Principal's Podcast: Season 2, Episode 3
OASSA: Ryan Bandiera, Assistant Principal of the Year
Just a little over two weeks ago, I nominated Ryan Bandiera as a candidate for the OASSA Assistant Principal of the Year. My job was easy--nominate and write a letter of recommendation. Mr. Bandiera had to fill out the application, write an essay, provide some data, and get letters of recommendation. Well, on September 23rd, Ryan received the phone call from OASSA naming him the OASSA Assistant Principal of the year. One of the hardest things was keeping quiet all day about the news that was shared with me earlier in the day.
For those that don't know, Ryan's road to Chardon High School was not simple. Initially, Ryan wasn't selected as an assistant principal. However, after I was named principal of Chardon High School--one month after he applied---I knew who I wanted to replace the position that I left vacant. I wanted Ryan. He just had all of the qualities that we needed at Chardon High School. Ryan was an Intervention Specialist and one of our biggest needs was someone well versed in special education to support all of our students and teachers. From that moment on, Ryan grew and developed--expanding his knowledge and experiences. We are blessed with great leaders at Chardon High School and I am so grateful to both Mr. Bandiera and Mr. Higham for EVERYTHING that they do to support students and staff. Please see the press release from OASSA below.
Congratulations are in order for Mr. Ryan Bandiera on being named the OASSA Assistant Principal of the year. Ryan has been the assistant principal at Chardon High School since 2016. Prior to his time at Chardon, he was a teacher in the Twinsburg City School District.
A passionate leader, Mr. Bandiera has sought to always look for ways to improve himself, the school building he is working in, and those with which he comes in contact. Mr. Douglas Murray, the principal at Chardon High School, describes him as the “first to step in when someone needs help” and one who meets the social emotional needs of his students. “He truly believes in all students.”
Staff members describe him as someone who “…will look beyond what’s best for himself, but rather what’s best for each individual person.” His focus is on serving those he comes in contact with each and every day.
Mr. Bandiera’s most notable accomplishment might be the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) journey that Chardon has undertaken. With a team of teachers, Mr. Bandiera helped lead the professional development needed to move a large high school to a successful adoption of UDL. Under his leadership, UDL tenants are found throughout the building and students are being given opportunities to show their knowledge beyond traditional assessments.
OASSA is proud to have Mr. Bandiera represent Ohio as the Assistant Principal of the Year.
The Beauty of Fall
The Autumnal Equinox fell on September 22. Fall is a time that generates so much beauty in Northeast Ohio. Lately, we could feel the brisk reminder of summer waiving goodbye. Each year, I find myself transitioning from summer music to more autumnal sounds.
The Beatles classic song, Obladi-Oblada...is quite catchy and either loved or hated by those who listen. Some say it has meaning, while others struggle to find it...yet for all, life goes on. This week we entered the Autumnal season. Just as the meteorological season has quite a story...so do we.
Life is full of opportunities. These moments come and go and we have to ask ourselves --do we ever seize the opportunities? More than ever, we have to take the time to seize opportunities before they are taken away. Autumn is an opportunity to pause and reflect on all of our blessings that surround us. It an opportunity to give thanks, and it an opportunity to prepare for the "Long and Winding Road."
How has the first three weeks been for you? Are you still on track for your goals? Have you built the capacity for success? Questions like this are meant to make you pause. Whether you are a parent, student, or teacher reading this---you might have to reflect on your purpose and your place in the story. Without a doubt, the last three weeks have been an adjustment for all of us with the new routines.
In school, we have bells to create start and end times--but the fluidity of life constantly flows for parents, teachers, and students. I have lived inside of bells my whole life- but, what matters most to my story is how I spend my time between the bells; more importantly, how I spend my time with the priorities that I have established. Time is inevitable- how we use it matters so much in every quarter--especially the first quarter.
Students, many of you are on point. You have adapted and created new habits along the way. Take this Autumn to refine, re-fuel and re-set timelines and priorities toward those areas in your life that are not only strengths but also your weaknesses. Make the time to refine one area of your life that you want to be more successful in...the quarter ends next month. Look in the mirror and see your beauty and share your gifts in and out of the classroom. Live your Purpose!
Parents, you sacrifice so much for your children. As they grow older, many of them develop both a natural and unnatural independence. Take this Autumn to remind your children of their self-worth, and your unconditional love for them. They need you more than ever in this everchanging world.
Teachers, you are the extensions of the family. You spend so much time with students helping them along their journey. Take this Autumn to build your self-efficacy. Many times more than not, you are the catalyst that can change a child's world. Keep up your great work and take time for yourself! WE APPRECIATE YOU!
...more importantly, this year is an opportunity to create memories regardless of the barriers in front of us-so, if you want some fun --sing ob la di bla da
National Merit Commended Students
Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.
In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. Congratulations to Jacob Stephans, Zoe Shive, and Noah Munoz for being recognized as commended students!
Jacob Stephans and Zoe Shive. Noah Munoz (not pictured above) is a full-time CCP student
Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences: October 1- 5:00-8:00 PM
On Thursday, October 1, Chardon High School will conduct our first parent teacher conference session. This evening will take place from 5:00-8:00 PM. As we continue to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, and to secure our custodial staff's ability to disinfect and sanitize the building each night, this session will be 100% virtual. Office secretaries, Jen Sprinzl and Diana Norris are working on the system for parents/guardians to sign up for time-slots. The times for the evening will be in ten minute intervals with a buffer time built between for our teachers to transition from family to family. The system should be LIVE by this weekend. Once we are able activate the site, we will send a separate email. We will use Google Meet as the platform to meet teachers...similar to the Open House night. Once a parent/guardian signs up for a time and submits the form, an email will be sent back directly to the email address that signed up for conferences with further directions, times, and links to the Google Meet. Thank you for patience as we rebuild each system throughout this school year.
On Saturday, October 17th, Chardon will be offering the PSAT/NMSQT to interested 10th and 11th grade students. Please see the attached registration form for more information.
Please reach out to Mr. Hurlbut or Mrs. Tupaz at (440) 285-4060 or
Financial Aid Night: Monday, September 28th 7:00 pm
Below is information for Chardon seniors and their parents regarding the upcoming Financial Aid Night virtual presentation which will take place on Monday, September 28th 7:00 pm.
LEAF will be presenting a virtual Financial Aid Night presentation to Chardon School seniors and their parents on Monday, September 28th at 6:30 pm. The presentation will focus on all aspects of the financial aid process. Topics to be covered will be the FAFSA form, CSS Profile, scholarships, grants, loans and other items related to college access.
Please join LEAF for this virtual presentation by visiting meet.google.com/zox-cymq-jfa or Join by phone
(US) +1 920-461-1934 PIN: 102 565 505#
This presentation will be recorded.
Blue Model Students: 100% Online
Dear [Online] Students and Parents,
I am Mrs. Tupaz, one of the counselors helping online students this year. Myself, along with counselors Timothy Hurlbut (A-G), Nicolle Hetrick (H-O), and Kyle Kovach (P-Z) are here to help you in any way we can!
Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns...like internet connection issues, class struggles and expectations, scheduling or graduation considerations, personal issues, or just to say hello!
Additionally, please use this code nfpskig to join my google classroom, Virtual Guidance 2020-2021. This is a newly constructed and evolving google classroom to connect students with our guidance department. DON'T WORRY - there is no extra work!! This is simply a way to connect with a counselor and access information that will help you along the way. Periodically, I will be posting helpful tips, etc. There is also a google form to fill out if you have any concerns and would like to meet virtually with myself or another counselor. Please do not hesitate to use your resources, including reaching out to your teachers if you are struggling.
Good luck as you continue your virtual learning. I look forward to connecting with you!
Schedule for the Week of September 28-October 2
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 28: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Tuesday, September 29: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Wednesday, September 30: Periods 2, 4, 6 (red schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Thursday, October 1: Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (black schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Friday, October 2: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
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.
Important Message: School Nurse - Jan Hoffmann BSN, RN, LSN
Every year Chardon High School screens 9th and 11th grade students for distance vision and hearing as mandated by the state of Ohio. This year additional requirements were added to the screening process making it impossible to do the mass screenings we have done in the past. If you feel your child needs to have these screenings done, please email Jan Hoffmann, the High School Nurse, and she will set up an appointment to have your child screened. If you do not feel it is necessary to have your child screened this year, please complete the waiver form and return it to the office by October 20, 2020. If you decide later in the year that you would like your child to be screened you can contact the nurse and she will make arrangements to have the screening done. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Hoffmann at (440) 286-0418 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Work Permit Instructions
Obtain an application for a minor work permit in the school office.
Student will return the completed form with one of the valid forms of ID. Mrs. Sprinzl will process the application.
Please allow 24 hours turn around on work permits.
After Prom Continues to Create!
Since After Prom is not running concessions this fall they decided to offer Tailgate Specials during this football season. After Prom receives 10% of the total of each item ordered.
Images of the Week
Friday Night Highlights
Last Friday, Chardon faced a very opponent in Riverside. Below is the highlight reel that I made for our families.
Click on the image below to see all of the great things from Jostens--including buying yearbooks.
Have a beautiful weekend!
Douglas Murray, Principal