We are all Toppers!
As building principal, I wanted to start this Week in Reflection by recognizing the work that our Communication Director, Kelly Misch, has provided to Chardon Schools throughout this first semester. Kelly has created new energy and creativity towards highlighting our mission of the district. Below, you will read and be able to watch a small example of the work that she creates. Many of you have noticed the new approach she has created within the Topper Talk, district posts to social media, along with her print communication. We are grateful for her and appreciate all that she does behind the scenes. In this edition of the weekly newsletter, we will focus on PBIS, our established culture, the blended learning day coming up in February--along with encompassing all of the great things happening at CHS.
"Chardon Schools' 2nd Quarter 2019-20 Highlights VIDEO is now available for you to view and enjoy. While certainly we recognize one short video alone cannot capture all that the district's students have accomplished in one quarter, we do our best to showcase at least a few of those Hilltopper moments.
Please feel free to share the video link with fellow community members who do not receive our emails but would like to learn more about the ways in which #WeAreChardon." - Kelly Misch
CHS Core Values and PBIS: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an approach schools can use to improve school safety and promote positive behavior. It also helps schools decide how to respond to a child who misbehaves. Over the last two decades at Chardon High School, we have created programs such as Freshman Mentoring, AC4P, Core Values Teams, #UTopper Club, Intentional Acts of Kindness, School Spirit, and positive relationship building and soft skills focus to help build up our school culture.
At its heart, PBIS calls on schools to teach kids about behavior, just as they would teach about any other subject—like reading or math. PBIS recognizes that kids can only meet behavior expectations if they know what the expectations are. A hallmark of a school using PBIS is that everyone knows what’s appropriate behavior.
We are building off our focus on the PBIS Matrix of behaviors that align with our core values and targeted outcomes that we worked on last school year. This week students and staff had the opportunity to recognize the positive behaviors and acts of kindness in a Google Form.
We have been blessed to work with local businesses that have been extremely kind to us. Here is the form that students and staff (within the Chardon domain) can fill out. Keep recognizing the good around you!
February 25: ACT/ Core Value Day
ACT and Blended Learning Day
What you need to know:
What: ACT Test ... Tuesday, February 25th, all Juniors will be taking the ACT at Chardon High School.
Why: The fourth year of the state requirement to administer the ACT or SAT to Juniors as a pathway to graduation.
Questions about ACT/SAT Requirement
Blended Learning Day
The following expectations will be required for each grade level:
ELA Specific: Students in the following classes need to arrive no later than 8:45 AM for their field trip. Departure is at 9:00 AM. Students will return at 2:15 PM
ELA classes scheduled to attend a field trip on Feb 25, 2020 (130 students)
Mrs. Deshetler 8 Honors (ENG IH)
Ms.Tersigni and Mrs. Downs ICP
Ms.Tersigni and Mr. Lichtinger IICP
Senior Auburn Career Center Students: Report to CHS at 10:25 AM for Bus Departure
CEVEC will be in session for our students who attend.
All students listed above do NOT need to fill out the Google Form
Eighth Grade, Freshman, Sophomores, and Seniors must complete a Google Form to show attendance for the day, along with demonstrating what activities, services, and achievements took place during the blended day.
Eighth Graders, Freshman, and Sophomores:
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Why creating a culture surrounding the principles of servant leadership matters today.
The Google Form will be sent out on 2/24.
A downloadable document is available below.
CLE STAYCATION - CHS Choir Field Trip
Photos and Article by Mr. Fritz Streiff
The CHS Choirs students participated in a full day of activities featuring cultural opportunities in Cleveland. We started the day with a tour of Severance Hall, the home of the world famous Cleveland Orchestra. Then off to Church of the Covenant, a cathedral in University Circle, where we participated in a choral workshop with CWRU professors Dr. Peters and Dr. Garrett. The CHS choirs sang for them and were provided constructive perspectives and techniques to grow on. The choir then stopped for lunch at Nighttown Restaurant. Nightgown is a great jazz hub in Cleveland and provided a wonderful backdrop for our guest performer and quartet Ava Preston. Ava is a Freshman in high school and has refined her craft of singing jazz vocals. Ave sang classic jazz tunes along with a few original pieces that she has written reflective of themes of mental health and struggle as a culture with the loss related to the opioid epidemic. After lunch, we headed to the Cleveland Museum of Art, where we received a private tour correlating the communication of visual art to that of our choral singing art. The choirs jumped on the RTA Healthline to transfer from University Circle to Playhouse Square District. We met up with actors and administrative personnel from the Great Lakes Theatre Festival and Playhouse Square, including alumni Kaitlyn Carr, to talk about careers and insights to working in the arts and theatre careers. After a full day, we were all ready for a fun and relaxing time at the Hofbrauhaus as we experienced some German food and music. The CHS Choirs added to the excitement of the great hall with participating in some dancing and singing of "Edelweis". We ended our evening with taking in the production of "Jersey Boys" presented at the Playhouse Square Connor Palace Theatre. All 84 students and adults were a class act and represented CHS everywhere we went. Special thank you to our many chaperones that made time to be with us! A great day of learning and fun was had by all! Next spring the CHS choirs are off to NYC!
Ohio Music Education Association - Solo & Ensemble
January 25th - Madison High School
Congratulations to the following students for their hard work and personal preparation for OMEA Solo & Ensemble.
Paige Nells - vocal
Bryan Hofacre - vocal
Abby Breznai - vocal
Molly Kosir - piano
Olivia Nelson - vocal
Lailah Pugh - vocal
Maya Pedersen - vocal
Alaina Goss, Karen Landies, Lou Piotrkowski - ensemble
Brian Hofacre, Ethan Peterson, Jack Tilton - ensemble
Jessica Drake - vocal
Samantha Hess - vocal
Mitchell Ewaska - tuba
Anna Gerstner - trumpet
Michael Meleski - alto saxophone
Finley Fuerst - vocal
Marina Hall, Lily Marmash, Morgan Strlich-Waybright, Magdalene Bonfiglio - ensemble
Ella McCloskey - vocal
Grace George - vocal
James Ambrose - snare drum
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A Message from School Nurse: Jan Hoffmann BSN, RN, LSN
Parents of students turning 16 and all junior students:
As you make appointments for your child to have his/her annual checkup please keep in mind he/she will need a dose of the meningitis vaccine. Proof of vaccination should be submitted to the clinic anytime but must be provided by the start of the next school year.
Ohio Revised Code states:
· One (1) dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 7th grade.
· A second (2nd) dose of meningococcal vaccine is required prior to entry into the 12th grade. The second (2nd) dose must be administered on or after the 16th birthday with at least eight (8) weeks between the first (1st) and second (2nd) dose. If the first (1st) dose of meningococcal vaccine was administered after the 16th birthday, a second (2nd) dose is not required.
If you have any questions, please contact Jan Hoffmann BSN, RN, LSN at 440.286.0418 or janice.hoffmann"@chardonschools.org
Save the date: PT Conferences/Curriculum Night
CHS Parents can begin signing up for the final Parent Teacher Conferences of the year. Conferences are February 4, 2020. Likewise, on the same night, the school counselors and department chairs will be presenting the District CCP Information session along with the CHS Curriculum Night. This will be held at 6:30 pm in the CMS LGIR. The purpose of moving this event to the LGIR is due to the lack of available space at the high school due to the basketball game that will be in the gym.
In order to better prepare you and your child to the academic offerings at Chardon High School, we will be hosting a Curriculum Evening on February 4, 2020, at 6:30 PM in the LGIR. This evening also coincides with our Parent Teacher Conferences.
At this meeting, we will provide an overview of the curricular offerings, and course delivery options (including College Credit Plus), and an overview of the scheduling process. Several of our high school teachers and counselors will be on hand that evening to share information and answer questions regarding their curriculum and course offerings. Representatives from local colleges will also be present to answer questions about College Credit Plus.
Our School Counselors will be presenting to students about scheduling and course offerings later in February. This evening is for all grades entering 8-12. We will schedule a separate evening to go through the high school experiences for new 8th graders on March 9, 2020.
Enclosed is the link for parent teacher conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences are for all parents grades 8-12. This is NOT an invitation only opportunity
Greece Adventure: Meeting-February 6
There will be a parent/student information meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6th at 7:00 pm in CHS room 210. There are spots still available for this adventure!
DC Trip: Second payment February 7th ($100)
Dear Eighth Graders and Eighth Grade Parents,
We are so excited about our trip to Washington, D.C.! There is so much to look forward to, and spring is a beautiful time of year to be in our nation’s capital. School-sponsored tours are essential elements of our academic programs at Chardon High School. Our eighth-graders will have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. on a curriculum-based overnight field trip from May 4-6, 2020.
The following are the guidelines for this trip. The cost of the trip is $445. This includes all meals (except lunch Monday), lodging, and guided experiences. Payment plan: first payment November 15th ($245), second payment February 7th ($100), and third payment March 13th ($100) or full payment on November 15th. Payments can be made on Infinite Campus or a check (made out to Chardon Board of Education) through the CHS business office. All school fees (including athletic fees) must be paid prior to the second trip payment date February 7, 2020.
While every effort will be made to honor room requests, CHS reserves the right to assign hotel rooms and bus assignments. Violation of our core values may eliminate eligibility for the trip. If a student’s eligibility is removed, any payments made to the tour company will not be refunded. Students and parents understand that all school rules and Chardon Local School District Board of Education Policies and Procedures are in effect. If there are any disciplinary issues on the trip, the administration reserves the right to require your child to be picked up at the parents’ or guardians’ expense.
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Trip Presentation from November is enclosed.
The Ski/Snowboard Club is excited to announce a day trip to Holiday Valley Ski Resort in New York. The trip is planned for Saturday, March 7 and is open to all students at the high school (grades 8-12). Students do NOT have to currently be part of the ski club to participate in this opportunity. If your son/daughter is interested please see the attached flyer for more details, including 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! If you have any questions, please email Alison Fisher at email@example.com
Obtain an application for minor work permit in the school office.
Summer Job Opportunity - Camp Wise
My name is Hannah Tucker, and I am the Program Coordinator at an overnight summer camp in Chardon, Ohio. We are hiring for many positions at our camp, and I was hoping you could pass the information along to your SENIOR STUDENTS/ATHLETES.
We are looking to recruit and hire summer staff (current high school seniors) who have experience and skills in their specialty area as well as a passion for working with children. We hire over 150 staff every summer from the U.S., Israel, U.K., Australia, Colombia, South Africa, and beyond. All positions we hire for are room & board-based positions where counselors live on-site in cabins with campers and have days off every week or so.
Attached to this email is our staff hiring flyer which provides an overview of our summer staff experience and available positions. If you are able to share this flyer with your students or hang it up at school, we would really appreciate that! I have also included our staff hiring video, if you have the opportunity to show this to your students, that would be great. Staff Video: https://vimeo.com/369706120
I hope you will be able to share these opportunities with your network. I am happy to answer any questions or provide more information if that would be helpful.
Thank you for your consideration!
Have a great weekend with family and friends,
Douglas Murray, Principal