“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, I would often share that I wanted to be a professional baseball player and make all of this money living in my big dream. 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. Dreaming big is not a lost art, it is the fabric that allows us to critically think, innovate and solve new problems in the world.
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. Make today great!
CHS Principal's Podcast: Special Guest: Nathan Tager
On Saturday, October 17th, Chardon will be offering the PSAT/NMSQT to interested 10th and 11th grade students. Please see the attached registration form for more information.
Please reach out to Mr. Hurlbut or Mrs. Tupaz at (440) 285-4060 or
Financial Aid Presentation: Recorded
Below is the information for Chardon seniors and their parents regarding the Financial Aid Night virtual presentation which took place on Monday, September 28th. The presentation focused on all aspects of the financial aid process. Topics that are covered include the FAFSA form, CSS Profile, scholarships, grants, loans and other items related to college access. Click on the image to watch the video.
Schedule for the Week of October 5-October 10
Monday, October 5: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Tuesday, October 6: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Wednesday, October 7: Periods 2, 4, 6 (red schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Thursday, October 8 : Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (black schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Friday, October 9: NEOEA DAY (No School)
Every year Chardon High School screens 9th and 11th grade students for distance vision and hearing as mandated by the state of Ohio. This year additional requirements were added to the screening process making it impossible to do the mass screenings we have done in the past. If you feel your child needs to have these screenings done, please email Jan Hoffmann, the High School Nurse, and she will set up an appointment to have your child screened. If you do not feel it is necessary to have your child screened this year, please complete the waiver form and return it to the office by October 20, 2020. If you decide later in the year that you would like your child to be screened you can contact the nurse and she will make arrangements to have the screening done. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Hoffmann at (440) 286-0418 or email email@example.com.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE for senior pictures are Friday, JANUARY 15, 2021
Requirements for your senior picture:
Submitting your senior picture:
Note: Digital submissions are much preferred and strongly recommended in order to preserve quality of the photos.
Work Permit Instructions
Obtain an application for a minor work permit in the school office.
Student will return the completed form with one of the valid forms of ID. Mrs. Sprinzl will process the application.
Please allow 24 hours turn around on work permits.
Chardon Local Schools wins CARES Act Grant
A $3,000 grant, the largest amount possible, was awarded to Chardon Local Schools from the federal appropriation made to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds received will be split between all the Media Specialists in the district. Chardon High plans on spending their portion of the proceeds by starting a collection of online eBooks. With more students taking classes virtually, the need to offer electronic books is greater than ever. The teachers in the English department have been asked to compile a list of titles they think will be the most beneficial to students. Information on how to access the eBooks will be communicated once the titles are available to borrow.
A new opportunity is being offered to students in grades 9-12. The C.R.E.W. (Creating Reliable Educated Workers) is an industry driven, work based model that prepares students for the 4 E’s that they will encounter after graduation; Employability, Education, Enlistment and/or Entrepreneurship. Students are learning about career options that would enhance their interest and skills, industry credentials required for specific jobs, skills for their future endeavors, soft skills for the workplace, financial literacy, post secondary education and/or licensure required for a career of their choice as well as many other skills related to independent living and career development. The C.R.E.W. also offers opportunities to participate in service learning activities that give back to the community at local and national levels. Some of our current activities are: Ryan’s Case for Smiles, blankets for the Military Honor Flights, serving breakfast at Maple, packing lunches for CLSD food services, Jeremy’s Kids and many others throughout the school year. If you, or someone you know, is interested in assisting the students with a project, we welcome any ideas. The C.R.E.W. is currently looking for community sponsorships for our following upcoming projects:
One of the fundamental goals of the C.R.E.W. is to prepare students for the workforce by providing them with hands-on experiences. If you know of a local company in need of hard workers, please have them contact Tracey Britt at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kim Butala at email@example.com.
As we begin our 4th season of sharing, we want to introduce the Chardon Boutique at Chardon High School. The boutique started as a thought that grew into a conversation about how to recycle clothes. The idea then expanded into an all school clothing swap where students could donate their “old” clothes or add “new” clothing items to their closet for free. The clothing items have been made available through generous donations from the community over the past 3 years. The boutique offers students everything from t-shirts and sweatpants to homecoming/prom dresses as well as suits/ties. Accessories are not excluded nor are the comforts of home (i.e. socks, pajamas, blankets). The boutique also offers personal hygiene items that have been donated by individuals as well as Fairmount Minerals/ Best Sand of Chardon. We can’t begin to thank all who have so generously donated to our boutique over the past 3 years, but we can share that hundreds of students have benefited from their kindness.
If you would like to donate to the boutique, or have any other questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Images of the Week
Students in Chardon Service Learning have spent countless hour building the first stages of a Community Garden at CHS down by the Tennis Courts!
Piece of the Week
Friday Night Highlights
Last Friday, Chardon faced Mayfield at Chardon Memorial Field. Below is the highlight reel that I made for our families.
Finish What you Start
It is hard to believe that we crossed over the mid point of the first quarter. With the adjustment to the school calendar, the end of the first quarter is October 22, 2020. We learned a lot about ourselves during this pandemic--the one that stands out right now is how we value time and being present in the moment.
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 three 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. In this COVID-19 year, 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