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 powerful 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. This year, 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 the restrictions, or adjust, prepare, and refine ourselves inside of the standard to meet of our district's mission. It has been our choices that have transcended our district. We are not immune to the circumstances of the pandemic. It is our choices that maintain in-person school, it is our choices that maintain athletic seasons.
We must maintain our focus through the finish line with our safety precautions of wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and being mindful of our personal well-being. It is also important that we are as mindful as we leave school and head into our weekend. We all know that many parts of these changes over the last six months have been a challenge. However, the more we practice these safety behaviors, the longer that we see each other and learn together.
We will beat this pandemic into an endemic and eventually into a world that we are most familiar with. It is our choice to finish the race all the way through the finish line.
As we speak of end points, we are nearing the first mile marker of the year. On Friday, October 23, 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.
Virtual Class Enrollment - End of First Quarter
Parents and Guardians -
With the end of the first grading quarter approaching (Friday, October 23), we want to take the opportunity to review enrollment in our virtual classes.
If you are requesting for your child to be considered for a transition from virtual classes to in-person classes, please use THIS FORM.
If you are requesting for your child (grades K-7) to be considered for a transition from in-person classes to virtual classes, please use THIS FORM. (This is a continuation of the same form the District used this summer, and as such, is dated August. We are using this as an on-going list for virtual class requests.) For High School students (grades 8-12), please contact Dawn Tupaz (school counselor for virtual classes) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each request to return to in-person classes will be considered along with programming, physical space, and class enrollment considerations. Not all classes are available in both virtual and in-person classes. A principal and/or school counselor will be in contact to discuss class scheduling scenarios.
CHS Principal's Podcast: Cate Condon
PSAT: This Saturday, October 17 at 8:00 AM
On Saturday, October 17th, Chardon will be offering the PSAT/NMSQT to interested 10th and 11th grade students. Students are to report to CHS prior to the 8:00 AM test time.
Please reach out to Mr. Hurlbut or Mrs. Tupaz at (440) 285-4060 or
ICYMI: Executive Student Council
As you are aware, the novel coronavirus has impacted so many experiences that our students long for. Albeit many, we have adapted and recreated ourselves while being true to our traditions and culture.
Since March, our students have missed out on many functions of student council and our class officers experiences and functions. For as long as we can recall, student council and class officers were separate leadership groups inside of our school. This year, without having the summer to plan, supplementals filled, and the ability to meet, we are merging student council and class officers into an Executive Student Council.
Read more about the details
Schedule for the Week of October 19-October 23
Monday, October 19: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Tuesday, October 20: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Wednesday, October 21: Reminder- Class Begins 8:58 AM Periods 2, 4, 6 (red schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Thursday, October 22 : Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (black schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Friday, October 23: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Every year Chardon High School screens 9th and 11th grade students for distance vision and hearing as mandated by the state of Ohio. This year additional requirements were added to the screening process making it impossible to do the mass screenings we have done in the past. If you feel your child needs to have these screenings done, please email Jan Hoffmann, the High School Nurse, and she will set up an appointment to have your child screened. If you do not feel it is necessary to have your child screened this year, please complete the waiver form and return it to the office by October 20, 2020. If you decide later in the year that you would like your child to be screened you can contact the nurse and she will make arrangements to have the screening done. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Hoffmann at (440) 286-0418 or email email@example.com.
Images of the Week
Videos of the Week
2020 “Fall in Geauga County” Teen Photography Contest
Include your name, home library branch, grade, and title of photo in the body of the email.
Contest Rules: You may submit up to three entries per person, but a participant may not win more than one prize. Geauga County Public Library (GCPL) staff or its guest judges shall determine the winners from the finalists. The decision of the library is final. Prizewinners will be notified via email by December 7, 2020.
Several students have asked me about Halloween. I felt that it was important to share this communication with you now as you prepare for lessons and student experiences.
Saturday, October 31st is Halloween. With all of the excitement leading into the week we wanted to share that our traditional costume day will be on Friday, October 30, 2020.
This is has been the plan for the last several years. Please read on for additional COVID-19 specific directions.
Our students have traditionally dressed in appropriate costumes at school for the day. All 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:
School fees are due to Chardon Local Schools. Please look at your student's Infinite Campus account under “Fees” to see what is owed for each child. When you are looking at the fees, if something does not look right or your student has dropped a class and it is still showing, please call so that it can be corrected.
Direct all of your calls to Mrs. Koehler
440-285-4057 x. 1441
Friday, October 23, 2020: End of the 1st Quarter
Friday, October 23, 2020: Picture Retake Day: Starting at 8:00 AM
Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Parent Teacher Conferences (Round 2)
In Closing: A Message for ALL students
I have spent the past twenty-one 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!
Alumni News: Will Piotrkowski
Will Piotrkowski of Chardon (Second from right in the video) is a member of Miami University’s Soul2Soul musical troupe that was recently selected to take part in UpStagedAID: One World, Every Student Voice, an international college a cappella competition.
Soul2Soul was one of only 32 groups throughout the U.S. chosen to participate in the contest that is organized by brackets modeled after NCAA’s March Madness. Winners are chosen via online voting. Will's voice keeps shining!
Have a beautiful weekend and stay warm!
Douglas Murray, Principal
PS. Shoutout to my Volleyball readers--#32, #33, and #10 who reminded me to finish the Week in Reflection while we played Kenston Thursday night.
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