The @chs_dmurray: Week in Reflection
Countdown to the Finish Line
11 days can seem like a lifetime, or can be a flash in front of you. The choice is yours. Seniors, it seems like the finish line has already come and gone...but there is still essential time left. Time for yourself, Time for each other, Time for learning, and memories to be made. You only graduate high school once, Embrace it, live each moment, be active in your choices. The choices that you make today can become the person that you become. Be true to who you are and keep your eyes on the goal--you are too close to let go of your dreams.
Your 15 days are going to be relentless. Focus on managing your time on what you can control. Your job is your academics. Your job is transitioning into the leaders of our school. Your job remains clear; YOU matter, YOUR grades matter; YOUR decisions matter. Learn from those that have gone before you and seize little opportunities that arise. We believe in you.
Your 15 days linger with a reminder that you are about to transition into a challenging year. Many of you are learning the difference of dependence versus independence. The time is now to walk the talk. You are just coming out of your shell, and wondering what is up, down, and around you. You have seen so many challenging moments with relationships, coursework, and leadership but you are wondering if anyone notices you. We do, but we are not going to hold your hand through this--it is time to choose. We will always be there for you.
Your 15 days are determined by the habits that you have made. So many people have walked beside you, guided you, and assisted you. You recognize that you are a part of a bigger family, but sometimes feel like the little sibling. You have an essential role. You are the key to the transition to our incoming 8th graders. What you say---they believe. What you do---younger students follow. In reality, your task is enormous in living our core values not only for yourself but for the class of 2021. Believe in YOU
You are the conductor of the music that we hear each day. Sure, the sound may resonate well from a distance, but only you see what needs to be refined. Continue to coordinate the sound with the beauty that sets the tempo of our pulse as a whole. After most performances, the conductor bows while the orchestra receives the accolades. WE see your influence. WE appreciate your countless preparation. WE see your impact- especially after a long tour.
Families of the Class of 2017: A Reflection-- A Parent's Love for their child
It is hard to fathom how fast our time has come and gone this year. Where did our time go? Did I do enough, say enough, or even prepare you enough for this moment? I look at you and see me. I look at my own struggles, joys, and moments of excitement (when I was your age) and wonder how quickly our time has come and gone.
Do you I am your biggest fan? Do you know that I will always be there during good times and bad? Do you know how much my love is unconditional for you?
I am so proud of you, and I know that these 15 days are going to be tough for you. I know that you are spent, exhausted, and ready to move on...but, never forget how you got to this moment. Never forget of the failures and success that refined you. Never forget the support that each of us provided for you and always will.
So, in these last 15 days live every moment in the present. Love every celebration, and know that journey only begins when you cross the finish line. You are almost there! Hang on, push forward, dig deeper, and know that my embrace is a door away. We believe in you--BELIEVE IN YOUR ABILITY-- your journey is a moment away!
...and if any of my other kids are reading this....DO YOUR HOMEWORK...you may think you are ready, but you have a test tomorrow!
Mom and Dad
Prom is May 20, 6-11, at the Croatian Hall in Eastlake. Tickets are $65 and sales end today! The theme is Arabian Nights and the junior class prom committee have been working hard the past five months planning every intricate detail!
In order to promote a healthy, safe, enjoyable evening for all students, the following procedures will be in place for the school dance. We encourage families to discuss these rules together.
EXPECTED STUDENT BEHAVIOR
In my four years with these procedures in place--we have not had a single problem.
The Family and Consumer Sciences Department (FCS) held its 10th Annual Powder Puff Football Game at Chardon High School Memorial Football Field on Sunday, April 27, 2017. The crowd was treated to an exceptionally exciting game between the Senior and Junior ladies. The game got off to an energized start as each side scored a touchdown on their first offensive play of the game. Senior Ashly Kline took the ball straight to the goal line, making the first score. Junior Amber Olynyk immediately repeated the feat, scoring a touchdown on the Junior’s first offensive series.
As in the past, Chardon community members showed up to support not only the players, but also the Senior and Junior football players who served as team coaches. Adding additional excitement to the game were Kirsten Henry, who began the event with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, and the show-stopping Chardon High School Dance Team who performed at half-time. This event raised $1,682.54, which, as in previous years, was donated to WomanSafe, Inc. All aspects of this event, from initial planning, through the coordination of workers, ordering of supplies, arranging for the use of the field, to the actual management of the game was done by the FCS Teaching Assistants (TA’s). Great job, TA’s!
Freshman Mentoring Program
Kudos to our current Freshman Mentoring Program (FMP) Senior Mentors for spending their time working diligently on lesson plans for Senior Mentor Training. Their dedication and passion enabled them to deliver a powerful and productive day of training to the newly selected juniors who will be next year’s Senior Mentors.
Two Chardon teams competed at Buffalo Creek Retreat in the Area 2 Envirothon in a field of 47 teams.
Chardon Red won 1st place overall, including two station medals, Forestry and Soils. They will compete in the Ohio Envirothon in Circleville on June 12-13. If they win there, they will compete in the North American Envirothon in Maryland, the last week in July.
Charon Black took fifth place, and was only 1 point our of 4th. The top 4 teams advance to the Ohio Envirothon, and if another team can't go, they're next team up.
Team Red: Capt Nick Schragal, Jason Tysl, Richie Wainio, Emily Munoz, Heather Humbert.
Team Black: Capt Asher Vokoun, Anna Monarchino, Jenn Vanderberg, Henry Martin, Drew Cressman.
Many students from CHS had the great opportunity to head downtown for the annual trip that discusses music as a social force.
In many times and places, people have used music as a powerful tool for social change. The story of rock and roll overlaps with some of the most turbulent times in U.S. history. In the 1960s alone, American society was being torn apart by debates over the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Women's Liberation movement, and the Vietnam War. Since that time and well into the present, musicians have entered such debates by spreading messages of revolution, protest, and empowerment through musical styles as diverse as folk, rock, and soul. This class featured songs from the 1960s and early 1970s that have challenged audiences to consider the alternatives and make changes in our society. Students explore recordings and videos of legendary artists to examine expressions of social commentary contained in lyrics, performance styles, and historical images.
The Learning Center
This month in the Lav Report students will find information on how to keep the momentum started in the Book Club project by joining an online book club. Celebrities in the music world, acting profession and sports arena have started book clubs that participants can join online. It's a convenient way to participate in a book club and share your love of reading.
Readers of the Learning Center Newsletter will find the announcement that CHS will soon be receiving a 3D printer compliments of a grant received from GE Additive Education Program. Included is information for educators on how to find, and organize professional development articles using resources available at INFOhio.
FACILITIES MASTER PLANNING
What will the Chardon School District look like in 10 to 15 years? Aging buildings and declining enrollment have led the district to engage in Facilities Master Planning in order to answer those questions and more.
The District is hosting a community forum on May 6 from 9-11 a.m. at Chardon High School and again on May 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the high school.
Email questions or comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Details of planning are available on the district website: www.chardon.k12.oh.us.
Hospice of the Western Reserve has great volunteering experiences for Teens in the Chardon area. Junior High & High school students interested in helping people may contact Dionne Sims for more information about teen volunteering at 216-383-5745 or email@example.com.
Douglas Murray, Principal
5/5/2017 11:56:04 pm
Great job to you and your team. Thanks for a great year.
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