On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to personally extend my gratitude to every parent and community member for your kindness and thoughtfulness especially over the last month.
We are surrounded by the beauty of your children each day. We remind each person of their value, gifts, and purpose. Together, we are raising a generation of Hilltoppers who live their lives to the fullest--striving for academic excellence; modeling our core values.
Some people choose to see the world with a narrow lens that often leads to selfish choices, and individualism. We have chosen to educate your children to reach beyond the status quo in content mastery, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, and caring. We strive to be the beacon of excellence in providing a well-rounded student.
The emotion of the past week bonded us closer together. We realize that healing has its own timeline, and trials. Our healing provides opportunity to share, grow, and strive to look inward. We have transcended many difficulties over the past five years, and vow to continue to demonstrate humility, kindness, and outreach to our community that loves your children---regardless of the students that have reached commencement or those beginning their academic years.
I am grateful for my staff. I am grateful to those on our staff and in our community who have created foundations for the purpose of providing awareness, and solutions for school safety.
Love is something that is hard to define and express in simple terms. With love comes responsibility and the opportunity for confidence and courage. Chardon is rooted in these values which we will continue to grow with our sustainable effort to treat every person as member of a greater purpose.
Simple words cannot express how much we appreciate your support.
Maple Leaf Article : This article provides an authenticity of who we are at CHS.
Gymnastics: Team is State Bound!
Chardon is hitting Interstate 71 for the team competition for the first time since back-to-back appearances in 2006 and 2007 after placing fourth with a 140.000. The Hilltoppers were third on balance beam and fourth on vault.
“It is super special,” coach Kasey Eichele said. “We are very excited. We’ll keep working hard at what we’re doing. We’re very happy."
“We had our ups and downs with the meet, but we definitely nailed vault. We had some big vaults. There’s definitely improvements to be made, so we’ll be working at that in practice. But other than that, we’ll keep striving for the best.”
Kayla Benjamin, in her return as a junior after a knee injury derailed her sophomore campaign, was sixth on bars with a 9.050. She also advanced on floor and all-around. Other area state qualifiers were Lillian Baker (vault, beam) and Emily Phillips (vault)
CHS TEAM SCORE: (140) 4th place
State individual qualifiers
10th Lily Baker
13th Emily Phillips
6th Kayla Benjamin
9th Lily Baker
10th Kayla Benjamin
14th Kayla Benjamin
The girls are leaving CHS Friday morning at approximately 8:30, and to celebrate their great accomplishment and to send them off properly with our best wishes, we will perform a Drum Line/Clap- Out at 8:15 am. Congratulations!
The team finished in second place in the sectional tournament filling 9 of 14 weight classes. The 'Toppers finished very strong even after three season ending injuries.
The Hilltoppers had five wrestlers in the finals with 2 champions (Rocazella and Ducca) and 3 runner-ups (Hamulak, Eldridge and Clute). Trevor Swick lost his first match of the tournament and won four in a row to place third and qualify to the district tournament.
Nick Becker had an upset on the day--coming from behind to win in the opening round of the tournament. He followed with a pin in the consolation semifinals that allowed him to qualify to this weekend's district tournament by placing fourth in the tournament.
Andrew McNaughton, who is Matt Klingberg's back up, also pulled off an upset win against a wrestler from Madison. Andrew, who lost to this wrestler two weeks ago, qualified for the district tournament.
This week the eight district qualifiers will each compete for a state tournament berth. In order for that to happen they will have to place in the top four in their respective weight classes. We are so proud of these fine men and their coaches!
We are so proud of Deanna Ogrinc and Mary Sweet who were surrounded by family, friends, and coaches as they signed their National Letter of Intent this week.
Deanna has chosen to attend The United States Military Academy at West Point. The Academy's mission is to educate, train and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army.
The Academy provides a superb four-year education, which focuses on the leader development of cadets in the academic, military, and physical domains, all underwritten by adherence to a code of honor. We couldn't be any happier for Deanna and her commitment to excellence.
Mary has chosen to attend The U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The Academy is proud to educate leaders of a multi-mission, maritime military force. Commissioned officers in the Coast Guard lead teams of men and women and are continually called on to serve their community, country and fellow citizens. While the United States Coast Guard is notable as the oldest life-saving service in the world, its roles include more than just maritime safety and security. The Coast Guard is also called upon for critical service in protection of natural resources, maritime mobility (management of maritime traffic, commerce and navigation) and national defense. We also couldn't be any happier for Mary and her commitment to excellence.
Science Olympiad: Regional Competition
Congratulations to students participating in the Regional Science Olympiad Competition on February 25, 2017.
The C Division team (representing grades 9-12) placed 3rd in their division. The B Division Team, representing grades 6-9, placed 6th. Both teams have now qualified to compete in the State Finals, to be held at The Ohio State University on April 1st, 2017.
Awards in individual events are as follows:
Division B (6-9th grade):
2nd Place Ecology - Alex Reed and Jason Watson
2nd Place Invasive Species - Josh Campbell and Brady Williams
2nd Place Reach for the Stars - Daniel Brill and Sebastian Marker
3rd Place Ecology - Noah Munoz and Owen Vokoun
3rd Place Fast Facts - Reagan Halford and Brady Williams
3rd Place Road Scholar - Ian Quinn and John Ellington
3rd Place Wright Stuff - Jason Watson and Michael Oh
4th Place Optics - Evan Baker and Zane Kuhnle
4th Place Rocks and Minerals - Ethan Fuerst and Owen Vokoun
4th Place Towers - Daniel Brill and Emily Fuerst
4th Place Wright Stuff - Evan Baker and Owen Vokoun
5th Place Mission Possible - Emily Fuerst and Evan Baker
5th Place Wind Power - Brady Williams and Sebastian Marker
Division C (9-12th grade):
1st Place Chem Lab - Nick Schragal and Richie Wainio
1st Place Disease Detectives - Arman Bayat and Richie Wainio
1st Place Experimental Design - Drew Williams, Emily Stern and Heather Humbert
1st Place Forensics - Emily Munoz and Emily Stern
2nd Place Astronomy - Nick Schragal and Heather Humbert
2nd Place Game On - Colby and Drew Williams
2nd Place Materials Science - Nick Schragal and Richie Wainio
2nd Place Robot Arm - Alex Schragal and Drew Williams
2nd Place Towers - Halle Crtalic and Heather Humbert
3rd Place Microbe Mission - Liam Kerry and Rachel Yates
3rd Place Rocks and Minerals - Asher Vokoun and Colby Williams
3rd Place Towers - John Melesky and Liam Kerry
4th Place Dynamic Planet - Asher Vokoun and Emily Munoz
4th Place Helicopters - Drew Williams and Richie Wainio
5th Place Electric Vehicle - Alex Schragal and Connor Fuerst
5th Place Materials Science - Liam Kerry and Tyler Mothersbaugh
The Learning Center
Enclosed are the latest issues of the Lav Report and LC Newsletter. In the Lav Report this month is an article about the Emperor Science Award, which is an essay contest for students in grades 10-11. 100 students will be chosen to receive a summer internship working on cancer research. Cash and a Chromebook are also included for the students fortunate enough to be chosen for this wonderful opportunity. A second article looks at ways students can determine fake news from the real thing when reading or doing research.
In the Learning Center Newsletter readers will find two articles that focus on using video when presenting in the classroom. Both teachers and students can benefit from the resources and information found within. A third article speaks to the importance of making students aware of how they think. Otherwise known as metacognition, when students are shown ways to think about thinking, it can aid them to improve their learning. Thank you, Mrs. Eby for providing these publications.
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. More details will come in next week's edition of the Week in Reflection.
Spring Musical: Les Miserables
Les Miserables, or Les Mis, is the much loved musical based on the 1860's novel of the same name by famous French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. The show premiered in Paris in 1980.
Chardon High School's production will open Thursday, March 16th at 7pm. Shows will also be held on Friday, March 17 & Saturday, March 18th at 7pm and Sunday, March 19th at 2pm.
Location Park Auditorium
111 Goodrich Court
On Chardon Square
Tickets Adults - $12
Students & over 65 - $8
Dates March 16th, 17th 18th @ 7:00 PM
March 19th @ 2:00 PM
Personal Care Item Drive
Chardon Interact Club is hosting a Personal care Item drive to combat homelessness in Geauga County. Donation boxes will be by the cafeteria doors, donations would include: shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, hygiene items, and more! It will go through march 1st, through the 10th! Let's see if we can beat last year's total of 3,000 items!
Have a great weekend with family and friends! Remember, the 3rd quarter ends on 3/10--Finish Strong!
Douglas Murray, Principal
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