I felt that it was important to send this early to best serve our families and students specifically related to the events of this weekend. We have many exciting events upcoming and there are many things inside of this newsletter that would best serve you in advance. Have a beautiful day!
7th Grade Visits CHS!
On Thursday, we welcomed the 7th graders from CMS for a tour. Thank you to our student guides, staff, and the rest of our student body for helping them to feel so welcomed. While here, they had the opportunity to not only tour the school, but also to meet teachers, receive some letters and bookmarks written by current 8th graders, and use their problem-solving skills to complete challenges. Everyone had a blast, asked some great questions, and is excited to come back in the fall! Special shoutout to Kyle Kovach, and Heather Biernacki who made this day so awesome!
Auburn Career Center Ceremonies
Congratulations to all of our Auburn Career Center seniors who graduated this week from their programs! We are so grateful for all of the work that the students, and staff member put forth this year at Auburn! SO many students earned awards, and notoriety!
Tuesday, May 25
11:00am - 12:00pm Cosmetology A and B, Criminal Justice
12:00pm - 1:00pm Business Management Technology, Interactive Multimedia, Internet Program & Development, Mobile Applications, Computer Networking
1:00pm – 2:00pm Allied Health, Emergency Medical Services, Patient Care Technician
Wednesday, May 26
11:00am - 12:00pm Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Teaching Professions
12:00pm - 1:00pm Advanced Manufacturing, Mechanical Technology Applications, Welding, Plant Turf & Landscape Management
1:00pm – 2:00pm Architecture Project Management, Construction, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning, Electrical Engineering
MUST READ: Senior Events
Key ideas noted below. It is very important to read the senior handbook, we receive calls daily that are inside of this document. We will review key parts of this with seniors at graduation practice.
Because commencement exercises are conducted in a formal, ceremonial fashion, it is mandatory that all seniors be in attendance for rehearsal. *Seniors who do not attend rehearsal will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony. Rehearsal is scheduled on Friday, May 28, 2021, at 10:00 AM.
PRACTICE WILL NOW TAKE PLACE IN THE CHS GYM.
Senior Picnic at Munson Township Park on Friday, May 28 from 12:30-3:00.
Graduation Exercises: Saturday May 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Graduation exercises will be held at Chardon Memorial Field on Saturday May 29, at 7:30 p.m. Each graduating senior will receive eight tickets to be issued at commencement practice on Friday, May 28, 2021. It will be up to you or your senior to reach out to other students/parents if you are in need of extra tickets beyond the original eight tickets.
Seniors need to report by 6:30 PM. They need to park or be dropped in the middle school lot.
The weather for the evening looks cool; dress accordingly. The event will be around 1hr 45 minutes in length.
Families that need handicapped parking may use the ALCAN to park between 6:00-6:30 pm. Executive Student Council Officers will be in attendance to assist specific needs.
Seniors are reminded that it is necessary to pass the last nine weeks and/or the final exam plus have a passing average in a course to receive credit. Failure to meet these requirements in courses required for graduation will result in being ineligible for a diploma in May. Students will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony. Further clarification is found on page 109 of the Student Handbook
Because all students are expected to meet their responsibilities and obligations as members of our school, seniors are reminded that all deficiencies and/or delinquent obligations (i.e. required credits, class work, fees, library fines, activity fees, textbooks, detentions, suspensions, etc.) are to be taken care of prior to the commencement practice. Students will not be permitted to participate in commencement unless all obligations have been met.
Reminder of Fee Letter
Seniors and Transcripts
If you are planning on attending a college or trade school please do not forget to request your final transcript on Naviance. This will notify CHS where to send your Final Transcript that is needed to enroll in the secondary school you plan to attend in the fall. To do this follow these steps:
1. Go to https://www.naviance.com/ and log in
2. Click the tab "Colleges I'm Applying to"
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to "College that I'm Attending"
4. Click the arrow and find the college you are attending and click it
5. Press the update button once your college is listed as the college you are attending.
6. We will send your Transcript to your college once they are finalized, and we review that all fees have been paid for.
We are facing some considerable weather conditions forecasted for Saturday evening. This weather front has stalled creating wet conditions, cool temperatures, and unfavorable experiences for our students and families.
We have determined that the best decision is to move commencement to our scheduled rain date: Sunday, May 30th, at 1:00 PM. Graduates will report at 12:00 PM at the Chardon Middle School Gym. Gates will open at 12:00 PM for all guests. All patrons will need a ticket. The Executive Student Council will assist families at the gate, and in the stands. The one thing that we cannot control is the weather, and that is why we initially had many rain dates in the plan.
We apologize if this decision has caused inconvenience for your family gatherings. This decision is to create the most meaningful experience possible for our graduates and their families.
On Sunday evening, our graduates and families may come back to Chardon Memorial Field for a fireworks display. The show will begin approximately around 9:00 pm.
We appreciate your patience, understanding, and flexibility. Here is a video message talking about the change in date.
Douglas Murray, Principal
Links: Senior Handbook
Week in Reflection
Video to help families understand graduation--Details are the same; date is now Sunday
Schedule for Next Week
Monday, May 31st: No School
Tuesday, June 1st: White Day Schedule
Wednesday, June 2nd: Red Day Schedule
Thursday, June 3rd: Thursday Schedule
Friday, June 4th: White Schedule
Schedule for Exam Week: June 7-June 10
We have been meeting with teachers in post conferences along with having discussions with department chairs pertaining to final exams. We appreciate the creativity, and flexibility each department has determined for the exam process. Enclosed are the expectations for exams this June.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT EACH STUDENT DISCUSSES THEIR FINAL COURSE EXPECTATIONS WITH THEIR TEACHERS AND PARENTS REGARDING THEIR QUARTER GRADES AND EXAM SCHEDULE.
For the 2020-2021 year, teachers in each PLC must agree/collaborate upon what could/should be the final exam.
CHS Principal Podcast: Talking Tennis and Senior Year with Logan Coles and James Granger
Precision Orthopaedics will again be offering sports physicals for Chardon athletes for the 2021-22 school year.
Below is information from Precision:
Sports physicals will be by appointment only by calling 440-285-4999 Sports physicals will be completed at our Chardon office located at 150 7th Ave, Suite 200 in Chardon. Cost: $20, cash only Sports physical forms must be complete and signed by a parent/guardian prior to being seen by a physician There will be plenty of appointment times available through June and July Precision requires all patients and team members to wear face coverings while in the office.
An Ohio High School Athletic Association 21-22 Preparticipation Physical Evaluation form is attached.
The Biden administration recently announced more than 30 million children will get nutrition assistance over the summer as a result of the American Rescue Plan. Under the Universal School Meals Program Act, nutrition assistance over the summer would be made permanent for all children regardless of income.
Class of 2021: Parting Words
During the last year or so, after your parents first realized that the rest of your life had inexplicably sped past, they tried not to be obvious. But maybe you noticed. In spite of all that you were going through in school, sports, and even at work, your family tried to slow the calendar, stop the clock. They were trying, of course, to hang on to you.
The very thing that they committed to year’s ago- rearing, raising, training you for independence- your parents now began to fear. I’m sure some may have been emotional; they may have been firm, or even built walls between you. Every sign that indicated you had learned and matured and were ready to face the world only reminded them how young you seemed.
But your parents couldn’t run from the truth. You were leaving and the day was coming soon. Some of your parents may have been so desperate to hang on that they couldn’t even exult in your growth and progress. Why, you ask, a lot of it was due to your maddening independence, that I-can-do-it-myself attitude that reminded both of them so much of their own adolescence, or even that look that asked, “Why do you have to know everything?” or “What does it matter to you?” may have cemented in their aching heart the truth: You had become your own person.
It’s what they had wanted. But, your time together this year went by too quickly. There may have been days when they didn’t want it at all. Yet, throughout all the fights over applications, and deadlines, your parents knew that this was for the best. It’s time. And maybe from their perspective, there will never be a good time. Your parents have realized that the longer they hang on to you, the more they protect you from the real world. If you don’t jump in, you’ll never find yourself. And so they must nudge you from the nest.
Seeing you leave for college or your career may remind them of the first time they let you go in the water. Only this time they are not going to be at arm’s length, ready to grab as you panic. They will not stand by with reassuring words that say, “I’m just seeing if you can float alone.” For this is the real thing. Your parents will let you go; you will be on your own, and they will back away.
The other metaphor that may come to mind is your first time on two wheels. Mom or dad ran along beside, reaching, adjusting, holding the seat, helping you gain momentum and speed. Soon you were on your wobbly way, unable to turn, riding through puddles, over curbs, slowing to painful, tumbling stops before leaping up to try again.
Now they will give your two-wheeler one last shove and watch. No more running alongside. You had enough of that. You won’t admit it, but there will be times when you whirl around expecting your parents to be there. They won't be, and you will think twice about calling, about asking to be bailed out of a jam.
There will be bumps and bruises and as much as they would like to protect you from them, your parents will walk away to see you grow. You may be swindled, maybe even endangered because of your own innocence. Your parents could intervene, could warn you, or could slow you on a headlong path to believing someone because “he seemed like a great guy, or she seemed like a great girl.” They could urge you to let time be the test of relationships, to think twice, even three times, before investing in anything. But you must learn from your own mistakes.
Your parents and teachers know because they have been there. We all have gone against our own better judgment, so why shouldn’t you? Even I knew better, or should have. I have been told enough times by my own parents. But some things you must learn on your own. You may fail, and you will kick yourself and wonder why you forged ahead. There will come a time that you will know that your life was shaped by the lessons you could learn only from your own mistakes.
Graduates of 2021, I am at an age, where I finally can realize the wisdom, encouragement, and love that a parent gives to a child. As a parent of two beautiful daughters--the love shared between parents to their children is never a superficial root that may drive you away from their love, but a permanent foundation that grants you the opportunity to blossom into an adult. You must realize that as you transition into a new chapter of your life, your parents, brothers, sisters, and even your friends are going through the same transition. I know that your parents are so proud of you. Even through the good and bad times of this year, you have grown in such a way that radiates the beauty of every one of you.
Graduates, look around. You are so gifted and talented. Your class emulates success. Academically, athletically, socially, and within the community, Your parents, and teachers have watched you grow daily and we are so proud to honor you today in your accomplishments. Many people state that you are the future. You are more than that. You Are The Strength Of Today.
Forever in my heart,
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