Second Verse-Same as the First!
The beginning of the school year is always filled with activities such as orientations, class meetings, navigating new routes, classes...all to set up the new normal. Can you believe that we are concluding week two already?! There are so many amazing things that our staff and students were accomplishing this week towards the mission of our school district of high achievement for ALL students where learning is our most important work.
If you are unaware of this blog called the Week in Reflection, the purpose of this communication is to share with everyone all the work happening at CHS each week from a principal's perspective. This newsletter is a very therapeutic (and time-consuming) reflection of all the things that I see each week.
You will see photographs, short reflections, opportunities, and event information. I am not an author. I am just a simple man that loves what I do...I love kids and want to help each child find their purpose. In this Week in Reflection, you will read and see so many wonderful opportunities and experiences that show the engagement of our students and staff within our mission.
Meet the Toppers!
One of our most treasured traditions at Chardon High School is the seasonal Meet the Toppers evening. Last Monday, we celebrated the students and coaches who are just beginning their season. What a beautiful night and perfect way to celebrate our community!
All School Assembly
On Tuesday, Officer Derek Carlson presented to Chardon High School students regarding the dangers of sexting, how to handle peer pressure, and the importance of self respect. Throughout the presentation, Chardon Police Chief, Scott Niehus, motivated the students about making good choices. Other presenters included Natalie Harper, and Jim Flaiz of the prosecutors office along with representatives from NAMI who spoke to the students about mental health and the importance of talking to a trusted adult. The presentation was powerful and well received by both the students and staff. Enclosed is the presentation.
On Thursday, Pastor Photography and many parent assistants photographed 1,214 students in attendance and over 100 staff members! Also, our district nurses and SLP's provided hearing and vision screening to over 500 students! Special thanks to our secretaries who organized this monumental event along with all of our photographers who worked a very long day at CHS.
Open House: Monday, August 26 @ 6:00
Open House: Meet the Teachers
The purpose of this evening is for meaningful interactions with our parents. Parents will follow their student's schedule.
Parents: please follow your student's schedule by logging into Infinite Campus and clicking on the schedule tab. We are encouraging students to write down their schedules or having their parents print a copy. Adults and students will assist parents navigate the building.
Teachers will have (9) minute classes to go through expectations, curricular goals, and answer questions The bell will ring with a (4) minute passing time. Parents will follow their son(s) and/or daughter(s) schedule. Throughout the evening, parents may head to the cafeteria to enjoy refreshments, and learn more about clubs and activities.
6:00-6:03 (In 1st Period) PA Announcements
3rd: 6:29- 6:38
5th: 6:55- 7:04 (Only classes: No Topper Time/or Circuit)
6th: 7:08- 7:17
The Cafeteria will be open during all OFF periods.
Leadership Camp: August 30th
Chardon High School will be hosting a Leadership Camp at the United Methodist Church in Chardon. One hundred students are being selected to participate in this event. This camp is during Fair Day so school will not be in session. Elizabeth Newman- CHS '96, President and CEO of Circle Health Services and the Centers for Family and Children will be the Keynote speaker. Break-out speakers will include Melanie Scanlon- Executive Director Leadership Geauga, Kimm Leininger-President of Geauga Growth Partnership Inc, Principal Doug Murray and Chardon High School teachers Megan Wessels, Dan Robertson and Frank Hall. The selected students need to be at the Methodist Church at 7:30 am and can be picked up around 2:30 pm. There is a $10 fee due by August 28th, please make checks payable to the Chardon Board of Education. Lunch will be catered by Chipotle. Interested students should contact their coaches or club advisers to participate.
The Agenda includes:
7:30 am Students arrive
7:30-7:45 Light Breakfast
7:45-8:05 Ice Breaker: Ball Pit (Deck of Cards) Spades, numerical: Activity (Led by Holly Mihalek)
The Theme for the Round table presentations will be “What made you the Leader that you are today?
8:05-8:25 Presenter 1: Doug Murray
8:25-8:45 Presenter 2 Dan Robertson
8:45-9:05 Presenter 3 Megan Wessels
9:35-9:55 Presenter 4 Frank Hall
9:55-10:15 Presenter 5 Kimm Leininger
10:15-10:35 Presenter 6 Melanie Scanlon
10:35-10:50 Questions and Answers for Panel
10:55-11:10 Trust Walk
11:15- Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Newman '96
11:45 Food Delivered
Activities and Reflection
1:30-2:30 Club meeting and planning
CHS World Languages teacher Mrs. Kristen Niedzwiecki is hosting a parent informational meeting for a student adventure travel opportunity that she is leading in June 2020. The Greece Adventure is open to ALL CHS students. The upcoming informational meeting will cover:
Attention 9-12th grade students, if you are interested in expanding your political knowledge, meeting new people, and learning about global issues, consider joining Model UN.
Model United Nations Club is a great way to improve your research, public speaking, debate and leadership skills. And it looks really good on a college application!
We are having our first meeting Thursday, August 29th right after school in room 210. See Mrs. Niedzwiecki, Peter Robie or Jack Sweet for more information. Check out the short videos explaining what Model UN is all about!
Cleveland Council on World Affairs Model UN video
Shining Star CLE 2019
Congratulations to the Top 10 Finalists and two Alternates-- including Chardon's own Maddie Houser!
Be sure to Save the Date, September 22, 2019, for our Finals Performance & Competition at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. Buy your tickets here.
Stay tuned as the excitement of Shining Star CLE 2019 continues to unfold!
Work Permit Instructions
Obtain an application for a minor work permit in the school office.
Student will return the completed form with one of the valid forms of ID. Mrs. Sprinzl will process the application.
Please allow 24 hours turn around on work permits.
Art Piece of the Week: Solána by Halle Parrish, Grade 12
Service of the Week
Earlier this week a group of Chardon Rotarians invited our students to assist in keeping Chardon looking beautiful by cleaning up the trash along route 44. The Interact club, which is sponsored by Chardon Rotary, were able to invite 14 students to assist in this endeavor. Eric Hollinger, a Chardon Rotarian coordinated this project.
After Prom is looking for help
Twitter- Follow @chs_dmurray and @chardonhs
Remind 101- Text @TopperUp to the following number 81010
Chardon High School Google Calendar
Chardon Athletics Sports Calendar
Chardon Athletics Website
Video Announcements: Link for the Morning Announcements
Chardon High School: Program of Study
Chardon High School Bell Schedule
Google Document of our bell schedule
Chardon High School Student Handbook
Teacher Resources for CHS Students ( LIVE by the 1st quarter)
August 26, 2019: 6:00-7:30 PM OPEN HOUSE: Meet the Teachers/Mini-Class Night
August 30, 2019: No School--Fair Day--FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal