Leading by Example
This week, I had the opportunity to go back to my roots.
For the past six years, I have served on the administrative team. I love every second of what I do at Chardon High School and I am deeply humbled at the direction we are moving. Every day is a new experience for us with 1,200 students and 112 staff members in the building. The focus on our mission is the heart of our daily decisions through a lens of our core values.
We have accomplished so many extraordinary tasks that build upon and refines the treasured traditions and outcomes of being a graduate of Chardon High School. Yet, the best experiences are the ones that take me back into the classroom.
This week, I had the opportunity to teach inside of Mr. Mizen's Principle of Leadership course to his 8th-grade section. One of the best feelings is to collaborate, lead, and serve students in the most impactful way as an educator. The lesson was on the essential role of leadership versus the important role of being a follower. Listening and drawing real life inferences into the lesson provided thirty minutes of our mission in action.
The next day, I found myself co-teaching a lesson in AP World History with Mr. Fronk. This lesson dug deep into the standards of language, culture, and impact on the Judeo world within the greater context of the world that we live in. I am not sure if the students were mesmerized that I could read and write Hebrew, or the fact that the language and culture plays a bigger role than they once perceived.
Teaching is my passion. My purpose is to serve and inspire others to find theirs in any capacity that I can encounter students and staff. Wow, do I love what I do --and completely love the shared vision that our educators present in their arenas of learning.
Teachers encapsulate so many roles each day. They are not only licensed educators--they are counselors, caretakers, facilitators, leaders, guides, planners, collaborators, reinforcers, statisticians, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters; a vessel of knowledge and experiences who serve and are often underappreciated.
Multiple that a few times with a few other roles and you could write this blog for the small audience of weekly readers.
2018 Homecoming Court
Important GMAIL Communication: 8-12 (Ages 13+)
More and more, our teachers are using digital resources to deliver curriculum and instruction–and better meet the needs of our learners. To facilitate communication and sharing in the classroom, the District issued Google Apps for Education accounts to all students in grades K-12 approximately five years ago. Additionally, students across the district have personal access to Chromebooks in their classrooms. Furthermore, students in grades 6-12 have a district provided Chromebook to use at home and at school.
Google Apps and Chromebooks offer a set of web-based tools that includes email, calendars, websites, and documents designed to improve collaboration and learning. These district provided Chromebooks have numerous filters to create a secure and safe access to digital content. At the elementary and middle school levels, student GMAIL accounts are restricted; they can only communicate with teachers and other students with @chardon.us addresses. Next week, students in grades 8-12 (ages 13+) will see their GMAIL specific accounts have fewer restrictions in order to communicate with colleges, businesses, and utilize the tools set forth inside of Naviance (a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness tool that we use at CHS).
Each year, our students are limited in their abilities to communicate to these agencies due to the restriction held inside of the high school domain. If you are uncomfortable with this access, please communicate to us by today, September 14, and we will not open this function inside of your son(s)/daughter(s) account.
The full functionality of GMAIL will open by Friday, September 14. We are very mindful of COPPA regulations which impose certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and we respect parent/guardian concerns pertaining to the adjustment to GMAIL.
Of course, security and privacy are very important to us. So is transparency. We hope you’ll take some time to learn more about the digital tools your student may use in school, and how their data are protected. Digital citizenship and internet safety are part of our instruction at every grade level, but it is important to continue the conversation at home. We encourage you to talk to your student about what they do online, appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, expectations, and healthy practices.
Please visit this site for tips to help keep your children safe online.
We’re excited about the new opportunities our students and teachers now have to make connections, learn, and grow.
One of the ways that we record school data and outcomes is through our school profile. Each year, our counselors collect information and document data points that work as a companion to when the state report card comes out by the state. Furthermore, our district puts together a quality profile that adds further qualitative and quantitative outcomes for our families. Take some time to see the great information enclosed.
The Week in Images
Enclosed are images from Mrs. Clements Art class. Students are working on 3D driftwood art sculptures. Also, enclosed are images from Dr. Schneider's Topper Time.
Today the 8th grade AHLI team gathered to harvest the garden they planted last spring. They took home all kinds of delicious produce to their families.
The 8th grade English I Honors students walked to Park Elementary to make books for the kindergarteners
Important Message: PSAT/PreACT--October 10, 2018
Testing Schedule dates that this will be implemented:
Wednesday, October 10 (Red) (PSAT/Pre-ACT) the next day connects- Thursday, October 11 (Black)
Whether you are planning on college, a technical school, the military, or you are just not sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program can put you on the right path towards a satisfying career.
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help you take steps now toward finding a career that’s right for you. You can benefit from the ASVAB CEP regardless of your plans for after high school.
CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:30 am. Sign up in Guidance to take advantage of this exclusive career exploration today!
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.
Geauga Lyric Theater Guild: Sponsored CHS Drama Club for Grade 8 & 9
WEEK OF 9-20-18 LUNCH MENU
Popcorn Chicken Bowl
Spicy Chicken Sandwich
Build your own!!!
Pizza Hut Pizza!!
Chicken Club Sandwich
On Pretzel Bun
MTO salads and Sandwiches
With Penne Pasta
Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwich
MTO salads and Sandwiches
Pineapple Bacon Pizza
Steamed Broccoli Spears
With Marinara sauce
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
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. Lots of interest in Chardon Goes to the Musicals; tickets are selling. Les Miserables is due to Munson PTO by 9/25/18.
Douglas Murray, Principal