A New Year.
At the beginning of anything new, we have the opportunity to reflect on moments from the past year and make meaningful resolutions for the upcoming year. In order for any resolution to come to fruition, we need to make changes to our routines or habits. Research states that it takes 21 days to create new habits. Creating new habits, or breaking old ones is challenging but the outcomes can be transformative to the person making meaningful changes.
Often times, we make resolutions for our health and by the time that spring break rolls around, we are back to our old habits. This year, after all of the things that we have faced, I challenge everyone to look at one way that you can make an impact on your life. For students, it could relate to organizational effectiveness--study habits, homework, test prep, etc. It could also connect to putting down technology each night at a certain time. For parents, it could relate to wellness, or it could relate to scheduled dinners, or even putting your work away at a certain time to be with your children. For staff, it could relate to trying something new within instructional practices each unit, or finding extra patience in the classroom or with technology.
Reflecting on the first semester, I am so proud of our students and our teachers' efforts to focus on the eminent core value of optimism. Throughout the school year, students could generally experience our energy and focus on our core values during assemblies, rallies, and community experiences. This year, we really had to be creative in our presentations, podcasts, communications, and connections with students within new parameters. It has not been easy, and each of us play a role in either reading, watching, listening, or experiencing our best practices of the past in new ways. Being optimistic is the one thing that we can all long for in our lives. This semester also gave us the opportunity to reflect on ourselves. Mindfulness of self and others became an important barometer of 2020 , and it should be a sense that we continue to apply into this new year. We need to be mindful of our pulse--personally, mentally, and socially. Likewise, we need to be active listeners and mindful to needs of others and use our resources to assist others . Our country needs to model this more than ever right now, and it can start with us.
The compass, road map, and GPS to all that we do is our mission statement which is enhanced through the magnifying lens of our core values. All of the outcomes in which we gauge learners filters through the creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and community connections that all of our educators emphasize in the day to day interactions with students. Through this daily encounter of learning, our students become exposed to programs, supports, and pathways that help guide them to find their individual purpose.
This new year is up to us. Live it to the fullest. Every single day is an opportunity to seize the day to the fullest. Make today great! Here are some key areas to focus on towards establishing new goals this semester.
Anyone that knows me can share that I wear my emotions on my sleeves. Whether it is a blessing or a curse, there is complete transparency to my emotions. People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that influence their decisions, shape their day-to-day actions, and determine their short and long-term priorities. They place significant value on being a person of high integrity and in earning the trust and respect of others. The result is that they live with a clear conscience and spend more time listening to their inner voice than being influenced negatively by others.
Make the Right Stuff, the Right Stuff
I learned the value of hard work from my parents, and definitely from my wife who is the ultimate multi-tasker. People who live a life of purpose identify those activities that matter most to them and spend the majority of their time and effort in those areas. Otherwise, it’s too easy to drift away in the currents of life. There is a clear connection to the statement: How we spend our days parallels to how we live our lives. They work hand in hand---reminding us of the important marriage of choices and priorities.
My entire life I have found value in pursuing what my passions were. From working outdoors at Sand Ridge to Kirtland Country Club, to teaching, and coaching...I have always loved pursuing areas in my life that I enjoyed. People who live a life of purpose wake up each morning eager to face the new day. They pursue their dreams with fervor, put their hearts into everything they do, and feel that they’re personally making a difference.
Finding a balance is essential and challenging. The key is reflecting often and demonstrating your care and commitment to those that you love along with balancing your passion(s). People who live a life of purpose put their heart into their career and into building relationships with friends and family. They also reserve adequate time to satisfy their personal needs. Achieving balance means living up to one’s potential in all facets of life.
Happiness is a choice – not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you. – --Ralph Marston
I have lived by this mantra my whole life. People who live a life of purpose have inner peace. They’re satisfied with what they have and who they are. To them, the grass is greener on their own side of the fence because of the time spent nurturing and cultivating their purpose.
Living a life of service has taught me so much about myself. It has humbled me, guided me, and grounded me in my values. People who live a life of purpose make a meaningful difference in someone else’s life. They do things for others without expectation of personal gain, serve as exemplary role models, and gain as much satisfaction witnessing the success of others as witnessing their own. As the old proverb says, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” Caring your candle and go light your world in the service of others.
Many years ago, there was a movie titled, Dead Poet's Society. In the film there is a scene where Robin William challenges the students to Carpe Diem- Seize the day--and make their lives extraordinary! He was changing the students perspective and experiences to live beyond the status quo. People who live a life of purpose cherish every moment and seek to live life without regret. They take joy in the experiences that life gives and don’t worry about keeping score.
Make the most out of the moments in front of you and seize every single day as a new opportunity to achieve greatness!
In this episode, the administration, school counselors, and athletic director discuss the end of the quarter/semester and share insight on ways to finish strong.
CHS Hybrid Model Details 2.0
Please note that a change to the hybrid model WILL impact the 100% virtual (blue) instructional model. These students will follow the schedule posted in this document. The purpose of adjusting the previously deployed 50/50 schedule is to increase the continuity of class interaction with the teachers. Should the district move to a different instructional model, additional details that impact all high school students would be shared.
All students in person were assigned to an A / B family group as utilized during the first week of school. Since Blue Model students attend virtually, they are not assigned to a group and attend classes based on their daily schedule. Any families who are not sure of their family group assignment should first check Infinite Campus prior to contacting the CHS main office.
Students enrolled (in-person) at Chardon High School will attend school in the building based on the assigned family group on the following days; transportation will run at the regular times. This schedule indicates a two week window of the 50/50 model due to the 4 -day school week.
While in-person, students will follow their class schedule and receive typical daily instruction as they have since the start of the year.
During the A/B rotation, students at home may participate in synchronous (LIVE) or asynchronous (posted) learning activities. Students at home should follow their typical class schedule working on assignments in each of their classes that must be completed by the date and time that the assignment is posted. Please see each teacher’s Google Classroom for specific instructions. Some teachers may choose to stream coursework throughout the duration of this A/B rotation white schedule.
During a 5- Day Week, Students would follow the following rotation
Wednesday’s would be virtual during a 5-Day week
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.
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, 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 sure your son or daughter checks-in daily.
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
Car Raffle: Less than a month left!
Art Piece of the Week
8th Grade Girls Basketball
8th GRADE GIRLS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS
8th Grade tryouts: January 11th & 12th 7:30-8:30 pm
8th Grade Saturday 1/9 @ 10:30 am
Signup on this link
8th grade coach, Megan Wessels, megan.wessels.@chardonschools.org
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. This weekend, Chardon Boys Basketball takes on NDCL at home on Saturday- whereas the Girls Basketball team head to Akron Hoban on Friday night.
Chardon at Hoban Livestream Links
Have a beautiful weekend with your family!
Douglas Murray, Principal