Beautiful Week for Learning at CHS
Work is one of the greatest ways that we can give back to our communities, 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. 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 to 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, take the time to spend more time on the simple things in life...because we all are experiencing how life goes in the fast-lane. The images below paint a picture of the ways that students, staff, and community worked together this week at CHS!
Local Champion: Hannah Rus
Hannah Rus (Grade 11) has accomplished many accolades in Equine 4-H this year. Hannah and her horse W.H Reis were Grand Champion for 2018 in English Open Riding. Last weekend, at the Great Geauga County Fair, Hannah earned Reserve Grand Champion along with being named to the Geauga County Equine Court.
Prior to entering our local competition, Hannah and W.H Reis were Grand Champions in Western Dressage at the Ohio State Fair in July.
Hannah has earned 1010 Ribbons in the past 10 yrs. with W.H Reis and phenomenal accomplishment! Away from her competitive training, Hannah bought a 2-year-old Filly named Suddenly Big League which she is currently training. Please join me in congratulating Hannah for such a great weekend and summer as she lives her purpose and passion!
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 when the state report card comes out by the state. Furthermore, our district pus together a quality profile that adds further qualitative and quantitative outcomes for our families. Take some time to see the great information enclosed.
Important GMAIL Communication: 8-12 (Ages 13+)
More and more, our teachers are using digital resources to deliver curriculum and instruction–and better meet the needs of our learners. To facilitate communication and sharing in the classroom, the District issued Google Apps for Education accounts to all students in grades K-12 approximately five years ago. Additionally, students across the district have personal access to Chromebooks in their classrooms. Furthermore, students in grades 6-12 have a district provided Chromebook to use at home and at school.
Google Apps and Chromebooks offer a set of web-based tools that includes email, calendars, websites, and documents designed to improve collaboration and learning. These district provided Chromebooks have numerous filters to create a secure and safe access to digital content. At the elementary and middle school levels, student GMAIL accounts are restricted; they can only communicate with teachers and other students with @chardon.us addresses. Next week, students in grades 8-12 (ages 13+) will see their GMAIL specific accounts have fewer restrictions in order to communicate with colleges, businesses, and utilize the tools set forth inside of Naviance (a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness tool that we use at CHS).
Each year, our students are limited in their abilities to communicate to these agencies due to the restriction held inside of the high school domain. If you are uncomfortable with this access, please communicate to us by Thursday, September 13, and we will not open this function inside of your son(s)/daughter(s) account.
The full functionality of GMAIL will open by Friday, September 14. We are very mindful of COPPA regulations which impose certain requirements on operators of websites or online services directed to children under 13 years of age, and we respect parent/guardian concerns pertaining to the adjustment to GMAIL.
Of course, security and privacy are very important to us. So is transparency. We hope you’ll take some time to learn more about the digital tools your student may use in school, and how their data are protected. Digital citizenship and internet safety are part of our instruction at every grade level, but it is important to continue the conversation at home. We encourage you to talk to your student about what they do online, appropriate and inappropriate behaviors, expectations, and healthy practices.
Please visit this site for tips to help keep your children safe online.
We’re excited about the new opportunities our students and teachers now have to make connections, learn, and grow.
8th Grade Highlights
CHS 8th grade science students were tasked with bringing the engineering and design process to life by building spaghetti bridges.
8th grade PE Cornhole Tournament began this week at CHS.
The Learning Commons
Enclosed is the September issue of the Learning Center Newsletter. In it is a continuation of the information offered from INFOhio on Locating Information in Practice.
This month provides the first two steps of a lesson on literacy and future readiness, which will be continued in next month's issue.
Additionally, be sure to check out the many links to valuable resources from INFOhio.
Geauga Lyric Theater Guild: Sponsored CHS Drama Club for Grade 8 & 9
2019 Spain/ France/ Italy
Interested in traveling abroad? Come travel with us to Spain, southern France, and Italy in June of 2019! 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!
Watch the video below to learn more.
Friday Night Lights: Instant Classic
Below you can watch last week's highlights from Football. I wish that I had more time in the day to create highlight films of all the great work that our teachers are accomplishing during the week!
Have a wonderful weekend with your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal