You matter. In this moment, in this place, regardless of your last name, your status on the team, the letter at the top of the exam. You matter. A history will be written in your steps, eyes and ears will see and hear the beauty of who you are. Trust in tomorrow, believe in the story, and hear me now: You Matter.
Five weeks ago, I wrote several optimistic viewpoints to close out 2017. Today, I am recycling these words for a purpose, especially during a time when it applies the most. Recently, many surrounding districts have been impacted by the tragic passing of students. Take some time to re-read, and consider the resources available to students.
Relationships Matter. When you look at your life and the people that you surround yourself with--it is mission critical to live and love in the moment. Life is too short not to say words of encouragement...a simple thank you or love you will make the biggest difference in your day.
Think positively. Where your attention goes, so goes your emotional energy. When you think of negative things, your energy and productivity drop. Maintaining a positive attitude is one of the most essential ingredients to your productivity.
Focus on what you can control. Don’t waste time worrying or thinking about things you can’t control. The negative energy and time spent is a huge time waster. Instead, focus your time on the things you can control that lead you on the path to achieving your goals.
Structure your time according to your goals. Your time should always be spent doing things that help you achieve your goals and bring fulfillment to your life. Plan your days and determine how you will use your time most productively to accomplish your goals.
Take time to recharge. A constant state of stress and overwork slows you down. Make sure you schedule time to refresh and recharge your batteries. This includes making the time each week so that you can rest and do what you enjoy with the people who are most important to you.
Mental health is always a priority and we cannot stress enough how much we care about each and every one of our students. As news unfolds about teen suicide, we wanted to share some helpful resources for you and your teen.
The Copeline - 440-285-5665 or 1-888-285-5665 (toll free). Copeline provides 24-hour linkage for mental health, child/elder abuse and neglect, domestic violence, or substance abuse related emergencies in Geauga County. Staff is also able to provide information on other social services concerns such as counseling sources, food banks, and national hotline numbers.
You are always welcome to contact any school counselor, administrator, or our social worker for anything that you are concerned about with your son(s) and daughter(s).
Throughout the last several years, we have been collaborating with Shane McCarty and Kyle Pacque from the CORFoundation. For those who do not know Shane--he was instrumental in guiding CHS since February of 2012. As a man of purpose, Shane's passion towards cultivating a culture of sustainable actively caring students became the vision to our core values and culture of caring.
After graduating from Virgina Tech, Dr. Shane McCarty established the COR Foundation which is a systematic extension of the work that he did with AC4P. If you would like to see his mission--click the link. If you would like to hear him speak, check out his TEDTalk.
On Tuesday, January 23rd we will schedule on All-School Assembly from 9:42 - 10:42 am. See the schedule here.
The assembly will be 45 minutes.
On Friday, January 26th, we will have a follow-up workshop for approximately 80 registered students from 7:30 to 1:45 in the gym.
Goals for this initiative include:
As we move forward with many unknown outcomes, my vision continues to build upon our values, behaviors, and outcomes. I know that if we, collectively, work towards exposing and educating more students with the "Chardon Way"-- the work that we will put into establishing the educational experiences will only enhance the present and future students at CHS.
In order to better prepare you and your child to the academic offerings at Chardon High School, we will be hosting a Curriculum Evening on February 1, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the CHS Gymnasium. This evening also coincides with our Parent Teacher Conferences.
At this meeting, we will provide an overview of the curricular offerings, and course delivery options (including College Credit Plus), and an overview of the scheduling process. Several of our high school teachers and counselors will be on hand that evening to share information and answer questions regarding their curriculum and course offerings. Representatives from local colleges will also be present to answer questions about College Credit Plus.
Our School Counselors will be presenting during grade-level assemblies regarding scheduling and course offerings later in February.
Parent Teacher Conferences
As you prepare your schedule, please click on the link below to sign up a timeslot for parent-teacher conferences for Session 3: February 1, 2018.
Geauga Growth Partnership Intern Opportunities
We are excited to share the Intern Application information for 2018 along with the current Job Opportunity Listing through the Geauga Growth Partnership. This is a great opportunity for Juniors and Seniors to expand their knowledge, experiences, and networking opportunities. The Internship program is open to all Geauga County resident Junior and Senior high school students. The paid internships are awarded through a competitive application process and in-person interview experience.
For more information, please visit www.geaugagrowth.com.
Monday: January 22, 2018
Kent State Geauga Campus
14111 Claridon Troy Rd
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Please come and bring your parents. Hear information about the program and information about the opportunities being offered for the summer by Geauga County Businesses.
Stay after the program, meet with the sponsors and talk about the position (s) they will be offering Geauga County resident juniors and seniors for the summer.
Please register at the link below:
Over the next three weeks, we have the Great Lakes Theatre Festival actors conducting workshops for theatre arts and English classes, Patrick Culliton from the Geauga Public Library instructing on the use of the "Three for Me" library cards, a "Language Arts Live" panel of parents and professionals discussing the use of language arts skills in the workplace with our seniors, and the One Acts on January 26 at 7 pm in Park!
Laser engraving into an old skateboard deck....designed by Devan Moses!
CCP Business Communication class watching a live-stream of a business leader forum at The City Club of Cleveland
Combs ‘83 (1,221 career points)
Alex Sulka broke record Sat 1/13 with 25 pts at Hawken. Now has 1254 and counting. Scott Mackar ‘99 is 3rd with 1,131
On Friday, December 8th, the members of the CHS Chapter of National Honor Society collected food items and monetary donations for the Geauga County Hunger Task Force through our "Caroling for Canned Goods" event in the Woods of Burlington neighborhood. The members of NHS (as well as a few members of the CHS Choral Program and Interact Club) bundled up on that chilly evening, dawning their most festive cold-weather accessories, and traveled door-to-door, sharing their lyrical talents with the community. In return for their holiday cheer, the gracious residents donated 287 non-perishable food items and $38 to the cause. A special thank you to the community members of the Woods of Burlington for donating!
Attention any Sophomore or Junior who took the PSAT in October: The physical copy of your results, along with your personal test book will be available for pick up in the Presentation Area of the Learning Center, next Wednesday, January 24th at 7:45 AM. There will also be an explanation of how to read your results and the tools that are available to you to improve your test scores at that time. Any student who took the PSAT this past fall needs to plan to attend! If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Jacobs in Guidance.
Obtain an application for minor work permit in the school office.
Got the winter blues? Interested in traveling abroad? Come travel with us to Spain, southern France, and Italy in June of 2019! Yes...that's 18 months away but plenty of time to save your pennies!! Not only will you have a trip of a lifetime, meet new friends, learn about different cultures, but it will also look great on your college applications! If you are interested, please see Mrs. Ptasznik (room 400) or Senora Tekavec (room 204) for more information! Spring informational meeting will be announced at a later date.
A Message from Dr. Hanlon
Our school district reconfiguration planning continues at a very high level. Over the past few weeks, district administrators, teachers and other personnel have been actively engaged in all aspects of what this transition could look like for our school district. I am excited about some of the opportunities for students that have grown out of this process.
We continue to make every effort to communicate our progress related to the planning effort. Below please find links to the G-TV site where you can view the latest presentation concerning this important work. Please note that there is a longer format that goes into greater detail and a summary format that addresses the key points of where we are in the process.
Reconfiguration Planning Full Presentation (42 Minutes)
Reconfiguration Planning Summary Presentation (10 Minutes)
Our Board of Education recognizes that this is an important decision for the future of our school district. It is critical for us to understand that this is not a matter of restructuring vs. not restructuring, but rather a question of restructuring while trying to maintain an outstanding educational program vs. trying to maintain the current system with significant budget cuts that will certainly affect the quality of education we offer.
We are not alone in the need to consider restructuring our school district. Neighboring school districts are all experiencing declining school enrollment and many are restructuring the format of their school system to achieve greater operational efficiency as budgets continue to steadily decline.
As always, we remain committed to sharing information regarding the possible district reconfiguration as soon as it becomes available. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices if you have questions in this regard.
Michael P. Hanlon, Jr., Ph.D.
I want to personally thank the students, staff, and community members that sent birthday wishes as I turned forty years old. For over eighteen years, students have kept me feeling so young...while helping me lose my hair. I am blessed to be an educator at my alma mater and look forward to making even more memories with current and future Hilltoppers!
Douglas Murray, Principal
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