Pause for a moment
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.
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 his book, Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Program, Urban Meyer discusses 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 that Urban Meyer teaches:
(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
Students should refresh their schedules inside Infinite Campus to determine any new semester courses and locations.
Accurately tracking students’ attendance is required by the State of Ohio. While in the hybrid model, students have an increased responsibility in this process. Please contact the school at 440-285-4057 (press 1) to notify the school of any absence or appointments during the school day.
As we discussed with students and staff this week, the high school needed to disable the Infinite Campus Check-In procedures this week due to technical glitches that were overriding teacher/secretary changes at the end of each day. Attendance for virtual students are still be accounted for by the LIVE Meets, and submitting classwork posted. During the interim, in order for a student to be marked as “present” during any given class period in a remote setting, students need to check in to Google Classroom to determine if class is synchronous---and join, along with completing assigned work and submitting work by the date and time that it is assigned by each teacher.
If students do not meet BOTH of these expectations, they will be marked absent for the school day, or absent from a specific class from which the work was not completed. These absence hours will calculate towards truancy calculations as required by House Bill 410. Parents are encouraged to activate attendance notifications through the Infinite Campus parent portal to be notified of student attendance.
While learning from home if the district is in a hybrid model, students should, on average, anticipate approximately 3-4 hours of required work each day. Please remember that this is a full day of school.
All work will be assigned through Google Classroom for each class. The work will be posted prior to each course and will be due by the date and time that the assignment is assigned.
Students will be required to complete activities mostly independently and will be from programs, routines, and procedures of which they are familiar with using while in-person.
Teacher Resources for CHS Students (Links to teacher resources)
Quarantine in Home Letter (This reference is for those students who become Quarantined in the home due to contact tracing.)
Principal Mr. Douglas Murray email@example.com
Assistant Principal Mr. Ryan Bandiera 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. Jan Hoffman Janice.Hoffmann@chardonschools.org
A-G Mr. Hurlbut firstname.lastname@example.org
H-O Mrs. Hetrick email@example.com
P-Z Mr. Kovach firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselor Mrs. Tupaz email@example.com
Art Piece of the Week
"Viking Knit Earrings"
Car Raffle: Less than a month left!
BoxCast Games this Weekend
Chardon High School uses BoxCast to stream all home games this winter. Families may choose to watch the games on their mobile device or use their smart TV to cast the games from their phone to their TV. Families who have a Roku device or Roku TV or Apple streaming device or Apple TV may download the App to their list of channels to watch the games directly on their TV.
Friday, January 15: Boys Basketball at Strongsville: YouTube
Saturday, January 16: Wrestling (8th Grade)
Sunday, January 17: Swimming
CHS Principal Podcast: Special Guest Mrs. Blackburn
FREE Wellness Consultations - Geauga Wellness Collaborative
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/>
As we approach the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday I wanted to share out from the Cleveland area some programs/activities that are available virtually this year.
44th Annual Celebration of the Life and Work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Sunday January 17, 2021 @2:30pm
To register go to www.tri-c.edu
*A Karamu House Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Begins January 18, 2021
Visit at karamuhouse.org
*The Cleveland Museum of Art
MLK Day Program: Becoming A Beloved Community
January 18, 2021@6pm
Visit/register at www.clevelandart.org
Save the Date
CHS Parents can begin signing up for the final Parent Teacher Conferences of the year. Conferences are February 11, 2021. Likewise, on the same night, at 7:00 PM, the school counselors and administration will be presenting the District CCP Information session along with the CHS Curriculum Night. This will be a LIVE and recorded session. More details upcoming as we plan this event.
Have a beautiful weekend with your family!
Douglas Murray, Principal