Somewhere over the Rainbow...
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 new 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 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 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 move into this new season, take the time to spend more time on the simple things in life...because we all our experiencing how life goes in the fastlane.
A lot of planning has gone into making the "WRC Challenge" a reality. Special thanks Jennifer Bender (12), Kate Zmarzly (12) for coming together for such a meaningful outreach program. I am very grateful for their leadership along with Mr. Tim Armelli, Mr. Doug Snyder, Mr. Bandiera, Mr. Higham, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Mizen, and Ms. Grantham for their continued ideas, support, assistance, and vision.
We are very close to the next phase of this project: The Action Plan
Here is what we know:
Purpose: As a league, we value interscholastic competition but we also recognize the importance of solidarity. In the light of the devastating Hurricane that impacted Houston and the surrounding communities, The Western Reserve Conference is adopting a conference in Houston to help these schools come together in helping rebuild their programs. We recognize how athletics can help rebuild communities by bringing families together.
The Challenge: Each school in the league will receive 350 shirts to sell throughout our conference football season. We are finalizing plans with a company who is planning on printing 2,800 shirts that will have the same design (as seen above). To offset the costs and to maximize our potential contribution to Houston schools, we are asking each school to work hard in the next 5 days to allocate (4) committed sponsors. The cost to sponsor this initiative will be $500. All sponsors will have their names on the shirts, and on a banner that we will provide to each school. The cost to print these shirts will be $15,400. We are planning to sell the shirts for $15 during lunch periods and at the games until they are sold out.
The Outcome: We value our relationship and have firsthand experience how impactful community outreach can assist schools, students, staff, and families rebuild the climate and culture of their community. Our goal is to raise $42,000 (just in shirt sales alone)...not to mention any goodwill donations that will come in. In solidarity, we will expedite the healing process for these schools to get back on their feet---bringing families together for interscholastic play.
This could become the catalyst for other leagues to step up to our leadership in the WRC. Especially...with the impending storm in Florida. If you are interested in helping us in our WRC Challenge, please feel free to contact myself, or any of the teachers noted above.
Homecoming tickets go on sale starting next Monday, September 11th, during lunch periods. The price of a homecoming ticket is $20. Students will need to sign a dance contract at the time of purchase and anyone bringing a guest that does not attend Chardon High School will need to pick up a guest form and dance contract in student services and return it when they purchase their tickets. If a completed guest form is not turned in, a ticket will not be issued for the guest. The dance is Saturday, September 16, from 7:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m.. The homecoming king will be crowned at 10:00 p.m..
Congratulations to the following seniors that are on the 2017 Homecoming court!! The candidates for queen are: Kayla Benjamin, Kelley Bolden, Clara Kalis, Kirstin Henry and Allie Malloy. The candidates for king are: Jimmy Cicero, Grant Goodge, Dylan Hemly, Neil Patel and Conner Prusha. Congratulations to all!!
The homecoming assembly will take place in the C.H.S. gymnasium Wednesday, September 13, at 8:10 in the morning. If you are on homecoming court you will need to be in the library at 7:50 to receive your sashes and line up for the assembly. Parents and families of court members may attend the assembly.
The homecoming parade is Friday, September 15th. Each class will be creating a float. The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. and will head west on Chardon Ave., South on North St., East on Allynd Blvd. and north on Maple. The homecoming queen will be crowned at 6:40 during the football pre-game. Please join us for this exciting evening!
Next week also starts spirit week at CHS. The dress-up days are as follows: Monday- roll out of bed, Tuesday- tie dye, Wednesday- class colors, Thursday- CLE day, Friday- blackout. Please remember all attire needs to be school appropriate and no hats are permitted. Go Toppers!!!
Topper Night Out
Join us for our first major campaign event, TOPPER NIGHT OUT on Saturday, Sept.9th on Chardon Square beginning at 6:00 PM! Desserts, Musical Performances, Raffle Baskets, Yard Signs and more at the Heritage House. Dine at participating area restaurants between 5-8 PM and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the levy campaign. Do you want to learn more about Issue 26? Click here.
Thank you to the following restaurants that are participating:
Bass Lake Tavern
Joeys on Thursday , Sept 7th ONLY
Check out these great auction items!
Financial Aid Night
This is an exciting year for you and your son/daughter but along with that comes many questions and decisions. We are here to help guide you through this process. The guidance office is hosting two upcoming events to assist with this process and answer questions about the process.
We have been into all senior English classes to review procedures for seniors and provided them with guidance as well. If your son/daughter does not have English at the high school he/she will need to attend a make-up session. These are available 9/6 at 8:15 am and 9/6 at 1:00 pm or by contacting the guidance office.
LEAF will be starting Thursday 9/7 and will be here every Thursday. Stephanie Kubec is our representative this year and she will meet with every senior. She is also available to meet with parents as well. You can schedule a meeting with Stephanie by calling the guidance office at 440-285-4060.
Important reminders from guidance:
1. Any seniors who have not attended a meeting about Naviance need to contact their guidance counselor immediately.
2. Parents please remind seniors to log in to their senior classroom often as announcements are posted on a regular basis.
3. The schedule of college reps visiting here is also in Naviance when students log in.
4. Upcoming college fairs: Lakeland - October 1st from 12:00-3:30pm and John Carroll University is hosting one on October 12th from 6:30-8:00pm
CHS School Counselors
Informational Spain/France/Italy Meeting
Chardon High School is organizing a trip to Spain, France, and Italy in June of 2019! We will be traveling to Barcelona, Rome, Vatican City, Capri, and Pompeii, just to name a few. If you are interested in what else this trip has to offer, join us for an informational meeting.
When: Thursday, September 14 at 7:00p.m.
Where: CHS Media Center
Who: Parents and students interested in learning about the trip
The teacher-chaperones will go over the itinerary, dates, and price of the trip during this meeting. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
Media Center Monthly Newsletters
In this issue of the Lav Report students will see some opportunities to enter competitions to gain once in a lifetime experience or monetary awards. The first contest is for students to apply to the Disney Dreamers Academy. Who will be the first Chardon student to attend this life altering experience?
In addition, students can enter one or two video competitions. The first is sponsored by The Ohio School Boards Association. The theme of the video is "Stand Up for Public Schools". Chardon students have plenty of reasons to show how they stand up for public schools! Finally, the BBB is adding a video contest to their annual Student of Integrity Awards.
See Mrs. Eby for more information on all of these wonderful opportunities.
The Learning Center Newsletter features an article that highlights recent changes, mostly improvements, to INFOhio, the wonderful online resource available to Ohio students.
Finally, please give a round of applause to the One Syllable Name Gang, four guys who are responsible for working on the technology in our district. Without Bill, Chris, Dean and Nick, our students and teachers would not have the latest tools of the trade to work with.
The Lav Report
CHS High School Profile
A Message from our After Prom Committee
The Chardon After Prom Committee is a group of volunteer parents who meet to plan, organize, raise money, and host an after prom event that is safe and fun for our students. This is a great way to get involved in high school and get to know other high school parents. We meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the high school media center. Our first meeting is Wednesday, September 13th and our main focus will be to think of and hopefully decide on an after prom theme! Come join us and bring your ideas!
The remainder of the meetings are on: October 11th, November 8th, January 10th, and February 14th. In March we begin the decorations and game planning for the actual after prom event.
For more information contact Marijana Benjamin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-440-829-7309. You can also visit the website by going to the Chardon District website, clicking on Resources, then Downloads/Links, and you'll find us under the Parent Organization category.
A Message from Jan Hoffman: School Nurse
Ohio revised code requires all students entering the 12th grade have two doses of the meningococcal vaccine with the second dose being administered on or after their 16th birthday. A student receiving their first dose after their 16th birthday are not required to receive a second dose. Vaccinations can be obtained by private physician, minute clinic or urgent care center, or the Geauga Health District. They have a vaccination clinic on August 10 and September 14 from 3-6 p.m. You can call them at (440) 279-1950 for more information
Proof of vaccination must be provided by September 15, 2017 or the student risks being excluded from school.
HB410: Truancy, Attendance, and Hours
In December 2016, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 410 to encourage and support a preventative approach to excessive absences and truancy. After careful review, our district is implementing guidelines contained in House Bill 410 in order to help support academic success of our students and partner with families to identify and reduce barriers to regular school attendance.
Beginning with our 2017-18 school year the following changes will be taking place.
*Notifications to the family will be sent prior to the triggering absences above through Infinite Campus communications.
If a student is “habitually truant” our district will follow these guidelines to work with the student and their families.
These changes are taking place because we know that it is important for every student in Ohio to attend school every day. Missing too much school has long-term, negative effects on students, such as lower achievement and graduation rates. We also know that there are many reasons students miss school and want to make sure we are identifying and supporting students who may need extra support and services. We are sure these changes will help increase attendance rates to help students’ progress in mastering knowledge and skills necessary to graduate from high school prepared for higher education and the workforce.
Other changes that are implemented due to House Bill 410 related to student discipline include:
Highlights from Friday Night Lights
Have a great weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal