CHS Principal Podcast: Principal's Corner
Reflecting on Quarter 1: The Mission
I am so proud of our students and our teachers' efforts to focus on the eminent 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 third year since reconfiguration, our students have met the mark of high achievement for all students where learning is the most important work!
Last year, our students averaged a GPA of 3.20 for the first quarter.
We are proud to share the results from the current completed quarter (1st quarter). Within all of the barriers faced with COVID-19, the focus on high achievement for all students remained strong. 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 2023. This was the group of 8th graders that came into the high school during reconfiguration. They have matured and catapulted themselves into an extraordinary group of high achievers. The interventions, Circuits, and strong collaboration between our teachers can now be seen as an indicator for all of us that the plan was executed well. 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 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 four 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. Furthermore, we have spent years on our core values that become the vehicle for all students to feel safe, successful, and engaged.
The mission of Chardon School is High Achievement for ALL students where learning is our most important work. This lens of learning is mastered when students and staff focus on learning as the sum of all of the experiences that students engage in. There are seven periods in a day. As a teacher, we believe that the time that we have is priceless each period. As a student, every class plays a role in the development of the child towards the mission. No class is greater than the other. It is the learning that matters the most.
We are further able to focus our outcomes on the end goal. The most important learning that any student can achieve (within their high school experience) is finding his or her purpose. The desire for all educators is that all of our students can determine their purpose within an outcome of becoming employed right out of school, enrolling in a college/university, enlisting in the armed forces, or using their abilities and passion as a young entrepreneur.
Our students and educators spend years establishing the foundation of their learning within this blueprint. This map demonstrates the direction that all learners follow. This is where the work of the educator really comes into action. The educator moves from the sage on the stage to the facilitating tour guide. Professional Learning Communities, aligning standards, defining instructional strategies, preparing common formative assessments, and most importantly-developing meaningful relationships with students. It is through deep development of creating goals, and student choices that guide all learners on the map of learning.
Our students love to live in the what. Who wouldn't? It is through these experiences that students begin to find their way and live their purpose. Students and staff engage in soft skills, or what I call the essential skills. They are learning many ways to communicate, innovate, and problem solve. They are learning about becoming a young leader, understanding their place in this grand world, and planning for their ideas as young entrepreneurs. Students and staff engage in mentoring students and developing new ideas and relationships in our established brain breaks. Teachers are creating opportunities inside of AP and CCP courses along with career planning at Auburn Career Center.
The mission and vision of Chardon is clear. Our destination hasn't changed. How you get there is your choice.
As voted by their peers, the 2020 Homecoming Court
Executive Student Council Puts on a Spirit Week
This week, we had the opportunity to meet with the Executive Student Council in both grade level and executive sessions. The Senior Executives began working with their moderators to plan the events of our Homecoming Court. To culminate the spirit of this excitement, the Executive Student Council have organized a Spirit Week for next week! Enclosed are the themes for each day! It is going to be a ton of fun!
Communications from the District
Dear Chardon Schools Parent/Guardian:
The safety and security of students, staff and community remain our top priority in Chardon Schools. As I am certain you are aware, Geauga County transitioned into a Red rating on the Ohio Risk Assessment system this week. We saw our first positive staff case and an unconfirmed positive student case in our district last week. School districts and health officials across the region are working to respond effectively to the change in risk level in an effective manner.
As Governor DeWine and others noted this past week, there is a delicate balance when it comes to Ohio’s schools. School districts and communities are seeing significant negative impacts on children who are not in school, including: student achievement losses, social emotional well-being issues, and increases in unreported child abuse cases. To reduce the risk of these concerns, we are working very hard to keep Chardon Schools open and serving our students.
We continue meeting weekly with state, regional and local health officials to discuss the changing COVID situation. We are learning more about the spread of the virus, and how schools are and are not being affected. We find that this is very different than when we planned in July and August for a return to learning. Among the latest information is the following:
We have received a few inquiries as to why the district is not transitioning to hybrid or full virtual under the Red status. Our strong working relationship with health officials and, most specifically, Geauga County Health Commissioner, Tom Quade, has allowed us to learn much more about the risk posed by the virus in the school setting than we knew in August. We are meeting 3-5 times a week with a number of health officials to evaluate our operations and response plan.
Our Board of Education held a special meeting on Monday, October 26, 2020, to consider a modification to our response plan to enable us to use this changing information more effectively. Commissioner Quade will participate in the discussion during the meeting. The proposed plan change will permit us greater flexibility to keep students in school as long as the data indicates that the associated risk is reasonable. The Board welcomes your comments on this proposed change and offers a Google Form for you to use for your comments.
Link to Proposed Plan Revision
Link to Comment Form
It is important to acknowledge the great work of our staff as they are committed to having students safely in our classrooms where we can best meet their needs. We are dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for students and staff and to making the best possible decisions affecting our students and remain committed to communicating any changes regarding our instructional program as soon as they become available.
A reminder that we continue to accept applications for students to transition to our full virtual program and will evaluate those as quickly as they are received.
If you are requesting for your child (grades K-7) to be considered for a transition from in-person classes to virtual classes, please use the following Virtual Classes Request Form. (This is a continuation of the same form the District used this summer, and as such, is dated August. We are using this as an ongoing list for virtual class requests.)
For High School students (grades 8-12), please contact Dawn Tupaz (school counselor for virtual classes) at email@example.com.
Each request to return to in-person classes will be considered along with programming, physical space, and class enrollment considerations. Not all classes are available in both virtual and in-person classes. A principal and/or school counselor will be in contact to discuss class scheduling scenarios.
Michael P. Hanlon, Jr., Ph.D.
Schedule for the Week of November 2-November 6
Monday, November 2: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Tuesday, November 3: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Wednesday, November 4: Reminder- Class Begins 8:58 AM Periods 2, 4, 6 (red schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Thursday, November 5 : Periods 1, 3, 5, 7 (black schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Friday, November 6: Periods 1-7 (white schedule) ALL STUDENTS
Chardon Community Cares: October Edition
Shoe Drive: A Message from Marijke Mendeszoon
A service project lead by Marijke Mendezoon
2020 has been a very difficult year for everybody due to Covid-19. People have lost jobs, businesses have gone out of business and the financial base for families to afford things has not been easy. As a small gesture, one way I feel I can help out is by having a shoe drive. In everything you do, it is essential to have the proper gear. Growing up, my lifestyle has been surrounded by running. My parents own running stores and I am a runner. I’ve seen the impact of people wearing improper shoes which causes orthopedic problems. I’ve noticed shoes being donated overseas, but I think it’s essential that we start taking care of our own community first. I have been collecting gently worn running shoes for those who are seeking some. My goal for this school year is to have 2,020 shoes, for the year 2020. I ask people of the community or anywhere in Geauga County to donate any shoes that are not being used. These shoes will go to great use, instead of sitting around. There are a variety of sizes available, along with them being cleaned and sanitized. Anyone's help in making this happen would mean the world! If you are interested in finding out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Piece of The Week
Video of the Week: Playoff Football
The Chardon Hilltoppers took on the Geneva Eagles on October 23, 2020 at Chardon Memorial Field.
Senior Pictures/ Senior Tribute
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440-285-4057 x. 1441
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Have a warm and safe weekend! Make today great!
Douglas Murray, Principal