The @chs_dmurray: Week in Reflection
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One of my first jobs was working as a paperboy. This job was often underappreciated, yet always expected on time. The hardest part of the week was receiving all of the advertisements that needed to be filled in the Sunday edition. Yet, the one thing that this job taught me was the value of hard work.
Hard work and dedication is one variable that you will always receive from me. Each week, I spend hours gathering information to share with you. Years ago, I spent each week communicating with students on the morning announcements. Over the last year, with no fault assigned to anyone, the announcements have been played intermittently due to moving them later in the day. The reason simply was to assist the work aligned with the course that we created that recorded, edited, published and posted the announcements. With that in mind, I took it upon myself to write this newsletter posted each week. Over the last two years, the Week in Reflection has become a key element to communicate essential information to students, parents, staff, and community members all of the amazing things that we accomplish along with distributing information relative to the week to come.
This newsletter is written on Weebly and posted to the internet. The next step is to send this information to staff and students using Gmail, followed by posting the information to Infinite Campus, ConnectED, and an application called Hootsuite to disseminate the newsletter to the multiple twitter accounts that I manage.
This week, in order to reach a deeper audience of students and parents on the go, I created a Remind101 account to send this information each Friday. Remind 101 is a great tool to safely communicate information to large groups that will send notifications to your phone. I am hoping that this will continue to build upon my mission of clear communication.
I do not mind the additional step. There is one thing that makes me shake my head...having someone say that they had no idea what is going on. As a parent, I want to know what is going on in my child's school. With the volume of tasks that we work on each day, if we can alleviate the "Gomer Pyle" surprise reactions to dates, events, and activities --we will create more time to collaborate with students and staff.
If you would like to join the Remind101 account, please follow the steps below.
AIR Testing: Week 2 (Please Read To See Adjustments for Thursday's)
This week, we commenced the AIR testing beginning with ELA. Special thanks to Mr. Higham, School Counselors, Tech Support, Teachers and our students for creating an arena for success. We are continuing our preparations at Chardon High School for the upcoming AIR exams. The AIR exams are end-of-course exams mandated by the state of Ohio, and students earn graduation points regarding their results.
Over the last week of exams, we have worked hard to meet the many needs of all of our students and their personalized schedules. During each day, we are not only executing our bell schedule, but also two Auburn schedules, and numerous CCP schedules with students. We built the AIR schedule based upon minimizing the most discrepancies in scheduling. Our teachers have worked with individual cases and we have communicated with parents, Auburn, and our CCP schools. Yet, several students could have missed one of their courses on Thursday up to four times. Therefore, through many conversations and collaboration, we have made some adjustments to our Thursday schedules during the month of April to mitigate scheduling issues.
The bell schedule on each Thursday after AIR exams will be adjusted, with classes concluding at 12:35 PM on April 12, 19, 26, and May 3.
The bell schedule for Thursday, April 12, and April 26 will be as follows:
1st period - 7:30 AM - 8:35 AM
3rd period - 8:39 AM - 9:44 AM
7th period - 9:48 AM - 10:53 AM
5A period - (Lunch 10:57 AM - 11:27 AM) 11:31 AM - 12:35 PM
5B period - 10:57 - 11:27 AM (Lunch 11:31 AM - 12:01 PM ) 12:05 PM - 12:35 PM
5C period - 10:57 PM - 12:01 PM (Lunch 12:05 PM - 12:35 PM)
The bell schedule for Thursday, April 19, and May 3 will be as follows:
1st period - 7:30 AM - 8:35 AM
3rd period - 8:39 AM - 9:44 AM
5A period - (Lunch 9:48 AM-10:18 AM) 10:22 AM - 11:26 AM
5B period - 9:48 AM-10:18 AM (Lunch 10:22 AM - 10:52 AM ) 10:56 AM - 11:26 AM
5C period - 9:48 AM-10:52 (Lunch 10:56 AM-11:26 AM)
7th period- 11:30 AM-12:35 PM
No changes have occurred to AIR Testing
Wednesday Testing will begin promptly at 7:30 AM, and it is imperative that your student is at school on time on their assigned testing day.
The administration of the AIR Test has NOT changed :
To maximize learning while administering the AIR exams, students will test during late-start on April 11, 18, 25, and May 2. The bell schedule for those testing dates have not changed:
AIR Testing - 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
2nd period - 10:34 AM - 11:39 AM
4A period - (Lunch 11:43 AM - 12:13 PM) 12:17 PM - 1:21 PM
4B period - 11:43 AM - 12:13 PM (Lunch 12:17 PM - 12:47 PM) 12:51 PM - 1:21 PM
4C period - 11:43 AM - 12:47 PM (Lunch 12:51 PM - 1:21 PM)
6th period - 1:25 PM - 2:30 PM
Transportation will continue to operate at the normally scheduled times. If a student is not testing on a particular day and needs transportation to school, they will be picked up at their normal time and report to school (students not testing and who arrive before their first class will wait in the cafeteria).
Student Example 1: A freshman student enrolled in Algebra 1 and English 1 will report to CHS by 7:30 AM on April 11 (for the ELA 1 exam) and May 2 (for the Algebra 1 exam). He/she does not need to report to school until 10:34 AM on April 18 and April 25 because he/she will not be taking the US Government, US History, or Biology exams.
Student Example 2: A senior student currently enrolled in second semester US Government (not first semester US Government) will report to CHS by 7:30 AM on May 2nd (for the US Government exam) . He/she does not need to report to school until 10:34 AM on April 11, 18, and 25 because he/she will not be taking an ELA, Algebra 1, or Geometry exam.
Students taking AIR exams should bring their Chromebook (fully charged), as well as a pair of headphones. We will provide extra sets of headphones, if students are unable to procure them.
Thank you for your patience and attention as we continue our preparations for the upcoming AIR exams. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chardon High School Guidance Department at (440) 285-4060.
The Chardon High School Guidance and Administrative Team
The enclosed images illustrate what the schedules would look like for students.
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70 CHS Choir students had a great "Staycation" in Akron, OH on Tuesday, April 10th. The day featured various cultural activities, supporting our love of the arts. We started the day at Stan Hywet Hall, a tudor estate built by the founder of Goodyear. In the afternoon we enjoyed a tour at the Akron Art Museum. We were able to sit in on a rehearsal with the top Chamber Choir from the University of Akron followed by a master class provided by the university choral director. We found that 40% of the singers in the top choir do not major in music. There are many opportunities for our students to keep singing beyond their time at CHS. Our students did an outstanding job representing our school and community as well as sharing their gift and love of choral music. We had a catered "Lazy Summer Barbecue" meal at the University of Akron Student Union along with a dinner performance by pop a cappella group NUANCE. We finished off the day by attending a hysterical Broadway series show "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" at EJ Thomas Hall. The day was a fun and full! Thank you to all that took the time to join us for this cultural adventure!
CCP Business with Mr. Herner
The CCP Business classes have been busy this week.
On Wednesday, the CCP Introduction to Entrepreneurship class attended a forum at University School where they participated in a Q & A session with keynote speaker Krystal Persaud. Ms Persaud is the Director of Product Design for littleBits, a New York based company that makes electronic building blocks.
On Thursday, the CCP Business Communications class gained valuable experience through a video conference with Mr. Mark Brody. (CHS '79) Mr. Brody is a CFO who works from his home office approximately 60% of the time. The video conference took place in the CHS media center via our IVDL platform.
Each year, I share this information with students, and parents to help families prepare for this extraordinary time of the year.
End of the year calendar: March/April/ May
When you check your student's grades in Infinite Campus also check their School Fees.
Statements will not be sent to grade 9 or 10. It is your responsibility to monitor your student's fees.
All Spring Sports adjustments have been made and the process of recording payments that have come in previous to the fee was posted in Infinite Campus takes a while.
You may see a surplus recorded for your student. This can be from a class fee or workbook fee canceled, changed or an adjustment for 2nd or 3rd sport has been made.
If you have any questions please call Mrs. McBride 440-286-0441.
Cap and Gown
There are about 70 Seniors that have NOT purchase a cap & gown. If you have not ordered on please see or call Mrs. McBride. These need to be ordered A.S.A.P.
If you are planning not to participate in the commencement let Mrs. McBride know that also.
Thanks for your attention to these important matters.
Follow Up: Community Event
Huge Hilltopper thank you to the students who planned last Thurday's Community Event-Inside My Head: The Pressures on Teens. Approximately 70 students and adults benefited by attending workshops facilitated by CHS students, Lake/Geauga Recovery Center, Family Pride, NAMI, Ravenwood Health Center, the Geauga Educational Service Center, the Chardon Police Department and Ubuntu Wellness.
Parents have asked for additional resources throughout the survey that they filled out. Please read the articles attached.
CNN: Vaping now an epidemic among US high schoolers
KNOW: Empowering Parents to Raise their Children to Be Substance Free
Chardon After Prom is busy decorating for this year's after prom! We meet every Monday and Wednesday from 7-9pm in the high school cafeteria. Our purpose is to provide our students who are going to prom with a fun and safe after prom experience. We could use your help! Come and join us while we create and have a good time together! For more information contact Marijana Benjamin at 440-829-7309.
What: Chardon Spirit Day - to show off our schools and students and the importance they have in our community
- Sponsored by Chardon Tomorrow, with Chardon City, --Chardon Library also involved
-Everybody wears school colors, there is free ice cream, popcorn, hot dogs, fun activities
-The whole town is encouraged to be there.
-Discounts from local establishments.
-Rocket Car (from Euclid Beach) will take people up to the polls for early voting
When: May 5th from 1:00 - 4:30
Where: Chardon Square
Students can NOW** upload their video auditions to shiningstarcle.org with the chance to win a
$10,000 COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP!
*Must be from Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage or Summit counties and have a 2019-2022 graduation date; includes home-schooled students. **Through July 1, 2018.
Free to Enter and All Genres of Music are Welcome!
1st Place Winner
$10,000 and the chance to perform with the
Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall
2nd Place Winner
3rd Place Winner
4th Place Winner
$2,500 to the high school music department of the 1st Place Winner
On Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 7 pm, the Top 10 Finalists will perform at the renowned Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square and be judged by the audience and well-respected professionals in the entertainment industry.
For questions, or to learn more,
please visit our website shiningstarcle.org or call 216-910-2652.
Well, I hope my last edition of the Week in Reflection was heard...the weather has changed...for a few days!
Celebrate and enjoy this time with family and friends,
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