We receive many calls each week that relate to what's happening at school. I might have lost count at this point to the amount of times that I hear our secretaries talk to parents and guardians about the Week in Reflection. So, here's another reminder--- if this is your first time reading this---this is the "catch all" building level communication that comes out each Friday at 7 AM. If you choose to not skim this information, you will be directed to this weekly newsletter for the answer. Too many times we hear--"I don't read anything from the school." Please save yourself the step and browse this before calling.
When you look in the mirror--what do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear?
A reflection is a mirror image of what we see on the exterior. When we look at ourselves we often see ourselves as other people describe us. Mirrors can be tricky in reflecting the mirage of another person's words. The world can be a cold place when we look in the mirror. But, does it have to be? Should it be?
A mirror should reflect the beauty of our creation, our words, and our feelings. Everyone is beautiful. Everyone has value, and everyone has worth. It is up to each of us to reflect this into our own mind's eye in order to change our world, our perspective, and our outcomes--and in doing so, we change another person's world. A little bit of kindness goes a long way. That kindness lives in each of us.
This past week has been difficult for all of us. Those reading this would know. Every employee, every student, and every caretaker sacrificed, even more, this week as we deployed week one of Remote Learning 2.0. Some students love it, some students adapt to it, and other students hate it. I get it. We get it. We miss seeing our students, but we know that this period of time is important for all of us to take care of ourselves so that we can see each other real soon.
What is really important for all of us to understand is the fact that this is school. This is not last spring when things were frantically being built and we didn't know all of the outcomes that we were preparing for. This summer, fall, and our experiences in all educational models have refined us ---and we have prepared for this moment. We know that it will not be perfect nor ideal, but we have nearly 90 adults working meticulously to make sure that all students are on track, doing their work, and being mindful of their learning.
This shared experience in Remote Learning 2.0 takes a team in order for it to be successful. The administration, school counselors, secretaries, and support staff are working daily to support the educational system. In order for the system to sustain success, we need all of our students to stay on schedule. Students need to report during their scheduled classes on time, engage in coursework and meets, and ask for help when they feel unsettled. This help is more than just the skills learned in the classroom. Students should contact their teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff to assist them during this period of time in remote learning. We are all here to help.
This two week scheduled window in remote learning is to help our county, school, and households flatten the curve. We all have to do our part in and out of the classroom. We know that we will get through this, we just need to weather this storm---together.
The schedule for next week is the same as last week. The remote schedule is much more conducive to learning than the hybrid model. Teachers are able to meet with their students more frequently and have built-in office hours throughout. Take care! Please reach out if you need us, we miss you all!
Please note that a change to the remote learning schedule model WILL impact the 100% virtual (blue) instructional model. These students will follow the remote learning schedule. Furthermore, these details apply to those who are enrolled in (in-person) learning. Should the district move to back to a 50/50 hybrid or 100%, additional details that impact all high school students would be shared.
In the remote learning schedule, (A/B) groups NO longer need to be utilized. All students report each day remotely to their class period following the bell schedule.
While in a remote learning schedule, students will follow their class schedules and receive daily instruction from their teachers. Students will go to the Google Classroom for each instructional period to access either the Google Meet or daily learning instructions from the teacher.
Accurately tracking students’ attendance is required by the State of Ohio. While in a hybrid, students had an increased responsibility in this process. Now, while in 100% remote learning, traditional attendance will occur. (Teachers will take attendance).
In order for a student to be marked as present during any given class period in a remote setting, two things must occur:
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 sure your son or daughter checks-in daily.
It is really important to note the class times for the remote learning model. Our plan has evolved since July. In order to deliver, apply, and execute the most sound plan--we have adjusted lunch periods in order for all students and staff to eat at the same time since the students will be at home.
While learning from home students should, on average, anticipate approximately 3-4 hours of class contact/work each day. Please remember that this is a full day of school.
The following activities/class periods will not meet virtually:
Regular Study Halls
Freshman Mentoring Program
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.
All teachers who are NOT teaching in the Circuit of Success will have office hours scheduled for Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 1:51-2:25 pm. Likewise, teachers may adjust their Wednesday PLC time to work with students. These hours are built as an opportunity to receive assistance from your teacher.
Absences from School: Please Call 440-285-4057 (press 1)
Informing the school of COVID-19 (Positive result/Quarantine) 440-286-0418
Please continue to report any COVID related illnesses or exposures to the school while we are on remote instruction or on winter break. It is important for us to continue to monitor these health conditions as it relates to our schools. In addition, if you have any questions or concerns please contact the nurse. You can call the clinic at 286-0418 or email email@example.com
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.)
CHROMEBOOKS: TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Students and Parents/Guardians having Chromebook issues can call the following Tech Support Lines.
Grades 8 - 12: 440-286-0428
Live support will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please leave a message if the line is busy, or if you call after hours. Calls will be returned as soon as possible.
If a Chromebook needs repair, the Tech Support Line will schedule an appointment. All repairs MUST be pre-scheduled.
Principal Mr. Douglas Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal Mr. Ryan Bandiera email@example.com
Assistant Principal Mr. Douglas Higham firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Worker Mrs. Joan Blackburn email@example.com
Resource Office Officer Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse Mrs. Jan Hoffman Janice.Hoffmann@chardonschools.org
A-G Mr. Hurlbut email@example.com
H-O Mrs. Hetrick firstname.lastname@example.org
P-Z Mr. Kovach email@example.com
Counselor Mrs. Tupaz firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday
1:51 PM- 2:25 PM
Chardon Local Schools Athletics Update Middle and High School
Based upon the current information, the following is an update on the status of Chardon High School athletics and Chardon Middle School athletics for the winter sports season.
Please note these policies are not absolute and are subject to change as we receive additional information and/or recommendations from the health department based on current COVID-19 trend data in Chardon and Geauga County.
Effective Wednesday, November 25, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 has impacted so many parts of our lives for way too long... and as we approach the holiday season, the Chardon Service class had to adjust many parts of the annual fundraiser, Jeremy's Kids.
The Chardon Service Learning class has developed an amazing website this year to help the process. Last year, the class raised almost $10,000.00. They were able to help nearly eighty people. The need in Geauga County this year is even higher and we worked with our school treasurer to come up with a safe and secure process for fundraising. Please consider donating to this excellent cause and help make a child have an amazing Christmas. For those who do not know the story, here's our why-
On December 24th, 1999, the son of Robert and Dee Mizen, Jeremy, suffered trauma to the head following a car accident on the way to Christmas Eve church service. An outpour of love and compassion from the community donated thousands of dollars that eventually was used as a scholarship fund in memory of Jeremy's life. The scholarship program ended in 2011 granting one thousand dollar scholarships to eight students. The Jeremy's Kids Foundation fund was started in 2001 and continues to this day collecting money from the community to purchase gifts for families in need each holiday season. It is our mission to make the Christmas of each and every individual included in this operation unforgettable.
The mission of Jeremy's kids is to provide holiday gifts for at need families in Geauga County. In 20 years of giving back to the community, we have raised over $120,000. With the money raised, Chardon High School students are given the opportunity to go to local stores and shop for these families. With your help, we can continue this tradition even through the hard times we are experiencing due to Covid-19.
State Championship Page
Stay warm, and stay safe!
Douglas Murray, Principal