The Week in Reflection: 12/16
Choices as we close out a semester
One of the most important aspects of life is making decisions each day in and out of school. Every choice that we decide 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
Next week, we are entering our midterm and final schedules for the semester. The choices that we make to work intentionally on our work has and will continue to give us confidence and demonstrate our marks at the end of the quarter. Working on our relationships, being kind, and being honest continues to define our character. Furthermore, taking the time to prepare and finish strong this quarter will allow us to go into next week feeling confident in our ability. Not all choices and consequences lead us astray. These choices that we face refine us to grow and mature into the person we long to become. 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.
Midterm Schedule 2022: December 19--December 21
Over the days of Dec.19-Dec. 21, 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 Academic Learning Labs/ Guided Study will meet to prepare students for upcoming assessments. If a student has 7th period Academic Learning Labs/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:
Jeremy's Kids 2022
This year AC4P, and Interact are raising funds for the annual Jeremy's Kids Christmas fundraiser. This fundraiser is in memory of Jeremy Mizen, the 6-year-old son of teacher Rob Mizen, who died in a car crash on Christmas Eve in 1999. Instead of dwelling on their horrible loss and having this tragic event destroy their lives, Mr. Mizen and his wife decided that they would instead celebrate Jeremy’s life focusing on the positive aspects of his life.
AC4P, NHS, Interact, and the Actively Caring Leadership class will use the raised funds to support less fortunate families in the Chardon Community. Many local families are struggling financially with giving their children gifts on Christmas. Every year the students of Chardon High School have joined together with the community to make sure relief was available to these families.
As a follow up the the event that Sydney Murray and Faith Kilfoyle organized--The 2022 Holiday Craft Show was a huge success! Sydney and Faith were able to raise nearly $1,200 in donations from the show and the vendors were very successful! Thank you for all those who participated and came to the day. We will make this an annual event at Chardon High School!
Thank you for your generosity.
AHLI Sub Zero Service Day
AHLI went to The Sub Zero Mission in Painesville. While there the students got a tour of the building and daily operations. The students jumped in to pack warming bags for the homeless, organize the store, hang drywall, wrap presents and decorate for the holiday drive for the homeless. The eighth graders also learned about the outreach that goes on at Sub Zero to help the homeless in five states. It was a great day and a great way for our leadership group to give back to the community.
Model United Nations Updates
The CHS Model United Nations team has been actively engaged in solving our world's most pressing problems. We have participated in two conferences both hosted by the Cleveland Council on World Affairs. Unfortunately for the 18 delegates a snow day hampered their first day of the Fall Conference in November but they performed strongly the second day. On December 7-8th, Skylar Duval-Lewis, CJ Goodrich, Alexis Jahnke, Faith Kilfoyle, Sydney Murray & Teagan Sprague attended the Winter Conference. Alexis Jahnke & CJ Goodrich received an Honorable Mention Award for their performance representing Hungary in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The next competition will be the Cleveland International Model United Nations Conference held at St. Edward's HS in February. Congratulations to all of our MUNers!
The annual NHS Caroling for Cans was a huge success. Thanks to our amazing students and residents in the Woods of Burlington. Hundreds of cans of good and donations will be delivered to the Geauga Hunger Taskforce.
The Chardon High School ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Monday, December 12. This extraordinary evening culminated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. Our top core value is Community at CHS. Our community were invited to see the state of the art facility that was renovated due to the overwhelming donations from SO many people. Our kids are so grateful for this awesome classroom for our athletes!
Art Piece of the Week
AFS Intercultural Program Award: Chardon High School
The following message was sent to us from AFS:
AFS Intercultural Programs is celebrating our 75th year of international student exchange. Your staff and school community have been - and still are - a vital part of our AFS story as we strive to make the world more just and peaceful. Heartwarming stories about schools like yours, as we received from local AFS Volunteers Valerie Tommasone and Barbara Plishka, are just one part of why we want to recognize your school.
Regarding Chardon High School’s long-standing relationship with AFS, Valerie and Barbara shared with us that they are appreciative of the school’s strong, ongoing partnership with AFS. They wrote:
“Chardon High School has been active with AFS since 1967. Chardon regularly hosts multiple AFS students and promotes intercultural awareness within their school. Teacher Esther Neuman, has organized events for AFS students such as Halloween parties, and invited other local schools as well.
One of our volunteers went through the yearbooks to find additional information: I found that Chardon High School has hosted more than 154 students in the school years from 1966-67 to 2022-23, 56 years.”
On behalf of the entire AFS global community – thank you! Your school is helping us reach our vision that every student and educator can become a global citizen when schools partner with AFS-USA, and we look forward to continuing our story and partnership together in the years to come.
School Partnerships Coordinator
The Principal's Podcast: S4 E11- The Best of the Best- Jen Sprinzl (Retiring)
Senior Photo Submission
SUBMISSION DEADLINE for senior pictures are Friday, JANUARY 27, 2023
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Submitting your senior picture:
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Also, see below for senior tribute forms
Ski /Snowboard Club 2023
Pending board action on Monday, The CHS Ski/Snowboard Club is heading to some cool slopes this winter! Does your son/daughter want to join the fun? Are you looking for a last minute Christmas present for your son or daughter? 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. There are options for students to get lessons during every trip, so this could be a great opportunity for students to learn the sport! 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! If you have any questions, please email Alison Fisher at email@example.com or contact her at 285-4057 (x 1718).
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 2023, 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
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