If you walk into my office you will see a chalkboard behind my desk that has my personal mission statement written not only for myself, but for those who enter. I truly believe in the power of actionable words. The power of words cannot be unheard, or seen. They can heal, and they can hurt. They can encourage, and discourage. Without a doubt, words are a priceless tool that we all have the ability to control.
The words that I wrote years ago (on that board) have not changed. However, the actions between the words have evolved during my time as an educator. I truly believe in the power of a life filled with purpose and intentionality.
The last line on the chalkboard is "finish what I start."
Students and staff know that I preach the "finish line." More recently, students have been hearing me asked them how they are striving for high achievement. As an educator and coach, I believe that the standard is the standard, and we must model and refine ourselves throughout the process to the finish line.
We must maintain our focus through the finish line with being mindful of our personal well-being. Our students need to believe that failure is not an option.
We are nearing the first mile marker of the year. On Friday, October 21, the end of the quarter completes. It is essential that students reach out to their teachers during this upcoming week to maximize on their educational goals for the quarter. Take the time this weekend to touch base with your son(s) and daughter(s) regarding assessments and checkpoints inside of Infinite Campus.
Guest Speaker: Mr. David Petrovic
On Tuesday, Mr. David Petrovic, an educator and author will be coming to Chardon to share his story of resilience. Mr. Petrovic has autism. He also is a middle school teacher, an author, and a national speaker who shares his life experiences to inspire and educate others. He will be presenting to any student interested in grades 9-12 during Topper Time, and will remain at CHS to speak to all 8th Graders during the Circuit of Success. He will present to the staff on Wednesday morning during our scheduled faculty meeting.
Here is a recent article and video of him speaking on FOX8.
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — David Petrovic has autism. He also is a middle school teacher, an author, and a national speaker who shares his life experiences to inspire and educate others. Fox 8’s Todd Meany has a powerful conversation with David about what he’s been through and also his mission. David’s mother Sandy Petrovic also talks about the journey with her son. David and Sandy co-authored an award-winner book ‘Expect a Miracle: Understanding and Living with Autism’ and David just released a children’s book ‘See ME: The Invisible Autistic Boy’ . This powerful interview will impact your understanding of what it’s like to live autism.
Chardon Community Cares : October Edition 2022
Chardon High School Resources
Understanding Teen Grief: 7 Ways to Help a Grieving Teenager
Principal, Mr. Douglas Murray email@example.com
Assistant Principal, Ms. Mary Pat Pavicic firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal, Mr. Douglas Higham email@example.com
Social Worker, Mrs. Joan Blackburn firstname.lastname@example.org
Resource Office, Officer Elam email@example.com
Nurse, Mrs. Chelsie Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
8th Grade, Mrs. Tupaz email@example.com
A-G, Mr. Hurlbut firstname.lastname@example.org
H-O, Mrs. Hetrick email@example.com
P-Z, Mrs. Patterson firstname.lastname@example.org
For immediate assistance/crisis services please contact:
Geauga County’s 24 Hour Hotline at (440) 285-5665 (in Chardon area) or (888) 285-5665 (out of Chardon calling area)
Crisis Text Line by texting the keyword 4hope to 741-741
United Way at 2-1-1 for 24 hour needs and concerns.
Trevor Lifeline 1-866-488-7386
Safe Schools Hotline 1-866-listen2me
Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland
Schedule for Next Week: October 18-21 (Regular Schedule) NO SCHOOL on MOnday
Monday, October 17: PD Day (No School)
Tuesday, October 18: Periods 1-7 (white schedule)
Wednesday, October 19: (red schedule)
Thursday, October 20 : (black schedule)
Friday, October 21: Periods 1-7 (white schedule)
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Art Piece of the Week
Spirit Week Coming Up: October 24-28
Halloween Attire: Friday, October 28
Monday, October 31 is Halloween. However, with all of the excitement leading into the week- the Chardon Crazies and the CHS Administration are assigning the costume day to Friday, October 28 to align with the theme for the night.
Our students have traditionally dressed in appropriate costumes at school for the day. Students will be permitted to dress this year, as long as the outfit properly follows the guidelines below.
Staff and administration will be extremely diligent to ensure that all costumes are school-appropriate and not a distraction to other students in their classes. Some things to consider when creating your costume:
On Monday, students may only wear Halloween shirts, and accessories-- not costumes
Mr. Murray's Highlight Video/Friday Night Photos
2022 WRC Champs: Volleyball!
I have experienced the joy of volleyball history! What is even better than my joy is watching our Varsity girls volleyball team make history on October 12 at Kenston! Our girls faced a juggernaut on their senior night and finished what they started--goal #1--becoming sole WRC Champs! We are so proud of our girls, and all of their coaches for bringing home "2022" to the banner in barn. Check them out as they finish their regular season away on Thursday and host matches on October 20!
Resources for Families
Concession Volunteers Still Needed for Oct. 14
Please consider signing up to volunteer so that we can keep our concession lines moving quickly. We have "Halftime Only" slots open for parents willing to help out for 20 minutes during the halftime rush. All proceeds from concession sales benefit CHS students!
Closing: A message for our students
I have spent the past twenty-two years as an educator. This year just might be the most invigorating and challenging at the same time.
Why is it so invigorating? Maybe it is because we spent so much time preparing for this year and now we are able to see everything come to fruition. Maybe it is related to all of the activities that we have designed for students. What strikes me the most is the number of students that we are able to assist in the journey.
I really love working with students and helping them find their purpose in life. Every single one of you will eventually graduate and I hope that through the courses and experiences at CHS-- your journey will help you find your purpose in life.
I believe in each of you and I know that everyone has a story along the way. We are closing out the first quarter...this is a time to assess your goals and outcomes. Finish strong all the way through the finish line!
I will be the first to tell you that grades are not the "tell-all" to school. Learning is what matters the most. Yet, our country places so much emphasis on the mark in a grade book. Certainly, having a positive mark in the grade book helps out in many ways. It helps your motivation, relationships, and may even keep you from being grounded. Grades can get you places...but learning takes you places where grades can't take you.
For me, I was just your average 3.0 Chardon High Student...but, I was involved in so many activities in school. I also had a story. Life wasn't perfect for me. I have faced many situations in my life that were difficult. Yet, I dug deep to focus on finding my purpose.
I didn't have a principal that wrote me emails or reflections. I have felt just about every emotion that you have. Look at me now--several college degrees later and numerous experiences brought me back as principal of CHS. Anything is possible if you put the time in.
We all find ourselves at various plots on the graph of life.
The purpose of this closing message is to remind you that we care deeply for your success and we hope that you have taken the time to see the goodness in you; in others.
We are nearing the first stage of a four-part race. If you are satisfied with the pending outcome of the first quarter--keep striving for greatness. If you have experienced some victories and losses this quarter--keep striving. If you have more losses than victories--keep striving.
You got this! Your teachers, counselors, and principals will always be one of your biggest fans!
Your teachers will always be there for you--take the time to continue building your relationships with them. They care so deeply for you! If you ever need them to assist you--just ask. Use this weekend to get caught up!
Reflect on this quarter and continue to strive for where you want to be. We will always guide you with your courses, time management skills, and social-emotional needs.
Make today count!
Douglas Murray, Principal