One of the most important parts of any day are the decisions that each of us make. Every choice can impact our lives either in a good or in a bad way, it helps shapes us to identify who we are to ourselves and to other people. This week was filled decisions. I was able to observe eight lessons this week! I might have written 300,000 words this week, so bare with me.
What was most enjoyable this week was watching the students share what they learned in class during the various breakout sessions of the lessons.
In the middle of the week we had a an adjusted schedule for testing. We are very grateful for the students and staff members who worked to prepare for this huge day, and how serious our students were throughout the testing time. The attention to detail was noted and appreciated! Even in the last hour before we closed out the regular schedule prior to midterms, students were actively involved in classes. This culture was built by other devoted teachers. I am grateful, and impressed with their focus on relationships while teaching the essential goals of the lessons.
Next week, we are entering our midterm schedule to end the semester. The choices that we make to prepare for these assessments will give us the confidence for next week. Allow every detail today to help you shape your attitude, effort, and approach to your life. Make the choice this weekend to express gratitude, appreciation, love, and take time to review for the upcoming midterms and finals.
Schedule for Next Week
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.
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Chardon High School will host an ACT preparation seminar on Saturday, February 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., here at the high school. Students will learn specific testing & time management strategies to help them score their highest on the ACT—all geared toward increasing their chances for admission & scholarship aid to their colleges of choice. This six-hour session is presented by Next Level Prep, a company known for its subject matter experts in test preparation & college admissions. We highly recommend this seminar, especially for junior-year and sophomore students who will take the ACT here at Chardon on March 5th.
Because we’re hosting the seminar, the special price for our students is just $119 each, which also includes a comprehensive workbook, online testing access after the seminar, & free call-in tutoring.
Register online using a credit card for payment at here
Enrollment is limited.
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PAST DUE: SENIORS -ORDER 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. Our Jostens representative will be in during Topper Time today to present this information.
ORIGINAL DEADLINE – NOVEMBER 27th, 2023
Chardon HS Class of 2024
Official Graduation Announcements
In Chardon's halls, joy ignites,
Doors adorned, a festive sight.
Midterm stress, best door notes.
Snowflakes twirl, as all cast some votes.
Candy canes striped, designed and sold,
Wreaths of holly, colors are bold.
With glitter and ribbons, joy entwined,
Children smiling, as we begin to unwind.
Murray's poems, simple and light.
Day job is calling, a reflection to write.
I am not renowned for poetry, but we have to give a HUGE SHOUTOUT to Mrs. Kaiser for her creativity, leadership, collaboration, and contribution to the mission and vision of our building with the current door contest! A extraordinary way to put the core values in action! Way to #Topperup all students and staff that participated in the contest. Voting begins today!
#TopperTicket Recipients of the Week
Art Pieces of the Week
CHS Principal Podcast: STAY TUNED
Stay tuned for an awesome announcement and communication regarding Mr. Hauber's Animation submission for Pink Floyd’s '50th Anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon Animation Competition.' The animation was crafted by approximately twenty of our art students, including Mr. Hauber. They chose the song "Eclipse" to develop a frame-by-frame, hand-drawn music video. The animation comprises 721 pencil drawings, employing rotoscoping techniques derived from reference footage of one of our students playing "Eclipse" on the bass guitar. Mr. Hauber and I recorded a podcast today, the video for the animation is ready to go, but we have to wait for Pink Floyd to post it on their YouTube channel before we promote it. Stay tuned, because this one is going to be viral once it hit the Pink Floyd page.
Images of the Week
Mrs. Yeager's STEM students spent part of the class time building earthquake-resistant towers. These towers will be placed on a shake table and will be put to the test. Not only will the towers have to endure the shake table, but they will also have to hold weight on each floor of the tower. What a very cool project!
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.
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.
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.
Looking back at the myriad of words that have been recorded this semester in this weekly blog- it is easy to see the volume of amazing students that have walked the halls, fields, and unique learning environments this semester. Coming into this school year, we had so many opportunities to build off the legacy here at CHS. The students and staff have responded with dignity, and perseverance throughout a semester filled with extraordinary accomplishments. This is a perfect time of year for everyone at CHS to recharge and refocus on the simple things in life. As we transition into 2024, remind yourself of how precious time is and the people that are in your inner circle. Take time for you...and spend time with your families.
As I have shared before, Robert Frost has played a significant role in authoring the numerous decisions that I have made in my life. His writings, along with other writers- fictional, philosophical, and sacred have inspired me to find my purpose. As we close a new year, consider the hills and valleys that you have faced along with your decisions along the way.
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
As I have shared with every student, staff, and parent that I have talked to over the years---we all have a story. It is through this story that we find ourselves and live with a defined purpose. Finding our call in life has no timeline or playbook. The more we open our eyes to the beauty in us, around us, and beyond us- the more we define who we are.
Cherish these moments that you have with your children. The days come and passed so quickly as you have watched your children grow. These years of high school are pivotal in the maturation of your children. Often, you may wonder, do they hear me? Do they know that I care? The answer is complicated and simple...yes. Your children hear you, need you, and love you...even when they make decisions that ask the question if they ever have heard a word that you have shared. Remember, you were in their shoes. The lines of communication are always open- and when you dial them with your love--they will hear.
The last four months have gone by so quickly. It doesn't matter what grade level that you are in---you have faced a lot of choices. What I love about high school is the diversity of experiences that you face throughout your years. Whether you are an eighth grader walking the halls for the first time, or you just were accepted into college--these years draw into deep memories. Cherish today, for tomorrow is never granted. Live for the simple moments in life. Unplug from data and plug into real communication with your friends and family. A snapchat message will always be there waiting; never bypass a simple embrace, hello, or opportunity to give of yourself.
One of the most overlook careers in the world is the one that creates careers. Being a teacher is a sacrifice, a gift, and often a thankless job. We appreciate the gifts that our teachers provide each day at Chardon High School. We have tremendous educators that not only live their content--they teach about living. Thank you for all that you do to train the future leaders--today.
As we transition into a new year, my wish for you is that of continued, hope, joy, and happiness. Enjoy this time with family and friends. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a joyous New Year! The Week in Reflection returns after the New Year.
~Douglas Murray, Principal