The @chs_dmurray Week in Reflection
A Video Reflection
This week has highlighted our purpose as educators. Please watch the video enclosed to see all of the great examples of what makes CHS such a great school. Before you proceed, check out this data!
We are now an 8-12 building.
We have 24 new staff members to the high school experience.
We have 215 more students this year.
We do not blame, complain, or defend things that we cannot control. We choose our response .
We are Chardon.
Avg GPA for Q1= 3.20
Seniors Avg =3.18
Juniors Avg= 3.20
Sophomores Avg= 3.14
Freshman Avg= 3.23
Eighth Grade Avg= 3.25
I am so proud of our students and our teachers efforts to focus on the eminent core value of achievement. Together, we will continue to refine what we do by analyzing how we can continue to move from good to great!
Over the last several weeks, I have shared our state report card and school profile. These measures help identify the story that we are creating at Chardon High School. This year, we have placed so much attention on refining the outcomes of our mission. Just take a moment and think about it...we have added an entire grade level of 250 students, 24 staff members, refined our bell schedule, expanded our courses of study, established the Circuit of Success, refined Topper Times, and continued training staff members within instructional strategies. The culture and climate at Chardon High School has been the main focus this fall. We have spent years on our core values and responses as a community and are mindful of the needs of all of our students and staff.
The mission of Chardon School is High Achievement for ALL students where learning is our most important work. This lens of learning is mastered when students and staff focus on learning as the sum of all of the experiences that students engage in. There are seven periods in a day. As a teacher, we believe that the time that we have is priceless each period. As a student, every class plays a role in the development of the child towards the mission. No class is greater than the other. It is the learning that matters the most.
We are further able to focus our outcomes on the end goal. The most important learning that any student can achieve (within their high school experience) is finding his or her purpose. The desire for all educators is that all of our students can determine their purpose within an outcome of becoming employed right out school, enrolling in a college/university, enlisting in the armed forces, or using their abilities and passion as a young entrepreneur.
Our students and educators spend years establishing the foundation of their learning within this blueprint. This map demonstrates the direction that all learners follow. This is where the work of the educator really comes into action. The educator moves from the sage on the stage to the facilitating tour guide. Professional Learning Communities, aligning standards, defining instructional strategies, preparing common formative assessments, and most importantly-developing meaningful relationships with students. It is through deep development of creating goals, and student choices that guide all learners on the map of learning.
Our students love to live in the what. Who wouldn't? It is through these experiences that students begin to find their way and live their purpose. Students and staff engage in soft skills, or what I call the essential skills. They are learning many ways to communicate, innovate, and problem solve. They are learning about becoming a young leader, understanding their place in this grand world, and planning for their ideas as young entrepreneurs. Students and staff engage in mentoring students and developing new ideas and relationships in our established brain breaks. Teachers are creating opportunities inside of AP and CCP courses along with career planning at Auburn Career Center.
The mission and vision of Chardon is clear. Our destination hasn't changed. How you get there is your choice.
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.
Thursday, November 1 (4:30-8:00 pm)
As you prepare your schedule, please click on the link below to sign up a timeslot for parent teacher conferences for Session 2
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.
GGP: 8th Grade Field Trip
This past Monday and Tuesday, our 8th grade students had the opportunity to take a field trip to local businesses to acquire information about future career avenues. The two day field trip, sponsored by the Geauga Growth Partnership, allowed 8th grade Chardon students to visit local businesses for a one day trip on either Monday or Tuesday. The field trip visited businesses in the community including Geauga County Airport, University Hospital Geauga, and Best Sand. During the visit our 8th grade students were introduced to a multitude of different careers and were given information about how to attain those careers from actual employees at each company. The 8th grade class will continue to complete similar career exploration activities in the future.
Mr. Herner shared images from his Entrepreneurship Circuit this week who participates in a "Shark Tank". Robot Maid were the winners.
Winter Sports Start Dates
All athletes must have OHSAA Physical pages 3-4 on file in CHS Athletic Office and all other athletic forms completed in Final Forms prior to Day 1 of winter sport. (https://chardon-oh.finalforms.com) Final Forms information attached.
High School, 9-12
V/JV: Friday, November 2, 4:00 pm
Freshman: Friday, November 2, 2:45-4:00
Head Coach Chad Murawski
8th grade: Monday, Oct. 22, 7:15 pm, CMS Gym
Coach Bill Gray
7th grade: Monday, Oct. 22, 5:30 pm, CMS Gym
Coach Dan Dinko
High School, 9-12
V/JV: Friday, 10/26, 4:00 pm
Freshmen: Saturday, 10/27, 1:00 pm
Head Coach Cullen Harris
Middle School: TBA. Tryouts will be in December; season runs Jan-Mar.
High School, 9-12
Friday, 11/9, 3:00 pm
Head Coach Nick Salatino
Middle School, 7-8
Friday, 11/9, 3:30 pm, CMS
Head Coach Nik Wheatley
SWIMMING (9-12 High School Only)
Monday, Nov. 5, 4:00 pm, Spire Institute
Head Coach Matt Parrish
GYMNASTICS (9-12 High School Only)
Sunday, Nov. 4, Lake Erie Gymnastics School 4:00 pm
Head Coach Kasey Eichele
Calling all snow lovers to consider joining the CHS Downhill Ski/Snowboard Club. This club program will run for five consecutive Tuesdays beginning in January. The club will be traveling to Brandywine Ski Resort. No experience is necessary to join; both rentals and lessons are included in the club price. If your son/daughter is interested in joining this club there is a brief informational meeting right after school next week on Tuesday, October 30 in room 307. Information and registration packets will be distributed.
If you have any questions, please contact Alison Fisher, the club adviser, at email@example.com.
United Way’s Youth Fund Distribution Committee Empowering Youth
United Way’s Youth Fund Distribution Committee (YFDC) is seeking High School Students to join a unique program with the goal of engaging and empowering students. Students help solve community problems affecting youth and collaborate with other young leaders. This committee provides a challenging opportunity to instill volunteerism in future adult leaders and identifies critical issues important to students through hands-on experiences. Students will learn about the needs of the community, particularly the needs of our youth, and the agencies addressing those issues, generate fundraising to help support agencies and programs, and research, interview and make funding decisions to distribute dollars to non-profit partners that serve youth in Geauga County.
Student applications should be submitted by November 1, 2018 and be approved by the student’s parents and High School Advisor. Meetings will be held once a month on Monday evenings plus two days during the week in Spring 2019. More information and the application can be found attached to this email or on our web site www.uwsgc.org/yfdc
Friday Night Highlights
Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal
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