We are so proud of our students and our teachers' efforts to focus on the core value of achievement. Together, we will continue to refine what we do by analyzing how we can continue to move from good to great! Over the years, we have demonstrated strong success stories of mastery against the standards. For the sixth year since reconfiguration, our students have met the mark of high achievement for all students where learning is the most important work!
2023 1st Quarter
Grade Level GPA
Class of 2028 Eighth 3.20
Class of 2027 Freshman 3.11
Class of 2026 Sophomore 3.23
Class of 2025 Junior 3.13
Class of 2024 Senior 3.28
CHS [8-12] 3.19
We are proud to share the results from the current completed quarter (1st quarter). The outcomes demonstrate great achievements at first glance. When you dig deeper into the data, we are able to see trends to help us gauge where we as educators need to celebrate, and where we can show even greater growth. What stands out as a significant data point is the Class of 2024 and 2026. The class of 2025 have maintained their high achievement over 5 years! This is a remarkable achievement! We are so proud of this group and their consistency. The Class of 2026 are prime to mirror the accolades set forth by last year's graduates with the trend data. The other grade levels maintained or increased their overall achievement. We are also very proud of the work that our 8th grade brought to the quarter this semester. The transition to high school did not phase them at all!
We have to pause and celebrate the work of our teachers and our students. Together, they have much to celebrate. The work of our mission is never complete, and the work to align standards, strategies, and assessments is an ever-evolving task to help students master learning outcomes to be successful for future-readiness in the 4 E's: Enrollment, Enlistment, Employment, and Entrepreneurship. The data also gives us opportunities to target grade level bands to create boosters and targeted learning sessions for students to help them move towards individual and building level goals.
The compass, road map, and GPS to all that we do is our mission statement which is enhanced through the magnifying lens of our core values. All of the outcomes in which we gauge learners filters through the creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and community connections that all of our educators emphasize in the day to day interactions with students. Through this daily encounter of learning, our students become exposed to programs, supports, and pathways that help guide them to find their individual purpose. Over the last six years, we have placed so much attention on refining the outcomes of our mission. Whereas the culture and climate at Chardon High School remains an essential focus---our targeted learning outcomes, and educational strategies help gauge all learners to learn each standard. This important work is never done, and it is so important to carry forward into the second quarter our routines and focus towards our goals--including the choices we make that help us stay strong.
The Schedule for Next Week
We are gearing up for a fun week at CHS! Check on the Spirit Week details for the chances to win great prizes. On Tuesday, we will have little trick or treat kiddos from CELC showing off their awesome costumes! The academic schedule is regular for the week.
*Chardon Schools is undertaking a district-wide initiative to support Sleep In Heavenly Peace, a non-profit that works to ensure every child in the county has a bed to sleep in. CHS will be kicking this off on Monday with candy gram sales on pajama day.
On October 31, we are closing the doors at 4:30 PM. There is no homework, and no activities after 4:30 PM, and we are encouraging our families to schedule a night for each other. It is a perfect night for those who trick or treat or those that want to have a family dinner together at home or at a restaurant. It is a night for active engagement for families. We appreciate our students, staff, and families and encourage all of you to take the time to celebrate these little moments that we can have without interruptions.
BUCKEYE CHOCOLATE is offering a buy one get the 2nd drink free, must be of equal or lesser value
Tuesday, October 31st is Halloween. Our students have traditionally dressed in appropriate costumes at school or connected with a theme for a Friday Night football game. Students will be permitted to dress this year on Tuesday, October 31st, 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:
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:
The deadline for AP Exam Ordering is 1 month away. AP Exam Registration fees will be added to your child's Infinite Campus accounts next week. These fees must be paid by Wednesday, 11/8. The fee for 2024 AP Exams is $98/exam.
Students that qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch through the District will have their AP Exam fees waived. If you feel you may qualify, please complete the Meal Benefits Application.
Meal Benefits Application
If your child IS NOT PLANNING ON TAKING THE AP EXAM, they must notify me by Nov. 8th to have the fee removed. Changes to the AP Exam order (adding or dropping) after the ordering deadline will result in a $40 additional fee.
Mr. Timothy Hurlbut
Auburn Career Center
On Monday, Auburn Career Center visited the sophomores during their US History classes and shared with them all of the awesome opportunities that are available to them starting their junior year. If your student is considering Auburn, please pay attention to the different events below in order to learn more before applications open.
Sophomore Visit Day Wednesday, 11/15
Any interested 10th grade student may attend. Students will eat lunch at CHS at 10:40 a.m. and buses will leave at 11:00 a.m. Students will return to CHS around 1:45 p.m. Students interested in attending must complete a Field Trip Permission Form. These can be found at Mrs. Giddings' desk. Completed forms should also be returned to Mrs. Giddings by Friday, November 3rd.
Open House Thursday, 11/16
This is a great opportunity for both sophomore students and their parents to visit Auburn. The Open House is from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Welcome Wednesdays (Wednesday, 12/6 through Wednesday, 4/24)
If any sophomores miss the field trip on 11/15 or would like to visit Auburn again in order to learn more about their programs, they should consider attending one of the Welcome Wednesday opportunities. Auburn will host these opportunities every Wednesday starting on December 6th and will go through the end of April (excluding holiday breaks). On these visits, students will attend Auburn in the a.m. and finish the afternoon at CHS just like they will as an Auburn junior.
Please see your counselor with any questions about Auburn!
Topper Trait: Creators
Vince Piotrkowski is a junior at Chardon High School who is involved in many activities. One experience that he connects with is the Topp-Notch Acapella group of singers. More recently, he arranged a song for their group, which involves taking existing pieces of music and transcribing them for a different context. Lots of creativity is involved in selecting parts from the song and making them fit voices. Often, changes are made to various elements of the song, including chords and rhythms, and sometimes entirely new countermelodies are composed. Vince's latest arrangement was an 8-part a cappella rendition of Beyoncé's “Love On Top.” It features four solos performed by different students with distinct voice types and ranges. Stay tuned to see it performed LIVE.
You #TopperUp'd This Week!
Topper Ticket Recipients this Week
CHS Holiday Craft Show
Date: November 18
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Chardon High School, 151 Chardon Avenue
Chardon High School is pleased to extend a warm invitation to the local community for our upcoming holiday craft fair, scheduled for November 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at Chardon High School, conveniently located at 151 Chardon Avenue. This festive occasion is rooted in the vision of Faith Kilfoyle '23 and Sydney Murray '23, and it has now evolved into a senior capstone project. This initiative embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship and service leadership demonstrated by our dedicated student leaders.
At the fair, you can explore a wide array of locally crafted items, including baked goods, artisan crafts, clothing, jewelry, artwork, and stationery. Additionally, we will have an assortment of Hilltopper apparel available for purchase.
For those interested in participating as vendors, please consider completing our table reservation form. Community members are kindly requested to contribute a $25 reservation fee, while school staff and students may reserve a table at NO cost. The deadline for reserving a table is Monday, November 13th. Vendors may pay $25 directly online on the GoFundMe for Jeremy’s Kids, or pay by check to Chardon Board of Education and include 2023 Craft Show in the memo line, or by cash that day. We will inventory payments.
While there is no fixed admission fee for shoppers, we kindly ask for goodwill donations upon entry. All proceeds from this event will be directed to Jeremy's Kids, an organization with a mission to provide holiday gifts to families in need within Geauga County. Every year, CHS students dedicate their time to assist with shopping for these deserving families at local stores.
For any inquiries or further information regarding the upcoming holiday craft fair, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mr. Douglas Murray, Principal of Chardon High School, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to your participation in this wonderful event, where community, creativity, and generosity converge.
Art Pieces of the Week
Mrs. Blachke's AP Class
Mr. Hauber's Drawing Class
Various work samples of drawings in progress
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Friday Night Football Information
CVCA at Chardon
Chardon Memorial Field
Friday, October 27
ONLINE $12 adult/$9 student All CASH tickets at gate $15 each This is an OHSAA contest. All spectators must have a ticket. No passes can be accepted
FOOTBALL CONCESSION HELP NEEDED TONIGHT, OCT. 27
It's going to be a beautiful night for Hilltopper football! Help us feed the crowd at tonight's playoff game by volunteering in the concession stand. All proceeds benefit Chardon students!
Here is the sign-up link: Football Concession Sign-Up
If you can help but only for a partial shift, email us at email@example.com or text Michelle Fisher at 216.401.8943.
Watch the game on Spectrum
Last Week's Highlights
Photos from the Game
CHS Drama Presents: Radium Girls
Students in Dr. Schneider's AP Environmental Science class maximized on this weather by continuing with their stream survey assessing and evaluating the stream ecosystem (beyond the Tennis Courts) to understand its ecological health and the impact of human activities on it. The goal of any stream survey is to assess the environmental health of a stream ecosystem, identify potential issues, and propose solutions to mitigate or address those issues. It provides a practical application of ecological concepts on the AP test and helps students understand the real-world implications of environmental science.
In Senora Tekavec's Spanish III class, students embarked on a unique and engaging lesson that seamlessly connected practical life skills with the standards set in the Spanish III curriculum. This innovative approach to language learning saw students spending time in the kitchen during block days, working together to complete the "Receta de las Tortilla," a traditional Spanish omelet recipe.
This hands-on experience not only applied some culinary skills but also served as a platform to reinforce and apply their understanding of the Spanish language and culture. I was blessed to be the Gordon Ramsey throughout the day as kids brought their dishes for me to try.
Tweet of the Week
To support community understanding of how changes in property values impact property taxes and school district revenue, a presentation was provided by the Chardon Schools Treasurer's Office to the Chardon BOE at the Oct. 16, 2023 regular board meeting. Chardon Schools invites you to review the following Treasurer’s Office resources to gain insight on answers to important questions you may have. Resources: FAQs, Screencast and Slideshow Only. Follow-up questions can be directed to Treasurer/CFO Deb Armbruster at 440.285.4052.
We need to get the ball rolling on Senior After Prom planning. Don't miss out on the opportunity to help make this event a memorable one for our graduating seniors. If you would like to be included in upcoming After Prom planning sessions and/or want to stay in the loop on ways to be involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next After Prom meeting is Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 pm in the CHS Media Center. Hope to see you there!
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.
- Community Flyers
- Chardon High School: Program of Study
- Chardon High School Bell Schedule; Google Document of our bell schedule
- CLSD Parent Student Handbook (Board Approved)
- Graduation Seals Manual (Very Important; Class of 2023 and beyond)
- Teacher Resources for CHS Students
- Student Acceptable Use Policy Task Force Grading Policy
- Lunch Payment/Benefit Process
Time is a gift. How you use it is the lifelong question.
The most important thing we must all do is cherish the time we spend by taking moments each day to celebrate the beauty of the silence and to reflect on our surroundings.
We all make countless decisions all day long and our brain is constantly firing. Some people think that certain people are superhuman with their ability to maximize upon the time that we are all given. After each day, we all share the same quantified minutes, but is the quality of the minutes that defines who we are. We all can be consumed with tasks--I am not shy to that. However, scheduling moments for ourselves to rejuvenate-along with scheduling moments to celebrate are so important. For our parents that have seniors graduating in May, we have exhausted one quarter of our time with our children. Take these moments throughout each season to celebrate family. Our time is the one thing that we can control. Schedule it, preserve it, and pause while embracing today.
Have a beautiful weekend with your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal