Opening: Gratitude this Week
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 attending many 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.
If any parent or community member is interested in participating in #27BeTheChange to support our students or staff, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love parent and community engagement any time throughout the year--especially in February.
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. Each day in February I plan on sending students and staff a gratitude message of what I am thank for. I will share with you each week, the focus addressed.
February 5, 2024:
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, 2024:
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, 2024:
Day 7-Health Care Workers: Today, I am grateful for healthcare workers across the world. Your love, compassion, service, knowledge, and gentle care have guided people for generations. You are heroes and miracle workers.
February 8, 2024:
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 nurture generations of families in our community.
February 9, 2024:
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, 2024:
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 build 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, 2024:
Day 11-Water: Today, I am grateful for clean water. Our county is rich in an 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.
The Schedule for Next Week
Monday, February 12: White Day Schedule
Tuesday, February 13: White Day Schedule
Wednesday, February 14: Red Day Schedule
Thursday, February 15: Black Day Schedule
Friday, February 16: NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day)
Counselors Corner: All Things Scheduling 2024-2025
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.
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 the Program of Study may be initially offered, final decisions on class offerings will be determined by enrollment after board action. Please note that some classes are offered on a rotating basis; see specific course descriptions for information.
For 2024-2025, 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. Please be mindful that all final communications pertaining to the program of study is contingent upon board approval
Program of Study
The 24-25 Program of Study has been sent to the board for review and board consideration. We have met with each department to refine this document. All highlights are to reflect clarity and/or new information. This is being reviewed by the Board of Education
I created a 26-minute Screencast of this document to assist all stakeholders with the highlights
Scheduling Plan of Class Meetings
This step by step-by-step Google document will assist students and staff regarding Class Meetings and scheduling. Students will be asked to conference with their teachers after the meeting. Students will receive a scheduling sheet and course list sheet. Teachers can initial next to the courses on the sheet that the students receive. The students will show teachers this form.
'24-'25 Course Lists
Here is the Google sheet of the course lists (as of 1/31) that students will select. We are pending on a few CCP courses.
Scheduling Directions for Students Inside of Infinite Campus
Here are the directions that students will use upon scheduling courses in the academic planner of Infinite Campus.
Curriculum Night/ CCP Presentation
The recorded session from Tuesday is available below. The CCP specific slides can be accessed here. The CCP Specific Slides begin at 46:45
Attention Seniors: 2024 Common Application For Local Scholarships
CHS Local Scholarship Application, known as the common app, will be released on Feb.5, 2024. It is our one stop shop for applications to local scholarships such as Munson & Park PTO, Chardon Alumni and more. The application can be found on the Guidance Class of 2024 Google Classroom and physical copies can be picked up in the guidance department along with the supplements that may be required. All applications and supplements will be due Feb.23, 2024 by 3pm. If you have any questions, please contact the CHS Counseling Department.
CHS Common App: Common App
To use fillable PDF (recommended):
Best of luck to all of our applying Seniors!
School Counselor, Last Names H-O
Chardon High School
CHS Guidance Secretary
Auburn Career Center: FREE Sprint Classes
Auburn Career Center is ready to offer FREE Sprint Classes for all students in February. They will offer one more round late March early April of at least MIG Welding and Leadership Excellence.
ESC of the Western Reserve Tutoring
The Educational Service Center of the Western Reserve is thrilled to share the exciting news about the launch of the ESCWR Geauga Student and Family Resource Tutoring Centers hosted at Cardinal Middle School and Cardinal High School!
The goal is to provide valuable support to students and their families. All Geauga County students are welcome to take advantage of the resources and assistance available at our centers and these services are completely free of charge.
The ESC of the Western Reserve believes that every student deserves the opportunity to thrive, and our tutoring services are designed to help them achieve their full potential. Our tutors have helped hundreds of students with their academic success.
For more information please contact site manager, Rachel Petti at email@example.com.
Cleveland Clinic's Center for Youth & College Education (CYCE)
The Cleveland Clinic's Center for Youth & College Education (CYCE) is pleased to announce that the 2024 CYCE High School Summer Internship Program application is now OPEN!
If you are interested in exploring clinical careers, students can work alongside professionals such as physicians, PCNAs (Patient Care Nursing Assistants), and public health professionals. This program also has opportunities for students interested in non-clinical careers in fields like Buildings and Design, marketing, and finance. If students have a specific focus on advanced technology, they can explore opportunities in careers such as information technology or cybersecurity.
Our paid, seven-week summer internship programs are excellent opportunities for high school students to gain hands-on experiences, connect with Cleveland Clinic healthcare professionals through mentorship, and develop and refine various skills such as project management, digital literacy, academic writing and presentation, professional communication, and teamwork.
Students participating in this program will manage learning opportunities and work responsibilities, network with Cleveland Clinic caregivers, and find practical, real-world applications for their academic knowledge while pursuing their selected career goals.
Please review the attached flyer for more details about the program, criteria, and our CYCE website.
Don't let this opportunity pass you by! Your summer of growth and learning awaits you. Apply Now no later than March 1, 2024, by 11:59 p.m.
The application does not guarantee acceptance. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Communication: In the case of additional calamity days
During the ‘23-’24 school year, our district has accrued (5) calamity days. Underboard policy and our teacher contract, when days six (6) and seven (7) occur our teacher will create assignments for students.
Here are the steps that a student would follow if we have additional calamity days (Day 6 and Day 7):
→ Students may refer to this resource for additional support
CHS SKI CLUB
Photos from Alison Fisher
The CHS Ski/Snowboard Club is back for the 2024 school year... let's keep hoping for some more favorable winter ski weather in the coming weeks! There are two Saturday trips left which have been organized - Peek 'n Peak Ski Resort (February 24) and a final trip to Holiday Valley Ski Resort (March 2). Very flexible options... students can sign up for all trips or just one trip. No experience is necessary. Lessons are an option if students are looking to learn a new sport. This trip is open to all students at the high school (grades 8-12). Please see the attached flyer 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 interested students should turn in their registration to Miss Fisher as soon as possible! If you have any questions, please email Alison Fisher at email@example.com or contact her at 285-4057 (x 1718). Sign up for a trip today - you won't regret it!
Topper Trait Featured Article: Kelly Misch
February 4, 2024 — Chardon High School senior CHARLOTTE JONS has once again brought pride to her school community, this time earning FIRST PLACE in the Ohio Speech and Debate Association's Program Oral Interpretation event at the 2024 Cleveland DISTRICT Tournament, advancing her to the OSDA 2024 STATE Tournament at Wooster High School March 1-2.
Charlotte, who competed in the District tournament at Olmsted Falls High School on Feb. 3, has repeatedly made Chardon history as an OSDA competitor. She is not only the District's first-ever OSDA State qualifier but has competed her way to the State tier of competition for several seasons.
CHS OSDA Coach Roediger stated, "By qualifying, she has earned the distinction of being a four-year State qualifier, and she will be part of a select group of seniors who will be recognized for this distinction at awards at the tournament in March. She is only the second student I have coached who has achieved this honor."
Coach Roediger, a Mentor High School chemistry teacher and MHS speech and debate coach, is a seasoned OSDA coach spanning over two decades of commitment to speech and debate students both in the Mentor Schools and Chardon Local Schools.
Principal Doug Murray shared that he is so proud of Charlotte and is grateful for all Coach Roediger has done to support and prepare her for success.
He added, "I cannot wait to get her on another Principal's Podcast."
In 2023, Charlotte earned the OSDA State Champion title in POI and also competed in POI at the national-level through the National Speech and Debate Association.
Best wishes to Charlotte at the 2024 State Tournament!
Chardon Local Schools
CHS Academic Decathlon
On Saturday, February 3rd the CHS Academic Decathlon team stormed Riverside High School to take on the live events of Regional Competition. Having taken 7 objective tests and written an essay online in January, they were still facing the Speech, Interview and Superquiz events. More than half the team are swimmers who had to perform their speeches and participate in Interview in the morning before making waves for Beechwood and a noon swim meet. This meant missing the afternoon awards ceremony at Riverside, and it's too bad they did. By the time the dust had settled, Chardon had garnered 36 individual medals on their way to being crowned Champions of the Large School Division! Congratulations CHS ACADEC on your 2024 Regional Championship! Special shoutout to Mr. Al Herner for not only this contribution to the Week in Reflection, but for his commitment to preparing our students for these competitions!
This Week's Topper Tickets Recipients
Art Pieces of the Week
Image of the Week
Mr. Mizen and Mr. Herner took students to Gearity Elementary to support the monthly food pantry. Students sorted thousands of fresh fruit, vegetables, and non perishables for local families.
Spring Musical T-Shirts
It's officially February, and that means the Drama Program is busy with preparations for the Spring Musical. This year, our show is Into the Woods, a compilation of several classic fairy tales with some new twists and an enchanting musical score. We look forward to sharing these magical moments with you this March!
If you are in the Cast, Crews, are a proud supporter of someone on the Cast or Crews, or just think having a CHS Drama would be really cool to have, follow the link to buy your t-shirt!
T-Shirt Sale Information:
Start: Friday, 2/2/24 at 7:00 a.m.
End: Wednesday, 2/21/24 at 11:59 p.m.
Short Sleeve Price: $11.35 + processing fee
Long Sleeve Price: $16.10 + processing fee
COMING SOON: Show Ticket Sales
Show dates and times:
March 14th - 16th at 7:00 PM
March 17th at 2:00 PM
at Park Auditorium
**Ticket sales will begin Friday, March 1st.
Stay Safe. Speak UP!
Chardon Local Schools partners with PublicSchoolWORKS to offer the Stay Safe. Speak UP! student safety and bullying prevention program. This 24/7, confidential reporting tool is available to students, parents, staff and the community. Visit the link to learn about 3 easy ways to report and bookmark access to the tool.
Link to: https://bit.ly/chardonnewssssu
K-12 Monthly Pledge Contest -- Runtime: Each Week
Student Leadership Opportunity! Would your K-12 student like to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a Board of Education meeting? Student leaders gain practice at public speaking; meet the Superintendent and Board President; and earn a Portrait of a Hilltopper certificate. Enter our monthly contest today for a chance to win!
After Prom's next meeting is this Monday, February 12 at 7:00 pm in the CHS Media Center. Our main focus will be the May 11 Senior After Prom event. If you are interested in helping out with After Prom Planning, here is the link to the sign-up. (There will be a separate sign-up to volunteer the night of May 11 or with event set-up/tear-down. Look for that sign-up in mid-April.) Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Ohio Law requires that students under 18 years of age possess a work permit for NON-SEASONAL (school year) employment. Forms are also available in the Student Services Office or Main Office. After the parent/guardian, employer, and physician complete and sign the permit, the completed permit should be forwarded by the student to the CHS Main Office along with a Proof of Age document. The CHS Main Office processes the work permit via the State Of Ohio website.
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends,
Douglas Murray, Principal
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 letter 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,
Your loving family