The @chs_dmurray Week in Reflection: 11/2
'Toppers to the Finishline
We have certainly enjoyed an outstanding regular season for the Chardon Hilltoppers with exciting games and great support of the team. Coach Hewitt, his staff, and all of the athletes are ecstatic with the opportunity to host a playoff game this Friday, November 2, at 7:00 PM.
$8 pre-sale tickets are available in the CHS Athletic office during the following days/times:
Wednesday, 10/31, 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Thursday, 11/1, 8:00 am-3:00 pm
5:00-8:00 pm (conferences)
Friday, 11/2, 8:00 am-3:00 pm
All tickets at the gate will be $9 for adults, seniors, and school-aged children 6 years and older. This is an OHSAA game. No passes can be accepted. The CHS Athletic Department receives a small portion of all pre-sale tickets. Get yours early and keep part of the proceeds here!
We are expecting a large crowd for this game. The Chardon Crazies have shared with us that it will be a BLACK-out. Please join us in living our core value of Community. Together, we will empower the "Toppers to victory!
Athletic Director, Doug Snyder, traveled to Columbus to receive the hosting rules for our home playoff game. We are requesting your assistance in ensuring that children are supervised adequately during this event. In addition, we appreciate you speaking with your children, if they are attending the games, concerning expected behavior and respect for property and the rights of others to attend a game without experiencing inappropriate behavior.
Our Hilltoppers are enjoying a historic run in football this year and our fans are regarded as among the best in the State of Ohio. See you at the game! Check out last week's video below:
Enclosed is the video that we are playing at the rally for our XC athletes and Football Team:
This week, I reflected on the hours that I have spent inside of classrooms this quarter. Formally, I have observed twenty-six observations over the last ten weeks. This intentional act is to confirm and support the work of our teachers and student learning outcomes. I love learning. Over the last two weeks, I have intentionally walked the steps of our students by observing a full Red Day, and then a full Black Day. Why would I do this? Ultimately, I do have some state requirements for classroom observations---but, I want to flip the experience for myself. Mr. Higham, Mr. Bandiera, and I have a very packed schedule each day and accomplish numerous tasks that only a few see. We are not just running the day-to-day operations. We have personal goals, and building goals. We have district goals, and state requirements. We are meeting with students, teachers, parents, covering classes, and living the mission. Our day never is the same.
Students have up to seven courses in a typical day. On a block day, the students have less classes but more time. In order for me to gauge a sense of what the students and teachers experience inside of the classroom, I wanted to walk in the steps of the students.
I can share that the day went by fast. The experiences that the students interacted in were differentiated and highly engaging. After reflecting on the fifteen hours spend in classrooms this week, I know without a doubt that our students are in good hands. The mission of high achievement for ALL students was certainly the focus and learning was absolutely the outcome! The work is very tiring but the finish line is the goal!
Mrs. Newman's AP Language and Composition students wrapped up their Canterbury Tales unit with a Medieval Banquet in which they each dressed as a different character from the Prologue of the Tales. They then read a speech they would have given to the other travelers at the start of the famed pilgrimage. They wrapped up the fun with food to complete the banquet.
Congrats, Sergeant Mike Shaw!
It is our pleasure to announce that Patrolman Michael Shaw will be promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant, effective October 29, 2018.
Officer Shaw is a 1994 graduate of the Ohio Highway Patrol Basic Police Academy, and he previously attended Ohio University, prior to transferring to Lakeland Community College, graduating Magna Cum Laude, with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement. Officer Shaw began his career with the Chardon Police Department as a part-time officer in August 2002, and was promoted to full-time officer in August 2004. Officer Shaw also possesses previous full-time experience with the Mentor and Madison Police Departments.
Officer Shaw is a seasoned officer, who has stood out in his most recent assignment as a School Resource Officer assigned to the Chardon Local Schools. In addition to his duties and responsibilities as an SRO, Officer Shaw has served previously as the North East Ohio Representative, and is currently the Vice President of the Ohio School Resource Officers Association. Officer Shaw has been an SRO Basic Academy instructor for the OSROA, and has been a consultant to agencies considering SRO programs across the State of Ohio. Officer Shaw’s participation with State Representatives Patterson & LaTourette was instrumental in the passage of HB 318, which defined the role and training necessary for the position of School Resource Officer, and provided funding for the training of School Resource Officers in Ohio.
Officer Shaw has also demonstrated his leadership through assignments as SRO, Field Training Officer, and as a DARE Instructor. Sgt. Shaw will remain in the SRO assignment until a suitable successor is chosen to replace him. Please join with me in congratulating Sgt. Shaw on his promotion.
A swearing in ceremony for Sergeant Shaw will be conducted prior to the Chardon City Council meeting on Thursday, November 8 @ 6:00 P.M.
Chardon Local Schools, and the Chardon Police Department plan to work collaboratively to assign the next SRO at Chardon along with providing SRO training. The goal is for Sgt. Shaw and the SRO to crosstrain together to learn the various tasks of this position. In the interim, Mike Shaw will continue to work with our students until a transition can occur.
Congrats, Sgt. Shaw! Dance the night away!
ICYMI: Infinite Campus Annual Update
The following are guidelines to complete the student Annual Update.
(formerly Online Emergency Medical Forms)
The Annual Update must be completed by ALL Chardon Local School District households. Even if you registered this past spring or summer, we ask that you please complete the Annual Update. This ensures that you have created your Parent Portal Account and that we have the most accurate information for your student.
The window to complete the Annual Update will be open between August 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018. Each student must have an Annual Update completed online each year. Changes in residency and medical conditions or medications may require additional documentation.
School Fees are DUE
School fees are due to Chardon Local Schools. Payable at your students individual school.
Please look at your students Infinite Campus account under “Fees” to see what is owed for each child.
All Participation fees for the Fall Season are due.
DO NOT PAY WINTER 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.
The Media Center
Happy November! Attached are the latest editions of The Learning Center Newsletter, and back by popular demand, The Lav Report.
The LC Newsletter contains the third and last installment from INFOhio on Inquiry and Locating Information. Teaching effective strategies for locating information helps students begin to use tech and the internet for learning and working and prepares them for success in college and career.
The Lav Report is a special edition devoted to electronic resources available to Chardon High School students, staff and family members. Libby, Hoopla and SORA are all places to go to enjoy audiobooks, e_books, magazines, movies, and music. SORA is the newest addition made available through an agreement between Overdrive and LGCA. Students should stop in the Learning Center for help using any of the resources showcased in The Lav Report.
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.
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 email@example.com or have your child see Miss Fisher during the school day in room 307. Hope you consider joining us on the slopes in January!
In his book Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, with Jay Carty, Coach Wooden defined integrity and its importance in the following manner:
“Integrity in its simplest form is purity of intention. It’s keeping a clean conscience. To some extent, integrity contains a bit of reliability, a healthy helping of honesty and a portion of sincerity. The heart of a person with integrity always wants to do what’s right, once he or she is sure what ‘right’ is."
If we could teach only one value to live by, it should be this: Our definition of success will come and go, but integrity is forever. Integrity means doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose, so never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.
I share this with you because as we share so many positive accolades within the first quarter...we are a school of a thousand students within the ages of 13-18. Our young adults make many great decisions, but at times make poor ones. I will preface that it wasn't a single event that lead me to write this reflection, but a pod of small moments that encouraged me to take a firm stand.
I am one of the instructional and cultural leaders in the building. The best analogy that I can share with you of how I spend my day is in the following: "I write the sheet music for all of the conductors that draw the music out of the musicians." Every word written, said, and heard defines to the students and staff what my values are and how my integrity plays a role in who I am.
These are my Integrity Power Standards:
I believe in the power of relationships and how nurturing people becomes the indicator that drives learning.
I believe that respect is built out of a consistent demonstration of trust and reliability.
I believe that kindness is the fruit of positive behavior and chosen attitudes.
I believe that nothing is entitled to you and everything is earned through your hard work and proper mindset.
I believe that blaming, complaining, and defending becomes a poison to autonomous integrity and tarnishes the established culture and climate.
It is important to realize that others pay attention to those you have chosen to associate with, and they will inevitably judge your character by the character of your friends. Why is that? It is best explained by a quote my parents often said to my sister, brother, and I while in high school: “When you lie down with dogs you get fleas.” Inevitably we become more and more like the people we surround ourselves with day to day. If we surround ourselves with people who are dishonest and willing to cut corners to get ahead, then we’ll surely find ourselves following a pattern of first enduring their behavior, then accepting their behavior, and finally adopting their behavior. If you want to build a reputation as a person of integrity then surround yourself with people of integrity. The Event + Your Response = Your Outcome.
Douglas Murray, Principal
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