The Week in Reflection: 1/21
Winter is Here
Growing up in Chardon, I can remember year after year facing the battles of winter weather beginning around November and living in our region through the Maple Festival. The last few weeks were the opening acts to what we all experienced Sunday into Monday leaving a big cleanup on Tuesday. The two feet of snow came fast and furious leaving a ton of work for everyone. Another round of lake effect came Thursday during the day into the evening places Chardon inside of a beautiful snow globe.
I shared with our staff earlier in the week my gratitude for our maintenance staff and custodians that spent much of their Monday and Tuesday removing enormous piles of snow. Their work seemed to be endless with the drifts and sidewalks. This shoutout not only goes for the work accomplished on our campus, but the entire district. The department was shorthanded and created a clear entry for all of our students, staff, and families on Wednesday. When you see them, give them some love.
During the snow day, Mr. Higham and I were able to begin the important work of organizing the details of the Program of Study that we are presenting to the Superintendent this week. We are preparing for the Curriculum Night and College Credit Plus Mandatory Meeting that is scheduled for February 3, 2022 at 7:00pm. Our team has been putting much of our energy into refining how we utilize the tools in Infinite Campus to schedule courses. These details will be shared with families and students as we finalize the scheduling process next month.
It was wonderful to see our students and staff after several days away from them. It was great to see their excitement as everyone returned on Wednesday. With the Chalet and Alpine groomed, many students were able to go outside this weekend to ski and play outside.
With the short weeks since the return from break, it is time to prepare for a five day week and the long push through the next several months. The time before us will move quickly and it is important to focus on the little goals each day this quarter.
Schedule for Next Week
Monday, January 24: White Day Schedule
Tuesday, January 25, White Day Schedule
Wednesday, January 26, Red Day Schedule
Thursday, January 27, Black Day Schedule
Friday, January 28, White Day Schedule
PT Conferences/ Curriculum Night/ Mandatory College Credit Plus Annual Presentation
In order to better prepare you and your child to the academic offerings at Chardon High School, we will be hosting a Curriculum Evening on February 3, 2022, at 7:00 PM in the Chardon Middle School LGIR. This evening also coincides with our Parent Teacher Conferences.
At this meeting, we will provide an overview of the curricular offerings, and course delivery options (including College Credit Plus), and an overview of the scheduling process. Any student planning on attending College Credit Plus should plan on attending with their parents/or guardians. Several key details along with the Intention Form will be filled out this evening. Several of our high school teachers and counselors will be on hand that evening to share information and answer questions regarding their curriculum and course offerings. Representatives from local colleges will also be present to answer questions about College Credit Plus. This evening is for all grades entering 8-12, and will be livestreamed and recorded.
Our School Counselors will be presenting to students about scheduling and course offerings later in February. We will schedule a separate evening to go through the high school experiences for new 8th graders next month.
Enclosed is the link for parent teacher conferences (LINK WILL BECOME ACTIVATED ON MONDAY)
Parent Teacher Conferences are for all parents grades 8-12. This is NOT an invitation only opportunity
CHS Principal Podcast: Season 3- Episode 22- CHS Wrestling with Alex McDonald
ASVAB: Career Exploration Program-January 26
Still figuring out your future? Can’t decide on a college major? Don’t know what career to pursue? Then the ASVAB Career Exploration Program is for you! CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance today!
Explore your interests. Identify your strengths. Start opening doors to your future. Participate in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program. CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance today!
Whether you are planning on college, a technical school, the military, or you are just not sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program can put you on the right path towards a satisfying career. CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance today!
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help you take steps now toward finding a career that’s right for you. You can benefit from the ASVAB CEP regardless of your plans for after high school. CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance to take advantage of this exclusive career exploration today!
ICYMI: Teen Vaping Awareness Presentation
Teen Vaping: It May Be More Than You Think
Wednesday evening Chardon Schools hosted Teen Vaping: It May Be More Than You Think.
This event was designed to educate community members about nicotine and THC vaping trends in our local community.
Every speaker touched on the importance of adults having a conversation with their teen and preteen about vaping and substance use. The information presented will provide parents with the knowledge they need to start the talk.
Thank you to our community partners who put this informative evening together.
A special thanks to GTV for broadcasting and recording this event so those at home are able to join. This event remains available for viewing by using the links below.
G-TV’s video on demand site - https://vimeo.com/668051121
It will also be available for one week on the link below. https://vimeo.com/gtvvideos/download/668051121/9f6357dc0f
MCORE Foundation Cardiac Screening
MCORE FOUNDATION CARDIAC SCREENING OPPORTUNITY
Chardon High School Heart Screenings for Students
WHEN: Tuesday, February 1, 2021
TIME: 8AM –4PM
LOCATION: Learning Center Conference Room
ALL MCORE FOUNDATION SCREENINGS INCLUDE:
• An ECG and limited Echo test performed by registered cardiac sonographers
• Results read by our team of pediatric and general cardiologists
• Images stored within your secured account for future access or to send to your medical provider
Each test is approximately 10-12minutes and you may use your healthcare spending account or flex care spending account for payment. We encourage you to watch our video to learn more about MCORE Foundation.
Art Pieces of the Week
Ski Club is BACK!
The CHS Ski/Snowboard Club is heading to some cool slopes this winter! Does your son/daughter want to join the fun? There are four separate day trips planned - three Saturdays at Peek ’n Peak Ski Resort in New York and one Saturday at Holiday Valley Ski Resort. Each trip is open to all students at the high school (grades 8-12). Students can select to participate in just one trip, two ski trips, or all four ski trips… whatever is right for the student. And students do NOT have to already know how to ski/snowboard to participate ... this could be a great opportunity for students to learn the sport! There are options for students to get lessons during every trip. If your son/daughter is interested please see the attached flier 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 please make sure your son/daughter turns in his/her registration to Miss Fisher as soon as possible! The first deadline is January 24, final deadline is January 28. If you have any questions, please email Alison Fisher at email@example.com or contact her at 285-4057 (x 1718).
Student Work Permit
Student will return completed form with one of the valid forms of ID. Mrs. Sprinzl will process the application. It is important to note that we just don't "sign" this form, we have to enter it into a state database.
Please allow 24 hours turn around on permits.
Read this file online.
Tons of Resources
Weather Related Information
Mr. Murray’s YouTube Page
The Hilltop Echo (School Newspaper)
Video Announcements: Link for the Morning Announcements
Week in Reflection: This is the Weekly Publication for Parents/Students/Staff
Chardon High School: Program of Study
Chardon High School Bell Schedule; Google Document of our bell schedule
Chardon High School Student Handbook
Teacher Resources for CHS Students
Student Acceptable Use Policy (All Students Must Sign)
Chardon High School Google Calendar
Chardon Athletics Sports Calendar
Remind101 Text Message: https://www.remind.com/join/chs21-22
Twitter- Follow @chs_dmurray @chardonhs @toppernation @chs_AP_Higham @mrs_bondi
LEAF advisors empower high school students to discover the college and career options that will lead them toward their best future outcomes.
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Upcoming LEAF Virtual Sessions
Seniors: Making Sense of College Financial Aid Offer Letters
Monday, February 28, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
I got in, but how much will it cost me? Which college is a better deal? What loans should I take? The admissions process may be over, but the decision may or may not be final due to finances. How do you compare college costs once you’ve been admitted? An expert will walk you through the terminology so that you can see your bottom line of a 4-year college cost.
Seniors: Making Sense of College Loan Options
Monday, March 15, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
Subsidized vs. unsubsidized loans? Parent PLUS vs. private loans? I got in, I'm excited, but now how do I pay? Once you receive your financial aid offer letter, you know the bottom line cost. Often, there is a gap between financial aid and the bill - loans can be used to fill the gap. Learn about available loan options and the impact on your future.
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An In-depth Look at the Financial Aid Process - Part II
Once your FAFSA has been filed and is processed by the Department of Education, the schools you listed will receive your information and begin their task of awarding financial aid. It’s vital that you review all correspondences - both email and written - from the financial aid offices of the schools you've been accepted to. This is how they will communicate with you if they need additional information. Below are some things to look for . . .
Verification: Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will indicate if you have been selected for verification. It is a double-check process used to confirm that the data reported on your FAFSA is accurate. It is not an indication that anything has been done wrong. About 18% of all FAFSAs processed will be selected for verification each year. If your FAFSA is selected for verification by the department of education, it will be necessary to complete the process at all of the schools you are accepted to. A school may require that verification is complete before you are given a financial aid award letter.
Each college will provide you with instructions to complete their institutional verification worksheet, and submit signed copies of your taxes or provide a federal tax return transcript to the financial aid office (obtained at irs.gov). If you used the IRS Data Retrieval tool to transfer taxes on to your FAFSA, you may not be required to verify that information. Follow all of the instructions given to ensure that you get your financial aid award and your money can be dispersed once you begin the school year. BE SURE to read all correspondence from the school thoroughly - you may need to log in to each college’s student portal individually to view correspondence.
Financial Aid Award: You will receive an award letter from each college you listed on the FAFSA and have been accepted to starting in December. The award will list grants, scholarships, loans and all other aid you are eligible for at that college. You may receive the award letter in the postal mail, an email, or a posting in your college portal. Be sure to compare awards from different schools. Look at gift-aid and self-help aid. Some award letters include the cost of the college for the year and others will not. Many schools post the financial aid awards into your online portal. Follow all instructions and meet the deadlines specified to complete forms or accept the aid. If the financial aid award is not sufficient and your family’s financial situation has changed since the base year of 2020, consider filing a special circumstances appeal.
Special Circumstance Appeal: If a family has a unique financial situation, or has experienced certain life changes that affect the ability to pay for college, a Special Circumstance Appeal can be made to each college. Begin the process by contacting each financial aid office and requesting their form. Be prepared to provide specific dollar amounts in your request with evidence of the new situation. For example, if a parent has lost or changed employment with reduced income, you will be required to provide proof of the current financial situation with pay stubs and W-2s. Once the financial aid office has enough documentation, they will review your appeal and make a determination on whether or not they are able to provide additional aid. It’s important to note that each college will make their own determination, and the financial aid office’s decision is final.
Federal Student Loans: If you accept Federal Direct Student Loan(s) as part of your financial aid award, a student must complete Entrance Counseling, a Master Promissory Note, and an Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement. All are completed in the “Complete Aid Process” section of studentaid.gov. Loan procedures need to be complete by mid-July to ensure proper processing of the loan and an accurate bill from your college of choice.
Tips and Timelines
Making a final decision
Decision day is May 1. By now, many students have ranked college options for their personal fit. However, finding the best fit for college includes not only a match with academic and social life, but finances and career development as well. Before you commit, be sure to check out the finances.
As award letters fill your inbox, it’s important to collect them all before deciding where you will attend college. Compare apples to apples and look at what money is gift aid (scholarships, and grants from the school, federal and/or state government) and what needs to be worked off or repaid (work study, student and/or parent loans) in order to get to an accurate comparison. Check to see if the aid is renewable in subsequent years.
Students can be successful at more than one college or university, and should discuss the pros and cons of each financial aid package and how it will affect future financial stability after college graduation.
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We are available to help! Please contact your 2021-22 LEAF advisor with questions or to schedule
an in-person or virtual appointment.
In case you missed previous LEAF 2021-22 Senior e-Newsletters, here are the links:
September 17, 2021 Topic: Senior Year Timeline
October 15, 2021 Topic: FAFSA 101
November 14, 2021 Topic: Scholarships 101
December 17, 2021 Topic: Financial Aid Process
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal
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