It is in Giving that WE Receive
We live life in the fast lane. We have this to do, and that to do. We have work, dinner, tasks, activities, and games. With the hustle of life, it is important to pause and reflect on the simple things in life that are the extraordinary: Relationships
As we open the Week in Reflection, pause on the reality that at Chardon...education is more than facts. Education is a living, breathing, gift that we receive when we give. Take a moment to reflect not only on my words but the following image that paints that story of our purpose.
Chardon High School will continue to sell the final stack of shirts for the WRC Challenge. We sold over 500 shirts alone (150 more than we assigned) as a school and we cannot thank you enough for your support. We now have additional sizes that people have requested and we will sell those shirts at upcoming games. We are grateful for the work of all of the other schools, and our sponsors. Check out previous newsletters to see the press releases about our vision to re-build programs in Houston. We are certainly trendsetters. Chardon Middle School is adopting intermediate schools that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. In just over a week, Chardon High School has raised over $10,000!
Chardon Kicks Cancer
Cancer does not discriminate against age, race, gender or religious beliefs. The emotional and financial hardships can be overwhelming. The Chardon High School Boys and Girls Soccer teams collaborated together last weekend to help ease the financial hardship for local Chardon families currently battling cancer. Our students, patrons, and donors were able to raise nearly another $10,000!
Broadmoor Integrated Preschool held their picnic at Edward Walsh Park in Mentor late last week . Students from Chardon High School volunteered as buddies to help the children enjoy the playground, basketball, fishing and more.
Over the past five years, I have spoken at length about our core values. This year, we have made it a priority to expand and define what are the behaviors and outcomes that align to our values.
Mr. Bandiera and Mr. Higham met with the Principal Advisory Council (a group of student leaders) during Topper Time recently. Students created three small groups to discuss the importance of PBIS at Chardon High School. Each group was provided a copy of Value, Behaviors, Outcomes to build PBIS content level. Students emphasized key elements of document to discuss deeper at future meetings. Each student leader was provided a copy of the CHS PBIS Matrix to make individual suggestions. This past week, staff met with building administration in a flipped classroom model where staff had a little homework prior to the meeting.
Flipped Assignment: The focus for learning in that meeting was to refine the purpose and implementation of Chardon’s PBIS Program. Watch the TedxPSU video of James Franklin speaking on “Why We Need Core Values”. Reflect on his message in comparing our shared mission of articulating our core values at Chardon.
The work session for the staff was to build the behaviors and outcomes that we expect out of core values at Chardon High School. Enclosed is the template that the teachers used.
Nominating the Best: The Chardon Crazies
Cleveland.com is sponsoring a spirit contest. This week, I shared the following note with the committee selecting the most spirited school.
I want to nominate Chardon High School's premier student section in Northeast Ohio, The @chardoncrazies has the most spirited high school student section around. Chardon is known for its loving community, top notched educators, excellent academic outcomes, and inclusive student section. We are known for our simplicity, innovation, core values, and outreach in servant leadership.
At Chardon, we have faced adversity. We have defined our outcomes and will continue to refine our values to continue our mission as emulating what complete education is meant to serve.
The students entrust our educators as an extension of their families. In doing so, our educators empower our students to live their lives with a purpose. In Chardon, we understand the beauty of humility and outreach. Our cheerleaders spend countless hours creating an arena of school spirit that has redesigned an older structure into a culture of pure imagination. The main floor is covered with a scaled football field. Signs hang from all over the building encouraging all of our athletes. The pride of the red and black, #TopperUP, and our culture reminds the students of who we are...for WE ARE CHARDON. We are a little bit country and a whole lot of soul. We understand the values instilled by our families, community, and treasured tradition. What has transpired over the past several decades is the one and only premier student section that all conferences look to: The Chardon Crazies.
Oh, and we are Crazie...Crazy for our school. We believe that Topper Dogs are what energizes the spirit at 7:00 AM on game days. We are the school that has the drumline pounding through the halls on Fridays. We are known for dressing alike...often times to raise awareness for diseases, school outreach, patriotism, and school pride. We are known for wrapping our arms with other student sections, surrounding our team and band during the alma mater, raising the roof in the gym know as "the barn"...and our focus on unity. We are the Chardon Crazies. We are flattered and humbled that other schools want to be like us. Come and see us and at a game near you.
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Parent Teacher Night
Save the Date: Wednesday, October 4 (4:30-8:30pm)
As you prepare your schedule, please click on the link below to sign up a timeslot for parent teacher conferences for Session 1.
Mrs. Butala's Mission
We all love Mrs. Butala. She does unbelievable work in all of her Family and Consumer Science classes. This week she shares with all of you how her students are not only aligning to the standards, but our shared mission within our core values! If you see her this week, give her some much deserved love.
During the devastating hurricanes and tropical storms that dominated the news this month, the reality of the tragedy suffered by thousands of victims came closer to the students and staff at Chardon High School when Dr. Kelly Moran, principal of Maple Elementary, sent a note telling of a family who lost almost everything they owned when Hurricane Irma hit St. Maarten Island. The family, related to Dr. Moran, was evacuated from the Island and is staying temporarily in Chicago.
With support and help from many of the teachers at Chardon High School, students in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) classes joined in a drive to collect gently used clothing, toys, and money to help this family. Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the FCS Department shopped for new toys for each of the family’s three young children. The students also organized, packaged, and delivered the collected items for Dr. Moran to deliver to her relatives.
During this department effort to help a family in need, students experienced both unity and compassion as they worked together to help another. Our Chardon heart is with Dr. Moran’s family as they work to resettle and rebuild their lives.
Living on Your Own students Johnny Evans and Cameron Maroney invited Jon Dittich, CPA, Tax Account at Grant Thornton LLP, to our classroom to address the importance of understanding the relationship between finances and living independently.
Johnny had an opportunity to meet with Mr. Dittich before his class visit. Together, Mr. Dittich and Johnny researched online to compare the cost of living in Chardon to living in other areas of the United States. They created a lesson and a PowerPoint presentation titled “The American Dream”. Topics of their lesson included housing, transportation, budgeting, and career choices.
Isabella Byrne and Lindsey Leggett invited Ms. Amy Neumann, owner of Free Tech for Nonprofits, to our classroom. Ms. Neumann discussed the importance of writing a standout resume and preparing for an interview. Students will practice these real-life skills as they each write their own personal resume and then participate in mock interviews in class.
Students are learning they have valuable contacts within our community who are available and extremely willing to assist and help young people gather information to help them transfer to their next life phase once they graduate from high school.
The school counselors will be offering a college presentation on October 4th at 6:30 pm (this is a parent/teacher conference night) also in the presentation area of the media center. We will explain the process for requesting transcripts and review the timeline of activities for senior year. We will also demonstrate Naviance and the transcript release process. We will also review resources available to aid in the search process especially if your son/daughter is undecided.
Yearbook: Senior Pictures
SUBMISSION DEADLINE for senior pictures are Thursday, JANUARY 11, 2018Requirements for your senior picture:
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 ASAP. The submission date is now late. 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.
Global Citizenship Scholarship
If you have any questions about either of these opportunities, please contact:
Shining Star: Top 10 Kirsten Henry!
Have a phenomenal weekend with family and friends.