What a week. Three days of school followed by relentless rain, ice, snow, wind, and drifting. I feel like I just wrote this newsletter, and now I am back at it. During the first snow day, CHS admin continued to work on tasks that we generally don't have continuous time to work on, and today (Friday) will provide us another day to not only work on important tasks, but will provide our maintenance and custodial staff time to finish bigger projects ---while tackling the elements to clear the lots and sidewalks. In this edition of the Week in Reflection, you will see many topics related to our response to this month, along with opportunities to get involved. If you are interested in participating in additional ways to support our students and staff, please reach out to Mrs. Blackburn or Mr. Murray.
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
#27BetheChange (Pink Shirt Day)- A project organized by Zoran Vujaklija and Emma White
Dear Members of the Chardon Community,
This message is from Zoran Vujaklija and Emma White. We are seniors at Chardon High School. Last year we initiated an antibullying campaign called "Pink Shirt Day" at CHS. Pink Shirt Day started in Canada but is now a worldwide day of stopping bullying that happens in schools. Ten10 designs uptown on the square helped us create a shirt for Chardon students and staff to buy and wear on February 23, 2022. The shirts are $10 and you can place the order online directly to Ten10.
Thank you for your consideration,
~Zoran Vujaklija & Emma White
Class of 2022
#27BetheChange (Water Filter Fundraiser)- A project organized by Faith Kilfoyle and Natalie Hajjar
Faith Kilfoyle (left) and Natalie Hajjar (right) are juniors at Chardon High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Together, they have come up with the idea to help others. Nearly 16% (or more than half a million people) of Honduras suffers from a lack of clean drinking water. After connecting with Filter of Hope, a non-profit organization that helps fundraise and distribute water filters to communities in need, they decided to take action on a global scale. Learn more below.
#27BeTheChange (Mama Dogs and Pups) A project organized by Zoran Vujaklija and Emma White
CHS Principal Podcast: Season 3, Episode 24- #27BeTheChange
Learn more about all of these initiatives by watching our podcast! Zoran, Emma, Natalie, Faith, Sydney, and Josie all share what's happening this month!
Schedule for Next Week
Monday, February 7: Black Day Schedule; make-up day from (2) consecutive snow days
Tuesday, February 8, White Day Schedule
Wednesday, February 9, Red Day Schedule
Thursday, February 10, Black Day Schedule
Friday, February 11, White Day Schedule
PT Conferences/ Curriculum Night/ Mandatory College Credit Plus Annual Presentation
Due to the inclement weather, Chardon High School has moved our originally scheduled Parent Teacher Conferences/Curriculum Night from February 3, 2022 to February 10, 2022 at 7:00 PM in the Chardon Middle School LGIR. This is a very important meeting for all families to better prepare you and your child to the academic offerings at Chardon High School. This evening also coincides with our Parent Teacher Conferences.
At this meeting, we will provide an overview of the curricular offerings, and course delivery options (including College Credit Plus), and an overview of the scheduling process. Any student planning on attending College Credit Plus should plan on attending with their parents/or guardians. Several key details along with the Intention Form will be filled out this evening. Several of our high school teachers and counselors will be on hand that evening to share information and answer questions regarding their curriculum and course offerings. Representatives from local colleges will also be present to answer questions about College Credit Plus. This evening is for all grades entering 8-12, and will be livestreamed and recorded.
Our School Counselors will be presenting to students about scheduling and course offerings later in February. We will schedule a separate evening to go through the high school experiences for new 8th graders next month.
Enclosed is the link for parent teacher conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences are for all parents grades 8-12. This is NOT an invitation only opportunity
Image of the Week: Crazy Dj's!
The Captains of the Crazies: Kyle Maronde, Sierra Feller, and Brooke McKelvey work their magic on the Chromebook to entertain nearly 100 guests at our Junior Formal! We appreciate their leadership, along with the planning from our Junior Executive Officers! It was an amazing night!
Ski Club is BACK! Session 1 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.
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
Have a beautiful weekend with family and friends! Stay warm!
Douglas Murray, Principal