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. Their continued Action Changes Things for the better each day.
Schedule for Next Week
Monday, January 31: White Day Schedule
Tuesday, February 1, White Day Schedule
Wednesday, February 2, Red Day Schedule
Thursday, February 3, Black Day Schedule
Friday, February 4, 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
Parent Teacher Conferences are for all parents grades 8-12. This is NOT an invitation only opportunity
Chardon High School sophomore Charlotte Jons, in her fifth year as an Ohio Speech and Debate Association competitor, continues to shine for Chardon High School's speech and debate team this season in her chosen event — program oral interpretation. Charlotte emerged as the Cleveland district's 2022 Rhodes Tournament champion in POI on Jan. 22, placing first in her event.
Just one week prior, Charlotte placed third in the POI event at the Cleveland district's Hathaway Brown tournament held on Jan. 15.
The POI event provides students with the opportunity to hone their skills in interpreting prose and poetry selections in a unique way that evokes both intellectual and emotional responsiveness from the audience.
“I love that I get to represent our school in POI, and it means so much to me that I have some people cheering me on,” said Charlotte. “I’m having so much fun.”
Charlotte added that her private social media account includes an ongoing story she dedicated to her speech activities. She said said she enjoys sharing not only her achievements with her peers but also digestible bits of information on what she does as an OSDA competitor and how she presents herself.
Students interested in learning more about competing on the CHS team are encouraged to contact CHS principal Doug Murray at email@example.com.
Junior Dance is TONIGHT
Dance Team is BACK
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 where we felt lost.
There are so many moments that transformed us through these tough times. Our community, the resilience and love of students, staff, and our alumni have built the bridges of compassion, outreach, and our core values.
Each day is our opportunity to grow stronger, love more, and give ourselves. We have great days, good days, and tough days. What is most important is that we do not lose 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.
Recently, I communicated with Tim Armelli, a retired teacher from Chardon High School and President of the Coach Hall Foundation. He along with the other board members continue to present in schools, conferences, and in Columbus to spread the message of being an instrument of change.
At Chardon High School, we stand firm in our conviction to be an instrument of change. The foundation is challenging all people to spread and share kindness and to be an instrument of change every day, specifically in the month of February.
The 27 Days of Be the Change will begin February 1 and continue through February 27. In reality, it starts now.
It is the hope of the foundation 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.
Over the next several days, I will continue meeting with student leadership, Mrs. Blackburn, and school personnel to continue modeling the little and big ways that we can remind ourselves and others that we control the weather of our mind, making all of us see each day as Mr. Armelli does- Beautiful. Today is a beautiful day to show kindness to ourselves and others, Be an instrument of change.
#27BetheChange (Pink Shirt Day)- A project organized by Zoran Vujaklija and Emma White
Dear Members of the Chardon Community,
This message is from Zoran Vujaklija and Emma White. We are seniors at Chardon High School. Last year we initiated an antibullying campaign called "Pink Shirt Day" at CHS. Pink Shirt Day started in Canada but is now a worldwide day of stopping bullying that happens in schools. Ten10 designs uptown on the square helped us create a shirt for Chardon students and staff to buy and wear on February 23, 2022. The shirts are $10 and you can place the order online directly to Ten10.
Thank you for your consideration,
~Zoran Vujaklija & Emma White
Class of 2022
CHS Principal Podcast: Season 3- Episode 23- CHS Indoor Track
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: Tempera Studies
Image of the Week
Science is FUN!
This week, Honors Biology students in Dr. Schneider's class worked on DNA replication. They created a stop motion photography videos to show mastery of the concept.
Last week, the AP Physics C class had the opportunity to examine work energy and power in a real world setting. They examined the work due to friction, the coefficient of friction on the sled , the potential and kinetic energies of the sledded, and the power required to return a sled rider to the top of the hill.
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! If you have any questions, please email Alison Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her at 285-4057 (x 1718). Sign up for Trip 2 today!
Topper Gear For Sale
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.
Register for a LEAF Virtual Session HERE
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.
Class of 2022 –
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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 your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal