Three Little Birds
Don't worry about a thing
Cause every little thing gonna be all right
Singing don't worry about a thing
Cause every little thing gonna be all right
Rise up this morning
Smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singing sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
This is my message to you
I write this Week in Reflection each week while listening to music. What struck me most as I began writing was a sweet melody about 3 Little Birds. Consider the words from the opening line for a moment. If we all truly paused and believed not to worry about a thing--'cause every little thing is going to be all right...we would be living differently. However, we all worry and concern ourselves with outcomes and perfection.
This year hasn't been perfection from any viewpoint. We have become color analysts of global, national, and local decisions this year. Right or wrong with decisions, we are all granted the freedom to choose our response to any outcome in a respectful way. We have seen a lot of compassion this year and we have seen strife and struggle. We have desired normalcy while providing the best possible experiences. We have all wished for more personalized events, and celebrations. Just when things started to get a little back to normal...the snow fell again. I guess we can blame the canceled Maple Festival for some crazy snowfall. As frustrating as it was, it actually made us realize how normal things are with the weather. It seems that we cannot mask the weather.
It has been a long year, and it almost feels like school never closed last year. This week, we had a our monthly faculty meeting and covered so many events. It is daunting when you stare at the spreadsheet of dates and experiences. We each need to take it day by day and week by week. The one mantra that came from the meeting was that it was so good to be able to talk about all of these things.
Keep in mind that today's stress is tomorrow's opportunity. Yes, there are so many things to check off the list, but at least we have a list. I am very appreciative of your patience as we continue to build each event and detail.
The most important thing that we each can do is support each other, our students, our community, and demonstrate gratitude for the little things.
So, when you wake up in the morning and smile at the rising sun, pause to hear those three little birds singing sweet songs...and celebrate the moment.--even if they are building a nest above your door and making a mess.
The spring brings upon new growth and energy. Smile and seize the beauty in front of you. Make today great and nurture each other! Yes, it wouldn't be a week without me mentioning a core value in the reflection.
As we enter into next week, we are transitioning to the first administration of the AIR exams. The AIR exams are end-of-course exams mandated by the state of Ohio, and students (grades 9-12) earn graduation points regarding their results. HB64 created opportunities for school to extend the dates for these dates. However, Chardon High School will still administer the US History exam for the purpose of attaining graduation seals for all students on the permanent pathway particularly in the class of 2023. Students will take the AIR exams as described below. Here are a few AIR End of Course Testing updates that you need to know.
Blue Model (Online Students)
To best equip you for which tests your son(s)/daughter(s) are registered for, please refer to your child’s schedule. We have taken all necessary precautions to distance students and maintain current safety protocols. On testing day, please wear a mask and bring a fully charged Chromebook. Students will be directed to the testing location upon arrival and can leave when their testing ends with transportation provided by parents or guardians. Online classes will proceed corresponding to the day’s schedule.
If you have questions about testing, please contact Dawn Tupaz (Chardon High School Counselor) at 440.285.4060 or email her at email@example.com.
A Guide to Senior Events
* Please note that this guide is constantly evolving
Dear Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2021,
Congratulations to the Class of 2021. In a few short months your son/daughter will be an Alumni of Chardon High School. Staff members are diligently preparing for the 148th Commencement Exercise on May 29, 2021.
In an effort to communicate the responsibilities of this solemn event, we have enclosed the necessary information for every graduating senior and their families in this booklet.
The graduation booklet contains all instructions, deadlines and expectations that our students must follow in order to meet the requirements of graduation. It is essential that the senior class maintain the level of maturity and responsibility they have shown this past school year.
Please review this information with your child and help us emphasize the importance of setting a positive legacy for the Class of 2021. The last fourteen months have been quite trying on all of us. Please know how much we appreciate your flexibility, and patience as we plan and create meaningful experiences for your children.
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Prom: Saturday, May 15, 2021 (6:00-11:00 pm) at La Vera Party Center
After Prom: Saturday, May 15, 2021 (11:30 pm-2:30 am) at Chardon High School
Graduation: (APPROVED DATE) Saturday, May 29, 2021 (7:30 pm) at Chardon Memorial Field
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Senior Parents are Seeking Assistance
After Prom is Seeking Assistance
Images of the Week
Chardon Service Learning class constructs Contemplation Benches for the community garden thanks to a grant from the Chardon Schools Foundation
Art Piece(s) of the Week
Congratulations to Jackson Perry for getting accepted to Ringling College of Art and Design with a $40,000 scholarship based on portfolio and academics! Jackson wishes to pursue a major in Illustration and Concept Design.
Mary Kate Douglas
National Gymnast: Garrett Alexander, CHS '25
Garrett Alexander is heading back to nationals as gymnast. Garrett began competing in gymnastics at age 3 at Emeth Gymnastics in Middlefield. Over the last decade, Garrett has worked to earn a level 9 while training 20 hours a week at Gymnastics World. Although Garrett participates in many events, his favorite is the pommel horse.
Throughout this year, Garrett has participated in regular meets, the state competition, and regionals where he competed against other gymnasts from 5 states. The top 32 gymnasts continue to Nationals.
Garrett is an 8th grader at Chardon High School and maintains a 3.9 GPA while balancing all of the training. Congratulations, Garrett! We wish you the best!
CHS Principal Podcast: Talking Baseball with Blake Barker
Chardon Senior, Blake Barker, sits down to talk about baseball, school, college options, and senior memories.
GPH COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Geauga Public Health has announced upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics for 16 and 17 year olds. Please note that these clinics are organized by Geauga Public Health. Therefore, any communications regarding registration for the clinics, vaccine questions, etc. should be directed to GPH.
As a public entity, Chardon Local Schools has provided permission for the middle school facility to serve as the location for one of the clinics (both dose #1 and dose #2).
The dates and regional hubs for these clinics are as follows:
Geauga Growth Partnership
Application Period Extended!
Understanding that it’s a busy time for students as they are coming back from Spring Break and gearing up to finish off the year, GGP has extended the application period for one week. Please share the extended deadline of April 26th with your Juniors and Seniors – Thanks in advance! The GGP Team
In its 9th year, GGP's Summer Internship Program offers Juniors and Seniors in High School the unique experience of learning about potential career pathways, while gaining workplace skills and earning wages.
Become a GGP Intern this Summer! Application Period Now Open Until April 26th!
Click HERE for more information and the application packet.
GGP hosted an Intern and Parent Q & A on April 6th - Click HERE for the recording which includes testimonials from past interns!
Virtual Job Fair
Geauga Growth Partnership is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Ohio Means Jobs to offer a Virtual Job Fair for students who are seeking employment. This job fair will include 25 local employers who are seeking to hire now! This is a great opportunity for students to connect with local businesses, obtain employment and potentially get started on a career path!
OhioMeansJobs Geauga and Lake Counties are sending this personal invitation for you to participate in the Spring Virtual Job Fair, scheduled for May 4th, 2021 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm.
Virtual job fairs are an innovative and stress-free way to match talent to a company’s hiring needs. Our vendor host, Premier Virtual has created a user-friendly platform utilizing this advanced technology. Unlike traditional job fairs, virtual career events provide easy access to Northeast Ohio companies that will be participating in the event. You will have the flexibility to attend virtually, text/chat/video with hiring recruiters, and inquire about part time, full time, seasonal and internship employment opportunities without a crowd of job seekers or the hassle of waiting in line!
Prior to attending: You’re invited to watch the “How To Navigate a Virtual Job Fair” video: Premier Virtual Candidate Training - YouTube
Registration opens on April 16, 2021!
How do you participate?
Register to create a profile that will include your resume, work experience, skills, and other credentials that will be viewed by local companies seeking quality candidates like you.
Jobs Seekers Register Here: Premier Virtual Job Seeker Registration
Step 1: Click on the provided link, click Register, enter your Email Address
Step 2: Enter Name, Required Resume (PDF), create Login Password, click Create an Account
Step 3: Complete the host questions (if required) and click Register
Step 4: Create your Job Seeker Profile
Step 5: On the day of the event, click Enter the Lobby to see participating companies
Premier’s system is secure and requires minimal information to get started. You may register early, but keep in mind, the job fair will not go live until the morning of Tuesday, May 4th.
If you have additional questions, please contact:
Lisa Sprowls Katherine Nakoski
Career Instructor Workforce Specialist
Greener Fields 4H Club Community Service Project
Upcoming LEAF Virtual Sessions
Alternative to a 4-year College - Military Enrollment
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
If college isn't for you, learn about career and educational opportunities in the United States military branches that will get your future started.
Alternative to a 4-year College - Manufacturing Careers
Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Did you know many local manufacturers will pay for tuition reimbursement and training? Get your future started in the new high tech world of manufacturing. Take a virtual tour of a manufacturing facility with Alliance for Working Together (AWT).
Register for a LEAF Virtual Session HERE
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal