Our Work Matters
Work is one of the greatest ways that we can give back to our community, state, country, and the world. What we do can be looked through various lenses. Regardless of our perspective, our work matters. This past Monday we took time to pause our 'work' as a simple reminder of the value of our contributions. More importantly, Labor Day was an opportunity to spend quality time with our family and friends.
What a season we have been experiencing locally and nationally. The frequent change in temperature gives signs of a new season and a reminder of the beauty around us. It is also an opportunity for us to respond to the needs of others who have been impacted by the most recent hurricane. Locally, soon and very soon we will see the change of scenery and a reminder how short summer is in Northeast Ohio. Yet, for most people in Chardon, we acclimate to the upcoming season and shortened days. We remember that this is nature's way of nurturing itself after a long year.
This is a perfect time for each of us to remember the simple things in life: Faith, Family, and Friends. For many people in Chardon, these reminders come in all shapes and sizes. They emulate stories, memories, and a reminder of how short our time can be with people.
Faith can remind us of our own humanity, or even a trust in another person. Having faith gives us a sense of hope and optimism in demonstrating our dignity to all people. The new season can provide us the opportunity to rekindle our belief and hope in humanity by the actions and responses that we demonstrate to others.
Family is the root of our own autonomy. Growing up, we depend so much on our own parents and relatives to nurture and guide us through good and bad times. As we get older, we begin to develop independence from our family and we begin to gain--and sometimes-- lose their trust. CHS students aren't immune to these changes. We value that every student has their own story, values, and routines ---but what is essential is that our children take the time to recognize the importance of how family time allows for their independence to guide their choices and behaviors.
Friends are essential to our development regardless of our age. We value the beauty of authentic communication that allows us to grow in our abilities in and out of school. Technology is a wonderful tool that allows us to communicate. It can become a double-edged sword in our ability to develop meaningful and long lasting relationships. Sending a quick message may suffice for a moment, but what interconnects us as humans is our ability to talk, share, and think in meaningful discussions.
Transitioning to school life: Faith, Family, and Friends can connect us to a bigger story; a community. I am proud to see how our community has grown and transformed our values into something bigger than words on paper. As we quickly move into this new season, seize the opportunities to spend more time with the simple things in life...because we all are experiencing how life goes in the fast-lane.
CHS School Profile
One of the ways that we record school data and outcomes is through our school profile. Each year, our counselors collect information and document data points that work as a companion to the state report card. Furthermore, our district puts together a quality profile that adds further qualitative and quantitative outcomes for our families. Take some time to see the great information enclosed.
The Learning Commons
Attached is the first issue of the Learning Center Newsletter for the 2019-2020 school year. The September issue contains FAQs all about the daily video announcements.
Geauga County Fair
Congratulations to Mark and Paul Ricci for their hard work at the Geauga County Fair! They are members of the Geauga Dairymen 4H Club and work with the animals at the Hastings Dairy Farm in Burton. They both received numerous ribbons ranging from first to third places. Mark placed third in Senior Showmanship and Paul placed first in Intermediate Showmanship this year. They both did a fantastic job!
Congratulations to Mac Metz for his hard work at the Geauga County Fair! Mac is a baker to top off many of his talents. Mac won BEST in teen baking for his pecan pie! I think Mac should let all of Chardon taste that rich masterpiece!
One of the many highlights throughout the Fair is showcasing local bands. Chardon High School represented our community with precision, accuracy, and energy in the company of thousands of attendees. We are so proud of the work that our band, topperettes, and majorettes put in for the football game and quickly transitioned to the Band-o-Rama!
Soon and very soon, Chardon High School will be celebrating Homecoming 2019! This year, the student council is decorating the school around the theme of the decades! In the next few weeks, the student council will be communicating to the students about all of the details related to the dance. Today, I am sharing the link to purchase tickets. Last year, we went completely paperless for the dance . The check-in process was so smooth-- that we have refined the process even more. At the beginning of the school year, students signed many forms pertaining to the beginning year---one of them was the dance contract. With that form being signed, all students can purchase tickets online using their school email as their access code. Students are able to purchase tickets for themselves and for other CHS students. If a student is interested in taking a guest outside of the school, they must first have the guest sign the form and submit it/ hand it to carrie. korenke @chardonschools.org before receiving access to buy the tickets.
The access code for students is their school email address
We are pleased to announce our 2019 Protect Geauga Parks Bob McCullough Memorial Conservation Scholarships.
There will be three $1000 scholarships awarded to seniors graduating in 2019-2020 who are interested in pursuing a career or further study in the natural sciences. The attached flier gives details on criteria and how to apply.
The application deadline is October 6. Questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's Keep our Kids Safe at After-Prom
The After-Prom celebration at CHS is second to none in our area! Talk to any student who has attended and find out how much fun they had. After-Prom takes place at CHS immediately following prom and provides an engaging and entertaining late-night event that promotes an alcohol and drug-free celebration. CHS juniors, seniors and their guests can participate in games, win prizes and enjoy music and refreshments in an atmosphere that is decorated beautifully based on a theme (last years was CLE with a lit Tower City, Playhouse Chandelier, Cleveland sign, aquarium, and much more).
This event can only continue with volunteer help and we lost a lot of long-time After-Prom volunteers with last years graduating class. Let's continue this wonderful tradition at Chardon to give our kids an experience they'll never forget.
Please plan to attend the first After-Prom meeting and help decide the theme for the upcoming After-Prom and discuss next steps. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless if you have a junior or senior.
When: Sept. 11, 7pm
Where: CHS Media Center
Chardon Parks and Recreation
Image(s) of the Week
Circuit of Success class- Principles of Entrepreneurship are off to a great start this quarter. They are learning about teamwork and competition by trying to build the tallest straw tower.
Mr Mizen’s Honors Biology class went to Big Creek for some lab experiments today and discovered that the water quality is exceptional.
Art: Piece(s) of the Week
Friday Night Lights
Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal