Seizing the Present Moment
Time. This is one thing that is always inevitable. Yet, this one thing can be experienced differently by each of us. It is hard to believe how quickly our time has passed. Every second inside of every minute can pass how we choose to use it. If we chose to stare at a clock, time would feel like forever. The more we are all actively involved with tasks, events, and enjoyment--the faster time is experienced by each of us. The old adage, "Time flies when you are having fun" rings a persistent tone this time of year. Why? Mostly due to the constant movement, experiences, events, and activities that happen inside of the time that we are given. The last three months have been packed with events each week. Recently, I spoke to the senior class about all of the memories that they are making and how these moments should be cherished and remembered. These are great days for our class of 2019!
20 school days can seem like a lifetime or can be a flash in front of you. Your 20 days are actually counting down to graduation....academically, you only have 16 days. The choice is yours. Seniors, it seems like the finish line has already come and gone...but there is still essential time left. Time for yourself, time for each other, time for learning, and memories to be made. You only graduate high school once, Embrace it, live each moment, be active in your choices. The choices that you make today can determine the person that you become. Be true to who you are and keep your eyes on the goal--you are too close to let go of your dreams.
Your 20 school days are going to be relentless. Focus on managing your time on what you can control. Your job is your academics. Your job is transitioning into the leaders of our school. Your job remains clear; YOU matter, YOUR grades matter; YOUR decisions matter. Learn from those that have gone before you and seize little opportunities that arise. We believe in you.
Your 20 school days linger with a reminder that you are about to transition into a challenging year. Many of you are learning the difference between dependence versus independence. The time is now to walk the talk. You are just coming out of your shell, and wondering what is up, down, and around you. You have seen so many challenging moments with relationships, coursework, and leadership but you are wondering if anyone notices you. We do, but we are not going to hold your hand through this--it is time to choose. We will always be there for you.
Your 20 school days are determined by the habits that you have made. So many people have walked beside you, guided you, and assisted you. You recognize that you are a part of a bigger family but sometimes feel like the little sibling. You have an essential role. You are the key to the transition of our 8th graders. What you say---they believe. What you do---younger students follow. In reality, your task is enormous in living our core values not only for yourself but for your classmates. Believe in YOU!
Your 20 days are so imperative to your maturation and growth. SO many of you are ending this year with high school credit--and that is very exciting! At times, it has felt like you were the only ones in the building this year. Our staff have spent so much time and energy in guiding you and investing in you because you are essential part of our story. You made history this year by coming to the building; the time is NOW to be the leader that we prepared you for. Seize these days to look in the mirror and reflect on your growth along the way---all the while finishing your work and making those marks!
You are the conductor of the music that we hear each day. Sure, the sound may resonate well from a distance, but only you see what needs to be refined. Continue to coordinate the sound with the beauty that sets the tempo of our pulse as a whole. After most performances, the conductor bows while the orchestra receives the accolades. WE see your influence. WE appreciate your countless preparation. WE see your impact- especially after a long tour.
Families of the Class of 2019: A Reflection from a parent's perspective
It is hard to fathom how fast our time has come and gone this year. Where did our time go? Did I do enough, say enough, or even prepare you enough for this moment? I look at you and see me. I look at my own struggles, joys, and moments of excitement (when I was your age) and wonder how quickly our time has come and gone.
Do you I am your biggest fan? Do you know that I will always be there during good times and bad? Do you know how much my love is unconditional for you?
I am so proud of you, and I know that these 20 school days are going to be tough for you. I know that you are spent, exhausted, and ready to move on...but, never forget how you got to this moment. Never forget the failures and success that refined you. Never forget the support that each of us provided for you and always will.
So, in these last 20 school days live every moment in the present. Love every celebration, and know that journey only begins when you cross the finish line. You are almost there! Hang on, push forward, dig deeper, and know that my embrace is a door away. We believe in you--BELIEVE IN YOUR ABILITY-- your journey is a moment away!
Countdown to 20
We will be administering a specific bell schedule to accomplish the final AIR tests and to minimize regular classes. Please see the schedule below. This is the final week of AIR testing. Next week, the students have a regularly scheduled White Day on Monday. Tuesday and Thursday are testing days, while Wednesday and Friday are the adjacent days to balance the block schedules. This has been posted all year, As we have stated, these tests matter for our students, staff, and district. We will continue to remind students to get proper rest, eat a good breakfast, take the time that is allocated, and review each question prior to submitting the test. All AIR make-ups are currently happening and will continue to occur next week.
School Transportation 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.
It is getting close to Prom season. As you prepare for the dance, I wanted to share some small details regarding tickets for this year. Tickets will be sold during lunch periods starting May 6-May 10. CCP and ACC students may see Mrs. Mihalek directly to purchase students outside of the marked lunch periods. The tickets will cost $75. We will not be using EventBrite for this dance due to the high sales tax based on ticket cost. Furthermore, the only students who need to sign a dance contract are those attending our dance from outside of CHS. Our high school students signed this contract at the beginning of the year.
What: CHS Prom; May 18, 2019 6:00-11:00 PM
Where: The American Croatian Lodge; Eastlake, OH
Cost: $75/ticket (purchased at CHS: May 6-10)
Guest Forms (See below)
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 .
Prom Volunteers Needed
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Volunteer: Prom Ticket Sales
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THIS SATURDAY: District Student Art Show
(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.
DC Trip: Medication Permission Form
Parents of students going to Washington, DC:
If your child needs medication (prescription or non-prescription) while on the trip you must submit the medications in the original containers accompanied by the medicine permission slip signed by physician and parent by April 30th.
Please send only the doses needed for trip.
Letter Sent Home for Dual Enrollment Students
We will hold a mandatory meeting at CHS on May 2nd at 6:30pm with a Lakeland representative to officially enroll the students in the Lakeland course(s) and answer questions you may have.
49 student teams and 4 teacher teams competed. Team Black scored 15th and Team Red scored 3rd place!
That means Team Red will travel to Steubenville and compete in the Ohio Envirothon at Franciscan University June 9-11! They took the high score in Soils, and each received a medal for that. They also won $300 (for the Envirothon account) and free tree seedlings.
The advancing team members are (Captain) Heather Humbert, Marko Milic, Sofie Zampino, Nimue Shive, and Charlotte Bennett. If you see them, please congratulate them and MRS ROHR!
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
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.
Facilities Advisory Committee Update
Chardon Local Schools Parents,
As you all know the Facilities Advisory Committee made a recommendation to the Board of Education in January to consider moving forward with a bond issue. Before the Board makes a final decision in June on what that bond issue may include, the District is taking some time to gather feedback from its main stakeholders.
We’d like to invite you to participate in a listening session to help us better understand your perceptions of the District’s facilities and their impact on education. Your participation is greatly appreciated, because your honest observations and perspectives are valuable to us – and important for this process.
These discussions will be facilitated by independent researchers from Burges & Burges Strategists. Your input and feedback will be included in a summary report by Burges & Burges. No participant names will be used in their report.
Dates and times from which to choose are below in the hopes one will fit your availability.
Tuesday, April 30 at 6:00 PM, Chardon High School, Room 1
Wednesday, May 1 at 6:00 PM, Chardon Middle School, Media Room
We ask that you RSVP by Tuesday, April 23. Please click here to access a Google form to RSVP or contact Ashley Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (216) 261-3737 with your name, email address, and choice of session.
If you cannot attend a session, or choose not to, you also will have a chance to provide input through an anonymous, online survey that will be distributed in the next few weeks.
Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback.
Queen: Kaysie Healy
1st Attendant: Caitlian McCurdy
2nd Attendant : Olivia Brosh (CHS)
Court: Hope Zagar
Court: Samantha Hutson (CHS)
Court: Brigit Morgan (CHS)
LEAN Six Sigma Video
Education Town Hall
Community Members, Educators, Legislators!
Mark the Date!
May 4, 2019, 9:30-12:00, Chardon Middle School
A panel presentation by State Rep. John Patterson
Dr. Michael Hanlon, Supt. Chardon Schools
Dr. Jerry Brockway, Supt. Ashtabula Co. Technical and Career Center
Kevin Lillie, Geneva Schools Treasurer
“Fair School Funding Plan”
This is what we have all been waiting for—bringing fair funding to school districts!
Have all your questions answered!
Need info. Call Cheryl at 440-223-8711
Thanks for reading. Make it a great weekend! Stay dry!
Douglas Murray, Principal