5+5+5+5+1= Finish line
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 2018!
21 school days can seem like a lifetime or can be a flash in front of you. 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 become 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 21 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 21 school days linger with a reminder that you are about to transition into a challenging year. Many of you are learning the difference obetween 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 21 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 to our incoming 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!
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 2018: A Reflection
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 21 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 21 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!
Your Life, Your Choice
"Your Life, Your Choice," an awareness program for local students with the intent of educating them regarding the dangers of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, was presented in dramatic fashion using real-life scenarios and testimonies of people whose lives have been forever changed by crashes caused by drunken drivers.
On Tuesday, April 24, students at Chardon High School attended Your Life, Your Choice and Parkside Church in Bainbridge. This program was first initiated in 2006 by Chagrin Falls Police Officer, Dick Goldsmith. Officer Goldsmith lost his daughter, Emily, in a tragic accident caused by a repeated drunken driving offender.
The quiet, somber atmosphere permeated a gathering of more than 1,100 Geauga County high school seniors. Students came back to school moved by this presentation. We are grateful to the Geauga County Sheriff's office who sponsored this moving presentation.
Safe Driving Week
Officer Shaw is once again hosting Safe Driving Week at Chardon High School. Between April 30th and May 4th, he will provide several opportunities for students to become educated and more aware of safe driving tactics. Officer Shaw will be sharing a presentation with our Juniors on the importance of seat belt use and the dangers of distracted driving. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to interact with some special guests The guests are representatives from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Kelli's CRUSADE, and the Geauga County Safe Communities Coalition. The BMV will have educational materials available to the students as well as licensing and testing information. Kelli's CRUSADE is an organization out of Medina County that promotes proper education, road improvements, and driving skills awareness to better equip our young drivers. The Safety Coalition promotes educational awareness on safe driving issues and studies local crashes for possible road and signage improvements suggestions. In addition, Officer Shaw has some surprises in store for our students - with some help from local sponsors: Bean's Coffee Shop & Bistro, Wendy's, Sheetz, Dairy Queen, and Dunkin Donuts!
Now is the time to have a conversation about opioid use with someone you love. Summer is approaching, students have more free time for grad parties, hanging out and just being with friends. Seniors are graduating and many will be leaving for college, have this conversation with them before their roommate does. Please join Chardon resident Dr. John Queen of the Cleveland Clinic and Chardon High School for this very important event.
In response to our community event, Inside My Head: The Pressure on Teenagers hosted last month at CHS, many parents inquired about ways that they can reach out to their teenagers.
Approximately 1 in 5 teens (21.4%) ages 13-18 are impacted by a mental health illness. Only half (50.6%) receive treatment.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-14, and the 2nd leading cause for those ages 15-34.
On Friday, May 4th Ravenwood Health is offering a free, confidential mental health screening for any interested Chardon High School student at Chardon High School.
Signing up is easy using one of the following ways:
Please bring the signed permission form with you. If you forget the form, please see Mrs. Blackburn. Parental permission is required for students under the age of 18.
For more information, please contact Joan Blackburn at email@example.com or 285-4057 ext. 1439.
You must have the permission form with you at the time of your meeting.
51 Donors: Blood Drive
On Monday, April 23rd, Chardon High School hosted the second blood drive of the year. The American Red Cross asked the students at Chardon High to host the second event this year due to the extreme shortage of blood. Since the students of the Actively Caring Leadership class did such an amazing job last November organizing the collection of 48 pints of blood, the American Red Cross has set a higher goal of 50 units of blood, an amount that has never been accomplished at the high school before. This year, our students met their goal and collected 51 pints of blood. Great job, Mr. Mizen and his students!
Maple Festival Queen
On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the queen of the 89th annual Geauga County Maple Festival was crowned. The judges had a tough job. Not only was each candidate a strong competitor, but the bond between the girls became so strong over their time together. At the end of the night, sophomore Kaity Nimmo was crowned the 2018 Geauga County Maple Festival Queen. The honors of the first attendant went to senior Jennifer Vandenberg, second attendant to Abby Harvey from Newbury, and court member sophomore Brigit Morgan. The girls all had a great time and look forward to this weekend.
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is an honor society for high school theatre students. It is a division of the Educational Theatre Association. A few famous ITS alumni include Tom Hanks, Val Kilmer, James Marsters, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Stephen Schwartz. Membership currently stands at approximately 100,000 student members across 3,900 schools. The one millionth thespian was inducted in 1976 and the two millionth thespian was inducted in 2009. Last night, students were inducted into the Thespian Society.
AIR: It's the final countdown!
Wednesday Testing will begin promptly at 7:30 AM, and it is imperative that your student is at school on time on their assigned testing day.
AIR Tests this week :
To maximize learning while administering the AIR exams, students will test during late-start. The bell schedule for those testing dates have not changed:
AIR Testing - 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
2nd period - 10:34 AM - 11:39 AM
4A period - (Lunch 11:43 AM - 12:13 PM) 12:17 PM - 1:21 PM
4B period - 11:43 AM - 12:13 PM (Lunch 12:17 PM - 12:47 PM) 12:51 PM - 1:21 PM
4C period - 11:43 AM - 12:47 PM (Lunch 12:51 PM - 1:21 PM)
6th period - 1:25 PM - 2:30 PM
The bell schedule for May 3 will be as follows:
1st period - 7:30 AM - 8:35 AM
3rd period - 8:39 AM - 9:44 AM
5A period - (Lunch 9:48 AM-10:18 AM) 10:22 AM - 11:26 AM
5B period - 9:48 AM-10:18 AM (Lunch 10:22 AM - 10:52 AM ) 10:56 AM - 11:26 AM
5C period - 9:48 AM-10:52 (Lunch 10:56 AM-11:26 AM)
7th period- 11:30 AM-12:35 PM
Transportation will continue to operate at the normally scheduled times. If a student is not testing on a particular day and needs transportation to school, they will be picked up at their normal time and report to school (students not testing and who arrive before their first class will wait in the cafeteria).
Students taking AIR exams should bring their Chromebook (fully charged), as well as a pair of headphones. We will provide extra sets of headphones if students are unable to procure them.
Thank you for your patience and attention as we continue our preparations for the upcoming AIR exams. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chardon High School Guidance Department at (440) 285-4060.
Each year, I share this information with students, and parents to help families prepare for this extraordinary time of the year.
End of the year calendar: March/April/ May
Here is the link to the online signup for the senior picnic.
When you check your student's grades in Infinite Campus also check their School Fees.
Statements will not be sent to grade 9 or 10. It is your responsibility to monitor your student's fees.
All Spring Sports adjustments have been made and the process of recording payments that have come in previous to the fee was posted in Infinite Campus takes a while.
You may see a surplus recorded for your student. This can be from a class fee or workbook fee canceled, changed or an adjustment for 2nd or 3rd sport has been made.
If you have any questions please call Mrs. McBride 440-286-0441.
Envirothon: Moving on!
The Envirothon team, who named themselves Chardon Core Values, scored 2nd place out of 50 teams at the Area II Envirothon at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in sunny but mucky conditions. They were awarded $300 toward the state competition expenses. First place was the Brecksville Bees.
The top 4 teams advance to the state Envirothon June 10-12 at Cedarville College in SW Ohio. 20 teams statewide compete to be the one to advance to the North American Envirothon in Pocatello, Idaho, in July. The qualifying team is comprised of Co-Captains Emily Munoz and Jason Tysl, supported by Heather Humbert, Asher Vokoun, and Kyle Gessel.
Chardon's additional team, the Chardon Rats, came in 11th place. This is a great finish for- Alex Schragal, Neil Patel, Jackson Selent, Drew Williams, and Brad Knez.
Attention ALL CHS STUDENTS & PARENTS!
Announcing an amazing travel and learning/leadership opportunity...
2019 London & Leadership Global Summit - THE POWER OF COMMUNICATION
JUNE 6th-15th, 2019
Journey to London, England & Davos, Switzerland for an experience of a lifetime! This is a chance for our Chardon Student Leaders (that means YOU!) to tour London and work with students from around the world to discuss a Global Issue - ¨The Power of Communication¨ in Davos, Switzerland. There is CHS & College credit available for this exciting adventure.
Contact Mrs. Niedzwiecki - firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Chardon Library Book Buddies
The Chardon Library is looking for Book Buddies volunteers for the summer. You can encourage a student who has just finished 1st or 2nd grade to keep reading over the summer by meeting with him or her for 6 – one hour sessions at the Chardon Library. This program wouldn’t be possible without the help of Chardon Schools student volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved in your community and would like to be a Chardon Library Book Buddy, please call the Chardon Library @ 285-7601 ext. 1 to volunteer. This is also an opportunity to earn Community Service hours! Please plan to attend one mandatory informational meeting at the Chardon Library on Monday, May 14 at 7:00 OR Tuesday, May 15 at 3:00.
ICYMI: 2018-2019 Bell Schedule
2018-2019: CHS Bell ScheduleThroughout the course of this year, our bell schedule has created many opportunities for staff and students to expand upon the educational experiences at Chardon High School. Throughout this year, the Schedule Task Force met to refine the implementation of this schedule. As the year progressed, staff and students shared their feedback regarding the schedule. The feedback was extremely positive and poignant aligning to the purpose of the outcomes of this original committee.
As the Reconfiguration process commenced this year, the team came back together to once again look at the schedule to meet the essential needs of adding a grade level. The building administration and school counselors built over twenty-six schedules based upon the principles set forth by the task force and the feedback that we received throughout the year.
After careful consideration for consistency and to maximize upon the time in which we are given, the task force recommended the following schedule to the staff and board of education. This schedule aligns closely with the times that our students are used to while maintaining the integrity of Topper Time, and additional lunch period, and scheduling the Circuit of Success.
Enclosed are some highlights of the schedule:
Have a great weekend with family and friends!