State Report Card and Quality Profile
The Ohio Department of Education released the 2018 State Report Cards for all Ohio Districts and Schools on Thursday, September 13, 2018. This is the first time that an overall grade is being assigned to districts with Chardon Local Schools earning a grade of B. In addition, we have issued our district Quality Profile - a companion document that provides additional information concerning district programs, activities, and accomplishments of the students and staff that offer additional insight into the exceptional educational opportunities for students in our district.
Last week's release of the local report cards from the Ohio Department of Education provided affirmation of our work towards our mission: High achievement for all students, where learning is our most important work.
While the local report card is but one measure of the effectiveness of our district, it does provide comprehensive data to note the overall alignment of our academic programming.
There were several specific areas of the report card to applaud:
These achievements, and others inherent in the increase in our Performance Index, were a direct result of each of your concentrated efforts to align curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Our purposeful engagement of high yield instructional strategies realized marked gains.
As we look to the future, we will continue to act to realize our mission as detailed with our strategic plan (Vision 2020). We must continue to relentlessly focus on the standards, collaborating to ensure that both our instructional and assessment practices are aligned with the standards. And we must continue to refine and implement purposeful interventions.
As a district leadership team, our principals and department chairs have been and will continue with the work of affirming power standards, and ensuring instructional and assessment alignment with those power standards. Our work within the construct of grade and subject-level PLCs will ensure the fidelity and efficacy of our work. Within those purposeful meetings, we focus on:
Through our focused and purposeful work, we will continue to realize high achievement for all students. Let’s celebrate our successes, and continue our work towards our mission.
National Merit Semifinalist
Congratulations to Isabelle LeMaster for qualifying as Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program. As one of approximately 16,000 high school seniors who are Semifinalists, she has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships to be offered next spring. We are so proud of all of Isabelle's accomplishments and look forward to all of the accolades that she will be offered this year at Chardon High School! Isabelle is not only an outstanding student-she is a dominant volleyball player. Isabelle embodies our core values at Chardon High School!
5:30 p.m. Float Line-up
5:45 p.m. Float Judging
6:00 p.m. Parade Start
6:40 p.m. Introduction of Court / Crowning of
Queen / Band Show
7:00 p.m. Kick-off: CHS Hilltoppers vs. Madison
7:00-11:00 p.m. HOMECOMING DANCE @ CHS
10:00 p.m. Crowning of King
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 will receive wristbands to indicate their recorded attendance and to work as a 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.
Homecoming tickets go on sale ONLINE starting next Monday, September 24th. The price of a homecoming ticket is $23.50. As stated earlier, students will need to sign to the terms of the dance contract at the time of purchase and anyone bringing a guest that does not attend Chardon High School will need to pick up a guest form and dance contract in student services. The dance is Saturday, September 29, from 7:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m. The homecoming king will be crowned at 10:00 p.m.
The homecoming assembly will take place in the C.H.S. gymnasium on Friday, September 28, at 8:44 AM in the morning. Parents and families of court members may attend the assembly.
The homecoming parade is Friday, September 28th. Grades 9-12 will be creating a float and the 8th-grade student council will march in the parade. 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. The homecoming queen will be crowned at 6:40 during the football pre-game. Please join us for this exciting evening!
Free Harmony visited Camp Asbury in Hiram, OH for their annual FH Camp experience. The CHS show choir comprised of 26 performers, spent the day building momentum for a successful year ahead. The day presented intense rainy weather, so indoor alternatives were adopted. Students participated in a variety of team challenges and initiatives. Students got to know each other better as well as ways that they can collectively work as a team. In the evening they were joined by some folk instrumentalists and contra dance instructor. The students always have a great time mingling will participating in some folk dances. We have a dynamic group of people this year, and we look forward to a great season of music making. Free Harmony auditions are held in May each year, in preparation for the following school year.
Appalachian Service Project
On Tuesday, seven of Chardon High School's top Leadership students had an opportunity to hone their skills at Geauga’s Woodland Park ropes course. Cam Holt, Grace Powell, Will Piotrkowski, Blue Veon, Catherine Condon, Annie Sweet, and Ryan Brown were selected from over 100 of their peers to participate in this life-changing event.
Last year, Project SALES, a service learning group that began as a grassroots effort among local educators, was looking to continue to build upon its success in helping develop young leaders whose focus is on service.
The mission of Project SALES is to provide an educational experience for high school students in Lake and Geauga Counties that allows them to explore local issues that impact them and their community, as well as how these issues fit into the larger context of the state of Ohio and beyond.
Last year 40+ students attended four days of leadership training that included: team-building, networking, service leadership, and strategic planning with a focus on solving a local issue or concern. In addition, students were required to either individually or collaboratively create an action plan to tackle this project and present the results to different boards of area organizations that supported their endeavors. Lastly, the students attended a week-long service project in Jonesville, Virginia, where they assisted the local population in necessary home improvements.
Mr. Mizen’s Honors Biology Class uses bubbles to represent the three types of survivorship curves. The bubbles represent the lifespan of an organism. Ecology is a key Ohio standard for the Air test.
Pie Your Mentor Day
Senior Mentors: Megan Pastva, Brian Horton, Grace Turk, Megan Danison, Isabelle LeMaster having some with their freshman last week during fun Friday. Thank you, Mrs. Newman, for capturing the fun for this week's edition of our newsletter.
AHLI: 8th Grade
AHLI field trip to learn about green energy. We visited two energy efficient homes and made homemade apple cider!
Images of the Week
Important Message: PSAT/PreACT--October 10, 2018
To Parents/Guardians of Sophomore and Junior students:
Chardon High School will be offering a unique College and Career Readiness morning this fall. On Wednesday, October 10th, all Junior and Sophomore students will be taking a practice version of a college entrance exam with the intent of giving your son or daughter the opportunity to experience these timed test, with the pacing and the question formatting, in order to provide you with information on areas to improve prior to taking the actual test. Testing will begin promptly at 7:20 AM (which results in no late-start on this morning for these students). Students need to plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early to locate their testing location and to be prepared to take the test.
Juniors will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT. This is a practice test for the SAT, an entrance exam that many colleges utilize to assess a potential student’s academic strengths and readiness for college. This test also has a scholarship component through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Juniors who score in the highest percentiles may be given the opportunity to advance in this scholarship program. Historically a test that we required students to register for, we chose to administer the test this year to all Juniors in an effort to enhance their opportunity to perform well in the spring on another nationally standardized test (the ACT, which will be given to all Juniors on February 26, 2019). This will also give all test-takers the opportunity to participate in the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students were assessed the typical registration fee at the beginning of the school year for this test ($16.00- the base price), in lieu of requiring a registration process. The results from the test can be used to determine if students are currently on track for college-level coursework and offers an interest inventory that gives students some additional tools to use when determining a future career.
Sophomores will be taking the PreACT. Another practice test, the PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading and science. This test, geared toward 10th grade students, can be used to predict future success on the ACT and offers an interest inventory that also provides students with a personalized view of interests and college and career alignment. Students were assessed $12.00- the fee that is charged by ACT to score their results, at the beginning of this school year.
Guidance will be visiting with Juniors in Government in the next couple weeks to complete pre-registration materials and will be given a packet that includes a practice test with information for test day. Sophomores will be notified of what to expect and bring on test day, as well. Both tests also give students the opportunity to opt in to college and scholarship search programs by providing their address and email address, so students should come prepared with an email address where they would like to receive notifications (if they would like to opt in to this service), as well as #2 pencils and a calculator for test day. Any questions or concerns about the test can be directed to Lacey Jacobs, School Counselor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lacey Jacobs, M.S.Ed.
Testing Schedule dates that this will be implemented:
Wednesday, October 10 (Red) (PSAT/Pre-ACT) the next day connects- Thursday, October 11 (Black)
Save the Dates:
Wednesday, October 3 (4:30-8:30 pm)
Thursday, November 1 (4:30-8:00 pm)
As you prepare your schedule, please click on the link below to sign up a timeslot for parent teacher conferences for Session 1 or 2
Important Information from NAMI
Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.
Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. In many cases, friends and families affected by a suicide loss (often called “suicide loss survivors”) are left in the dark. Too often the feelings of shame and stigma prevent them from talking openly.
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 ideation 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. NAMI is here to help.
Help promote awareness by sharing images and graphics on your website and social media accounts. Use #SuicidePrevention or #StigmaFree.
While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life.
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
Global Leadership Summit
Attention ALL CHS students (8-12th grades) and Families! There are still a few spots available for the JULY 2019 LONDON & STUDENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT in SWITZERLAND, one of the most unique and exciting travels and experiential learning adventures yet offered by CHS. This is a 10-day journey to explore the history, theater, and culture of London and collaboration with over 1500 students from around the world in Davos, Switzerland. This life-changing experience will be worth high school and possibly college credit. Our Superintendent, Dr. Michael Hanlon, went to Berlin, Germany this past summer to the 2018 Leadership Summit, and was overwhelmed by the amazing experience this could give our CHS students. PLEASE SEE KRISTEN NIEDZWIECKI at CHS with questions.
2019 London & Leadership Summit Presentation INFO.
Important Reminder: School Nurse
What is the truth about those vending machines at CHS?
I had a very informative and productive meeting with our Pepsi representative with my building secretary and our Chardon Food Service. The purpose of the meeting was two-fold. Understand and become more educated with all of the information that our Chardon Food Service has shared with us regarding USDA Regulations (especially at CHS with our vending options) and maximize on our opportunities with the machines that we contract with.
We collaborated on a plan to upgrade two of our machines with the "Hello Goodness" branding with more USDA approved options.
What was most eye-opening was the caffeine misnomers with the products that we provide. At the high school, we have an increased revenue with Mountain Dew Kickstart. At first glance, parents and some teachers were concerned with the potential caffeine intake with our students. Kickstart has 68 mg of caffeine versus Starbuck's Blonde Roast 's 475 mg, or Dunkin' Donuts Cappuccino's 233 mg---all products that make their way into the building each morning (prior to the school day).
Enclosed is a great reference guide to look over, along with a great link provided to us by Chardon Food Service.
We have a great relationship with Chardon Food Service. Our ladies provide nutritious and numerous options for our students that taste great while following all regulations necessary. It is important for our students and our parents to be mindful that open campus students cannot bring outside food (Subway, Arby's, etc) upon returning back to school. However, students may bring food from home, or packaged from leftover meals - i, e: leftover Congins, Subs, etc.
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. Lots of interest in Chardon Goes to the Musicals; tickets are selling. Les Miserables is due to Munson PTO by 9/25/18.
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal