Brick by Brick
Building a strong foundation is the most important step in framing anything in life. Brick by brick the laborious tasks seem daunting, never-ending, and sometimes unappreciated by people passing by. Way too often we walk by homes, programs, and even people and see the outside finishes...however, people in Chardon are built for any weather. We see the seasons in life, people, and structures. We value the foundation and the years of construction that it took to define our community.
At Chardon High School, each student and staff member are one of many parts to the foundation that stands together. When one member of the family hurts--we all feel for that person. When one person celebrates--we all celebrate. Why is that? Well, it the binding foundation that was forged before us and we are the caretakers. We are one of the ones that are asked to leave it better than we found it.
Many of you know that I often write in riddles and deep symbolism. I am writing today not about bricks and mortar (as important as they are), today I am writing about humanity.
The foundation of humanity is built on relationships and trust. Those two foundations built brick by brick enables each of us to grow into the person we are called to be in society. Communication and Collaboration become the mortar that binds our foundation.
It is the nature of humanity to question, mistrust, and become misguided by one or more of those elements that bind us together. We start to weather new storms and question if the foundation is strong to withstand time to the elements.
It is our humanity and deep understanding of our foundation that allows each of us to withstand any pressure from within or outside. It is our commitment to know that each brick was placed with intentionality and purpose to help us through these times.
Why am I saying this today? Well, because this month is hard. Our community feels it, our staff feels it, and our students can sometimes see it. Countless hours have been spent over years to wipe our lens and see the foundation that makes us strong, but the reality is that we are one family-- when one member hurts, we all feel it.
We appreciate your continued kindness, support, and commitment to stand strong through this month and know that one further element binds us even stronger: LOVE.
Together with strong relationships, trust, communication, collaboration, and LOVE--we carry ourselves throughout this month and realize that the sun will come out, the fog will dissipate and we will forever define ourselves as the community that perseveres throughout history with the beacon of faith in each other, hope and love.
Heart to Heart Dance
You put your right foot in
You take your right foot out
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about
You do the hokey pokey
And you turn yourself around
That's what it's all about!
Chardon High School students connected with new friends and community members on Friday, February 21st at Park Auditorium. Hosted by Chardon High School students, University Hospital Geauga Medical Center and the Geauga County Department on Aging, the party was a celebration of life and a means of connecting generations.
This event hallmarks our core values in action. Simple words cannot express what this day means to our students within the leadership curriculum taught by Mr. Robert Mizen and Mr. Scott Brown. Moments like this epitomize what servant leadership is all about! We are grateful for everyone who spent months planning for this experience and look forward to build upon our relationship with University Hospitals and the Department of Aging. Special thanks to our teachers, students, and Sandy McCloud for putting together this annual event.
Next Tuesday, 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™.
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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:
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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.
Wellness Day 2020
The focus of this event is to alleviate stress and the lull that comes with the 3rd quarter as well as enforce the Chardon High School Community during the difficult times of February. Kaylie Malloy is organizing this event again this year.
During the school year, we see a number of students who may be struggling with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, insomnia, self-harming behaviors, substance use, and suicidal thoughts. The Chardon community is fortunate to have a number of local mental health agencies available to serve youth and families who may be experiencing any difficulties. Please, if your child is experiencing any difficulties reach out to Administration, Guidance or one of the agencies listed below:
Catholic Charities - ccdocle.org/county-served/geauga 440-285-3537
Family Pride - familyprideonline.org 440-286-1553
N.A.M.I - namigeauga.org 440-286-6264
Ravenwood Health Centers - ravenwoodhealth.org 440-285-3568
Ubuntu Wellness - Ubuntuwellnessohio.com 440-214-9062
Ravenwood Health has an emergency, walk-in clinic open weekdays till 8 p.m, Friday till 5 p.m.
For after hour emergencies or if you need to talk with someone the hotlines below are available 24/7:
24/7 Copeline - 1-888-285-5665
Crisis Text Line - Text 4hope to 741741
Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255
Congratulations: Natalie Fullerman
18 school districts were invited to participate in the DAR Annual Washington Day Tea & Awards Ceremony and Good Citizenship contest, 9 chose to, and today 6 were represented. Natalie Fullerman represented CHS. All students were given pins and certificates. In May, one senior will be awarded the scholarship at her school’s awards night. Congratulations, Natalie!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
YOU AND THE FLU—Your Best Defense Is To Be Proactive
It is especially important this school season to be proactive against the flu. Taking preventative measures is your best defense against the ‘seasonal’ flu. Taking care of yourself is really important when recovering--likewise, defending yourself is just as important. Read these helpful reminders to protect you and your family.
The seasonal flu outbreak usually occurs between mid-fall thru early spring. Each year a vaccine is developed to target the type of virus that is anticipated. The seasonal flu spreads mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. You can also become infected by touching something with the flu virus on it such as a doorknob, computer keypad, gym weights, classroom desk, and then touching your nose, eyes, or mouth.
Everyday Steps to Protect Your Health
Common sense to avoiding germs is the best approach, such as not sharing sports bottles or drinking from a friend’s glass or pop can. The Center for Disease Control [CDC] recommends the following:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay away from an ill and contagious person until 24 hours after their fever has broken. Their fever should be completely gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine [i.e. Advil, Tylenol, Excedrin, etc.]
Wash your hands OFTEN! Use lots of soap and scrub your hands by counting to 15 slowly before rinsing with water. If you do not have access to water, alcohol-based hand cleaners and disposable wipes [antibacterial] are effective—rub hands vigorously until hands are dry.
Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth—this is how the germs are spread.
Practice good health habits to keep your immune system strong—get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat healthy nutritious foods.
ICYMI: 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!
GEAUGA COUNTY MAPLE FESTIVAL QUEEN/KING CONTEST
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
School fees are due to Chardon Local Schools. Payable at your student's individual school.
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
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Stress Relievers: Tips to tame stress
Is stress making you frustrated and irritable? Stress relievers can help restore calm and serenity to your chaotic life. You don't have to invest a lot of time or thought into stress relievers. If your stress is getting out of control and you need quick relief, try one of these tips.
Virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever. Even if you're not an athlete or you're out of shape, exercise can still be a good stress reliever. Physical activity can pump up your feel-good endorphins and other natural neural chemicals that enhance your sense of well-being. Exercise can also refocus your mind on your body's movements, which can improve your mood and help the day's irritations fade away. Consider walking, jogging, gardening, housecleaning, biking, swimming, weightlifting or anything else that gets you active.
Eat a healthy diet
Eating a healthy diet is an important part of taking care of yourself. Aim to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
Avoid unhealthy habits
Some people may deal with stress by drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, smoking, eating too much, or using illicit substances. These can affect your health in unhealthy ways.
Meditate or Pray
During this mindfulness , you focus your attention and quiet the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Meditation can instill a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.
A good sense of humor can't cure all ailments, but it can help you feel better, even if you have to force a fake laugh through your grumpiness. When you laugh, it not only lightens your mental load but also causes positive physical changes in your body. Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response. So read some jokes, tell some jokes, watch a comedy or hang out with your funny friends.
Connect with others
When you're stressed and irritable, your instinct may be to wrap yourself in a cocoon. Instead, reach out to family and friends and make social connections. Social contact is a good stress reliever because it can offer distraction, provide support and help you tolerate life's up and downs. So take a coffee break with a friend, email a relative or visit your place of worship.
Got more time? Considering volunteering for a charitable group and help yourself while helping others.
You might want to do it all, but you can't, at least not without paying a price. Learning to say no or being willing to delegate can help you manage your to-do list and your stress. Saying yes may seem like an easy way to keep the peace, prevent conflicts and get the job done right. But it may actually cause you internal conflict because your needs and those of your family come second, which can lead to stress, anger, resentment and even the desire to exact revenge. And that's not a very calm and peaceful reaction.
With its series of postures and controlled-breathing exercises, yoga is a popular stress reliever. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines which may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. Yoga can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Try yoga on your own or find a class — you can find classes in most communities.
Get enough sleep
Stress can cause you to have trouble falling asleep. When you have too much to do — and too much to think about — your sleep can suffer. But sleep is the time when your brain and body recharge. The quality and amount of sleep you get can affect your mood, energy level, concentration and overall functioning. If you have sleep troubles, make sure that you have a quiet, relaxing bedtime routine, listen to soothing music, put clocks away, and stick to a consistent schedule.
Keep a journal
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a good release for otherwise pent-up emotions. Don't think about what to write — just let it happen. Write whatever comes to mind. No one else needs to read it, so don't strive for perfection in grammar or spelling. Just let your thoughts flow on paper — or computer screen.
Listening to or playing music is a good stress reliever because it can provide a mental distraction, reduce muscle tension and decrease stress hormones. Crank up the volume and let your mind be absorbed by the music. If music isn't one of your interests, turn your attention to another hobby you enjoy, such as gardening, sewing, sketching — anything that requires you to focus on what you're doing rather than what you think you should be doing.
If new stressors are challenging your ability to cope or if self-care measures just aren't relieving your stress, you may need to look for reinforcements in the form of therapy or counseling. Therapy also may be a good idea if you feel overwhelmed or trapped, if you worry excessively, or if you have trouble carrying out daily routines or meeting responsibilities at work, home or school. Professional counselors or therapists can help you identify sources of your stress and learn new coping tools.
Mayo Clinic. "12 tips to tame stress." Mayo Clinic. n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2019. <https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relievers/art-20047257>
The senior class officers will be putting on the senior/faculty volleyball game on Friday, March 6th during the school day. Suggested donations of canned goods or cash will be accepted at the entrance, and will be donated to the Geauga Hunger Task Force.
Clubs and organization pictures are scheduled for Monday, March 2nd. Students and moderators will be notified by Mr. Chenoweth when these pictures will take place throughout the day.
Senior Tributes in the Yearbook
The 2019-2020 yearbook staff is once again offering parents of seniors the opportunity to express congratulations to their graduate by purchasing an advertisement in the 2020 edition of the yearbook. This has become a very popular tradition in the yearbook. Over the years, the support of parents like you helps us to keep the price of the yearbook constant despite the demand to meet rising production costs.
Enclosed here you will find a form indicating the size options of congratulatory advertisements that are available. Start searching for your son’s or daughter’s most memorable baby pictures to preserve in the yearbook forever. You can put a poem, a message, and/or photos (old or new) in your salute. All you have to do is submit the information you would like included. Then we take care of the rest and design the advertisement for you.
If you are interested, fill out the next page of this order form and return it to the main office at the high school with your check payable to Chardon Board of Education. Please submit your order no later than Friday, March 29th, 2020 so that we can meet our printing deadlines. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the yearbook adviser, Daniel, at email@example.com
Thank you in advance for your support.
CHS Yearbook Staff
CHARDON GOES TO THE MUSICALS
Please find the attached flyers for Blue Man Group and My Fair Lady. If you are interested, all money is due March 10. Thank you so much for your continued support of this program. Many families have taken advantage of the discount tickets this season.
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Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal