Core Value: Community
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 who spent countless hours (beginning last Spring) to organize this meaningful and powerful event for our students to learn, lead, collaborate, and plan for the many events this year! We are really excited to involve the 8th grade student council at this event.
Leadership Day Agenda
Friday August 31st
Each club, group or sport are sending 5-8 students to represent their organization.
7:30 Students arrive
7:40-8:10 Light Breakfast
8:15-10:19 Ice Breakers followed by summation (Led by AC Leadership Students)
Ice Breaker events: (20 min)
10:25-11:25 Donald Wayne McLeod- Perception
11:30-12:15 Quadoba (delivered)
12:15-1:30 Breakout Sessions: each student picks 3 half hour sessions
Core Values- Bandiera
Compassion in Action- Murray
Embracing Difference- Jacobs
Leadership through empathy and compassion-Lichtinger/Grantham
Armelli- Overcoming Adversity
Holly Jacobson: Group Collaboration
Interpersonal Communications - Kristen Niedzwiecki
1:35 Voting: Top Leadership Member
1:35 Club Planning Time
Deepened Understanding: Tuesdays with Morrie
Our all school read, Tuesdays with Morrie, is the final lesson between a college professor, Morrie, and one of his long lost students and the author of the book, Mitch Albom. During each of these meetings, they discuss a different topic about life. These topics make up the content of the book and include death, love, culture, marriage, regret and the world we live in, among many others. The extraordinary lessons are transformative and life-giving to anyone who has read the message between the lines. Enclosed is an activity that Mrs. Kolcum shared with me that I wanted to include in this week's newsletter.
"I wanted to share a fun activity my kids did after reading Tuesdays with Morrie. They all wrote a letter to their own personal Morrie, thanking them for the positive impact they have had on their lives. Students then had the opportunity to mail the letters to these people, something that would hopefully make both of their days! Here are a few of the girls who chose to have their letter sent. I read through the letters and found them very sincere and personalized. The kids did a great job!"
What a powerful example of the values that we share at CHS. Well done, Mrs. Kolcum and all of the students!
Below is another example of the amazing work that our students produced in English. Mrs. Kaiser added a little technology to her students' work and Mitch Album wrote back on Twitter!
Moments this Week
English II students in Mr. Lichtinger's, Mrs. Newman's, and Ms. Tersigni's classes participate in a Gallery Walk in which they analyze images in order to tie in archetypes in literature to pop culture.
Physics investigating factors that affect velocity using matchbox cars.
Images of the Week
High Achievement for All Students Where Learning is our Most Important Work.
This mission statement for Chardon Schools was brought to life for students of Chardon High School this week. To begin the week, students in Mr. Lichtinger's English Classes extended their learning into the hallways (more specifically the ramp) at Chardon High School. They used this learning space to take a gallery walk and explore a variety of images posted by Mr. L. The students were provided time to write about these images and share their responses with their classmates. This experience was used as a preview for students digging into their first reading assignment of the school year.
When we focus on learning for all students, it is important to remember that learning looks different for all. In Mr. Hauber's Art Foundations class, students were challenged to think and draw creatively. Students were provided with multiple images and were asked to draw those images. The tricky part was that each student in the group was provided with a different drawing implement with a slight twist. A pen attached to a ruler for straight arm drawing, colored pencils taped together, drawing using your non-dominant hand, and drawing blind. All of these led to the images seen below.
Learning was also seen outside the walls of Chardon High School as Mrs. Bunker's class took their annual field trip to the Great Geauga County Fair. Students begin their learning before they even get on the bus when they plan out their Fair Food Menu, Map out exhibits to See, and Practice communicating with important adults you can meet at the Fair. Their preparation is put into action when they get to the fair. Students are broken into groups and spend the day learning at the fairgrounds. What was most impressive to see was the way some of Mrs. Bunker's youngest students greeted the Geauga County Sheriff Deputies and thanked them for their service. Another great example of how all Chardon Students are showing High Achievement.
ARRIVAL - Students are expected to arrive at school on time and be seated in class by 7:20 am. If a student is tardy to school, s/he is to report to the office with a note explaining the tardiness. Those students with early morning appointments who arrive late to school must bring verification of the appointment from the doctor. After signing in at the office, the student will report to class. All tardies will be recorded regardless of reason, with the exception of late bus arrivals or severe weather that causes a delay in attendance. Parents who drive students to school are responsible for their promptness. Drivers must make time adjustments to accommodate traffic delays and road conditions. Consequences will be given to the student regardless of the parent’s involvement in the tardiness (see Rule #9). A reasonable amount of time is allotted for students to travel from one class to the next. Students should be in their seats when the bell rings. Class tardies will be handled according to each teacher or building policy.
DISMISSAL - There are occasions when a student must leave school early for a medical appointment or some other business which cannot be scheduled outside the school day. When such an occasion occurs, the student must bring a note from home explaining the reason for the early dismissal and the time that the student will be picked up. The student should take the early dismissal note to the office before classes begin. When the student leaves the building, s/he must be signed out by a school official.
*Early dismissals cannot be handled by phone - must be in writing.*
Chardon High School
For students at Chardon High School (grades 8-12) being dropped off and/or picked up, the procedures remain the same as last year. Parents dropping-off/picking-up at Chardon High School enter the school campus via Maple Avenue, drive in front of the high school, and exit the campus via Memorial Drive onto Chardon Avenue.
Students at Chardon High School (grades 8-12) riding the school bus will enter the school building via the 200 hallway entrance (via the transportation compound). School buses will be staged for students in the afternoon in front of the high school, on Memorial Drive, and in the Alcan; and will exit the campus both via North Street and Memorial Drive.
Please be mindful of the following:
Attendance #: 440-285-4057 (press 1 for absences)
Parents and Guardians are able to report their child's absence, early dismissal, or late arrival using an automated voicemail system. PLEASE report your student's absence NO LATER than 9:00 am on the day of said absence. (Planned absences may be called in prior)
When reporting an absence, please be prepared to CLEARLY state the following:
Student's First/Last Name
Spelling of LAST Name
Date or Time of Arrival/Dismissal
Reason for Absence, Late Arrival/Early Dismissal
Parent/Guardian Reporter's Name
Infinite Campus - Annual Update; Parent
All households are asked to complete your annual update in Infinite Campus. This ensures that we have the most accurate information for your student and your household.
It is important to refresh this tab for mobile users to check grades, schedules, and classroom information.
School Nurse: An Important Message From Jan Hoffman
Attention Seniors! If you have not provided proof of vaccination for the meningitis vaccination you must do so by September 14 or you will not be able to attend school until such proof is provided. This is an Ohio mandate. If you are unsure whether you still need the vaccination please see Jan Hoffmann RN in the clinic.
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
Last year Munson PTO launched Munson Goes to the Musicals; discounted group tickets for Playhouse Square. We had tickets to four shows. With that, we sold over 200 tickets and had over 100 families participate. It doesn't cost the district any money, and is not meant as a fundraiser, simply an opportunity for Chardon families to experience the largest theater district in the USA outside of Broadway, for tickets as low as $20.
We have expanded the program this year and renamed it "Chardon Goes to the Musicals." We have reserved seats for all of the Broadway Series, as well as three of the additional shows. I already sent out a sneak peek to the people who participated last year and the feedback is very positive, with some tickets already sold.
Hello, Dolly! and Les Miserables have September deadlines. I will create a new order form for each show and email it to you. If you could please promote in your newsletter and/or music class, that would be great. Since I have a child at Munson, CMS, and CHS, it should be pretty easy for orders to get back to me. (I will work out a system with Park's front office to hold any envelopes.)
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and enthusiasm surrounding this. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
It was truly a fast week filled with learning and fun! Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends! See you on Tuesday!