Opening: Weathering the Storms In Our Lives
This time of year can create a sense of passiveness or lethargy in energy, creativity, and health. Living in Northeast Ohio and walking outside to cloudiness and unpredictable weather only adds to the feeling of waiting and wishing for a change. No human is immune to these feelings...especially after the last several months. Taking care of yourself will best equip you for emotions that can arise this time of year. One of the ways that totally invigorated me back to my core was teaching over the last two weeks. It was a joy and pleasure to cover for Computer Science, writing lessons, and mapping out lessons for the long term substitute that we were able to hire this week. I love teaching, and I love kids. I am appreciative of Mr. Higham and Mrs. Bondi that carried the load in the office while I lead these courses. Over the last week, we certainly had to weather some literal storms.
Weathering the storm
When a storm is predicted you prepare the best that you can as a homeowner, motorist, or tourist. Your experiences, along with trusting others who have been in similar conditions, best equip you with the knowledge that you need to get through these situations. Likewise, in your life, there are many people that you encounter that have experienced the trials of good and bad times. Listening to the wisdom of family members and trusted adults can provide insight into the best ways to get through difficult times. Knowing that there are others who are experiencing these feelings, or passiveness is an important reality to remember. You are not in this alone. In order to equip yourself fully, it is important to talk to others and share how you are feeling instead of letting the "storm" grow inside of your life. The third quarter of a school year can be compared to the 7th inning stretch in baseball: the time of year where students can become very restless and lethargic. Every student can fall into this restless period- it is important that parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators work collaboratively to guide students through this seasonal experience.
Creating new habits
The best way to get out of the third quarter blues is to create new habits and routines. This is easier said than done. Students need to choose this response to create the new outcomes that they desire. Light energizes each of us. During the winter, the days seem shorter due to the change in season and the tilt of the earth. Our bodies adjust to this change and we need to create new routines to increase our energy. In the same way, the third quarter can create a "tilt" in our energy to stay on top of our work, exercise, and past routines. Many students may fall into this trap of the third quarter and wonder what happened when the quarter ends in early March. Instead of wondering where the time went---reestablish the routines that you set forth in the first and second quarters and plowshare the noise of the third quarter.
Preparing for tomorrow by living today
In the book, Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Program, the authors discuss the success formula that can catapult our responses to any event in our lives. This formula is simple: E + R = O (Event + Response = Outcome) We don’t control the events in life and we don’t directly control the outcomes. However, we always have control over how we choose to respond. His approach to athletes can align perfectly with our response to events in our life. The key indicator is leadership. This leadership is not only what I can control as a principal. It is what WE can lead as parents, teachers, and coaches to our children--along with how we can support each other in the process. We all need to ask the question--exactly what is it that I am after each day? Having this clarity of purpose will allow us to keep our responses "above the line" of being intentional, purposeful, and skillful whereas living "below the line" of being impulsive, and on autopilot.
Six R Factor Disciplines from Above the Line:
(Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Program)
1. Press Pause – gives you time to think, gets you off autopilot, avoid doing something foolish or harmful, focus on acting with purpose
2. Get Your Mind Right – What you focus on, how you talk to yourself, productive vs negative mindset, Irritated Mindset or Survival Mindset (both below the line) vs. Purpose mindset (above the line)
3. Step Up – Understand the situation, understand what is required of you and respond above the line
4. Adjust & Adapt – Consider the current path of your R Factor habits. Where are they taking you? Where do you want to go? Adjust.
5. Make a Difference – take complete ownership of the experience you give others and your contribution to the team’s culture
6. Build Skill – Elite performers build skill above their talents. Talent is a gift, greatness is a choice.
Under pressure, we do not rise to the occasion. We rise or fall to the level of our training. Therefore, train far beyond the finish line of the third quarter and the outcomes will catapult the goals that you set for yourself.
Schedule for Next Week
Monday, January 17- NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Day)
Tuesday, January 18- White Day Schedule
Wednesday, January 19- Red Day Schedule
Thursday, January 20- Black Day Schedule
Friday, January 21- White Day Schedule
ASVAB: Career Exploration Program-January 26
Still figuring out your future? Can’t decide on a college major? Don’t know what career to pursue? Then the ASVAB Career Exploration Program is for you! CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance today!
Explore your interests. Identify your strengths. Start opening doors to your future. Participate in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program. CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance today!
Whether you are planning on college, a technical school, the military, or you are just not sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program can put you on the right path towards a satisfying career. CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance today!
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help you take steps now toward finding a career that’s right for you. You can benefit from the ASVAB CEP regardless of your plans for after high school. CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance to take advantage of this exclusive career exploration today!
Art Pieces of the Week
The Chardon Hilltalker Invitational Debut
CHS Principal Podcast: Season 3, Episode 20: Boys Hoops Preview
Images of the Week
CHS Principal Podcast: Season 3, Episode 21: Girls Hoops Preview
Images of the Week II
Senior Pictures Submission to Yearbook
SUBMISSION DEADLINE for senior pictures are Friday, JANUARY 21, 2022
Requirements for your senior picture:
Submitting your senior picture:
Note: Digital submissions are much preferred and strongly recommended in order to preserve quality of the photos.
Save the Date: What Parents Need to Know About Teen Vape Us
January 19, 2022
What Parents Need to Know About Teen Vape Use
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the LGIR at Chardon Middle School
The Chardon Police Department, Lake Geauga Recovery, Ravenwood Health, and University Hospitals will be presenting on evolving trends in vape use among teens and preteens.
Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
MCORE Foundation Cardiac Screening
MCORE FOUNDATION CARDIAC SCREENING OPPORTUNITY
Chardon High School Heart Screenings for Students
WHEN: Tuesday, February 1, 2021
TIME: 8AM –4PM
LOCATION: Learning Center Conference Room
ALL MCORE FOUNDATION SCREENINGS INCLUDE:
• An ECG and limited Echo test performed by registered cardiac sonographers
• Results read by our team of pediatric and general cardiologists
• Images stored within your secured account for future access or to send to your medical provider
Each test is approximately 10-12minutes and you may use your healthcare spending account or flex care spending account for payment. We encourage you to watch our video to learn more about MCORE Foundation.
Ski Club is BACK!
The CHS Ski/Snowboard Club is heading to some cool slopes this winter! Does your son/daughter want to join the fun? There are four separate day trips planned - three Saturdays at Peek ’n Peak Ski Resort in New York and one Saturday at Holiday Valley Ski Resort. Each trip is open to all students at the high school (grades 8-12). Students can select to participate in just one trip, two ski trips, or all four ski trips… whatever is right for the student. And students do NOT have to already know how to ski/snowboard to participate ... this could be a great opportunity for students to learn the sport! There are options for students to get lessons during every trip. If your son/daughter is interested please see the attached flier for more details, including dates, pricing options, and an overview of the itinerary for the day. Space for this opportunity is limited to just one bus, so please make sure your son/daughter turns in his/her registration to Miss Fisher as soon as possible! The first deadline is January 24, final deadline is January 28. If you have any questions, please email Alison Fisher at email@example.com or contact her at 285-4057 (x 1718).
Student Work Permit
Student will return completed form with one of the valid forms of ID. Mrs. Sprinzl will process the application. It is important to note that we just don't "sign" this form, we have to enter it into a state database.
Please allow 24 hours turn around on permits.
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Martin Luther King, Jr
There is so much we can all learn from Martin Luther King, Jr, and not just on the day off we get once a year to commemorate his life! The enclosed is a simple read from Peter Jones of the Job Network.
Here are 5 powerful lessons from Dr. King that could help you live better, do better, and go further.
1. Ask why.
And more importantly, ask “why not?” If someone tells you something is impossible, ask this very important question to figure out why they are so convinced, and whether you might be able to offer a solution no one else had seen. When looking for answers to some of the biggest questions of a generation, Dr. King turned to other sources for inspiration. This teaches us the answers to our problems will often come from unexpected corners, and how important it is to learn from other people and other cultures as much as we can.
2. You can’t change change.
Change is constant. Dr. King was initially hesitant to join in the 1963 March on Washington, but he adapted to the evolving movement and ended up leading one of the most moving and effective platforms for social change. Be adaptable. Realize that change is inevitable. All you can control is what you do in the face of it.
3. Find where you can give, not just receive.
Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” In stressful times, it becomes very difficult to focus on anyone but ourselves. But this is a moral requirement, and increasingly more so in our interconnected, fast-paced world. When you’re in a rut, focus on helping people—you’ll be surprised at what a difference that can make.
4. Tune out the critics.
As long as you’ve chosen a path that’s good and a cause that you are passionate about, and as long as you’re pursuing both with integrity, honesty, and concern for others, then you’ll need to tune out the haters now and then. People will always be critical. Rejection will always happen, particularly in the course of a career. But if you know you’re doing the right thing, you should keep doing it.
5. Leave a legacy.
Think about what sort of mark you want to leave on the world. Is the work you’re doing going to make a difference to the next generation? Even if you can’t make an impact on the same scale as Dr. King, you can figure out ways to leave your workplace, industry, etc., a little better off for your having been there.
Jones, Peter. "5 Life Lessons You Can Learn from Martin Luther King, Jr.." TheJobNetwork. 16 Jan. 2017. Web. 15 Jan. 2020. <https://www.thejobnetwork.com/5-life-lessons-you-can-learn-from-martin-luther-king-jr-012017/>
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Have a restful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal