The Week in Reflection: 2/12
Program of Studies
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 2021-2022, 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 that we made along with a Google Slide Presentation and our Program of Studies.
Program of Studies
View the Program of Studies (Magazine Style)
View the Program of Studies via Google Docs
Program of Studies Quick Reference Guide (1pg)
Senior Common Application for Local Scholarships
Just In: National Merit Finalists!
In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. As one of approximately 15,000 high school seniors who are Semifinalists, he has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships to be offered in March. What an outstanding accomplishment! We are so proud of you!
Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores (calculated by doubling the sum of the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Test scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.
In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to Finalist standing. High school principals are notified and provided with a certificate to present to each Finalist.
All winners of Merit Scholarship® awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist's academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official's written recommendation, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the Finalist's own essay.
Congratulations to Jeffery Fletcher, and Brendan Sarbach for being recognized for this extraordinary accomplishment!
Jeffery is interested in Chemistry and the medical field. He is still considering his college options but has narrowed his search to Duke, Stanford, Ohio State University, and the University of North Carolina.
Brendan is interested in studying English. He is still considering his college options but has narrowed his search to Harvard, the University of Michigan, and Ohio State University.
This is just the beginning of many accomplishments from these exceptional young men! We are so proud of you!
Academic Decathlon Regional Awards
Over the course of the last few weeks, the CHS Academic Decathlon team has been competing virtually in regional competition. After completing objective tests early last week, competition culminated in a virtual speech and interview round on Saturday where students met with judges from as far away as Dayton.
The team did very well picking up a total of 28 individual medals consisting 11 gold, 11 silver, and 6 bronze. The team garnered at least one medal in each of the ten disciplines.
A big THANK YOU to Chardon Schools Foundation for funding materials and entry fees again this year. Their grant makes this academic enrichment opportunity possible.
CHS Principal Podcast: 2/11 Senior Basketball Ladies Night
Schedule for Next Week: February 15-19
This week felt like the first week of school for so many students. As they entered the building, you could see the smile in their eyes and the excitement they felt when seeing some of their friends for the first time in months. Our students were great with their response back to school, and our teachers were extraordinary in their immediate connections back to learning as a whole group. As we continue throughout next week, it is so important for all of us to continuing doing our part with all of our safety precautions. Below is the schedule for next week.
March 16, 2021
Virtual Learning Day (Grades: 8, 9, 10, 12)
Juniors Report to CHS (ACT Day)
Art Piece of the Week: Kelly Morris
Congratulations to Kelly Morris who received the Gold Key award in this year's juried Scholastic Art and Writing Awards show. Her ink and watercolor painting 'Disability is Human' has been elected to move from the regional show to the national awards show.
Learning Center Newsletter
Attached is the latest issue of the Learning Center Newsletter. This issue contains information on how to access the newest addition to the school library: 64 new eBooks!
Please see the hyperlink to Follett. That is where the books are found. The password and username are both chardon. Please don't share the login information since the collection is small and meant for Chardon High students and staff.
There is also another way to access the books, as noted at the bottom of the page. That is via INFOhio. In case you are unaware, the entire book collection at Chardon High can be accessed using the iSearch search function. The eBooks can actually be opened and read, of course. However, if you search for a title and it is a part of the actual books on the shelf collection, it will tell you if it is available and you can come to the library and check it out!
Enjoy this new collection of eBooks, acquired with an Ohio CARES Grant.
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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February Challenge: Gratitude.
It is said that gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others. During this month, use your influence to impact others. Demonstrate, Love, Provide, Model, and GIVE Gratitude. One word, deed, or action can change a moment.
This has been a challenging year, and so many parts of our lives have changed. The one thing that we can do that can change our thoughts, hope, fears, and challenges is to show gratitude in little ways every day.
A simple google search on gratitude and brain science comes up with thousands of articles. This research is clear. Little acts of kindness change behavior to the giver and receiver.
This month, my goal is to intentionally highlight my 'focus for gratitude' each day and my hope is that it pays forward.
As much as we show gratitude each day, it is important to recognize our WHY. Let's all take a moment each day this month to give thanks!
Our daily challenge begins.
February 1, 2021: Day 1- Faith: If you walk into my office you will see a chalkboard above my desk that marks my mission statement. Several words stand out. The first is Faith. Today, I am grateful for faith. The ability to have it, feel it, and live it.
February 2, 2021: Day 2- Families: Today, I am grateful for the gift of families. The core of our lives looks different for all of us, but the roots grow strong and we always remember who we are and what we stand for.
February 3, 2021: Day 3-Grandparents/Parents/Guardians: Our first teachers, guides, nurses, and first love--grandparents, parents, and guardians. They come in all unique styles and energy. Today, I am grateful for the unconditional love, kindness, and creativity of all of those who first protected us.
February 4, 2021: Day 4- Children: It has been stated that Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. Children are beautiful, gems in our eyes, gifts, and quite complicated passionate little loves. They are an endless book of wonder. Today, I give thanks for the joy and hope of our children.
February 5, 2021: Day 5- Friends and Community: Today I am grateful for friends and our community. Friends are an extension of our family providing us with humor, support, and love through good and bad times. Likewise, our community is the support system that lifts us up, encourages us, and is our core and our home. Together, they make us and shape us.
February 6, 2021: Day 6- Educators: Today, I am grateful for all educators. Your job is endless, and your commitment to service is relentless. Teaching is an instinctual art, filled with the wonder and awe of endless possibilities. Educators are conduits to our family and leave a legacy of hope.
February 7, 2021: Day 7-Health Care Workers: Today, I am grateful for health care workers across the world. Your love, compassion, service, knowledge, and gentle care has guided people for generations. You are heroes and miracle workers.
February 8, 2021: Day 8-First Responders: Today, I am grateful for all of the men and women who work around the clock protecting and serving the public. I value our relationship in Chardon. Your commitment to excellence, selfless service, and commitment to education nurtures generations of families in our community.
February 9, 2021: Day 9-Military Services: Today, I am grateful for our military services that serve with duty, honor, and service of others while protecting and leading. You are the first to get up and the last to rest. We appreciate you.
February 10, 2021: Day 10-All Workers: Today, I am grateful for all workers, and the rights of workers. The dignity of work, and the values learned from work builds the foundation of our commitment to serve, build, create, and develop skills. Some people dream of success, while others wake up and work hard at it.
February 11, 2021: Day 11-Water: Today, I am grateful for clean water. Our county is rich in the abundance of water. The simplest combination of elements nourishes us and energizes us. My heart reaches out to those who do not have access to clean water; together, we can do our part to conserve, and be innovative in our efforts to reach those in the greatest need.
February 12, 2021: Day 12-Food: Today, I am grateful for the nourishment that fuels each of us. One of our first instinctive responses in life is hunger. I am grateful for the food that we harvest, celebrate, and create into culinary beauty.
Service Outreach: Emma White and Zoran Vujaklija
Service Outreach: Lexie Corrigan
Lexie Corrigan starts an anti-drug, alcohol and anti-vaping campaign at Chardon High School. Lexie is a student of the AC4P Leadership class. Her goal is to have parents and their children begin a dialogue about the dangers of Drugs and alcohol and Vaping. Proceeds of the Teddy Bear sale will be donated to the Jeremy's Kids Foundation at the high school. Congratulations, Lexie, on an excellent job!
Stay warm with your family!
Douglas Murray, Principal
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