CHS Core Values and PBIS: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
PBIS is an approach schools can use to improve school safety and promote positive behavior. It also helps schools decide how to respond to a child who misbehaves. Over the last two decades at Chardon High School, we have created programs such as Freshman Mentoring, AC4P, Core Values Teams, #UTopper Club, Intentional Acts of Kindness, School Spirit, and postive relationship building and soft skills focus to help build up our school culture.
At its heart, PBIS calls on schools to teach kids about behavior, just as they would teach about any other subject—like reading or math. PBIS recognizes that kids can only meet behavior expectations if they know what the expectations are. A hallmark of a school using PBIS is that everyone knows what’s appropriate behavior.
We are building off our focus on the PBIS Matrix of behaviors that align with our core values and targeted outcomes that we worked on last school year. This week students and staff had the opportunity to recognize the positive behaviors and acts of kindness in a Google Form.
We have been blessed to work with local businesses that have been extremely kind to us. Here is the form that students and staff (within the Chardon domain)can fill out. Keep recognizing the good around you!
Parent Teacher Conferences/ Curriculum Night
In order to better prepare you and your child to the academic offerings at Chardon High School, we will be hosting a Curriculum Evening on February 5, 2019, at 6:30 PM in the CHS Gymnasium. This evening also coincides with our Parent Teacher Conferences.
At this meeting, we will provide an overview of the curricular offerings, and course delivery options (including College Credit Plus), and an overview of the scheduling process. Several of our high school teachers and counselors will be on hand that evening to share information and answer questions regarding their curriculum and course offerings. Representatives from local colleges will also be present to answer questions about College Credit Plus.
Our School Counselors will be presenting to students about scheduling and course offerings later in February. This evening is for all grades entering 8-12. We will schedule a separate evening to go through the high school experiences for new 8th graders at a later date.
Enclosed is the link for parent teacher conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences are for all parents grades 8-12. This is NOT an invitation only opportunity
Mark Your Calendar: February 7--- Teen Vaping It is NOT what you think
Please show your support for our students by making plans to attend this important event next Thursday evening.
Dr. Ellen Rome, Director of Adolescent Health at the Cleveland Clinic will be speaking on the health hazards of teen vaping. Following her talk she will be joined for a Q&A panel with High School Administration, Derek Carlson Chardon Police Department SRO, Missy Bell Ravenwood Health Prevention Specialist, and several students.
Nick Becker, Lexi Corrigan, and Alex Yehl will be sharing their insights on this growing trend among their peers. Jacob Stephans will be moderating this event with help from other CHS students.
CHS Academic Decathlon
The CHS Academic Decathlon team traveled to Willoughby South High School on Saturday, January 26th for regional competition. Despite sickness and two members trying to do double duty and get to a swim meet, they persevered and brought home 15 medals in the various subjects. Congratulations! Hard work does pay off.
Pictured L-R Molly Greene, Marko Milic, Meredith McKeon, Hannah Holbert (Not pictured) Kara Connelley and Reese Schneider
The Dance Team Heads to Cleveland!
The Chardon High School Dance Team is performing Friday, March 8th at Quicken Loans Arena at the Lake Erie Monsters Game. Tickets can be purchased using the link on the flyer.
Chardon High School Saturday Ski Trip to Holiday Valley Ski Resort!
Students in the CHS Ski/Snowboard Club have been having an awesome time on the slopes of Brandywine Ski Resort. This past week was their third trip of the season. Each week the students have the opportunity to take a lesson and then enjoy several hours on the slopes. Many of the students have learned a new sport and really shown improvement in their skills. Others have been enjoying the terrain park and working to learn new tricks or jumps. What a great group of students!
The Ski/Snowboard Club is excited to announce a day trip to Holiday Valley Ski Resort in New York. The trip is planned for Saturday, March 2 and is open to all students at the high school. Students do NOT have to currently be part of the ski club to participate in this opportunity. If your son/daughter is interested please see the attached flyerfor more details, including an overview of the itinerary for the day. Space for this opportunity is limited to just one bus, so please make sure your son/daughter turns in his/her registration to Miss Fisher as soon as possible! If you have any questions, please email Alison Fisher at email@example.com
Images of the Week
The 8th grade AHLI group completed a design challenge at the Cleveland Art Museum during which they observed art and then created their own prototypes.
February 26: ACT/ Core Value Day
What you need to know:
What: ACT Test ... Tuesday, February 26th, all Juniors will be taking the ACT at Chardon High School.
Why: Third year of a state requirement to administer ACT or SAT to Juniors as a pathway to graduation.
Questions about ACT/SAT Requirement
Chardon High School will once again be participating in the State Funded ACT Test for all Junior students on February 26, 2019. This important college admissions assessment is a great tool to help guide our students in their future decisions and is in line with our district goal to see all of our students Employed, Enrolled, Enlisted, or Entrepreneurs. All Juniors are required to report to Chardon High School on February 26th at the regular start time (7:26 AM). Pre-Administration and testing will begin promptly at 7:35 AM. Additional information regarding this testing session will be sent directly to Juniors and their families prior to testing.
Core Values Day
Students in grades 8, 9, 10, and 12. February 26th will be used as a Blended Learning Day with a focus on the Core Values of Charon (Community, Humility, Achievement, Respect, Dignity, Optimism, and Nurture). Last school year, we were impressed with over 600 students participating in some type of service to their community on this day. Eighth Graders, Freshman, Sophomores, and Seniors will not be permitted to enter school (during testing hours) on Tuesday, February 26. All Freshman, Sophomores, and Seniors must complete a Google Form (will be sent to students the week of February 20th) documenting their service completed on this date to show attendance.
The following guidelines can be used to show appropriate activities for this day:
If you have questions about the ACT or Core Values Day, please contact Mr. Bandiera, Assistant Principal, Chardon High School.
Chardon High School Yearbook Parent Advertising Agreement for Seniors
The 2018-2019 yearbook staff is once again offering parents of seniors the opportunity to express congratulations to their graduate by purchasing an advertisement in the 2019 edition of the Hilltopper. This has become a very popular tradition in the yearbook. Over the years, the support of parents like you helps us to keep the price of the yearbook constant despite the demand to meet rising production costs.
Enclosed here you will find a form indicating the size options of congratulatory advertisements that are available. Start searching for your son’s or daughter’s most memorable baby pictures to preserve in the yearbook forever. You can put a poem, a message, and/or photos (old or new) in your salute. All you have to do is submit the information you would like included. Then we take care of the rest and design the advertisement for you.
If you are interested, fill out the next page of this order form and return it to the main office at the high school with your check payable to Chardon Board of Education. Please submit your order no later than Friday, March 29th, 2019 so that we can meet our printing deadlines. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the yearbook adviser, Daniel, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you in advance for your support.
CHS Yearbook Staff
ICYMI: The Circuit of Success Goes National
Almost one year ago (during a snow day), I was pressed to design programming to include eighth graders at the high school- not only academically, but into our culture. The stress of coming up with the right idea (with intention) came to a crossroad. I began storyboarding with Mr. Higham and Mrs. Hetrick and had Mr. Bandiera on a conference call. Ideas were being passed back and forth until an idea to create a non-grading period connecting to our unique lunch period arose. Within a few hours the concept of creating soft skill courses that would benefit students in the short and long term titled Principles courses ensued.
We storyboarded key ideas that we were talking about all year: creativity, collaboration, design thinking, global connections, leadership, innovation, problem solving, music and art appreciation, entrepreneurship, and relationships. We thought about our Freshman Mentoring Program, the countless Topper Time experiences that were formed to build relationships and skills, along with our academic courses, the portrait of a Chardon graduate, and Senior Projects. We analyzed our purpose in education and our mission. From that moment, the birth of the Principles of: Leadership, Communication, Global Awareness, Innovation, Problem Solving, and Entrepreneurship were formed. The work was just beginning.
Designing over 7,000 course selections into 41 rooms with 78 adults became one of the largest tasks that we embarked on in the history of Chardon High School. We were making history and wanted to plan this right. Essential to the design of the Circuit was inviting and selecting teachers to join the creation process. We selected 10 teachers from various areas to co-create and program the foundational experiences for our students at Chardon High School. The work of our assistant principals, secretaries, counselors, along with our selected teachers for the Circuit: Jill Carpenter, Holly Mihalek, Amber Yeager, Kristen Niedzwiecki, Heather Biernacki, Scott Brown, Dan Chenoweth, Rob Mizen, Al Herner, and Mitch Hewitt commenced. Their vision, along with the vision and support of their colleagues was essential.
Last May and leading into the summer was our essential planning time. As we met with parents, students, and teachers we saw the plan coming together. Let's be honest, this was not easy and the anxiety of working with grade levels that we weren't used to was a real stress....then the first day of school began. Quickly we saw the plan coming to fruition. Students were collaborating, solving problems, innovating ideas and marketing them. Students were learning our core values, breaking barriers in communication, connecting cultures... and the best part was there was no grade attached. Kids were learning because learning mattered more than a grade.
In early October, Mr. Higham saw an opportunity to share our program at the EdExcellence Conference in San Diego, California. He proposed the idea to our Circuit teachers and they quickly jumped right on board to the idea. Our teachers worked over a few weeks to write the proposal.
In December, our proposal was accepted! Then came the difficult part. We have ten teachers in the Circuit. We have previously received grant money...but only a portion of the group could present based on the guidelines that we received. The EdExcellence Group requested student presenters on top of a select group of presenters. I am so appreciative of all of our teachers who collaborated on this initiative and will be forever documented as the authors of the Circuit.
As I have shared in previous communications, the Circuit of Success was born out of the mission of Edleader21 and the reality of reconfiguration. The work that our teachers are sharing with the 8th graders is paying off. The students LOVE these courses and the experiences that they are applying. The students shared that the most memorable moments of the Circuit thus far are the job and life skills that they are learning, the relationships that are developing with new peers and teachers, and the skills that they are applying to their day-to-day classes. All of these experiences, projects, and applied lessons are without academic credit. The students know this and quite frankly are putting more effort and pride into their learning. It really makes you think about education and the societal emphasis on grades. I am very proud of our teachers and the support everyone is providing to each of them.
This February, I have asked Al Herner, Jill Carpenter, Holly Mihalek, and Rob Mizen to join me and Mr. Higham to attend and present at this conference. We will be taking (4) 8th-grade students to attend and co-facilitate the presentation over two days: Maysen and Alexis Jahnke, Faith Kilfoyle, and Sydney Murray. We will also visit High Tech High. This school was featured in the film, Most Likely to Succeed.
We have been planning our presentation over the last few weeks and will be meeting after school twice a week until our presentation. We are planning on presenting a dry run rehearsal on Sunday, February 10 at 1:00 PM at Chardon High School that is open to our school community. All are welcome. Just a warning, it is going to be an active presentation with guest involvement to experience our circuits.
If you see Jill Carpenter, Holly Mihalek, Amber Yeager, Kristen Niedzwiecki, Heather Biernacki, Scott Brown, Dan Chenoweth, Rob Mizen, Al Herner or Mitch Hewitt-- give them some kudos for awesome recognition!
Geauga Growth Partnership
GGP’s Internship Program is helping high school students prepare for the workplace by offering a real-world work experience. Hear from several interns as they share their experiences.
The Internship program is open to all Geauga County resident Junior and Senior high school students. The paid internships are awarded through a competitive application process and in-person interview experience. Due to the weather this week, we are extending the application deadline until MONDAY FEBRUARY 4TH AT 5:00 pm.
2019 Cleveland Clinic Summer Internship Programs
The application for the 2019 Cleveland Clinic Summer Internship Programs is open and accepting applications from students. Our Destination Application Workshop sessions are accepting reservations to attend.
Attached are two flyers with information about our 2019 Cleveland Clinic Summer Internship Program and information and scheduling information for our 2019 Destination Application Workshop Sessions.
Both flyers contain links to the appropriate webpages to apply to our programs and/or RSVP to our workshop sessions.
Sometimes we choose the way the world sees us. Black box - indestructible. Jewelry box - plain on the outside, shiny on the inside. Sometimes our box is defined by others - our parents, our friends, our enemies. A box built by others can feel small, confined, impossible.
How do we handle the boxes imposed upon us because of our gender? Our race? From peer pressure? From parent pressure? Do we have to live with our box for the rest of our lives? Can we change?
Meeting Thursdays at CHS after school to 4:30
Shows at Geauga Theater May 9 at 7pm and May 11 at 2pm
Possible Travel Performances at CMS – TBD
Cost :$100 ( includes tee shirt, use of theater, staffing, scripts, royalties)
Registration forms/fees to CHS office by Feb. 8 / Start Feb 14
Instructors: Julie Douglass and Karen Porter
FORMS AVAILABLE CHS OFFICE JAN 23
Between now and the time that I see you again, stay warm!
Douglas Murray, Principal