The Week in Reflection: 1/29
The mark of one finish line is the beginning of a whole new race
Running is not something that I enjoy. Don't get me wrong, I love staying active but running and I haven't been close friends for a long time. Over the last 6 months, we all have been running.
As children, we loved running around all day playing in the neighborhood with our friends. We never truly felt that this activity was exercise. We had fun staying active doing what we loved.
As we got older, we learned more about conditioning and preparing for our beloved activities through intentional movements that made us refine what we loved.
We may have peaked at some point and needed a coach to help us minimize movements to maximize on outcomes.
Let's say that the last six months have been a race.
We all received the shared rules and had limited time to get ourselves in the best shape to make it across an unknown finish line. Throughout the race, we found out that the length of the race was longer than we expected. We learned that the course would now include hurdles to jump over. However, we were already running and didn't have time to train. We just had to jump or run into the hurdle. The choice was ours and we had to respond. Jump after jump we started to gain more confidence. Fall after fall, we got up learning new ways to jump over the hurdles.
Just as we made it across our last hurdle, we noticed that the terrain changed. Now, we were running on rocks, dirt, mud, and this time we were told that the race was going to get easier shortly. We persevered. We passed a marker along the way that stated, "the finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race". Tired, and exhausted we put one foot in front of the other. This time the sky became dusk and the terrain was hard to see. However, we never stopped.
Mile after mile indicated markers that pointed in many directions. We felt confused, lost, and helpless. We chose north than east followed by west and south. We noticed familiar boundaries along the way and asked ourselves if we were moving forward or backward.
Feeling lost, we stopped. We asked for guidance and parameters to follow from those who set the course and received more riddles. Every runner in the race began to run together. A unique bond was formed. Runners joined teams and started refining the map that was given to find new outcomes. Throughout rain, scorching heat, and limited water, runners began finding their way guiding others to the dawn of a new day.
The metaphors and analogies paint a picture of our world as educators over the last six months. The times we are facing have challenged us to create new systems to refine what we do best: educate today's leaders to guide them to their purpose throughout any obstacle. Our kids are resilient and amazing. So are you. We are not running on a mouse wheel, we are paving a new course and path that parallels our core values and mission at Chardon.
The world has redefined superheroes in the last year and we are a part of that team. We are ready and the time is now to lace up and get on the path. We are prepared and know that each day will provide us the opportunity to see the beauty in the little things: people, relationships, and being social- regardless of the barriers in front of us. We are educators, we know how to adapt.
I write to you today with an open mind and heart that we will transcend the darkness overshadowing this year. Never did I think that I would be contacting health commissioners for decisions about practice, or for allowing people in the building, or writing paragraphs about social distancing and mask protection.
We have been taxed mentally and physically coming up with plans for school. Every single time that one is built, something changes...causing us to start over. It has been extremely vexing and draining work. The sheer focus that remains is building a system that educates students in a safe and responsible way. The mission critical focus must be on deploying new measures of safety for staff and students.
All students in person were assigned to an A / B family group as utilized during the first week of school. Since Blue Model students attend virtually, they are not assigned to a group and attend classes based on their daily schedule. Any families who are not sure of their family group assignment should first check Infinite Campus prior to contacting the CHS main office.
Students enrolled (in-person) at Chardon High School will attend school in the building based on the assigned family group on the following days; transportation will run at the regular times.
Please note that an adjustment has been made for the week of February 1-5, 2021. Students will follow the A/B rotation schedule on Monday through Thursday. On Friday, February 5th, a group of teachers are scheduled by the local health department for the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine. In order to accommodate the district scheduling plan, CHS has moved the virtual day to help facilitate the volume of staff members receiving the vaccine.
While in-person, students will follow their class schedule and receive typical daily instruction as they have since the start of the year.
During the A/B rotation, students at home may participate in synchronous (LIVE) or asynchronous (posted) learning activities. Students at home should follow their typical class schedule working on assignments in each of their classes that must be completed by the date and time that the assignment is posted. Please see each teacher’s Google Classroom for specific instructions. Some teachers may choose to stream coursework throughout the duration of this schedule.
Monday, February 1-4, 2021
Friday, February 5, 2021
Accurately tracking students’ attendance is required by the State of Ohio. While in the hybrid model, students have an increased responsibility in this process. Please contact the school at 440-285-4057 (press 1) to notify the school of any absence or appointments during the school day.
In order for a student to be marked as “present” during any given class period in a remote setting, students need to check in to Google Classroom to determine if class is synchronous, along with completing assigned work and submitting work by the date and time that it is assigned by each teacher.
If students do not meet BOTH of these expectations, they will be marked absent for the school day, or absent from a specific class from which the work was not completed. These absence hours will calculate towards truancy calculations as required by House Bill 410. Parents are encouraged to activate attendance notifications through the Infinite Campus parent portal to be sure your son or daughter checks-in daily.
While learning from home if the district is in a hybrid model, students should, on average, anticipate approximately 3-4 hours of required work each day. Please remember that this is a full day of school.
All work will be assigned through Google Classroom for each class. The work will be posted prior to each course and will be due by the date and time that the assignment is assigned.
Students will be required to complete activities mostly independently and will be from programs, routines, and procedures of which they are familiar with using while in-person.
February 8-12, 2021
Chardon High School plans for a return to our 100% regular schedule on Monday, February 8, 2021. Please note, we are planning for this transition and will send a direct communication next week to confirm the delivery model. This is the schedule that we last ran during the first week of November. IF we are able to run this schedule, there will be no A/B groups used and our Blue Model students will begin following this traditional bell schedule. We will continue to follow the recommendations provided by the health department regarding safety and need to re-communicate this information to all students.
The schedule demonstrated below is the 100% Regular Schedule. Again, confirmation will be sent next week.
Principal Mr. Douglas Murray firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal Mr. Ryan Bandiera email@example.com
Assistant Principal Mr. Douglas Higham firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Worker Mrs. Joan Blackburn email@example.com
Resource Office Officer Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse Mrs. Jan Hoffman Janice.Hoffmann@chardonschools.org
A-G Mr. Hurlbut email@example.com
H-O Mrs. Hetrick firstname.lastname@example.org
P-Z Mr. Kovach email@example.com
Counselor Mrs. Tupaz firstname.lastname@example.org
A Message from Jan Hoffmann, School Nurse
Just a few quick reminders:
For Juniors: As you schedule your annual physicals for 2021 please be aware you will need a meningitis vaccine prior to the start of the 21-22 school year.. Ohio Revised Code states:
The meningococcal vaccine protects against meningococcal disease, a serious bacterial infection that can lead to bacterial meningitis. Meningococcal disease can cause an infection of the bloodstream or meningitis, or both, and can be life threatening if not promptly treated. The meningococcal vaccine is very effective at protecting against four strains of the meningococcal bacteria.
A copy of the immunization must be provided to the school nurse.
Please continue to be diligent about handwashing, mask wearing, social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting. We must continue these mitigating behaviors to control COVID-19 while we wait for the population to be vaccinated. We continue to ask that any student not feeling stay home and if you have any questions to contact your family physician or the school nurse. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Any questions, please contact me.
Mrs. Jan Hoffman Janice.Hoffmann@chardonschools.org
BGSU Faculty Ambassador Award Scholarship
Mr. Herner shared some outstanding news this week with us! Mr. Herner is an active member of the BGSU Faculty Ambassador program. He shared that Owen Vucetic has received one of the December BGSU Faculty Ambassador Award Scholarships in the amount of $1,000! Congratulations, Owen! Thank you, Mr. Herner for your role in securing this award for Owen.
Given that schools are in various modes of teaching, the presentation of the October and November awards was challenging. For this reason, the Schmidthorst College of Business will directly contact Owen via email about the award and follow-up with a mailed package to Owen ‘s home.
Art Piece of the Week
Who's Awesome? YOU ARE !
With the help of our families and community, we sold over 300 tickets from last week! This is absolutely phenomenal and a perfect reflection of how our amazing city demonstrates community support! We are so close to $30,000! Doug Snyder and I want to THANK YOU for all of your support!
CHS Principal Podcast: Change Makers with Josie Aitken
Important Highlights from Adopted Board Policies: January 11, 2021
Chardon High School Specific:
An exception may be made by the Principal if the student has been participating in an intervention program and has shown satisfactory progress toward achieving the minimum grade-point average.
Please see the quick reference guide pertaining to OHSAA eligibility along with CLSD policy below.
Save the Date
CHS Parents can begin signing up for the final Parent Teacher Conferences of the year. Conferences are February 11, 2021. Likewise, on the same night, at 7:00 PM, the school counselors and administration will be presenting the District CCP Information session along with the CHS Curriculum Night. This will be a LIVE and recorded session. See details below
IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR THE CLASS OF 2021
This communication was shared with seniors and their families this week to explain the date of graduation.
In order to do so, I need to explain some of the backstories.
If you have been reviewing minutes from the board meetings you would have seen several presentations and discussions surrounding the state of the field turf. Each year, the district puts aside money for any repair or renovations in an account earmarked for the stadium. This field turf has lived years after its life expectancy and is showing significant needs in repair. It is time to replace. When you reflect upon it, that space is the most used academic and all-purpose space in the district. Kids are on it all day--even in this weather. It is used for classes, recess, athletics, middle school, rec programs, and rented out...just to name the obvious. Our maintenance and community teams have done a remarkable job keeping the conditions in functional shape.
All of the procedural meetings, bids, and preliminary plans have been submitted. On June 1, 2021, Field Turf will begin the turf replacement process. This will not create a disruption in our academic day at CHS or CMS, but it will disrupt the activities scheduled. Mr. Snyder will begin communicating to all coaches and summer groups that use the field. The timeline generally takes 6-8 weeks IF the weather cooperates. We need to at least plan that this space will be unavailable until the middle of August.
This is where graduation comes in.
A key date was penciled in back in August for June 5, 2021: Graduation.
With this new knowledge, we are moving the CHS Commencement scheduled at Chardon Memorial Field from June 5, 2021, to one-week earlier on Friday, May 28 @ 7:30 pm (Under the lIghts) with a rain date of Saturday, May 29 @ 1:00 pm. The intention of moving commencement to a Friday is to create a unique experience while giving back-up days in the case that it rains. This is also Memorial Day weekend.
For those wondering, Mentor Fine Arts canceled indoor commencements and other venues have extreme limitations with guests. We already know the 15% capacity set forth by the health department. However, we must be actively aware of the state of COVID-19 at that time. We will work with our board office and local health department to keep you posted on the plans. In the interim, please save the date: May 28, 2021.
We are beginning to work backward to design everything else regarding senior events. Please be patient as we work on this plan.
It was productive and very busy week for all of us, celebrate the joys of your family this weekend,
Douglas Murray, Principal
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