Community is the heart of who we are at Chardon. There are so many things that make our school a phenomenal place to learn and to work...the most cherished is the community experience. One of the most memorable feelings that I have is talking to parents in an assembly and asking how many of them are graduates. The amount of hands raised, roaring cheers and smiling faces creates an extraordinary experience for a fellow graduate. Our staff members who are members of a graduating class love the feeling as well. We express to many people that there is something so special at Chardon: Our Community.
We have a community that we all call home. As educators, we have developed so many partnerships and deepened relationships with local businesses, graduates, first responders, and local leaders (many who are also graduates) and we are connected to a single bond- Chardon is our home.
Community is our highest value that we live, experience, and model for every student, staff member, graduate, parent, and guest. Schools often share with us how wonderful and pleasant our students are along with honoring them for local and national achievements in scholastic, athletic, and service accomplishments.
We are Chardon. We are historically known as hardworking, community-driven, the heart of the snow belt, and the crown of the Maple Festival. We pride ourselves with the simple things of life. We live our lives with a purpose. Our values guide generations of children that focus on one simple truth: That All children matter.
Within our community, leaders and families spent their time on cherished traditions and values that teach the whole person. From liturgical services to local and national servant leadership organizations, our students take pride in their citizenship near and far.
We are Chardon. For over 200 years, our focus has centered on children. From small school houses to brick buildings- we have never wavered from our focus towards educating the whole person.
It is amazing to see how far we have come; not to mention how far our vision will take us...but one thing is steadfast. When our children grow into adulthood and head off to college or their careers--they know where they come from. With pride, men and women of all ages are proud to say “We are from Chardon.”
What makes us different? What makes the Chardon Heart tick? There is no easy answer that will dictate a clear response. But, there are common values that you will hear:
From the moment students walk into their first class to the moment they graduate with their diplomas in hand, Chardon strives to offer them more. More encouragement, more learning, and more opportunity. That’s what Chardon is all about—helping students achieve personal success on their way to college and meaningful careers.
I am so grateful to Mr. Mizen and Mr. Brown who spent countless hours to organize this meaningful and powerful event for our students to learn, lead, collaborate, and plan for the many events this year!
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
Madeline McDonald: Gold Award Project
Hello, my name is Madeline McDonald, I’m a senior at Chardon and I am currently working on my Gold Award for Girl Scouts. The Gold Award for Girl Scouts is the equivalent to the Eagle Scout for Boy Scouts. For my Gold Award I am installing a handrail at Chardon Memorial Field at the East side entrance of the stadium. At the East side entrance of the stadium there is currently a steep hill that can be hard for handicapped, injured or elderly people to walk up or down.
My project adviser, Kim Vujaklija, first introduced this idea to me last fall telling me that it would be very beneficial for my mom and her dad. For those of you who don’t know my mom, Amy, has Huntington’s Disease, which is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Huntington’s Disease is said to be a mix of Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and ALS. Since my brother, Alex, plays football we are at the football stadium very often and it can be difficult to walk my mom up or down the hill by myself.
I am currently working with Chardon Welding to fabricate the handrail. A group of volunteers and I will be installing the handrail at the stadium once it is complete. If you would like to assist with the expenses of the handrail, please make checks payable to G.S.N.E.O. Troop 70563 and on the memo line write Madeline McDonald - Gold Award. Please send checks to P.O. Box 982, Chardon, OH 44024. Thank you all so much for your support!
Keaton Ziegenfuss Gives Back
My goal this year is to raise $1000 + for kids with Pediatric Cancer. I have not dealt with any cases of pediatric cancer within my friends or family but, I have dealt with cancer through my life, like my grandfather. You may donate as little or much as you want, and it works like this. For every point I score in a game. Whether it be 6 for a touchdown, 3 for a field goal, or 1 for an extra point. You pledge (x) amount of money per point. For instance, in a game I kick one field goal and 2 extra points, that is 5 points. If you agree to pledge 1 dollar per point, you donate 5 dollars to children's pediatric cancer.
As the school year begins and the Labor Day weekend approaches, so does The Great Geauga County Fair!
Many Chardon students participate in the fair as they show their Achievements in raising animals, cooking, crafting, and agriculture. It is a phenomenal time to see the talents of our great Chardon students!
Did you know another Chardon Group makes an annual trip to fair? For the past few years, Mrs. Amanda Bunker has taken advantage of The Great Fair to teach her students valuable life skills. Skills such as following a schedule, reading a map, managing money, and communication with public officials. These life skills are practiced in the most fun way as the students get to enjoy French fries, fair shows, and those delicious milkshakes!
Thank you to Mrs. Bunker, Mrs. Beran, Mrs. Carney, Mrs. Ischay, and the awesome Chardon Transportation department for making this life skills learning trip possible for our students!
Ryan Bandiera, Assistant Principal (A-L)
On behalf of my family and myself, I hope that you have enjoyed a restful and relaxing summer! As I embark on my third year at Chardon High School and twenty-fifth in education, I am particularly grateful for all of my blessings in my life, and am eager to see where we will go together, as a school community this school year. Let us begin this school year the same way we begin every day with our students, grounded in the core values of Chardon High School. With that being stated, I am committed to providing academically challenging programs and activities in which all students can achieve their potential; providing students an educational foundation that fosters intellectual, academic, and vocational growth; creating a safe and respectful learning environment in which student diversity is recognized and appreciated; maintaining communication with parents, students, staff and community; and being a positive role model for our students.
Through strong leadership, Chardon High School has an established tradition of excellence. Chardon High School is proud of our heritage and it is essential to carry on the traditions and represent CHS in a first-class manner. As a student at CHS, you have the opportunity to leave a lasting, positive impact in our community!
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me for any assistance.
Douglas Higham, Assistant Principal (M-Z)
CHS is going to Greece in June 2020!
This amazing adventure to Athens and a Greek Islands cruise is open to ALL CHS students and their families. If you would like more information, please contact Mrs. Kristen Niedzwiecki at email@example.com See the attached presentation with details from the informational meeting. Enroll today to reserve your spot & lock in your price as it does go up as it gets closer to the departure date.
Piece of the Week
"Fire Made Flesh" by Agostino Rosace, Grade 10
Image of the Week
Students in Dr. Schneider's AP Environmental Science course surveying the streams adjacent to the tennis courts.
Financial Aid Night
This is an exciting year for you and your son/daughter but along with that comes many questions and decisions. We are here to help guide you through this process. The guidance office is hosting two upcoming events to assist with this process and answer questions about the process.
We have been into all senior English classes to review procedures for seniors and provided them with guidance as well. If your son/daughter does not have English at the high school he/she will need to attend a make-up session. Please contact the Guidance office.
LEAF will be starting Friday 9/9 and will be here every Friday. Stephanie Kubec is our representative this year and she will meet with every senior. She is also available to meet with parents as well. You can schedule a meeting with Stephanie by calling the guidance office at 440-285-4060.
Important reminders from Guidance:
1. Any seniors who have not attended a meeting about Naviance need to contact their guidance counselor immediately.
2. Parents please remind seniors to log in to their senior classroom often as announcements are posted on a regular basis.
3. The schedule of college reps visiting here is also in Naviance when students log in.
4. Upcoming college fairs: Lakeland - 9/29
CHS School Counselors
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)
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
A time to share resources and stories in an effort to shed light on this highly taboo and stigmatized topic. We use this month to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal idealization to treatment services. It is also important to ensure that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention.
We hope you can join us for Growth Through Grief: Finding Hope and Healing After Suicide and Other Trauma hosted by DeJohn Funeral Homes & Celebrations Center. Event details below.
See the full suicide prevention awareness article with resources from NAMI National HERE!!
Friday Night Lights