Over the past three weeks, I have been connected to our students in providing communications, counseling, and service to our mission. Mr. Higham, Ms. Pavicic, and I have taken time to meet with numerous students to discuss academics, relationships, messages, and behaviors.
Many of the tasks that the administration works on are unnoticed by many, but they are done out of a commitment to you, our students, and our school. We do this while balancing our own family life.
While we work behind the scenes, our CHS staff are the extraordinary men and women who are serving students between the lines. They have been assisting me, our assistant principals, and teachers while we manage and lead through teaching and covering classes, lending a hand with supervision, and assisting students with their needs. At our core, community driven values and relationships carry the beacon that drives our success. The phrase that breathes energy in our building is Chardon Strong. This mantra is best understood in the following ways:
We are Chardon. To live our values means that we are defined by our response to any outcome. We have modeled this for generations of students and parents towards how we respond to difficulty. We are a community in good and bad times who will live with integrity. We have been consistently humbled in our response to moments of success, doubt, and difficulty. We are a district that demonstrates achievement in our outcomes to the state, and outreach to our community and nation. We model respect in our success and failures and how we respond to each other. We recognize the value of seeing the dignity and honor of all of the students and staff members that we encounter. Most importantly, we are optimistic for tomorrow by living our purpose today as we nurture each other. More than ever, we need to nurture each other.
We are Chardon...you cannot be built much tougher-but, it doesn't make us superheroes that are invincible to emotion. We all feel, we are hurt, and we all share the same passion for our kids. This week, our friends at Tuscarawas Valley Local Schools are in mourning after the tragic bus accident that occurred on Tuesday. That evening, I sent the principal a message on behalf of our staff sharing that we would keep his community in our intentions. No words can express how sad this is for their district.
As we transition into a short two day week next week, take the time to give thanks to someone who has made a difference in your life this school year. Hug them, thank them, encourage them, and embrace moments when you can make another person feel better because of your presence.
The Schedule for Next Week
Topper Club Awards (School Day) Assembly
Re-established post pandemic, the Topper Club Awards (certificate/letter/pin for a 3.75 cumulative GPA and higher, in addition to recognizing the National Merit students, etc) will occur at Chardon High School during the day in an effort to properly recognize these students while demonstrating to all students what can be achieved through hard work and dedication to their academics. With that said, we will have the assembly to recognize these students for the whole student body on the morning of Tuesday, November 21st.
Topper Club Assembly Schedule
Planning Ahead: Schedules in December
Fall End of Course Exam: US Government/ Targeted Make-up tests
On December 13th, Chardon High School will be administering the end-of-course exam for the US Government(Regular/Honors), along with testing targeted students who need to complete previous tests. To deploy all of the important tasks that need to be completed--we are going to implement the following schedule on Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14.
December 13, 2023: Late Start For Grades: 8, 9, 10, AP Gov, 12
-End-of-Course Exam (Reg/ Hon Gov+ Make-ups)
December 14, 2023: Late Start for all grades
Midterm Schedule 2023: December 18--December 210
Over the days of Dec.18-Dec. 20, Chardon High School will be administering a midterm schedule to close out the semester. All students report to their classes for each period except for scheduled study halls. Those periods do not have midterms. However, all study hall periods will be ran and supervised for students who would like to use them to prepare for a test. All Guided Study periods will meet to prepare students for upcoming assessments. If a student has 7th Guided Study--they will not need to report since it is the last period on the last day of the midterm schedule.
Important to note:
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CHS Craft Fair---TOMORROW
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 taken over by Savannah Murray '25. 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.
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.
We look forward to your participation in this wonderful event, where community, creativity, and generosity converge.
Football Playoffs: Week 4
Last Week's Highlights
Photos from the Game
On October 3rd, a group of Freshmen and some of their Senior Mentors participated in a training to become Peer Leaders for our pilot of the Sources of Strength program. Together, along with several of their teachers, they played games, shared positive personal stories, and began planning how they will spread messages of Hope, Help, and Strength to the whole school throughout the year. Fast forward one month, and this newly branded FMP group are working on their first campaign to share ways that students can connect with trusted adults in their life. I was able to see this awesome group in action on Monday and Tuesday of this week. I was very impressed with their collaboration and ideas for our school! You are living the portrait of a Hilltopper and truly #TopperingUp at the same time!
#TopperTicket Recipients of the Week
Art Pieces of the Week
Digital 'Synectic Design' works by Caleb Hewitt (11), Jacob Housholder (11), Sadie Kuhnle (11).
From sketchbook to digital 'Character Design' by Sadie Kuhnle (11).
Lab of the Week: AP Physics C
Dr. Schneider's AP Physics C course had a Centripetal Force Lab which connected the factors influencing centripetal force. Students conduct hands-on experiments outside exploring elements impacting centripetal force, including mass, velocity, and radius. The lab facilitated a practical grasp of the intricate relationships among these variables, fostering critical thinking. It was an absolutely beautiful day to have a lab outdoors during our block days!
Soccer: Post Season Accolades
Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Soccer Team for being honored at the GCSSCA soccer banquet that was held on Sunday, November 12, 2023.
Honorable Mention Awards: Skylar Duval-Lewis, Haidyn Bunker, Kayla Schneider, Nathan Suszynski, Luke Vucetic, Colson Christie and Adam Zielinski.
And a Special Congratulations to Senior and Caption William Vucetic who received an award for Second Team and to Senior and Caption Teagan Sprague who received an award for First Team.
Teagan will be playing in the GCSSCA ALL-STAR GAME on Sunday, November 19, 2023 at Avon Lake High School at 12:00.
We are so proud of our student athletes!
CHS France and Spain Trip: Spots Still Available
¡Hola and Bonjour! CHS is heading back to Europe in June of 2025! We are so excited by the high level of interest in the 2025 France & Spain Adventure. Thank you so much to all of the students and parent participants who have already enrolled in the trip. We have had such an incredible response, we are currently on a waitlist.
BUT GOOD NEWS! Spots are still available so ENROLL TODAY! This opportunity is open to ALL CHS Students.
I have been informed that we have a secured a second bus for this trip!. This is an incredible opportunity to manage our own personalized tour.
For more information, please see the 2025 France & Spain Informational Presentation, or reach out to Señora Niedzwiecki or Madame Dalton.
You can also use the registration link inside the presentation to sign up for the trip.
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Jostens: Seniors, Order Cap and Gown Today
It is time to order your Cap & Gown, Announcements, Class Ring and other senior items.
Place your order online at www.jostens.com or call 800-567-8367 no later than the deadline to receive the class group discounted prices.
DEADLINE – NOVEMBER 27th, 2023
Chardon HS Class of 2024
Official Graduation Announcements
Property Valuation & Reappraisal Impact
To support community understanding of how changes in property values impact property taxes and school district revenue, please review the Chardon Schools Facts Sheet, which includes FAQs, a Screencast and Slideshow. Follow-up questions can be directed to Treasurer/CFO Deb Armbruster at 440.285.4052.
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
Tickets make great gifts! Order now and your tickets will be here before the holidays. Chardon Goes to the Musicals is excited to announce ticket sales for Mrs. Doubtfire and Funny Girl. Money is due to Crescendo Club via Elizabeth Fullerman by Tuesday, November 28.
Cleveland's own Playhouse Square is the second-largest theater district outside of Broadway. Over the years, Chardon Goes to the Musicals has sold hundreds of tickets. A reminder this is not a fundraiser, but simply a way for community members to obtain tickets at discounted prices.
Hambden Time Capsule ‘98 Display
With much thanks to the Hambden Elementary Time Capsule '98 post-discovery efforts of Dorrie Keough and Jamie Porter and the Chardon Schools Maintenance Team's recovery of the capsule this fall, there are some salvageable items from the capsule. Including student notes and drawings from Mrs. Williams' 1997-98 1st-grade class! Display Location / Dates / Times
Chardon Night with the Cavs -- Fri. January 5th.
CHS Chorale will be singing the National Anthem for the Friday, January 5th CAVS vs. Wizards basketball game. Come join us as we cheer on the CAVS and our CHS Hilltopper Singers. Tickets are available directly through the CAVS link provided
After Prom: Attention Class of 2024 Parents
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 email@example.com.
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.
Design for Student Success
Students, the next three weeks are go to move very quickly. The second quarter ends on December 20th. In order to navigate the last three weeks of the quarter successfully, it's crucial to implement a student-centered organizational plan that prioritizes effective time management.
Here is Murray's Simple 7 ---I guarantee that it will create habits to dominate the quarter:
By adhering to this student-centered approach, you'll be well-prepared for the culmination of the semester and can approach finals with confidence and ease.
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal