Opening: Live Simply
“The deepest principle of human nature is craving to be appreciated.” This quote from William James provides a lens for all of us to look through. If we are honest with ourselves, we all want and need to feel valued for who we are and recognized for our contributions and accomplishments. It’s important for us to know that we have made a difference in someone’s life.
I appreciate all of you for who you are and what you have accomplished this quarter. We have so many things to be grateful for each day. When you stop and think about the simple things in life, you reflect on all those areas of your life that transcend us to who we are.
In the complex world in which we live, the noise can often surround us from all sides. Living simply can allow us to disconnect from the noise. Organizational effectiveness and proper planning is never simple. This work gives us the purpose to expand our territory in order to handle all of our responsibilities. However, inside of the planning, it is important to be mindful of how you are doing and to take the time to breathe, reflect, and rejuvenate your energy. This reminder of living simply can benefit not only students but any adult running through a tight schedule.
Living in the moment is a phrase that we rehearse and apply from the direction of our parents and adult mentors. This phrase is often used to ground us from daydreaming. For example, when I was younger I wanted to be a professional baseball player. Our dreams certainly can become a reality. What draws out of our creative energies is not only an appreciation of likes, talents, and desires---but, and expansion of our thoughts--hopes-- and work ethics. Instead of being a professional baseball player, I was able to play in college, became a varsity coach, win two state titles, and now I have evolved into a travel softball coach for ten years. Dreaming big is not a lost art, it is the fabric that allows us to critically think, innovate and evolve ourselves while still living our dream intentionally.
If a person takes the time to express their heartfelt appreciation for something we have done, it boosts our spirit, passion, and purpose. It builds our self-confidence, self-esteem and our entire self-image. It gives us energy and motivation to work harder and do more. Find moments to share your gratitude for others and watch how contagious it can become. Be the reason that someone smiles today.
Take the time to thank those that love you. Write them a note, call them, send a text. Likewise, as hard as it is, be mindful of those that might not be as kind to you and model kindness. When you look in the mirror, remind yourself of your own beauty. Life is so short. When we pause in the present moment, we take the time to appreciate all of the little things around us. Never take for granted your time with others.
The best medicine for a rough day is laughter! Celebrate the simple things and laugh! Humor can go a long way to refresh your energy and celebrate each other.
What we value becomes a reflection of our thoughts, deeds, and actions. So, practice kindness, appreciation, and make another person feel better by your presence. That becomes the gift that energizes others to live their purpose.
While we take time to reflect on our vision for ourselves, we also have to stop and look at where we are at the current mile markers in our life. The present moment allows our future to become more of a reality. We have ONE week to make certain that we are all squared away for the quarter. Take time this weekend to review Infinite Campus get any residual work done this weekend.
Chardon Community Cares
Over the last several months many families have been touched by the loss of a family member, or friend. Loss is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for students and families. Sometimes it may not be apparent for weeks or months that a student is struggling with grief.
Our school district is fortunate to have a number of professionals trained to help with the needs of students and families during difficult times like this. In addition, our local community has numerous agencies and emergency services available to provide support. We encourage you, as parents, to feel free to use these resources.
October 16: No School (PSAT Test) 10th and 11th grade
October 20: End of the Quarter
October 24: Teachers Post Grades/ Picture Re-Takes
October 31: Halloween (Students may dress up) Family Fun Night- No HMWK/ Activities end by 4:30 pm
Attention seniors and parents of seniors - Many schools' Early Action deadlines are fast approaching and we still have a lot of college-bound seniors who have yet to meet with us for their senior meeting so we can help make sure they are on track to meet their application requirements and deadlines. If you haven't already, please check-in with your school counselor before the end of the quarter!
College Application Reminders:
You #TopperUp'd This Week!
Clara Giddings has poured her heart into her Sub Zero Capstone project. With unwavering determination and a strong sense of community spirit, Clara has collected over 300 essential items to support those in need. Her efforts exemplify the very essence of service and compassion, and she has proven herself to be a true advocate for the well-being of others. Clara's ability to #TopperUp is an inspiration to us all, and her project is a testament to the power of one person's ability to create positive change in our community! Clara is still collecting items at CHS. There is a bin in the media center.
Topper Ticket Recipients this Week
Topper Trait: Creators
The Topper Trait of the Month is "Creators," and this quality immediately brings to mind the remarkable work being done by Mr. Jason Hall in his CCP Engineering Courses. During a visit to his 5th period Architecture and Construction class, Mr. Hall shared the impressive work of students Dean Foradis and Jared Luoma. These students are actively engaged in designing residential structures using Revit. What's particularly noteworthy is that our high school students have the opportunity to work with software applications such as AutoCad, Revit, and SolidWorks. This early exposure greatly benefit students who have an interest in pursuing careers in Engineering, Architecture, and Interior Design, providing them with a solid foundation for their future endeavors. These young men, are two of many creators that we will feature this month.
Additionally: Charles Brock, Colson Christie, Dean Foradis, Noah Galati, Caleb Galfidi, Austin Green, Zachary Hoenigman, Theodore Langlotz, Jared Luoma, Tyler Malloy, Braden Maruna, Hunter Russo, Thomas Thur, Joseph Vislocky are all in Mr. Hall's class during 5th period working on the same awesome project in Revit. I am so proud of these kids and Mr. Hall
CHS Principal Podcast: Talking Futbol with Teagan and Kayla!
Thank you, Kayla Schneider and Teagan Sprague for joining the podcast to talk all thing girls soccer.
Art Piece(s) of the Week
T-Shirt Sales Fall Play
It's officially Fall, and that means the Drama Program is busy with preparations for the Fall Play. This year, our show is Radium Girls, a historical drama set in the 1920's documenting the bravery of a group of women who sued powerful radium companies for life-altering damages incurred by radium poisoning as they aided the war efforts. We look forward to sharing their powerful story with you this November.
If you are in the cast, crews, are a proud supporter of someone on the cast or crews, or just think having a CHS Drama shirt with glow-in-the-dark ink would be really cool to have, follow the link to buy your t-shirt!
T-Shirt Sale Information:
Start: Friday, 10/6/23 at 6:00 a.m.
End: Friday, 10/20/23 at 11:59 p.m.
Short Sleeve Price: $11.40 + processing fee
Long Sleeve Price: $16.40 + processing fee
The show will run on November 9th, 11th, and 12th. Ticket sales will begin Friday, October 27th.
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Friday Night Football
Friday Night Highlights/Photos
Image(s) of the Week
Fall Choir Concert
On Tuesday, October 10th the CHS Choir Department presented their Fall Choir Concert. The program featured our 8th-grade Choir, Treble Choir, CHS Chorale, and Chamber Ensemble. The choirs presented a beautiful and uplifting program that was well received by an audience of around 450 people at Mayfield UMC. The program was accompanied by Junior Dane Schinness. He is a skilled and powerful collaborator at the piano. We were joined by professional string players on the violin, cello, and double bass. The program featured 12 student solos.
The 8th Grade Choir included a piece celebrating music, an uptempo spiritual, and a piece celebrating each of our individual contributions titled "Glorious". "Glorious" featured 7 student soloists and our guest strings. Treble Choir shared a powerful song titled "Does the World Say?" that speaks to the many distractions and chatter of the world around us. All of the false expectations and downplay of our potential contributions. The song then shares "I've been there too" as the group works together to overcome the "chatter" and to unite and raise up a positive spirit. The Treble Choir also shared a piece "The Rose" which feels very thematic, like a movie soundtrack. The Treble Choir finished their set with "Bring Me Little Water Silvy" a great folk-style tune featuring soloists, body percussion, and our guest bass player. Chorale opened their set with a famous lush choral work titled "Set Me As A Seal". They then shared the text of the Spice Girls song "Wannabe" featured in a madrigal style. They closed with a powerful piece titled "Measure Me Sky" which features soaring and complex vocal harmonies with supportive arpeggiated piano parts. We joined our efforts with 115 singers in our Mass Ensemble to finish the program. We shared "Wide Open Spaces" developed during our recent "Chardon Sings Day", prompting hope in our future, and ended with "Tuba" a celebratory song from South African.
Congratulations to the CHS Choirs for their hard work and the culmination of a beautiful concert! We have a wonderful year ahead!
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SENIOR PICTURE SUBMISSION DEADLINE for the 2023-24 yearbook is Friday, January 26, 2024.
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After Prom Message : (Topper Parent Organization)
Volunteer to help raise funds benefiting CHS students
There are many opportunities to volunteer at the concession stand this fall. Proceeds from concession sales are used to fund After Prom, student scholarships, Athletic Boosters donations, and other schoolwide needs benefiting CHS staff and students. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Football Concession Sign-Up
Girls Soccer Concession Sign-Up
Have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class of 2024 Parents: A Message from Chardon After Prom
Hello Senior Class parents:
Chardon After Prom has been busy raising money through concessions to fully fund the 2024 After Prom for CHS seniors and their guests on Saturday, May 11 from 11:00 pm to 2:00 am at the high school. For those not familiar with After Prom, it is a long-standing tradition at Chardon featuring games, prizes, music, and refreshments that provides students with a safe alternative following the Prom dance.
Chardon After Prom is in need of senior parent volunteers to begin planning this event. Please consider attending our next After Prom Meeting on Wednesday, October 11 at 7:00 pm in the CHS Media Center so we can get the ball rolling.
We will need a senior parent (or group of senior parents) to chair the event this year, which mainly involves:
To make planning much easier, we have:
Please reach out to me with questions at email@example.com.
Coming Soon! Halloween Spirit Week
K-12 Monthly Pledge Contest
Student Leadership Opportunity! Would your K-12 student like to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a Board of Education meeting? Student leaders gain practice at public speaking; meet the Superintendent and Board President; and earn a Portrait of a Hilltopper certificate. Enter our monthly contest today for a chance to win!
Link to: https://bit.ly/leadthepledge23
Chardon Local Schools partners with PublicSchoolWORKS to offer the Stay Safe. Speak UP! student safety and bullying prevention program. This 24/7, confidential reporting tool is available to students, parents, staff and the community. Visit the link to learn about 3 easy ways to report and bookmark access to the tool.
Link to: https://bit.ly/chardonnewssssu
Ohio Law requires that students under 18 years of age possess a work permit for NON-SEASONAL (school year) employment. Forms are also available in the Student Services Office or Main Office. After the parent/guardian, employer, and physician complete and sign the permit, the completed permit should be forwarded by the student to the CHS Main Office along with a Proof of Age document. The CHS Main Office processes the work permit via the State Of Ohio website.
Finish What you Start
It is hard to believe that we are closing the first quarter on October 20, 2023.
Time constantly moves. Time is inevitable. How we use it is our choice. When life is broken down into small parts, it really is measured in how we use our time to accomplish what we want to accomplish. Many people ask how I can manage the many things that I am involved in and still accomplish things. It boils down to time management and prioritizing people and moments, over things. We have two weeks to refine ourselves this quarter- academically. Maximize on prioritizing on the little things and big things will happen by the nature of how we use our time.
Being present is mission-critical to how we use our time. Sure, I can accomplish all of these things in a day but if my wife and I miss out on our kids activities or experiences, we would place things over people. In the world that we live in, it it through people that we feel connected and part of something bigger. Be present in the little things and great things will happen in your relationships. Life moves very quickly and nothing is guaranteed so seize every moment in front of you and be the person that you are called to be: BE YOU!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Douglas Murray, Principal