Be Nice, It's contagious!
I spend a lot of time talking with students. There is so much joy when a student leaves the office feeling better than when they came in. This week, we saw many students coming in the office to talk about classes, situations, and relationships. After reflecting about the themes that the students were sharing with us, my inner voice kept saying, kindness can be contagious., spread it!
When you think about it, kindness can be contagious.
Every person that we encounter is living within their own story. They walk the halls consumed with thoughts about themselves, school, home, and general life ups and downs. What if we just stopped and for a moment told someone how we liked their hair, their style, or anything simple. Kindness is so simple and it's free.
This pandemic world has caused so many of us to guard ourselves and others. We have become at times physically distant. This distancing does not force us to be socially distant or selectively distant to those around us. Relationships are precious, and we should be mindful of how others feel--especially with the current state of our world. Including others, saying hello, calling, facetime, a simple snapchat message may make someone's day. Being present is even more important. When we are actively present we seek to understand a friend's needs and we listen. Being physically present is the start---being emotionally present can change your relationships.
We have been truly blessed with so many in-person days. So many educators and students are jealous of the time that we have been safely given. It is so important to spend your time wisely not only in the classroom but when you are able to connect with your feelings. When you look in the mirror do you hear your voice or others? The mirror reflects beauty. The mirror reflects character. The mirror reflects you.
When we take the time to add beauty to someone's day we are actually mirroring that beauty in us. The more that we do it, the more that it becomes a habit. Kindness becomes the transferable agent that we want to be passed on within the building. It reflects our true self and our core values.
Spread kindness everywhere and let it become the change that you want to see in your world and others. It is free, simple, and changes more than you can know!
Around a year ago, I was watching Songland on TV. The show sets out to give undiscovered songwriters a chance to create a hit. It gives the viewers a look at the creative process in action. Contestants are selected to work with producers and a well-known recording artist to release a song. In this episode, WIll I AM of the Black Eyed Peas was so moved by the beat and lyrics of a song titled, Be Nice. This song encapsulates what my message is really trying to say this week.
"So, be different...BE NICE!"
CHS Principal's Podcast: Jesse Decipeda
Chardon High School Raffle!
Chardon Schools, together with the Chardon Athletics Department, is deeply grateful to announce the kick-off of a car raffle, courtesy of Junction Auto Family and sponsored by Junction together with Chardon Athletics. Proceeds from the raffle are earmarked for a new scoreboard at Chardon Memorial Field.
The grand prize winner receives a 2020 GMC Terrain retailing for $29,497.65, while the second-place winner receives $500
“We are excited to get this launched and appreciate all Junction Auto Family has done to make this possible,” said Chardon Athletics Director Doug Snyder.
Effective Oct. 16, raffle tickets are on sale for $25 each through Chardon Schools’ Hometown Ticketing web page. Ticket sales end at 12:00PM (noon) on Feb. 5 with the raffle drawing taking place during the Chardon Boys Varsity Basketball game that evening at halftime. The winners need not be present.
“The Junction Auto Family has been an exceptional community partner with the Chardon Schools,” said Superintendent Michael Hanlon. “We are excited about the potential of this generous donation to assist us in making some needed improvements at Memorial Field. Our sincere appreciation to Cliff Babcock and the entire Junction Auto Family.”
For more details on the contest, please see the official raffle rules, which are also located on the above ticketing site.
Shoe Drive: A Message from Marijke Mendeszoon
A service project lead by Marijke Mendezoon
2020 has been a very difficult year for everybody due to Covid-19. People have lost jobs, businesses have gone out of business and the financial base for families to afford things has not been easy. As a small gesture, one way I feel I can help out is by having a shoe drive. In everything you do, it is essential to have the proper gear. Growing up, my lifestyle has been surrounded by running. My parents own running stores and I am a runner. I’ve seen the impact of people wearing improper shoes which causes orthopedic problems. I’ve noticed shoes being donated overseas, but I think it’s essential that we start taking care of our own community first. I have been collecting gently worn running shoes for those who are seeking some. My goal for this school year is to have 2,020 shoes, for the year 2020. I ask people of the community or anywhere in Geauga County to donate any shoes that are not being used. These shoes will go to great use, instead of sitting around. There are a variety of sizes available, along with them being cleaned and sanitized. Anyone's help in making this happen would mean the world! If you are interested in finding out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Student Council
Over three days, our Executive Student Council Panel held interviews asking a sequence of questions to gauge the insight, leadership skills, and preparation of our Executive Student Council candidates. Using a high profile rubric with weighted scales, the panel prepared and assessed candidates. The students recorded speeches, and ballots were prepared for staff and students. The electoral percentages were tallied between the 40% interview process, 40% student body vote, and the 20% staff vote. Late on Wednesday, the results came in to indicate who the 2020-2021 Executive Student Council Presidents would be for this school year. Here are our presidents.
Senior Executive Student Council President
Senior Executive Officers
Seniors: Members at Large
Junior Executive Student Council President
Junior Executive Officers
Juniors: Members at Large
Sophomore Executive Student Council President
Sophomore Executive Officers
Sophomores: Members at Large
Freshman Executive Student Council President
Freshman Executive Officers
8th Grade Executive Student Council President
8th Grade Members at Large
An Important Message from Dr. Hanlon
October 22, 2020
Dear Chardon Schools Parents/Guardians:
The health and safety of students, staff and community are the highest priorities in Chardon Schools. The Ohio Department of Health elevated Geauga County from an Orange Level 2 to a Red Level 3 this afternoon as a component of the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System.
Local Superintendents and school officials consulted with Geauga County Health District Director, Tom Quade, concerning our response plans in relation to the elevated risk level. At that time, he noted that, “The red level should and has triggered further communication with the superintendents and principals but it does not automatically trigger a need to go remote.” A complete press release from the Health District was issued to parents in a separate communication today.
As a result of this discussion, Chardon Local Schools will continue our current instructional models and schools will remain open. There are no changes planned for students participating in either in-person or virtual learning models.
As mentioned yesterday, Geauga County is seeing "minimal spread of COVID-19 in school buildings." As of this writing, we are aware of only one confirmed COVID-19 (student or staff) case within our school district since the start of the school year. We credit this minimal spread in our schools to the health and safety protocols we have implemented and, most importantly, the work of our students and staff to minimize the risk of exposure.
It is important to emphasize that we need to continue the implementation of the following protocols in order to slow the transmission of the virus:
Thank you for your support and assistance as we continue to address this pandemic together.
Michael P. Hanlon, Jr., Ph.D.
Schedule for the Week of October 26-October 30
Monday, October 26: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Tuesday, October 27: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Wednesday, October 28: Reminder- Class Begins 8:58 AM Periods 2, 4, 6 (red schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Thursday, October 29 : Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (black schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Friday, October 30: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
X- Marks the Spot: AP Physics C projectile Challenge
Chardon Service Learning
Thank you RW Sidley for your generous donation of 200 cider blocks for the Chardon Service Learning community garden project. See more images in the slideshow below.
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:
Images of the Week
Mr. Murray's Weekly Highlight Video
Morning Announcements: Q/A with Coach Hewitt
Art Piece of the Week
What is Chardon Corona Coloring Team
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)
Attention Seniors and Parents:
It is time to order your Cap & Gown, Graduation Announcements and Senior Ring. Unfortunately this year, no orders will be taken in school. Please see the attachment for all the information you need to get your order placed online or by phone. Be sure to place your order on time to avoid any late fees.
Attention Sophomores & Juniors
It is time to order your Chardon HS Class Ring! See the attachment for important order information and Special promotion for ordering before the deadline.
Senior Pictures/ Senior Tribute
Closing Message and Article
46 consecutive days.
66, 240 minutes
1/4 of a (pandemic) school year
From your perspective, how did your son(s) or daughter(s) succeed and make strides in their performance this quarter? What worked? What struggles did you notice? How was their time used?
Chances are if you are reading this...you truly care about the performance of your children. We all do.
So as you reflect on the closure of one quarter, let's reflect on a few essential questions.
Describe your goals for the quarter, how you made them visible, and how they were communicated to others?
Articulate the steps that you managed your time for school, sports, work, family and family time.
Reflect on how you communicated to your teachers when you were stuck, confused, or needed help.
How did you celebrate success?
Goals are critical. They keep you focused on what’s important, and allow you to make the best use of your 24 hours each day. When tackled correctly, they force you out of your comfort zone and help you grow more than you would without them.
Just by setting a goal, you are taking an active role in driving new and better results in your life. What could be more important than that?
Teaching our teenagers to set goals effectively can be life-changing. However, as we teach goal-setting to our children, we need to make sure we’re showing them how to use goals to have the greatest possible positive impact on their lives.
Here are six strategies adapted and annotated from an article- 7 Mindsets: Goal Setting for Teens for smart goal setting for teens that can help them maximize the potential of their lives:
1. It must be on their terms
The most important thing to remember is that these are their goals, not yours. One of the biggest mistakes we can make as parents is wanting our children to live in their images and in alignment with their definitions of success. In doing so, parents can unconsciously push their children down disingenuous paths that can result in reduced success and meaning from their goals.
2. Connect their goals to the ultimate currency… happiness!
What we want for our children is happiness on their terms. Happiness can be defined as finding joy, gratitude, love, or pleasure in the simplest of things...to the most luxurious things. Simplifying happiness comes down to the most sacred thing that we all experience: Time. Finding time is based upon organizing our day in simple things: breaking down barriers to learn, finding success, and celebrating life.
3. Help them frame their lives
Every year, we ask students to share their dreams and goals. We can hear it now..."what do you want to be when you grow up". To fully encapsulate we have to refine the lens to our goals, purpose, talents, and passions. Due to the world that we all live in, it’s easy to get very narrow with our vision for life and lose sight of some crucial components to our happiness. One of the first things you want to do is help your children frame and shape life in simple ways. As the first teacher, we should help define their priorities, which might include things like family, friends, faith, health, education, profession, wealth and social impact. We should ask them to consider all these areas as they think about and plan for the future, so they can set goals that will provide the greatest benefit to them.
4. Teach them to dream big but play small
Teaching our children that goals are steps that we take on the path to our dreams is very important. The things we measure most often improve in our lives, so we must help our children set goals that are specific and measurable. For example, setting a goal to get straight A’s is much less powerful than a goal to use Cornell note-taking to prepare for each course... Remember that success is never one huge leap. It is almost always a succession of hundreds or thousands of tiny steps forward… and most likely with a few steps backward along the way. The greatest replicator of success is success. It’s both easy and common to give up on goals – and, therefore, dreams – if they’re too lofty or far away. It is really important to set goals that are attainable. The sense of gratification that students get from accomplishing small yet meaningful goals will help sustain the energy and belief as they move towards greater accomplishments.
5. They need to take stock along the way
Setting goals can be a double-edged sword. It can drive purposeful action in our lives and allow us to achieve more over a shorter period of time. However, we need to be careful with ourselves and with our children, because goals can also be a source of anxiety.
All of us have the tendency to create a hyper-focus on future circumstances. This can produce an “I’ll be happy when…” mentality, when what we want is to find inner happiness in this moment. With this awareness in mind, try to intertwine the process of goal-setting with an ongoing habit of recognizing existing successes and accomplishments. The present should never be sacrificed for the future, and goals should simply be tools to get the most out of the time we have.
6. Make goal-setting as engaging as possible
We all know that, when working with teens, we’re competing with a constant barrage of distractions – video games, social media, and high school relationships. This process is predicated on patience and self-discipline, but we need to change it up a bit sometimes to help get the process started.
We all want what’s best for our kids. Teaching them to think in terms of setting and accomplishing goals will help them become their own best sources for fulfillment, and provide the recognition that they control the outcomes in their lives. Through smart goal setting for teens, we can give our children the most important gift any parent can give: the ability to thrive in life without us.
7 Mindsets. "Goal Setting For Teens." 7 Mindsets. 7 Jun. 2016. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://7mindsets.com/smart-goal-setting-for-teens/>
Have a beautiful weekend with your family,
Douglas Murray, Principal
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