February provides us the opportunity to focus on our values, community, and future. At the beginning of this week's edition of the Week in Reflection, I wanted to take a moment to include a perspective of a parent to their child about the unconditional love and dreams that they have for each of their children. This is something that I stumbled upon years ago. In a time that often leads us feeling stuck in the middle of winter ---longing for spring---it is a little reminder of what really matters. February is a month of compassion, love, purpose, and examples of who we are in Chardon.
I wish for you to be kind. Each day, as I send you to school, I hug you, I kiss you, and then I say, "Be kind." In a world that, in some ways, is so cold and harsh, kindness matters. I would rather have you be known as the kindest than as the smartest. You never know what is going on in someone else's mind or heart, but being kind will never be the wrong choice. Being kind does not mean that you are not strong or determined, but that you treat others the way you would want to be treated.
My wish for you is that you will be discerning. That you can view a situation or problem and handle it gracefully and mindfully. That you will weigh options and choices and listen to that small voice that helps you decide right from wrong.
I wish for you bravery. Courage to do what is right. Lines between right and wrong are blurred these days, be brave. Be who you are. Stand up for your beliefs. Take chances. Reach and stretch to become the person you want to be.
My wish for you is that you will learn from heartache. The mother/father in me wants to protect you from pain and hurt, but the logical part of my brain knows that's not always possible. I recognize that some of my greatest accomplishments and treasured blessings, including you, came from much pain and heartache. Great joy comes from knowing sadness and I want those joyful learning experiences for you. They will make you a better person.
My wish is that you are grateful. You have many blessings already in life and many more are headed your way. Acknowledge them. Be grateful for them. Don't take them for granted. Recognize that challenges can be blessings as well.
I wish for you truth. You might have to dig and scratch and fight for it, but find truth. Tell the truth. Be an honest person that people can count on. Being trustworthy is one of the most noble character traits you can develop.
I wish for you a life full of laughter. As much of it as possible. I know you cherish how our family loves to laugh, and our home is full of laughter on a regular basis. Look for friends and loved ones that make you laugh. Laughter is indeed the best medicine in life.
My wish for you is that you become unselfish. To serve and think of others is the most rewarding part of life. Serve the people around you, think of their feelings and emotions. By looking outside yourself you will find good qualities and traits in others to focus on and develop in your own life.
My wish for you is to know you are loved...by me...by your family...by your teachers. As your life grows to include more and more people, surround yourself with people who love you for who you are. You have a beautiful soul, you deserve to be loved. Love is hard work, but work that is worth every effort.
I want you to dream big, but to realize that with big dreams comes hard work. Dreams are worth working for. There is so much joy to be found in the little steps that make up big dreams. You have the capability to become whatever you want to be in life.
Know that you are my biggest dream. I wished upon a star for years before my dreams came true. But that dream has been even better than I could have ever imagined. All of these things I wish for you, you have helped me find in myself. You have helped me be braver than I ever thought I would have to be. You make me laugh more than anyone else. You shower me with love, you make me think and rethink all my decisions, you help me dream big, and for you I am grateful.
We love you,
Mom and Dad
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Just In: National Merit Finalists!
It is with great joy that I am contacting you to share the news that four students have advanced to Finalist standing in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Over 15,000 of the 16,000 Semifinalists named in September 2019 have met all requirements to advance to Finalist standing in the competition. All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2020.
Congratulations to Lauren Dvorak, Natalie Fullerman, Kelly Holl, and Ashley Tice for being recognized for this extraordinary accomplishment! This is just the beginning of many accomplishments from these exceptional young ladies! We are so proud of you!
National Honors Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. On Monday, we celebrated our induction ceremony.
8th Grade CHS AHLI Service Project
The 8th Grade AHLI has decided for their service project this year they are going to create "buddy bags" that the Geauga County Sheriff's Department can give to children who may find themselves in difficult situations (car accidents, neglect situations, etc.). These bags will provide some comfort for children in Geauga county by providing them with blankets, stuffed animals, activity books and so on. Yesterday, Chardon Dollar General donated all the stuffed animals in the pictures attached to this email and gave Mrs. Fullerman an incredible deal ($.10 each) on the 40+ activity packs, etc. They were very moved by the AHLI service project. Special thanks to Chardon Dollar General and the Fullerman Family for all of your assistance! Additionally, thank you to Mrs. Yeager for all your planning!
We have also received donations from the following organizations:
Chardon Square Association
Mr. and Mrs. Sheehan
Important Reminders from Guidance
Students should have completed the course registration form within Infinite Campus by TODAY. Students can access this screen from their mobile device or Chromebook. This important task by students allows our school counselors and building administration the ability to begin building the master schedule for 2020-2021.
March 9th: 7th to 8th grade/ new students presentation at the LGIR--6:30PM
In the coming weeks, our students will be taking the ACT. There are a number of resources to help them prepare, including the opportunity to take a practice test, and use free personalized resources with ACT® Academy™.
ACT Academy - Free Personalized Practice
Information for Students - Practice Test
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:
Need some ideas? Check out these examples
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.
Piece of the Week
"You Wouldn't Get It"
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
ICYMI: CHS Core Values and PBIS: Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Hilltopper Chicken Bowl
Grab and Go Salads and Sandwiches
Asst. Chicken Sandwich
Pizza Hut Pizza!!
Chicken or Burgers
Crispy Chicken Strips
Steamed California Blend
Grab & Go Salads and Sandwiches
Chicken or Burgers
Marinara sauce or Meat sauce
Warm Garlic Bread
Chicken or Burgers
Grab & Go Salads and Sandwiches
Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
Or Homemade Calzones
Grab and Go Salads
We are now accepting applications for the Geauga County Maple Festival’s Queen and King & Juniors Contest. Applications can be found on the Maple Festival’s website at www.maplefestival.com. The contest is now open to freshman through seniors residing or attending school in Geauga county. The deadline to enter is 2/21 for Junior pageants and 2/29 for Queens/King.
This year has a first prize scholarship for the winning contestant as well as other prizes and perks!
If you need more information, please contact:
Thank you for your assistance!
Maple Festival Queen’s committee
Please look at your student's Infinite Campus account under “Fees” to see what is owed for each child.
When you are looking at the fees, if something does not look right or your student has dropped a class and it is still showing, please call so that it can be corrected.
Important Reminder: ALL SENIOR FEES ARE DUE IN FULL PRIOR TO GRADUATION.
Direct all of your calls to Mrs. McBride.
440-285-4057 x. 1441
Douglas Murray, Principal