosynthesis experiments and had a blast geocaching!
The Outcomes of 4 E's
Creating the profile of a Chardon High School graduate has been the task of educators for decades. More recently, teachers and administrators across CLSD have been working to pinpoint the fabric which weaves the foundational values, and outcomes that every student should know and be able to articulate before our students walk across the stage.
Chardon High School has phenomenal students who go out and seize the world. For many students, the goal is higher education. This has been the norm for generations. Yet, our world is ever-changing, and the needs of our world are ever-evolving.
With technology, career based training, and industry credentials knocking on the doors of a high school graduate--finding a student's purpose is more and more important than the phrase "what do I want to do when I grow up."
Historical data reflects that an average of 80% of graduating Chardon High School students enroll in two- and four-year colleges and universities. Yet, we notice a decrease in students maintaining that status after matriculating.
We are intentionally establishing programs, enrichments, and opportunities throughout our district to emphasize the importance of soft skills, focusing on the 4 E's: Enrollment, Enlistment, Employment, and Entrepreneurship. Our goal is that each of our students will identify and develop their purpose through programs, activities, and opportunities throughout our community.
College will always be the central focus for most of our students. Yet, we have hundreds of students that could enter into a career moments after graduation that will encapsulate their purpose and provide training, salaries, and benefits that would lead them into further education through the business that their working within. This is where the paradigm shift might need to swing. Graduates are already doing this, and it is gaining traction. There are countless industries looking for graduates that they can grow into their company. We are not just talking about machinists, and manual labor jobs. Jobs in the areas ofadministrative assistants, accounting, design, and innovation. Our economy is driving a need for students who are problem solvers and critical thinkers. On March 1, we will provide this opportunity for our students to enquire which "E" best fits them as we host a Career/Job Fair at CHS.
Likewise, as we transition into a weekend in which we honor Veterans, enlistment into the armed forces is always an avenue for our young men and women to not only serve our country, but to receive training in areas that serve the purpose of our students and opening further opportunities for our students.
As I was preparing this Week in Reflection, I received a few updates about our recent graduates who are finding their purpose through the experiences that they received at Chardon High School. This is the beginning of many communications about the "4E's", If you are interested in learning more or participating in our shared responsibility in raising a generation of leaders within the "4E's" please contact Mr. Murray or Dr. Klein.
Enrollment: Connor Prusha of Chardon was among nearly 600 first-year students welcomed to the Baldwin Wallace University campus this fall who claimed $7.7 million in merit scholarships. Prusha, a graduate of Chardon High School majoring in music education, earned a $17,000 President's Scholarship based on outstanding academic achievements in high school. BW's merit scholarships are awarded to full-time students and are renewable up to four years with good academic and social standing. Congratulations, Connor!
Enlistment: Matthew Wilson graduated from Parris Island Mike Company. He earned the status of #2 graduate in his company of 643 graduates. The Marines are grounded in their reputations to adhering to a set of enduring core values, the guiding beliefs and principles that give us strength, influence our attitudes, and regulate our behavior. The Marine's Core Values are: Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Congratulations, Matt!
8th/ 9th Grade Drama Club
Do you like to ski or snowboard? If so, consider joining the CHS Downhill Ski/Snowboard Club. This club program will run after school for five consecutive Tuesdays beginning January 8th. The club will be skiing at Brandywine Ski Resort. Club passes are also valid at Alpine Valley. No experience is necessary to join; both rentals and lessons are included in the club price. Students who have season passes are welcome to join and only have to pay the bus fee.
If your son/daughter is interested in joining, please see the attached forms for more details about registration. The first registration deadline is November 19, less than three weeks away! All students who register by this date get a free long-sleeve ski club shirt at no additional cost! Please note that this club is open to students from grade 8 through grade 12. If you have any questions, please contact the adviser (Alison Fisher) at firstname.lastname@example.org or have your child see Miss Fisher during the school day in room 307. Hope you consider joining us on the slopes in January!
mCORE To Provide Cardiac Screening Opportunity for Chardon High School
PREVENTATIVE HEART SCREENINGS I wanted to make you aware of an excellent opportunity that’s again been made available to our athletes at Chardon High School. We are again partnering with mCORE™ —Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen our athletes for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). mCORE partners with high schools and athletic organizations to give convenient and dependable heart screenings to students.
SCA is the #1 Killer of Student Athletes Each Year, many of which could have been prevented with a
simple examination like this. The time requirement is approximately 10-12 minutes per athlete. Each athlete will be given an EKG and Echo screening and these tests typically cost more than $2000 in a clinical setting. You may use your Healthcare Spending Account or Flex Care Spending Account. All screenings are performed by a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer and results are read by mCORE Medical Director and our pediatric cardiology team. (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part).
Learn more about mCORE and Preventative Heart Screenings at www.mcoreathletes.com
Chardon High School Heart Screening
mCORE will be in the Learning Center Conference Room
Time: 8am – 4pm
When: Thursday, December 6, 2018 Cost: $75
To reserve your child’s time please click: https://mcoreathletes.com/scheduler_schedule/?school=162
or visit https://mcoreathletes.com/ and choose Chardon High School.
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.
European Trip Reminder
It's not too late to join the 2019 European trip. Please contact Stacy Tekavec at email@example.com or Casey Ptasznik at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Last day to enroll is January 31, 2019.
On Monday, November 12, Josten's will at the high school to present the graduation packages for high school seniors during Topper Time. The seniors will bring the information home for parents and guardians to assess which package you would like to purchase. Packages are as simple as cap and gown regalia to the multiple opportunities to purchase announcements and invitations.
School Fees are DUE
School fees are due to Chardon Local Schools. Payable at your student's individual school.
Please look at your student's Infinite Campus account under “Fees” to see what is owed for each child.
All Participation fees for the Fall Season are due.
DO NOT PAY WINTER Participation fees until they are posted in Infinite Campus. This takes a little time to get the final official rosters from the coaches added and adjustment made where needed.
When you are looking at the fess, if something does not look right or your student has dropped a class and it is still showing, please call so that it can be corrected.
Direct all of your calls to Mrs. McBride.
At the end of World War 1, the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason November 11, 1918, became the official day to celebrate all our nation’s veterans. Originally called Armistice Day, it became Veteran’s Day after World War II. At Chardon High School, thousands of graduates have served our country for duty, honor, and love of country. We are grateful to the men and women who are proud veterans of the US Armed Services.
Douglas Murray, Principal