“The deepest principle of human nature is craving to be appreciated.” This quote from William James provides a lens for all of us to look through. If we are honest with ourselves, we all want and need to feel valued for who we are and recognized for our contributions and accomplishments. It’s important for us to know that we have made a difference in someone’s life.
I appreciate all of you for who you are and what you have accomplished this quarter. We have so many things to be grateful for each day. When you stop and think about the simple things in life, you reflect on all those areas of your life that transcend us to who we are.
In the complex world in which we live, the noise can often surround us from all sides. Living simply can allow us to disconnect from the noise. Organizational effectiveness and proper planning is never simple. This work gives us the purpose to expand our territory in order to handle all of our responsibilities. However, inside of the planning, it is important to be mindful of how you are doing and to take the time to breathe, reflect, and rejuvenate your energy. This reminder of living simply can benefit not only students but any adult running through a tight schedule.
Living in the moment is a phrase that we rehearse and apply from the direction of our parents and adult mentors. This phrase is often used to ground us from daydreaming. For example, I would often share that I wanted to be a professional baseball player and make all of this money living in my big dream. Our dreams certainly can become a reality. What draws out of our creative energies is not only an appreciation of likes, talents, and desires---but, and expansion of our thoughts--hopes-- and work ethics. Dreaming big is not a lost art, it is the fabric that allows us to critically think, innovate and solve new problems in the world.
If a person takes the time to express their heartfelt appreciation for something we have done, it boosts our spirit, passion, and purpose. It builds our self-confidence, self-esteem and our entire self-image. It gives us energy and motivation to work harder and do more. Find moments to share your gratitude for others and watch how contagious it can become. Be the reason that someone smiles today.
Take the time to thank those that love you. Write them a note, call them, send a text. Likewise, as hard as it is, be mindful of those that might not be as kind to you and model kindness. When you look in the mirror, remind yourself of your own beauty. Life is so short. When we pause in the present moment, we take the time to appreciate all of the little things around us. Never take for granted your time with others.
The best medicine for a rough day is laughter! Celebrate the simple things and laugh! Humor can go a long way to refresh your energy and celebrate each other.
What we value becomes a reflection of our thoughts, deeds, and actions. So, practice kindness, appreciation, and make another person feel better by your presence. That becomes the gift that energizes others to live their purpose. Make today great!
Congratulations to the following students who were voted by the class of 2022 as members of the Homecoming Court.
Event Date Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Location Chardon High School
Cost $35 (All tickets are online) starting 9/27
The Executive Student Council is proud to present- Homecoming 2021! This event is the first time grades 9-12 have been to a dance in nearly two years. This event will be held outside to maximize airflow during dancing. To accommodate this event, we are renting a large tent that will be set up in the front yard next to the entrance of the school. The main school hallway, cafeteria, and restrooms will be open for students while the music and dancing will be outdoors.
We are recommending that all guests bring shoes that are comfortable once the dancing begins. Facial coverings are recommended indoors. They are not required while outside.
Guest Form: Students who are NOT enrolled in Chardon High School must complete this form. (Due 10/8)
EXPECTED STUDENT BEHAVIOR
No 8th graders or guests over the age of 20 may attend the dance
Schedule for the Week of October 4-October 8
Monday, October 4: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Tuesday, October 5: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Wednesday, October 6: Periods 2, 4, 6 (red schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Thursday, October 7 : Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (black schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Friday, October 8: NEOEA DAY (No School) Homecoming Game!
Parent Teacher Conferences: October 6- 4:30-8:30 PM
On Wednesday, October 6, Chardon High School will conduct our first parent teacher conference session. This evening will take place from 4:30-8:30 PM. As we continue to create opportunities for our families to meet their busy schedules, this session will be hybrid: providing both online google meets or in-person sessions. My secretary, Jen Sprinzl, has finished the system for parents/guardians to sign up for time-slots. The times for the evening will be in ten minute intervals with a buffer time built between for our teachers to transition from family to family.
When you enter PTCFast (Parent Conferences) you will noticed the staff is listed alphabetically with two options (virtual times) and (in-person times). Please select the one you prefer and you will receive a confirmation email to proceed with selected the times that you wish. Once you have completed all of the information, you will receive a kickback email with your selected times.
Parents and Guardians are asked to wear masks for in-person meetings.
Preparing for the PSAT/Pre-ACT on October 13, 2021
On Wednesday, October 13th, 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 a timed, national test. The results of these assessments will provide you with content-specific 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.
All 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. The results from the test can be used to determine if students are currently on track for college-level coursework and offer an interest inventory that gives students some additional tools to use when determining a future career.
All 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.
Both tests give students the opportunity to opt into college and scholarship search programs by providing their address and email address during registration. Students should come prepared with an email address where they would like to receive notifications (if they would like to opt into this service), as well as #2 pencils and a calculator for test day. Any questions or concerns about the test can be directed to Timothy Hurlbut (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PSAT Practice Test
Preparing for the Pre-ACT
October 13: PSAT/Pre-ACT Schedule
Testing 7:20 AM-11:25 AM; Classes commence 12:05 PM-2:25 PM (adjusted schedule)
Thursday, October 14
The schedule is posted below for Wednesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 14.
Important Update from AP
AP Exam Information:
AP Exam Registration for students taking AP Courses will begin in October. These fees and deadlines are set by College Board. In order for an exam to be ordered for your child, the $96 AP Exam fee MUST be paid prior to the registration deadline. Your child will be notified when fees have been added to your Infinite Campus account. Information will also be sent out via email and the Week in Reflection to parents.
For the past 2 years, College Board has allowed a full refund for unused/canceled exams. That is not the case this year. Students that order an exam that is unused/canceled after Nov. 15 will still be charged a $40/exam fee.
AP Exam testing will occur during the first 2 weeks of May.
2022 AP Exam Fees and Fee Reduction
Piece of the Week
CHS Principal's Podcast: Season 3, Episode 8: Golf Preview
Images of the Week: AP Physics
AP Physics C students did their culminating lab today examining 1-d kinematics. Their challenge to hit a constant motion buggy with a water balloon dropped from the top of the visiting bleachers
AP Environmental Science completed an island biogeography lab today. They created islands in the parking lot and examined how distance from a mainland and size of the island influenced biodiversity… our "animals" were cotton balls, beans, paper clips and cotton swabs.
Important: Seamless Summer Program (Formerly known as Free and Reduced Application)
Thanks to all of our parents that have filled out this form. Please take the time to fill out this form if you have not.
We Need Your Help!
Our school is participating in a federal program called the Seamless Summer Program SSO. This program allows all children in our school to eat at no charge. However, some education programs we provide are funded with state dollars.
We will no longer be collecting Free and Reduced-Price Applications This year, instead, we must collect the Household Income Survey. This form helps us collect household information for all students attending SSO schools. Without this information, SCHOOL NAME could lose important state funding for educational programs that our students are entitled to.
What You Can Do
Please take a moment to complete the form and return it to your student’s school. The Household Income Survey captures information and ensures the district/school receives state funding for education programs.
We’re excited to offer no-cost meals to all students and appreciate your help. In order to continue to offer this program, we must If you have any questions, please contact Josephine Culliton at 440-286-0425.
Mr. Murray's Weekly Highlights
Mr. Murray’s YouTube Page
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Week in Reflection: This is the Weekly Publication for Parents/Students/Staff
Chardon High School: Program of Study
Chardon High School Bell Schedule; Google Document of our bell schedule
Chardon High School Student Handbook
Teacher Resources for CHS Students (Work in Progress)
Student Acceptable Use Policy (All Students Must Sign)
Chardon High School Google Calendar
Chardon Athletics Sports Calendar
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Bond Issue 22: FAQ Resources
Finish What you Start
It is hard to believe that we crossed over the mid point of the first quarter on October 22, 2021.
Time constantly moves. Time is inevitable. How we use it is our choice. When life is broken down into small parts, it really is measured in how we use our time to accomplish what we want to accomplish. Many people ask how I can manage the many things that I am involved in and still accomplish things. It boils down to time management and prioritizing people and moments, over things. We have three weeks to refine ourselves this quarter- academically. Maximize on prioritizing on the little things and big things will happen by the nature of how we use our time.
Being present is mission-critical to how we use our time. Sure, I can accomplish all of these things in a day but if my wife and I miss out on our kids activities or experiences, we would place things over people. In the world that we live in, it it through people that we feel connected and part of something bigger. Be present in the little things and great things will happen in your relationships. Life moves very quickly and nothing is guaranteed so seize every moment in front of you and be the person that you are called to be: BE YOU
Have a wonderful weekend!
Douglas Murray, Principal