Opening: Action Changes Things
As Principal, one of the most essential responsibilities is to be a leader throughout all walks of school life. Managing my time is essential. Each day, I have a list of mission-driven tasks and goals to accomplish. There is always the plan, and then there is the reality of the undocumented needs that arrive in my office any given day. We all know that this is all part of the master plan of leadership. Finding the time to multi/multi-task becomes an essential skill in the life of a building administrator. This week we spent much of our time working with students, families, and staff to drive home our mission driven values and expectations. We spent time talking about the choices that we make and how they can determine the person that we become.
Our choices are one thing that we can control. Our actions emulate our choices, and our character defines our lives. This mantra helps define our purpose. I am a big advocate of empowering students, and adults all of the time. I am also an advocate for being thorough, compassionate, and firm. We all share important roles in guiding ourselves, and others within choices.
As parents, the world that we are raising our children in has changed significantly since we grew up as teenagers. The countless hustle, schedules, along with personal devices has shifted much of the time that we are able to spend with our children. The noise in the world forced us to learn evolving technology, means of communication, and new trends. One thing that doesn't change in this world, is our response to the noise. Raising a child today is challenging. Our job as parents is the key to the relationships that we form with our children. They need us more than ever--even when they put about barriers, and tell us that we don't understand. At some point, our children will mature to see that we too were in their shoes.
From the students perspective, their world was born with with movement, technology, snapchat, Tik Tok, and Instagram. Students can hang out with a group of friends in the same room and snap each other without even opening their mouth. Student live by spontaneous schedules driving most parents nuts. Whereas we as adults were raised in a personable, face to face, along with having a 36ft long phone cord to talk to friends--- we (parents and educators) have to teach these skills to communicate, stand confident, share and collaborate.
As educators, we often find ourselves filling shoes not only being an educator but also as a role model and guide to our students. Educators are constantly running throughout the day to teach, provide intervention, and run extra-curricular activities while often being a parent taking for their families.
All of this circles us to a larger community that we are all connected to. We are better connected when we share in our similarities, and shared responsibilities guiding our students and children to make the best decisions, coral them when they don't, and work together to raise our children in our world filled with noise.
We are proud of all of our children and students that continue to lead the way with their work in the classroom and hallways. Likewise we are grateful for all of our students that are showing integrity in and out of school. The students Action Changes Things for the better each day.
Schedule for Next Week
Monday, January 30: White Day Schedule
Tuesday, January 31, White Day Schedule
Wednesday, February 1, Red Day Schedule
Thursday, February 2, Black Day Schedule
Friday, February 3, White Day Schedule
CHS Building Updates
January 23, 2023
Big Idea: Abatement is well ahead of schedule - district preparing construction schedule.
Why is this Important?
Tonight! Tonight! Tonight! One Acts and Talent Show
It is hard to believe that we have manufactured school for almost a month after the flood damage. In less than a week, February 1st marks the calendar.
February provides us time to really focus on our core values in specific ways. The month of February surrounds the theme of kindness. There are so many ways that we can demonstrate kindness throughout the month as a school, in classes, and as person.
Faith Kilfoyle, Sydney Murray, and the HMM group are organizing the context of the month for our school to surround ourselves with themes to better take care of ourselves, others, our community, and to live this change as a learned behavior.
Take some time to reflect on ways that you can better prepare for #27BeTheChange
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.
1-February 5: SELF-Be the Best Version of Yourself; Be Positive and Kind to YOU
February 6-12: OTHERS- Demonstrate Kindness to not only yourself, but to others- family, friends, staff
February 13-19: COMMUNITY- Find yourself in the service of others
February 20-28: 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
PT Conferences/ Curriculum Night/ Mandatory College Credit Plus Annual Presentation
In order to better prepare you and your child for the academic offerings at Chardon High School, we will be hosting a Curriculum Evening on Monday, February 6, 2023, 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, 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
Parent Teacher Conferences are for all parents in grades 8-12. This is NOT an invitation only opportunity
Please note the adjustments to some teacher locations due to the closure of several classrooms. We wanted to keep all parents and staff in the main building to alleviate confusion.
CHS Art Pieces of the Week
Ski /Snowboard Club 2023
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her at 285-4057 (x 1718).
CHS Principal Podcast: S4 E12: Boys Basketball
Images of the Week
Senior Pictures/Senior Tributes
SUBMISSION DEADLINE for senior pictures are Friday, JANUARY 27, 2023
Requirements for your senior picture:
Note: Digital submissions are much preferred and strongly recommended in order to preserve quality of the photos.
Senior Tribute Information
Auburn Career Center
Auburn Adult Workforce is offering FREE Sprint classes for high school students 16+. These classes are 22 hours, after school, and offer industry recognized credentials (1-12 points). These classes are first come, first serve.
Lake Erie College: Learning about Business
Learning About Business applications are here at CHS. LAB is a week-long program held at Lake Erie College June 11-16, 2023 in which students can explore business and gain leadership and decision-making skills. Students who participate will spend a week at Lake Erie College for a minimal cost, gain valuable hands-on business experience, and get to know other students and business leaders. All students participating will also have the opportunity to earn three semester hours of college credit through College Credit Plus. Applicants do not have to be planning to major in business as they will learn teamwork, self-discovery, communication skills, competition, and creativity. Any sophomore, junior, or senior can apply to participate in the program. Applications are in the guidance office or online at www.learningaboutbusiness.org and are due by April 29, 2023. If you have any questions or want more information please stop down to guidance anytime.
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
Topper Shop Sale: Today!
Chardon Athletic Boosters is pleased to join forces once again with Mrs. Bunker's students to host a Topper Shop sale!
Hope to see you there!
Resources for Families
Chardon Goes to the Musicals
Closing: Winter Wonderland
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 last Sunday and throughout the week leaving a wintry mess of ice, sleet, snow, and cold rain.
I shared with our staff earlier in the week my gratitude for our maintenance staff and custodians that spent much of their time getting our lots cleared and sidewalks cleaned. Their work seemed to be endless lately in and out of the building. 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 throughout the week.
Likewise, with all of the moving parts inside of the building--it was wonderful to be able to continue the rivalry school day competition that started in 2019 with hosting the Battle at the Barn. Although, we had to move the event to the middle school, the baby barn was packed with 'Toppers. Special thanks to Doug Snyder who was able to coordinate this event while we managed the high school routines throughout all of the already adjusted parts with classrooms. Check out the awesome posts from @Toppernation from January 25!
Have a warm weekend with your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal