In recent weeks, I have shared numerous communications about our purpose in coming together as a league to provide support to all of the athletic programs in the Houston Independent School District. Now, we are moving into phase two of our action plan. Beginning this weekend, all patrons may help raise funds for our WRC Challenge by purchasing a "Faith+Hope+Love" shirt at any league game. All proceeds will go directly into our WRC Challenge account. Over the next several weeks, we will sell these shirts at all WRC games, schools, and lunch periods until they are sold out. Special thanks goes out to our sponsors, WRC leadership, along with Jennifer Bender and Kate Zmarzly for their efforts in challenging all of us. Please consider supporting us, or providing a goodwill donation at the game, or any Huntington Bank using the account: WRC Challenge.
Additional thanks to Billy Jelenic, of Kingdom Apparel, Inc (a former student of mine) who was able to print 2,000 shirts this week!
Thank you to Mark Podolski and Nate Barnes who covered our outreach programs. Click on their names to read the articles and watch the short video from Nate Barnes.
It is hard to believe that we are in Homecoming Week. The amount of time, effort, and creativity that celebrates such an important time in the life of a high school student is coming together this week. We are so grateful for Student Council Moderators, Mrs. Carrie Korenke and Mrs. Shannon Dalton along with their remarkable student leaders for collaborating on the themes for each day! For months, the students have been planning and creating the backdrop effects for this evening. Walking the halls this week, it was great to see the students engaged in labs, collaborative experiences, facilitation, working though various labs, and engaged in school spirit! Did you miss our assembly? Check it out here. Want to watch the Homecoming Videos? Check them out here. The culmination of Homecoming week is reaching the apex. Who will win from the Homecoming Court? Students will find out who is Homecoming Queen at 6:40 PM the night of the game. The king will crowned at the Homecoming Dance.
The homecoming parade is Friday, September 15th. Each class will be creating a float. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. and will head west on Chardon Ave., South on North St., East on Allynd Blvd. and north on Maple.
Our Homecoming Dance provides the opportunity for students to come together as a community to celebrate our school. This dance, which is moderately formal, creates an inclusive evening for all of our students to socialize, dance, and celebrate our new king and queen of CHS.
Years of collaborative leadership between the students and staff have created norms for the evening. The core value that will be our focal point surrounds: Community, and Respect.
We have a treasured community at Chardon. We pride ourselves on our inclusive values and respecting self and others. Staff, Administration, and local officers will be present to provide a safe, and secure school environment. The dance is from 7-11 pm. Students must bring their ticket and check-in prior to entering the dance floor. Students will receive wrist bands to indicate their recorded attendance and to work as reminder for the students of our dance contract that they signed either at the beginning of the year (digitally) or prior to purchasing the tickets. Likewise, our adult chaperones will be proactively visible throughout the evening for the students.
National Merit Semifinalists
Congratulations goes out to Andrew Williams, Drew Cressman, and Asher Vokoun for qualifying as Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program. As one of approximately 16,000 high school seniors who are Semifinalists, he has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships to be offered next spring. What an outstanding accomplishment for these young men!
Andrew Williams is a Senior involved in Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, Math Club, Model UN, Soccer, and Tennis. He plans to major in Engineering.
Drew Cressman is a Senior involved in National Honor Society (Vice-President of Service), Free Harmony, Jazz Band, Soccer (Co-Captain), and Tennis. He plans to major in Engineering.
Asher Vokoun is a Senior involved in Science Olympiad, Math Club (President), Creative Writing Club (President), National Honor Society, Daily Announcements (Anchor), Envirothon, and Model UN. He plans to major in Chemical Engineering.
Designing and Innovating Through High Yield Instructional Strategies
Students in Mrs. Kolcum's ELA course are battling inside of a Bracket Challenge as they study To Kill A Mockingbird
In Advanced Art, students prepare to wow the viewers at this year's Lakeland Art Show with large scale portraits created by layering words to show value!
Art Fundamentals class put their math and geometry skills to the test by applying them to life to create 1-point and 2-point perspective studies! BOOM!
Art Fundamental students study the work of tattoo artist Mo Ganji to create minimalist drawings using ONE CONTINUOUS LINE!
Mr. Hauber will be taking over a booth at this year's Dinofest! This event will be taking place at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Saturday, Nov 11th. The day is filled with lectures and presentations by leading paleontologists and paleoartists. Mr. Hauber's table will feature his own dinosaur artwork, and kid friendly activities with 'how to draw a dinosaur' worksheets and a 'create your own dinosaur and draw it' game! Come explore! See Mr. Hauber for details
Stream quality monitoring at Big Creek
Mr. Mizen is putting his students to the test. Students are monitoring stream quality right off the property of Chardon High School just like many graduates just like myself. The new bell schedule allows students the opportunity to dig deeper into their learning without the rush of a next class. I have sat in this class several times this year to see how Mr. Mizen has unfolded his backwards design teaching strategies. Students are learning biology with their hands, senses, and exploration.
So what is stream quality monitoring?
Small aquatic organisms (macroinvertebrates) are collected from a stream and surveyed to determine which types are present and how frequently they occur. The organisms are returned to the water and the data are used to determine the health of that portion of the stream.
Macroinvertebrates are highly effective barometers of a river's health because they have varying tolerances of pollution. Surveying the presence, quantity, and diversity of macroinvertebrates can indicate potential problems.
The monitoring process includes seining the same portion of a river 3 or 4 times a year, logging water and weather conditions, and counting macroinvertebrates. The macroinvertebrate survey data is entered into an assessment form and a score is determined for the site. This scoring technique is called the cumulative index value and it helps determine if the quality of the site seined is excellent, good, fair or poor.
Because SQM doesn't require any chemical analysis, biological monitoring is a simple and cost-effective method of testing a stream's health.
Shining Star CLE
Kirstin Henry is a top 10 finalist in the inaugural season of Shining Star CLE, a solo-singing competition for high school students in Northeast Ohio. She will compete for one of four college scholarships and perform on stage at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square on Sunday, October 22, 2017! Additionally, the high school music department of the $10,000 first place winner will win a bonus prize of $2,500! We are SO proud of you, Kirsten!
Parents/Guardians of Sophomores and Juniors:
Chardon High School will be offering the PSAT/NMSQT on Saturday, October 14th. The test will take place at the high school (students will check-in in the lobby and will be directed to an assigned classroom to test) at 8:00 AM, with registration beginning at 7:30AM. This test is a great opportunity to practice and gain experience for a college admissions test (i.e. ACT, SAT, etc.) that incorporates a scholarship component through the National Merit Scholarship Program. By taking the test as a Junior, students are eligible to be entered into various scholarship programs, as well as being recognized at higher education institutions based on their performance (for a full list of scholarship programs and the benefits of the National Merit Scholarship Program, please visit www.nationalmerit.org).
To register, you may pick up a copy of the registration form beginning Monday, September 18th, in the guidance office, from Mrs. McBride (the lady in the window), or you can use the copy attached to this letter. Simply fill out the form and return it, along with your payment to the Building Clerk, Mrs. McBride by Friday, September 22nd. The cost this year is $20.00. The “Student Guide to Taking the PSAT” will be handed out once the registration form and payment is turned in (please be sure to read this over, as it has information on what you can and cannot bring to the test). If your student is considering or planning to go to college, we strongly recommend they plan to take the PSAT. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org, PSAT coordinator.
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. These are available 9/6 at 8:15 am and 9/6 at 1:00 pm or by contacting the guidance office.
LEAF will be starting Thursday 9/7 and will be here every Thursday. 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 - October 1st from 12:00-3:30pm and John Carroll University is hosting one on October 12th from 6:30-8:00pm
CHS School Counselors
The Hilltop Echo
Giant Eagle: Apples for Students
A million miles a second. That is the phrase that I can articulate for this week! Phew, it was a busy one and we are just rounding third and heading Home! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the game, the dance, or a sporting/school event soon! Go Toppers! How about them Tribe!