The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has launched the NIX Opiates Campaign to fight teen opioid abuse in Ohio by bringing emergency physicians into Ohio schools to speak candidly with students and parents about addiction, drug abuse and overdose.
Dr. John Queen, Chardon resident and Cleveland Clinic Emergency Room physician, presented to students, parents and community members at Chardon Middle School last evening. His message is absolutely essential for everyone to hear. Dr. Queen's message cemented in my heart that the time is NOW to talk about addiction and prevention. I have invited Dr. Queen to come back to Chardon High School this Fall to speak to our students and provided the opportunity for him to come into our Chemistry classes. I believe that this model (along with preventative programs) will continue to educate our students and staff about the importance of knowing the signs, science, and preventive measures to slow this trend in our county, state, and nation. Please take the time to watch his message . Special thanks to our ASAP, AC4P, and Core Value team--along with Mrs. Blackburn, Mrs. Bertaud, and Mr. Herner for their support and guidance. As always, the best in the land, Mr. Jevnikar and his G-TV team that streamed this video live.
Safe Driver's Week
Safe Driving Week at Chardon High School this past week was a success. All of the juniors received a presentation from Officer Shaw about the dangers of distracted driving, the importance of seat belt use, and the immense responsibility that they have when behind the wheel.
On Tuesday morning, Officer Shaw was in the student parking lot to greet the students as they drove in. Each student, driver or passenger, that was wearing their seatbelt received a coupon for a free Wendy's Frosty as well as a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the numerous other prizes. We had nearly 98% seat belt use rate that morning by our students. Around 50 students won an additional prize from the raffle drawing. Prizes were provided by Dunkin Donuts, Bean's Coffee Shop & Bistro, Sheetz, and Dairy Queen.
On Wednesday morning, Officer Shaw watched as students arrived at school along Maple Ave. He was checking to see if anyone driving a vehicle was using their cell phone. In Ohio, it is illegal for anyone under 18 to use a wireless device in any manner while operating a motor vehicle, including phone calls, even if using bluetooth connectivity. We are happy to report that not one student was observed using their cell phone on Wednesday morning.
Sharon and Rick Baker of Kelli's CRUSADE spoke with some of our classes on Tuesday about the importance of educating teen drivers and joined out lunch periods in the cafeteria to share their information. They also allowed students to sign up for the chance to be awarded a free course in winter driving skills, which will be held next school year.
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles was in our cafeteria on Thursday. They were available to answer questions that the students may have about driver's license law. They also brought along educational material as well as temporary permit testing study guides and information.
Our very own Geauga County Safe Communities Coalition also joined us in the cafeteria during lunch periods on Thursday. They brought along "drunk goggles" and other materials to educate our students on the dangers of impaired and distracted driving. They even had a prize wheel for the students to "spin and win".
Ravenwood: Free Screening TODAY
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.
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.
Congratulations to the members of the Chardon Science Olympiad teams. They participated in the annual Ohio Science Olympiad State Competition, held at The Ohio State University on April 28, 2018. We are pleased to share the news that Chardon’s Division B team, representing grades 6-9, won the sixth place trophy. The Division C team, representing grades 9-12, placed 13th.
Competition in Ohio is tough. Over 4900 students from 331 teams representing school districts throughout Ohio competed in Regional tournaments to qualify for spots at the State Tournament. Chardon students were among the over 1600 students who traveled to the Ohio State University campus for the state finals.
Individual Medal Winners in Division B (grades 6-9)
2nd Place: Aerial Scrambler - Evan Germ and Michael Oh
2nd Place: Herpetology – Brady Williams and Nathan Eads
3rd Place: Rocks and Minerals – Owen Vokoun and Ethan Fuerst
3rd Place: Solar System – Daniel Brill and Sebastian Marker
3rd Place: Thermodynamics – Zane Kuhnle and Daniel Brill
3rd Place: Towers – Daniel Brill and Jason Watson
4th Place: Crime Busters – Paige Yamamoto and Zane Kuhnle
6th Place: Meteorology – Brady Williams and Noah Muñoz
Individual Medal Winners in Division C (grades 9-12)
3rd Place: Mousetrap Vehicle – Alex Schragal and John Ellington
3rd Place: Rocks and Minerals – Asher Vokoun and Christen Niedzielski
4th Place: Detector Building – Josh Campbell and Will Kurtz
4th Place: Remote Sensing – Drew Williams and Heather Humbert
Thank you for your continuing support of Chardon Science Olympiad. (Photos)
There is NO Hiding our core values
Please read this amazing article written by Kristi Garabrandt of The News-Herald who took the time to spend her day with our students and staff members. I am so proud of the work of our students and teachers who recognize the good in all of our students---and express the essential values that they have as members of our school community modeling our core values!
By Kristi Garabrandt, The News-Herald
>> PHOTOS: Chardon Students community service at Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow
The 40 students from the high school’s Guided Study Program, the Chardon Academy and the freshman baseball team, accompanied by teachers Sharon Zdesar, Christy Tyminski and Dan Dinko, also a coach, worked at getting Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow ready for the summer Christmas season. They pulled down an old wood post and wire fence around the property and laid out the pieces of vinyl that will be a new fence, even after the rain started.
Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow, located in Middlefield, is a nonprofit organization that provides a final Christmas for terminally ill children and their families.
“I think it’s fantastic (the students helping). We are getting ready for a very busy Christmas summer. We open this up to give families of children who are critically ill the chance to celebrate Christmas one last time as a family. Their child may pass before Christmas, so this gives them a chance to have memories and good thoughts of what was,” said the owner of Santa’s Hide-A-Way Hollow, who refers to himself as Santa Claus.
“(The students) are helping us get ready. We are coming out of the winter doldrums. Branches are down, grass needs to be cut, everything is sloppy,” the property owner said.
He also credited the students with doing a tremendous job, despite the cold and the rain, and said that he appreciated all the work they have done.
Dinko said he picked this location for the community service project after reading about it on the internet.
Dinko told about the first time he was there with students from the football team two years ago and they had been working on painting and staining fences, digging and raking.
He recalled the students spent most of the day working and not really understanding what the place was about until toward the end of the day when they were about done.
The students complained about ruined clothes and shoes, but once it was explained to them the purpose behind of the Hide-A-Way and who it served, it pretty much changed everything with the students, he said.
Dinko told the students before they began working to think for a second and be grateful for what they have.
“Maybe they are not the best students at times and maybe there are things going on in their life, but it can’t be anything close to what young kids that are terminally ill have to experience, and as a parent, I can’t even imagine having to go through something like that as well, so that is why we chose the place,” Dinko said.
Joey Cloonan, a 10th-grader, said he thought it was fun and better than school.
Ninth-grader Bobby Kosie said he enjoyed helping out and that the Santa seemed like a really nice guy.
“I think that it’s a good thing for people to do to boost their morale,” Bobby said.
“I find it nice to have the community and local schools to come out and help with this,” said Deleyney DiFranco, a ninth-grader. “It kind of helps get kids to do nicer things if they are, like, not in the best spot.”
According to Dinko, the last thing he told students as they got off the bus afterward was, “What they did today was more important than any online class, any assignment or test they had to complete and any baseball game they would play in.”
Photos courtesy of Sharon Zdesar
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.
Announcing an amazing travel and learning/leadership opportunity...
2019 London & Davos, Switzerland Global Leadership Summit - 13-day Adventure
JULY 6-15th, 2019
Information Meeting this Thursday, May 10th
7:00pm in CHS media center
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.
2018-2019: CHS Bell Schedule
Throughout 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!