Checking your list
I used to absolutely hate checklists.
I am the youngest child with siblings who are five and eight years older than me. Growing up in a household with two working parents created many moments for mom and dad to leave a list of tasks to do. Sure, they would get done, but usually after 5 hours of backyard baseball.
College, marriage, career, and children taught me that underline value of a good checklist. Now, I live by them and usually can be found with a list to a list in both written and digital formats.
Taking care of long term details comes with the territory of someone who is an idealist thinker and worker. Transitioning into the fourth quarter is an exciting time for every grade level. We have all of the senior events, all of the activities, and opportunities. It is a time when many details can slip in the midst of taking your kids to numerous activities, preparing for the week, or making sure that our own children don't walk out of the door without all of the things that they need for the day.
For the past two decades, I have used a three month calendar to finalize the school year. As much as our calendar is posted online and can be viewed in weekly segments, having the freedom to see all the events in a printable format is extremely useful for all our educators, students, and parents. This can be used as a checklist for each day for the big ideas of the academic calendar.
As we walk together this quarter, other checklists are important to survive the wear and tear of the quarter. I have put together a suggested list of 12 important things to check off your to-do list to create new habits in your life.
1. Say, I love you to those you embrace each day.
This simple task can speak volumes to your parents, spouse, children, and siblings and has no age limit to express. Our brains fire so many neurons which releases dopamine causing you to feel happy. What a wonderful way to start your day!
2. Actively listen to others
When we actively listen, we pause. Listening allows us to seek the depth of any story and allows us to respond with empathy, understanding, and kindness. Take the time to really listen to your friends, parents, and siblings and watch your relationship change for the better.
3. Read something that engages you every single day
We are always reading. Whether we are perusing signs, billboards, articles, posts, or messages...reading becomes a habit that we often can take for granted. When we read things that engage us we not only become a better reader-we become a diplomat to literacy. Read something that engages you each day and experience a new you that can articulate in ways that you never thought you could.
4. Walk or be physically active for 20 consecutive minutes
Physical activity is so beneficial for our physical, social, and mental well-being. Scheduling the time each week to walk, workout, and a little fresh air can provide more energy and positivity to your own outlook on living.
5. Remove fear by thinking more positive about YOU
We can control three things in life: What we think, what we say, and how we behave. Furthermore, these three things can allow us to control our attitude, effort, and approach to everything that we aspire to be or do. Do not be afraid to fail. Face your fears with what you can control and watch parts of your life grow in positive ways.
6. Meditate, Pray, or Journal
You do not have to be religious to reflect on the simple things in life. A sunrise, sunset, smile, a moment of kindness. These moments can allow you to reflect on all of the good that surrounds you in your life and ground you to things bigger than ourselves.
7. Unplug without a device for 1 hour or more each day.
When we unplug, we communicate in natural ways that can simplify life. Disconnecting for periods of time can re-center relationships and actually can lower our blood pressure as we live in the present.
8. Never give up
If at first you don't succeed....
we all have heard the story. However, through the trials of losing the battles of our day- we expand our territory to do more and be more. Never give up.
9. Surround yourself with positive people
We become an amalgamation of our surroundings. Therefore, surround yourself with people who challenge you to be a better person at all times. It can be hard to do, but when we do this- we learn how to happy and the best version of ourselves.
10. Write down your gratitude
The thousands of words that I write each week are my ways to show gratitude to you. I do not have to do this. I choose to. I write from my heart to show you why I care. Send someone a short note this week, an email, or a card. Pay it forward!
As I started this newsletter by talking about checklists...write your goals down. Post your goals. Write a mission statement. Live it, Love it, do it. Do not procrastinate over tasks. Live with purpose!
12. Finish what you start
Is the finish line a barrier, opportunity, or mile marker? The choice is in the eye of the beholder. Once you figure where you are on the map, remove the barriers that hold you back and seize every opportunity along the markers of your life. As Robert Frost notes, choose the road less traveled by....it will make all of the difference!
Checklist: March/April/ May
Enclosed is the CHS "map" of future events. There so many details inside of this document that will guide you on your way to success. Take it one day at a time and seize every moment with your student along the way. The document below is a PDF, however, I have enclosed a link below this file that you can access online.
Congratulations to @toppernation for being selected 2019 NEOIAA Award winner, which recognizes an individual for exceptional time, effort, and energy devoted to the OIAAA. Doug Snyder is the best in the business.
High School Spring Musical: Grease is the word!
Our kids are amazing. Our adults who support them are just as amazing. It is another year, and another dynamic musical put on by the Chardon High School students. I am SO impressed by our students, their passion, energy, and expertise. Each year, countless students walk our halls and live their purpose! I am so proud of our students and our staff who helped facilitate learning in the most expressive way! Come this weekend and see our students shine in Grease!
Photos courtesy of Chloe Taddie, G-TV
It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping, chain-smoking “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers. The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical that is both an homage to the idealism of the fifties and a satire of high schoolers’ age-old desire to be rebellious, provocative and rebellious. At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski.
March 14-16th @7:00 PM
March 17th @2:00 PM
Buy Tickets for Grease
Please see the options for purchasing tickets below using Eventbrite.
Furthermore, our Business Crew will be at Park Thursday 3/7, Monday 3/11 from 4:00 - 8:00 for ticket sales, as well as Wednesday 3/13 - Sunday 3/17 before/during shows for ticket sales.
Images of the Week
School Fees are DUE
School fees are due to Chardon Local Schools. Payable at your student's individual school.
Please look at your student's Infinite Campus account under “Fees” to see what is owed for each child.
All Participation fees for the Fall/Winter Season are due.
DO NOT PAY SPRING Participation fees until they are posted in Infinite Campus. This takes a little time to get the final official rosters from the coaches added and adjustment made where needed.
When you are looking at the fess, if something does not look right or your student has dropped a class and it is still showing, please call so that it can be corrected.
Direct all of your calls to Mrs. McBride.
440-285-4057 x. 1441
We have about 30 seniors that have NOT ordered their cap and gown. If you have not ordered your CAP and GOWN, please see Mrs. McBride ASAP. Furthermore, you can call her about any question pertaining to graduation.
Geauga County School Job Fair
Where: Berkshire High School
When: Thursday, April 11 @ 10:30 AM
as Chardon High School put on a Career Fair on March 1, Berkshire is putting on a job fair for students who are 16 years and older. If you are interested in attending, we will have a bus to send students. Please sign up here.
Geauga County Kickstart Fair