Simple Things in Life
Work is one of the greatest ways that we can give back to our community, state, country, and the world. What we do can be looked through various lenses. Regardless of our perspective, our work matters. This past Monday we took time to pause our 'work' as a simple reminder of the value of our contributions. More importantly, Labor Day was an opportunity to spend quality time with our family.
The work that everyone put forth to prepare our re-acclimation to school took countless hours and adjustments. This monumental task parallels your countless patience while you worked. This year, our students are working differently. Our classrooms look different, our cafe looks different, and system of learning looks different. Regardless of all of these needed changes, our commitment to serve and lead our students and community have not changed.
Soon we will see the change of scenery and be reminded how short summer is in Northeast Ohio. Yet, for most people in Chardon, we become acclimated to the upcoming season and shortened days. We remember that this is nature's way of nurturing itself after a long year. After this year, we could all appreciate a change in scenery.
This is a perfect time for each of us to remember the simple things in life: Faith, Family, and Friends. For many people in Chardon, these reminders come in all shapes and sizes. They emulate stories, memories, and a reminder of how short our time can be with people.
Faith can remind us of our own humanity, or even trusting another person. Having faith gives us a sense of hope and optimism in demonstrating our dignity to all people. The new season can provide us the opportunity to rekindle our belief and hope in humanity by the actions and responses that we demonstrate to others.
Family is the root of our own autonomy. Growing up, we depend so much on our own parents and relatives to nurture and guide us through good and bad times. As we get older, we begin to develop independence from our family and we begin to gain--and sometimes-- lose their trust. CHS students aren't immune to these changes. We value that every student has their own story, values, and routines ---but what is essential is that our children take the time to recognize the importance of how family time allows for their independence to guide their choices and behaviors.
Friends are essential to our development regardless of our age. We value the beauty of authentic communication that allows us to grow in our abilities in and out of school. Technology is a wonderful tool that allows us to communicate. It can become a double-edged sword in our ability to develop meaningful and long lasting relationships. Sending a quick message may suffice for a moment, but what interconnects us as humans is our ability to talk, share, and think in meaningful discussions.
Transitioning to school life: Faith, Family, and Friends can connect us to a bigger story; a community. I am proud to see how our community has grown and transformed our values into something bigger than words on paper. As we quickly move into this new season, seize the opportunities to spend more time with the simple things in life...because we all are experiencing how life goes in the fast-lane.
Academic Schedule: September 14-18
Our students in all models have done an extraordinary job adjusting back to school. It is important to note (after replying to several emails) that all students -whether in the building, hybrid, or in the blue model, follow the regular (yellow) bell schedule. In one of my first videos, I share that three systems needs to work like gears aligning and moving together. With that in mind, whatever schedule we are running in the building is the schedule that students at home need to follow. We do not have teachers earmarked solely for online learning; therefore, all students need to follow the schedule that we are running in the building. Please continue to stay tuned in to district communications pertaining to any adjustments to the schedule based on county levels.
Monday, September 14: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Tuesday, September 15: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Wednesday, September 16: Periods 2, 4, 6 (red schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Thursday, September 17: Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (black schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Friday, September 18: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Virtual Open House: Monday, September 14 6:00-7:10 PM
On Monday, September 14, (6:00-7:10 PM ) Chardon High School is providing a VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE for all families. Initially, we attempted to run this evening over multiple days- splitting groups. It was recommended to us that we transition this evening to a virtual event in order for our second shift custodians appropriate time to disinfect and sanitize the building. Teachers will be available between 6-7:10 pm to answer questions regarding class. We have a general schedule that the teacher will use to answer questions pertaining to each class within a 10 minute period. However, the link is open for you to pop in when you are free. We understand that many of you are trying to navigate several student schedules and would like to at least meet the teacher.
1st Period 6:00
2nd Period 6:10
3rd Period 6:20
4th Period 6:30
5th Period 6:40
6th Period 6:50
7th Period 7:00
Parents may go to the FlipGrid site and select their son(s)/daughter(s) teachers. Our teachers are creating a brief introduction along with providing a link to teacher's Google Meet. See below for an example. Mr. Bandiera is working on a quick reference Google Sheet that will go out on Monday to help you expedite the process.
Morning Drop Off/ Pickup Procedures
Chardon High School
For students at Chardon High School (grades 8-12) being dropped off and/or picked up, the procedures remain the same as last year. Parents dropping-off/picking-up at Chardon High School enter the school campus via Maple Avenue, drive in front of the high school, and exit the campus via Memorial Drive onto Chardon Avenue.
Students at Chardon High School (grades 8-12) riding the school bus will enter the school building via the 200 hallway entrance (via the transportation compound). School buses will be staged for students in the afternoon in front of the high school, on Memorial Drive, and in the Alcan; and will exit the campus both via North Street and Memorial Drive.
Please be mindful of the following:
Homecoming Dance is Postponed
One of the events that our students long for each year is our school dances. With all of the orders placed before us, along with one regular season home game left this fall for high school football, the 2020 Homecoming Dance has been postponed. This does NOT mean that it has gone away. It means that we have been asked to move this date to mitigate risks of COVID-19. The administration along with our student council moderators are looking at creative ways to celebrate our homecoming in the safest manner possible at a later date.
A Message From the Director of Nutritional Services
September 11, 2020
The USDA released a statement earlier this week regarding free meals for students. On Saturday, they clarified further what that means for districts. This extension will allow the Chardon Local School District to provide FREE breakfast and lunch to each student during school days. The meals are free regardless of financial status. To view the monthly lunch menu for your school and/or breakfast service information for your school, please visit your school website and click on the Food Service tab to access menus and more.
Effective Monday, September 14, all interested students, whether remote or in-person, at all buildings, will have breakfast and lunch provided to them at no cost through December 31, 2020. This ruling could change at any time, based on funding from Congress. Currently the program is scheduled to end on December 31, 2020, or when funding is no longer available. At that time, meal statuses will then return to their Regular Free, Reduced, or Paid rates. For families with meal funds currently in their children’s MySchoolAccount, this money will be held in the account for use after December 31, 2020 or when the FREE meal lunch program ends.
Rates are determined based on information provided on the Free and Reduced Meal Applications that are sent home at the beginning of the year. If you have not yet returned your online Free/Reduced application OR hard copy Free/Reduced application for the 2020-2021 school year, please do so as soon as possible to avoid any gap in benefits. This will also make for a more seamless transition in January. We encourage all families to fill out an application as any approved family will have their child(ren)’s instructional fees waived (this excludes athletics, extracurriculars, etc.).
We will be distributing meals to remote learners on Wednesdays from 8:00am – 8:30 am at Chardon High School - 151 Chardon Avenue. A reservation is necessary to ensure your remote students will get their meals on distribution day. The Google form is located on the food service page of your school website (under the Food Service tab), and it needs to be submitted each week by Thursday at 12:00 p.m. for Wednesday pick-up. If you show up without filling out the form, they will not have meals prepared for your students.
The Food Service Department appreciates your patience while we work through policy and government changes. Our primary goal remains providing your students with healthy, satisfying meals.
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact my office at 440-286-0425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Food Service
Chardon Local Schools
Topper Bistro: Lunch Menu
The mighty eagle is quite striking to see soaring. Their presence, eyes, and awareness makes them an indelible part of our country.
Today is a day where we pause and reflect on patriotism. Today is Patriot's Day. The last several months have been very trying for all of us. Through good and difficult times we must look to the sky and see the eagle soaring and be reminded of it's vision, courage, and perseverance.
It is hard to even fathom that over a generation of learners have crossed the halls across our nation never fully experiencing our response as a country to the events of September 11, 2001. During the PA and morning announcements, our school will take the time to personally reflect on our call as citizens to stand for each other as a greater community. Many of you might have visited the 9/11 Memorial. I am sharing a powerful example of our response to nurture, heal, and stand strong against the winds of change.
9/11 Memorial: A Callery pear tree became known as the "Survivor Tree" after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. In October 2001, the tree was discovered at Ground Zero severely damaged, with snapped roots and burned and broken branches. The tree was removed from the rubble and placed in the care of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. After its recovery and rehabilitation, the tree was returned to the Memorial in 2010. New, smooth limbs extended from the gnarled stumps, creating a visible demarcation between the tree’s past and present. Today, the tree stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival and rebirth.
Shining Star CLE: Ethan Peterson
Ethan Peterson will be representing CHS this coming Sunday night at 7:00 PM as a part of the Shining Star CLE. This is a singing competition/ scholarship opportunity. Ethan has made it into the top 10 singers in Northeast Ohio. The event is being held virtually this year. Similar to sports voting opportunities. This is a great opportunity for our community to support Ethan. He can receive up to $10,000 scholarship and bring home $2,500 to CHS Music department. Any way that you could get the word out would be greatly appreciated! Voting will take place live (via texting) during the event. Ethan will be singing an amazing song from the musical "Dear Evan Hanson".
Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 7 p.m.
LIVE-STREAMED & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
3 easy ways to watch the performance:
1. Open the YouTube app on your smart TV, computer, tablet or phone. On your search icon, type in Shining Star CLE. The top result might still be "Behind the Scenes..."--- but at least 24 hours before the show, you will see "Shining Star CLE 2020 Performance".
Note: You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel in advance of the show. On your internet browser, type: shiningstarcle.org/youtube in the search bar and when the page comes up, click "subscribe". On the day of the show, open YouTube on your TV, sign in with your email and password, and go to subscriptions - Shining Star CLE will pop up there.
2. Watch on your laptop, tablet or phone on the Shining Star CLE website.
3. Follow Shining Star CLE on Facebook to watch on Facebook Live.
Performance will start promptly at 7p.m., so please tune in early!
Images of the Week
Family Reference Guide
Chardon High School Student Handbook
Teacher Resources for CHS Students (Updated Soon)
Student Acceptable Use Policy
Twitter- Follow @chs_dmurray and @chardonhs
Remind 101- Text @chardonhs- to the following number 81010
Chardon High School Google Calendar
Chardon Athletics Sports Calendar
Please see the district site for COVID-19 updates
Have a beautiful weekend!
Douglas Murray, Principal