The Four Pillars of National Honor Society
Scholarship is characterized by a commitment to learning. A student is willing to spend the necessary time to cultivate his/ her mind in the quest for knowledge. This pillar can only be achieved through diligence and effort. Scholarship means always doing the best work possible, regardless of impending reward.
Service: The pillar of service can be reached in a variety of ways. The willingness to work for the benefit of those in need without compensation or recognition of any kind is a quality that is essential in NHS members. As a service club, the National Honor Society is highly concerned with giving its all to the school and community at large.
Leadership: Leaders take the initiative to aid others in a wholesome manner throughout their daily activities. Leaders sacrifice their personal interests in order to yield to the needs of others. Leaders need wisdom and self-confidence to affect change in all aspects of their lives. Some examples of leadership can include, but are not limited to, leading group activities in the classroom and in the community, being an officer in a club, being a primary member of the band or choir, or being the captain of a sports team.
Character: Character is what distinguishes one individual from another. It is the product of constant striving to make the right choices day after day. Students with good character demonstrate respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship in all of their actions.
The staff, administration, and entire community salute all of the inductees of NHS and those seniors who will wear their NHS cords at graduation! Thank you for your service to our community, scholarship, and school!
Congratulations! Isabelle LeMaster
In the spirit of continuing achievement, the entire Chardon Community congratulates our National Merit Scholarship Finalist--Isabelle Lemaster! Isabelle represents the top of her class not only in achievement, but in her commitment to service, kindness, and athleticism. We are so proud of her!
Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.
In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to Finalist standing. High school principals are notified and provided with a certificate to present to each Finalist.
All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.
Heart to Heart Dance
You put your right foot in
You take your right foot out
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey
And you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about!
Chardon High School students connected with new friends and community members on Thursday, February 21st at Park Auditorium. Hosted by Chardon High School students, University Hospital Geauga Medical Center and the Geauga County Department on Aging, the party was a celebration of life and a means of connecting generations.
This event hallmarks our core values in action. Simple words cannot express what this day means to our students within the leadership curriculum taught by Mr. Robert Mizen. Moments like this epitomize what servant leadership is all about! We are grateful for everyone who spent months planning for this experience and look forward to build upon our relationship with University Hospitals and the Department of Aging. Special thanks to Mr. Mizen, his students, and Sandy McCloud for putting together this annual event.
Last week, the School Counselors collaborated in presenting our course offerings to each grade level during Topper Time. I am enclosing the course selection sheets that were provided to your child(ren). These documents will create great talking points as the scheduling process begins.
I am so grateful to our School Counselors- Nikki Hetrick, Lacey Jacobs, Tim Hurlbut, and Kyle Kovach for their efforts in refining the presentations.
American Mathematics Competition
Congratulations to the 43 students who participated in the American Mathematics Competition (AMC 10/12) competition during late start last week on Wednesday, February 13. This nationally recognized test covers a wide range of mathematical topics. All the problems require creativity, analytical thinking and problem solving skills to solve. Results of the competition will be posted in about a month. Congratulations to all student participants who were willing to step up to this challenge: Lauren Alexander, Abby Atchley, Charlotte Bennett, Abby Breznai, Jacob Brown, Emly Brush, Chris Carter, Julia Carter, Logan Coles, Gabby Cross, Luke Danison, Bradley Duchon, Natalie Dumm, Nathan Eads, Mitchell Ewaska, Morgan Fisher, Jeffery Fletcher, Natlie Fullerman, Anna Gerstner, Mitsy Gideon, Mikhail Hall, Charlotte Herbruck, Molly Kosir, Zane Kuhnle, Emily Lingafelter, Hannah Means, Olivia Means, John Mullaly, Jack Myers, Andrew Nelson, Audrey Nelson, Kyle Nelson, Bridget O'Reilly, Ivan Orozco, Peter Robie, Connor Rozic, Noel Rozic, AJ Sacerich, Katie Snyder, Jack Sweet, Jude Taddie, Ashley Tice, Mario Trillo, Blue Veon, and Olivia White. We are all grateful to Alsion Fisher who coordinated this opportunity for our students.
The members of the Chardon Science Olympiad teams have been busily building and testing devices and learning about Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology, Natural Sciences, Physics and more. We are pleased to share competition results from the 2019 Invitationals as we head to our Regional Finals this Saturday, February 23. As always we are grateful for your support and encouragement.
Link to photos from 2019 season (Courtesy of Laura Vokoun)
Westlake B Division 4th Place Overall
1st Place Game On - Jack Dvorak and Brady Williams
2nd Place Thermodynamics - Jack Dvorak and Daniel Brill
4th Place Dynamic Planet - Brady Williams and Nathan Eads
4th Place Herpetology - Nathan Eads and Brady Williams
5th Place Battery Buggy - Tim Meleski, Brady Williams and Seianna Coons
6th Place Road Scholar - Aidan Murphy and Brady Williams
7th Place Game On – Lucas Gajda and Grayson Hallam
7th Place Herpetology - Thomas Tomasch and Shena Selent
7th Place Solar Systems - Jillian Morrison and Devney Rich
Solon B Division 6th Place Overall
1st Place Game On - Jack Dvorak and Brady Williams
3rd Place Dynamic - Planet Brady Williams and Nathan Eads
4th Place Herpetology - Seianna Coons and Nathan Eads
5th Place Circuit Lab - Daniel Brill and Jack Dvorak
6th Place Experimental Design - Brady Williams, Paige Nells and Tim Meleski
6th Place Road Scholar - Aidan Murphy and Brady Williams
6th Place Thermodynamics - Daniel Brill and Jack Dvorak
7th Place Fossils - Nathan Eads and Connor Norton
7th Place Roller Coaster - Seianna Coons and Tim Meleski
Division C Individual Award
4th Place Geologic Mapping - John Meleski and Owen Vokoun
Mentor Division B 3rd Place Overall
1st Place Fossils - Connor Norton and Nathan Eads
1st Place Road Scholar - Aidan Murphy and Brady Williams
2nd Place Dynamic Planet - Brady Williams and Nathan Eads
2nd Place Game On Brady - Willams and Jack Dvorak
3rd Place Potions and Poisons - Chelsea Stanish and Noah Badovick
4th Place Battery Buggy - Brady Williams and Seianna Coons
4th Place Density Lab - Daniel Brill and Jack Dvorak
4th Place Mystery Architecture - Chelsea Stanish and Noah Badovick
4th Place Thermodynamics - Daniel Brill and Jack Dvorak
4th Place Solar System - Daniel Brill and Jillian Morrison
6th Place Herpetology - Brady Williams and Nathan Eads
7th Place Disease Detectives - Aidan Bluemmel and Jillian Morrison
7th Place Roller Coaster - Daniel Brill and Seianna Coons
8th Meteorology - Aidan Murphy and Brady Williams
Mentor Division C 8th Place Overall
2nd Place Fossils - Ethan Fuerst and Owen Vokoun
2nd Place Mousetrap Vehicle - John Ellington and Ethan Fuerst
2nd Place Sounds of Music - Joseph Joaquin and Jason Watson
5th Place Boomilever - Grace Fullum and John Ellington
5th Place Experimental Design - John Meleski, Serena Gromak and Grace Fullum
5th Place Fossils - Reagan Halford and Plaipea Chansawang
5th Place Geologic Mapping - John Meleski and Owen Vokoun
6th Place Wright Stuff - Evan Germ and Elise Cousens
7th Place Write It Do It - Alex Zaccarine and Elise Cousens
8th Place Codebusters - Ethan Fuerst, Josh Campbell and Sebastian Marker
8th Place Herpetology - Josh Campbell and Megan McCartney
Student Wellness Day: February 23, 2019
The focus of this event is to alleviate stress and the lull that comes with the 3rd quarter as well as enforce the Chardon High School Community during the difficult times of February. Kaylie Malloy and a group of 6 students have been organizing this event for the past year and have secured many businesses to be in attendance. We will have free yoga classes, massages, art classes, sport nutrition sessions, personal trainers, therapy dogs and so many more opportunities! Reference Guide for Social ServicesDuring the school year, we see a number of students who may be struggling with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, insomnia, self-harming behaviors, substance use, and suicidal thoughts. The Chardon community is fortunate to have a number of local mental health agencies available to serve youth and families who may be experiencing any difficulties. Please, if your child is experiencing any difficulties reach out to Administration, Guidance or one of the agencies listed below:
Catholic Charities - ccdocle.org/county-served/geauga 440-285-3537
Family Pride - familyprideonline.org 440-286-1553
N.A.M.I - namigeauga.org 440-286-6264
Ravenwood Health Centers - ravenwoodhealth.org 440-285-3568
Ubuntu Wellness - Ubuntuwellnessohio.com 440-214-9062
Ravenwood Health has an emergency, walk-in clinic open weekdays till 8 p.m, Friday till 5 p.m.
For after hour emergencies or if you need to talk with someone the hotlines below are available 24/7:
24/7 Copeline - 1-888-285-5665
Crisis Text Line - Text 4hope to 741741
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
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.
Please contact your school counselors for any specific questions pertaining to the ACT.
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.
The Chardon School District will be holding a Career Fair for the students on March. 1.
The event which will take place in the gymnasium at Chardon High School, 151 Chardon Ave., is being organized through a partnership with Ohio Means Jobs, the Chardon Chamber of Commerce, RB Sigma Inc., and the Alliance for Working Together.
The event is intended to provide seventh- through 10th-grade students a structured method network for career exploration and to allow 11th- and 12th-grade students the opportunity to network and interview for internships and jobs.
"The Career Fair is the culminating activity of our district's focus on college and career pathways," Ed Klein, Chardon's assistant superintendent, said in a new release. "Students in all grade levels, and in all school buildings throughout the Chardon Local School District, will be exploring the 4 E's: Education, Employment, Enlistment, and Entrepreneurship."
Organizations who choose to exhibit at the event will be able to interview students as potential candidates for internships and available job opportunities. They will also be able to network with graduating students as they prepare to enter the workforce and with students who choose to continue career exploration.
As of today, the following businesses are attending our Career Fair
Geauga Growth Partnership
How do I prepare for the working world?
What are the latest hiring trends? What should I be doing now to prepare for a good job?
How do I choose a career that will make me happy?
Parents & Students, this event may help you answer some of those questions. Registration today for this FREE event at this link.
Students - Ignite your path toward finding a fulfilling and meaningful career.
HS Seniors & Grads: Bring your resumes for an chance to meet with
employers to practice how to approach and converse.
Parents - Discover multiple ways for funding your child's education and guiding them toward their greatest potential.
6:00PM - Meet, Greet & Eat (food provided by Auburn Career Center)
6:30PM - Guest Presentations
7:15 PM- Geauga Jobs Market Breakout
> Hear messages from guest speakers.
> Meet at table tops with businesses and schools.
> Explore careers in the trades, medical, manufacturing, service & more.
YOU AND THE FLU—Your Best Defense Is To Be Proactive
It is especially important this school season to be proactive against the flu. Taking preventative measures is your best defense against the ‘seasonal’ flu. Taking care of yourself is really important when recovering--likewise, defending yourself is just as important. Read these helpful reminders to protect you and your family.
The seasonal flu outbreak usually occurs between mid-fall thru early spring. Each year a vaccine is developed to target the type of virus that is anticipated. The seasonal flu spreads mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. You can also become infected by touching something with the flu virus on it such as a doorknob, computer keypad, gym weights, classroom desk, and then touching your nose, eyes, or mouth.
Everyday Steps to Protect Your Health
Common sense to avoiding germs is the best approach, such as not sharing sports bottles or drinking from a friend’s glass or pop can. The Center for Disease Control [CDC] recommends the following:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay away from an ill and contagious person until 24 hours after their fever has broken. Their fever should be completely gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine [i.e. Advil, Tylenol, Excedrin, etc.]
Wash your hands OFTEN! Use lots of soap and scrub your hands by counting to 15 slowly before rinsing with water. If you do not have access to water, alcohol-based hand cleaners and disposable wipes [antibacterial] are effective—rub hands vigorously until hands are dry.
Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth—this is how the germs are spread.
Practice good health habits to keep your immune system strong—get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy nutritious foods.
Solo and Ensemble Contest
Solo and Ensemble Contest was held this past Saturday, February 16th at Mayfield High School. Students prepare selections from a list provided by the Ohio Music Education Association. Class C is the lower level, Class B is mid-level, and Class A is advanced. Performers are provided an assessment for their work. The following students represented CHS Bands and Choirs:
Josie Aitken - Class C Mallet Solo - Superior
Anna Gerstner - Class A Trumpet Solo - Excellent
Michael Meleski - Class C Saxophone Solo - Superior
Mitchell Ewaska - Class A Tuba Solo - Superior
Connor Rozic, Autumn Reese, & Josie Aitken - Class B Mallet Ensemble - Superior
Clare Myeroff, Caleigh Dawson, Maya Pedersen - Class A Women's Ensemble - Superior
Lou Piotrkowski, Ashley Paterson, Halle Landies, Karen Landies - Class A Women's Ensemble - Superior
Ethan Peterson, Will Piotrkowski, Brian Hofacre, Laine Fierman - Class B Men's Ensemble - Superior
Katarina Schneider, Whitney Beorn, Finn Fuerst, Samantha Hess, Emily Lingafelter, Ann-Marie Evans - Class B Women's Ensemble - Superior
Emily Lingafelter - Class A Alto Solo - Superior
Ann-Marie Evans - Class B Alto Solo - Good
Isabelle Marinchick - Class C Soprano Solo - Superior
Olivia Nelson - Class C Soprano Solo - Superior
Gianna Camposo - Class C Alto Solo - Good
Stress Relievers: Tips to tame stress
This is a great article from the Mayo Clinic
Is stress making you frustrated and irritable? Stress relievers can help restore calm and serenity to your chaotic life. You don't have to invest a lot of time or thought into stress relievers. If your stress is getting out of control and you need quick relief, try one of these tips.
Virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever. Even if you're not an athlete or you're out of shape, exercise can still be a good stress reliever. Physical activity can pump up your feel-good endorphins and other natural neural chemicals that enhance your sense of well-being. Exercise can also refocus your mind on your body's movements, which can improve your mood and help the day's irritations fade away. Consider walking, jogging, gardening, housecleaning, biking, swimming, weightlifting or anything else that gets you active.
Eat a healthy diet
Eating a healthy diet is an important part of taking care of yourself. Aim to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
Avoid unhealthy habits
Some people may deal with stress by drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, smoking, eating too much, or using illicit substances. These can affect your health in unhealthy ways.
Meditate or Pray
During this mindfulness , you focus your attention and quiet the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Meditation can instill a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.
A good sense of humor can't cure all ailments, but it can help you feel better, even if you have to force a fake laugh through your grumpiness. When you laugh, it not only lightens your mental load but also causes positive physical changes in your body. Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response. So read some jokes, tell some jokes, watch a comedy or hang out with your funny friends.
Connect with others
When you're stressed and irritable, your instinct may be to wrap yourself in a cocoon. Instead, reach out to family and friends and make social connections. Social contact is a good stress reliever because it can offer distraction, provide support and help you tolerate life's up and downs. So take a coffee break with a friend, email a relative or visit your place of worship.
Got more time? Considering volunteering for a charitable group and help yourself while helping others.
You might want to do it all, but you can't, at least not without paying a price. Learning to say no or being willing to delegate can help you manage your to-do list and your stress. Saying yes may seem like an easy way to keep the peace, prevent conflicts and get the job done right. But it may actually cause you internal conflict because your needs and those of your family come second, which can lead to stress, anger, resentment and even the desire to exact revenge. And that's not a very calm and peaceful reaction.
With its series of postures and controlled-breathing exercises, yoga is a popular stress reliever. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines which may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. Yoga can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Try yoga on your own or find a class — you can find classes in most communities.
Get enough sleep
Stress can cause you to have trouble falling asleep. When you have too much to do — and too much to think about — your sleep can suffer. But sleep is the time when your brain and body recharge. The quality and amount of sleep you get can affect your mood, energy level, concentration and overall functioning. If you have sleep troubles, make sure that you have a quiet, relaxing bedtime routine, listen to soothing music, put clocks away, and stick to a consistent schedule.
Keep a journal
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a good release for otherwise pent-up emotions. Don't think about what to write — just let it happen. Write whatever comes to mind. No one else needs to read it, so don't strive for perfection in grammar or spelling. Just let your thoughts flow on paper — or computer screen.
Listening to or playing music is a good stress reliever because it can provide a mental distraction, reduce muscle tension and decrease stress hormones. Crank up the volume and let your mind be absorbed by the music. If music isn't one of your interests, turn your attention to another hobby you enjoy, such as gardening, sewing, sketching — anything that requires you to focus on what you're doing rather than what you think you should be doing.
If new stressors are challenging your ability to cope or if self-care measures just aren't relieving your stress, you may need to look for reinforcements in the form of therapy or counseling. Therapy also may be a good idea if you feel overwhelmed or trapped, if you worry excessively, or if you have trouble carrying out daily routines or meeting responsibilities at work, home or school. Professional counselors or therapists can help you identify sources of your stress and learn new coping tools.
Mayo Clinic. "12 tips to tame stress." Mayo Clinic. n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2019. <https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relievers/art-20047257>
University of Akron’s Society of Women Engineers
The University of Akron’s Society of Women Engineers is hosting a high school Shadow Day on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Shadow Day is a chance for future women engineers to shadow an engineering student at the University of Akron for the day. It is a great way for young women to get a taste of what college life is all about. Last year we had over 40 students participate and it was a huge success.
This event is hosted by The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Chapter at The University of Akron. SWE has been promoting diversity in the engineering field since 1960. Being SWE affiliated we are only accepting young women who are interested in engineering majors to be shadows.
The event will be on Wednesday, April 3. High Schoolers will need to arrive at 7:45 am. No transportation is provided by the University of Akron.
Students will need to provide their first and last name (FULL NAME please), their intended major, their personal email, and any dietary restrictions.
IMPORTANT! Do NOT use a HIGH SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNT - those block my emails and students will not be able to receive any information about Shadow Day.
Students should get a confirmation email. If they do not, fill out the form again using a different email address.
In clicking this link you have agreed to attend 2019 Shadow Day
*and to not use your high school email account*.
2019 Shadow Day High Schooler Sign-Up
The sign-up will be closed Wednesday, March 20, 2019, so don't delay.
If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
Thank you again for your support of Chardon Goes to the Musicals. There has been so much positive feedback and it is amazing at how many people have taken advantage of the tickets! Money is due before Spring Break.
We will have one more flyer with Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, and Lion King all on one, with money due at the beginning of May, as all of these shows will be summer 2019.
Chardon High School Drama Club Grade 8 & 9
GEAUGA COUNTY MAPLE FESTIVAL QUEEN/KING CONTEST
Middle School Track
If you are interested in running track for Chardon Middle School, please sign up if you haven't already on the Google Classroom Code : i9gj5dz. Fill out all of your information there! You will also need to fill out all of your forms on FinalForms, and have a hard copy of a physical turned into the athletic office by March 4. If you have already done final forms for a previous sport or activity this school year, you just need to add spring track and make any necessary changes or updates.
If you have not done FinalForms yet, you need to complete all of the forms and required signatures before March 4, as well as the OHSAA sport physical.
Here is the link to get started:
Our first practice will be Monday March 4 from 3:30-5:15, and every day after school from there. See you on the track!
I missed you all.
This past week provided me with the opportunity to reflect upon many things. I am so proud of all of the work that ALL of our Circuit teachers put into our presentation. The entire process of planning, meeting, and training students for numerous leadership experiences expanded all of our leadership.
The Redesigning for Student Success Conference opened our eyes to many truths:
1. We have a very good schedule
2. Brain breaks are not a trend. They are rich in research and evidence-based models.
3. Creating a system of student choice towards learning competencies (UDL) works.
4. Creating houses or advisories (like our Topper Time) builds relationships and student efficacy.
4. Relationships, Culture, Core Values, and Mission-driven goals change school climate for the better.
We received just as much as we gave to this conference. I am very proud of our students, and teachers who presented on Friday. We have already received 5 emails and 137 hits to our Circuit tab on our website from last week. The patrons of our presentation shared that Chardon High School is doing amazing work!
I have brought my refreshed energy at full throttle this week. This conference confirmed with me that we are on the right track with not only our schedule and programs, but our mission, vision, and core values.
We often try to compare ourselves with other districts. As we work towards being the best academically, athletically, emotionally, socially, and service-oriented-- my commitment to you is that our work will be not overshadowed by others. We will be the beacon school that people want to emulate in all of our programs and systems. Regardless of the building that we serve in--our students will be noted for leadership, academic excellence, kindness, and preparedness for life. This work is done out of your love and service to our students, your passion for creating a better world, and our shared commitment to stand beside each other through each process.
Have a great weekend!
Douglas Murray, Principal