CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL IS CLOSED-- JANUARY 19, 2024
The Chardon Local Schools will be closed today, January 19, 2024 due to inclement weather conditions or other circumstances requiring us to declare a calamity. ALL extracurricular and athletic competitions, practices, and meetings are also canceled.
I will reflect on our very short week at the end of this newsletter. Prior to the calamity days, I had an opening message that still fits with the week.
Opening Message: You Matter
You matter. In this moment, in this place, regardless of your last name, your status on the team, the letter at the top of the exam. You matter. A history will be written in your steps, eyes and ears will see and hear the beauty of who you are. Trust in tomorrow, believe in the story, and hear me now: You Matter.
Relationships Matter. When you look at your life and the people that you surround yourself with--it is mission critical to live and love in the moment. Life is too short not to say words of encouragement...a simple thank you or love you will make the biggest difference in your day.
Think positively. Where your attention goes, so goes your emotional energy. When you think of negative things, your energy and productivity drop. Maintaining a positive attitude is one of the most essential ingredients to your productivity.
Focus on what you can control. Don’t waste time worrying or thinking about things you can’t control. The negative energy and time spent is a huge time waster. Instead, focus your time on the things you can control that lead you on the path to achieving your goals.
Structure your time according to your goals. Your time should always be spent doing things that help you achieve your goals and bring fulfillment to your life. Plan your days and determine how you will use your time most productively to accomplish your goals.
Take time to recharge. A constant state of stress and overwork slows you down. Make sure you schedule time to refresh and recharge your batteries. This includes making the time each week so that you can rest and do what you enjoy with the people who are most important to you.
As we navigate through the cold January days, we want to make sure families and students know who is available to answer questions or respond to concerns you may have.
Chardon High School Administration, School Counselors, Social Worker, SRO, and School Nurse are available to respond to any concerns you may have. As always, feel free to contact your teacher for your academic needs. For more information regarding ways that we can support you and your family consider the following resource.
The Schedule for Next Week
Due to the calamity days this week, we will be moving the scheduled Black Day Schedule to Monday. The students know what schedule this means: Block Schedule- Periods 1, 3, 5, 7
Chardon High School will be hosting a CCP Presentation & Curriculum Evening on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at 7:00 PM in the Chardon Middle School LGIR. This evening also coincides with our Parent Teacher Conferences.
At this meeting, Counselors will provide an overview of the curricular offerings, course delivery options (including College Credit Plus), and an overview of the CCP scheduling process. Any student planning on taking class through College Credit Plus MUST plan on attending this state mandated mandatory presentation with their parents/or guardians. Several key details along with the Intent Form will be filled out this evening.
FAFSA Night Presentation
With the weather that we faced this week, we are providing the presentation to review at your convenience. Please review the slides and feel free to contact LEAF for any additional questions.
Auburn Career Center: FREE Sprint Classes
Auburn Career Center is ready to offer FREE Sprint Classes for all students in February. They will offer one more round late March early April of at least MIG Welding and Leadership Excellence.
CHS SKI CLUB
The CHS Ski/Snowboard Club is back for the 2024 school year... let's keep hoping for some more favorable winter ski weather in the coming weeks! There are three Saturday trips which have been organized - two trips to Peek 'n Peak Ski Resort (February 3 and February 24) and a final trip to Holiday Valley Ski Resort (March 2). Very flexible options... students can sign up for all three trips or just one trip. No experience is necessary. Lessons are an option if students are looking to learn a new sport. This trip is open to all students at the high school (grades 8-12). Please see the attached flyer for more details, including dates, pricing options, and an overview of the itinerary for the day. Space for this opportunity is limited to just one bus, so interested students should turn in their registration to Miss Fisher as soon as possible! If you have any questions, please email Alison Fisher at email@example.com or contact her at 285-4057 (x 1718). Sign up for a trip today - you won't regret it!
Madison Primc and Jennifer Kogovsek are senior students involved in many activities at Chardon High School. One leadership role that many people do not see are their roles as board liaisons each month. Their job is to highlight all of the great things that we accomplish each month at Chardon High School. Their work does not get unnoticed by our board members, community members present, communications director, or by me. They are quite accomplished young leaders that our underclassmen should look up to for their attention to detail, high achievement, and school involvement. I am so proud of their work. Jen and Madison never need additional resources, meetings, or reminders- these young ladies are mature well beyond their age. I am so grateful for their commitment to growth, our district, and exceptional leadership! Check out their latest highlights that they presented on January 16th's meeting.
Members of our Executive Student Council and Hilltopper Minds worked in December and January to present 2024's Focus in February: 24BeThe Change.
The 27 Days of Be the Change will begin February 1 and well beyond February 27.
It is the continued hope of the established core values at CHS that these actions will inspire and change lives. By actively caring for others each day, a habit of kindness can develop and continue well past this month.
February 1-9: SELF-Be the Best Version of Yourself; Be Positive and Kind to YOU
February 12-16: OTHERS- Demonstrate Kindness to not only yourself, but to others- family, friends, staff
February 19-23: COMMUNITY- Find yourself in the service of others
February 26-March 1: LIVE THE CHANGE- 21 Days create new habits. Model this leadership each day
Chardon is our home. It is our community. We love our families and those who have surrounded us with love for generations. Like most homes, we too have faced difficulties and times when we felt lost.
There are so many moments that transformed us through these challenging times. Our community, the resilience and love of students, staff, and alumni have built the bridges of compassion, outreach, and our core values.
Each day allows us to grow stronger, love more, and give ourselves. We have great days, good days, and tough days. What is most important is that we keep sight of our purpose.
From the moments after our darkest day, leaders in our school and community vowed to stimulate change in laws, behaviors, and awareness.
At Chardon High School, we stand firm in our conviction to be an instrument of change. The school is challenging all people to spread and share kindness and to be an instrument of change every day, specifically in the month of February.
Opportunities for Outreach
If any parent or community member is interested in participating in #27BeTheChange to support our students or staff, please firstname.lastname@example.org . We would love parent and community engagement any time throughout the year--especially in February.
This Week's Topper Tickets Recipients
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Stay Safe. Speak UP!
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
K-12 Monthly Pledge Contest -- Runtime: Each Week
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!
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.
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 was a short and very cold week. The polar vortex dropped into Northeast Ohio creating some very windy and frigid conditions over the last 7 days. Whereas parts of Lake Erie snow machine pounded the eastern part of the Lake, we were feeling the drop in temperatures all week. With Monday off for MLK Day, and a return to school on Tuesday, most of our region (including some colleges) called off Wednesday due to the temperatures. Thursday was a RED Day schedule, and now Friday is another calamity due to snow. It is a game of who's on first, and what's on second.
Most of us adults cannot recall a time during our school days where such a calamity day occurred. We were the generation that walked to school (up hill both ways), road the bus until we were almost 17, didn't have 4x4, a phone, and coffee was brewed at home. We read the paper, and had a 50ft curly phone line connected to a landline.
Each generation can certainly learn from each other. However, the most essential skill that today's generation should continue to learn and understand is the cross generational skill of communicating with respect- looking someone in the eyes, and responding with empathy. This is an innate skill that starts from infancy and grows through adulthood. In a world where everyone loves to type a response- open communication, respect, empathy, and dialogue leads every generation to look through the same filter. The more that we all seek to understand, the better our approach to our response will be. As I started this Week in Reflection, YOU MATTER. These are not just words typed. It is our fundamental belief instilled by our core values that Our Community helps shape us, our Humility provides us an opportunity to understand empathy. Our focus on Achievement in and out of school raises our bar as individuals and as a school, our ability to show Respect and Dignity gives a lens to treat others how we want to be treated, and our attitude of Optimism and Nurturing mindset gives us hope and the grit necessary to overcome any obstacle that we face. Together, we all can #TopperUP in every moment of our lives!
Have a beautiful weekend with your family and friends! Stay warm!
Douglas Murray, Principal