Welcome to 2022!
A New Year.
At the beginning of anything new, we have the opportunity to reflect on moments from the past year and make meaningful resolutions for the upcoming year. In order for any resolution to come to fruition, we need to make changes to our routines or habits. Research states that it takes 21 days to create new habits. Creating new habits, or breaking old ones is challenging but the outcomes can be transformative to the person making meaningful changes.
Often times, we make resolutions for our health and by the time that spring break rolls around, we are back to our old habits. This year, after once again all of the things that we have faced, I challenge everyone to look at one way that you can make an impact on your life. For students, it could relate to organizational effectiveness--study habits, homework, test prep, etc. It could also connect to putting down technology each night at a certain time. For parents, it could relate to wellness, or it could relate to scheduled dinners, or even putting your work away at a certain time to be with your children. For staff, it could relate to trying something new within instructional practices each unit, or finding extra patience in the classroom or with technology.
Reflecting on the first semester, I am so proud of our students and our teachers' efforts to focus on the core value of nurture. Throughout the school year, students could generally experience our energy and focus on our core values during class meetings, in-person learning, hanging out at school events, and community experiences. This year, we really had to be creative in our presentations, podcasts, communications, and connections with students within new parameters. It has not been easy, and each of us play a role in either reading, watching, listening, or experiencing our best practices of the past in new ways. Being optimistic is the one thing that we can all long for in our lives. This semester also gave us the opportunity to reflect on ourselves. Mindfulness of self and others became an important barometer of 2021. and it should be a sense that we continue to apply into this new year. We need to be mindful of our pulse--personally, mentally, and socially. Likewise, we need to be active listeners and mindful to needs of others and use our resources to assist others . Our country needs to model this more than ever right now, and it can start with us.
The compass, road map, and GPS to all that we do is our mission statement which is enhanced through the magnifying lens of our core values. All of the outcomes in which we gauge learners filters through the creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and community connections that all of our educators emphasize in the day to day interactions with students. Through this daily encounter of learning, our students become exposed to programs, supports, and pathways that help guide them to find their individual purpose.
This new year is up to us. Live it to the fullest. Every single day is an opportunity to seize the day to the fullest. Make today great! Here are some key areas to focus on towards establishing new goals this semester.
Anyone that knows me can share that I wear my emotions on my sleeves. Whether it is a blessing or a curse, there is complete transparency to my emotions. People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that influence their decisions, shape their day-to-day actions, and determine their short and long-term priorities. They place significant value on being a person of high integrity and in earning the trust and respect of others. The result is that they live with a clear conscience and spend more time listening to their inner voice than being influenced negatively by others.
Make the Right Stuff, the Right Stuff
I learned the value of hard work from my parents, and definitely from my wife who is the ultimate multi-tasker. People who live a life of purpose identify those activities that matter most to them and spend the majority of their time and effort in those areas. Otherwise, it’s too easy to drift away in the currents of life. There is a clear connection to the statement: How we spend our days parallels to how we live our lives. They work hand in hand---reminding us of the important marriage of choices and priorities.
My entire life I have found value in pursuing what my passions were. From working outdoors at Sand Ridge to Kirtland Country Club, to teaching, and coaching...I have always loved pursuing areas in my life that I enjoyed. People who live a life of purpose wake up each morning eager to face the new day. They pursue their dreams with fervor, put their hearts into everything they do, and feel that they’re personally making a difference.
Finding a balance is essential and challenging. The key is reflecting often and demonstrating your care and commitment to those that you love along with balancing your passion(s). People who live a life of purpose put their heart into their career and into building relationships with friends and family. They also reserve adequate time to satisfy their personal needs. Achieving balance means living up to one’s potential in all facets of life.
Happiness is a choice – not a result. Nothing will make you happy until you choose to be happy. No person will make you happy unless you decide to be happy. Your happiness will not come to you. It can only come from you. – --Ralph Marston
I have lived by this mantra my whole life. People who live a life of purpose have inner peace. They’re satisfied with what they have and who they are. To them, the grass is greener on their own side of the fence because of the time spent nurturing and cultivating their purpose.
Living a life of service has taught me so much about myself. It has humbled me, guided me, and grounded me in my values. People who live a life of purpose make a meaningful difference in someone else’s life. They do things for others without expectation of personal gain, serve as exemplary role models, and gain as much satisfaction witnessing the success of others as witnessing their own. As the old proverb says, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” Caring your candle and go light your world in the service of others.
Many years ago, there was a movie titled, Dead Poet's Society. In the film there is a scene where Robin William challenges the students to Carpe Diem- Seize the day--and make their lives extraordinary! He was changing the students perspective and experiences to live beyond the status quo. People who live a life of purpose cherish every moment and seek to live life without regret. They take joy in the experiences that life gives and don’t worry about keeping score.
Make the most out of the moments in front of you and seize every single day as a new opportunity to achieve greatness!
Updated Guidance: Isolation and Quarantine
The Geauga Public Health Department issued an updated school guidance document related to isolation and quarantine as applied to close contacts and positive cases. This guidance (linked below) is closely-aligned with the CDC guidance and adjusts the isolation and quarantine periods for those individuals.
Updated School Guidance
The Chardon Local School District applied the new isolation and quarantine guidance on January 3 for all close contact and positive cases involving students and staff members.
Schedule for Next Week
Monday, January 10- White Day Schedule
Tuesday, January 11- White Day Schedule
Wednesday, January 12- Red Day Schedule
Thursday, January 13- Black Day Schedule
Friday, January 14- NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)
Monday, January 17- NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Day)
Art Pieces of the Week
"Tiny Animal with Big Ears"
Circuit of Success: Mason Pinzone & Christian Schneider
Two students in Mr. Herner's Circuit of Success (Entrepreneurship) went above an beyond in their innovation and creativity during their final presentation on the last day of the semester. Inside of their "Shark Tank" presentation, Mason Pinzone and Christian Schneider really had a "ball" coming up with their idea.
ASVAB: Career Exploration Program-January 26
Still figuring out your future? Can’t decide on a college major? Don’t know what career to pursue? Then the ASVAB Career Exploration Program is for you! CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance today!
Explore your interests. Identify your strengths. Start opening doors to your future. Participate in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program. CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance today!
Whether you are planning on college, a technical school, the military, or you are just not sure yet, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program can put you on the right path towards a satisfying career. CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance today!
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program can help you take steps now toward finding a career that’s right for you. You can benefit from the ASVAB CEP regardless of your plans for after high school. CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Wednesday, Jan 26th at 8:00am for students in grades 10-12. Sign up in Guidance to take advantage of this exclusive career exploration today!
CHS Principal Podcast: Season 3, Episode 19: Third Quarter with Senior Josie Aitken
Senior Pictures Submission to Yearbook
SUBMISSION DEADLINE for senior pictures are Friday, JANUARY 21, 2022
Requirements for your senior picture:
Submitting your senior picture:
Note: Digital submissions are much preferred and strongly recommended in order to preserve quality of the photos.
Boy's Basketball- Boxcast
Save the Date: What Parents Need to Know About Teen Vape Use
January 19, 2022
What Parents Need to Know About Teen Vape Use
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the LGIR at Chardon Middle School
The Chardon Police Department, Lake Geauga Recovery, Ravenwood Health, and University Hospitals will be presenting on evolving trends in vape use among teens and preteens.
Questions can be sent to email@example.com
General Quarantine Letter
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
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!