The Final Push
Time. This is one thing that is always inevitable. Yet, this one thing can be experienced differently by each of us. It is hard to believe how quickly our time has passed. Every second inside of every minute can pass how we choose to use it. If we chose to stare at a clock, time would feel like forever. The more we are all actively involved with tasks, events, and enjoyment--the faster time is experienced by each of us. The old adage, "Time flies when you are having fun" rings a persistent tone this time of year. Why? Mostly due to the constant movement, experiences, events, and activities that happen inside of the time that we are given. The last three months have been packed with events each week, and it feels like life is become more and more normal. Recently, I spoke to the senior class about all of the memories that they are making and how these moments should be cherished and remembered. These are great days for our class of 2022!
After today, you have 20 class days and 36 calendar days before graduation. It can seem like a lifetime or can be a flash in front of you. The choice is yours. Seniors, it seems like the finish line has already come and gone...but there is still essential time left. Time for yourself, time for each other, time for learning, and memories to be made. You only graduate high school once, Embrace it, live each moment, be active in your choices. The choices that you make today can determine the person that you become. Be true to who you are and keep your eyes on the goal--you are too close to let go of your dreams.
Your 25 school days are going to be relentless. Focus on managing your time on what you can control. Your job is your academics. Your job is transitioning into the leaders of our school. Your job remains clear; YOU matter, YOUR grades matter; YOUR decisions matter. Learn from those that have gone before you and seize little opportunities that arise. We believe in you.
Your 25 school days linger with a reminder that you are about to transition into a challenging year. Many of you are learning the difference between dependence versus independence. The time is now to walk the talk. You are just coming out of your shell, and wondering what is up, down, and around you. You have seen so many challenging moments with relationships, coursework, and leadership but you are wondering if anyone notices you. We do, but we are not going to hold your hand through this--it is time to choose. We will always be there for you.
Your 25 school days are determined by the habits that you have made. So many people have walked beside you, guided you, and assisted you. You recognize that you are a part of a bigger family but sometimes feel like the little sibling. You have an essential role. You are the key to the transition of our 8th graders. What you say---they believe. What you do---younger students follow. In reality, your task is enormous in living our core values not only for yourself but for your classmates. Believe in YOU!
Your 25 school days are so imperative to your maturation and growth. SO many of you are ending this year with high school credit--and that is very exciting! At times, it has felt like you were the only ones in the building this year. Our staff have spent so much time and energy in guiding you and investing in you because you are essential part of our story. You made history this year by coming to the building; the time is NOW to be the leader that we prepared you for. Seize these days to look in the mirror and reflect on your growth along the way---all the while finishing your work and making those marks!
You are the conductor of the music that we hear each day. Sure, the sound may resonate well from a distance, but only you see what needs to be refined. Continue to coordinate the sound with the beauty that sets the tempo of our pulse as a whole. After most performances, the conductor bows while the orchestra receives the accolades. WE see your influence. WE appreciate your countless preparation. WE see your impact- especially after a long tour.
Quick Reference for State Testing
Quick Reference for the next two months
April 25: AIR Test (Math - Grade 8, Algebra I, and Geometry) - RED TESTING DAY
April 26: “Your Life, Your Choice” Senior Field Trip - BLACK DAY
April 27: AIR Test (Science - Grade 8 and Biology) - RED TESTING DAY
April 28: Envirothon Competition -BLACK DAY
April 29: AIR Test (Social Studies - Government and American History) MAP testing
Senior Handbook: A Guide to Senior Events
ICYMI-2022 Commencement Speaker, Dominic Ferrante
On Wednesday, Dominic came back to his alma mater to meet the Executive President, and Executive Officers to talk about class of 2022. I had the opportunity to sit in that meeting to listen to all of the wonderful stories that the students had to share with Dominic. It was fascinating to see the paths that they crossed as collective Hilltoppers, and it was great for Dominic to see the continued growth of the educational outcomes of our students.
For those that do not know--Dominic Ferrante has lived his entire life on the east side of Cleveland. After a short time in Mayfield, he moved out to Chardon and has lived there ever since. Dominic is most supported by his mother and father, two younger twin brothers and an older sister. Dominic's purpose and energy started to bloom during his years at Chardon High School. As a junior, Dominic worked with Mr. Murray to realign our digital audience on the morning announcements. He was actively involved in AC4P, Student Council, Band, and numerous service activities. After attending Chardon High school and graduating in 2016, Dominic continued his education at Bowling Green State University.
While at BG, Dominic worked for the on-campus news station as an anchor and reporter. Dominic also worked at the local PBS station as a production assistant for a variety of different shoots. While working for PBS, Dominic’s favorite position was working floor camera for the BGSU men’s basketball games.
Dominic graduated from BGSU in 2020 with a B.S in Media and Communication and a minor in Journalism. While finishing his senior year at BG, Dominic started working as an intern with WKYC. He was ultimately hired on as a part-time photographer working the weekend morning shift, commuting back and forth from BG to Cleveland to work.
After a short period working part-time, Dominic was hired full-time at WKYC as a photojournalist. While working as a photographer, Dominic has started to expand his career as a reporter. Dominic's talents as a photographer and editor have earned him three Emmy nominations. Dominic is a young entrepreneur who is innovative, a creative visionary, and always looking to recreate digital technology.
In his free time Dominic loves spending time with his dogs and girlfriend, Morgan. If not there, Dominic can be found on the bike path or flying his drone.
Dominic is excited to come back to his alma mater to share is evolving 4E pathway with the graduates of 2022.
CHS Principal Podcast: Season 3, Episode 36: Track Preview
Art Pieces of the Week
Polymer clay 'creatures' by Selah Rogers, Estefany Vazquez, Kelly Morris, and Liam Ptasznik
Important Parent Night Opportunity: April 26
After Prom Is Seeking Assistance
Come and be a part of Chardon After Prom!
We are parent and community volunteers who plan and support the After Prom event as well as other high school activities.
Join us on Mondays and Wednesdays while we make decorations for After Prom in May. We meet in the high school cafeteria from 7-9pm.
If you want more information or have any questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget to like us on Facebook, and to get the latest updates follow us on Twitter @CAfterprom
You can visit the After Prom website too to find out more about us!
Maple Festival Schedule
Community Flyers (NEW)
Mr. Murray’s YouTube Page
The Hilltop Echo (School Newspaper)
Video Announcements: Link for the Morning Announcements
Week in Reflection: This is the Weekly Publication for Parents/Students/Staff
Chardon High School: Program of Study
Chardon High School Bell Schedule; Google Document of our bell schedule
Chardon High School Student Handbook
Teacher Resources for CHS Students
Student Acceptable Use Policy (All Students Must Sign)
Chardon High School Google Calendar
Chardon Athletics Sports Calendar
Remind101 Text Message: https://www.remind.com/join/chs21-22
Twitter- Follow @chs_dmurray @chardonhs @toppernation @chs_AP_Higham @mrs_bondi
Families of the Class of 2022: A Reflection from a parent's perspective on the next 4 weeks
It is hard to fathom how fast our time has come and gone this year. Where did our time go? Did I do enough, say enough, or even prepare you enough for this moment? I look at you and see me. I look at my own struggles, joys, and moments of excitement (when I was your age) and wonder how quickly our time has come and gone.
Do you I am your biggest fan? Do you know that I will always be there during good times and bad? Do you know how much my love is unconditional for you?
I am so proud of you, and I know that these 29 days are going to be tough for you. I know that you are spent, exhausted, and ready to move on...but, never forget how you got to this moment. Never forget the failures and success that refined you. Never forget the support that each of us provided for you and always will.
So, in these last school days live every moment in the present. Love every celebration, and know that journey only begins when you cross the finish line. You are almost there! Hang on, push forward, dig deeper, and know that my embrace is a door away. We believe in you--BELIEVE IN YOUR ABILITY-- your journey is a moment away!
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal