It's the FINAL COUNTDOWN! Now that the Europe song is stuck in your head--it is time to live LIFE IN THE FASTLANE. Oops, I did it again. Alright, I am done.
We are literally going to fly through these last several weeks so hold on. As I have shared over the last several weeks, the schedule (posted over the last few weeks) demonstrates the volume of tasks and events going on at CHS. As we march through the transition to the new season, we are longing for a stretch of dry days.
However, most educators would share that having inclement weather in the fourth quarter would help keep our students inclined to be more on task. Yet, the winter blues have set in. Most of us are used to the long winter, but this year seemed relentless. I believe that even most of our skiers and snowboarders are ready for short sleeves and shorts. We all know that our spring coaches are sick and tired of being sick and tired of wearing hoodies and rain gear. Yet, like every year...this too shall pass...until the Maple Festival :)
Moments like this remind us of the importance of patience and perseverance. Being patient creates opportunities for growth inside of us which will help us nurture our response to difficult moments. The next seven weeks are going to pass us by in a blink of an eye. It is so important to pause and reflect on each moment in front of us. Likewise, demonstrating patience will expand our ability to persevere through moments in our lives that impact us at school, sports, our jobs, and even relationships.
As we have shared numerous times throughout this year, our response to any event creates the outcome that we expect. So, to model this for you I am going to end this portion of the Week in Reflection by exclaiming that it is a beautiful day to be the best version of ourselves and seize the opportunities in front of us during this beautiful time of year!
Checklist: March/April/ May
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
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)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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
The Learning Commons Newsletter
Attached is the latest issue of The Learning Center Newsletter. Teachers will find information on license renewal. The article contains a link that leads to the LPDC Online Form Management System. That is the definitive location for everything Chardon Local School teachers need for license renewal including who the LPDC members are and the dates the committee meets.
Also included are pictures showing the first delivery of books received using the gift from the Celebrating Ohio Book Awards and Authors Grant. All are welcome to come and "check out" the new books!
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.
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.
Middle School Track
We have three home meets on our schedule, and they cannot happen without volunteers!! We ask that each family at least sign up for one or two of them, so we can be assured our events are covered and can take place. We need 1 head timer and assistant, 6-8 lane timers, 2 scorekeepers, and 2 field event workers for each of the 4 field events. Thank you in advance for taking the time to help out! Meets will start at about 4:30, and should conclude about 6:30, depending on the number of teams an athletes.
8th Grade Parent Meeting: DC TRIP
On Monday, April 8, Chardon High School will have a mandatory parent meeting for the DC Trip. This trip is scheduled for May 13-15, 2019. This week, we will meet with 8th graders attending the trip to communicate details of room configurations. We will also be meeting with teacher chaperones to align some of the details that Great Day! Tours are providing. On Monday, Paul Travaglianti will be present to go through the detailed itinerary. Parents will need to sign off on the room assignment forms on Monday.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Douglas Higham.
What: Required Great Day Tours Presentation Follow-Up
When: Monday, April 8
Where: CHS Gym 6:30-7:30 PM
4/01/2019: 3rd Payment due- $145
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 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.
Beginning this week, our administrative and counselor team began preparing for the 2019-2020 school year. We have spent nearly 40 hours building our master schedule. So much goes into preparing for a master schedule. This year, we are using the principles of LEAN to streamline classroom allocation and course sequencing to not only assist our teachers but also our hallway traffic. I am proud of the work that the team has put in and look forward to working with our teachers once the schedule is complete.
Have a great weekend with your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal