Hard work and dedication is one variable that you will always receive from me. Each week, I spend hours gathering information to share with you. Years ago, I spent each week communicating with students on the morning announcements. Over the last year, with no fault assigned to anyone, the announcements have been played intermittently due to the number of adjustments within our building staff. Teachers are asked to play them during 5th period and now--the announcements are shared to every person's email, and posted to Twitter. With communication being very important to me, I take the time to write this newsletter each week for all members of our Chardon community. Over the last three years, the Week in Reflection has become a key element to communicate essential information to students, parents, staff, and community members all of the amazing things that we accomplish along with distributing information relative to the upcoming weeks.
This newsletter is written on Weebly and posted to the internet. The next step is to send this information to staff and students using Gmail, followed by posting the information to Infinite Campus, ConnectED, and an application called Hootsuite to disseminate the newsletter to the multiple twitter accounts that I manage.
This venue is a great way for parents to know what is happening at school and to generate conversations with your children about school life. I appreciate all of the parents that send me little notes of appreciation for this weekly blog.
Make A Wish
Chardon High School´s Chamber choir had the honor of being invited to sing at the Make-A-Wish Foundation´s BIG WISH Gala, hosted in Cleveland´s Hilton Hotel on Thursday, April 4th. The choir performed in front of over 600 people in the Hilton´s ballroom. They performed a set including I´ll Make the Difference, It Takes a Village, Let my Love Be Heard, Light of a Clear Blue Morning, I Love You/ What a Wonderful World, and Unclouded Day. Soloists for the pieces include Ethan Peterson, Madeline Houser, Katy Lessik and Will Piotrkowski. Katy Lessik and Saturday Night Live's Vanessa Bayer gave speeches throughout the performance. Chardon´s Chamber choir is so grateful for the wonderful experiences and opportunity to represent Chardon High School. See some videos on Twitter @ChardonChoirs.
Here is a video that was shared with us.
Chardon High School’s Choir trip to Canada (April 5-7th) was fun filled with adventurous sights and workshops to improve our dancing and singing skills. We saw awesome city views from the top of the CN Tower, and later, worked with a professional actor who taught us a choreographed piece from the musical, Come From Away. Throughout the trip, our choir had the privilege of seeing two incredibly beautiful musicals with deep meaning and emotion. Come From Away is based on the true story about 38 planes being grounded in a Newfoundland town by the events of 9/11. This uplifting show celebrates humanity and diversity in the midst of such a tragic event. Dear Evan Hansen gave the audience a contemporary perspective on the impact of suicide and personal real life problems. The show used social media and technology to bring forward issues of mental health and the positive impact of meaningful relationships to see us through. These shows left us being grateful for what we have and becoming more aware of the power of community. We worked with Dr. Ramsey, a choral professor from The University of Toronto, who we sang for and received excellent feedback from. We also experienced food and the culture of Chinatown one afternoon for lunch. Our last day consisted of visiting Niagara Falls, grabbing lunch and souvenir shopping at Clifton Hill and the beautiful Niagara On The Lake. This trip allowed us to create memories and gain plentiful learning experiences. Whether we were in a museum, workshop, or standing at a crosswalk in Downtown Toronto, you could always catch the Chardon Choir singing a tune, and that’s what makes any place we go fun filled and family like. See more pictures and videos from our trip on Twitter @ChardonChoirs.
The students in Mr. Mizen's Leadership class organized and facilitated a blood drive for the American Red Cross this week. Students and staff collected 34 pints of a goal of 41. While we were just a bit shy of reaching our goal, we still potentially saved 102 lives!
8th Grade DC Trip Itinerary
I want to personally thank you our 8th grade parents for coming out on Monday for our DC Trip meeting. The meeting was well attended and many key points were addressed throughout the presentation. Thank you for asking great questions with us throughout the night. I am enclosing the presentation and itinerary inside of the communication for you to review electronically. If any families need the medical forms, I have enclosed it within this communication.
Checklist: March/April/ May
Enclosed is the CHS "map" of future events. There so many details inside of this document that will guide you on your way to success. Take it one day at a time and seize every moment with your student along the way. The document below is a PDF, however, I have enclosed a link below this file that you can access online.
The mandatory AP Pre-registration session for all students registered to take an AP exam will be held on Tuesday, April 30th @ 9:00 AM in the MIDDLE SCHOOL cafeteria. This is a "late start day" for students due to Math AIR testing that will be occurring that day (10:20 start that day for non-AIR testing students). ALL students taking an AP exam must attend this session. We ask that students park at the HS and walk down to the MS that morning.
As we enter April, we are continuing our preparations at Chardon High School for the upcoming AIR exams. The AIR exams are end-of-course exams mandated by the state of Ohio, and students (grades 9-12) earn graduation points regarding their results. Students will take the AIR exams as described below:
April 17-18 (Grade 8th, ELA I, and ELA II Test) Bell Schedule
We will be following specific bell schedules to accomplish these tests and to minimize regular classes. Please see the schedule(s) below. Students not scheduled to take these tests will report to school for the beginning of the school day for period 2 on Wednesday, and period 1 on Thursday. All bussing will run at regular times.
April 24, 2019 (American History/ Government Test) April 25, 2019 Black Day Schedule
We will be following specific bell schedules to accomplish these tests and to minimize regular classes. Please see the schedule below. Students not scheduled to take these tests will report to school for the beginning of the school day for period 2 on Wednesday, and period 1 on Thursday. All bussing will run at regular times.
If you have any questions regarding the AIR Test, Testing Schedule, or bell schedule- please contact Douglas Higham or Lacey Jacobs who are coordinating the tests.
Every year, we publish the senior handbook to help assist parents and senior students with the many events that celebrate our graduating class.
View this file online
Here is the link for the sign up genius for the senior picnic .
District Student Art Show
Stop by our first Annual District-Wide Student Art Show on April 27th from 10am-3pm! There will be LOTS of art to view along with refreshments and live drawing and pottery demonstrations by our very own students...come have your portrait drawn!
(poster design by Elizabeth Rodriguez)
If you're looking for a fun little event this Friday evening, come check out Empty Bowls led by North High School! All the info is on the flyer and Chardon bowls being donated are handcrafted by Anne Ciszak and Andrea Diaz-Rodriguez.
Chardon Reads: Summer Reading Program 2019
Modeled after “One Book, One City” and “One Book, One School” programs already active around our country, the faculty at Chardon High School decided to promote literacy and foster a sense of community by adopting a “Chardon Reads” program of our own. A faculty team met and the selection for summer 2019 is Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea.
One Book, One School… and One Community!
In keeping with the mission of the Chardon Local Schools, “high achievement for all students, where learning is our most important work,” a rigorous summer read is required.
According to the International Reading Association (2009):
“Adolescents entering the adult world will do more reading and writing tasks than any other time in human history. They will need reading and writing to cope with the flood of information they will find in the world as it exists. They will also need to use literacy to feed their imaginations so that they can create the world of the future. In a complex and diverse world, their ability to read is crucial, and therefore, it is essential not only to help them survive, but also to help them thrive.”
We want to encourage ALL people in the community to read the summer reading book as well. If family, friends, teachers, and community leaders also read the book, they can encourage thoughtful discussion and motivation among the students.
Each summer, the school will select one book for the whole community, students and faculty alike, to read together. Our activities in each class will pertain to the book. In addition to that book, the English department asks each HONORS student to complete additional reading, dependent on the course.
Ruta Sepetys’ Salt to the Sea - From amazon.com:
#1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal!
"A superlative novel . . . masterfully crafted."--The Wall Street Journal
Based on "the forgotten tragedy that was six times deadlier than the Titanic."--Time
Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. But not all promises can be kept...
In ADDITION to Salt to the Sea, honors students should complete the following reading:
English I H: (102)
Night by Elie Wiesel
English II H (202):
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
English III H: (302)
PLEASE NOTE: ELA Honors III summer reading CHANGE!
In addition to Salt to the Sea, select ONE of the following novels:
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner OR A Thousand Splendid Suns
Jeanette Walls, The Glass Castle
James McBride, The Color of Water
Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees OR The Invention of Wings
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried
Kathryn Stockett, The Help
Hilary Jordan, When She Woke
Susan Meissner, Fall of Marigolds
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
AP Language (402):
Read THREE books total:
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Educated by Tara Westover
Read ONE of the following by Malcolm Gladwell:
Outliers, The Tipping Point or David and Goliath
AP Literature (404):
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
Academic Decathlon (HUM100):
The 1818 version of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
Attached is the flyer for the last two shows of this school year - Dear Evan Hansen & Come From Away. Based on the continued enthusiastic response, Chardon Goes to the Musicals has secured tickets for shows in the 2019-2020 season as well. Please contact Elizabeth Fullerman for more details, otherwise, watch for details in the fall.
All 80 tickets for Lion King are sold out. Thank you to those families who purchased.
As a reminder, these tickets are not a fundraiser, simply an easy way for community members to have access to Playhouse Square, the second largest theater district, only to Broadway.
Alianna’s Alert, sponsored by state Senator Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), has recently become Ohio law and will go into effect on April 4, 2019. The law will require schools to call parents within 120 minutes of the start of the school day if a child is marked absent and parents have not provided prior notification to the school.
At Chardon High School, we have followed this timeline for years. However, calling your son/daughter out of school prior to the start of the day is really helpful to our attendance secretary. Likewise, taking accurate and timely classroom attendance is really important for our teachers to assist in this process.
Our school handbook states:
ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL AND ATTENDANCE - Regular attendance and promptness to class are necessary for the continuity of learning and the development of good habits. The following are considered legitimate absences from school: personal illness, illness in the family, quarantine of the home, religious holiday, legal obligation, medical appointment, death of a relative, or emergency circumstances which, in the judgment of school authorities, constitute sufficient cause for absence. Doctor’s notes may be requested by school authorities if a student accumulates excessive absences. Parents must call the school when children are absent. State law requires that the parent be contacted at home or work if the school is not called. An unexcused absence will be treated as a truancy offense and dealt with accordingly.
Please call the high school at 440.285.4057 (press #1) prior to 9:00 a.m. to report absences. This is available 24 hours a day.
The following are considered excused:
• personal illness
• illness in family
• death of a relative
• quarantine for contagious disease
• court Appearances
• observance of religious holidays
• circumstances, which in the judgment of the superintendent of designee, constitute a sufficient cause for absence
Thank you for your attention to this important detail.
Prom Volunteers Needed
Volunteer: Prom Ticket Sales
Geauga Park District
Chardon Academy Fundraiser
The students of the Chardon Academy at Chardon High School are sponsoring an Animal Food and Supply Drive during the month of April (Monday, April 1, 2019 – Tuesday, April 30, 2019).
The event is entitled: Scooby-Doo! DOO GOOD to help promote the celebration of National Kids & Pets Day (Friday, April 26, 2019) and National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (Tuesday, April 30, 2019).
Designated Drop-Off Areas are CHS, CMS, Munson Elem. & Park Elem. Main Offices.
All proceeds will benefit Rescue Village (Geauga Humane Society), an animal welfare agency located in Russell Township in Geauga County, Ohio.
The benefits of being trained in LEAN and Six Sigma has provided us new efficiencies and intentional frameworks to define our team. The last 10 days have been transformative. I cannot express enough gratitude to Mr. Higham and Mr. Herner for their work by applying Lean eyes with the puzzle of our rooms. Likewise, I am grateful for the collaborative vision between Mrs. Hetrick, Mr. Hurlbut, Mrs. Jacobs, Mr. Kovach, and Mr. Bandiera.
Building a Master Schedule is the largest quantitative and qualitative equation. From scheduling students during course selection and sorting through thousands of requests, and alternates; discussing sections, and articulating courses; building sequencing for the highest achievers to the most in need; configuring ACC and Special Ed numbers and sections and then making it all fit within a Lean algorithm....using time wisely and intentionally is essential. Last year, building the master took nearly three weeks. This year, it took us 10 days.
As we were busy working on the master, business was scheduled as usual. Our secretaries were awesome throughout the last 10 days and were very patient with our usual suspects.
Special thanks to Mr. Bandiera, Mrs. Blackburn, and our Core Value Team for the extraordinary work that they put in to earn a 93% proficiency with PBIS. We are now eligible to apply for the Bronze Award. Special thanks to everyone that was put on the spot with our core values. Six years ago these words began to peruse the halls at CHS and now they are the pillars of our every action! We wouldn't be who we are without your daily work in the classroom.
Please keep the April and May Schedule close to your eyes as many things are happening each week. Make today great!
Have a good weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal