The Week in Reflection: 12/6
Battle at the Barn
Chardon and Riverside high schools take it to the mat for the Battle in the Barn
The spotlights were drawn to the center of the mat for the first ever “Battle in the Barn” series of wrestling matches held between the high schools of Chardon and the Riverside District.
The two schools met in the Chardon High School gymnasium on Dec. 5 in hopes of starting an ongoing tradition.
The inter-school showdown was in good spirit, aimed at drawing further attention toward the Jeremy’s Kids fundraiser. Chardon High School teacher Rob Mizen lost his young son Jeremy to a motor vehicle accident in 1999, and the charity was first created as a means to celebrate his life.
This is the 20th year that Jeremy’s Kids has worked towards raising money for children in need throughout Geauga County. The fundraiser has grown in years with redoubled community support through organizations like local Rotary Clubs, Chardon Methodist Church, and the County’s Jobs and Family Services agency.
The Chardon High School gymnasium moments before the student athletes take to the mats for the Battle in the barn, Dec. 5
A Chardon Schools news release explained why they selected wrestling for the exhibition sport of choice.
“Wrestling was chosen since it’s a sport that fewer are familiar with; one of the most competitive, character-building interscholastic sports offered at Chardon High School. The wrestlers are honored to help be a part of the larger event of raising funds for Jeremy’s Kids,” the news release stated.
The Battle in the Barn had a “big fight feel” with the wrestlers coming out to entrance music and spotlighting to heighten the drama. The student athletes were well supported by packed bleachers of enthused students that treated the event with the cheering fervor usually reserved for Homecoming rallies.
Donations going towards Jeremy’s Kids will be collected until Dec. 13. At that point, proceeds will be used to purchase Christmas presents for children of poverty-limited families.
Amount fundraised just at the match: $1,250
Want to learn more? Read below to consider supporting this meaningful cause.
CHARDON HIGH SCHOOL 2019-2020
This year AC4P, NHS, Interact, and the Actively Caring Leadership class will raise funds for the 20th 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.
Thank you for your generosity.
Please make checks payable to Chardon Local Schools. (memo: Jeremy's Kids)+
Chardon High School
151 Chardon Ave.
Chardon Ohio, 44024
Topper Club Awards
Our core values recognize Achievement as an essential benchmark of the learning that transpires every day at Chardon High School. We have extraordinary educators that prepare our students for college, career, and life readiness. Our students refine their learning in the classroom and demonstrate their abilities in so many skill sets in extra-curriculars, service, and clubs.
It is our goal that every single person in this room will graduate finding his/her purpose. The programs and experiences that you experience at Chardon from grades 8-12 expose you to opportunities to achieve this purpose. More importantly, the relationships that you develop are paramount in your development. Every student matters to us. Taking the time to celebrate achievement collectively provides us the motivation and encouragement to push and strive for success ---so that every student will find their outcome after walking across the stage to further education, immediate employment, enlistment into our armed forces, and even delving into becoming a young entrepreneur. Today, we will celebrate many moments of achievement.
Furthermore, being a part of the Topper Club is an extraordinary accomplishment. Our students being recognized today have maintained a GPA of 3.75 or higher. Looking throughout the gym today, we are seeing the future leaders of our ever-changing world. Together, we are witnessing the development of engineers, doctors, lawyers, educators, chemists, advanced manufacturers, cosmetologists, medics, leaders, and philanthropists who see the good in others and respond to the needs of others. We are grateful for your leadership and look forward to the many ways that you will serve our school in the present and the future.
National Merit Commended Students
National Merit Commended students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2018 PSAT/National Merit Qualifying Test. These young men and women are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. While these students will not continue in the National Merit Scholarship Competition, they have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success.
Both of Chardon High School’s students who are recognized this year demonstrate academic and service leadership. They are being commended, not only for National Recognition, but for embracing the Core Values of our school with consistent integrity. Please join me in recognizing:
National Merit Semi-Finalists
Over 1.5 million students in some 21,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) The 16,000 Semifinalists represent less than one percent of US High school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. From here, semi-finalists have the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level. Finalists will be notified in February of this designation. Please join me in congratulating our National Merit Semi-Finalist.
Kelly Holl (Not Pictured)
The Rensselaer Medal was first presented in 1916 with the purpose of recognizing the superlative academic achievement of young men and women and to motivate students towards careers in science, engineering, and technology. As a Rensselaer Medal Recipient, this individual is eligible to receive a $25,000 annual merit scholarship, valued at $100,000 to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Please join me in recognizing our 2019 recipient Sarah Bennett.
New this year, Chardon will be nominating a high school Junior as the 2020 recipient. The 2020 Nomination for the Rensselaer Medal Award for Outstanding Math and Science goes to Peter Robie.
The Harvard book award is presented each year by Harvard Alumni Association to an outstanding student who displays excellence in scholarship and high character combined with achievement in other fields. The winners of this award, through their intelligence and variety of achievement, exemplify Harvard’s commitment to excellence. This recipient is no exception; please join me in recognizing:
Presentation of Awards
10th Grade Certificates
11th Grade Academic Letters
12th Grade Academic Letters/Pins
Core Values Award: Principal’s Awards
Every single day provides for us an opportunity to give, to learn, and to serve. I am forever grateful to the friends that I have as I walk down each hallway. It is easy to call the staff at CHS my friends. The teachers and staff members energize me with their passion for learning and love of our students. The staff at CHS have rallied this year around one single focus: Live Your Purpose. This simple statement has created a culture of caring, and a focus on high achievement. I love my staff, and I am forever grateful for their gifts that they provide our students.
One of the best parts of my day is interacting with students. It is hard to believe that we are almost at the halfway point of the school year. We have such wonderful students! I truly love their kindness, energy, creativity, and leadership. I am so grateful for the beauty they give to the Chardon community. I am a better man just by working beside each of them.
I am grateful for the support, encouragement, and assistance that our parents have provided not only me, but to our teachers, coaches, and community. You continue to model servant leadership to each of us!
Fall AIR Test
On Wednesday, December 11, students in US Government along with several students who were contacted by Guidance will be taking the Fall AIR tests. We will be running an adjusted schedule in order to accommodate this test. Please note the start of classes on December 11th, and December 12th. All School transportation will be running at the regular times.
*Important: If you are not in US Government, or have not been directly talked to by your counselor regarding make-ups--classes begin at 10:18 AM. Regular school transportation will follow the typical morning routes.
Midterm Week: The purpose of this week is to meet the educational needs of our students as they prepare for midterms, finals, and project presentations. ALL classes will meet during midterm week. If a class does not have a midterm or a final, they will commence a class period. The only non-mandatory period is a study hall. Students do not need to sit in the study hall. We will provide supervision in the cafeteria for a silent study hall as needed, but attendance is not mandatory.
--Transportation will run at the regular time in the morning and afternoon.
--All academic classes will meet during the scheduled time. Dismissal will occur at 12:10 PM Tuesday - Friday.
--Lunch during the week (Tuesday - Friday) will be À la carte.
--Auburn students will have scheduled exams that do not impede upon their schedule.
--CHS Teachers will be in teacher-based teams each day after exams.
--In the case that we have a calamity day during an exam schedule, we will follow the scheduled exam day and adjust the afternoon exam time slots by adding the missed exam(s).
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The Learning Commons
Attached is the December issue of The Learning Center Newsletter. In this issue, you will find information on Chromebook repair, and general technology pointers that pertain to the technology used here at Chardon High. Please take a moment to read over the articles, which contain a lot of useful information.
Piece of the Week
"Ukelele" by Jackson Perry, Grade 11
Need a Christmas present for your son/daughter? Give the gift of snow before it’s too late and allow your son/daughter the opportunity to join the CHS Ski/Snowboard Club!
Does your child already like to ski/board? Perfect - our club is a great chance for your child to improve his/her skills.
Your child doesn’t know how to ski/board yet? No worries - it’s a great chance to learn. Lessons and rentals are included for everyone at NO additional cost.
Does your child already have a season’s pass to Alpine/Brandywine? No worries - we can accommodate that too!
The Ski/Snowboard Club is open to all students grades 8 through grade 12 who are academically eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. We will be skiing every Tuesday evening in January. The FINAL DAY for the ONLINE SKI CLUB REGISTRATION is on December 20th. To register, go online to https://www.bmbw.com/club-program/. After submitting the online registration your child needs to turn in the emergency medical forms and the bus fee to complete his/her registration.If your son/daughter already has a season pass, SKIP the online registration and just turn in the emergency forms and the bus fee. Paperwork/bus fees can be turned into Miss Fisher in room 307 or to the main office (directed to her attention).
If you have any questions, please contact the adviser (Alison Fisher) at firstname.lastname@example.org or have your child see Miss Fisher during the school day in room 307. Hope your son/daughter considers joining us on the slopes in January! It will be so much fun!
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
Tickets make great presents! Consider ordering Jersey Boys, Anastasia, or Frozen, for the holidays. Tickets will be distributed prior to Winter Break. Also, if you are interested in seeing Hamilton when it returns to Cleveland next fall, please contact Elizabeth Fullerman at 216-299-5141 or email@example.com, as Chardon Goes to the Musicals is expected to have group seats after the first of the year. As a reminder, this is not a fundraiser, just an opportunity to enjoy Playhouse Square, the second largest theater district outside of Broadway.
Chardon Supports Willoughby South
Literally one month ago, many experiences and opportunities were canceled due to a failed levy in the Willoughby Eastlake School District. Politics aside, supporting students in their passion and joy is pivotal during their adolescence.
We work hard to model our core values at Chardon not only within the building but extend deep into our community, conference, state, and world. I am sharing with you an opportunity to support students in our conference that worked tirelessly over the last month to organize a production company, raise money, and connect with local partnerships to put on their fall show.
Chardon supports all of the arts and particularly support our friends at Willoughby South. The image above will link you to learn more about their show.
A Time to Reflect
It is hard to believe that we celebrated Thanksgiving last week. Preparing for the holiday season can deploy so many emotions: excitement, beauty, new beginnings, and stress. Our response to the season often can act as an amalgamation of all of these feelings all at one time. So, how can you take time this December to prepare for the season?
Excitement: Recall the emotions that you had as a child. You were filled with wonder and awe. Life was very simple in your eyes and everything was pure. These feelings remind us that this time of year is about spending time in the comfort of family and friends while celebrating traditions. Recreate these traditions with your family and celebrate each other. Your time together is so precious. As a child, we cherished these moments. Our children need traditions and memories to pass on these celebrations with their families someday. Stop for a moment to reflect on how quickly your time has come and gone with your children. These moments can never be replicated. We all need to pause and be reminded that certain things at work can wait in order for us to celebrate our children.
Beauty: This season is filled with beauty in Ohio. Yes, not all of us love snow. Yet, we cannot ignore its glory around us throughout this season. We know that our lives do not surround the obvious plot twists on the Hallmark channel, but we can pause to see the beauty in the simple things of life. I preach all of the time that we all have a story and together our stories make our community. Take time this month to create new habits for yourself, or even break some tough ones. One of the hardest tasks that dwell deep inside of humanity is being at peace with yourself. As hard as it can be---reduce the noise around you to see the beauty in you. Your life is a gift to be shared and nourished. Take time for yourself to breathe, slow down, and live in the moment.
New Beginnings: Celebrate your relationships. This is nothing new to your vocabulary. Many people are uncomfortable this time of year because of failed relationships, mourning, and hardships. Many of us have a hard time letting go of the past, of feelings, and tough memories. How will you ever grow? Will you run from it or learn becomes of it? Seize every positive moment as an opportunity to expand your humility and every difficult moment as an opportunity to expand your territory and influence. Life is too short to hold on to the past as an ornament. Rather, seize the moment and polish your choices from it.
Stress: Without a doubt, this time of year can cause stress. A simple example is to look at our mothers and spouses this time of year. They are stressed because they want everything to be perfect. That's all fine, but if you want your mother or spouse to experience fully the above stated---HELP THEM. This time of year is not to be burdened on the shoulders of one. It is an opportunity to show our love to those that care for us. Besides the stress that our families have during this season, we have our own personal stress. Students have the stress of exams, finals, and projects on top of their job and athletics. Of course, our children love to schedule (without telling us) social gatherings with their friends. Students, take time to check your phone in at the door and converse with your family. The latest post on Snapchat is certainly not as important as talking to a human face-to-face. Likewise, this time of year is a stressful time for staff as they attempt to do all of the above: preserve the excitement with their families, seeing the beauty in themselves, creating new beginnings, and grading all of their exams and projects. I am grateful to each of them as they work together to create new routines in new places while serving our mission.
With the time constraints of my job, it so important that I practice what I preach. The students and staff know that they are an extension of my family...but my faith, family, and friends are mission critical to the daily energy and tasks asked of me as one of the building leaders. Be the best version of yourself to those that matter most and live today with a focus on tomorrow.
Make today great!
Douglas Murray, Principal
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