Opening: Brick By Brick
Building a strong foundation is the most important step in framing anything in life. Brick by brick the laborious tasks seem daunting, never-ending, and sometimes unappreciated by people passing by. Way too often we walk by homes, programs, and even people and see the outside finishes...however, people in Chardon are built for any season. We see the seasons in life, people, and structures. We value the foundation and the years of construction that it took to define our community.
At Chardon High School, each student and staff member are one of many parts to the foundation that stands together. When one member of the family hurts--we all feel for that person. When one person celebrates--we all celebrate. Why is that? Well, it the binding foundation that was forged before us and we are the caretakers. We are one of the ones that are asked to leave it better than we found it.
Many of you know that I often write in riddles and deep symbolism. I am writing today not about bricks and mortar (as important as they are), today I am writing about humanity.
The foundation of humanity is built on relationships and trust. Those two foundations built brick by brick enables each of us to grow into the person we are called to be in society. Communication and Collaboration become the mortar that binds our foundation.
It is the nature of humanity to question, mistrust, and become misguided by one or more of those elements that bind us together. We start to weather new storms and question if the foundation is strong to withstand time to the elements. There is no better example of this than this year and all that we have faced with the pandemic.
It is our humanity and deep understanding of our foundation that allows each of us to withstand any pressure from within or outside. It is our commitment to know that each brick was placed with intentionality and purpose to help us through these times.
Why am I saying this today? Well, because this month is challenging. Our community feels it, our staff feels it, and our students can sometimes see it. Countless hours have been spent over years to wipe our lens and see the foundation that makes us strong, but the reality is that we are one family-- when one member hurts, we all feel it.
We appreciate your continued kindness, support, and commitment to stand strong through this month and know that one further element binds us even stronger: LOVE.
Together with strong relationships, trust, communication, collaboration, and LOVE--we carry ourselves throughout this month and realize that the sun will come out, the fog will dissipate and we will forever define ourselves as the community that perseveres throughout history with the beacon of faith in each other, hope and love.
Quick Reference: Program of Study
4E Exploration Day 2023
The 27 Days of Be the Change will begin February 1 and well beyond February 27.
It is the continued hope of the established core values at CHS 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 13-19: COMMUNITY- Find yourself in the service of others
February 20-28: LIVE THE CHANGE- 21 Days create new habits. Model this leadership each day
#27BetheChange (Pink Shirt Day)- A project organized by Drago Vujaklija and Andrew Bruce
Pink Shirt Day is an annual event observed in February to raise awareness about bullying and to promote kindness and inclusiveness. The event was first started in 2007 in Nova Scotia, Canada. Participants in Pink Shirt Day wear pink shirts to show their support for anti-bullying efforts and to stand up against bullying in all forms. The event has since gained international recognition and is now observed in many countries around the world. This year, the event is being organized by Drago Vujaklija and Andrew Bruce who are following in the footsteps of Drago's brother, Zoran. Great work, guys!
#27BetheChange Polar Plunge for The Special Olympics of Ohio
The Cleveland Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Ohio is an annual event that raises funds and awareness for Special Olympics Ohio, a nonprofit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Participants in the Polar Plunge take a dip in the chilly waters of Lake Erie, braving the cold to support a great cause. The event typically draws a large turnout, with both individuals and teams taking part. The Cleveland Polar Plunge is just one of many similar events held across the state each year, helping to provide support for Special Olympics Ohio and its mission. This plunge is no match for CHS 8th graders- Rylen Foley, Danek Szczepanski, and Tristan Fleckenstein. They are taking on the challenge to plunge for a cause. Consider joining them in their goals to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics of Ohio. Help them surpass their goal!
2023 Common Application For Local Scholarships
This information was sent out to all seniors in their Google Classroom this week.
The CHS Common Scholarship Application is ready! This is a one stop shop! Complete the application to apply to several local scholarships, such as CHS Boosters, VFW, After Prom and more. You can complete the application from that attached PDF or pick one up in Guidance near the Scholarship Wall, where you can also find the necessary supplements. If you have any questions, please stop into Guidance.
All applications are due February 24, 2023. They must be in on Mrs. Giddings desk by 3pm.
Schedule for Next Week
Monday, February 20: NO SCHOOL President's Day
Tuesday, February 21, White Day Schedule
Wednesday, February 22, Red Day Schedule
Thursday, February 23, Black Day Schedule
Friday, February 24: White Day Schedule
On Wednesday, February 15th, nine CHS Choir Students attended the All-Star Choir event at the University of Akron School of Music. This was a great event to inspire leadership and excellence in top singers from NE Ohio. The CHS students combined efforts with students from 9 other high schools and some University of Akron singers, for a total of 130 students for this ensemble. The students were selected for their advanced musical skills and leadership in our program. Our students were outstanding as they prepared with focus, attention to detail, and integrity. Much of the day was spent rehearsal two advanced pieces of music, "I Will Lift Mine Eyes" by Jake Runestad and "Make Our Garden Grow" by Leonard Bernstein. The students spent much time working with faculty and guest clinicians to prepare the music to be performed.
The culminating event happened at 3:30 at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron. This concert featured the University of Akron Chamber Choir, two local high school select choirs, and finishing with the All-Star Choir. The University of Akron Chamber Ensemble was selected to perform at next week's National American Choral Directors Association National Conference converging in Cincinnati, OH from February 23-26th. It is of great prestige that the University of Akron Chamber Ensemble was selected. It was a joy to hear them sing. Chardon was well represented by our choir members. A great day of music-making was had!
Drama T-Shirt Sale: The Addams Family
It's officially February and that means the Drama department is busy preparing for their spring musical. This year's performance will be The Addams Family and will run from Thursday, March 16h - Sunday, March 19th. More details regarding tickets will follow later in February.
For students in the Cast and Crew, parents, or other CHS community members (staff or students) who would like to order a t-shirt to show their support, please follow the link below. Sales will run from 7:00 a.m. February 3rd - 11:59 p.m. February 22nd.
*Also, please be sure to enter your name in the guest details (or your student's name) so that we know who to deliver the t-shirts to.
See Mrs. Patterson with any questions.
T-shirt Sales Link
CHS SKI CLUB - ONE MORE TRIP LEFT!
After three successful trips, the CHS Ski/Snowboard Club has one trip remaining. The Holiday Valley trip is on Saturday, March 4th. It is not too late to sign up! The Deadline is Friday, February 24. This trip is open to all students at the high school (grades 8-12). If your son/daughter is interested, please turn in registration forms to Miss Fisher as soon as possible to reserve a spot! The trip is filling up quickly! 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 trip today - you won't regret it! There is one trip left! Sign up today.
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