The Opening Reflection
When you look in the mirror--what do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear?
A reflection is a mirror image of what we see on the exterior. When we look at ourselves we often see ourselves as other people describe us. Mirrors can be tricky in reflecting the mirage of another person's words. The world can be a cold place when we look in the mirror. But, does it have to be? Should it be?
A mirror should reflect the beauty of our creation, our words, and our feelings. Everyone is beautiful. Everyone has value, and everyone has worth. It is up to each of us to reflect this into our own mind's eye in order to change our world, our perspective, and our outcomes--and in doing so, we change another person's world. A little bit of kindness goes a long way. That kindness lives in each of us.
This time of year can be difficult for many of our students and families. Take a moment to look in the mirror to see the beauty of YOU, the beauty of your smile, the beauty of your presence, and the beauty of your impact on so many. BeYOUtiful!
Schedule for Next Week (Adjusted)
On December 13th, Chardon High School will be administering the end-of-course exam for the US Government(Regular/Honors), along with testing targeted students who need to complete previous tests. To deploy all of the important tasks that need to be completed--we are going to implement the following schedule on Wednesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 14.
December 13, 2023: Late Start For Grades: 8, 9, 10, AP Gov, 12
-End-of-Course Exam (Reg/ Hon Gov+ Make-ups)
December 14, 2023: Late Start for all grades
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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[Photo Credit: Mrs. Kelly Misch]
Chardon High School's show choir Free Harmony are always collaborating and contributing to our school and greater community! They recently hit the road to spread holiday cheer. The ensemble kicked off its season with the traditional tree lighting on Chardon Square on Thursday, November 30th. It was the warmest tree lighting in recent memory and a large crowd showed up to see the updated lighting, and new Candy Cane Lane, and to hear the festive music as they waited for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive.
On Monday, December 4th, and Tuesday, December 5th, the ensemble presented its 30-minute program to 8 community organizations and groups. The students started the day on Monday presenting two programs to the 4th-7th grade students at CMS. We performed for luncheons for the Chardon Rotary and the Geauga Retired Teachers Association. We were also able to visit several senior living facilities including, Holly Hill, Heather Hill, Residence of Chardon, and NDCL Senior Living. The ensemble members did a wonderful job working as a team to transition from space to space throughout the busy two days. Their festive set included "That Christmas Morning Feelin'", "The Holiday Season", "Christmas Valentine", What Will Santa Claus Say?", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Sparklejollytwinklejingley", and our traditional pieces of "Listen to the Music" and "Harmony".
Free Harmony as well as the other CHS Choirs look forward to collaborating with the band in the upcoming Holiday Concert presented at Mentor Performing Arts Center (6477 Center Street, Mentor) on Sunday, December 17th at 3:00 PM. The concert is open to all! Join us for a joyous holiday experience!
We are so grateful for the leadership, creativity, and passion of Mr. Streiff each day! He is our maestro!
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CHS Choirs at EJ Thomas Hall
On the evening of Tuesday, December 5th, a group of 72 CHS Choir students and chaperones attended a world-class concert at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron, OH. The concert featured the King's Singers from the UK as part of the annual Tuesday Musical Association programming. This event featured the King's Singers vocal ensemble which has been presenting concerts for around the last 45 years. The ensemble presents a refined vocal sound with a clear tone and beautiful harmonies. Each of the 6 singers is very talented in its own right, but brings together great traditions of the King's Singers sound. Many thanks to the Tuesday Musical Association for sponsoring free student tickets for such a high-caliber concert offering. We were blessed to attend at no charge to the CHS singers.
The program featured a wide variety of music from traditional Christmas Carols, to several Renaissance pieces by composer William Byrd, to contemporary Christmas arrangements including the familiar Charlie Brown Christmas Tune "Christmas Time is Here". The second half of the program featured several Disney selections as they celebrate the 100th anniversary of Disney. They closed their program with Billy Joel's "And So It Goes". This was a wonderful evening for our CHS singers as they grew from hearing world-famous vocalists.
Images of the Week
The French and Spanish Club went the Christmas Market. Thanks Madame Dalton and Senora FIsher who traveled with an amazing group of students.
Symphonic and 8th Grade Band Concert
Jessica Kitchen: Sub Zero Project
Jessica Kitchen, a senior at Chardon High School, is building off the momentum of Clara Giddings project in September and the recent contributions of our football team in running a Sub Zero Mission project of the next two weeks. See her flyer and interview to learn more! Feel free to bring any of gloves, hats, scarves to CHS and place them in the main box in next to the cafeteria
Art Pieces of the Week
Topper Bistro Lunch Menu
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 email@example.com.
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.
The Finish Line
The finish line for the semester is quickly approaching. It is quite amazing to reflect on how fast the second quarter came to closure. December 20th marks the midpoint of the year...how have you used the time that you were given? We had such a strong start to the year across each grade level! Take the proper time that you need to talk to your children about where they are socially, emotionally, and academically. This time of year is experienced differently by all students and families. As much as academic achievement is important--so is the well-being of all of our children. Our students know that they have excellent educators that care for their every need, but the extension of school is secondary to the root of the needs that children need at home. As much as we ask our children to be present at school while at school...it is just as important for each of us as parents to be present while our children are present. The one variable that we cannot change is time. Take the time this weekend to be present to your children and remind them how much you support and love them.
Have a beautiful weekend with your family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal