We Give Thanks
The last three months have gone by like a whirlwind. The older we get the faster time seems to go by. One of the great things at school is watching kids grow and mature. It is a joy to watch our kids grow up even when we all want the time to slow down.
Time is inevitable. Time can feel like an endless hand moving over each second and time can go before us in an instant. Time is really about how we use it. I can reflect upon the whirlwind of emotions we all have felt during the time we have spent over the last three months. However, today's edition of the Week in Reflection is an opportunity for my team to reflect on our gratitude to our entire Chardon community.
There are so many extraordinary athletic and academic accolades that our students have accomplished over the short time that we have been together since August. I am so grateful for the collective efforts our students and staff have embarked upon at this moment in time. Allow this short time away to express gratitude to all those that you love.
As principal, I am grateful and love you for who you are, where you are, and where you are going. Keep striving for greatness in all that you do!
Ms. Pavicic, Assistant Principal
One of my favorite parts of living in Northeast Ohio are our four seasons. The visible progression of fall, as the leaves change and fall, as nature transitions into winter, seems to pass so quickly, and as much as we would love to cling on to each beautiful fall moment, we have to accept that these moments are temporal and fleeting, with each passing season signifying the beauty of change and its pertinence for balance, growth, and renewal in our lives. Although there is no pause and time is constantly passing us by, we can do our best to enjoy each moment with gratitude knowing that we can hold onto the memories of those moments, and that there is always a beautiful new season to look forward to.
I particularly love this time of year, with Thanksgiving being my favorite holiday, and am grateful to have a day dedicated to spending time with my family and to reflecting on the many gifts in my life. School in particular has been such a gift, as a student, athlete, educator, coach, and now as an educational leader, filled with influential people and lessons learned that I still carry with me to this day. I am grateful to now serve in a role to that allows me to witness the many learning experiences of our students, in the classroom, on the field, and on the stage, and their persistence, diligence, and optimism as they encounter all the joys and challenges those experiences bring, alongside the hard work, dedication, and commitment from our staff and families as they support our students through their journeys. It truly takes a village, nothing is ever achieved alone, and I am so grateful to a part of the Chardon village!
I wish all a wonderful, restful, and feastful Thanksgiving! Enjoy the moment!
Mr. Higham , Assistant Principal
When the smell of the turkey and all the fixings first wafts through the kitchen, your senses perk up with excitement. These simple scents cause a surge of nostalgia. A strong rush of memories of past years fill the room.
At times, these memories make our hearts swell, and they may even produce a feeling of sorrow. Good or bad, this is a driving force of what holidays are about– Thanksgiving specifically. It is universally considered a time of reflection, where we often focus on our blessings and determine how we can support others.
As any educator knows, finding the perfect words can be a challenge, especially for a former mathematics teacher. But with the help of the internet , I was able to find this meaningful Thanksgiving quote from Lionel Hampton.. "Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind." Quotes such as this, remind everyone at this time of year that there’s so much more to the holiday than football, turkey, and all the fixins’. However, that last sentence is not completely true because it is that time of year when our mighty Buckeyes beat TTUN!
Mr. Murray, Principal
Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the simple things of life. It is important to take the time to reflect on all of the beauty of the semester. Every single day provides for us an opportunity to give, to learn, and to serve. I am forever grateful to the friends that I have as I walk down each hallway. It is easy to call the staff at CHS my friends. The teachers and staff members energize me with their passion for learning and love of our students. I love my staff, and I am forever grateful for their gifts that they provide our students.
One of the best parts of my day is interacting with students. It is hard to believe that we are almost at the halfway point of the school year. We have such wonderful students! I truly love their kindness, energy, creativity, and leadership. I am so grateful for the beauty they give to the Chardon community. I am a better man just by working beside each of them. From sitting with our eighth graders to meeting with our seniors-- I love spending my time with each of them--even with a little more space between us.
I am grateful for the support, encouragement, and assistance that our parents have provided not only me, but to our teachers, coaches, and community. This year has aged all of us, but is through your energy that gives me fuel to get through the events we experience every new day. You continue to model servant leadership to each of us!
Most importantly, I am grateful to my beautiful family that sacrifice so much to be with me. They haven't seen me a ton, but they know how much I love them. My wife is truly my best friend. She is beside me at many events, and she knows how to keep me balanced in all that I do in/out of school. I am blessed to have a Chardon graduate, and another daughter at Chardon, and I look forward to sharing many memories with them as they grow and continue to bless our family.
Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give thanks to the simple things in life: family, friends and familiar fellowship. Let this day be a reminder of how the simple things in life are the strongest reminders of why we work, why we give, and why we serve. Have a beautiful week with your family!
Topper Club Awards
Our core values recognize Achievement as an essential benchmark of the learning that transpires every day at Chardon High School. We have extraordinary educators that prepare our students for college, career, and life readiness. Our students refine their learning in the classroom and demonstrate their abilities in so many skill sets in extra-curriculars, service, and clubs.
It is our goal that every single person at Chardon High School will graduate finding their purpose. The programs and experiences that you experience at Chardon from grades 8-12 expose you to opportunities to achieve this purpose. More importantly, the relationships that you develop are paramount in your development. Every student matters to us. Taking the time to celebrate achievement collectively provides us the motivation and encouragement to push and strive for success ---so that every student will find their outcome after walking across the stage to further education, immediate employment, enlistment into our armed forces, and even delving into becoming a young entrepreneur. Today, we will celebrate many moments of achievement.
Being a part of the Topper Club is an extraordinary accomplishment. Our students being recognized this morning have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher. Each day, we are educating the future leaders of our ever-changing world. Together, we are witnessing the development of engineers, doctors, lawyers, educators, chemists, advanced manufacturers, cosmetologists, medics, leaders, and philanthropists who see the good in others and respond to the needs of others. We are grateful for their leadership and look forward to the many ways that they will serve our school in the present and the future.
The following slideshow presents all of the students who are being recognized for their academic achievement. We recognized nearly 225 students and 2 staff members during this 45 minute award ceremony!
Core Value Awards
The Principal's Award is one of the highest honors for a student to achieve. Being recognized as a student who embodies the core values is an honor that has no classroom or state assessment connected to it. A committee nominated students throughout the year for modeling our values. This year, we are recognizing the following students who model the character and commitment to serve others and use their gifts to embrace Community, Humility, Achievement, Respect, Dignity, Optimism, and Nurture as they live these values in and out of school.
The following students have earned the Principal's Award this year:
Iker Amaro Avalos
Historical Core Value Recipients
Special Award Recognition Awards
It is hard to describe in words this moment. Watch the video to see two recognitions and one special surprise! Special thanks to Mr. Dan Heintz who recorded this for us!
These awesome photos are from Rebecca Fullerman
Schedule for Next Week
State Final 4
Last Week's Highlights
Can't Make it this week? Watch it Online
MAP of Complex
Resources and News
NHS is organizing a raffle event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. We will have 10-15 baskets varying in themes! You can start buying tickets the week of November 27 during lunch period, as well as at the first and second Chardon Boys Basketball game (12/5 and 12/9). Raffle winners will be announced at those two games!
$1= 1 ticket or 1 canned good= 1 ticket! Please no expired food.
Basket themes include charcuterie, baking, spa, candy, winter, coffee, and more! Anyone can purchase a ticket.
Instead of re-writing and re-posting events from what I wrote on Friday, November 17th, please take to look at the Week in Reflection from last week to review all of the details that are upcoming.
The Week in Reflection in will return on December 1, 2023
Have a restful and safe Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal