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 weather. 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: Course Offerings/ Program/ Presentations
Important Communication Regarding March 9, 2022: ACT
What: ACT Test ... Wednesday, March 9th, ALL Juniors will be taking the ACT at CHS
Why: State requirement to administer the ACT or SAT to Juniors as a pathway to graduation.
Questions about ACT/SAT Requirement
8th Grade 4E Exploration Day (Auburn Career Center/ Lake Erie College)
2022 Senior Class 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.
Jeffery Kline Secures Internship with Solon Manufacturing Co.
Congratulations to Chardon High School sophomore Jeffrey Kline who signed a student internship letter of intent today in the school library with Solon Manufacturing Co. of Chardon. This career-learning opportunity for Jeffrey also represents a milestone for the CHS C.R.E.W. (Creating Reliable and Educated Workers) program co-advised and co-taught by CHS faculty members Mrs. Tracey Britt and Mrs. Kim Butala in that it is the first student internship generated through the newly established career-navigation program.
Jeffrey will gain production and engineering experience by interning one to two days per week for Solon Manufacturing, which produces industrial solutions that include washer products, pressure switches, pneumatic valve actuators and gas density monitors for a wide variety of markets.
“The C.R.E.W., Chardon High School and the school district are excited for our partnership,” said Mrs. Butala. “Thank you to Solon Manufacturing for this wonderful opportunity for Jeffrey. And thank you to our school administrators for their support in helping to make this part of the C.R.E.W. begin happening for Chardon High School students.”
Jeffrey participated in a full-scale interview with Solon Manufacturing on the morning of Feb. 10 and was offered the student internship position with the company by that afternoon. Solon Manufacturing's marketing and brand manager Brianne Norcini and engineering manager Thomas Burg were in attendance for today's ceremonial event and expressed great enthusiasm to have Jeffrey aboard.
Likewise, an excerpt from the letter of intent signed by the Solon Manufacturing human resource manager, Patty Schenker, PHR, SHRM-CP, states that the company is excited to help teach and mentor Jeffrey in a manufacturing environment.
Shortly after the A.M. signing and a group photo with fellow Hilltopper students zealously congratulating Jeffrey, he embarked on his first day at Solon Manufacturing.
The CHS C.R.E.W. classes visited Solon Manufacturing on Oct. 21 with the opportunity to listen to a presentation on the company’s early beginnings, product development, family culture, and future goals. Students also toured the company to learn about the production machines, internships and mentorships.
The high school's C.R.E.W. program is founded upon an industry-driven, work-based model that is designed to assist students as they navigate their futures, identifying their own personal 4E's pathway after graduation whether through direct employment, enrollment into continuing education, enlistment in the military, and/or becoming an entrepreneur.
C.R.E.W. currently comprises two classrooms of Hilltopper students in grade levels nine through twelve. Career-navigating opportunities are provided throughout the school year via in-class workshops, in-house businesses, service projects, and visits to local companies.
To learn more about the CHS C.R.E.W. program, contact Mrs. Britt at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Butala at email@example.com.
The Solon Manufacturing Co. website can be accessed at https://www.solonmfg.com/
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: 100th Episode (Best of the last 100 w/ special guests)
Schedule for Next Week
Monday, February 20: No School, President's Day
Tuesday, February 21, White Day Schedule
Wednesday, February 23, Red Day Schedule
Thursday, February 24, Black Day Schedule
Friday, February 25, White Day Schedule
Images of the Week
Cost of Living on Your Own made meals on Thursday. Two groups chose breakfast, making French toast and smoothies. And two groups made dinner, spaghetti with cheesy garlic bread and chicken burritos.
Art Piece of the Week
Ski Club- Last Trip March 5 (Holiday Valley)
After three successful trips, the CHS Ski/Snowboard Club has one final trip coming up.... and it's not too late to sign up. We will be headed to Holiday Valley Ski Resort on Saturday, March 5th. This trip is open to all students at the high school (grades 8-12). We will be taking two buses to Holiday Valley for the day, so there are still spaces available on this trip. If your son/daughter is interested, please turn in registration forms to Miss Fisher as soon as possible to reserve a spot! 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!
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
SOAR Opportunities Available
Applications for SOAR 2022 (Student Opportunities in Aviation Repair) are open! Graduating seniors are welcome to apply for this six-week program in which they will explore several manufacturing career paths in the field of aviation repair.
Stress Relievers: Tips to tame stress
Is stress making you frustrated and irritable? Stress relievers can help restore calm and serenity to your chaotic life. You don't have to invest a lot of time or thought into stress relievers. If your stress is getting out of control and you need quick relief, try one of these tips.
Virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever. Even if you're not an athlete or you're out of shape, exercise can still be a good stress reliever. Physical activity can pump up your feel-good endorphins and other natural neural chemicals that enhance your sense of well-being. Exercise can also refocus your mind on your body's movements, which can improve your mood and help the day's irritations fade away. Consider walking, jogging, gardening, housecleaning, biking, swimming, weightlifting or anything else that gets you active.
Eat a healthy diet
Eating a healthy diet is an important part of taking care of yourself. Aim to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
Avoid unhealthy habits
Some people may deal with stress by drinking too much caffeine or alcohol, smoking, eating too much, or using illicit substances. These can affect your health in unhealthy ways.
Meditate or Pray
During this mindfulness , you focus your attention and quiet the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. Meditation can instill a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.
A good sense of humor can't cure all ailments, but it can help you feel better, even if you have to force a fake laugh through your grumpiness. When you laugh, it not only lightens your mental load but also causes positive physical changes in your body. Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response. So read some jokes, tell some jokes, watch a comedy or hang out with your funny friends.
Connect with others
When you're stressed and irritable, your instinct may be to wrap yourself in a cocoon. Instead, reach out to family and friends and make social connections. Social contact is a good stress reliever because it can offer distraction, provide support and help you tolerate life's up and downs. So take a coffee break with a friend, email a relative or visit your place of worship.
Got more time? Considering volunteering for a charitable group and help yourself while helping others.
You might want to do it all, but you can't, at least not without paying a price. Learning to say no or being willing to delegate can help you manage your to-do list and your stress. Saying yes may seem like an easy way to keep the peace, prevent conflicts and get the job done right. But it may actually cause you internal conflict because your needs and those of your family come second, which can lead to stress, anger, resentment and even the desire to exact revenge. And that's not a very calm and peaceful reaction.
With its series of postures and controlled-breathing exercises, yoga is a popular stress reliever. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines which may help you achieve peacefulness of body and mind. Yoga can help you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Try yoga on your own or find a class — you can find classes in most communities.
Get enough sleep
Stress can cause you to have trouble falling asleep. When you have too much to do — and too much to think about — your sleep can suffer. But sleep is the time when your brain and body recharge. The quality and amount of sleep you get can affect your mood, energy level, concentration and overall functioning. If you have sleep troubles, make sure that you have a quiet, relaxing bedtime routine, listen to soothing music, put clocks away, and stick to a consistent schedule.
Keep a journal
Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be a good release for otherwise pent-up emotions. Don't think about what to write — just let it happen. Write whatever comes to mind. No one else needs to read it, so don't strive for perfection in grammar or spelling. Just let your thoughts flow on paper — or computer screen.
Listening to or playing music is a good stress reliever because it can provide a mental distraction, reduce muscle tension and decrease stress hormones. Crank up the volume and let your mind be absorbed by the music. If music isn't one of your interests, turn your attention to another hobby you enjoy, such as gardening, sewing, sketching — anything that requires you to focus on what you're doing rather than what you think you should be doing.
If new stressors are challenging your ability to cope or if self-care measures just aren't relieving your stress, you may need to look for reinforcements in the form of therapy or counseling. Therapy also may be a good idea if you feel overwhelmed or trapped, if you worry excessively, or if you have trouble carrying out daily routines or meeting responsibilities at work, home or school. Professional counselors or therapists can help you identify sources of your stress and learn new coping tools.
Mayo Clinic. "12 tips to tame stress." Mayo Clinic. n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2019. <https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relievers/art-20047257>
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends!
Douglas Murray, Principal