“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!
Chardon High School Profile
Each year our district works on an addendum to the district report card. This profile tells the story of our school narrative that the report card doesn't go into. Check out some of the key details noted inside of this document.
College Success Award
We are proud to announce that Chardon High School has received GreatSchools.org’s 2022 College Success Award!
Chardon High School is one of 1,742 public high schools in 25 states to be honored with an annual College Success Award, which recognizes and celebrates high schools like ours that demonstrate excellence in ensuring students are prepared to succeed in college.
Now in its fifth year, the College Success Award is based on data that show how our school prepares students to succeed after high school, including whether they enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist into their second year.
We applaud the hard work of the entire Chardon community — including students, parents, teachers, and others that aspire to help our students succeed in college and beyond.
The Schedule for Next Week
Monday, October 10: White Day Schedule
Tuesday, October 11: White Day Schedule
Wednesday, October 12: Special Red Day PSAT/Pre-ACT Schedule
Testing 7:20 AM-11:25 AM; Classes commence 12:05 PM-2:25 PM (adjusted schedule)
Thursday, October 13: Special Black Day Schedule
Friday, October 14: NO SCHOOL
More Details on PSAT/Pre-ACT
On Wednesday, October 12th, all Sophomore and Junior students will be taking a practice version of a college entrance exam with the intent of giving your son or daughter the opportunity to experience a timed, national test. The results of these assessments will provide you with content-specific information on areas to improve prior to taking the actual test.
Testing will begin promptly at 7:35 AM (which results in no late-start on this morning for these students). Students need to plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early to locate their testing location and to be prepared to take the test.
All Juniors will be taking the PSAT/NMSQT. This is a practice test for the SAT, an entrance exam that many colleges utilize to assess a potential student’s academic strengths and readiness for college. This test also has a scholarship component through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Juniors who score in the highest percentiles may be given the opportunity to advance in this scholarship program. The results from the test can be used to determine if students are currently on track for college-level coursework and offer an interest inventory that gives students some additional tools to use when determining a future career.
*11th grade students attending Auburn Career Center or who have in-person classes through CCP are excused from the exam and should plan on attending their career program.
All Sophomores will be taking the PreACT.
Another practice assessment, the PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, Math, Reading, and Science. This test, geared toward 10th-grade students, can be used to predict future success on the ACT and offers an interest inventory that also provides students with a personalized view of interests and college and career alignment.
Both tests give students the opportunity to opt into college and scholarship search programs by providing their address and email address during registration. Students should come prepared with an email address where they would like to receive notifications (if they would like to opt into this service), as well as #2 pencils and a calculator for test day. Any questions or concerns about the test can be directed to Timothy Hurlbut (email@example.com).
PSAT Practice Test
Preparing for the Pre-ACT
AP Test Information
AP Exam Information:
AP Exam Registration for students taking AP Courses will begin in October. These fees and deadlines are set by CollegeBoard. In order for an exam to be ordered for your child, the $97 AP Exam fee MUST be paid prior to the registration deadline. (Nov 11th) Your child will be notified when fees have been added to your Infinite Campus account. Information will also be sent out via email and the Week in Reflection to parents.
Any student that cancels or orders an exam after Nov. 15 will be charged a $40/exam fee.
AP Exam testing will occur during the first 2 weeks of May.
2023 AP Exam Fees and Fee Reduction
Any student that qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch will have their AP Exam fees waived. If you have not completed the FRL application to see if you qualify, please do so within your Infinite Campus account. https://www.chardonschools.org/FoodService.aspx
Service in Action
This week the Chardon Rotary sponsored an event to clean up trash along route 44. The Interact club (the Rotarian sponsored club), AC4P, and the Hilltoppers Minds Matter club participated.
Art Piece of the Week
250 Chardon choir students (5th-12th grade) gathered together on Tuesday, October 4th for our "Chardon Sings" in-school workshops with Dr. Marie Bucoy-Calavan, Director of Choirs from the University of Akron. The boys gathered in the morning and the girls in the afternoon. Each grouping learned a special piece of music that provided challenges and opportunities for enlightened musicality. It was a wonderful opportunity for our CHS singers to serve as ambassadors for our choir program, and to inspire and collaborate with our CMS choir students. Dr. Bucoy-Calavan was a great inspiration for the day. She brought wonderful energy and high standards for musicianship. Dr. Bucoy-Calavan shared that the University of Akron Chamber Choir was selected as one of 5 SATB ensembles out of 175 applicants to perform at the National ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) conference in the spring of 2023. This is a great honor and we were fortunate to have her leadership for our day of singing. The day was sponsored by our Chardon Crescendo Club. A special thank you to everyone involved!
Images of the Week
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
8th Grade Dance! Lights Out Frights Out --October 29
LEAF (Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation)
Funding Your Education: Financial Aid 101 Virtual Information Session
October 3rd, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
Understanding the various forms of college financial aid and the FAFSA and how LEAF can help you complete the FAFSA process.
College and Career Research Onsite Training Session
October 17th, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
Unsure of where to start when it comes to college and/or career research and planning? Learn about tools to help you determine what colleges and career paths might be best suited for you. This session will be in person only at Lakeland Community College. Space is limited, reservations are required.
Scholarships 101 Virtual Information Session
October 24th, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn how to research scholarships at universities, national databases, and locally. Get helpful hints on the scholarship application process.
Sessions are FREE, registration is required at https://leaf-ohio.org/resource-center-sessions/, or call 440-525-7095 to reserve your spot.
LEAF is a non-profit organization that delivers career and college access advisory programs that connect individuals to their best-fit careers.
Resources and Links
Finish What you Start
It is hard to believe that we crossed over the mid point of the first quarter on October 21, 2021.
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 two 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. Life moves very quickly and 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