This past week provided me a lived epiphany of how I can influence and serve others. I have worked in so many capacities of servant leadership as an educator, and student...but, recently I had the opportunity to model for my children what service means. I won't go into elaborate detail, but my entire family worked out of love, compassion, and gratitude this past weekend to assist in providing simple tasks of service. The feeling that we received could not be defined in words. On the way home, my daughters felt so good and wanted to continue to provide this assistance.
As I reflected, I realized once again what my purpose was as a man: My life is to serve and model this humility every single day. Certainly, I say this, do this, and model these behaviors the best that I humanly can every day at CHS. Yet, seeing my family smile cemented into my heart the truth...I carry my own weather. The happiness that filled within me was indescribable. I immediately stopped worrying about things, and realized that my organizational effectiveness will provide time to get those things done, but sometimes recalibrating my "GPS" is necessary to find the energy to carry me through the finish line.
Helping others can take the form of a thousand different angles. It can be mowing the yard for an elderly neighbor, filling up a friend’s car with gas that is suffering from a financial hardship or being one of the millions of people who is part of an organized volunteer effort.
I want to challenge you to look at how your life can be considered as a gift. Often times, we do not take enough time to reflect on the self, and how we can best serve others. To open your mind to the possibilities, ask yourself these questions:
Regardless of your interests, temperament or availability, a wide range of opportunities can be found, each offering its own benefits.
Let me encourage you to stop focusing exclusively on your own needs and desires and start looking at what you can do to help others. I bet you will find more joy and fulfillment when you change your focus from certain selfish desires toward using your gifts and resources to help others.
Parents, I want to once again remind you that what you do sets the example for your children. As you give of yourself to help others, not only will you be setting the right example for your children, but also their respect for you will grow.
ASAP: Crisis in Our Own Back Yard
The ASAP (Active Substance Abuse Prevention) student group, along with Teen Institute hosted this important event on April 20. The evening offered a series of break out sessions on substance abuse prevention, stress management, social media among other topics.
This event brought together multiple community resources to discuss social issues and substance abuse affecting the Chardon Community. The forum included multiple breakout sessions with a focus on Stress Relief, Social Media, Recovery, Legal outcomes of drug use, and many more. The event was extremely well attended and very informative. Thank you to Senator John Eklund, local authorities, and mental health services. A special thank you to Mrs. Blackburn and the ASAP group at CHS for hosting this great event.
AIR Test: Next up- Math
As we close out April, we have proactively continued our preparations at Chardon High School for the AIR tests. Once again, students will take the end of course exams on the assigned date if they meet the criteria defined below.
We previously communicated the testing dates to you via connect-ed message. On the designated days, students will report to their assigned testing classroom that will be clearly posted in the school building. It is imperative that your student is at school on time on their assigned testing day. Once again, the assigned testing dates are…
The late start bell schedule for All Testing Dates will be exactly like this past week with regular classes beginning at 10:34 AM.
Please note that testing will begin promptly at 7:30 AM.
When you arrive back at Chardon you will report to the cafeteria for attendance and where you will stay until the end of 4th period. You will then report to your 5/6th period class.
You will be excused from your Chardon classes on these AIR testing dates. If you are enrolled in 2nd semester US Government you must report for the AIR test on Wednesday, April 19th and then be able to leave after testing.
Please Note: Transportation will run at normal times on testing days. If a student is not testing on a particular day and needs transportation to school, they will be picked up at the normal time and report to school. We will supervise these students in the cafeteria until the regular school day begins.
Student Example 1: (A freshman student enrolled in algebra 1 and English 1). This student will report to CHS at the normal time on April 5th and April 26th for English and math testing. They are not required to report to school until 10:34 AM on April 12th and 19th since they will not be taking the Social Studies or Biology test.
Student Example 2: (A senior student currently enrolled in 2nd semester US Govt. not 1st semester US Govt.) This student will report to CHS at the normal time on April 19th for testing. They are not required to report to school until 10:34 AM on April 5th, 12th, and 26th since they are not testing on those dates.
When students report to school for their assigned test they will be required to bring their chromebook fully charged as well as a pair of headphones. We will provide extra sets of headphones if students are unable to procure them. We will continue to pass along relevant information to you as the testing dates approach. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chardon High School Guidance Department at (440) 285-4060.
After Prom: What is it?
In order to pull off After Prom, we need about 100 people to work the Event on May 20th - that's A LOT of help! Please join us in providing a wonderful memory these kids will have for a lifetime! There are many ways to help, and I encourage you to sign up to help as much as you can (it's work, but it's fun)! Below you will have the opportunity to sign up to help set up, and to work at various locations throughout the building on the night of the Event. If you are signing up to work the Monte Carlo room, please add a comment if there is a particular table you desire (poker, blackjack, hi-lo, etc.). We are also counting on our workers to help with clean-up as soon as the Event ends. The more of us that help, the quicker it gets done. We also understand that some of you may only be able to work clean up, so we've included a slot just for clean-up - believe me we'd love some fresh legs & energy come 3:00am! Recruit a friend to sign up with, you'll be making great memories of your own, too!
Want to learn more? Please visit this page to sign up. Thanks!
Informational Spain/Italy meeting
Chardon High School is organizing a trip to Spain and Italy in June of 2019! We will be traveling to Barcelona, Rome, Vatican City, Capri, and Pompeii, just to name a few. If you are interested in what else this trip has to offer, join us for an informational meeting.
When: Thursday, May 18 at 7:00p.m.
Where: CHS Media Center
Who: Parents and students interested in learning about the trip
The teacher-chaperones will go over the itinerary, dates, and price of the trip during this meeting. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Kick It For Cancer
Chardon High school is raising money for pediatric cancer. The game will be held Friday, May 12th on the Chardon Memorial Field (football field). Donate here or a check to Kick-It For Cancer. Hope to see you all there!
Basketball Camp- Sponsorship Letter
All students registered for an AP (Advanced Placement) Exam, MUST attend a pre-administration prior to the exam. These sessions will be held on Wednesday mornings during the late start for AIR testing.
Last Name: A-L: Wednesday, 4/19, 9:30am (Already Complete)
Last Name: M-Z: Wednesday, 4/26, 9:30am
These are MANDATORY sessions. Students MUST attend a pre-administration session.
Facilities Update: Save the Date
There will be two community forums regarding facilities. The first will be Saturday, May 6 from 9-11 AM and the second will be Tuesday, May 9 from 7-9 PM. These will be in the High School Cafeteria. For more information about the research pertaining to facilities, please click here.
Another week has departed...I think the seniors are either messing with the clocks or their intentions are working. If you recall back in my mid-February reflection, I shared how time will move as Spring approaches. Well, with all of the tasks that I have been working on with multiple rounds of teacher interviews for some of our retiring teachers, facilitating the possibilities for the master schedule, AIR Testing, district meetings, closing out the year, planning events, and maintaining the daily rush--each second counts. Outsiders would never know if I was going gray, or bald...but this time of year there is a glow to my dome. Unfortunately, it is from running--not from having a providential presence.
Regardless of the day, I LOVE everything about my job and the people that I encounter each day. We have the best educators and students one could ever ask for. I am so grateful to each of you for your support. As I told my staff back in August, "Coming together is just the beginning, staying together will lead our progress, and working together will transform lives for generations of Hilltoppers.” I will continue to live my purpose, and will continue to run the marathon all of the way through the finish line!
Douglas Murray, Principal