Opening Message: Finish What You Start
If you walk into my office you will see a chalkboard behind my desk that has my personal mission statement written not only for myself, but for those who enter. I truly believe in the power of actionable words. The power of words cannot be unheard, or seen. They can heal, and they can hurt. They can encourage, and discourage. Without a doubt, words are a priceless tool that we all have the ability to control.
The words that I wrote years ago (on that board) have not changed. However, the actions between the words have evolved during my time as an educator. I truly believe in the power of a life filled with purpose and intentionality.
The last line on the chalkboard is "finish what I start."
Students and staff know that I preach the "finish line." As an educator and coach, I believe that the standard is the standard, and we must model and refine ourselves throughout the process to the finish line. During the last two school years, we all have faced new barriers within the novel coronavirus. Every corner of life has faced this battle. We can choose to mope and complain about life, or adjust, prepare, and refine ourselves inside of the standards that our families, school, and community models.
We must maintain our focus through the finish line with being mindful of our personal well-being.
We are nearing the first mile marker of the year. On Friday, October 22, the end of the quarter completes. It is essential that students reach out to their teachers during this upcoming week to maximize on their educational goals for the quarter. Take the time this weekend to touch base with your son(s) and daughter(s) regarding assessments and checkpoints inside of Infinite Campus.
Chardon Community Cares : October Edition 2021
Over the last several months many families have been touched by the loss of a family member, or friend. Loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for students and families. Sometimes it may not be apparent for weeks or months that a student is struggling with grief.
Our school district is fortunate to have a number of professionals trained to help with the needs of students and families during difficult times like this. In addition, our local community has numerous agencies and emergency services available to provide support. We encourage you, as parents, to feel free to use these resources.
Chardon High School Resources
Understanding Teen Grief: 7 Ways to Help a Grieving Teenager
Principal Mr. Douglas Murray email@example.com
Assistant Principal Mrs. Amanda Bondi firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal Mr. Douglas Higham email@example.com
Social Worker Mrs. Joan Blackburn firstname.lastname@example.org
Resource Office Officer Carlson email@example.com
Nurse Mrs. Sarah Park firstname.lastname@example.org
A-F Mr. Hurlbut email@example.com
G-L Mrs. Hetrick firstname.lastname@example.org
M-R Mrs. Tupaz email@example.com
S-Z Ms. Biernacki firstname.lastname@example.org
For immediate assistance/crisis services please contact:
Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland
Schedule for Next Week: October 18-22 (Regular Schedule)
Monday, October 18: Periods 1-7 (white schedule)
Tuesday, October 19: Periods 1-7 (white schedule)
Wednesday, October 20: (red schedule)
Thursday, October 21 : (black schedule)
Friday, October 22: Periods 1-7 (white schedule)
Parent Teacher Conferences II: October 26- 4:30-8:30 PM
On Tuesday, October 26, Chardon High School will conduct our second 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. 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.
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Art Pieces of the Week
I wanted to take a moment to thank the Executive Student Council, along with Mr. Chenoweth and Mrs. Korenke for countless hours planning, ordering, meeting, designing, serving, and executing a very successful Homecoming Week.
It was not easy. I appreciate you.
I also appreciate the hundreds of guests for adhering to the rules for the event.
The administration, event volunteers, and moderators are grateful to all of you for adjusting to the flexible experience between the tents and the cafeteria.
Our Executive Student Council spent a day off from school re-creating CHS, putting on a parade, organizing the dance, and then Sunday bringing the school back online.
No words can express my gratitude!
CHS Principal Podcast: Season 3, Episode 10: Senior Executive Council talk Homecoming
Sunday, October 31 is Halloween. However, with all of the excitement leading into the week- the Chardon Crazies and the CHS Administration are assigning the costume day to Friday, October 29 to align with the theme for the night.
Our students have traditionally dressed in appropriate costumes at school for the day. Students will be permitted to dress this year, as long as the outfit properly follows the guidelines below.
Staff and administration will be extremely diligent to ensure that all costumes are school-appropriate and not a distraction to other students in their classes. Some things to consider when creating your costume:
Crescendo Club Seeking Some Assistance
The Crescendo Club is seeking music parents and CHS students to volunteer for it's rescheduled Fall Fundraiser Curbside Pick-up Event on Wednesday October 20th in the Chardon United Methodist Church parking lot. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the day, including afterschool and evening slots for students in need of service hours. Please sign up before the end of this weekend if you are interested.
Crescendo Club Curbside Pick-Up Volunteer Sign-Up
Resources for Families
General Quarantine Letter
Mr. Murray’s YouTube Page
The Hilltop Echo (School Newspaper)
Video Announcements: Link for the Morning Announcements
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
Student Acceptable Use Policy (All Students Must Sign)
Chardon High School Google Calendar
Chardon Athletics Sports Calendar
Remind101 Text Message: https://www.remind.com/join/chs21-22
Twitter- Follow @chs_dmurray @chardonhs @toppernation @chs_AP_Higham @mrs_bondi
Closing: A message for our students
I have spent the past twenty-two years as an educator. This year just might be the most invigorating and challenging at the same time.
Why is it so invigorating? Maybe it is because we spent so much time preparing for this year and now we are able to see everything come to fruition. Maybe it is related to all of the activities that we have designed for students. What strikes me the most is the number of students that we are able to assist in the journey.
I really love working with students and helping them find their purpose in life. Every single one of you will eventually graduate and I hope that through the courses and experiences at CHS-- your journey will help you find your purpose in life.
I believe in each of you and I know that everyone has a story along the way. We are closing out the first quarter...this is a time to assess your goals and outcomes. Finish strong all the way through the finish line!
I will be the first to tell you that grades are not the "tell-all" to school. Learning is what matters the most. Yet, our country places so much emphasis on the mark in a grade book. Certainly, having a positive mark in the grade book helps out in many ways. It helps your motivation, relationships, and may even keep you from being grounded. Grades can get you places...but learning takes you places where grades can't take you.
For me, I was just your average 3.0 Chardon High Student...but, I was involved in so many activities in school. I also had a story. Life wasn't perfect for me. I have faced many situations in my life that were difficult. Yet, I dug deep to focus on finding my purpose.
I didn't have a principal that wrote me emails. I have felt just about every emotion that you have. Look at me now--several college degrees later and numerous experiences brought me back as principal of CHS. Anything is possible if you put the time in.
We all find ourselves at various plots on the graph of life.
The purpose of this email is to remind you that we care deeply for your success and we hope that you have taken the time to see the goodness in you; in others.
We are nearing the first stage of a four-part race. If you are satisfied with the pending outcome of the first quarter--keep striving for greatness. If you have experienced some victories and losses this quarter--keep striving. If you have more losses than victories--keep striving.
You got this! Your teachers, counselors, and principals will always be one of your biggest fans!
Your teachers will always be there for you--take the time to continue building your relationships with them. They care so deeply for you! If you ever need them to assist you--just ask. Use this weekend to get caught up!
Reflect on this quarter and continue to strive for where you want to be. We will always guide you with your courses, time management skills, and social-emotional needs.
Make today count!
Important Reminders about the Roads Leading to Our Campus
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends,
Douglas Murray, Principal