Strength in Numbers
Over the past three weeks, I have been extremely connected to our students in providing communications, counseling, and service to our mission. Mr. Higham, Mr. Bandiera, and I have taken time to meet with numerous students to discuss academics, relationships, and behaviors.
Countless hours have been spent with families, outside agencies, and local advocates to document, plan, and articulate ways to provide and ensure that all of the situations that have come to our offices are comprehensively attended to with precision.
In between proactively talking with groups, guiding young students with their words, and situations outside of the school--- we have worked tirelessly to not interrupt learning and targeted outcomes in the classroom.
Many of the tasks that the administration work on are unnoticed by many, but they are done out of a commitment to you, our students, and our school. We do this while balancing our own family life.
Approximately ten days ago, I was coaching my daughter's 14u team and was hit by an errant softball to the back of the head. I knew at that moment that I was concussed. I was impacted with blurred vision, headaches, and dizziness. I took it slower over the next several days, but I certainly understood the impact that our students face when impacted with a brain injury.
This moment allowed me to take a step back from screen time and to really put things in perspective. What I have realized is that I am constantly moving and multi-tasking. Our world lives in constant contact. Emails can pile up worse than laundry if unattended. Likewise, voicemails and messages can add to that stress. On top of that, attempting to have an active conversation with adults and students can become difficult within the acute sounds that are picked up.
I share this information as an opportunity to commend the team of educators and staff members that surround our students. The CHS staff are extraordinary people. They have been assisting me, our assistant principals, and teachers while we manage and lead through covering classes, lending a hand with supervision, and assisting students with their needs. At our core, community driven values and relationships carry the beacon that drives our success. The phrase that breathes energy in our building is Chardon Strong. This mantra is best understood in the following ways:
We are Chardon. To live our values means that we are defined by our response to any outcome. We have modeled for tens of thousands of students and parents how we respond to difficulty. We are a community in good and bad times who will live with integrity. We have been consistently humble in our response to moments of success, doubt, and difficulty. We are a district that demonstrates achievement in our outcomes to the state, and outreach to our community and nation. We model respect in our success and failures and how we respond to each other. We recognize the value of seeing the dignity and honor of all of the students and staff members that we encounter. Most importantly, we are optimistic for tomorrow by living our purpose today as we nurture each other.
We are Chardon...you cannot be built much tougher.
You can read this and say to yourself, "that's nice, Murray- your concussed" or you can truly realize that my words never come as fluff. I mean every word when I tell you that I am committed to serving every person that I encounter. Together, we will continue to define our response to any obstacle that we face...Together.
The Curious Savage showcases phenomenal acting, themes, and hilarious overtones that once again place our drama program into elite standards.
Special thanks to Mr. Lichtinger, Mr. Brown, Ms. Grantham, Mr. Streiff, Mrs. Dalton, and Mr. Hauber for their phenomenal vision and artistry.
We are so blessed with talented students on and off the stage! I highly recommend seeing this performance this week!
Wednesday at 7:00 pm (Dress Rehearsal)
Thursday at 7:00 pm
Friday at 7:00 pm
Saturday at 7:00 pm
Sunday at 2:00 pm.
Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown-up stepchildren’s efforts to get their hands on it. Knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of the fortune, the stepchildren commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses.” In the sanatorium, Mrs. Savage meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. (Dramatists Play Service, Inc.)
This year AC4P and the Actively Caring Leadership class will raise funds for the 19th annual Jeremy's Kids Christmas fundraiser. This fundraiser is in memory of Jeremy Mizen, the 6-year-old son of teacher Rob Mizen, who died in a car crash on Christmas Eve in 1999. Instead of dwelling on their horrible loss and having this tragic event destroy their lives, Mr. Mizen and his wife decided that they would instead celebrate Jeremy’s life focusing on the positive aspects of his life.
AC4P and the Actively Caring Leadership class will use the raised funds to support less fortunate families in the Chardon Community. Many local families are struggling financially with giving their children gifts on Christmas. Every year the students of Chardon High School have joined together with the community to make sure relief was available to these families. At Chardon High School, money will be collected during 1st period classes. At the end of the two weeks, the class that donates the most money will win a donut party for their classroom.
Businesses that donate 100 dollars or more will be named and posted on the school’s morning announcements and on the large TV’s throughout the school and on GTV. Thousands of dollars pour in every year to benefit the young children of Chardon. An average of four thousand dollars a year has been raised since the program's conception in 2000. The students of Chardon High School and our community have generous hearts. We have raised tens of thousands of dollars.
Remember, Christmas is a time of giving and Christmas giving is in the hearts of the people of Chardon. You can help bring joy to a child this Christmas. Please send your donation to Rob Mizen by December 8th.
Thank you for your generosity.
Please make checks payable to Chardon Local Schools. (memo: Jeremy's Kids)+
Chardon High School
151 Chardon Ave.
Chardon Ohio, 44024
The CHS Bands held their 22nd Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday, November 7, at the Croatian Lodge in Eastlake. Awards are based on cumulative points and are earned by participating in various ensembles; volunteering with younger students, fundraisers, and outside musical organizations; taking lessons; just to name a few ways students earn points. The following students were honored:
Additionally, on Monday, November 12, sophomore Mackenzie Brown honored our veterans and performed "Taps" at Park Elementary School's Veteran's Day Program.
Topper Club Awards: November 20, 2018
For the second consecutive year, the Topper Club Awards (certificate/letter/pin for 3.75 cumulative GPA and higher, in addition to recognizing the National Merit students, etc) will occur at Chardon High school during the day in an effort to properly recognize these students while demonstrating to all students what can be achieved through hard work and dedication to their academics. With that said, we will have the assembly to recognize these students for the whole student body on the morning of Tuesday, November 20th.
Sergeant Mike Shaw spent the week in Mr. Armelli's health class speaking about the dangers of opiates and opiate addiction. Sergeant Shaw did a great job presenting the material and talking with students about the reality of this dangerous drug. The role of Resource Officer is more than a person being present for safety and security. Sergeant Shaw is an educator, police sergeant, relationship builder, and visible leader in our district.
Do you like to ski or snowboard? If so, consider joining the CHS Downhill Ski/Snowboard Club. This club program will run after school for five consecutive Tuesdays beginning January 8th. The club will be skiing at Brandywine Ski Resort. Club passes are also valid at Alpine Valley. No experience is necessary to join; both rentals and lessons are included in the club price. Students who have season passes are welcome to join and only have to pay the bus fee.
If your son/daughter is interested in joining, please see the attached forms for more details about registration. The first registration deadline is November 19, less than three weeks away! All students who register by this date get a free long-sleeve ski club shirt at no additional cost! Please note that this club is open to students from grade 8 through grade 12. If you have any questions, please contact the adviser (Alison Fisher) at firstname.lastname@example.org or have your child see Miss Fisher during the school day in room 307. Hope you consider joining us on the slopes in January!
mCORE To Provide Cardiac Screening Opportunity for Chardon High School
PREVENTATIVE HEART SCREENINGS I wanted to make you aware of an excellent opportunity that’s again been made available to our athletes at Chardon High School. We are again partnering with mCORE™ —Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen our athletes for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). mCORE partners with high schools and athletic organizations to give convenient and dependable heart screenings to students.
SCA is the #1 Killer of Student Athletes Each Year, many of which could have been prevented with a
simple examination like this. The time requirement is approximately 10-12 minutes per athlete. Each athlete will be given an EKG and Echo screening and these tests typically cost more than $2000 in a clinical setting. You may use your Healthcare Spending Account or Flex Care Spending Account. All screenings are performed by a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer and results are read by mCORE Medical Director and our pediatric cardiology team. (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part).
Learn more about mCORE and Preventative Heart Screenings at www.mcoreathletes.com
Chardon High School Heart Screening
mCORE will be in the Learning Center Conference Room
Time: 8am – 4pm
When: Thursday, December 6, 2018 Cost: $75
To reserve your child’s time please click: https://mcoreathletes.com/scheduler_schedule/?school=162
or visit https://mcoreathletes.com/ and choose Chardon High School.
With winter just around the corner, we want to remind you of our procedures for school closing or delayed start in the event of dangerous conditions.
The decision to call off school due to inclement weather begins at approximately 3:30 AM and includes analysis of the following information:
When all of this information is gathered, the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent of Business Affairs, and Transportation Supervisor jointly make the decision to close the schools or keep them open for students. Our objective is to make this decision no later than 5:45 AM as school buses are beginning to depart for their morning runs at that time. However, it may become necessary, in isolated cases, to make the decision after that time. Weather conditions can change abruptly, for better or for worse, but our intent is to determine that it is safe for students and staff to attend school as early as possible.
Talent Show Auditions
Please join BellAmore Salon and Spa and Chardon High School for this event. Funds raised will benefit several student-led groups at Chardon High School.
Tweets of the Week
There will be no edition of the Week in Reflection next Friday. A Thanksgiving edition will be sent out on Tuesday afternoon. Stay warm this weekend!
Douglas Murray, Principal