There is strength in numbers. There is strength when we focus on a task or goal as a unified front. It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes trust and shared goals to move anything from good to great. We have seen and experienced the strength of our community, school, students, and staff when we come together to celebrate and embrace our culture and values. On the field, stage, or classroom- we support and encourage our students to use their talents and skills to compete and perform.
Chardon is our home. Chardon is our community. We are proud of where we are from and will always demonstrate our strength, and commitment to leave our school and community better than when we found it.
We have experienced such a great start to the school year as noted by the countless words expressed in the Week in Reflection so far. We have experienced a great fall athletic season! Our cross country runners have followed the treasured traditions of Chardon runners and surpassed personal and coach goals for the year! The boys XC, along with individual qualifier- Rae Kawalec, are heading to the state meet this weekend! Tonight, our football team continues their #NeverQuit mission in week 2 of the playoffs. There is strength in numbers. Let's continue to support our student athletes as they cross their finish lines!
With all of these victories, our students maintained a 3.19 GPA, and were involved in countless service opportunities. We have taken a lot of time to work through routines, traditions, and expectations with our students. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, our continued focus on leading students to be prepared for any barrier they may face takes all of us: Families, Friends, and Faculty.
Let's all take time this weekend to remind our children how much we love them, support them, and care for their well-being. In the same tone, I will be first to say how much I care for the countless sacrifices that our teachers and staff members provide for our students.
There is strength in numbers and strength in the little things that we can control-- a smile, a kind word, and some positivity can really move a person. Let's climb this mountain together as Hilltoppers! It was a fun week at Chardon High School as we celebrated our second Spirit Week of the year. Check out some of the photos from Tuesday!
The Best Band in the Land on Fox 8
Article by Kelly Misch
Wishing 15 Chardon High School instrumentalists, under the leadership of Ms. Lichtler, the best of luck as they perform on Fox 8 News THIS FRIDAY NOV. 3 between 7:30am & 9:00am - two 1-minute spots in celebration of the Varsity Football playoffs!
The Fox 8 weather studio can accommodate 15 students - Ms. Lichtler is sending the instrumental section leaders (14 seniors/1junior) who primarily serve as members of the CHS Wind Ensemble. The group is hoping to play the Fight Song, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", and possibly "Buckeye Battle Cry".
CHS was honored to be contacted by Fox 8 with this performance request to help celebrate the playoffs!
Following are the student musicians who will perform on-air on Friday:
Bednar, Chris (snare)
Bluemmel, Aidan (trumpet)
Collins, Sean (mellophone)
Debevec, Ethan (tuba)
Dvorak, Ryan (alto sax)
Hegrat, Parker (quints)
Jons, Charlotte (drill major/snare)
Kuhl, Evan (drill major/trumpet)
Maczuzak, Jake (trombone)
May, Ellias (cymbals)
Morrison, Jillian (clarinet)
Murphy, Aidan (bass drum)
Pedersen, Alex (tenor sax)
Stanish, Chelsea (bells)
Wilkinson, Thomas (trumpet)
The Schedule for Next Week
CHS Drama Presents: Radium Girls
Radium Girls, a historical drama that begins in the 1920's, is based on the true stories of a brave group of women who worked in the radium-dial factories during World War I. Believing the lies told by the radium companies, these women unknowingly subjected themselves to danger as they ingested the chemical. Over time, the truth unfolds and life-altering side effects develop. When no one stands up for these women, they take things into their own hands and fight for their justice.
The cast and crews of the CHS Drama Department look forward to sharing these womens’ powerful stories with you.
Thursday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. at Park Auditorium
Saturday, November 11th at 7:00 p.m. at Park Auditorium
Sunday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m. at Park Auditorium
Online (open 7:00 a.m. on 10/27 until the time of each showing) --Click Theatre
In-person at Park Auditorium:
At the Door
Cross Country Heading to State Championship
The Chardon Boys and Girls XC teams are a capstone of consistency. The drive, resilience, and persistence of generations of runners have been battle tested in northeast Ohio's weather, terrain, and comprehensive running schedules designed for each athlete. Comprised of dedicated coaches and athletes who continuously push their limits, they exemplify unwavering determination in the face of challenges. Whether training through harsh weather conditions or competing in grueling races, the team's members never lose sight of their goals. This testament stands true to body of work that has prepared them for this weekend--The Ultimate Race. Check out ways to support XC, videos, and reflection from the coaches.
From Coach Mark Shafer:
This is the third time the Boys XC team has qualified for the DI State Championship in Cross Country and is arguably the best team Chardon has ever had. They won the conference championship, and after a brief stumble at the District Championship, where they were 2nd, they finished 3rd at the Regional Championship to advance to the State Championship this weekend. They have been ranked in the top 10 in the Division I state coaches poll several times this season. The team has been led by captains Thomas Nelson (Sr) and Taman Chokshi (Jr). They will be joined by Jacob Nieset (Jr), Mak Gumpf (Sr), Karl Dietz (Sr), Joshua Calzada (Jr), and Matthew Sopchak (Sr). Cash Johnson (Jr) is our alternate.
From Coach Cole:
Rae’s season began with a 4-meet gauntlet of tough competition from teams across OH and PA where she placed between 11th and 30th. Those weeks were hampered by some foot pain. She took the steps necessary to address the issue and attacked the second half of the regular season with a vengeance, finishing with two wins and one runner-up finish. She then placed second in the conference meet to earn her 4th all-WRC honor in XC. She won the district meet in convincing fashion and in last week’s regional she placed 13th to punch her ticket to The Show. She currently ranks 5th all-time among Chardon female athletes at the 5K distance.
Watch LIVE @ 2:00 and 2:45
CHS Principal Podcast: XC
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 including 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 email@example.com. We look forward to your participation in this wonderful event, where community, creativity, and generosity converge.
Last Week's Highlights
Photos from the Game
#YouTopperUp'd This Week!
The Chardon Food Service team is truly exceptional in every way. Their unwavering dedication to providing exceptional service is matched only by their kindness and creativity. This amazing team across the district consistently goes above and beyond to ensure that every student is served not only a great meal, but a huge helping of kindness. Thank you for all that you do each day! You truly #TopperUp each day and deserve more recognition than my simple words.
#TopperTicket Recipients of the Week
Senior Rebecca Fullerman exemplifies the ideal Hilltopper at Chardon High School. When considering Collaborators and Contributors to her class, school, and community, she stands out as a comprehensive planner and leader. She is not only a reflective listener but also a dedicated learner. Her ability to collaborate with both peers and adults is truly inspiring. Managing a full schedule of AP classes, Rebecca also serves as a digital media specialist for our district. Just this week alone, Rebecca has been involved in the following publications:
Image of the Week
The coolest man in town showed up for #Throwback Thursday. Mr. Herner, A+
Art Piece of the Week
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Now that the weather is changing, it good remind families of the afternoon procedures. Students (grades 8-12) at Chardon High School will be dismissed at 2:40 PM. The main drive will open for regular access around once ALL of the busses are staged in the Alcan. Please be mindful that the entrance and road access needs to be accessible for the fleet. All Parents picking up their children directly after school must pull up to the first cone near the edge of the sidewalk and stay against the curb once the busses are staged. Parents should pull into the main drive and stay off Maple Avenue. Please do not park in staff parking in front of the school. Please exercise extreme caution as students will be exiting CHS to access school buses in the Alcan. There will be a brief hold of car traffic in the main drive when buses depart the Alcan via Memorial Drive at approximately 2:50 PM-2:55 PM. Parents may NOT enter the High School side lot or CELC (Maple) while waiting to enter the main driveway or the apartments across the street from Chardon High School.
Property Valuation & Reappraisal Impact
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.
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.
Chardon Night with the Cavs -- Fri. January 5th.
CMS PTO is selling tickets for the Friday, January 5th game against the Washington Wizards! CHS choir is performing the national anthem that evening! Take advantage of this easy Christmas present! Tickets are selling fast for this game-- don't wait!
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 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.
This week's weather has truly been a tale of contrasts, echoing the famous words of Charles Dickens. It was the best of times, with bright days that felt like an extension of late fall, providing the perfect backdrop for outdoor activities. However, it also felt like the worst of times, as sudden thunder snow disrupted some of our plans and reminded us that Chardon's unpredictable barometer this time of year can be just as daunting as its beauty. We can't control the weather, nor do I control snow days around here :) However, just as I described the weather this week, many people are longing for the snow and love the fall. It is in our response that can change our emotions about the weather, or even bigger things in our lives.
Stephen Covey's words will forever test time. I embody much of what he discusses in all of his books. Back in 2013, I used his principles to help us re-establish our why, and our purpose installing the core values. His principles outlined in his book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," involves taking control of our internal state and reactions to external events. Adopting the proactive mindset allows us to recognize that we have the power to choose our responses to any situation, thereby influencing our emotional climate. "Begin with the End in Mind," encourages us to set clear goals and define our desired emotional state, acting as our personal weather forecast. "Think Win-Win," helps foster positive interactions with others, contributing to a more harmonious interpersonal atmosphere. "Sharpen the Saw," emphasizes self-renewal and self-care to maintain our internal climate and emotional resilience. By implementing these principles, we can effectively carry our own weather, ensuring a more balanced and positive emotional environment regardless of external circumstances.
Sending you ang your family the best this weekend-
Douglas Murray, Principal
The clock is ticking down to early sunsets and the end of daylight saving time.