This week epitomized what it means to be a Hilltopper. This week, our students and staff were highly engaged deep into the 3rd quarter with learning targeted outcomes. I had the opportunity to observe several classes where students took ownership of their learning. We are so grateful to our teachers who have worked with intentionality in their PLC's and district goals to continue living our mission.
We also saw hundreds of students serving their community as we celebrate our annual Core Values Day at CHS. Students in grades 8, 9, 10, and 12 identified areas in their lives that they wanted to serve. We had so many phenomenal entries to the Google form stating all of the acts of service to families, our community, and our specific values. Mr. Bandiera, Mr. Higham, and I were deeply moved by the students' intentional acts of kindness.
In the spirit of Achievement, our 11th grade students took time out of their day to focus on the ACT. As I monitored the test from my computer it was clear to me that the students took the time to work diligently on this important academic opportunity. We are so proud of the juniors. Likewise, we are grateful to our staff who proctored all of the rooms.
Wednesday, as I wrote in the special edition of Week in Reflection, provided us the opportunity to come together as a community to focus on each other and to be humbled by the continued support from our community. We are so blessed to live in Chardon.
This week culminated in our first ever Career Fair! Over 50 vendors came in and set-up in the gym. Students of every grade level had the opportunity to meet, work on soft skills, and network with business leaders in the hope to land internships and summer employment. Furthermore, several colleges and our military were present to talk with our students.
As Mr. Armelli states, It was a beautiful day!"
Language Arts LIVE!
Language Arts Live! is a speaker and resource program which provides students with examples of how the knowledge they acquire in the classroom translates to the professional world and life beyond high school. The objectives are for students to be able to better understand the various reading, writing and communication skills they are currently learning and to then be able to apply these skills meaningfully to their lives.
The key to the success of this series is parental and community involvement which reinforces our CHARDON core values. We asked for willing and able parents and community professionals to come into our classrooms and participate in a panel discussion regarding the use of language and communication skills in various settings. Our seniors, in preparation for college and career readiness, will be exploring technical and career writing with the help of mentors currently in the professions to which the seniors aspire. Special thanks to this year's speakers: Dr. Carey Shive (Bio-Medical Researcher, Cleveland VA and Case Western Reserve University), Mr. Jeffery Kornute (Human Resources Manager, Morton Salt), and Mr. Hector Diaz-Stringel (Chemical Engineering, President, ATA Tools). Our panel contained a variety of professionals to explain to the students the importance of effective communication skills, ideally motivating them to be effective communicators themselves. We sincerely thank them for their time and energy.
Career Fair: TODAY!
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.
The following businesses are attending our Career Fair
Parents: We need your help. Ask your child to do this today!
Student Course Requests:
As of today, there are still 100’s of students that have not properly completed their course requests. It is imperative that all students complete the course registration process properly. These numbers are what drive the number of class sections, course offerings, and are the foundation for building a Master Schedule.
During Topper Time: ALL students need to log in to their accounts to confirm or complete their course requests. Feel free to simply read these instructions to the students.
Teachers: Instruct the students to follow these steps as an entire group.
* Students will be able to see teacher recommendations and current course selections.
3. Select “Course Search” (top right)
4. Search for a course by the Course Title , not the course number.
* Type in the first couple letters of the title and hit enter and select course.
5. Underneath the course description, the student can “Request the course” or “Request as an Alternate”
STUDENTS MUST HAVE 6 credits (min.) worth of courses (Not Alternates). Do not confuse this with 6 classes. A semester class, worth .5 credits, is worth .5 .
Ex. English II CP, Geometry, Biology, US History, Drawing (.5), and Ceramics (.5) = 5 credits
Please do your best to make sure that every student completes this tomorrow. Even if a student “says” that they already did it, make them take their Chromebook out, log in, pull it up, and double check. Even if a kid says that they only want 5 classes, make them put 6 in and they can come talk to us.
Program of Studies: Program of Studies
Page 12 has the course lists.
Don't forget today, Friday, March 1st, is the deadline to submit the Common Application Scholarship with many local scholarships! Applications are due to Mrs. Puleo in Guidance by the end of the day.
We've also been receiving questions about scholarship opportunities- don't forget to check your Naviance account under the Scholarship List. We post local scholarships as we are notified by the providers. You can update your acceptance status to the colleges you applied to while you're there to help us gather data!
Don't forget to be checking the financial aid page of the college you are planning to attend to look for scholarships that require a separate application (many times you are automatically considered for many Freshman scholarships by simply applying and completing your FAFSA on time, but this may not be the case for all scholarships). If you have a parent that works for a larger company, they may want to check with their HR Officer to see if the company offers any scholarships, as well. Same thing if your parent(s) belong to any outside organizations/clubs/activities/etc.
Also, here is a non-inclusive list of national scholarship websites that you can be checking out:
There's most likely a lot of overlap between the sites, but you can play around on each and see which one fits you best. Also, don't forget to be utilizing our LEAF services (Mrs. Kubec is here on Mondays) and website: leaf-ohio.org
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 a 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.
Geauga County Kickstart Fair
Chardon High School Drama Club Grade 8 & 9
Sponsored by Geauga Lyric Theater Guild
Meeting Thursdays at CHS after school to 4:30
Shows at Geauga Theater May 9 at 7pm and May 11 at 2pm
OPENINGS still available- forms at the CHS office
First meeting Thursday Feb 14 in CHS Cafeteria
Instructors: Julie Douglass and Karen Porter
GEAUGA COUNTY MAPLE FESTIVAL QUEEN/KING CONTEST
The Maple Festival is now accepting applications for the Geauga County Maple Festival’s Queen and King Contest. This year we have the potential for a $1000+ prize!
Applications can be found on the Maple Festival’s website at:
The contest is now open to freshman through seniors residing or attending school in Geauga County. We have currently extended the deadlines as well!
If you need more information, please contact:
Notes are to be dropped off in the Student Services Office between 7:00 AM and 7:25 AM. Notes are to include a phone number where the parent can be reached, students first and last name and time of the appointment. If the appointment is after 9:00 AM, students are to pick up the pass between classes any time after 9:00 AM. (This is not an excuse to be tardy to class.) If the appointment is before 9:00 AM, students are to wait and get the exit pass before going to first period. Students MUST pick up exit passes before the period of the class from which they are to be dismissed.
Parents do NOT need to come into the building to sign out their student.
ILLNESS AT SCHOOL
If the situation arises in which a student needs to use their cell phone for any reason, they may do so with administrative permission and supervision. If a student feels ill at school, they must follow procedures and go to the nurse. Students cannot have parents call them out of school for personal illness without seeing the nurse.
Douglas Murray, Principal