For the past nine years, I have served on the administrative team. I love every second of what I do at Chardon High School (even during the last 19 months of service) and I am deeply humbled at the direction we are moving. Every day is a new experience for us with 1,164 students and 80 staff members in the building and a new day to get better and be better. The focus on our mission is the heart of our daily decisions through a lens of our core values. The flexibility and adjustments that our team organized and prepared for to return to learn simply was outstanding. I am proud of every student, staff, counselor and administrator for their flexibility during all of these adjustments
We have accomplished so many extraordinary tasks that build upon and refine the treasured traditions and outcomes of being a graduate of Chardon High School. Recently, we have taken time out of our day to talk to students about being leaders. Apparently, there is a tik tok trend that is causing some students to emulate what others are doing on this social media platform. Young teenagers are choosing to remove soap dispensers, take sanitizer pouches, or even destroy this property. The administration and our school resource officer have made our stance clear this week regarding this trend: BE DIFFERENT. A social media like lasts on your account for a moment, but a suspension follows you forever. We were all teenagers without phones growing up while these kids were born fidgeting with devices. These kids only know a world with devices, but need to disconnect to reconnect with people, humanity, and citizenship. It takes a team effort to raise a child today. Please take the time to talk to your children this weekend about your expectations --which are most definitely aligned to our expectations.
Working each day with a compass and a purpose drives the standards that we teach and the climate that we create at Chardon. We have something special here...and it didn't happen by chance nor are we going to lose it. We are a family, and a community of learners. Leadership is organic. Leadership is intentional, shared, and reciprocal. The teachers work so well together and the students share in the construction of their learning. It is hard work that truly prepares students for the 4E's that we preach: Employment, Enrollment, Enlistment, and Entrepreneurship.
Teaching is my passion. My purpose is to serve and inspire others to find theirs in any capacity that I can encounter students and staff. Our teachers encapsulate so many roles each day. They are not only licensed educators--they are counselors, caretakers, facilitators, leaders, guides, planners, collaborators, statisticians, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters; a vessel of knowledge and experiences who serve and are often underappreciated.
As Walt Whitman wrote, "Happiness, not in another place but this place...not for another hour, but this hour."
On Wednesday, students from Actively Caring for People, the Interact Club, Chardon Academy, and Teen Leadership shared their learning experiences with the students from Broadmoor school. The student volunteers assisted students, talked to students, and played with children on the playground at Garfield Park.
We are so proud of the compassion, humility, and servant leadership that our students displayed during their visit. Students and staff came away with a better understanding of our their uniqueness and a greater appreciation for living life to the fullest.
National Merit Semifinalist
In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist.
Congratulations to Charlotte Bennett for being recognized for this extraordinary accomplishment!
Discovery Learning in Science
Students in Dr. Schneider's Biology class are working on a interdisciplinary project using Andy Goldsworthy techniques of using nature to make art. The students used nature to make macromolecules!
In Dr. Schneider's AP Environmental Science class students were analyzing the stream on campus testing samples on physical features and studying water chemistry next week. Read more about this experience here.
Schedule for the Week of September 20-24 (Regular Schedule)
ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL AND ATTENDANCE - Regular attendance and promptness to class are necessary for the continuity of learning and the development of good habits. The following are considered legitimate absences from school: personal illness, illness in the family, quarantine of the home, religious holiday, legal obligation, medical appointment, death of a relative, or emergency circumstances which, in the judgment of school authorities, constitute sufficient cause for absence. Doctor’s notes may be requested by school authorities if a student accumulates excessive absences. Parents must call the school when children are absent. State law requires that the parent be contacted at home or work if the school is not called. An unexcused absence will be treated as a truancy offense and dealt with accordingly. Please call the high school at 440.285.4057 (press #1) prior to 8:00 a.m. to report absences. This is available 24 hours a day.
Principal Podcast Season 3, Episode 6 XC Preview
Katie, Luke and Morgan join the Podcast in our latest episode showcasing cross country!
Financial Aid Night: Monday, September 27th 6:30 pm
This is an exciting year for you and your son/daughter but along with that comes many questions and decisions. We are here to help guide you through this process. The guidance office is hostinga FAFSA night to assist with this process and answer questions about the process.
Financial Aid Night will be held September 27th at 6:30 pm in the presentation area of the media center. A LEAF representative will be explaining the FAFSA process and will break down the various types of financial aid available.
Both Seminars Exclusively for Lake & Geauga County High School Students
Almost every Ohio high school student now takes the ACT. Securing a good score can assure graduation, qualify students for CCP opportunities, &, perhaps, most importantly, help students gain admission to college & obtain essential financial aid.
Our six-hour preparation seminar helps demystify the ACT by explaining
--the test’s structure,
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Students learn specific, tangible strategies to answer more questions correctly, how to decipher questions designed to thwart their performance, & specific academic content that is regularly tested on the ACT.
Each participant gets
--a comprehensive, 400-page, reference workbook,
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--online access to over 1000 additional practice test questions,
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Next Level Prep is Ohio’s leader in ACT preparation. We currently work with over 100 Ohio high schools & thousands of students (urban, suburban, & small town/rural) each year around the state. Our typical students see a 2.0 composite point increase on the ACT after taking our seminar.
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“Thank you so much. I look forward to taking the ACT again after this session.” --CJ, New Albany HS
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Our presenters are world class, using state-of-the-art teaching techniques, a mixture of hands-on instruction, discussion,
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Students emerge justifiably confident—with decidedly less anxiety—about their prospects on the test.
Price is just $99 for Lake & Geauga County HS students.
To register for the in-school seminar, go to this link, https://nlpohio.com/product/escwr-act-seminar-october-1-2021/, using a credit card for the $99 payment. To register for the virtual seminar, go to https://nlpohio.com/product/escwr-virtual-act-seminar-october-5-2021/. Workbook, materials, & Zoom log-in information for the virtual seminar will be distributed to students prior to the session. Registration deadline for the seminars is midnight, Friday, September 24, 2021.
Registered students for the in-school seminar will be excused from regular class for the day,
but remain responsible for any missed assignments.
Learn more about Next Level Prep & our ACT preparation seminars by viewing our information vide
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Next Level Prep, 1805 O’Brien Rd., Columbus, OH, 43228, https://nlpohio.com. Email Dave Dobos at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
VIEW & PAY YOUR STUDENT'S SCHOOL FEES THRU INFINITE CAMPUS
Through the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus, parents/guardians can now view their child(ren)'s school fees and pay the fees online. Please use the helpful links below to get started. If you need further assistance, please call the main office of your child's school.
Fees for the 2021-22 school year are due by September 30, 2021.
Links to Get Started:
1. General Log-In Instructions for Infinite Campus
2. Instructions on Accessing and Paying Fees Through Infinite Campus
The Annual Update: Infinite Campus
The Annual Update must be completed by ALL Chardon Local School District households. If you registered this past spring or summer, you are asked to complete the Annual Update. This ensures that you have created your Parent Portal Account and that we have the most accurate information for your student.
The window to complete the Annual Update will be open between 9/7/2021-11/30/2021. Every student must have an Annual Update completed online each year. Changes in residency, custody and medical conditions or medications require additional documentation. The Annual Update cannot be completed on paper. If you do not have access to a computer or you need assistance, please contact the Board of Education office at 440-285-4052.
Art Pieces of the Week
Topper Time Manual
This manual is to best prepare all students with the use of Topper Time. It was shared with staff and students.
Topper Time is necessary part of the infrastructure of our bell schedule. With the eighth graders eating lunch during 5A, ninth graders in Freshman Mentoring, our students in grades 10-12 need a place to call home in their day. Rather than just making this place for twenty minutes to be with students, Topper Time is an opportunity for students to have a brain break, receive intervention, and to develop relationships with their teacher and other students in a small “home”. The pandemic pushed paused to deploy the Senior Capstone Projects within this time period. As we transition in 2021-2022, the redeployment of these locally defined graduation seals are essential with the Class of 2022 on this pathway, and fully for the class of 2023
Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival Queen's Contest
Mr. Murray's Weekly Highlight Video
Mr. Murray’s YouTube Page
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 (Work in Progress)
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
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal