I spend a lot of time talking with students. There is so much joy when a student leaves the office feeling better than when they came in. This week, we saw many students coming in the office to talk about classes, situations, and relationships. After reflecting about the themes that the students were sharing with us, my inner voice kept saying, kindness can be contagious., spread it!
When you think about it, kindness can be contagious.
Every person that we encounter is living within their own story. They walk the halls consumed with thoughts about themselves, school, home, and general life ups and downs. What if we just stopped and for a moment told someone how we liked their hair, their style, or anything simple. Kindness is so simple and it's free.
This pandemic world has caused so many of us to guard ourselves and others. We have become at times physically distant. This distancing does not force us to be socially distant or selectively distant to those around us. Relationships are precious, and we should be mindful of how others feel--especially with the current state of our world. Including others, saying hello, calling, facetime, a simple snapchat message may make someone's day. Being present is even more important. When we are actively present we seek to understand a friend's needs and we listen. Being physically present is the start---being emotionally present can change your relationships.
The time that we have shared this quarter together is a gift, and an opportunity to give of ourselves. It is so important to spend your time wisely not only in the classroom but when you are able to connect with your feelings. When you look in the mirror do you hear your voice or others? The mirror reflects beauty. The mirror reflects character. The mirror reflects you.
When we take the time to add beauty to someone's day we are actually mirroring that beauty in us. The more that we do it, the more that it becomes a habit. Kindness becomes the transferable agent that we want to be passed on within the building. It reflects our true self and our core values.
Spread kindness everywhere and let it become the change that you want to see in your world and others. It is free, simple, and changes more than you can know!
Schedule for Next Week: October 25-29
Monday, October 25: Periods 1-7 (white schedule)
Tuesday, October 26: Periods 1-7 (white schedule)
Wednesday, October 27: (red schedule)
Thursday, October 28 : (black schedule)
Friday, October 29: Periods 1-7 (white schedule)
Parent Teacher Conferences II: October 26- 4:30-8:30 PM
On Tuesday, October 26, Chardon High School will conduct our second parent teacher conference session. This evening will take place from 4:30-8:30 PM. As we continue to create opportunities for our families to meet their busy schedules, this session will be hybrid: providing both online google meets or in-person sessions. The times for the evening will be in ten minute intervals with a buffer time built between for our teachers to transition from family to family.
When you enter PTCFast (Parent Conferences) you will noticed the staff is listed alphabetically with two options (virtual times) and (in-person times). Please select the one you prefer and you will receive a confirmation email to proceed with selected the times that you wish. Once you have completed all of the information, you will receive a kickback email with your selected times.
Parents and Guardians are asked to wear masks for in-person meetings.
A Message for AP Students
AP Exam Fees & Registration
AP Exam fees are scheduled to be added to your Infinite Campus School Fees on Monday, 10/25. This $96 exam fee MUST BE PAID PRIOR TO EXAM ORDERING. The deadline to have this payment completed is Wednesday, Nov 10th.
Once the AP Exam order has been submitted, the College Board will charge an additional $40 late fee for late registration. ($96+$40) In addition, any exam order canceled after the exam order has been submitted will incur a $40 cancelation fee by the College Board.
Any student that qualifies for Free/Reduced Lunch may be eligible for a fee waiver. Please speak with Mr. Timothy Hurlbut (timothy.hurlbut@chardonschools org) or (440-285-4060) if you feel you/your son or daughter qualify.
The first step to see if you qualify for a fee waiver would be to complete the 21-22 Application for Educational Benefits. (Students that qualify may also be able to have other course fees waived from CHS). Please complete the application, sign, and return to CHS or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
21-22 Application for Educational Benefits
CHS Principal Podcast: Season 3, Episode 11: Kal and Pal
Cody Palovich and Zach Kalis join the podcast today!
Shoutout via Twitter: We are so proud of @chardonhs senior Zach Kalis & his contribution to Chardon! Little Free Food Pantry at Mel Harder Park built by Zach & his dad. Supplies donated by the Kalis family. Mrs. Kalis is a Title I tutor.
Jeremiah Show Welcomes CHS to the Show
Late last week, members of our Executive Student Council, and our Captains of the Crazies were able to be interviewed on the Jeremiah Show. It was an amazing opportunity to showcase who we are, and what we do at Chardon High School. Enclosed is a few clips of the show. The first is Mr. Murray's interview, and the one below is Coach Hewitt's.
Art Piece of the Week
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
The Executive Student Council is back at it, one week after Homecoming. We are celebrating a Spirit Week to kick off the new quarter!
Senior class officers are hosting a Halloween costume contest. On Friday the 29th, wear your best Halloween costume and teachers will select their favorite at the end of the day. Top 5 costumes in the school get a free ticket to the football game Friday! Categories are funniest, scariest, most creative/ detailed, best pop culture/ movie, and best overall costume. Please follow costume guidelines.
Sunday, 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 29 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:
Chardon High School's C.R.E.W. Joins Smart Automation Certification Alliance
[press release submitted by Mrs. Britt and Mrs. Butala]
Oct. 14, 2021 -- The C.R.E.W. program, co-advised and co-taught by faculty members Mrs. Britt and Mrs. Butala at Chardon High School, is pleased to announce that it has become a member of the Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA) in order to align education and training to meet the realities of Industry 4.0. Students completing our career and technical education (CTE) programs will soon earn SACA Industry 4.0 certifications, giving them a competitive advantage in today’s job market.
What is Industry 4.0?
Today’s students face a far different industrial landscape than existed a decade ago. While automation technologies have been commonplace for many years, the Internet has brought about a convergence of new “connected” technologies that is revolutionizing industries worldwide. Known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0, this latest disruption of the industrial world is resulting in reduced downtime and increased quality, productivity, and overall efficiency in industries of all kinds thanks to advanced technologies that make up what is known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
IIoT technologies include such things as advanced robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and machines, cloud-based data analysis, and cybersecurity. As companies increase their use of networks and Internet technologies, they are connecting more devices, from smart sensors to smartphones.
The Distinction of SACA Certifications
While there are many certifications available today that address isolated competencies, SACA certifications are different. SACA’s Industry 4.0 certifications certify “connected systems” skills that address the integration of the many types of advanced manufacturing technologies with Industry 4.0 technology.
Armed with SACA certifications, our students will be better prepared to be successful in an Industry 4.0 world. Students will be able to earn SACA certifications at the Associate, Specialist, and Professional level in areas such as basic and advanced operations; robot systems; IIoT, networking, and data analytics; automation systems; production systems; and information technology (IT) operations.
SACA certifications use standards developed with input from industry leaders, so students can feel confident their SACA certification endorses the knowledge and skills important to industry. Students will have the option of pursuing Silver (successfully pass a written knowledge exam) or Gold (successfully pass a written knowledge exam and successfully complete a hands-on performance assessment on approved equipment) certifications depending upon their coursework and hands-on skill development.
What is C.R.E.W.?
The C.R.E.W. program at Chardon High School is focused on assisting students as they navigate their futures. The goal for each student is to be able to identify his/her own, personal pathway after graduation: direct employment, enrollment into college, enlistment into the military or becoming an entrepreneur.
The program provides students with personal experiences both in and out of the classroom that will
allow them to experience a variety of jobs while gaining the skills needed to become skilled workers. This is why we are excited to partner with SACA; to provide certification and credentials to our students.
Another way that we ensure meaningful life experiences for our C.R.E.W. members is through participation in service projects within the school and community.
Each experience is geared towards learning, life skills, and keen business awareness.
How Can I Learn More?
To learn more regarding Chardon High School's C.R.E.W. program and SACA certifications, please contact Mrs. Britt at email@example.com or Mrs. Butala at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Closing Message and Article
46 consecutive days.
66, 240 minutes
1/4 of a school year
From your perspective, how did your son(s) or daughter(s) succeed and make strides in their performance this quarter? What worked? What struggles did you notice? How was their time used?
Chances are if you are reading this...you truly care about the performance of your children. We all do.
So as you reflect on the closure of one quarter, let's reflect on a few essential questions.
Describe your goals for the quarter, how you made them visible, and how they were communicated to others?
Articulate the steps that you managed your time for school, sports, work, family and family time.
Reflect on how you communicated to your teachers when you were stuck, confused, or needed help.
How did you celebrate success?
Goals are critical. They keep you focused on what’s important, and allow you to make the best use of your 24 hours each day. When tackled correctly, they force you out of your comfort zone and help you grow more than you would without them.
Just by setting a goal, you are taking an active role in driving new and better results in your life. What could be more important than that?
Teaching our teenagers to set goals effectively can be life-changing. However, as we teach goal-setting to our children, we need to make sure we’re showing them how to use goals to have the greatest possible positive impact on their lives.
Here are six strategies adapted and annotated from an article- 7 Mindsets: Goal Setting for Teens for smart goal setting for teens that can help them maximize the potential of their lives:
1. It must be on their terms
The most important thing to remember is that these are their goals, not yours. One of the biggest mistakes we can make as parents is wanting our children to live in their images and in alignment with their definitions of success. In doing so, parents can unconsciously push their children down disingenuous paths that can result in reduced success and meaning from their goals.
2. Connect their goals to the ultimate currency… happiness!
What we want for our children is happiness on their terms. Happiness can be defined as finding joy, gratitude, love, or pleasure in the simplest of things...to the most luxurious things. Simplifying happiness comes down to the most sacred thing that we all experience: Time. Finding time is based upon organizing our day in simple things: breaking down barriers to learn, finding success, and celebrating life.
3. Help them frame their lives
Every year, we ask students to share their dreams and goals. We can hear it now..."what do you want to be when you grow up". To fully encapsulate we have to refine the lens to our goals, purpose, talents, and passions. Due to the world that we all live in, it’s easy to get very narrow with our vision for life and lose sight of some crucial components to our happiness. One of the first things you want to do is help your children frame and shape life in simple ways. As the first teacher, we should help define their priorities, which might include things like family, friends, faith, health, education, profession, wealth and social impact. We should ask them to consider all these areas as they think about and plan for the future, so they can set goals that will provide the greatest benefit to them.
4. Teach them to dream big but play small
Teaching our children that goals are steps that we take on the path to our dreams is very important. The things we measure most often improve in our lives, so we must help our children set goals that are specific and measurable. For example, setting a goal to get straight A’s is much less powerful than a goal to use Cornell note-taking to prepare for each course... Remember that success is never one huge leap. It is almost always a succession of hundreds or thousands of tiny steps forward… and most likely with a few steps backward along the way. The greatest replicator of success is success. It’s both easy and common to give up on goals – and, therefore, dreams – if they’re too lofty or far away. It is really important to set goals that are attainable. The sense of gratification that students get from accomplishing small yet meaningful goals will help sustain the energy and belief as they move towards greater accomplishments.
5. They need to take stock along the way
Setting goals can be a double-edged sword. It can drive purposeful action in our lives and allow us to achieve more over a shorter period of time. However, we need to be careful with ourselves and with our children, because goals can also be a source of anxiety.
All of us have the tendency to create a hyper-focus on future circumstances. This can produce an “I’ll be happy when…” mentality, when what we want is to find inner happiness in this moment. With this awareness in mind, try to intertwine the process of goal-setting with an ongoing habit of recognizing existing successes and accomplishments. The present should never be sacrificed for the future, and goals should simply be tools to get the most out of the time we have.
6. Make goal-setting as engaging as possible
We all know that, when working with teens, we’re competing with a constant barrage of distractions – video games, social media, and high school relationships. This process is predicated on patience and self-discipline, but we need to change it up a bit sometimes to help get the process started.
We all want what’s best for our kids. Teaching them to think in terms of setting and accomplishing goals will help them become their own best sources for fulfillment, and provide the recognition that they control the outcomes in their lives. Through smart goal setting for teens, we can give our children the most important gift any parent can give: the ability to thrive in life without us.
7 Mindsets. "Goal Setting For Teens." 7 Mindsets. 7 Jun. 2016. Web. 17 Oct. 2019. <https://7mindsets.com/smart-goal-setting-for-teens/>
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Douglas Murray, Principal