Pay It Forward
Kindness is a simple concept, yet so very impactful. It can make the world a better place by ending suffering at the hands of war, hunger, human rights violations, and injustice. It has the power to drastically improve our own well-being as well as that of our families, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. The very act of expressing graciousness to one another can make us more empathetic of other people’s hardships. Within the workforce, kindness towards one another can inspire employees to be more productive and make businesses more profitable. And within our communities, kindness contributes to safer and cleaner schools and neighborhoods.
Does the paragraph above sound a bit dramatic? Pay attention to how kindness has the ability to impact your life. Observe those moments when someone does something unexpectedly kind for you. How frequently does it happen? How does it make you feel? Does it transform your outlook on the day? We challenge you to commit a random act of kindness. Spend two minutes a day doing it for just three weeks. How does it make you feel? How does it make your recipients feel?
With very little time (even just two minutes a day) and very minimal effort we can transform a human being’s day, week, or even life. The return on investment is off the charts! How can something so simple and so easy have such a tremendous impact on others and ourselves?
Every act of kindness creates a ripple effect that spreads from person to person with no end in sight. Kindness is contagious like a disease in which the outcome is divinely beautiful.
On Monday, we celebrated the induction of our National Honor Society. The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Our ceremony was a beautiful reminder of how we value these pillars through the applied actions of our students. Sincere thanks and appreciation to Mrs. Lacey Jacobs for all of her work and service to NHS.
The Four Pillars of National Honor Society
Scholarship is characterized by a commitment to learning. A student is willing to spend the necessary time to cultivate his/ her mind in the quest for knowledge. This pillar can only be achieved through diligence and effort. Scholarship means always doing the best work possible, regardless of impending reward.
Service: The pillar of service can be reached in a variety of ways. The willingness to work for the benefit of those in need without compensation or recognition of any kind is a quality that is essential in NHS members. As a service club, the National Honor Society is highly concerned with giving its all to the school and community at large.
Leadership: Leaders take the initiative to aid others in a wholesome manner throughout their daily activities. Leaders sacrifice their personal interests in order to yield to the needs of others. Leaders need wisdom and self-confidence to affect change in all aspects of their lives. Some examples of leadership can include, but are not limited to, leading group activities in the classroom and in the community, being an officer in a club, being a primary member of the band or choir, or being the captain of a sports team.
Character: Character is what distinguishes one individual from another. It is the product of constant striving to make the right choices day after day. Students with good character demonstrate respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship in all of their actions.
For their second independent book for the year, sophomores in Mrs. Newman's English II classes are part of a Book Club. Students were given a choice of ten books based on their interests and split into groups. They are discussing the books over the month of February. As in any book club, discussion is made better by refreshments brought in voluntarily for their group. On Monday, they brought in props that related to their books and discussed key passages. Some of the favorite book choices were: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two by Joseph Bruchac, Payback Time by Carl Deuker, and The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I am so grateful to Mrs. Newman and her continuous passion to challenge students to live beyond the moment, to dream beyond what can be authored, and to believe in the power of literacy.
In Mrs. Kolcum's English I classes were given a choice of ten books based on their interests and split into groups. They are discussing the books over the month of February. The books include:
A Separate Peace
The Truth About Forever
An Abundance of Katherines
The Burn Journals
The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
The Other Wes Moore
A Child Called It
I Am the Messenger
Mrs. Kolcum's dynamic approach with students challenge them to go beyond the status quo and enlighten the students to live the truth, question the unknown , and become the author of their own destiny.
This week, the School Counselors and Administration collaborated in presenting to the students in grades 9, 10, and 11 the bell schedule and courses of study. Most of the students have heard messages like this before...but this year, the tone was different. As a school, we have many new offerings to share and a new framework to work within. It is truly exciting to be a Hilltopper. I am enclosing presentations from each grade level, along with sharing the presentation from our Curriculum Night.
I am so grateful to our School Counselors- Nikki Hetrick, Lacey Jacobs, and Tim Hurlbut for their efforts in refining the presentations.
Likewise, I am grateful for my amazing staff who sacrificed their time to showcase why a Chardon education prepares students the best. Many department chairs work purposefully to demonstrate how our course offerings and teachers best prepare students for College, Career and Life Readiness. With the continued support of our Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Klein, the message was clear about who we are and what we do as educators.
Congratulations to students participating in the Solon Science Olympiad Invitational on February 4, 2017.
The C Division team (representing grades 9-12) took a sixth place trophy.
Awards in individual events are as follows:
Division B (6-9th grade):
2nd Place Reach for the Stars – Sebastian Marker and Daniel Brill
4th Place Wright Stuff – Evan Baker
7th Place Fast Facts – Brady Williams and Alex Zaccarine (no photo of Alex Zaccarine)
8th Place Invasive Species – Josh Campbell and Brady Williams
8th Place Rocks and Minerals – Reagan Halford
Division C (9-12th grade):
2nd place Remote Sensing – Heather Humbert and Nick Schragal
2nd Place Rocks and Minerals – Asher Vokoun and Richie Wainio
3rd place Disease Detectives – Arman Bayat and Richie Wainio
4th Place Astronomy – Heather Humbert and Nick Schragal
4th Place Experimental Design – John Mieleski, Drew Williams and Liam Kerry
4th Place Helicopters – Halle Crtalic and Richie Wainio
4th Place Microbe Mission – Arman Bayat and Asher Vokoun (no photo for this award)
4th Place Towers – Alex Schragal and Liam Kerry
5th Place Game On – Colby Williams and Tyler Mothersbaugh
5th Place Helicopters – Drew Williams and Alex Schragal
6th Place Ecology – Emily Munoz and Nick Schragal
6th Place Electric Vehicle – Connor Fuerst and Alex Schragal
6th Place Robot Arm – Connor Fuerst and Alex Schragal
7th Place Chem Lab – Nick Scragal and Richie Wainio
7th Place invasive Species – Emily Munoz and Asher Vokoun
7th place Remote Sensing – Drew Williams and John Mieleski
8th Place Wind Power – Halle Crtalic and Nick Schragal
Photos (Courtesy of Laura Vokoun)
Singing in the Rain
Students in Deb Steytler's Art classes have beautifully designed umbrellas for the "Singing in the Rain" LIVE Auction at the Great Lakes Mall. This week, she was honored to hear results from this innovative art experience. Below are some of the details:
The umbrellas will be hung in the Great Lakes Mall this evening from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. They will be there until April 19th.
The TOP 10 umbrellas will be auctioned off at the “Singing in the Rain” LIVE AUCTION at the Great Lakes Mall on May 4th at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
A student (or the whole team!) will walk the fashion runway to display their work of art to the public, then their umbrella will be auctioned.
Congratulations to CHS for making it into the TOP 10 . Teams are invited to participate in the LIVE AUCTION & fashion show (based upon judges scores):
Positivity in the Natural Community
Genevieve & Kateri
Chardon High School
Two of the teams will win either the $1,500 or $1,000 scholarship, pending the last student task of “Selfies at the Mall”. Each team can add two bonus points by taking a selfie with their umbrella at the Great Lakes Mall (by March 1st) and posting it to the Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation (LEAF) Facebook page AND the Great Lakes Mall Facebook page.
Congratulations to the following umbrella team, in the TOP 25, who were personally chosen by the LEAF Executive Director to be raffled off at the LEAF Reverse Raffle event at La-Vera Party Center on Saturday, March 4th at 6:00 pm.
Serenity and Peace Rains
Chardon High School
One of the selected teams, along with their Parent/Guardian will win complimentary dinner tickets to the LEAF Reverse Raffle event. Please reach out to these students to determine their availability. Unfortunately, their umbrellas will only be on display at the Mall until March 3rd.
Congratulations to these 3 CHS Teams that have been named a TOP 25 team. Their umbrellas will be Chinese Raffled at the LEAF “Singing in the Rain” Auction event on May 4th at 5:30 pm at the Great Lakes Mall. These students will not walk the fashion runway, but are welcome to attend and be introduced with their umbrella.
Endangered Wildlife Communities
Elizabeth, Rachel & Livia
Chardon High School
Our Unique Town - Chardon
Emma, Brianna & Shalom
Chardon High School
Connect Through Architecture
Natalie & Morgan
Chardon High School
All other umbrellas not listed above from various schools will be auctioned on-line at www.leaf-ohio.org beginning Friday, February 10, 2017 – National Umbrella Day. Anyone can bid and bids will be accepted until May 1, 2017 at 9:00 am.
The minimum on-line bid is $50.00, while the maximum bid is $250 (the first person to bid $250 will automatically win that umbrella). LEAF is a non-profit organization, therefore any bid amount above the value of the umbrella ($50) is tax-deductible.
Starting this school year the state of Ohio is requiring that all districts provide students with an opportunity to take the ACT. The test can be used for graduation points and will also be a usable score for college admissions. One way for students to demonstrate readiness for college is through scores on two college admissions tests – ACT and SAT. In Ohio, a remediation-free score on either test is one of three ways a student can meet requirements for a high school diploma. We, at Chardon High School, will be administering the ACT on March 21st.
Preparing for the ACT
Contact Kathleen Kisabeth if you have any questions.
AFS: Hosting a Parent
As a leader in international high school exchange for more than 65 years, AFS differs from many other exchange organizations. Among the most important distinctions is that AFS has a network of thousands of volunteers in the US, many of whom have hosted themselves or studied abroad with AFS. These local volunteers support families, students, and schools in gaining the most from the hosting experience.
Hosting an international student means more than providing a bed and meals. As an AFS Host Family, you’ll welcome a new member into your home, share your everyday lives, and grow as you get to know one another. You’ll be surprised at how much you learn about yourself, your family and community by hosting a student from another culture.
If you are interested in this life-giving opportunity please contact AFS coordinator, Carrie Korenke for details.
Night at the Races: THANK YOU
The Chardon Athletic Boosters supports all Chardon Middle School and Chardon High School interscholastic sports teams and the football and basketball cheerleaders; helps improve sports equipment and facilities; works cooperatively with other extracurricular support groups, and strives to become a community forum to encourage cooperation, good ideas, and constructive contributions for the general improvement of athletics.
Thank you to every volunteer, patron, and organizer for making this year's Night at the Races such a huge success.
Chase Kline Visits OSU
Check out this awesome article about Chase Kline visiting The Ohio State University during Junior Day
2017 Commencement Speaker: Mr. Mitch Hewitt
For several months, I have been sharing numerous communications that define the values we instill at Chardon. This communication is to share my continued vision in expressing who we are, and who we are becoming. For years, State Representatives on both sides of the aisle would come to Chardon to speak to the graduating seniors. Their message was strong, but the relatability was weak.
As Principal, I have a responsibility to lead from start to finish every day. When reflecting upon our treasured 144 years, it was easy for me to see where I need to go...I need to look at our Alumni. Chardon Alum clearly know our history, the values, the grit, and drive that it takes to seize success. As teachers, you are able to see our future leaders model these pillars in your classroom.
It brings me great joy to share with you that I have asked Mitch Hewitt to speak to our graduating seniors. Mitch was humbled and honored for this opportunity. Mitch has a sharp passion for our community and our students. Mitch's story of determination, work ethics, values, respect, and family will hallmark the 144th Commencement on May 27.
Please join me in congratulating Mr. Mitch Hewitt!
Even after 56 hours in 4 days at CHS, Mr. Bandiera, Ms. Kisabeth, and I are so grateful for the opportunity that we have in serving the needs of your children each day! It's High Five Friday! Have a great weekend!
Douglas Murray, Principal