The beauty of kindness creates energy and excitement is creative ways. As we continue #27BeTheChange, our students are spreading words of encouragement throughout the building, performing acts of kindness and making this month very meaningful. It was very busy week of organizing tons of information, and watching some awesome winter events. It is hard to believe that we are weeks away from the beginning of the spring season. With the quarter ending in just under a month, it is mission critical to stay the course through the finish line! This edition of the Week in Reflection is filled with tons of information. Take the time to check everything out.
Important Information Regarding 2022-2023 Course Selections
The selection of a high school program is a very important task and one in which you, your parents, and your school counselors should give careful thought. Minimum and maximum class sizes have been established for each course. If a course fails to have the minimum number of students enrolled, it may be canceled.
It is essential that you decide which courses best fit your needs and register for them. Each year students are disappointed because a class they requested closes or cancels. Although all classes in this book may be initially offered, final decisions on class offerings will be determined by enrollment. Please note that some classes are offered on a rotating basis; see specific course descriptions for information.
For 2022-2023, Chardon Local Schools will again be partnering with Lakeland Community College for College Credit Plus (CCP) courses available on our campus. CCP offers qualified students the opportunity to enroll in college courses and earn college credit; which can also be used to fulfill high school graduation requirements. For more information regarding CCP, please meet with a school counselor.
Students are encouraged to plan carefully a program of study that will assist them in reaching their educational goals. The college preparatory program, accelerated, advanced placement programs and the career/technical educational programs outlined on the following pages are designed to guide students in selecting the subjects that will lead them toward achieving their goals. Enclosed below, you will be able to view the video presentation from Curriculum Night, along with a Google Slide Presentation and our Program of Studies.
Curriculum Night/CCP Presentation
On Thursday, Chardon High School privided an overview of the curricular offerings, and course delivery options (including College Credit Plus), and an overview of the scheduling process. Several of our high school teachers and counselors were present to share information and answer questions regarding their curriculum and course offerings.
Program of Study
Please contact your counselors for clarify questions. School Counselors: Tim Hurlbut [A-F] Nicolle Hetrick [G-L] , Dawn Tupaz [M-R] Heather Biernacki [S-Z]
2022 Common Application For Local Scholarships
This information was sent out to all seniors in their Google Classroom this week.
Please carefully read the following information and complete any necessary requirements for the
scholarship(s) you are applying for.
Students must also turn in one recommendation letter with this application. Please note that a few of the scholarships ask for an additional letter. This application must be complete and have all required information in order to be processed and considered for scholarships.
Application and all additional materials are due by March 3, 2022.
The 27 Days of Be the Change will begin February 1 and beyond February 27.
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.
February 1-6: SELF-Be the Best Version of Yourself; Be Positive and Kind to YOU
February 7-13: OTHERS- Demonstrate Kindness to not only yourself, but to others- family, friends, staff
February 14-20: COMMUNITY- Find yourself in the service of others
February 21-28: 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 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 continues 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.
Opportunities for Outreach
CHS Principal Podcast: Season 3, Episode 25: Swim Team
CHS Principal Podcast: Season 3, Episode 26: Gymnastics Team
Charlotte is on the move!
Charlotte Jons competed at the OSDA Cleveland District Tournament last weekend and as a result of her strong finish, she has qualified for the OSDA State Tournament (for the second year in a row). She will represent Chardon at the State Tournament at Wooster HS on March 4 and 5. Congratulations!
On a cold Saturday morning, February 5th (following back-to-back snow days) the CHS ACADEC team assembled in the Media Center to complete the final two events of regional competition. Held virtually, students found quiet spots where they performed speeches and participated in job-like interviews via Chromebook with judges from as far away as Dayton. Next up for the team is State Competition, a (for now) planned live event to be held at John Carroll University.
Chardon wins 20 medals in the Large School division at regionals, including 6 bronze, 8 silver and 6 gold! It was a balanced effort with at least 1 individual medal in 9 of the 10 disciplines.
Schedule for Next Week
Monday, February 14: White Day Schedule
Tuesday, February 15, White Day Schedule
Wednesday, February 16, Red Day Schedule
Thursday, February 17, Black Day Schedule
Friday, February 18, White Day Schedule
Art Piece of the Week
Ski Club is BACK! Session 2 is in the Books
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 the next trip today!
7th and 8th Grade Chicago Trip Opportunity
We are extremely grateful to Mr. Velotta for taking lead on this trip opportunity. The Middle School has shared direct ConnectEd messages to 7th and 8th grade parents. Please see the presentation below for more details.
February provides us the opportunity to focus on our values, community, and future. In closing this week's edition of the Week in Reflection, I wanted to take a moment to include a perspective of a parent to their child about the unconditional love and dreams that they have for each of their children. This is something that I stumbled upon years ago. In a time that often leads us feeling stuck in the middle of winter ---longing for spring---it is a little reminder of what really matters. February is a month of gratitude, compassion, love, purpose, and examples of who we are in Chardon.
I wish for you to be kind. Each day, as I send you to school, I hug you, I kiss you, and then I say, "Be kind." In a world that, in some ways, is so cold and harsh, kindness matters. I would rather have you be known as the kindest than as the smartest. You never know what is going on in someone else's mind or heart, but being kind will never be the wrong choice. Being kind does not mean that you are not strong or determined, but that you treat others the way you would want to be treated.
My wish for you is that you will be discerning. That you can view a situation or problem and handle it gracefully and mindfully. That you will weigh options and choices and listen to that small voice that helps you decide right from wrong.
I wish for you bravery. Courage to do what is right. Lines between right and wrong are blurred these days, be brave. Be who you are. Stand up for your beliefs. Take chances. Reach and stretch to become the person you want to be.
My wish for you is that you will learn from heartache. The mother/father in me wants to protect you from pain and hurt, but the logical part of my brain knows that's not always possible. I recognize that some of my greatest accomplishments and treasured blessings, including you, came from much pain and heartache. Great joy comes from knowing sadness and I want those joyful learning experiences for you. They will make you a better person.
My wish is that you are grateful. You have many blessings already in life and many more are headed your way. Acknowledge them. Be grateful for them. Don't take them for granted. Recognize that challenges can be blessings as well.
I wish for you truth. You might have to dig and scratch and fight for it, but find truth. Tell the truth. Be an honest person that people can count on. Being trustworthy is one of the most noble character traits you can develop.
I wish for you a life full of laughter. As much of it as possible. I know you cherish how our family loves to laugh, and our home is full of laughter on a regular basis. Look for friends and loved ones that make you laugh. Laughter is indeed the best medicine in life.
My wish for you is that you become unselfish. To serve and think of others is the most rewarding part of life. Serve the people around you, think of their feelings and emotions. By looking outside yourself you will find good qualities and traits in others to focus on and develop in your own life.
My wish for you is to know you are loved...by me...by your family...by your teachers. As your life grows to include more and more people, surround yourself with people who love you for who you are. You have a beautiful soul, you deserve to be loved. Love is hard work, but work that is worth every effort.
I want you to dream big, but to realize that with big dreams comes hard work. Dreams are worth working for. There is so much joy to be found in the little steps that make up big dreams. You have the capability to become whatever you want to be in life.
Know that you are my biggest dream. I wished upon a star for years before my dreams came true. But that dream has been even better than I could have ever imagined. All of these things I wish for you, you have helped me find in myself. You have helped me be braver than I ever thought I would have to be. You make me laugh more than anyone else. You shower me with love, you make me think and rethink all my decisions, you help me dream big, and for you I am grateful.
We love you,
Mom and Dad
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Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal