This week was another opportunity to grow at Chardon High School. It is hard to believe that we are rounding third and heading home at the end of a quarter. As Principal, one of the most essential responsibilities is to be an instructional leader. Managing my time is essential. Every day, I have a list of mission-driven tasks and goals to accomplish. There is always the plan, and then there is the reality of the undocumented needs that arrive in my office any given day. We all know that this is all apart of the master plan of leadership. Finding the time to multi/multi-task becomes an essential task in the life of a building administrator. Less than a decade ago, I was teaching and trying to make a difference in the lives of students through learning, service, and athletics. Today, I am blessed to serve students, and adults in living our mission. I have always been a progressive thinker in education. I am a reflective learner that strives to refine my practice all the time. Everything I do surrounds my personal mission statement, and individual purpose which connects to the vision of Chardon Local Schools.
Our choices are one thing that we can control. Our actions emulate our choices, and our character defines our lives. This mantra helps define our purpose. I am a big advocate of empowering students, and adults all of the time.
One of the biggest questions that our children asked at an early age was "why!?" Why does this happen, Why does this do that, or Why are we going here...to a simple-- why does why, why!
Asking probing questions enhances our curiosity throughout life. Many years ago, you chose Chardon as a place to live. You valued the beauty, community, safety, opportunity, and education. There are many other factors that played a role in your decision to choose Chardon Schools, and you entrust us in preparing your children for college, career, and life readiness.
We are at the dawn of the first finish line. The end of the first quarter is upon in less than two weeks. Take the time to discuss where your son(s)/daughter(s) are during the first quarter, and ways that we can continue to support their learning. Our teachers are committed to serve, assist, and guide your children in any way possible. Make sure to reach out to them if you ever need anything. The more they know--the better that they can respond.
Event Date Saturday, October 9, 2021
Time 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Location Chardon High School
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EXPECTED STUDENT BEHAVIOR
No 8th graders or guests over the age of 20 may attend the dance
Congratulations to the following students who were voted by the class of 2022 as members of the Homecoming Court.
October 8, 2021 (Friday)
*Parade & Football Game
-COURT MEMBERS: arrive in front of the school before 5:15 pm.
The parade begins at 5:45 pm.
5:30 Field available for walk-thru
6:00 Teams take the field for pre-game
6:25 Coin Toss
6:30 High School Teams leave the field
6:30 Introduction of Homecoming Court/Queen and King
6:45-6:55 Band Pre-game
6:55 Teams Enter Field
The king and queen will be crowned starting at 6:30 pm, depending on the timing of warm-ups and other planned events. Parents will join the court for the presentation.
October 9 (Saturday) Dance is from 7:00pm-10:00pm
COURT: The court will be introduced at 9:00 p.m., followed by a dance between the king and queen to the selected song by the student body.
Schedule for the Week of October 11-October 15
Monday, October 11: Periods 1-7 (white schedule)
Tuesday, October 12: Periods 1-7 (white schedule)
Wednesday, October 13: Adjusted Schedule (Testing) +Periods 2, 4, 6 (red schedule) Special Schedule
Thursday, October 14 : Adjusted Schedule (PLC) + Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (black schedule) Special Schedule
Friday, October 15: Periods 1-7 (white schedule)
More Details about the PSAT/Pre-ACT
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
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
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Principal's Podcast Season 3, Episode 9 Football 2021
Mr. Murray's Weekly Highlights
Opportunity for Music Parents and CHS Students Looking for Service Hours
Calling all parents of students in our music program AND CHS students in need of service hours!
The Crescendo Club is seeking volunteers for it's Tuesday October 12 Fall Fundraiser Curbside Pick-up Event in the Chardon United Methodist Church parking lot. Opportunities are available throughout the day, including afterschool slots. Please sign-up before the end of this weekend if you are interested.
Crescendo Club Curbside Pick-Up Event Volunteer Sign-Up
Images of the Week
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
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal