On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to personally extend my gratitude to every parent and community member for your kindness and thoughtfulness especially over the last month.
We are surrounded by the beauty of your children each day. We remind each person of their value, gifts, and purpose. Together, we are raising a generation of Hilltoppers who live their lives to the fullest--striving for academic excellence; modeling our core values.
Some people choose to see the world with a narrow lens that often leads to selfish choices, and individualism. We have chosen to educate your children to reach beyond the status quo in content mastery, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and caring. We strive to be the beacon of excellence in providing a well-rounded student.
The emotion of the past week bonded us closer together. We realize that healing has its own timeline, and trials. Our healing provides opportunity to share, grow, and strive to look inward. We have transcended many difficulties over the past five years, and vow to continue to demonstrate humility, kindness, and outreach to our community that loves your children---regardless of the students that have reached commencement or those beginning their academic years.
I am grateful for my staff. I am grateful to those on our staff and in our community who have created foundations for the purpose of providing awareness, and solutions for school safety.
Love is something that is hard to define and express in simple terms. With love comes responsibility and the opportunity for confidence and courage. Chardon is rooted in these values which we will continue to grow with our sustainable effort to treat every person as member of a greater purpose.
Simple words cannot express how much we appreciate your support.
Winter Sports in Review
What a season! Congratulations to the amazing tasks accomplished and to all of the teams still competing in the state tournament! See the great highlights from the coaches below.
Basketball: Playing as WE
Girls season recap from Coach Harris:
The season started out with a lot of ups and downs - with a 2-6 record through the first 8 games. The girls kept working hard and went 12-5 in their next 17 games to finish with a 14-11 record - 6 of those loses coming by 5 or fewer points. The girls never quit and kept working hard for one another. Playing our best basketball at the end of the season - we were able to win our second sectional in the last four years - defeating Mentor by a score of 62-58.
Our team was blessed with the leadership and experience of seniors Grace Bradley, Faith DiLillo, Clara Lundblad, and Paige Steffen. Their 4 years of dedication to our program helped us grow and get better every day. I am thankful for their hard work and am excited for what the future holds for those young ladies.
Boys update from Coach Murawski:
I have really enjoyed this season. We have great senior leadership who have lead our team to success this year. Alex, Mike, Joe, Jake, and Robbie have done an excellent job producing a competitive environment every day in practice... We won our first home playoff game since 1999. We are excited to travel to Edgewood this Friday for the District Sectional Final! Alex Sulka is the area's leading scorer averaging 28 points per game. Mike Laudato is leading the area in made 3 point field goals.
Gymnastics: Heading to State (Vol 2.0)
Words from Coach Eichele:
This season has been incredible. The girls have worked extremely hard, and it has shown. Some highlights of our season include our WRC Team Championship, a team high score of 145.5 and earning our ticket to the State Meet as a TEAM and 2 individual qualifiers Senior Kayla Benjamin & Freshman Margaret Hamulak. Being able to compete in the State Meet is an honor, and we are very excited to represent Chardon. Our team has grown to be really close and supportive. The girls know how to shake off a bad routine, be there for one another, and motivation each other to get better. We all give 110% effort day in and day out of the gym. This team is full of potential and excellence. Every day is a chance to get better, and we are excited to showcase our hard work and talent this weekend at the 2018 Gymnastics State Meet!
Indoor Track: Zoooooooooooming to the Finish Line
From Coach Bartley:
Indoor track & field is having an exciting season in preparation for the 2018 outdoor season. We had 80 student athletes participate, including several from our middle school. Many of the athletes have set life time bests and indoor personal bests. Highlights include qualifying for the OATCCC Indoor State Championship meet. Those athletes are Jenna Oriani in the 200m dash, Lily Baber in the pole vault where she set our indoor school record of 11’0”, the girls 4x400m relay team consisting of Elizabeth Rodriguez, Cassidy Robinson, Andrea Mann, and Jenna Oriani, Nate Kawalec in the 3200m, and Jon McKnight in the 400m dash. With so many outstanding efforts this winter, we are heading into the outdoor season with high expectations.
Swimming: Building a Strong Future
From Coach Parish:
The high school swim season official started the first week of November, but it didn’t… This season started last May when the Rec Swimmers began practicing every summer vacation morning at 7am, running, lifting and swimming. This season didn’t even start there, it started 7+ years ago when Chardon High adopted swimming as a Club Sport; with the help of Kim Marra. This season has been an accumulation of every year, every season, every week, every meet, every practice, every yard, and every stroke since we started 7+ years ago. We started with a handful of swimmers (we got second at PAC conference meet with 9 female swimmers, and a few boys). Every year, every season we continue to grow and topped out this year at 36 swimmers on the Varsity Swim Team (another far fetched concept when we started). This season was an accumulation of so many struggles, battles, victories and personal growth. This season was a pivotal role in Chardon Swimming, but by no means is it the pinnacle, for you see we are going to continue to get better.
This 2017-2018 season was a monumental success for both our Mens and Womens programs. In summary, we placed higher at a state, district, and sectional level than we ever have before. We broke numerous school records for both men and women.
On the Mens side:
Chardon Men placed 6th overall at the Div 2 Mens Sectional meet (Spire site). Relays: Medley scoring 6th, 200 free scoring 5th, and 400 free relay scoring 5th. There were many top 10 individual finishes as well. Including : Jackson Selent (50/100 free), Lachlan Koenen (500 free/100 backstroke), Dominic Arganti (100 butterfly).
Chardon qualified more swimmers in relays and individual events than ever before to the District Meet: including Jackson Selent (50/100 freestyle), Lachlan Koenan (500 free, 100 backstroke), Domitic Arganti(100 fly), Parker Carson (200 IM), and Sam Rodriguez (50 freestyle), with the 200 medley relay qualifying (placing 13th with a new team record), 200 freestyle relay qualifying (placing 10th), and a 400 free relay qualifying (placing 12th). Chardon Men placed 18th overall (not bad considering they had 5 swimmers there). New Team records were set in the following events by the following people: Jackson Selent (100 free, 100 breast), Lachlan Koenan (100 backstroke), Dominic Arganti (100 butterfly), 200 Medley Relay (Lachlan Koenan, Parker Carson, Dominic Arganti, and Sam Rodriguez.
On the Womens Side:
Chardon women won the following Invites: Chardon Hilltopper, Perry Invite, and (for the first time ever in the WRC) Western Reserve Conference title. The WRC title is the first team (other than Mayfield) to have won the conference title. Every woman who swam an individual event, scored a point for Chardon High School.
Sectionals : the Women were 3rd at Div 1 Sectionals (3 points behind Solon). Individual Champs include: Katherine Jerry (50 freestyle), Sarah Bennett (100 backstroke), 200 Freestyle Relay (A. Evans, S. Bennett, J. Sopenski, K. Jerry) were also champs.
Districts: Women placed 7th overall; top 10 finishes: Sarah Bennett 3 rd(100 back), Katherine Jerry 7th and 8th (50/100 free), Jayne Sopenski 9th &10th (100 back and 100 fly), Medley Relay (Bennett, Valentic, Sopenski, Jerry) 6th, 200 free relay (Evans, Bennett, Sopenski, Jerry) 5th.
States: Div 1 State Meet (only the top 24 make it per event) 200 free and Medley: 24th, Katherine Jerry 50 free 22nd, 100 free : 11th, Sarah Bennett 19th (100 back). Chardon women were 47th and scored points at State Meet (our first time doing so).
In summary: we lose only a few Seniors, as mighty and as impactful as they are/were… we are a young team with many years of great swimming coming up through the Chardon Schools and Programs. Chardon Swimming will continue to grow, get better-- have an impact on many lives, give structure and teach life long lessons to children through sport. We pride ourselves on becoming better people through the great sport of swimming. So watch out, give us a high five, a nod, anything...because we are working our fins off to make Chardon Swimming a beacon of light in this community.
Wrestling: Working Hard Today for a Strong Tomorrow
From Coach Kriwinsky:
Our kids have poured blood, sweat, and tears into this season. They have been working extremely hard all year, and all the hard work is starting to finally come to fruition. Everything these young men did throughout this season and the offseason was to help prep them for the postseason. At this point, they have to believe in themselves and just wrestle. They have to trust everything they have done this year on and off the mat has put them in the best position to succeed. They set goals at the beginning of this year, now its time to achieve those goals, or in some cases surpass the goals they set. All six of our wrestlers wouldn't be in the position they are without all of their teammates, teachers, and family.
Congratulations to Sam Eldridge and Jake Hamulak for placing first, Nick Becker for placing third and Charlie Brosch, Noah Carlozzi, and Ethan Ducca for placing fourth place. These six wrestlers are advancing to districts this Saturday.
Chardon's Academic Decathlon: State Bound Again!
The Chardon High Academic Decathlon team will head to State Competition this weekend at John Carroll University. This year's topic is Africa, and our students have been studying the topic from all angles. With momentum from their Division II regional championship, the team is optimistic that they can defend their Division II State Championship from last year. After graduating six seniors from the 2017 team, it was unclear how the team would perform this year. But, as happens time and again here at Chardon High School, new leaders have emerged and taken up the mantel of excellence. Noah Bena is in his fourth year on the team and has provided a wealth of information to the newcomers. These students come together from very diverse academic backgrounds (one of the strengths of Academic Decathlon) but work together to raise every team member up to compete to the best of their ability. This year's team consists of: Noah Bena, Johnathan Brandt, Kara Connolly, Kyle Gessel, Molly Greene, Michael Lobosky, Meredith McKeon, Marko Milic, Casey Mezerkor, Doug Mulford and Paige Steffen.
Chardon's Science Olympiad: Heading to State!
Congratulations to Chardon Science Olympiad! Both the High School and Middle School teams have now qualified for the State Finals to be held at The Ohio State University in late April 2018.
The Northeastern Ohio Regionals Competition was held at Mentor High School on February 24, 2018. Chardon Middle School qualified for State finals with a Second Place Trophy and Chardon High School qualified for State finals with a Fourth Place Plaque.
Individual Winners for the C Division (grades 9-12) are:
1st Place Remote Sensing - Drew Williams and Heather Humbert
2nd Place Disease Detectives - Heather Humbert and Asher Vokoun
2nd Place Rocks and Minerals - Asher Vokoun and Christen Niedzielski
3rd Place Materials Science - Asher Vokoun and John Meleski
4th Place Chemistry Lab - Asher Vokoun and Connor Fuerst
4th Place Helicopters - Alex Schragal and Emily Muñoz
4th Place Mission Possible - Alex Schragal and John Ellington
4th Place Mousetrap Vehicle - Alex Schragal and Evan Baker
4th Place Thermodynamics - Drew Williams and Connor Fuerst
4th Place Towers - Heather Humbert and John Ellington
5th Place Anatomy and Physiology – Serena Gromack and Rachel Yates
5th Place Astronomy - Evan Baker and Connor Fuerst
5th Place Dynamic Planet - John Meleski and Drew Williams
5th Place Game On - Drew Williams and Christen Niedzielski
6th Place Optics - Alex Schragal and Drew Williams
Individual winners from the B Division (grades 6-9) are:
1st Place Wright Stuff - Jason Watson and Elise Cousens
2nd Place Battery Buggy - Ethan Fuerst and Ian Quinn
2nd Place Ecology - Jason Watson and Paige Nells
2nd Place Optics - Daniel Brill and Zane Kuhnle
2nd Place Rocks and Minerals - Owen Vokoun and Ethan Fuerst
2nd Place Solar System - Daniel Brill and Sebastian Marker
2nd Place Thermodynamics - Daniel Brill and Zane Kuhnle
2nd Place Towers - Jason Watson and Daniel Brill
3rd Place Crime Busters - Evan Germ and Joseph Joaquin
3rd Place Herpetology - Brady Williams and Nathan Eads
3rd Place Mystery Architecture - Evan Germ and Jack Dvorak
3rd Place Wright Stuff - Michael Oh and Joseph Joaquin
4th Place Anatomy and Physiology - Paige Yamamoto and Jillian Morrison
4th Place Hovercraft - Ethan Fuerst and Sebastian Marker
4th Place Meteorology - Brady Williams and Noah Muñoz
4th Place Mystery Architecture - Jason Watson and Zane Kuhnle
5th Place Crime Busters - Zane Kuhnle and Paige Yamamoto
5th Place Experimental Design - Paige Nells, Noah Muñoz and Brady Williams
5th Place Fast Facts - Grace Fullum and Callie Wainio
6th Place Fast Facts - Elise Cousens and Noah Muñoz
6th Place Herpetology - Thomas Tomasch and Aidan Murphy
6th Place Hovercraft - Tim Meleski and Graham Husek
6th Place Potions and Poisons - Zane Kuhnle and Paige Yamamoto
6th Place Road Scholar - Brady Williams and Ian Quinn
The Chardon Science Olympiad teams thank you for your support and encouragement.
Here is a link to pictures from this season. Science Olympiad Photos 2018
Winter Band Concert
Chardon High School Bands Winter Concert
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 ~ Lakeland Community College, 7:00 PM
Melissa Lichtler, Director; Michelle Watson, Percussion Director
*Ian Oddo, Student Teacher, Case Western Reserve University
Sherry Niederkorn, Phil Kish, Melissa Lichtler, Darcy Maas ~ Accompanists
PRE-CONCERT MUSIC 6:30 PM
Mackenzie Brown, Trumpet; Anna Gerstner, Trumpet;
Mitchell Ewaska, Tuba; Jacob Moses, Clarinet; Jennifer Vandenberg, Clarinet
You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To………………….…………..Cole Porter/Baker
Jacob Moses, alto saxophone
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square……......Maschwitz/Sherwin/Holmes
Heather Humbert, trombone
*Tweet Fatigue…………………………………….……………………….Gordon Goodwin
Connor Prusha, drum set
South of the Border…………………………...…………………………...Edward Freytag
Six Slick Stix Click Licks…………………...….…………………………..Paul Goldstaub
Katie’s Bossa……………………………………….………………………...Chris Crockarell
Marauder’s March…………………………….……………………….……..Darren Allen
Follow the River………………………………..………………..…….James Swearingen
Conducted by Connor Prusha, Class of 2018
As If On Wings………………………….…………….………….………...Tracy Behrman
Olivia Means, alto saxophone; Anna Gerstner, trumpet
Pixar Movie Magic…………….…………..….………..Arranged by Michael Brown
Hallie Mezerkor, flute; Jesse Decipeda, trumpet
*Inglesina…………………………………...……….……………...…...Davide Delle Cese
Perthshire Majesty……………………...…….……………………...…….Samuel Hazo
Jacob Moses, clarinet
Drew Cressman, tenor saxophone
Shalom Decipeda, flute
The CHS Bands would like to dedicate “Follow the River” and “Perthshire Majesty”
to all of those affected by school tragedies.
March 1 - Scholarship (from Crescendo Club) Deadline for Seniors
March 15-18 - CHS Spring Musical at Park Auditorium
March 16, Friday - Jazz Orchestra to Lakeland Jazz Festival - 9:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Disney Rehearsals to be selected from:
Tuesday, March 20 and/or Wednesday, March 21 and/or Thursday, March 22 and/or
Friday, March 23 ~ 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM
March 25-30 - Hilltopper Marching Band to Florida!
April 20, Friday - CHS & CMS Jazz Festival at Auburn Career Center - 7PM
April 28, Saturday - Hilltopper Marching Band in Maple Festival Parade - 3PM
May 4, Friday - Jazz Orchestra & Free Harmony Dinner Show at Quail Hollow
May 5, Saturday - Spring Band Extravaganza at Mentor Performing Arts Center!
Evening concert. All CMS & CHS Bands.
Each band will have an hour and a half time window sometime after 5:30 PM
May 12, Saturday - Tag Day - Required for All Members - 9AM - Noon
May 26, Saturday - Wind Ensemble at CHS Graduation - Mentor Performing Arts Center
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
May 28, Monday - Hilltopper Marching Band Memorial Day Parade - 10AM - 12:15 PM
Band Camp 2018! July 23-27, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
CRESCENDO CLUB MEETINGS
March 6, Tuesday - Crescendo Club Meeting, 7:15 PM, CHS Library
April 3, Tuesday - Crescendo Club Meeting, 7:15 PM, CHS Library
May 1, Tuesday - Crescendo Club Meeting, 7:15 PM, CHS Library
MR. IAN ODDO, STUDENT TEACHER
We are happy to have Ian Oddo from Case Western Reserve University in our Band Department. Mr. Oddo is an accomplished clarinetist and currently is performing with the Lakeland Civic Band. Mr. Oddo’s responsibilities at Chardon are: Fifth Grade Band, Sixth Grade Band, Seventh Grade Music Theory, CHS Wind Ensemble, CHS Jazz Orchestra, and CHS Pit Band. He is a 2014 graduate of Mentor High School.
Free Harmony is headed to the Mentor Show Choir Festival on Saturday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM. Chamber Ensemble, CHS Chorale, and Woman's Choir will be participating in the OMEA Large Group Contest on Friday, March 9th at Mentor in the Paradigm Building.
Musical: Evita- March 15-18
Evita is based on the historical story of María Eva Duarte de Perón, a poor Argentinian girl who grows up to be the wife of the president of Argentina, worshipped by her people. As a young woman who longs for an acting career, fame, and fortune, Eva quickly learns that her feminine wiles hold power among a culture, and a political system, run by men. Once she makes it to Buenos Aires, Evita finds fame and power in her powers of seduction, eventually seducing the rising political figure, Juan Perón, who becomes the President of Argentina. As First Lady of Argentina, she aligns herself with the poor, winning herself, and Perón, popularity among Argentinians. Evita becomes a hero to the poor and the working class—and an enemy to the rich. A young and unknown revolutionary, Ché, narrates the rise and fall of the beloved matriarch of the Argentinian people. This blockbuster musical, made even more famous as a 1996 Hollywood film, shows both the righteous determination, and the ruthless power, of Argentina’s 20th century matriarch.
ACT Test/Blending Learning Day: March 20
Chardon High School, in accordance with the Ohio Department of Education, will administer the ACT to all juniors (including students taking classes at Auburn Career Center, and students enrolled in CCP courses), on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Auburn classes for Juniors are cancelled for this day. Students who attend a CCP course in conflict with the ACT administration must make arrangements with their professor. Seniors who attend Auburn or CEVEC should attend their respective program.
In accordance with the ODE, this is a one-time administration of the ACT, offered at no cost to the student/family. The ACT, a nationally-normed, college readiness exam, provides students and families college and career information.
All juniors must report to the high school by 7:30 am on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
ALL other students (grades 9, 10, & 12) will have a blended learning day and should not report to Chardon High School this day (See below for details).
All Juniors taking the ACT will be assigned testing locations at Chardon High School prior to testing.
The testing protocols for administering the ACT are strictly enforced by the ACT.
Those students not completing the ACT (Freshman, Sophomores, and Seniors), must complete the following assignments outside of school to be counted as in attendance on this day. Failure to complete the assignment will result in an Unexcused Absence.
The link sent to Infinite Campus and Gmail accounts will become active the week of 3/19/2018
Download the PDF
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Murray, Mr. Bandiera, or Mr. Higham at Chardon High School (440)285-4057.
Mr. Herner's- CCP Intro to Entrepreneurship class had a round table discussion with Author and Entrepreneur Kip Marlow, and Mario Jurcic who developed his business while a student at Lakeland Community College. Both of them volunteer for the non profit LakeStart, providing support for those seeking to start a business.
Just a reminder that the AP (Advanced Placement) Exam registration period will open on March 12. The College Board has set the AP Exam fee at $94/test this year. Your child will receive registration information during the week of 3/5. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that all students enrolled in an AP class register for the AP Exam.
Please plan for this upcoming expense. If you feel your child qualifies for a fee reduction through College Board, please reach out to Tim Hurlbut at firstname.lastname@example.org in the Counseling Dept.
Attention seniors and parents of seniors.
If you have not submitted your senior picture for this year, be sure to get it into Mr. Hauber ASAP!
Requirements for your senior picture:
Interested in traveling and earning credit at the same time? If so, join us as we travel to Spain, southern France, and Italy in June 2019. We are having an informational meeting Thursday, March 8 at 7 pm in the media center. Come see what it's all about! Any questions, please see Senora Tekavec in room 204 and Mrs. Ptasznik in room 400.
Reminder: New York City Spanish Trip
The final payment of $239 is due March 14th.
Parent Meeting will be held on Monday, March 19th at 7:00 pm in the CHS Cafeteria.
Payments may be:
Sent to R & E Tours, 7620 Buchanan Court, Mentor, OH 44060
Paid online: www.randetours.com - password: nyc18
or brought in to Señora Niedzwiecki in Room 210
FinalForms allows you to complete and sign athletic participation forms for your student-athlete(s). The most exciting news is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice! FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time and eliminating the need to enter information twice.
You will need to review your information once per school year to verify information is current and sign the forms.
Click on the Parent Playbook (ATTACHED) to get started in FinalForms. If you require any support during the process, scroll to the page bottom and click “Use Support”.
We are asking that ALL parents of athletes use FinalForms.
Please register at https://chardon-oh.finalforms.com now and electronically complete ALL forms!
If your son/daughter has a current physical on file, it is still valid for one calendar year, as always. Please do complete all medical information on Finalforms, and it will repopulate to future seasons and school years.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in streamlining our paperwork processes for CHS Athletics.
A resounding message from parents, staff, and community members throughout our analysis of reconfiguration has been that we need to unify as a district: in our message, in our purpose, and in our programming. We must unify as one district, because we are all Hilltoppers! Moving forward, we will be unifying under the Chardon Hilltopper brand.
As part of this effort, we are calling attention to the core values firmly established in the culture and climate of Chardon High School:
We understand that providing for a smooth transition to new schools will be important to our students. Building administrators are already working together to plan for spring and summer activities that will help students become comfortable with new schools.
We recognize that change can be difficult and it often brings new challenges. This reconfiguration effort also provides us with an opportunity to reaffirm our purpose and align our school district for greater efficiency and effectiveness. There is still much work to be done: we must arrange for student schedules, further transportation planning, staffing assignments, and logistics of transitioning. I am confident we are prepared to meet these challenges moving into the future. Over the next several weeks, further communications will entail regarding details of staff meetings, parent meeting, and student communications.
7th Grade Parent Night
7th grade parent night will take place on March 6. The informational session will be held in the high school gymnasium and will begin at 6:30 pm. The high school counselors will address the transition to the high school building as well as any scheduling questions you may have.
Commencement Speaker: Mr. Tim Armelli
It is a beautiful day! Every single day, our students are greeted by the voice of comfort, love, and compassion. For several decades, Mr. Armelli has worked in so many capacities at CHS. This week, I have asked Tim to speak to our graduates at commencement. I want to personally congratulate Mr. Tim Armelli who has graciously accepted to speak to graduating class of 2018.
How Cool: We know that Guy!
Synchronized skating is a popular discipline both within U.S. Figure Skating and around the world. Last weekend, WKYC featured a local team which featured Logan Coles!
Shaw loves Shaw
The nationally known dancing SRO has made he news again!
It was a beautiful week at CHS! Thank you for sharing your children with us! Have a great weekend!
Douglas Murray, Principal