You are Loved
This year has forced all of us to be very mindful of our space. For some, it has created a new comfort zone and for many others extreme discomfort.
The volume of things that have been asked of us to amend and adjust is getting to uncountable measures. We have moved our start dates, end dates, created literal barriers, limited gatherings, moved countless schedules, been 100%, 50/50, remote, then reverse, live-streamed, podcasted, became broadcasters, videographers, and online educators. We have celebrated championships, cheered from a distance, become armchair epidemiologists, and ...oh yeah, we taught learning standards.
We have met many challenges, been forced into discomfort zones, and have reflected on what we should keep as a standard after this pandemic.
And now, while everything is happening around us, we are staring this week in the face. Years can heal many things, but certain moments leave us feeling not as okay as we want to be. You may wonder if we still care like we were able to show in the past. We most definitely do, and all of you are in our thoughts this week. This edition of the Week in Reflection will have bookends that remind us of who we are and what we stand for. There are many important events to understand and prepare for inside of this communication. Please take the time to peruse this Week in Reflection.
ACT DAY: March 16, 2021
On March 16, 2021, all 11th graders will report to Chardon High School to take the ACT Test.
On Match 16, 2021, all students in grades 8, 9, 10, and 12 will attend school virtually following the white day schedule.
On March 16th, our juniors 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
Principal's Podcast: Alumni Corner- Connor Prusha '18
In this episode, we talk with CHS Alumni, Connor Prusha. What an outstanding message from a remarkable young man. Enjoy!
Schedule for Next Week: March 1-5
The 2020-2021 yearbook staff is once again offering parents of seniors the opportunity to express congratulations to their graduate by purchasing an advertisement in the 2021 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 19th, 2021 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
Club Picture Day for the Yearbook
The yearbook class along with Pastor's Photography will be taking pictures of clubs on Friday March 5th. Students will be called down to the gym throughout the day on March 5.
Art Piece of the Week: From Mr. Hauber's Class
Service in Action
I am sending this video on behalf of Tate Farinacci, Liam Downs, Owen Vokoun, and Haydn Hauter. This is a great example of our core values in action!
We hope you will have an opportunity to check out the above link to our just-released 2019-20 Quality Profile.
As a member of The Alliance for High Quality Education, Chardon Local Schools, along with more than 85 other school districts throughout Ohio, annually publishes a comprehensive, community-oriented companion report to the State’s School District Report Card. This report, called a Quality Profile, captures examples of student successes and learning opportunities that do not appear on the State assessments.
Chardon Schools' 2019-20 Quality Profile is a 30-page, data- and photo-filled report reflecting back on school, student and staff highlights from that school year. The report helps characterize the overall educational value of the Chardon Local School District in areas that matter most to our stakeholders.
Academics, visual and performing arts, athletics, extracurriculars, student services, community service projects, community and family involvement, staff professional development, and financial information are all shared within the Quality Profile to demonstrate the value of a Chardon Schools education.
Traditionally, the Quality Profile is written and produced by Ohio school districts in the summer and published in the fall and reflects on the previous school year.
Due to the extra time needed by districts this past summer in planning for the re-opening of schools in the fall and the absence of State report cards in 2020, the AHQE graciously pushed back the launch date for Ohio districts' Quality Profiles to early 2021.
We have certainly been thankful to AHQE for this extension and are proud to announce the launch of our 2019-20 report this week.
The 2019-20 Quality Profile, which can be accessed via the link shown above, is also housed on our website on the Communications department page and also under the Districts tout.
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Just a reminder that the AP (Advanced Placement) Exam fees are due on March 5, 2021. The College Board has set the AP Exam fee at $95/test this year.
If you have any questions regarding the AP Test, reach out to Tim Hurlbut at firstname.lastname@example.org in the Counseling Dept.
Reflecting on Tomorrow; Today
One word can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream;
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald Spring.
One smile can bring a friendship,
One handclasp can lift a soul;
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One cheer can obtain a goal.
One vote can change a Nation,
One sunbeam can lift a room;
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One look can change two lives;
One kiss can make love bloom.
One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer;
One hope can raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true;
One life can make a difference,
One life is me and you...
Nine years ago, our school community was impacted by violence. The foundation of over 147 years of graduates was cracked by one act that lasted less than one minute. Our staff and community were heartbroken, and numb; leaving us unsettled in our spirit. Countless heroes stood grounded and poised that day that gave us strength.
In the midst of our confusion, we knew what we needed to do. We needed to be a community...we needed to see our humility...we needed to recognize our treasured stories of achievements...we needed to refocus our lens on respect, and the dignity of every person… we need to stand in optimism and nurture each other. We needed to be reminded of our values.
For nine years, we have kept our eyes on our purpose and our community. For the past nine years, I have kept my eyes fixed on this quote to help us through our healing.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.
Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened,
ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Our school culture and personal character weren't developed in ease and quiet.
Character defines the very essence of who we are, where we are, and demonstrates the pureness of our choices. At Chardon High School, we recognize the beauty of every student and every staff member's story along with seeing the value of the human spirit. Our staff emulates compassion and love to the children that they encounter each day. People often ask me, "what makes Chardon unique", and I immediately tell them that our school community epitomizes excellence in every deed, word, and lesson. Our staff teaches students to understand the value of developing meaningful relationships and ways to pay their lives forward. These lessons transcend the curriculum to develop young men and women not only for college, and careers---but for life.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Reputation is the shadow. Character is the tree." Our teachers express that character is much more than just reputation...it is who we are even when nobody's watching. Having a good character means doing the right thing just because it's the right thing to do. This is the fabric that creates our outreach programs in our annual capstone projects, Great Pal's, AC4P, FMP, NHS Tutoring, CBI, Service Learning. The Circuit of Success, Interact and other acts of servant leadership.
Every family has its own story. As you reflect upon this, you may think about individuals inside of your circles that hurt or may be suffering from emotional or physical ailments. Just as your own capacity for handling situations vary---the person next to you is experiencing HIS/HER own story. It is so important to recognize those who might need your patience and understanding with their situation.
For the last nine years, our district, like many others, has faced many challenges from adjusting to all of the new mandates from the ever-changing face of leadership in our state and national government towards educational reform. This year, has not been easy on anyone--anywhere. Throughout these changes, our mission never changed. Our continued focus on high achievement for all students with a strong emphasis on learning, relationships, and a shared lens of our commitment to our community’s values stood strong through these storms.
At Chardon High School, our commitment towards educating the whole student and providing opportunities to reach each students’ purpose continues to energize our staff. Throughout the established curriculum, Circuit of Success Program, our existing Freshman Mentoring Program, Topper Time period, and our focus on the 4E's: Enrollment, Enlistment, Employment, and Entrepreneurship--developing students for life and career readiness hallmarks our vision. Our teachers worked intentionally within our curriculum to maintain our culture, climate, and educational outcomes.
Just as every family has their own story, so do we at CHS as a larger family. Together, we define the paths set forth before us. We are Hilltoppers. As Hilltoppers, we climb higher than others, and model with humility our values as a beacon of hope for those that look up to us. The paths that we have faced have not been easy. There have been moments of difficulty, moments of sorrow, along with defining moments of integrity.
We are not defined by a calendar date in February. We are Chardon, born and raised. Defined by consistency in action and the determination to succeed by living the truth and leading the way with dignity.
Kindness resonates into every fiber of who we are. It changes us to strive towards being better, it helps us to slow down and really pay attention to who we are and what our purpose in life actually is.
Life is a journey up the side of a mountain, but we are 'Toppers. We love to live, and live to love.
Everyone has their own response to this week that we value.
If you need, ask.
If you have, give.
If you embrace, receive- knowing that no word is needed.
Expressing gratitude and continued support this week and always,
Douglas Murray, Principal